The Salt Man and the Ocean

Maggie Gobran (also known as Mama Maggie) is a Christian from Egypt who founded the charity organization the Stephanus-children in Mokattam, outside Cairo in Egypt. Since 1985 she has ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying (especially children). She spoke at the 2011 Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit and closed with this story which describes her ministry to the poor (my paraphrase): A man made of salt was walking on the shore of an ocean. He heard a voice calling from the ocean asking him, “Who are you?” He said, “I’m a salt man and who are you?” The voice answered, “Come closer.” So, the man took a few steps toward the ocean and asked the same question again, “Who are you?” The voice answered, “Come closer.” When he started to touch the water, his feet dissolved. So, he asked, “Who are you?” The voice answered, “Come closer.” When he did, he dissolved completely. “Who are you?” asked the man. The voice answered, “I am the ocean.”

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