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  • REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK

    The reluctant messenger

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  • VICTORVILLE — News reporters and editors never know who may approach us on a given day nor what may come out of those encounters.
    A young man came to visit us at the Daily Press on Aug. 14, asking how he could get a story in the newspaper. A common enough question.
    However, he visited us in faithfulness to a mission he said he was given: To let the world know through the news media that if all killing would stop for 24 hours, God would reveal Himself.
    The young man said he was entrusted to deliver this message of peace and revelation despite anticipated suspicions he might be crazy or on drugs.
    I told him his message wasn’t a news story but was something he himself could share through social media.
    After additional thought I suggested he find a group that prayed intently, perhaps a group that works like a relay team and prays 24 hours a day for peace.
    I told him one doesn’t know what embarking on a faith mission might lead to. And it’s not uncommon for the message to be bigger than the messenger.
    That day, I also received a call from a reader in Phelan who said she needed help with utility-bill relief and some basic things around the house because of family illness and a severely limited income.
    Seniors and those caring for them can start to find assistance by calling the San Bernardino County Department of Aging and Adult Services at 800-510-2020 or going to hss.sbcounty.gov/daas.
    Gary Brodeur may be contacted at 760-951-6245 or gbrodeur@vvdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @DP_gbrodeur.
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