The loss of the father and the son resulted in war and cannibalism in Fiji. Learn of the original worship of the father and the son in Fiji. How the son took away his protection and the land fell into the period of the “Rooster Wars.” With the advent of the Christian missionaries in Fiji, the country entered a period of the “Return of the Father and Son.” Christian Missionaries then advised cession to Queen Victoria as Defender of the Faith, and arms were laid down on 10 October 1874, to take up the rule of law. The country then entered a period of “taking up arms” from the coup of 1987, the attempted coup of 2000, the coup of 2006, and the Declaration of a new legal order in 2010.
With the Constitution Commission of 2012, Fiji now enters a period of “The Search for Answers” as it tries to go back to constitutional rule. The author was called by the Lord to help the Fijian people. This he did from 1986 to 2012 and for the first time he reveals some of the hard facts behind it.
The purpose of The Unpredictable is to share personal and biographical stories and illustrations from my own experiences as well as others whose lives have been impacted by epilepsy or disorders. Through the written word and the stroke of a brush, the old saying, “A picture paints a thousand words” accurately portrays the special people that have been highlighted in the pages of this book. At the completion of this book, my thoughts went back to what inspired me to write and paint about seizures and living with epilepsy. It was my desire to make a living as an artist and settle down in a country home with my family, living the life of an artist with a canvas and brush. However I have learned through the years that our plans are often contrary to what God has in store for us. Living with epilepsy has brought challenges and storms in life that have changed the course and direction of my life. In this book, the experiences of life with art and epilepsy are put into paintings that I have visualized from this disease. My desire is to educate those unfamiliar with epilepsy, encourage the ones living with this disease, comfort the loved ones who support and assist those living with seizures, and open the eyes of doctors who are educated about seizures but have never experienced the challenges faced in living with a seizure disorder.
Since 1983, Sudan has been the epicenter of a horrific conflict. Battles between northern Sudan’s government forces and the southern Sudanese People’s Liberation Army have left scars and ethnic divisions too numerous for world media to cover. Each day, thousands of refugees escape to neighboring regions. Mass killings, torture, and rape are common practice within and around the borders. Survival of the Fittest is not only the story of Mator Adol-Mawien’s survival but his relentless drive to find freedom from his captors and justice for his people. Malek Tor, a wise man known for his predictions in my Dinka village, predicted my birth. He said my parents’ fourth born would be a boy, and they were to name him Mator. It means dust storm, wind storm, and tornado in the Dinka language. It would not be long before he was proven correct. I was the throne-holder for my family, a future king, and I was treated very well. All who entered my kingdom knew that I had a big heart and followed in my father’s greatness. But when the northern army entered my village with the intent to kill and destroy, escaping Sudan became the only option for my survival. I was only nine years old when SPLA soldiers rescued me from my village, telling me that they wanted to make sure my village was safe before they would reunite me with my family. Thousands of miles later, I realized they lied. The civil war killed many in my village, including my father and other family members. Many of my friends either died or found themselves torn from their families, as I had been.
Champions of the Faith presents three Advent worship services with homilies based on the life and teachings of Athanasius, Ambrose, and Augustine. Through these homilies, you will meet these three champions of faith as if they lived today.
As one of the most fascinating and sensational personalities, J. Frank Norris, has become a forgotten figure of the twentieth century, as many people today have never heard of him. This fascinating true story takes you from his poverty as a child to the pastor of the largest church in America where he later became friend of presidents and giants of industry.
“I would love to have known him personally. He (J. Frank Norris) was a great, positive influence and wonderful example for pastors.” — Dr. Charles Stanley, pastor of First Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, and founder of In Touch Ministries
“J. Frank Norris, without a doubt, in my own thinking, was the greatest preacher of the twentieth century and I knew a good many of the great ones…he stood head and shoulders above all of them.” — Dr. John Rawlings, The Rawlings Foundation Administrator “The life of J. Frank Norris was filled with stories of adventure, courage, faith and danger—the stuff from which legends are made. He met opposition head on and did not fear any man.” —Dr. Homer Ritchie, author and evangelist
“During the first half of the Twentieth Century J. Frank Norris was the most dynamic, controversial, and successful pastor of that era. There will never be another like him.” —Dr. James O. Combs, Provost, Louisiana Baptist University