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225 – Aug. 13 – This Day in Baptist History Past


Four hundred years invested by one family


Shanghai on Fire


1937 – Japan attacked Shanghai.  Stephen Josiah Goddard, the son of a long line of American missionaries to China returned to the US with his wife Elizabeth, only to return in Nov. of 1939.  As the threat of war escalated, his wife and son went back to the states.  His plans for a furlough fell through on Dec. 7, 1941 when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and he found himself a fugitive from the Japanese army.  Eventually he was flown in a DC-3 over the mountains of western China and Burma, known as the Burma “Hump”.  From Calcutta he boarded a Liberty ship back to America after zigzagging from ocean to ocean to escape Japanese and German U-boats, arriving back in America on Nov. 2, 1943, and casting anchor near the Statue of Liberty.  Goddard continued his missionary work at the end of the war.  All five generations of the Dean-Goddard family dedicated their lives to Chinese missions.  There was, “William Dean, the pioneer; Josiah Goddard, the translator; Francis Wayland Goddard, the Doctor; Josiah Ripley Goddard, the evangelist; Stephen Josiah Goddard, the teacher and businessman.”  Altogether over four hundred years were invested by these men and their families, that the Chinese might know the Gospel of the grace of God. [Francis Wayland Goddard, Called to Cathy (New York: Baptist Lit. Bureau, 1948) This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp 442-444]   Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon



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191 – July 10 – This Day in Baptist History Past

Native warriors melted in her presence

Mrs. M.B. Ingalls has been called “The Queen of female missionaries” by Dr. S. F. Smith. She sailed for Burma as the second wife of Rev. L. Ingalls.  The couple was transferred from the Arracan Mission and labored as a team until the death of her husband on March 14, 1856.  She remained on the field and the most remarkable success followed her labors-in some respects unparalleled in the history of the Burmese Missions.  Mrs. Ingalls remained for forty-six years longer in Rangoon and Thonze.  She endured two fires that destroyed nearly all of her personal property, but she continued on. She returned twice to America to raise support and stirred great interest in missions.  It took her two years to regain her health.  Over great protests she returned to those that she loved.  While she was in charge of a lonely station, she was holding an evening class in her bungalow when a chief of a hostile tribe and his warriors burst in upon her.  She diverted their attention by telling stories about America.  The chief listened with scorn.  She also told stories about the Colt revolver that her late husband had given to her.  Again the chief listened with scorn and then suddenly picked up a piece of paper and stuck it on the wall and said, “Shoot.”  Her heart trembled, she didn’t know what to do but she fired It not knowing whether it was even loaded. Thankfully it was, and she got a bulls eye, right through the center. The Natives, with a whoop, rushed from the place.  In April 1890 she showed a group of ladies in America a placard that the “Dracoit” had nailed to the door of her chapel offering $10,000 for her head.”  Believing that she was immortal in the hands of God, Mrs. Ingalls served the Lord faithfully amid great dangers.  We honor her as one of the great soldiers in the Lord’s missionary army.

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Posted: 28 May 2013 06:23 PM PDT




‘We’ve got a male-on-male problem here’


A recent military report on sexual assault in the military shocked many in Washington and around the nation, but a leading expert on military personnel revealed the prevalence of men assaulting other men is one of the major headlines in this study.


The extended analysis of the report first appeared in Monday’s edition of the the Washington Times.



The Defense Department survey of sexual assault in the military during fiscal 2012 estimated 26,000 assaults took place in the armed forces. Nearly 3,000 of them were formally reported. Just more than 6 percent of women reported being victims of assault and 1.2 percent of men said the same. Given the much larger number of men in the military, those numbers suggest 14,000 of the assaults in the Pentagon study happened to men.


Among the assaults formally reported, 88 percent of reports came from women and 12 percent from men. The numbers are getting dramatically worse.


“The number of reports of sexual assaults among military personnel have actually increased by 129 percent since 2004,” said Center for Military Readiness President Elaine Donnelly, who pointed out the number of formal reports of sexual assault jumped from 1,275 to 2,949 in just eight years.



She told WND when factoring in civilians working for or around the military, the increase in that time is 98 percent.



Women are identified as the attacker in just two percent of all assaults, meaning most men who suffer assault are targeted by other men.

“So we’ve got a male-on-male problem here. The Department of Defense doesn’t want to comment on this. They know that the numbers are there. They say that they care, but all the attention is usually given to the female members of the military who are subjected to sexual assault,” Donnelly said.



The Washington Times article also includes analysis from Aaron Belkin, who heads The Palm Center. He said the rise in male-on-male sexual assault does not reflect the increase of homosexuals in the military but, rather, those assaults are ”somewhat similar to prison rape.”



“Well, that’s a great slogan to use for recruiting young men into the military, isn’t it? It’s outrageous. And yet, the Department of Defense doesn’t quite know what to do with these figures, and so they just sort of put them in there and hope nobody notices,” said Donnelly, who points out The Palm Center is a homosexual activist organization.

While Donnelly fiercely opposed repealing the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, she said it’s important to keep monitoring the numbers to determine how much that policy change specifically contributes to the problem. She said the increase in sexual assaults against female service members should not be diminished, either. Donnelly said a lot of work lies ahead to reverse this trend, but the military and the federal government are kidding themselves if they don’t think some major policy decisions aren’t contributing to the rise in sexual violence.


“I think we have to start with the basics, and that means basic training. Back in 1998, unanimously, the Kassebaum-Baker Commission came out with recommendation to separate basic training for Army, Air Force and Navy trainers, (to) do it like the Marines do. The Marines train basic training separately, male and female at Parris Island. That’s a good thing to do. It’s a good first start,” Donnelly said.

“Second, they should stop pretending that sexuality does not matter. You cannot solve a problem by extending it into the combat arms. The big push is for women in combat, this argument that we have to have women in the infantry so they’ll be respected more and they won’t be assaulted,” said Donnelly, who noted that the strategy for women in combat that started more than a generation ago from then-Rep. Pat Schroeder, D-Colo., has been thoroughly discredited.



“Respect for women in the military today is higher than ever, but the sexual assault numbers keep climbing up,” she said. “I think before we start implementing a theory that’s been discredited.  The members of the Pentagon and the people who make policy in Congress as well, they need to stop.  They need to assess where we are, what has happened in the last two decades and they need to stop pretending that a lot of sensitivity training or highly paid consultants, that that is going to make a difference in the sex problems we’re seeing right now,” said Donnelly.

In 2012, Donnelly told WND that the statistics showed a more than 20 percent increase in reported sexual assaults on males.

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“On Aug. 24, 2011, federal agents executed four search warrants on Gibson Guitar Corp. facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tenn., and seized several pallets of wood, electronic files and guitars. One of the top makers of acoustic and electric guitars, including the iconic Les Paul introduced in 1952, Gibson was accused of using wood illegally obtained in violation of the century-old Lacey Act, which outlaws trafficking in flora and fauna the harvesting of which had broken foreign laws. … Interestingly, one of Gibson’s leading competitors is C.F. Martin & Co. According to C.F. Martin’s catalog, several of their guitars contain ‘East Indian Rosewood,’ which is the exact same wood in at least 10 of Gibson’s guitars. So why were they not also raided and their inventory of foreign wood seized? Grossly underreported at the time was the fact that Gibson’s chief executive, Henry Juszkiewicz, contributed to Republican politicians. … By contrast, Chris Martin IV, the Martin & Co. CEO, is a long-time Democratic supporter, with $35,400 in contributions to Democratic candidates and the Democratic National Committee over the past couple of election cycles. … Juszkiewicz’ claim that his company was ‘inappropriately targeted’ is eerily similar to the claims by Tea Party, conservative, pro-life and religious groups that they were targeted by the IRS for special scrutiny because they sought to exercise their First Amendment rights to band together in vocal opposition to the administration’s policies and the out-of-control growth of government and its power. The Gibson Guitar raid, the IRS intimidation of Tea Party groups and the fraudulently obtained warrant naming Fox News reporter James Rosen as an ‘aider, abettor, co-conspirator’ in stealing government secrets are but a few examples of the abuse of power by the Obama administration to intimidate those on its enemies list.” —Investor’s Business Daily

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“She became “more than a conqueror.”
The verdict against Valentina Saveleva, a Russian believer was handed down by a Russian judge on Jan. 28, 1983.  Her long trip began that would deliver her to a distant prison camp near Irkutsk in Siberia.  Valentina was a secret courier of Christian literature who was arrested in Jan. 1982.  As a 27 year old college graduate, her future looked bright, but from her detainment she knew that she would receive five years in the Russian penal system.  The brilliant defense that she presented meant nothing to the puppet judge.  The KGB had already determined the sentence and she made that clear to her court appointed atheistic attorney.  He interrogator became interested in her Bible and especially wanted to read the trial of Jesus.  After the sentencing the miserable journey took a month to reach Siberia with stops at several remote cities along the way like Pyatigorsk and Aktyubinsk.  Russia formed the art of “Diesel Therapy”, before it ever caught on here in the US.  She finally arrived at the prison camp at Bozoi on March 3, 1983 which is known as the “Valley of Death” where living conditions were desperate but Valentina lived victoriously.  Continual efforts by the KGB to break her spirit and will were in vain.  She had a resolute assurance that she was right were God wanted her, and though she suffered greatly, he provided grace for every trial.  Valentina persevered, and she became “more than a conqueror.”
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins, pp. 57-58.

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Terrorists Slashing Throats of Nigerian-Christians — A ‘Save -Our -Souls’ Cry to White House and President Obama

Posted: 31 Dec 2012 06:02 PM PST
Statement by the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN on the 2012 Christmas day attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria
NEW YORK, Dec. 31, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — We had warned that Boko Haram would continue its tradition of killing Nigerian Christians on Christmas day. Last week marked the third straight year that the terror group has murdered Nigerian Christians in the church on a Christmas day.
But the problem is worse than that. This year alone Boko Haram has killed almost 800 Nigerians, most of whom are Christians. In the last three years, over 3000 have been sent to tragic deaths. Victims also include people from several other countries.
The Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan again over the weekend acknowledged his government’s inability so far to quell the Boko Haram attacks. According to the Associated Press, Jonathan’s remarks offer a glimpse into “the worried leader’s mind as his weak government remains unable to stop attacks by the Boko Haram.”
Our government in Washington DC, especially the White House and the State Department are fully aware of what is going on. But both President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have simply tolerated this impunity by their inaction.
Already, American citizens have been affected, and the United Nations building in Abuja has been attacked by this terrorists. The US Congress have affirmed that Boko Haram is a threat to the US, especially with the group’s suspected links to al-Qaida.
On Christmas day in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram was busy slashing the throats of Christians right inside their churches or at their homes. At least 15 of such barbaric killings have been reported in the past number of days. Worshippers had to watch in terror as their colleagues throats were cut off!
We are asking today: is President Barack Obama and the State Department comfortable to be a mere witness to this evil? Is President Obama not aware that they are cutting the throats of innocent Nigerians who are simply practicing their faith?
In the hope that President Obama is not comfortable with what is going on, we as Nigerian-Americans, are appealing to his humanity to please instruct the State Department to do what is right and to label the Boko Haram group an FTO.
Such a designation would send the warning signal to those financing and supporting the terrorists that the game is up. Without it, Boko Haram financiers and supporters are being dangerously awarded a grant of impunity.
Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN
PO Box 1041
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Christian Newswire

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Letter to the Editor by
Mark Weller
 With the renewed interest in debating the theoretical wisdom of gun control it seems appropriate to recount its historical “benefits”.  The results of gun control in the past 100 years include:
1 ½ million dead Armenian Christians in Turkey [1915-1917];
10 million Ukrainians dead by forced starvation in the Soviet Union [1929-1934];
35+ million defenseless dead people in China [1934-1976];
20 million dead in Europe courtesy of Nazi Germany [1933-1945];
2 million dead in Cambodia [1975-1979];
300,000 in Uganda [1971-1979];
800,000 perished in the 100 days of slaughter in Rwanda [1994];
200,000 Mayan Indians dead in Guatemala in the 1980’s;
Tibet – 1 million slain;
and Bangladesh 1 ½ million.
These 70+ million people all died in the past 100 years and owe their senseless demise to the helplessness imposed upon them by gun control laws.  No way this could happen in America!  Or could it?  The fact is it already has.  Four million slaves were rendered defenseless and forced into servitude during the 1800’s. And though I have never seen a statistic on how many American Indians perished in the “Trail of Tears” we all know the number is significant. Additionally, the American government has disarmed and forced the German, Italian and Japanese heritage citizens of OUR OWN NATION into interment camps during times of war.  Only the most naive citizens – only the most historically ignorant people – only the most diabolical leaders would attempt to place their fellow man under such a lethal disability as defenselessness.  The above statistics teach us that the primary reason for a government disarming its citizens is so they can safely commit atrocities that the people would undoubtedly shoot them for.
Letter to the Editor
Please use this as a sample letter and send it to your own local newspaper to oppose gun control.
Mark Weller is a former Baptist Pastor in Ohio

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Wurmser: Iran a Major Factor Behind Gaza/Israel Violence

November 19, 2012

LIGNET Senior Analyst David Wurmser says in a new interview that Iran’s support for Hamas is a major factor behind the hundreds of missiles fired on Israel from Gaza over the last week and that he believes pro-Iran Hamas factions could extend the violence. Intensified Western pressure to end the conflict, he says, could actually accelerate the timeline for an Israeli ground invasion of Gaza.

Dr. David Wurmser, a former national security adviser to Vice President Dick Cheney, spoke to LIGNET Managing Editor Fred Fleitz via Skype from Tel Aviv early today. He says he had to duck for cover yesterday when air raid sirens were sounded and that he watched interceptor missiles from Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system destroy two rockets fired at Tel Aviv from Gaza.

Wurmser says he believes the violence between Hamas and Israel began several weeks ago when an unknown party – Wurmser thinks it was Israel – destroyed a factory in Sudan that reportedly was being used by Iran to manufacture medium-range missiles to send to Hamas in Gaza.Wurmser says medium-range missiles fired on Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are not easily made and were probably imported.He also notes that the Israeli’s attack on the Sudanese missile factory and the airstrikes on Gaza that began on November 14 are part of a deliberate Israeli strategy to destroy the Iranian base of support for Hamas.

Wurmser says pro-Iranian factions in Hamas are a key factor in determining how soon the violence will end. Wurmser says he believes Hamas wants a cease-fire even though it has so far laid down conditions that Israel will not accept. However, the crucial factor might be whether Hamas is guided by its pro-Egyptian factions that want the conflict to end or whether Hamas’ more radical pro-Iranian factions will prevail in pressing Hamas to continue the rocket attacks and resist a cease-fire.

Wurmser says he sees Egypt publicly playing to the Arab street in its rhetoric against Israel. Under the surface, however, Egypt wants to tamp down and end the violence.Wurmser says he believes recent events in Gaza took Egyptian officials off guard and that Egypt’s government is ill-prepared to deal with this crisis since the government is still consolidating its power.Maintaining U.S. aid and winning a large IMF loan are important factors motivating Egypt to try to end this conflict, according to Wurmser.

Wurmser sees both sides playing to end the current conflict to its advantage.He says he thinks Hamas will fire missiles until the last moment so it can claim victory. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Wurmser, cannot afford to allow the violence to end in a way that just kicks the can down the road for violence to resume again in a few months. Wurmser also assesses that Netanyahu wants to avoid an inconclusive outcome like the one seen after the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and needs to end the Hamas rocket threat before he agrees to a cease-fire.

Wurmser says Israel might accelerate its timeline to invade Gaza so it can accomplish its objectives before it is forced by the West to agree to a cease-fire.Wurmser also fears that Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system might run out of missiles, which would require Israeli forces to enter Gaza to take out missiles from the ground. So far, Wurmser says Israel has fired about 300 Iron Dome interceptor missiles.

November 19, 2012 10:00 EDT Update

The Israeli military ordered new widespread air strikes earlier today targeting locations all over Gaza, specifically guerilla sites linked to Hamas militants. Today marks the sixth day of clashes between Israel and Gaza with the death toll in Gaza reportedly reaching 94.

In response to sustained rocket attacks by Hamas yesterday, the Israeli military carried out a series of bombings across Gaza this morning. The missiles targeted around 80 Hamas sites in Gaza and left 18 people killed and over 30 more injured. Two field commanders from the Islamic Jihad faction of Hamas were among the casualties. The targeted sites included homes of Hamas militants, other militant-owned buildings, arms storage locations and police stations.

A Hamas official in Cairo said Israel must make the first move in ending hostilities and claimed Israel has asked for a cease-fire. Israeli officials rejected these statements.

International efforts intensified today to end the violence. Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair delivered a letter from Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to Hamas leaders offering to end Israeli airstrikes if the rocket attacks cease.

Hamas appears to be complicating peace efforts by demanding that Israel end its blockade of Gaza as a condition for agreeing to a cease-fire, a demand Israeli officials will not agree to.

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