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Power For Today A magazine of understanding for our times Apostle’s Corner: Where Is God Leading You? By Apostle Dr. lee Ann B. Marino.................................Page 3 HIV/AIDS Awareness By Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino................................Page 5 Should Christians Do Yoga?..........................................Page 7 Brokenness Is A Blessing! By Pastor Jay Ikwan........................................................Page 12 Interview With Elana Watson, Part 1 By Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael...............................Page 14 “It” By Nina B. Marino...........................................................Page 15 History Makers: Presenting Great Women In History...........................................................................................Page 17 Radio And Internet Television Log...........................Page 20

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Power For Today A magazine of understanding for our times May 2011 Vol. 10, No. 5

ON THE COVER Apostle’s Corner: Where Is God Leading You? --Page 3 HIV/AIDS Awareness —Page 5 Ask The Apostle —Page 7 Brokenness Is A Blessing!

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Interview With Elana Watson, Part 1 —Page 14 “It”

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Radio and Internet Television Log

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POWER FOR TODAY Magazine is published monthly by Righteous Pen Publications, Post Office Box 935, Cary, North Carolina, 27512-0935 USA. Copyright © 2011 Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without the prior permission of the publisher.

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SUBMISSIONS: Visit http://righteous-pen-publications.webs.com to submit articles, letters, comments, questions, or for submission guidelines. We are open to your submissions and encourage your feedback!

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SCRIPTURE STUDY Thy Word Is A Lamp: Studies In The Book Of Psalms —Page 9 Scripture Trivia

MINISTRIES SPOTLIGHT History Makers Encouragement For The Journey

STAFF AND CONTRIBUTORS:

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Editor-In-Chief: Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino Editing Staff :

CURRENT EVENTS Wellness And The Word

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Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino

Watch On The World

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Prophetess Nina B. Marino Writers and Contributors: Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino

DEPARTMENTS

Prophetess Nina B. Marino

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Catalog Spotlight

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Contact Information

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JUST FOR FUN Artists Crossword Puzzle Light For The Path You’re On

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Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael Pastor Jay Ikwan Programming And Technical Support: Robert W. Westaway, Virtual Artility Photography Audio Productions And Distributions: Aaron Joy, Roman Midnight Music

SUBSCRIPTIONS: Subscriptions to Power For Today Magazine are free by digital (email or download) subscription. Editions are sent to partners, friends, covered churches and ministries, Apostolic University students, and by request. Our magazine is covered through paid advertisers and contributors to this ministry. We thank our faithful friends, contributors, and partners for their support! BIBLE TRANSLATION KEY: Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible, Public Domain. Passages marked NIV are from the New International Version of the Holy Bible; passages marked TLB are from The Living Bible; passages marked ASV are from the American Standard Version; passages marked AMP are from the Amplified Bible, passages marked MOD are from the Holy Bible in Modern English, passages marked RSV are from the Revised Standard Version, passages marked TEV are from Today’s English Version, passages marked ESV are from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, passages marked NASB are from the New American Standard Bible, passages marked CJB are from The Complete Jewish Bible, passages marked NLT are from the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible; passages marked CEV are from the Contemporary English Version of the Holy Bible, and passages marked TOB (Apocrypha) are from The Other Bible.

Neither shall they say, Lo, here! or Lo, there! For behold, the Kingdom of God is within you! —Luke 17:21


Apostle’s Corner

Where is God leading you?

receive in our lives...and we aren’t getting it. Why would this be?

“What am I meant to do in this life?” is one of the major questions most people ask themselves at some point in their lives. It’s not a question that is asked once or twice, but often comes up repeatedly throughout life, with the advance of changes, questions, or new circumstances. Sometimes something major causes the question of purpose to arise, but much of the time, it isn’t the major changes of life that bring forth questions: it’s the little things that make us wonder about what we are supposed to do and what is next.

The Bible is filled with extraordinary circumstances, miracles, and encounters, but it is also filled with many ordinary experiences that became extraordinary. Why did they become extraordinary? Because they were people who put God at the center purpose of everything they did. When God was the center, the rest fell into place. Sometimes incredible signs followed; sometimes they didn’t. Sometimes great things happened; sometimes it took a long time for anything good to materialize. No matter where they were or what they were doing, they knew God was leading them, and they knew where He was taking them.

The answer to what you are meant to do, is simple: Where is God leading you? It is astounding to me the number of people who just don’t have an answer to this question. We have been taught that God lets us know things by grand signs, and way too many people are waiting for the grand sign to appear: the angel descending from heaven with a trumpet blare who says “The way is here!”...the spring that forms in the desert, forming puddles that spell out your destiny...the light shining from heaven that knocks us down as God speaks our purpose outright...hmmm. We are looking for big things to send us perhaps the biggest message we could possibly

God doesn’t always arrive in a big, grand way. Sometimes His methods of letting us know where we are supposed to be aren’t out of the ordinary, big, or spectacular. Sometimes God is yelling at us in circumstances that don’t support where we know we should

be positioning ourselves. Too often we are doing things, experiencing things, or putting ourselves in situations that draw us away from God, instead of toward Him. If we want to find out where He desires for us to go, we need to get where He needs us to be before we do anything else. Where is God leading you? If you aren’t sure, maybe it’s time to move away from some things in your life so you can find Him and His call upon your life. If we want to move higher and on to better things, we must make the choice to move ourselves in alignment with God’s promise. Start walking toward God and stop waiting for a big sign! Many blessings,

Apostle Dr. Lee Ann


A call for wisdom

Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D.

Cover Article

HIV/AIDS Awareness Facts no one can ignore We all remember the faces of famous people who either died from AIDS or who had or have HIV: Rock Hudson, Greg Louganis, Magic Johnson, Isaac Asimov, and the many others. Beyond the known, there are countless others over 50 million others - who died from the disease without a common name or a known cause. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, we heard a lot about HIV. Celebrity advocacy created awareness, which created a push to raise money and expand research. There was a general feeling for more information and education, and it seemed as if people received better education about HIV/AIDS and disease prevention. Nowadays, we don’t hear much about HIV anymore. Everything is about diabetes and cancer - especially breast cancer. While I would never question the severity of these two diseases and the importance of educating about them, ignoring HIV in favor of other diseases gives the appearance the spread of HIV is under control. Some media outlets even give that impression - HIV is no longer

a threat or problem. As a result, most people don’t give any thought to HIV. They believe it is a disease “other people” get, whether those other people are gay, sexually promiscuous, drug-addicted, or from Africa. Even though the media may want us to believe HIV has gone away, the spread of HIV continues at an alarming and discouraging rate. According to the current rate of HIV infection, half the world’s population will be infected with HIV by the year 2025. That means fourteen years from now, one out of every two people you pass on the street will have HIV. This statistic lets us know HIV has not gone away, nor has the relevance of education and advocacy for HIV diminished. The most disturbing thing about HIV infection is that, with the right information and wisdom prevention, HIV is nearly 100% preventable. No matter what the stereotypes may tell us, HIV is something that touches all our lives and it is essential we make choices that can help us to stop the spread of HIV and remain healthy, whole, and compassionate.

The Bible gives us important words pertaining to health and wisdom in Proverbs 12:18: “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (NIV) If we are careless in any sort of speech, it is reckless speech. If we carelessly give out false information about HIV, for example, that is a reckless speech that can cause a severe and permanent piercing in people’s lives. The Christian community is guilty of this very thing on the topic of HIV: reckless speech. Instead of teaching the truth about HIV and its prevention, many Christian voices promote false science and lies. All this has done is lead to severe epidemics of HIV within local Christian communities, because the people of God were misinformed. If we are reckless with what we say and the information we provide, it can be deadly - both spiritually and physically. This is why it is so vital we get the correct information about any topic we speak about! This verse also provides an important counterpoint: the tongue of the wise brings healing. If unwise and reckless words lead to death, wise words lead to life and healing. Wisdom is paramount to preventing the spread of HIV. If we can convey wisdom in our knowledge of this subject and provide true and accurate information, we can bring forth healing and promote healing. If we are going to be people of healing, we must be people of wisdom, which means we must get the correct information. In this spirit, this article is devoted to conveying the correct information to believers about HIV, that they may begin to help someone receive their healing from the Lord.

The basics of HIV HIV is an acronym for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Even though that sounds like a complicated term, it is exactly what it sounds like: it is a virus (as opposed to a bacteria) that infects humans and causes a deficiency of immunity. Immunity is God’s natural defense within the body that keeps it from serious illness and helps it to heal when one becomes ill. Immunity is kept in check by the body’s immune system and its various defenses from invading (Continued on page 6)


HIV/AIDS Awareness (Continued from page 5) germs and illnesses. When a person has HIV, the virus invades the body’s immune system, causing it to weaken and become more susceptible to invading germs. People with HIV become seriously ill from illnesses that would ordinarily not cause serious infection. Over time, people with HIV become chronically ill. In the early stages of HIV, a patient can have no symptoms. Over time, as the immune system weakens, the patient begins to display various symptoms, including sores on the body, white spots in the mouth and throat, chronic diarrhea, rashes, rapid weight loss, fever, chronic cough, and memory trouble, among other things. HIV is never diagnosed symptomatically, but always by a body fluid screening. Most media outlets refer to HIV as the “virus that causes AIDS.” This is a misnomer, as AIDS is not a separate disease. AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and is late-stage HIV progression. When a person has a CD4 cell count of less than 200 (the cells which work within the body’s immune system to keep it functional and healthy) and has a history of infections that would ordinarily not make a healthy person ill, that individual is said to have AIDS. HIV is transmitted through four body fluids: blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk. The concentration of HIV in urine and saliva is not high enough to cause infection in a non-infected person. You cannot get HIV from nominal, normal contact, such as handshakes, bug bites, touching a doorknob, using a public toilet seat, breathing the same air, using a telephone, hugging, kissing, or caring about an infected person. You can get HIV from sharing blood, sharing injecting needles of any sort (any injecting needle, from those used to inject illegal drugs to those used to inject diabetic insulin or vitamin shots) and the accessories used (cotton, spoons, vials, etc),

through pregnancy (between mother and fetus) and the afterbirth fluids, breast milk, and sexual contact of any sort - heterosexual, homosexual, oral, anal, or vaginal. Although rare today, HIV can also pass between people through tainted blood transfusions and organs. HIV infects people of all different races, nationalities, sexual orientations, religions, and sexes. HIV doesn’t care if you have taken a purity pledge , if you were a virgin until you got married, if you are a Christian, if you’ve never injected an illegal drug, or if you are currently not seeing anyone. If we are careless, unwise, or believe it can’t happen to us, we leave ourselves exposed to contract HIV. We also leave ourselves bigoted and uneducated, remaining uninvolved in the healing process for those who live with this serious illness.

HIV prevention Proverbs 2:1-8 says: “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones.” (NIV) While the Word doesn’t promise us that nothing bad will ever happen to us, we learn that the application of wisdom, as we seek the discernment of the Lord, has a lot to do with our decisions and choices. In this same vain, preventing HIV infection deeply relates to our decisions and choices. In keeping with the call of wisdom, we can prevent HIV infection by applying wisdom to our lives. HIV is a totally preventable disease. The

If we are careless, unwise, or believe it can’t happen to us, we leave ourselves exposed to contract HIV. We also leave ourselves bigoted and uneducated, remaining uninvolved in the healing process for those who live with this serious illness.

key is applying wisdom to our interactions - especially intimate interactions - with others. 1. Do not share injecting needles of any sort, legal or illegal. - I am the first one who advocates people addicted to illegal drugs find a way to end their dependency. I also acknowledge just telling people not to use injecting drugs is not a solution because there are many people who use injecting drugs for legitimate and legal purposes. If you have to inject for any reason, don’t share needles; instead, start with a clean needle upon every injection. 2. Be careful about the situations you are in. - Using illegal drugs or drinking to the point of drunkenness can impair one’s judgment and cause one to be in circumstances and situations where one is not conscious or in control of their actions. While this can open an individual up to a host of bad circumstances and situations, it can also open one up to bad sexual judgments or bad habits, which can lead to the contraction of HIV. 3. Do not have unprotected sexual contact with an infected person. - We all hear the chants, “Wear a condom!” and then the Christian media, which promotes the myth that a latex condom doesn’t actually protect against HIV. Who is telling the truth? The use of a latex condom greatly reduces the risk of transmitting HIV between people, but due to human error (putting a condom on incorrectly, the condom breaking or tearing, etc..), there is still a risk. If at all possible, avoid any sexual contact with someone you know is infected with HIV. 4. Do not handle the blood or body fluids of an infected person. - Nowadays it is considered preventative to wear latex gloves at all times when handling blood or body fluids. Good hygiene is also essential - report accidents and injuries and make sure accident and injury sites are properly cleaned. 5. Avoid direct blood contact with others. - Most of us cringe at the thought of sharing a toothbrush or razor with another person. There are many circumstances, however, where people forsake common sense for a semblance of hygiene. Toothbrush bristles can be sharp and can cut or pierce the gums, causing (Continued on page 16)


Should Christians do yoga? Let’s talk about meditation for a minute: Let’s say I told you that a form of meditation done for thousands of years was making a trans-cultural impact. Its purpose was to unite people to various pagan gods and transform them through a metaphysical understanding. Even though the meditation is intimately and purposely tied to a pagan understanding of spirituality and the world, the world is trying very hard to secularize it. This form of meditation is now being offered in different health clubs, advocated by doctors, even classes exist within churches training people in this form of meditation. If I came and asked you if Christians should engage in this meditation, I would receive the answer of a resounding NO. There would be various reasons for the NO: it is pagan, it is incorporating the mind into pagan things, it can open someone up to demonic possession, temptations, or thinking, it could be harmful, and it could hurt one’s relationship with God. If I protested your no - arguing the health benefits, the studies, the many things that seem to suggest it could be good - the answers I would receive would counter whatever studies, thought, or current concepts existed about it. The example I have given about meditation is not just an example - it is actually a discussion about yoga on a level we conveniently do not have today. For a system that has gained such popularity, the majority of people are largely ignorant about yoga, its origin, and the fact that it is just not about “stretching.” Yoga is a part of the Hindu system of religious devotion. The word “yoga” means “yoke,” and the point of yoga was not to maintain weight, but yoke one to the various gods of Hindu belief. It is believed that, through the body positionings and the meditation that accompanies, the individual would become one with the god, and they would become more godlike, adapting their characteristics. For example, Bhakti yoga, a very popular yoga system in the United States today, is supposed to unite the individual to the god of love, and therefore, make them more loving in their characteristics. There are certain poses and devotions that bring out different sides of characteristics, whether it is charity, discipline, or enlightenment. The Hindu viewpoint of the body and the

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mind are markedly different from the Christian viewpoint, as is the Hindu viewpoint on matters of spirituality. In order to understand the true purpose of yoga, we cannot use western or Christian thinking; we must understand the Hindu viewpoint of the universe and the human in the universe. Hinduism recognizes a plurality of gods 333,333,333 to be exact. It is a very old religious system based on devotion and offering to the various gods, especially the gods of devotion in a particular region. There are gods for virtually everything - fertility, rain, drought, anger, joy, love, peace, war, prosperity - and so on. Hindu mythology is complex, as are its scriptures. Mostly composed of stories about human interactions with the gods and the gods and their role with the earth and humanity, the Hindu scriptures also contain guidelines for human interactions and spiritual enlightenment. A complex portion of those writings pertaining to enlightenment revolve around the practice and devotion of yoga. In Hinduism, the human being is spiritual, a part of a greater cosmos, and carries within each being a part of the gods. That “divine spark” as some now call it unites the individual with eternity. Within the body there are various “energy wheels” known as chakra points, all represented by a specific color and believed to control certain parts of the body. In yoga, different strains and poses are believed to open these different energy points, bringing with the yogic activity certain control, enlightenment, and purpose as relates to

the intent of the pose and devotion. In western mind-set, yoga is an exercise that can help maintain weight. In the realities of this practice, yoga was a devotion to bring about a spiritual purpose that was never intended for weight maintenance. In fact, serious devotees of yoga held to very strict diets, often fasting for long periods, and avoiding certain foods. Because yoga is regarded as a spiritual discipline, it is not an exercise to the Hindus - it is a practice. To use it as a weight maintenance truly takes its purpose out of context. Yoga is about more than just stretching. I understand in our busy world, exercise is not often the biggest priority on people’s “to-do list.” I also understand that in a life of stress, running around, and bustling toand-fro, doing something else in one’s day that requires physical exertion may be unappealing. Yoga has gained popularity because it seems to offer “me time” coupled with physical purpose and weight maintenance. It seems relaxing and painless. Yoga is neither relaxing, nor painless - it takes serious discipline and flexibility, as well as changing the physical shape of a person’s body. It is also often done with meditation, even in the west. Because of yoga’s purpose, it is a unity with a foreign god. Any Christian should beware taking on this in the name of exercise or good health. There are lots of options available when it comes to exercise to maintain weight and encourage good physical health. It is unnecessary for the Christian to seek out yoga as a means to accomplish this. There are numerous benefits to structured exercise. While life is undoubtedly stressful, it is most advisable for people to make the time to exercise because it helps to manage stress. While yoga may seem like another way to conglomerate many things into one - and a simple solution to an overcrowded life - it leaves the believer open to spiritual things that may be problematic and may cause difficulty in their relationship to God. It can also have effects on the body that are less than positive. If we truly believe in the spiritual realm, we must make sure everything - even our exercise maintains the integrity of God so our lives will be blessed of Him! (Do you have a question you want to ask Apostle Dr. Lee Ann? Send it to us at letters@powerfortoday.org.)


HIV Trivia What do you know about HIV? Having the right information can save your life! Take the quiz below to find out just how much you know about HIV and its spread and prevention. 1. List the four body fluids by which HIV can spread. 2. How long can HIV live outside of the body? 3. What country takes the lead for number of new HIV infections? 4. Who makes up over 60% of new cases of HIV worldwide? 5. Where is HIV spreading the fastest within the United States? 6. Can someone get HIV from saliva or urine? 7. Do people get HIV from bug bites? 8. How much more likely is a woman to contract HIV from a man than a man from a woman? 9. Who was the first major public figure to die from AIDS? All answers can be found in the book, Compassionate Care: Healing For The Soul With HIV/AIDS, by Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D., available now wherever books are sold!


Thy Word Is A Lamp Studies in the book of Psalms the desire to die without understandPsalm 22: The Dark Night Of The Soul, Part 2 (Verses 6-10) During the dark night of the soul, the individual is frequently isolated in the midst of others. Just as in the experience of both Job and Jesus, the abandonment is made public. Instead of offering support, they offer mockery. People who once worshipped and prayed alongside now point and taunt, making fun of the faith one has. The dark night of the soul is a lonely time. Others know what we go through, but they don’t understand. They see, but do not delve beyond the surface. In their own discomfort, especially for the course of their own lives, they pretend the dark night is an uncommon and alien experience. While the taunting is mean-spirited, there is truth in what they say: because we delight in the Lord, He will deliver us. We aren’t delivered from the dark night of the soul, but we are delivered through it. Just as Jesus’ redemption for mankind came through His death, so too God doesn’t simply redeem us from the difficult times we go through. In going through, we bring forth something from within: it unites us to Christ, and gives us the ability to learn about life coming forth through death. For a seed to grow, the seed casing itself must die so it can turn into a plant. For us to grow and become more than we are, we must die to the flesh and adopt the nature of Christ in our lives, putting on His grace. In the dark night of the soul, there is a death: a death to the self. A dying daily, with each step. What is it we are dying to? We are dying to the materialism we seek; the money we pursue; the passions and lusts after everything that is unspiritual and ungodly in our lives. The dark night of the soul takes us away from the pulls and pursuits of this world and draws us deeper to God, in silence, without distraction, and brings us to a new place in Him. The people who taunt and point simply do not understand, not on any level. Prior to Jesus’ death, Thomas expressed

ing. Jesus told him, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” As we walk through the dark night of the soul, it is a preparation go to somewhere that often those around us are just not able to come. We are being primed, prepared, and purposed for something greater than that which can be seen with the eye. Out of our sorrow will come a great joy that cannot be inherited by those who are unprepared to pay the price for it. The dark night of the soul reminds us that the things of God come with a price. As inheritors are left conditions to receive an inheritance, so too must we meet God’s conditions, preparedness, and timing to receive. If we don’t go through God’s timing, we cannot receive all He has for us. Wherever we go in the Kingdom, no matter how great the calling, we must go through something to receive it. People who taunt and fail to support don’t understand about receiving the things of God and, most likely, will experience one of two things: an intensely difficult dark night of the soul that will last for a long period of time, or who will simply never reach the necessary maturity to go through, and therefore, will never receive. (verses 6-8) Even in the dark night of the soul, we still remember God is our hope. We remember our rearing in His love and truth, and we can recall all He has done for us from a young age. God has always been our God, always will be our God, and will always carry us through whatever it is we need to go through. It is a confidence of trusting God in all things, and thanking Him in all things, not necessarily for all things. As we learn from God in the darkness, learning from Him from within, we learn to see Him work all things together for our good. We understand good is bigger than we are, and deeper and more profound than pleasantries of the flesh. Good is about more than us; it is about God. (verses 9-10)

Scripture Trivia

DID YOU KNOW... • In the book of Revelation, only the Lamb that was slain was worthy to open the book with the seven seals • The Lord had Jeremiah break a clay jar from a potter before the leaders of Israel to symbolize how He would break their nation • In King Solomon’s temple, the door hinges for the most holy place were made of gold • In Zechariah’s second vision, he saw four horns and four carpenters • Joseph, son of Jacob, was taken as a slave to Egypt • Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar are mentioned as Job’s friends in the book of Job • God told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac at Mount Moriah • After Moses killed an Egyptian, he fled to Midian • The book of James focuses on taming the tongue • The book of Philemon was written to deal with the issue of a runaway slave • Deuteronomy holds the account of Moses smashing the Ten Commandments • Ananias was told to find Saul of Tarsus to lay his hands upon him so he could regain his eyesight


Wellness And The Word Contributed this month by Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC and Apostle Dr. Lee Ann B. Marino, Ph.D., D.D.

ounces) •

1 cup frozen peas

1 medium tomato, chopped

In a 2-quart saucepan stir together the water, onion, carrot, bouillon granules, curry powder, and garlic. Heat to boiling, then stir in rice. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir beef, peas, and tomato into rice mixture. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes more or until rice and peas are tender. Makes 4 servings. Chicken Curry with Rice Vermicelli (Recipe courtesy curry-recipes.info) Ingredients

Hurry, Curry! Curry, as we know it, is a spice we use in cooking. The word “curry” is an anglicanized version of the word “kamil” which is believed to be a corruption of the word “kori.” This word means “sauce, vegetables, or meat cooked with spices” with or without gravy. Curry is a mixture of spices, predominately turmeric, coriander, and cumin. Depending on the geographic location, other spices are added to this basic mix. This could possibly include ginger, garlic, red pepper, cinnamon, caraway, fennel seed, cloves, mustard seed, green cardamom, black cardamom, mace, nutmeg, and black pepper. It appears that curry powder is actually a generic name for a blend of different spices. Curry powder became popular between the 19th and 20th centuries. This came about through mass exportation of the spice from the west, Europe, and North and South America. It did not become standardized as many of its original blends were still available throughout the world. It was in the late 60s and early 70s that a large increase of Indian food consumption was seen in the west and internationally. This, in turn, led to an increase in Indian restaurants. It became uneconomical for special blends of curry to be used, so it then became standardized. We see the spice used in Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine, south Asian

cuisine, Chinese cuisine, Japanese cuisine, southeast Asian cuisine, Vietnamese cuisine, Philippine cuisine, Thai cuisine, Indonesian cuisine. Each culture has adopted the spices to suit their own unique tastes and cultural sensitivities. You see the spice used with all varieties of foods: beef, chicken, lamb, vegetables, rice, and noodles. Now you know what a highly diverse spice curry is. Pick a new recipe, from another part of the world, and enjoy a piece of another culture! (Contributed by Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC)

Curry recipes Curried Beef and Rice (Recipe courtesy betterhomesandgardens.com) Ingredients •

1-1/2 cups water

1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)

1 medium carrot, chopped

1 tablespoon instant beef bouillon granules

2 to 3 teaspoons curry powder

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 cup regular brown rice

1-1/2 cups cubed cooked beef (8

1.5kg chicken

8oz potatoes, peeled and cubed

4 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, finely sliced

1 clove garlic, crushed

3 tablespoons Thai curry powder

1 teaspoon sugar

2 teaspoons fish sauce

1 pint coconut milk

1 lemon grass stem, cut in to half

12oz rice vermicelli, soaked in hot water to soft

1 lemon, cut into wedges

Skin the chicken, cut the fresh into small pieces and set aside. Heat half the oil in to a pan, add the onions and garlic fry until soft. Add the chicken pieces and fry to golden brown. Stir in the curry powder, season with salt sugar then stir in the fish sauce. Pour in the coconut milk and add the lemon grass, cook on a low heat for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a pan add the potato fry to golden brown, add to the chicken and cook until both chicken and potato are both tender. Drain the rice and cook it in a pan of boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain well, place in shallow dishes with the chicken curry on top. Serve with the lemon wedges.


Watch On The World Examining current social, political, and religious events

Embarrassing raid puts US ally in hot seat U.S. officials have left little doubt that they did not sufficiently trust their counterparts in Pakistan to keep quiet on the plan to send a team of U.S. special forces and CIA operatives into the country on Sunday to kill Osama bin Laden. And now that the whole world knows U.S. forces found and killed bin Laden in a large, conspicuously fortified compound in an affluent Pakistani military town less than forty miles from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, American officials are likewise making it clear that they don’t fully buy the Pakistani government’s see-no-evil line on bin Laden’s whereabouts. It’s hard for Pakistani military leaders in particular to make a credible case that they were shocked--shocked!--to learn bin Laden was right there under their noses; the Pakistani army, after all, has a college in Abbottabad about 800 yards away from the compound where bin Laden was found and killed. “It’s inconceivable that Bin Laden did not have a support system inside the country,” White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan told journalists at the White House press conference Monday. Bin Laden’s “presence outside the capital raises questions we are discussing with Pakistani officials,” he said. But Pakistani officials profess themselves to be “as surprised as we were that bin Laden was holding out in that area,” he added. In other words--gimme a break. Of course, the official line in Pakistan is that the country has been a loyal and energetic ally for the United States in the struggle against Islamist terrorism. In an op-ed in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Paki-

stani President Asif Ali Zardari contended that while Pakistani officials did not take part in the raid on the bin Laden compound, the action nonetheless arose out of “a decade of co-operation and partnership between Pakistan and the United States.” He also noted that “we in Pakistan take some satisfaction that our early assistance in identifying an al-Qaeda courier ultimately led to this day.” The U.S. version of events doesn’t reflect nearly as well on the Pakistani military. In revisiting the highly classified commando operation for reporters, Brennan pointedly reiterated the degree to which American officials kept their Pakistani counterparts out of the loop about the details of its execution. To carry out the 40 minute raid, Brennan explained, U.S. military planners had to take pains to move in and out of the country without having to shoot at Pakistani military forces: “We were watching to make sure we could get out of Pakistani air space and to minimize the prospect of engagement with Pakistani forces,” Brennan described. “No Pakistani forces were engaged. There were no forces killed aside from those on the compound.” Welcome, in other words, to the twilight zone alliance between the United States and Pakistan: alleged allies who sometimes seem to be double-crossing enemies--or what American high school students would call frenemies.

But Brennan’s further comments also explain why the U.S.-Pakistani alliance, for all its “ambiguity,” mutual secrets, and occasionally covert but sometimes outright armed hostility, is one that neither country can live without. “I will point out, that while we have had differences of view on counterterrorism cooperation on what we think they should and should not be doing, Pakistan has been responsible for capturing and killing more terrorists than any other country and by a wide margin,” Brennan said. “And many Pakistanis have given their lives ... Although there are some differences of views, we believe our partnership is critically important to breaking the back of al Qaeda.” There is no simple answer--but the basic truth here is that the United States would be in far worse shape without even the highly imperfect Pakistani government cooperation American officials are now getting. For all the shortcomings of the current U.S.-Pakistani alliance, it would be far worse for the United States to be confronting an openly hostile South Asian terrorist-backing state that has the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the world and a bitter ongoing fixation on the ambitions of neighboring rival India. - http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theenvoy/20110502/ts_yblog_theenvoy/frenemies-u-s-ally-pakistan-in-hot-seat-after-binladen-found-in-pakistani-army-town


Brokenness Is A Blessing!

God’s power is reserved for those who have given up trying to do it in their own strength or to accomplish it for their own ends! “When we can’t piece together the puzzle of our own lives, remember the best view of a puzzle is from above. Let Him help put you together.” (Amethyst Snow-Rivers).

“My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a Broken spirit; a Broken and a contrite heart [Broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51:17, AMP)

Paul writes: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, NASB) This word ‘sanctify’ means to be ‘set apart,’ to be used exclusively for God’s purposes. Paul describes it as “...the high calling of God...” (Philippians 3:14). And it happens from the Inside out! Notice, our fleshly body comes last in order of transformation for a very simple reason. The problem with a thief isn’t his hands, it’s in his mind or spirit, which tells him stealing is okay. His mind tells his hands what to do. So if you transform his spirit his hands will follow suit. Otherwise you can handcuff him and take him off to jail, but he’s still a thief Inside! In other words, too many of us want to get victory over bodily sins Without being spiritually transformed from within! But God starts with our Spirit because that’s the part of our being that makes us conscious of God; that ‘connects’ with Him. When God sets us free in our spirit, then our emotions and our body begin to fall in line. Understand that our Heavenly Father will do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to Break us of our self-sufficiency so that the life of His Son Jesus, can be demonstrated through us, the rest of His children! “We face death every day because of Jesus. Our bodies show what His death was like, so that His life can also be seen in us.” (2 Corinthians 4:10, CEV)

By Pastor Jay Ikwan

Do you know that a world that continuously celebrates success, will never see the value in broken things? But believers know, God brings beauty out of brokenness! “Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in Strength.” (1 Corinthians 15:43, NLT). Alan Redpath said: “God will never plant the seed of His life upon the soil of a hard, unbroken spirit. He will only plant that seed where the conviction of His Spirit has brought Brokenness, where the soil has been watered with the tears of repentance as well as the tears of joy.” For a plant to rise from the soil, the seed must be broken! For a baby chick to experience larger life, the shell must be broken! Even a thoroughbred horse must be broken; its brokenness teaches it to respond to the tug of the rein and the sound of the master’s voice! Getting the idea?! After a humbling encounter with Christ on the Damascus Road, Paul re-evaluated all the religious activity he once boasted about and called it “dung!” “The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s

righteousness.” (Philippians 3:8, The Message). I believe Paul would agree with Gary Rosberg when he said: “An unbroken person cannot be trusted.” Paul was trusted with much, because his brokenness qualified him to handle it without hoarding it! Brokenness is the work of God by which He strips us of self-sufficiency so that the Character of Christ may shine through us. J.C. Philpot wrote over 150 years ago that: “There is much presumption, pride, hypocrisy, deceit, delusion, formality, superstition and self-righteousness to be purged out of the heart of God’s child. But all these things

keep him low, mar his pride, crush his selfrighteousness, cut the locks of his presumption, stain his self-conceit, stop his boasting, preserve him from despising others, make him take the lowest room, teach him to esteem others better than himself, drive him to earnest prayer, fit him as an object of mercy, break to pieces his free will, and lay him low at the feet of the Redeemer, as one to be saved by sovereign grace alone!” Now don’t misunderstand; being broken doesn’t necessarily mean experiencing some tragedy. Many people suffer tragedy without drawing closer to God or even acknowledging Him. Indeed, the same sunshine that melts the butter hardens the clay. The issue in brokenness is not so much our circumstances, but our response. What God is trying to teach us is: True brokenness is when He strips us of selfsufficiency to the extent that we’ve no strength left to even attempt fixing ourselves! When God blocks every exit we try to take and we come to see that He alone is our answer, we make a life changing discovery. “And what’s that?” you ask. When God Is All You Have - God Is All You Need!

Keep in mind, we determine how long the process takes, by our submission or resistance! Paul immediately asked, “...Lord, what do You want me to do?...” (Acts 9:6, NKJV). Make that your immediate response as well! In addition, there are times when God allows us to hit the bottom in order to discover that He’s the Rock at the bottom! Gideon faced an army of 135,000 troops with just 32,000 men! And 22,000 of them left the battlefield and went home when he offered them the chance! You do the (Continued on Page 17)


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something about the process and influences for this latest CD? Elana Watson says- My present CD is based on songs of healing and restoring the foundations. The story in the garden was about choices and freewill. You know the end from the beginning. So a lot of these songs will refer to garden imagery and prophecy. Eternity is a fusion of past, present and future and so I am counting on giving some of this in the fusion that exists in this project. The songs are meant for the overcomers. Rebecca Michael says- How would you describe your Canadian music roots as opposed to your Israeli roots? Are there connections with both that have formed for your creative works?

Interview with Elana Watson, Part 1 By Apostle Dr. Rebecca Michael Rebecca Michael says- Hi Elana! It is a pleasure and honour to interview you as an outstanding talented songwriter / musician! I understand that you have an eclectic background culturally and come from a musical family background. Can you tell us something about your-self and how you came to develop your craft as artist?

Rebecca Michael says- I am sure there are many influences and mentors in your life but which of these stand out most for you in the past? Elana Watson says- Well..I have enjoyed a lot people’s music and stories they tell. Any good singer tells a story that they are convinced of. I am a truth seeker and so are so many artists. It is sometimes a gruelling process to shed layers of falsehood and in its place find peace and freedom. I am interested right now in music from the 60’s and 70’s folk eras. There were a lot more allegories and parables used that had beautiful hope and left a residue of vitality. It seemed “alive” if you will. In Hebrew you learn that words are seeds and they make manifest in your life. It is important what you say and what you sing and play. It is important to mean something regenerative. In a world that seems hopeless in its messages this is shining light in the impending darkness. As the darkness gets darker the light gets brighter. It can drive you crazy sometimes to try and keep buoyant during the days we live in so I am seeking to write songs of hope and joy.

Elana Watson says- Well as a child I was raised in a semi-gypsy lifestyle by parents that were pioneers of new musical styles and messages and we as a family toured to over 30 countries singing and telling people about the significance of Israel past, present and future. This was a unique way of getting an education with a world perspective. I believe music is a key to revealing what words can’t satisfy. There is always a message to the music I do and it should teach something. I bring in influences from the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and R&B developed by the West. I like potent brews that are memorable because of the living waters of healing, transformation and revelation. I believe music can also be used as a powerful weapon as well a profound connection to love. It is important to note that the melody should speak of the Rebecca Michael says- How about the preslyrics. ent and your new CD? Can you tell us

Elana Watson says- They are connected as I am connected to both my Israeli home and Canadian home. My roots are in the Olive tree ...whose roots never die. Rebecca Michael says- What would you say were the most important moments for you in terms of solidifying your identity as an artist and your artistic style? Elana Watson says- Without identity you have no heritage and no authority. My whole message is about identity...the identity that is eternal. I can’t put a style to it...only a landscape of everything that has made a imprint in my heart. The most important moments were when prayer was put out and answered in a sovereign way. When I cried out He heard me!...and I must remember that... Rebecca Michael says- What is the main inspiration of your music and style? Does it tend to be autobiographical when you write or perform songs or is it a combination of things? Elana Watson says- The main inspiration is from deep within. It is al-ways reaching inward rather than outward. I no longer want to sing songs of the dispossessed.. as there is no resolution. Yes...my songs are about what is happening within. Rebecca Michael says- I have heard your awesome music and performances online at such sites as Youtube. Do you classify your music in a certain style or genre that you can tell us- or do you find this difficult to peg? Elana Watson says- For those that have ears to hear they will know what it is saying. (Continued on Page 19)


“It”

By Prophetess Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC

When did it begin? Was it the 70s, the 80s, or the 90s? When did the spirit of egocentrism and narcissistic behavior befall us? I refer to it as a spirit because it would appear to have affected people of all age groups. Somewhere in our history, people have gotten the idea that they are “it.” Being an “it” person means that one should have what they want on demand and be first in all they need, and most of all, they really, truly believe they are special. They are deserving of all the world has to offer. We now live in a society where the word “no” has become almost non-existent. Children need play dates, seniors are an entitled group, babies are not allowed to cry, children are given everything they desire, reading is passe, home-cooked meals are a rarity. Outdoor physical activity is now done in doors in front of a picture-size movie screen. Compassion is just about nonexistent. Lying and deceit are the norm, and under the bus throwing (AKA not taking responsibility for one’s behavior) are rampant. What happened? Did it begin with the theory that babies should be carried around 24-7, because they might have a need, and mom might miss something? Imagine this: a magic body attached to you, anticipating your wish, need, and desire! One would never have to speak, feel, or think. There was a time when it was believed that a baby’s cry was considered a means of communication, a way to connect with those in his or her environment. It was thought that

this communication was good, as it strengthened the baby’s lungs and gave the children a voice and allowed them to bond, speak, and relate with those in their world. So tell me, how can being carried around all day, never having to communicate, give them the voice God meant them to have? Could it possibly be they somehow learned that they are “it?” Beyond special? Heaven forgive me, god-like? Just think of it: 24 hours catering to babies as grown adult men and women. Would they be your choice for a mate? And how about the over 60 crowd who now, because “of their age,” feel an unbelievable sense of entitlement? Where did that come from? I don’t know, but I experience it everyday. Suddenly the over sixty retired and let us not forget on Medicare group, now feel the world is their little oyster. They are to be treated like some kind of special character that medicare and the government must pay all the bills for. In fact, it is owed to them. I see them sucking everything they can out of the system - not because of need, but because they can. Why? They are entitled. Hey, and how about those adolescents? We all know they think the world owes them a living. Hmmmm...let’s see now... cell phones, computers, video games, drugs, alcohol, sex, designer clothes, ipods, gambling, etc. You can fill in the blanks, I’m sure. Clearly we can see

another group with entitlement issues, a group that clearly never heard the word “NO.” It appears that parents are afraid of their own children. Afraid to parent, afraid to say “no.” Somewhere in time, psychology came along and incorporated the ego into the area of discipline. It connected them in a negative way instead of a positive way. Now ego is portrayed as fragile - too fragile for discipline, the golden rule, boundaries, responsibility, and the big, little word, “NO.” Where are all the positive aspects of limits and boundaries, or as Freud puts it, socialization? No child ever died knowing the rules. having chores, duties, and responsibilities, or earning their own prized possessions. Children are now in charge, telling parents what they want, and parents working beyond all reason to provide above and beyond what children actually need. Self-esteem and ego are not given, they are earned. It is the job of parents to socialize, teach, and give opportunities for children to earn their self-esteem. it is not their job to just give it away. The learned behavior of entitlement that we see exhibited by our children is detrimental to society as a whole. It really does not make for “nice people.” I have searched my mind for where all this began. Maybe it really isn’t important, as the situation now is this, and is very real. It’s not something I can fix all by myself. It’s going to take all of us, young and old to change the swinging of the pendulum. What is really needed is for all of us to take off our blinders and stop living in denial. The results are around us, every day. Open your eyes. Look at your own behavior and pray. Prophetess Nina B. Marino, RN, LNC is a Prophet of God and the Overseer of the Apostolic Fellowship International Ministries branch office in Oneonta, New York. She is also a Registered Nurse, and Legal Nurse Consultant. To contact Prophetess Marino, send an email to nmarinolnc@hotmail. com.


Brokenness Is A Blessing! (Continued from page 15) math! I’m sure you would be thinking just like Gideon, “There’s no way we can win!” But then God explains: “...Gideon, “You have too large an army with you. I can’t turn Midian over to them like this—they’ll take all the credit, saying, ‘I did it all myself,’ and forget about Me…” (Judges 7:2, The Message). There it is again, the age-old battle of ego that we all fight daily! That’s why we need to keep in mind that the Word of God says: “...Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen” (Matthew 6:13, KJV). Where does our power come from? God! Who should the glory for our accomplishments go to? God! How long does this arrangement last? Forever!

History Makers Celebrating extraordinary women in history Kyoko Kumai (1943- ) Kyoko Kumai is a Japanese artist, known for her use of stainless steel filament to create her artistic sculptures and images. Her work in modern art goes all the way back to the 1980s, in which she began seeking to create personal pieces that would reflect things she desired to artistically create. By using stainless steel filament, Kyoto is able to demonstrate the things we are all influenced by, both conscious and unconscious. For example, many of her pieces depict the wind, such as giving a visual element to the wind blowing over the grass. She also has a piece depicting the ocean tide in the form of a wave. In doing this, Kyoko seeks to bring memories of recall to the surface, bringing us back to a time where we had an encounter with something that influenced us, somewhere in time, and had an effect and impact upon our lives and memories.

Kyoto’s art is unique, and was not without its challenges. It took a few years for her simple, gentle, beautiful, and yet modern designs to gain attention and acclaim. She had to work hard to find the right materials for the desired effect through trial and error, perseverance and persistence. It took many years for the right synchronization of material, technique, and ability to come forth and convey the desired feel and effects. Now her artwork can cover an entire gallery floor, be spread out in a courtyard or contained, bunched up, or draped over walls. It can be featured in large spaces or small ones. Her persevering spirit encourages all of us to continue as we are called. If we hit an obstacle, we must keep trying until we get things just right. Quotable quote: “I am making things by stainless steel filaments. They have 2 or 3 dimensions. They are the things that I hope to see and things that I have not ever seen.”

God had to break Jacob of self-sufficiency so the ‘Israel’ within him could come out! Sometimes God has to take you down, before He can raise you up! Moses was called the meekest man on earth. But it took forty years of living as a shepherd in the wilderness to detoxify him of pride and get him submitted to God! Only then was he ready to stand before Pharaoh and perform miracles that demonstrated God’s power - and vindicated Moses! Lastly, brokenness doesn’t mean being a wimp, suffering from an inferiority complex or having a case of low self-esteem. No, brokenness means praying, “Lord, if this is going to get done, and done right, You’re going to have to do it through me. And the only way that will happen is if You Break me. Lord, I trust You! I know that my Ultimate bonus and benefit will only be found In my brokenness! Therefore, today, Lord, I ask that You bless me, by breaking me!” Make this your prayer and never FORGET YOU ARE IN THE REFINER’S HANDS !!! It might not be a first sweet encounter, but the end you are GREAT! It’s worth the price!!

Pastor Jay Ikwan, Snr. is the President of Coals of Fire Ministries Inc and The Presiding Prelate of The Refiner’s Churches in Nigeria & The Republic of Philippines. To contact Pastor Ikwan, visit his website at http://www.cofministries.tk or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ jayikwansnr .


HIV/AIDS Awareness (Continued from page 6) bleeding. Razors can cut the skin, also causing bleeding. Other areas of warning come through homemade tattoos, those done for a fraternity, in prison, or by a neighborhood kid in a garage. Shared ink, needles, and unsanitary conditions can cause HIV to transmit between people. 6. Don’t rely on sexual purity or abstinence to do your communicating for you. - The fastest growing HIV population in the world is not made up of drug addicts, homosexuals, or promiscuous men: it is heterosexual, monogamous women. They are contracting HIV from their unfaithful and dishonest partners. I think that it’s wonderful to make the resolve to abstain from high-risk or promiscuous sexual activity - but this does not substitute for communication and honesty in an intimate relationship. It also doesn’t stop an individual from contracting HIV through another means, such as blood contact. Don’t minimize the issue in the hopes that it will make all your relationship choices and replace sound judgment.

Where did HIV come from? “Where did HIV come from?” is truly the $64,000 question. In this game, there are no fixed answers because science can’t seem to find the answer. The way the body’s immunity turns on itself is not animal, nor is it human. There are numerous schools of thought when it comes to HIV origins: everything from an animal origin to HIV not even existing at all. The most popular theory is that HIV originated as SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) in primates and then evolved into transmittable HIV in humans. No matter how you spin this theory, it doesn’t sit right. If you accept the theory, you are accepting a botched concept of evolution. If you accept evolutionary theory, HIV could never have mutated into a transmittable human form immediately or within a few years, recognizing evolutionary theory defines the process as taking millions and millions of years. There is another theory, gaining both ground and validation from some within the scientific community and outside of science alike. It is the belief that HIV had

its origins in a very unsuspecting place: a laboratory. Shipments can be traced as infiltrated within African-American, homosexual, and African communities. Containing a tainted Hepatitis B vaccine that were deliberately sent to these people. Many question, marvel, and wonder at who would do such a thing, and why. The Caucasian powers that be - those in government and high-ranking in finances and business - were concerned the African and homosexual communities were growing too numerous and would cause uprisings, which would lead to overthrow. Just as in days of old, the powers that be sought to remedy the situation in a not too original way: death. Instead of killing newborns, they would kill adults, who could in turn pass on illness to the newborns and cause them to die as well. The logic is similar to that of Egypt when approaching the Hebrew captives: “‘Look,’ he said to his people, ‘the Israelites have become much too numerous for us. Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become even more numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country.’” (Exodus 1:9-10, NIV) If they could thin out or exterminate the population, the threat would be gone. Thus the HIV epidemic began.

their families and friends who also deal with stigma, stress, and pain, and to our communities. If we convey the right information, we can empower those in our communities and in our world to make choices in wisdom. It’s a mistake to think HIV is a problem that nobody can halt or prevent. If we will only step back and take a look at ourselves, where we are, and where we want to be, we will see God at work within us as His instruments to bring people to a place of healing and wholeness in their lives. Psalm 103:1-8 reminds us: “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy Name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits— Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, His deeds to the people of Israel: The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” (NIV) In HIV ministry and awareness, we have the opportunity to make these amazing characteristics of God real and tangible to a hurting and dying world.

What can we do about HIV?

We can’t solve all the world’s problems... but we can help to make an impact on people’s lives...one person or a group of people at a time.

Knowing the truth about HIV - what it does, where it comes from, how it transmits between people, and how to prevent it - can seem intimidating, especially at first. Many people assume the attitude that HIV is something that can never happen to them - it’s something that happens to other people. Others adopt the mentality that they shouldn’t spend time worrying about HIV. Still others think HIV is a blight from God, a punishment for any variety of sexual sin. Many people just don’t care about HIV as long as it doesn’t happen to them. Every person who calls themselves a Christian should care about HIV because it reflects a whole expanse of human issues, problems, and dilemmas. We cannot offer solutions to the problems that exist if we don’t care enough about the people behind the issues to exhibit love and compassion toward them. We need to extend our hands of hope, health, and healing to patients who have HIV, to

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Interview With Elana Watson, Part 1 (Continued from Page 12)

There are signs that can be heard. The signs around us are getting pretty stark as the veil is getting thinner. Open the eyes of my heart is what I pray. Rebecca Michael says- What is your own musical background and training?

Encouragement For The Journey

Thoughts to help you through!

• Men, like nails, lose their • Joy is the holy fire that keeps usefulness when they lose our purpose warm and our direction and begin to bend. intelligence aglow. - Helen Walter Savage Landor Keller • The purpose of life is a life of purpose. - Robert Byrne • Great minds have purposes, others have wishes. - Washington Irving • If Heaven made him - earth can find some use for him. Chinese Proverb • Action expresses priorities. Mohandas K. Gandhi

Elana Watson says- I studied flute, singing, violin, drumming and many forms of dance. My teachers were generally people living in Jerusalem from various places around the world...probably my Russian Ballet teacher made a big impact on me as she was hard on me but it was good. My mother taught me a lot as well. She is a very accomplished singer, violinist and composer of 100’s of songs...Jehovah Jireh is her most well known one...I Like He that Keepeth Israel a lot...could be one of the songs I will record soon... Rebecca Michael says- Do you also teach and train students in music? If so like what and where could someone contact you for lessons? Elana Watson says- I have taught many ages in many places and yes I love to teach.I concentrate first on making a good student... seeing how to reach them and finding out where their heart lies.. So many people are out of touch with their hearts...music is again, a powerful tool to heal, teach and reveal...also you could call this ”therapy.”

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