THE SUPERFAST INTERNET

IMG_20170503_113609 Superfast fibreoptic internet is built by farmer’s wife Christine Conder for 2,300 members, rural community Lancashire as a revolutionary internet pioneer. Her DIY solution solved neighbour’s internet connectivity problems in 2009 evolved into B4RN internet service provider of a faster gigabit per second broadband speed to parishes in picturesque Lune Valley. Is 35 times faster than 28.9 Mbps UK speed internet connection according to Ofcom. Began when trees separating Chris’ neighbouring farm from nearest wireless mast only internet connection provided by Lancaster University grew too tall. Something more robust was required and no alternatives available Chris decided to take matters into her own hands. She purchased a kilometre of fibre-optic cable and commandeered her farm tractor to dig a trench. After lighting the cable, the two farms were connected, with hers feeding the one behind the trees. “We dug it ourselves and we lit the cable ourselves and we proved that ordinary people could do it she says. It was not rocket science just 3 days of hard work. Her motto she often repeats in conversation, is JFDI. Three of those letters stand for Just Do It. The fourth is work out for yourself.unnamedB4rn in actionFibre optic cable cattle grid. And JFDI she has. B4RN now claims to have laid 2,000 miles 3,218km of cable connected to string of local parishes to its network. It won’t connect a single household, so the entire parish has to be on board before begins to build. Each household pays £30 per month, £150 connection fee, larger businesses pay more. And households must do some installation themselves. The entire infrastructure is fibre-optic cable right to the property than just to cabinet with existing copper phone lines running to home generally offered by British Telecom. The service is so popular the company has work lined up for next 10 years and people from as far as Sierra Leone attended the open days held couple of times a year. The bulk of work is done by volunteers although there are now 15 paid staff on board. Farmers give access to their land and those with equipment like diggers and tractors do the heavy work. Other landowners can charge B4RN complain on Facebook page about price of cabling under a disused railway bridge owned by Highways England. A spokesperson told BBC standard industry cost include a £4,500 fee for surveying, legal fees and price per metre for cable installation. So B4RN has yet to make profit once it pays back shareholders it should be in good financial health although on condition profits ploughed back into community. Chris’ services to rural broadband have recognised by the Queen was awarded an MBE in 2015, alongside Barry Forde, a retired university lecturer who now leads the co-operative.nl26_03_160928_photo_2_1.jpgcalfNewborn cattle registered online within 5days in UK. Incredibly B4RN customers had been surviving on dial-up services or paying high fees for satellite feeds. So Chris says some still do. As farmers now register online with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) within 5 days of every calf being born to enter food chain, connectivity is vital. “All the farmers who have not got broadband have to rely on land agents or auction marts or public wi-fi spaces which we haven’t got round here either, or paying somebody to do it,” says Chris. Farmers finding dial-up just could not cope with it. They bought satellites, but children use all satellite feed for things and when they came to use it at night there was no feed left, gone over data and they were being charged a fortune for what they then used. “So the farmers have been incredibly supportive of this and that is why they have given us free rein throughout the fields, which we go through to connect them and then we get to the villages which subsidise the farmers’ connections. “You could not do it for farmers alone, but you could not get to the village without farmers so it is win win.300C.jpgB4rn in actionnl13_01_160701_IMG_4504Independent fibre broadband providers like Gigaclear serve 50,000 customers in several UK counties and Hyperoptic is active in 13 cities. They all claim to offer 1Gbps speeds. “The best way to make sure this country has faster up to date internet is support alternative networks says Chris. “When there is competition BT will then up their game. “We cannot do the whole country. BT, Virgin etc are good businesses, they are in it to make profit, as businesses do.” Openreach, currently a division of BT, owns the UK’s largest broadband infrastructure. Big picture is a plan alongside government to get 95% UK fibre coverage,” said Kim Mears, Openreach’s managing director of Infrastructure Delivery. The provider upgraded 90 small Community Fibre Partnership, set up to work in areas it describes as “hard to reach.” Ms Mears appealed to those struggling with poor connectivity to make contact. A lot to gain if communities come together we are really here to help,” she said.

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OVERCOME ADVERSITY

Overcoming adversity is part of life as a series of unfortunate events tend to follow endlessly after another like Job 42 Bible Study outlines.  The adversary challenged God to prove believers only loved God because of material blessings, wealth and riches they received from God. Knowing God built a hedge of protection around Job, the adversary proceeded to torment and torture Job with boils, illnesses, and adversities. Job lived in Uz as God’s faithful man. Job is pronounced Jobe and lived a blameless and upright life. He feared God and shunned evil. He had 7 sons and 3 grown daughters with own families, fabulously rich, very wealthy and had much land. God permitted the adversary to Prove that no matter the adversities thrown by the adversary the believe overcomes it in Jesus Name. Job dealt with life struggles and expressed his feelings and thoughts openly about concerns and problems of evil. Job repented from his sins 42:1-6, God forgave Eliphaz and 2 friends after offering sacrifices and Job prayed for them.  Such is life as one problem is solved there comes along another challenge. Those intimately close may not fully understand what is going on and even blame the person. Sometimes like Job, one feels one cannot survive another day. The family is traumatized with tragedy after tragedy. The health of some members become overriding issue of concern. Medical bills pile up high while savings deplete, jobs lost as time is taken out to look after loved ones. So no salary or health care means an imposed poverty because health prevents the ability to work. Since no extra money is provided the limited funds available adds to stress of care. One feels sometimes numb in limbo neither here nor there due to situation, state of circumstances in dealing with sick loved ones like Job. The mind runs helter skelter in panic worrying about wht to do. Stress affects relatives unable to focus at work. Also one hospital trip after another plus surgeries and treatments interfere with a sick child’s school lessons if young or education delayed and studies interrupted with pain affectings grades. All these domino effect impacts siblings and spouses who feel neglected by intense focus on one needing perpetual care. So love life is put on hold without date time because emergency needs of loved ones is paramount and overrules family life.Those not directly affected feel sense of abandonment and feel too much special attention is given to the one needing round the clock care. If asked if they want to exchange their healthy lifestyle places of good health with the one suffering in sickness of course the answer is a resounding no! In addition, strain and emotional drain on carer takes its toll on sleep, eating habits and taking personal care of themselves. Although many feel isolated so cry themselves to sleep every night, feeling lonely, without support and respite care or holiday breaks to recharge their batteries it is good to remember God sees it all and is pleased with them. Furthermore, society attacks them for not earning enough social security points for pension or benefits so in limbo without help and necessary support. Their full time dedicated service is taken for granted so they are not seen as doing any valid work that benefit because the sick person is a relative who cannot afford to pay them. The sick person suffers own loses as time is devoted to taking care of personal health so unavailable to work. If self -employed they earn nothing if it is an internal hidden disability not measurable physically outwardly they are not supported with disability car, equipment and facilities. Many lost their lives because the nature of this illness makes the survivor seem healthy yet ill. Often, they are made to feel like a nuisance, and not wanted around as a second class citizen because many do not understand their condition. So life is hard on the family as they struggle a lot and sometimes do without just to pay the bills or chose between putting food on the table. The unpredictable nature of sudden occurrence of illness means carers are on standby for life. Their career in interrupted regularly to take time out to care. Yet all this hard work is not considered as of any monetary value. So the family plod along hopping for the best. This is the case of many millions of people made to feel as if they have done something wrong just for caring. Those they care for at times turn on them with their frustrations created for them so they happen to bear the brunt of good deed bug.  However, if a total stranger is hired to provide same care they are well paid including their fuel bills of taking client to and fro hospitals appointments. This is the computerized age of gadgets and heavy duty mechanized care so any one one caring in a practical hands on traditional loving manner is seen as not sophisticated enough to be considered as providing valued service. Siblings, feel neglected and deprived of carers attention so no matter what is required there never seems enough of carer to go around. So feels stretched beyond limit to please everyone and spread thin. Those capable and able do not seem to feel it any of their duty of care to support the dedicated stay home 24 hour carer penalized for not being available to work. Since the ill person is not treated as disabled enough to get help so both suffer in silence.  Their hurts and pain is put on the back burner so some implode, drink, smoke or look for affection in wrong places if it is ever possible to do so. Others have dealt with bereavement, grief sorrow and shock of loss like no other. They feel they cannot endure another day and wish the earth opens to swallow them alive to take away pain as it is too much to bear. Some need to be warm at all times for blood vessels to function well but not given heating allowance and basic lifeline necessities. If they can talk, walk, eat by themselves, answer the phone they are deemed fit.  Nobody seems to also fully understand their predicament to empathize with them. In short they do not not thrive but live in auto pilot zombie mode all the time with no time to see the flowers or the roses all around the. They remembered past good times so wish they had amnesia to forget tormenting pain of loss and adversity. Instead of comforting the sick one they wallowed in misery of loss of bromate so felt Job should curse God and die. Some divorce the sick one on grounds of incapability of fulfilling and providing spousal duties so incompetent. So Job ended up losing everything yet stayed loyal and faithful to God in the gravest hour of his life. He endured pain and took insults from those who misunderstood and rejected him in his greatest hour of need. If a perfect son of God went through sorrow and pain for doing no wrong how then can mere mortals born in sin be able to fully comprehend fellow human beings enough to walk in their shoes. God is in control still on the throne so able to provide supernatural miracle intervention. It may not always be the answer or response one prefers. However you can trust God all will be well, for all things to work together for good. So whatever the devil meant for evil God is able to turnaround for good because God turns curses into blessings. Some end up in a downward spiral of no point of return. Yet Job endured so much adversity for just being faithful and loyal to God. His wife and friends do not seem to get it. They missed and longed for their friend who was emotionally available when all was well. Such is life so hold on to God no matter what family or society throws at you. While loss of jobs, business, friends, supports seems to dwindle never let go of confidence in God through Christ. All the years that the locust, canker worm and palmer worm have devoured God is able to restore into all beyond expectation with a double portion plus profit in Jesus Name. God is faithful so will do it again in Jesus Name to your testimony and Glory of God through the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. So do not be anxious for anything, but in everything with prayer and thanksgiving let requests be made known to God for He cares for you. The Bible story of Job is a true real life experience yet Job was once again blessed by God with twice as much as he had before.

ROLLER COASTER FAITH

Psalm 139:2 says, God you know when I sit down and when I stand up my thoughts are known to you. For the Christian believer, there are days one sits down in perfect rest, comfortably in presence of God at peace. Then there days and times one is literary standing on the word of God holding on by faith, confident God will do it again to Glorify His Mighty Holy Name. During up days when one feels in charge and control by faith feeling great. One smiles and sings joyfully to praise and thank God. The sun and flowers seem brighter in such times feeling wonderful happy God remembers you. In the up times life is easy at its best so like a roller coaster one stays up enjoying every moment. Such days one feels on top of the world, like walking on sunshine, able to handle anything that comes up easily. Such experience is compared to the joy and excitement felt especially in riding roller coasters. Others describe up euphoria moments as priceless treasures beyond description. In such a state one becomes oblivious to issues in life full of joy like trusting children. Believers are like little children in the Kingdom of God. Although challenges loom large like Goliath God protects us in Jesus Name.TusenFryd park in Oslo, Norway

The child of God is to have confidence in God for the battle is the Lord’s. When one feels miniscious like a little roller facing a daunting overbearing and tough Goliath yet God lifts us up in the spirit realm to become strong in the power of God’s might to win. Like the above appropriately named Goliath roller coaster in Gurnee Illinois currently the tallest in world, one feels moments of hype in Christ which is even greater to the thrill of roller coaster. Again the other side of the coin means dealing with the challenges seemingly looming large as this roller coaster. Described as the roller coaster for dare devils it is interesting people are willing to ride it for adventure thrill seeking. Christians often doing the work of God overcome in midst of challenges from world strengthened in Christ and victorious. The following rock & roller roller coasters is designed to be age and height appropriate with restrictions that come in all forms. So God looks out for our safety and general well-being giving guideline commandments and regulations. God gives us liberty in Christians life at times to decide the best suitable roller coasters by carefully following Godly instructions. This also includes joy, peace, love, self-control, health issues, emotion, pain, trauma, dizziness, recovery, healing for thriving to ensure rider is not compromised on ride as in life to promote healthy lifestyle. To avoid trigger caused by rumbling onus is on both a roller coaster rider or company to be entertained safely.

Similarly, a believer’s life feels  like putting oneself on the biggest roller coasters ever ridden. It is full of leaps and bounds, uplifting, exhilaration, fun, joy, laughter and playfulness. The peak moments include beautiful all the magnificent scenic views, gorgeous towers and landmarks impossible to see from the ground. Christianity spiritually speaking has highest moments in faith when one gets closer in the spirit nearer God for deeper relationship. So roller coaster riders feel on top of the world by having such good times though, rising and falling many times in the process yet landing safely.

People party and eat on some roller coasters to celebrate special events. The type of roller coaster designed to serve meals and stop mid – air for a while have special features required. Some turn riders upside down just as life turns turns the Christian’s life upside down for a season. Pictures taken commemorate the day as an unforgettable memory to remember to share with friends and family. The stories of such experiences are shared again and again like gospel gossip message.

While settling to take more pictures to enjoy the moment, sometimes prepaid time limited ticket require one to stop to enjoying more of this wonderful moment, suddenly to go back down the roller coaster. In fact in such valley moments in life, Christ and the angels keep believers safely to gently be let back down due to announcement made to come down carefully. As one exists, others get ready to climb up again into same place to ride again to repeat same process. The brave and daring pay again to hang in there to enjoy more joyful moments again until touchdown.

Some travel the world to enjoy various types of roller coasters. From the tallest in the world to the smallest ones thrill seekers have been there, done that so got the T-shirt to prove it. So many fantastic images are put together to to invite and encourage others to help fully understand the fun and functions of roller coasters. Until a person actually rides a roller coaster to fully understand a poster picture, it is meaningless. Christians are presented with chosen lifestyle according to God’s standards and expectations. Until one tastes to see goodness of God in the land of the living, it may not make sense. The bible is love letter God gives to assure believers He loves them and cares.

Amazingly thrill seekers want higher and taller roller coaster options to ride and enjoy. So does God want Christian believers to seek a higher standard of faith to live from glory to glory in Jesus Name. Although roller coasters may not always be everyone’s cup of tea, those who love to ride describe it as a unique experience that cannot be compared to anything else. So the Living God cannot be compared to other deities. Christ is in a super mega giant league of His Own as Son of God and the Word turned man and resurrected. It is interesting action faith life lessons can be learned through roller coaster experiences.

CROSSROAD TRANSITIONS

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As believers we face many challenges in life in general while holding on in faith with assurance that all will be well in Jesus Name. It seems the deeper and nearer we draw to God we face issues of all forms and shapes.

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Each occasion brings a new situation to test one to try to intimidate and harass to taunt faith. More stress is added and pressure increased to see if one truly trusts in God.

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Like Job many have been put through the fire and water of adversity. Some are dealing with the consequences brought on by others now dealt with by them.

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It appears the more sophisticated life becomes new issues create decision and choice effects. In spite of challenges one can surely say with confidence in God all things work together for good.

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Those called according to God’s plans, doing God’s will and fufilling God’s purposes know and fully understand that God is in control.

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The plans and purposes of God are always Higher and Better although it may not make sense. Some misunderstand actions brought on by change perfectly in line with will of God.

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One at times may feel like throwing in the towel when tried and tested beyond measure, not knowing in which direction to turn.

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The good news is change helps one to surely survive and make it to share the testimony.

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Change is tough with domino effect one may not be ready for at times caused by others.thumb_COLOURBOX3974736

With God for you it is well in Jesus Name. Even if the ripple effects of life is not your doing God Shields you from destruction in Jesus Name.

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Whatever challenges affect us God is able to give wisdom to overcome in Jesus Name.

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