"A Successful Teacher"
(by: Eric Butterworth - from Chicken Soup for the Soul)

8-18-99 Story of the Week Seeds from Church Within #45
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Welcome
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to The
Church Within Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds]

This week's SOW Seeds - #45, contributed by: Kavita Pai

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Story of the Week
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"A Successful Teacher"
(by: Eric Butterworth - from Chicken Soup for the Soul)

A college professor had his sociology class go into the Baltimore slums to get case histories of 200 young boys. They were asked to write an evaluation of each boy's future. In every case the students wrote, "He hasn't got a chance." Twenty-five years later another sociology professor came across the earlier study. He had his students follow up on the project to see what had happened to these boys. With the exception of 20 boys who had moved away or died, the students learned that 176 of the remaining 180 had achieved more than ordinary success as lawyers, doctors and businessmen.

The professor was astounded and decided to pursue the matter further.

Fortunately, all the men were in the area and he was able to ask each one, "How do you account for your success?" In each case the reply came with feeling, "There was a teacher."

The teacher was still alive, so he sought her out and asked the old but still alert lady what magic formula she had used to pull these boys out of the slums into successful achievement.

The teacher's eyes sparkled and her lips broke into a gentle smile. "It's really very simple," she said. "I loved those boys."

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Your Children who have truly changed this world for the better, have done it through Love. Help us all to heal the world. Teach us Your Love.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal
Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love, through me, to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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