...walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God... Colossians 1:10
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“There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear.” (1 John
Hi, this is Eleanor Witcher of IMB’s prayer office, sharing testimonies of
“Have you been baptized?” the Uighur believer of Northwest China asked one
day as they studied together. “No, I have not. When I first came to believe, the
leaders of our group told me to wait. They wanted me to know more before I was
baptized.” This is evidence of the fear that is present where we live. “Baptism
is so public. What if someone sees us?” “If they are really spying on us, we
could get raided and imprisoned,” the believers think.
Early this year, Ethiopian followers in Addis Ababa needed strength to be
baptized in the face of persecution. Now an entire household is now planning to
be baptized. Some mature believers had been out of the country for a few weeks,
and when they returned, their friend had come to them to share the good news.
She told them that while they were away, she had read the Book of Acts--and she
had read it to her family. Seeing people be obedient in baptism is not something
that pleases Satan so details for the baptism will be organized as soon as
A few members of the team and Fulakunda nationals gathered for
the baptism, praying with the new believer and rejoicing in his obedience. His
wife shared that she wanted to be baptized also but she was scared . . . scared
of the water, scared of the decision that was at hand. When questioned further,
she revealed that she truly did accept, but she just needed more time. For this
people group, once you are baptized, there is no going back, and soon, whether
you tell them or not, everyone in the predominantly Muslim village will hear
that you follow Jesus.
* Please lift up Fulakunda believers (there are many) who are weighing the
cost of making the very public declaration of faith through baptism.
* Pray for this Ethiopian family that their example will lead many others to
* Ask God to reassure the hearts of Uighur believers so that they will learn
to live by truth and not fear.
By Ben Sales · April
TEL AVIV (JTA) -- Minutes after a terrorist attack killed three at the finish
line of the Boston Marathon, doctors and nurses at the city’s hospitals faced a
harrowing scene -- severed limbs, burned bodies, shrapnel buried in
For Boston doctors, the challenge presented by last week's bombing was
unprecedented -- but they were prepared.
Many of the city's hospitals have doctors with actual battlefield experience.
Others have trauma experience from deployments on humanitarian missions, like
the one that followed the Haitian earthquake, and have learned from
presentations by veterans of other terror attacks like the one at a movie
theater in Colorado.
But they have benefited as well from the expertise developed by Israeli
physicians over decades of treating victims of terrorist attacks -- expertise
that Israel has shared with scores of doctors and hospitals around the world.
Eight years ago, four Israeli doctors and a staff of nurses spent two days at
Massachusetts General Hospital teaching hospital staff the methods pioneered in
According to the New Yorker magazine, every Boston patient who reached the
hospital alive has survived.
Alastair Conn, the chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General
Hospital, acknowledged the day of the attack the help provided by Israeli
“About two years ago in actual fact we asked the Israelis to come across and
they helped us set up our disaster team so that we could respond in this kind of
manner,” Conn told reporters.
Techniques that were routine in Israel by 2005, and helped save lives in
Boston last week, began evolving in the 1990s, when Israel experienced a spate
of bus bombings. Israeli doctors “rewrote the bible of blast trauma,” said Avi
Rivkind, the director of the trauma center at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical
Center, where 60 percent of Israeli victims have been treated.
Much of what Israel has learned about treating attack victims was done on the
fly. In 1996, a 19-year-old soldier arrived at the Hadassah hospital following a
bus bombing with severe injuries to her chest and esophagus. Doctors put chest
drains on her lungs and performed endoscopies twice a day to stop the bleeding.
Both techniques are now regular practices.
“We were sure she was going to die, and she survived,” Rivkind
A riskier move came five years later when Adi Huja arrived at Hadassah with
massive blood loss following an attack in downtown Jerusalem. Rivkind realized
his team wasn't controlling the bleeding, so he directed staff to administer a
shot of NovoSeven -- a staggeringly expensive coagulant typically used for
hemophiliacs that was not approved for a trauma situation. But it worked and
Rivkind is an internationally recognized expert in terror medicine and widely
considered one of the great brains behind Israeli innovations that have been
adopted around the world.
Trained at Hebrew University, the Hadassah Medical Center and the Institute
for Emergency Medical Services Systems in Baltimore, he has contributed to
several volumes on trauma surgery and post-attack care, and authored a number of
seminal medical studies. Rivkind was the personal physician for the late Israeli
President Ezer Weizman, helped care for Ariel Sharon when the prime minister
fell into a coma following a stroke, and has performed near-miraculous feats,
once reviving a soldier shot in the heart who had been pronounced dead in the
But not everything Rivkind has learned about treating attack victims comes
from a story with a happy ending. In 2002, Shiri Nagari was rushed to Hadassah
after a bus bombing. She appeared to have escaped largely unharmed, but 45
minutes later she was dead. It was, Rivkind later wrote, the first time he ever
cried after losing a patient.
“She seemed fine and talked with us,” he told JTA. “You can be very injured
inside, and outside you look completely pristine.”
Organizing the emergency room, Rivkind said, is as important as treating
patients correctly. During the second intifada, Hadassah developed what he
called the “accordion method,” a method of moving patients through various
stages of assessment with maximal efficiency. The process has become standard in
hospitals across Israel and around the world.
Some of what distinguishes Israeli trauma doctors are qualities that are hard
to teach. Rivkind has said he keeps two beepers and a cell phone on him at all
times, even in bed. Even when calls come in the middle of the night, a small
army of medical professionals can usually be relied on to arrive at their posts
within minutes, sometimes even ahead of the ambulances carrying the
“Whenever there was an alarm, we jumped, ran and called our homes, and then
got ready to absorb patients,” said Liora Utitz, the mass-casualty coordinator
at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. “I felt very safe. The volunteerism of
everyone gave me strength.”
Israel continues to export its trauma expertise. Rivkind has taught medicine
in Melbourne, Australia, and Southern California. Delegations of doctors from
New York and Los Angeles have visited him in Jerusalem. This week, he will speak
with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is visiting Israel, about strengthening
connections between Hadassah and hospitals in Baltimore.
“We have tens of years of cumulative trauma experience,” he said. “We’ve
learned not to give up.”
The bucket store is OPEN. You can now purchase:
* a completely filled bucket online and have it shipped directly to Houston for about $85 including shipping!
* bulk items for the bucket (in case you want to have a bucket packing party)
* a bucket + all the items that you can pack yourself
Here's the place you can do it;
bgr.gostorego.com (hold down the shift key and then click on that link)
The fully assembled buckets are assembled by the Kits for Kidz people. They use UPS ground that was under $7.00. I thought that was good. The total cost of the fully assembled bucket delivered to our church was just over $85.00. I would think that if people ordered fully assembled buckets that they should have them shipped here to avoid double shipping. Here is the address to ship to Houston:
First Baptist Church of Jacinto City
713 672 2802
To see how the charges would add up, go to the website and place an order carrying it through the submit order stage without submitting the order. This will give you the detailed costing. Then you could order or just cancel the order. This certainly makes it easy to send a bucket and is slightly cheaper that we can pack a bucket in Abilene, and then we have to get it to Houston!
Hope this helps you pack a bucket or two, or three,
This is Kathy, sending you information for my grandmother, Thelma Hill. We
are happy to say that she will be relocating her place of residence this
Saturday, June 1st. Unfortunately her phone service will not be installed until
Tuesday, June 4th, but she can be reached by her cell phone from June 1st to the
She is very excited about this move and we are all looking forward to
getting her settled in.
Her new address is as follows: 611 NE ALSBURY
BLVD APT# 203
Luckily she was able to keep her other new phone number of 817-294-7560
Please feel free to call or visit her at anytime, she loves each and every
one of you.
Grandmother doesn't get on the internet very often anymore so if she
doesn't respond to an e-mail quickly, you'll know why. If you would like, you
her that she has e-mail waiting for her review.
Kaye Glazener, Director TBA-WMU, and Nina Pinkston, Nominating Committee Chair, announce the election of all nominated Leadership Team members for 2013-2014. Congratulations to all the office holders!
April 8, 2013
Dear Prayer Team,
So weak that he couldn't rise to greet his visitors, Richard, a tuberculosis
patient who is HIV+, told a BGR partner and a
volunteer from South Carolina that the nights
were the worst time because he felt cold and
alone. BGR partners and volunteers visited
Richard and other patients in Zambia last
week. They had a blanket made by a church in the US that they
were able to give him along with a BGR bucket and words of
encouragement as he begins tuberculosis treatment.
We were so glad to hear that there are still a few buckets in Africa! But they need more.
Franklin and Paula Kilpatrick report: Let's get the word around. April will be a very busy month for
The Bucket Project. We must ship the first container of buckets soon but still need more buckets
to make a load. We do not count the buckets until they are with us, meaning that though we know
of almost 500 buckets that will be available soon, we only have 235 in the Houston storeroom.
We will add another 250 before the end of April, leaving us about 250 buckets short. Anyone
holding buckets should ship them to First Baptist Church of Jacinto City, 10701 Wiggins,
Houston, Texas 77029 right away.
All our “bucket representatives” will be out the next few weeks in various meetings around
Texas. So glad that we have folks who are passionate about The Bucket Project who are
willing to give of their time to tell people about this project.
Looks like the website for ordering bulk items will be up this week. Keep watching the
Facebook site. You will be able to “shop” from there! Will send you the web address as
soon as I get it!
I will be meeting with the KY state coordinators (Herb and Wanda Edminster) on Monday.
We will be talking about the timeline for launching The Bucket Project there. Pray for
Kentucky Baptist leadership that will be helping promote this project all over Kentucky!
Continue to pray that the Lord will confirm the “other state coordinator”.
Pray for the Kilpatricks as they talk about The Bucket Project at Hillcrest Baptist Church
Senior Adult Retreat (Austin, TX) April 7-9.
Pray for MaryDean (prayer pillar) and Bill as they represent The Bucket Project (and BGR) at
the Great Hill Baptist Church Global Impact meeting April 10 -14.
Pray for Carol (prayer pillar) as she sets up a Bucket Booth at the Missouri WMU annual
meeting April 12-13.
Pray for me as I speak to FBC Humboldt, TN folks (April 12). I am leading in the Bible study
but Rick will have a booth set up in the hall! Don’t think we won’t be mentioning The Bucket
Pray for Charles Cole as he transports the buckets he collected on the “bucket express” to
FBC of Jacinto City. We should be getting a new bucket count this week! Yipppeee!
Several more churches have expressed interest in being collection points in Texas. Pray that
these folks will be passionate about promoting the project in their areas.
Pray for Carol (prayer pillar) who has an appointment with her pastor Monday (today) at 1:30
CST. She is speaking with him about the church becoming a collection point for this year as
well as a few other details.
God is so good to have surrounded me with such a great team. The folks here in the Nashville
office have helped me with mass mailings, media and phone calls! Franklin and Paula have
become dear friends and vital Texas project leaders. Prayer pillars like Ann, MaryDean and Carol
(and many others) have stepped up and put their prayers to action as they have represented and
promoted the project in their areas of influence. The prayer team has been diligent to pray for our
weekly items and rejoiced together with us on how God has moved. We are so glad to be joining
Him where He is at work! Thanks to all of you. The journey is just beginning and I can’t wait to see
His plan unfold over the next few years. I know I say it often but I mean it. I am so glad that we are
on this journey together!
One Changed Life.
10,000 Changed Lives!
BGR The Bucket Project: Hospice Kits