“I thought you might like to hear this story. A little more than eight years ago, through some friends I came into contact with a family in rural Mindanao in the southern Philippines. The little girl was starting in school, and her aunt who worked with me asked if I would be willing to tutor her online. The little girl would walk about 20 minutes each way to an internet café and clean it in return for using the computer for an hour to do her lessons. When I would correct her lessons, I would use the online Bible from YouVersion.com to put Scripture portions on the end of each lesson in her dialect which they call Bisayan, or—as you have listed it—Cebuano. She was asking so many questions, so I copied and pasted your booklet (either How to Know God or The Way to God, I don’t remember which one right now). I apologize because at the time I didn’t think about inquiring about any copyright issues. She worked an extra session to be able to print the booklet. As things developed, we established a children’s home with the help of some local leaders, including the village Catholic priest. He emailed me one time and told me how she would visit the ill and shut-ins and read the booklet and the Scripture portions that I had sent at the bottom of her lessons. She called this her little Bible. She gave the booklet that I had sent her to the priest and told him that he should read it. He told me that he told her that if she did what was in the booklet, she would find Jesus. We now have 22 children we take care of and are in the process of starting a school so that they can learn vocational and technical skills, allowing them to remain in the area and work instead of having to go overseas. The first classes in the school have been, at the request of the local leaders, Christian Workers classes so they can support themselves while helping in the school. This has grown out of a little girl sharing with others.”
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