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Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #92

Fellow Patriots,

Welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter (PENL) Edition #92. Thanks for stopping by to spend time with us. We appreciate your time and support. Hope for Survival grew more in the past 30 days since I started on this journey 21 months ago. From Boston to Texas, Montana to Florida, Oregon to Charleston, SC, we are growing our preparedness family daily. This is great but we must continue to build one family at a time to be self-reliant. So enjoy and make yourself at home.

Once again the PENL will be posted while I'm out visiting Patriot Groups on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Hopefully with timing and the Lord's protection I will be blessed to visit the Waynesville, Franklin/Rabin, Asheville, and then a stop to visit Festus in Crossville, TN, before heading on to Huntsville for a couple of weeks to join up with the CEO, Ms. Lucy.

If you are a guest or newcomer to the HFS journey, please check out this link for additional information offered through HFS.

One note for website users. I didn't realize it but several folks did not realize you can find folders set up on the blog page where all posted articles are filed in the folders. Example the PENL is filed under the Patriot Express News Letter folder. You can also find information and checklist for folks with disabilities and for children. There is also a recipe folder. Simply look for the word "more" near the top right and click down on the arrow. The folders will appear. Hope this helps out. Sorry for any past confusion.

Thursday Zoom Rallies – We are almost half way through January already and the Zoom Rally series Rally #37 continues. I appreciate everyone who attended and participated in conversation on the topics covered. I was sharing an email with the Zoom group this week and pointing out the vast collection of different skills within the group that could greatly enhance the knowledge of other preparers attending zoom. Zoom has greatly contributed to available access and opportunities to provide group training weekly virtually. If you wish to attend a Zoom Rally monitor the website for each weekly notification for the upcoming meeting.

Communications: You can now follow HFS social media on the following outlets:

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Moving along …

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.

As HFS continues to grow, I believe it's important to remind everyone respect and honor is important to the HFS family and mission. We welcome everyone aboard and hope you find a comfortable place to hang around and learn preparedness. With multiple platforms (Zoom, Signal, and Comment section in articles) to interact with other HFS members I remind everyone to treat one another respect. We all come from different backgrounds, ages, experiences, and desires. Disrespecting, demeaning or intimidating comments will not be tolerated on any account.

Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...

Thoughts for the week

It has been one of the busiest weeks on record for Hope for Survival. Adding new members, packaging and shipping books sold, building groups and contacts, setting up Rally Group meetings in North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee for the weekend, answering emails, getting the PENL ready to post while I'm on the road, and setting up the Thursday Zoom slides and conducting the event. I'm glad I have a fulltime day job to break up the work load. (Smile) In between these needs, we had a neighborhood Security Team meeting with the local Sheriff to discuss establishing our Neighborhood Watch Program. The Sheriff emphasized his thanks for our efforts to build self-reliance in our community. Sound familiar? The following night I met with one of our Patriot families to move our neighborhood "Preparedness" team ahead with further planning. I greatly appreciate this families time and efforts to carry the load to achieve these goals during my travel and time away. Thank you very much. This is awesome fellow Patriots. Sure its busy but this means more individuals and families are being exposed to preparedness. Our efforts to plant preparedness seeds to help the growth of preparedness and self-reliance is spreading. I am not complaining at all. I am simply sharing the good news that people are jumping on the preparedness wagon. Thanks for being a part of the movement to help yourself and others.

Ms. Lucy helped me start putting together the eventual Hope for Survival office in our East TN home which allows me to keep it a mess vs the kitchen table or any place I can find to spread things out. We emptied a guest bedroom out, painted, and then put in office furniture recently donated to our effort. Thanks Ms. Lucy for helping make this happen and putting me by a window facing Wilson's playground in the woods. A man can do some deep thinking staring out a window. Right? I can't thank Ms. Lucy enough for her support to me while I am on this Hope for Survival journey to help others. The relationships, friends, and preparedness family being built through time working together is priceless. I am thankful to God for His guidance and protection on this path. Your emails often land at night and they are uplifting and energize me to continue this charge ahead. Festus and I spend long hours digging and reading to try and stay ahead of things and put pieces together. It is difficult these past days as a multi level attempt on the disinformation campaign continues.

Keeping focused on the targeted objective is critical all the time and especially these days we are traveling through. We must focus on what we know and not what they want us to think. This is difficult and often overwhelming. Sometimes we must step back and refocus on our faith to clear our minds and hearts. Right? I will tell you through the election and since, my heart and mind has been pretty grounded. I accepted whatever the results yielded to be the path and to be prepared spiritually and self-reliant. We can't control most of what has weighted our minds and hearts. We can turn to prayer and personal efforts to plan and adjust to changes.

Sometimes when burdened and feeling heavy hearted we come to a dead stop and feel we are sinking. No matter how hard we try we can't figure it out. Have you considered maybe we aren't supposed to figure it out and our trust is being tested? Humanly we will never figure out high level decisions and actions taking place in the government. The government intends it to be this way. I have lived on the other side of this picture and misinformation and influential change to reach a different result was a daily objective. Negative or positive, it was a fact. People, power, and programs are designed to keep the masses off kilter and in the dark. Without a spiritual grounding I don't know if I would have been able to work through this period in my life. Many patterns and processes I witnessed then I see again now. Except it is our country in the crosshairs.

We all want to be in the know and sometimes the voice which influences others towards what we think. It is easy to get off focus and find ourselves wondering in a field mentally. We may even ask "how did I end up here?" It happens. I'm guilty. Just like during the past 90 days of election chaos and fear mongering from the fear porn world, we all find ourselves fishing with the wrong bait. We all try so hard and want to know now. We are depending on strangers to put answers before us. I often try to drop kind reminders to the HFS Zoom Rally Signal Group to keep grounded and focus on preparedness topics. I don't do this to be the snicker in the punch bowl. It is because of what I am talking about in this version of "Thoughts for the week." My purpose is to help keep myself and others grounded and on the path to do the work we know and can do to build ourselves and others to be stronger spiritually and prepared.

As a believer and follower of the word of God, I want to share the following with you. As I said earlier, sometimes emails are timely and powerful. I know everyone reading is not the spiritual type but are also good people. At the end of each PENL I put a "Prayers" header and in it I pray for all of you, saved and unsaved. I care for all of you equally. We all have a value and worth.

My brother Festus sent this to me a few mornings ago and it was my "bam" of the week. It fell right in line with what was on my mind to share this week.

"And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of the valor." (Judges 6:12)

"Gideon was not a very promising leader to all outward appearances. He was of the undistinguished and divided tribe of Manasseh, and "my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house" (v 15).

But that's exactly the kind of man God knows He can use, for "God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty" (1 Corinthians, 1:27). God, therefore, greeted him thus: "The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor" (text verse).