Frontline Healthcare Workers Face Similar Psychological Impact as War Veterans

For some, COVID-19 will provide years of trauma and moral injury

Working past exhaustion only to see so many deaths, can have a moral impact. And losing patients when you may have been the unknowing carrier, can be devastating.”

— Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D., Sr. VP, moral injury at Volunteers of America

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Frontline healthcare workers, social service workers and other essential workers are being forced to make potential life and death decisions for themselves, their coworkers and patients and it’s likely to take a large toll on their mental health in years to come. Moral injury is an affliction of conscience that was first identified in combat veterans. Not to be mistaken for post-traumatic stress disorder, moral injury has its own treatment protocols. It happens under high stake situations where no good choice is possible or when emergency conditions require rapid responses by instinct or training without time to weigh a decision.

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph.D., a noted researcher, author and speaker on moral injury, is senior vice president, moral injury at Volunteers of America. She leads the organization’s efforts to deepen understanding about moral injury in the many populations who experience it. Volunteers of America, one of the largest providers of housing and services for America’s most vulnerable, assists more than 1.5 million people annually. The organization has a large employment force of frontline care givers including those who care for more than 8,000 seniors housed in more than 20 locations. These are seniors in need of skilled nursing care and assisted living.

“The fight against the coronavirus is strikingly similar to battlefield medicine,” Brock explained. “The virus requires desperate and unrelenting encounters with patients, a lethal environment of high personal risk, an unseen lethal enemy, extreme physical and mental fatigue and inadequate resources—lack of PPE.”

Brock continued, “Increasingly swamped hospitals have forced frontline workers to decide who should live or die or they are forced to enact ‘do not resuscitate’ orders. These policies do not mitigate the moral impact on those who, after fighting to save people, must kill them because of an algorithm.”

For those on the front lines of Volunteers of America, there are equally dire decisions that include when and how to isolate those infected when caregivers must go from patient to patient. Since the onset of the virus, there have been questions as to how to get test kits and how to deal with cases when there is no test. Health departments are often overwhelmed, and caregivers are forced to make life-or-death decisions. They must also weigh the chances of contracting coronavirus and bringing it home to their families.

“Working past exhaustion only to see so many deaths, can have a moral impact,” said Brock. “And losing patients when you may have been the unknowing carrier, can be devastating.”

As with soldiers, healthcare and essential workers can be made to feel abandoned, unsupported and without leadership. Being sent into a potentially lethal situation without support can leave individuals feeling helpless and betrayed.

Betrayal wrecks trust, profoundly disrupts identity and destroys relationships. It is also suspected of causing or aggravating post-traumatic stress symptoms—nightmares, intrusive memories, hypervigilance, depression and irrational anger.

For those who cannot rectify their experience with their moral values, their conscience declares internal war. The aftermath of devastating experiences can accumulate relentlessly for weeks or months and lead to extreme pain and anguish. Often those experiencing moral injury turn to overworking, drinking or using drugs, self-isolation and silent despair, depression, abandonment of their career and, in some cases, suicide.

“It’s those individuals who are often the most experienced and humane professionals who have moral injury,” Brock explained. “They become crushed by the decisions they had to make and often find themselves in unrelenting grief, consumed by fury and humiliation at the authorities who failed them or bereft of faith or meaning.”

Brock recommends that we all need to support those on the frontlines by taking the time to regularly thank them. Being compassionate and sharing grief, even though it has to be virtual right now, is beneficial to those who are struggling. For those essential workers who continue to go to work in spite of their fear, it’s particularly important that people show their appreciation—thank the healthcare worker, the grocery store clerk, the social worker, the caregivers, restaurant workers, etc. Many of them are putting their lives on the line for little compensation as well.

“No one will come out of this pandemic unchanged,” Brock added. “But how we are changed is something we can influence.”

Two of Volunteers of America’s frontline caregivers, Kelly Tripp and Ronda Jones, carefully monitor and assist their co-workers in understanding the importance of seeking help if they need it. Tripp is executive director of the Volunteers of America Sojourn at Seneca Senior Behavioral Health Hospital in Tiffin, Ohio. Ronda Jones is director of nursing at Volunteers of America’s Laurel Manor Care Facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Both locations have experienced patients with COVID-19 and deaths. Both worry about the ongoing physical and mental wellbeing of their co-workers. “We’re constantly being forced to make quick decisions that could put others in danger,” Tripp explains. She offers the example of a wife who was in the hospital parking lot as her husband was being discharged from the hospital to a nursing home. The wife didn’t know if this might be the last time she could see and touch her husband. She wanted to kiss him. Tripp continued, “Even this small decision as to whether we follow the rules or show compassion and allow her to possibly kiss her loved one goodbye, depending on the near future outcome, could become a major haunting dilemma—either way. If one of them dies from this, it may forever weigh on our conscience.”

Jones has also had to make major decisions. Most of hers are regarding staffing. As cases rose at a senior center she was overseeing, workers became afraid to go to work. “They needed me to tell them it was safe and I couldn’t do that,” Jones explained. “Every day became a life or death situation and it will all remain a nightmare for me for the rest of my life.”

For more information on Volunteers of America, visit www.voa.org. For more information about VOA’s moral injury work, visit www.voa.org/moral-injury-war-inside.

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Rapha Clinic of West Georgia’s 6th Annual ‘Sound of Medicine’ Fundraiser Concert Shifted to Virtual Performance

Mill Town Music Hall to host the virtual event via Facebook Live

The financial support ensures that even during the current crisis, Rapha Clinic can continue providing necessary care for our neighbors who do not have health insurance.”

— Medical Director and Chairman of the Board Dr. Amy Eubanks

TEMPLE, GA, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Rapha Clinic of West Georgia, a local non-profit, faith-based charity, has rescheduled its annual fundraiser to protect the health of performers and attendees due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The 6th Annual Sound of Medicine concert and fundraiser will take place virtually on September 10, 2020 from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Viewers are encouraged to tune into Mill Town Music Hall’s Facebook Live to attend the concert. In addition, Rapha Clinic has been hosting weekly ‘Musical Mondays’ on Facebook, which feature performances from talented local healthcare providers and their family members. (Facebook- The Rapha Clinic of West Georgia; Twitter- @RaphaClinicsWGA)

Created by Medical Director and Chairman of the Board Dr. Amy Eubanks, the annual Sound of Medicine concert is an opportunity to enjoy wonderful and inspiring music, as well as raise much-needed funds that allow Rapha Clinic to continue its mission of providing healthcare in West Georgia. Since opening in 2010, the clinic has been providing free medical and dental care to uninsured adults who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

“We hope the community will continue supporting our health services and ministry through the fundraising efforts of our Musical Mondays, as well as the Sound of Medicine Silent Auction,” said Eubanks. “The financial support ensures that even during the current crisis, Rapha Clinic can continue providing necessary care for our neighbors who do not have health insurance.”

Performances for the concert include a variety of local acts:
Carroll County Wind Ensemble (featuring Dr. Jonathan Goodin)
Bishop Sam Sauls (Rapha Board Member)
Redeemed (featuring Dr. Amy Eubanks)
Dakota Dodge Band (featuring Dr. Howard Seeman)

Donations may be made in any amount at www.raphaclinic.org/donate. Event sponsorships are also available ranging from $150 to $5,000 and include a variety of benefits. To make a donation or for more information, please call 770-562-4501 or visit www.raphaclinic.org. In addition, the organization offers a year-long sponsorship program celebrating sponsors during all annual fundraising events.

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20th Anniversary Special Edition Release of the Left Behind Film Trilogy – Available September 1

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Today's Climate of Uncertainty Makes the Release of Kirk Cameron's Blockbuster Left Behind Trilogy More Relevant than Ever

The world foretold in the Bible & dramatized in the LEFT BEHIND films has never been more real than it is now. It’s really happening, exactly as the Bible predicted thousands of years ago. ”

— Paul Lalonde

LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Cinedigm is set to release a 20th Anniversary special edition release of the LEFT BEHIND film trilogy tomorrow, September 1. Digitally remastered from a new 4K scan from 35MM and with a color upgrade, the 20th Anniversary Edition provides an incredible visual experience that will look great on today’s home entertainment systems.

When the films released twenty years ago, conspiracy theories, misinformation campaigns, censorship, and a deadly virus infecting the world were all part of the thrilling plotlines from the LEFT BEHIND movies produced by Cloud Ten Pictures, based on the #1 New York Times Best Seller book series of the same name. Those movies were an overnight success and went on to sell more than ten million copies on VHS and DVD. In today’s climate of uncertainty, these stories are more timely than ever, with the ‘plotlines’ mirroring our news headlines.

The fear and uncertainty of the Book of Revelation comes to life in the LEFT BEHIND TRILOGY. Millions vanish, the society is in chaos, evil is lurking, the world is at war; this is the premise for the ground-breaking faith-based trilogy. Starring Kirk Cameron and Louis Gossett, Jr., the anniversary release features all three iconic films: Left Behind, Left Behind: Tribulation Force, and Left Behind: World at War and all-new bonus features including the Hollywood premiere special, cast and crew interviews, additional footage, a candid interview with Kirk Cameron about the importance of faith and a featurette with Louis Gossett, Jr. Dove Approved for 12+ the series has become one of the best known faith-based series, changing the genre’s landscape for years to come.

“The world we see on the news every day is scarier and more uncertain than it has been in at least a generation,” says LEFT BEHIND screenwriter, producer, and Cloud Ten Pictures founder Paul Lalonde. “The world foretold in the Bible and dramatized in the LEFT BEHIND films has never been more real than it is now. It’s really happening, exactly as the Bible predicted thousands of years ago.”

The LEFT BEHIND TRILOGY was directed by a trio of excellent directors Vic Sarin, Bill Corcoran, and Craig R. Baxley. The films were produced by Joe Goodman, Ralph Winter, Nicholas Tabarrok, Peter Lalonde, and Andre van Heerden. Executive Producers include Ron Booth, Paul Lalonde, Peter Lalonde, Bobby Neutz, and Edwin Ng.

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All Together United Releases Music Video for New Single, "Lord"

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…the message that this song brings is so timely for what the world needs right now, in this current climate and at this current moment.”

— Chad Hampton

NASHVILLE, TN, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Creative Soul Records' rock band, All Together United, has released the new single, “Lord,” from their 6-song EP, “Anything Is Possible.” Watch the official music video, directed by Billy Brown, on YouTube: https://youtu.be/co1g_8g7LIE

"The message was so clear and concise that we knew we had to choose it,” says drummer Chad Hampton of the guitar-heavy rock anthem, which was the first track selected for the new project. "The energy, the message that this song brings is so timely for what the world needs right now, in this current climate and at this current moment.”

Adds Hampton, “We hope that when people hear it, not only will they respond to its rock-heavy sound, but they'll hear the deeper message of hope through salvation. That salvation only comes from one name, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

All Together United was founded in 2014 by Chad Hampton, who dreamed of playing the drums from childhood. While serving in the Army, a tragic accident turned his world upside down — leaving him legally blind, with very limited vision in only one eye. During the recovery process, Hampton realized that unlike his vision, his love for music had never faded. Before long, All Together United was formed. In addition to Hampton, the lineup is rounded out by Matthew Ide (lead vocals) and Ryan Greer (guitars).  

Blending contemporary rock and pop, the new EP was produced by GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning engineer, guitarist and producer, Jonathan Crone.

For more information, visit https://alltogetherunited.com.

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Coreea de Sud: Donarea de plasmă de către Biserica Shincheonji facilitează dezvoltarea vaccinului împotriva COVID-19

Membrii Bisericii Shincheonji donează plasmă la Centrul de Promovare al Atletismului din Daegu pe data de 27 august.

Membrii Bisericii Shincheonji completează un formular de consimțământ pentru a oferi plasmă la Centrul de Promovare al Atletismului din Daegu pe data de 27 august.

În după-amiaza zilei de 27, membrii Bisericii Shincheonji stau la rând la Centrul de Promovare al Atletismului din Daegu pentru a dona plasma.

REPUBLIC OF KOREA , September 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Pe 27 august, peste 1.000 de membri ai organizației religioase numite Biserica Shincheonji a lui Isus au participat la donarea de plasmă pentru vindecarea COVID-19.

Acest lucru se desfășoară din inițiativa autorităților sanitare din Coreea de Sud pe data de 24, cerând Bisericii Shincheonji să coopereze pentru donarea de plasmă suplimentară pentru dezvoltarea vaccinului.

La începutul acestui an, aproximativ 5.000 de cazuri pozitive au fost depistate în rândul membrilor Bisericii Shincheonji cu cele mai multe infecții din orașul Daegu, în timp ce majoritatea dintre ei s-au recuperat de la virus, 11 persoane au decedat.

Conform raportului Centrelor Coreene pentru Controlul și Prevenirea Bolilor (KCDC), 562 de membri ai Bisericii care s-au vindecat, s-au înregistrat pentru a dona plasmă și 409 au finalizat donația în iulie prin cooperarea dintre KCDC și Biserica Shincheonji. Confruntându-se cu necesitatea „facilitării dezvoltării unui vaccin prin donarea de plasmă și studii clinice”, KCDC a cerut în August o nouă rundă de donație la scară largă din partea membrilor Bisericii Shincheonji.

KCDC, în documentul său oficial, și-a exprimat aprecierea față de Biserica Shincheonji (președintele Lee, Man Hee) pentru „participarea activă la colectarea plasmei ca grup, pentru dezvoltarea tratamentului împotriva coronavirusului cu scopul siguranței naționale a sănătății în contextul crizei globale cauzate de COVID-19. ”

„Cu cooperarea orașului Daegu, Centrul de Atletism Daegu intenționează să asigure spațiul, iar Crucea Roșie intenționează să furnizeze echipamentul și personalul necesar în perioada 27 august – 4 septembrie. Ne exprimăm recunoștința față de oraș pentru că a oferit o locație pentru donațiile grupului. De asemenea, ne exprimăm recunoștința față de membrii congregației din organizația religioasă, Shincheonji, pentru a fi mai concret ”, a declarat domnul Kwon Jun-wook, director adjunct al KCDC.

Cercetarea și dezvoltarea tratamentului cu plasmă convalescentă sunt în curs de desfășurare la Institutul Național de Sănătate din cadrul Ministerului Sănătății și Bunăstării, în cooperare cu Green Cross (GC) Pharma, o companie de biotehnologie din Coreea de Sud.

În aceeași zi, Administrația SUA pentru Alimentație și Medicamente (FDA) a autorizat utilizarea de urgență a plasmei convalescente pentru tratamentul COVID-19. Experții spun că trebuie colectate mai multe date pentru a vedea beneficiile unui astfel de tratament.

Provocările majore ale cercetării eficacității și dezvoltării tratamentului cu plasmă convalescentă provin din furnizarea limitată a plasmei de la donatori, care trebuie să fie vindecați de COVID-19.

În calitate de lider religios, președintele Lee, Man Hee a Shincheonji a spusin iulie: „Aceasta (donația de plasmă) este munca care trebuie făcută ca cetățeni ai acestei țări și ca adevărați credincioși. Păstrează porunca lui Isus de a-ți iubi aproapele ca pe tine însuți (Mt 22:39 din Biblie). ”

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Liderii Globali cer Guvernului Sud-Coreean și ONU să corecteze opresiunea religioasă din cauza carantinei de Covid-19

Donald Ramotar, fostul președinte al Guyanei

Scrisoare comună din partea CCLP

REPUBLIC OF KOREA , August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — În timp ce numărul infectaților cu Covid-19 continuă să crească în întreaga lume, vocile comunității internaționale se ridică pentru a opri opresiunea religioasă care are loc în Coreea de Sud, cunoscut ca o țară exemplară referitor la carantina de Covid-19.

Pe 17 august coaliția liderilor caraibeni pentru pace (CCLP), formată din foștii și actualii lideri din Caraibe, inclusiv fostul președinte al Consiliului pentru Drepturile Omului al Națiunilor Unite (UNHRC), a trimis o scrisoare comună ministrului sud-coreean de externe Kang Kyung-wha și înaltul Comisar al Națiunilor Unite pentru Drepturile Omului, Michelle Bachelet.

Aceștia au spus în scrisoare că guvernele, chiar și ca răspuns la urgența pandemiei, trebuie să-și asume responsabilitatea pentru protecția drepturilor omului indiferent de religie, rasă, etnie sau statut socioeconomic și și-au exprimat îngrijorarea pentru opresiunea continuă împotriva Bisericii Shincheonji, Denominație creștină din Coreea de Sud care a suferit de o infecție neașteptată în masă la începutul acestui an.

Înainte de scrisoarea comună, 11 ONG-uri, inclusiv Coordonarea Europeană a Asociațiilor și Persoanelor pentru Libertatea Conștiinței (CAP-LC), au transmis Secretarului General al ONU „raportul anual pentru înaltul comisar al ONU pentru Drepturile Omului” cu privire la discriminarea țintită în mod necorespunzător împotriva Bisericii Shincheonji.

Raportul anual a fost intitulat „Membrii Shincheonji – Țapul Ispășitor pentru COVID-19 în Republica Coreea”.

Scrisoarea a subliniat succint faptele din referitoare la Shincheonji și Covid-19 după cum urmează;
〮 Covid-19 a fost introdus în Coreea de Sud din China.
〮 Conform Centrelor Coreene pentru Controlul și Prevenirea Bolilor, virusul era deja prevalent în orașul Daegu înainte de confirmarea (Shincheonji) Pacientului 31 (din Daegu).
〮 Refuzul guvernului de a închide frontiera în China a contribuit în mare măsură la izbucnirea virusului.
〮 Față de nemulțumirea publică din ce în ce mai mare cu privire la faptul că guvernul nu a impus o restricție de călătorie Chinei, ministrul Justiției, Choo Mi-ae, a ordonat urmărirea penală și investigarea Shincheonji.
〮 Vice-ministrul Sănătății a confirmat că lista informațiilor de identificare privată colectate nu este cu mult diferită de cea colectată și verificată de guvern.
〮 Procurorii au arestat oficialii din Shincheonji pe motiv că lista membrilor congregației depuse de Shincheonji nu era completă.

Referindu-se la raportul „Fișă informativă asupra răspunsului global la coronavirus (COVID-19) și la impactul asupra practicilor religioase și a libertății religioase” de către Comisia Statelor Unite privind libertatea religioasă internațională (USCIRF), scrisoarea comună a reiterat faptul că Coreea de Sud furnizează un exemplu viu al modului în care urgențele de sănătate publică pot crește riscul pentru grupurile religioase marginalizate.

Aceștia au subliniat că tăcerea guvernului sud-coreean cu privire la situația actuală ar constitui un precedent global periculos pentru a permite persecuții, violență și hărțuire similare împotriva altor minorități religioase și au cerut cu tărie guvernului coreean să „înainteze spre a pune capăt acestei discriminări. “

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New Book, How Sweet the Sound, Shares the Power and Promise of 30 Beloved Hymns

“How Sweet the Sound: The Power and Promise of 30 Beloved Hymns” (Our Daily Bread Publishing)

Author Laura Smith

Author Laura Smith examines 30 classic hymns, sharing devotional stories and meaningful connections between the songs of the past and our 21st century lives.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In the new book, How Sweet the Sound: The Power and Promise of 30 Beloved Hymns (Our Daily Bread Publishing), author Laura Smith takes a fresh look at 30 classic hymns, sharing warm devotional stories and making meaningful connections between these songs of the past and our twenty-first century lives.

Do you miss listening to the sweet harmonies of hymns being sung in church? Do you recall precious life memories when a specific hymn encouraged your heart? Hymns will forever be God's music packed with truth, redemption, and joy, no matter how the times or culture change. There is a reason they still speak to us, generation after generation. How Sweet the Sound marries the past with the present by showing how hymns unite, restore, and re-center God’s children.

Each chapter includes the lyrics to a favorite hymn, an interesting modern-day story of how that hymn continues to impact lives, and questions for contemplation. These stories will appeal to those who grew up in church singing from a hymnal, as well as a new generation seeking truth put to music. You'll enjoy hearing the stories of how hymns have affected other people's lives as you remember how the hymns you treasure have affected yours.

About the Author: Laura L. Smith is a music lover. She grew up singing old hymns in her traditional church, then rushing home to count down the rest of the Top 40 on Billboard’s music charts with Casey Kasem. A best-selling author, Smith speaks around the country sharing the love of Christ with women at conferences and events. She lives in the college town of Oxford, Ohio, with her husband and four kids. Visit www.laurasmithauthor.com to learn more.

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New Book, Different Like Me, Encourages Kids to Celebrate Diversity

“Different Like Me,” by Xochitl E. Dixon (Our Daily Bread Publishing)

“Different Like Me” author Xochitl E. Dixon

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, USA, August 31, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — In the new book, Different Like Me (Our Daily Bread Publishing), children ages 3 to 7 discover that being different is okay, and that what they have in common is more important than what they don’t. With fanciful, full-color illustrations, readers follow a diverse group of kids as they work together toward a surprising and delightful conclusion.

Sometimes the things that make us different can leave us feeling like a fish out of water. Different Like Me takes young readers on a whimsical journey where each unique child works with the others to launch a giant colorful fish balloon. Along the way, the children learn to celebrate differences and uncover what they all have in common, so that even a "fish out of water" finds belonging.

Different Like Me features a wonderful variety of children with unique qualities. It is based on a story that the author, Xochitl E. Dixon, wrote years ago to explain to her own children the beauty of God's diverse world. You'll also enjoy the engaging questions you can use to start conversations about diversity with the children in your own life.

In Different Like Me, you'll discover:
• The beauty of diversity—cultural, physical, and more
• Rhyming words and a repetitive refrain that capture kids’ attention
• Conversation-starting questions around the topic of diversity
• A valuable addition to school, church, and home libraries
• A perfect picture book for children 8 and under

Whether in looks, cultural background, physical prowess, or academic excellence, there are no two children exactly alike. Different Like Me helps kids to understand that being unique is good and that God has made them as they are for a purpose.
Different Like Me is available now wherever books are sold.

About the Author: Xochitl (So-Cheel) E. Dixon, author of Waiting for God: Trusting Daily in God’s Plan and Pace (2019), serves as a speaker and a regular contributor to Our Daily Bread (www.odb.org) and Guideposts’ All God’s Creatures. A recent transplant to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, she enjoys spending time with her husband of over 25 years, Dr. W. Alan Dixon, Sr., and their sons, A.J. and Xavier. She serves the Lord alongside her service dog, Callie, and shares God’s truth and love everywhere she goes and in everything she writes. You can connect with Xochitl and Callie at www.xedixon.com. This is her first picture book.

About the Illustrator: Bonnie Lui is an illustrator and storyteller who loves to play. She constantly looks for ways to create fun in all forms of media, and her work can be found in books, games, and television. When she’s not making art, Bonnie also enjoys playing the ukulele and the piano. She lives, works, and plays in Los Angeles, where it is over 75°F and sunny every day.

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Shincheonji Church Receives Praise for Becoming the Leader in South Korea’s Plasma Donations

Daegu Athletic Promotion Center blood donations made by SCJ members.

Recently, critically-ill patients are rapidly increasing due to the re-proliferation of the coronavirus. Treatment is urgently needed more than ever before.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, August 30, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — On August 27, COVID-19 recoveries of the Daegu Branch of Shincheonji, Church of Jesus, The Temple of the Tabernacle of Testimony (SCJ), participated in a plasma donation held at the Daegu Athletics Promotion Center. A total of 1,100 people will participate in the second plasma donation, which runs until September 4. A total of 628 people have completed plasma donations thus far. At the completion of this donation period 1,700 SCJ congregants will have participated in plasma donations. The development of a treatment system in Korea is becoming more tangible with the group’s plasma donation. In February, when the number of confirmed cases of Shincheonji soared, Chairman Lee Man-hee of Shincheonji urged believers to pray to God for the cure.

Recently, critically ill patients are rapidly increasing due to the re-proliferation of the coronavirus. There have been over 300 confirmed patients. Therefore, treatment is urgently needed more than ever before.

The South Korea’s Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters (CDSCH) thanked Shincheonji for the collective blood plasma donation. Kwon Joon-wook, deputy director of CDSCH expressed his gratitude at two press briefings this week. "[The] group plasma donation for the development of treatments were made by the members of Shincheonji who were infected between February and March." He explained if a patient had completely recovered by April and May, then August and September is the optimal time for them to donate plasma. This is because coronary antibodies produced in plasma decrease after four months of full recovery.
Recovering plasma of fully cured patients is drawing attention because there is a hypothesis that a "neutral antibody" in the plasma can potentially suppress the growth of the virus. In addition, if large amounts of immunoglobulin is extracted from the plasma of fully recovered patients, developing a cure is more feasible. The blood treatment, which is being developed by Green Cross in Korea, has already been approved by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety for Phase 2 clinical trials.

Securing large amounts of COVID-19 plasma from fully recovered patients is not easy, even in foreign countries, where there were far more confirmed cases than in Korea. Many patients have suffered for long and are tired of elongated treatment, and therefore are reluctant to donate their plasma.

Currently, Shincheonji, which suffered a massive collective infection in February and March, has become the leader in Korea’s blood plasma donations.

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Traffic Stop Leads Man to Isolation, then Transformation

by Prophet W.R. Downs

by Prophet W.R. Downs

by Fran Briggs

W.R. Downs is destined to assist people to combat challenges on every front. Trust God in the Process” is a revelatory book and tool.”

— Fran Briggs

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, USA, August 29, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — A traffic stop led to a 21-year prison sentence. Vivid dreams and visions, a willingness to transform, and trusting God are the themes that inspired Prophet W. R. Downs to write the book that followed that life-altering event. "Trust God in the Process” is now available in paperback and in Kindle format at Amazon.

Downs' book tells the story of his transformation while incarcerated. The author draws heavily from his personal experiences and says his book is based on a plan to look to God in every situation. The author describes the publication as a blueprint for inspiration, meditation and transformation.

"W.R. Downs is destined to assist people to combat challenges on every front," stated Fran Briggs, Publicist to Prophet W.R. Downs. "Trust God in the Process” is an insightful and revelatory book and tool."

After years of filing motions with the courts while in federal prison, W. R. Downs suddenly realized that he was going around the same circle trying to find a way.

"One day I said, 'Lord, if you have a way for me to get out, show me,' " the author explained. "During the eighth year of serving my sentence, God told me the only way out was through him."

The Florida resident says that his encounters with God were through vivid dreams and visions. "The more that I read the bible, the more he ministered to me through the bible."

In 2016, President Barack Obama ordered that Downs be pardoned after serving 17 1⁄2 years of his 21-year sentence. He hopes his book highlights a path so the reader can bridge the gaps, fill the voids and connect with the vision God has for their life.

Book Description

Paperback : 68 pages
ISBN-10 : 1686822545
ISBN-13 : 978-1686822544
Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.17 x 8 inches
Item Weight : 3.2 ounces
Publisher : Independently published (August 16, 2019)
Language: : English

ABOUT PROPHET W.R. DOWNS

Prophet W.R. Downs was born on October 7, 1969, in Nuremberg, Germany, and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is Head Chaplin over the correction division at Christ House International Inc., a non-profit ministry that assists people from all different walks of life. His desire is to minister to God’s people through prophecy and truth teaching. After being released from prison, he married Talawnda Downs whom he has known since 1987. He is the father of six adult children including two that he inherited through marriage. Prophet W.R. Downs currently makes his home in Apollo Beach, Florida. Prophet W.R. Downs can be contacted by calling (813) 426-0966 For additional information including speaking engagements, please call the author’s management team at 813-944-9298, and visit https://www.amazon.com/dp/1686822545

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