“Ah! It is so painful!” The beggar said.

“What is happening to you, sir?” The sister asked.

The sister who spoke was none other than Mother Teresa, a kind and smart woman. She helped thousands of beggars to get away from disease and poverty. Even though she was born in a poor family in North Macedonia, she had a wonderful life.

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, a town in the Ottoman Empire. When she was ten years old, she was learning in a Catholic elementary school. The school supported children doing missionary work in other places. Mother Teresa decided to do missionary work in India when she was eighteen years old. All of Mother Teresa’s family were Muslims. However, Mother Teresa was a religious Catholic.

When Mother Teresa arrived in India, she went to a catholic school and became the principal. Inside the school, it was quiet as a mouse. Outside the school, there were a lot of hopeless beggars and poor kids. Mother Teresa wanted to change the poor people’s lives. One day, when Mother Teresa was taking a train to Darjeeling, she saw a beggar was asking for some water. She was very shocked because this was the first time that she saw a poor beggar was asking for water.

When she got back home, the beggar’s voice was repeated in her brain. She felt that God was asking her to help the impoverished people. At that time, East Pakistan was independent. It was a majority Muslim state and a lot of the Hindus living there felt the need to escape, fearing genocide. They fled to India. In doing so, they brought along many diseases with them. Mother Teresa needed to help a lot of patients but she did not get any money. Almost everyone in India impressed by her because, despite that fact, she still persevered.

Mother Teresa had established a lot of residential places to take in poor beggars and patients. Because of her charity, she was awarded the Nobel Prize. Now, she is very famous for rescuing people. On 6 September 2017, Teresa and St. Francis Xavier were named co-patrons of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta.

By 1997, the 13-member Calcutta congregation had grown to more than 4,000 sisters who managed orphanages, AIDS hospices, and charity centers worldwide, caring for refugees, the blind, the disabled, the aged, the alcoholics, the poor and homeless, and victims of floods, epidemics, and famine. By 2007, the Missionaries of Charity numbered about 450 brothers and 5,000 sisters worldwide, operating 600 missions, schools, and shelters in 120 countries. Knowing the positive impacts of her contributions, I think Mother Teresa will always be happy in heaven.

Dialogue: Try not to use ‘said’ too much.
Questions — asked, questioned
Excitement or Fear — exclaimed, shouted, screamed
Normal speech — spoke, commented
Replying — replied, answered
None other than — emphasise someone’s name/identity
Literal/literally — Usual or direct meaning of a word/phrase
Figurative/figuratively — Indirect meaning of a word/phrase
Making a mountain out of a molehill — Make a big deal out of a small issue
Impoverished — poor
Poverty — state of being poor
E.g. I came from poverty.
Lots — informal X
Mouse — bubonic plague
At that time — phrase that you can use when talking about something that is happening at the same time as something else.
Majority — the group with the largest population
Minority — opposite of majority
State — 1. what are your situation is, 2. Country, or a region, or a city
Genocide — The mass murder of a group of people, usually of a certain race
Homicide — murder of one person
Persevere/Peseverance — Strong, never gives up
Resident — noun
Residential — adjective