CHOSEN: End Times Newsletter – Issue 116

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

By Johanna

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the guidance, love, peace and happiness that you have bestowed to my family, my friends and me. I also want to thank you Father for sharing Your knowledge so that I may grow in Your word. I hope that in reading my heart You know how deep my love runs for You and how much I place my life in Your hands through my faith and trust in You. I know that Your love for me is far greater than I can imagine but I long to return it all to You and Your son Christ Jesus. May Your will be done in all things. I pray these things in Christ Jesus Your Son and vindicator of righteous rule. Amen

The Truth is not Relative
By Regina

existing or possessing a specified characteristic only in comparison to something else; not absolute

I saw a great bumper sticker yesterday; it said: “The Truth is Not Relative, Truth is Truth.” It made me smile, because it’s true and also because it is something that I hold dearly to my heart and in my service to Yahweh and Christ Jesus.

In today’s moral climate people, many of them influential public figures, adhere to the idea that the Truth is relative. That there are no absolutes. That we all worship the same god. But this is not Truth, because the Truth is not relative. It is not different from one person to the next. The Truth is singular. 

Perhaps those who follow this way of thinking in some way believe that it is what brings us together; but it’s not. It’s what tears us apart. Only the Truth can bring us in union with one another and with Yahweh who is truth personified, and the Holy Family.

the action of deceiving someone : obtaining property by deception.
a thing that deceives : a range of elaborate deceptions.

From where it began in the Sacred Garden, there is a lot of deception in the world today. It trickles down from the governments and (false) shepherds who are intended to serve the very people they deceive where it then travels amongst the people like a raging virus. It can come from anywhere; even those that you think you can trust. It is not unlike the propaganda that is intentionally spread during times of war and this propaganda has everything to do with war also; The Spiritual War.

Jeremiah 9:4-6
4 Everyone has to be on guard against his friend.
Don't trust any brother,
for every brother will certainly deceive,
and every friend spread slander. 
5 Each one betrays his friend;
no one tells the truth.
They have taught their tongues to speak lies;
they wear themselves out doing wrong.
6 You live in [a world] of deception. 
In [their] deception they refuse to know Me. 

Currently Father is making Her name known via many signs and wonders and there are those who would like for you to believe that there are explanations for them all. In this week’s newsletter we have shared with you one of these signs which occurred in the sky over Norway but there are many, many others to be seen and heard about. 

In the same way that if someone insisted that the sky is not blue and you know that it is, do not believe what “they” tell you – but stand firmly in Truth. Please, do not be deceived. Remember what the Truth is and where these signs and wonders come from and what they are leading up to. Do not believe the explanations “they” give, but instead look to Father with a whole heart and with utmost faith and trust in Her. Remember that the truth is not relative, truth is truth and it is the same for me, for you and for everyone in visible and invisible creation. Do not refuse to know our Creator; but instead, know that She is the bright shining light of Truth that will lead us home.

Inspired Writings

Finding the Right Words

Proverbs 25:11 — A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray. 

Ecclesiastes 5:2 — Do not be hasty to speak, and do not be impulsive to make a speech before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. 

The right words come from Father, and as Christ shared, spoken word comes out of the overflow of the heart:

Luke 6:45 — A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. 

When the right words aren't available, it may be due to a lack of Father's Wisdom on a certain topic. In order to find Father's Wisdom, one follows a process that was shared a while ago, which is in knowledge, understanding, and then the Wisdom Father places in one's heart. At the same time, one's speech could also be given physically, via facial expressions or other aspects.

James 3:2 — for we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a mature man who is also able to control his whole body. 

Actions can also be expressions, and in that, actions can also be taken in further pondering on Father's Word in one's heart. With a further step, one's actions can also be taken in small amounts, so as to place further meaning in what one does:

Ecclesiastes 5:7 — For many dreams bring futility, also many words. So, fear God. 

And in further doing so, can place further worship towards Father in what one does and says, so as to further cultivate Father's gift within one's heart, and give Father greater credit and glory.

Now, Christ had also shared the following:

Luke 5:22 — But perceiving their thoughts, Jesus replied to them, "Why are you reasoning this in your hearts? 

As Father may be within one's heart, this provides opportunity to receive Father's Light concerning what is being pondered. This helps and strengthens, and even can express the following within one's heart:

Ecclesiastes 11:7 — Light is sweet, and it is pleasing for the eyes to see the sun. 

Proverbs 24:13-14 — Eat honey, my son, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to your palate; realize that wisdom is the same for you. If you find it, you will have a future, and your hope will never fade.

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

Cherubic Commander: Keep watch on the northern region. A sign that dramatic change is about to take place.

Jeremiah 6:22 "[ A Cruel Nation from the North ] This is what the LORD says: Look, an army is coming from a northern land; a great nation will be awakened from the remote regions of the earth."

[For further nourishment, please see the Norway light spiral – missile failure caused by UFO/ET intervention? article in Signs From Above]

2 Peter 2:4 "For if God didn't spare the angels who sinned, but threw them down into Tartarus and delivered them to be kept in chains of darkness until judgment;"

What is, and where is Tartarus?

Psalm 107:10 "Others sat in darkness and gloom — prisoners in cruel chains —"

Psalm 2:3 "Let us tear off their chains and free ourselves from their restraints."

What applies to Father's side of the spiritual war can also apply to the opposing side. Demons have been freed from restraints, and many are keeping tabs on each of you while in the flesh they have taken on. Be aware that they are limited by being chained to fleshly bodies. As it was before the global flood, they are in a less than powerful position because of becoming flesh. With the flesh come limitations.

Job 38:31 "Can you fasten the chains of the Pleiades or loosen the belt of Orion?" 

Two heavenly bodies mentioned. They were mentioned for more than what the Scripture appears to relate. Meditate and research those two cited within that Scripture. Look for the revelations that will come to each of you.

Psalm 107:10 "Others sat in darkness and gloom — prisoners in cruel chains —" 

Also applies to the "others" that sit in the Orange prison of Father's wisdom of containment. Including those of humankind in dark realms.

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

Norway light spiral – missile failure caused by UFO/ET intervention?
December 10, 11:47 PM
Honolulu Exopolitics Examiner
Michael Salla, Ph.D.

After first denying any missile test in the White Sea region where mysterious spiral lights could be seen over much of Norway on December 9, Russia one day later announced an embarrassing failure of a new intercontinental ballistic nuclear missile. Russia’s Bulava missile spun out of control during the third stage of a test launch. While Russia did not claim the spiral light was caused by the missile, the announcement nevertheless led to claims that the mystery has been solved. Most analysts confidently proclaimed that the light spiral was caused by the failed rocket launch. The fact that it occurred one day before President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech where he discussed the abolition of nuclear weapons is viewed as sheer coincidence. However, was the failed missile launch a mere coincidence? There have been a number of occasions where nuclear missile tests have failed due to UFO intervention. Did an extraterrestrial intelligence cause the failure of the Russian rocket in order to generate a spiral of light knowing that it would capture world wide attention during President Obama’s Norway trip? Did extraterrestrials do so knowing full well that Obama would discuss the abolition of nuclear weapons during his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech? 

On December 10, the Russian Defense Ministry announced a failed launch of its Bulava intercontinental missile by the Dmitry Donskoi nuclear submarine. A Defense Ministry spokesperson described what happened after the launch by the submarine that was submerged in the White Sea at the time: “It has been established … that the missile's first two stages worked as normal, but there was a technical malfunction at the next, third, stage of the trajectory."

This is how Phil Plait, creator of the Bad Astronomy website, described how an out of control rocket could have caused the spiral lights. 

Whatever it is being lit up (exhaust, or a leaking payload?) would appear to expand in a spiral like water from a spinning sprinklerhead. The spiral itself is not spinning any more than water from the sprinkler is; that’s an illusion of motion… [A]fter a few moments, a black disk appears to expand in the center of the white spiral, as seen in this picture… That’s exactly what I would expect if whatever is being ejected by the rocket ran out; the arms of the spiral would expand away from the center, leaving black emptiness in the middle. So that’s my hypothesis. A rocket got out of control, perhaps losing a stabilizer, and started to spiral. The two spirals, different in shape, size, and color, indicate something happened in the middle of all this (the rocket second stage fired while still spinning, or something else started leaking out), changing the rocket’s direction. Then, when the fuel or whatever ran out, the white spiral began to disappear from the inside out as the material expanded in space.

With the Russian announcement and greater detailed study of the light spiral, many articles have emerged ridiculing theories proposing an extraterrestrial factor. It has been simply assumed that the failure was due to the poor track record of the Bulava missile which after all had failed six out of 12 previous tests.Such dismissals of extraterrestrial involvement, however, do not explore an alternative explanation. Did an extraterrestrial intelligence deliberately cause the Russian nuclear missile failure in order to create the resulting light spiral knowing the global impact it would have on the day of Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech? Furthermore did extraterrestrials do so in order to highlight and even endorse the nuclear disarmament that was a critical component of Obama’s acceptance speech. 

Here is what Obama had to say about nuclear weapons in Oslo: 

The world may no longer shudder at the prospect of war between two nuclear superpowers, but proliferation may increase the risk of catastrophe. Terrorism has long been a tactic, but modern technology allows a few small men with outsized rage to murder innocents on a horrific scale…. One urgent example is the effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons, and to seek a world without them. In the middle of the last century, nations agreed to be bound by a treaty whose bargain is clear: All will have access to peaceful nuclear power; those without nuclear weapons will forsake them; and those with nuclear weapons will work towards disarmament. I am committed to upholding this treaty. It is a centerpiece of my foreign policy. And I'm working with President Medvedev to reduce America and Russia's nuclear stockpiles….Those who seek peace cannot stand idly by as nations arm themselves for nuclear war. 

There have been a number of occasions where UFOs have deliberately interfered with nuclear missile launches to cause their failure. One incident occurred at Big Sur California in 1964. Professor Robert Jacobs then served as a Lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Vandenberg Air Force base. He was responsible for filming the test of an Atlas missile. He described the incident as follows: 

[W]e were testing ballistic missiles that were to deliver nuclear weapons on target…my duty [was] to supervise the instrumentation photography of every missile that went down in that western test range…and into the frame came something else. It flew into the frame and shot a beam of light at the warhead. Now remember, all this stuff is flying at several thousand miles an hour. So this thing [UFO] fires a beam of light at the warhead, hits it and then it [the UFO] moves to the other side and fires another beam of light, then moves again and fires another beam of light, then goes down and fires another beam of light, and then flies out the way it came in. And the warhead tumbles out of space. The object, the points of light that we saw, the warhead and so forth, were traveling through subspace about 60 miles straight up. And they were going somewhere in the neighborhood of 11,000 to 14,000 miles an hour when this UFO caught up to them, flew in, flew around them, and flew back out. 

Jacobs testimony has been confirmed by another Air Force officer who was present at the debriefing where Jacobs was commanded to silence.

Other military whistleblowers have emerged to describe a number of UFO/extraterrestrial interventions that have caused nuclear missile failures during flight. Colonel Ross Dedrickson (ret.) served with the US Air Force and Atomic Energy Commission. He claimed: After retiring from the Air Force I joined the Boeing company and was responsible for accounting for all of the nuclear fleet of Minuteman missiles. In this incident they actually photographed the UFO following the missile as it climbed into space and, shining a beam on it, neutralized the missile. I also learned of a number of incidents which happened, a couple of nuclear weapons sent into space were destroyed by the extraterrestrials…. the idea of any explosion in space by any Earth government was not acceptable to the extraterrestrials, and that has been demonstrated over and over.

Other military witnesses have emerged explaining how nuclear missile facilities have been interfered with by UFOs, and this has been covered up on national security grounds.

In conclusion, Russia’s admission that a nuclear missile test has failed at the same time as the mysterious light spiral appeared over Norway has satisfied most analysts over what happened. The link to extraterrestrials and to Obama’s speech has been consequently dismissed out of hand, and even ridiculed. However, most analysts are simply not aware of prior occasions where nuclear missiles have failed due to UFO/extraterrestrial intervention. Nor has any consideration been given to a possible link to Obama’s speech where he explicitly called for nuclear disarmament. Given the past history of extraterrestrial intervention, it is very possible that the mysterious light spiral over Norway was deliberately caused by extraterrestrials that interfered with Russia’s testing of its newest nuclear missile. The goal was twofold. To draw world wide attention to Obama’s speech, and to endorse his pledge to work towards nuclear disarmament.

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Cherubic Commander: Riddle of the Great Jigsaw Puzzle:

1 Kings 7:23 "[The Reservoir] He made the cast [metal] reservoir, 15 feet from brim to brim, perfectly round. It was seven and a half feet high and 45 feet in circumference. "Psalm 21:11 "Though they intend to harm you and devise a wicked plan, they will not prevail."

Ezekiel 38:10 "This is what the Lord GOD says: On that day, thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will devise an evil plan."

Psalm 64:6 "They devise crimes [and say,] "We have perfected a secret plan." The inner man and the heart are mysterious.'"

Job 22:14 "Clouds veil Him so that He cannot see, as He walks on the circle of the sky."

Psalm 19:6 "It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat."

Joel 2:8 "They do not push each other; each man proceeds on his own path. They dodge the missiles, never stopping."

Job 41:13 "Who can strip off his outer covering? Who can penetrate his double layer of armor?"

1 Kings 6:23 "In the inner sanctuary he made two cherubim 15 feet high out of olive wood."

1 Kings 6:27 "Then he put the cherubim inside the inner temple. Since their wings were spread out, the first one's wing touched [one] wall while the second cherub's wing touched the other wall, and in the middle of the temple their wings were touching wing to wing."

Ezekiel 10:5 "The sound of the cherubim's wings could be heard as far as the outer court; it was like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks."

Jeremiah 23:27 "Through their dreams that they tell one another, they make plans to cause My people to forget My name as their fathers forgot My name through Baal worship."

Romans 13:14 "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires."

2 Corinthians 4:16 "Therefore we do not give up; even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day."

2 Peter 2:3 "In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. Their condemnation, [pronounced] long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep."

Luke 24:49 "And look, I am sending you what My Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high."

Posted: Friday, December 11, 2009 4:38 PM by Alan Boyle

Just a day after a Russian rocket launch set off a spate of UFO sightings in Norway, yet another missile test created a similar sky show over the heart of Russia. Like Wednesday's launch of the submarine-based Bulava missile from the White Sea, Thursday's launch of the land-based Topol ballistic missile from the Kapustin Yar missile range on the lower Volga River sparked plenty of sightings. Reports came in from Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, Ufa and other cities, said NBC News space analyst James Oberg. The rocket plume created a spiral pattern in the sky, though the pattern wasn't as striking as the one seen over Norway earlier in the week. "The difference in sunlight conditions from pre-dawn northern Norway may account for much of the visual differences," Oberg said.

Triangle UFO follows Ohio witness from tree top level
December 4, 8:45 PM
UFO Examiner
Roger Marsh

An Ohio witness watched unusual lights moving below the tree line of a ridge when the object suddenly appeared directly above, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. The shape of the object reminded the witness of "stealth fighter planes," but that seemed to be ruled out by its low altitude, silence, and the fact that the bottom of the object was completely lit up. The object semed to be following this witness, but later noticed it seemed to gain altitude, and when a turn was made – the witness looked and the object was gone from view.

Two boomerang UFOs shoot low over Carlisle, PA
December 7, 10:46 PM
UFO Examiner
Roger Marsh

A Pennsylvania witness reports two boomerang-shaped objects moving at "extreme speed" very low over Carlisle on December 5, 2009, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) database. Each object had one dim "greenish-yellow" light on each wing and seemed to blend into the night sky so well that the witness said that had you not been looking directly at them, they might not have been noticed. They produced no sound or ground virbration. Body color was black. Carlisle is in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 18 miles west of Harrisburg, population 17,970, and is the county seat. The area is a productive agricultural region, and home to the United States Army War College.

Bluish-green fireball sighted over northern Germany
The Local
Published: 8 Dec 09 15:01 CET

Several eyewitnesses reported seeing a bluish-green fireball over northern Germany on Monday night – possibly a large meteor burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere, according to experts at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR). The object was first sighted over Braunschweig aroung 11:40 pm, but people in Celle, Delmenhorst, Lüneburg, Grabow, Kiel and Hannover also spotted the fireball streaking across the sky. The Network for Researching Unusual Heavenly Phenomena (CENAP) said on Tuesday the object eventually broke up into brightly glowing pieces before disappearing.

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

Bankruptcy Filings up 100 Percent from 2007: Americans Financially Unable to Meet Current Debt Payments. 

85 Percent of Chapter 7 Filings are Classified as No-Assets.
My Budget 360 The U.S. Courts released data last week closing out the 2009 fiscal year. In the release we find that bankruptcy filings are up 100+ percent from 2007. No other economic vehicle shows deeper signs of financial strain than bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is the end of the road for many Americans. Although businesses file for bankruptcy as well the vast majority of filings come from individuals simply not able to meet the demands of their monthly payments. Average Americans are looking at the recovery talks but the reality on the street is much different.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe organized mass rapes: report Mugabe 
by Steven Edwards
December 10, 2009
UNITED NATIONS — Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe is branded one of the world's "diabolical masterminds of sexual terror" in a report to be released Thursday on rapes of Zimbabwe's opposition supporters. "Ironically, among the few men who have stopped to analyze the unique, destabilizing power of rape are those who use it as a strategy . . . to control civilian populations and maintain power," says the study by Aids-Free World, a New York-based advocacy group that is co-led by Canadian activist and former politician Stephen Lewis.

Spinning Out of Control
Blacklisted News
Amer Con
December 12, 2009

It wasn’t a good day for the Department of Defense when Stars and Stripes scooped the Pentagon’s secret scheme to profile journalists covering the war. Seems that the Rendon Group—the tyrannosaurus rex of military public-relations contractors—was getting paid to weed out reporters who did not fit the command’s ideal of tractability. The Army and Rendon have vociferously denied that embed requests were being held up on this basis, despite subsequent revelations of two confirmed cases to the contrary and reports by individual journalists who obtained their Rendon-generated profiles.

Governments turn to cloud seeding to fight drought
by Samantha Young
December 10, 2009

(AP) — On a mountaintop clearing in the Sierra Nevada stands a tall metal platform holding a crude furnace and a box of silver iodide solution that some scientists believe could help offer relief from searing droughts. This is a cloud-seeding machine designed to increase rainfall by spraying a chemical vapor into the clouds. Under the right conditions, it can help water droplets grow heavy, coalesce and fall to the ground. Faced with water shortages, growing populations and the threat that climate change could make matters worse, governments around the globe have increasingly turned to cloud seeding in an attempt to wring more rain and snow from the sky.

CHINA: Population control called key to Global Warming deal
Blacklisted News
China Daily
December 10, 2009
COPENHAGEN: Population and climate change are intertwined but the population issue has remained a blind spot when countries discuss ways to mitigate climate change and slow down global warming, according to Zhao Baige, vice-minister of National Population and Family Planning Commission of China (NPFPC) . "Dealing with climate change is not simply an issue of CO2 emission reduction but a comprehensive challenge involving political, economic, social, cultural and ecological issues, and the population concern fits right into the picture," said Zhao, who is a member of the Chinese government delegation. Many studies link population growth with emissions and the effect of climate change.


Human traffickers sell sex slave on Britain's busiest street
Daily Mail
by Sophie Freeman
December 8, 2009

Pimps sold a young woman as a sex slave in broad daylight on Britain’s busiest shopping street. A brothel owner paid just £3,000 for the Lithuanian victim, a woman in her 20s, in the transaction on London’s Oxford Street. Police surveillance footage shows an Albanian man handing over the cash to two of his countrymen outside Selfridges department store as shoppers pass by, unaware of what is happening. 

Africa drug trade fuelling terrorism and crime, says UN
December 9, 2009

The head of the UN drugs agency (UNODC) has warned that widespread drug trafficking is transforming Africa into a major crime hub. Antonio Maria Costa said huge amounts of heroin and cocaine were being traded by "terrorists and anti-government forces" to fund their operations. He called for a trans-Saharan network to be set up to tackle criminal groups.

Pakistan says arrested American men hoped to joint militants
Los Angeles Times
by Sebastian Rotella and Alex Rodriguez
December 10, 2009

Reporting from Washington and Islamabad, Pakistan – A close-knit group of five American Muslims from suburban Virginia had been trying to join a militant group in the Al Qaeda stronghold of northwestern Pakistan when they were arrested this week, Pakistani authorities said Thursday. Laptop computers, maps and extremist literature recovered in a raid on a house owned by the family of one of the five in Sargodha, in eastern Pakistan, suggest that the Americans wanted to train for jihad, or holy war, authorities said.

At least 127 killed as explosions rock Baghdad
Los Angeles Times
by Ned Parker, Raheem Salman and Usama Redha
December 9, 2009

Reporting from Baghdad – As Iraqi officials prepared to announce a date for delayed national elections, car bombs detonated Tuesday at government buildings and in crowded Baghdad streets, killing at least 127 people and wounding nearly 500. The attacks on state institutions appeared aimed at further eroding the Iraqi people's faith in the political process, which many already viewed with deep skepticism. The morning explosions shook the east and west sides of the city over a span of about 30 minutes, gutting portions of a major courthouse on the west side of the Tigris River and other buildings. An ambulance packed with explosives detonated at a checkpoint for the makeshift offices of the Iraqi Finance Ministry, which had been forced to move after a bombing in August.

Athens burns again on riot anniversary
The Independent
by Elena Becatoros
December 6, 2009

Masked youths hurled firebombs and chunks of marble at police during a march in Athens yesterday, the first anniversary of the police shooting of a teenager whose death sparked massive riots. Officers fired volleys of tear gas as youths broke from a march of more than 3,000 people to smash the windows of shops and banks and set rubbish bins alight. The protesters were commemorating the death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The teenager's death sent youths rampaging through cities for two weeks in December last year.

Arks of Safe Haven

flutterbynight – Burbank, CA – I am hoping for a miracle here…I'm a single mother who has completely gone under after owning my own business for the last 3 years. I have lost most of my clients due to the economy and now I'm struggling to pay rent and all our other bills. My life has changed from being somewhat secure financially to doing everything I can to pay rent at the very last second. I couldn't do it this month and I'm short. I've literally sold everything we don't need (including my daughter's video game system) I've applied for welfare and was approved…however it's only a little over $400 a month. I've gone to the temporary aid center for food and help with our electric bill…I've been turned down by churches for help because I'm not a member…I've taken odd jobs here and there. My car was repossessed because I just couldn't afford it and I worked my butt off to buy a cheap car to get us around. There has been SO much that has happened over the past 6 months and now I feel completely defeated. I've been looking for a 9-5 job for awhile now after realizing my business wasn't working out…and have been buried under the million other people that are more qualified. I am frusterated, sad, and sometimes hopeless. I need help and as pathetic as it sounds, this is my last hope. I don't know if there is anyone out there that can help us but if there is, please please email me. I know by posting this I am vulnerable to ridicule, but I don't have another choice at this point. I am intelligent, resourceful and usually very motivated but I've hit a wall. My rent is due and I can't pay it all. Not to mention Christmas for my daughter. We have a fake tree that we've had for 3 years…we brought it out and were setting it up and decorating it and my daughter looked so sad. I asked her what was wrong and she said she knew there wasn't going to be anything under the tree. And I tried to explain to her that right now mommy has to focus on paying our bills and that the holidays are really about family and being with the people you love. But to an 8 year old I understand it's gotta be hard. I don't know…I am just trying to have faith right now, it's all I can do. Thank you so much for reading and I pray for the other people in my position or going through ANY hardship. As they say…times are really tough. And I know I'm only one story of the many out there. Good luck and Happy Holidays to everyone.

AJS75 – Papillon, NE – I run a daycare out of my home in Papillion, NE…I currently have 2 mothers who need assistance to help get presents for their children this year for Christmas. Between the two mothers, there are 10 Children. These are both single parent families, and these mothers work hard at supporting their children, but Christmas is looking very grim for them this year due to the issues of them not getting any help from the fathers. If anyone would be willing to reach out and help these families…it would be greatly appreciated. I know there are people out there looking to bless others. I already donate my time for daycare to these families, and do not have the monetary means to help them any further. The mothers do not know I am seeking this help. I am trying to make it a surprise for them because it would be a great present for them for Christmas just to see their children smile. Thank you for any help you can give or any resources out there that any one knows of. Thank you again, and God Bless….

tenacious – Greensboro, NC – Husband has been a Quality Engineer for years, and since it a manufacturing position, and we all know how manufactiring is doing in the US, he has been laid off twice in two years. I work fulltime, but it is not enough to pay all the bills, since we lost a chunk with his lay off. Unemployment is only about 40% of his former salary. At first our mortgage company worked with us, but now they sent us a letter saying to pay $4000 in back payments by Jan 4th (We are due for September) or they will start foreclosure procedures. We will not have that and are hoping we can get help here by those who are able to help. We are working with a nonprofit to help get a loan modification, but that won't catch up our mortgage or help keep our son in college for his senior year. We do not qualify for Making Homes Affordable because our 1st mortgage payment is less than 31% of our gross income. We have plenty of food. Our utilities are under equal payment plans and paid up. We only need our mortgage caught up.We are in the Greensboro, NC area. Can anyone help?

mommato3 – I am embarrassed to be in this situation. I have a college degree, had a steady job and now this. I was laid off 2x since 2007, and my husband has been laid off 3x. My unemployment is enough to cover current rent, but I am facing eviction for back rent in the amount of $3020, my lights is about to be cut off for $1187 and this year we will have no presents or a Christmas as this is the most urgent thing. We need help. Please if anyone can help us. Every dollar will help. I can help you design a website or type documents or do something to help pay you back the money. I am willing even to take a loan if there is a low interest. My children are 15,2, and 3 months. If you help us, keep our apartment we will be ok because I can afford to pay the rent currently, it is the back rent that is hurting us and we can't catch up. PLeazze help. My 15 year old and my 2 year old also need winter clothes and a coat, but that is secondary to the housing and lights. I have proof of everything I am saying. I promise I would not make something like this up. Please help out a good family just impacted by hard times. Thanks

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
Giant iceberg heading for Australia
A giant iceberg double the size of Sydney Harbour is on a slow but steady collision course with Australia, scientists have said.
By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney
09 Dec 2009
The mammoth chunk of ice, which measures 12 miles long and five miles wide, was spotted floating surprisingly close to the mainland by scientists at the Australian Antarctic Division (ADD). Known as B17B, it is currently drifting 1,000 miles from Australia's west coast and is moving gradually north with the ocean current and prevailing wind.  Dr Neal Young, a glaciologist working for the ADD, said that if the iceberg eventually reached Australia waters, it would crash into the continental shelf causing a magnitude three to to four tremor.
Surf's up as biggest waves in five years come to Hawaii after North Pacific storm
By Daily Mail Reporter
09th December 2009
Thousands of spectators and surfers are flocking to Hawaii's beaches to see the biggest waves in years crash ashore. Heavy traffic backed up for miles yesterday along roads leading to Oahu's North Shore. Some of the world's most daring surfers took on the powerful and dangerous waves, which forecasters say could reach heights of 50ft (15 metres) by tomorrow. The surf grew so large that a few beaches on Oahu and Maui were closed because lifeguards feared inexperienced sightseers could drown, according to state officials.
Rain, winds, record heat hit Northeast _ in 1 day
(AP) – Dec 3, 2009
PORTLAND, Maine — A coastal storm with strong winds and driving rain has knocked out power to thousands in the Northeast, only to be followed hours later by sunny skies and record warmth. Utility officials reported sporadic power outages from Maine to New Jersey on Thursday. In Maine, winds gusted up to 49 mph in Brunswick. A 61 mph gust was recorded off the coast of New Hampshire. But the rain and wind quickly gave way to sunny skies and unseasonably high temperatures. By 10 a.m., Concord, N.H., had hit a record 62 degrees. It was 61 — another record — and climbing in Portland. And in Boston, the temperature hit 67 degrees, breaking the old record of 65 set in 1932.
Saudi flood death toll rises to 116
(AFP) – 12/7/09
RIYADH — Three more bodies have been found more than a week after a flash flood hit the Saudi city of Jeddah, raising the death toll to 116, the official news agency SPA reported on Monday. Forty-seven people are still missing and more than 22,000 people have been displaced after their homes were destroyed or damaged in the November 25 flood, said Jeddah civil defence official Mohammed al-Qarni, quoted by SPA. On Sunday, officials recovered the bodies of a seven-year-old boy, a woman from Yemen and a Sudanese man, Qarni said, adding that 8,092 homes were heavily damaged and 7,143 cars destroyed in the flood.

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TANZANIA – Fear has gripped residents of Mbozi District in Mbeya Region following series of tremors that have hit the area for the past three consecutive days. Some people are reported to be sleeping outside their houses for fear of houses crumbling over them as in the reported destruction of houses in neighbouring Malawi. The epicentre of the tremors is 110 miles (175 km) north of Mzuzu in Malawi and 75 miles (125 km) southeast of Mbeya municipality. A quake of 5.9 magnitude struck northern Malawi on Tuesday, close to the Tanzanian border. The quake, only 6.2 miles (10 km) deep, followed a series of tremors that hit the uranium-rich Karonga District, for two days running. But reports from Mbozi said the residents started to experience the tremors on December 5, at around 9pm. Witnesses said the first wave of tremors lasted for at least three minutes and it happened thrice. 
MALAWI – A one-year-old boy was killed and 12 people were injured overnight as a series of moderate earthquakes struck Malawi and Tanzania, collapsing homes in a region near a new uranium mine.
ARIZONA – 12/9/09 – Twice on Wednesday, news stations received tweets, emails and phone calls about a loud boom. Was it an earthquake, mining activity or a sonic boom? The Tucson seismograph showed plenty of activity, but none of significance from local activity. Instead, the only clear signatures on the seismograph were from an earthquake in the south Pacific. That occurred well before any reports of loud, shaking events in the Tucson metropolitan area. After speaking to the Arizona Geological Survey, they reported at 5 and 6pm that the most likely cause of the loud, glass-rattling booms was from an aircraft breaking the sound barrier. There was a flight of F-16's in a shared air space west of Tucson Wednesday. A spokesman says the Air Force is unable to confirm that any of their aircraft caused any sonic booms, but he says that they are capable of "going supersonic." It was definitely not an earthquake and very likely not from mining activity since it was reported well away from area mines. The first reports were from the southwest side (Tucson Estates) and the Catalina Foothills at around 10:25AM. Again, at around 8:10PM more reports came in, this time from the near northwest side. Residents' reports: "When I have heard planes scramble…the sonic boom was very sudden and loud. The sounds I heard today, seemed to roll over the area. They created a rumbling and shaking in my home. It seemed more like large explosions rather than sonic booms. I could be wrong." "I, along with others felt and heard a very lound and rumbling noise over the Tucson area. I am not convinced it was a sonic boom. I have been an air force brat for a number of years, and this did not sound like a sonic boom today. It was very rumbling instead. I have heard planes scramble on several occasions in my life, and they were very harsh and sudden. I guess if I had to postulate, it could have been just outside our area, but I doubt it could have been from Phoenix. Very strange." 
COLUMBIA – authorities raised the alert level to 'Orange' on Thursday for the Nariño department's Galeras volcano, which experts expect to erupt within days. The Colombian Institute of Mining and Geology declared in a statement on Thursday that the volcano's activity has intensified, causing the security alert level in the region to be raised to "Orange Level 2", signifying "probable eruption within days or weeks….The Galeras volcano continues to show unpredictable periods of decreased seismicity, followed by "recurrent episodes of intense activity while maintaining low energy levels." Following the orange alert declaration, local and scientific authorities have insisted that some 8,000 residents of catchment areas near the volcano evacuate their homes and move to pre-prepared shelters. (photo) 
NICARAGUA – Concepcion volcano has erupted, spewing gas and smoke almost 150 metres into the air and dumping ash on three nearby villages. There were no immediate reports of damage, but Nicaragua's Ineter geophysics agency said authorities were on alert in case of new eruptions. 
PHILIPPINES – At least 29 volcanic earthquakes jolted Mayon Volcano today, the highest recorded seismic event this week indicating that the volcano’s abnormality is still up. Scientists are continuously observing Mayon volcano’s fluctuating seismic precursors such as quakes, gas emission and ground deformation. Phivolcs advisory said high and low frequency harmonic quakes were detected by seismic instruments signifying that magma intrusion is developing in the volcano's crater vent. The agency seismic network has recorded a total of 44 earthquakes that rocked the volcano since Dec. 1 this year. The volcano continue to billow high volume of sulfur dioxide gas with 710 tons emitted for the past 24 hours period indicating a fluctuating trend ranging from 592 tons per day to 1,303 tons per day for the past three days. Precise Leveling results indicate a 5.0 mm swelling on the volcano edifice. 
CHILE – Llaima volcano – An over-flight last week revealed an absence of fumaroles, indicating a blocked crater, and a recent distinct pattern of earthquakes suggests energy buildup from trapped gases. Officials confirmed a “yellow alert” after increased seismic activity of up to 60 to 70 events per day was registered. A “yellow alert” designation prohibits public access in a 4-kilometer radius around the crater, and results in a loss of tourist revenue associated with the closure of Conguillio national park, where the volcano is located. The mayor of Vilcun, one of the affected communities, critized the alert. He believes the hazard is exaggerated and unfairly restricts tourist activity, a major economic driver in the area. Llaima has erupted 49 times in recorded history and underwent major eruptions in 1927, 1957 and 1994. A smallish eruption on Jan. 1, 2008 forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and spread ash across the Andes into Argentina. 
HAWAII – A rare surfing competition has been held in Hawaii as waves reaching 12m (40ft) pounded the north shore of Oahu. It is only the eighth time in 25 years that the competition has taken place. The contest is only held in the most extreme surf conditions and last took place in 2004. It was "unbelievably dangerous" to take part in the event – one surfer had been injured – but safety teams were in the water on jet skis in case of accidents. The high waves were expected to last until today. 
HIGHEST SURF IN DECADES – This winter's first round of swells was already being considered the best in many years, perhaps decades. The surf was dangerously high at two Maui beaches, which were closed Monday. At Maui's north shore Peahi Beach — also known as "Jaws" for its big winter waves — surfers were citing swells of up to 50 feet from crest to trough
SAMOA – tsunami was four stories high. The tsunami which killed 180 people in American Samoa, Tonga and Samoa after a magnitude 8.3 earthquake in the Tonga Trench on September 29 towered nearly four storeys high as it hit. Once on the beach, it reached 14m above mean sea level in Samoa and 10m in American Samoa, and penetrated as far as 700m inland. The earthquake, 190km from Apia, generated two to three significant waves, with the second wave larger than the first. The first wave arrived in Samoa 10 minutes after the quake, and then hit American Samoa 10 minutes later. Varying degrees of damage to buildings showed reinforcement was important – traditional light timber buildings were completely destroyed by floodwater of 1.5m or higher, but the use of minimal reinforced-concrete columns reduced the damage levels significantly. Plants, trees, and mangroves on the foreshore reduced the speed and depth of water flows, increasing the chances of human survival and lower levels of building damage.
HAWAII – big waves heading for the Islands today, when forecasters are predicting 60-foot faces on the North Shore. A storm is aimed right at the Islands, which doesn't happen often. "This is going to be a RARE event and most likely the biggest swell of the year. We're forecasting maybe up to 60-foot faces." The National Weather Service said an extremely strong storm north-northwest of Hawai'i with hurricane-force winds will generate today's swell. The waves COULD HIT 'HISTORICAL PROPORTIONS' of which Hawai'i hasn't seen in 15 to 20 years. "This one is looking big. Comparatively speaking, it's similar to the December 2004 high surf event where we saw waves in the 30- to 40-foot range." 
THAILAND – Around 60 families have already been forced away from the once idyllic fishing community of Khun Samutchine, as the sea that local people rely on for their livelihood advances inland by more than 20m a year. 25 million people are under threat in Thailand's vast Chao Phraya river delta, which is sinking because of river damming and the clearing of mangrove forests, as climate change pushes up sea levels. Upstream damming along the river basins that feed the Gulf of Thailand have prevented sediment from building up, upsetting the balance with the erosive force of the sea. In Malaysia, officials say nearly 30 per cent of the coastline was suffering erosion. In India, about 1500km or 26 per cent of the mainland coastline faces "serious erosion'' and is "actively retreating''. Low-lying Bangladesh would be one of the countries worst hit by climate change. Rising sea levels will devour 17 per cent of Bangladesh's total land mass by 2050, leaving at least 20 million of its 144 million population homeless. Australia's government warned in November that rising sea levels could inundate 250,000 homes by 2100, with airports, hospitals and power stations also at risk. 
Cyclone Ward – The Tamil Nadu coast has been put under cyclone alert today after the previous day's depression intensified double-quick into a deep depression and further into a cyclonic storm, named ‘Ward.' India Meteorological Department said Tropical Cyclone Ward lay centred 550 km southeast of Nagapattinam and 700 km south-southeast of Chennai on Friday afternoon. The system is likely to move in a northwesterly direction towards Tamil Nadu coast during the next two days. The IMD has rightfully expressed doubts about the onward movement of ‘Ward', as did international models, thanks to the persistence of westerly flows from a prevailing western disturbance affecting northwest India. It said that the satellite-derived steering wind in the upper levels would suggest a northerly to northeasterly movement of the system, which could cause it to avoid taking a swipe of the Tamil Nadu coast. But a precipitation model of the US National Centres for Environmental Prediction tends to suggest that the westerlies would cause Tropical Cyclone Ward to steer itself north-northeast after taking a shot at the Chennai coast over the next two days. According to the NCEP, the rampaging westerlies would drive away ‘Ward' into coastal Bay of Bengal waters in a north-northeasterly direction all the way into the Bangladesh/Myanmar coast, and fling the weakened system into the hinterland.
Tropical Cyclone Cleo has reached its maximum strength, and is now moving into areas that will weaken it. Cleo's maximum sustained winds were near 115 mph (100 knots), with gusts to (138 mph) 120 knots Wednesday. At 4 a.m., Cyclone Cleo was located about 275 miles south of Diego Garcia. It was moving west-southwest near 8 mph. Tropical storm-force winds extend out to 115 miles from its center, so the storm is larger than 230 miles in diameter. Hurricane-force winds of more than 74 mph extend as far as 45 miles from the center. Cleo isn't threatening any landmasses, but it is churning up 30-foot high waves in the Southern Indian Ocean. (photos)
Above-average hurricane season predicted – Forecasters with the Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University predict that the 2010 hurricane season will be nothing like the quiet season of 2009. The prediction is for above-average activity, with 11 to 16 named storms, six to eight of which will be hurricanes. An average year brings 9.6 named storms. The project's scientists hinge their predictions heavily on a waning El Niño, the Pacific warming trend that suppressed hurricanes this year and is causing cloudiness and rainfall now during the typical dry season. They say the "odds of a multi-year El Niño event are quite small" in their report. December forecasts are often not accurate because the atmosphere changes a great deal between now and the start of the hurricane season. A lot of those changes are unpredictable. The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. This year there were nine named storms, three of which became hurricanes. Last December this group predicted that this year would bring 14 named storms.
AUSTRALIA – The first cyclone for the season could be brewing off the Territory coast. NT weather bureau meteorologists were yesterday keeping a watchful eye on a tropical low that had formed in the eastern Arafura Sea north-east of Darwin. They warned there was a "five to 20 per cent" chance of the low developing into a cyclone by the weekend. "It is the first tropical low for this season but it's a low risk, which is defined as a five to 20 per cent chance, of forming into a cyclone. But that could change – there are often tropical lows that do surface but don't form into tropical cyclones. In this case it's a bit uncertain what will happen." The cyclone season runs from November 1 to April 30. 
U.S. – A winter storm that brought RECORD SNOW in the US Midwest moves on but many states are set for more freezing weather, as the search continues for 16 missing elk hunters in Arizona. Parts of the Midwest have been among the worst-hit regions, and saw some 45cm (18in) of snow on Thursday. Freezing temperatures will continue in many areas on Friday and another storm system is brewing in the west. Blizzards have been blamed for 16 deaths this week, most in traffic accidents. Wisconsin declared a state of emergency after being hit by up to 48cm (19in) of snow on Wednesday, while Iowa recorded its WORST SNOWFALL FOR 20 YEARS. Searchers headed out again on Thursday in northern Arizona to look for elk hunters trapped when up to 3ft of snow fell on Monday and Tuesday. 
WISCONSIN – It’s winter in Wisconsin, but make no mistake: This snowstorm was not normal. Southern Wisconsin is in the midst of a RARE, two-stage, triple-whammy weather event. In his 11 years overseeing Janesville plow crews, the operations director said it’s been this bad only one other time. That was Feb. 5-6, 2008, the storm that turned Interstate 90/39 into a parking lot. “It’s just the worst of everything." The snow kept falling without letup, sometimes at a rate of 1 inch or more per hour. Imagine a thunderstorm in which snow falls, which was exactly what happened, with thunder and lighting Tuesday night. The snowfall – ONE OF THE DEEPEST ON RECORD – was Stage 1. Now they’re in Stage 2. Stage 1 closed schools and businesses, downed tree limbs and cut power to homes Tuesday night and Wednesday. More of the same is likely in Stage 2, along with biting cold. The National Weather Service on Wednesday night called for a high temperature of only 9 on Thursday. Janesville received 12.7 inches of snow between 7 a.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Wednesday. That makes this the seventh-biggest snow on record. 
UTAH – Randolph, a northern Utah town, had a RECORD LOW TEMPERATURE of minus 17 early Thursday morning. "It's a real dry cold with no wind or humidity." Below-normal temps have kept plumbers and disaster repair companies busy with burst pipes. Fairfield recorded minus 34 degrees earlier this week while Bryce Canyon hit minus 31. "The primary reason for the severity of the cold is the UNUSUAL WEATHER PATTERN in which the flow is coming down directly from the Arctic. The dry, fresh snowfall is also helping, too, because it reflects sunlight back to space during the day and enables overnight temperatures to drop substantially more at night than would occur over bare ground." 
NEVADA – The storm dumped about 14 inches of snow in Carson City – potentially an ALL-TIME HIGH FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. 
NORTH CAROLINA – western residents gained a little traction Thursday in cleaning up after heavy rain and high winds toppled countless trees across the region, but hundreds of customers remained without electricity. Meanwhile, forecasters were monitoring the progress of another storm system that could bring a nasty – though limited – combination of sleet and freezing rain to the region by Saturday evening. In the mountain region, the National Weather Service recorded the strongest winds in East Tennessee, including a 101-mph gust in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “That's pretty extreme.” 
WEST VIRGINIA – Tropical storm-force winds ripped through southern West Virginia Wednesday, causing trees to crash onto roads and power lines. Gusts reaching more than 60 mph left thousands of people without power, and some could be in the dark through the weekend. “Basically, for a lack of better words, you had a humongous storm come across the area.” 
NEW YORK – “This system is really deep." “What’s unique about (this system) is that the air pressure is very, very low. It’s almost like a hurricane, but not. It’s a very intense storm.” The storm is four standard deviations from a normal storm this time of year. “In layman’s terms it’s a VERY RARE, big storm."
CALIFORNIA – Some Bay Area cities saw RECORD LOW TEMPERATURES as a cold spell held its grip on the region. 
RUSSIA – Moscow's Mayor, known for his attempts to control both the rain and the snow, lambasted weather forecasters Tuesday for failing to predict this winter’s first big snowfall, which caused traffic jams that even stunned drivers used to Moscow’s notoriously crowded streets. Some 15 centimeters of snow fell from Monday afternoon through early Tuesday, while the weather forecast delivered on Monday morning had predicted just 1.2 centimeters. City traffic ground to a halt during the evening rush hour, causing spectacular snarl-ups along the major ring roads and forcing desperate drivers to abandon their cars near metro stations. Traffic police registered close to 2,700 accidents, roughly twice the usual amount. “It took me 7 1/2 hours to get home at 1:30 a.m.,” a blogger wrote. But City Hall officials said it was senseless to dispatch the city’s more than 6,000-strong fleet of gritters and snowplows during peak hours and instead demanded an apology from meteorologists. "How can our snow-removal vehicles get on roads that are totally blocked by traffic?” It will take at least a week to remove the snow, which amounted to 13.5 billion cubic meters. A department head in the meteorological service said Monday’s snowfall was caused by an EXTREMELY RARE WEATHER PHENOMENON that was impossible to foretell. “We had a high-altitude high pressure system, something that we have only recorded twice in the past 50 years. There is no model in the world that could forecast this."  The Mayor promised in September that the city would save money on snow removal this year by using special planes to blast clouds from the sky in the event of pending large snowfall. His announcement angered the surrounding Moscow region, where officials warned that they would have to cope with the extra snow. But the plan, which costs 180 million rubles ($6 million), will only reach the experimental phase in February. The Mayor has long championed spraying liquid nitrogen, silver or cement particles into clouds, forcing precipitation to fall before it can reach the city center and spoil public holidays. But meteorologists say it is difficult to conduct effective cloud blasting for an area as big as the whole city. 
CANADA – Tuesday, a winter storm brewing over the American southwest was travelling towards the Great Lakes. The snow was expected to sweep into Toronto in the evening, accompanied by strong winds. The storm itself is something RARE – it's called a Colorado Low. Unlike the more familiar Alberta Clipper, the Colorado Low is slower moving and brings with it more snow. That's because the storm sucks up water from the Gulf of Mexico as it brews over Texas. The storm then swings northward across the Midwest, depositing the warm gulf water as heavy snow. "This one is a particularly intense version of the Colorado Low." 
RUSSIA – Sunday, a strong cyclone swept over Russia’s Pacific coast; a fisherman was reported missing in the high seas when he went fishing by boat despite the storm and high wave warning. The Primorsky Territory was the hardest hit by the storm with TWO MONTH'S WORTH OF SNOW falling on Saturday. The strong cyclone interrupted road and aviation travel in Russia's Primorsky Territory during the weekend, while also disrupting ferry travel across the Tatar Strait. Winds during the cyclone reportedly reached as much as 49 mph.(or 22 meters per second). The cyclone was expected to move on to the Sea of Okhotsk on Tuesday
U.S. – Fierce winds ripped away the roof of a police station, thousands of people lost power and drivers stuck by closed highways settled in to wait as storms swept out of the West to the nation's midsection today. Much of the Upper Midwest was covered in deep snow, and strong winds tonight were expected to create blizzard conditions. The storm had already blanketed much of the mountain west and drenched Southern California with rain. Ice was the problem Tuesday morning in Oklahoma, where Interstate 40 was closed for about 25 miles. "It's just a sheet of ice from Amarillo…It's a disaster." With travel likely to get worse, officials were warning residents in parts of the west and Midwest to stay close to home. Blizzard warnings were issued for most of Iowa as well as eastern Nebraska, southern Minnesota and southern Wisconsin. "Anybody traveling tomorrow morning is really taking a huge risk I would say- a risk of being stranded and not having anybody be able to help you for 6 or 12 hours, probably," said a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Iowa. A "classic, big, deepening winter storm" was affecting more than a dozen states. A foot or more of snow was expected in parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph could create snow drifts of 8 to 15 feet.
Heavy rain pounded some parts of the South. More than 4 inches were reported in spots in New Orleans, and flooded traffic slowed morning commutes. The storm also produced high winds and a possible tornado near Lake Pontchartrain.
In Buffalo, N.Y., meteorologists expect the storm to dump 3 or more feet of snow between Wednesday and Saturday in the mainly rural snow belts east of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The storm had hit much of the West on Monday, bringing subzero wind chills in Washington state and heavy snow that closed schools and government offices in Reno, Nevada. In the Phoenix area, fierce wind brought down power lines, left four hospitals temporarily without power and created wide outages. Freezing temperatures in Oregon were suspected in one death. Big rigs were left jackknifed across highways in several states.
And more snow was coming: The National Weather Service said the upper elevations of the Sierra mountains could get up to 3 feet, with up to 4 feet forecast for the mountains of southern Utah. Two people were killed in traffic accidents blamed on slick conditions in New Mexico. Winds of up to 100 mph were reported on St. Augustin pass between Las Cruces and White Sands Missile Range, and the powerful gusts ripped away the roof of the White Sands Missile Range's police station. The storm dumped more than 20 inches of snow over Flagstaff, MORE THAN FOUR TIMES THE RECORD of 5 inches set in 1956. Cold temperatures also were threatening California crops. The chilly weather hit with only about 10 percent to 15 percent of the navel and mandarin orange crops harvested. "We've got a lot on the line. Both of them combined you're probably looking at over a billion dollars in fruit hanging out there on the trees." 
U.S. –  RECORD-BREAKING SNOWFALL from Houston, Texas to Grand Rapids, Michigan – From the southern United States to the Great Lakes, record setting snowfall was reported on Friday. Areas not normally associated with snow from Texas to Louisiana received their earliest snowfalls on record and areas of Michigan set records for the most snow recorded on the date. In Houston, a city more accustomed to hurricanes and thunderstorms, the city received its EARLIEST SNOWFALL ON RECORD. The previous earliest snowfall was December 10th set way back in 1944 and again last year. In Houston, this is the FIRST TIME IT HAS HAD BACK-TO-BACK YEARS WITH SNOW. Houston has only seen snow 33 times since 1895 (four times in the last 15 years). Other Texas cities that reported SNOW RECORDS Friday include College Station, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Victoria and Midland. At the northern portions of the United States, Grand Rapids, Michigan saw 5.5 inches of snow SETTING A RECORD FOR THE DATE. The lake effect snowstorm was UNUSUAL for this early in the season and brought snowfall rates up to two inches per hour. 
LOUISIANA got its EARLIEST SNOWFLAKES ON RECORD as people in the South and Northeast awakened to a dusting of powder this past weekend. Snow started falling in the region late Friday and continued into Saturday morning. Several Louisiana towns reported two to three inches of snow. The storm also dumped three to four inches of snow overnight in parts of Mississippi. Tennessee and North Carolina reported light snow at higher elevations. 
CALIFORNIA – The first of two storm systems was predicted to arrive overnight Saturday, bringing much colder conditions and dropping snow levels as low as 1,500 feet. A second, warmer storm is scheduled to arrive Wednesday night, when snow levels will be about 6,000 feet. "This is UNUSUAL," a weather service meteorologist said of the first storm. "It's coming out of western Canada, and it has a lot of cold air with it. It may or may not have a lot of moisture with it." Because of the cold air, forecasters have issued a freeze watch for tonight. Low temperatures on the Valley floor are predicted to be 22 to 28 degrees for two to four hours. Growers are advised to watch temperatures closely, but "it doesn't look like that 10- or 12-year killer freeze that we sometime get at this point." 
CANADA – Near record-breaking month of sunshine – Normally grey and wet, November 2009 was blessed with bright sunny skies, drier and warmer than normal, as well as a lack of icy storms. According to Environment Canada, many weather stations recording hours of sunshine were reporting numbers which nearly reached record-breaking values. In Wiarton, the station recorded 125.2 hours of sunshine, making it the SUNNIEST NOVEMBER at that location. In Toronto, the 118.2 hours of sunshine made it the fourth sunniest November since the first time such information was initially recorded. Throughout Ontario, November resembled early fall in its warmer than normal temperatures. This was more apparent in Northern Ontario, when mean temperatures were between 3 C to 8 C warmer, BREAKING RECORDS SET IN THE 1940s. Most locations also recorded less precipitation than normal, BREAKING RECORDS THROUGHOUT SOUTHERN ONTARIO. It was the second driest November in more than a century in Sarnia, and Kingston experienced its DRIEST MONTH SINCE THE 1930s. Snowfall amounts were also much lower than normal, and Toronto established a NEW RECORD FOR HAVING A SNOW-FREE MONTH. November was also quieter than normal when it came to storms. Traditionally, this is the month which sees the first significant lake-effect snow events, capable of burying regions east of Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in a heartbeat. It is also a month which can have massive storms lashing the province with snow, freezing rain and rain, and the year's first incursions of arctic air. None of this happened. Only one weather warning and one weather watch was issued in November, something VERY RARE AND ALMOST UNHEARD OF for a normally active month. 
JAMAICA – A severe drought in Jamaica is choking off water supply to hospitals, homes and schools, and forced the government to spend millions of dollars on both temporary relief and longer-term improvements. About 100 of the island's 460 water systems managed by the National Water Commission have been affected, with some capacity levels down 50 to 70 percent. "You have some customers who have never had this kind of drought impact in the last 23 or so years." The island's east and south have been hit hardest by the drought, which intensified after a mild hurricane season and a lack of heavy rains during the traditionally wet months of September and October. The drought likely will extend into March, when the dry season ends. Sere conditions have stalled sugarcane production. In 2006, the government spent nearly half a million dollars to battle another severe drought that killed cattle, withered crops and sparked numerous brush fires. 
BRITAIN – After the fiasco of this year's 'barbecue summer' prediction, you might have thought the Met Office would have hesitated before making such grand statements again. But yesterday it declared that 2010 will be a 'barbecue year'. Forecasters say it is LIKELY TO BE THE HOTTEST YEAR GLOBALLY SINCE RECORDS BEGAN nearly 160 years ago. Sceptics accused the Met Office of political lobbying and timing the release of climate data and forecasts to influence the United Nations climate change talks in Copenhagen. The Met Office's said global temperatures next year were expected to average 14.58C (52.24F) – around 0.06C warmer than the previous record of 1998. This is partly due to El Niño, the weather phenomenon which has seen warmer than usual water in the Eastern Pacific in recent months. El Niño is forecast to last until May, affecting weather around the world. El Niño is expected to bring warm and wet weather to South America, more spring rains in parts of Africa and drier conditions in Australia and Indonesia. "A record warm year in 2010 is not a certainty – especially if the current El Niño was to unexpectedly decline rapidly near the start of 2010 or if there was a large volcanic eruption which would cool the planet." The Global Warming Policy Foundation – a sceptical think tank – has accused both the Met Office and the World Meteorological Organisation of playing politics over their predictions on the warmest years. Although the final temperature data for 2009 will not be made available until March, the estimates were released early in time for the climate change talks in Copenhagen. 
Oceans turning acidic – regardless of the impact on climate, the billions of tons of carbon-dioxide (CO2) that human activity pumps out every year is making oceans more acidic. That’s threatening fisheries that millions rely on for food and livelihoods. Already some shellfish, from commercially important crabs, clams, and mussels to tiny creatures called pteropods (dubbed the “potato chips of the ocean” for the important rung they occupy near the bottom of the marine food chain), are showing the effects of ocean acidification. Coral reefs, important nurseries for commercial fish species, are also being threatened. The damage to the oceans should be enough on its own to push policy makers to sign a global agreement to reduce CO2 emissions, “even if carbon dioxide didn’t do anything to warm the atmosphere.” 
AUSTRALIA – More than 120 wildfires fanned by high winds and soaring temperatures raged in southeastern Australia today, prompting emergency warnings for several towns 
THE STRONGEST DROUGHT-BEARING EL NINO CONDITIONS IN SEVEN YEARS have been recorded as a heat wave continues to bake much of the state of Queensland. 
AUSTRALIA has recorded its HOTTEST SIX MONTHS EVER and is well on track to have the second hottest year since records began. 
Queensland is sweltering, with hot winds and low humidity sparking a number of fires across the state. 
A giant iceberg bigger than Sydney harbour is drifting north from Antarctica towards Western Australia, scientists have revealed. The iceberg is 19km long by 8km wide and known as B17B. The iceberg was about 1700km south-south-west of the West Australian coast and moving north with the ocean current and prevailing wind. “B17B is a very significant one in that it has drifted so far north while still largely intact. It’s ONE OF THE BIGGEST SIGHTED AT THOSE LATITUDES, now 48.8º S and 107.5º E." The iceberg was slowly breaking up, resulting in hundreds more smaller icebergs in the area. B17B calved from the eastern end of the Ross Ice Shelf nearly 10 years ago
This decade has been THE WARMEST ON RECORD and this year is likely to be the fifth warmest, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s assessment of global average temperatures. 
AUSTRALIA – Emergency water supplies are being transported by road into communities in the northern Australian state of Queensland. Fears are mounting that reservoirs are about to run dry at the beginning of a long, hot summer. One parched town west of Brisbane had just eight hours worth of water left before residents were forced to significantly reduce their consumption. Weather forecasters have blamed extreme temperatures. Water storage levels at reservoirs in Toowoomba, Queensland's biggest inland city, have fallen to 8.5%. A new pipeline that will carry supplies from the Wivenhoe Dam near Brisbane will not be ready until the New Year. Emergency bores have been drilled into the Great Artesian Basin, which is one of the world's largest underground lakes. Other drought-hit communities in Queensland are relying on deliveries brought by water tankers as the situation worsens. There is likely to be little relief for many drought-hit regions in the months ahead with weather forecasters predicting a roasting summer for much of Australia, the world's driest inhabited continent. 
At the UN climate summit in Copenhagen, 192 governments are aiming for a new global agreement to constrain greenhouse gas emissions and curb human-induced climate change. But some commentators are unconvinced that rising greenhouse gas emissions are the cause of modern-day warming. Or they say the world is not actually getting warmer – or that a new treaty would hurt economic growth and well-being. At the link are their arguments and the counter arguments by scientists who assert that greenhouse gases produced by human activity are the cause of modern-day climate change. 
LOUISIANA – Officials in Iberia Parish and New Iberia were busy Tuesday dealing with the after effects of TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF RECORD-BREAKING RAINFALL in Iberia Parish. The National Weather Service measured 6.71 inches of total rainfall for Monday and Tuesday. Beginning at midnight on Monday 3.93 inches fell, followed by an additional 2.78 inches on Tuesday. The heavy amount of rain was caused by a stalled front over the region, resulting in extensive flooding in some low-lying areas. Residents of the Shelton Spencer Loop neighborhood found water either at their doorsteps or in their homes, depending on the elevation of their houses. “It never even got this bad when Hurricane Katrina hit.” 
Blue whales singing in deeper voices every year – All around the world, blue whales aren’t singing like they used to, and scientists have no idea why. Among the suggested explanations are ocean noise pollution, changing population dynamics and new mating strategies. But none of them is entirely convincing. Whale Acoustics, a company that specializes in the sonic monitoring of cetaceans, first noticed the change eight years ago, when they kept needing to recalibrate the automated song detectors used to track blue whales off the California coast. Those whales are the best-studied of all blue whale populations, and their song pitch has dropped by 31 percent since the late 1960s. “It’s a fascinating finding. It’s even more remarkable, given that the songs themselves differ in different oceans. There seem to be these distinct populations, yet they’re all showing this common shift.” It’s possible the whales are responding to changing dynamics in how sound travels through water that’s become warmer as Earth heats up, absorbing more carbon dioxide and growing more acidic than before. “But those factors are so small, and this is such a huge shift in frequency." 
Mysterious apparition – Wednesday morning in arctic Norway, onlookers were stunned when a gigantic luminous spiral formed in the northern sky. Veteran observers accustomed to the appearance of Northern Lights say they have NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT. It was neither a meteor nor any known form of atmospheric optics. It consisted initially of a green beam of light similar in color to the aurora with a mysterious rotating spiral at one end. This spiral then got bigger and bigger until it turned into a huge halo in the sky with the green beam extending down to Earth. According to press reports, this could be seen all over northern Norway and must therefore have been very high up in the atmosphere to be seen hundreds of km apart." Rumors that the spiral was caused by the botched launch of a Russian rocket have not yet been confirmed. A Navtex no-fly alert was issued for the White Sea on Dec. 9th, and photographers have recorded what appears to be the initial boost phase of a launch beneath the spiral. A rocket motor spinning out of control could indeed explain the spiral pattern. 
GERMANY – 12/7/09 – Several eyewitnesses reported seeing a bluish-green fireball over northern Germany on Monday night – possibly a large meteor burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere. The object eventually broke up into brightly glowing pieces before disappearing. On average one meteor falls to Earth over Central Europe each month. Last spring, a German meteorite researcher found the remains of another spectacular fireball on the Danish island of Lolland. A German boy this summer also claimed he was hit in the hand by a pebble-sized meteorite as he was on his way to school. 
December began with an enormous magnetic filament wrapped around the sun's south pole. On Friday, Dec. 4th, it erupted. NASA's twin STEREO probes, stationed on nearly opposite sides of the sun, photographed the blast from two points of view. Astronomers have been monitoring eruptive prominences like this one for decades, but only now are they getting the 3D view provided by STEREO. "The material is heading from high latitudes toward the solar equator." The dynamics of these massive events are becoming clear at last
Swine flu infection rates continue to drop, US health officials said today, with only 14 states reporting widespread H1N1 activity, down from 25 states last week and 48 states at the height of the outbreak. 
A report from the United Kingdom's Health Protection Agency estimated that only one in five people who were diagnosed with H1N1 through the country's pandemic flu hotline actually had the virus. The HPA based its estimate on swab samples from people who had used the hotline. A taxpayer group said the flu line wasted antivirals and hurt the economy by causing people to stay home unnecessarily. 
The 2009 H1N1 virus used a new strategy to jump to humans, say researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Previous flu strains that crossed from birds into people (the H1N1 virus came from pigs but contains bird and human elements) had a specific mutation in the polymerase gene that allowed the protein to operate in human cells. H1N1 lacks that mutation, but it has a second mutation that seems to stop human cells from blocking polymerase activity. 
The South Korean President offered to send H1N1 vaccine to North Korea amid reports that the novel flu has killed dozens and is spreading fast in that nation. Pandemic H1N1 reportedly has killed about 40 people in Sinuiju, near China, and 7 in the capital, Pyongyang. North Korea has yet to confirm any H1N1 outbreak. South Korea is studying ways to send the vaccine without conditions. 
Shortages of H1N1 vaccine in developing nations may pose a global security risk if the pandemic worsens. "Globally I think we're not probably as prepared as we need to be in more equitable access to vaccines." High mortality could lead to "extreme destabilization of global security." About 200 million vaccine doses have been donated to the WHO for use in 95 poorer nations. 
Wary Europeans slow to get vaccinated – Concerns over vaccine safety and low death rates from pandemic H1N1 flu apparently are keeping European vaccination rates low. Several nations have vaccination rates under 10%, compared with 20% in Europe in a typical flu season. Scandinavia, however, is reporting rates from 19% to 33%. Public concerns that the H1N1 vaccine may cause adverse effects have kept some Europeans from being vaccinated, which means Europe may have more doses to donate to other nations. 
Germany has excess vaccine to sell – states have asked the federal government to sell 2.2 million doses of H1N1 vaccine to other nations. Another possibility would be to donate the vaccine, which is available because of low demand. The country has ordered 20 million doses to arrive by the end of December and 50 million by the end of March. So far about 4 million Germans, or 5% of the population, have received the vaccine.
The H1N1 flu outbreak appears to be less severe than earlier feared, according to a new study by US health experts who found fewer than expected admissions to hospital or severe complications from the virus. 
Little Evidence Tamiflu Works – British researchers say there is little evidence Tamiflu stops complications in healthy people who catch the flu, though public health officials contend the swine flu drug reduces flu hospitalizations and deaths. Researchers found insufficient data to prove whether the antiviral reduces complications like pneumonia in otherwise healthy people but concluded the drug shortens flu symptoms by about a day. The researchers said the benefits of Tamiflu were small and that authorities should consider its side effects before using the drug in healthy people with any flu-like illness, including swine flu. The papers cast doubt not only on how safe and effective Tamiflu is, but on the drug regulatory system that approved it. "Governments around the world have spent billions of pounds (dollars) on a drug that the scientific community now finds itself unable to judge." WHO said that while past studies show Tamiflu only has a modest benefit, when patients with severe illness or at risk of complications are treated early, there are fewer hospitalizations and deaths. Both the British researchers and WHO said there is little evidence to support the widespread use of Tamiflu in otherwise healthy people – precisely the policy Britain has adopted to fight swine flu. In addition to recommending Tamiflu be saved for at-risk groups, WHO recommends Tamiflu only be used on a doctor's recommendation. In Britain, however, Tamiflu is regularly dispensed to healthy people who catch the flu. The drug is given out via a national swine flu hotline by call center workers with no medical training. 
Autopsies show damage to entire airway – In patients who died from novel H1N1 flu, the virus damaged cells throughout the respiratory tract, much as in the 1918 and 1957 pandemics. Of the 34 fatal cases studied, evidence of secondary bacterial infection was seen in more than half. Also, 62% of deaths were among those 25 to 49 years old, 91% had underlying conditions, and 72% were obese.

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
Devotion to Saint Death
By William Booth
The Washington Post
December 6, 2009
MEXICO CITY — On the first day of each month, one of the most unusual religious congregations in Mexico gathers here at Alfareria Street in a tough barrio that even aspiring outlaws regard as a place to watch your back. In the late afternoon, thousands of acolytes arrive in the Tepito neighborhood, home to the wildest black market in Mexico, where truckloads of pirated goods — from bootlegged Disney DVDs to stolen vials of swine flu vaccine — are trafficked in back alleys where police fear to go, and God help the unwary. So perhaps it makes sense that they come here cradling portable altars bearing a statute of a female skeleton, often sporting a Barbie wig and wrapped in a sequined gown — a specter the Lonely Planet guide says bears "an eerie resemblance to Mrs. Bates from the film Psycho" — a sexualized grim reaper wielding a scythe in one hand and a globe in the other. The icon represents one of the most popular cults in Mexico: Santa Muerte, or Saint Death.
The power of prayer
The Economist 
by Lexington
Nov 23rd 2009
CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS, who don't believe in conventional medicine, are nonetheless keen to grab some of the cash the government will soon be splurging on health reform. Church leaders want health insurers to reimburse "spiritual health" practitioners who pray for the sick, reports the Washington Post.  A proposal to that effect was stripped out of the House health bill, but the Church is lobbying to have it re-inserted into the Senate version.  Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, taught that sickness is a delusion. Rather than consulting a doctor when you are ill, you should pray, she advised. Her modern-day followers sometimes take this literally.
Exclusive: Soldiers of Allah – Preying on Innocent Targets in Their Quest for Jihad
Renee Taylor
Family Security Matters
December 4, 2009
The massacre of four police officers in Lakewood, Washington, by Maurice Clemmons, comes less than six months after Arkansas experienced the horrific drive-by shooting that killed one soldier and wounded another in front of an Army recruiting center in Little Rock. Clemmons’ ties to Arkansas have been well-publicized in the days since the murders. Clemmons, a former inmate at the Cummins prison in Grady, Arkansas, had a history of violent criminal behavior. His sentence was commuted by then-governor, Mike Huckabee, who has had much to answer for. Huckabee’s record of pardons is deplorable and that, added to the “catch and release” system that allows violent criminals ample opportunity to continue to terrorize, murder and maim, should cause law makers to take yet another look at both the pardon system and the laws that allow career criminals like Clemmons to go free.
Joanna Krupa criticized for 'inappropriate' religious PETA ad
USA Today
Dec 02, 2009
Joanna Krupa and her new, sexy-religious PETA ad is causing a stir – especially among Catholics.  Yesterday, The Playboy cover girl and Dancing With the Stars competitor led a PETA protest today outside Barkworks, a Los Angeles pet store that sells puppies, even though hundreds of puppies and dogs remain homeless in city animal shelters. At the protest, Krupa also unveiled the new racy campaign titled "Be an Angel for Animals."
'Sanhedrin': Kill prisoners if Shalit doesn't return
Kobi Nahshoni
"If Gilad Shalit, Heaven forbid, is executed or not returned in peace, prisoners will be executed immediately," ruled the court of the reestablished "Sandhedrin" organization, in a ruling published last week on the backdrop of the negotiations to release the captured Israeli soldier. The rabbis even recommended that Israel capture senior Palestinian figures – "including ministers, prime ministers, and anyone associated with the enemy's leadership" – as part of the effort to bring Gilad home.

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
The phenomenon of Jews spitting on Christians and their symbols
By Gilad Atzmon
Redress Information & Analysis
1 December 2009
On 26 November the Israeli right-wing paper the Jerusalem Post published an exposé of the growing tendency among Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem to spit on their Christian neighbours. Father Samuel Aghoyan, a senior Armenian Orthodox cleric in Jerusalem's Old City, told the newspaper “that he's been spat at by young Haredi (God-fearing religious Jews) and national Orthodox Jews “about 15 to 20 times” in the past decade”. Father Aghoyan added: "Every single priest in this church has been spat on. It happens day and night." Similarly, Father Athanasius, a Texas-born Franciscan monk who heads the Christian Information Centre in Jerusalem’s Old City, said he's been spat at by Orthodox Jews "about 15 times in the last six months".
Lesbian awarded custody of Christian's only child
By Bob Unruh
December 05, 2009
A Vermont court ordered a Christian child taken away from her mother and given to a lesbian ex-partner, setting up, according to a lawyer for the Christian family, a dispute that the U.S. Supreme Court likely will have to resolve. Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, told WND the recent order from the Vermont judge that Lisa Miller turn over her young daughter, Isabella, to the lesbian ex-partner, Janet Jenkins, on New Year's Day is being appealed. In the interim, a separate court hearing on the dispute is scheduled to be heard in a Virginia court during this coming week.
Teachers forced to 'hide in closets' to pray
By Chelsea Schilling
December 10, 2009
Florida school teachers say they are being forced to hide in closets to pray after a controversial court ruling. Under an order crafted by the ACLU, school employees in Santa Rosa School District must act in an "official capacity" whenever they are at a "school event" – including breaks, after-school events on or off campus and private events held on campus. Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit law firm, alongside Christian Educators Association International, is seeking to overturn the court order, which has resulted in three school officials being charged with contempt.
Satan's handiwork: Goon torches Glory of Christ Church in Bronx after leaving signs of devil worship
BY Tanyanika Samuels, Jonathan Lemire and John Lauinger
December 10th 2009 
A Satan-loving arsonist on Wednesday torched a Bronx church that had opened a soup kitchen with a generous donation from late Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer. The charred sanctuary of Glory of Christ Church bore tell-tale signs of arson – and the pyscho firestarter even defaced the walls with signs of devil worship. A pentagram, "666" and "Hail to Satan" were spray-painted on the walls, along with, "We hate Jews and Christians" and "GET OFF OUR BLOCK."
30 Faith Mission members arrested, jailed
By Michael Carl
December 10, 2009
The Eritrean government has arrested and detained 30 elderly Christian women who are members of the Faith Mission Church, a group started by the Methodist Church in Africa. The women are being held without charge by the district office of the federal security service. International Christian Concern's Jonathan Racho says the arrests are part of a pattern of oppression. "Eritrea has been cracking down on evangelical Christians and the government has already imprisoned other evangelical Christians. These women are just added on to the other evangelical Christians the government has thrown into prison," Racho explained.
30 Faith Mission members arrested, jailed
By Michael Carl
December 10, 2009
The Eritrean government has arrested and detained 30 elderly Christian women who are members of the Faith Mission Church, a group started by the Methodist Church in Africa. The women are being held without charge by the district office of the federal security service. International Christian Concern's Jonathan Racho says the arrests are part of a pattern of oppression. "Eritrea has been cracking down on evangelical Christians and the government has already imprisoned other evangelical Christians. These women are just added on to the other evangelical Christians the government has thrown into prison," Racho explained.

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