My first time experience with alcohol ("What is Alcohol" by Teen Challenge) was trying some wine with the permission by my dad during a wedding. Of course, my parents didn�t let me have all of it, but a sip! Another was when it was New Years�s Eve and we (my siblings) had a chance to try a �sip� to celebrate. In the Philippines, there is no drinking age limit, which from my perspective-the people there do not abuse it as we do in the U.S.
My experience with alcohol greatly increased through peer pressure at parties during high school, college, and after. In high school, I would drink a little, but not too much to get crazy as the others were in the party. Looking at others and my educational experience (AAA ?), I wasn�t attractive to the whole alcohol party scene. When I drank just some at one party in high school, I didn�t feel good the next morning. That was my first real �hands on experience�, which has made it easier to tell people why should I drink?
...on alcohol for personal and social reasons. Personally, I wanted to know what God says about alcohol. Also, I wanted to be ready (�be prepared in season and out of season�-2 Timoty 4:2) to give an answer to my friends, peers, or even close ones that challenges (not me), but God through His written Word! For example, the most frequent question I get is, �Jesus drank wine, so can we, right?�. Yes, we can, but not abuse it with over consumption or excessive amount like with any other physical substance (e.g. food-gluttony, alcohol-alcoholic, etc�)One verse that sticks out (after having a social outing with some alcohol with friends recently) is ��offer your bodies as living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God� (Romans 12:1).
I can write a whole book on my years with alcoholics (neighbor, living situation, friends, etc�). For confidential reasons, I will be vague as possible: I�ve seen what alcohol can do to people, and it not only affects that person (e.g. physical, social, and spiritual-health), but also the people around them (e.g. household members, family, friends, etc�). It really ruins the environment they are in. That is why I avoid places where people drink irresponsibly. Also, it affects generations. For example, alcohol can affect pregnant woman by causing birth defects (e.g. down syndrome, mentally/physically disabled). PLEASE-if you won�t do it for yourself, do it for your children! I�ve seen the effects with the children in the past, today, and in the future!
Jesus Drank Wine and There are Health Benefits!
Yes, there are some health benefits, but only if your are over 40...Health Benefits, from therightmix.gov.au
Also, it depends on the individual according to Maggie Rosen ("Evidence grows about benefits of moderate drinking") from Boston Globe..."And drinking is obviously not for everyone. Doctors and researchers agree that anyone with a previous history of abuse, a dislike for alcohol, contrary religious beliefs, or who is on medication that is incompatible with alcohol should not drink.
Different people respond to alcohol differently. A recent study out of Tufts University suggests that for people with certain genetic mutations, alcohol consumption may actually boost their bad cholesterol instead of the good, potentially making them sicker instead of healthier."
"On Thursday night, November 1, during a routine traffic violation stop, officers in Morris pulled over a visibly inebriated man. Officers allege the twenty-seven year old man, T___ C___ N__, fled the stop in his motor vehicle before crashing into a light pole. His flight ended in the side of a residence at 110 East 4th St., the home of eighty year old Mary K___. Nelson’s crash caused significant damage to the residence. Stevens County Attorney Aaron Jordan says Nelson, “hit with enough force to cause cracking to her walls on the inside of the residence.”
Jordan continues: “Nelson fled on foot and was later found hiding in a closet in the home of an acquaintance. He was taken to the hospital for his own injuries. He apparently then fled from the hospital on foot and was again apprehended.”
Nelson will likely face several felony charges, including Fleeing in a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Damage to Property, and Second Degree DWI. He will also likely be charged with several other misdemeanors.
Nelson, who is from northern Minnesota’s Koochiching County, has two previous DWI convictions, one in 2004 and a second in 2008.
"A 21-year-old man is dead after a night of drinking at a party for his cousin's birthday.
Police said Peter Sand was in St. Paul Monday to celebrate his cousin's 21st birthday. After touring some bars, police said the party ended up at a residence east of Hamline University.
Neighbor Steve Hartman told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he could hear the party.
"That�s what they do. This is a college neighborhood and you just have to expect that," he said.
But Hartman knew something was very wrong when he looked outside the next morning.
"It�s pretty devastating�to have the neighbors have to watch [Sand] pulled out on a gurney into a hearse," Hartman said.
Sand was a 2005 graduate of Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School. Despite the circumstances of his death, the school�s principal said Sand was a great kid and a good student.
The Ramsey County Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
A spokesman said they're still awaiting toxicology results and it could be two months before they have an official cause of death.
"It�s really sad that the kid had to die. But people should take advantage of this and look at it as a learning tool rather than a joke, because it's not a joke," Hartman explained.
Three Minnesota college student have died from binge drinking in the last year. Nursing student Amanda Jax died celebrating her 21st birthday in Mankato last October. Her blood alcohol level was 0.46.
In December, 20-year-old Jenna Foellmi, a Winona State student, died from alcohol poisoning after a night of heavy drinking.
Early this year, 20-year-old Brian Threet was found dead in his St. Cloud apartment. An autopsy showed he died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol."
"I've had a two different times of college students knock on my door wondering if I was having a party. Another time when some drunk people tried to get in..so lock your doors! Another time, one stole my bike, which is why I lock it in my garage now. another time, one got drunk and messed my landscaping bricks because they couldn't walk. Another time, I saw one going to the bathroom by that tree in my front yard. When I first moved in 2006, the house across your street had 3 squad cars and got busted for a huge party, which they never had one ever since. "-Anonymous (Landlord-sharing experience with neighbor that just moved in after she shared about 2 college drunk guys messed-up her yard the other night-Thursday, November 2nd 2012) on a college neighborhood
Bridget Shares a Personal Story Part 1 of 3
"Growing up in a reservation (see Native/Indian) in Canada and getting out to sharing the Good News. This is the first of three parts of her amazing story from drunkness to sharing the goodness of what God can do to deliver others from this addiction."
"...According to court papers, Sontoya and Romo drank several beers at Fern's Bar in St. Paul on the evening of Sept. 29, 2008 before going back to Sontoya's residence, also in St. Paul, early in the morning on Sept. 30.
Sontoya said the two had consensual sex. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner said Romo bled to death after being sexually assaulted, suffering traumatic injuries to her internal and external organs.
Sontoya called police around 7 a.m., after he woke up and found Romo unconscious. He called his brother, a Ramsey County correctional officer first, who advised him to call police. When officers arrived, they found Romo's body lying on the carpet in the bedroom. She was wearing only underwear, two socks and one shoe...
MARSHALL, Minn. (WCCO) – A Minnesota college basketball coach was critically injured in a weekend crash, which took the life of his 5-month-old son.
Brad Bigler is currently in a South Dakota hospital, suffering from several broken ribs, an injured shoulder blade and a collapsed lung. He’s also grieving for his 5-month-old baby boy, Drake, who died.
Bigler’s wife, Heather, and her grandmother were also hurt in the crash. His two other children were in another car and were not injured.
The crash happened on Highway 29 and County Road 41 near Starbuck in western Minnesota. The family was on the way to a relative’s cabin.
State patrol troopers arrested 38-year-old Dana Schoen of Starbuck. They say alcohol was detected in his system, and it’s expected as a factor in the crash.
Under Brad Bigler’s direction, the Southwest Minnesota State University men’s team won the conference tournament last season.
Athletic director Chris Hmielewski saw Brad in a Sioux Falls hospital on Monday morning.
“We had a great conversation. There was obviously lots of tears,” said Hmielewski.
Five-month-old Drake Bigler died shortly upon arriving at the hospital.
“I believe he made it to the hospital and passed away in Heather’s arms,” said Hmielewski.
It was a goodbye the Bigler family never imagined. While on Highway 29 near Starbuck, an oncoming truck crossed the center lane. Heather tried to swerve to avoid it.
“And then as Heather recalls it, you know, it turned right back in to them. And she recalls going 55 mph, and there wasn’t time to break,” he said.
The Bigler’s car rolled. Heather suffered minor injuries, but her grandmother was critically hurt.
“Fortunately, the Bigler family has great faith and great friends and great family, you know, and has some communities here, both at SMSU and in the Marshall community to support them,” he said.
"TWO HARBORS, Minn. (AP) - It was a Sunday during Advent, and inside a small pub a few blocks up from the north shore of Lake Superior, 17 people gathered around four bar-top tables shoved into a ring.
Betsy Nelson, the bar's cook, lit two candles with a cigarette lighter as Addison Houle strapped on an acoustic guitar and sang a slightly off-key rendition of "We Three Kings." Curt "Fish" Anderson sipped a beer as TVs overhead flickered with NFL pregame shows.
"Father, thank you for this time we can share on Sunday morning with new friends," prayed Chris Fletcher, an emergency medical technician, part-time bartender and seminary student who has led this service every Sunday morning at Dunnigan's Pub & Grub since last summer. "We're getting to know you, and getting to know each other better."
Spending Sunday mornings in a bar sounds like an activity for those running from God. For this small group in a watering hole in Twin Harbors, about 160 miles northeast of Minneapolis, it's about chasing God. It's one unconventional place of worship around the country fostered by an evangelical movement known as "the emerging church."
"I feel closer to God here than I do at a conventional church," said Nelson, 56, a lifelong churchgoer who until recently could be found every Sunday morning in the pews at First Baptist Church nearby. "Jesus said we're supposed to be a light to the world. What better place to do that than at a bar?"
After the opening prayer, Fletcher read a brief passage from the Bible before opening the floor to a group discussion. Gene Shank, a 68-year-old retired police officer making his first visit after reading a notice Fletcher put in the local newspaper, confessed to a bit of discomfort.
"I'm a reality person, and I'm finding a little too much established religion here to be honest," Shank said. "I believe, I pray - but I don't like structured religion."
Fletcher responded that, while he wants to be as informal as possible, the main goal is still "creating an open space for Jesus to come into our lives, then he does the transforming work."
He quickly adds that anyone who questions the way he's running the service has come to the right place.
"We're all messed up," he said. "We're all screwed up some way."
Fletcher, a stocky, balding 43-year-old with a bristly goatee, is his own first example. The native of Sudbury, Ontario, grew up in the Worldwide Church of God, a small evangelical sect he described as "almost cult-like." He left religion behind as a young man, but was drawn back as he was hitting 40 and experiencing a series of personal crises: the death of a close friend in an auto accident and the dissolution of his marriage.
Last spring, Fletcher was accepted in Bethel Seminary in St. Paul; he now commutes 150 miles south one to two times a week for classes. Initially he intended to incorporate work as a chaplain into his job working with an ambulance crew, but as he began his seminary studies he found common ground with a recent wave of evangelical thinkers including Brian McLaren and Shane Claiborne.
McLaren and Claiborne have criticized some of Christianity's more conservative traditions as they try to attract people disinterested in traditional Sunday attendance - in particular, younger people.
"I don't feel welcome in a regular church," said Kayla Edwards, 25, who has been to most of Fletcher's Sunday gatherings.
"A lot of churches, I feel judged. Here, I feel welcome - it's laid back, you can say what you want and no one will be disgusted."
One Saturday night a few months ago, Fletcher was having a drink at Dunnigan's when a stranger approached and asked to talk. She shared some personal problems and as Fletcher lent a sympathetic ear, and an idea was born. Six months later, Sunday attendance at what Fletcher calls "Bar Church" ("For those who are thirsty" reads a poster on the wall in Dunnigan's) has grown to as many as 25 people.
Lately, Fletcher said, strangers have regularly been approaching him around town in search of guidance, or just someone who will listen. "They'll say, you're that bar pastor," Fletcher said.
Fletcher wasn't the first student of the emerging church to hold a weekly service in a tavern, nightclub or other such establishment. Such gatherings have popped up around the country in recent years, as well as "home churches" that serve much the same purpose. While it might seem perverse, Fletcher said he likes the message it sends to worship Jesus in a place where alcohol is served.
"I often find the people in the bar are a lot more authentic than people in the church," Fletcher said. "If Jesus was in Two Harbors, he'd want to be with the people in the bar. He'd probably get kicked out of the church."
The Rev. Scott Nelson, pastor at First Baptist Church Two Harbors - which Fletcher himself attended before his new venture - is happy to see Fletcher reach people unlikely to set foot in a traditional church. But he's concerned by the linking of Christian worship and alcohol.
"For me personally, I have seen so many marriages and families fractured by alcohol," Nelson said. "In moderation, there's nothing wrong with wine with dinner or a beer at a football game.
But it's such a problem for so many, and that's a line I don't know if I want to see blurred."
Fletcher himself is no teetotaler, but he doesn't drink during the Sunday morning service. Most of the participants usually choose coffee, but alcohol isn't forbidden: at this particular gathering, Anderson - a local resort employee and a musician - downed a couple brews as Fletcher preached.
"It's kind of nice to go to church and have a couple," said Anderson, attending for the first time. "I'm not exactly a churchgoer." Anderson, who grew up Roman Catholic, said he realized the church wasn't for him the day he wore a Ted Nugent T-shirt to Mass and was reprimanded by the priest.
"This ain't bad compared to that," Anderson said. Fletcher isn't sure how long he'll continue the Sunday gatherings.
"There's no five-year plan, there's not even a five-minute plan," he said.
As the service on this Sunday wrapped up, he solicited prayers from the group - for sick relatives, suffering friends, and from Anderson, a prayer for the Minnesota Vikings. Then Fletcher wrapped it up.
"Let's pray," he said. "Then we can eat."
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)"
*Note: A friend of mine has been through this program. I first heard of this ministry after they sent a group to a local church service I attended in Morris to perform and shared several awesome testimonies.
"STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) ―
A former girls hockey coach at Park High School in Cottage Grove is accused of giving alcohol to two former players and having sex with them.
Eric Patrick Darwitz, 31, of Oakdale, was charged Thursday with two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct by a person of authority. The alleged incident was in 2006, when the girls were 16, shortly after Darwitz had quit working at Park....
" A liquor store clerk who sold booze to a teenager is headed to jail. Rocky Vue never checked for identification when he sold a 19-year-old a bottle of Southern Comfort and four 40s. The teenager later got in a car, ran a red light and killed Rebecca Yacob just a few blocks from her home...
Police arrested the truck's driver, 19-year-old Logan McFarland. At the time of the crash his blood-alcohol level was .20, which is more than twice the legal limit.
Earlier this year McFarland was sentenced to more than four years in prison. Now, the man who sold him the alcohol is going to jail too.
"This is unusual. We seldom get a jail term in connection with a case like this involving sales of alcohol to minors or underage adults," said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.
On Monday afternoon, a judge sentenced Vue to three months in jail. Prosecutors said he knew McFarland was underage, but still sold him alcohol numerous times at Starz Liquor Store in Inver Grove Heights."
"...Police say they might never know exactly what happened inside Corner Bar that night. Witnesses told them two groups of men were drinking and exchanged words inside the bar. A criminal complaint states when they went outside, witnesses saw Baker with his hand up defensively. Reportedly, Toumisto hit him once in the jaw and Baker fell back smacking his head on the cement...
31 The sayings of King Lemuel—an inspired utterance his mother taught him.
2 Listen, my son! Listen, son of my womb!
Listen, my son, the answer to my prayers!
3 Do not spend your strength[a] on women,
your vigor on those who ruin kings.
4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more.
8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy. "
"Centuries without exposure to war or epidemic diseases led to the developmental inequalities which caused the downfall and conquest of the Native American Indians at the hands of the European settlers...
From 1778 to 1871, the U.S. federal government tried to resolve its relationship with the various native tribes by negotiating treaties. In each of hundreds of treaties that were negotiated, these were formal agreements between two sovereign nations. So Native American people were citizens of their tribe, living within the boundaries of the U.S. The treaties were negotiated by the executive branch on behalf of the president and ratified by the U.S. Senate. The native tribes would give up their rights to hunt and live on huge parcels of land that they had inhabited in exchange for trade goods, yearly cash annuity payments, and assurances that no further demands would be made on them. Most often, part of the land would be "reserved" exclusively for the tribe's use.
" David Arnold/Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA/NASA
The former NSA/CIA employee who leaked documents about several invasive government spying programs, Edward Snowden has had growing doubts about the government for a long time, according to a interview in the Guardian.
One "formative" incident occurred around 2007, when the young technical analyst was working for the CIA under diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland.
It involved a Swiss banker, as described in the Guardian:
CIA operatives were attempting to recruit a Swiss banker to obtain secret banking information. Snowden said they achieved this by purposely getting the banker drunk and encouraging him to drive home in his car. When the banker was arrested for drunk driving, the undercover agent seeking to befriend him offered to help, and a bond was formed that led to successful recruitment.
"Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world," he says. "I realised that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good."
Snowden says he thought about leaking government documents during his CIA stint in Geneva but refrained for fear that these secrets could endanger people, not machines and systems, and because he was hopeful about the election of Barack Obama.
Six years later, Snowden couldn't take it anymore." Edward Snowden's Motive Revealed: He Can 'Sleep at Night'
By Matthew Cole, Richard Esposito, Bill Dedman and Mark Schone "Snowden walked out of the NSA with tens of thousands of documents on thumb drives, documents that he says he has released to journalists. These documents disclosed the global reach of U.S. intelligence, including descriptions of government surveillance of U.S. telephone and email records, tapping of undersea fiber-optic cables carrying internet traffic, and accessing Yahoo and Google’s internal user data without either company’s knowledge. ...
Government overreach after Sept. 11
While September 11 is often cited as a justification of the surveillance programs he has disclosed, Snowden said the government has exploited the terror threat to go beyond its authority. He described his reactions to the terror attack, as a son of a veteran and a grandson of a Coast Guard rear admiral who became a senior official with the FBI.
"I've never told anybody this. No journalist. But I was on Fort Meade on September 11th," he said, as an 18-year-old working for someone who lived on base. "I was right outside the NSA. ... So I remember — I remember the tension that day. I remember hearing on the radio the planes hitting. And I remember thinking my grandfather, who worked for the F.B.I. at the time — was in the Pentagon when the plane hit it. I take the threat of s — terrorism seriously. And I think we all do. And I think it's really disingenuous for — for the government to invoke — and sort of scandalize our memories, to sort of exploit the — the national trauma that we all suffered together and worked so hard to come through to justify programs that have never been shown to keep us safe, but cost us liberties and freedoms that we don't need to give up and our Constitution says we should not give up."
"Fried or Fatty Foods
Although eating fried or fatty foods the morning after will probably only irritate a drinker's stomach further, eating them before drinking can actually be helpful. Putting anything in the stomach prior to indulging in alcohol helps prevent a hangover, but fatty foods in particular stick to the stomach lining longer and therefore slow down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. While that might make it take longer to feel the alcohol's effects, it also gives the body more time to process the byproducts and will increase a drinker's chances of feeling decent in the morning. So much so, in fact, that a Mediterranean folk tactic is to take a spoonful of olive oil before drinking alcohol. Eating lighter food such as a fruit smoothie will provide energy and alleviate some symptoms by replenishing the electrolytes the body lost from dehydration.
FACT - Prevention
FICTION - Remedy
Eating eggs the morning after provides energy like any other food, which is the primary benefit. But eggs do also contain large amounts of cysteine, the substance that breaks down the hangover-causing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver's easily depleted glutathione. Therefore, eggs can potentially help mop up the left-over toxins.
FACT - Remedy
Eating bananas the morning after a night of heavy drinking provides lost electrolytes like any food would, but it also specifically replenishes the potassium lost to alcohol's diuretic effect. Other potassium-rich foods such as kiwi fruit or sports drinks work just as well.
FACT - Remedy
Replenishing the body's water supply after a night of drinking combats dehydration, and it also helps dilute the leftover byproducts in the stomach. Adding salt and sugar to water helps replace the sodium and glycogen lost the night before. Non-caffeinated, non-carbonated sports drinks can achieve the same effect.
As a prevention method, drinking a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage slows down drinking, providing more time for the body to deal with the alcohol (the body can only process about three-quarters of an ounce of alcohol in an hour). Drinking a few glasses of water before going to bed helps fight dehydration after the body finishes breaking down the alcohol.
FACT - Prevention and Remedy
The fructose -- fruit sugar -- in fruit juice helps to naturally increase the body's energy. Studies have proven that it also increases the rate at which the body gets rid of toxins such as those left over from alcohol metabolism. Fruit juice is also a good idea the morning after because it's high in vitamins and nutrients that were depleted the night before because of alcohol's diuretic effect. Vitamin supplements high in vitamins C and B are also effective.
FACT - Remedy
Effects of Alcohol
"i made this video for a class in college, it is for anyone who wants to know the effects of alcohol use and abuse"
Excessive drinking can cause a variety of health problems. This index explores a wide range of the health effects of alcohol from fetal alcohol syndrome to alcholism in the elderly....
Alcohol Liver Disease (40) Nutrition and Alcohol (12) Brain Damage and Alcohol (49) Nicotine and Alcohol (17) Alcohol and Cancer Risk (22) Sex and Alcohol (5) AIDS and Substance Abuse (13) Elderly and Alcohol (16) Diabetes and Alcohol (6) Withdrawal Symptoms @
"Negative effects of habitual alcohol use on physical health can include: Liver problems that could eventually kill the person if the drinking continues, stomach problems, diabetes, aging 10 times faster than normal, high blood pressure, and gout.
The occasional drink is fine and even getting "tipsy" at the odd party, but if one drinks on a daily basis then time catches up. While young it doesn't seem like a big deal, but hitting the peak of 40 and up, a person who drinks too much is really out of shape (bloating and flabby) and isn't attractive at all. Some men and women have a red face or nose from too much drinking.
Almost anything in moderation is OK, if you can be moderate in your drinking. "
"The role of alcohol in crime victimization
About 1 million violent crimes occurred in 2002 in which victims perceived the offender to have been drinking at the time of the offense. Among those victims who provided information about the offender's use of alcohol, about 30% of the victimizations involved an offender who had been drinking.
Two-thirds of victims who suffered violence by an intimate (a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend) reported that alcohol had been a factor. Among spouse victims, 3 out of 4 incidents were reported to have involved an offender who had been drinking. By contrast, an estimated 31% of stranger victimizations where the victim could determine the absence or presence of alcohol were perceived to be alcohol-related.
For about 1 in 5 violent victimizations involving perceived alcohol use by the offender, victims also reported they believed the offender to have been using drugs as well.
"Singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp tried other religions, destructive relationships and alcohol in a futile attempt to find happiness. At the end of her rope, Jennifer became curious about the quiet lives of the Christians around her. Accepting the peace of Christ, she was able to escape her harmful lifestyle and find purpose"
Man Set Free From Alcohol On The Streets!
"Street Talk Ministries - Peg and Jordan share an awesome testimony of a man who was instantaneously set free from alcohol on the Streets!!! www.StreetTalkMilwaukee.com"
Pastor Rick Fathers Day Testimony
"Pastor Rick Casto, Director of the Teen Challenge Christian Life Ranch gives a testimony on Fathers Day 6-17-07. "
*see GoodnewsUSA: Arizona
....adopted-Guatemalan, who lived with me from 2001-2003 asked me recently (10/21/04) for help. Particularly is praying for $ support for a ministry he's getting helped at in Atlanta, GA for this rehab ministry (called "Blood & Fire"-picture of Juan!) opportunity given by a Burnsville church connection with Lake Community Church in Alexandria. If you would like to be an answer to this prayer through financially, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject: RE: Sal-Friend of Juan: Support?
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2004 13:10:55 -0500
So good to hear from you � are you freezing yet?
Juan is doing great and I really appreciate your prayers�they make a TREMENDOUS difference!!!
We do have quite a few needs around here. I am including them. Please let me know if you have any questions about the needs or BnF in general.
Make sure you look us up on the web @ bloodnfire.com
THANKS AND KEEP PRAYING!!! IT MEANS SO VERY MUCH TO US!!!
Much Love and Many Blessings,
From : Juan Jose
Sent : Tuesday, January 24, 2006 9:04 PM
"I am currently living in New Orleans and came here bc God asked me to come and serve the homless and the hurting.Blood-N-Fire Vision is to Rebuilding Cities back together again.I have no job now bc God said the American Dream has to die so I am being obedient and serveing God.I am the Cook for Blood-N-Fire I cook on Pit that is 30ft long and cook for about a 1,000 ppl a day I have the responsability of pulling food out for the next day and deciding on what we have daily.I am put in a leadership position about a month ago.Please pray for me bc this is much harder than expected,I get alot of pressure and get stressed out fast and have made a few bad choices but I keep perserving.Pray that God gives me strength to fight and not give up.I hope out of this it all made sence bc this is the first time I have ever did this New Letter
thing before.If any of u all are interested in coming down here to help Please call me at 404-457-9783 and ask for me.
So I am wondering if any of u would like to support me monthly why I am here in New Orleans bc while we are here we want to do things as as family(Blood-N-Fire)Like go out to eat go to a movie go bowling.If any of u feel like God wants u to support me monthly that would be great 20 dollars a month or more anything.Thanks again for ur prayers and Support.
P:S:I have a few Needs that are very Important to me.
1.Lap Top computer
I think thats it,the Lap top bc when I am the cook I need to have things in order and write it down and I lose my paper and if I cna put it on a compter and store my information on it,would make things easyer.Bc some days we serve 800 so 1000 less of more depends on the day and the week and I need to put it on a computer so I can go back and see how many boxes I pulled out for that day we did 800,my Leader Jerome Herring wants me to put this info on papaer but like I said paper u lose and I would feel more organized if I had the Lap Top,plus I could use it to use Internet and keep u all informed on whats up.If I dont have a computer I cant check in everday to let any of u know whats up.Just a thought,I am useing a friends computer now they are leaving in 7 days and there from Canada and they have been here for 6 weeks.Thanks friends family for reading this.Juan ose',If I have any more things all send out another letter.I encourage u to keep in touch with me bc I am at the heart of where it all happened.
Could u possibly send me bottles of Ketchup or just money for it thanks Juan,God will bless u Big if u do that.
Currently serving the Lord with Blood N' Fire with the clean-up in Louisiana post Hurricaine Katrina 05'
5708 Airline Hwy;
Metairie, LA 70003
Shepherd's View, son of alcholic father is now head of Hope In Christ Ministry
Billy Schneider - Straight Talk
"Billy Schneider speaking to teenagers across the United States about the dangers and consequences of smoking, drugs, alcohol and more. Sharing from personal, painful experiences, he gave this series of talks as someone who had contracted full-blown AIDS, cancer, etc. He challenges them to make right choices"
"4 It is not for kings, Lemuel—
it is not for kings to drink wine,
not for rulers to crave beer,
5 lest they drink and forget what has been decreed,
and deprive all the oppressed of their rights.
6 Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
7 Let them drink and forget their poverty
and remember their misery no more. "-Proverbs 31
Above are some resources I�ve gathered based on my experience with this issue so far. I�m no expert on this issue, but a concerned fellow brother/friend/neighbor in Christ!
Please feel free to contact me of any questions, comments/complaints, suggestions, testimonies/shares, or prayer requests concerning this issue too.
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"GENEVA (Reuters) – Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday.
Rising incomes have triggered more drinking in heavily populated countries in Africa and Asia, including India and South Africa, and binge drinking is a problem in many developed countries, the United Nations agency said.
Yet alcohol control policies are weak and remain a low priority for most governments despite drinking's heavy toll on society from road accidents, violence, disease, child neglect and job absenteeism, it said.
Approximately 2.5 million people die each year from alcohol related causes, the WHO said in its "Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health."
"The harmful use of alcohol is especially fatal for younger age groups and alcohol is the world's leading risk factor for death among males aged 15-59," the report found.
In Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), every fifth death is due to harmful drinking, the highest rate.
Binge drinking, which often leads to risky behavior, is now prevalent in Brazil, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Ukraine, and rising elsewhere, according to the WHO.
"Worldwide, about 11 percent of drinkers have weekly heavy episodic drinking occasions, with men outnumbering women by four to one. Men consistently engage in hazardous drinking at much higher levels than women in all regions," the report said.
Health ministers from the WHO's 193 member states agreed last May to try to curb binge drinking and other growing forms of excessive alcohol use through higher taxes on alcoholic drinks and tighter marketing restrictions.
DISEASE AND INJURY
Alcohol is a causal factor in 60 types of diseases and injuries, according to WHO's first report on alcohol since 2004.
Its consumption has been linked to cirrhosis of the liver, epilepsy, poisonings, road traffic accidents, violence, and several types of cancer, including cancers of the colorectum, breast, larynx and liver.
"Six or seven years ago we didn't have strong evidence of a causal relationship between drinking and breast cancer. Now we do," Vladimir Poznyak, head of WHO's substance abuse unit who coordinated the report, told Reuters.
Alcohol consumption rates vary greatly, from high levels in developed countries, to the lowest in North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, and southern Asia, whose large Muslim populations often abstain from drinking.
Homemade or illegally produced alcohol -- falling outside governmental controls and tax nets -- accounts for nearly 30 percent of total worldwide adult consumption. Some is toxic.
In France and other European countries with high levels of adult per capita consumption, heavy episodic drinking is rather low, suggesting more regular but moderate drinking patterns.
Light to moderate drinking can have a beneficial impact on heart disease and stroke, according to the WHO. "However, the beneficial cardio-protective effect of drinking disappears with heavy drinking occasions," it said.
One of the most effective ways to curb drinking, especially among young people, is to raise taxes, the report said. Setting age limits for buying and consuming alcohol, and regulating alcohol levels in drivers, also reduce abuse if enforced.
Some countries restrict marketing of alcoholic beverages or on the industry's sponsorship of sporting events.
"Yet not enough countries use these and other effective policy options to prevent death, disease and injury attributable to alcohol consumption," the WHO said.
Alcohol producers including Diageo and Anheuser Busch InBev have said they recognize the importance of industry self-regulation to address alcohol abuse and promote curbs on drunk drinking and illegal underage drinking.
But the brewer SABMiller has warned that policy measures like minimum pricing and high excise taxes on alcohol could cause more public health harm than good by leading more people to drink homemade or illegally produced alcohol.
(Editing by Laura MacInnis and Paul Casciato)
Some of the report's findings:
--Eighty-seven percent of adults who drink had their first drink before age 21.
--The gender gap for drinking is disappearing. Female ninth-graders were just as likely to be drinkers as male ninth-graders.
--Eighty-one percent of high school students have consumed alcohol, compared with 70 percent who have smoked cigarettes and 47 percent who have used marijuana.
--Most teens who experiment with alcohol continue using it. Among high school seniors who had tried alcohol, 91.3 percent still were drinking in the 12th grade.
Source: The New York Times "Underage Drinking in U.S. Is on the Rise", Feb. 26th, 2002.
Australia: The names of the drivers are sent to local newspapers and areprinted under the heading "He's Drunk and in Jail."
Malaya: The driver is jailed; if he's married, his wife is jailed too.
South Africa: A 10-year prison sentence and/or the equivalent of a $10,000 fine.
Turkey: Drunk drivers are taken ten miles from town by the police and forced to walk back under escort.
Norway: Three weeks in jail doing hard labor, and a one-year loss of license. Second offense and license is revoked for life.
Finland and Sweden: Automatic jail for one year doing hard labor.
Costa Rica: Police remove plates from car.
Russia: License revoked for life.
England: One-year suspension of license, a $250 fine, and jail for one year.
France: Three-year loss of license, one year in jail, and a $1,000 fine.
Poland: Jail, fine, and forced to attend political lectures.
Bulgaria: A second conviction results in execution.
El Salvador: This country is unique in that it has absolutely no repeat offenders: drunk driving is punishable by execution by firing squad.
I heard an awesome inspirational story this morning at my local church this morning (Sunday, March 8th of 2008). It was a lady by the name of Bridget Volden, who is 70+ years "young". Here connection with Morris is through her now deceased husband (Bill Volden) 2 years ago this May. She shared her story of how she cried out to God to get rid of her alcoholism. It came during a time of desperation when her husband wanted her out of the house because he was tired coming home to see her drunk.
"Growing up in a reservation in Canada and getting out to sharing the Good News. This is the first of three parts of her amazing story from drunkeness to sharing the goodness of what God can do to deliver others from this addiction. She shared this personal "miracle" testimony at Morris Community Church in Morris, Minnesota on Sunday, March 9th of 2008." "The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer."-Psalm 6:9
"This is the second of three parts " "Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you."-Acts 13
"Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor: He hath sent me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised
"ASSAM, INDIA (ANS) -- Pratul Tanka was surrounded with people who loved Jesus—his wife, Seema, and his parents. He claimed to follow a traditional religion in his state of Assam, India, but all Pratul really loved was alcohol.
No longer a slave to alcohol, Pratul faithfully attends worship services with his wife at the church where GFA missionary Tarun serves as pastor.
Several year ago, Pratul’s parents discovered the saving love of Jesus and began faithfully following Christ. Although Pratul witnessed the positive transformation in their lives, he refused to give up his old habits...
When Pratul saw the power of Jesus through the church’s prayers, he decided to give his life to Christ. No longer a slave to a false religion and alcohol, Pratul joyfully goes to worship the Savior with Seema every Sunday..."
"We take a look back at George Best's life and warn others not to follow this world famous football star to destruction. This video is have also been produced as a gospel tract. News reached us recently that Best got saved prior to death. If this is true, how wonderful for him and his Christian sister who prayed for him for many, many years."
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By BARBARA BEST - More by this author � Last updated at 22:00pm on 24th October 2007 (from dailymail.co.uk) "In May 1963, at the age of 17, he finally signed for Manchester United on �35 a week (equivalent to �520 today).
George's football skills and pop star good looks soon proved an explosive combination. And as his fame increased, his visits back home became less frequent.
When he did come back, our house in Belfast would be besieged by Press and fans. We'd have to sit with the blinds closed to stop people staring in.
And when he took me on the bus into town, people would be looking and nudging each other. I felt a bit embarrassed but at the same time really proud of him.
Although he never got involved in the drug culture that was so prevalent in the 1960s, George's drinking quickly started to spiral out of control.
The pressures on him were enormous, and partying was his way of dealing with it.
I remember going to visit him in 1973, to see a house he'd had built in Cheshire"