I Prayed have prayed
Lord, thank you for the United States of America and for our founding fathers who trusted You and used Your word to lay the ground work for this nation.

Three weeks after college, I flew to Senegal, West Africa, to run a community center in a rural town.  Life was placid, with no danger, except to your health.  That danger was considerable, because it was, in the words of the Peace Corps doctor, “a fecalized environment.”

In plain English: s— is everywhere.  People defecate on the open ground, and the feces is blown with the dust – onto you, your clothes, your food, the water.  He warned us the first day of training: do not even touch water.  Human feces carries parasites that bore through your skin and cause organ failure.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that a few decades later, liberals would be pushing the lie that Western civilization is no better than a third-world country.  Or would teach two generations of our kids that loving your own culture and wanting to preserve it are racism.

Last time I was in Paris, I saw a beautiful African woman in a grand boubou have her child defecate on the sidewalk next to Notre Dame Cathedral.  The French police officer, ten steps from her, turned his head not to see.

I have seen.  I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

Senegal was not a hellhole.  Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures’ terms.  But they are not our terms.  The excrement is the least of it.  Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.

As a twenty-one-year-old starting out in the Peace Corps, I loved Senegal.  In fact, I was euphoric.  I quickly made friends and had an adopted family.  I relished the feeling of the brotherhood of man.  People were open, willing to share their lives and, after they knew you, their innermost thoughts.

The longer I lived there, the more I understood: it became blindingly obvious that the Senegalese are not the same as us.  The truths we hold to be self-evident are not evident to the Senegalese.  How could they be?  Their reality is totally different.  You can’t understand anything in Senegal using American terms.

Take something as basic as family.  Family was a few hundred people, extending out to second and third cousins.  All the men in one generation were called “father.”  Senegalese are Muslim, with up to four wives.  Girls had their clitorises cut off at puberty.  (I witnessed this, at what I thought was going to be a nice coming-of-age ceremony, like a bat mitzvah or confirmation.)  Sex, I was told, did not include kissing.  Love and friendship in marriage were Western ideas.  Fidelity was not a thing.  Married women would have sex for a few cents to have cash for the market.

What I did witness every day was that women were worked half to death.  Wives raised the food and fed their own children, did the heavy labor of walking miles to gather wood for the fire, drew water from the well or public faucet, pounded grain with heavy hand-held pestles, lived in their own huts, and had conjugal visits from their husbands on a rotating basis with their co-wives.  Their husbands lazed in the shade of the trees.

Yet family was crucial to people there in a way Americans cannot comprehend.

The Ten Commandments were not disobeyed – they were unknown.  The value system was the exact opposite.  You were supposed to steal everything you can to give to your own relatives.  There are some Westernized Africans who try to rebel against the system.  They fail.

We hear a lot about the kleptocratic elites of Africa.  The kleptocracy extends through the whole society.  My town had a medical clinic donated by international agencies.  The medicine was stolen by the medical workers and sold to the local store.  If you were sick and didn’t have money, drop dead.  That was normal.

So here in the States, when we discovered that my 98-year-old father’s Muslim health aide from Nigeria had stolen his clothes and wasn’t bathing him, I wasn’t surprised.  It was familiar.

In Senegal, corruption ruled, from top to bottom.  Go to the post office, and the clerk would name an outrageous price for a stamp.  After paying the bribe, you still didn’t know it if it would be mailed or thrown out.  That was normal.

One of my most vivid memories was from the clinic.  One day, as the wait grew hotter in the 110-degree heat, an old woman two feet from the medical aides – who were chatting in the shade of a mango tree instead of working – collapsed to the ground.  They turned their heads so as not to see her and kept talking.  She lay there in the dirt.  Callousness to the sick was normal.

Americans think it is a universal human instinct to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  It’s not.  It seems natural to us because we live in a Bible-based Judeo-Christian culture.

We think the Protestant work ethic is universal.  It’s not.  My town was full of young men doing nothing.  They were waiting for a government job.  There was no private enterprise.  Private business was not illegal, just impossible, given the nightmare of a third-world bureaucratic kleptocracy.  It is also incompatible with Senegalese insistence on taking care of relatives.

All the little stores in Senegal were owned by Mauritanians.  If a Senegalese wanted to run a little store, he’d go to another country.  The reason?  Your friends and relatives would ask you for stuff for free, and you would have to say yes.  End of your business.  You are not allowed to be a selfish individual and say no to relatives.  The result: Everyone has nothing.

The more I worked there and visited government officials doing absolutely nothing, the more I realized that no one in Senegal had the idea that a job means work.  A job is something given to you by a relative.  It provides the place where you steal everything to give back to your family.

I couldn’t wait to get home.  So why would I want to bring Africa here?  Non-Westerners do not magically become American by arriving on our shores with a visa.

For the rest of my life, I enjoyed the greatest gift of the Peace Corps: I love and treasure America more than ever.  I take seriously my responsibility to defend our culture and our country and pass on the American heritage to the next generation.

African problems are made worse by our aid efforts.  Senegal is full of smart, capable people.  They will eventually solve their own country’s problems.  They will do it on their terms, not ours.  The solution is not to bring Africans here.

We are lectured by Democrats that we must privilege third-world immigration by the hundred million with chain migration.  They tell us we must end America as a white, Western, Judeo-Christian, capitalist nation – to prove we are not racist.  I don’t need to prove a thing.  Leftists want open borders because they resent whites, resent Western achievements, and hate America.  They want to destroy America as we know it.

As President Trump asked, why would we do that?

We have the right to choose what kind of country to live in.  I was happy to donate a year of my life as a young woman to help the poor Senegalese.  I am not willing to donate my country.

(Used with permission from American Thinker. Article by Karen McQuillan.)

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Karen Secrest
March 2, 2020

Been there. Done that. The t-shirt was stolen..
Americans who don’t believe this article aren’t willing to concede they have a hidden agenda that they dont reveal.

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Ana
March 1, 2020

Excellent article that explains so much. My town has been overrun with illegals who do these same things. I never understood why they poop everywhere and why they laugh about having children in order to get more free handouts. I never understood why they steal so much or why they refuse to obey the laws here. Our Walmart allows them to walk through the store and open bags of chips, bread, grapes, etc and eat them in the store- it is called a grazing law. But the law only exists for people who look foreign. White and black people are not allowed to take food from Walmart. There are not many safe public restrooms here because of the poop smeared on the stalls and the doors and the floors. They make fun of those of us who were born in this country and call us “estupido gringos” (stupid Gringos). Christians have a right to establish boundaries so all we worked hard for is not stolen. We also have the right to establish boundaries so we do not keep catching diseases that our American physicians have not seen and are unsure how to treat. Read any of the books by Townsend and Cloud to understand how necessary boundaries are for life and health.

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Marty Robinson
March 1, 2020

It is always hard for me to comprehend the mercy and love of God for such as we are;
yet, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. God is the true end and scope of life,
not money, not fame, not being “right”about anything but Him.

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Kathryn
March 1, 2020

Father – Our society doesn’t realize the impact that Christianity has made on how our nation has been shaped. There is little to no acknowledgement that it is our foundation of Judaeo-Christian values that has made this nation a place filled with innovation, people who care for others, hospitals, literacy,a strong work ethic and strong families.Our nation has been shaped by Your Word. The farther that we get from it,the more we look like other nations and the less we look like what we have been.We cry out for a move of Your Holy Spirit to call churches back to your Word. We cry out that you would call your people to pray that we might continue to be a strong nation that lifts up people to true freedom. May this generation have the opportunity to know Your truth as it has been upheld in the past. We ask for mercy.
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

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D A Yoder
March 1, 2020

My wife and I lived in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa for three and a half years in the 1970’s. Our experience was similar but also different. Along the coast there is a greater Christian influence than in the interior of the Nation. We worked principally with university students and young business men. But the Muslim influence was quite obvious. Many of the small businesses were run by Lebanese expatriates and were generally disliked by the nationals. It was all too common to see a muslin man begging by the various markets missing a limb because of being caught stealing food. Eye for an eye was the normal people’s justice system and the law of Islam. Sadly, the public urination was always evident and the smell was all too evident. The Capital of the Nation was bordered by fresh water lagoons. These were used all the time for a quick bathroom break and then bathing. Fishing also was prevalent from the same waters as was washing their clothing. Parasites were the norm and the whites of people’s eyes were always discolored due to the parasites and often sicknesses that resulted from poor hygiene. The average life span at the time was forty-two. And yes, the women were groomed for bearing children and providing all the work to make a life live-able. But many of the men did hold down “real jobs” in the big city. But bribery was the norm if you wanted to get the things one wanted; especially if it needed to be expedited.
I loved the Ivoirian people in-spite of what I witnessed. They love to converse with Americans especially because our Nation was so well respected and envied at the time.
But there can be no comparison made between the values and norms of the two cultures. They are like night and day. What is being taught by progressives about the world we live in is simply a bald-faced lie. Those who believe the progressive lies use practically no critical thought and are being brainwashed it would seem because they want something for practically no cost. Our education system is largely to blame for much of this. And if we continue to accept these lies as a society we will end up be enslaved by a ruling class who know that ts not the truth they espouse but it gives them the power to control those who follow them. We must get more involved in our neighborhoods and the hard work that truly brings freedom and purpose to a meaningful life.
Finally, there is a great need for a moral and spiritual revival that will only succeed by returning to the Judeo/Christian roots that inspired our predecessors and founding fathers that have made our United States of America as great and amazing as it has been.

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    Christina Rolf
    March 1, 2020

    I agree with this article that the “progressives are speaking a “bold faced lie.” We desperately need a spiritual and moral revival. This is my prayer for our nation.

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Jacquelyn Miller
February 29, 2020

Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, According to Our likeness; So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:26a,27). America is about the most blessed country in the universe, not because we are so good, but because of God’s mercy and grace. We have nothing to brag about. Sadly, we are taking our blessings from God and throwing them back into His face. We may have the privilege of having indoor plumbing and clean water, but we are allowing the laws of God to be ignored. Which is the GREATER SIN? I wonder. “RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTS A NATION, BUT SIN IS A REPROACH TO ANY PEOPLE.” (Proverbs 14:34).

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    Nancy Carmickle
    March 1, 2020

    This article is so spot-on! I have never been to Africa to witness it for myself but I don’t need to. Her experience only adds on to what I already know to be true. It greatly distresses me that so many Americans seem to have no idea how God has “shed His grace” on us!

    How anyone would think socialism or communism would be preferable to capitalism is appalling! The only reason I can think of is that our young people are being indoctrinated by people who should know better.

    I have been listening on you tube to people who are from North Korea talk about what it is like when the government controls everyone. They have experienced what it is like to have no freedom at all. They don’t understand why Americans would want to give up their freedom. I don’t either!!!

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      Jacquelyn Y Miller
      March 2, 2020

      TO GOD BE ALL GLORY, HONOR AND PRAISE!!! AMEN AND AMEN.

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John Butler
February 29, 2020

Pray that liberals will have an awakening and face reality instead of their false ideas of millenium just around the corner if people follow their ideas

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Yvonne Morgan
February 29, 2020

Thank you for your informative and most interesting message. I am so grateful to be a believer and to live in a country with the Judaeo Christian values . They still exist and are the foundation of our country . The united states roots are a result of our four fathers dedication to praying and fasting. We use to have God as the center of our schools and country . The glue to our nations is those of us who feel the gab like Ezekiel did in the old testament, he prayed for the non believers , he was like a watch tower. If we dont defend our constitution by prayer and supplication and stand in for a President who is trying to protect a godly nation , we are in for a not so good surprise. Allowing the enemy to come in a destroy our nation is not wisdom. The bible says be wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove. God does expect his people to e a voice and a reminder of why and who started America . America is great because we believe in God and trust in his Holly name. Even though many of the AMERICANS PEOPLES VALUES HAVE CHANGED THOSE OF US WHO WILL NOT DEPART WILL HOLD THIS COUNTRY TOGETHER AND REBUKE THE DEVOUR FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR COUNTRIES FUTURE. SECOND CHRONICLES , IF MY PEOPLE WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY,God tells you what HE WILL do . HE WILL HEAL OUR LAND .Prayer works and it also changes your lifestyle to wanting to liVe according to the laws of God and righteousness. God bless AMERICA THE LAND AND HOME OF THE FREE AND THE BRAVE.

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    Audrey
    March 1, 2020

    I have mixed feelings about this article. I love America and I’m a happy American supporter of Trump but I see a seed of racial superiority, anger and division here. Not all African cultures defecate in the streets and not all Africans are thieves. That continent has several countries within its land with different cultural practices and geographical norms. Lazy people, thieves, adultery, arrogance, pride, poor hygiene, etc was and is displayed by some amongst all races. This article is slippery. I pray strength & discernment for ALL my brothers and sisters in Christ in these trying days. More importantly that we seek God & turn from our wicked ways so he will heal this land.

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      Deniran Oghenero
      March 1, 2020

      This is true. Not all African cultures are as base as you have made out here and not all AFRICANS are slaves. We have enlightened AFRICANS, vast in the Tenets of the Gospel. I’m a Christian from Africa and where I am from, we have very enlightened people and enlightened CHRISTIANS. Stop making it look like one size fits all. It doesn’t.
      May the wisdom of God continue to guide the American people. God bless America and God bless Trump.

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      GmaKelly
      March 3, 2020

      Thank you for that discernment. We just returned from a month in a wonderful country in Africa, Rwanda – full of hard-working peoples, that have a cleanliness that makes many of our streets and roads look like dung. They are content with very little and those who are embracing Christ in their lives, do so seriously, giving of their lives to serve each other and reconcile their brothers and sisters to Christ-like living. The education/curriculum used in the Rafiki Villages their (and in the other 9 countries of Africa as well) is superior and well sought-after by other schools for its ‘track-record’ of excellence in training the children to be God-fearing and responsible leaders in their nation(s)! Oh that the USA would (or even COULD) endorse such education! May God inspire our hearts to begin to LIVE what we believe to be true, as Christians!

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      Melinda
      March 8, 2020

      I hear your heart BUT this is the personal experience of a Peace Corps Worker where she first hand witnessed these behaviors! We still need to be aware and be “shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves”. Wisdom is far a greater foundation than our emotions. Of coure, we don’t lump every culture and country into this same scenario but again, be educated and pray accordingly against ignorance as well as all kinds of pride. What do you mean by a “slippery” article. It is based on first account experience reporting the facts of event. Just because we don’t like what we read doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

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Lois DeBoer
February 29, 2020

This experience has to be told! It must be in every newspaper , church, school,(elementary through college)..and presented to every leader. We must not turn our head & let it slip by or it be too late before we know it.
I would like a copy oh this letter so I could send it to many especially government leaders and students

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    Jean
    February 29, 2020

    Is this article available in print? If so, I would like to know how to obtain it. Thanks.

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Beth Weise
February 29, 2020

I agree! I just finished listening to the biography of Rachel Saint, the sister of Nate Saint who was killed by the Auca Indians in Ecuador. The girl who opened the door to the tribe, had 200 relatives when she left. 12 years later there were only 70 left and it was mostly the result of spearings but also if the babies cried too much the mothers choked them to death and 4% of the deaths were from children who were buried alive.
Hoopla is a smart phone app you can used to listen to all of the YWAM “Heroes of History “and Christian Heroes of History” biographies by Goeff and Janet Benge. There are about 50 of them and they are transformative

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    Yvonne Morgan
    February 29, 2020

    This is a sad reality and should be a wake up call for Americans, we have a chance to protect our country .
    But if people are ignorant and have no knowledge the bible says they will perish. Thank you for sharing . I pray for our countries leaders and President Trump who is working so hard to stop anyone coming into our country and that he continues to make an effort to protect our borders , i pray we will get the votes and finance’s he needs to continue to protect all aspect of security of this wonderful nation.

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Cherie
February 29, 2020

This should be required reading for all our citizens!

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    Debby
    February 29, 2020

    I have been going high in the Honduran mts. to a remote village for years as part of a medical/witnessing mission team. At first I felt such feelings of compassion as I saw the poverty the people lived in. As the years have gone by, I’ve wondered just how we are helping them as I now see a cell tower, cell phones, with the children watching American culture shows, and social media. The young children put on a traditional dance for us this last visit as a thank you. After the dance they said they had one more dance for us. It was an American hip hop, sexually suggestive shock!!… and they were into it way more than the traditional dances they shared with us. Along with a few other things that I’ve noticed, its made me wonder just how we are bringing them value, pride in the right sense of the word, and true community. I truly am considering/praying in a more focused way before I decide to go this year.

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      Cherie
      March 1, 2020

      The only thing that brings true wholeness and prosperity is the Love of God Almighty, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! Pray for the hearts of all people to turn to him!

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      GmaKelly
      March 3, 2020

      Poverty is a relative term – It is a shame to think that what they have learned (hopefully not wholly from your team!) was that ‘Westerners get it right’ because WE DO NOT! They need to learn that GOD is the giver of all good and perfect (for their culture) gifts – USA is NOT a presence there for the purpose of showing them the’right way to do things’ We, instead need to be embracing their culture and ways, for the purpose of discerning what THEY truly need, physically, emotionally and spiritually. God DOES have the answers in His WORD, Jesus proclaimed, will set the ‘captives free’! FREE to live and serve in THEIR culture, for HIS glory, not in OUR ways. We Americans often send a sadly superior message, and I for one having worked with foreign exchange students for decades and missions abroad as well, repent of any attitude reflecting this mentality, ever! May God continue to develop in us – POORNESS (a sense of poverty) of spirit – true humility and grace as we give out the Gospel to all the nations.

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    Coleen
    February 29, 2020

    Amen and LORD help us to know how to refute the lies about socialism

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Vickielynn
February 29, 2020

I do not think that the Democrats or Leftists that I know “hate” America but they often do not look at the big picture. They often do not see our issues thru godly eyes. As has been said, they need Jesus. I need Jesus. We all need Jesus every moment of every day. And if not from one of us who has already met Him, then How? May we have a heart for their salvation, Lord, Please I pray.

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Janet
February 29, 2020

I agree with both Karen and George. I am grateful that you shared you stories! You have enlightened me and given me a clear picture of the differences between America and the rest of the world. We are so fortunate to live here! May GOD open the eyes 👀 of our hearts❤️ . May GOD BLESS YOU!🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏

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    Mary L McClellen
    February 29, 2020

    Amen! Thank you for sharing truth! God open our nation’s eyes to see truth.

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Linda Carter
February 29, 2020

Wow! I hardly know what else to say. Lord, deliver us from “progressives”. Help us to see truth and to walk in it.

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Jerry E Sauls
February 29, 2020

It is not coincidental that the United States of America is what it is, “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. This Nation was brought into being by God Almighty through our founding Fathers and established upon the Word of God. It is this very reality that the Left is trying to destroy. The Bible tells us the goal of Satan-Evil-is to,”to kill, steal and destroy…” (John 10:10). This evil and destructive spirit came upon our earth when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden and this evil spirit is multiplied when men turn themselves over to do the will of Satan; to assist him in destroying, killing and taking that which does not belong to them-stealing. I believe that it is the spirit of Evil that is guiding those who are trying to take American away from its foundation into a form that is diametrically opposed to God’s plan. We the people who follow Jehovah God must continue putting our trust in Him believing that He has everything in His control and that nothing gets past Him.

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Ken Budz
February 29, 2020

Lord please wake up people. Too often too many act too inappropriately. They do not know what is going on. They do not read and think. They do what they are told without question. Lord please wake people up to You and what is going on. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Mary
February 29, 2020

The “Left” is two groups of people. First are the Naive Idealists who want to eradicate suffering,their the first priority (not helping people come into eternal bliss through Jesus). They are often sweet, well-meaning people,passionate about stopping suffering, but hopelessly dangerous because they do not understand human nature, greed for money and/or power. The second group consists of those who use the first group to promote their real agenda, which is not to eradicate suffering but to establish Socialism which is the door to absolute power and oppression. Socialism under any name destroies the country that tries it. What happened in Russia and the stolen satelite people groups i.e. the USSR? What happened in Cuba, Venezuela, Ethiopia,?? LOOK at the end result of Naive Idealism around the world, and pray “our lights out” that the American people will not be seduced by ignorant (of history) naive idealism.

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George Hoagland
February 29, 2020

Most people, including many Christians, do not truly understand that we are living in a completely fallen world: That Satan and his demonic hordes, though defeated, will not be banished from our earth and the spirit realm until the Judgment. We are in a war, a spiritual war that in going on every second of every day for the souls of men, women, and children. That spiritual ware manifests on the physical, and what is happening Africa, China, N. Korea, Iran, Syria, and most of the world is a result of most people not accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by which there is no other name under heaven by which we can be saved. As Kevin Zadai said: “There is not the proverbial demon behind every bush, there are hundreds.” When the Bible says that “one third of the angels fell in the great battle between Archangel Michael and Satan and his angelic army, it meant one third. How many is that: I do not know but it was a lot. And many are right here as spiritual beings with one end in mind: “steal, kill and destroy”. They are rewarded by their commander in Chief Satan, and they are punished if they don’t. With that perspective we can see that much of Africa is under Satanic rule and influence. At the same time Africa is experiencing one of the greatest Christian spiritual revivals ever experienced. I hear thousand upon thousands of Africans are attending great born again, Holy Ghost led, spiritual conferences and assemblies and churches meetings. For me I agree we do not understand the non-Christian, non-Western Civillzation mind set, in the same way to some degree non-Christians do not understand, or how could they, the Holy Ghost filled born again experience. Making Somalia, or an African country into a mini-America—with all its amazing comforts, jobs, prosperity, work ethic, houses, building business, stories, malls, etc although a great goal is not the most important: Getting them saved, saving their souls is. That is the great commission: not making them all comfortable and law abiding however good that is. Because here in America many souls are being lost —–because with all our prosperity Satan still is deceiving millions with Hollywood, pornography, transgender, LBGQ, materialism, music, drugs, entertainment galore, etc etc. This was a eye opening article for me, and yes it speaks to both the naiveté of many, as well as the willful evil and destructive agenda of the left, yet the bigger picture is let’s save as many souls as we can through prayer, fasting, speaking in tongues, tithing to ministries and missionaries to go into Africa, and doing all we can with our time on earth to bring in the Kingdom of God: which I agree totally with the author is supporting our President Donald J Trump, his staff, family and all God fearing, American loving political and judicial men and women in our government. As well as supporting the constitution, our bill of rights and the Judeo-Christian heritage that represents the best of America.

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    Minister Musa
    February 29, 2020

    Well said George. Please contact [email protected] We have ministries in Africa and always delighted to meet brethren who actually understand what is happening in the world and the ANSWER who is Jesus. Watch and Pray America that you may be accounted worthy to escape the things that are going to come to pass.

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carole rithaler
February 29, 2020

Thank you for sharing your story. it really opened my eyes and helped me to better understand just how wrong and evil the left is.
may God reveal the truth and expose the lies of the left. may people realize that the American way of life is God’s gift to us. why would anyone choose to reject God’s gift and take up the gift of the evil one? in other words … we must reject the desire of the democratic party to bring socialism to America.
May God’s will be done for America and may we each pray this daily.

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