March 2013 - Archives

Natalia, Rise!

March 30, 2013 | Jeffrey Rosario

I saw my mother-in-law die this week. It was on Wednesday morning at 7am. My wife held her hand and sang hymns to her till her last breath. I always thought shock was the result of something unexpected. But I was expecting this moment, and still shocked when it happened.

I’d been watching Natalia’s condition for two months via online video chat from Australia. She was obviously getting worse, but I wasn’t prepared for what I saw in that room. She looked like a completely different person, so small and fragile. Cancer had wreaked havoc on her, it got to her bones, spine, liver and finally her brain.

It began with a lump. I called everyone I could think of: friends at Loma Linda, Weimar, Harvard and everywhere in between. We counseled with cancer survivors. Then came the mastectomy. She wasn’t comfortable with chemo, so we followed up with cleanses, herbal remedies and juicing like crazy (she should’ve turned green with all that wheat grass). But those wicked little cancer …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Setting the Captives Free

Setting the Captives Free

March 8, 2013 | Ty Gibson

A powerful ministry to prison inmates is under way in Kenya.

A group called the King’s Messengers, sponsored by the East- Central Africa Division, recently paid a series of visits to a prison in Nairobi housing 3,500 men. Rather than merely preach, the King’s Messengers conducted free medical check-ups and offered treatments for the sick. Seven hundred inmates were treated in conjunction with nursing and medical staff from the Adventist University of Eastern Africa Baraton, based in Kenya. Benson Obolla, one of the leaders of the ministry, said, “We were the first outsiders ever to be allowed to conduct a medical camp in the prison and the authorities were very excited with the results.”

Once the ministry of healing hands softened the hearts of the inmates, the King’s Messengers offered the King’s message by placing in each inmate’s hands, a Bible and a set of study guides provided by Light Bearers. As a result, says Obolla, “we baptized 213 prisoners.”

Those men in Nairobi are behind bars for a reason, …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Risë Rafferty, ALIVE, Creatures of Habit

Creatures of Habit

March 6, 2013 | Risë Rafferty, RDN

Benjamin Franklin said, “Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.” The implication is that habits control much of what life is made up of. We’ve heard the saying, “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” Ellen White wrote, “We shall be individually, for time and eternity, what our habits make us.”1

These statements work great for us when we are talking about good habits, but not with those that aren’t so stellar. We have both good and bad habits that pertain to various aspects of our lives including: daily routine, diet, stress response, relationships, and even thought patterns. They all merge to define and stabilize our lives. One of the benefits of habits is they provide a shortcut, saving time and brain energy.

Professor Ann Graybiel, a member of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Massachusetts Institute …
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Risë Rafferty, RDN

Health Educator
Light Bearers

Why Can't I Feel My Faith?

Why Can’t I Feel My Faith?

March 4, 2013 | Jeffrey Rosario

I’ve been reflecting on a recent conversation with a friend about the difficulty we have in feeling our faith amid the dark moments of life. “I just don’t feel like I love God”, he said. He believes in God. He understands His faith intellectually and accepts the evidence and logical proof. It’s the emotional part that’s missing. He struggles to feel it.

“Don’t trust your feelings” is the warning we often hear. And the warning is true, no doubt. But that doesn’t mean we should ignore the emotional aspect. Desiring and pursuing an emotional connection with God does not necessarily equate to trusting in our emotions. It’s simply acknowledging that the emotional factor is part of who we are.

The reality of Jesus should impact our minds and our hearts. The gospel should affect us intellectually and emotionally.

I CAN’T INITIATE, BUT I CAN RESPOND

If we don’t feel that we love God, we can’t really muster up that love. It can’t be fabricated. The way to experience love for God …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers