The Good Soil
“The Good Soil,” an Adventures in Odyssey Club exclusive, is episode #793 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Phil Lollar, and was originally released on May 1, 2016.
Based on a true story, a medical missionary encounters soldiers, cannibals and true love in the Congo. But is his work in vain?
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- The title of this episode references the Parable of the Sower (found in Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20, and Luke 8:4-15).
- What do you think it means when someone says we live in a “microwave culture”? Name several things take a long time, but are worth the wait.
- Patrice was fascinated with the “words of life” Dr. Leslie talked about. How has the Bible proven to be “words of life” to you and your family?
- What did you think of the relationship between William and Clara?
- Talk about Renaud’s statement, “I will not risk my men to save savages and cannibals.” What did he think about the value of human life? If Jesus had been standing there, how do you think He would have responded? How do people today value life differently?
- Mobutu misunderstood Dr. Leslie’s relationship with Renaud, jumping to conclusions about his motives and calling him a liar. When have you been accused of something unfairly? What happened?
- Share the following quote and see if anyone can guess who said it: “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.” Did anyone guess William Leslie? It was actually the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 49:4 NLT), who was later reassured that God’s word will always accomplish His plans. Re-read and discuss this month’s Adventure Bible Verse, Isaiah 55:11.
- Who did Dr. Leslie impact most in our story? Talk about the key moment between William and Patrice that “prepared the soil” of the boy’s heart to respect William and his message. (Hint: It happened at the train station.) What does this tell us?
- Dr. Leslie’s Bible had been cherished by Patrice and passed down from generation to generation. Is there a Bible in your family that means a lot to you? Talk about that legacy.
- How did you feel when Whit said that Dr. Leslie died believing his years in Africa had no spiritual impact?
- Name someone who has made a difference—big or small—in your life. Does that person know about their impact? If not, how can you reassure them that their efforts are yielding fruit?
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