Local Call

An American decided to write a book about famous churches around the world.

So, he bought a plane ticket and took a trip to Orlando, thinking that he would start by working his way across the USA from North to South.

On his first day, he was inside a church taking photographs when he noticed a golden telephone mounted on the wall with a sign that read.

‘$10,000 per call’.

The American, being intrigued, asked a priest who was strolling by what the telephone was used for.

The priest replied.

“That is a direct line to Heaven and for $10,000 you can talk to God”.

The American thanked the priest and went along his way.

Next stop was in Atlanta.

There, in a very large cathedral, he saw another golden telephone, with the same sign under it.

He wondered if this was the same kind of telephone he saw in Orlando and he asked a nearby nun what its purpose was.

She told him.

“That is a direct line to Heaven and for $10,000 you can talk to God”.

“OK, thank you,”

said the American.

He then travelled all across America, then onto Europe, England, Japan, and New Zealand.

In every church he saw an identical golden telephone with the same.

‘$10,000 per call’

sign under it.

The American decided to travel to China, to see if China had the same phone.

After he landed in China, he went into the first church he found.

There was the golden telephone, but this time the sign under it read.

’40 Cents per call.’

The American was surprised so he asked the priest about the sign.

“Father, I’ve travelled all over the world and I’ve seen this same golden telephone in many churches.

I’m told that it is a direct line to Heaven, but in all of them the price was $10,000 per call”.

“Why is it so cheap here?”

The priest smiled and answered.

“You’re in China now son…….”


(Author Unknown)

“so it’s a local call’.

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