3-Week Series: Double Blessing

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Ernest B. Beevers tell us a story how a friend of his named Herbert Jackson

was a new missionary. He was assigned a car that would not start without a

push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school

near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had

them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he could either park on a hill

or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two full

years. Ill health forced Jackson’s family to leave, and a new missionary came

to that station.

When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the

car started, the new man looked under the hood. Before the explanation was

complete, the new missionary interrupted, “Why, Dr.Jackson, I believe the

only trouble is this loose cable.” He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the

car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson’s astonishment, the engine roared to


For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was

there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that

power to work.

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