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Read Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23 —1 Corinthians 3:6 (NRSV)

I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.

Pahliwe is a young Xhosa woman who knows the Bible and is devoted to Jesus Christ. She lives in a homeless shelter in the Western Cape province of South Africa, but she longs to find work to support herself and make a home. I met her through my work with The Upper Room.

Pahliwe and others at this shelter have been using The Upper Room daily devotional guide for several months. This week on the train going into Cape Town to look for work, Pahliwe dozed off with the magazine on her lap. When it fell to the floor, a man sitting next to her picked it up and began to read. When Pahliwe awoke, he asked if the magazine belonged to her. “Well,” she said, “it was mine, but now it is yours.” He was very pleased and said that he was glad to have it as he traveled home to Zimbabwe.

Hearing this story, I imagined other ways God might use this little guide. I presented a thrilled Pahliwe with five new copies of The Upper Room—one for herself and four to give away to others.

Pahliwe’s story reminds us that we go through our everyday routine, God can use us to serve others—even when we are unaware.

PRAYER—Dear God, help us to see what you are doing and equip us to serve you. Amen.

Link2Life—To see a photo of Pahliwe, go to

—John Frye (Western Cape, South Africa)

Date: 4/8/2013


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