NOW BOOKING!

My tired blood tingled as I read the prospectus from the Rev. Don Hillis, who claims to be the world-wide director of the All Saints’ Tourist Agency. Hawaii, Europe, Mexico, or around the world!

Sympathetic Mr. Hillis has sensed my spring weariness. He writes: “You need our Caribbean tour with a splendid group of overworked Christians like yourself. The highly privileged three hundred saints whom we accept will relax for fourteen days aboard our luxury liner S.S.S. Pedro for a mere total of $120,000. They will be privileged to spend another $20,000 for sight-seeing and souvenirs.… Our time-payment plan makes this convenient and easy.

“Our exclusive Holy Land tour will fulfill your dreams of being a Crusader. Once you have seen Gordon’s Calvary, the victorious Christian life will become an everyday experience. Why should not you, too, carry a camera through the hills of Judea and fill a bottle from the Sea of Galilee? Think of sharing the missionary task of the Church by covering your shoes with dust from the very roads on which Paul fled forward with the Gospel!

“Please do not worry about the several million dollars spent every year for this kind of thing. The Lord has other people who will give to world evangelism. After all, your $1,000 would hardly support a missionary for a year …”

You have made your point, Mr. Hillis. I will stop regretting that I do not have the funds to join the ecclesia tourans, and make a spring contribution to missionary travel instead. But take heart, brother; there have been missionaries who were once tourists at heart. Perhaps, seeing the need of the world, Christian tourists may yet become missionaries.

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