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How hard can it be?

In 2005 after Katrina we realized how un-prepared we were for things like that especially if it happened in Memphis. Hope was part of the "Church Planters Network" and we wanted to make it so we could coordinate with other churches in the network so that we're all working together. We did it pretty good with Katrina, Hope did food and clothes and supplies, Germantown Baptist and Bellevue had a shelter and food … but we thought we could do it better. One of the things we were most concerned about was communication. If we had an earthquake and all the phone lines and cell phones went down, how would we call home and call other churches to check on them and to start trying to help?

We needed something where we didn't have to depend on anybody else, just us … the solution: Ham Radio … All we needed was a radio and a generator and we would be up talking to anybody in the city. We could call home by only having a small hand held radio there and talk to churches all over town as long as they have one too. Guess who was chosen to figure all this out and make it work…… me!  … I had pictures in my head of world war 2 movies where a guy is in a shack on an island with a tower over his head tapping out Morse code or radio free Europe … trying to tune in to somebody on the other side of the world to announce that aliens have landed ….  I thought you had to have rectifiers and amplifiers and hooplifiers and googifiers and a 3000 foot antenna…. Then there were all these different bands to transmit on and some radios would talk on one band and not on others and some would talk on all of them but not at the same time. And some used repeaters and some shift and some are simplex and I didn't know what any of this meant …. But how hard could it be? The odd thing is that all of the Ham Radio people I talked to told me how easy it was to setup a radio, but none of them could explain it to me, like they didn't really want me to know. And then they told me that what we wanted to do wouldn't work, no reason why, just wouldn't???  That wasn't really good enough. So I decided to learn about it and make it work. I talked a local Ham Store in to letting me borrow 2 hand held units and one mobile / base station unit to try it out.

The first thing I had to do was get the base station antenna up. I had an old poll on a stand that was left up on the roof by an old internet provider, so I attached the antenna to that. The hard part was getting the wire in the building, I didn't want to cut a hole in the roof or anything .. remember this is not supposed to work …. So I figured I could throw the cable over the roof and run it through a window. The window was about 80 feet away and I was standing on one part of the roof to throw 100 feet of cable over another part of the roof. The tricky thing is that you tend to want to throw your whole self off the roof while you're trying the throw this big cable. It's better if you just throw the cable. The first time I threw it about 4 feet, the cable knotted all up ad got twisted. So I re-rolled it up like you do a big sound cable, one loop one way and the next the other, so there's no twists. I got a running start and out it went, over the roof, caught on a ridge and right in front of the window … some days are better than others …..  I pulled the cable in and connected it to the radio and I was up, just like I knew what I was doing. I called my wife on it and it worked great. I didn't understand why everybody said it wouldn't work….

God's like that: We talk about him, tell people it's easy to get to know him, tell people we believe in him, go to church, but we don't really believe he works. If something happens that we can't explain, we just assume that we don't understand all the details, not that God stepped in and did something … God really works, he really makes things happen, he's not just watching …..

I'm still trying to talk to somebody in Russia.. other side of the world.
Guess I'll have to learn Russian, How hard can that be? All the people in Russia do it……


Cooking 220 - 2 pans, 2 burners, 20 minutes:

Mediterranean Diet:
This is from Michael Psilakis. His Cookbook is "How to Roast Lamb.. new Greek classic cooking" 
(Keto friendly)

I'm not big on grilling, it's just a hassle to set it all up. So I'll tell you how to do this in an Iron skillet too.. Also I'll tell you how to do the same thing with fish.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin (((fish))) Salad.. 4-6 servings

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1 garlic clove

1 small shallot, peeled and roughly chopped (it's going in a blender)

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 large basil leaf (1 tbsp Dried basil works too… Penzey's)

1/2 teaspoon dried Greek oregano (Penzey's)

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Two 3/4-pound pork tenderloins or 3/4-pound Salmon or any fish fillet (no salmon steaks!!!! … that's garbage) 

2 medium tomatoes, quartered

1 small onion, sliced crosswise 1/3 inch thick

1 pound medium asparagus

5 ounces prewashed salad greens (6 cups)

3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into strips (or Bacon.. 4 slices .. cut crosswise in to thin strips and pan fried. If you are doing this in you iron skillet, pour off most of the fat before you cook the pork… Yes!!! Use the same pan)

1..In a blender, combine the vinegar with the garlic, shallot, mustard, basil, and oregano and puree. With the machine on, pour in 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the oil; season with salt and pepper… (((You just made a vinaigrette!!! i.e. Olive oil emulsified in to vinegar and mustard)))

2..Light a grill or preheat a grill pan (((or heat an Iron skillet.. If you are doing this in an Iron skillet, cut the pork crossways in to medallions.
Season with salt and pepper and pan fry in olive oil… Pan fry or grill the salmon.. don't cut it up… cook till just cooked, still red in the middle))).
Season the pork with salt and pepper. Grill the pork over moderately high heat, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes.

3..Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the tomatoes, onion and asparagus with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill (((or pan sauté, in your iron skillet…yes still same
pan))) the vegetables over moderately high heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes for the tomatoes and 4 minutes for the onions and asparagus. Transfer to a plate.

4..In a large bowl, toss the salad greens with the prosciutto/bacon, grilled onion and half of the vinaigrette. Mound the salad onto plates.
Thinly slice the pork/fish and arrange it on the plates, along with grilled tomatoes and asparagus. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and serve.

Easy peasy… If you have leftover vinaigrette, it works on anything..  and you can make it anytime. The pork medallions is a great way to cook pork tenderloin and much easier to get it right.


How about saving a kid's life!!

When you give Platelets it's like giving St Jude $700 - $1000. If we don't give them, they have to buy them.

Giving Platelets is like giving blood, it just takes longer (1 1/2 hours) and you get all of your blood back (so you can do it every week if you want) . I know it's a long trip to go all the way down to St Jude, but you may be saving a kid's life . plus you get to watch a movie while you're there. Call Kim at 901.595.2024 and she'll setup an appointment and treat you like family. Just tell her you're from Hope.

Directions: From Poplar, turn north on Third Street, then right on Lauderdale/Jackson Ave (first right after you go under the expressway). Enter through the north guard gate (you'll see the Danny Thomas Pavilion. Gold top).

Tell the guard at the gate that you are here to donate blood. The guard will instruct you where to park. You will then enter the hospital by the red side door closest to the blood donor parking lot. The Blood Donor Center is in the southwest corner of the hospital on the ground floor.

Appointment times are generally available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Except on Tuesdays they start at 9:15am.

See you online this weekend. It's going to be great!!!


Posted by Mack Oates at 8:48 AM