Showing posts with label Texas. Show all posts
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Friday, April 30, 2010

RCCG Pastor in Texas Reveals Satan's Army and Its Evil Tactics

30 Apr 2010 12:45 Africa/Lagos

RCCG Pastor Reveals Satan's Army and Its Evil Tactics

TEMPLE, Texas, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- In his breakthrough religious nonfiction and spirituality book, "The Plans Of Our Enemy Have Been Revealed" (published by WestBow Press), Pastor Stephen Haastrup of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Texas exposes Satan's army and the myriad tactics he uses to influence people's lives. An accomplished pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Temple, Texas, Haastrup looks closely at Satan's strategies and then details the counter-tactics God wants Christians to implement in the fight against wicked spirits, principalities of power and all other entities that fight against righteousness.

"The Plans Of Our Enemy Have Been Revealed" discusses all aspects of life that affect churches and its faithful constituents. Haastrup addresses the subject of debt and God's teachings regarding debt. His book details what it takes to be a minister and covers the important role of leadership. It speaks to issues that can be a hindrance to the church ministry and also to the lives of people. And it lists a set of prayer points that targets areas of concern in people's lives and in ministry.

Geared toward those who wish to go beyond just sitting in churches and to those who are determined to make a difference in their church and in the ministry, "The Plans Of Our Enemy Have Been Revealed" helps Christian readers realize their work with God to help build a stronger church.

About the Author

Stephen Haastrup was born in Dallas in 1978 and was raised in Nigeria for 18 years. He gave his life to Christ in 1995. He fellowshipped in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry as an executive prayer leader and also worked in the drama department. Haastrup graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La., in 2002 and fellowshipped in The Redeemed Christian Church of God as a youth teacher, Sunday school teacher, assistant to men's fellowship and leader of the drama team. Haastrup is currently a manager at Wal-Mart and pastors The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Temple, Texas.

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WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, the world's premier Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI) - the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model. Titles published through WestBow Press will be evaluated for sales potential and considered for publication under the Thomas Nelson imprint. For more information, visit

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Rare 19th Century British Literature Discovery, Deep in the Heart of Texas

23 Apr 2010 14:00 Africa/Lagos

Rare 19th Century British Literature Discovery, Deep in the Heart of Texas

WACO, Texas, April 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The last place you'd expect to find a hand-written manuscript from one of the giants of 19th century British literature would be deep the heart of Texas. Yet, that is where it is.

Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University recently made one of its rarest discoveries: a notebook written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning that contains the earliest known draft manuscript of "Sonnet Five" from her best-known work, Sonnets from the Portuguese.

Owned and composed by the famed poet circa 1839-1846 - during her courtship with Robert Browning - the notebook was transcribed by library director Rita S. Patteson. Tiny, spider-like handwriting on the title page calls out to the reader from across two centuries: "MSS. by Elizabeth B. Barrett." In the notebook's 100-plus pages, Elizabeth's script reveals numerous works in draft form, including three previously unpublished poems, "The Gorse," "The Repose," and "An Ode to America."

On the notebook's final leaf, stanzas thought originally to be the conclusion of "An Ode to America" were discovered to be substantially different from the ode's early stanzas and, in fact, proved to be a draft of one of Barrett Browning's famous sonnets, "Sonnet Five." Patteson's honed skill at deciphering the 170-year-old handwriting was put to full use. This early draft of "Sonnet Five," with words crossed out and rewritten, reveals how the sonnet began to take shape before it took its ultimate published form:

I lift my heavy heart up solemnly,
As once Electra her sepulchral urn,
And, looking in thine eyes, I overturn
The ashes at thy feet. Behold and see
What a great heap of grief lay hid in me,
And how the red wild sparkles dimly burn
Through the ashen greyness. If thy foot in scorn
Could tread them out to darkness utterly,
It might be well perhaps. But if instead
Thou wait beside me for the wind to blow
The grey dust up,... those laurels on thine head,
O My beloved, will not shield thee so,
That none of all the fires shall scorch and shred
The hair beneath. Stand further off then! Go.

Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor is a gem of a facility holding the world's largest collection of material related to both Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Each year, the library holds its Browning celebration, coinciding with the anniversary of Robert's birth date of May 7. The 2010
Browning Festival May 6-8 will draw scholars and other lovers of Browning poetry from around the world.

The highlight will be an address by Dr. Scott Lewis, editor of The Brownings' Correspondence, president of the Browning Society (London) and senior research fellow of De Montfort University in Leicester, England. He will speak at 2:30 p.m., May 7, in the library's McLean Foyer of Meditation.
Lewis, who is writing a biography of Dr. A. J. Armstrong, will address the life and work of the man who founded the library during his 40-year career at Baylor. Donating his own Browning collection to Baylor in 1918, Armstrong was the driving force in acquiring books and other artifacts of the
Brownings throughout his lifetime and in raising the necessary funding to build the library which opened in 1951.

Lewis says it was Armstrong's skill as an impresario as well as a scholar that led to the library's creation. "Early on, Armstrong brought not only great poets such as Carl Sandberg, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Robert Frost to Baylor, he also arranged for leading performing artists such as Marian Anderson, Basil Rathbone and Katharine Cornell to perform in Waco.

"He fully understood the need to obtain resources, and he used these performances to raise funds to support the creation of the library. The building and its collection are his greatest achievement."

Tireless in his passion, Armstrong was an "evangelist for poetry," Lewis said. "He saw literature and the arts as an extension of the spiritual life. And his stamina for work was amazing; he routinely put in 16 to 18-hour days."

Armstrong's passion has resulted in a legacy of more than 25,000 volumes and over 10,000 letters, manuscripts and artifacts in the library's collection - and a staff dedicated to tracking and acquiring others as they become known. Patteson worked with Browning scholar Dr. Sandra Donaldson, University of North Dakota professor of English and Women Studies, in transcribing the new notebook after the library acquired it in a Christie's auction. Donaldson led a team of Browning scholars including Patteson that recently produced the first modern scholarly edition of Elizabeth's texts, a five-volume set entitled The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Pickering & Chatto, 2010). The newly discovered works from the notebook are included.

These early versions are important in understanding the life's work of a writer, Patteson said. "Looking at all editions, line by line, teaches us how the poetry developed and helps us see the poet's process of writing."
Lewis concurs. "Seeing these newly discovered works provides an opportunity for a fresh reading of the poem. It provides us with lines we have never seen before, and in so doing, gives us new understanding of how the poet worked."

Browning Festival, May 6-8

Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University
710 Speight Ave. at Eighth Street, Waco, Texas

7 p.m., Thursday, May 6: Waco Children's Choir:
Performing resident composer Carlos Colon's new setting of Robert Browning's poem, The Pied Piper of Hamelin
2:30 p.m., Friday, May 7: Choir Competition Winners Followed by Annual Lecture:
China Spring High School Choir will sing the winning composition of the library-sponsored competition held by Baylor School of Music; following the performance, Dr. Scott Lewis will deliver the Browning Festival annual lecture
7 p.m., Saturday, May 8: Acoustic Performance:
Guitarist Richard Smith and his wife Julie Adams on cello with a strings ensemble

Admission to all events is free

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Nigerian Couple Charged With Enslaving Nigerian Woman in Texas

10 Dec 2009 19:20 Africa/Lagos

Ft. Worth, Texas, Couple Charged With Holding Nigerian Woman in Domestic Servitude

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal grand jury has indicted a Ft. Worth, Texas, husband and wife, Emmanuel and Ngozi Nnaji, on charges of engaging in a nine-year scheme to compel the labor of a Nigerian victim as their domestic servant, the Justice Department announced today.

According to the seven-count indictment returned late yesterday, which charges the defendants with conspiracy, forced labor, document servitude, alien harboring and false statements, Emmanuel Nnaji and Ngozi Nnaji enticed a widowed Nigerian mother of six to come to the United States to be their domestic servant by falsely promising a salary and support for her children, who she was struggling to support.

The indictment alleges that the defendants procured fraudulent immigration documents, confiscated the victim's documents, harbored her in their home, compelled her to work long hours with no days off for little or no pay, used a scheme to isolate her and restrict her communications, withheld her documents and pay, and refused her requests to return home or be paid. The indictment also alleges the defendants failed to provide support for the victim's six children in Nigeria, limited and monitored contact with her family in Nigeria, isolated her from normal society in the United States, and refused to allow her to regularly attend church. The indictment alleges Emmanuel Nnaji sexually assaulted the victim and made her fearful to call the police.

If convicted, Ngozi and Emmanuel Nnaji each face a maximum sentence of up to 55 years in prison. An indictment is merely an allegation and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Ngozi Nnaji, a Nigerian national, faces deportation following conviction on any of the charged felonies.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Trial Attorney Susan French of the Civil Rights Division's Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

CONTACT: U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs,
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Monday, November 9, 2009

The Fort Hood Tragedy

6 Nov 2009 21:12 Africa/Lagos

Secondary PTSD a Possible Factor for Fort Hood Shooter

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- "Our hearts go out to the families of the soldiers and civilians who were killed or wounded by the senseless violence that took place at Fort Hood today," said National Veterans Foundation President and Founder Shad Meshad.

Shad Meshad has 38 years of experience treating sufferers of PTSD. In his practice, he has seen counselors who treat people with traumatic stress develop Compassion Fatigue, or Secondary Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and with it the psychological symptoms of someone who has been through combat.

Said Meshad, "We do not have all the information on Nidal Malik Hasan and his motives. But if he was treating soldiers with post-traumatic stress who were returning from combat in Iraq, and then faced deployment to the very place all this trauma was being experienced by his patients, it might have been enough, combined with other stressors, to cause the kind of psychotic break that could explain such horrific violence."

Meshad is one of the nation's leading experts on PTSD and Compassion Fatigue. He provides training to DOD and VA staff, on caring for their counselors who develop secondary traumatic stress.

"Being around someone with PTSD is like being around second-hand smoke," Meshad said. "It adversely affects your health. We have to be concerned about caregivers for soldiers returning from combat, and their families. I have been talking about a potential backlash of violence for years. You cannot expect to send our soldiers into extended, multiple combat deployments, and that not affect them or the people they are connected to, back at home. All signs indicate that the incidence of violent crimes, suicide, domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse by Veterans from the current wars are on the rise."

See for the story a recent, groundbreaking court decision for Veterans with PTSD, in which Meshad was involved as a defense consultant.

Shad Meshad has been working with Veterans since 1971. He was a Medical Service Officer during the Vietnam War, where he counseled soldiers who suffered from psychological and emotional problems resulting from their experiences in combat, including what would later become known as PTSD. The NVF is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of veterans and their families.

Source: National Veterans Foundation

CONTACT: Shad Meshad, President and Founder of National Veterans
Foundation, 1-888-777-4443,

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