CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 83

The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

Friendship Is A Priceless Gift
Submitted by Johanna

Friendship is a priceless gift
that cannot be bought or sold.
But its value is far greater,
than a mountain made of gold.

For gold is cold and lifeless
it can neither see nor hear,
and in the time of trouble
it is powerless to cheer,
it has no ears to listen nor heart to understand,
It cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand.

So when you ask God for a gift
Be thankful if he sends not diamonds,
pearls or riches but the love of real TRUE FRIENDS.

Helen Steiner Rice

Apocalypse – Now.
By Regina

Apocalypse (Greek: Apokálypsis; "lifting of the veil" or "revelation") is a term applied to the disclosure to certain privileged persons of something hidden from the majority of humankind. Today the term is often used to refer to the end of the world, which may be a shortening of the phrase apokalupsis eschaton which literally means "revelation at the end of the æon, or age".

If you research the word apocalypse, you will find a lot of information that is quite interesting to read, but not necessarily truthful and much of it is written by and based on the opinions of theologians. I am not a theologian. In fact, I don’t even care for the word theology because it’s too close to the word theory. I am a sinner and a minister and a servant of Yahweh and Christ and what I share with the extended flock is truth, not theory.

I don’t know when, why, or how the word Apocalypse obtained such a bad rap, or why it became a source of negativity and fear. I suspect that somewhere along the line it was due to Dawn Lucifer’s interference. Its true meaning, as you can see in the definition above, is a “lifting of the veil” or “revelation”. And, the word “revelation” is defined as being the act of revealing or disclosing. In theology it is God’s disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures.

Truth is a funny thing. I so often hear people say to myself and others, “Well that may be YOUR truth, but it’s not MY truth.” And I’m sorry, but that is such a silly statement. There is only ONE truth and it applies to all when it comes to the truth of our realities. They are all one in the same. The thing is that not everyone is willing to accept the truth for various reasons. It could be perhaps because they’re blinded, in darkness, or due to their own heart conditions and maybe even because they’re afraid. Fear is a big one…but that’s a whole other article. But those who can’t or won’t bring themselves to accept the truth simply prefer to substitute it with one of their own. But any time you substitute the truth with that which is not the truth, it’s essentially and for all intensive purposes a lie. That has been Dawn Lucifer’s game since way back when in the Garden of Eden. Trouble is…mankind continues to fall prey to it.

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if, in fact, our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

Father has also veiled the truth, but for different reasons. However, unlike Dawn, She does not substitute it with lies but instead keeps those such as Dawn Lucifer and those who fight on his side of the spiritual war as well as humans She deems unworthy from understanding truth for Her own reasons. At the same time, She also reserves the right to remove the veil and reveal truth to those of mankind who turn to Her. It’s all based on Her righteous judgment.

Job 19:8 He has blocked my way so that I cannot pass through; He has veiled my paths with darkness.

2 Corinthians 3:14-16 But their minds were closed. For to this day, at the reading of the old covenant, the same veil remains; it is not lifted, because it was set aside [only] in Christ. However, to this day, whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their hearts, but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.

In reality when it comes to the Apocalypse, the only ones who should be fearful of it are Dawn Lucifer and his band of cohorts and, perhaps those humans who side with him. Why should they be afraid? Because the truth, like Father, is powerful – more powerful than they are or could ever be.

Romans 1:18 “For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth,”

What we have here, in the upcoming Apocalypse, is the revealing of TRUTH. It is the lifting of the veil from the truth, which has been hidden for some time now. It is not something to be afraid of; it is something to rejoice over because of what it represents for God’s children and their enemies who have suppressed the truth and kept mankind in darkness for far too long.

Ezekiel 13:21 I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people from your hands, so that they will no longer be prey in your hands. Then you will know that I am the LORD.

Inspired Writings

Handling Others Less Receptive to the Truth

The title of this article must be taken in a very sensitive note, because the title, itself, can have many meanings all to its own. For instance, others that are not receptive to the Truth are not receptive to Christ, and therefore, not receptive to Father. Those that are not receptive to Father and Christ are then, as we are footstep followers of Christ, not receptive to us. If they are somehow receptive to us, it must be understood as to what it is that they are being receptive to, whether it be who we really are, or who they think we are. In all of this, it is then possible to see how the Light can be shared with others, in a manner such as the following:

2 Corinthians 12:14-18 — Look! I am ready to come to you this third time. I will not burden you, for I am not seeking what is yours, but you. For children are not obligated to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. I will most gladly spend and be spent for you. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? Now granted, I have not burdened you; yet sly as I am, I took you in by deceit! Did I take advantage of you by anyone I sent you? I urged Titus [to come], and I sent the brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Didn't we walk in the same spirit and in the same footsteps?

As such, we must try to continually spread the Light, and people will either see us at first, or see us thereafter. We may not know what the end result will be, but Father knows, and we can trust in Her and follow suit in all Her plans and steps that She encourages in our hearts. In this, the very people we interact with on a daily basis are continually provided seeds of the Light that comes in our heart, and perhaps, just maybe, one of those seeds will find fertile ground, and not stone.

The other part of the title of the article directs one to think about perhaps avoiding trouble that may be caused from others that are not receptive to Father and Christ. This, however, may not be totally the case, as Christ had shown in an example of one of His first times being persecuted:

John 8:57-59 — The Jews replied, "You aren't 50 years old yet, and You've seen Abraham?"
Jesus said to them, " I assure you: Before Abraham was, I am."
At that, they picked up stones to throw at Him. But Jesus was hidden and went out of the temple complex.

This chapter (John 8) provides two strong and meaningful accounts of Christ's encounter with Pharisees and scribes and other Jews who were going to kill Him for what He had said to them. In both cases, Christ had called upon Father's Wisdom to answer their questions, and in this chapter, there was even a total of three times that He was tested by the Pharisees and scribes. In a way, if Christ had given the wrong answer for the first account dealing with the adulteress, the Pharisees and scribes could have turned against Christ and accused Him. In this, it can be seen that regardless of the trials that Christ had gone through, that He was not crossed over until His time was fulfilled. In following in His footsteps, we can be assured that our own time will come, and we will not have anything to be fearful of, because even at the last moment, as Christ had not completely known if He was going to see another sunrise, so it will be with us, and we shall, because it is our Father who takes care of us, and Who has control over all things, where even Dawn Lucifer has no control, and never can.

As it says, then, to handle others less receptive to the Truth, it means to handle the situation in all its conditions in the same way that Christ handled the situations that came to Him, and as it was for Him, so it shall be for us, and this includes how it already was and is, too.

Now, taking the whole title completely, one must come to understand exactly what is involved. The insults of the unbelieving can be like a barrage of arrows, a million missiles hurdled over a great distance with the focus of not only decimating, but also disfiguring. Perhaps even restructuring. This means that they not only attack the base of a person, but the body, arms, legs, hands, feet, and head, on all sides, if possible. This requires a shield:

Ephesians 6:16 — In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.

This also means that there must be an arm to have the strength to hold the shield. This comes with practice, and experience, and training. And as an arm is connected to the shield, the arm must be connected to an able body, which is able to maneuver when the arrows do come. And for the body to maneuver, there must be legs to support the body's weight, and similarly, feet to support the legs in all its motions. All of this requires a strong foundation, only of which comes from Father. This foundation is embodied in Her own Spirit, and its characteristics are obedience, faith, loyalty, and love. Having these characteristics, also summed up with all of Her Spirit, in Her Way, provide for the strongest and best defense against the attacks from the evil side of the war. It is a rebellion, and just like one would require a strong defense against cancerous infections within oneself, it is like for us as barely even atoms in Father's body.

Even for those whom are not hostile, the concept is still the same. Obedience, faith, loyalty, and love all apply, and respect and righteousness in all its embodying characteristics should be applied in handling anyone. Showing no partiality. And in the same instance, as it was exampled by Christ, our words should not be inspired from our own selves, but from Father's own Spirit, as what She provides for us to say is extremely healthful, resourceful, and a wellspring of water. All that She provides to say is truly amazing. As such, we are provided the opportunity to share that amazement with others, whom hopefully will see the Light with love, not with hate.

In all of this, the most important part is simply to heed Father's calling and follow in Christ's footsteps, regardless of what the world puts in front of us or tries to make us do. There is nothing that they can do to upset Father's plans, and standing in Her plans, we can have the same confidence and courage in Father and Christ that they have in us. There truly is nothing that is able to stop what Father has set to do.

The Way – Part 17
This week we continue looking at Wrong Attitudes to be Avoided. We will be sharing what has been given to us, but in groups of 3. Before our Ministry holds Bible Study each week, we pray to Father Yahweh for guidance and help in understanding Her Word. We pray the wisdom imparted will find its way to your heart where it may be written up on it. Amen. http://www.biblegateway.com can be used as a reference tool with the Holman Christian Standard Bible as the recommended version.

Avoid stirring up competition:
Galatians 5:26

Avoid threatening other people:
1 Peter 2:23
Ephesians 6:9

Nourishment From The Throne
“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Regina: I'm seeing many correlations between what's happening now and what happened prior to the great flood. Most people, from my observations, that haven't yet been affected, are going on with their lives as if there's nothing wrong and they're simply ignoring any warnings given. On the other hand, the media (controlled by the beast) is doing it's utmost best to confuse the public so that they either a) don't know the truth or b) don't know what to think and remain in a state of confusion. Regardless, I know that we'll all do our best to warn all that we can and we will continue to deliver that which Father wills to Christ's extended flock.

Prince of Yahweh II: Still off. 5.56 million are the latest figures: http://www.azcentral.com/business/articl….claims0326.html

Regina: I would actually even increase that number quite a bit. The "official" numbers don't account for the unemployed who's benefits have run out, the self-employed unemployed, those who have been forced into early retirement, and the part-time workers who are unemployed…

Prince of Yahweh II: Good goin Sasa 🙂 cause you're 100% right; the people in the USA figure that the government is going to straighten this mess out, but the reality is that there are TO MANY PEOPLE to be able to effectively do it; therefore, Dawn has a plan to reduce the population to try and even out the playing field; his plan is worse than anything Adolf Hitler ever conjured up

Regina:I actually also see a HUGE correlation also, between what's happening now and what happened in Germany in the mid to late 1930's. It seems that Dawn is repeating the process, but has also added in other aspects, or "tweeked" it a bit to try and make it more effective this time around. Keep the people confused, pacified or too scared to fight back, and before they can fight back disarm them by taking away their weapons and their rights and then you have them under total control. Couple that with the US not being the power it used to be because it's bankrupt and aligning itself with the EU… well, it's a recipe for disaster. It won't work of course, but the signs are all there. Also in regards to there being too many people… I believe they have a plan for that as well, that is equally as diabolical.

Prince of Yahweh II: Yes, and they also don't take the homeless into account that can't even draw unemployment; with the coming food shortage, and the disasters that the C/O are working to bring to life – it's only going to get worse because the power failures will kill off thousands upon thousands, and more pestilence than you can shake a stick at. The earthquake that's been mentioned, the one that will rock the USA to its knees financially is being timed to occur when things look as though they couldn't get any bleaker; that will be the finishing touch that will bring peoples minds and hearts down to the depts of complete despair; at that time they will curse "God" and blame Yahweh for their troubles – but kids, there troubles will have only begun One other thing; as they curse Yahweh, they will look for those that sounded Her warnings to the masses, and they will be looking to kill all of you for being right; they will not turn to Yahweh, but will instead seek to kill the messengers for having been the voices of doom in their feeble minds. The government is expecting an uprising; Dawn is hoping for one; and the coffins and ground are ready to recieve those that try to force the hand of the beast to provide them with what they demand; the government knows it is coming; the tension is building, and once marshal law is declared then Dawn will put his plan into effect to slay millions of people under the guise that national security is being threatened by those that refuse to obey the new laws that will come into effect. All rights will be taken away; all people that do not surrender their weapons will be executed without due process; no one but those given police powers will be permitted to own a weapon.

Signs From Above
“He rescues and delivers, He performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, for He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.” Daniel 6:27

Amazing octopus UFO filmed by child in Brazil, video
Allnewsweb
April 19, 2009

This amazingly clear video of a shape-shifting UFO was sent in to us by a reader. Allegedly it was filmed in Rio in Brazil by a child but we cannot confirm this. It is certainly a cut above your average UFO video and no one can accuse it of being nothing more than a fuzzy blob of light. The object begins as a ‘jellyfish’ shaped craft and then transforms into an ‘octopus’ UFO.

UFO Traffic Report: Wednesday, April 22
Examiner
April 21, 2009

The UFO Traffic Report for Wednesday, April 22, 2009, includes 11 sightings over 11 states, according to selected witness statements filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. There is a second story today where a witness spotted a large triangular-shaped UFO over Lake Havasu, Utah. You can read that story here. Witnesses may report directly to me here on specific cases, but I request that everyone please report their UFOs at the MUFON.com web site so that the body of evidence can be studied. Thanks to the many witnesses who followed up with me here, and to those who have shared past memories of UFO cases. We have a staff of illustrators who can create graphic representations to your stories.

New triangle UFO over Lake Havasu, AZ
Examiner
April 22, 2009

A new report just in of a UFO over Lake Havasu, Arizona, after a regional salesman visiting the area April 1, 2009, said he witnessed a "massive, dark, triangular" object pass overhead. Reached by telephone April 21, the man said the object came from behind him, and he first saw the UFO directly overhead – and then watched as it very slowly moved over Lake Havasu. If you held your hand out at arm's length, he said the size of the object would be between "two to three times the size" of the palm of your hand. "It didn't move too rapidly," he said. "It seemed to take forever to move over the lake." He watched the object move for about 10 minutes before it went out of sight.

Texas couple captures V-shaped UFO on camera at close range
Examiner
April 22, 2009

A Texas couple and their son were driving along Highway 285 heading home from Carlsbad Caverns when they noticed four lights about 50 feet off of the ground, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. The object first appeared to be in a V-formation as it rose to about 1,000 feet. As they watched, the object "flashed out" in front of them.

'Quiet Sun' baffling astronomers
Science correspondent, BBC News
April 21, 2009
The Sun is the dimmest it has been for nearly a century.

There are no sunspots, very few solar flares – and our nearest star is the quietest it has been for a very long time. The observations are baffling astronomers, who are due to study new pictures of the Sun, taken from space, at the UK National Astronomy Meeting. The Sun normally undergoes an 11-year cycle of activity. At its peak, it has a tumultuous boiling atmosphere that spits out flares and planet-sized chunks of super-hot gas. This is followed by a calmer period.

Signs Down Below
"But know this: difficult times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of religion but denying its power."  2 Timothy 3:1-5

FDA to allow 'morning-after' pill for 17-year-olds
Physorg – AP
by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
April 22, 2009

(AP) — Women's groups cheered the government's decision to allow 17-year-olds to buy the "morning-after" emergency contraceptive without a doctor's prescription, but conservatives denounced it as a blow to parental supervision of teens. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it would accept, not appeal, a federal judge's order that lifts Bush administration restrictions limiting over-the-counter sales of "Plan B" to women 18 and older. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ruled last month in a lawsuit filed in New York that President George W. Bush's appointees let politics, not science, drive their decision to restrict over-the-counter access.

FBI spied on TEA Party Americans
Northeast Intelligence Network
by Douglas J. Hagmann and Judi McLeod
April 19, 2009

19 April 2009: Even as average Americans were planning to get out in towns and cities to demonstrate against Big Government and Big Taxes, Federal Bureau of Intelligence Investigation (FBI) surveillance was being unleashed upon them. In fact, unsuspecting Tax Day TEA Party participants were being closely watched during the demonstration planning stages in a covert operation that began on or about March 23, 2009.

Fluorescent puppy is world's first transgenic dog
New Scientist
by Ewen Callaway
April 23, 2009

A cloned beagle named Ruppy – short for Ruby Puppy – is the world's first transgenic dog. She and four other beagles all produce a fluorescent protein that glows red under ultraviolet light. A team led by Byeong-Chun Lee of Seoul National University in South Korea created the dogs by cloning fibroblast cells that express a red fluorescent gene produced by sea anemones. Lee and stem cell researcher Woo Suk Hwang were part of a team that created the first cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005. Much of Hwang's work on human cells turned out to be fraudulent, but Snuppy was not, an investigation later concluded.

Tons of released drugs taint US water
Physorg – AP
by Jeff Donn, Martha Mendoza, and Justin Pritchard
April 20, 2009

(AP) — U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water – contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation. Hundreds of active pharmaceutical ingredients are used in a variety of manufacturing, including drugmaking: For example, lithium is used to make ceramics and treat bipolar disorder; nitroglycerin is a heart drug and also used in explosives; copper shows up in everything from pipes to contraceptives.

Hurricane-Killing, Space-Based Power Plant
Wired Science
By Alexis Madrigal
April 17, 2009

How's this for crazy?: A company files a patent to destroy hurricanes as they form by beaming them with energy from a space-based solar plant. Maybe it is crazy, but that same company, Solaren, took a first step in that direction this week when it inked a deal with the northern California utility, PG&E, to provide 200 megawatts of power capacity transmitted from orbit in 2016. Apparently, sending up billions of dollars worth of solar collectors and using microwaves to send the energy onto two square miles of receivers in the desert is a little ho-hum to Solaren's wild minds.

Crop Circle Watch

West Kennett Longbarrow, Nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 19th April.
Reported April 19 2009
CropCircleConnector.com

This formation in Oil-seed-Rape (Canola) was discovered from the air on the morning of April 19 2009. The circle measures 211ft in diameter and would be considered very large for an early Spring Rape-seed formation. Due to the overt presence of this formation in the landscape at West Kennett it was heavily visited very quickly after its discovery. The effect of many visitors has left a very large proportion of the laid crops severely damaged. On the ground in areas that had obviously not been trodden by visitors many plants were undamaged with smooth bends at the base of the stems. these undamaged examples continue to grow where they fell.

Minister's Comments:

Jeshaiah: I think there are a total of 40 lines that seem to be drawn in there, and the shape makes me think of a turtle. I think there are also a total of 10 circles, large and small, and overall, the center not only makes me think of a cross, but also a rotating fan, and a flower. Probably going to take some time, soon, to transfix on this image.

Prince of Yahweh II: Also reps cross with hourglass down through the cross; fan means to sift when time has run out at the end of the hourglass; also forms the 8 for infinity, and it has some other hidden meanings.

Deborah: 2 things off the top of my head. The larger shapes look like an hourglass also. The crop circle reminds me of one from last year. I know at first glance they aren't similar, but I see Father's female form in both of them. Tear drops. Sand running out of the hourglass. 8. Cross.

Rutlands Farm, nr Avebury, Wiltshire.
Reported 23rd April.
CropCircleConnector.com

Solar Storm 2012? This latest striking design, situated on Rutlands Farm just outside the Stone Circle of Avebury village has an uncanny connection to some rather alarming news which has come to light about our own Sun. According to calculations a huge Solar Storm could hit the planet earth in only three years time. That's right 2012! Perhaps this is the message given in this new formation. Solar Storms are swarms of electrically charged subatomic particles from the Sun, which buffet the Earth causing problems for orbiting satellites, which have delicate electronics. On the ground we witness them as the Northern and Southern Lights. However a few times throughout history the Sun ejects enormous swarms, which can cause serious damage to our electrical power structure causing catastrophic harm to our modern-day global structures. Perhaps we need to not only keep an eye on the ground, but also to the heavens.

Morgan's Hill, Nr Devizes, Wiltshire.
Reported 24th April.
CropCircleConnector.com

This formation spans across approximately 308 feet of 5ft high flowering Oil-Seed-Rape and is noted as one of the largest circles ever to appear in this type of crop. On the ground the plants are laid extremely neatly over the entire formation. The vast majority of laid plants are undamaged. BE ADVISED, THE FARMER DOES NOT WANT PEOPLE IN THIS CIRCLE

Signs in Humanity

Teenagers accused of 'honey trap' murder
The Independent
by Kunal Dutta
April 21, 2009

A 16-year-old boy was set upon by a gang of teenagers, beaten with a baseball bat, stabbed and left to die after being lured into a honey trap orchestrated by his love rival, the Old Bailey heard yesterday. Shakilus Townsend was murdered by members of a masked gang last year after a 15-year-old girl led him into a quiet cul-de-sac in Thornton Heath, south London, a jury was told. The girl's boyfriend, Danny McLean, allegedly arranged the attack on 3 July after he learnt that his girlfriend had been involved in a month-long fling with Shakilus. When the pair arrived in the area, the attackers were waiting for Shakilus and chased him as the girl kept in touch with Mr McLean on his mobile phone, the court was told. Jurors heard how the murder had been planned meticulously and executed with "consummate skill and cunning".

VIDEO: Member of UAE Royal Family Tortures Man
ABC News
By Vic Walter, Rehab El-Buri, Angela Hill and Brian Ross
April 22, 2009

The U.S. has very friendly military and economic relations with the United Arab Emirates. A video tape smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates shows a member of the country’s royal family mercilessly torturing a man with whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails. A man in a UAE police uniform is seen on the tape tying the victim’s arms and legs, and later holding him down as the Sheikh pours salt on the man’s wounds and then drives over him with his Mercedes SUV. In a statement to ABC News, the UAE Ministry of the Interior said it had reviewed the tape and acknowledged the involvement of Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al Nahyan, brother of the country’s crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed.

Initial jobless claims rise; continuing claims hit new record
Market Watch
by Ruth Mantell
April 23, 2009

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The Labor Department reported Thursday that first-time claims for state unemployment benefits rose in the most recent week, as ongoing claims reached yet another record high. Initial jobless claims rose a seasonally adjusted 27,000 to 640,000 in the week ended April 18. The four-week average of initial claims fell 4,250 to 646,750. The four-week average is considered a better gauge of labor market conditions than the volatile weekly figures because it smoothes out one-time distortions caused by holidays, bad weather or strikes. While the most recent gain in initial claims may dim hopes among some observers for a sustained trend of sharply falling claims, some analysts see a possible ray of light for the labor market.

Swastikas painted on Joseph's Tomb
WorldNetDaily
by Aaron Klein
April 23, 2009

JERUSALEM – Jews who arrived last night to pray at Joseph's Tomb – Judaism's third holiest site – were stunned to learn the structure had been vandalized, with the headstone smashed in and swastikas painted on the walls. "Only barbarians could do such things. People who pathologically disgrace such a holy place don't deserve to be called human beings," said Gershon Mesika, head of the Jewish regional council in the West Bank. Joseph's Tomb is the believed burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph, the son of Jacob who was sold by his brothers into slavery and later became viceroy of Egypt. Following repeated Palestinian attacks, Israel in October 2000 unilaterally retreated from Joseph's Tomb and, with very few exceptions, banned Jews from returning to the site purportedly for security reasons. The tomb area is now controlled entirely by the Palestinians.

Is narcissism on the upswing in the young? Studies disagree
USA Today
by Sharon Jayson
April 21, 2009

Are teens and young adults more narcissistic today than in the past? That's the view of a California researcher who studies young people. In her new book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement, psychologist Jean Twenge of San Diego State University and co-author W. Keith Campbell of the University of Georgia say research shows more young people today have "narcissistic traits" than in previous generations. Such traits, Twenge says, include a very positive and inflated sense of self, which is illustrated by a preoccupation with MySpace, Facebook and YouTube. "We've been on this self-admiration cultural kick for a long time," Twenge says. But Twenge's take on today's young people isn't universal. Studies by other researchers, including Canadian psychologist Kali Trzesniewski of the University of Western Ontario, have used the same data but found different results. "They put a different spin on it," Trzesniewski says.

Arks of Safe Haven
www.arksofsafehaven.org
"Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your house, to clothe the naked when you see him, and to not ignore your own flesh [and blood]?" Isaiah 58:7

The mission of Arks of Safe Haven is to connect via an extensive network and online message board forum, those individuals and families who have been affected by recent economic downfalls and are in need with those individuals who are ready, willing and capable of providing assistance to those in need with employment, shelter, work, food, clothing and other necessities.

Coupled with our primary mission of delivering the Kingdom Message of Salvation, the assistance of Arks of Safe Haven is available to all who are in need. Our purposeful intention is to follow in the footsteps of Christ as our example, by providing hope to the hopeless and answering the prayers of those who have been forced to live outside of society.

How You Can Help?

In order to provide for those whose outcry of prayers have reached our heavenly Father's ears, Arks of Safe Haven is seeking out those who are able to provide shelter, whether it be an extra bedroom, empty rental property or a work for room and board agreement. Additionally, we also act as a liaison in connecting those with tangible items to donate to those in need like Food, Water, Clothing, & Other Personal Items. We pray that your heart is motivated to make a contribution, no matter how small. Visit http://www.arksofsafehaven.org and view the many posts from those in need to see if you're able to help with advice, prayers or goods & services.

josephxA – Annapolis, MD.
– I have a 2 yr old little boy that i need to provide a roof over his head im in search of help im short 850 for 1st months rent im currently unemployed and searching nonstop so if anyone can reach out and help me it would be greatly appreciated to the fullest i also need size 5 diapers for my son please respond witrh any information i will be forever grateful if any help is given so I'm not evicted and homeless on the streets with my son.

MomOf5 – Richmond, MO. – I have five kids and we have no running water, or electric, I need help. I need help, I do start a job on April 27th. But won't get a pay check until end of May beginning of June. I need diapers,wipes, personal hygiene products,water turned on, I do have the money to get electric turned on, that will be some time today. I am willing to sell my things to pay back anything that needs to be payed back, please help, there is a God and he doesn't gives us more than we can handle, but I am almost there. I really don't want to loose my babies, but where I live that is what happens we have to have running water. They will remove my kids from my care and that will kill me, they are the reason I get up in the morning. -please if anyone can help that would a God sent, thank you all so much. Please E-mail me at momofcdzte@hotmail.com or here if that's alright. I live in Richmond, Missouri, and I have tried agencies and because of the economy everything is so tight, and here certain organizations won't help with the water bill, i just need help until i get a couple of paychecks under my belt and I really want to return the favor to help other if they need help. thank you so much for everything you can do my my children and I.

Signs in Natural Disasters
You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.” Matthew 24:6-7

SC wildfire blamed on blaze some thought was out
By MEG KINNARD and KATRINA A. GOGGINS

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Firefighters responded twice to a weekend yard fire that South Carolina officials believe rekindled four days later, igniting a massive wildfire that has destroyed 70 homes and continued to char 31 square miles near Myrtle Beach on Friday. Officials said homes were still being threatened by the flames but late-day winds had yet to cause it to spread farther. No injuries have been reported but damage estimates rose to $16 million for the three-day blaze and were expected to increase. Meanwhile, the wife and neighbors of Marc Torchi, the man being fined for setting the yard fire, said county firefighters who responded twice Saturday to the small blaze should take the blame, not him. "They came back again, put the fire out again and said we were all fine — 'Don't worry about it.' And then four days later, the wildfire broke out," said Torchi's wife, Megan Brogan. She said the family was getting death threats.

14 tornadoes hit Alabama
Apr 21, 2009

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The National Weather Service confirms at least 14 tornadoes struck across Alabama on Sunday, killing two people in Morgan and Marshall counties. The twisters also killed 90,000 chickens when poultry houses on two Blount County farms were destroyed. The weather service says tornadoes also touched down in Bullock, DeKalb, Hale, Lawrence, Marshall, Morgan, Montgomery, Perry, Russell, St. Clair and Shelby counties. In the Birmingham area, the strongest twister brought 122 mph winds through Blount and St. Clair counties, and traveled a path more than six-and-a-half miles long and 300 yards wide.

Devil’s Volcano Is Tsunami Risk to Caribbean Island
By Alex Morales

April 21 (Bloomberg) — An unstable volcano on the Caribbean island of Dominica risks causing a tsunami that could endanger 30,000 people on the nearby island of Guadeloupe, a team of U.K. researchers found. One flank of the volcano, called Morne aux Diables, or Devil’s Peak, shows signs of collapse and could send a million tons of rock into the sea, Richard Teeuw, a geologist at the University of Portsmouth, said today in a telephone interview. The collapse would produce waves up to 3 meters (10 feet) high, which would hit the coast of Guadeloupe, 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the north, within “minutes,” Teeuw’s team said in an e-mailed statement. That would endanger residents and tourists on the island, a French territory. “At some point in the past a large portion of this volcano collapsed into the sea, and more urgently, there’s a large chunk that looks set to drop in the near future,” Teeuw said. “You’d get a small tsunami, and you’d only have a few minutes warning in Guadeloupe.”

Oxfam warns of climate disasters
21 April 2009
BBC News

The number of people hit by climate-related disasters is expected to rise by about 50%, to reach 375m a year by 2015, the UK-based charity Oxfam says. Current humanitarian systems are barely able to cope, an Oxfam study contends. It warns agencies are in danger of being overwhelmed by events such as flooding, storms and drought. The group called for a radical shift so that humanitarian aid is sent impartially, instead of on the basis of political or other preferences. Oxfam's Rob Bailey told the BBC a big increase was needed in aid spending, but that the problem was not just about the amount of money.

Big earthquake coming sooner than we thought, Oregon geologist says
by Lori Tobias, The Oregonian
April 19, 2009

The good news: New research is giving scientists a better handle on when the big one might strike the Pacific Coast. The bad news: It probably will be sooner than we thought. "The amount of devastation is going to be unbelievable," says Rob Witter, coastal geologist with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. "People aren't going to be ready for this. Even if they are prepared, they are going to be surprised by the level of devastation." Witter spoke last week about the latest in earthquake and tsunami studies — it's Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month — as part of state and local efforts to educate the public on preparing for a megaquake of magnitude 9 or more. Witter and James Roddey, spokesman for the state agency, also will give a public talk Tuesday in Newport.

Natural Disaster Update
Source: http://home.att.net/~thehessians/disasterwatch.html

QUAKES –

4/25/09 –
5.3 ROMANIA
5.1 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN

4/24/09 –
5.2 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION
2.5 GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
3.0 GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
4.0 GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
5.0 KURIL ISLANDS
5.1 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

4/23/09 –
5.4 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
3.8 GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA, CALIFORNIA
5.0 KURIL ISLANDS
5.0 NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA

4/22/09 –
5.2 TONGA
5.0 KYUSHU, JAPAN
5.0 FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
5.1 VANUATU

4/21/09 –
5.5 SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
5.3 OWEN FRACTURE ZONE REGION
5.1 PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
5.2 CHUKOTKA, RUSSIA
5.2 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.3 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
5.4 BANDA SEA
5.0 KURIL ISLANDS
6.0 KURIL ISLANDS
5.8 KURIL ISLANDS
5.8 VANUATU
5.2 MAULE, CHILE

4/20/09 –
5.5 SERAM, INDONESIA
5.1 BANDA SEA
5.2 TONGA
5.0 LUZON, PHILIPPINES
5.0 NORTHERN COLOMBIA
5.0 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.3 RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN

4/19/09 –
6.1 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA
5.3 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
5.2 KYRGYZSTAN

4/18/09 –
5.2 NEAR ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
6.7 KURIL ISLANDS
5.8 FIJI REGION
5.9 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

4/17/09 –
5.5 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
5.5 KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
5.0 NEAR N COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
5.1 SOLOMON ISLANDS
5.1 WESTERN INDIAN-ANTARCTIC RIDGE
5.6 KURIL ISLANDS
5.0 ROTA REGION, N. MARIANA ISLANDS
5.9 OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE

CALIFORNIA – Perilous fault might be causing quake swarm near Orange County – Scientists have yet to precisely determine which fault is responsible for the swarm of earthquakes that’s occurring just north of Yorba Linda. But there’s evidence that the shaking is associated with the dangerous Whittier fault, which produced 5.9 and 5.3 quakes over a 3 day period in 1987. "One can speculate that the current sequence is either on a parallel strand to the Whittier or on a conjugate fault. There have only been six members of the sequence so far, with the aftershock sequence including a 2.6, a 2.5, a 1.9 and a 1.8 …These events are only about 6 km (3.7 miles) from the Chino Hills sequence, which began last summer, on 28 July, with a (magnitude) 5.4. The aftershocks of the Chino Hills sequence decayed as expected for the first few months up until about February 2009, at which time it started to exhibit swarm-like behavior.”

OREGON – Big earthquake coming sooner than we thought, Oregon geologist says. Scientists are now in wide agreement that there's a 10 to 14 percent chance a powerful earthquake and tsunami will strike the Oregon coast in the next 50 years. If you go back 10,000 years studying offshore landslides, they've had about 20 of these magnitude 9-plus subduction zone earthquakes where the whole 600-mile-long fault ruptures. Then they found 18 other quakes magnitude 8 to 8.5 in the southern part of the subduction zone. "So instead of 20 subduction zone earthquakes, we're up to 38." Instead of thinking giant quakes occur every 500 years, recent work puts the cycle at 300 to 350 years. "We've almost doubled the probability of these events happening." Native Americans have known this for centuries. Inhabiting the coast for 10,000 years, they passed stories of big quakes from generation to generation. The geology and numerical models predict tsunamis could reach as high as 80 to 100 feet in Oregon, which is similar to the tsunami that struck Sumatra. "The amount of devastation is going to be unbelievable. People aren't going to be ready for this. Even if they are prepared, they are going to be surprised by the level of devastation."

INDONESIA – Two more earthquakes, both 5.3 [5.5] magnitude, hit South Pagai on the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia's West Sumatra early Friday. The quakes followed a 6.0-magnitude tremor Thursday that shook island residents but caused no injuries or damage. The epicenter of the Friday incident was 43 kilometers, about 27 miles, southwest of South Pagai island. The island chain lies just off Padang, capital of an earthquake-prone province. Some experts warn the area will bear the brunt of Indonesia's next major earthquake.

VOLCANOES –

INDONESIA – Alert status of rumbling Mt. Slamet & Anak Krakatau raised – The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center recommended Friday that five regental administrations in Central Java distribute facemasks in anticipation of the spewing of thick ash from rumbling Mt. Slamet. The recommendation to the five regencies — Banyumas, Purbalingga, Pemalang, Tegal and Brebes — was made after seismic activity of the mount, which has begun spewing thick ash and molten lava from its crater, increased intensively. The recommendation was made after the alert status was raised to level three (of four) on Thursday evening, just two days after the status was raised to level two. Friday's volcanic activity was marked by an increasing frequency of eruptions, followed by light earthquakes. As of Friday, 52 small-scale tremors have been registered at the mount. The lava from Mt. Slamet reportedly is not dangerous as the mountain is so huge that it would be difficult for it to reach the nearest residential sites very quickly. Meanwhile, the number of eruptions of Mt. Anak Krakatau, an active volcano on the Sunda Strait, reached 175 as of Wednesday, enough to raise its alert status to level three.

CANARY ISLANDS – Brits off to Tenerife are being warned of the danger of a massive volcano eruption. Experts are worried about “semi-volcanic activity” in 12,200ft Mount Teide – Spain’s highest peak. Tenerife, largest of the Canary Islands, does not have evacuation plans if there is an eruption. “The Canary Islands have become very vulnerable because of the high level of tourism.” About 1.5million Brits visit Tenerife each year and many take the cable car up Mount Teide. It erupts around once every 100 years – and the last was in 1909.

INDONESIA – The volcanic activity of three more mountains – in West Sumatra, Central Java and East Nusa Tenggara – is on the rise, leading authorities to remind residents living in the surrounding areas to be on the alert. The activity of Mt. KERIINCI, the highest in Sumatra, has increased since Sunday, exploding loudly and spewing ash up to 400 meters high. The mountain, which is located on the border of West Sumatra and Jambi, continued spewing ash on Tuesday. "We've urged residents living along the nearby slopes in Kerinci regency and South Solok regency in West Sumatra to be on the alert. We've also advised them to use markers whenever they go out of the house."

The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center
has raised the status of Mt. SLAMET in Central Java and Mt. ROKATENDA in West Nusa Tenggara to alert, or to level two out of a possible four. Volcanic activity of Mt. Rokatenda in Sikka regency has increased since Monday and has been accompanied by a higher frequency of earthquakes. Up to 23 earthquakes a day have been recorded at the mountain, up from an average of only two in early April. "We are afraid *about the impact of a natural disaster* because the direction of the eruption is to the south and it is there that most of the residents live." PVMBG sent a letter to the local administration to prepare an evacuation route, as a safe distance from the island is two hours away and requires a boat to reach. Eruptions at Mt. Rokatenda killed 266 people in 1928.

The status of Mt. Slamet, located at the intersection of five regencies – Pemalang, Banyumas, Brebes, Tegal and Purbalingga – in Central Java, has also been raised to alert, as the frequency of earthquakes doubled to 97 on Monday. "The mountain spewed white smoke 300 meters high from its crater. The temperature of hot water in Pandansari and Pasepuhan was recorded to have increased by 3 degrees Celcius within the last four days." The water temperature in Pandansari, for example, increased from 42.2 degrees on April 17, to 45.7 degrees on April 21; while that in Pase-puhan rose from 61.6 degrees to 63 degrees over the same period. PVMBG has banned trekking activities around Mt. Slamet and has asked residents to wear masks in case of thick smoke, to prevent any breathing problems. Despite the alert status, residents on the southern slopes of the mountain went about life as usual. Mt. Slamet is the largest volcano in Java.

Earlier in the week, the PVMBG raised the status of Mt. KRAKATAU,
in the Sunda Strait between Javaand Sumatra, to alert. Despite calls not to panic, many residents living close to the mountain have evacuated to Bandarlampung, out of fear of an imminent eruption of the volcano. The seismograph at the Anak Krakatau oberservation post in South Lampung has recorded 126 eruptions a week. Updated data from the PVMBG shows that 13 volcanos in Indonesia are classified as alert or level two, and three others are at level three. This includes Mt. Semeru in East Java, Mt. Karangetang in North Sulawesi and Mt. Ibu in Maluku.

INDONESIA – Coastal residents living close to Mount Anak Krakatau, off the Sunda Strait in Lampung, have evacuated to Bandarlampung out of fear of an imminent eruption of the volcano due to increased volcanic activity, despite the fact that its alert status remains at two out of four. Mount Anak Krakatau has been producing small eruptions over the past week. “The distance between our village and Anak Krakatau is more than three miles, but the sound of eruption that it produces is very loud, like the sound of a cannon in the middle of the sea. So far IT HAS NEVER EMITTED SUCH LOUD BLASTS and we have been observing that it has often discharged molten lava.” Fishermen have been afraid to fish around the volcano and the Sunda Strait over the past week. Residents in Punduh Pidada say they have not heard eruptions as huge as those over the past week since Anak Krakatau was classified as active. The last time it showed signs of activity was in mid February, when it erupted up to three times a day. The seismograph at the Anak Krakatau observation post in Hargopancuran village, Rajabasa district, South Lampung, has recorded 126 eruptions weekly, including 23 deep underground, 82 shallow and 149 hot cloud discharges. Visual observation shows greyish ash formations between 200 and 800 meters high.

GUAM – Just 60 miles north of Guam, an undersea volcano is erupting. NW Rota-1 is located in the Marianas Volanic Arc, one of the most active volcanic chains on the planet. A team of scientists and engineers have been gathering data on NW Rota-1 for the past two weeks. NW Rota-1 has been erupting almost continuously for five years and has grown 130 feet in height since scientists visited in 2006. "There have been no reports that I am aware of that this eruption has had any effect on Rota, Guam or any of the surrounding islands."

HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –

SINGAPORE – Tropical storm behind STRONGEST WINDS TO HIT IN 9 YEARS which blew into Singapore Wednesday night. A wind speed of up to 83 kilometres per hour was recorded. Among the damage caused – fallen trees and a broken construction crane. The construction crane snapped into two, with most of it dangling precariously from the 30th floor. Residents in the neighbourhood say they experienced UNUSUALLY strong winds. The winds also wreaked havoc elsewhere across Singapore. The strong winds were caused by a Sumatra squall, named as such because the storm usually develops overnight in Sumatra and the Strait of Malacca, before sweeping into Singapore between midnight and daybreak. Such storms usually occur between April and September. For the rest of the month, they can expect another one or two Sumatra squalls, but they are unlikely to be as severe as the one on Wednesday night.

TSUNAMI / FREAK WAVES / ABNORMAL TIDES / RISING SEA LEVELS –

MALAYSIA – UNUSUAL influx of squids – On Sunday, residents along Pantai Batu Rakit were deeply concerned by the presence of squids in large numbers along the shores when some residents had linked their presence to an imminent Tsunami threat. The presence of the squids along the shores over the past few days is not an indication of a Tsunami threat according to Malaysian Meteorology Department's Geophysics Unit Director-General. The migration may have been due to a change in the water temperature in the deep sea compared with warmer conditions along the shores or due to a change in tide. "An abundance of shrimps nearer to the shores may also be a factor for the presence of squids which like to hunt them for food." However, the situation will only be temporary, based on the changing water temperature and tide. "Fishermen and tourists need not worry of the phenomena because it is safe for all sea activities since there is no Tsunami threat. The Meteorology Department will issue a warning if there was a Tsunami threat."

An unstable volcano on the Caribbean island of Dominica risks causing a tsunami that could endanger 30,000 people on the nearby island of Guadeloupe, a team of U.K. researchers found. One flank of the volcano, called Morne aux Diables, or Devil’s Peak, shows signs of collapse and could send a million tons of rock into the sea. The collapse would produce waves up to 3 meters (10 feet) high, which would hit the coast of Guadeloupe, 50 kilometers (31 miles) to the north, within “minutes.” At some point in the past a large portion of this volcano collapsed into the sea, and more urgently, there’s a large chunk that looks set to drop in the near future. You’d get a small tsunami, and you’d only have a few minutes warning in Guadeloupe.” A major earthquake of Magnitude 7 or 8 occurring near Dominica at the end of the hurricane season, when the soil has been loosened could be enough to trigger the landslide. Dominica itself and the island of Montserrat could also be affected by the resulting waves. “It could happen in 100 years or it could happen next week.”

Dominica isn’t the only volcanic island where landslides could trigger a tsunami.
The collapse of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma could send up to 500 cubic kilometers (193 cubic miles) of rock tumbling into the Atlantic, sending waves as high as 25 meters across to the U.S. East coast, researchers said in a study in 2001. (Waves as high as ten meters occurred in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.) Other volcanoes whose eruption or collapse has triggered tsunamis in the past include Italy’s Stromboli, and Krakatoa and Tambora in Indonesia. Hawaii is another potential area where the phenomenon could occur.

TASMANIA – Thousands of Tsunami Awareness brochures have been distributed to councils and schools around Tasmania's coastal areas. Six at-risk communities on Tasmania's southeast and east coasts have been targeted by the State Emergency Service and Tasmania Police for information briefings about the tsunami threat. About 16 "large-wave events" have been recorded anecdotally since European settlement in Tasmania 200 years ago. A scientific study of coastal areas in the South-East indicates two or three "tsunami-type events" may have hit Tasmanian shores in the past 4000-5000 years.

MYSTERY BOOMS / SKYQUAKES –

CANADA – 4/17/09 – Vancouver residents report mysterious, very loud, sound – Much of Vancouver got an ear-splitting wakeup call Friday morning. Was it an explosion? A volcanic eruption? A thunderclap? No one had an definitive explanation, despite many theories about the big bang that shook Vancouver shortly after 6 a.m. "We did have a weather front move through the area in the early-morning hours. But there were no lightning strikes at all in the area." Seismic monitors registered nothing out of the ordinary.

TROPICAL STORMS –

LOUISIANA – Building bigger, stronger levees in New Orleans will not be enough to save the US city from another Hurricane Katrina, a report says. "The risks of inundation and flooding never can be fully eliminated by protective structures, no matter how large or sturdy those structures may be". The report said the authorities should consider raising the level of buildings and even abandoning flood-prone areas. The report found that there had been "limited understanding and appreciation of the risks of living behind levees". More than 1,800 people died in the devastating 2005 hurricane, and about 80% of the city was flooded. New Orleans has about 563 km (350 miles) of barriers, levees and other structures intended to protect the city.

Cyclones spurt water into the stratosphere. Tropical cyclones readily inject ice far into the stratosphere, possibly feeding global warming. The finding provides more evidence of the intertwining of severe weather and global warming by demonstrating a mechanism by which storms could drive climate change. Many scientists now believe that global warming, in turn, is likely to increase the severity of tropical cyclones. "Since water vapor is an important greenhouse gas, an increase of water vapor in the stratosphere would warm the Earth's surface. Our finding that tropical cyclones are responsible for many of the clouds in the stratosphere opens up the possibility that these storms could affect global climate." Data suggests that the amount of water vapor in the stratosphere has grown by roughly 50 percent over the past 50 years. In a cyclone, narrow plumes of miles-tall storm clouds can rise so explosively through the atmosphere that they often push into the stratosphere. Tropical cyclones are twice as likely as other storms to punch into the normally cloud-free stratosphere, and four times as likely to inject ice deep into the stratosphere. Typically, very little water is allowed passage through the stratosphere's lower boundary, known as the tropopause. Located some 6 to 11 miles above the Earth's surface, the tropopause is the coldest part of the Earth's atmosphere, making it a barrier to the lifting of water vapor into the stratosphere: As air passes slowly through the tropopause, it gets so cold that most of its water vapor freezes out and falls away. But if very deep clouds, such as those in a tropical cyclone that can rise through the atmosphere at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, can punch through the tropopause too quickly for this to happen, they can deposit their ice in the warmer overlying stratosphere, where it then evaporates. "This suggests that tropical cyclones could play an important role in setting the humidity of the stratosphere."

BANGLADESH – Cyclone Bijli, packing winds of up to 90 kilometres (56 miles) an hour, lashed Bangladesh's southeastern coastal area, damaging houses and uprooting trees Friday. A few casualties were reported after Cyclone Bijli weakened before making landfall late Friday. "The cyclone was not very strong. We took precautionary measures and all people living in low-lying areas went to shelters." Those evacuated were allowed to return home on Saturday morning. "Dozens of thatched houses were destroyed in the cyclone and some trees were uprooted." Three people died, including a 50-year-old man and a month-old baby, both of whom had medical conditions that deteriorated while being moved to the shelters. Rescue workers were still trying to reach remote areas. The tide was low which meant the tidal surge was not too severe.

HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –

TEXAS – Massive storms swept across Southeast Texas Saturday, claiming the lives of five Houston children who drowned in a Lincoln Town Car that was overcome by high water. Rainfall that severe is usually only seen in tropical storm conditions.

EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-

Wildfires raged along the coast of South Carolina, burning more than 40 homes and damaging 100.

GERMANY – The sudden onset of spring in north-western Europe has sent the plant world into overdrive, triggering a wave of hay-fever from the cloud of pollen over the continent. "It's VERY,VERY UNUSUAL." The development has surprised phenologists, the experts who track the impact of weather on seasonal plants. At the start of April, the progress of spring in Germany, which spans much of Europe's north-west area from the Alps to the coast, was about two weeks behind average. But now spring's progress, as measured by blossoming, is as much as two weeks ahead of average at some locations. With one week of April still to go, the average April temperature so far in Germany has been four degrees Celsius above the mean for the period 1961-1990. In parks and gardens, apple trees have been coming into bloom before the early cherry blossoms have fallen. Normally the different genera blossom weeks apart. In the Rheingau, a wine-growing region west of Frankfurt on the bank of the Rhine, the difference from the mean has been 5 degrees. That has prompted plants to race out of their winter dormancy. Rheingau apple trees normally blossom 75 days after the flowers of hazel, or Corylus, trees appear, but this year the delay has been only 50 days. Is the sudden onset of spring a sign of global warming or just proof that nature can be unpredictable? 'It certainly fits what one would expect from global warming.' So far, the average for April 2009 is the SECOND WARMEST FOR ANY APRIL SINCE RELIABLE RECORDS BEGAN in Germany. The warmest was April two years ago, 4.2 degrees hotter than the long-term mean. Two extremely warm Aprils in quick succession definitely give food for thought. There has been two thirds less rain than usual in April. The drought has been pronounced in the north and east of the country. Hay-fever sufferers there have been getting an added dose of pollen. In some regions, a thick layer of pollen and dust has settled on cars, houses and streets with no rain to wash it away. Some locations have even been put under forest-fire alert because of the mass of dry leaves on the ground left over from last autumn.

INDIA – The UNPRECEDENTED HEAT WAVE conditions continued to play havoc in Orissa – particularly in Coastal and Western Orissa. There is no respite from the scorching heat, as the sun stroke related death toll reached 39 across the state. Industrial city Talcher recorded 48 degree Celsius on Friday, making the life hell for common people. The Meteorological department in the state has confirmed that the heat wave will continue for another five more days. It has been attributed to the Northwesterly winds. According to reports, coal mines in Talcher are automatically catching fire in some areas. The villages that are located around the coal mines are witnessing temperatures above 50 degree Celsius. The state government has alerted all districts to take precautions and make necessary arrangements to minimise the impact of heat wave conditions. It has become impossible for people to venture out of their homes between 11 AM – 3.30 PM, during which the heat wave remains in its peak.

BRITAIN – With a week remaining of the month and more balmy weather forecast across the country, meteorologists believe that Britain could be HEADING TOWARDS THE WARMEST APRIL FOR A DECADE. Temperatures in the capital hit 21C (69.8F) Wednesday, making London hotter than Rome – UNUSUAL for this time of year, which normally sees figures of around 14C. But summer's premature arrival was not just confined to South-east England, with Birmingham and Edinburgh hitting 17C and Durham recording temperatures of 16C.

SOMALIA – More and more drought-affected internally displaced persons are flocking to towns across Somalia's central region of Galgadud in search of food, despite the onset of the `Gu’ rains (April-June). People are coming into town because the rains had been "light and patchy" and they have lost their livestock. Drought-affected populations in the central region face a continuing deterioration in their food security and nutritional situation as a result of the UNUSUALLY PROLONGED AND HARSH dry `Jilaal’ season (January-April). The region's economy is based mainly on livestock and "the loss of livestock by the nomads affects the entire economy of the region." "The piracy epidemic is just one symptom of the appalling humanitarian conditions and chronic instability in Somalia.”

World's major rivers 'drying up' 
– Water levels in some of the world's most important rivers have fallen sharply over the past 50 years. The reduced flows are linked to climate change and will have a major impact as the human population grows. Rising temperatures are altering rainfall patterns and increasing rates of evaporation. The only area with a significant increase in water flows was the Arctic due to a greater snow and ice melting.

Climate change hastens Japan's cherry blossom season
– Japan's celebrated cherry blossom, which for millions heralds the start of spring, is under threat from climate change, according to experts, who say warmer weather is causing early flowering. Cherry blossom season officially began in Tokyo this year on March 21 — five days ahead of schedule and a full week earlier than the average for the last 30 years of the 20th century. Far from being a freak occurrence, the phenomenon of early blossoming has been happening for several years. The "blossoming line" — the latitude where trees start to flower on a given day — on April 1, which 40 years ago was in the south of Honshu, is now about 200 kilometres (125 miles) further north. "With the change in temperatures and a more erratic rainy season, I am not sure that we will still have cherry trees in 50 or 100 years." Many trees are "not blossoming as well as they used to."

CALIFORNIA – It was a third straight day of RECORD-BREAKING HIGH TEMPERATURES in Salinas.

The number of people hit by climate-related disasters worldwide could rise 50% within six years, and reach 375 million a year by 2015. Current humanitarian systems are barely able to cope. Agencies are in danger of being overwhelmed by events such as flooding, storms and drought. "At the moment, poor people in the developing world who are facing up to these disasters, they are almost facing a kind of lottery on a global scale." In 2004, the equivalent of more than $1,200 was spent on each victim of the Asian tsunami, compared with just $23 per person for the recent crisis in Chad. "There's a huge mismatch in where the money goes."

CALIFORNIA – Santa Rosa broke a 102-YEAR-OLD RECORD Sunday, hitting a sweltering 90 degrees. The previous mark was 88 degrees set in 1907. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES were set across the state Sunday – including throughout the North Bay. In San Francisco on Sunday, a new record high of 88 degrees was set. Napa beat a 59-year-old record, hitting 91 degrees. A high-pressure system sitting firmly over the middle of the state is pushing hot inland air out to coastal counties. They are expecting near or record heat again today.

TEMPERATURE RECORDS set nearly a century ago began shattering Sunday as an UNUSUAL fall-like weather pattern blanketed the Los Angeles Basin with desert breezes. The 2 p.m. downtown Los Angeles reading of 94 degrees surpassed the record high of 91 degrees set 95 years ago, in 1914. The unusual April heat was even more pronounced at Long Beach, where the 2 p.m. reading of 96 degrees shattered the record of 88, set in 1986. The heat was forecast to last about three days.

NEW ZEALAND – Kaitaia was the sunniest place in New Zealand for the first month of autumn. Last month, it had 268 hours of sunshine, the most for the month since 1985. But temperatures were below normal, averaging 17.4C, 1.2C lower than the long-term normal of 18.6. Most of the country was extremely dry, with RECORD LOW RAINFALL in parts of Wairarapa, Marlborough, north Canterbury and Otago.

SRI LANKA – The recent storm in the Bay of Bengal has triggered a temperature rise resulting in the UNUSUAL heat condition that is being experienced in the country now. The storm changed the weather pattern affecting the usual inter monsoon situation and the direction of winds. Meteorologists also attributed the lack of rainfall during the past few months for this condition. Another reason for the excessive heat during the night time was the increase of the temperature in the seas around Sri Lanka. This is a usual phenomenon, but this year the change occurred in early April instead of May.

Forests' role as massive carbon sinks is "at risk of being lost entirely", top forestry scientists have warned. Forests are under increasing degrees of stress as a result of climate change. Forests could release vast amounts of carbon if temperatures rise 2.5C (4.5F) above pre-industrial levels. "We normally think of forests as putting the brakes on global warming. But over the next few decades, damage induced by climate change could cause forests to release huge quantities of carbon and create a situation in which they do more to accelerate warming than to slow it down."

HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –

U.S. – The UNUSUALLY COLD weather across the Northeast this week was the culprit for the lightning strikes on the planes landing at the Philadelphia International Airport. Why? The freezing level was only about 3,000 feet above the ground, which is a level that is more common in March. The air aloft where thunderstorms grow was very cold with temperatures lower than 10 degrees up through 15,000 feet. That means any thunderstorms that develop will immediately have ice crystals and hail that lead to the charge separation that produces lightning. Now, add an airplane with a metal casing flying through a highly charged cloud and bang, a lightning strike is produced. In Thursday evening's flight, the storms moved into the approach path to Philadelphia International Airport; two airplanes most likely encountered the highly charged clouds and probably generated the strikes. Lightning strike data in that area did not show any cloud to ground strikes, which leads to the theory that the planes themselves generated the strikes. Although the lightning strikes were loud, bright and nerve-racking for passengers, the planes were safe from them. It is estimated that every commercial airplane is hit by lightning at least once per year. The last known commercial crash due to a lightning strike occurred in 1967.

HEALTH THREATS –

New strain of swine flu – Public health authorities are investigating two HIGHLY UNUSUAL cases of a previously unknown strain of swine flu that was found in the San Diego area late last month.  New flu combines pig, bird, human virus – Seven people have been diagnosed with a STRANGE AND UNUSUAL new kind of swine flu in California and Texas. All seven people have recovered but the virus itself is a NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN MIXTURE of viruses typical among pigs, birds and humans. "We are likely to find more cases. We don't think this is time for major concern around the country." However, some experts fear this strain, or another strain, could spark a pandemic that could kill millions. UNUSUALLY, the viruses all appear to carry genes from swine flu, avian flu and human flu viruses from North America, Europe and Asia. [Preliminary analyses of the virus indicate it contains four different gene components representing both North American swine and avian influenza, human flu and a European/Asian swine flu.] "We haven't seen this strain before, but we hadn't been looking as intensively as we have. It's very possible that this is something new that hasn't been happening before." "We believe at this point that human-to-human spread is occurring. That's UNUSUAL. We don't know yet how widely it is spreading. We are also working with international partners to understand what is occurring in other parts of the world." An urgent probe into the unusual flu outbreak was widened after Mexico sought assistance to investigate more than 130 cases of severe respiratory disease that may be related. Authorities in Mexico asked the Public Health Agency of Canada to help identify the cause of the lung illness linked to 20 deaths, including two in the state of Baja California Norte, which borders California. Tests in Mexico found patients were infected with H1N1 and type-B influenza strains and the parainfluenza virus. “It will be critical to determine whether or not the strains of H1N1 isolated from patients in Mexico are also swine flu." Symptoms include high fever, headache, eye pain, shortness of breath and extreme fatigue with rapid progression of symptoms to severe respiratory distress in about five days. In contrast, the four males and three females diagnosed with swine flu in the U.S. have had mild flu-like symptoms. Global flu contagions start when a novel influenza type-A virus, to which almost no one has natural immunity, emerges and begins spreading.  International officials Saturday declared the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and the U.S. a "PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY" as new cases were reported on both sides of the border and fears grew of a possible global epidemic. The Mexican government indicated that the outbreak was more severe than originally acknowledged. Saturday, the Mexican government gave itself extraordinary powers to quarantine and forcibly treat infected people and to search homes and intercept suspected flu sufferers on public transport. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said they expected more cases and that containment was "not feasible." "Having found the virus where we have found it, we are likely to find it in many more places. It is clear that this is widespread, which is why we do not think we can contain spread of this virus." For many Mexicans, initial alarm over the outbreak was giving way to anger over the health crisis and skepticism about how the government was handling it. Mexico's flu season was intense and people were dying long before the government sounded the alarm Thursday, after a Canadian testing laboratory identified the unique strain, a mix of human, bird and swine flu viruses. "The government is just trying to distract us from other problems, like the economic crisis. Or maybe it's even worse than they're saying?"  The Mexican authorities say 81 people may have died from the new swine flu virus which the WHO says could lead to a pandemic. Public buildings have been closed and people told to stay at home in an attempt to prevent the spread of infection. Hundreds of public events have been suspended in Mexico and schools in and around the capital, Mexico City, have been closed until 6 May. A total of 1,324 people had been admitted to hospital with suspected symptoms since 13 April and were being tested for the virus. The virus is spread mainly through coughs and sneezes. In the US, 11 people are now confirmed to have been infected with the new strain – seven people in California, two in Texas, and two in Kansas. Eight suspected cases are being investigated at a New York City high school where about 200 students fell mildly ill with flu-like symptoms. The US was likely to take "normal and routine" steps within the next few days to screen passengers coming into the US and to distribute information. Many public health officials had speculated that WHO might advise raising the pandemic alert level from phase 3 to 4, but it has yet to take that step. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said that the two patients who tested positive for the swine flu A/H1N1 strain circulating in the United States and Mexico are both adults who live in the same household, one of whom had recently traveled to Mexico. Neither was hospitalized. One of the patients is still sick and is being treated, and the other is recovering. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that 8 of 9 samples obtained from students sickened at a private high school [St. Francis] were positive for an untyped influenza A strain. Those findings suggest human swine flu. The New York City health department has received calls about students from Manhattan, not associated with Saint Francis, who were sick and undergoing medical evaluation after traveling to Mexico for spring break. The department is also investigating a respiratory illness outbreak at a daycare center in the Bronx. In the first wave of the 1918 influenza pandemic in the spring, many cases were mild, but by late July and early August, the virus caused widespread, severe illness. A key task for the public health community right now extends beyond tangible items such as stockpiles of food, drugs, and supplies. "Preparing is also envisioning how bad a pandemic could be." Some degree of anxiety and feeling a knot in the stomach is a crucial part of an adjustment reaction. Evidence has shown that those who can envision what could happen down the road do better at coping with a crisis situation. "THE TIME TO DO THAT IS NOW."

Cloned humans – A US-based fertility doctor has claimed to have cloned 14 human embryos and transferred 11 of them into the wombs of four women. Although none of the women had a viable pregnancy as a result, the first cloned baby could now be born within a couple of years. "There is absolutely no doubt about it… the cloned child is coming. There is absolutely no way that it will not happen. If we intensify our efforts, we can have a cloned baby within a year or two, but I don't know whether we can intensify our efforts to that extent." Dr Zavos's work is widely condemned by mainstream fertility experts, who question whether the technique, which also raises complex ethical questions, is safe. Although other scientists have created human cloned embryos in test tubes to extract stem cells for research, Dr Zavos has broken a taboo by actually putting them inside women's wombs. He said he has also produced cloned embryos of three dead people, including a 10-year-old girl called Cady who died in a car crash in the US. The doctor is thought to have carried out the procedures in a secret laboratory somewhere in the Middle East to escape the US ban on cloning.

South Korean scientists say they've cloned a piglet whose organs were genetically modified to make them more suitable for human transplants.

SPACE WEATHER-

Dimmest Sun in nearly a century baffles astronomers – Astronomers hope new images of the Sun will offer an insight into why there is so little activity on our closest star. The Sun normally undergoes an 11-year cycle of activity. At its peak, it has a tumultuous boiling atmosphere that spits out flares and planet-sized chunks of super-hot gas. This is followed by a calmer period. Last year, it was expected that it would have been heating up after a quiet spell. But instead it hit a 50-year year low in solar wind pressure, a 55-year low in radio emissions, and a 100-year low in sunspot activity. It is unclear why this is happening or when the Sun is likely to become more active again. "There's no sign of us coming out of it yet." In the mid-17th Century, a quiet spell – known as the Maunder Minimum – lasted 70 years, and led to a "mini ice-age". Evidence from tree trunks and ice cores suggest that the Sun is calming down after an unusually high point in its activity. No-one knows how the centuries-long waxing and waning of the Sun works.

The sun produced an unexpected burst of activity on April 23rd when an enormous prominence rose over the northeastern limb and erupted. The complex explosion produced not one but two coronal mass ejections (CMEs). An impact from such a double-CME would almost surely spark magnetic storms around the poles of Earth, but it is not heading in our direction. (Still no sunspots.)

Can lunar cycles affect the taste of wine? – Supermarkets are arranging wine tasting sessions around "good" and "bad" days as dictated by the lunar calendar. Believers say wine is a living organism that is altered by the rhythms of the Moon. The same way that the Moon exerts a huge impact on the tides, it must follow that it affects the water in the human body and therefore human behaviour. All wine experts tend to agree that wine can taste different depending on the day it's drunk – although their theories on why vary. The differences may be more about changes in atmospheric pressure. The biodynamic calendar is part of the wider concept of biodynamic farming, pioneered by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. The philosophy is similar to organic farming but a key difference is that planting and sowing is timed according to the moon. Biodynamic farming has itself had an influence on the growing industry – with some wine growers running their vineyards along these lines.

RECALLS & ALERTS-

Calco of Arcadia, CA is recalling their Los Angeles Calco brand of Alfalfa sprouts because they may be contaminated with salmonella.

FOOD / WATER / SUPPLIES-

MADAGASCAR – VANILLA – Madagascar's vanilla producers expect that a double hit from destructive cyclones and a deadly political crisis will cut output of the food flavouring. Three tropical cyclones have torn across the Indian Ocean island since January damaging crops while producers fear that a power struggle will prompt importers to buy from elsewhere. Vanilla is a key source of foreign exchange for Madagascar — the world's leading exporter — earning the nation an estimated $148 million in 2006. The country expects to ship 1,500 tonnes this year compared with 1,800 tonnes last year. "The fall in foreseen exports this year is directly linked to the consecutive cyclones which destroyed 15 to 20 percent of the vanilla crop." Madagascar supplies 80 percent of the world's vanilla. This year's lost crop is unlikely to affect prices on the world market. One reason for that is a surplus of supply last year. The harvest of green vanilla beans runs between July and September, and curing the beans takes another three months.

Signs in False Shepherds & False Religion
"For among them are those who worm their way into households and capture idle women burdened down with sins, led along by a variety of passions, always learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so these also resist the truth, men who are corrupt in mind, worthless in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress, for their lack of understanding will be clear to all, as theirs was also." 2 Timothy 3:6-9

New Riverside Church pastor Rev. Brad Braxton's $600K compensation prompts parishioners' suit
Wednesday, April 22nd 2009
Daily News, NY Local

Call it the stimulus package from God. Manhattan's Riverside Church – one of the country's most illustrious religious institutions – is paying its new senior pastor, the Rev. Brad Braxton, more than $600,000 in annual compensation. That's twice what Braxton's predecessor, James Forbes, one of the country's best-known preachers, was getting after running Riverside for more than 18 years. It amounts to almost 10 times what William Sloane Coffin, the legendary anti-Vietnam War clergyman, was paid in his last year as senior minister at Riverside in 1987.

Anger at tent set up by 'cult'
Published Date: 19 April 2009
The Star

AN EXHIBITION in Sheffield by followers of the controversial Scientology religion prompted complaints from some members of the public. Scientologists – whose celebrity members include Tom Cruise and John Travolta – set up a bright yellow tent in Barker's Pool to educate people about the religion. But critics have dubbed the religion a "cult" and Star reader Mark Nuttall said he thought it was "appalling" Sheffield Council had given the Scientologists permission to set up the tent. He said: "I would like to know how the decision was made that allowed Scientologists to set up a recruitment tent in Barker's Pool in the school holidays.

Church 'not liable' for sex abuse
Friday, 24 April 2009
BBC News

The Catholic Church is not liable for the sexual abuse suffered by a man over 30 years ago, the High Court has ruled. He said he was abused as a boy by Fr Christopher Clonan while he served at Coventry's Church of Christ the King. Police believe Clonan died in 1998. Mr Justice Jack said he was satisfied the essence of the man's evidence was true and that he was sexually abused. But he said the Church was not liable as the man, now 45, cleaned for Clonan "which was not a priestly activity".

Islam, Virgins and Grapes
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
The Washington Times
Published: April 22, 2009

In Afghanistan, 300 brave women marched to demand a measure of equal rights, defying a furious mob of about 1,000 people who spat, threw stones and called the women “whores.” The marchers asserted that a woman should not need her husband’s consent to go to school or work outside the home. In Pakistan, the Taliban flogged a teenage girl in front of a crowd, as two men held her face down in the dirt. A video shows the girl, whose “crime” may have been to go out of her house alone, crying piteously that she will never break the rules again. Muslim fundamentalists damage Islam far more than any number of Danish cartoonists ever could, for it’s inevitably the extremists who capture the world’s attention. But there is the beginning of an intellectual reform movement in the Islamic world, and one window into this awakening was an international conference this week at the University of Notre Dame on the latest scholarship about the Koran.

Vatican probes nuns' heterodoxy
By Julia Duin (Contact) | Originally published 04:45 a.m., April 20, 2009
The Washington Times

The Vatican is investigating a Silver Spring-based umbrella group for nuns for deviating from Catholic doctrine after the group failed to toe the church's line on male priesthood, homosexuality and salvation being chiefly obtained through the Catholic Church. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), encompassing some 1,500 leaders of the nation's 63,032 nuns, is undergoing a "doctrinal assessment" overseen by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which safeguards church teachings. Its prefect, Cardinal William Levada, informed the group of his investigation in a Feb. 20 letter, according to the National Catholic Reporter (NCR), which broke the story last week. It apparently is not related to a separate "apostolic visitation" or study of America's nuns the Vatican announced in January.

Faith under Fire
“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”  Matthew 5:11-12

“You will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endured to the end will be delivered.” Matthew 10:22

Exclusive: Carrie Prejean Says 'God Was Testing My Faith' With Gay Marriage Question
FOXNews
Monday, April 20, 2009

Carrie Prejean is the most famous runner-up in Miss USA history. In an exclusive interview with FOXNews.com's Courtney Friel, Miss California says her phone has been ringing off the hook with people offering her support after she took on a question about gay marriage on Sunday night's Miss USA telecast. "I have no regrets about answering [judge Perez Hilton] honestly," she said in one of her first interviews following the show, where she answered that she was against gay marriage becoming legal in California. "He asked me for my opinion and I gave it to him. I have nothing against gay people and I didn't mean to offend anyone in my answer."

Pastors' right to talk about Jesus threatened
Arrests triggering appeal to Human Rights Court
Posted: April 20, 2009
WorldNetDaily

A case in which two preachers, including an American, were arrested for talking in public about Jesus will be appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, according to a law firm working on the case. Officials with the International Human Rights Group have announced plans to prepare the appeal of the case involving Larry Keffer, who works through the Biblical Research Center in Tampa, Fla. Keffer was accompanied by Norwegian evangelist Petar Keseljevic last year when both were arrested for sharing the Gospel along a parade route in Oslo, Norway. IHRG officials said they also will continue to watch developments on the situation in Oslo, where Keffer was tagged by police for his message.

TV sends message that "Christians are nutters"
The Christian Institute
Monday, 20 April 2009

Frequent television portrayals of Christians as absurd make it more difficult for believers to defend themselves, a national journalist has said. Recent storylines in a number of soaps have sent the clear message that “Christians are nutters”, the Daily Telegraph’s religion correspondent, Jonathan Wynne-Jones, wrote last week on his blog. Christians should expect robust criticism, Mr Wynne-Jones said, but as faith is made to look more ridiculous “the line between ridicule and persecution becomes even thinner”. Mr Wynne-Jones wrote on his blog: “Some would argue that Christianity has been undermined for some time on television.”

Hindu radicals attack old church
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Belfast Telegraph

Armed Hindu radicals attacked a century-old church in India during a service to protest against religious conversions. The late 19th century church, which comes under the Church of Scotland Missions, is situated barely half-a-mile from the nearest police station in Saoner, in the state of Maharashtra. Rev Mark Sakharpekar had just begun his sermon when the men attacked, triggering panic among the worshippers. A trident was hurled at Mr Sakharpekar, but he escaped unhurt. Two women received minor injuries.

EGYPT: CONVERT ARRESTED FOR MARRYING CHRISTIAN
Couple goes into hiding as police place Islamic law over Egyptian penal code.
Thursday April 23, 2009

ISTANBUL, April 23 (Compass Direct News) – Christian convert Raheal Henen Mussa and her Coptic husband are hiding from police and her Muslim family for violating an article of Islamic law (sharia) that doesn’t exist in the Egyptian penal code. Police arrested Mussa, 22, on April 13 for marrying Sarwat George Ryiad in a customary marriage (zawag al ‘urfi), an unregistered form of matrimony in Egypt made without witnesses. It has gained popularity among Egyptian youth but is not sanctioned by most Islamic scholars. The two signed a marriage contract between themselves. Only Ryiad and their attorney have a copy. Police have not obtained a copy of the contract, but they used its existence as a pretext for arresting Mussa.

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