Nation ‘has totally collapsed’: ‘We are the only ones who can get things done’
UNITED NATIONS – Informed U.S. State Department sources tell WND that Washington has taken de-facto control of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.
“USAID has now taken control [of Haiti],” said one source. “We [the U.S.] are the only ones who can get things done.”
Vice President Joe Biden told reporters at Homestead Air Force Base, Fla., where relief efforts are underway, that Haiti is a nation “that has totally collapsed.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was the first White House cabinet member to arrive on the scene. She made a brief tour of the Port au Prince region on Saturday.
U.N. relief efforts, however, have been criticized as “disorganized” and “haphazard” by U.S. sources.
The U.N.’s Haiti operations center was destroyed in last week’s quake. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special representative, Hedi Annabi, who remained “missing” more than four days later, was found dead Saturday. Annabi was believed to be in the complex at the time of the quake.
In a statement released Saturday evening, Ban called Annabi the “gold standard” of international civil servants.
UNICEF, which operated separately from the U.N. system, saw its headquarters survive, but was also severely impacted because many of its personnel were in the field at the time of the quake. A substantial number of those still remain unaccounted for. Click here to continue.
by John Lanagan
My Word Like Fire
As time has gone on, I have become increasingly aware that contemplative spirituality is latently, sometimes blatantly, interwoven throughout 12 Step Spirituality. When we think of meditation in AA (and other 12 Step groups), we naturally think of Step 11:
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
“Meditation is something that can always be further developed. It has no boundaries, either of width or height,” writes AA co-founder Bill Wilson.
AA’s 6th Step states: Were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character.
Now let’s look at the point the authors of Drop The Rock, a book about removing character defects, make about Step 6. “In using meditation for the Sixth Step, a form of contemplation can be used. Taking a single word or thought and letting it run through our mind can be very revealing. Take for example the word ’surrender.’ We may start repeating the word in our mind like: ‘Surrender. Surrender. Surrender. Give up. Release. Let go. Surrender. Peace. Renewal. Surrender. Vulnerable. Open. Surrender. Surrender. Surrender. Strength. Higher Power. Surrender.’ We can keep this type of string of thoughts going for a while, probably no more than five minutes to start, as we do our regular morning or evening routine of prayer and meditation.” (Bold mine) Click here to continue.
LTRP Note: For those looking for ways to help the people in Haiti and give money to trustworthy organizations, we would like to recommend Moriel Ministries as one.
from Moriel Ministries
THE DISASTER TO HIT HAITI IS POSSIBLY THE GREATEST NATURAL CATASTROPHE SINCE THE TSUNAMI. HAITI IS ALREADY A ONE OF THE POOREST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD PLAGUED BY ENDEMIC CORRUPTION, AND THE DEMONIC HYBRID CURSE OF VOODOO AND ROMAN CATHOLICISM WIDELY PRACTICED TOGETHER.
There is however a growing population of born again Evangelicals and many truly saved missionaries serving Jesus and helping the impoverished people, especially children. Moriel will distribute all assistance collected to Bible based conservative Evangelical ministries engaged in the humanitarian effort. Click here to continue.
For coverage on the situation in Haiti, go to Koenig’s International News with Bill Koenig.
from Kjos Ministries:
Please pray for Haiti’s suffering people.
“…we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
Let us pray that God will use this terrible tragedy to show the desperate people that their hope comes from our Lord, not from their human resources. He is our peace and strength in such fierce battles. And — according to this message below — He is already using the devastation to draw people to Himself. More …
by Jan Markell
Olive Tree Ministries
The East has convinced the West that the greatest thing they have to offer is Eastern-style meditation. Because some Christians lack discernment, what we have is the complete hijacking of biblical meditation in favor of the Eastern brand. This is risky because it involves blanking out your mind and, by default, allowing anything in.
I guess this shouldn’t be shocking when a major news story of 2009 had this headline: “More U.S. Christians Mix Eastern and New Age Beliefs.” While you may think this is being done only by liberal Christianity, think again! It crosses all denominations. This is not just some kind of fad or an isolated phenomenon. It is building momentum month by month, and more and more people are seeing this mystical spirituality as a valid and powerful way to experience the presence of God. Many influential and respected people within Christianity view this practice as being perfectly in accordance with orthodox Christianity.
I have already presented the story of the Bethel symposium in early November that suggested there might be a common bond or “common ground” between Christianity and Buddhism in the realm of meditation. The symposium had information about “Christian Zen” but NO information about authentic, biblical meditation. There was no solid gospel presented in 75 minutes. Click here to continue reading.
Sam Lister, Health Editor
The Times (UK)
(courtesy Underground News US)
Pupils at a leading public school are to receive weekly 40-minute classes in meditation and stress relief in a ground-breaking addition to the school curriculum.
Schoolboys aged 14 and 15 at Tonbridge School, in Kent, were given their first lesson yesterday as part of a course designed with psychologists from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
The project — the first to introduce meditation skills as a regular subject on the curriculum — has been designed specifically for adolescents and comes after the success of a pilot study at the school last year. Click here to continue reading.
More articles on Children and Meditation.
Below is a partial speaking schedule for Lighthouse Trails authors Warren B. Smith and Ray Yungen for 2010. If you live near any of these areas, we hope you will get the chance to attend. All these events are offered free of charge. If you are interested in having Warren or Ray (or both) speak to your group, call us at 503/873-9092, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 27, 2010 (times to be announced)
Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast
Joint hosted: Calvary Chapel Pacific Coast & Calvary Chapel Cypress
All day conference with:
Warren B. Smith, Ray Yungen, Johanna Michaelsen, Chris Quintana
6400 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CA
Red River Bible & Prophecy Conference
Warren B. Smith, Jacob Prasch, David Hocking, Carl Teichrib, John Higgins
Presented by: Cornerstone Baptist Church & Crossroads Christian Fellowship
Held at: Courtyard Marriot Moorhead
1080 28th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56560
701-232-5869 or 701-371-2416 (conference contact)
No Cost. Free will offering.
April 23-24 (evening)-April 25 (all day)
Last Days Bible Conference
Warren B. Smith
Held at: Monterey Park Evangelical Free Church
3125 Catalina Blvd NE
Fri 7pm-10pm Sat 9am-10pm
No cost. Free will offering
April 30-May 1
Discerning the Times Conference
Warren B. Smith, Rob Lindsted, John Plantz, Dave Dunn, Steve Herzig
806 Idylwyld Drive North, DIEFENBAKER ROOM
1-306-371-6877 (conference contact)
No cost. Free will offering.
May 29th (9:30-4:00)
Gold Country Calvary Chapel
Warren B. Smith, Ray Yungen, Johanna Michaelsen
13026 LaBarr Meadows Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949
No cost. Free will offering.
July 25th (8:30 and 10:30)
Warren B. Smith
5725 N. Pioneer Drive
Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho