Gladys: Children! Becareful! Don't go too far into the water!
Jun: Ai-weh-deh, how long are we going to stay here on this beach?
Gladys: Until a boat comes for us. We have to be patient.
Less: But Mother, we've been here for 3 days! There are no boats! And
there isn't any food! Why doesn't God hear our prayers?
Gladys: God hears our prayers, Less.
Less: But He does not answer! He doesn't send boats! What if the
Gladys: Calm down, Less. I don't want you to frighten the younger
Ninepence: Mother, I'm hungry!
Gladys: Ninepence, you are a big girl now.. I want you to be strong.
Ninepence: I'm tired of being strong!
Gladys: Why don't you run along and play with the others?
Ninepence: I'm tired of playing. I'm tired of the water. I'm tired of the
Gladys: And you know what? I'm tired of complaining children.. but I don't
think I can do anything about any of that right now.
Ninepence: I'm sorry, Mother.
Jun: Will you tell us another story tonight? Or sing songs with us?
Gladys: Yes.. I suppose I will. And we will pray some more. But run along
Jun.. I can't do anything just now...
Less: Mother! Why doesn't God answer our prayers? Does He want us to die
Gladys: I don't know, Less. No.. He can't want us to die here. He has
saved us so many times. He helped us travel over the mountains.. and He has
fed us and given us shelter...and gave us strength. He protected us from
the Japanese soldiers. I cannot believe that he would bring us to the
Yellow River..and not allow us to cross it. I keep praying.. but... I just
don't understand it. Oh dear God.. If there is anything I have done ... if
you will not hear my prayer.. won't you please hear the prayers and cries of
these hundred children???
Sualan: Ai-weh-deh, do you remember telling us how Moses took the children
of Israel to the edge of the Red Sea, and how God commanded the water to
open and the Israelites crossed in safety?
Gladys: Yes, of course. It is my favorite story from the bible.
Sualan: I think it is the favorite of all the children. They always want
to hear you tell it.
Gladys: Yes, they do. It is a wonderful story.
Ninepence: Tell us now, Mother!
Less: Yes! Tell us the story of Moses!
Gladys: Sualan, you tell them.. you know the story.
Sualan: Alright. (stands) Children! Gather around! I'm going to tell
you a story! Come and sit on the ground where you can hear! I'm going to
tell you the story of Moses! (they cheer)