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7 Things Not To Do on Facebook


7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook

by Consumer Reports Magazine
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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Using a Weak Password

Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such as this variant on the word "houses": hO27usEs!

Leaving Your Full Birth Date in Your Profile

 

 

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It's an ideal target for identity thieves, who could use it to obtain more information about you and potentially gain access to your bank or credit card account. If you've already entered a birth date, go to your profile page and click on the Info tab, then on Edit Information. Under the Basic Information section, choose to show only the month and day or no birthday at all.

Overlooking Useful Privacy Controls

For almost everything in your Facebook profile, you can limit access to only your friends, friends of friends, or yourself. Restrict access to photos, birth date, religious views, and family information, among other things. You can give only certain people or groups access to items such as photos, or block particular people from seeing them. Consider leaving out contact info, such as phone number and address, since you probably don't want anyone to have access to that information anyway.

 

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Posting Your Child's Name in a Caption

Don't use a child's name in photo tags or captions. If someone else does, delete it by clicking on Remove Tag. If your child isn't on Facebook and someone includes his or her name in a caption, ask that person to remove the name.

Mentioning That You'll Be Away From Home

That's like putting a "no one's home" sign on your door. Wait until you get home to tell everyone how awesome your vacation was and be vague about the date of any trip.

Letting Search Engines Find You

To help prevent strangers from accessing your page, go to the Search section of Facebook's privacy controls and select Only Friends for Facebook search results. Be sure the box for public search results isn't checked.

Permitting Youngsters to Use Facebook Unsupervised

Facebook limits its members to ages 13 and over, but children younger than that do use it. If you have a young child or teenager on Facebook, the best way to provide oversight is to become one of their online friends. Use your e-mail address as the contact for their account so that you receive their notifications and monitor their activities. "What they think is nothing can actually be pretty serious," says Charles Pavelites, a supervisory special agent at the Internet Crime Complaint Center. For example, a child who posts the comment "Mom will be home soon, I need to do the dishes" every day at the same time is revealing too much about the parents' regular comings and goings.

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An Incredible Answer To Prayer*


                       "When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life. Sinful thoughts are put away, evil deeds are renounced; love, humility, and peace take the place of anger, envy, and strife. Joy takes the place of sadness, and the countenance reflects the light of heaven." - Desire of Ages p.173

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                       As I read the quote mentioned above, it really touches my heart. I have found these words to be true in my life. As I came to the end of my one year experience in the mission field, I found myself asking so many questions about where God would lead me next. I was so ready to go ahead and pursue other interests in my life, yet a small yet growing voice in my mind started to prod me about dedicating my life to God once more and return to work with Laymen Ministries. At first, these thoughts created a conflict in me. Didn't I already give a year of my life to this ministry already? Wasn't it time to devote myself to the continuation of my education? Didn't I have responsibilities and promises to my family? For a long time I struggled with this prompting. Sometimes I would envision myself serving longer with Laymen Ministries and my mind would be at peace. Then, thoughts would again arise about all of the "important" things that I would be missing, and my mind would close to the idea of me coming back. However, more and more voices began to prod me to return. Co- workers would ask me, "Are you coming back?" If my answer would be in the negative, they would encourage me to come back. My students would also encourage me to come back. Even the ones I had the most difficult times with would ask me to come back. This led me to serious prayer. Should I come back? In spite of all of my weaknesses, was God able to use me to reach His people? As I prayed for God to lead me, the answer invaribly came back, "Yes". Slowly, but surely the Lord began the process of leading me back to this ministry. However, whenever Satan sees that God is getting an advantage in us, he redoubles his efforts to obstruct and discourage us from devoting our selves to God.
                     When I returned to the US, I was happy to be with my family and friends again. I looked forward to sharing my experience and my convictions of being led back to the field, but I was disappointed. The message that I started to hear from my accquaintances was not encouraging. "You need to focus on college", they would say. "You can always go back to that place when you've made something of yourself. Don't limit yourself. Think about your future." These things discouraged me a bit. I started to take a 2nd glance at my work in the Philippines and the old objectives started to resurface. The more I dwelt on myself, my desires, and my limitations, the more I began to regret my decision. In perplexity, I really started to pray for God's leading. As I communed with Him, He was able to direct my attention to a stack of DVDs that I received in the mail during my stay in the Philippines. It was a DVD set of a foreign mission campmeeting with a focus on Southeast Asia entitled "FaithCamp 2008" (audio and video available at www.jesus4asia.org) . As I watched the DVDs, I listened carefully to the messages and experiences of people who stepped out in faith and risked failure in order to follow God's will. As I did so, the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart saying, "Will you allow a few obstacles to keep you from partnering with Me? Are you willing to face the disapproval of your relatives and friends in order to follow me? Will you get over yourself and step out in faith, even if the way seems impossible to see?" This prompting led me to re-dedicate my life into God's service once more. No longer was I worried about lack of funding or discouragement from others. And as God led me out by faith, amazing things started to happen. I can't even begin to verbalize how God melted away all of the obstacles and discouragements. Things that seemed impossible to solve, resolved themselves in seconds. Opportunities I never thought about or imagined would open up, appeared. 
                  Gradually, in spite of all of the attempts of Satan, God gained the victory in my life and led me back to Laymen Ministries. Even now, I see obstacles lined up, obstructing the path to the purpose God wants me to accomplish. In spite of this, I am comforted by the promise of the following Scriptures:

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord your God is with thee withersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:9)

"I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."  (Psalm 81:10)

"Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given to you, as I said unto Moses." (Joshua 1:3)

"Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think he shall receive anything of the Lord." (James 1:6-7)


                 Do you see obstacles blocking you from working with God? Do you see nothing but discouragement? Follow the advice of the Bible. Surrender yourself to the Lord and commit yourself to His ways. Trust Him, and see if God won't overturn all the obstacles in your way to lead you to the place where He wants you to be.


* Originally prepared as LMN article for May 2009.

Learning About the Bible*


            This month, our team here in Pinagbayan were blessed with the arrival of Joe and Ellen Beazley, assistant administrators for the Laymen Ministries Philippines project. They came here to spend a week in Pinagbayanan, observe our work as well as help out as the case might demand, and counsel and encourage the teachers. They were full of energy and they really brought a lift and a new perspective on the work being done here. I was personally benefitted by the perspective that Sir Joe brought into my Bible class with my students. Before, I always looked forward to Bible with some trepidation. It always seemed to be in my mind a giant struggle to get my students to be interested in any Biblical topics. Imagine my surprise then that when Sir Joe presented his lessons with my class, they devoured the studies and were interested in more! As I sat back and observed what was taking place I wondered, "What is it about Sir Joe that captivates his students?" Was it his humor? No, although it certainly helped to open the understanding of my students to difficult topics. Was it because he understood the lanuage better than me? Not really, we're both in the same boat in regard to our ability to understand the Filipino language. What then could be the reason? I observed that when Sir Joe taught his class, he made certain that everyone would be able to contibute and participate in the Bible study. In my classes on Bible topics, even though I tried to make Bible as interesting as possible, it was still easy to loose the interest of the students. Also, it was clear that his passion was in these topics. His greatest desire was to introduce these kids to the Savior. You could see it on his face. Well, I can tell you that this experience was certainly eye opening to me. When I talked with him the way that he looked at the subject of teaching Bible completely transformed in my mind the possibilities of how to present Jesus to the Katutubo. This reminds me about what Jesus saud during His earthly ministry: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." (John 12:32)
          I believed that I saw a manifestation of these words of Jesus during the time that Sir Joe and Ma'am Ellen were here and I pray that by the grace of God it will continue to be manifested by all of the missionaries working here in the village.

* Originally prepared as a Febuary/2009 article for www.lmn.org .

Articles...


The following posts will have articles that have been written about my experiences working as a teacher among the Iraya Katutubo in the villages of Pinagbayanan and Binuangan, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. These articles were originally prepared starting from January, 2009 and run through much of the year 2009. These were monthly and some are also noted in the Philippines section of the Laymen Ministries website (www.lmn.org) . For these plus many more articles made by several LMN Student missionaries and National missionaries, you may go to that webpage. Enjoy, and God bless.

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                                               God's Year End Miracle*

                                                      by Robert Francis

               I will always remember the evening of December 14, 2008. The day up to that point was a normal day for me. I washed some clothes and journaled and kind of drifted around between my clasroom and the seashore. As it was a Sunday, the staff here in Pinagbayanan had our weekly teacher's evaluation. we made plans for our Year-end Party and were pretty positive about the school year 2008 ending on a good note. After the meeting i spent some more time shuttling from my classroom to the seashore. When I came home, I was just talking with my student companion Victor when one of the students living with the Head teacher came running in. "Sir Robert, I have bad news! The father of Deo** hung himself and he's dying" At first, I was too shocked to believe that the report that I heard was true. At my lack of response, she urged me to go to Deo's house. With my companion beside me, we ran all of the way to the house of Deo's family, where we saw a crowd of children and adult villagers gathered around a surreal scene: A group of people desperately trying to prevent the death of Tatay*** Nante, Deo's father. The people attending the man were rubbing his wrists and legs constantly, as well as holding him down so no firther self-injury could be inflicted. A co-teacher, Ma'am Mhae contacted our administrator to get some help for this situation. One of the recommendations was to administer CPR for about 15 minutes. Another action taken was to use a spoon as a makeshift device to keep the throat passage opened. I felt so helpless there as I watched the transpiring events. Later, I was able to assist with keeping the little children from crowding the patient, but I still felt that I had nothing to offer. The only thing that I could do was pray for God to work a miracle.
        At times it seemed that all of the efforts of the people helping Deo's father were in vain, but as people prayed, he would take a turn for the better. Eventually, after maybe two to three hours of tireless effort, Tatay Nante began to stabilize. God really answered our prayers in a big way. True, there were no supernatural fireworks or a big cosmic voice saying, "Be healed", but I am certain that Deo's father surviving such a tragic event was as much a miracle as any of the miracles performed by Christ when He lived on Earth. Deo's father is still not out of the woods yet. It's clear that he needs continued prayers ascending to heaven on his behalf as well as medical attention. I'm sure though that God will continue to demonstrate His power as the recovery continues. Please keep Deo's family in your prayers at this critical time. I thank the Lord for this year end miracle of sustaining life, and I pray that He will continue to work miracles in our lives as we start the year 2009.


* originally written as my January/2009 article for www.lmn.org .
** At the time of writing, he was in Grade 4, but now is finishing Grade 5 and preparing for Grade 6. Thankfully his father fully recovered and is doing very well with his family in his home.
*** The term "Tatay" is a Filipino word meaning "Father". It is commonly used to refer to older men who have families in these villages.

Some Pictures From the Philippines...Part 1


These are some pictures that I took while serving in Binuangan, Occidental Mindoro, Philippines. These pictures I hope show some of the beauty that many of God's children possess around the world, and yet some of the many challenges that face minority tribal groups. Enjoy!

The village of Binuangan in Occidental Mindoro, Philippines

This is a basic picture of what minority tribal villages look like in remote parts of the Southwestern Philippines. Normally, the people have some boats around because they do alot of fishing. There are some trees that look like palm trees, their houses are made of tatch, wood, coconut leaves, etc. Very rarely do these types of houses have some form of concrete.

Katutubo Villagers bringing in a boat...   Some Katutubo young people...mostly my students.

An supporting ministries SDA organization known as Laymen Ministries (www.lmn.org) sponsored me to go and assist national workers in an educational/medical/evangelistic program to reach an minority tribal group known as the Mangyan, or Katutubo. Conditions in the Mangyan/Katutubo villages are terrible. Disease, malnutrition, illiteracy, ignorance, exploitation, illegal logging and fishing are devastating both the lives and livelihoods of the Katutubo. Our goal is to bring freedom in Christ through education. The Katutubo are very simple and loving, but Satan is determined to keep this group in darkness. Praise God, He still is keeping the doors open to serve these dear people.

A local boat and the seashore...   Some of the rock formations near the village...

The villages often contrast sharply. While more and more, Katutubo are building homes near the sea, their traditional homes are located deep into the mountains located closely to the seashore. It produces some amazing contrasts in appearence when traveling in these parts.

I Have Returned...

Greetings to all interested readers. It's been almost two years since I've updated this journal. God has been guiding me in some of the best experiences and adventures of my life! I've been so happy to be back in the old U.S. of A. I'm just getting used to everything and everyone. I plan on updating my page in the next few days with pictures and stories from the work that God has been doing through me in the Philippines, specifically in Occidental Mindoro. I pray that all is well with those of you who read and I pray that God's richest blessings may rest upon you.

God bless.

Amazing text! Definitely something to watch. God bless. ^_^ 

April Update...

Well, things have been moving extremely fast for me these last several days. I got a response from the ministry that I applied to for foreign mission work (Laymen Ministries) and I got the go ahead to start preparing to head off to the Philippines by next month. Praise God! I'm so excited, this has been something that I have been waiting for for quite a number of weeks; this has been an answer to prayer. I'm very nervous about some of the stuff that I'll be doing in the Philippines. I'm no teacher that's for sure, and I'm not much of a health worker either. Regardless, God has plans for me so I'm just going to trust Him and have faith that He's going to lead me in the way that I should go. 

I'll be updating more once things start to solidify, right now things are so liquid that it's impossible to go into any great detail about what's up but as the weeks start winding down, I'll have more to say. Once again, I'd encourage anyone reading this who might be looking for an opportunity to go into foreign mission service or who might know someone who's interested in foreign mission work to check out the Laymen Ministries website at www.lmn.org . They have several projects in India, Nepal, China, Lithuania, Romania, the Philippines, even Kenya I believe. Check it out and see what God can do through you. 

God bless.

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