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My goal is to share encouragement, grace, and hope from God’s Word, and to brighten your day. Mission trips abroad have enlarged my heart and reminded me once again that regardless of our skin color or location we all need a savior, and His name is Jesus. I pray that my articles will lift your spirits and point you to the One who loves you most.
Listen to Fran’s January 4, 2020 live radio interview with Nancy Solari, CEO of Living Full Out, Inc. Nancy lives in Oregon, is blind, and after participating in a communications career, started her own show to assist others in overcoming various life challenges. The interview includes commercials and a couple of call-in’s to Nancy in her capacity as a Life Coach before Fran’s interview begins.
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- Walking Through the Fire (a grief recovery article)
- Ten Days of Encouragement (for anyone who is depressed)
- Ten Ways to Say “I Care” (to encourage grieving mothers)
- The Russian version of See You Later, Jeffrey
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The Golden Rule
By Fran Caffey Sandin
“So, whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12).
“Newfoundland?” To me, it sounded more like never-never land, but my husband’s spirit of adventure prevailed and away we flew. Landing in St John, the island’s capital city, I was impressed with the variety of terrain, colorful row houses, and quaint fishing villages nestled in quiet coves. The friendly people helped us understand more about their unique area and we soon discovered the correct pronunciation—not New Found Land, but Newfinland said rapidly. The folks there call themselves Newfies. They are Newfies first and Canadians second.
We rented a car and drove to small towns north of the city. In Holyrood we stayed at a bed and breakfast home with a walking trail by the lake and enjoyed codfish au gratin at the local restaurant. Since cod fishing is their main industry, we ate cod fixed some way every day.
In Twillingate we toured an original-furnished lighthouse with the antique operational cable and gears to maintain the shining light, a 24-hour job for the on-location keeper and his family. One of the main attractions for Twillingate is viewing huge floating ice bergs in May and June. We were too late to see them but enjoyed the museum that featured videos of the giant ice formations meandering along the Atlantic coastline. That evening we attended a local dinner and entertainment show by “The Split Peas” a humorous singing group. The talented women became creative because of their isolation and harsh winters. Summer is the time to visit.
On to Gander. Its international airport is called “the lifeboat of the North Atlantic.” Built as a military base in World War II for propeller planes, it was the most appropriate easterly location on the North American continent, a necessary stopping point before crossing the Atlantic Ocean. It became famous on 9-11 after two planes had crashed into the twin towers of the New York World Trade Center, another at the Pentagon, and a fourth in Pennsylvania. The U.S. Transportation Secretary closed our airspace and ordered every plane in the sky to land immediately at the nearest available airport. The United States was under attack by terrorists.
When Gander’s mayor saw the television news, he realized his city of about 10,000 would be a destination for planes to land. He said to himself.…Get ready!
Thirty-eight planes subsequently landed in Gander with 6,595 passengers and crew stranded for almost a week. The townspeople prepared schools by having students clean out their desks and move furniture to make room for cots. The Salvation Army, Red Cross, surrounding towns, churches, and fraternal organizations were all notified. A state of emergency was declared and all the hotel rooms available in the area were designated for pilots and crew members. An entire fleet of school buses waited outside the main airport terminal to transport passengers who had gone through security and were ready to exit. After the tired, some confused, and some scared passengers boarded the busses, they were transported to various places to rest.
Busses arriving at the Town Hall were greeted with smiling, waving, Newfies. The passengers were escorted to their large room where sleeping bags, cots, and air mattresses were ready. From house to house people had gathered bedding and blankets for the shelters. Every business in Gander joined the relief effort by providing sandwiches, chicken, and pizza. Groups of women got together and cooked meals to be delivered. Pharmacies and the Red Cross provided personal care items. The passengers had their carry-on bags, but other suitcases had to remain on the plane. A Walmart located nearby stocked clothes to buy if needed.
Newfie families opened their homes to weary travelers. The hospitality toward strangers was nothing short of amazing and the spirit of community, inspiring. Churches were a haven for those seeking help, too. Many were fearful of more terrorist threats and some who had family members in the U.S. were upset and concerned for their safety as well. The Newfies shared their computers and phones so families could make connections and ease anxieties.
After almost a week passengers and crews began leaving for their original destinations. Touched by the Newfies, some shed tears, others requested addresses and telephone numbers. The Newfies won their hearts by affirming their care for humanity without expecting anything in return. People from all walks of life and different parts of the world stayed in Gander, and lasting bonds of friendship grew from the power of unconditional love.
Dear Heavenly Father, the way the Newfies treated the stranded sojourners reminds me of the way Jesus treated others. It is the loving way. As we live on earth day by day, please help us put others before ourselves so we can become more like Christ. Help us to live by the Golden Rule and treat others as we want them to treat us. In Jesus’s name, Amen.