J. Peter Daniel
Swine flu has aroused the panic level higher all over the world. People are cautioned via Media and other contemporary technologies. The talk of the town is also swine flu rather than anything else. The schools are closed to curb the spreading of this disease. The precaution measures are implemented effectively by arranging mask and guidelines for protecting from the diseases.
Recently, I went to school for paying fees for my children. I was screened by the paramedical staff before entering into the school. I wondered how the people are afraid of a tiny virus that has the capability of endangering human life.
In this world, we are thinking of protecting our body from the attack of virus. But we are reluctant to take any precautionary measures to prevent the attack of evil around us. Many a times, we are not scared of evil virus which is producing within us and also not aware of the evil flu that passes on to our offspring.
Let us see how the instruction of swine flu that will help us in escaping from the evil flu.
1. Keep one meter gap from the affected person:
The ministry of Health in Bahrain has advised us, to keep one meter distance from the sick patients and to instruct the people to avoid hugging anyone even a child as well. Everyone has obeyed and followed the instructions without fail.
God has given a lot of instructions to deal with evil flu, which damages our spiritual life and takes away our eternal life. In Ps.1.1, God has commanded us not to walk, stand and sit with evil person. It means, we have to avoid them completely.
Paul said to flee from evil, sexual immorality (I Cor. 6:18), Idolatry (I Cor. 10-14-15), evil desires of youth (2Tim 2:22). In the Bible, we see that Joseph fled away from the youthful lust and sexual immorality. Just like him, we have to run away from evil flu. One of the Bible teachers requested the youth congregation to follow 3:3:3 formulas when speaking with opposite sex. He explained that we have to keep 3 steps distance from the person, 3 (Physical) persons (Should not say God is there) has to be there and 3 minutes conversation is allowed. This formula is applicable for the married ones too.
2. Take precautionary Measures:
Swine flu has the capability to pass on to the next person via coughing, sneezing etc. To avoid this, the government has recommended safety precaution method of providing masks and using sanitizer. Similarly, the precautionary measures have been spelled out in Bible to fight with evil flu. First, the word of God will protect us from the evil. That’s why, meditating and delighting in the word of God is more important than anything in this world (Math4:4, Ps. 1: 2). God instructed Moses to educate the Israelites to teach the word of God to the children by talking with them, when they are walking, lying down, getting up and tie them as symbols on hands, doorframes (Deut 6:5-9)
Secondly, we have to pray to God to deliver us form the evil one and also not to lead in to temptation. These two prayer points are important in everyday walk of our life. Thirdly, we need to have fellowship with fellow brethren to escape from the evil flu. God has asked us to commune with one another, share the burden with one another. This will give us boosting to move forward in our spiritual journey.
Let us come to the Lord to get His guidance to flee from evil and also to protect from evil temptation and forces. If we live like this we will surely cast away evil flu from our life.
Happy New year 2010
Who will reach out Indian students in other countries like USA, Australia, Canada, and Germany………… Are you able to go as a tentmaker / student missionary?
Indian students in US cross 100,000 mark: The number of students from India enrolled in US universities and colleges crossed 100,000 for the first time ever this year As the number of international students at colleges and universities in the US increased by 8% to an all-time high of 671,616 in the 2008/09 academic year, students from India made up 103,260 of the overall number, according to the Open Doors report, which is published annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with the US government. The Indian numbers went up 9.2 per cent from 94,563 in 2007/2008 to cross 100,000 for the first time to retain its position as the top place of origin for international students in the United States. China remained in second place, although there was a sharp 21 per cent spike in students from China, going up from 81,127 last academic year to 98,235 this year. South Korea (69,000 to 75,000) remained in third place. This is the eighth consecutive year that India has remained in the top spot. In course of a preview of the forthcoming visit to Washington of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week, Indian officials said on Monday that Indian student inflow contributed nearly $ 3 billion to the US economy last year. Overall, international students contribute $17.8 billion to the US economy, through their expenditures on tuition and living expenses, according to the US Department of Commerce. The largest growth this year was seen in undergraduate enrollments, which increased by 11%, compared to a 2% increase in graduate enrollments. This growth was driven largely by increases in undergraduate students from China, suggesting that increased affluence is enabling Chinese to send their children to US for undergrad education, where there is typically less scholarship and funding. According to Open Doors 2009, universities in California hosted the largest number of foreign students with 93,124, up 10%, followed by New York with 74,934, up 7%, and Texas with 58,188, up 12%. The New York City metropolitan area continues to be the leading city for international students, with 59,322 enrolled in area schools, up 8%. The Los Angeles metropolitan area is in second place with 42,897 international students, up 11%. For the eighth consecutive year, Open Doors reports that the University of Southern California hosted the largest number of international students, this year reporting 7,482. New York University held in second place with 6,761 international students, and Columbia University, also holding steady in third place, hosted 6,685. Rounding out the top five 2008/09 host institutions are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (6,570 students) and Purdue
University (6,136 students). Open Doors reports that 171 US campuses each hosted more than 1,000 students. The top ten most popular fields of study for international students in the United States in 2008/09 were Business and Management (21% of total), Engineering (18%) and Physical and Life Sciences (9%), Social Sciences (9%), Mathematics and Computer Science (8%), Health Professions (5%), Fine & Applied Arts (5%), Intensive English Language (4%), Humanities (3%), Education (3%), and Agriculture (1%). There was also a significant 20 per cent uptick in the number of American students studying in India, part of the an overall growth in American students going abroad for academic purpose. The number of Americans studying in India rose from 2627 in 2006/2007 to 3146 in 2007/2008, making India the 17th in the list of countries for US students. The top five spots went to UK, Italy, Spain, France and China, the last of which had more than 13,000 American students.
(http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Indian-students-in-US-cross-100000-mark/articleshow/5240338.cms accessed on 23 November 2009)
Lady doc held for swindling Re. 7.5 crore Tsunami aid fund: A lady doctor and her nephew were arrested by Chennai police for allegedly swindling Rs 7.5 crore, which was disbursed by a US-based funding agency to a Church of South India (CSI) church in Royapettah for tsunami rehabilitation work. Police have also confiscated two luxury cars, valued at Rs 18 lakh each, which the accused is believed to have purchased through the funds. A hunt is on for the doctor’s parents, who were office-bearers of the CSI church, for their complicity in the fraud. A US-based NGO Episcopal Relief Development had given Rs 17.63 crore to the CSI church in Royapettah for rehabilitation of tsunami-affected people living in coastal Chennai. “Recently new office-bearers assumed responsibility of administering the church and approached the US funding agency for more money to complete the ongoing rehabilitation work. However, officials at the ERD sought the account summary for the money allotted earlier and the work done till date. The church secretary Moses Jayakumar asked his predecessor Pauline to submit the accounts, but she refused claiming that the ERD funds were allotted to her in individual capacity and argued that she was not accountable to the church office bearers. This led to a tussle and an internal audit carried out by the new office bearers revealed a mismatch in funds allotted and the rehabilitation work completed to the tune of Rs 7.5 crore. Immediately, Moses Jayakumar lodged a complaint with the Chennai police commissioner T Rajendran seeking an investigation into the fraud,” a senior police officer said. The central crime branch police conducted a probe during which it came to light that Pauline and Sathyamurthy had engaged their daughter Dr Benedicta and her nephew Robert Sunil as consultants for the Tsunami rehabilitation project. “Both Benedicta and Sunil were entrusted with the funds and were also paid in the order of Rs 80,000 to Rs 90,000 per month in addition to other emoluments including luxury cars for official use. “Nearly Rs 7.5 crore meant for building houses for displaced fishermen, buying fishing nets and boats were siphoned off in this manner,” the officer said. While Benedicta and Sunil have been picked up, Pauline and her husband are missing. (A Selvaraj, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/city/chennai/Lady-doc-held-for-swindling-Rs-75cr-tsunami-aid-fund/articleshow/5113896.cms accessed on 12 October 2009)
* Thanks to Rev. J.N. Manokaran for sending email reg. above news.