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In CONSPIRACY OF KINDNESS, Steve Sjogren (pronounced “SHOW-GREN”) tells the true story of Joe Delaney and his eight-year-old son, Jared, who were playing catch in their backyard.

“Jared asked, ‘Dad, is there a God?’

“Joe replied that he went to church only a few times when he was a kid; he really had no idea.

“Jared ran into the house. ‘I’ll be right back!’ he yelled.

“Moments later he returned with a helium balloon from the circus, a pen, and an index card. ‘I’m going to send God an airmail message,’ Jared explained: ‘Dear God,’ wrote Jared, ‘if You are real, and You are there, send people who know you to Dad and me.’

“‘God, I hope You’re watching,’ Joe thought, as they watched the balloon and message sail away.

“Two days later, Joe and Jared pulled into a wash sponsored by Sjogren’s church. When Joe asked, ‘How much?’ Sjogren answered, ‘It’s free. No strings attached. We just want to show God’s love in a practical way.’

“‘Are you guys Christians, the kind of Christians who believe in God?’ Joe asked.

“Sjogren said, ‘Yes, we’re that kind of Christians.’ From that encounter, Steve led Joe to faith in Christ. Many people may be only one act of kindness from meeting a true Christian” [--Tom Lundeen in FRESH ILLUSTRATIONS FOR PREACHING AND TEACHING (Baker), from the editors of LEADERSHIP.]

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