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A man who practiced the presence of Christ:

Frank Laubach, was born in the United States. At the age of 45, while working as a missionary in the Philippines, Frank Laubach dedicated himself to the practice of abiding constantly in the presence of Christ.

During the remaining 40 years of his life, His close, continual communion with God, caused some to label him a Modern Christian Mystic.

That term, Mystic, sounds kind of … mystical … doesn’t it? It makes me picture someone sitting on top of a hill, chanting and meditating. Well, don’t let that term fool you.

Here are just a few of the things Frank Laubach accomplished. As a missionary, he became concerned about literacy. He developed the “each one teach one” literacy program and founded the first world-wide literacy program. He wrote more than 50 books, many of them best-sellers. He traveled so much of the globe that he has been called the most traveled man of modern times.

When presented with a Man of the Year award, he responded, “The Lord will not wish to count my trophies, but my scars.” He is the only American missionary to be honored on a US postage stamp. And that just scratches the surface. The point is that we don’t have to disconnect from the world in order to live in the presence of Christ.

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