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“An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity. A pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity.” – Winston Churchill


“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.” – Napoleon Hill

December 19, 2014


Dag Heward-Mills

READ: 1 Samuel 15:16-29

…be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

1 Peter 5:5

It is interesting to note that God describes David as a man after his own heart. We all know that David was far from being perfect. Could it be that God was not looking for perfection? I believe that what makes us great in God’s sight is the manner in which we deal with our mistakes. Almost every person in the Bible made mistakes. From Adam to Peter, the Bible is replete with stories of impeachable offences. Yet, God has been merciful to his children.

When Saul made a mistake, he was confronted by the pastor of his day. Notice how Saul argued with the prophet Samuel. He insisted that he had not done anything wrong.

He argued that he had done the right thing. The evidence was there, yet he denied any wrongdoing. Compare this to David. When David was confronted by the pastor of his day (Nathan), he immediately said, “I have sinned.” He admitted his wrongdoing, although no one could have even proved it: 2 Samuel 12:9,13).

From my experience with handling people, I know that these two types of people are found in every day life. Decide to be a David who sees and admits faults easily. Remember this: Failure to admit faults is a manifestation of pride and stubbornness. God does not like proud people. The Bible says that He resists the proud!

December 11, 2014


Dag Heward-Mills

READ: Luke 16:10-13

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might…

Ecclesiastes 9:10

The best leader is someone who has been a follower for many years. Because you have done menial jobs, you are more reasonable with your subordinates. You understand what they are going through and do not give impossible commands. Some leaders do not know the implications of their instructions. They just say, “Get this done!” You must understand that getting certain things done may have far-reaching implications.

When studying the life of David, you soon learn that though he became king, he first performed many menial jobs.

In his father’s house, he was a shepherd. Whilst at the king’s palace, he did the work of a musician, servant, errand boy and armor bearer (1 Samuel 16:21). He wasn’t even a soldier! There are so many Christians who want to start out on top! But the only job that begins at the top is grave-digging!

If you study the background of many great people, you will discover that they once served at the lowest level in their profession. I have done nearly every kind of menial job in the church. I was a drummer, organist, cleaner and odd jobs man. All these have helped me to become a better leader. Do not shy away from menial jobs.

African businessmen have pledged to give $28m, about $12bn 600 million CFA francs to help the fight against the Ebola epidemic.

The announcement was made by the African Union (AU).

The money will feed an aid fund that will be managed by the AU and the African Development Bank Group.

The funds will pay for equipment to be used by medical staff to fight against the spread of the disease.

Des hommes d’affaires africains se sont engagés à donner 28 millions de dollars, environ 12 milliards 600 millions de francs Cfa, pour contribuer à la lutte contre l’épidémie d’Ebola.

L’annonce a été faite par l’Union africaine (UA).

Cet argent servira à alimenter un fonds d’aide qui sera géré par l’UA et la Banque africaine de développement.

Les fonds vont servir à l’équipement du personnel médical qui lutte contre la propagation de la maladie.

Early indications in Mali from the first trial for an Ebola vaccine taking place in Africa seem promising.

The experimental vaccine is being tested by a group of 40 healthcare workers.

According to the researchers, the vaccine could show promising results two weeks after being injected into the body of a patient.

But it is still too early at this stage to draw conclusions, the researchers observe.

Des indications prometteuses nous proviennent du Mali quant au premier essai d’un vaccin contre l’Ebola ayant lieu en Afrique.

Ce vaccin expérimental est testé en ce moment par un groupe de 40 professionels de la santé.

Selon les chercheurs, ce vaccin pourrait montrer des résultats prometteurs deux semaines après avoir été injecté dans le corps d’un patient.

Mais il est encore trop tôt au stade des tests pour tirer des conclusions, constatent les chercheurs.

A new British Ebola treatment facility opens to patients today in Kerry Town, near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown.

The Kerry Town complex includes an 80 bed treatment centre to be managed by Save the Children and a 12 bed centre staffed by British Army medics specifically for health care workers and international staff responding to the Ebola crisis. The 12 bed facility is expected to expand to 20 beds in the New Year.

It is the first of six centres to be built by Britain in a bid to contain, control and defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Un nouveau centre britannique de traitement pour Ebola a ouvert aujourd’hui à Kerry Town près de Freetown, la capitale de la Sierra Leone.

Le complexe à Kerry Town comprend un centre de traitement de 80 lits qui sera géré par Save the Children et de 12 autres lits supervisés par le personnel médical de l’armée britannique en particulier une équipe de soins et un groupe de médecins internationaux devant face à la crise Ebola. La douzaine de lits devrait passer à 20 lits d’ici l’année prochaine.

C’est le premier des six centres construits par la Grande-Bretagne dans le but de contenir, contrôler et vaincre Ebola en Sierra Leone.