Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #155. Thanks for stopping by to spend a few minutes with us. We hope you enjoyed a blessed week. We had so much sunshine here in the Tennessee hills this week. We also had rain and a few heavy windstorms as well. I get a little leery when the winds hit after experiencing the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge fires a few years ago. The fires magically hopped from mountain top to adjacent hillsides and within a few minutes it was covering a wide area near us.
BTW - Don't forget, this is the last week of the HFS Donation Drive for 2022.
It was another blessed with at HFS. Ms. Lucy and I spent a few days outside working on caring for our property and working on the upcoming garden. It is really the first year we have had time to stop life and work on things we have wanted to work for nearly ten years. Living between Huntsville, AL and our current location put a lot of demands on us and then having full time jobs increased the difficulty. Then I started Hope for Survival which added another 30 to 40 hours per week on top of everything else so the point is, sometimes you just have to stop and put everything else to the side and deal with what you have been putting off. We still aren't finished but we are further along.
Another week has passed, and the world continues spiraling out of control. One has to wonder what comes next. Everyone should keep a close eye on the situation regarding the Petro Dollar with China and Russia. With Putin announcing Russia will no longer purchase oil using the Petro Dollar and China leaning on Saudi Arabia to abandon the 1974 contract agreement with the US of A, If SA decides to go with China, the dollar is doomed, and things will move quickly. Have you put yourself in the position to protect yourself? The craziest thing this week is this. All we hear is how the US is going to punish Putin and Russia. Putin is two doors down from Satan and Mr. Evil. The world is coming down on Russia. Agree? Then why is the US using Russia as the middle nation to broker a new nuclear deal with Iran? Did you hear this on the news? If things are truly as bad as the media and US Government makes them sound, why would Russia help broker this deal? Think about that. It's all a stage play and we have front row tickets.
Because time is so limited on weekends, we have to make use of all available time we have. The next several weekends are packed so it's now or whenever basically. Here is our schedule until Heritage Life Skills in late May.
March - 25-27 Roswell, GA
April - 2 Fairview, NC. Group Meeting
April - 9 Gatlinburg, TN or HSV AL Stop in Crossville, TN on return to visit Festus
April - 16 Easter weekend
April - 23 HSV if not on April 9th Stop in Crossville, TN on return to visit Festus
April - 30 Dandridge Community Preparedness Meeting
May - Still being put together
May - 20 - 23 Waynesville, NC Heritage Life Skills (HLS)
Okay, let us move along.
Just for fun...
Can you break the code? If so, email me your answer. Do NOT put in the message block.
This week's code is: 5-3-1 / 1 - 1- 1 / 3 - 1 - 2 -5 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 / 2 - 2 / 1 - 1 - 5 - 3 / 5 -3 -1 -5 - 5 - 3 -1 -2 -2- 1 -2 2/ 5 - 4 - 5 - 2 - 2 ?/
Congrats to our Patriot sister from North Alabama, again, for breaking last weeks coded message. The message was: "Don't forget to sign up for Heritage Life Skills soon.
Okay, let's move along. First a few business items and promoting HFS.
Thursday Zoom Rallies – This was the off week for HFS Zoom, however we did host a Zoom with special guest Dr. Greg Millar from Huntsville, AL. We appreciate those who attended and Dr. Millar for sharing his time and information with the group.
Communications: You can now follow HFS social media on the following outlets:
Facebook – Hope for Survival
YouTube Channel – Hope for Survival
MeWe: - //mewe.com/p/hopeforsurvival2
Odysee - Hope for Survival (odysee.com)
Parler - Preparedness101
Check out the newest HFS YouTube video at this link. If you have not, please hit subscribe and support our efforts to get the preparedness message out. Thanks. https://youtu.be/TKayDFymR7I
Connect and give me a shout. Share with family and friends.
Guest and Newcomers
If you are a guest or newcomer to the HFS journey, please check out this link for additional
information offered through HFS. https://www.hopeforsurvival.com/post/guest-and-newcomers-information-page
Hope for Survival books and HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents -: You can obtain information on the two HFS books at this link: Survival, Preparedness, Disaster Management for individuals or family (hopeforsurvival.com)
Hope for Survival - How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life (Book 1)
Hope for Survival - The Mindset (Book 2)
HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents - We just restocked the HFS Thumb drive and have them available now. Follow this link and you will see the add at the top of the page. Blog | Survival (hopeforsurvival.com)
Heritage Life Skills 2022 - Waynesville, NC, May 20-22 - Class schedule and signups are posted for your review and selection. Once again, the price for a full weekend attendance or single day visit can't be beat. This is a very affordable opportunity for loads of preparedness training and information. Not to mention, you will meet some amazing people who become friends for life in many cases. Here is the link to view this year's classes, class schedules, and instructor bios. Upcoming Events | Carolina Readiness | Preparedness & Camping Store If you have questions, please call the Carolina Readiness Supply at 828-456-5310.
If you would like to sign up for classes taught by Hope for Survival at this event, here's the posted HFS dates, times, and classes being taught.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - HFS Potluck Dinner (time to be determined)
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 830 AM to 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 830 AM - 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 830 AM - 10 AM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 10:30 AM - 1200 PM - Protecting Your Five Mile Radius
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
HFS March Madness Donation Drive 2022 - We are starting week three of our annual donation drive and we are currently at 75% of our goal for this year. We are running behind the past year's donations at this point. It is easy to visit a website and scroll through articles and participate in zoom rallies. From the HFS management end, all of these features cost money to keep in operations. Your donation helps us pay for licenses, fees, and equipment to keep the HFS mission moving forward.
Thanks to everyone who donated to this cause to support the operations of HFS. for those who mailed in a donation, thank you so much for your notes, cards and letters. They mean a lot. Bless you.
We must make this brief public announcement to protect the innocent.
Ding, Ding, Ding....Attention HFS readers..... Opinions shared in this newsletter are just that, opinions, and nothing more. Read at your own risk. The owner and author of this site is not responsible for hurt feelings or thin-skinned readers. I do my best to show restraint and respect to the best extent possible. I take as many precautions as possible and try to remain as nonpolitical as possible, however, there are times when I just can't help but point certain things out. Occasionally I use words only Patriots recognize and understand. It's not personal against any non-Patriot. It's just the truth. Sometimes we must pull up our spenders and suck it up. Just saying. Stay the course, read what you want, and avoid the rest. Avoid fear porn as much as possible and the day will be okay. When all else fails… Keep the faith and always have Hope.
Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...
Thoughts for the week -
Blinded by the Light - It was 1976 when a band named Manfred Mann's Earth Band recorded a hit song titled Blinded by the Light. Yes, I was alive during this period when some of the greatest music of all time was recorded. From Rock-n-Roll to Disco, from Funk to Blue Grass, Country to Jazz, and Southern Rock to Pop, the era was loaded. I often enjoy thinking back to that period of my life because I was an avid music lover. The beauty of creating music from the talented sounds of different musical instruments to include the voice.
As much as I enjoy talking about the old days and music I grew up on, I want to talk about a different kind of blinding light. How many of us are blinded by earthly light and the temptation of sin and evil here on earth? No matter how perfect we want to be or think we are, we are all sinners. Fair statement? Why do we want to fit in and be like others, often when it is over trends, professional positions, or clicks? Each and every one of us are born a specific way to separate us from all others. We are created by God, and He makes us each different through genetics and fingerprints. There is a really good book from years ago by author John L. Mason titled "You're Born A Original Don't Die a Copy. This is the same author of "An Enemy Called Average." We are all different in chemistry however we are held accountable equally.
Why are Christians so tolerant on some things yet offer zero tolerance on other things. Have you ever noticed how accepting we are of sinful things when it's something we like vs how much we voice our displeasure of sins when it's something we do not like? I know this is true when it involves politics. As Christians why do we accept sins from our favorite political candidate yet voice our Christian displeasures of views and practices from the other political representation? I have searched and searched and no where in the Bible can I find a chapter or verse discussing Democrats or Republicans. Did I miss something?
One of the things I often complain about in the church are the individuals who show up, sing three songs, say a few Amens to the preacher's message, drop a check in the bucket, and then depart. The preacher will ask or beg for volunteers to help do this or that around the church and the same folks smile and whisper "I paid my dues 30 years ago when I worked the kiddie day care" or "I parked horses and buggies back before they paved the parking lot." Yes, you may sense a little sarcasm in my words. I'm just sharing thoughts and my goal is to not put ants in your nickers. We all have our moments I would believe. But some will race in early to find their assigned seats (really?) and then leave five minutes early to beat the traffic in the halls of the church and the parking lot. I like to call these folks the "bus crowd" because they have already earned their ticket to get home to heaven. They are just waiting on the bus to show up and take them away. They paid their dues in past years. Ahhh, this is where it gets in my crawl. "My work has already been accomplished and now it's time to go home." Or, "I'm so ready to go home and be with Jesus." This is wonderful, I agree. But just like parents would be running around the farm trying to find and drag their children into a storm shelter to beat the approaching storm, should Christians not be doing the same thing for the unsaved? Is there a final line that determines or we decide when our job here on earth is finished?
I could probably start a Mega-Church with the number of Christians I have heard say "I'm just waiting on God's return." This is good, right? What do you mean God's work here on earth is not finished? Wait, I'm confused. Why are Christians in such a hurry to go to Heaven when we know it's on God's time and calendar and yet more work remains here on earth? Doesn't our work confirm our faith?
I have personally blamed the church for many of the failures we see in America today. Many of the churches over the past 50 years sold out to the federal government and big corporations. In return the church lost the truth, compassion, and love for God's children. Remember back when the preacher would look you straight in the face and tell you what is right or wrong? Today a preacher will reserve opinion to avoid confronting a church problem which could impact church donations. It does take money to keep a church moving along but I ask you this, "what is more important from a church, the v