Monday, November 26, 2012

New Medical Clinic In San Vicente

(Left to Right...Guadalupe, Nurse's Assistant, Dr. Lorena Avila and Pharmacy, Rocio Gonazlez, not pictured, Wendy Faglia)

 Even though México, with the third largest number of residents of any country in the Americas, has grown in emergency medicine care and education, it still isn’t as modernized as it needs to be.  Big steps have been taken in the country since 1986 when the Medical Institute of Social Services (IMSS) was established nevertheless, these improvements are mostly found in big cities such as Mexico.  Local clinics and pueblo pre-hospital care is still undeveloped in many parts of the country and in certain areas the service one finds is often nightmarish.  There just aren’t enough qualified emergency physicians to meet the smaller town’s needs.  

                                                                   (Waiting Room)

The involvement of Christian groups from the US, Canada and elsewhere, is also helping to improve the quality of medical care in México.  Therefore, I present you with the chance to know of a huge need we have here in San Vicente. Way too many people die each year, not so much from the lack of persons with medical skills but from the deep lack of equipment with which to treat emergency cases.

                                                                 (Current Patient Room)

Doctor Lorena Avila, Rocio Gonzalez, Pharmacists, Guadalupe Rodriques, Nurse’s Assistant, and Wendy Faglia, Nurses Assistant, are working hard to open a local and well-equipped clinic with delivery room, heart patient care and general hospital capabilities.  But, to actually do this, they need our help to make it happen.
Please, keep these four educated ladies and their desires in your prayers.  The needs are ever present and the supply will have to come from the Lord.  They cannot raise the funds or find the equipment in country.  If you know of anybody that might be able to help, please let them know about this need.  God Bless You.

                                    (There Is Much Room For Expansion At This New Facility)

Day Of The Dead In Mexico

El Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), is a popular Mexican day of remembrance, which is a day to celebrate those that have passed on.  To remember those departed the observers usually fix special foods, decorate graves and tombs with colorful papel picado , bring flowers to the dead, leave them candy, too and use a lot skeletons and skulls to denote the day, and in some areas they have festive parades.  Most of those that follow this tradition believe that the ghosts of their deceased loved ones visit their families on October 31 and leave on November 2.
In order to commemorate the day, families make altars and place their offerings of favorite foods, including the sweet bread called, Bread for the Dead, (pan de muertos), which is often formed in the shapes of skulls, on these altars or at the grave site.  They also use figures of death, candles, incense, yellow marigolds known as cempazuchitl and most meaningfully,a photo of the departed individual is placed on the altar, along with a ‘photo,’ of Jesus. 

It might appear to be gruesome, but many Mexicans answer death with mourning and with delight and pleasure.  They glare at death with the same apprehension as any other society, however there is a distinction.  They expose their fright by disdainful and existing alongside mortality even if only for a few days each year.  Death is evident in everyday life.  It is in art, stories and even in children's toys.  Children often play funeral with toys that correspond to coffins and undertakers.
In Mexico, you might hear someone say, "La muerte es flaca y no puede conmigo."  Which means, "Death is weak and she can't take me."  Sadly, this is a funny derision toward death, but she will get us all, sooner or later.  

"All the days ordained for me
were written in Your book
before one of them came to be." Psalm 139:16

Friday, November 23, 2012

Angry Atheists Aren't Cool

Mr. Atheist, I would imagine if more people knew what being God truly meant that they wouldn’t need to make statements like yours. But, they don’t choose to honestly investigate the claims made by God. God is not a man and we are not gods. You see, old soul, there is a strikingly major difference between an ordinary human serving as a spiritual leader and a god. Especially the One, True God.
He’s not egocentric, He is just worthy of honor, praise and worship. And everybody serves their own god, being it science, the theory of evolution or God, the Creator of everything. We all work for our god, even if that’s the devil. But, giving glory to your god, that’s sort-of what you do to a god. Certainly, to a Real and Honest God. Of which, there is only One. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD,” Isaiah 55:8. Miss Atheist, you and I cannot ever think or know things exactly like God knows them. If we did, or could, then we could run for god the next time the position opens up. My goodness, what a tiny, small and insignificant being He would have to be for us to be able wrap our finite brains all around Him. Don’t you agree?

As I hear it, when a Christian asks an atheist a spiritual question, as I have for more than 30 years, all the atheists are able to do is to jump on me or another person like some heavy brute trying to force the Christian to see just how stupid they are in their eyes..When Christians ask a question or oppose their way of thinking, then all the retorts are either insults or off the wall definitions of evolution. You see, for some, their god is Charles Darwin.

Why are atheists so bitter and sour? Why don’t they have more tolerance? God is not oppressive and evil triumphant. I Have a Rabbi friend, who has gotten thousand of hateful responses to his idea that the Bible should be taught in homes. Who sent him these responses? Atheists. Mrs. Atheist, God has not done so much evil, religion has done that. And, I invite atheists to go with me to studies, conferences and other events, where things on both sides will be discussed and debated, and you know what? There is a haughty aversion to connect with Christianity’s earnest thinkers. They don’t want to go. Why are they so afraid of just listening?

I have noticed that a whole lot of these types of people often live on the borders of the social order. Seems to me that not all, but so many atheists, are on a major ego-trip. The first tenet of atheism is that a man must love himself. Wow, now that is egotistical. They seem to think that being an atheist allows them to be crude, rude and totally uncouth. Really my atheist friend, I personally get a sad laugh out of those that think that someday they are going to be the one that destroys Christianity. To me it seems hopeless to cling to atheism but I know that it makes most atheists think they are smarter than Christian could ever be. Sure, it’s designed to make them think that they are someone important and that their lives have meaning. God Bless You, all.

Grandpa Atheist, did you know that atheists are only 2.3 percent of the world’s entire population. And, this sparks a question I often use in my studies, “when you think you are the only one that’s right, that means that everybody else must be wrong.” Grandma Atheist, of course, I know that not everybody is a Christian. We are only about, maybe 75 percent of the population. What’s left is a miss-mash of everything else. But, as you see it, I would think, you and yours are more right than the whole of the rest of us put together? Which I find simply amazing.

So please, Atheistic Family, feel released to vituperate, squabble and belittle me. But understand that the Christian exchange of ideas is not advanced by empty names and unpleasant asides. To quote the prophet of God, "Come let us reason together (Isaiah 1:18)." God is big enough to listen to all of our little complaints and He deeply wants to hear from us. Atheistic Folks, each of us ought to be knocked for six by our inexplicable ability to speak, contemplate, imagine and dispute. Our primary reaction to life should be gratefulness and astonishment that we share this extraordinary planet so far outside our poverty-stricken capacity to comprehend. Now, if you so like and choose, let the mockery commence!  It’s your dime.

Someday, given the chance, we can talk about satan and his false religions. If you should so like to do.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Day

No devotion can be superior to that of a prayer where the person gives frank and open thanks and worship to a loving and caring God, which has give that soul so much to be thankful for.  Take time to thank Him today for all that you have.  Most of us have so very much to be thankful about.  May your Happy Thanksgiving dinner be a true banquet. 

Today, if you find yourself in want and lack, please visit a church, park or event where a Thanksgiving Dinner is being served to the poor and needy.  It’s not a sin to need help.  The only sin in poverty is not finding available help when you have great needs.  On days such as these, Christian organizations all over the country step up to the plate to fill yours to over-flowing.

When I say my prayer of thanksgiving to God today, for every blessings that He has so graciously allowed me to have, I will not forget to say thanks for the finest blessing of all,  Which is, God's great and unending grace, mercy and love and the forgiveness of all my sins.  Which, of course, means that I am ever thankful to Him for His plan of Salvation, which includes the free gift of His Son, Jesus, my Lord.  And, I will give Him thanks for my family.  You all mean so much to me. You are a true blessing and another gift from God.  I will ask that He show you, in these words, how much you mean to me.  I thank Him and, I thank you all for everything you have done for me.  And, then I ask the He bless my friends, where ever they might find themselves.  May you all experience a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving remembrance.

Plus, to those of you in the United States that have helped the poor and needy here in Mexico, my mission partners, those that work together with me to serve God, let me tell you, we have made a difference this year.  We have shared the Love of God with thousands.  We have worked together to give numerous people the gift of sight.  Everywhere we go and all that we do means that the Gospel is being given to those that are in treatment centers, shut-in and too sick to go on.  These men and women, boys and girls are seeing and understanding that God is not found in a religion but in the hearts, minds and souls of people that really do care for them in the Name of Jesus.  The friendship and affection you have all showered us with, is a true miracle of love.  I am so blessed to have good family and good folks like you as part of my evangelistic team.  It's really great to be your relative and friend.  Again, I honestly wish you all a joyful Happy Thanksgiving Day.

And don’t forget to thank God for all the poor turkeys who gave their lives to be our dinner today.  I am sure glad that turkeys don’t have a Happy Thanksgiving Day!  Imagine if they did what, or who they might eat for their dinner!?!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Only God Is Creator

The Involvedness of Existence and the Implausibility of Evolution.

In order for the main beliefs of transmutation, an elephant giving birth to a chicken.  And, for natural selection as taught in the theory of evolution to work, there had to be prior living things for the cell building process to have happened.  Energy in living form must always be present before it can start to branch out.  Life had to have come from somewhere, beforehand, but the presumption of evolution aims to declare that it woke up, got out of bed of your its own volition and impulse and came forth out of the lifeless elements of planet Earth, I don't know, 4 billion years ago and said, ‘Here I am.’

Could life occur impulsively?  I don’t know, can a batch of delicious sugar cookies, simply appear, mixed, baked and ready to eat in your home oven?  Of course, not.  Even a primal cell like an E. coli bacteria which is one of the simplest life forms known today is mind-bogglingly multifaceted.  

For even the most basic cell to form it would have to contain at the absolute minimum:
  • A cell wall to fence in all that would be contained within the cell structure.
  • A heritable design for the cell, with much important information, identification of millions of deadly and helpful substances in the environment and direction to put it all together, (Some form of DNA).
  • An enzyme capable of photocopying information out of the heritable or genetic design to manufacture new proteins and enzymes and all at the first micro-second of construction of this one-celled creature.  It would also have to have a simple ‘brain,’ with a bodily central nervous system, too.  Plus, it would need all the necessary information on how to sustain itself, like how to find and recognize and eat or absorb food and liquid.  Then have a way to eliminate waste products.  It would need all sorts of internal coding to indicate, direct and operate all these bodily functions and so much more.  Even some sort of heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, ETC.  Imagine what would have had to take place, instantly, just to keep the cell alive.  Temperature control, use of the food it found to eat and how to obtain oxygen or breathe and how to heal itself, ETC.  The list is so immense I just can’t write down exactly all of what would have had to be in place at this one micro-second of accidental formation of this first living cell.
  • An enzyme capable of manufacturing new enzymes, along with all of the building blocks for those enzymes.
  • An enzyme that can build cell walls.
  • An enzyme able to copy the genetic material in preparation for cell splitting (reproduction).  How would it know if it were male or female?
  • An enzyme or enzymes able to take care of all of the other operations of splitting one cell in two, to implement reproduction.  (For example, something has to get the second copy of the genetic material separated from the first, and then the cell wall has to split and seal over in the two new cells.)
  • Enzymes able to manufacture energy molecules to power all of the previously mentioned enzymes.
  • The ability to maintain and expand the cell wall (grow).
If all these things and so many others were not present when the first living cell was formed in earth’s primordial soup, what was formed, if anything, was not really a cell and therefore it was not really alive.  To try to imagine a primordial cell without these minimal capabilities spontaneously creating itself, is not likely, at all.

No matter what evolutionists teach us it is still a long way from an accidental cosmic unprompted origination of life, to what we see around us today.  

Speaking in general terms, life can only have come from one of two possible places:
  • Spontaneous creation, where accidental and self-willed random chemical processes created the first living cell and then all life descended from that one, first cell.
  • Supernatural creation, where God or some other supernatural power created the first living cell.  Made it totally viable within itself at the moment of creation, having inside it a plan, bringing forth life according to this will and special purpose.
And it doesn't really matter if aliens or meteorites brought the first living cell to earth, because the ETs would have had come into existence through either spontaneous creation or supernatural creation at some point.  After all, something had to establish the first alien cells.

(The page you have here is so tremendously and sadly basic.  Yet, I have wanted to write something about Creation for a long time.  It's a big subject.  But, it's entirely obvious that only planned creation is even possible.  Nothing can accidentally make itself happen.  Only God has power enough to actually create something.  Millions of cosmic accidents taking place all at once amongst a primordial soup being self-willed yet directionless somehow moving forward from inert elements into life, isn't even possible on a good day.  So, enjoy what I've collected and posted here.  I hope it helps you understand your faith.)