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Mother Teresa: "A Pencil in the Hand of God"
By Toni Lee Robinson
1 North of Greece lies a small mountain nation. It is the country of Macedonia. Skopje is its capital city. A girl named Agnes was born in this city in August of 1910.
2 As the girl grew, she showed a deep interest in spiritual things. At the age of 12, she felt an urging. She felt she had been given a special job. Her task was to spread the "message of the love of Christ." She felt she had a special calling to serve the poor. At eighteen, she left home. She went to Ireland to become a nun. Her convent sent some workers to India. Young Agnes went to Calcutta.
3 Soon the time came to take her vows, to officially become a nun. Agnes took the name "Teresa." Her new name showed her desire to be like another nunï¿½Therese of Lisieux. Therese was a French girl who took her vows in the late 1800s. She died at the age of 24. She had lived only a short time, but she was loved by all who knew her.
4 The new Sister Teresa taught at St. Mary's school in Calcutta. The school was orderly and comfortable. The girls who attended were from middle class families. It was a quiet little world all to itself. The years passed quickly. Teresa became head of the school.
5 Just outside the school's pleasant walls lay a different world. A terrible poverty prowled the streets. Poor people died of sickness and starvation. Children roamed garbage dumps looking for scraps of food. They lived in filth, fighting to survive. Teresa saw the suffering just outside her window. The needs of the poor people were overwhelming. What could be done?
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