Chosen: End Times Newsletter – Issue 102
The Minister’s Corner
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Hope in the End Times
World Health Organization numbers show that 450 million people suffer from mental disorders and disabilities, most in developing nations. An estimated 800,000 people commit suicide every year, 86% of them in low- and middle-income countries. Around 20% of the world’s children and adolescents are estimated to have mental disorders or problems. They predict in 20 years more people will suffer from depression than any other. And, in the U.S. as the financial crisis beings us ever closer to the same numbers that occurred during the Great Depression, it brings new meaning to the word as the numbers of depressed persons also continues to rise.
It’s really no great surprise to me to read statistics such as these – but perhaps it’s because whereas once I was a “live and let live” type of person, not seeing beyond my own front door and the realities of the deceptive world we live in. In part, I think it’s that with age comes wisdom but in my case it’s really more to do with Yahweh’s wisdom and guidance that my eyes have been opened to truth and reality, that I see a much different world we currently live in. I see a world that reflects the instabilities and unbalanced natures of those living in it. I see a world that does not work, because it is so far from Yahweh’s original plan. I see a world in which most everything in it and about it is futile. And yes, this world can be depressing – especially for those who do not have the hope of salvation or a full understanding of Yahweh’s purpose and plan for Her creation.
Last week sometime, I was given the opportunity to minister to a neighbor about End Times and the Tribulation we are all currently experiencing. She had been going through some rough times in regards to her employment, income and managing to keep a roof over her head and I realized that as I spoke with conviction and excitement about the things that are and will soon occur, the expression on her face changed and seemed to reflect a certain amount of distress.
As we continued to talk, she said two things that struck me as being most common amongst those who do not have a complete understanding of Father’s plan to restore creation. One was that she feared she hadn’t been the Christian she should be and might be left behind and two, was that she regretted that there were so many things she hadn’t yet been able to do, like marry and have children. I realized that as I spoke she was seeing her future dissolve before her very eyes and I knew that I had to explain further that it wasn’t something to be sad or anxious about, but hopeful, optimistic and joyful.
As for the first concern, I could only say that if she was feeling this way, now was the time to do something about it because it applies to the second of two conditions required to obtain salvation, one being a belief and acceptance of Christ as our Lord and Savior and the other, the second, being a good heart condition.
But as for her seeing the end as a horrible thing and a loss of hopes and dreams and opportunities lost, I had to take a little more time in helping her to understand that there is reason to be optimistic and hopeful when it comes to what is in store. That yes, it’s the end but not the end of creation, the end of an evil, self-destructive and depressing world and that it is all part of Father’s plan to restore creation to Her original design out from under the oppressiveness of Dawn Lucifer the Devil’s tin god rule.
It’s this loss of hope that affects the people of the world today in the way that it does; driving up the numbers in cases of depression and suicides. Hope is the flame that burns brightly when Yahweh is your focus and the center of your life and Dawn has done all that he can to extinguish that flame. While it may be harder for some to find in a world that has been darkened by his influence, it still burns brightly. When we believe, this flame of hope tells us that while the world we live in has it’s many problems, there is a better world in store for us. And it’s faith that tells us that our Creator will bring it into fruition. That while this world and everything in it will pass away, a new world is being prepared for us where we will all live in harmony, peace and happiness. And, it’s the Word that shows us that as it happened in the past, it will happen again.
Yahweh knew that the Israelites were not happy living under the oppressive rule as slaves to the Egyptian Empire, and She had a plan in place for their escape.
Exodus 23:20 [ Promises and Warnings ] "I am going to send an Angel before you to protect you on the way and bring you to the place I have prepared.
Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
John 14:2 In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you.
The above scriptures also tell us that while the world that we know will go away along with the evil that dwells within it, a place is being prepared for us – so there is much reason for HOPE. It was the same hope that the Israelites felt upon leaving Egypt and the same hope for the people of today, who exist in these End Times. We must not look at End Times and Armageddon as being the end of our hopes and dreams, but the beginning. The promise is alive and Yahweh will destroy death forever, and wipe away the tears from every face.
Isaiah 25:8 He will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face and remove His people's disgrace from the whole earth, for the LORD has spoken.
So, do not be sad or depressed! Do not mourn for what might have been in a world in which true happiness does not even exist. Have hope and faith and be joyful in looking forward to the coming of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus, for the End is near; the End of Evil and the Beginning of Life.
What Might Have Happened
Do you ever wonder “What might have happened”? in your life? Have you ever said “What if”? I know that those are things that I have wondered and often said as I was growing up and going through different stages of my life. Sometime we become so caught up in the what if’s that your mind is constantly replaying what happened and you are sitting there seeing and wondering how it would have turned out if you would have just did this or just said that? What happens when your mind is replaying scenes in your head? Your mind becomes so clouded that you end up bringing more stress, confusion and even more questions upon yourself. There are other things that I know of to spend my time. I could spend that time meditating and studying Father’s word. Does sitting there thinking “What if I would have” solve the situation that you are in? No it doesn’t. When we think in that manner we are actually taking Father out of our lives. Have you sat there studying the word and you came on a passage that you don’t understand no matter how many times you have read or prayed on it but you still don’t understand? There have been times that I have done that. Does digging deeper and deeper help you understand what the passage is saying? Maybe it does sometimes but not all the time. If we are not careful we could dig so deep that we are very close to stepping over the line between trusting Father and leaning on our own understanding. In the word it says Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; -Proverbs 3:5
During our bible study this sometimes occurs but with more than one person in there we are able to say “I think it is time to move on” We don’t have that when it comes to studying on our own. We still have Father during that time but sometimes our minds go in overtime trying to understand what we are studying. We start saying well I wonder if this is what it means or maybe it means this or perhaps it could also mean that. That is when our minds go into overtime and we over analyze the information that we are studying. When this is happening sometimes we have so much information in our minds that can lead to many different paths that we forget to stop, pray and mediate and ask Father for understanding instead of leaning on our own understanding. When our minds are in overdrive like that it is chaotic and who watches and loves chaos? Satan….
One thing I have learned over the years is that we can use the energy on “what if” to pray to Father for a deeper understanding of Her word. Sometimes the “what” or “how” doesn’t matter. It just isn’t what is important at the time. Everything happens in Fathers time whether it is right now or a month from now. Sometimes I feel that we really need to just step back and wait on Father to reveal to us what She wants us to know and understand. It is really important that we learn to be patient as the Word tells us to be so we can grow in knowledge and wisdom in Fathers time.
Proverbs 16:32-33 Patience is better than power, and controlling one’s temper, than capturing a city. The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.
2 Corinthians 6:6-7 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the message of truth, by the power of God; through weapons of righteousness on the right hand and the left,
Following Father's Spirit
This is probably a topic that could be written about for ages. Yet, at every possible step, it is important to help explain all that has been learned because at every point, there is always something a little further that can help. It is definitely going to be more important in the times to come.
Proverbs 1:23 — If you turn to my discipline, then I will pour out my spirit on you and teach you my words.
Joel 2:28-29 — After this I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity; then your sons and your daughters will prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions. I will even pour out My Spirit on the male and female slaves in those days.
There are quite a few examples of following Father's Spirit in scripture, and if one reads about them, they will have a better understanding for how to follow Father's Spirit within one's own heart. Christ Jesus is the first example that really comes to mind amongst all of this. Then there are all the prophets and all those that Father had showed that She had directed throughout the ages. Being able to understand how Christ and all of Father's servants have followed Her Spirit, at the same time, would require that one read scripture and in that manner, also seek Father's guidance in doing so. This, in effect, could even grow Father's Spirit within one's heart, interestingly. By seeking to follow Father's Spirit, one may even begin to grow Father's Spirit. This is sort of…cyclic…but of course this cycle had to start from somewhere, and that is Father.
So, as it shows, one of the very first steps to learning and being able to follow Father's Spirit is in first obtaining Father's Spirit within one's heart. This…is not a simple thing. As it shows above, this really has to start with Father, and Father must be willing to do so. Yet, at the same time:
Matthew 7:7 — "Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
John 6:60 — Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, "This teaching is hard! Who can accept it?"
John 6:66 — From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him.
Regardless of how difficult this world may be, Father can make even the most complicated things seem like something that one learned as a child when they even began to learn how to crawl.
Thus, following Father requires Father's Spirit, and Father's willingness, to begin. However, at any given point, if one does not show full dedication to Father, Her Spirit can be removed from oneself, and that would only be a detriment to the slave:
Luke 9:62 — But Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."
And then, one must continue to grow in Father's Spirit, continuing to grow in righteousness and love. This does not come just like growing plants…well, not completely. Just as a plant needs continuous water and sunlight to grow, amongst the minerals and other material it soaks up from the ground it grows on, so would one's heart. However, one's heart is made of muscle tissues not found anywhere else in the body, so it is obviously much more complicated than just simply growing a plant. Just as Father's Wisdom is multifaceted, so is one's heart, and at that, can be deceitful:
Jeremiah 17:9 — The heart is more deceitful than anything else and desperately sick—who can understand it?
It is kind of interesting when the question arises about “who?” This is because the answer is simple: Father. Such rhetorical questions might even answer themselves, because it shows that in order to follow Father's guidance, one must be focused towards Father to find the very answers that are the most difficult to find. It may seem obvious, but the implications are enormous. Much more, if the obvious things have enormous implications, how much more so are the things that aren't so easily seen with just two eyes? Much less, only two physical eyes, lacking the third psychic eye that is not utilized? This, in itself, shows how deep Father's own heart can be, and by following Her own spirit, we are also learning to follow Her heart, also via aligning our own hearts to Her own, the Way it should be.
Now, realizing that in order to follow Father's Spirit, one must not only have Father's Spirit, but also continually grow and follow Her Spirit, one must further understand what all this implies, as well. This implies that one not only utilize the feelings in their heart, but every facet of their whole being. This means that their intelligence, their intellect, their logic, their reasoning, their sight, their smell, their touch,…anything anyone is made of… Just as life is more than food and clothing:
Luke 12:23 — For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.
Matthew 6:25 — "This is why I tell you: Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing?
So is all of one's being. This doesn't mean that one is juggling different aspects of themselves, either, but rather, doing a form of multitasking along with focusing. In Martial Arts, it is understood that being ambidextrous can be a huge advantage, and being able to multitask multiple weapons at once can be even stronger. Yet, the concept of multitasking and then not multitasking by focusing on one thing all at the same time may not be too common, as it may not make complete sense…at first. Simply put, by focusing on Father, they are focusing on a multitude of aspects all at once. It is just like following the Way, or following Father's Law. One is either following all of the Way, with all its aspects, or they are not at all because each aspect links to the other. The same with the Law.
Thus, to the extent of anything that can be related at this given time, not knowing what there further is, following Father's Spirit starts with Father, and then is in Father's Spirit being in one's very being. Further, one continues to follow Father's Spirit, and continues to maintain and flourish Father's Spirit in one's being, from every aspect possible, from the bone's very marrow, not just the hard structure of the bone, all the way out from their internals to their externals, and even beyond that because one's very own energy can emanate from their physical body. In fact, everything that an individual does can have a massive influence on everything around them, and further, they leave their energy's imprint on those objects of energy. This comprises of a multitude of things. Every aspect of one's very energy is thus bent towards Father's Will, which is actually straight. From what has been learned, leaning on one's understanding is detrimental, destructive even, but then leaning on one's heart can also be deceitful. For what one can, they grow everything that they are in all their skills towards Father, and Father helps the process along. One does not remain in one state or another, just being lazy with what they already had grown, as there is consistently more to steadily apply and fulfill. If even the knowledge one thinks they know is actually a lack of knowledge, then there is so much more to consider.
One further item for consideration is also how this ties in with Father's greatest commandment:
Matthew 22:36-39 — "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"
He said to him, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
In this, it is not only suggested to seek Father's guidance and direction and even encouragement in all things, including the acceptance of Her discipline, but it is even a command. Father not only makes suggestions out of Wisdom, but also makes commands that fall all in the same line of being. This could even provide more insight to what true love all really encompasses, and what true love means.
Nourishment From The Throne
“For the LORD gives wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
Cherubic Commander: Satan inspires that some take the stance that faith alone will save them. Then when they give birth to that belief, he sits back and laughs at them hoping they convert others to believe the same way. As things worsen, many will believe there is no God, or that She has no power to intervene. Their biggest problem is that they are blinded to seeing that Yahweh our Creator is intervening, and the things She does is for bringing an end to a nightmare that robs everyone of true peace and harmony in creation.
Regina: You know… I just have to comment on something that just came to mind… when it comes to works, it's not about having to do them, it's about wanting to – because you love Father, and want to see Her will done. It's no different than wanting to do things for those you love that you know will please them. It just seems that they go hand in hand – one complimenting the other. So many people say "I love you and would do anything for you" – well, it's how we all here feel in our hearts for Yahweh also. We love Her and would do anything for Her.
Cherubic Commander: And that is why the entire holy family is involved in this sovereignty issue. Our Creator Yahweh could do everything Herself, but She is permitting those that love Her to share in the process of bringing evil to an end. If She wanted to, Satan would be out of existence in the blink of an eye. He relied on Yahweh's fairness and Her willingness to let him have free reign to settle this issue once and for all. The fact that we all are in Her service is a blessing. We are able to help vindicate Her name. She is a God of hosts. We are Her hosts, and we serve Her out of love, just as you have spoken Regina. The slithering shadow of the serpent was added on after the flood. It was Satan's way of saying he was out from under the canopy which existed in the preflood age. No shadow was cast because the sunlight did not fully come through without being unfiltered like it does without a canopy. It was possible to see the light of stars at night that shined against the dense water vapors, but not as clearly as you see them in this age.
Regina: Were the lights of the stars magnified at all due to the canopy? What I mean is that they're sharper pinpoints of light as we see them now, but when viewing them through the canopy did they appear bigger and brighter but not as sharp?
Cherubic Commander: Yes, like looking through a glass of fog. You could experience it by filling a jar with smoke and looking through it at the visible heavens during the night hours. The sun during the day was an intense light but exactly as it looks behind a dark cloud, because the vapors that surrounded the earth were holding water.
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
Hot pursuit of two UFOs over North Carolina by interceptor fighter jets
August 27, 2009
Greetings once again readers, The following account is a description of what has been described as a Hot Pursuit of two UFOs by interceptor fighter jets in what sounds like a cat and mouse game. Shortly after the Interceptors chased the UFOs into upper skies the UFOs simple returned after having eluded the jets chasing them.
20 Orange Ball UFOs over Canton, Ohio skies
August 23, 2009
A group of Canton, Ohio, witnesses watched a series of "orange glowing fireballs" moving slowly across the horizon on August 22, 2009, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. The objects were descibed as round or disc-shaped, sometimes moving in pairs, and one group was sighted in a triangle formation. Canton is the county seat of Stark County in northeastern, Ohio, population 80,806.
20 Orange Ball UFOs over Canton, Ohio skies
August 23, 2009
A group of Canton, Ohio, witnesses watched a series of "orange glowing fireballs" moving slowly across the horizon on August 22, 2009, according to witness testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. The objects were descibed as round or disc-shaped, sometimes moving in pairs, and one group was sighted in a triangle formation. Canton is the county seat of Stark County in northeastern, Ohio, population 80,806.
Mass UFO sighting in Punjab, India
3 September 2009
Michael Cohen email@example.com
One nation that has been rather absent from our headlines on UFO activity internationally and in Asia specifically is India. However absence of proof is not proof of absence (Or in this case is that proof of absence is not absence of proof?). In fact, UFO activity is extremely common in India and though seriously under-reported even by that nation's media outlets it is reported often enough nonetheless. Thankfully, now All News Web has established a channel for receiving information on Indian sightings and they should start appearing on our news site as of now. One wonders how many UFO sightings in India, even mass ones, have come and gone, forever unnoticed outside the sub-continent. We start with a mass UFO event from the beautiful, princely city of Patiala in Punjab State. Last Sunday night beginning at 8pm countless people saw and even climbed onto rooftops to get a better view of a large, bright light that hovered and crisscrossed over the city for two hours, before vanishing.
Massive UFO development: China might disclose soon
5 September 2009
Michael Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org
Something bigger-than-big has happened in China as far as the UFO and extraterrestrial mystery is concerned. So big, you might want to make sure you are sitting down and not holding a hot drink as you read this. Readers of this website might mow be familiar with the Solar Eclipse UFO Sighting that occurred in Deqing, Guandong Province, where a clear daytime UFO was seen by dozens of students and filmed and photographed by at least nine, producing incredible images such as the one above. The UFO was also seen to morph, changing colour and shape.
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
China Stocks ‘In Deep Bubble,’ May Drop 25%, Xie Says
by Erik Schatzker and Allen Wan
August 31, 2009
Aug. 31 (Bloomberg) — China’s economy isn’t “sustainable” and the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index may fall another 25 percent, former Morgan Stanley Asian economist Andy Xie said in an interview. “The market is in deep bubble territory,” Xie, who correctly predicted in April 2007 that China’s equities would tumble, told Bloomberg Television. The Shanghai index plunged 6.7 percent to 2,667.75 today, the most since June 2008 and entering a bear market, on concern a slowdown in lending growth may derail a recovery in the world’s third-largest economy. Xie said the index “should be 2000 or less.”
Sentenced to death on the NHS
by Kate Devlin
September 2, 2009
In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a group of experts who care for the terminally ill claim that some patients are being wrongly judged as close to death. Under NHS guidance introduced across England to help doctors and medical staff deal with dying patients, they can then have fluid and drugs withdrawn and many are put on continuous sedation until they pass away. But this approach can also mask the signs that their condition is improving, the experts warn. As a result the scheme is causing a “national crisis” in patient care, the letter states. It has been signed palliative care experts including Professor Peter Millard, Emeritus Professor of Geriatrics, University of London, Dr Peter Hargreaves, a consultant in Palliative Medicine at St Luke’s cancer centre in Guildford, and four others.
Jobless rate still rising in Japan
Big News Network
August 31, 2009
Japan's jobless rate was recorded at 5.7% in July. The high jobless figures, combined with consumer prices that also fell at fell at a record pace, have shown the worst recession for decades has not been stifled. The Japanese economy has returned to growth but in July, 3,590,000 Japanese were out of work, over a million more than a year ago. Japan's economy grew by 0.9% between April and June, but the latest jobless figures have cast doubt on the strength of the recovery.
State preps to relocate quarantined H1N1 victims
by Drew Zahn
August 31, 2009
DES MOINES, Iowa – A blank document from the Iowa Department of Public Health has been discovered online, designed to be filled in with the name of an H1N1 virus victim who is required to relocate from his or her home to a quarantine facility. The form, which began appearing today in e-mails and on the Internet, has concerned a confused public already swimming in conflicting reports about the severity of the swine flu and intrusive government measures that many fear may be taken if the disease becomes a pandemic. The Iowa document, which WND confirmed with state officials is authentic, has done little to calm the public's fears. "The Iowa Department of Public Health has determined that you have had contact with a person with Novel Influenza A H1N1," the form reads. "The Department has determined that it is necessary to quarantine your movement to a specific facility to prevent further spread of this disease.
Scared by "Frankenfoods"? Just Wait for Nanofoods
The Big Money
by Dan Mitchell
August 31, 2009
If you thought genetically modified food stirred controversy, just wait for "nanofoods." So far, warnings about nanofoods—products made via the manipulation of molecules—haven't reached a tipping point in terms of public attention. That's because there are so few such products actually on the market. Ronald Wernette, a lawyer who defends companies in product-liability cases, cites a few examples of currently available nanofoods in an article for Food Processing: canola oil containing particles that supposedly block cholesterol from entering the bloodstream; chocolate shakes that are "tastier and more nutritious thanks to the addition of nano-sized ingredients 100,000 times smaller than a grain of sand"; and dietary supplements enhanced to boost the power of the nutrients they contain.
Crop Circle Watch
Knighton Hill, nr Wayland Smithy, Oxfordshire. Reported 29th August
FIELD REPORT – On 29 August, I received Mark Fussell’s ‘crop circle rumour’: a formation in corn (maize) at Uffington, west of the White Horse. I drove there and met up with French photographer and researcher Olivier Morel. From atop the hill we could clearly see the formation, consisting of quite a large number of circles, varying in size and forming a pattern that looked like a large S. We could see 3 large circles and many smaller ones surrounding those 3. It is extremely difficult to find a formation in tall corn (approx. 2.5 metres/8 feet!) Even though we had located it from the hill top and we knew we had to count four trees backwards before entering the field, we searched for almost an hour; at times I got the feeling that we were completely lost in what seemed like a dense forest. Finally, using our cameras ona pole, we managed to properly locate the formation and stepped into what was our first corn formation…
Signs in Humanity
2 radio towers in Washington state toppled
by Tim Klass
September 4, 2009
SEATTLE — Two radio station towers near Seattle that have generated intense local opposition were toppled early Friday in an act of sabotage that bore the initials of the radical Earth Liberation Front. An e-mail from the North American ELF Press Office, which has represented the shadowy group in the past, says the towers for KRKO-AM were torn down because of health and environmental concerns. Authorities say a banner that bore the initials of the ELF was left at the scene.
Gunmen kill 17 addicts in rehab
by Alexandra Olson
September 4, 2009
Gunmen broke into a drug rehabilitation centre, lined people against a wall and shot 17 of them dead in a bloody day in Mexico's drug war. The attackers broke down the door of El Aliviane centre in Ciudad Juarez on Wednesday, lined up their victims and opened fire, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the regional prosecutors' office. At least five other people were injured. Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico's most violent city – at least 1,400 people have been killed this year. Most of the homicides are tied to drug gang violence. Authorities had no immediate suspects or information on the victims of the latest shooting.
Child obesity drug use 'soaring'
September 2, 2009
The number of under-18s in the UK being prescribed weight-loss drugs rose 15-fold between 1999 and 2006, a study of data from GPs suggests. The University College London said its analysis indicated up to 1,300 children a year could be on treatments, even though they are not licensed for them. The figure compares with more than 1m adults who use the drugs. Obesity experts said the trend was worrying and called for a greater focus on promoting healthy lifestyles.
Police rescue sex slave children
by Cahal Milmo
September 2, 2009
Five children being kept as sex slaves by paedophiles who broadcast daily abuse of their victims over the internet have been rescued by police from homes in Scotland and England and placed in care. The boys and girls, aged from seven to 13, were freed in a series of raids last month as part of an investigation by a specialist Scottish unit set up to oversee inquiries into serious sexual crimes. The operation was launched when evidence of the internet abuse was obtained following the arrest of a man in central Scotland for alleged sex offences. Three of the children were found at undisclosed locations in Scotland and two more were later discovered in England as a result of the initial raids.
10-Year-Old Charged In Father's Shooting Death
August 31, 2009
BELEN, N.M. — Belen police have charged a 10 year-old-boy with first degree murder in the shooting death of his father. Police said officers responded to a Valencia County home after getting a call around 7 p.m. Thursday from 10-year-old Benjamin Hilburn. When police arrived, they found 42-year-old Bryon Hilburn shot once in the head. Police believe Benjamin used his own rifle to fatally shoot his father. The boy reportedly told police he felt his father was disciplining him too harshly and too often. The father was later pronounced dead at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.
Arks of Safe Haven
"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.
kimdonovan – Des Moines, IA. – I am 49 years old, and a single mom. I became unemployed in Janaury and I have been struggling to keep up with house payment and other bills. I have found employment full time and part time finally, but, I need to bring my house payments current in order to keep my house. I had been making full payments until 3 months ago when they set me up on 1/2 payments through October. Now I will need to come up 3300.00 to keep house. This amount includes late charges, and house inspection fees. I am not one who ask for help, I am the type of person whom people come to for help, so this is really hard for me. I can not ask my Mom for help because she is living on very little herself and I in the past would help her. I even put a listing on Craigslist for everyone whom read it to send me .50 cents. I figured this way I was not asking for l person to help but everyone, and I figured 50 cents is not much to ask for. I have worked hard to have a place for my son, with little help from his father. It was a very bad marriage and I worked very hard to raise above all of it, and make it on my own. Any help or advice would be well, words could not say enough.
vanessarojasz – Tampa, FL. – hi i live in tampa fl for olmost 6 month i have 2 babies one 14 month and one 3 month since my lat baby was born we have been having problems with money but we have been paying all our bill untill these month setember as the worst my husband work in contuccion fo more than 10 years job now have been really slow he coudnt find nothing to do he already look everywhere no luck to find nothing we couldent pay our rent these past month we got an eviction letter and we dont know what to do were desperate we are going to be kick off our 1 bedroom 1 bath apartment (we move here because we couldent affor something bigger so we the 4 of us sleep in a 1 bedroom apartment)we dont have a place to go no money to move and dont now what to do my husband is getting frustraded because we never pass aroun these we have two small kids and we dont what to be out of our apartment we dont kow what to doo these is getting me crayzi im desperateeee please we need some help
dangelillo – Delray Beach, FL. – DOES ANYONE KNOW OF ANY CHARITIES THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO HELP ME OUT WITH MY ELECTRIC BILL AND CAR INSURANCE???
I am a single, self-supporting female who I was laid off from my job in May. I have never had so much trouble finding another job in my life. I am truly feeling the affects of this horrendous economy.
My electricity will be shut off if I don't pay approx. $200.00 by tomorrow. My car insurance will also be canceled if I don't come up with another $150 soon. I am collecting unemployment, which doesn't even cover my monthly rent! I swallowed my pride and, for the first time ever, I applied for food stamps. I was denied because the unemployment amount was supposedly too much, even though I told them it didn't even cover my rent. After working consecutively and paying taxes for 30 years, the one time I need help, I cannot get it! It is simply not fair! I am in my late 40's (no spring chicken), which I think is making it harder for me to find a job during this horrible economy.
Of course, I don't have rent money, but can only take one step at a time. At least I have a somewhat patient, humane landlord. The last two months, I have had to borrow money from family. My family doesn't have much money, they are on strict budgets themselves. I cannot borrow any more money.
I have an interview lined up with the the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office Communications Department for the end of September, which I am excited about and pray that I get the job, but that doesn't help me NOW.
I can't travel too far because I cannot afford to use up the gas in my car, I live in Delray Beach. I need to save my gas for job interviews. I have an interview tomorrow afternoon for a temporary, part-tie position all the way in Ft. Lauderdale. I live in Delray Beach, Florida 33445(Palm Beach County).
If I don't get some kind of assistance by tomorrow, I may not have electricity, therefore, I am posting my cell phone number, I am obviously quite desperate. I can be reached at (561) 577-1494.
Sincerely and Respectfully,
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
Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia
At least 46 people killed and buildings flattened as quake strikes south of country
2 September 2009
At least 46 people have been killed and scores of others are injured after a powerful earthquake struck southern Indonesia today. Local reports said some of the victims had been killed in a landslide near the southern coast of Java, the country's main island, while others died when houses and other buildings collapsed. The magnitude-7 earthquake shook buildings in the capital, Jakarta, sending thousands of people streaming on to the streets. It struck at a depth of about 30 miles off Java's south coast, the US Geological Survey said, and was the strongest to hit the region since a magnitude-7.5 quake rocked India's Andaman islands on 10 August.
Melting glaciers threaten 'Nepal tsunami'
By Subel Bhandari (AFP) – Aug 29, 2009
LUKLA, Nepal — Over two decades, Funuru Sherpa has watched the lake above his native village of Dengboche in Nepal's Himalayas grow, as the glacier that feeds it melts. The 29-year-old, who runs a busy Internet cafe for tourists visiting the Everest region, remembers his grandfather telling him that 50 years ago the lake did not exist. "Before, it was all ice," he told AFP in the eastern Himalayan town of Lukla, in the shadow of Mount Everest. "This is proof that the glaciers in the high Himalayas are melting. And that must be because the temperatures have gone up." Scientists say the Imja Glacier above Dengboche is retreating by about 70 metres (230 feet) a year, and the melting ice has formed a huge lake that could devastate villages downstream if it bursts.
UN warns on West Africa floods
5 September 2009
Heavy flooding has now affected some 350,000 people across West Africa, killing at least 32 in Ghana and Burkina Faso, UN officials say. More than 150,000 people in Burkina Faso have fled their homes, mainly in the capital Ouagadougou. A UN spokeswoman said the amount of rain that fell in Ouagadougou on one day this week was equal to a quarter of the whole country's annual rainfall. Neighbouring countries affected include Benin, Guinea, Niger and Senegal. The United Nations is warning that numbers killed are likely to rise and has sent an assessment team to Burkina Faso. At least seven people are known to have died in Burkina Faso, where the capital has seen the heaviest rains in 90 years.
Millions in Somalia facing food shortages
Big News Network.com
4th September, 2009
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is calling on donors to help avert a looming humanitarian catastrophe in Somalia. Half the population of Somalia, some 3.8 million people, are in need of assistance. WFP is urgently appealing for 217,000 metric tons of food, worth over $200 million, to feed 3.5 million people by the end of October when stocks will run-out, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The appeal follows a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) indicating that half the Somali population is in need of assistance, marking an 18 per cent increase from 3.2 million in only six months.
Police baffled as dozens of 'suicidal' cows throw themselves off cliff in the Alps
By Mail Foreign Service
28th August 2009
In the picturesque Swiss village of Lauterbrunnen, the locals are worried. Dozens of alpine cows appear to be committing suicide by throwing themselves off a cliff near the small village in the Alps. In the space of just three days, 28 cows and bulls have mysteriously died after they plunged hundreds of metres to rocks below where they were killed instantly. In each case, local mountain rescue services using a helicopter had to be called in to remove the bodies because of the danger to the local groundwater of pollution. A police spokesman said: 'There are no large carnivores living in the Alps anymore who would once have disposed of the bodies so they have to be moved.
Natural Disaster Update
5.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
5.1 NORTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
5.3 NORTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
5.6 NORTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
5.1 NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA
5.2 KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA
5.1 FIJI REGION
5.0 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
5.1 JAVA, INDONESIA
5.6 JAVA, INDONESIA
7.1 JAVA, INDONESIA
5.5 KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
5.1 KURIL ISLANDS GREECE cluster – 2.6, 2.8, 2.6, 3.6, 3.1, 2.6, 2.5, 3.2, 3.4, 2.5, 2.5, 2.6, 3.7, 2.5, 2.7, 2.7, 4.5, 3.2, 3.4
5.9 MYANMAR-INDIA BORDER REGION
5.4 NEAR S COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA
6.2 KYUSHU, JAPAN
5.0 EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.
5.4 SUNDA STRAIT, INDONESIA
5.4 SOUTH OF AFRICA
5.1 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.
5.5 BANDA SEA
5.0 NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
INDONESIA – Rescuers were continuing to search for dozens of people buried by the major earthquake that killed at least 59 people, as anger mounts at the slow response from authorities.
INDONESIA – The toll from the powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Indonesia is expected to rise as rescuers search through collapsed buildings. At least 44 people are confirmed dead and thousands of homes flattened after the quake hit on Wednesday afternoon. More than 300 people have been injured and dozens are still missing. Thousands of buildings have collapsed in Cianjur, about 100km (62 miles) south of Jakarta, and the nearby town of Tasikmalaya. "About 18,000 houses and buildings have been damaged." Rescue efforts are being hampered as several roads in the area have been badly damaged. Communications links to settlements on the south coast were broken by the quake, so the extent of damage and casualties is not yet known. (photos & map)
Animals at Taman Safari Indonesia animal park in Cisarua, Bogor, were restless minutes before the earthquake. The Sumatran elephant, that can detect natural disasters, looked jittery and afraid 10 minutes before the quake. Llamas at the park were also agitated, running around in panic just before the tremor.
NEW MEXICO – Socorro has been jiggling for more than 10 days with a swarm of earthquakes, seismologists said on Monday, Aug. 31. "People are feeling them and hearing them." The first was felt Aug. 19. No damage has been reported. All of the quakes had magnitudes less than 3. The quakes have been centered in an area several miles north and east of Socorro. Socorro sits atop a large body of molten magma more than 10 miles below Earth's surface. As a result, the region sees almost half of New Mexico's significant earthquakes. While quake swarms in the area are common, this is THE LARGEST IN THE PAST DECADE. The area's largest recorded earthquake was an estimated 6.5 magnitude in 1906, which caused significant damage. While Socorro is the epicenter of New Mexico's earthquake activity, quakes have been felt up and down the Rio Grande rift, an area where Earth's crust is slowly spreading apart, sometimes creating earthquakes in the process. The latest swarm is no cause for alarm, because previous swarms have never led to major quakes.
A writer in China says, "Shortly after I arrived in Changsha end of last week, a high frequency sound hit my right ear so hard that my ear auto tuned out (i.e. went deaf) for more than a few seconds. A friend shared that when this happens to him, normally it means to him that an earthquake has just happened near his part of the world. True enough, I searched online and found that a pretty serious earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale had just occured in Qinghai just half a day before this high frequency noise incident. Stranger still was the fact that within an hour of the earthquake, there was this supposed UFO sighting in Changsha." Changsha seems to be a hotbed for UFO sightings with six sightings reported in the media this past year alone.
INDONESIA – A powerful earthquake rattled Indonesia's main island this morning, shaking buildings in the capital and prompting warnings of local tsunamis along the Java coast. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the quake with a magnitude of 7.0 at a depth of 63 km (39 miles). Indonesia's seismology agency put the magnitude at 7.3 with the epicentre 142 km (88 miles) southwest of Tasikamalaya in West Java. There was no threat of a widespread tsunami but a local tsunami watch was in place with the possibility of tsunamis affecting coasts within a few hundred km of the epicentre. Residents in the capital Jakarta reported buildings shaking, and hundreds of people streamed from office blocks. "The building first shook for about 10 seconds then stopped but then it continued again."
Dozens of buildings collapsed in the city of Tasikmalaya injuring a number of people, according to one report. The magnitude seven quake also damaged buildings in the university city of Bandung near the epicentre, but there were no reports of any deaths. The US Geological Survey lowered its magnitude reading from 7.4 to 7.0 and local tsunami warnings were withdrawn.
PHILIPPINES – A magnitude 4.3 quake was felt in Central Negros Sunday night and has affected the water sources in the area. The tremor occurred at 10:28 p.m. Some aftershocks were also recorded after the initial quake. While there were no landslides reported due to the tremor, the water source of La Carlota City Water District was affected. Residents were surprised when, after the quake, the water coming out of their pipes became muddy. The water district gets its supply from a spring water source and through deep well pumps. An estimated 6,000 households were reported to have been affected. The water source of the water district in La Castellana town was reported to have also been affected by the quake.
There's a mysterious connection between water wells and earthquakes, and scientists seem to notice it after every large earthquake, and even after some smaller ones. The great Alaska earthquake of March 1964 jarred Earth's plumbing system far beyond Alaska. More than 700 groundwater wells in the continental United States showed water-level changes, including a 12-foot rise in a South Dakota well. A well in Australia fluctuated more than two feet after the 1964 earthquake. The Denali Fault earthquake of 2002 caused a well in Wisconsin to rise more than two feet. The Alaska wells reacted to the giant Sumatra earthquake, 7,000 miles away, in a way similar to volcanic Mount Wrangell, which heated up with small internal earthquakes as a response to surface waves reaching Alaska from the Sumatra earthquake. The waves compressed the volcanic plumbing system within Mount Wrangell, forcing a reaction. That earthquakes can affect water wells halfway across the world shows how elastic the Earth's crust is and how freely seismic waves flow through the Earth. Earthquakes near or far can affect the quantity or quality of well water (sometimes muddying it for awhile).. A magnitude 5.2 earthquake in northwestern Pennsylvania in 1998 caused about 120 house wells to go dry within three months after the earthquake.
INDIA – Panic has gripped people in the northeast with four earthquakes rocking the region in the past three weeks, including a 5.9 magnitude tremor Friday, the BIGGEST IN THE PAST NINE YEARS. "Everyone is asking the same question, are we prepared to deal with a major disaster? We have not seen any urgency on the part of the government to activate its disaster management cells." An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter Scale took place Monday, while another of 4.9 magnitude was experienced Aug 19, and a tremor of 5.6 intensity shook the region Aug 11. "A major earthquake in the region is due any time. We are saying this on the basis of studies, although earthquakes cannot be predicted as such." All the four tremors shook houses and other structures in Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Tripura, besides being felt in Myanmar as well. "Obviously we are worried and there is a general sense of panic among people in the entire region." The seven northeastern states, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, are considered by seismologists as the sixth major earthquake prone belt in the world.
INDONESIA – Lapindo mudflow eruption in the gas exploration site of Porong, Sidoarjo intensified in the last three days, an official with the mudflow mitigation agency reported on Monday after brief strong eruptions alternated with subtle eruptions which could not be observed from long distance. By Monday the one to three meters high eruption had been spurring for three days. “The longest kick usually occurred for one day, but here we already have it for three days.” The eruption overflowed the northern pond of the mud lake which has swamped so far about 7 square kilometers since the mud erupted due to gas drilling by Lapindo Brantas in May 2006. The company has been pressing the government to compensate for the loss of properties by the mudflow, and in the latest development in the row, the East Java police dropped the criminal investigation into the case last month.
PHILIPPINES – Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Occidental has shown a remarkable rise in its seismic activity for the last eight days. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has recorded 257 volcanic earthquakes in Mt. Kanlaon from August 23 to September 1. The seismic activity was notably higher than the usual levels that generally vary from 0 to 4 events detected in 24 hours during quiet periods. The epicenters of the quakes were all located at the northwest slope of the volcano. The occurrence of these earthquakes might indicate movements of an active local fault at the slope of the volcano, which might be induced by pressure beneath the volcano. However, the present volcanic activity did not indicate significant change in the steam emission from the crater, as its status was maintained at Alert Level 0. If the prevailing elevated level of seismic activity continues together with other monitored activities, Phivolcs said the alert level status of the volcano would be raised accordingly. Kanlaon volcano has a history of sudden steam-driven explosions without precursors.
COSTA RICA – Turrialba Volcano acting up. Scientists noticed some changes to the landscape at Turrialba volcano during three recent visits. Researchers who toured the area during the last two weeks of August reported that “yellow, straw-colored circles” covered approximately four square kilometers of trees. They said other plants appeared to have sustained wind damage. Investigators also discovered new crevices that are emitting plumes of steam and sulfur. The cracks had expanded up to 12 centimeters in width and gases rose up to 300 meters. “These observations are more intense than ones we have noticed before, but it's nothing extremely dangerous." The trees could have been yellowed by the vapor the new crevices are emitting or by this year's dry weather conditions.
TROPICAL STORMS –
Mexico's Baja California peninsula is on alert as Hurricane Jimena nears, packing winds of 250km/h (155mph). The storm is just below the maximum category five strength. Jimena is expected to reach the Los Cabos resort area later today or early Wednesday. Residents have been boarding up homes and schools are closed, and emergency officials are urging people to leave the areas most at risk from the storm. The US National Hurricane Center warned of a "storm surge along with large and dangerous battering waves" which could "produce significant coastal flooding along the Baja California peninsula". Although Jimena's strength is likely to fluctuate, it will make landfall as a major hurricane. The peninsula is largely desert and mountains but also has resorts and fishing villages. (map)
Hurricane Jimena is weakening slightly as it approaches Baja California, but it remains a Category 4 storm and though its center is 100 miles south-southwest of Cabo San Lucas, it is beginning to wreak considerable havoc there and throughout the state of Baja California Sur. The surf is near 20 feet. The area is bracing for the worse yet to come, probably this evening, when there is likely to be some heavy flood damage. (projected path)
Can Bill Gates stop hurricanes? – Hurricane experts are throwing cold water on an idea backed by billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates aimed at controlling the weather. Gates and a dozen other scientists have raised eyebrows by submitting patent applications in January for a technology to reduce the danger of approaching hurricanes by cooling ocean temperatures. According to the patents, many tub-like barges would be placed directly in the path of an oncoming storm. Each barge would have two conduits, each 500 feet long. One conduit would push the warm water from the ocean's surface down. The other would bring up cold water where it lies deep undersea. World renowned hurricane expert William Gray, who's been studying and predicting the storms for a half-century, doubts whether the proposal would work. "The problem is the storms come up so rapidly. You only get two to three days warning. It's very difficult to bring up enough cold water in two to three days to have much effect." The idea itself isn't groundbreaking. It could only be feasible if the barges were put into place at the beginning of hurricane season with the idea that storms will come. "But you might do all that, and perhaps no storms would come." Even if the technology does work, Gray said it won't completely halt a hurricane. "There is no way to stop it. The storm might weaken in the center, but the outer areas wouldn't be affected much." And flooding and storm surges are determined by these outer winds. Other skeptics applaud the motive of the concept but question its feasibility. "The enormity of it, in order to do something effective, we'd have to do something at a scale that humans have never really done before."
Thousands of residents in Mexico's Baja California peninsula ignore pleas to flee Hurricane Jimena. It has weakened to a category two storm but could still bring hurricane force winds when it makes landfall today. The US-based National Hurricane Center has warned of heavy rain, coastal flooding and mudslides. Many shanty-town dwellers have stayed put, in case their homes are looted. Las Cabos has already been pummelled with howling winds and torrential rains, as tourists hunkered down in boarded-up hotels. Jimena came close to becoming a category five storm – the most dangerous there is – but weakened as it approached land. Its maximum sustained winds have fallen to 110 mph (175km/h), but residents of Los Cabos were still uneasy. "I've never seen a storm this big in the 23 years I have lived here." Jimena is the second hurricane to pound Mexico this season. Hurricane Andres swept a fisherman to his death in Acapulco in June. (path map)
Mysterious weather pulses fuel cyclones – A mysterious weather pattern that occurs over the Indian Ocean could allow weather forecasters to predict cyclones up to three weeks ahead of time. Known as the Madden Julian Oscillation, forecasters have previously used the phenomenon to predict how active each cyclone season might be, and to forecast their behaviour about five days into the future once they form. But in between there is a vast chasm of uncertainty. The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts is beginning to bridge that gap, by shedding light on the way the oscillation influences tropical storm formation, intensity and movement. Alternating between a vast province of moist, stormy air and an unusually dry patch, the oscillation slowly blows through the tropics, often circling the globe several times. A computer simulation of the last 20 years of cyclone seasons showed it could increase or decrease the risk that a storm would make landfall by as much as 50%. "The Madden Julian Oscillation creates large-scale conditions which are known to favour tropical storm genesis," bringing with it increased moisture and weakening wind shear. The model reliably predicts storm formation out to about 20 days. But the oscillation is a diffuse, widespread weather pattern. Using it to forecast cyclones can dramatically improve forecasts, but it does not turn weather models into crystal balls. Even armed with knowledge of the oscillation's influence on Hurricane Katrina, for instance, no one could have foreseen the storm's devastating strike on New Orleans. "We may not be able to predict the strike of a storm at a given time and given location, but we can predict if the probability of a tropical storm strike will increase or decrease in the next few weeks over a large area."
HURRICANE Jimena battered the poor fishing villages of Mexico's Baja California peninsula today, tearing down rickety buildings and causing major coastal flooding. Downgraded to the lowest Category One hurricane as she made landfall, Jimena still packed a serious punch, bringing torrential rains and winds upwards of 150km/h. The luxury tourist resorts on the southern tip of the peninsula around Los Cabos were spared a direct hit from 2009's most powerful hurricane so far and most of the foreigners had long-since departed before Jimena struck. Having missed the southern resorts and La Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur state, Jimena crossed land near the middle of the peninsula – a sparsely populated area, home mostly to fishing communities. Jimena is making its way along the Pacific coast and is expected to move back inland in the next two days. In some towns, roads have been turned into muddy rivers and power and sewage systems have been overwhelmed. Although the storm's centre swerved past Baja California's resort-rich southern tip, it still caused widespread flooding there. It was sheeting with rain along the peninsula, with the US National Hurricane Center warning that up to 38cm (15in) could be expected in some areas of western Mexico over the next 48 hours. (photo)
Tropical Storm Erika: Danny Deja Vu? – We've seen this setup before in the satellite imagery: a bright ball of thunderstorm clouds — in this case Tropical Storm Erika — surrounded almost entirely by a dark clear region. This dark clear region denotes a layer of dry Saharan air — unfavorable for sustained tropical cyclone development. Like its predecessors, Danny and Bill, Erika — named late Tuesday by the National Hurricane Center — will have to deal with the juxtaposition of an arid air mass in order to survive. Currently possessing maximum sustained winds of around 40 mph, the official track takes this rather weak tropical cyclone north of the Bahamas in about 5 days. Though Erika may look impressive at first glance, a close inspection of the visible imagery shows numerous cloud features indicative of low-level outflow. A swath of strong winds from the southwest, on the east side of a strong upper-level area of low pressure over the Greater Antilles, will increase the shear directly over the storm in just a couple of days. If that's not enough, consider the broader view of what lies in Erika's anticipated path: A strong, high-altitude westerly flow over the southeast United States, associated with an unseasonably cool air mass in the Ohio Valley, will remain nearly stationary for the next several days at least. These winds should not only be able to keep Erika away from the U.S. mainland and direct it along a path similar to the ones taken by Bill and Danny, they also should strengthen the shear over the storm even further, perhaps enough so to destroy its tropical characteristics entirely. All in all, there seems to be little chance that Erika will overcome the destructive effects.
TROPICAL Storm Jimena has lashed Mexico's Baja California peninsula with torrential rains and powerful winds, cutting off villages, destroying homes and leaving one fisherman missing. Downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall as a hurricane, Jimena had top winds of 85km/h as it moved north. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center warned the storm's rains "could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides" and the area remained on a state of emergency. "Sadly I can't say the worst is over yet, as Jimena is still in the north of the state." Jimena was predicted to bring up to 3800mm (149.6 inches! Over 12 feet) total rain in some areas, and some 800mm to 1300mm of rain over the centre of the peninsula and parts of western Mexico in the coming days.
Damage reports grow in mid-Baja in wake of tropical storm Jimena – Baja Bush Pilots has been monitoring the damage caused by hurricane/tropical storm Jimena in northern Baja California Sur. The situation is bleak for many residents and disheartening for Baja aficionados who have grown fond of the region and its people. From Santa Rosalia: Wall of water came down the canyon and through the town, washed cars, etc., into the ocean. From Punta Chivato: the wind was over 100 mph before the indicator broke. Damage to almost everything.
A new tropical storm has formed in the Pacific and although it is expected to bring torrential rain to Taiwan, it is unlikely to approach the island. Tropical Storm Dujuan, which is the 12th named storm to form in the Pacific this year, was centered early Friday about 1,000 km south of the Ryukyu Islands, 900 km from Taiwan's southernmost tip, Eluanbi. With storm-force wind extending 100 km from its center, Dujuan was moving north-northeast toward Japan at 14 kph. Due to the weakening of a Pacific high pressure system, the storm is not likely to sweep through Taiwan, which is still reeling from the devastation caused by Typhoon Morakot in early August. However, torrential rain will affect the country Friday and Saturday, especially northern and eastern areas
PHILIPPINES – Three people have been killed and three others have been reported missing in floods caused by continuous heavy rain in the Philippines. Tropical storm Dujuan, also known as Labuyo, is on its way out of the country towards southern Japan. Relief supplies are being distributed to families affected by the floods but local officials say their resources are running out, particularly in the southern region. Some 8,000 families have been affected by monsoon rains triggered by storm Dujuan. Heavy rains have caused flooding in at least five provinces in the central and southern Philippines.
HEAVY SNOW / EXTREME COLD –
Farmer's Almanac predicts bitterly cold winter for parts of U.S. – The longtime periodical, published since 1818 and famous for its long-range weather predictions, is out with its annual winter forecast, which says Old Man Winter is really going to hammer folks in the Midwest and upper Great Lakes region with very cold and very snowy conditions. "A large area of numbingly cold temperatures will predominate from roughly east of the Continental Divide to west of the Appalachians. The coldest temperatures will be over the northern Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. But acting almost like the bread of a sandwich to this swath of unseasonable cold will be two regions with temperatures that will average closer to normal — the West Coast and the East Coast…Even the areas that we say are going to be like the bread of the ice-cold sandwich are going to have bouts of stormy conditions. There's no way it's going to be that mild of a winter." Nasty weather is also in the forecast for late in the season as winter moves toward spring. "We're actually predicting a possible blizzard in the northeast to the mid-Atlantic states sometime in February. And it does look like the cool temperatures to the cold temperatures are going to hang on. And spring does look kind of rainy." "While three-quarters of the country is predicted to see near- or below-average precipitation this winter, that doesn't mean there won't be any winter storms! On the contrary, significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone."
NEBRASKA – This year’s summer weather — cooler and wetter than average — has many scratching their heads and asking “what’s the deal?” It’s early August and Wauneta still has not hit 100 degrees in 2009. Similar conditions have dominated statewide, making 2009 one of the “top 10” cool summers on record in Nebraska. Omaha was 4.5 degrees below normal for the month of July, SETTING A 100-YEAR RECORD, and Valentine set a RECORD-LOW for Aug. 1 at 44 degrees, beating the nearly 100-year-old previous record low of 45 degrees set in 1911. Moisture-wise, southwest Nebraska is above normal while the eastern part of the state is short. On July 30 the seven-month to-date moisture total for Wauneta hit 19.76 inches, exceeding the average annual total rainfall of 19.31 inches — with five months left to go in the year. For farmers whose corn, soybean and sunflower crops went in late due to wet spring conditions — or even worse, had to be replanted due to hail — they are hoping for heat units to catch up to normal as fall approaches. So what’s behind this unseasonable summer weather? According to the pros, warming ocean waters have translated into a cooler than normal summer for the northern Great Plains, Upper Midwest and eastern U.S. — as well as record-breaking drought and heat in the southwestern U.S. and the Pacific Northwest region. An El Niño that began building in late spring can be associated with this year’s wacky weather as jet stream patterns around the world are affected by this phenomenon. El Niño is the periodic warming of tropical Pacific waters that occurs on average every two to five years and typically lasts about 12 months. El Niño’s impacts depend on a variety of factors, such as intensity and extent of ocean warming, and the time of year. Its effects include weaker trade winds, increased rainfall over the central tropical Pacific, and decreased rainfall in Indonesia. These vast rainfall patterns in the tropics are responsible for many of El Niño’s effects on global weather patterns. In early July, scientists announced the arrival of 2009’s El Niño and expect it will continue developing during the next several months — with further strengthening possible — and lasting through winter 2009-10. Those living in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Region, may see a surprisingly early end to summer. A high pressure trough located over the Hudson Bay could spell disaster for late planted corn and soybean crops growing in states like Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota as well as some areas of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, as a pool of cold air has moved in early and may strengthen, leading to an early frost. El Niños are often associated with early snowstorms and increased winter precipitation across the plains. As a bonus, this year’s El Niño may help to possibly reverse drought conditions that have been deepening across Texas and California. “The excess warming of the ocean provides more moisture to the atmosphere, making it more unstable."
EXTREME HEAT / WILDFIRES / DROUGHT / CLIMATE CHANGE-
CALIFORNIA – Emergency crews are optimistic they can control an intense wildfire that has been burning since Wednesday north of Los Angeles. The fire is still spreading but crews have done "fabulous work" to slow it down. The blaze has spread over 190 sq miles (492 sq km), destroying 53 buildings and threatening 12,000 more – causing damage already estimated at $13m (£8m). The fire has spread to Los Angeles's northern suburbs, 15 miles (25km) from the centre. The fire is just 5% contained. The latest fire is not being fanned by the Santa Ana winds that typically kick up in October. Instead, it is being fuelled by extremely dry brush that has not burned in more than 40 years. A number of other fires are also burning in southern and central California. A blaze in Placer County, north-east of the state capital, Sacramento, has destroyed 60 structures, many of them homes in the town of Auburn.
AUSTRALIA just sweated through its HOTTEST AUGUST ON RECORD. August was almost 2.5 degrees Celsius warmer than normal across the country. The Bureau of Meteorology described it as "MOST EXTRAORDINARY" as temperatures crept above 38 degrees in some areas. And winter as a whole came within a whisker of being the warmest of record – it was just 0.01 of a degree cooler than the record-holder, 1996. The warm weather was caused by a lack of large frontal systems sweeping up from the southern oceans, which would have brought cool air. Instead, persistent high pressure systems hung about the subtropics. There's no end in sight to the warm weather – the Bureau is forecasting a hot, dry spring. That's because of warm conditions in the Pacific and Indian oceans.
Engineering Earth 'is feasible' – A UK Royal Society study has concluded that many engineering proposals to reduce the impact of climate change are "technically possible". Such approaches could be effective. But they stressed that the potential of geo-engineering should not divert governments away from their efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Suggestions range from having giant mirrors in space to erecting giant CO2 scrubbers that would "clean" the air. Such engineering projects could either remove carbon dioxide or reflect the Sun's rays away from the planet. "It is an unpalatable truth that unless we can succeed in greatly reducing CO2 emissions, we are headed for a very uncomfortable and challenging climate future. Geo-engineering and its consequences are the price we may have to pay for failure to act on climate change."
Earth may be ice-free by 2030 – "Unless we take urgent action to stem this trend, we maybe virtually ice-free by 2037, even by 2030." Glaciers are melting at an increasing rate, releasing massive amounts of fresh water in the oceans and disrupting the Gulf stream – a flow of water in the Atlantic that has a major impact on the planet's weather system.
CALIFORNIA – It looks like a volcanic eruption beyond Los Angeles, as the city of Angels is more like the city of ashes. Thick smoke and ash rain down on the surrounding communities, as one of the worst fires in modern history bear down on this major metropolitan area. At least 6,600 homes have been evacuated from communities near the four-day-old fire burning in canyons and hillsides of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles. However, many people had not heeded caution to evacuate. Now they are trapped and can not be rescued. So far, at least three people have been confirmed killed as a result. (photo & map)
CALIFORNIA – Firefighters were preparing to ramp up their assault on a deadly bushfire raging in Los Angeles today but warned they were still weeks away from declaring victory. Federal authorities failed to follow through on plans earlier this year to burn away highly flammable brush in a forest on the edge of Los Angeles to avoid the very kind of wildfire now raging there
AUSTRALIA – RARE winter bushfires were burning uncontrolled close to homes in 60 areas of Australia's east coast on Monday, with authorities warning of a grim summer season ahead because of hot, dry weather and parched forests. "People at the Fire Control Center have told me that they HAVE NOT SEEN THIS TYPE OF FIRE BEHAVIOR AT THIS TIME OF YEAR BEFORE." Forecasters see an El Nino weather effect developing in the Pacific close to Australia, bringing higher temperatures and worsening drought conditions. "It is quite an interesting end to winter. With fire behavior like this in August, there might be extreme fires in summer." On Monday, a "mega-fire" alert level that will warn people to flee approaching wildfires and leave homes undefended was introduced in Victoria state. The mega-fire alert was recommended in the wake of Victoria's February fires, with a judicial inquiry finding victims had been confused by "stay-or-go" advice which gave them the option of trying to defend homes as intense firestorms approached. Mega-fires form when several fires join up in a huge front, creating their own weather systems with hurricane strength winds driving storms of burning embers and walls of flame. Similar firestorms raged in Greece this month, forcing thousands of Athens residents to evacuate, while wildfires in California are threatening 10,000 homes close to Los Angeles. Huge fires blackened large parts of Portugal, Spain and France in 2003, and also struck Canada and the United States as well as Australia, which is the world's most fire-prone country.
Increased greenhouse gas emissions appear to have overridden the natural cooling caused by a wobble in the Earth's axis which has been gradually pulling the planet away from the Sun for 8000 years. This wobble has cooled summer temperatures by an average of about 0.2C per thousand years. But Arctic temperatures began to rise at the beginning of the 20th Century even though the orbital cycle that produced the cooling continued. The result was summer temperatures that were about 1.4C warmer than they should have been by the year 2000, according to the study which mapped Arctic temperatures for every decade of the past 2000 years. Temperatures for four of the last five decades were among the highest on record. The Arctic tends to warm about three times faster than elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere because of a phenomenon called Arctic amplification. When highly reflective ice and snow melt, the exposed dark land and ocean absorb more sunlight. The warmer temperatures accelerate melting, which then accelerates warming. "This has consequences globally because, as the Arctic warms, glacier ice will melt, contributing to (a) sea-level rise and impacting coastal communities around the globe. Thawing permafrost will release methane adding to the global greenhouse effect." "Scientists have known for a while that the current period of warming was preceded by a long-term cooling trend. But our reconstruction quantifies the cooling with greater certainty than before.''
HEAVY RAINS / FLOODING / LANDSLIDES / UNUSUAL & OUT-OF-SEASON WEATHER –
SCOTLAND – Heavy rain has flooded homes and brought disruption to roads in areas across the north and east of Scotland. Hundreds of homes in Moray are being evacuated in what the local authority has declared a major incident. Part of a bridge had been swept away, with trees washed downstream. Numerous roads were impassable due to flooding and said the heavy rain was anticipated to continue for some time. Tayside Police also said roads across the entire region were badly affected by surface water, especially in Angus and Dundee, and advised drivers not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
INDIA – At least 10 people have been killed in a landslide in a suburb of the Indian city of Mumbai. Nine people are also reported to have been injured in the incident in the Saki Naka area of Andheri. A boulder fell on shanty dwellings. It is not clear whether more people are trapped under the rubble. Rescue operations are still ongoing. There have been heavy rains in Mumbai over the past two days but the downpour eased on Friday.
WEST AFRICA – Flooding is affecting 350,000 people across West Africa, killing at least 32 in Ghana and Burkina Faso. More than 150,000 people in Burkina Faso have fled their homes, mainly in the capital Ouagadougou. The capital has seen THEIR HEAVIEST RAINS IN 90 YEARS. The amount of rain that fell in Ouagadougou on ONE DAY THIS WEEK WAS EQUAL TO A QUARTER OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY'S ANNUAL RAINFALL. The waters flooded 24,000 homes and the city's infrastructure – roads have been washed away and electricity has been cut off. The cost of flood damage has risen to $152m (£92m) and includes two destroyed dams and 12 damaged bridges. Neighbouring countries affected include Benin, Guinea, Niger and Senegal. In Senegal 30,000 homes were flooded while in Guinea 20,000 people are affected. The numbers killed are likely to rise.
SCOTLAND – Hundreds flee 'tidal waves' as month's rain falls in a day. Hundreds of homes were evacuated Friday after SOME OF THE WORST FLOODS IN LIVING MEMORY caused devastation from the Lothians to Moray. The North-east and communities in the Elgin area were hardest hit as RECORD SEPTEMBER RAINFALLS sent torrents of water sweeping through towns and villages. Normally gently flowing burns became swollen, raging rivers, destroying bridges and flooding homes, roads and rail lines, as they cascaded off sodden hills. The mass evacuation of homes in the Moray area began shorty after midnight. 2009 was the fourth wettest summer ever recorded in Scotland, according to new statistics. Last month was also the third wettest August ever. August had 197.1mm of rainfall – 83 per cent above the average. At the same time the temperature of 13.5C was slightly above average. However, the 133.9 hours of sunshine was 5 per cent below average.
CROPS, FOOD SUPPLY-
Ranchers across the U.S. Great Plains and northern Rocky Mountains are battling what some are calling the WORST INFESTATION OF GRASSHOPPERS IN 20 YEARS. "They've eaten everything but the cactus. Many ranchers are planning to sell off a portion of their cattle this fall because they won't be able to harvest enough fodder to feed all of their existing herds over the winter. Some say the ravenous insects are chomping through their alfalfa crop as quickly as it is growing. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says the infestation is a natural cycle. As with many other insects, grasshopper populations ebb and flow based on moisture, drought and other factors.
AURORA WATCH – On August 30th, a gust of solar wind hit Earth and sparked auroras so bright they were visible in arctic twilight. More auroras are in the offing. A solar wind stream is heading for Earth and it could spark a geomagnetic storm when it arrives on Sept. 3rd or 4th. Residents of Alaska, Canada, Iceland and Scandinavia should keep an eye on the sky in the nights ahead. (photo)
A team of British scientists and engineers is developing plans for a spacecraft that could stop large asteroids from hitting the Earth. The 10-tonne "gravity tractor" would deflect any orbiting rocks years before any potential collision could happen. The device would rely on the force of gravity. The tractor would intercept the asteroid from just 48m away and exert a small gravitational force on it, pulling the rock towards it. The pair would then embark on a slightly different orbit, away from the Earth. It could possibly be powered using solar panels. "We have done quite a lot of design work on this with the European Space Agency and we believe this would work just as well on a big solid iron asteroid as well as other types." However, the device would have to be launched at least 15 years before any predicted collision and would need a team to monitor it from the ground during this time. However, the idea is still in its early stages and the company says a prototype is some way off from being built. NASA has recorded 1,068 known "Potentially Hazardous Asteroids", however there are thousands more estimated to be present in space.
HEALTH THREATS –
Openness was Mexico's most effective tactic against H1N1 – Mexican health officials who are examining what worked and what didn't in fighting the first wave of H1N1 flu say that rapid notification of the public about the virus was the most effective step, though it cost the economy billions of tourist dollars. Rapid diagnosis, treatment, and quarantine, along with hand-washing, also were helpful. Ineffective steps included travel bans, school closures, and widespread use of surgical masks.
Mexico's government projects that 1 million of its citizens will become ill this winter with the novel H1N1 virus. The number of cases is stable for now, with about 80 to 100 infections reported each day. The government is working on emergency plans on school closures, social distancing measures, and hospital preparations.
The World Health Organization predicts that within 20 years more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem. According to the WHO, depression will be the biggest health burden on society both economically and sociologically. Yet, it says most developing countries spend less than 2% of their national budgets on mental healthcare. Currently, over 450 million people are directly affected by mental disorders or disabilities, most of whom live in developing countries. "WHO figures clearly show that the burden because of depression is likely to increase – so much so that in 2030 this will be the single biggest cause for burden out of all health conditions."
New York City's school district said it will offer free novel H1N1 flu vaccine to all its students. Hundreds of US school districts will provide vaccinations in schools as the vaccine becomes available, projected to occur next month. In addition to New York's immunization plan, other large US cities are announcing steps. Los Angeles will administer vaccine at its fairgrounds, Boston is allowing city employees to leave work for 2 hours for the vaccine, and Chicago's schools for the first time plan to track real-time attendance to pinpoint trends. Los Angeles and Boston are also setting up swine flu centers to administer vaccinations.
China is close to approving domestic novel flu vaccines that manufacturers claim can protect people with just a single dose instead of the two doses that most officials believe will be necessary. China's vaccines could boost global health efforts if the one-dose administration proves effective. China's State Food and Drug Administration said at least two pandemic vaccines are near approval and another four are under review.
Novel H1N1 vaccines should offer effective protection even if the pandemic flu virus mutates as it spreads, a World Health Organization official said. "Based on the extensive knowledge available on seasonal vaccines and the results obtained through evaluation of H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, there is no doubt that it will be possible to make effective H1N1 pandemic vaccines."
A tracking system set up by the American College Health Association Students has logged 1,640 cases on college campuses from Aug 22 to 28, with the highest rates in the Southeast and Northwest. The system uses reports from campus health services at 165 universities nationwide but does not delineate between pandemic and seasonal flu cases.
At least 2000 students at Washington State University have reported symptoms of the H1N1 flu virus, in what appears to be one of the largest outbreaks of the virus on a college campus.
Britain scales back flu death projection – In July it predicted 65,000 fatalities in a worst-case-scenario, but now the National Health Service says fatalities could range between 3,000 and 19,000. Officials lowered the estimate because symptoms of the virus are mild for most patients. The NHS's chief medical officer said case numbers have not risen in Scotland, where school resumed 3 weeks ago.
Pathologic investigation of lung tissue from patients who have died of pandemic H1N1 infections resembles that in those dying from H5N1 avian influenza, said a scientist who has studied about 70 fatal cases. The level of lung damage makes it difficult to oxygenate patients. About a third of the patients had bacterial coinfections, and about 90% had underlying conditions such as obesity.
Flu activity is widespread and increasing in many tropical regions of South and Southeast Asia as well as South America. Though flu activity is past its seasonal peak in some parts of the southern hemisphere, parts of Australia and South America are seeing sustained circulation. Japan is experiencing an early start to its flu season. The global number of deaths is at least 2,837.
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
Obama Praises Islam as 'Great Religion'
President says Islam is "part of America," hails the religion's "commitment to justice and progress"
Sept 1, 2009
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday praised American Muslims for enriching the nation's culture at a dinner to celebrate the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. "The contribution of Muslims to the United States are too long to catalog because Muslims are so interwoven into the fabric of our communities and our country," Obama said at the iftar, the dinner that breaks the holiday's daily fast. The president joined Cabinet secretaries, members of the diplomatic corps and lawmakers to pay tribute to what he called "a great religion and its commitment to justice and progress."
Why do good people die?
by Lee Yu ban,
The Buddhist Channel,
Aug 31, 2009
This is an age old question which seems to equally baffle the pious, the ignorant and not-so-ignorantly-pious. Coming on the heels of the death of three Malaysian Dharma workers in Ladakh, India, Lee Yu Ban examines the "four most asked questions" currently circulating in cyberspace. His take on the four questions are as follows:
1. Is it foolish to travel during the hungry ghost month as the ghosts are let loose from Hell? [Editor's note: Aug 20 – Sep 19 2009 is also the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Traditionally, this month is regarded as the "hungry ghost month")
2. If they are doing so much good merit, why did they die so soon?
3. Why didn't their good karma protect them?
4. Is it bad to go to funerals of such tragic deaths in case the bad "qi" also affects me?
Mich. church enlists Satan in advertising campaign
Sept 1, 2009
TRENTON, Mich. — A Michigan church is enlisting Satan in a bid to drum up attendance at services. Metro South Church in the Detroit suburb of Trenton is posting signs saying the non-denominational Christian congregation "sucks" and "makes me sick." The ads are signed by Satan. The campaign even has a Web site explaining why Satan hates the church. Youth Pastor Adam Dorband told WJBK-TV the church is trying to reach out to people and cut through the "noise." Dorband said Jesus "wants us to be creative and he wants us to … use whatever it takes to reach people." Pastor Jeremy Schossau said the campaign is meant to be whimsical and isn't intended to upset anyone.
Woman accused of enslaving 3 kids
Sept 1, 2009
A woman accused of keeping three children as her domestic slaves in Monroe has been extradited from Bulgaria to face federal charges. British national Mercedes Farquharson, 63, was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2006, and arrested in Bulgaria in July. She appeared before a federal magistrate in Charlotte for the first time on Monday. According to the indictment, Farquharson persuaded the mother of two of the children to let them live with her by claiming to be a god. She legally adopted the third child. All three of the children are British nationals. The children were 11, 7 and 2 years old when they started living with Farquharson, the indictment says. Starting in 1992 they lived in Marbella, Spain, until Farquharson moved them to a house on Hampton Downs Road in Monroe in 2001. They lived there until 2005.
Pursuing God and sex
The warring obsessions of Phillip Garrido's life.
Sept 4, 2009
Reporting from San Francisco – As Phillip Garrido maneuvered the Ford Pinto toward the storage unit he had equipped as a hidden lair for raping women, he talked about his sexual fantasies, said Katherine Callaway, who was handcuffed and bound in the back seat. But that wasn't all. "He talked a lot about Jesus on our ride, telling me about how he was going to turn himself over to God next year because Jesus was the way," Callaway told police on a cold November morning in 1976 after Garrido raped her repeatedly over 5 1/2 hours. Thirty-two years later, Garrido claimed he was transformed. Days before he was arrested on charges of kidnapping and rape in the 1991 disappearance of Jaycee Lee Dugard, he handed Cheyvonne Molino, who runs a Pittsburg auto wrecking yard, a four-page manifesto that he said was going to shake the world. With God's help, he wrote, he was able to overcome "aggressive sexual behavior" and "God willing, I will be able to teach this and other skills Christ is providing for me in the prisons through out the U.S. and over seas."
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
Muslim radio station sacked me for being Christian, claims Kirk minister
01 September 2009
A CHRISTIAN preacher who has accused a radio station aimed at the Asian community of religious discrimination is to have his case referred to the European Court of Justice. Mahboob Masih, 37, a Church of Scotland minister who presented a show for Awaz FM on a voluntary basis, has complained to an employment tribunal that he lost his job for reasons related to religion or belief. The station denied discrimination and argued the tribunal has no powers to hear the case as Mr Masih is not an employee The case will be referred for a preliminary ruling to decide if volunteers are protected by anti-discrimination legislation. The Rev Masih, a minister in East Kilbride, had worked at the radio station for six years when his services were terminated following a "lively" debate on air about religion and the views of a prominent Muslim speaker.
Report: Murdered Pastor Found Naked in 'Crucifix Position' Inside Church
Sept 1, 2009
Oklahoma police found the naked, mutilated body of a murdered pastor stretched out in a "crucifix position" behind her church altar last Sunday, sources close to the investigation told The Oklahoman. The bloodied corpse of 61-year-old Carol Daniels appeared to have been left in the form of a cross with both arms outstretched at her sides. Her head was nearly decapitated by the force of deep stabs to her neck and throat, according to forensic pathologist Dr. William Manion, who reviewed her autopsy report. Daniels' clothing had been removed, possibly to hide evidence or as a kind of trophy from the grisly scene, sources told the paper. She was found last Sunday inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church, a beaten-up old building on a rundown block of Anadarko, Okla.
Outrage as Chinese Christians are imprisoned for aiding North Korean refugees
Sept 4, 2009
Chinese officials in Erlianhaote city have sentenced two Christians – Miss Li Mingshun and Mr. Zhang Yonghu to 10 and 7 years respectively in prison, for aiding North Korean refugees fleeing to South Korea through China. ChinaAid Association reported Monday that Li and Zhang were among several Christians helping to provide food, shelter, and transportation for the 61 refugees crossing Northern Chinese provinces into Mongolia, where neutral state laws permit residents to seek asylum in South Korea. The report said the Border Brigade of Erlianhaote city were alerted as the refugees crossed into Mongolia, they travelled to Qindao, Heilongjiang province. They arrested Li Mingshun on 29 April.
Orissa Christians still too afraid to go home
Thousands of Indian Christians displaced after attacks by Hindu extremists are still in fear of going home, warns Release International.
Sept 6, 2009
One year after the murder of a Hindu leader triggered a wave of violence against Christians in Orissa, thousands of refugees are still living in temporary camps and slums. The head of Release International, Andy Dipper, recently travelled to India where he met some of the refugees and visited one town where 100 Christian families are sheltering after being forced out of their homes just 10 kilometres away. He heard from many of the refugees that they fear being killed or driven out again if they return after militants told them that they can only go back home if they convert to Hinduism. “The violence had been carefully planned,” he says. “Hindus in the village put saffron flags on their houses, so that the rioting mob passed them by. Trees were cut down and laid on the road to slow down the police.
Concerns Over Kidnapped Christians In Yemen As Fighting Escalates
Saturday, September 5, 2009
SAN'A,YEMEN (BosNewsLife)– Intense fighting between government forces and Shi'ite Muslim rebels in northern Yemen is hampering international efforts to locate a kidnapped German Christian family and a British engineer, BosNewsLife established Saturday, September 5. Christian aid worker Johannes Hentschel, his wife Sabine and their young children Lydia, Anna, Simon, and a married British engineer, who has only been identified as Anthony S, were among nine foreigners abducted in mid-June during an outing in northern Saada province, according to police investigators and other officials. There has been no word about their whereabouts, however the bodies of German nurses in training, Rita Stumpp, 26, and Anita Gruenwald, 24, and a 33-year-old South Korean woman, Eom Young-sun, were found by child shepherds, in June.