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Prison Ministry: Spiritual Revival Happening in Women's Facilities

Posted by Terri Davis McCall on December 2, 2010 at 1:04 PM Comments comments (0)

By Michelle A. Vu


For unexplainable reasons, other than the Holy Spirit, women inmates are attending Bible meetings and coming to Christ like never before, a prison ministry reported.


In the past, seven to ten percent of the inmates at a facility would attend the meetings, said Annie Goebel, co-founder of Daughters of Destiny. Now, the ministry is seeing anywhere from 30 to 90 percent of the inmates attending the gathering. This past year alone, more than 20,000 inmates attended the ministry’s evangelism events with nearly 7,500 making decisions for Christ.


“We call it a revival in the women’s prisons and among women in churches because women are coming in on our website and want to minister to their sisters on the inside,” said Goebel to The Christian Post on Tuesday.

The Colorado Springs-based ministry, which is endorsed by Prison Fellowship’s Chuck Colson, has about 850 trained volunteers providing ongoing support to 3,711 inmates in 203 detention facilities across 25 states as well as to the 3,488 women who have been released from prison. Some of the released women in turn end up ministering to those behind bars.


Perhaps its success, at least partially, can be attributed to its founders – Annie and Mel Goebel – who both spent time behind bars some twenty years ago. Daughters of Destiny’s Full Circle ministry is based on what the Goebels experienced in their own lives, including growing up in broken homes, feeling worthless, and lacking love. The program focuses on leading women out of personal and spiritual brokenness by telling them about God’s love and His ability to transform their lives.

“One of the significant approaches of Daughters of Destiny is that we unveil the lies that they have believed,” Mel explained. “As we do that, you see the light bulbs go off because many of them have been deceived. As we expose the lies and in the process help them to see how based on those lies they have made poor choices, they begin to see hope and recognize the word of God. They then want to lead better lives because their identity changes when they come to Christ.”


The “full circle” is not complete until the released woman is welcomed into the community by a church and a group of Christian women, Mel noted.


Annie Goebel stated that most people do not realize that 90 percent of the women in prisons were abused, mostly as young girls. And more than 80 percent of the cases of abuse is sexual in nature. The Goebels emphasize that the majority of women inmates want to change and many of them are young mothers and wives.


“The women that are incarcerated are usually damaged little girls that feel they have no value, are alone, and unloved,” said Annie. “So they are making choices in life based on those beliefs and those choices are very self-destructive.”

 

Dr. Elton Amos: Committed to Serve

Posted by Terri Davis McCall on October 31, 2010 at 7:20 AM

Dr. Elton Amos, Pastor of Old Landmark COGIC, Fort Wayne, IN and New Seasons COGIC, Indianapolis, IN has committed himself to providing medical service since the tragic earthquake in Haiti. Dr. Amos along with a team of doctors, nurses, CNAs, RNs and LPNs have helped thousands of Haitian citizen that were in need of medical attention, medication and food.

 

Not only is Dr. Amos a great physician, he is also a spirit filled pastor, teacher, preacher that loves the Lord. Dr. Amos is married to the lovely Edna—whom is a great evangelist in her own right—father of three, and grandfather.

 

Today, DOZ celebrates Dr. Amos for his tireless efforts for the cause of Christ and showing the love and compassion to those in need. To learn more about Dr. Elton Amos, visit http://www.oldlandmark.com/  

10 Things to Leave Off Your Resume...

Posted by Terri Davis McCall on February 24, 2010 at 11:43 AM Comments comments (0)

By Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer

 

Everybody knows that in most situations, less is more -- your accessories, eating habits and especially your résumé.

 

Job seekers do themselves a disservice when they send out résumés with too much information. Employers don't have the time or the patience to sift through irrelevant information like your hobbies, interests or how many grandchildren you have. Just stick to the basics and you're good to go.

Here are 10 things to leave off your résumé and why:

 

1. Your picture

Why to leave it off: Unless a job posting specifically asks for your picture (and very few jobs will), don't include it just for fun. Not only are your looks irrelevant to your potential as an employee, but you're putting employers in a bad spot. If they have a picture of you and choose not to hire you, it's possible that you could come back with a discrimination lawsuit. In most cases, they'll throw your résumé away without looking at it, to avoid the issue altogether.

 

2. Interest and hobbies

Why to leave them off: Unless your interests and hobbies have something to do with the job you're applying for, there's no reason to include them. If you want to show how your passion for art would be an asset to a graphic design position, that's one thing. But telling employers that you love to skydive on an actuary application is another. In general, make any applicable connections between your hobbies and the job in your cover letter. Better yet, save them for the interview when you're asked what you like to do outside of work.

 

3. Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors

Why to leave them off: Most employers assume that if you're OK with sending out a résumé littered with typos and mistakes, you'll have the same lack of concern for the work you do as an employee at their company. While spell check picks up most errors, it can miss something major -- did you work the late night shift? Or did you forget to include the "f" between "i" and "t"? -- so have several eyes look over your résumé before sending it out to employers.

 

4. Personal attributes

Why to leave them off: Similar to sending a picture with your résumé, your height, weight, age, race or religion are all unimportant to an employer. Though it's illegal for employers to discriminate against applicants because of any of these factors, some will do so, regardless. Keep everything on your résumé pertinent to the job, and you'll be fine.

 

5. References

Why to leave them off: Many job seekers still include references on their résumé or they include a line that says, "References available upon request." This tactic is not as effective as it used to be. Jack Harsh, adjunct professor at the University of Richmond Robins School of Business, says that when he receives a résumé with references attached, he gives them virtually no weight. "They seldom are specific to the role my company seeks and are not meaningful in considering qualifications or traits of successful candidates," he says. Wait to broach the topic of references until you're asked for them.

 

6. Minute details

Why to leave them off: Hiring managers don't need to know the details of every task you've ever done in every job you've ever had. It's just too much information, and usually half of that information isn't relevant. Employers want to be able to see at first glance that you're a great candidate, so pick out those details that are most relevant to the job for which you're applying and omit the rest.

 

7. False information

Why to leave it off: Plain and simple, no one wants to hire a liar. Don't say that you have a master's degree if you've only earned your bachelor's; don't say you're presently employed at a company if you've recently been fired; don't list your salary history as 20 percent higher than it was. Everything you tell an employer can be verified, so play it safe and be honest.

 

8. Flair

Why to leave it off: No one wants to look at a résumé on fluorescent paper, covered in crazy fonts and symbols. Similarly, links to personal Web sites, your photo-sharing site, or strange e-mail addresses can also be left off. Employers are less likely to respond to [email protected] than just [email protected].

 

9. Negativity

Why to leave it off: Never put anything negative on your résumé. Don't include your reasons for leaving. If you left the position due to a layoff or you were fired, for example, bring it up only if asked. Never write anything bad about a previous employer. Don't explain gaps on your résumé by stating that you were in prison for 10 years for killing your husband. Keep your résumé all positive, all the time.

 

10. A selfish objective

Why to leave it off: Employers are trying to determine whether you're a good fit for their organizations, so everything on your résumé should point to your experience. Employers would rather see a summary of qualifications that displays your accomplishments and background than a generic objective statement like "To gain experience in..."

Early On, Hormone Therapy May Raise Women's Heart Risks

Posted by Terri Davis McCall on February 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM Comments comments (0)
By Amanda GardnerHealthDay Reporter (MSN Health) Hormone replacement therapy does not lower the odds of heart trouble in women who take the regimen to ease hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause, a new study reports. In fact, the researchers say, it will probably elevate the risk for heart attacks for the first two years of use. "There was no protective effect after women first started hormone therapy," said Dr. James Liu, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at MacDonald Women's Hospital in Cleveland, who was not involved with the study. "There may be some benefit later on, but it's subtle," he added. The study reported that women who started taking hormone therapy within 10 years of menopause and who had been taking it for six years might derive some heart-protective effects, but the protection did not reach statistical significance. No protection was found for women who started hormone therapy at least 10 years after menopause. The findings, published in the Feb. 15 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, do not change any current recommendations regarding the widely debated use of hormone therapy, the researchers said. "If women are thinking about using hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms, they should use the lowest dose and for the shortest duration possible," said the study's lead author, Sengwee Darren Toh, an instructor in population medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Toh worked at the Harvard School of Public Health when the study was conducted. The findings stem from a new analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI), a large, government-sponsored study. Earlier reports from the WHI showed an overall elevated risk for coronary heart disease among women taking estrogen-plus-progestin therapy, called combined hormone therapy. However, much debate has circulated around whether the risk differs depending on when women start taking the therapy in relation to when they entered menopause. The so-called "timing hypothesis" has postulated that heightened risk might not exist for women at the younger end of the spectrum. Originally, the WHI data was analyzed according to the number of women assigned to each arm -- whether they were taking hormones or placebos -- and did not take into account people who stopped taking the therapy or who crossed over to another arm, Liu explained. And about 40 percent of the 16,000-plus women participating in the part of the study examining hormone use did not take their assigned treatment, a proportion that increased over time. "We need to account for this noncompliance if we want to estimate how the effects of hormone therapy on coronary heart disease change over time," Toh said. In their analysis, Toh and his colleagues found that, overall, women who took combined hormone therapy for the first two years of the study had more than double the risk for heart attack and other coronary problems. The increased risk was 69 percent among those taking hormone therapy for eight years. Among women who started hormone therapy within a decade of menopause, the risk was raised just 29 percent, not considered statistically significant. Over the first eight years of use, the risk for heart attacks was 36 percent lower in this group, the study reported. "Our paper suggests that both timing of initiating and time since initiation are important aspects to consider when we discuss the effects of hormone therapy on heart disease risk," Toh said. More information The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center has more on heart disease in women www.womenshealth.gov

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