Praise and Prayer

Praise: The old Ghanaian woman stared in amazement as water gently trickled through her wrinkled, worn toes. Kneeling before her in the dust of the market, Perry Polnaszek pulled out a handkerchief and carefully wiped the woman's feet. As the dirt stained the clean white cloth, the Christian life came alive for the woman and the other Africans who watched. The seminary student then turned to the Scriptures and told them how Christ had taken the soiling sins of the world upon himself. "God opened their hearts," said Polnaszek, a Thorp, Wis., native and student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. "It just was a very easy and pure transition to the gospel." "Everywhere he went with that [the foot washing], it had a profound impact," said Daniel Hatfield, leader of the mission trip. "It drew crowds. It taught. It communicated."