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  1. 2 treatments down. 47 more to go. Thank you for the prayers.
  2. My dad has prostrate cancer and is starting his first, of many, radiation treatments. I wanted to ask if y'all would please keep him in your prayers. Thanks.
  3. I have a friend who used to be VP of the biggest pork producing company here in the States. About 2 weeks ago, he had texted me that some plants were starting to close down (pork, beef and chicken). Shortly after that, we all saw the news reports that talked about this. I asked him then, if I should stock up on more meat. He told me, "you'll probably have a week or 2". Today, he called me and said he had a list of 6 meat production plants that will be closing shortly (beef, pork and chicken). It hasn't hit the news yet, but he told me to call my parents to make sure they top off their freezers. One of the plants is the pork plant in NC that is the biggest in the world. They have 5000 employees and 25% didn't show up for work today. He said that they are trying to ramp up production for when the news hits but the concern becomes food safety. I asked him how long the meat in storage would last for the whole country...1 week? He said no where near that long...meats operate on just in time delivery, and we're close to running out of time. I wanted to share with everyone here what he said so that you can think about topping off your freezers too if you need.
  4. I have been noticing something lately... Thankfully, I have been preparing for this virus long before it hit the national stage. He would lay a burden on my heart to go and prep in "this area" and I would go and prep. Within days, those preps were wiped out, no where to be found. Over and over again this happened with so many things and it got to the point where I couldn't deny it was all Him. Consequently, the Lord has blessed me with preps short and long term. As the days have unfolded, as He has crossed my path with people I know intimately and others I only know in passing, however, He has burden my heart to share from what He has given me. I have shared with others in obedience to Him. It has been poignant and deeply moving at times, and has probably touched my heart in ways that will last forever. What I have noticed, however, is that when I give, I find shortly thereafter, an opportunity to replenish many of these items. When I give, He keeps blessing me with far more than what I have given. I gave the UPS driver a container of 85 disinfectant wipes. The Lord then gave me 1,860 in return. Without going into all the details, on another item, I gave 110 and I have an order in for 500, which is virtually impossible to find. If it is His will, then the order will arrive. If it is not, He has still blessed me with an abundance. On Friday, I gave away 2 gallons, and I just saw this morning, I can get 30+ gallons of something nobody can find. This morning, a scripture came to mind..."Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding". My understanding could have very well been to keep my provisions for myself and my family and perhaps a few close friends. Instead, I have had a glimpse into the miracle of the 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish through the experience of the above, and I find myself in awe of Him.
  5. I just wanted to give an update on our account balance. They took a payment out last week but with everyone's help, here is our current balance:
  6. My mom called me tonight to tell me to take some red wine and to anoint the doors like God had told Israel to do in Exodus 12 before the angel of death went through Egypt. "Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel (above the door) of the houses in which they eat it......The blood shall be a sign for you on (the doorposts of) the houses where you life; when I see the blood I shall pass over you, and no affliction shall happen to you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt." Christ gave the disciples wine at the Last Supper, for the wine would represent His blood He shed on the Cross. That is why we have used wine to anoint our doorways. I have to tell ya, there was something very powerful when I did.
  7. For those that may be stressing about not being able to find hand sanitizer, don't worry. Soap actually 'disinfects' better than the hand sanitizer: Outside the Box Deadly viruses are no match for plain, old soap — here’s the science behind it https://www.marketwatch.com/story/deadly-viruses-are-no-match-for-plain-old-soap-heres-the-science-behind-it-2020-03-08?fbclid=IwAR0Qw0m6XCJ_wTsSf1hT0pywsI3CgdP9GSDBlNmh2yoA5HFN66h5HML4hlU Published: March 9, 2020 at 8:15 a.m. ET By Palli Thordarson Soap works better than alcohol and disinfectants at destroying the structure of viruses This is how soap removes dirt, and bacteria, from the skin. Why does soap work so well on the new coronavirus and, indeed, most viruses? Because it is a self-assembled nanoparticle in which the weakest link is the lipid (fatty) bilayer. That sounds scientific. Let me explain. Soap dissolves the fat membrane, and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and “dies,” or rather, it becomes inactive as viruses aren’t really alive. Viruses can be active outside the body for hours, even days. Disinfectants, or liquids, wipes, gels and creams containing alcohol (and soap) have a similar effect but are not as good as regular soap. Apart from alcohol and soap, antibacterial agents in those products don’t affect the virus structure much. Consequently, many antibacterial products are basically just an expensive version of soap in how they act on viruses. Soap is the best, but alcohol wipes are good when soap is not practical or handy, for example in office reception areas. Soap outcompetes the interactions between the virus and the skin surface, and the virus gets detached and falls apart like a house of cards. Supramolecular chemistry But why, exactly, is soap so good? To explain that, I will take you through a journey of supramolecular chemistry, nanoscience and virology. I will try to explain this in generic terms, which means leaving out special chemistry terms. (I must point out that, while I am an expert in supramolecular chemistry and the assembly of nanoparticles, I am not a virologist.) I have always been fascinated by viruses, as I see them as one of them most spectacular examples of how supramolecular chemistry and nanoscience converge. Most viruses consist of three key building blocks: RNA, proteins and lipids.The RNA is the viral genetic material — it is similar to DNA. The proteins have several roles, including breaking into the target cell, assisting with virus replication and basically being a key building block (like a brick in a house) in the virus structure. The lipids then form a coat around the virus, both for protection and to assist with its spread and cellular invasion. The RNA, proteins and lipids self-assemble to form the virus. Critically, there are no strong “covalent” bonds holding these units together. Instead, the viral self-assembly is based on weak “non-covalent” interactions between the proteins, RNA and lipids. Together, these act together like Velcro, so it is hard to break up the self-assembled viral particle. Still, we can do it — with soap! Most viruses, including the coronavirus, are between 50-200 nanometers — so they truly are nanoparticles. Nanoparticles have complex interactions with surfaces they are on; it’s the same with viruses. Skin, steel, timber, fabric, paint and porcelain are very different surfaces. When a virus invades a cell, the RNA “hijacks” the cellular machinery like a computer virus and forces the cell to make fresh copies of its own RNA and the various proteins that make up the virus. These new RNA and protein molecules self-assemble with lipids (readily present in the cell) to form new copies of the virus. That is, the virus does not photocopy itself; it makes copies of the building blocks, which then self-assemble into new viruses. All those new viruses eventually overwhelm the cell, and it dies or explodes, releasing viruses that then go on to infect more cells. In the lungs, viruses end up in the airways and mucous membranes. When you cough, or especially when you sneeze, tiny droplets from the airways can fly up to 30 feet. The larger ones are thought to be main coronavirus carriers, and they can go at least 7 feet. So, cover your coughs and sneezes! Skin is an ideal surface for viruses These tiny droplets end up on surfaces and dry out quickly. But the viruses are still active. What happens next is all about supramolecular chemistry and how self-assembled nanoparticles (like the viruses) interact with their environment. Now it is time to introduce a powerful supramolecular chemistry concept that effectively says: Similar molecules appear to interact more strongly with each other than dissimilar ones. Wood, fabric and skin interact fairly strongly with viruses. Contrast this with steel, porcelain and at least some plastics, such as Teflon. The surface structure also matters. The flatter the surface, the less the virus will “stick” to the surface. Rougher surfaces can actually pull the virus apart. So why are surfaces different? The virus is held together by a combination of hydrogen bonds (like those in water) and hydrophilic, or “fat-like,” interactions. The surface of fibers or wood, for instance, can form a lot of hydrogen bonds with the virus. In contrast, steel, porcelain or Teflon do not form much of a hydrogen bond with the virus. So the virus is not strongly bound to those surfaces and is quite stable. For how long does the virus stay active? It depends. The novel coronavirus is thought to stay active on favorable surfaces for hours, possibly a day. What makes the virus less stable? Moisture (“dissolves”), sunlight (UV light) and heat (molecular motions). The skin is an ideal surface for a virus. It is organic, of course, and the proteins and fatty acids in the dead cells on the surface interact with the virus through both hydrogen bonds and the “fat-like” hydrophilic interactions. So when you touch a steel surface with a virus particle on it, it will stick to your skin and, hence, get transferred on to your hands. But you are not (yet) infected. If you touch your face, though, the virus can get transferred. And now the virus is dangerously close to the airways and the mucus-type membranes in and around your mouth and eyes. So the virus can get in and — voila! — you are infected. That is, unless your immune system kills the virus. If the virus is on your hands, you can pass it on by shaking someone’s else hand. Kisses, well, that’s pretty obvious. It goes without saying that if someone sneezes in your face, you’re stuck. So how often do you touch your face? It turns out most people touch the face once every two to five minutes. So you’re at high risk once the virus gets on your hands, unless you wash off the active virus. So let’s try washing it off with plain water. It might just work. But water “only” competes with the strong “glue-like” interactions between the skin and virus via hydrogen bonds. The virus is sticky and may not budge. Water isn’t enough. Soap dissolves a virus’ structure Soapy water is totally different. Soap contains fat-like substances known as amphiphiles, some structurally similar to the lipids in the virus membrane. The soap molecules “compete” with the lipids in the virus membrane. That is more or less how soap also removes normal dirt of the skin (see graphic at the top of this article). The soap molecules also compete with a lot other non-covalent bonds that help the proteins, RNA and the lipids to stick together. The soap is effectively “dissolving” the glue that holds the virus together. Add to that all the water. The soap also outcompetes the interactions between the virus and the skin surface. Soon the virus gets detached and falls apart like a house of cards due to the combined action of the soap and water. Boom, the virus is gone! The skin is rough and wrinkly, which is why you need a fair amount of rubbing and soaking to ensure the soap reaches every nook and cranny on the skin surface that could be hiding active viruses. Alcohol-based products include all “disinfectants” and “antibacterial” products that contain a high share of alcohol solution, typically 60%-80% ethanol, sometimes with a bit of isopropanol, water and a bit of soap. Ethanol and other types of alcohol do not only readily form hydrogen bonds with the virus material but, as a solvent, are more lipophilic than water. Hence, alcohol does dissolve the lipid membrane and disrupt other supramolecular interactions in the virus. However, you need a fairly high concentration (maybe 60%-plus) of the alcohol to get a rapid dissolution of the virus. Vodka or whiskey (usually 40% ethanol) won’t dissolve the virus as quickly. Overall, alcohol is not as good as soap at this task. Nearly all antibacterial products contain alcohol and some soap, and that does help kill viruses. But some also include “active” bacterial killing agents, such as triclosan. Those, however, do basically nothing to the virus. Alcohol works — to a degree To sum up, viruses are almost like grease-nanoparticles. They can stay active for many hours on surfaces and then get picked up by touch. Then they get to our face and infect us because most of us touch our face frequently. Water is not effective alone in washing the virus off our hands. Alcohol-based products work better. But nothing beats soap — the virus detaches from the skin and falls apart readily in soapy water. Supramolecular chemistry and nanoscience tell us not only a lot about how the virus self-assembles into a functional, active menace, but also how we can beat viruses with something as simple as soap. Palli Thordarson is a professor at the School of Chemistry at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
  8. I just read this on one of the Facebook groups I'm on: Amol Kumawat *Informative* I am writing to you from Bergamo, Italy, at the heart of the coronavirus crisis. The news media in the US has not captured the severity of what is happening here. I am writing this post because each of you, today, not the government, not the school district, not the mayor, each individual citizen has the chance, today to take actions that will deter the Italian situation from becoming your own country’s reality. The only way to stop this virus is to limit contagion. And the only way to limit contagion is for millions of people to change their behavior today. If you are in Europe or the US you are weeks away from where we are today in Italy. I can hear you now. “It’s just a flu. It only affects old people with preconditions” There are 2 reasons why Coronavirus has brought Italy to it’s knees. First it is a flu is devastating when people get really sick they need weeks of ICU – and, second, because of how fast and effectively it spreads. There is 2 week incubation period and many who have it never show symptoms. When Prime Minister Conte announced last night that the entire country, 60 million people, would go on lock down, the line that struck me most was “there is no more time.” Because to be clear, this national lock down, is a hail mary. What he means is that if the numbers of contagion do not start to go down, the system, Italy, will collapse. Why? Today the ICUs in Lombardy are at capacity – more than capacity. They have begun to put ICU units in the hallways. If the numbers do not go down, the growth rate of contagion tells us that there will be thousands of people who in a matter of a week? two weeks? who will need care. What will happen when there are 100, or a 1000 people who need the hospital and only a few ICU places left? On Monday a doctor wrote in the paper that they have begun to have to decide who lives and who dies when the patients show up in the emergency room, like what is done in war. This will only get worse. There are a finite number of drs, nurses, medical staff and they are getting the virus. They have also been working non-stop, non-stop for days and days. What happens when the drs, nurses and medical staff are simply not able to care for the patients, when they are not there? And finally for those who say that this is just something that happens to old people, starting yesterday the hospitals are reporting that younger and younger patients – 40, 45, 18, are coming in for treatment. You have a chance to make a difference and stop the spread in your country. Push for the entire office to work at home today, cancel birthday parties, and other gatherings, stay home as much as you can. If you have a fever, any fever, stay home. Push for school closures, now. Anything you can do to stop the spread, because it is spreading in your communities – there is a two week incubation period – and if you do these things now you can buy your medical system time. And for those who say it is not possible to close the schools, and do all these other things, locking down Italy was beyond anyone’s imagination a week ago. Soon you will not have a choice, so do what you can now. Please share.
  9. Littlesister, I received your check also. I'll deposit into our account when I do Homey's. Thank you so much ((((LS))))
  10. Homey, I received your check and will put it into our account this week. Thank you so much for your help. They just took this months charge out on Friday so it was a huge blessing to have the money in our account to pay it.
  11. Yes I did Jeepers. Thank you so much...we now have 3 months taken care of:
  12. Lol@jeepers. It’s ok
  13. Yayyyyy! I was just able to put $100 into our account balance because of a generous donation from a beloved member.
  14. I emailed our hosting company and asked them if they have 6mos or yearly payments. This was their response: Andy Millne (Invision Community) Mar 3, 5:51 AM EST Hello Darlene, We don't have any 6 month or yearly payment plans but it is possible to add credit to your account if you do not wish to be billed monthly. Monthly renewal fees will then be taken from this account credit automatically when renewals fall due. You can add account credit from the client area at https://invisioncommunity.com/clientarea/ under "My Details" > Account Credit. I hope that helps but please let us know if we can be any further assistance. Kind Regards Andy Millne Darlene Kelley Mar 2, 6:01 PM EST We currently have our site hosted with you and wanted to know if, instead of monthly payments, you offer a 6 month or yearly payment option? I find it interesting that they don't have at least yearly payment options. I've never hosted a site with a company that didn't. Anyway, whatever we can put together, I'll put in the account credit area for our account. Ya'll can either paypal it to me *Friends and Family* or mail it to me. Feel free to send me a PM and I'll give you the information. Thanks for your help.
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