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.
YOU CAN FIND THE ARTICLE HERE. Don’t let the title of this piece scare you.
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.
SEE MANNY’S POST HERE.
Here are the reunited Bodnarius:
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?”
DELIGHT IN TRUTH LISTED CITIES WORLDWIDE WHERE DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST NORWAY’S CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES WILL BE HELD HERE. He was kind enough to include a small city like Hot Springs on his list. Hopefully, many will learn of the ongoing situation in Norway.
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
I am constantly encouraged by CHRISTian poetry by Deborah Ann. HER WONDERFUL POEM MAY BE FOUND HERE.
I pray that all of you have a blessed weekend.