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August 22, 2016 @ 5:16 AM by: Richard Steinecke

A smile formed on his face as he approached the water. He leaped up, grabbed his knees and cannonballed into the water. The huge splash drenched the person standing beside him and landed on the spectators in the first few rows. Did this happen at a swimming pool? N‎o. This occurred in a baptismal tank in a church. The human cannonball was a community member from the homeless shelter located in the church building. The point of the story, told at the Compassion Conference I attended last week, was how the church needs to react when welcoming new members from its compassion activities. In this case the Minister in the baptismal tank, and most of the wet observers, laughed in acceptance of the cannonball's enthusiasm. In our line of work, you “gotta be ready for anything”.

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