When Donkeys “Fly”
Donkeys are stubborn, right? Hard to train? Not interested in pleasing their owners?
That’s the donkey’s reputation. But one donkey in Egypt is changing people’s minds. Her owner is 14-year-old Ahmed Ayman. He is a farmer. He saw his donkey jump over a small canal one day. Ahmed decided to train her.
He started with a small barrier and taught her to jump it. Each day, he made it higher and higher.Now the pair performs in front of crowds of children. Ahmed gets on his donkey’s back. The children cheer. The donkey gallops toward a wooden barrier. She leaps. She soars over it!Ahmed’s uncle tried to train another donkey. That donkey refused. It wouldn’t even try to jump.
Ahmed dreams of jumping horses one day. But he says he loves his donkey. He says he would never sell her, even if he gets a horse one day.
God used the stubbornness of a donkey in an amazing way. Read about that in Numbers 22:22-35.
Lost and Found
Erika Colligan never met her father. He died in a plane crash in South Vietnam. She was just a year old then.
It was dangerous to live in Vietnam. War was going on. Erika’s family left a few years later. She grew up in the United States.
Erika’s father was named Phan Khoi. He was an artist. American soldiers trained him to fly fighter planes. During his training, Phan Khoi made paintings for his American friends. He did it to say “thank you” to the Americans who were trying to help his country.
Erika thought her father’s paintings were lost in Vietnam. But she kept hoping that maybe a few survived. She asked American veterans from the war. She showed them pictures. Did they know her father? Had they seen his art?
Her search paid off. Erika finally found Phan Khoi’s flight instructor. His name is Colonel Billy Mobley. He had a painting Phan Khoi had given him. Erika drove to Texas to meet Colonel Mobley. He handed her the painting. Now it is hers.
Colonel Mobley told Erika all about her father. She held his painting. She cried happy tears.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more.—Revelation 21:4
Biggest Plant Show
Everything you ever need to know about plants! That’s what the Essen International Plant Fair says it offers. And that’s why more than 57,000 people come to the show in Germany each year.
All those people make their living from plants somehow. Some are farmers. Some are scientists. Others work in greenhouses. Many are florists. Still others sell plants at home garden centers.
They come to see new plant breeds. They learn how to grow and sell more efficiently. They see examples of what’s possible for produce, flowers, plants. It all gets covered at this show.
The big gathering takes place at the end of January. That’s good timing for the people who attend. Farmers in both northern and southern hemispheres can take a break then. In the north, they are planning what spring planting will be. In the south, many are not yet to harvest time.
It’s also a good time for anyone who sells flowers. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So are spring weddings. Floral designers love to get new ideas at the world’s biggest plant show!
The flowers appear on the Earth, the time of singing has come.—Song of Solomon 2:12
Big Cat Sighting
Have you ever seen a jaguar in the zoo? Did you know the giant, spotted wildcats are native to the United States?
This is “El Jefe.” He is a wild jaguar. He was caught on video near a creek in Arizona. “El Jefe” means “the boss” in Spanish. El Jefe is about seven years old. He is the only documented wild jaguar known of in the country. A few others have been spotted, people say. But El Jefe is the only one officially recorded.
Once there were many jaguars in the American southwest. They slowly disappeared over the last 150 years. Jaguars preyed on livestock, like cattle. So some were killed. Others were pushed out of the area. Their habitat shrank as cities, roads, and businesses grew.
Animal conservationists hope there are more jaguars still out there. El Jefe is young. Scientists say his mother must still be out there somewhere. But right now, no one knows of any female jaguars in the United States for sure.
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