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I will not quit, I will not submit, I will not surrender. I offer my mind, soul, and body as a pledge in this great war. We will win, so help us God.
November 25th, 2008
Dear Friend of the Persecuted Church,
This has been the worst year on record in the Darfur genocide.
More than 300,000 new internal refugees have been created by government-sponsored violence and destruction. We have been told this month that at least 20,000 of this number are headed to the PPF refugee community in Jach, on the Darfur border.
Government-sponsored violence is not just targeted at refugees. According to the UN, there were 234 humanitarian vehicles hijacked as of October 2008. One hundred and eighty three humanitarians have been kidnapped, and 153 humanitarian compounds have been assaulted or destroyed. Eleven aid workers have been killed this year alone.
President Omar el Bashir continues to thwart all efforts for peace while paying lip service, at most, to the international community.
For example, Bashir prevented 5,000 tons of sugar from being distributed in Darfur. Sugar is an essential ingredient in Unimix, one of the main dietary supplements for the Darfur people. Leaving out sugar from Unimix is like leaving yeast out of a bread recipe.
The radical government in Khartoum has endangered relief flights to Darfur by disguising its military aircraft to look like UN planes. Many aid groups have simply closed shop and left because security conditions are so bad.
Last week the Sudanese government purchased 12 new Russian Mig-29s, no doubt designed to either further prosecute the war in Darfur, or to help start a new one in Southern Sudan.
But I am not writing you to complain. I’m writing to ask for your help.
A week from now, I leave for Africa again and I have an urgent request before I go.
Every December, PPF leads a Christmas outreach to Christian and Moslem refugees in the Darfur refugee community of Jach.
Right now, our warehouse in Loki, Kenya, contains food, shelter tarps, mosquito nets, medicine, blankets, and other desperately needed relief supplies.
We have chartered a plane to Jach to deliver some of the items. Accompanying us will be pastors and ministry partners who will also deliver the Good News of Jesus Christ to Moslem refugees in the community.
But my only concern is that we need more flights. We have only the funds and supplies right now designated to fill one large relief flight. We want our witness this time of year to show an abundance of love and compassion for our persecuted brethren, and those who are still “afar off” from salvation.
This is our way of telling the persecuted that when times are very hard for them, we work and pray harder!
We want to fund multiple flights in December, filling and emptying our warehouse until the cup overflows! Ours is a God of abundant mercy and goodness. He is not stingy with the good things he gives us— and neither should we be stingy with the gifts we give others.
One flight loaded with relief supplies costs roughly $38,500.
Would you please consider sending an emergency gift today to help us pay for more flights?
And for the sake of time, I really need you to make your gift online if you can at www.persecutionproject.org. That way, the money will be available to us when we reach our base camp in Northern Kenya. As soon as I land, I will check our account, and if sufficient funds are available, I will immediately book more flights.
I know I’m asking a lot. This is the time of year when we all get lots of financial appeals from many worthy groups. And a sluggish economy doesn’t help matters. But I believe this is God’s way of testing us to see if we really believe he will supply all of our needs.
I am writing you precisely because I know God has put the same burden on your heart as he has mine—to be his hands and feet in Sudan.
Will you please help today?
God bless you,
P.S. Our newest field footage has just been put up on YouTube. Click here to visit our medical clinic in Jach and see your gifts and prayers at work among families suffering from malnutrition, cholera, malaria and other diseases. And thank you again for your faithful intercession and generous support!
If and when violence occurs, will the police intervene? Or will they step back and give free reign to the perverts? If Christians defend their families and churches, will the police and media treat it as self defense, or will they call it something else? Time will tell.
My name is Spencer. On the blogosphere, I'm known as Dr. Paleo Ph.D. I'm 20 years old, am a Christian/Creationist, was homeschooled, now being an ADL student.
I believe in war when it is necessary, support gun ownership, am a strict conservative, and am against abortion, homosexuality, feminism, etc. I'm old-fashioned, and still believe in the law of "Women and Children First!" and when a girl is picked on, there really just isn't a better way to tick me off. Personally, I'm planning on entering the field of dinosaur paleontology, and study accordingly. In short, I'm a major all-around science lover, and am interested in topics such as entomology, geology, herpetology, elasmobranchology, and cryptozoology. My interests don't stop there; besides science I'm a die-hard history buff, particularly of the military kind. From the American Civil War (I'm a to-the-death Rebel) and World War 2, to the Ancients and medieval Europe and Asia.
I enjoy reading and collecting non-fiction books, fossils, insects, rocks, knives, Civil War relics, militaria, and military surplus, plus Lego and plastic soldier painting, working out, and martial arts.
Welcome to my blog.
My name is Spencer. I'm 20 years old, a Bible-believing Christian, and I live in California. I am many things. I trust my savior Jesus Christ above all else, and strive to follow Him unceasingly. My soul is that of the warrior's, and I seek to fulfill my duties as such. I am science-minded, and am pursuing a career in dinosaur paleontology.
I am for my God, and His Word, the Holy Bible. I am for the literal six-day interpretation of the Creation account as found in the book of Genesis. I am for my country and its military, and I will give my support to those who defend this nation and its people, even if it means that we are forced to wage war. I am for homeschooling, the rights of parents, the Biblical family, and courtship. I am for the rights of gun owners, and support those who carry. I am for martial arts, and advocate the study of those means necessary to protect the family, the faithful, and the defenseless. I am for the dying ways of chivalry; "Women and Children First!" is a creed well worth dying for. I am for conservatism, and did I mention that I'm also a states' rights Confederate flag-waving Rebel?
This is me.
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Protests in recent days have targeted the Mormon church, which encouraged its members to fight the recently passed amendment banning gay marriage in California.
It is our right to own guns not because the constitution grants us that right (in fact, it doesn't grant us the right, it simply RECOGNIZES the right to bear arms) It is our right because of something much deeper, the Sanctity of Life and the responsibility of men. THAT is what not only allows us to be capable of defending ourselves, but requires us to do so. We are required to defend our families from harm, even if that means death for us. This is a mandate that is primarily directed at the fathers and men.
...The social worker to whom he spoke asked to meet the family. Dr. Smith requested that the meeting be at a neutral site at a time that would minimize interruptions in his busy work schedule at a medical clinic. The social worker refused, and declared she would arrive at the Smith home the next morning to “enter the home and interview the children.”
The social worker also did not have a search warrant, so Mrs. Smith initially refused to let her enter the family home. This prompted the social worker to call for two police officers.
During the first interview, the social worker went so far as to lift up the shirt of the Smiths’ 9-year-old daughter, which greatly embarrassed the girl.
To make matters worse, the social worker had one of the police officers move toward Dr. Smith, and she told the officer to handcuff him so she could remove his children from the home.
She also proceeded to lift the shirts and clothing of each child, even those whom the allegations did not concern.
The social worker found nothing—but said still she wanted the family to “undergo a formal psycho-social assessment.” When the Smiths asked “Why?” the social worker replied, “This is done in all investigations with homeschooled children!”
HSLDA is considering a civil rights suit....
You ask, why should my nominee be the Man of the Year? I'll tell you why.
He may be young, but Dave Higham is a man's man. I met him over two years ago when he was in the Army Rangers, and it was amazing how fast we clicked. We soon became something akin to brothers, sharing intimate thoughts and having deep conversations.
We have similar worldviews, and see eye-to-eye on most everything (the major difference being that Mr. Higham is LDS, or Mormon, and I am Christian).
Dave is tough. He taught me the phrase "Pain is weakness leaving the body!", and shaped my views concerning war and the military. He's as tough as nails, as hard as iron, yet still is good enough to take care of the people around him, and is even what one might call sweet.
Dave is wise. He's like an old sage (wiser than the vast majority of people in general, I would contend), and sometimes when I need advice, I've learned to come to him. You wouldn't believe he's a bit younger than I am; his age is deceiving. I often wonder what on earth his parents did right, or whatever else may have happened to him as a kid, because something was done right. WAY right!
Dave is dutiful. He does what he knows to be right, be it to country, family, or friends. Dave Higham is one of the very best men I have been privileged to know. He stays true to his religion, he takes care of friends and family, does his duty everywhere he goes (army, work, etc.), does his absolute best, and dearly loves his wife. He simply is an amazing man, ordinary, yet at the same time so very extraordinary.
Dave is a true friend. When I need help, I always know I can come to Dave for support, not to mention good ideas to help solve the issue. I can vent and get counsel at the very same time! In fact, currently I am dealing with a very unsettling situation in my own life, and Dave has been helping me throughout the whole thing. In the past, he has helped me get jobs, write my first resume, get a work-out routine going, and more. When I am out-of-place at best, and at worst violently different than most young men these days, Dave is a unimaginable close friend to me; a brother. He has done more for me than I can say. One sees so much of his amazing qualities quickly, and yet so many more lie beneath the surface and become uncovered upon closer acquaintance. There is only so much one can broadcast publicly without going to deep into our own lives, but believe me, there is more. Much, much more!
I recently flew out to Utah to see him and two other friends, and they thus compose the three who I like to call my "Big Three" friends (What can I say? I seem to have this strange love affair with Utah.). While I was there, Dave gave me my first shooting lesson, we got commando-ed-up, man style, for a late night game of hide-and-seek (he in his BDUs and me in black face paint), we stargazed one beautiful night in the desert, and we has some great conversations as well. Beyond the recent vacation we talk all the time, and no, we do not discuss the usual "young people" things. We discuss manly issues. We talk current events, military matters, history, religion, and topics such as martial arts, guns, protecting one’s family, etc. I’ve never known anyone else who thought along the lines of my own brain so much. Bravo, Dave!
Forget the metrosexual word "bromance", this is manly friendship at its best! You know you’ve found a good friend when they challenge you to ascend ever higher and become a better person, or, in this case, a better man. I can attest to the fact that I have been made better for having known this guy. If it hadn’t been for my personal belief in not voting for someone of a different religion than my own, the poll counters just might have beheld a "David Higham" written in for president this past election night! I’ve before thought about his deserved place amongst a few people whom I consider something akin to mentors in my life (albeit in this case it‘s a friendly kind of "mentor").
It is a shame that we live in two different states. But perhaps it's a good thing, at least for Mrs. Higham. If we did live close, I'd be around Dave all the time.
Vote for Dave Higham, for Man of the Year!
Beowulf87 aka Spencer
Campaign Manager, Higham ‘08
"I believe in Dave Higham"
Last night was truly a historic occasion: For only the second time in her adult life, Michelle Obama was proud of her country!
So maybe Obama can now become B. Hussein Obama, his rightful name.
After showing nearly superhuman restraint throughout this campaign, which was lost the night McCain won the California primary, I am now liberated to announce that all I care about is hunting down and punishing every Republican who voted for McCain in the primaries. I have a list and am prepared to produce the names of every person who told me he was voting for McCain to the proper authorities.
For now, we have a new president-elect. In the spirit of reaching across the aisle, we owe it to the Democrats to show their president the exact same kind of respect and loyalty that they have shown our recent Republican president.
Starting tomorrow, if not sooner.
You did it!
You made every sacrifice we asked of you, and more. You gave generously of your financial resources. You waved Yes on 8 signs on street corners. You walked precincts. You telephoned voters. You distributed materials. You talked with your friends, family and colleagues. And you got our supporters to the polls on Election Day.
Because of you, Proposition 8 has been enacted! The final numbers this afternoon from the Secretary of State’s office show that Prop 8 was adopted by a margin of 52.5% Yes to 47.5% No. We racked up a 504,479 vote victory!
This is a great day for marriage. The people of California stood up for traditional marriage and reclaimed this great institution. We are gratified that voters chose to protect traditional marriage and to enshrine its importance in the state constitution.
The Yes on Proposition 8 campaign has been the single largest, most powerful grassroots movement in the history of American ballot initiative campaigns. We raised approximately $40 million from over 70,000 individual contributors. We recruited the active support of over 100,000 volunteers who gave tirelessly of their time and energies to our cause. You, our dedicated volunteers, visited millions of homes, made millions of phone calls, distributed over one million yard signs and displayed one million bumper strips. The silent majority is alive and well in California, and you have spoken!
Proposition 8 has always been about restoring the traditional definition of marriage. It doesn’t discriminate or take rights away from anyone. Gay and lesbian domestic partnerships will continue to enjoy the same legal rights as married spouses. Proposition 8 doesn’t change that.
Unfortunately, our opponents have already shown that they have no intention of respecting the vote of the People. According to media reports, they have filed three lawsuits today seeking to invalidate Proposition 8. Rest assured that our coalition will vigorously defend the People’s decision to enact Prop. 8. We will write more later with an update on legal activity to uphold Prop. 8.
When we look back on the historic victory we have won for traditional marriage, the pivotal day in this campaign was Thursday, October 23rd. That was the day we learned that our opponents were outspending us on television by $7 million over a one week period of time to air a television commercial designed to undercut our warning to voters that gay marriage would be taught to children in public schools unless Proposition 8 was enacted. Our campaign was being swamped with spending from our opponents. Voters were seeing No on 8 ads two to three times more often than they saw our Yes ads.
The situation was so dire I issued an email titled “Code Blue for Marriage,” and pleaded with you to respond to save the institution of marriage. And respond you did! Your generous financial contributions allowed our campaign to pump millions of dollars into additional advertising in the final days of the campaign. That additional advertising, combined with the heroic get-out-the-vote efforts of our volunteer army, is what made the difference. All of us can now look back with pride on that day, October 23rd, when the institution of marriage needed us most and know that we rose to the challenge.
May God bless you for your incredible efforts in passing Proposition 8 and enshrining the magnificent institution of traditional marriage in California’s constitution. Words cannot express our gratitude for the sacrifices you have made.
ProtectMarriage.com - Yes on 8