An American decided to write a book about famous churches around the World. So he bought a plane ticket and first took a trip to China.
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.
Te priest replied that it was a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 you could talk to God.
The American thanked the priest and went on his way.
Next stop was Japan. There, at a very large cathedral, he saw the same golden telephone with the same sign under it.
He wondered if this was the really the same kind of telephone as the one he had seen in China and asked a nearby nun what its purpose was.
She told him that it was indeed a direct line to heaven and that for $10,000 He could talk to God.
"O.K., thank you." said the American.
He then traveled to Spain, Italy, Russia, Germany and France. In a church in each country he saw the same golden telephone with the same "$10,000 per call" sign under it.
Finally , upon leaving France the American decided to travel down to Ethiopia to see if they also had the phone there.
He arrived in Ethiopia, and in the first church he entered, he saw that there was that same golden telephone. But this time the sign under it said "One Dollar per call."
The American was surprised so he asked a priest about the sign..."Father, I've traveled all over the world and I've seen this same golden telephone in many churches. All of them were said to be a direct line to Heaven, and the price per call was a ten thousand dollars. But the price here is only one dollar! Why is it so cheap here........?"
The priest smiled and answered:
"Son, you are in Ethiopia now, and this is GOD’s OWN COUNTRY - it's a Local Call".
Keep smiling you are in God's own country!