Getting a Life, P Yancey

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Content: TWYNHOLM Baptist church Fulham Cross 324­326 Lillie Road LONDON SW6 7PP Tel: 020 7381 1469 www.twynholm.org Pastor: Wyatt Gwin Twynholm's weekly congregational services take place on Sunday mornings at 10.30am. OUR PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY AT TWYNHOLM PURPOSE To love God and taste of His goodness MISSION To equip the saints to set the captives free VISION To be a praying and caring community of believers who live sacrificial lives dedicated to worshipping and serving God, reaching out to others and seeing increasing numbers becoming mature disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ
VOLUME 4 NO. 11 NOVEMBER 2000
Getting a Life
The most fully alive persons are those
who give their lives away
By Philip Yancey
The glory of god is a person fully alive," said the second-century theologian Irenaeus. Sadly, that description does not reflect the image many people have of modern Christians. Rightly or wrongly, they see us rather as restrained, uptight, repressed ­ people less likely to celebrate vitality than to wag our fingers in disapproval. "What made you so negative against Christianity?" a friend once asked Friedrich Nietzsche. "I never saw the members of my father's church enjoying themselves," he replied. Where did Christians get the reputation as life-squelchers instead of life-enhancers? Jesus himself promised, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." What keeps us from realising that abundant life?
Don't Trust, and Don't Feel. Christian counsellors tell me that troubled Christians tend to operate by the same rules in relating to God. Emerging from a strict upbringing, or feeling disillusioned by some aspect of the Christian life, they squelch passion and fall back on a guarded, cautious faith. Fearful, they find a haven among people who think like they do, in a "safe" environment withdrawn from the world. Of course, the church also includes a long tradition of mystics and Where did Christians get the reputation as life-squelchers instead of life-enhancers?
In some believers, unhealthy family or church backgrounds may have a stifling effect. Adult Children of Alcoholics, an organisation that works with families afflicted by alcoholism, identifies three coping mechanisms children learn in order to survive a dysfunctional setting: Don't Talk,
monastics who viewed the world and its pleasures with open suspicion. John of the Cross advised believers to mortify all joy and hope, to turn "Not to what most pleases, but to what disgusts," and to "Despise yourself, and wish that others should despise continued on page 3
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WELCOME TO OUR NOVEMBER EDITION
THE END OF AN ERA FOR FULHAM CROSS CHRISTIAN MISSION
The Fulham Cross Christian Mission has wound up after about a century of service for the cause of Jesus Christ. It grew out of the Black brothers' burning desire to begin a gospel work in Fulham. Sydney Black was an evangelist from a town called Twynholm in Scotland, and in 1888-89 he hired Chelsea Town Hall for 32 Sunday evenings to preach the riches of Christ. On a dark cold morning in February 1891, Sydney (through the generosity of his parents) began a world evangelistic tour visiting Australia, New Zealand, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Michigan and Pittsburgh. It developed after an evangelistic and fund-raising trip of nearly two years to the Churches of Christ in Australia and America. The collection from this trip of Ј1,000 went towards the Ј2,250 purchase in 1893 of the building of Twynholm,
which had been destined to become a Gin Palace, the Queen Anne, until its licence was withheld. Through the years the FCCM maintained the building at Twynholm as well as numerous other charitable purposes. Their closing gift to Twynholm was Ј18,000 which enabled us to purchase the new heating system and boiler, as well as the new video projector which will enable us to project hymns, etc on to the front screen. The FCCM is no more but the needs of Fulham in the 21st century remain. Gone is the visible poverty of 1893, replaced by the new poverty of single parent families, and affluence which is largely selfcentred - but above all still a society which is `without hope' because it is without Christ. FCCM is no more but the mission which fired the Blacks continues ­ to make Jesus known that people may know eternal life and not eternal death ­ to tell that Jesus died, Jesus rose and Jesus is coming again.
November Events Communion on 5th and 19th. Benevolent and Refugee Offering on 5th. Concert of Prayer on 12th. Upcoming Events Our candlelit Carol Service this year will be on the 17th December. Remember to let all your friends and family know well in advance, so they can keep the evening free and come along for a special evening of song and worship. 2 Keith Davies-Evans 20 Rex Frempong 24 Jonathan Gardner 24 Lee Grant 27 Lee Dryden
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twynholm talk... twynholm talk... twynholm talk... Caister 17-21 April 2001. Book via your Holm group leader or speak to Peter Jones ­ remember this is the final year the week-long series of seminars and fellowship will be held at Caister, so hurry up and make your plans to avoid disappointment! Steve and Linda Cronin have left Twynholm and are attending the Church of England where Linda is working part-time as an administrative assistant. It was a tough decision for them to leave and they are missed. Steve was a stalwart assisting his father, Ron, on the catering team, as well as using his trade skills as a woodworker. Linda was our hospitality team leader and they hosted Phil Pereira's home groups. We wish them God's blessings in their new field of service. Just to let you know... Twynholm will be joining the Tasso Christmas Day service, and we will be having a New Year Event on 31st December at Twynholm.
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you." St. Bernard covered his eyes to avoid the beauty of Swiss lakes. Madame Guyon urged the faithful to mortify self and move toward a state of total passivity. Strive for "nothingness," she counselled; achieve "complete indifference to yourself." Hardly a prescription for feeling fully alive. After writing two dozen books on a variety of subjects, author Frederick Buechner decided to turn his literary skills to exploring the lives of saints. The first three he chose ­ Brendan, Godric, and the biblical Jacob ­ surprised him, for the more he researched them, the more skeletons in the closet he uncovered. What made this unsavoury trio saintly? he asked himself. He finally settled on the term "life-giver." Passionate, risk-taking, courageous, each of the three made those around him feel more alive, not less. When I heard Buechner give that definition of saintliness, I thought immediately of my friend Bob. His parents worried about his spiritual state, concerned that he was spending too little time "in the Word" and in church. But I have never met anyone more fully alive. He took in stray animals, did carpentry chores for friends, climbed mountains, skydived, learned to cook, built his own house. Although Bob rarely used religious words, I noticed that everyone around him, including me, felt more alive after spending time with him. He radiated the kind of pleasure in the world of matter that God must feel. By Buechner's definition, at least, Bob was a saint. I have known other life-giving Christians. A devout Presbyterian named Jack McConnell invented the Tine test for tuberculosis, helped develop the painkiller Tylenol and MRI imaging, and then devoted his retirement to recruiting retired physicians to provide free medical
clinics for the poor. Overseas I have met missionaries who repair their own vehicles, master several languages, study the local flora and fauna, and give shots if no doctor is available. Often these life-givers have difficulty finding a comfortable fit in staid churches. Paradoxically, the life-givers I have known seem most abundant with life themselves. Buechner restates the paradox first articulated by Jesus, that the most fully alive persons demonstrate it by giving away that life. I once saw a doctor's car sticker which said, `Drive carefully--the life you save may be your own.'That is the wisdom of men in a nutshell. Everyone around him, including me, felt more alive after spending time with him
What God says, on the other hand, is `The life you save is the life you lose.' In other words, the life you clutch, hoard, guard, and play safe with is in the end a life worth little to anybody, including yourself; and only a life given away for love's sake is a life worth living. To bring his point home, God shows us a man who gave his life away to the extent of dying a national disgrace without a penny in the bank or a friend to his name. In terms of men's wisdom, he was a perfect fool, and anybody who thinks he can follow him without making something like the same kind of fool of himself is labouring under not a cross but a delusion.
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Finding comfort when doubts torment you
You doubt that which you most want to believe. Your child is very sick. The doctor says she'll get well, but you worry. What if the doctor is wrong? Doubts keep welling up, and they don't subside until your child is back home, safe and sound. A man may have reason to doubt that his sweetheart loves him, but he may worry about it simply because losing her love would shatter his life. You doubt that which you most want to believe. No one doubts that which can be easily proven, such as four plus four equals eight, or Napoleon once ruled France, or the Missouri River flows into the Mississippi River. It's in the field of religious beliefs that doubts are most harassing, because faith in God is ultimately the basis for faith in almost anything else ­ other people, the future, even oneself. If there is no God, what is there to count on? People don't worry much about whether there is a God until they very much want a God. They don't bother with whether Jesus is the Son of God who forgives sins unless they feel the burden of guilt and sin. In the New Testament we meet the apostle Thomas, often dubbed "the doubter". Jesus appeared to the other disciples after the resurrection, but Thomas was absent. Told that they had seen Jesus, Thomas in anguish said he could not believe unless he could touch Jesus' hands and side. He doubted, precisely because he wanted more than anything else to have the Lord be alive. When Jesus did show up to Thomas, he chided him, "Because you have seen me you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." That's you and me, the whole human race, ever since the Lord's ascension. Like Thomas, we may be plagued by doubts. Given no vision in the sky, we are summoned still to believe. And deep down, we want to believe. A philosopher has said, "The promise is so vast that a feeling of incredulity will creep in." And what a promise the biblical story holds! Back away from it for a moment, and look at it. We say that the God who created and manages this vast universe decided to colonise a tiny island, earth, with his family, his sons and daughters. And, that when his children turned from him and were imprisoned by the enemy, instead of abandoning them, God came to earth in the person of Jesus, God the Son, to win them back ­ at the fantastic price of giving his life on a cross. We go on to say that this God gives each of us an open line to him. we can dial God direct, and the line is never busy. God hears our most trivial prayer. And when death is done with us, God puts us on our feet again in
a more wonderful part of his empire to live with him forever. Is there any other story in all the world so to tax our imaginations? How can modest people believe they are important to God? Doubt seems more reasonable ­ and humble ­ than faith. But to doubt leaves us on an uncharted sea without a rudder. If the story is not true, then what? What is my importance in this universe if I'm not a child of God but merely a blob of protoplasm? Is the universe itself any more than a cold, impersonal, and cruel machine, if there is no God? Is there any reason to struggle for justice and mercy and righteousness? The option of doubt is really too frightening to entertain. An empty heaven, no judge on the bench, no Saviour to forgive, no good Father waiting for us. The writer Robert Browning says, "This Christianity, it may be so or it may not be so, but will you have it be so if it can?" We answer that, more than anything else in all the world we want it to be so, all doubts notwithstanding. Faith is stronger than doubt, because it attaches itself to the truth. Doubt is wedded to an ultimate lie. And God had other ways than a laboratory or a computer to give us his own kind of "proof ". We are not left to wishful thinking alone. We do not create God in our image. We are created in his, and he has provided us with builtin connections to him. "Deep calls to deep", says the psalmist. And Paul says that God's Spirit witnesses with our spirit that we are God's children. There is a profound intuition in the human spirit that will not settle for a harsh, impersonal, and indifferent universe. Robert Ingersoll, a late-nineteenth-century agnostic, said at his brother's grave: "Life is but a narrow vale between the cold and barren peaks of two eternities. We strive in vain to look beyond the heights. We cry aloud and the only answer is the echo of our wailing cry. From the voiceless lips of the unreplying dead there comes no word, but in the night of death hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing." We have more than an echo. God has broken the silence. God has spoken to us through the prophets. He has appeared in the person of God the Son. God's Spirit broods over us through Word and sacrament. And through the centuries God has provided a cradle of believing people, the church, in which doubts lose their hold, and we are caught up in a kingdom, at once mysterious and real, where we find the key of life. "We live by faith, not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7 by Alvin N Rogness
Did You Know.................
1.....Psalm 118 is the middle chapter of the entire bible. 2.....Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter of the bible. 3.....Psalm 119 is the longest chapter. 4.....The bible has 594 chapters before Psalm 118 and 594 after it. 5.....If you add up all the chapters except Psalm 118, you get 1188 chapters. 6.....Psalm 118 v 8 is the middle verse of the entire bible. So what does the central verse say? "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." OCTOBER 2000 | CROSSTALK
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Stepping out in faith
Vic Jackopson maps out a plan to help build a better future for South Africa
How many miles do you cover in a day? How far do you think you will walk in the next few weeks, as you traipse around the shops trying to find those last few gifts, have a few extra trips to church for choir practice, and pay a seasonal visit to friends and family? A couple of miles? Ten kilometres? More? Well, you might not be thinking about walking further than the high street, but Vic Jackopson has a longer trip in mind. This year he plans to take part in a sponsored walk, the President Christmas Walk, all the way from York to London. The trek has been dreamed up to raise funds for Score 2000, a project which aims to help South Africans find a better standard of living on a day-to-day basis. Vic says, "35 years ago, as a young idealistic student of theology, I marched with thousands of others on the streets of London to protest against the apartheid regime. Now a new challenge faces the multiracial South Africa: How to create a more equitable distribution of the land's rich resources without upsetting the delicate infrastructure of the economy. Housing for millions of homeless, health in the midst of an AIDS epidemic, education for all and the need for universal sanitation vie with the many other legitimate aspirations of an expectant populace. "Many things that we in the affluent northern hemisphere regard as essentials are pushed to the bottom of the heap
.Unless help comes from the private or voluntary sector, the government simply cannot hope to meet the aspirations of the people of South Africa, particularly the youth. "We at Hope Now simply want to demonstrate our commitment to the physical, educational and spiritual needs of one community. Last year we were able to provide a library and computer resource centre for the Kulani High School in Langa. This year we are building a sports facility of hall and playing fields for all the five secondary schools of Langa for a total cost of Ј260,000. "Together we can provide the facilities that will offer an alternative to less positive activities such as gangs, drugs and vandalism. I hope that my walk together with your sponsorship will make their dream a reality." Vic begins his walk in York on 20th November, and will be stopping at each night to speak in towns along the way. He is due to arrive in London on 22nd December, to take part in a lunchtime Carol Concert at St Margaret Church, Lothbury (behind the Bank of England), followed by a procession to the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square. If you want to sponsor Vic, or would like more details about his walk, telephone 02380 769 635, visit the www.hopenow.org.uk website, or contact Heather Gibson or Peter Jones for further details.
Seeing? Or Just Looking? A few years ago a psychiatrist at a Russian psychiatric hospital began to take an interest in a long-term patient by the name of Andras Tamas. He discovered the name had been given to him by officials at the clinic when he'd been admitted there. As the doctor dug deeper he realised the man had been drafted into the army, but the authorities had mistaken his native Hungarian language for the gibberish of a lunatic and had him committed. Then they forgot about him. For 53 years. The psychiatrist gradually helped Tamas to recover the memories of who he was and where he came from. He recently returned home to Budapest as a war hero ­ "the last prisoner of World War II". This man had forgotten his real name, and he had even forgotten what he looked like. He hadn't seen his own face in five decades. One news account reported: "For hours, the old man studies the face in a mirror. The deepset eyes. The gray stubble on the chin. The furrows of the brow. It is his face, but it is a startling revelation." Try to imagine what that feels like. To gaze into a mirror, and yet not recognise your own face, touching your own cheek and seeing the reaction in the eyes of a stranger. James 1:23-24 reflects on this idea. "Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like." There, right before our eyes in Scripture, is an accurate reflection of ourselves. But we don't always see what the bible shows us. When we read the bible it is important to reflect on what it reveals about ourselves, not just examining our outward appearance, but looking at the image of our hearts. "The man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it ­ he will be blessed in what he does." (James 1: 25-26)
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Back to the Future what is the true measure of a country's development? Adrian Stewart
A few years ago I went on a trip to India. I travelled east from the UK and as we landed the first officer instructed us how to adjust our watches, telling us how many hours ahead we had moved. As I watched multiple lanes of traffic in the taxi from the airport the thought struck me that rather than going forward in time it seemed we had gone back several decades. Due to India's tight import/export laws and limited development of technology we seemed to have arrived somewhere in the middle of the 1950s. The cars, the lorries and even the buildings covered in reddish brown dust gave vistas like old sepia coloured photographs. When I arrived in Brazil I immediately began assessing the culture. A gringo always cringes when a fellow-gringo compares life with that back home but to be honest when you travel you can't help but do it. We try to get our bearings, and figure out how things hang together, and many of us attempt to find similarities between new cultural experiences and old habits from our home country as a source of security. In the case of Brazil, I think life is just too different. I found myself trying to determine what stage Brazil, a developing country, had reached. Upon consideration, this is an odd question ­ what exactly does development mean and by what standard am I judging it? The great civilised West? More specifically, I wanted to understand `where the church was at' in order to determine a approach for my work. There seemed little point in suggesting evangelistic strategies used in
modern-day London to a church equivalent to a 1950s American Baptist model in a culture equivalent to 1970s Britain in moral stance. Let me explain what I mean. When I talk about development I am not primarily interested in the quality of cars, or housing or telecommunications. In many parts of Brazil such things are fairly up to date. For a country which has just celebrated 500 years in existence it obviously has a highly developed and wonderfully rich and variant culture. Instead, I wanted to focus on the country's moral standards, to measure Brazil against the continued decline in the UK. In which time zone of moral development or disintegration had I landed? I realised that if I found Brazil in the past, I would in fact have come from the future (like a tacky American time travel drama) and therefore my knowledge could have been useful in preventing the decline of the society I settled in. Of course, I have made a huge assumption that Brazil will slide the same way as Europe, a rather crude generalisation, but as we look back at the social and moral decline of the last 20 years in the UK surely there are very basic factors (e.g. fragmentation of the family) that it would do no harm to work to reinforce here `in the past' in Brazil. But how do you determine where Brazil is? If you come across a `clue' how do you know it's not a red herring? There is no simple scale to measure or apply. I may make an observation about the culture and think that's how people thought in England
in the early 1980s, so Brazil is similar. In actual fact I may just have observed a behavioural quirk limited to a particular locale. The only way of knowing is to live there for a long long time. To experience day-to-day life, and begin to move from speculation and rash generalisations to observing possible micro-trends in the society, and so moderate my ministry in response to these perceived needs. Trial and error city, Brazil. My first `clue' on my cultural case was to be found in the Bible college where we first stayed. I noticed over some weeks that a common joke amongst the young men was to accuse each other of being homosexual. This panned out into a more general church view which was quite homophobic. When I observed this, the first thing I thought was ­ how odd, that was a joke when I was 13 years old. Then I wondered would a 13 year old in London today consider it funny? Possibly not, since the first generation who have been `taught' the complete normalcy of homosexuality as a way of life are now teenagers. They have an acceptance, only tempered admittedly by the generation above them, that would mean they would be unable to see the humour. It's funny here because it is ridiculous that a Christian could be gay, could have a way of life which is perceived as foolish, even crazy. So where does all this put Brazil? Is it a clue that they are 20 years behind (I mean ahead actually) in terms of moral conservatism? Only time will tell.
O Come All Ye Faithful!
Christmas is coming, and with it the chance to enjoy those hymns that we don't get to sing all year round. Our community carol singing will take place on Saturday 9th December, and we don't need a choir of angels, just a group of willing participants who feel like spreading a little Christmas cheer to the people of Fulham. We'll be out and about from 6.30-9.30, and there will be refreshments served back at the church afterwards.
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Odes 'n' Ends
How Does the Squirrel Know About Nuts? How does the squirrel know about nuts? Give me an answer ­ no "ifs" or "buts", How does he know that inside the shell Is just what he needs to keep fit and well? How does our blood know how to clot If we cut ourselves and ,might lose the lot? How does it know to coagulate, Changing from liquid to solid state? How does the sun know know to give light To us by day and New Zealand by night? How does the earth know how to spin Right around the sun, day out ­ day in? How does a snowflake know how to be Exquisitely beautiful in symmetry? How can a frozen drop of rain Get it so right ­ again and again? How does the albatross know how to fly With unerring accuracy through the sky? Or how does the salmon born in the Tay Traverse the oceans and come back all the way? How does the spider know how to make A web so strong that it will not break When a bluebottle flies right into the middle How can I solve this difficult riddle? How do they know when their brains are so small? And some, l;ike the snowflake, have no brains at all! How, may I ask, do they figure it out? How do these wonders all come about? "It happens by chance," is the answer of some, "Like a lucky number drawn from a drum." "But if you think that," I just want to shout, "You've lost all your marbles ­ your brains have dropped out!" Give me an answer that satisfies me ­ Not some preposterous fantasy! The things I've mentioned must have been planned, Don't waffle about "Mother Nature's good hand". To make all these things - and millions more Means deliberate design ­ of that I am sure. To a world hooked on Darwin and random selection I answer quite simply: God gave direction. In the beginning He spoke and all was created. The truth is in Genesis ­ quite clearly stated. And the Gospel of John, verse three, chapter one Tells us all was made by Jesus ­ His Son. (Rev John Rosser, Truro evangelical church)
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Answers Across 1. Egypt 4. Lord 5. Acts 6. Swords 8. Loaves 10. Dove 11. Hair 12. Gnats Down 1. Esau 2. Passover 3. Bride 4. Lions' Den 7. Jonah 9. Jews
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CONCERT OF PRAYER 12th November 2000
Dave & Linda Turpin Garden City Church Give thanks for Simon and Caroline Davies, who have been coming to family services and helping with music. Caroline has also been helping with Mums and Tots. Other members to give thanks for are Richard and Marilyn Brown, and John Heeseman. Pray for those named as contacts through volleyball and football: Alan, Robert, Richard, Mike Williams, Tony, John McKenzie, Steve, Peter, Gary and Chris. Also, women who have been reached through Mums and Tots, Sharon, Nicki and Vanessa. Accommodation will be required for the team Wyatt hopes to commission from the USA. Phil & Martha Matthews Grace Bible Fellowship - Dublin Pray for Martha's family, in the months after the loss of her brother Scott who died at the beginning of August. Pray for growth within the church, and that people reached during the summer will become part of the church and grow spiritually. Nick & Raili Watkins Bristol Pray that a Youth Leader will be found to take over from Nick in Summer 2001 Leadership Development They hope to launch the FIEC's new "Learn to Lead" course Christine Preston Kathmandu, Nepal Christine has been home for a spell. Pray that she will feel strengthened by her time here and ready to go back to Kathmandu and her work at the clinic.
Glen & Viv Wanless The Airport Church - Newcastle The Alpha course for seekers continues on Tuesdays. Pray that the leaders will be able to provide those attending with the answers to their questions, and everyone taking part will be moved by the power of the Holy Spirit. The church is still undergoing refurbishment. Pray for funds and practical skills, and also for support from the City Council, particularly regarding the installation of disabled toilet facilities. The building also needs a PA System. John & Joan Rogers Interdev John gives thanks for progress in the development of two new training workshops. He will be travelling around Asia over the next few weeks presenting training in Kathmandu, Dhaka, and the Southern Philippines. Please pray for John as he leads the development of a further new workshop, and more training courses for the next two years. Joan has taken on a change of role. Interlinks is moving to Global Connections and there is restructuring at the Interdev office. Joan has been appointed Administrative Services Manager for Interdev, which involves her in overseeing the work of the support team at the office in West Drayton. Mark & Violeta Walker Latin Link ­ Cusco, Peru In preparation for their up-and-coming home leave assignment, Mark and Violeta plan to start handing over responsibility for the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) programme to a New Director. The Sicuani Board have nominated Pastor Aguilar, but it has to be confirmed at Synod level. Please pray all arrangements will go smoothly.
Twynholm Member Needs
Irene Burke is at home, but beginning to get out, and values our prayers. Dorothy Jarrett still recovering after fracturing her leg. Pray for strength and healing. Sue Farrer remains unwell.
Vicki Gwin still not fully recovered from M.E.
Ken Wyatt with continued poor health.
Alex Sadler has completed his radiation therapy.
Nigel Henderson Pray for recovery. NOVEMBER 2000 | CROSSTALK
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