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King of the Vagabonds: A Missionary Story from Morocco
King of the Vagabonds A Missionary Story from Morocco Author:Evelyn Stenbock CONTENTS — Pronunciation Guide — Glossary of Foreign Words — 1. A Cause for Rejoicing — 2. Sfinge and Vinegar — 3. A Change in Mohammed's Household — 4. The Call to Morocco — 5. Thief! Thief! — 6. A New Life in Casablanca — 7. Learning About the Arabs — 8. A New Field — 9. Hamid Finds the Way — 10. Aunt Meelooda's Invitation — 11. A Threat from the Mosque — 1... more »2. A New Creation
Chapter 1: A Cause for Rejoicing (page 9)
The wizened old lady crouched beside the glowing embers of the wood fie, rubbing her hands together as she talked. It was November, and cold in the little mountain town in Morocco.
"The Lord doesn't want to give us rain, because out hearts are black with sin," she remarked. "Nobody wants to repent! May God himself cause us to repent, so that we can have rain for our crops!" As she grumbled she pushed back her several headscarves and thoroughly scratched her head. Her long, thinning hair was gray, but frequent applications of henna gave the appearance of red hair, rather unkempt. Although the ground was white with early morning frost she wore no shoes, and her loose, ragged garments were filthy.
"God is all-powerful! God is the Most High!," here son said with a sigh. He stood up, opened the rickety wooden gate, and looked out at this tiny gardens.
The plot was not more than two blocks square, yet from the little piece of ground Mohammed, as his father and grandfather before him had done, made a meager living for his family. He considered himself fortunate to own a piece of land ... even a small one.
Mohammed lifted his eyes to the row of olive trees along the edge of the garden. They stood rugged and gnarled, like...« less