What Really Happened to Carlee Russell? Press Conference Scheduled for 2:30 P.M. CST Today…

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I don’t have as much time to ruminate on daily news as I used to, but this story did capture my attention…Have you heard of the Carlee Russell case? Below is the PEOPLE magazine summary….

Investigators are still working to figure out how and why an Alabama woman went missing for two days before reappearing on her parents’ doorstep Saturday night.

Carlethia “Carlee” Nichole Russell disappeared after calling 911 last Thursday night, telling a dispatcher that she stopped along I-459 on her way home from work after seeing a toddler walking by himself in a diaper along the highway.

However, when police arrived on the scene, they found the 25-year-old’s car still running with her belongings inside. Carlee was nowhere to be found. A statewide search was fruitless for more than 48 hours, while news about her mysterious disappearance spread on social media until she reappeared back at her parent’s house in Hoover, Ala., on Saturday night. Read the entire article HERE.

Many people posted prayers on social media for this young woman’s safe return…

However, since this article was released, the Hoover Police Department has released more information below and will host a news conference at 2:30 p.m. CST later today…

I don’t know what to think at this point…

Any thoughts?

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter Has Opted To Receive Hospice Care Rather Than Additional Medical Intervention

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Per a statement from the family of former President Jimmy Carter, one of my favorite presidents, he is in hospice care preparing for his transition. Below is the official statement from the Carter family:

After a series of short hospital stays, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter today decided to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention. He has the full support of his family and his medical team. The Carter family asks for privacy during this time and is grateful for the concern shown by his many admirers.

Ultimately, God has the final say about when He calls him home, but let’s keep our 39th president, who is a blessed 98 years old, and his family in our prayers during this difficult time.

Any thoughts?

Our Daily Bread Ministries To Debut Six-Episode YouTube Series Documenting the Emotional Lives of Christian Healthcare Workers on the Frontlines of Covid-19 on Monday, April 19…

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As I’ve read Our Daily Bread Ministries devotionals for many years and I’ve recently written for Our Daily Bread Ministries, I’m truly excited about this new offering from  Our Daily Bread Films. Please see below.

Our Daily Bread Ministries announced the launch of Instruments of Peace: Faith on the Frontlines, a six-episode YouTube series that follows six Christian healthcare workers—three doctors, two nurses, and a chaplain—who have chosen to take up the fight against Covid-19 and care for patients in some of the hardest impacted regions of the world, including—Detroit, New York City, Olympia, Johannesburg, Manilla, and the United Kingdom.

Through retrospective interviews and in-the-moment video diaries, the series explores the range of emotions these frontline workers experience as people die around them and funding for health services fluctuate. Each Monday from April 19th through May 24th, Instruments of Peace delves into what faith looks like when committed to caring for the sick during a global pandemic. Below is the trailer followed by the episode guide and a few photographs from the series.

Episode Guide:

April 19th Ep 1: Idara Joy Inokon: Fighting for Life

ICU nurse, Idara Inokon rides an eerily empty subway to and from a New York City hospital during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Photo Credit: Our Daily Bread Ministries

Trauma. Death. Pressure. Brooklyn, New York, ICU nurse Idara Joy Inokon lived this every day as the Covid-19 pandemic ramped up in the spring of 2020. Her patients kept crashing and her hospital unit became a revolving door of death as she faced the stress and anxiety of the unknown. Yet every day, she continued to show up. And she continued to trust God for peace and strength in the middle of the storm. Now a travel nurse in El Paso, TX, she’s wondering how much trauma she can take, and asking God to give her strength every day.

New York City ICU nurse Idara Inokon suits up in protective gear for her shift during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. When a patient asked for a fan to cool her fever, Idara stood by her side and fanned her. A fellow nurse recorded her act of kindness and the video went viral.
Photo Credit: Our Daily Bread Ministries

April 26th Ep 2: Aaron Beck: Learning to Trust God

Dr. Aaron Beck records a video diary entry in 2020 that captures his struggles to determine how to provide the best care for his patients when—at the time—so little was known about COVID-19.
Photo Credit: Our Daily Bread Ministries

A worldwide pandemic lets us know that we are not in control. Just a few months after moving his family across the country to the Pacific Northwest to join a medical practice, Aaron Beck found himself treating patients in a hotspot. He faced uncertainty for his own health, fear of what that meant for his young family, and doubts about how to provide the best care for his patients. But through it all, he forged a deeper dependence on God, because he had no choice but to trust.

May 3rd Ep 3: Marcia Fairrow: Prayer and Grief

Marcia is a chaplain in Detroit, MI who loves to pray with and comfort patients and their families. When Covid-19 hit, ventilators and health and safety restrictions took that human connection away from her. As she battles her own grief and anger, she struggles to learn how to be a chaplain for people she can’t physically be with.

May 10th Ep 4: Hannah and Zuriel Bernardino: Acts of Kindness and Love

Hannah is a Doctor at a Wellness Center in Manila, Philippines. Her husband Zuriel is a pastor and her emotional rock. When Covid-19 hit Manila, Hannah was transferred to a Covid ICU, where she battled her own anxiety and depression. But, Zuriel was there to support her while she cared for others, and together they are living out their faith.

May 17th Ep 5: Nellie Balfour: A Young Hero and a Mother’s Legacy of Prayer

When Nellie was a child, her family fled Apartheid in South Africa to Australia, where she developed severe asthma. The doctors who took care of her became her heroes and motivated her to become a doctor. Now a pediatric doctor in a poor district of Johannesburg, SA, she struggles to save children in a place ravaged by Covid-19 and to trust that her best efforts are good enough. But, inspired by a mother who prays ceaselessly, she is learning to give her fears and anxiety to God.

May 26th Ep 6: Bex Lawton: Faith and Fear for Those We Love

Bex is a mother of three young children and a pediatric nurse in England. In 2019, her husband nearly died from a liver condition and Covid-19 made her terrified that if he were to catch it he would die. While some other Christians shamed her for her fear, she felt like fearing for her husband’s life and taking every precaution was the most loving thing she could do. This conflict put her on a path of struggling with, and ultimately being sustained by, her faith.

Our Daily Bread Films produces documentaries and short videos that inspire and encourage people to draw closer to God and help them grow in their faith. They are a part of Our Daily Bread Ministries, a nondenominational, nonprofit organization that distributes more than 60 million resources in 150 countries.

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