June 3, 2019
In this morning’s Fruit of the Vine, Dan Cammack tells the story of Eli and Sybil Jones. Early after their marriage, “Eli and Sybil sensed a call to itinerant ministry” that took them across North America and “then to Europe where they ministered among Friends in Ireland and England. The Lord also led them to Liberia, Syria, and Palestine.”
It was in 1869, in Ramallah, Palestine, that the Joneses had an encounter that changed their lives. A young woman “asked Eli to open a school for girls. There was one for boys but none for girls. Her request so moved Eli and Sybil that they gave money to start a day school for girls.” Over the next hundred years, Friends from eleven American yearly meetings served in that school. “The area continues to attract Friends to this day.”
Dan suggests that the school exists because Eli and Sybil took seriously a request from this young woman they met in Palestine. And Dan asks us to consider what requests Jesus might have us respond to today. Dan also suggests this prayer: “Lord, help me to see, hear, and respond according to your will.”
This is my prayer today. I hope you’ll join me.