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 It’s the time of Thanksgiving! 

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 FAWN is THANKFUL

Thanksgiving should be a special event, one of the most special events of our year.

But for many it’s been reduced to eating turkey, watching football games                          and ‘black’ Friday (or is it Thursday or Wednesday now?)

Thanksgiving should be much more than food, football and shopping. But                         then, that was how it started – right?
A legal day of food, football and shopping by an act of Congress –                                           wasn’t it?

Everyone knows the story of the 1st Thanksgiving…the Pilgrims…starvation…                    the Native Americans… salvation.

Today it’s popular to belittle that event – that time – and those extraordinary               times and people. Some would like to claim it never happened.

 But there was a man who believed it did happen.

October 3, 1789 was an especially cold day, when the country’s newly elected              President, a man by the name of George Washington, stood in the new nation’s             capital of New York City, and issued a Proclamation of Thanksgiving.

    

I wonder how many Americans have ever read it.

Have you?
Here – take a look…

He proclaimed a national day of food – football and shopping for everyone                          to applaud their good fortune and self-indulgence of material things…

…not.

Actually, it says some pretty amazing things, like:

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of                          Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly                           to implore his protection and favor…” 
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“… to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and                             prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many                              signal favors of Almighty God…”
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“… I assign Thursday the 26th. Day of November next to be devoted by                             the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious                                 Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or                              that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our                                 sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the                                  People of this country…”
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“…And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our                                    prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations                                        and beseech him to pardon our national and other                                            transgressions…”

Wow! So much for separation of church and state. I wonder how                                      many schools teach this.

Almost a hundred years later, in 1864, another President thought                                        that having a day set aside for food, football and shopping was so                           important he made it into an annual National Holiday.
Take a look at what Abraham Lincoln said about it:

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year,                           defending us with His guardian care…”
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“…It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens                                in their homes as our soldiers in their camps and our sailors on the                              rivers and seas with unusual health. He has largely augmented our free                      population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to                           use new sources of wealth and has crowned the labor of our workingmen                             in every department of industry with abundant rewards…”
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“…Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do                      hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day                        which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may                     then be, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the                             beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe…”
And – here where the shopping cart comes in…
“… And I do further recommend to my fellow-citizens aforesaid that on                             that occasion they do reverently humble themselves in the dust and from                          thence offer up penitent and fervent prayers and supplications to the                             Great Disposer of Events for a return of the inestimable blessings of                              peace, union, and harmony throughout the land which it has pleased Him                             to assign as a dwelling place for ourselves and for our posterity                             throughout all generations.”

These are the words of our Presidents – Our Leaders! It would do us well                          today to listen.

Do you know what’s the unspoken secret of                             Thankfulness?

Thankfulness is not one-directional. It’s not only a ‘giving’ event –                                      it’s as much if not more of a receiving event. It’s a benefit to those                                  who are thankful. 

Giving thanks transforms us. By nature we like to complain.                                              Whining and griping comes naturally – but are unproductive and                                 unattractive. Expressing gratitude is attractive and productive. Giving                          thanks transforms us from complainers into people of                                              gratitude. 

Giving thanks changes our perspective about the Creator-creature                          relationship. It causes us to acknowledge that God is the source of every                           good thing. When we thank God, we have to realize that our health, our                               family, our food, our shelter, our job, our talents – any abundance we                               may have – come from Him.

Giving thanks teaches us grace. It’s human nature to take credit for                                        our accomplishments. Thankfulness teaches us that we have not earned                         anything – all we do is by the Lord’s grace. Each gift, whether it’s a job                                or a friend or family, or place to live or a freedom we enjoy or a spiritual                           blessing we have received, shows the grace of God.

Giving thanks humbles us. We walk through life selfish and self-absorbed.                          We are proud and self-centered. We think we deserve a lot. The world owes                          us. When we are truly thankful, we see we have much more than we                         deserve.  Pride fades when we understand that every good thing comes                          from God. Thankful people are humble people – for they know they can                              do nothing on their own.

It’s easy to give thanks when things are going well.It’s harder when                              things are not going so well. We want to come to the place where we                                can give thanks for all things.

After suffering numerous “bad” things – Joseph said                                                            “What you meant for evil, God meant for good.”

Paul said, all things work together for good for those who love God.

I am “Thankful” to the Pilgrims – and to President George                                         Washington and to President Abraham Lincoln –                                                            thankful for the ‘commitment’ they made.

There is so so much we have to be thankful for – I’m not even going to                            attempt to start naming them – the list is way, way too long.

Actually, Thanksgiving should be a time of commitment renewal and                       strengthening.

Thanksgiving should be an occasion to remind us of our commitments                                 and to strengthen those commitments. Lacking that – it’s little more than                       spending time with family and shopping.

“Commitment.” you say?  “Commitment to what?”

Commitment to those things for which we’re thankful.

Things like life – liberty – family – food in our stomachs – a roof over                                 our heads – a pillow – a bed – friends and loved ones.

FAWN is thankful.

Thankful for youyour supportyour compassion            your continued ‘commitment’ to helping your                 neighbors across the world.

And FAWN is renewing its commitment to you to               work and fight to transform your support and         compassion into nutrition, hope and life for those       suffering from a devastating disease that robs its           victims of all hope – joy and life.

Always giving thanks for all things (Ephesians 5:20).

Let us never forget those who simply                     have nothing – to be thankful for.

Those millions upon millions of helpless victims of AIDS, starvation,

malnutrition and inhuman treatment by their fellow man.

Those countless children born into misery – born into death –

having no hope for joy in life.

We must never forget them –                                                                                                 for they only have –                                                                                                          those who remember.

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It is only through our compassion and love that we bring joy

to others and also find that inner joy that comes with

bringing joy to others.

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When the final roll is called –                                                 we want to be found vigilant –                                           working diligently for those who                                             cannot do so for themselves…

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…until that day when all will rejoice!

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 Yes – we are thankful at FAWN                                                  for what we have and who we are,

We are more thankful that we are                                           able to respond and help.

And we are thankful for you.

Until Next Time:

Embrace Life’s Bridges – For they Define Who You Are

DK LeVick

I don’t write about politics – it’s not my thing and basically I don’t really like it or politicians.

But, this time I can’t sit back and bite my lip – my teeth are grinding on one another!

Last night, I watched on the news as the world “rejoiced” that a great “never before” – “first-time” negotiations had concluded with a “deal” with Iran.

Hmmmm- let’s see if I have this right:

Iran will “halt” “part” of its nuclear development program and in exchange we’ll lift our sanctions against it and provide humanitarian relief.

Now, the press can goggle and salivatate all they want over this, but does anyone honestly believe Iran is going to halt development of their nuclear program? They have continually and openly defied the world on this subject from day one – and lying about it is right out of their playbook. Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear knows better. Iran has openly and blatently worked with North Korea on this and our own intelligence has reported what their true aim is. But we hide our heads in the sand and pretend.

But – that’s not my issue with this.

There is an innocent American citizen who has been held prisoner in the worse Iranian prison for over a year. They want to keep him there for another 7 years.

I said “AN AMERICAN CITIZEN”!!

He has been tortured, beat, deprived of medical help and medicine, and treated less than an animal – and for no other reason than that he refuses to denounce his faith – Christianity. That’s it! No – he wasn’t preaching on the street corners – he wasn’t out defying their government. In fact, he was there supporting their orphanages. You know – the children suffering from their abusive beliefs and hatreds!

Yes – the same people we know agreed to send “humanitarian” aid to!

Hundreds of thousands of people have written and requested Iran to release him. Their response? They moved  him to a worse prison that has a legacy of death and coming out in a box.

I have two questions for both – the politicians who “negotiated” this earth-shattering deal and for the press that slobbers all over it and over those politicians:

First – WHY WASN’T THE RELEASE OF PASTOR SAEED ABEDINI EITHER A PRECONDITION TO SITTING DOWN WITH THEM OR AT LEAST A PART OF THE AGREEMENT?

Second – WHY IS THE UNITED STATES SITTING AT A TABLE TO NEGOTIATE WITH TERRORISTS THAT ARE HOLDING AMERICAN CITIZENS IN A TORTUROUS PRISON?

It is unconsciousable that our government held these negotiations without demanding the release of Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen! Why wasn’t his release a precondition for us to even sit down with them to negotiate?

Instead – we’re going to relax sanctions and providing humanitarian relief.

“Humanitarian relief”!

Are we living in Disneyland?

Have the politicians and the press forgotten that Iran has been in a state of armed conflict against the U.S. for decades? It is common knowledge – stated by these same politicians and reporters – that Iran has killed Americans directly and supported every terrorist group, country and cause against America and is the main supplier of arms to jihadist terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They kill Americans.

They want all Americans dead. That’s not me saying that – they say it themselves – with a smile on their face.

They hold American citizens in hell-hole prisons for no reason other than they don’t agree with them. And we negotiate with them – give them aid – and “humanitarian relief”! Tell me – how do we make a deal with people who are torturing our citizens?

Yes Virginia – there is a Santa Claus.

He lives in the White House and he negotiates with terrorists, but he doesn’t give gifts of freedom to all equally.

One man – a husband – a father – a pastor – sits in prison – won’t see Christmas – or his family – or his country. He’s held captive by the Grinch who Stole his Christmas – while the world applauds the Grinch and takes pictures of the Grinch shaking Santa’s hand.

Strange – how this President can care so much about certain Americans and so little about other Americans. I’ve seen a number of presidents in my time and I don’t recall them being so selective about who they champion or not.

Stranger still – is how the American press can so totally work the country into a frenzy about some isolated criminal incident and so totally ignore Americans being killed, tortured and forsaken by the same people we honor and heap “humanitarian relief” on.

We all need to pray for Pastor Saeed – because our prayers are the only support he’s getting.

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FAWN Christmas Concert

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YES – it’s TRUE!

FAWNFighting AIDS With Nutrition

is hosting its second

Christmas   Concert

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YOU’RE   INVITED!

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is coming back to Melvindale!

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Everyone is Invited!

Invite Family!   Invite Friends!   Invite people you don’t know!

Invite everyone! For an evening of that classic, d0-wop Motown Music.

Consisting of members of the Miracles – the Capitals – former members of The Temptations – The Motown Experience provides a world-class vocal and visual night of song, rhythm and entertainment that you don’t want to miss.

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They’re still talking about last year’s concert!

This year’s performance promises to be even better blending together your favorite Christmas Classics with that distinct Motown sound.

Don’t be one of those unlucky ones who only get to talk about what they missed – next year!

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The Motown Experience Christmas Concert is brought to you by:

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Location:

Faith Christian Assembly

25201 Outer Drive

Melvindale

Tickets cost $20 – advance and $27 at the door

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So – Get your tickets early and safe dollars!

Tickets can be purchased by calling 313-977-0259

FAWN Thanksgiving!

It’s the time of Thanksgiving! 

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The harvest is full – creation is vibrant, overflowing with a bounty of blessings. The scent of crisp apples – fills the air while field after field of corn, soybean, cabbage and potatoes  – fill the silos…  

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Large, orange pumpkins are magically being transformed into spicy, sweet pies…

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Turkeys run in fear – knowing their time is short…

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And we rejoice in the richness of blessings our God has provided for us.

Yes – it’s Thanksgiving and we have much to be thankful for, and from all of us at

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Joyful – Enriching – and Happy Thanksgiving 2013.

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And while we are thankful –  let us never forget those who are hurting…

…those among us who have suffered setbacks and huge financial and personal losses from fires, floods, tornadoes, tsunamis, mud-slides and natural disasters of all sorts and types creating tragedies, loss of property and most of all – loss of loved ones.

Our hearts go out to you and we feel your sorrow and your pain – but we also feel your strength.

And let us not forget that… 

Monday – November 11th is Veterans Day –

No – it’s not a bargain shopping day – it’s a day for us to show honor – appreciation and to give thanks for those who, across the years, from one war zone to another, heard and answered the call – paying the price – for the freedoms we hold, enjoy and cherish so dearly. Freedom doesn’t come without a price. To those who fought the fight yesterday and to those who continue to fight the fight today – across the oceans – on foreign soil…to those who returned home whole and well – and to those who returned home not well in body or mind, and…lastly…to those who didn’t return home….

…we honor you!            

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Thank you veterans – you men and women who heard the call – who felt the need and who said:

 

“Here am I – send me.”

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May God bestow a special blessing upon you and your families.

And we must not forget, in our prayers and in our hearts, those who are persecuted…

 locked up against their will, away from their families, who will see no Thanksgiving dinner – no pumpkin pie – feel no hugs or kisses. Those who are beaten, abused and left in a dark, disease ridden hole – those who are tortured, gunned down and murdered for nothing more than what they think, believe and hold dear.

Each of us must always stand against tyranny and against those who work to destroy the human mind, seeking to kill that human spirit that thirsts after truth. Whether it’s our own belief or others – we must never allow the freewill to be stomped on. God gave us that gift and once we step over onto that slippery slope – then there is no belief that is safe.

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And let us never forget those who simply have nothing to be thankful for – and never have had.

Those millions upon millions of helpless victims of AIDS, starvation, malnutrition and inhuman treatment by their fellow man. Those countless children born into misery – born into death – having no hope for joy in life.

We must never forget them – for they only have – those who remember them.

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It is only through our compassion and love for our fellow men and women that we can bring joy to others but also find that inner peace that comes with finding our own purpose and happiness.

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When the final rolls are called – we must be found vigilant and working diligently for those who cannot do so for themselves…

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…until that day when all will rejoice!

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 Yes – we are thankful at FAWN for what we have and who we are.

We are thankful we are able to respond to our fellow man.

And we are thankful for you.

Until Next Time:

Embrace Life’s Bridges – For they Define Who You Are

DK LeVick

FAWN goes to College

It was a chilly Wednesday in October – the day before Halloween.

Overcast – gloomy – breezy – leaves drifting in the wind and pumpkins flickering from within. Just the kind of day you’d want for those ghosts and creatures of darkness to begin gathering on the streets dancing to the annual “Trick or Treat” beat. Meanwhile, FAWN

…went to college!

Oh – what a time it was!

We were running to and foe, spreading – the good news of the secret of FAWN. Yes, the secret. You know - the one about how good it makes you feel inside when you reach out and help someone in need!

Yes – that’s the secret of FAWN.

Actually, that’s the definition of FAWN!

“And where,” you ask, “were you having all this fun?”

Why – at Wayne State University of course!

FAWN (Fighting AIDS With Nutrition) was invited to participate at the Wayne State University’s (WSU), Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (in college lingo they call that the EACPHSCommunity Apple Days Career Fair.  Collaborating with the FAWN student auxiliary, located on campus, we set up an entire room for display and presentation and were visited by a steady parade of faculty and students alike stopping by to learn what FAWN is all about.

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EACPHS, under the guidance of Professor Geralynn B. Smith (Geri), formed the campus group three years ago. Geri has since retired from WSU (although in between bouts of Florida’s warm sunshine and soothing surf, she continues to work hard as a board member of FAWN) and we’re happy to report that the group has continued to be active and strong with plans to continue so far into the future. In fact, we discussed plans with them of spreading out into other campuses and locations.

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we reached out to a large number of people, spreading the good news of FAWN. Although I was getting nervous, when Reverend Frank Julian, founder and CEO of FAWN, was scheduled to address the group, and there was only a single person in the room. But you can’t hide a good ‘secret’ under a bushel and…by the end of his presentation – the room was full.

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It was especially exciting when some high school students wanted to know how they could become involved with FAWN.

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(Stefan Carter, Libin Philips (FAWN student leader) Rev. Julian)

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Rev. Julian reviewed the history of FAWN, explaining how he was touched when he saw all the graves of the victims of AIDS during a missionary trip to South Africa in 2001.

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He simply asked, “What can we do to help?

They simply answered, “Give us nutrition.”

Starting with a single can of nutritional ENSURE, and growing to the latest shipment distributed just this past month, FAWN has gathered together and sent off 30 shipments of the life-sustaining liquid nutrition, distributing over 150,000 pounds of hope to the people of Sub-Saharan and Botswana, Africa ,

While FAWN is proud of that accomplishment, and thankful to all its supporters and contributors, we know it’s a mere drop in the bucket of what’s needed, and FAWN is moving to increase its impact and stretch its outreach to a higher, more sustainable level. Rev. Julian stated the goal of FAWN is to provide quarterly shipments that are consistent and which the people of Africa can depend upon.

While, on the surface, a can of ENSURE or BOOST may seem insignificant, in reality it’s literally ‘liquid life‘ to the victims of AIDS. Malnutrition and starvation are just as pervasive and devastating as the AIDS virus itself is…

…in combination with AIDS – they’re deadly.

The people of Sub-Saharan and Botswana, Africa are now receiving antiretroviral medication, but when they are in a malnourished state, the medicine doesn’t work well, and can actually be harmful to the victim. Research, conducted by the United Nations and various scientific studies, have definitively concluded that nourishment is an essential component of the overall treatment for AIDS.

Simply stated, victims of AIDS, live longer, with a higher quality of life when nourished. Unfortunately, the governments are not supplying nourishment along with the medicine.

And that’s where FAWN comes in.

Not only does FAWN send shipments of the “miracle cans” to Africa, but we make numerous trips along with the shipments where we teach and educate the people on how to fertilize the ground and grow vegetables themselves for sustained nourishment. Our latest team, headed by Pastor John Esper, just returned in October.

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We thank WSU and especially Mary K. Clark, Ph.D., and Lloyd Y. Young, PharmD for the invitation to attend this community event where we got to mingle amongst some of the leading pharmacy and medicine faculty and students found anywhere in the United States.

Fairs, shows and events such as this one provided by the WSU Community Apple Days Fair, are opportunities that FAWN welcomes with open arms. Our mission is to spread the word of FAWN and to share the ‘secret’ of FAWN to the world.

We want everyone to feel the warmth and joy that comes from “giving”.

Giving a little time – a little money – giving a lot of hope and life! Tell me – what could be better?

If you are planning an event and would like FAWN to come, contact us – and we’ll be there. Depending on what the venue is- we can display, present, speak or just be present – whatever you desire – FAWN is eager to participate. You can contact us via email at efawn@fightingaids.org or call us at 313-215-2724.   Also, you can “Like” us on Facebook at FAWN-fighting Aids with Nutrition and “Friend” us on Twitter at @eFawnduane Subscribe to our newspaper at http://paper.li/EfawnDuane/1380987399 and stay abreast and on top of all the latest developments, not only in FAWN but in the world of AIDS research and treatment.

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AIDS is a horrible, devastating disease that millions upon millions of innocent people suffer from and die. In addition, millions of children are left without family – homeless – destined to rummage for food – child slavery – or the horrors of the sex trade – and ultimately – death.

But – it is a  battle in which YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE  – one can at a time.

Join with us – and share in the “secret of FAWN”. It’s there for the taking. Call us – or hit the “DONATE” button on this page.

Give some hope to those who have none – and receive the gift of giving.

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When everything is said and done – isn’t that what life is really about – giving a little compassion and love to those who need it?

 

Until Next Time:

Embrace Life’s Bridges – For they Define Who You Are

DK LeVick

Beneath the Turbulence

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