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October 31, 2011

The population of our World - 7 Billion and the Starvation Scenario

Demographers have announced that the population of the world is now at 7 billion souls.
There are so many of us....

This means 7,000 million people live on this planet. 

In the time of Christ, there were approximately 350 million people living in the entire world. This includes China, India and all of Asia, Europe, North and South America, Australia and the South Pacific and every other region of the Earth.

Can you live when you
are only skin and bones?
The lack of population in our ancient history was due to the fact that there were no viable surgical procedures available, no defenses against infection, no antibiotics. Many people died young. Many children died in infancy. Mothers died in childbirth. Adults died from everyday infections. In the middle ages, a cut on your finger could ultimately kill you if the infection spread and if the bubonic plague didn't kill you first. 

Most Ancient Egyptians or Ancient Romans lived to age 33 or age 35 and then were dead. That is why they were married at age 13 or 15 and they were having children at age 16 or age 17. They knew that they could die tomorrow. They knew that life was short. But in the modern era, the population is ever increasing.

The longest I have gone without food is 7 days. But I was not starving. Starvation can be a long process in which one eats a bit of food, and then starves and eats a bit of food and then starves some more. You slowly dissolve over time.  It is a repetitive process and an ugly one at that. 

Father, help us to
find a plan to
feed all of your
children.
God has a plan for our planet and for our universe and for our increasing population. We don't know what this plan is.

But we pray that God will give us the knowledge and the ability to feed the Earth's population. 

We ask God for this knowledge and we ask for His help. 

We ask God to help us to find a way to ensure that no human being starves, now or in the future. 

If we forget you, Lord, please do not you forget us. Amen.

Ashley Birt

Australian Corporal Ashley Birt, age 22, was killed on October 29, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when an Afghan army officer turned his gun on his foreign colleagues.

He was a member of the Royal Australian Engineers. 

Ashley was born in Nambour in Queensland, Australia. He joined the army in 2007 and allocated to Royal Australian Engineers as a geospatial technician. He was posted to the 1st Topographical Survey Squadron and promoted to Lance Corporal in February 2011 and Corporal in April 2011. 

Father, place Ashley on the
stairway to Heaven
His honours and awards include the Australian Defence Medal; Australian Service Medal with Clasp Solomon Islands II; Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT); and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. 

Family members describe him as a proud soldier who loved his job. They also stated that he was a loving son, devoted brother, wonderful uncle and loyal friend who will be dearly missed.

Military officials describe Ashley as a well-liked and hard working soldier who rose quickly through the ranks.

Ashley is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents and his brother.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Ashley Birt is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Bryce Duffy


Australian Captain Bryce Duffy, age 26, was killed on October 29, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when an Afghan army officer turned his gun on his foreign colleagues.

Bryce was a member of the 4th Field Regiment, based in Townsville. He was born in Sydney and educated in Brisbane and Canberra.

He served with the 1st Field Regiment between 2007 and 2010 and then transferred to the 4th Field Regiment in Townsville in January 2011 as Assistant Operations Officer, before his second deployment to Afghanistan in September. He volunteered for the tour after another officer was wounded in action.
Light a candle for Bryce.
Light his way to Heaven.

His honours and awards include the Australian Defence Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation 1st Mentoring Task Force Afghanistan 20 January to 30 October 2010; NATO Non Article 5 Medal with clasp International Security Assistance Force (ISAF); Afghanistan Campaign Medal; Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT).

His family describe him as a consummate professional, extremely competent and very well respected by his colleagues and commanders. They also stated that he was passionate about what he did, truly believed in his cause, and always strived to serve his country in the best way possible.

Bryce is survived by many loving friends and family members including his mother and his partner.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Bryce Duffy is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Luke Gavin

Australian Lance Corporal Luke Gavin, age 27, was killed on October 29, 2011, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when an Afghan army officer turned his gun on his foreign colleagues.

Luke was a member of the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment.

Luke was born in Manly, Australia. He enlisted in the Army in 2004.

Saint Andrew the Apostle,
pray for Luke
On completion of his basic training and initial employment training he was posted as an infantryman to the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, in Townsville in 2005. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in January 2009 and previously did three tours of duty in East Timor before being posted to Afghanistan in June of 2011.

He was a highly-qualified soldier, having completed specialist training as a combat first aider, Pashtu linguist and infantry support weapons operator.

Military officials stated that he was a highly-respected member of the 2nd Battalion and that he was loyal and had a positive attitude. His fellow soldiers were motivated by his professionalism, mateship and outstanding specialist skills. He was also known for being a devoted husband and father.

His honours and awards include the Australian Service Medal with clasp Timor Leste; Australian Defence Medal; Timor Leste Solidarity Medal; Australian Active Service Medal with clasp International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT); NATO Non Article 5 Medal with clasp International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Luke is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents Judith and Michael; his wife, Jacky and their three children, Joshua, Holly and Olivia.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Luke Gavin is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Byron Garth Greff

Canadian soldier, Master Cpl. Byron Greff, age 28, died on October 29, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Byron was a member of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta. 

He was travelling in an armored military bus when a suicide bomber slammed a vehicle filled with explosives into it, killing him.

Saint Andre of Canada,
pray for Byron
He joined the Forces in 2001 and served with the Third Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry since 2002. This was Byron's second deployment.

Military officials stated that Byron was highly respected by his fellow soldiers, that he was a hard-working infantry soldier and a qualified paratrooper. Officials also stated that Byron was extremely fit.

Bryan is survived by many loving friends and family members including his wife Lindsay, their son and newborn daughter.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Byron Greff is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

October 29, 2011

Brad Jones - Law Enforcement - Arizona

Officer Brad Jones, age 27, died in the line of duty on October 29, 2011, in Glendale, Arizona.

Brad was a member of the Glendale Police Department, Arizona. He had 4 years of service with the Department.

On October 28, 2011, a probation officer contacted Glendale police to go with him to meet a man at a Glendale Apartment complex for a meeting. While meeting with the suspect, a struggle ensued and Brad radioed to other officers for assistance. The suspect then pulled out a weapon and fired at Brad, seriously wounding him. Brad died later in the hospital. 

Michael, Archangel,
Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Brad
Assisting officers saw the suspect flee in the injured officer’s vehicle and chased him until he crashed the vehicle. The suspect began to flee on foot with officers close behind when he pointed a weapon at them. Three officers responded with gunfire, striking the 20 year old suspect. 

Friends describe Brad as a devoted husband and father.

He is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Cindy, and their two young children.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Brad Jones is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Harry Lew - Update

On April 6, 2011, we posted a prayer for Marine Harry Lew, who died in Afghanistan. 

"Lance Cpl. Harry Lew, age 21, of Santa Clara, California., died on April 3, 2011, while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, based out of Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii." 

As of that date, the cause of Harry's death was not stated by the military. It has since come to light that Harry Lew committed suicide. Fellow soldiers had found him asleep while on guard duty and had ordered him to do strenuous exercises and had kicked and beaten him. He committed suicide later that day. 
Angels of God, pray for Harry Lew. Pray that he is
taken into Heaven.

Three marines will undergo a court-martial for demeaning and abusing Harry Lew. 

It is deeply disturbing when a young kid is driven to death by his own people. 

Do we not have enough enemies who are ready to kill us? 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Harry Lew is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Charlotte R. Adair - EMT - Ohio


Charlotte R. Adair, age 45, was killed on October 28, 2011, in Lucas County Ohio. 

Charlotte was known as "Charlie" to her family and friends. 

She was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for Richfield Township, Ohio. She had six years of service with the Department.

She was also a sixth-grade teacher at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Swanton, Ohio.

Mary, pray for Charlotte
Charlotte was on her way to work and was off duty when she stopped to assist at the scene of a car accident. She was directing traffic around the crash scene, when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle, despite the fact that she was wearing a reflective vest. 

It is uncertain at this time if charges will be laid against the driver of the vehicle which struck and killed her. 

Family members said that she was dedicated to helping others in her capacity as an EMT. She was also known for her sense of humor.

School officials stated that she deeply cared for the children under her care as a teacher. 

Fire Department officials stated that she was a spunky person, who lit up a room and who was one of a kind. 

Charlotte is survived by numerous loving friends and family members including her husband, Craig and her daughters, Cayla, age 18 and Hailey, age 15.

Pray for all who die while going to the aid of others. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Charlotte R. Adair is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen

Stephen J. Dunning

Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Dunning, age 31, of Milpitas, California, died on October 27, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Okinawa, Japan.

Stephen was killed while trying to dismantle an improvised explosive device.
Light a candle for Stephen.
Light his way to Heaven.

Stephen graduated from Milpitas High School in 1998 and joined the military soon after.

A career Marine with nearly 13 years of service, Stephen Dunning was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Family members describe him as selfless and patriotic. 

Fellow soldiers describe him as a great friend. 

Stephen is survived by numerous loving friends and family members including his parents, Robert and Tomoe Dunning.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Stephen J. Dunning is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

John A. Lyons

Sgt. John A. Lyons, age 26, of Seaside Park, New Jersey, died on October 26, 2011, in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

He was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

John Lyons graduated from Rutgers University, where he majored in political science and Latin.

Angels of God, pray for
John
John joined the military in February 2009 as a combat engineer. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan.

His awards and decorations include the NATO Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and Combat Action Badge.

John is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Susan Smiley; and a brother and sister. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that John A. Lyons is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Terry L. Fleming - Law Enforcement - Georgia

Police Officer Terry Fleming, age 36, was killed in the line of duty on October 28, 2011, in Albany, Georgia.

She was a member of the Albany Police Department, Georgia, and had 5 years of service. 

Terry was killed when her patrol car collided with another patrol car during a high speed pursuit. Officers were pursuing a truck occupied by two men who had just committed an armed robbery, when Officer Fleming's patrol car collided with the other patrol car at the intersection of East Residence Avenue and Blaylock Avenue. Officer Fleming's car burst into flames upon impact.

Jesus, pray for Terry
The suspects continued to flee until their truck overturned a short distance away. Both men were arrested and charged with felony as a result of Officer Fleming's death. They were also charged with multiple felony counts in connection with the armed robbery.

Police officials stated that "We lost one of our finest officers, a lady that had so much to give to this community, and she lost her life doing what she wanted to do."

Terry is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her husband and three children.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Terry L. Fleming is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen

October 28, 2011

Janick Gilbert

Canadian soldier, Sgt. Janick Gilbert, age 34, of Baie Comeau, Quebec, was killed in the line of duty on October 27, 2011, in Nunavut, Canada. 

Janick was a search and rescue (SAR) technician with 424 Transport and Rescue Squadron in Trenton, Ontario. He had 13 years of experience. 

He and his unit had flown to Nunavut after two men in an open boat ran into trouble about 25 kilometres east of Igloolik. The men were battling strong winds and high waves. Community residents in two other boats tried to rescue the men, but couldn't reach them.

Angels of God, pray for
Janick.
Janick Gilbert and two other rescue technicians jumped into the icy and stormy waters to save the men because the condition of one of the men was deteriorating. The men were transfered to a life raft. All five men waited for three hours for a helicopter to arrive from Canadian Forces Base Gander in Newfoundland and pick them up. Sgt. Gilbert died before the helicopter arrived.

Military officials stated that Sgt. Gilbert lost his life in the service of his country while unselfishly answering the call for help. They said that he was a dedicated professional and that they would have entrusted their lives to him.

It was also stated that he was a devoted family man. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Janick Gilbert is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

David G. Robinson

Sgt. 1st Class David G. Robinson, 28, of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., died Oct. 25 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

He was assigned to the U.S. Army Support Activity, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The cause of his death is unreported at this time, but is non-combat related.

He joined the Army in 2003 and was stationed in El Paso, Texas.
Mary, pray for David
and for his young sons
who have lost their father.
Family members stated that David was dedicated to the Army, was patriotic and is remembered as a fun-loving man. 

David is survived by many loving friends and family members including his parents Dennis and Marijo; his wife, Emily; sons Matthew, age 7, and Jackson, age 4; and brothers Gregory and Michael.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that David G. Robinson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Edward S. Grace

Sgt. Edward S. Grace, age 39, of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, died on October 23, 2011, in Silver Spring, Maryland, from a non-combat related illness. 

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 182nd Infantry Regiment, 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Massachusetts National Guard, Braintree, Mass.

Light a candle for Edward.
Light his way to Heaven.
Edward Grace enlisted in the Massachusetts National Guard in 2006 and was deployed to Afghanistan in March for a one-year mission. He was scheduled to return home in early 2012.

He was unmarried and had no children.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Edward S. Grace is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

October 26, 2011

Westboro Baptist Church - their placards for you

Their sign for gays
Their sign for
Pres. Obama
Yesterday, I watched an updated documentary about the Westboro Baptist Church which was informative. To say that it was disturbing is an under-statement.

I thought that these freaks only hated "Gays" and "America". Now I see that they hate just about everyone in the world, including you.

In a previous blog post, I stated that the tragedy of religion is that religion often leads people to hate, death and destruction. Faith is supposed to lead us to God and to peace and to some inner knowledge of ourselves. It is supposed to attempt to make us better human beings. 

Their sign for Jews
Their sign for Catholics
However, the path to hatred and not the path to God is particularly prevalent with fundamentalists, regardless of what religion they belong to.

The U.S. Supreme Court should rule that First Amendment rights to free speech do NOT include the right to incite hate against specific groups of people. 

Their sign for
Muslims
Their sign for American Soldiers
I wouldn't normally give any more webspace to this freak group, however, we all have to continually speak up against hatred and idiocy. 

God save us from the religious nut-bars and the religious murderers and the religious suicide bombers and all of those who hate humanity. 
Their sign for you. 

God help us all.

Jason N. Barfield

Lance Cpl. Jason N. Barfield, age 22, of Ashford, Alabama, died on October 24, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 3rd Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California.

Gabriel, Archangel, pray for
Jason
Jason was serving his first deployment to Afghanistan since he enlisted in the Marine Corps on Jan. 25, 2010.

His personal service awards include the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the NATO-ISAF Medal.

Family members have stated that Jason loved his family and was a man of faith. Others have stated that he had a positive attitude, had an infectious smile and loved his country. 

Jason is survived by numerous loving friends and family members including his mother, Kelli Barfield; his father, Ray Barfield and his Aunt, Shirley Cobb.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jason N. Barfield is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Shawn P. T. Charles

Capt. Shawn P. T. Charles, age 40, of Hickory, North Carolina, died on October 23, 2011, in San Antonio, Texas, from a non-combat related terminal illness. 

He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Saint Veronica of Milan, pray for
Shawn.
He entered active-duty service in January of 2009 and was deployed to Iraq in August of 2011.

Charles' awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Shawn P. T. Charles is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Steven F. Shapiro

Pfc. Steven F. Shapiro, 29, of Hidden Valley Lake, Calif., died Oct. 21 in Tallil, Iraq of non-combat related injuries.  

God the Father, place Steven
on the stairway to Heaven.
He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Steven Shapiro entered active duty service in March 2010 as an M1 armor crewman.  He deployed to Iraq in March of 2011. 

Steven's awards and decorations include an Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Let us pray to God the Father that Steven F. Shapiro is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Jerome D. Miller Jr.

Airmen 1st Class Jerome D. Miller Jr., age 23, of Washington, D.C. died on October 13, 2011, due to a non-combat related incident in Parwan province, Afghanistan. 
Pray for Jerome

He was assigned to the 459th Security Forces Squadron, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jerome D. Miller Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Prayers for Nick....

Please, I ask prayers for Nick. C. (he's 54, he lives in England) and his wife.

Please pray for their conversion and marriage.

Thank you - Martina from Italy

October 25, 2011

Jordan S. Bastean

Lance Cpl. Jordan S. Bastean, age 19, of Pekin, Illinois, died on October 23, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.

He graduated from Pekin Community High School in 2010.

Friends stated that Jordan was among the top five out of nearly 1,000 cadets in his JROTC program.
Angels of God, pray for Jordan

Others describe Jordan as trustworthy, competent and well-rounded, mature and respectful. 

Pray for the teenagers who die in war.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Jordan S. Bastean is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Paul A. Rivera

Sgt. Paul A. Rivera, age 26, of Round Rock, Texas, died on October 22, 2011, in Logar province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered in a vehicle rollover during an attack by enemy forces. 

He was assigned to the 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, Hohenfels, Germany.
Light a candle for Paul.
Light his way to Heaven.

Paul Rivera joined the military after graduating in 2003 from high school. 

Friends describe him as funny, charismatic, genuine, kind-hearted and deeply religious.

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Paul A. Rivera is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

Horace C. (Chris) Pendergrass - Firefighter - Virginia


Firefighter Horace Pendergrass, age 49, died on October 22, 2011, in Fairfax, Virginia. 

He was known as both "Chris" and "Teddy" to his friends and co-workers.

He was discovered deceased in his bunk by fellow firefighters at shift change, having passed away during the night in his sleep from a cause still to be determined. 

He was a member of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Virginia. He had over 20 years of service with the Department. 

Jesus, pray for Chris
He was originally from Chesapeake, Virginia.

Fellow officers describe him as a gentle giant with a heart of gold.

Chris is survived by numerous loving friends and relatives including his father, James H. Pendergrass; his children, Christian Aniece Adams, Tierra Janiece Pendergrass and Horace Christopher Pendergrass, Jr.; his sisters Natalie Gravette, Robin Gail Pendergrass and Jessica Lynn Jones; and his brother, Donnell Adams.

Pray for all who die while on duty. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Horace (Chris) Pendergrass is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen