Ephesians 6:12 is a wrestling life lesson that we fight not against flesh and blood but against rulers and powerful forces of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. They scheme to cause chaos and confusion to discret God’s power to undermine Jesus words. So discern root causes of evil in the world is the love of money by the few to dominate. Its such desperate attack against God by satan to rule uses biological weapon to eliminate the billions of exploited people globally. God is in control and HE appoints Kings and Queens to rule on earth leading by great example of duty first in humility, service overcome battle in great victory. Promotion comes from God’s blessings by hardwork abilities, gifts, skills used, talents applied within the framework of your calling to support all by teamwork. Jesus our peace made all groups one in Christ so destroyed dividing wall of hostility. He created in Himself one new body of all making peace in one body so reconciles people to God. On the Cross He put to death hatred hostlity to unite all in Christ says Ephesians 2:14–16.Georgian declaration wants less people on earth to eliminate people to 250,000 under their control. God’s creation is being attacked by selfish humans who try to determine how many people will live on God’s earth. So educate people to overcome in Jesus Name and Bible uses a wrestling language to warn life is not easy on a silver platter. In Genesis 30:8 in the Bible Rachel said, “Its with great wrestlings I wrestled with my sister to prevail named son Naphtali to remind her she overcame struggles. In Genesis 32:24-25 Jacob wrestled with angel till daybreak but didn’t prevail so touched the socket of Jacob’s thigh he dislocated. Hosea 12:4, says he wrestled with angel and prevailed; wept, sought his favour and spoken to at Bethel. Use common sense safeguarding to follow instruction from trained qualified frontline experts giving medical advise. And look after interests of others, take care. How great is our God government lockdown from 26 March 2020. In Isaiah 26:20 God told people go home and lock your doors to hide yourself for a little while until the LORD’S anger passes. The LORD again commanded lockdown during passover in Egypt for the Angel of death passed over Israelites protected by blood of the lamb. Thursday, 16th of April passover ends. That is day lockdown is lifted after 21. Gods timing is incredible we are all protected by BLOOD of the Lamb Jesus. God strengthen us all to endure in Jesus Name with God all things are possible: Fight by prayer, fasting, healthy eating, common sense follow all instructions. The world’s heavy weight champion is the boxer Joshua Anthony who fights to win. The spiritual, physical, emotional challenges by opponents of faith against Father God is by opposer satan. Victory is won by Jehovah Nissi MIGHTY ONE in battle. Be encouraged to stand in Christ to win the battle by faith for the battle is the LORD’S. Have confidence in God in Lord Jesus Christ. The punches taken by boxers hurts their body, inflicts injuries, causes brain damage, battered, bruised, and in extreme cases death but still the winner and the loser partakers in same boxing ring. Both endure the duration of time of fight and know they win some fights or lose fights. Yet still willing to go through risks with their lives win a fight for the prized belt as world champions.
As the final bell rings a winner’s hand is raised as champion in victory to receive the belt. Then receives his due payment determined by worthy effort in the fight and hardwork. God’s Kingdom works as a fight in the boxing ring. Believers face punches in life battles and some win or lose the fight like boxers. The life battles of the world fought is one wins or loses. In God’s trumpet call all in Christ Jesus win eternal Life with God in heaven as the reward for loyalty, duty and service, crowns, mansions as prizes of how well one fights the GOOD FIGHT in life. Each choice destination is Heaven’s location based on loyal duties taking place. God’s chosen put their confidence in God and fight hard to win their prize like Joshua.All who believe saved in Christ fight the good fight of faith in Christ by love and unity in God’s Kingdom. Salvation is the greatest miracle of love God to mankind through Jesus Christ. Heaven is ultimate prize for believer winners through HIS Son Jesus. God honours your choice to relocate to heaven during the Rapture. Philippians 1:21 says in the Bible to live is CHRIST to die is to GAIN entry to the presence of God. God has not given you the spirit of fear but POWER, LOVE and SOUND MIND IN CHRIST if you believe. Jesus said all who die in Christ will LIVE in resurrection in Rapture. Call on the Name of Jesus and be saved no matter your circumstances in life. Its your choice God does not force you to accept Jesus for eternal life. All who reject Jesus perish with satan in hell fire. Winston Churchill says, “there is nothing to fear except fear itself.” Fear is false evidence appearing real to deceive people who hate love and unity by their selfish and greedy divisive evil spirits. Be wise to understand the fight in Christ leads to victory and triumph over God’s enemies. The battle is the LORD’S so God WINS!!! All who come to Jesus He will not turn away. God does not want anyone to perish. With God all things are possible and GLORY to God. The battle is the LORD’S so God WINS!!! Jesus says I AM the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE in John 14:6 no one comes to Father God except through only Jesus.
Call on Jesus to save you for eternal life to rescue you in Rapture if you believe in Jesus Christ. The world is changing as Jesus warned so Revelation is unfolding in all parts of earth. Trust God to help to face challenges going on. The Bible says in 2 Samuel 24:1-24 David told the LORD God Almighty to forgive him because of his sin counting number in God’s army.” David in his pride went against advise of his army Captain and counted God’s army. David” trust was in chariots and his horses to defeat enemies, but forgot Jehovah Nissi fights battles by heavenly host armies single handedly!!! 11 So the LORD sent Gad the prophet and seer. 12 to tell David, ‘Choose a punishment for your mistake to do to you.’” 13 Gad told David three years of hunger in land? Or enemies chasing you three months? Or three days of disease in the land” 14 So David told Gad, “Let the LORD punish us because God is merciful don’t let people punish us!” 15 The LORD sent a disease on the land until God’s chose the time to stop it. From Dan to Beersheba, seventy thousand people died 16 As angel raised his arm towards Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD felt sad about terrible things to happen told angel destroying people. “The angel of the LORD at the threshing floor of Araunah Jebusite. 17 David saw angel that killed people and David told the LORD, “I am the one who sinned the people did nothing wrong so punish me and my family.” 18 Gad told David, God said “Build an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 19 David did what Gad told him as the LORD commanded. 20 Araunah saw the king and his servants bowed to the king. 21 And said, “Why did you come here?” David told him, to buy threshing floor to build ALTAR to the LORD so the disease will stop.” 22 Araunah told David, “Take the land to sacrifice oxen burnt offering and threshing board or yokes for wood. 23 I give all to you. May the LORD God be pleased with you.” 24 The king told Araunah, “I will pay for your land I will not offer to the LORD burnt offering that cost me nothing.” David bought the threshing floor, oxen for two and fourth pounds of silver. 25 He Built an ALTAR to the LORD and offered a whole burnt offerings accepted by God so the disease stopped. Call on God to have mercy on you, your family, friends, all nations in Jesus Name and thank God!Jesus warned 3000 years ago there will be plagues in end times. Revelations 22 says anyone who changes the word of God will suffer from plagues. China announced they will change the Bible to communism man made ideas so corona happened immediately. When a doctor warned the people he was accused of a false rumour spreading, he caught virus and died. Haiti said satan was their god so an earthquake hit them immediately. The end time fires, volcanoes, tsunamis, mudslides, plagues, floods or tornadoes, locust pestilence perilous time famines, droughts in Bible says one third of trees destroyed by fire, ships sink, seas, rivers asteroids, comets, meteor toxins pollute earth to cause death. Revelation 6 says spirit of death causes people to die until Rapture. Later is GREAT TRIBULATION death God mockers who reject Jesus the Son of God must repent. All who accept Jesus even if they die in Christ will go into heaven but those who reject Jesus after death go in a hellfire punishment. ALL THESE ARE IN BIBLE FROM GOD AS JESUS WARNED 3OOO YEARS AGO. Today when you hear His Voice accept Jesus to be saved. During attacks it was said some children just received Christ when they were attacked and died. The people who died in Christ resurrect into eternal life with Christ live in infinity.
The Duchess of Cambridge has said her parenting inspiration is her “amazing granny” who involved her as a child in arts and crafts, gardening and cooking. In her first podcast interview, she said she wants to replicate experiences with Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The episode of Five Big Questions On The Under Fives is survey launched by Catherine starts debate on early childhood has 200,000 responses so far. Speaking on Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast, Catherine told author and host Giovanna Fletcher the survey aims to ask people “what is it that matters for them in raising their children today.”I had amazing granny who devoted a lot of time to us, playing with us, doing arts and crafts and going to the greenhouse to do gardening, and cooking with us,” she said. I incorporate lot of experiences she gave us at the time into experiences I give my children now.” The duchess said her priorities include providing her children with a “happy home” and “safe environment” she enjoyed as a child. So she is “passionate” about the children spending a lot of time outside is “great for physical and mental wellbeing to lay foundations for a healthy development. It is the first timeIt’s a great environment to spend time in, building quality relationship without distraction of ‘I’ve got to cook’ or ‘I’ve got to do this’. And actually, it’s so simple,” she said. A generational change starts from seeds sown in early years throughout family. Even if not ‘highly educated,’ one can invest time and resources in simple way to help children to be happy. Its possible to help children to progress beyond the parents by preparing them in the early years. Choices and priorities of focus to include learning materials from nature found free outdoors on walks to create opportunities for children. So it is the responsibility of the parents to help the children early not to depend entirely on schools for all learning experiences in life. A month-long online poll conducted by Ipsos Mori on behalf of Catherine’s Royal Foundation is to “spark a national conversation” on early childhood as the Kensington Palace has said. Launched in January, it is thought to be the biggest survey of its kind and the results are intended to guide duchess’ future workIts the first time duchess is interviewed on a podcast. “It takes family a long time for generational change but hopefully is a first small step: to start a conversation around importance of early childhood development,” Catherine said. “It’s not just about happy, healthy children. This has lifelong consequences of outcomes.” Ms Fletcher, married to Tom Fletcher from McFly has said Kate is “passionate” about the subject. Its ‘beyond wonderful to sit and talk further about the survey, and her work for she has so much real knowledge, and her own experiences of being a mother.” “It doesn’t matter who you are, what you have, or where you come from we’re all try to do our best with our children while continuously learning from decisions and wondering if we get it right. Talking helps unite us all,” she said on the ‘five big questions.’1. What do you believe is most important for children growing up in UK today to live a happy adult life? Rank from most important to least important:
Good physical and mental health
Good friendships & relationships
Access to opportunities
Access to a good education
2. Which of these statements is closest to your opinion?
It is primarily the responsibility of parents to give children aged 0-5 best chance of health & happiness
Primarily responsibility of others in society to give children aged 0-5 best chance of health & happiness
Shared responsibility of parents or others in society to give children aged 0-5 best chance of health and happiness
3. How much do you agree or disagree with this statement? Mental health or wellbeing of parents, carers has a great impact on development of child(ren).
Tend to agree
Neither agree nor disagree
Tend to disagree
4. Which of the following is closest to your opinion of what influences how children develop from the start of pregnancy to age five?
Traits child is born with (nature)
Experiences of a child in the early years (i.e. nurture)
Both nature and nurture equally
5. Which period of a child and young person’s life do you think is the most important for health and happiness in adulthood?
I lifted my windshield wiper to retrieve a frozen pink rose on a cold Valentine’s Day years ago. A freshman in college, I stopped by my car to eat a snack after a morning class. And excitedly wondered who sent me this surprise as my heart pounded in anticipation. Starting up the engine for warmth, I rubbed my palms together and opened the attached card. The rose was from my mother and her words in the card is kind, encouraging, so why did I still feel empty inside? The truth is, I wished the rose was from a secret admirer, a young man, not my mother. My last date spaced far after a previous one I longed for romance to fill me up. My loneliness combined into a frustrating mixture like a cup with no bottom. No matter what I put inside the cup, I didn’t feel full. Roses, chocolates, books, TV shows, fantasies relationships couldn’t fill it. Loneliness seemed to be the only thing filling a bottomless space, and I am weary of its constant haunting presence. My parents divorced when I was 4 years old, the day my daddy left was a day loneliness took up permanent residence in my heart and mind; though I wished it will go away I had no power to push it out the door loneliness lingers on every time I crave love and attention from people’s love its in short supply.In high school, I developed resentment over flowers and gifts I saw lined up in the cafeteria every February 14. None of them were for me. I believed the devil’s whispered lie, None of them will ever be for you. You’ll always be lonely. About 15 years after that frozen-rose morning, I sat in a counselor’s office. Listening to my stories of constant loneliness, he said, “Relationships are very important to you, aren’t they?” It was his simple, judgment-free question that became a pivotal point in my spiritual journey. A few days after counseling session, God nudged me with a new idea: Perhaps its relationships too important to me yet I was a wife, mother of three and a friend to many, I still felt lonely. God showed me truth to learn from HIS Word: “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people” says Psalm 118:8. For far too long, I looked to people to fill me up. My husband, children, best friend, small group companions couldn’t remove my loneliness. They were never designed to completely fill my needs and I realized only God can be my refuge and my safe place and my salvation in lone times.Though people are wonderful, they are not infinite so are not always available when we need them, and none of them provide perfect understanding. God is infinite Revelation 1:8, everpresent says Deuteronomy 31:6 and all-knowing says 1 Chronicles 28:9. As we study His ways, we learn God is ready, able and willing to fill us with HIS LOVE. We learn this best by hiding in HIS place of refuge so the more time I spent in God’s presence, the less I depended on relationships to meet all my needs. My time with loved ones became bonuses on top of loving intimacy I enjoyed with Jesus. No longer required evident proof of a human love on Valentine’s Day or any other day. God is our refuge in lonely times so is more than enough proof He LOVES us. Some inherit loneliness from their mothers. Angel Kissi says she has struggled with loneliness since she was a child she has inherited loneliness from her mother. A parent in the same way affects emotions inherited like hair and eye colour. Two women explain loneliness played a part in their lives and relates to their parents as children. “Loneliness is constant. No matter where I it just does not go away. It’s like you feel it in your bones a deep feeling of wanting to fit in and wanting to be around people you know and love, but you can’t. “So thinks inherited it. It’s been passed says Angel Kissi from her mum Hayley who struggles with anxiety depression and loneliness. Her mum’s spark by severe post-natal depression in Angel started when she was a child. “My family stood out in Peterborough. They all knew who we were because we look different. I’m tall and mixed race and I stood out,” says the 20-year-old. “When I went to university, things were good but still felt didn’t fit in. I thought moving to London would change it but it didn’t. “I felt I was quiet and awkward, struggled to connect with people or make friends straight away. Some go out for drinks after class but never invited. I felt like I did something wrong. I stopped going to lectures, got up, ready to go but back to bed. Avoids going to shared areas of my flat, shut myself away isolated. I went into the loneliness and let it take over.”Hayley struggle with anxiety depression and loneliness after Angel was born. So unable to cope, Angel left the university before first year was over. She felt then a strong desire to go home and be close to her mum rented a room close-by. “It’s good we don’t live together because we bring each other up, down all the time. She helped me with some aspects of my mental health but at times I didn’t want to speak to her because I didn’t want to make her worse. “If she was different, I will be different. I don’t blame her at all, she didn’t choose to be like this, it’s not her fault. It’s something I have got from her. Personality traits or attitudes I have learnt from her without meaning to.”Angel Kissi struggled with the loneliness from a young age According to Age UK, loneliness is defined as feeling a lack of affection, closeness or social interaction with others.The charity Mind says it is not a mental health issue but research says its associated with increased risk of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and stress triggered by major life events of bereavement, relationship break-ups or retirement, changing jobs and moving. Dr Rebecca Nowland, who researched the subject of loneliness said it can be passed down in families. “I don’t think we will find a gene for loneliness but it’s response to an experience of loneliness that may be genetic,” she said. “There is a number of studies that loneliness is hereditary so runs in families and there might be associations between parent’s loneliness and a child’s loneliness. The parent who has been lonely for a time may transmit some the negative feelings happening share loneliness experience.”Kirsty McGrath fears passing feelings of loneliness to her children too. So Kirsty McGrath said her loneliness problem is after her son was born five years ago. She tried going to the mother and baby groups to make new friends, struggled to organise play dates so found herself increasingly isolated. Her husband does support her in the evening but she finds daytimes difficult because she is alone with no-one to talk to. The 33-year-old teacher, lives in Eltham, south London says she is worried of not being able to socialise her children will have an effect on them. She might pass own feelings of loneliness of “grey cloud.“I am paranoid of passing it on to the kids, I wouldn’t be surprised if I did. I am aware so I want them to feel comfortable around others not to feel like they don’t fit in. “My son came home from school and said to me he didn’t have friends so hasn’t played with anyone. I’m worried he is like this because of me didn’t put him in enough social situations to know how to mix in with others.” Loneliness is the common experience among new parents finding groups with shared interests to focus on new parenting skill way to cope says Dr Nowland. Dr Faruq Fazal a GP worked in mental health services on loneliness sats people lack a support network and believes teaching coping skills in school could help. “Nobody really teaches you how to cope through life’s challenges if suffering from loneliness. Its not about physically having people around you, it is when you feel you’re not able to talk to people without an emotional support. People need a support network so their coping strategy is better.” Do not isolate yourself from family or friends unless it is absolutely necessary to prevent virus.Experts say parents may transmit their feelings to their children. Mind suggests a number of ways to manage loneliness, includes peer support talking therapies. Dr Nowland says seeking professional advice can help those stuck in a cycle of behaviour brought about by loneliness. “Loneliness leaves you with emotional feeling quite painful and distressing. If someone is lonely and they felt it for a long time but realising it’s not ok helps overcome developed negative thought patterns. “You need help with cognitive behaviour therapy to help you think and reframe things.” Angel’s counselling helped with anxiety but not helped with her feelings of loneliness. She returned to university but decided to focus on her mental health, work, and learning to drive. “Loneliness is different from anxiety and it’s different from not being able to make friends,” she says. “Anxiety isolates but loneliness felt at university separate from people in your own little world. I’m in a relationship and close to my family but loneliness is still there. To overcome loneliness of Covid-19 in UK children drew rainbow picture put at a window to support each other. Its a fun idea but God is surrounded by rainbows so its appropriate to remind HIM of HIS BIBLE PROMISES to save HIS creation.Rourke and Quinn are seen with their rainbow in Coventry. Children in UK are placing rainbows in windows of their homed to help keep others entertained during the coronavirus outbreak. These youngsters have been asked to colour in templates of rainbows or to draw their own and display them by their schools. The rainbows are then used as a tool to entertain children as they go on their daily walks with their parents. So this movement dubbed “The Rainbow Trail” helps share common ground interest to deal with corona virus staying indoors.Cllr Adam Clarke, deputy city mayor for Leicester, has displayed two rainbows in his window. And Donna Corcoran, 40, from Coventry, praised this movement and said it was a real highlight for her sons, seven-year-old Rourke, six-year-old Quinn and two-year-old daughter, Pearl. So public is warned to respect the personal space to limit spreading virus. Most parts of the world is on lockdown to try to contain the virus. Things to get worse but improves a lot, don’t know if it’s going to go.” Mayor inundated with many lonely citizens appoints specialist councillor. ‘Bureaucracy dehumanises so becoming living robots,’ says a mayor of a small Italian town before the virus.The mayor of a small town in northern Italy appointed a loneliness councillor being overwhelmed by citizens calling to discuss their problems. So Antonella Argenti elected mayor of Villa del Conte, town of 5,400 people in Veneto region, in May last year noted some inhabitants struggling to cope “You wouldn’t believe it,” she told La Stampa. “In the first few months of my mandate, so many people came to see me. All, young, old, wo/men, complained about problems of the same type of loneliness, the lack of a support network. “Alone with phone take care of bills talk to the automated switchboard refers you to yet other recorded voices. Relationships are missing. Bureaucracy dehumanise all becoming living robots. The Pescueza village in Spain with 130 people with two thirds over 65 years old is adapted to care and provide for their needs. Rails attached to walls to hold on to while walking out and about, slipfree floor to ensure the don’t slip and fall. Its said they are given phones to press red button for emergency needs urgently attended to. They are fed, their clothes are washed for them and transport sent to those who find walking challenging. They meet at daycentre to socialise and a gym tailored to their needs to exercise daily but isolated during corona virus.
A Facebook group had been set up for the people who want to help others and offer their services to neighbours who might be confined to their homes as a result of the outbreak of Covid-19. They volunteer to fetch their groceries, walk their dogs and pick up prescriptions or have a chat over the phone or Skype if they are feeling lonely or frightened. A young people’s chatroom also discusses people’s feelings and fears. And how to help prevent virus spreading by staying indoors at home. Not to meet in groups, or gather in large groups helps to deal with the virus to protect themselves and others. People are encouraged to try to be active indoors by being busy doing a favourite hobby or sing, dance, exercise write poems, be creative, draw, dribble use crayons, pens, paint with brushes to keep the mind occupied. Ask for help if in need, don’t be shy to suffer in silence people alone. Its said no one cares what you know but KNOW IF YOU CARE in a such a time as this. Actions speak louder than words so it is the time to be there for each other emotionally or physically in extreme cases for intervention by the experts. And for believers in God faith is shared to uplift with word of God in the Name of Jesus with texts, hymns, songs, music, prayer from Bible texts or verses.
Lord, thank You for never abandoning me in my lonely times. I confess I have tried too hard to fill up my lonely spaces with relationships or things that never fill me up. Remind me when I hide away in a safe place with You I will experience Your perfect peace. Meet me in loneliness with Your loving presence. In Jesus Name Amen. Thank you God as your words say I am not alone for Father God is always with me. Jesus you said I am with you in Spirit so will never leave or forsake me to the end of the age. Thank you God. Thank you Jesus. Thank you my comforter Holy Spirit. Thank you for your love and care for me, you supply all my needs in Jesus Name and through people helping bless them all and protect their families too.
TRUTH FOR TODAY FROM THE BIBLE:
Psalm 118:8-9 Its better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in people so put your CONFIDENCE IN GOD.
Jeremiah 17:5-8, Thus says the LORD God cursed is a man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength so he heart departs from the LORD God.
Psalm 59:17, “O God my Strength, to you I sing praises, O God, my refuge, shows me unfailing love”
Psalm 142:5, “I pray to you, O LORD. I say, ‘You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life above all things”
Malachi’s tooth fairy cash helps create a £5m homeless centre now opened in east London. He gave £5 donation when 5 years old to the Salvation Army with a note and prayer to “use it to buy a house for homeless” people. Now at ten-years-old Malachi’s donated tooth fairy money to Salvation Army was topped up by the Redbridge Council and Salvation Army to create Malachi’s Place on the freeland donated. The building’s 42 flats helps homeless people get a home in Ilford in new housing for tenants. This shows no gifts are too small to help tackle poverty or homelessness in the world.
Wolverhampton Wanderers donated thousands of pieces of some protective equipment to health teams in response to the coronavirus epidemic. The club and owners Fosun donated 2,300 items. Medical coveralls and 1,000 N95 masks were among items distributed to Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and public health teams. Executive chairman Jeff Shi said the club would do “all it can” to support doctors or community workers. Landlords of pub forced to close set up a service delivering fruit and vegetables to NHS and healthcare workers. Bradley Richards and Trina Lake set up a stall by their pub in Costessey, near Norwich, on Wednesday after deciding to sell the groceries. Ms Lake said they then struck on the idea of delivering food to health workers after spotting a nurse’s plea. A fair trade coffee roaster pays fair prices to poor lower income farmers featured in Equator set up from the home garage. Grew to unique excellent tasting coffee talked about where their coffee comes from offers kind of level of service big guys don’t. Customers responded to that so simply trying to be the local versions of big company this unique selling point helps or would be unable to compete.Fans of coffee include top US chefs and Equator is unusual in coffee shop sector all staff have access to health insurance. “It’s expensive but health insurance is a right of all Americans,” says Helen. “Any CEO who has a private plane and people working for them uninsured is running their business wrong turned their focus to opening retail cafe to close a revenue gap created by losing La Boulange,” says Helen. In first year of business we didn’t show sales growth but added a million dollars new business that year.The first roasted coffee beans in garage but increased so Equator grown to 155 employees across eight retail stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, with three new branches opening. This shows if a door closes another opens by hardwork if willing to start all over using the skills acquired. Some retrain to improve new abilities yo adapt to current changes.This story from a new mini-series called Paths to Success of Coffee expert Willem Boot, founder of Boot Coffee, a company trains people to work in the industry. He says Equator stands against competitors because of the quality of staff. ” People working for them are coffee dedicated, socially minded, kind human beings. It is these qualities that define the essence of the Equator coffee experience.”Dan Price boss’ card payment company in Seattle introduced $70,000 minimum salary for all of his 120 staff – and took a pay cut of $1m. Five years later he’s still on the minimum salary, and says the gamble has paid off. Dan Price was hiking with his friend Valerie in the Cascade mountains looms majestically over Seattle as he had an uncomfortable revelation. As they walked, she told him that her life was in chaos her landlord had put her monthly rent up by $200 and she was struggling to pay her bills. It made Price angry. Valerie, who he had once dated, had served for 11 years in the military, doing two tours in Iraq, and was now working 50 hours a week in two jobs to make ends meet. “She is somebody for whom service, honour and hard work just defines who she is as a person,” he says. Though she was earning around $40,000 a year in Seattle t wasn’t enough to afford a decent home. He was angry that the world had become such an unequal place. And suddenly it struck him that he was part of the problem. At 31, Price was millionaire. His company, Gravity Payments, set up as a teen had about 2,000 customers and an estimated worth of millions of dollars. Though he earned $1.1m a year Valerie brought home to him lots of his staff must be struggling – and he decided to change that. Raised in deeply Christian, rural Idaho, Dan Price is upbeat and positive, generous in his praise of others and impeccably polite has become crusader against inequality in the US. “People are starving or being laid off or being taken advantage of, so that somebody can have a penthouse at the top of a tower in New York with gold chairs. “We’re glorifying greed all the time as a society, in our culture. And, you know, the Forbes list is the worst example – ‘Bill Gates has passed Jeff Bezos as the richest man.’ Who cares!?”Before 1995 poorest half of population of the United States earned a greater share of national wealth than richest 1%, he points out. That year the tables turned so top 1% earned more than the bottom 50%. And the gap is continuing to widen. In 1965, CEOs in US earned 20 times more than average worker but by 2015 it had risen to 300 times (in the UK, the bosses of FTSE 100 companies now earn 117 times salary of their average worker). Breathing in crisp mountain air as he hiked with Valerie, Price had an idea. He read a study by Nobel prize-winner economist Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, looked at how much money an American needs to be happy. Promised Valerie he would significantly raise minimum salary at Gravity. After crunching the numbers, he arrived at the figure of $70,000. He realised that he would not have to slash his salary, but mortgage his two houses or give up his stocks and savings. He gathered his staff together and gave them the news. He’d expected scenes of celebration, but at first announcement floated in the room was an anti-climax, Price says. He had to repeat himself before the enormity of what was happening landed. Five years later, Dan laughs about the fact that he missed a key point in the Princeton professors’ research. The amount they people need to be happy was $75,000. A third of workers at company’s salaries doubled Gravity transforms Headcount doubled and value of payment company processes rose $3.8bn a year to $10.2bn. Other metrics Price is more proud of is “before $70,000 minimum wage, having between zero and two babies born per year amongst team,” he says. “Since the announcement and it’s been only about four-and-a-half years we’ve had more than 40 babies.”Dan Price with his mother. More than 10% of the company have been able to buy their own home, in one of the US’s most expensive cities for renters. Before the figure was less than 1%. “There was a bit of concern amongst pontificators out there that people would squander any gains that they would have. And we’ve really seen the opposite,” Price says. The amount of money employees are voluntarily putting into their own pension funds has more than doubled and 70% of employees say they’ve paid off debt. Price did get a lot of flak. Along with hundreds of letters of support, and magazine cover labelled him “America’s best boss” many of Gravity’s customers wrote handwritten letters objected its a political statement. At the time, Seattle was debating increase to the minimum wage to $15, making it highest in the US at the time. Small business owners were fighting it, claiming they would go out of business. A right-wing radio pundit, Rush Limbaugh, Price listened to daily in childhood, called him a communist. “I hope this company is a case study in MBA programmes on how socialism does not work because it’s going to fail,” he said. Two senior Gravity employees resigned in protest. They weren’t happy salaries of junior staff jump overnight, argued it will make them lazy, company uncompetitive but it hasn’t happened.Rosita Barlow, director of sales, Gravity, says since salaries were raised junior colleagues pull more weight. “When money is not at the forefront of your mind when you’re doing your job, it allows you to be more passionate about what motivates you,” she says. Senior staff found their workload reduced. They’re under less pressure and can do things like take all of the holiday leave to which they are entitled. Price tells the story about one staff member who works in Gravity’s call centre. “He was commuting over an hour and a half a day,” he says. “He was worried that during his commute he was going to blow out a tyre and not have enough money to fix that tyre. He was stressing about it every day.” When his salary was raised to $70,000 this man moved closer to the office, now he spends more money on his health, he exercises every day and eats more healthily. “We had another gentleman on a similar team and he literally lost more than 50lb (22kg),” he says. Others report spending more time with their families or helping their parents pay off debt. “We saw, everyday, effects of giving somebody freedom,” Price says. He thinks it is why Gravity is making more money than ever. Raising salaries didn’t change people’s motivation staff were already motivated to work hard it increased what he calls their capability. “You’re not thinking I go to work because I have to make money,” Rosita Barlow agrees. “Now it’s become focused on ‘How do I do good work?'” Barlow has been with Gravity since the early days and knows Price wasn’t always so generous. And he acknowledges himself a time in the wake of 2008 financial crisis when he was obsessed with saving money. The downturn in the US economy decimated Gravity’s customer base and its income fell by 20%. Business logic would have dictated letting go about 12 of the company’s 35 staff, but instead Price focused on cutting costs. After five tense months, the company started turning a profit again, but Price was profoundly spooked, and kept salaries low. At this time Rosita Barlow was experiencing her own financial problems, secretly working at McDonald’s outside work hours. When McDonald’s offered her a promotion, she left a training manual on her desk at Gravity, and someone spotted it. Her bosses called her in for a meeting. “They sat me down and my immediate reaction was to cry,” Barlow says. She thought she is fired. Instead they told her to figure out how much money she’d need to stay on at the company and they raised her salary to $40,000. “I was impressed and proud of her and mad at myself,” Price says. It took him a few more years to grasp the scale of problem among his staff. “Most were too intimidated to come to me and tell me how a lack of pay was hurting them,” he says. Before 2015, he already begun giving employees 20% annual pay rises. But it was his conversation with Valerie that convinced him to go further. Price hopes Gravity’s example leads to far-reaching global changes in US business. He’s deeply disappointed and sad this hasn’t happened. Some did like PharmaLogics in Boston raised the minimum salary to $50,000, Rented.com in Atlanta raised theirs too. He believes by means of online lobbying influenced Amazon’s decisions to raise minimum wage. He hopes a widespread structural change takes place all over the world. It blesses the company to bring increases. And it’s changed my perspective on things because I believed through the actions that I did and that other people could do, that we could turn the tide on income inequality.” The change has had profound effect on Price’s lifestyle. And before taking a pay cut, Price was cliché of a young white tech millionaire, lived in beautiful house overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound and he drank champagne in expensive restaurants. Afterwards, he rented his house out on Airbnb to help stay afloat. A group of employees became sick of watching him turn up at work in a 12-year-old Audi and secretly clubbed together to buy him a new car.A film posted on YouTube follows one of the group, Alyssa O’Neal’s schemes with her colleagues to surprise him with the car. “I feel like this is the ultimate way to say thank you for all the sacrifices he’s made and any of the negative stuff he’s had to deal with,” she says. Price walks out of the office into the car park, sees the car, starts crying. Five years later Price still on Gravity’s minimum salary, says he’s more fulfilled than he ever was when he was earning millions though it’s not all easy. “There’s tests every day,” he says. “I’m the same age as Mark Zuckerberg and in dark moments I think, ‘I want to be just as rich as Mark Zuckerberg and I want to compete with him to be on the Forbes list. I want to be on cover of Time magazine, making lots of money.’ All these greedy things are tempting.” “It’s not so easy to turn down lavish lifestyle but much happier.”This doctor sees patients in chicken shops. GP appointments of doctor seeing patients in chicken shops in BBC Three shows The Unshockable Dr. Ronx, a doctor who takes appointments out of surgery in search of people who would n’t normally see a GP. “I don’t go to GP anymore, it took so long to be believed now I feel like they are listening.” And when Bethany was 13 was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis – a type of inflammatory arthritis. She says it took years for her GP to recognise its serious symptoms. “I think they assumed I was a young teenager so I couldn’t really be having severe joint difficulties.” Despite describing some of her symptoms, like chest pain, as “very scary” Bethany says she feels too embarrassed to go back to see a GP. In the UK, 16 to 30-year-olds are the most likely age group to miss a doctor’s appointment (along with over 90s). That’s according to analysis of GP Patient Survey, suggested 16 to 24-year-olds less positive about experiences at a GP’s, compared with the older patients. Some of the young people featured in BBC Three’s new show The Unshockable Dr. Ronx say things like embarrassment, a lack of time, using internet instead are some of the reasons that have stopped them from seeking professional medical care in the past. Dr Ronx, an A&E doctor from Hackney in London, wants young people to take their health seriously so she takes GP pop up shop to them. Ratan Tata: An unlikely friendship between a magnate and a millennial.Mr Naidu and Mr Tata watch movies together. Its not everyday octogenarian goes viral on Instagram. It’s so unusual if octogenarian billionaire businessman with a carefully cultivated reputation as a reclusive tycoon. Perhaps its the most unusual particular story of a friendship led to Ratan Tata’s India’s newest social media star. With the help of Shantanu Naidu, the 27-year-old who introduced him to social media platform and taught him about hashtag trends in the world discovered “man crush.” And Mr Naidu hopes the mix of old family pictures, snapshots of dogs and photographs of mogul’s younger days one from five decades of more than half million hits gave people glimpse of the man behind the tycoon. The man who led the salt-to-software conglomerate Tata Group for 21 years classes of closest friends. The two of them do everything together by getting haircuts to watching films. Their “intergenerational friendship” is quite unusual, but, Mr Naidu says, it is pretty special. “He’s been a hard boss, a core mentor understanding friend,” he told the BBC. This doe-eyed and curly-haired millennial became a business assistant as best friends to India’s internationally recognised business leaders?Mr Naidu’s non-profit provide stray dog glow-in-dark collars. Mr Naidu is a fifth generation Tata employee and although family has a strong connection to Tata brand never thought he would end up working closely with man responsible for it. Mutual love of dogs brought the two together while younger man works for one of Mr Tata’s companies in city of Pune, west India. And Mr Naidu ‘s social initiative Motopaws glow-in-dark collar for stray dog’s work highlighted in the company newsletter prompted Mr Tata to write letter inviting him to Mumbai. “Shantanu and I first met because of our common concern and affection for stray dogs,” Mr Tata in email said BBC. He led team of young college students to adopt dogs and give them affection, food, find homes for them for sense of belonging.” The meeting proved to be their first of Motopaw’s scaling up so became closer. Work emails slowly turned into asking questions about one another,” Mr Naidu said. Soon after friendship took off, Mr Naidu left India for university in US. “I was sad, I felt I just discovered a friend in Mr Tata.” The connection between the two strengthened. Mr Naidu was at Mr Tata’s alma mater Cornell University, and started work on the businessman’s dream project, building a veterinary hospital in Mumbai. The construction for this hospital is set to begin this year. Mr Tata attended his graduation. “I had mentioned it to him in passing and he said yes,” Mr Naidu recalls. “Cut to the actual day and there he was!”Mr Naidu graduated from Mr Tata’s alma mater, Cornell University. On his return to India, Mr Naidu took up a job as Mr Tata’s business assistant. Things changed in a single minute. I had never imagined my life to pan out this way. Mr Tata told BBC “I enjoy seeing Shantanu’s freshness, concern never seen in a ‘dog eat dog’ world we live in.'” What does a typical day look like? Business assistant to Mr Tata meets, takes copious notes, keeps records for future discussions. Mr Tata briefs him on happenings of day or plan and start attacking them. He’s very focused, non-stop no break,” Mr Naidu explained. The Tata Group patriarch has invested in more than 73 Indian start up ride-hailing service, Ola. Mr Tata uses Instagram profile Mr Naidu set up to connect with the youth and has shared “recipe” for successful start-up pitches. The 82-year-old shares pictures of him in his 20s a popular hashtag Throwback Thursday to set the internet alight.
It isn’t just business so two remain fast friends. He added they both like action comedy films such as The Other Guys and Lone Ranger series of experiences in the Israel Defence Force called Fauda is Mr Tata’s favourite Netflix binge, Mr Naidu said. Last year a radio interview with BBC met Mr Tata and Mr Naidu. It was easy to sense warm bond between the two a great degree of camaraderie and mutual respect. Mr Tata spoke of retirement plans and love for dogs. Mr Naidu continues to work on ths project that brought Mr Tata and him together. Motopaws expanded over the years and now operating in four countries it isn’t just non-profit evolving. “If something bothers me or makes me happy he is the first person I call. The foundation is the constantly blossoming tree. Mr Tata has always been there for me I do the same for him,” Mr Naidu said with a smile.
Photo exhibition showcases the people tackling the impact of poverty in 21st Century Britain. The focus of the new exhibition showcases those trying to help their struggling neighbours. And four people making a difference in their communities explain how they became involved. ‘I want to be a spark in the plug’ as Micah Lammie learned from everyone in his community. And Battersea and Brixton helped to shape Micah Lammie into the man he is today, so now he is repaying the debt. “Life was difficult as a kid from a one-parent family,” the 30-year-old said. ” defiant in trouble at school. It takes whole village to raise a child I learn from my parents, I learned from everyone in community. “These things I want to continue raising our next generation.” He worked in call centres at a funeral Brixton Soup met Kitchen founder Solomon Smith who gave him his true calling.As “I’ve known Solomon from back in the day,” Micah said. “I got involved and I’ve never looked back.”He is the centre manager of service offers food and legal advice to rough sleepers or community. “It’s a safe haven for misunderstood people. Everything starts somewhere, there’s been ups and downs but we’re helping people. I want to be a spark in the plug, I won’t change the world but I’ll invest in a person who will.”Micah is now its centre manager ‘I knew hunger.’ After experiencing a financial struggles Mary Brennan’s neighbours in Cross Green, Leeds, faced difficulties. “I knew hunger and poverty,” the 68-year-old said.
“It used to be just families round here, then landlords started bedding seven people in four-bedroom terraced houses. I noticed they were hungry.”Image copyrightJILLIAN EDELSTEIN
So she helped set up Community Unity, a neighbourhood group that runs a lunch club at St Hilda’s Church and created a garden on a disused railway bridge where the community can pick their own food.”We don’t have many facilities round here, no shop where you can buy fresh food and [there’s] terrible problems with transport,” she added.
‘If you’re poor, you can’t afford ideas’
Poverty can be a barrier to creativity because people can’t afford either the money or time to do it, according to Steve Arnott. The 44-year-old from Hull said hip-hop helped him through a tough childhood and he saw how it could do the same for others. “Hip-hop has always been my love,” he said. “There were local workshops which weren’t getting many kids because families couldn’t afford the fares into town. “I had idea of taking it to them.”The workshops were aimed at helping children in the community. In 2017, his hometown was the UK City of Culture, so he launched the Beats Bus – a mobile recording studio which he takes into the communities to attract youngsters eager to learn more about hip-hop, DJing, break-dancing and graffiti art. “If you’re poor, you can’t afford the time to create ideas,” Steve said. “The Beats Bus is trying to change that, bringing free studio time to talented kids.”Steve has a tattoo of a microphone on his forearm.
‘There’s no shame in being poor through no fault of your own’
The issues blighting the Sholes area of Wigan are being tackled by Barbara Nettleton. She previously spearheaded a residents’ association to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve services, before taking over the running of the Sunshine House community centre. The site opened in 2005, runs art groups and youth projects with a view to helping people find work. It also operates three shops in the area offering necessities including second-hand clothes and prams, toys and baby clothes.Barbara Nettleton was a bit shy about being photographed. “When the mines, steelworks and mills closed years ago, it took the apprenticeships away, broke families and industrial areas like ours,” Barbara said. There is no shame in being poor when you work hard all your life and end up poor. God judges a nation by how it treats the poor in the society. Jesus said, in Matthew 25:40-46 whoever cares for the poor by feeding them, gives them water to drink or had provided shelter for the “least of these” receives JESUS. The poor are priceless in God’s sight because HE created them in HIS OWN IMAGE AND LIKENESS. Bible says value of material possessions is not true measure of quality of human life in God’s sight as mankind thinks. Its loving care and fair share of all the resources provided by God as Marslow hierarchy shows God counts towards eternal life.This homeless couple moved in with a millionaire in America. The homeless couple moved in with the millionaire after living on California’s streets for 20 years Greg and Marie invited to stay in the home of the millionaire. The local businessman asked if they wanted to share his $4m home. A year later other rich neighbours complain so call police tells us about homelessness crisis in the Western countries. Luke 16 says a rich man enjoyed all great wealth on earth but ended in hell for abuse of the poor Lazarus who went into heaven and is comforted by Abraham. So God judges mankind by how HIS RESOURCES are shared on this earth. Gospel of Matthew 25, 34-46 34 says, KING of Kings “Jesus will say to those on His right, ‘Come in, you who are blessed by my Father God because you the fed poor and you clothe them by your kindness, you did it to me so enter heaven. You didn’t do it to show off to get praise of people but you did it genuinely from kibdness of your heart to help others. George Medal for saving Princess Anne sells for £50k.The medal sold at auction for £50,000 is a medal awarded to a boxer who helped save Princess Royal from an attempted armed kidnap has sold at auction for £50,000. Former heavyweight Ronnie Russell, 72, punched Ian Ball in the head tried to abduct princess at gunpoint in London in 1974. Mr Russell said he sold the George Medal as he had been “very unwell for quite some time.” “I want to know that I’ve done enough to pay for my own funeral,” he said. After auction, Mr Russell, who lives in Bristol, said: “For something I thought I would never sell, I never believed it will sell for this amount, I am absolutely blown away.”Ronnie Russell was awarded the George Medal for bravery by the Queen. He said he had one request for UK buyer, who asked to remain anonymous which was for them to meet in person to tell the story of what happened.Princess Anne’s car had been blocked and Ian Ball had fired shots, wounding four people Mr Russell, heading home to his wife and children in Strood, Kent, when he thwarted late-night ambush on 20 March 1974. Ball blocked princess’s car on Mall in central London and fired shots, wounding four people. Mr Russell said Ball was trying to drag Princess Anne from her car while her husband, Captain Mark Phillips, was pulling her back. “She was very, together, telling him: ‘Just go away and don’t be such a silly man’,” he said. “He stood there glaring at me with the gun and I hit him. I hit him as hard as I could and he was flat on the floor face down. “I said to Princess Anne: ‘We’re going to walk away and he’s going to have to go through me to get you’.”Ian Ball attempted to kidnap Princess Anne who telegrams RONNIE RUSSELLPrincess Anne sent Mr Russell telegram when he received medal Ball was later sent to a psychiatric hospital by an Old Bailey judge. Mr Russell was awarded George Medal for bravery by the Queen, who told him: “The medal from Queen, I want to thank you as Anne’s mother.” It was sold with a letter from 10 Downing Street informing Mr Russell of award and telegram from Princess Anne.
George Medal for saving Princess Anne sells for £50k
Picture Britain: Our People, Our Poverty was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and created by photographer Jillian Edelstein and investigative journalist Stephen Armstrong. It will be at Borough Market, London, from 20 February to 8 March.
Coronavirus spreading rapidly across the world affects 172 countries killed more than 20,000 lives. Over 850,000 confirmed cases worldwide, Southern Europe is at epicentre of the crisis and US facing a surge in cases. This series of maps and charts help you understand what is going on. The global pandemic continues to grow as the virus spreads rapidly in many countries. Over 370,000 confirmed cases outside China by these latest figures Johns Hopkins University. Actual figure for number of people with coronavirus is higher, milder symptoms untested uncounted. Coronavirus global cases information is updated but doesn’t reflect latest total for all countries. Virus from China covid 19 spread globally to countries but epic centre is Europe. The coronavirus outbreak across the globe development guidance shows Covid-19 pandemic results in travel bans, event cancellations, school closures, panic buying as countries grind to a halt, self-isolation, social distancing, rationing is enforced. Marshall law enforced in Italy killed 500 people for non compliance by soldiers on streets. And a doctor alerted Chinese authorities at onset of virus in December 2019 but was arrested for “spreading false rumours.” They admit their error, apologised to his family but its too late, he died leaving behind his heavily pregnant wife as virus spreads.Johns Hopkins University, says to avoid contagion wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and hot water. The virus is not living organism is protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), absorbed by cells of ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa changes genetic code. Mutates and converts to aggressor and multiplier cells. The virus protein molecule is not killed decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity type of material it lies in. The virus is fragile protects its outer layer by fat. Soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT rub hands 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam. Dissolving the fat layer protein molecule disperses, breaks down on its own. HEAT melts fat so use water above 25 degrees Celsius to wash hands, clothes. Hot water makes more foam so useful. Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES FAT external lipid layer of virus. Mix 1 part bleach to 5 part water dissolves protein and breaks it down inside. Oxygenated water helps after soap and alcohol and chlorine, peroxide dissolves the virus protein if used pure hurts the skin. The virus is not living organism like bacteria is not killed by anthobiotics but quickly disintegrates structure washes fat away. NEVER shake un/used clothing, sheets, cloth, porous surface, inert disintegrates 3 hours on porous fabric 4 hours copper is natural antiseptic; wood removes all moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates. 24 hours on cardboard, 42 hours on metal and 72 hours on plastic. If you shake it or use feather duster, the virus molecules float in air 3 hours can lodge in nose. Virus molecules remain in external cold air conditioners, houses and cars. Needs moisture to stay stable and darkness. Dehumidified, dry, warm and the bright environments degrades it faster. UV LIGHT on object breaks down the virus protein. To disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it breaks down collagen protein in skin causing wrinkles, skin cancer. Virus CANNOT go through healthy skin. Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down protective layer of fat. NO SPIRITS, NOR strongest vodka 40% alcohol, need 65%. LISTERINE 65% alcohol. Confined space concentration of virus spreads use open natural ventilated spaces. Wash hands before and after touching face, mucosa, food, locks, knobs, or switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, bathroom use. Use HUMIDIFY HANDS DRYER in washroom, molecules hide in micro cracks. Thick moisturizer is better. Keep NAILS SHORT stop virus.It spreads in Britain so Prince Charles is said to have virus so in self isolates. And Idris Elba informed by a doctor he’ll be ‘immune’ from coronavirus for some time if he leaves quarantine. The Luther actor self-isolating with his wife Sabrina Elba tested positive for the coronavirus in March. The virus is traced from those who went to Switzerland ski resort and in contact from others with Covid-19. It is spreading to almost a million people over 20,000 death and still counting.WHO, UN and EU nations developed a Coronavirus vaccine to be used to infect Africans. The vaccine are transported to Africa as a preventive treatment against Covid-19 but in really its not. So vaccine used to infect who accept it. This comes in the wake of the fact Africans are less infected by Covid-19. Pass this message on, so no black man or Africans accept injection with deadly vaccine. So WHO, UN, EU nations exposed as they infected people with HIV or Ebola by deception on pretext for polio vaccines. Bible says pandemic plagues, diseases, sicknesses part of unfolding prophecies foretold. Is pandemic diseases Ebola, coronavirus prompting many to ask why God allows or causes pandemic diseases or illnesses signs of end times. Old Testament shows how God brought plagues, diseases on HIS people or HIS enemies “to make you see MY POWER” in Exodus 9:14, 16. God used plagues on Egypt to force Pharaoh to free Israelites from bondage but HE spared His people from effects on them in Exodus 12:13; 15:26. God’s Sovereign control over diseases and afflictions so warn people disobedience consequence plagues in Leviticus 26:21,25. God used destroyed 14,700 and 24,000 people for disobedience in Numbers 16:49 & 25:9. In Mosaic Law God says all who disobey suffer many evils. In 2 Samuel 24 God used plagues to kill over 70,000 in three days by David’s error of counting God’s army in Israel. King David told Joab, the commander of army, “Go go all tribes of Israel and count army. Joan warned him but did it anyway brought punishment to all Israel until David built altar at Mt. Moriah Table Mount in Jerusalem then the plague stopped immediately plagues are like Ebola. The LORD will strike with the wasting disease fever inflammation plagues to perish in Deuteronomy 28:22 and Hantavirus diseases God allows.
It’s hard to imagine how a LOVING and MERCIFUL God displayis wrath or anger towards His people. God’s punishments always have the goal of repentance and restoration. In 2 Chronicles 7:13–14, God said to Solomon, “I shut up the heavens so there is no rain and command locusts to devour the land. I send plague among MY people so if MY people called by MY name humble themselves and pray and seek MY face and turn from the wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Here we see God using disaster to draw His people to Himself and to bring about repentance and desire to come to Him as children to the heavenly Father.
Bible says, Jesus healed “every disease and sickness,” as well as plagues in the areas He visited in Matthew 9:35; 10:1; Mark 3:10. God chose to use plagues and disease to show HIS POWER to Israel to correct them. Jesus heals by POWER to prove He is TRULY the Son of God. His healing POWER in His disciples works in the healing ministry in Luke 9:1. God allows sickness for HIS own purposes but sometimes disease and a worldwide pandemic are results of living in a fallen world. There is no way to determine if a pandemic has a specific spiritual cause. God’s sovereign control over all things in Romans 11:36 is God works all things together for good for those who believe and love HIM as in Romans 8:28. Spread of sicknesses, coronavirus is foretaste of pandemics as part of end time warning. Jesus referred to future plagues in last days in Luke 21:11. The two witnesses of Revelation 11 will have power “to strike earth with all kinds of plague as they want in Revelation 11:6. Seven angels wield seven plagues in a series of God’s final judgments described in Revelation 16 in Bible.The appearance of pandemic diseases may or may not be tied to God’s specific judgment of sin. Its the result of living in a fallen world. No one knows exact time of Jesus’ return so be careful saying global pandemics this proof may be living in end times. Those who do not know Jesus Christ as Saviour the disease is reminder life on earth is tenuous can be lost any moment. Plague pandemics hurt but hell is worse. Christians have assurance of salvation hope in eternity because of the Blood of Christ shed on the Cross in Isaiah 53:5; 2 Corinthians 5:21. A few years ago in London a high number of people dropped dead from plagues, foot and mouth disease and the salmonella food poisoning. Saved those in intensive care stops raising death toll. To locate contamination source it traced to exclusive restaurant owned by a well known celebrity chef. To pinpoint, this restaurant it was spotless from bottom to top. Discovered Clams sea creatures served there was source, contaminated with human waste excrements poured into the sea. Types of sea, land creatures like catfish, prawns, pigs, rabbits, birds, are scavenger nature’s waste bin. Such animals as bats, monkeys carry disease. They are not created to be eaten; their purposes is similar to vultures or flies created solely to do cleaning up to get rid of nature’s waste on planet. Those located in the sea work on bottom of the sea to gobble up dead things etc. So land counterparts do the same performance on land some eat their own dead babies. Be alert to ensure food cooked properly to avoid raw sea food unless you know source. Disregarding God’s specification clarifying HIS law on what is suitable or not suitable to consume often can cause pain and suffering not solely for those indulging in such acts but can spread to those whom are not. Due to spreading of diseases from affected animal every now and then outbreaks like in China happens around the world. Avoid eating some of the creatures forbidden by God consumed by man as delicious to eat. So take time to listen to information on you tube messages on creatures like infected monkeys eaten causing Ebola or bats in China spreading Corona virus. Locusts in Saudi Arabia during Hajj, bats in Las Vegas and now Australia after the fires.
China prepares 100,000 ducks to battle Pakistan’s locust swarms. Ducks have a voracious appetite for locusts. China is preparing to deploy 100,000 ducks to neighbouring Pakistan to help tackle swarms of crop-eating locusts. Chinese agricultural experts say one duck eats more than 200 locusts a day is effective than pesticides. Pakistan declared emergency this month since locust numbers worst in more than two decades.Millions of insects too devastate crops in parts of East Africa. China is sending a team of experts to Pakistan to develop “targeted programmes” against locusts. Lu Lizhi, senior researcher at Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said ducks are “biological weapons.”He said chickens eat about 70 locusts in one day but ducks devour more than three times that number. “Ducks like to stay in large group so they are easier to manage than chickens,” he told Chinese media.Swarms of locusts threaten to devastate crops in Pakistan. A trial involves ducks takes place in China’s western Xinjiang province in coming months, Mr Lu said, according to Bloomberg news agency. Is sent to Pakistan’s worst-affected areas of Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab provinces. In 2000, China shipped the 30,000 ducks from Zhejiang to Xinjiang to tackle the infestation of locusts. According to the UN current heavy infestations traced to cyclone season 2018-19 by heavy rains to Arabian Peninsula. Three generations of unprecedented breeding undetected, swarm spread to South Asia East Africa.East Africa is battling devastating locust swarms In January, UN has called for international help to fight swarms of desert locusts sweeping through East Africa. Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia struggle with such an “unprecedented “devastating” swarms of food-devouring insects, the UN said.
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China sent 100,000 ducks to battle Pakistan’s locust swarms