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PAGE 10A THE KALONA NEWS, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 From page6A GODWORK The Lord said, "Loose them and ter 4, the Lord told Moses that was equivalent to a van or pick-up bring them to me for I have need he would do miracles with his truck. It was the main means of of them!" Are you prepared to staff to deliver the Israelites from transporting goods and materials loose your grip on your business Egypt, but the first thing He told from one place to another. Con- and let the Lord transform it and Him to do was to lay it down. It sider this: use it for His purposes? was only after Moses laid it down In Matthew, chapter 21, the Lord You are probably asking, "What did it transform into an extraor- was preparing for his triumphal do you mean transform it and use dinary tool to overpower the the entry into the city of Jerusalem it for His purposes?" I believe it enemy. As Moses sets out on his and says to two of His disciples, is in God's best interest to pros- commission to Egypt, verse 20 "Go into the village opposite you per the individual who is will- says, ' nd Moses took the rod of and immediately you will find a ing to fully submit his business God in His hand." Ever since he donkey tied and a colt with her. to Him and intentionally engage had laid it down, it was no longer Loose them and bring them to me. Him on a daily basis to seek His referred to as Moses' rod but the And if anyone says anything to ways and implement them. By rod of God. you, you shall say, 'The Lord has this, we allow Him to change the My friends, do you want to see need of them.'" way things are done that would the extraordinary? Do you want Friends, the Lord has need of ultimately reveal His relevance, to be a change agent in your soci- your business as a means to truly power and presence to a skeptical ety? Do you want to hear the Lord enter our towns and marketplaces, world. Actually, there is no better say to you, "Well done good and He did not enter Jerusalem with business insurance plan. faithful servant? Then, surrender a big formal function in a syria- Another great biblical example your business to God and ask Him gogue, but He entered out in the of this topic was Moses' staff, to show you a different way that streets on the back of someone's Moses' staff represented his pro- would reveal Him and His king- greatest business asset. But no- fession. It was a shepherd's staff, dom. Loose it! Loosen your grip tice that first, the asset (the don- which was his primary tool for and lay it down! I assure you, you key) had to be loosed by its owner, doing his job. In Exodus, chap- will never regret it. From page 6A ELLIE ders what her future will hold. Along the way, she has adven- tures, including a sleepover at her English friend's house and a run- away buggy ride. Borntrager was raised in the farming community of Plain City, Ohio, the seventh in an Amish family of 10 children. In keep- ing with Amish tradition, Born- trager's education initially ended after eight grades of elementary school. After leaving the Amish, she attended a teacher-training in- stitute at the former Eastern Men- nonite College in Harrisonburg, Va. She taught for seven years in a Christian elementary school. Borntrager died in 2002 at age 81. "The first book has more of Mother in it than the other books in the series," said Borntrager's oldest daughter, Kathryn Keim, who was instrumental in encour- aging her mother to put her many stories into print. "She was the lit- tle girl who had to milk two cows every morning before school; she had an 'English' friend at school and was definitely teased about being Amish." At age 19, Mary Christner mar- life," said Keim, recalling that her ried John Borntrager, who died mother had read two misleading just before Ellie was first pub- books on the Amish that also pro- lished. They had four children. In pelled her to continue the series. the book Ellie, the title character According to Keim, her mother also marries at age 19, and has personally answered every piece four children, of fan mail she received in re- The Borntrager heirs are sponse to the novels; she heard pleased to see the books brought from people ages five to 80. back into print. "If more children Geared for children ages 10 and and adults in a new generation up, Ellie is available for $7.99 USD can get pleasure from reading from MennoMedia.