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Thursday, February 02, 2012

2 Texas missionaries found slain in north Mexico

Description: Image removed by sender.By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN and KATHERINE CORCORAN | Associated Press 4 hrs ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) A missionary couple from Texas were slain in their home outside the violence-plagued northern industrial city of Monterrey, the U.S. Embassy and their family said Wednesday

The embassy identified the couple as John and Wanda Casias.

Valerie Alirez, the eldest child of John Casias, told The Associated Press from her home in Greeley, Colorado, that one of her brothers found her father and stepmother Tuesday dead in their home in Santiago, Nuevo Leon.

The family was originally from Amarillo, Texas, but relatives said John and Wanda Casias moved to Mexico in the late 1970s or early 1980s and made it their home.

John Casias was a Baptist preacher and the couple ran the First Fundamentalist Independent Baptist Church in Santiago, Alirez said.

Her brother, Shawn Casias, who lives in Monterrey, said he went to his parents' home around 4 p.m. Tuesday to pick up a trailer. After he had hooked up the trailer outside he went into the home to say goodbye. He said he found Wanda Casias lying on the floor with an electrical cord around her neck and a gash from a blunt object on her head.

Missing from the house were a couple of computers, a plasma television and a safe that had been chiseled out of the wall.

The couple's Chevrolet Suburban was also missing, and Casias said he initially thought his father had been kidnapped.

But about four or five hours later, he said, a forensic investigator informed him that his father's body had been found in a storage room of a small building on the property. His father also had an electrical cord around his neck.

Fighting between the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels has inflicted a surge of violence and other crimes on Monterrey and the surrounding area since 2010. In poorer suburbs, entire blocks have been held up by gunmen and young people snatched off the streets.

Casias said a sister-in-law in Dallas had spoken to their mother around 11 a.m. Tuesday and everything was fine. So he believes there was about a five-hour window when the killings could have occurred before he showed up.

He said the killers did not take everything they could have, leaving two of the three TV sets. He said perhaps they were warned that he was coming, because anyone watching the winding road approaching the home could have alerted them.

"They're scum. They're not sophisticated," he said.

Speaking from his parents' home, Casias said the house was burglarized two years ago when the couple were on one of their periodic visits to the United States to talk at churches about their work in Mexico.

"We're convinced that it's somebody he knew," Casias said of the killers. He said authorities had some leads based on people seen around the home.

John Casias was 76. He had recently priced a knee replacement because he couldn't walk more than 100 yards (100 meters) without having to sit down, Shawn Casias said. Wanda Casias was 67.

Casias said his parents held services and prayer meetings at a church about 3 miles (5 kilometers) from their home.

The couple maintained a website, www.casias.org, with details of their lives and their missionary work

"The only hope for the Mexican people today is Jesus in them, the HOPE of glory," they wrote in one dispatch from last summer. "I confess that it's getting easier to witness to the wealthy, at least they are listening. The wealthy are fleeing to Canada and the USA for protection. The only problem is that when they return to re-new their visas the cartel is waiting, and either kill them of (sic) kidnap them for thousands of dollars, in some cases millions. The cartel has NO mercy or value for life. They are ruthless murderers!"

It was the second slaying involving American missionaries in a year in the Mexican region bordering Texas.

In January 2011, a Texas couple who had been doing missionary work in Mexico for three decades were attacked at an illegal roadblock in one of the country's most violent areas.

Nancy Davis, 59, was fatally shot in the head while her husband, Sam, sped away from suspected drug cartel gunmen who may have wanted to steal their pickup truck, authorities said.

The Davises were driving along the two-lane road that connects the city of San Fernando with the border city of Reynosa in the state of Tamaulipas, which borders Nuevo Leon.


Associated Press writer Katherine Corcoran reported this story in Mexico City and Christopher Sherman reported from McAllen, Texas.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 2/6/2012 10:12AM

  The only good thing is that they are with Jesus and our Father God and they are now made whole and healed and at peace with pure love of Love Himself.

Sin and the dark side of life cause so much grief and sadness and sorrow for the people who were close to them and who cared and loved them.

All for a TV and a few items these people were taken off the earth.

That devil who works in people to cause them to do this is really evil, but, of course we all have free will and can decide not to do evil and to do good and to love instead.

I hear stories like this and this is when I realize just how valuable life on this earth really is.

It is vital that we speak of Jesus and the power of the cross at all times to all people.

Jesus is the only way to life and living.

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CAROLYNVIL 2/4/2012 2:16PM

    It is so sad to hear of this.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/4/2012 1:57PM

    SO sad! Were these your friends as well, Irene?
I will add their family and those left behind in my prayers. And yes, prayers for peace in Mexico. emoticon

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DIDMIS 2/4/2012 1:53PM

    I posted an update blog taken from the Charisma magazine later.

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DINGALLSTOO 2/4/2012 11:28AM

    So sad...thanks for sharing

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HAPPYMOM8 2/3/2012 7:58PM

    Just read this sad news today in the San Antonio news paper and I also thought of you. So sorry for the family left behind!
Love, Pat

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CAROLYN0107 2/3/2012 6:25AM

    So sad. Thanks for posting this. I had not read it before.

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CVRONEK 2/3/2012 5:30AM

    Yes, I saw the news and thought of you , immediately.
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NEW-CAZ 2/3/2012 3:14AM

    Such sad news Irene, sending up prayers

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JENNY712 2/2/2012 10:46PM

    Thank you for posting. . emoticon emoticon Praying for the families and the Church. They have lost their pastor and it must be very hard for them. This type of thing is so terrible but it appears that it is even coming to America thru our borders, that is why the border states are upset. this should not happen anywhere but the whole world is having trouble right now. Love of Money, Drugs, and power are three of our enemies biggest weapons to destroy and kill. Mexico, and America's border states and those to which Drug are a big issue as well need prayer. May God give wisdom and direction to those servants of the people in Mexico an America for the protection of the people. May the Lord protect and help them. Psalms 91 Love and prayers Jenny emoticon emoticon

Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. K.J.V. in public domain

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 2/2/2012 10:23PM

    Irene I am so sorry, did you know these people, I pray God will bring peace to Mexico, it was and could be again a beautiful country.

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MONTY68 2/2/2012 9:56PM

It is so sad to see these kind of reports. Here in Florida or at least myself hears about problems all over the world, yet we so little about our neighbor Mexico. I admire the people who try to minister to those who want it, and have to live in fear of what goes on.
My heart goes out to all of those that live in fear and pray for the day when peace is finally part of life.

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YJNANA 2/2/2012 9:38PM

    How Aweful................ I can't believe its gotten so bad

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ANYVAR54 2/2/2012 9:28PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. We know missionaries who work from El Paso and across the border into Juarez. May God bless this couples family.

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DIDMIS 2/2/2012 8:46PM

    Thank you Daddy's Girl, Mary and Carolyn. I think the others thought it was the old News Letter I had posted. Things are getting worse and worse.

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CAROLYNVIL 2/2/2012 8:30PM

    such very sad news.

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DADDYS_GIRL6 2/2/2012 5:54PM

    Dear Irene,
I am so sorry. Were these friends of yours? It is horrible what is going on in the world today. There really isn't peace anywhere. Will be praying for their family and for the country of Mexico too. Amazing how anyone can say their use of illegal drugs isn't "hurting" anyone! This is proof that it is hurting others!

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A stressful week

Thursday, January 26, 2012

As most of you know I didn't feel well Monday.
I emoticonmost of the day Monday and Monday night.
Sunday had been a very stressful day although God moved mightily in the service and used me to minister to some people. I returned home after hours of being in
emoticonand having lunch and listening to the problems of a friend who needed to talk. Sunday morning at church a lady friend came up to me and said "You are always praying for someone else, I'm going to pray for you".
Then she came and sat with me. It is difficult at times being alone.
Tuesday I woke up feeling good and went to the dentist but that night only slept 4 hours.
Wednesday had several errands to catch up on so emoticonran around doing them.
Wednesday went to bed at 11:00 and slept until 3:00 and couldn't go back to sleep so got back up got my emoticonserviced and tires rotated, then to Walgreen's, filled up with gas and to lunch. After lunch went by and picked up some filters which must be cut to size. Then on the my doctor's appointment which was at 2:15.
Got home around 4:00, took a nap, washed a load of clothes and am on Spark.
Had company also after my nap.
Tomorrow I get my hair done and hope It will perk me up when I look emoticon
I missed my TOPS meeting Monday as I slept through the afternoon and didn't feel well. A lot of stress this week.
I should have written on the huddle "I need support" I guess.

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MOM4407 1/31/2012 11:16PM

    Your friend is a wonderful woman to see that you need prayer tooo.

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ANYVAR54 1/29/2012 11:19PM

    I hope that the end of the week went better for you. And that that lady at church was back again to pray with you today. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 1/29/2012 8:37PM

    Hi Irene;

You had a lot to do and not feeling well. I am glad you can do all you do and are always there for everyone else. You are an Angel of the Lord and are doing his work. Have a wonderful 2012 and may all your goals be fulfilled. God bless you always. Learn some new every day.

Smile Joyce

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/28/2012 5:48PM

  Irene, you are a fighter and an over comer and a believer and so pretty and so smart so of course that enemy of old is going to do his best to get you down and out.

So, sweet Irene fight on and keep on walking in faith and love and caring for all other people as you have been anointed to do.

You have such an awesome gift of ministering to people with love and compassion and are so very valuable to us all.

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MNNSAIDE 1/27/2012 8:19PM

    My friend - I agree with Gloria - you are always taking up everyone's burden as it has been your love as a Minister - now I'm glad you are leaning
your tired body and mind here with us.

Let me pray for you sister,

Lord, your servant is tired and feeling woe - I lift her up today
that she may again fell the spirit and energy you always bestow
on her. Heal her tired mind and body and nourish her with
strength to once again walk your way and serve you.

We ask this in God's name.

Love - your friend!

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AUDREYFAE 1/27/2012 7:53PM

    You'll feel well soon Irene, I just know it! I know what it is like being on our own. I've only been at it for several years, but it is very different than I expected. It isn't the doing of things alone so much that is odd, it's the part where I feel like the end of my own road, if that makes sense - no one, for sure, backing me up.

But you do know that the team backs you up in spirit, every day, whether or not we talk about it, it's in our hearts. I know I can feel it there :o)

Be well Irene & see you soon,

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PATTYKLAVER 1/27/2012 6:19PM

    I'm sorry you had such a stressful week. I hope next week is better for you.

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NPA4LOSS 1/27/2012 12:25PM

    I am glad that you are feeling better. You had a very busy week. I hope that you are able to rest again this weekend. emoticon

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SWEETLIPS 1/27/2012 12:14PM

    Checking in on you. I am glad you are feeling better and I pray for God's peace to surround you and infuse you.

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NELLJONES 1/27/2012 12:02PM

    I'm sorry you had such a stressful week and little sleep. It will pass, hang in.

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KANOE10 1/27/2012 9:31AM

    Irene..Hope you are feeling better after a stressful week. Having my hair done is always a relaxing happy experience. Enjoy yourself. Have a good day today.

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GLORYB2014 1/27/2012 7:20AM

    Oh Irene, you've had a very busy, stressful week, between doc appt, car fixed, errands, ministering, etc., and remember you didn't feel well all Monday either!

I wish I could give you a real hug but a virtual one is on it's way to you dear. Since you've caught up on your sleep, maybe you just need to stay put for a couple of days and get your body in a relaxed mode. Your mind could probably use a break too! You are so good to everyone and take their burdens upon your tiny shoulders.

I had my hair cut yesterday and I closed my eyes while she washed my hair cause she gives my head a long massage - how relaxing! And I felt good when finished and looked in the mirror. Be like that with your hair cut today too, enjoy it thoroughly!
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MOIRA48 1/27/2012 6:56AM

    I am sorry that life has been so stressful for you lately. I sent a prayer that you will find a more peaceful weekend. emoticon

I send emoticon emoticonto you and good wishes all around.

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JSALERNO 1/27/2012 6:14AM

    May you find some peace.

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NEW-CAZ 1/27/2012 3:42AM

    Sorry you've had such a stressful week Irene, certainly lack of sleep makes it harder.
I hope you feel brighter soon, and remember we're all here for you whenever you need support emoticon

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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/27/2012 2:39AM

    emoticon Irene!
May the stress you are feeling be lifted from you. I pray that you will feel peace and rest in Him.

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DIDMIS 1/27/2012 12:51AM

    Some didn't understand that I slept almost all day Monday and all Monday night. I think I got my sleep out. Thank you all for caring.

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RAINBOWMF 1/27/2012 12:25AM

    Irene, you are always worry about someone.
Maybe you just can't shut that brain off to have a good sleep.

I have bad sleep habits but it is because it is peaceful and quiet at night, no one wants me for anything, so I love to stay awake, nasty habit, I am working on changing it.

Sorry you have not been feeling well, are you just run down and need a few days for your self?

If I lived near you I would come give you a big gentle hug.

Prayers for you Dear Irene.

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HAPPYMOM8 1/27/2012 12:14AM

    Oh Irene, I am sorry about your sleep problems.
I hope I have help for you.
I believe you once that you drink cherry juice for your painful arthritis.
Well Dr. Oz said on his program the other day that drinking your cherry juice just before going to bed helps you sleep through the night.
I have regularly woken up at about 3:00 in the morning for my potty run.
So I gave it a try for three nights now
and it worked.! I was amazed.
I hope this works for you too!
Hugs, Pat

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FLEMIDG 1/27/2012 12:13AM

    Wow, you have had a busy week. I can understand why it was so stressful. You do need to take care of yourself and make sure you get enough rest. I am praying that you will have good rest and that you feel better soon.

God bless you.


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RGEETING 1/27/2012 12:08AM

    Rest in the LORD... May He grant you not only the strength for ministry, but also rest and body and spirit!

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SUE_2U 1/26/2012 11:49PM

    emoticon You've got hugs coming your way! emoticon
I do hope that next week is better and that you are feeling well, soon. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 1/26/2012 11:39PM

    Sorry you've had a stressful week. Some weeks are like that. I'm glad you're feeling better. Hopefully getting your hair done helped too.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/26/2012 11:23PM

    Irene sorry to hear about your stressful week, praying for you, take care my friend!!

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NELLIEC 1/26/2012 10:56PM

    Oh, dear, being sleep deprived is a definite stressor!

I am praying that the rest of your week goes much better.

God bless you!!!

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CVRONEK 1/26/2012 10:35PM

    Oh, Irene!! I am so sorry that you have had a stressful week!
Lack of sleep goes hand in hand, with it and it sure doesn't help!
I hope that you can catch up on your sleep and that you have some restful moments, during your coming days, as well.
I know that you are the best, at taking care of others, but please take care of yourself, as well. Perhaps someone can help take care of you, too!
I will be praying for you to enjoy some peaceful moments and relaxation.
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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/26/2012 10:31PM

    Sorry you haven't been your perky self, Dear Irene! Am praying!

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The days have been hectic but wonderful. emoticon emoticon

I have doctors, appointments, have ministered to people in person and on the phone, don't take so many naps and am not sitting on my ........... at the computer all of the time.

Too much time was taken up with the computer and I am still on it a lot but I am going to have to begin working on some of those goals I spoke of or I won't be able to say. emoticon

So many times I have thought of cutting out some of the teams but then I can't find one I want to do that to. I have a few good friends on some and on others a lot of good friends.


So if I don't write so often please don't take it personally.


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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/17/2012 2:45AM

    I always love hearing from you and reading your posts and feel blessed whenever that happens. But boy... it can be hard to keep up, huh? So you go and do what you need to do and Spark when you can!
Wishing you all the best, Irene!!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/16/2012 5:49PM

  Irene, I understand all the way.

There is a life outside of sparkpeople also LOL

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CVRONEK 1/16/2012 9:07AM

    Irene, we ALL have things going on, at times, that prevent us from getting to the posts as often as we like.
Thank you for taking the time, to let us know what's what, so we don't worry!

Hop in, when you can. You are a very important part of all your teams and a special friend, to me.

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LMMIMI 1/15/2012 12:10AM

    Irene, we do what we have to do. I certainly understand the issue of computer time and I have cut back quite a bit myself. But, please don't forget me. emoticon emoticon

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HAGIN2010 1/14/2012 8:19PM

    Irene Take time out for yourself and what you need to do. We will always be here for you.

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ANYVAR54 1/14/2012 4:11PM

    Have a great day, and take care of yourself, and do what you must for you. I know that ministry takes a lot of time. Blessings.

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HAPPYMOM8 1/14/2012 3:44PM

    Dear Irene--I am so happy for you! You are finding balance in your busy life. Stress can tear you down and you don't have time for that. Taking care of number one gives you the strength to accomplish your mission in life- helping others.
So I too, say thank you! And appreciate what you do for me and our team!
Hugs, Pat

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SWEETLIPS 1/14/2012 2:50PM

    Blessings to you and as time permnits, we will see you. I find that some things are best done is seasons and I love that you are ministering, which I know is a blessing to and for you as well as those who receive.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/14/2012 12:31PM

    Hugs Irene, and when you post, I will enjoy reading and cherish your words, you are a lady of great insight and wisdom, and it is evident with your work how much you truly love God, you are an inspiration to others

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/14/2012 10:38AM

    Point well taken! Take care of yourself and I will cherish each post from you!
My Spark problem has been solved and once again I am getting notices!! Woo Hoo!!
Blessings to you my Dear Friend!!

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MOM4407 1/14/2012 8:57AM

    I am glad you are healthy enough to still be so busy during your retirement. I would just hate to think what it would be like if you were working.

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RAINBOWMF 1/14/2012 8:36AM

    Irene, you do so much. It is nice to see you pop in or write a blog, you need to make time for you and the things that need doing, there is not one of your friends that doesn't understand that. We all understand.

Hugs Mary

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CAROLYN0107 1/14/2012 7:38AM

    emoticon Nice to get caught up on your activities.

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GLORYB2014 1/14/2012 6:21AM

    You do have a busy life Irene and we all understand that. You're a wonderful friend to me and many and your friendship is treasured.
Come in when you can, we enjoy hearing from you and reading your posts.

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NEW-CAZ 1/14/2012 3:26AM

    Sounds like you have a busy and productive life Irene, keep in touch when you can.
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MONTY68 1/14/2012 1:07AM


Great blog. I can understand what you are saying, there is not enough hours in a day to do all we want or need to do. I think that you do spend time here and I also know that you have your ministry that you give so much time to. I think you probably get calls for help through a day.
So, you do the best you can and if we don't see you m, we know why.
Personally,, you have a very good friend to me and always supporting what I do. I thank you for that.
Enjoy your weekend and stay warm and safe.

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FLEMIDG 1/14/2012 12:53AM

    Sounds like you have a busy life. You need to do what is good for you. Keep in touch when you can. We're here for you.


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Friday, January 06, 2012

Yesterday I went to the bridge (on our side) and met the pastors son to do my mission business. Also prayed with him and for Mexico of course.
During our talk I asked him how things were going in Mexico. He said it is bad. He let me know some had been killed in Reynosa and other areas of Mexico. Also whereas they had 7,000 national guards protecting Reynosa, now they have 10,000. That seems like an enormous amount but still the killings continue.
The church is doing great and he said they have a lot of brand new people. People who did not attended other churches but people God sent in to hear the gospel for the first time.
My friend Sandy went with me to the border for the first time. She has been in Mexico a few times with me but never to the border. Then we did some other business which needed to be done and had lunch.
It is good that we live only a mile apart as we have known each other for many years and we both lost our husbands. Of course both of us have a lot of friends, attend different churches and have different activities.
Again I say Thank you and God bless you. Please continue to pray for Mexico and for our area as some of the violence is leaking over on this side. The main problem is drugs.

Your missionary,
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/16/2012 5:56PM

  Irene, you were specificlly chosen to minister to Mexico and at this certain due set time you were also picked out by our Father God, so, you have a special anointing on and in you for dealing with Mexico.

Mexico is so beautiful with peace flowing with the breezes as a sweet smelling aroma to our Father God as people are walking in love and kindness and mercy and caring one for another all the time in the name of Jesus is my prayer for Mexico.

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CVRONEK 1/8/2012 11:42AM

    Yes, I am praying for Mexico and all that are affected by the goings on. emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 1/7/2012 9:57PM

    Thanks for the update. I'm glad your friend could go with you to the border. So sad that there is so much violence. I pray that more and more will turn to the Lord during this difficult time.

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MOM4407 1/7/2012 7:15PM

    I am glad to hear that the church is growing during this troubled time. Only God can stop this terrible addiction.

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ANYVAR54 1/7/2012 6:58PM

    Isn't it wonderful that many unbelievers are coming to the Church and hearing the Gospel. It could be the LORD using the circumstances to bring many to Him.
Thank you for your service to Him.

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NEW-CAZ 1/7/2012 4:30AM

    I pray for a solution and peace, so sad

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RAINBOWMF 1/7/2012 12:47AM

    emoticon of course, so sad.

Thank you, Irene.

Hugs Mary

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/7/2012 12:26AM

    Definately will pray that God will open their hearts and eyes and to have the insational thirst for peace.

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NDTEACHER1 1/7/2012 12:21AM

    Such a mess something has to be done to impress upon their hearts that this is not the say to live. We need a revival!!

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NELLIEC 1/6/2012 11:33PM

    Yes, I will pray for peace in Mexico and for the salvation of the Mexicans!

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Everyone is talking about Goals instead of resolutions which is good. We are going to have a revolution not a resolution which will be broken before January is up.

My goal is to stay at my goal weight or a little below for the year.

I always drink my 8 glasses of water.

I always eat my 5 fruit and veggies. Always keep some low sodium v-8 for in case I am lacking.

I will take some time off to shred some papers thus emptying out a lot of paper work which is crowding file cabinet, strong box and other areas of my house.
Get rid of some magazines.

Get rid of some clothes which I don't wear but someone else could use.

Keep doing mission work as God leads me.

Try to get my Estimated Tax done before April so I don't have 2 or 3 months to be dreading it.

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RGEETING 1/9/2012 3:29PM

I'm RE-subscribing to your blog... again... I seem to keep getting discontinued from your blog and your devotional thread... (unless you haven't posted there lately).

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    Wonderful goals, Irene! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 1/6/2012 5:52PM

    Irene, those sound like some mighty fine goals to accomplish and I've no doubt that you will achieve them with flyin' colors. Good for you and God bless~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GMFAY33 1/6/2012 4:03PM


And maybe add to get a good night's sleep, daily.

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MNNICE 1/6/2012 12:35PM

    In maintenance, it is more difficult to find goals, but goals (a/k/a To-Do Lists) are definitely important in all areas of our lives. May you reach them all in 2012!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/6/2012 11:22AM

    It's great to see who you give the ultimate glory to in maintaining a healthy-habits lifestyle. WooHoo! May you continue your journey with great joy!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/6/2012 9:07AM

    Great goals!

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PENNI68 1/6/2012 9:03AM

    Great goals!! I think 2012 is going to be a great year!!

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CAROLYN0107 1/6/2012 8:41AM

    Your goals are good ones. I'm doing a lot of sorting these days. I'll need to do my taxes early this year. I usually don't need to get them in til later because of living overseas and having an extension. Have a good day!

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GLORYB2014 1/6/2012 7:07AM

    I love your goals Irene, they are so practical and doable and useful and EVERYTHING!
I just know you're going to reach them all and you're going to have a wonderful year!
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MAMASUDS 1/6/2012 3:40AM

    Thanks for sharing your goals with us. I need to do some decluttering myself. Thanks for the reminder.
Will be praying for your missionary endeavors in 2012.


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HEALTHYSLIM2 1/6/2012 2:51AM

    Great goals. Simple and straight-forward and clear and attainable!
I've got piles and boxes of stuff as I started to clean out and got on a roll! Hoping I stay on this roll until my home is looking and feeling more serene and peaceful! That's MY goal (other than fitness, eating well and more weight loss, of course!)
Happy New Year, dear friend! May God bless you, and especially your missions work. And here's to success in all you have set your mind and heart to do!

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NEW-CAZ 1/6/2012 2:49AM

    Awesome realistic goals Irene, keep healthy in 2012 my friend emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 1/6/2012 12:20AM

    Good goals all. I have been lightening the load of 'stuff' around my house also. I am always several steps behind, but I'm never giving up the battle.

I have a box in my bedroom where the things that need to go spend a short time of consideration before finding a home somewhere else. I also have a shredder and it's product lends it's bulk to the compost pile................

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HAPPYMOM8 1/5/2012 11:49PM

    Very well stated, Irene.
I say, me too!
Your goal is very similar to mine.
Drink my water, eat my fruit and veggies and get caught up on house chores. We clean all the time but never seem to get at digging out the accumulation of clutter in bathroom and even some bedroom drawers. And I too should part with some of the clothes I never wear since I seem to live mostly in my workout outfits.
Just want you to know I appreciate the time you spend with us, in spite of your busy life, and know you have priorities beyond Spark too.
Thank you for your help in keeping our little team alive.
Hugs, Pat

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 1/5/2012 11:19PM

    Awesome goals realistical, I chose aspirations this year, just different!!

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MONTY68 1/5/2012 10:11PM

    Hi Irene
Great blog. I gave up resolutions years ago, never made it pass Jan . I feel your goals are very realistic and I Believe that you WILL accomplish them.
I have a shredder that takes care of some paper work, but for large shredding jobs I bag it and several times a year, Our sheriffs office has a shredding weekend, Just take it in and throw the bag in and it is done. Lots of people take advantage of it.
I also have some things to give away. When I lost all the weight, I bought all new clothes and they are now to big. So I got them packed up and wilt take a trip to GoodWill or someplace this weekend.
I like how you made both items as goals, it is something we usually don't think as a goal. You will accomplish it as it is a goal.
Good luck with your taxes, April will be here before we know it.

Thanks for sharing

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/5/2012 9:44PM

    What great goals! You are so on top of things! Hugs to you my Friend!!

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