What a wonderful week it has been! Sunday night, I was invited to speak at the Betania Romanian Church here in Hot Springs. They were such a gracious group of believers. I informed them that I was practicing my speech for the upcoming worldwide protest on them and they were very attentive. After an hour of worship and Bible Reading, I was given the opportunity to share my speech. Brother Gabriel translated the speech into Romanian. There were about 120 or so in the congregation, maybe more. Some of the members in the church knew more about the Norwegian problem than I do. Brother Daniel has become my contact and thinks that maybe 50 people will show up from his church at the demonstration on April 16th.
The speech was interesting. It was the first time that I have had to hold back tears during this learning experience. The training I received at Toastmasters (a speech club I once belonged to) was very helpful.
THAT WAS ONLY THE BEGINNING OF THE WEEK!
This is how the blog week started:
A post was then put up about the coming worldwide demonstration. Here is an excellent video showing demonstrations that have already occurred this year:
I’m a bit of a theology guy if you haven’t noticed. Dan’s blog, The Battle Cry, which I have been following for years had a great article that I re-blogged this week. It featured Pastor Gary Gilley of The Southern View Chapel. I have great respect for the discernment of Pastor Gilley.
Two posts were then re-blogged, one by my blogging buddy, Manny Rodriquez and other by my American/Romanian friend Chris Prunean. Chris had great news! A judge in Norway made a judgement that baby Ezekiel must be returned to the Bodnariu Family! A CPS worker has stated that there may be an appeal in the case, but for now the baby is home with his parents who are praying for a similar judgement in the cases of their other 4 children.
Ezekiel’s homecoming Photo from Delight in Truth’s blog
American students are supposed to take American History in 5th grade, 8th grade, 12th grade, and again in college. THIS POST WAS SENT TO ME BY BARBARA ANABLE. How is it possible that any American college student can’t answer the question: “Who won the Civil War?”
On Thursday, Jose Fernandez, the Superintendent of Hot Springs National Park approved my Special Use Permit request for a demonstration here in Hot Springs on the day of Worldwide protests. I would like to thank Tricia, Jose’s assistant, for her professional handling of my request. THE DETAILS OF THE HOT SPRINGS PROTEST CAN BE FOUND HERE.
By the grace of God, I was able to manage to squeeze in four days of teaching in different area schools. We have wonderful children living in our area. I got to teach Jr. High Social Studies, keyboarding, and music. Friday was fantastic. I got to spend my day with the special ed. kids at Fountain Lake Elementary.
Photo found at Deborah Ann’s blog Photo by Michaela Baltazar
God of Our Strength ~May 5, 2016
CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann
God of our strength,
God of our hope
give us each day
the power to cope.
Give us the wisdom,
give us perseverance
help us to keep running
with faith and assurance.
God of our salvation,
God of our redemption
give us the boldness
when facing rejection.
Give us the courage,
give us the fortitude
help us to reflect You
in our daily attitude.
God of our strength,
God of our enlightenment
we need Your power . . .
in today’s environment!
“With him is wisdom and strength,
he hath counsel and understanding.”
King James Version
Deborah Ann Belka
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