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A Minister passing through his church

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2013 at 4:17 am

A Minister passing through his church*****
>> *In the middle of the day,*****
>> *Decided to pause by the altar*****
>> *To see who came to pray.*****
>> *Just then the back door opened,*****
>> *And a man came down the aisle,*****
>> *The minister frowned as he saw the man*****
>> *Hadn’t shaved in a while.*****
>> *His shirt was torn and shabby,*****
>> *And his coat was worn and frayed,*****
>> *The man knelt down and bowed his head,*****
>> *Then rose and walked away.*****
>> *In the days that followed at precisely noon,*****
>> *The preacher saw this chap,*****
>> *Each time he knelt just for a moment,*****
>> *A lunch pail in his lap.*****
>> *Well, the minister’s suspicions grew,*****
>> *With robbery a main fear,*****
>> *He decided to stop and ask the man,*****
>> *’What are you doing here?’*****
>> *The old man said he was a factory worker*****
>> *And lunch was half an hour*****
>> *Lunchtime was his prayer time,*****
>> *For finding strength and power.*****
>> *I stay only a moment*****
>> *Because the factory’s far away;*****
>> *As I kneel here talking to the Lord,*****
>> *This is kinda what I say:*****
>> *’I Just Came By To Tell You, Lord,*****
>> *How Happy I Have Been,*****
>> *Since We Found Each Other’s Friendship*****
>> *And You Took Away My Sin.*****
>> *Don’t Know Much Of How To Pray,*****
>> *But I Think About You Every day.*****
>> *So, Jesus, This Is Ben,*****
>> *Just Checking In Today.’*****
>> *The minister feeling foolish,*****
>> *Told Ben that it was fine.*****
>> *He told the man that he was welcome*****
>> *To pray there anytime.*****
>> *’It’s time to go, and thanks,’ Ben said*****
>> *As he hurried to the door.*****
>> *Then the minister knelt there at the altar,*****
>> *Which he’d never done before.*****
>> *His cold heart melted, warmed with love,*****
>> *As he met with Jesus there.*****
>> *As the tears flowed down his cheeks,*****
>> *He repeated old Ben’s prayer:*****
>> *’I Just Came By To Tell You, Lord,*****
>> *How Happy I’ve Been,*****
>> *Since We Found Each Other’s Friendship*****
>> *And You Took Away My Sin.*****
>> *I Don’t Know Much Of How To Pray,*****
>> *But I Think About You Every day.*****
>> *So, Jesus, This Is Me,*****
>> *Just Checking In Today.’*****
>> *Past noon one day, the minister noticed*****
>> *That old Ben hadn’t come.*****
>> *As more days passed and still no Ben,*****
>> *He began to worry some.*****
>> *At the factory, he asked about him,*****
>> *Learning he was ill.*****
>> *The hospital staff was worried,*****
>> *But he’d given them a thrill.*****
>> *The week that Ben was with them,*****
>> *Brought changes in the ward.*****
>> *His smiles and joy contagious.*****
>> *Changed people were his reward.*****
>> *The head nurse couldn’t understand*****
>> *Why Ben could be so glad,*****
>> *When no flowers, calls or cards came,*****
>> *Not a visitor he had.*****
>> *The minister stayed by his bed,*****
>> *He voiced the nurse’s concern:*****
>> *No friends had come to show they cared.*****
>> *He had nowhere to turn.*****
>> *Looking surprised, old Ben spoke up*****
>> *And with a winsome smile;*****
>> *’The nurse is wrong, she couldn’t know,*****
>> *He’s been here all the while.’*****
>> *Every day at noon He comes here,*****
>> *A dear friend of mine, you see,*****
>> *He sits right down and takes my hand,*****
>> *Leans over and says to me:*****
>> *’I Just Came By To Tell You, Ben,*****
>> *How Happy I Have Been,*****
>> *Since We Found This Friendship,*****
>> *And I Took Away Your Sin.*****
>> *I Think About You Always*****
>> *And I Love To Hear You Pray,*****
>> *And So Ben, This Is Jesus,*****
>> *Just Checking In Today.’*****
>> *If this blesses you, pass it on. Many people*****
>> *will walk in and out of your life, but only*****
>> *true friends will leave footprints in your*****
>> *heart*****
>> *May God hold you in the palm of His hand*****
>> *And Angels watch over you..*****
>> *Please pass this page on to your friends*****
>> *& loved ones. If you aren’t ashamed.*****


What cultures eat the placenta after birth?

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2013 at 3:45 am

Answer:Native Hawaiian people bury the placenta and plant a tree with it. The practice seems to be common to many Pacific peoples. In New Zealand (Aoterearoa) Maori have a name for belonging to a place; they call it their Turangawaiwai, which is also their name for the placenta. It is an increasingly common practice for many New Zealanders of all ethnic origins to take the placenta home and plant a tree over it.
Chinese traditional medicine uses it dried. All these customs are products of religious/magical traditional beliefs.
The placenta is believed by some communities to have power over the lives of the baby or its parents. The Kwakiutl of British Columbia bury girls’ placentas to give the girl skill in digging clams, and expose boys’ placentas to ravens to encourage future prophetic visions. In Turkey, the proper disposal of the placenta and umbilical cord is believed to promote devoutness in the child later in life. In Ukraine, Transylvania, and Japan, interaction with a disposed placenta is thought to influence the parents’ future fertility. The ancient Egyptians believed that the placenta was imbued with magical powers.
Several cultures believe the placenta to be or have been alive, often a relative of the baby. Nepalese think of the placenta as a friend of the baby’s; Malaysians regard it as the baby’s older sibling. The Ibo of Nigeria and Ghana consider the placenta the deceased twin of the baby, and conduct full funeral rites for it.

Cooking Up Placenta

Eating Placenta After Birth May Be Healthy, Study Suggests

By Amir Khan

Why don’t humans eat placentas? Most mammals after childbirth eat the veiny organ that connects a developing fetus to the mother, but in humans the practice remains rare. However, new research suggests that eating the placenta may be healthy both for mother and newborn.

The placenta contains hormones that help shrink the uterus back to its normal size and oxytocin, a painkiller, which eases pain and helps stimulate milk production, according to a new study. In humans, eating the placenta, called placentophagy, could increase mother-infant bonding as well, researchers said.

Anecdotal evidence of the benefits of eating placenta stem from unverified reports that distant cultures and back-to-nature communes engage in placentophagia, according to the study authors.

The more challenging anthropological question is: ‘Why don’t humans engage in placentophagia as a biological imperative as so many other mammals apparently do?’ because we clearly do not do this as a matter of course today and apparently never have. Perhaps for humans, there is a greater adaptive advantage to not eating the placenta, Mark Kristal, lead researcher and professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University at Buffalo, said in a statement.

Whether or not we learn why humans do not do this, it is important for us to search for the medicinal or behavioral benefits of components of afterbirth for the same reasons that we search for plant-based medicinal substances, said Kristal, a noted expert in placentophagy.

The journal Ecology of Food and Nutrition will publish the study on Thursday.

Placenta eating recently made headlines after actress January Jones, star of the popular TV show Mad Men, told People Magazine in an interview released Friday that she ate the placenta of her newborn baby. Jones said the placenta helped reduce the effects of her postpartum depression.

Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins, Jones said in the interview. It’s not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!

She’s not alone. More and more women appear willing to ingest placenta, either by cooking their baby’s or by taking a placenta pill.

I didn’t experience mood swings and I had more energy while taking the pills, Elizabeth Stark, baby blogger for, wrote in a post in September. Though I don’t have a double-blind, peer-reviewed study to back up my claim, I feel confident that placenta-eating made those first few postpartum weeks easier.

Placentophagy is most common in Eastern cultures where placenta is sold as a traditional medicine. Known as Ziheche, the dried placenta is used to treat infertility, impotence and breastfeeding problems, according to EverydayHealth.

Not everyone advocates for placentophagy. Author Nancy Redd took placenta pills after the birth of her son and said it was a terrible idea.

Shortly after my first dose of two pills, I felt jittery and weird, Redd said in a New York Times article. By the next day, after just eight placenta pills, I was in tabloid-worthy meltdown mode, a frightening phase filled with tears and rage. This lasted another couple of awful days before my husband suggested that it wasn’t postpartum mommy madness finally making its appearance, but the hormone-and-goodness-knows-what-else-filled placenta pills.

Just because animals eat their placenta doesn’t mean humans should, Maggie Blot, spokeswoman for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, told BBC News.

Animals eat their placenta to get nutrition, she said. But when people are already well-nourished, there is no benefit; there is no reason to do it.

Spain train crash on CCTV – horrible footage of impact in Santiago

In Uncategorized on July 27, 2013 at 3:16 am

Spain train crash on CCTV – horrible footage of impact in Santiago

When nails grow long….

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2013 at 7:18 am


Two Things

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2013 at 7:14 am


Never Give UP – This 86 Year-Old Gymnast Has AMAZING Skills and Strength!

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2013 at 7:09 am

Her arms are so strong!

Just incredible. Never give up on life.

There are two parts to her gymnastics show so keep watching after she jumps from the bars. And check out those LEGS!!!

This 86 Year-Old Gymnast Has AMAZING Skills and Strength!


In Uncategorized on July 8, 2013 at 3:18 am


Common beliefs about rape

In Uncategorized on July 5, 2013 at 4:21 am

This article is written for women and assumes a male offender, however SECASA acknowledges that both men and women can be survivors of sexual abuse and that offenders can be male and female.

MYTH – Women and girls enjoy being raped.
FACT – Rape is a degrading, humiliating and painful experience which no woman enjoys. Some rape victims go through years of trauma, nightmares and suicidal feelings. Nobody enjoys being raped.

MYTH – Men have no control when they are sexually aroused.
FACT – This is an excuse that many men have used, in the same way that they use alcohol as an excuse. ‘I couldn’t help it, I got carried away…’ Men can control themselves and must be responsible for their sexual behaviour. The woman is never responsible for what the rapist does.

MYTH – Women who hitchhike are asking to be raped.
FACT – Women, like men who hitchhike, are asking only for a lift.

MYTH – Only sexy women get raped.FACT – The rapist is not looking for someone sexy, he is looking for a victim. He wants someone who is frightened of him. What you look like is not important.

MYTH – Nice women don’t get raped.

FACT – ‘Nice’ women are often brought up to be the perfect victims for rapists. Nice women don’t yell, hit back, or hurt anyone. They keep secrets.

MYTH – Your clothing (or lack of it) is often the reason for rape.

FACT – What you are wearing has nothing to do with why you are raped. Many women are raped in their school uniforms or pyjamas. If a man wants to rape you, he will not be looking at what you’re wearing. He doesn’t see you as a person, but an object that he can use or abuse.

MYTH – Most rapists are dirty old men or escaped mental patients.

FACT – Most rapists are aged between 15 and 45, though many older men rape too. Rapists are very often married or have girl friends. They will be someone’s father, grandfather, brother, husband, uncle, boyfriend or acquaintance. They could be architects, doctors, teachers, plumbers, truck drivers, unemployed or retired. They are ‘normal’ men.

MYTH – You are more likely to be raped if you go to parties or pubs.

FACT – Most rapes take place in the woman’s home, or the rapist’s home. Rapes are most often planned, and in 80% of cases, the rapist knows the victim.

MYTH – Women usually get raped between the ages of 14 and 25.

FACT – Women as young as 18 months and women as old as 96 have been raped. Girls and women are potential rape victims at any age. The rapist is not looking for someone young or sexy. He’s looking for someone who’s afraid.

MYTH – Rape is a hideous crime and victims get justice through the law.

FACT – It is estimated that only one in twenty rapes in Australia is reported to the Police and there is an overall conviction rate of about 5%.

MYTH – Women only say it is rape if they feel guilty about having sex.

FACT – There are no more false reports of rape to the police than any other crime. Most rapes go unreported because the rapist is known or even related to the victim, and she’s too embarrassed or frightened to report him.

MYTH – Only females get raped.

FACT – Men are also raped, usually by heterosexual men, but they are unlikely to report it because of fears of being seen as homosexual, or abnormal. Men who are raped experience the same kind of humiliation and distress as women.

MYTH – Women who are raped are scarred for life.

FACT – Women do survive rape physically and emotionally, and in the process can become stronger, more self-respecting and aware.

MYTH – Most women say ‘no’ when they mean ‘yes’. They just want to know if a man is strong and can get what he wants.

FACT – When a girl or woman says no, she means no.

MYTH – Men rape because they are desperate for sex, their wives are frigid or they can’t get a girlfriend.

FACT – Men rape because they want power and control over someone weaker than themselves. They use their penis as a weapon to control and humiliate their victim. They rape because their own lives are inadequate and unfulfilled. They do not rape for sexual satisfaction. Most rapists do not enjoy the sex, they say things like “I didn’t enjoy the sex, just the fear in her eyes. ” Rapists often don’t ejaculate.

Halving world hunger by 2015 ‘within reach,’ United Nations says

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2013 at 2:04 am

Halving world hunger by 2015 ‘within reach,’ United Nations says

By: Agence France-Presse
July 1, 2013 3:59 PM

 GENEVA–Despite economic crises and dwindling aid, the UN said Monday huge progress had been made towards meeting the so-called Millennium Development Goals, including its bid to slash world hunger in half between 1990 and 2015.

“Given reinvigorated efforts, the target of halving the percentage of people suffering from hunger by 2015 appears within reach,” said a UN progress report on its eight Millennium goals.

Thirteen years ago, world leaders drew up the MDG’s, with specific targets to reduce poverty, stop the spread of AIDS and improve education, gender equality, child and maternal health and environmental stability.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon hailed the progress made, insisting in Monday’s report that the goals “have been the most successful global anti-poverty push in history.”

The MDG target of cutting in two the number of people living in extreme poverty, defined as subsisting on less than $1.25 a day, was reached already in 2010 — five years ahead of schedule.

The report also stressed major advances in health, pointing to strides to rein in the HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as drops in the death rates from malaria and tuberculosis, saving more than 20 million lives.

Less than 1,000 days from the cut-off date, all was not rosy, however.

Ban pointed out that “too many women die in childbirth when we have the means to save them (and) more than 2.5 billion people lack improved sanitation facilities.”

“Our resource base is in serious decline, with continuing losses of forests, species and fish stocks, in a world already experiencing the impacts of climate change,” he added.

One in eight people around the world are still chronically undernourished, and more than 100 million, or 16 percent of kids under the age of five are underweight.

But Monday’s report also pointed out that the proportion of undernourished people in the world fell from 23.2 percent in 1990-92 to 14.9 percent in 2010-12, and that there were today 59 million fewer children under five who were underweight than in 1990.

Despite the significant drop, the UN report stressed that “the rate of progress is insufficient” to reach the target of halving the number of hungry people by 2015.

But progress had been “more pronounced than previously believed,” it said, insisting that if the world hit the accelerator in its bid to root out the scourge of hunger, the 2015 target could be reached.

Noting that progress towards the Millennium goals had been uneven, the UN report urged the international community to smooth out the disparities between regions and countries, as well as between population groups within countries.

The report also warned that the world’s ability to reach its goals had been impacted by dwindling aid money, with global aid funds falling two percent from 2010 to 2011 and another four percent in 2012, to $126 billion.

But this too was unevenly distributed, with aid to the least developed countries shrinking a full 13 percent last year alone, to about $26 billion.

The report called on the world to look beyond 2015 and begin crafting “an ambitious, yet realistic, agenda for the period after the MDG target date.”

Funny Groom And Bride

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2013 at 1:49 am