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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Telephone (07/17/08)

TITLE: Youth-Faith Feedback Forum
By Colin Swann


“Hello, is that Youth-Faith?”

Maud popped the hard sweet out from her mouth and plonked it on the tissue laid out on her desk.

“Hi, Maud here! Yes it’s Youth-Faith Feedback. Could I have your name please?”

“Naftali Levi! My friends call me Naf.”

Naftali, and I thought Maud was grotty.

“Mmm… ok, would you be so kind as to spell your Christian name for me, please?”

“N for November, A for Alpha, F for Foxtrot……………..”

“Very impressive, where did you learn the Phonetic Alphabet Naf…ahem…tali?”

“Youth Cadets.”

“Right, how can we help you Dear?” That’s easier than struggling with his name.

“On your Sunday ‘Youth-Faith’ program Jim said Jesus walked on water and it was a miracle. The Basilisk ‘Jesus’ lizards have been walking on water for maybe millions of years - Do you think Jesus got his idea from them?”

Maud had been instructed not get into detailed debate, especially on difficult topics and those she didn’t know anything about. Her main duty was to sift out possible good discussion items for some future show.

“I’ll forward your query to Jim, maybe he’ll answer it on his next show.” This pat answer had got Maud out of many a difficult scrape when out of her depth.

“Haven’t you got an opinion on my question?”

“Well, Jesus is God the Son who created everything - that includes both water and lizards - if he created creatures to walk on water then I’m sure he could too.”

“Well, that sounds sound but I’d like to hear Jim’s opinion on this if you’d ask him, please?”

“That’s fine, will do! Do you mind leaving your phone number so that we can inform you if and when your question may be given an airing?”

“Ok Maud, 752347.”

“Bye Naf! Thanks!”


“I’d like to speak to the program director,” a voice tersely commanded.

“I’m sorry sir but all questions and requests have to go through me.”

“Why, are the powers that be too scared to be front-line people? Putting the cannon fodder out there to be blown out of the water? Well you’ll have to do then won’t you?”

“I’ll try my best sir.”

“I’m a teacher trying to educate youngsters in sound scientific principles. Your program undermines all that we teachers are trying to instill in students. I couldn’t believe it when Jim said, ‘the Evolution Theory is a myth,’ - what was he thinking of?”

“Sir, we Christians believe in Creationism - that means God created things and they didn’t just happen by chance.” Maud was confident on this one as she had made a study of it. It was of tremendous interest to her and her pet Christian subject.

“Oh, so there’s some mighty magician up there in the sky that just magically waved his wand and ‘Hey Presto’ life forms?”

“Yes sir, a very Mighty Magician who didn’t have to wave a wand but just spoke and everything came into being.” She began to think she had better tone it down a bit; after all it was these controversies that made their program successful. “But we respect everyone’s opinion sir. Would you be willing to appear on a future program to discuss this with Jim if I forward your request to him?”

“Yes, I would be very willing if he dare meet me.”

“Could I have your name and phone number then, please?”

“Jones 246530 - that do?”

“Yes sir! Thank you! Bye!”


Maud met up with June for their usual drink together after work. “Phew, what a day.”

“Mine too,” said June, and went on, “I had this mad lady on the phone - I think she must have religious mania - she asked how many candles did she need to put around her home to wade off evil spirits. I just told her to pray to Jesus and ask his help. She said she thought he was one of them.”

Maud stated, “I sometimes wish Jim was available to answer some of their up front questions and take a bit of the flack that we have to. Then he doesn’t always have an easy ride when the show goes on, and we’ve always got the get-out!”

She continued, “Well here’s to tomorrow - and may the Good Lord keep getting us out of hot water.”


They clinked their glasses and downed them in one! As usual!!

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Verna Cole Mitchell 07/25/08
Sometimes we don't think about all those whose job it is to take calls for someone else. You represented them very well.