Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Merry Christmas from Pierre Aglow

Morning Grace

We used this photo on our prison flyers for this month, as we weren't exactly sure how the service would line up. The Pierre Aglow Prison Ministry Team ministered on the last Sunday in December at the Main Prison, after having to cancel the H Unit service on Saturday due to the Christmas 2009 blizzard.
Janie Cass led worship and Merlyn Hilmoe gave his testimony of what the Lord has done in him. Sunny Hannum honored us with a dance she had choreographed to the song "Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree," and Joel Pfeifle completed our group. And we had a bumper group - 42 ladies attended!
Please lift those ladies in prison before the Father in your prayer times. There are a large number of prayer request slips. Merlyn has already prayed over them and after I have also done so I will put them in an envelope and pass them along to the rest of the group. Here is one of the prayer requests:
"I want to pray for my family, especially my mother and three little brothers, step-dad, and grandmda for always being there for me. And I want to pray for their good health. I want to pray for forgiveness from family members - that they forgive me. I want to pray that I'm able to live a happy successful life when I leave prison. I want to pray that I find the path my Lord wants me to walk. I want to pray for the addictrs and alcoholics who are still suffering. I want to pray for all those who I have wronged, and who have wronged me. I want to pray for clear thoughts. I want to pray that I let the past be the past and for me to focus on the future. I want to pray for whoever's reading this. God bless you always."

And I echo that sentiment: I pray for everyone who's reading this: God bless you always!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fling Wide the Door To My Soul - Pierre Aglow November 2009

Lori Bruse began our time together by talking about the north wind (representing trials and testings) and the south wind of refreshing, and then danced an anointed expression of her love for the Lord. Chris explained and demonstrated Harp and Bowl worship and the worship team and attendees responded with words from the Lord, life experiences, prayers and Scripture.

One of the attendees offered a word that had been given by the chaplain at the Saturday evening service. It was, "When you're facing the north wind, it's easier to stand together than stand apart."

This is one of the songs that brought us into the Spirit ( for chords).

Let the Winds Blow
Misty Edwards 2009

Awake, awake, oh north wind
Awake, awake, oh south wind
Blow ... over me
Come, oh winds of testing, come winds of refreshing
Blow ... over me

I won’t be afraid, I will face the wind
I won’t be afraid, I’ll embrace the flame

Let the winds blow, let the winds blow (x4)

Fling wide the door to my soul,
Open up the door to my heart
Have Your way, have your way, have Your way…

Take me through the fire,
Take me through the rain
Take me through the testing, I’ll do anything
Test me, try me, prove me, refine me
Like the gold, like the gold

A Word from the Lord for the West River South Dakota Area Retreat, September 2009

It's not by chance that I have placed each of you in this season in history, or in this location. I have given you the trials to mature you and I will continue to becme more real to you in the days ahead.

You felt my love strongly poured out upon you at different times in each of your lives, but I am here to tell you that you haven't seen anything yet!!

In my darkest hour, when I felt all alone, rejected and dejected, accused and abused, it felt as if My Father had left me -- it was my greatest hour of heaviness and sorrow, and my greatest hour of triumph! When Satan thought he'd won, I showed him that the great I AM is greater.

In your own lives, in your greatest struggles and darkest hour, call to me, I know what you are going through, and you WILL overcome hell and all its fury, and live to see your greatest nightmare turn into your greatest victory. You see I have come and paid the price so that you too can overcome and see the light of hte day at the end of your dark tunnel.

My words are true, you can overcome with the Blood of the Lamb, the word of your testimony, and the fact that you loved not your life until death.

Know this - as you hear my story in each of your lives that you are already overcomers, and death will not hold you in the ground, you will see the final victory over the enemy of your souls.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Pierre Aglow Meeting: Friday, November 20, 7 pm, New Life Assembly of God: Chris and Lori Bruse

Pierre Aglow Meeting
Location: New Life Assembly of God, 1120 N. Harrison, Pierre, SD

Day and Time: Friday evening, November 20, 2009, 7:00 pm
Speakers: Chris and Lori Bruse

Also, Chris and Lori will share at New Life Assembly of God at 9 am on Sunday, November 22, 2009.

Chris and Lori Bruse and their family are moving into full-time ministry that combines Youth with a Mission with the 24/7 prayer movement. Chris and Lori spent time at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, and are active in a “Harp and Bowl” (intercessory worship) outreach in Rapid City. They will share their hearts and teach us to join in with the “Harp and Bowl” style of worship.

If you are on Facebook, you can join their Fan Page at:

Aglow International ( is a trans-denominational Christian women’s organization that emphasizes prayer and outreach with the Gospel.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Aglow International Prison Aglow Vision Statement

Vision Statement
I was in prison and you came to me ... Truly, I say to you, to the extent that you did it unto one of these...of mine, even the least of them, you did unto me." "Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me." (Matthew 25:36, 40; John 12:26)

The vision of the Prison/Jail Aglow Prison Ministry is to:
To go wherever women are incarcerated
To tell the good news of Jesus Christ
To bring life and hope through faith in Him
To minister through prayer and fellowship
To love unconditionally with the love of God
To lead women into praise and worship

For more information:

Broken Walls prison tour 2009, from Bruce and Donna Bartelli

Greetings to all!

We have just returned from from what Jonathan, Kris and Bill (Broken Walls) and Paul Starling ( the most incredible sound man on the continent!) have called the most successful MWK journey in our 10 years. And we agree! We thought last year was incredible with breakthroughs, but this year saw even greater things. Our many thanks to all of you who were in intercession for the team of 8 who are still recovering.

I am not going into much of the journey here as I will be sending out a follow-up newsletter in November. It will take that long to put to together plus Donna and I, with several others, will be assisting to honor hundreds of Native Veteran's this November 6th at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. We have 250 Warriors Medals of Valor with Military insignia blankets to present that day during their Veterans Powwow. We are having Marshall and Lauretta Tall Eagle Serna do the ceremony. So we are looking forward to ministering with them once again. So a newletter will be coming, but later.

The purpose for this email is the ATTACHMENT. One of our supervisors at my office retired while I was on the MWK Journey and emailed the attachment included below. Thought you might enjoy it. Randy wrote the story himself; he is of the Cherokee Nation:

There once was a peaceful Native American village nestled in a horseshoe-shaped valley surrounded by beautiful, majestic, tall mountains. Their Chief had led the people of the village through some difficult times, but had at long last enjoyed a time of peace and plenty. He was well and content, but he knew the time grew close for him to go the way of his ancestors and be with his Creator.

So he called his three sons together and gave them a simple quest, to help him decide which one should be the next Chief. He said to them, behold the mountains that have protected and provided for our village with their shadow, shelter, and abundance. Take forty days to hike and climb into the mountains alone. There to ponder the future of our village, and to pray in the solitude of the mountain. Then return to me, and share of your journeys and thoughts.

While they were on their quest the elder Chief prayed earnestly for their safe return, and for wisdom in deciding which one would take his place as Principal Chief.

Upon their return the Chief asked the first son where his journey had taken him, and what insight the Creator had given him while there. This son presented the Elder Chief with a huge pine cone as the totem of his quest, and then told how that he had gone to the very top of the tree-line and from there gazed upon their whole valley. He saw that it was wonderfully lush and green, and full of the sounds of life; babbling brooks, gentle breezes, and the many creatures of the forest. He went on to say from this view he foresaw many more years of peace and plenty, by tilling the open land and gathering from the forest.

The Chief smiled and told him he had done well, you shall be chief over the youth, the women and the aged ones that tend our gardens and gather from the forest.

The second son, as he listened to his brother’s words, had straightened his stance, squared his shoulders, and went from a faint smile to a near grin on his face. When it became his turn to speak he presented the elder Chief with a magnificent eagle feather, as the totem of his quest. He then told how his journey had taken him far beyond the tree-line, to the bluffs and rocky crags where the eagles nested. From there he saw beyond their valley to a high mesa he had never even known was there! As he admired this lush plateau, of wild grass and a sparkling lake, he saw many wild horses, deer, and antelope, and above them bighorn sheep. In all that his eyes beheld his mind saw the potential to capture spirited horses for breeding, and for much big game to hunt. He was very excited for the potential of wealth and increased mobility the horses would bring, and the abundance of meat and hides of the plentiful big game!

The Chief smiled and told him he had also done well, you shall be chief over our able-bodied men that hunt, explore, and break wild horses.

The third son, as he listened to his brothers’ words, had stood very quietly with a respectful but distant gleam in his eyes. When it became his turn to speak the elder Chief noted that his son’s hands were empty. Then the old Chief asked this last son to speak of his journey. The third son then told how his journey had taken him to the very highest peak, and his totem from there was a changed and humbled heart. As from there he had seen the beauty and immensity of the other side! And there, as he prayed and pondered the vastness of the other side, he had heard the still small voice of the Creator whisper in his ear, “The whole earth and the fullness therein is mine.” In all this he was struck with the knowledge the Creator had graciously led them to their beautiful valley, and provided the plenty of the forest and the potential of the mesa! He there came to understand that what is truly important is to seek to know the Creator and to follow His ways, and to be ever prepared for when He chooses to lead us to the “other side.”

The elder Chief gazed admiringly through tear-clouded eyes at his son, and told him he had done very well indeed, and that he would become a wise and compassionate Principal Chief.

P.S. I am reluctant to spoil the story by re-stating the obvious, but just in case the obvious is not as obvious as I had hoped? The point is - we will always need management capable of maintaining the status quo like the ‘forest,’ and of exploring the new areas of potential like the ‘mesa,’ but the greatest need will always be for leadership that can see and appreciate the ‘other side.’ I am truly sorry for how much of the time I failed to see or forgot this lesson! Be blessed, and “… seek ye first…” Matthew 6:33

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


The distributors of the video "The Ultimate Gift" have given us permission for a public performance of the DVD at the SDWP where we minister each month!

Background: the Church of Hope has sponsored Christian videos for the inmates from time to time and Pierre Aglow has assisted with technical help. In the past, secular videos were available to the inmates but currently, our showings are the only movie alternative. Many excellent movies require a fee of up to $250 to show them in a public performance (as opposed to a home showing).

We had begun thinking about our next video showing and made an inquiry to the distributors of 'The Ultimate Gift' and they provided permission for us to show it, free of charge! That is an enormous blessing and we are so grateful to God and to The Helixx Group!

Friday, June 5, 2009

June 12-13, SD East River Aglow Retreat, "Walking Boldly in His Presence"

SD East River Area Team Presents:

Walking Boldly in His Presence

In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. Eph.3:12

Do you really know who you are in Christ?
Come and partake in the banquet the Lord has set for you!

Fri. June 12: 7-10 p.m.~
Sat. June 13: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Life Church, 1117 W. 11th St., Sioux Falls, SD

Featured speaker: Joyce A. Lighari
Joyce is from Brookings, SD. She is new to SD, but not to Aglow. Joyce has been in leadership with Aglow for over ten years. In 2005 she was the Chairman of the Worldwide Aglow Conf. in Nashville, TN. She is a gifted teacher and preacher of the Word of God. Joyce also has a powerful anointing in prophecy. She desires that through her insights that others would be encouraged, strengthened and set free.

Worship Leader: Terry Jahner
Terry is from Bowman, ND, will be our Praise and Worship leader. She is a prophetic psalmist and her music releases the sound and spontaneous songs of heaven. Terry has released a Nashville Gospel project in 2003 called, “The Road Less Traveled.” She has traveled the country bringing refreshing to the Body of Christ. Come enjoy the Glory!

Registration is $40, including lunch.
$20 due by May 16th.

Send to: Marcia Haaland
11701- 403rd Ave.,
Houghton, SD 57449
Write checks to: SD East River Aglow

For more information call Marcia at 605-885-6398
or Glenna Remington 605-397-2750

(Directions to the church: Take I-29, turn on Exit 79- towards downtown on 42/12th St., turn left on Grange Ave., turn next left on W. 11th St.)

Please make your own motel reservations.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Aglow Meeting with Carla Reed, Tuesday, June 2 at 7 pm, New LIfe Assembly of God, 1120 N. Harrison, Pierre, SD

Please invite everyone who would be interested in Carla’s ministry or in Aglow. I plan to send some postcards to some who don’t have email addresses.

Carla Reed of Selah Ministries will minister at a meeting on Tuesday, June 2, 7 pm at New Life Assembly of God, 1120 N. Harrison, Pierre, SD.

Carla, seen here with Patty Lihs, is a dear friend and we will be blessed if you are able to join us in welcoming her.

Women and men are welcome, and childcare will be available.

We will also be blessed by Sunny Holloway, Main Street Dance, who has choreographed a dance to the song, “Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree.”

Aglow International ( is a trans-denominational organization of Christian women and men that emphasizes prayer and outreach with the Gospel.

Excerpt from Carla’s last ministry email:
Carla Reed

21200 E Country Vista Dr #L-104
Liberty Lake, WA 99019
Phone: 509-599-0433

Dearest Friends,

Blessings and Greetings to all of you on this beautiful Memorial Day weekend. I trust each of you have enjoyed your holiday weekend and are ready for summer. It had been a very long winter for many of us in the northwest, and I'm ever so happy the sun is shining, the trees have leafed out, birds are singing, and flowers are blooming all over Liberty Lake and the area. After the dreariness of winter and the weariness of living under a cloud of constant bad national news, most of us are feeling like we can breathe and hope again.

It has been quite awhile since my last correspondance. Although, I have limited my out of town travel, I have kept busy nevertheless. I have spent several weeks writing and editing my first book on the Water Story. As I began to write, I felt the Lord showed me there will be three books on the Water Journey and that the nine year journey has paralleled a woman's pregnancy. I never saw or considered it like that before, and it made complete sense.

I hope to have some copies ready by this summer and will keep you posted. Pray with me about the formatting, publishing, printing and financing of the book. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the size, content, and easy to read stories that are woven into the book. You could eventually find your stated,river, lake, ocean or city named in the stories. As of now, the writing of the first book is finished, excepting for continued review and proofing.

I will be leaving this week for a month long trip to the midwest. This is my first major excursion in the Glory Van since I finished the twelve week trip to the east coast last fall. I am planning to drive back to South Dakota to celebrate my mother's 80th birthday on June 5. She is living in Neligh, NE, and my family is hoping to surprise her. My dad who lives in Mitchell, SD has just turned 85, and I feel I need to spend some time with both of my aging parents. Then I will travel to Anderson, Indiana where I will get to see my new grandson, Titus, for the first time. He was born in January and is my daughter's fifth child. I will be stopping in Worland and Sheridan,Wyoming, Pierre and Herrick, South Dakota, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. So if you're on my route, contact me, and we'll see if we can get together. I have many wonderful and new things to share with you. The revelation that has been coming to me and the downloads concerning water have been astonishing, and I've caught a glimpse of what I think is coming. It may startle you as much as it has me.

The last several months at home have brought much needed restoration mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. I have spent hours reading and studying the many new things that the Lord is showing me. It has taken me completely out of my boxed thinking, but I'm ready for a new season. I will continue to travel and minister as the doors open, but I want to be able to incorporate some new and innovative things regarding natural health and sound, frequency, and music therapy. You'll have to 'stay tuned'.

Last of all, I want to thank you and ask you for your prayers for Joshua who has been in Afghanistan about six weeks. He called over the weekend deeply distressed that his company had lost a pilot and an apache helicopter in a crash. He is part of a small company that did not lose either one man or a helicopter during their 15 months in Iraq. So it was very hard too lose someone so soon. The cause of the crash appears to be mechanical failure which devasted the mechanics who work so hard to keep the 'birds' in the air. Joshua had mentioned they were having trouble getting the needed parts and supplies, although I do not know if that was the particular cause. He took it especially hard as the helicopter that crashed had at one time been assigned to him as the crew chief. It had his fingerprints on it. When I visited him at Ft Bragg over Thanksgiving, he had taken me to the hanger and shown me his aircraft of which I have a picture. He was very proud of it and being its crew chief. That is the very same one that crashed. He had NOT worked on it prior to the crash or since being in Afghanistan, as it had been assigned to someone else, but he took the loss of his pilot friend and the needed and valuable helicopter pretty hard as did their entire company. As you are led, would you pray for him and his company that there will never be another loss of life or aircraft.

If you would like to write to Josh or send a package, his address is:

Spec Joshua Reed
C co 1-82ARB TF Wolf Pack
Task Force Pegasus
APO AE 09355

Be sure and write or type the address exactly as shown. He said it could take nearly a month to receive mail. You can also email him at There is an underscore between his name and amt. He has not been able to check emails frequently, but will be moving to another base next week that will allow him easier access.

In closing, I thank you for your prayers and support and ask you not to stop. Josh and I need our friends, and I trust I will be a friend and encouragment to you as long as I keep writing these newsletters. Your financial support is always deeply appreciated and definitely needed.

Don't forget to get online on the website: If you did not get to read "Days of Glory" as the attachment I sent, it is now posted online.

May you be blessed and strengthened in your inner man as we allow the Voice of Many Waters to speak to us from within.

My love to all of you,


Dress Rehearsal, Main Street Dance Production of "Follow the Yellow Brick Road"

You are invited to view Merlynh's photo album: 2009-05-29 Practice

2009-05-29 Practice
May 29, 2009 by Merlynh
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Broken Walls Concert in Eagle Butte May 1

May 01, 2009 -- May 03, 2009
Community Outreach - Eagle Butte, SD & Newtown, ND

& Solomon's Rest, New Town, NORTH DAKOTA
Contact: Lynnette DuprisPhone#: 605-964-4278


Friday, May 1, 2009
10:00AM ~ Presentation & Concert at Middle School, Eagle Butte, SD
01:00PM ~ Assembly presentation, Eagle Butte, SD
2:00PM ~ Workshops, Eagle Butte, SD
7:00PM ~ Broken Walls Concert at CRYP Teen Centre, Eagle Butte, SD
Contact: Lynnette Dupris 605-200-1465

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Karon Young recommended this link on Dream Interpretation

Friends, this is the best summary of guidelines and tips for interpreting dreams I've seen anywhere. What I especially like about it is that rather than teaching certain images always symbolize the same thing, it teaches that things in dreams symbolize what the dreamer has experienced and it's unique and individual for each person. See what you think if you are interested. This is more of Mark Virkler (Hearing the Voice of God) stuff. Love, Karon

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Informal Lunch noon Friday, March 27, at Pier 347

If you're available, please join me and our Pierre Aglow group for lunch on Friday, March 27 at 12 noon, at Pier 347. If you'll be able to come, let me know so I can reserve a large enough table.
This is an informal get-together to share recent experiences from the East Meets West retreat, discuss prison ministry, and share what the Lord is doing in our lives.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Google Earth - excellent tool, new 5.0 beta version

There’s a new version of Google Earth available at

From the site: Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Emergency Preparedness - It's for You (And Me)

Truthfully, I hate to hear negative prophecies. But the practical aspects of this one (Cathie Sheldon, Aglow Emergency Preparedness Coordinator) outweigh my discomfort.

The first time I heard Aglow people talk about emergency preparedness, it was in the wake of hurricanes. The bottom line is that those who were prepared could help their neighbors.

Back in the ‘Y2k’ days, our family prepared and urged others to do the same, not because of fear but so that we could help ourselves and others if there was a need (no matter how unlikely). As a result, we have a generator. We've never needed it for an emergency, but it has been used to power inflatables in the park, sound equipment for a wedding, and ran a neighborhood's freezers after a wind disaster. We also shared our leftover Y2k groceries and toiletries with people in need. We still store a few items but need to build up to the 30-day supply they suggest below.

We will be working on this and hope each one will begin also. Start however you can, but start somewhere.

DeAnn Hilmoe, Pierre Aglow
From: csheld@msn.comSubject: Please read and then ACT
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 21:46:29 -0600

Part of my mission statement in this Emergency Preparedness is to evaluate all I see and weed out those that seem exploitive and inflammatory. I see of lot of those. The enemy would like to "wear out" our minds with ineffective busyness. Wear out is the literal meaning of the word persecute of Daniel 7:25. With that in mind, I've decided to finally send this out to you.

I received this from three different sources since Sunday. This person added some vital information at the bottom that I thought was most beneficial, especially concerning personal hygiene and toiletries.

You have indicated you are already aware of the impending situations, now in addition to your own household, please sound the call to your constituency. It takes much time and expense to gather these type of resources. Finalize your family action plan. Make copies of important documents and account information and send to a trusted person out of state. Start NOW.

Cathie Sheldon, Aglow Emergency Preparedness Coordinator


David Wilkerson Today
Daily Devotions
Saturday, March 7, 2009

I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message to all on our mailing list, and to friends and to bishops we have met all over the world.AN EARTH-SHATTERING CALAMITY IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN. IT IS GOING TO BE SO FRIGHTENING, WE ARE ALL GOING TO TREMBLE - EVEN THE GODLIEST AMONG US.For ten years I have been warning about a thousand fires coming to New York City. It will engulf the whole megaplex, including areas of New Jersey and Connecticut. Major cities all across America will experience riots and blazing fires-such as we saw in Watts, Los Angeles, years ago.There will be riots and fires in cities worldwide. There will be looting-including Times Square, New York City.

What we are experiencing now is not a recession, not even a depression. We are under God's wrath. In Psalm 11 it is written,"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (v. 3).God is judging the raging sins of America and the nations. He is destroying the secular foundations.The prophet Jeremiah pleaded with wicked Israel, "God is fashioning a calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh, turn back each of you from your evil way, and reform your ways and deeds. But they will say, It's hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart" (Jeremiah 18:11-12).In Psalm 11:6, David warns, "Upon the wicked he will rain snares (coals of fire).fire.burning wind.will be the portion of their cup." Why? David answered, "Because the Lord is righteous" (v. 7). This is a righteous judgment-just as in the judgments of Sodom and in Noah's generation.

WHAT SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS DO? WHAT ABOUT GOD'S PEOPLE?First, I give you a practical word I received for my own direction. If possible lay in store a thirty-day supply of non-perishable food, toiletries and other essentials. In major cities, grocery stores are emptied in an hour at the sign of an impending disaster.

As for our spiritual reaction, we have but two options. This is outlined in Psalm 11. We "flee like a bird to a mountain." Or, as David says, "He fixed his eyes on the Lord on his throne in heaven-his eyes beholding, his eyelids testing the sons of men" (v. 4). "In the Lord I take refuge" (v. 1).I will say to my soul: No need to need to hide. This is God's righteous work. I will behold our Lord on his throne, with his eye of tender, loving kindness watching over every step I take-trusting that he will deliver his people even through floods, fires, calamities, tests, trials of all kinds.Note: I do not know when these things will come to pass, but I know it is not far off. I have unburdened my soul to you. Do with the message as you choose.God bless and keep you,

Posted by David Wilkerson on 3/07/2009

[Included in Cathie Sheldon's email]

For most people, emergency preparedness is a brand new concept. As you get prepared, you will hear a lot of different opinions (including my own) regarding the best way to do that. I have helped thousands of people across the country get prepared for life's unexpected emergencies. As I have done so, I have noticed some common mistakes that people seem to make in getting prepared. Let me share with you what I have seen.

Mistake #1 - Not enough water or no plan for water at allAs has been discussed in this blog before, water is the most often overlooked item in your emergency supplies. People either under prepare for their emergency water supply or simply don't plan at all. A healthy adult can live for weeks without food but you will die in less than a week without access to clean drinking water. You will need about a gallon of water per person per day. That covers both sanitation and hygiene as well as hydration needs. There are articles in this blog that discuss water storage and water purification. Please take the time to read and make sure you have water stored for your emergency supplies.

Mistake #2 - No hygiene supplies
After a disaster, disease and illness related to conditions of poor hygiene are very common. In most disasters, more people die after the disaster than during the disaster because they cannot maintain proper hygiene. The simple answer is to have personal and family hygiene kits available. These items can be purchased as a kit or put together at home. Here are some items to consider in your hygiene kits:. Waterless soap or hand sanitizer - You may not always have water available, but you this type of soap will kill the bugs.. Port-a-Potty - This simple device fits on a 5 gallon bucket and will help keep the waste in a safe place. Make sure you buy bags and deodorizer.. Toilet Paper/Tissue. Toothbrush. Toothpaste. Razor. Small hand towel. Bar Soap. If you have babies: diapers and wipes (handy for other uses as well)

Mistake #3 - Out of sight, out of mind
It is critical to do three things with your emergency supplies: Review, Rotate and Replace. In order to do that you will need to have your emergency supplies in a place where you can get to them at least once a year. Many times, people make the mistake of buying their emergency supplies, typically a significant and important investment, and then never looking at them again until they need them.

Review: Make sure that at least yearly you review the items in your emergency supplies. Get familiar with what you have in your emergency kits and food storage. Try them out, use the products that you can.

Rotate: Then rotate out items that need to be used. Pull out the batteries and use them. Rotate at least some of your food supplies. That is why I recommend freeze-dried food. This is food that you will want to eat. Your kids will like it. Rotate out first-aid supplies or maybe medications.

Replace: After you have rotated out your old supplies to be used (don't waste them, use them!), then you will need to replace your supplies. Make your list of supplies that need to be replaced and do so right away.

Mistake #4 - Store shelf stable food and water
I see this mistake a lot. What I mean is, many people buy off the shelf items from their local retailer for their food storage. Now, that can work. The food from you grocer will work for food storage. The problem comes from the reality that people typically make mistake #3 with their emergency supplies, so the food never gets rotated. Items purchased from your local grocery store have about a 1 to 2 year shelf life. So you go out and spend a lot of money on food that will expire long before they will ever be able to use it or worse yet before they even look at it again.The reality is, most people don't review, rotate and replace.

So to compensate for that, buy long term, shelf stable food storage. Typically, that means food that will last for at least 10 years and water that will last for 5 years. It will mean your food and water will be usable when you need it.

Mistake #5 - Forgetting personal and comfort items
Many times when people are putting together their emergency supplies they look only at the basics like food, water, light, warmth, shelter, etc. That is all very important and needs to be done. But, it is important to not forget to put some of your daily personal and comfort items into your 72 hour emergency survival kits and shelter in place supplies.For example if you have kids, what are you going to do to keep their mind off the current situation? I recommend including in your emergency supplies simple games, coloring books or books to read. Throw in a pack of playing cards into your 72 hour emergency survival kit or some travel checkers or chess. Make sure in your shelter in place supplies you include comfort items like snacks that they like (rotate annually), maybe a stuffed animal, games, books, comfortable clothes, blankets, etc. Keeping you and your families stress level down and spirits up during a disaster is critical for survival.

Also, don't forget personal medications that you may need. For example, I wear contact lenses. My supplies should include contact solution and a replacement pair of contacts. I should also throw in an old pair of glasses, just in case. You may need a particular medication or personal hygiene item. If it is critical to your survival, then include it. If I didn't have my glasses or contacts, I would not survive for very long. It is as simple as that.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

East Meets West - First Nations Retreat - Local Motels

Local Motels

Capitol Inn and Suites (lots of rooms)
815 E. Wells
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-6387

Days Inn Pierre (has singles rooms with queen bed)
520 W. Sioux Avenue Highway 14 (Sioux Avenue) and Poplar
Pierre, SD 57501 (605) 224-0411

Budget Host State Motel (handful of 1 bed and 2 bed rooms)
640 N. Euclid
Pierre, SD 57501
1-800-BUD-Host or (605) 224-5896

River Lodge (no rooms, pool tournament in town - may have some cancellations after March 4)
713 W. Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-1856
(605) 224-4140 or (866-457-0088

Super 8 Motel – Pierre (no rooms, pool tournament in town - may have some cancellations after March 4)
320 W. Sioux Highway 14 Downtown
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-1617

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A little more info about Aglow, and our First Nations Prayer Guide

What is Aglow? (
• Aglow International is a transdenominational organization of Christian women that some Christian leaders call a “global movement”
• Aglow is established in 172 nations on 6 continents, all of which have indigenous women overseeing the work in their nations
• It is one of the largest international women's organizations, with over 4,600 fellowship groups in the U.S. and internationally.
• An estimated 200,000 women meet together each month through local Aglow fellowships--the heart of the organization
• More than 21,000 Aglow leaders worldwide minister in their communities
• An estimated 17 million people each year are ministered to through Aglow groups
• Aglow consists of small group studies, care (support) groups, retreats, and annual conferences
• Aglow women, through prayer and evangelism, offer practical gifts of clothing, food, housecleaning, and babysitting, as well as mentoring young women
• Aglow women impact their communities by reaching out to women in prison, in senior homes, inner city neighborhoods, and mental institutions; to single moms, working women, all beginning with the woman next door
• Aglow has experienced rapid growth in the past several years, including the nations of Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
• In Europe, Aglow is established in every major nation (40 nations)
• An active Aglow program in Europe called “Adopt-A-Nation” gives many of the Western European nations the opportunity to “adopt” other nations for support and/or prayer

Aglow's Belief Statement
The whole Bible is our creed. Although we recognize there may be differences in interpretation among Christians, and we have established Aglow International as a transdenominational, worldwide organization, there are certain basic Biblical beliefs to which all Aglow leaders and members need to commit themselves. The rejection of any of these shall disqualify a woman from membership and/or leadership in Aglow. However, she may still attend Aglow functions.
1. We believe in the one and only triune God. We acknowledge there is one true God consisting of three distinct persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
2. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, crucified, died, was buried, and resurrected. He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father, and is true God and true man.
3. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and is our rule of faith and practice.
4. We believe that all are born sinners, the Holy Spirit convicts of sin; the Lord Jesus Christ paid the price for sin by shedding His precious blood on the cross as the atonement for sin; those who refuse to accept His sacrifice for their sin are eternally lost; and those who repent of their sin and personally accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior receive the forgiveness of sin and life everlasting and are indwelt by the Holy Spirit.
5. We believe in the baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gives utterance, that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are valid and operative today, and that the fruit of the Holy Spirit should be increasingly evident in a Christian’s life.
6. We believe that the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ provides healing for our spirit, soul, and body.
7. We believe that we should obey Jesus’ command to preach the gospel to all the world.
8. We believe that the members of the Body of Christ are the Church, and that they should regularly fellowship with one another in a local church setting.
9. We believe in and look for the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Link to Aglow's Prayer Guide for First Nations People of North America

Sunday, January 25, 2009

East Meets West - First Nations Retreat

EAST Meets WEST - SD Aglow First Nations Retreat
Friday, March 6, 7-10 pm & Saturday, March 7, 9 am - 4 pm
New Life Assembly of God, 1120 N. Harrison, Pierre, SD 57501

© Lee Bogle

Speakers: Karon Young, Theresa Stead, Gwendolyn Fletcher, Norma Blacksmith, Annie Henry, Jackie Rhode (MC)

Praise and Worship - Testimonies


Men and Women of all nations are welcome; Childcare available

Free Registration – Contact or (605) 224-2027

Sponsored by: Aglow SD East River and West River Native Liaisons, and Pierre Aglow

Isaiah 43:4-7 (New International Version) - “Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth- everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."

Tentative Schedule: Friday, March 6
Mistress of Ceremonies: Jackie Rhode
7 pm – Welcome – Pastor John Hostettler, New Life Assembly of God
Opening Prayer – Norma Blacksmith
Praise and Worship
Praise Reports
Speaker: Karon Young

Saturday, March 7
8:30 am - Continental Breakfast (provided)
9 am – Opening Prayer – Norma Blacksmith
Praise and Worship
Speakers: Theresa Stead, Gwendolyn Fletcher, Annie Henry
Speaker: Karon Young
Lunch (will be provided)
Speaker: Karon Young

Map: New Life Assembly of God
1120 N. Harrison, Pierre, SD

Local Motels

River Lodge
713 W. Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-1856
(605) 224-4140 or (866-457-0088

Days Inn Pierre
520 W. Sioux Avenue
Highway 14 (Sioux Avenue) and Poplar
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-0411

Budget Host State Motel
640 N. Euclid
Pierre, SD 57501
1-800-BUD-Host or (605) 224-5896

Super 8 Motel – Pierre
320 W. Sioux
Highway 14 Downtown
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-1617

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bible reading/Bible study plans - it is January, after all.

It's never too late to start reading/studying the Bible - here are some recommended tools from different church sites.

From Pastor John Hostettler at New Life Assembly of God in Pierre:

Pastor John always includes the weekly Torah/New Testament readings on his page:

From Pastor Brent Parker at Destiny Foursquare in Rapid City: offers the best Bible software I’ve ever used and IT’S FREE! You can pay to add on certain translations and other study tools, however there is plenty to use free of charge.
You can go to our web site at and find a link to a daily Bible reading plan that connects you to… is a great online recourse for Bible study, offering many translations and Bible study tools. is for the geekier types (like me) who want their Bible reading emailed to them every day. You can select from several translations. I’ve been enjoying this for a few months now and love being able to select a font that’s easy on the eyes. [DeAnn - guess I'm a geek, this is the one for me!]

From Community Bible Church in Pierre, Pastor Harvey Friez includes this printable daily Bible reading plan:

I do love the Amplified Version! Psalm 1

Psalm 1:1-6

1 BLESSED (HAPPY, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the
man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly
[following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands
[submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor
sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the
mockers] gather.

2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on
His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God)
he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.

3 And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the
streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season;
its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does
shall prosper [and come to maturity].

4 Not so the wicked [those disobedient and living without God
are not so]. But they are like the chaff [worthless, dead,
without substance] which the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked [those disobedient and living without God] shall not
stand [justified] in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the

righteous [those who are upright and in right standing with God].

6 For the Lord knows and is fullyacquainted with the way of the righteous,
but the way of the ungodly [those living outside God's will] shall perish (end in
ruin and come to nought).

Copyright Notice:
The Amplified Bible