"If you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all.
-Chinua Achebe"

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dynamicafrica:

In pictures: Nigeria under water (BBC)

In recent months, various areas in Nigerian have been hit by torrential rainfall which caused widespread flooding across the country as the Niger River banks burst and overflowed. The worst floods in 50 years, over 300 people have been killed and more than two million have been displaced, with hundreds left homeless.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has called this year’s floods a ‘natural disaster’, as it has also raised concerns of a food crisis in the nation according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Nigeria.

In the above pictures, ohotographer Gideon Mendel visited communities in southern Nigeria battling to recover six weeks after their homes were flooded. He found many people’s houses in Igobeni, Bayelsa state, still waist-high with water.

Bayelsa state forms a part of the Niger Delta region, an area known for it’s massive crude oil production (home to Africa’s biggest energy industry), but has been severely neglected by both the oil industry and the federal government of Nigeria, resulting in detrimental environmental damage to the area.

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He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29, NKJV.
Everyone goes through seasons in life that seem overwhelming; times when you’ve felt drained of strength and power. But, you haven’t been left without hope. You haven’t been left without an answer. The God of heaven and earth is near you, and He promises to give you strength and might to overcome.
Where does this strength and power come from? It comes directly from Him. When you connect with Him, you are connecting to your power source. It’s like plugging a lamp into a light socket. You “plug in” through prayer, reading the Word and worshipping Him. You “turn on” the switch by the words of your mouth—by declaring what God says.
Remember, you don’t have to let the difficult times overwhelm you. Rise up and connect with Him because He is your source of strength! He promises to equip and empower you for victory in every area of your life!
A Prayer for Today
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor, strength and grace at work in my life. I turn my focus on You today. I turn my thoughts on You. I set my heart and love upon You because You are good. Thank You for filling me with might and power to overcome in Jesus’ name! Amen.

spiritualinspiration:

He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29, NKJV.

Everyone goes through seasons in life that seem overwhelming; times when you’ve felt drained of strength and power. But, you haven’t been left without hope. You haven’t been left without an answer. The God of heaven and earth is near you, and He promises to give you strength and might to overcome.

Where does this strength and power come from? It comes directly from Him. When you connect with Him, you are connecting to your power source. It’s like plugging a lamp into a light socket. You “plug in” through prayer, reading the Word and worshipping Him. You “turn on” the switch by the words of your mouth—by declaring what God says.

Remember, you don’t have to let the difficult times overwhelm you. Rise up and connect with Him because He is your source of strength! He promises to equip and empower you for victory in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor, strength and grace at work in my life. I turn my focus on You today. I turn my thoughts on You. I set my heart and love upon You because You are good. Thank You for filling me with might and power to overcome in Jesus’ name! Amen.

reclaimingthelatinatag:

Yaya DaCosta is an American actress and fashion model. She was the runner-up in Cycle 3 of America’s Next Top Model. This beauty of African AmericanAfro-BrazillianNigerianIrish, and American Indian descent was born on November 15, 1982 in Harlem, New York. In addition to English, she can speak Portuguese, French, Spanish, and conversational Japanese. She majored in Africana Studies and International Relations at Brown University.

How’s all that for impressive. Not to mention beautifully stunning, as well.

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"God can take what was meant for my harm and turn it around and use it to my advantage."
spiritualinspiration:

“The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23, NKJV)
One thing I’ve noticed is that so many people are walking around who aren’t really living to the full the way God intends. Do you ever notice that many people quit living around fifty, but yet they are going to stay on the planet until after they’re eighty? Maybe they went through a disappointment or had a failure. Someone hurt them, and now they’ve lost their joy and settled where they are. No, God has another victory in store! You wouldn’t be breathing unless God had something amazing in your future. It’s time to get your passion back and be determined to really live out all of your God-given days!
The scripture says that God wants to bring you to a flourishing finish, not a fizzled-out finish. Don’t let disappointment or self-pity hold you back. God has promised that what was meant for your harm He will turn around and use for your good. Not only will He bring you out, but He will bring you out better off than you were before. Receive it by faith today and press forward into the abundant, fulfilled life He has in store for you!

"God can take what was meant for my harm and turn it around and use it to my advantage."

spiritualinspiration:

“The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23, NKJV)

One thing I’ve noticed is that so many people are walking around who aren’t really living to the full the way God intends. Do you ever notice that many people quit living around fifty, but yet they are going to stay on the planet until after they’re eighty? Maybe they went through a disappointment or had a failure. Someone hurt them, and now they’ve lost their joy and settled where they are. No, God has another victory in store! You wouldn’t be breathing unless God had something amazing in your future. It’s time to get your passion back and be determined to really live out all of your God-given days!

The scripture says that God wants to bring you to a flourishing finish, not a fizzled-out finish. Don’t let disappointment or self-pity hold you back. God has promised that what was meant for your harm He will turn around and use for your good. Not only will He bring you out, but He will bring you out better off than you were before. Receive it by faith today and press forward into the abundant, fulfilled life He has in store for you!

spiritualinspiration:

There’s nothing more important in life than drawing close to God the Father. Seek Him with your whole heart, and you will find Him. Let Him speak to your heart by reading your Bible, praying and meditating on His promises every single day. Worship Him with a humble and open heart because when you seek Him, you will find Him, and He will fill you with His peace, comfort and joy all the days of your life!

spiritualinspiration:

There’s nothing more important in life than drawing close to God the Father. Seek Him with your whole heart, and you will find Him. Let Him speak to your heart by reading your Bible, praying and meditating on His promises every single day. Worship Him with a humble and open heart because when you seek Him, you will find Him, and He will fill you with His peace, comfort and joy all the days of your life!

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., November 28, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with African Union Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., November 28, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]