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"In The Dark of the Heart"

Updated on June 10, 2012
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Yet another day of unsettled weather here in Alberta Canada which is located in the Western region of Canada. We are located o the Eastern side of the Great Rocky Mountains and just about directly above Montana. Our weather has been unstable the better part of this month with higher than average rainfall and some unprecedented storms brewing. Tonight was another with funnel clouds reported to the west of us.

The world is in for change in comparison to what I have seen here over the years. I know many of you live in the US and are used to it but here we are in training. Weather has been changing for years and we are not much different.

Gather around and I would like to write about something that I have been observing this past few years over and above the weather. It has to so with people.

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Tia and Quigley

The tan and black coloured dog belongs to our son and his wife. Tia is her name and when she comes to visit it is comical. Quigley is rather protective of her stuff and yet is willing to a point to share. In this case maybe not so much. They do have a blast. Tia was just a pup here and has now turned into a full grown dog and Quigley well she has stopped growing. Well at least in her mind.

Ever notice how we are the same in many ways. I mean the way we care about "Our Stuff." How we respond when our stuff is threatened. I mean look at us and I think I speak for many. We have security systems, door locks and in some cases video monitoring. All to protect out stuff.

We are so focused at looking after our stuff and yet we have those around us who have nothing. Nothing meaning not even food or the basics of life. Yet we find it important to protect what we have.

It Dies

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Protective

At the end of the day it all dies like we do. I have been corresponding with a family in Zimbabwe for the past 7 years. Patrick and Norah are their names and they have three children and they have nothing. Patrick works scrubbing floors and windows in an internet cafe to be able to write to me. Over the years we have formed a close bond and we are like family in many ways but on different sides of the world.

The need is great for Patrick and his family. They have nothing in comparison to what I have or what you have. So great they have little or nothing to eat. Not due to the fact Patrick is lazy but to the fact there is no work. The economy is in ruins, that land has been neglected for so long. What was once considered the bread basket of Africa has now become a desolate land because of neglect and political strife. People live in fear of their lives and yet we worry about our stuff.

Patrick's e-mails are the same each time he can write. He shares of the great need for his family. I have offered many times to send funds and yet he has refused and asked only for one thing and that is prayer. His words "Pastor if you send money no matter by mail or Western Union I would never make it home with the food I would buy. We love in a country where killing for food is common. Just pray is all I ask." It grieves me to think I have the resources to help and yet can not for fear of his life and or his families lives. And yet we protect our stuff.

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Where We Are

Have you ever given much thought as to where you are in comparison. In Patrick's case he is no different than us as to making the choice where we were born. We are simply born and raised where our parents decide to call home. Really when you stop and think about it we could have ended anywhere. We could even be in Patrick's shoes.

In our home we sponsor several children in under privileged countries. We have several and it looks like we may be able to do a few more this year. I would love to help Patrick and his family out and yet he says no through fear of death or retaliation. It is an almost hopeless situation. When the basic needs of life you go without are offered and you cannot receive through fear then there is a real problem.

Prayer is all the man asks for and I would ask that you join with me in prayer. Maybe we can make a difference in their lives. To me it is so hard to comprehend and yet I need to respect his wishes. It is not pride by any means as Patrick is not a proud man. He is a man who tries and yet the system is against him.

I often look at all I have. The frivolous toys and gadgets that I think I need and yet here is a man who struggles to meet his basic needs for himself and his family. And yet we worry about our stuff we have accumulated.



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Your Hearts

I have no idea where some of you are as far as faith goes. Some yes but many I have no idea but I would ask that you take a moment and pray for the many Patrick's of the world. Know that your prayers no matter where you are will be heard and maybe our prayers can make a difference.

If nothing else ask that his and the needs of his family and the many over there can be met. They are after all our brothers and sisters. They are flesh and blood like us. Thank you for joining in with me and know that you are dearly loved. First by the Father above and then by this writer.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for sharing Patrick's prayer request.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      ... a fellow night owl.. is what I say... well at l;east we are at home... right...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Rolly, I have often thought the same thing when I watch tv, how lucky we are to be born within this country, or that house to this family and so on. So I send my prayers to Patrick and his family, hopefully one day they will live in a peaceful and prosperous country again, nell

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Nell... Thank you and yes maybe someday the country can again turn and be what it once was. After living such as the many have for so many years it could be the most productive as they have lived in the worst of conditions.

      Hugs from Canada

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Such a simple request. Come on Hubbers. We can do this!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      How very sad it is that a man cannot buy food , fearing it will be stolen and he would be killed. My prayers go out to these people. I give yearly to The Clinton Foundation to help the needy in Africa. If people want to give this is an excellent organization. All the money given is used 100% for the people. Thank you for sharing Rolly..Cheers

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lifegate... thank you for your support in this... means a great deal to know others stand with Patrick and Norah and their family...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... thank you for the compassion and caring heart that you have and giving to some =thing so noteworthy... I have heard nothing but good about the Clinton foundation... a great cause...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      Thanking God for Patricks faith and that he and his family would be well provided for by God's hand alone like Elijah in the wilderness.

      We take so much for granted. We had an woman from Africa speak at a ladies meeting and she called us out as lazy in prayer. She told us where she came from they had to pray over their water and their food because first it wasn't always available and second it wasn't always safe. She said here we just turn on our faucets and never think to thank the Lord for it. It was a beautiful exhortation from a beautiful woman of faith.

      Appreciate hearing Patricks story that reminds me to pray for those in these conditions and be thankful for what I have.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Tamarajo... often as we pass through our lives we forget about the many who are i need. I think it so important to remai ever thankful to what has been provided. Thank you for this comment...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      It is a shame other countries are allowing this. They love to butt in everywhere so why not here? It seems only a miracle will save your friends Rolly and only a miracle by prayer will be the answer is my guess. It is hard to pray believing when something looks so hopeless but we know with God, all things are possible. I will stop this minute and add my prayers.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Thanks Jackie... Over the years of writing and receiving from Patrick and his family the reports of the atrocities that have been allowed is very upsetting. I have come to the conclusion unless there is oil involved or political gain we are not willing to step in and help. Even on a humanitarian bases these people are forgotten and the leaders continue to run wild and do as they please.

      Thanks for the prayers... Hugs

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is such a timely hub. We can help so many people in many ways all over the world. I will share in hopes of educating more people. I send my prayers.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... Thank you for your prayers they are ever important as we reach out to the many in need. Know they are greatly appreciated. I have not heard from Patrick since this hub was created and it concerns me.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Rolly, please keep us updated if you do hear from him xx

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... certainly will...

      Hugs fro Alberta

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      Brian Leekley 5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Am praying.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      HI B. Leekley... Thanks for the prayers... always good to know there are kind and compassionate people who will join in.

      I still have not heard anything from Patrick...

      Hugs from Canada

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Rolly A. Chabot, Dear Quill, This is a spiritually moving saga that causes us to really think... How dreadful that Patrick cannot accept your help to provide food for his family because he fears for their lives and safety! What a horrendous way to have to live; to toil and labor diligently yet be able to only perhaps barely feed your family and keep in contact with you via email... Yet he only asks that you PRAY for his family. What a motivating dedication that goes much deeper than what we can see in the flesh… This is a marvelous demonstration of Patrick’s Belief, Faith &Trust in the Power of Prayer! Praise God that He has allowed your paths to cross and how the splendor of your compassion for Patrick and his family continues to inspire him. That is where the element of beauty resides in this sad madness…

      I pray that the Lord in His Awesome Power intervenes and makes a way possible so Patrick and the many others in similar predicaments, may be able to access the food and necessities that they truly need in Jesus Name! This serves to also make us think twice of the things we tend to take for granted!

      Thank you for sharing your observations, In HIS Love, Grace, Mercy, Joy, Hugs, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi DeBorrah... Thanks for the kind words and prayers for Patrick. I will copy paste them if I may and tag them along on my next email. I have heard again from Patrick and they have just learned the Norah has TB and is in a specialized facility. The family are all to be tested now and Patrick has asked for more prayer. Thankfully the cost of the treatment is covered there but he needs to provide for all her needs such as food etc. He walks daily 8 miles one way to visit with her and bring what he can.

      His faith has been an inspiration to many over the years. I have never once seen it waver. Patrick is a very well spoken man and I have been encouraging him to write of these times as I do believe he has the potential to be an excellent writer.

      Hugs and Blessings to you and yours

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Rolly A Chabot, Yes! Yes of course do share with Patrick… My apologizes for the delay in responding! Patrick’s saga is heart wrenching yet represents that our walk with the Lord can be tedious at times… But PRAISE GOD that we are never alone!

      What a Blessing that the Lord has allowed your path to cross! It is so like the Lord to Keep us ever mindful of His Presence with us! Praise God that Norah’s treatment is taken care of... I pray Norah grows stronger and that he and the family are okay and free of TB in Jesus Name.

      Again, Thank You for sharing, my prayers are with Patrick, Norah & their family… You for sharing, & God Bless You! Hugs to You & Yours as well!

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi DeBorrah... I just received word Patrick and the family have been tested and the are free and clear which is wonderful news. Norah still remains in hospital and Patrick still attempts to meet her needs. All in all they are doing ok considering the circumstance. He thanks all who have been in prayer for him and the family. Such a gracious man under such adversity... He is truly an inspiration.

      Hugs from Canada

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Wonderful! & PRAiSE GOD!

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