Thursday, January 1, 2015

Lima Ohio News' Mature Reader Magazine Cover Story, Jan 2015

I was blessed to have the Lima News' Mature Readers' Magazine do a cover article on my ski accident.  The writer, Christina Ryan Claypool or I had no clue it would become the cover story.  Feel free to call me or Email me if you have any questions about this experience.

Jim C. Burns
Van Wert, OH
Cell:  419-238-2273

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter Snow Fun in N. W. Ohio!

It's Jan. 5, 2014, Sunday evening about 5:30 here in Van Wert, Ohio.  The "near" blizzard of the decade has come, so, no church tonight!  I have cabin fever, so, I put my ski clothes and snow boots on and went jogging.  You can't see it, but it is snowing to beat the band!  I'm loving it!  Last Thurs. night, I went out about 10:30 pm and shoveled our steps and sidewalks in the dark.  Then, Fri. night, I went jogging out in the dark in our neighborhood!  Before I retire tonight, I will lift weights!

Not saying all this to "brag" about living like a 28 year old when I'm two months from being 61, but rather just to say how THRILLED I am to be healthy and alive!  I live for winter.  I know the Lord made heat and summers too, but, my opinion is that's to remind us how awful and how hot hell will be!  Praise God the temps finally dropped below freezing in the fall, and we were able to say GOOD BYE to mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and those little black bugs that bite like the devil during harvest season here!  (Not a lot of snakes up here, but the few we do have are now out of site too!  Praise God)!

I know.   I nearly died two years ago due to a ski accident in WV.  But, please remember . . .  what made me a critical patient that nearly cost me my life and led to an ambulance and mediflight ride for $14,700.00, was not my fall on the slopes, but a mistake a young nurse made in the E. R.  (Total bill for all was $49,000.00, and I only skid one hour before the crash).

But I had to get back on the same horse that bucked me off, so last year, I skied once in Ohio and twice in Colorado!   (Thank the Lord, I did not fall even once, but, I DO SKI MUCH SLOWER NOW)!

I guess my sermon in all this is if all I could do at my age would be to sit in a rocking chair or a wheel chair and watch other people drive, jog, and ski, I'd rather just go to heaven.   Honestly, I feel like my desire to exercise and stay active not only helps my health, but is a huge help with my stress and gives me a great gusto to live and love life more!

So, let me challenge you to get out and walk, jog, go to the gym, ski, or when the snow melts, BUY A BIKE AND START RIDING IT!  I used my new iPhone flashlight to evade the pot holes in the roads tonight, and just for the adrenalin rush, I wore my ski helmet, goggles and ski jacket while jogging in the blizzard! 

Oh, and the look my wife Coletta gave me as I was leaving the house to jog?  I told her while I strapped my helmet on,  "Don't worry, no one in the neighborhood will know who I am!"  I think after the door shut she probably said, "Yes they will!"

But, she liked the giant heart I stomped out in our snow in the backyard when I returned tonight!  I brought her back to the kitchen window and showed it to her and said,  "This is for you!"  :-)

Life's a blast if you just keep getting up and go!  Try it!  You might just like it!  And who knows, your spouse and dog might need you to get out of the house tomorrow anyway!

I'm Jim Burns and that's "SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT!!"


Monday, November 11, 2013

Missionaries Hit by Typhoon in Philippines

Wynn's Cell Phone in Wake Forest, NC:  919 592 7579

The Wynns and their son, John and his family's homes and vehicles were all destroyed in the Typhoon.  They lost everything but their lives, and one of their church families drowned last Friday.  

Their Sun. School and Christian School Ed Building at their church was destroyed.

Their adult son, John, who is overseeing their ministry with a wife and 3 young children are trying to find a way to Manilla so they can be where there is needed food, pure water and clothing.  They are in the home of a national Philippine (mission staff member), but are basically "trapped" in Tocloban, where food and pure water are very scarce now.  They are desperate.

Much prayer is needed.   I just got off the phone with Howard and Virginia and he said it is the biggest trial of his life after 47 years of gospel ministry.  They have been in Tocloban for 36 years now.   Their church is only 3 miles from the city airport that was wiped away.

In 2006, my wife and missionary son, Aaron and I visited this mission and I have preached in this church.  We were there for a week, and it is a solid, soul winning Baptist ministry.  They had the finest Christian School on the island, and now with no facility and no tuition coming in and students who have lost everything, the school cannot function.

A fund has been set up for tax deductible gifts to help them rebuild.  Please contact me if you wish to have their  giving address.  ALL GIFTS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

My Email:

Jim C. Burns, Pastor
Liberty Baptist Church
Van Wert, OH

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Chinese Students in Van Wert, OH Feb. 2013

DAVE MOSIER/independent editor
A group of 11 Chinese college students who visited Van Wert recently pose with trip coordinator Aaron Burns during a tour of Vantage Career Center. (photo submitted)
It wasn’t only a group of Chinese college students visiting Van Wert and other U.S. cities as part of the Grow, Learn Overseas (GLO) program who learned, and grew, but local residents also were changed positively by the experience of hosting students from another country.
The 11 Chinese students spent three weeks in the United States, with much of that time in Van Wert, although the group also spent time in Chicago and Ohio’s Amish country as part of the trip.
Pastor Jim Burns of Liberty Baptist Church, whose son, Aaron, lives in China and coordinated the students’ visit to America, said he was amazed at how much impact the Chinese students’ visit made on church members who helped house the young people.
“GLO Ohio and our Chinese guests coming to Van Wert County made the biggest impact on our local church than anything I have ever experienced in my 37 years of pastoring in four different churches,” Rev. Burns said of the experience.
For many of the Chinese students, the trip was eye opening — and life changing — because of the friendly local residents they met. Although their English wasn’t always the greatest, the thoughts they shared were. Here’s what they said:
Wu “Leo” Qinyan, a student from Nanjing, spoke in lofty terms, noting that his visit to Van Wert “meant a chance to experience the American life, to know the American spirit, to befriend American people.”
Some of the most meaningful experiences for the Chinese students were events that most Americans would take for granted. Liu “Claire” Wenjing, a student from Yantai, China, said visiting Mayor Don Farmer’s office, as well as the Van Wert police and fire stations, was meaningful because she wasn’t able to do so in China. “We can’t be accessible to those places in China,” she added.
“The trip to Van Wert makes me know deeply about unconditional love, which cannot easily be found in the areas I working,” said Zhang “Eden” Xiaoping, who lives in the Chinese capital of Beijing. “I learn how to be humble, how to be kind, how to be strong … I love these people and I would try my best to see them again.”
“My visit to Van Wert is a turning point,” said Zhang “Florence” Yaxing, who lives in HanDan. “I feels lots of love for the very first time come into my life. The most important and unforgettable part is new friends and families (which) are a great sum of treasure for my whole life. I love them forever.”
Gao “Jackson” Gao Jiaqian of Dongguan said he enjoyed “not only the beautiful sights, but the people there. It was such a blessing to me that I had the chance to visit Van Wert.”
For Yuan “Jessie” Dongyang of the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, her time in America “is the most precious memory in my whole life, and I’m so lucky to have a family there. I will never forget what I experiences in the USA.”
“The visit in Van Wert broadened my view and opened my heart because of all the love shown by the people we met, and all the amazing things that we tried for the first time together,” said Zhang “Lynn” Ruilan, also of Dongguan.
Zhang “Mary” Lin of Nanchang, China, noted that “the visit to Van Wert let me understanding what love really is, and it’s unconditional.”
Han “Nancy” Xiaonan of Luoyang, China, said she was grateful for the chance to visit America and Van Wert. “This is a great memory in my life, and I will never forget about the love and care I got from all of the people in Liberty Baptist Church and my host family,” she said. “Their love and encouragement make me feel braver and stronger.”
Lu “Scott” Yang of Shandong, China, noted that, before his trip to Van Wert, “I was confused and trying to find the meaning of life; as time went by, I lost my hope and did everything passively. Life a touch of sunshine, it (the trip) brought me hope and made my life brighter.”
Zhang “Sophia” Xiao of PuYang, China, said that, because of her poor English, she didn’t dare to speak with people in that language before coming to America, adding, “but when I arrived to America, I found the people are all very friendly to me; they all took care of me, make me feel warm, so I become confident. I’m very thankful for all of them.”
Liberty Baptist members who participated in the cultural exchange program agreed with the Chinese students that the experience was memorable and also helped them understand that, while the government of China may not be something Americans like, the Chinese people, which the students represented, was a different story.
Van Wert City Schools psychologist Doug Grooms and his wife, Sandy, said the experience was very positive. “We were truly blessed to host Nancy and Jessie in our home as part of GLO; we enjoyed having them cook for us and to have them try our foods,” the couple said. “It was fun to see them grow so much through their friendships with the other Chinese students and the people they met here in Van Wert. This experience has made a lasting impact, not only for them, but also for us.”
Sue Eickholt agreed. “The students were a very receptive group of kids, very appreciative of anything we did or gave them. It didn’t take them long to use the words ‘I love you’ and really mean it,” she said. “They were loving and eager to be involved in any activity. I really believe we planted some good thoughts about a country with freedom of religion and a better way of life.”
Ashley Kittle said the three weeks she spent with the Chinese students “will be forever etched in my memory. I thought by having them here we could teach them a few things about life, but, in reality, they taught me more than I ever taught them.
“Americans take so much for granted,” she added. “The Chinese students were full of love and happiness and such a good example to me.”
Local couple Doug and Marcia Germann have hosted other exchange students, but said having two students was really fun. “They could communicate with each other in a comfortable language and together help clarify something to us if we weren’t understanding,” Marcia Germann said.
“Hosting the students gives us the chance to more personally understand how different their lives are from ours and how we have similarities,” Doug Germann added.
Marcia Germann said some of the more interesting experiences were those that involved the Germann farm operation and the animals they have there, including the cows they saw in the Germann’s backyard. “We also have horses, and most of them had never seen a real horse before,” she said, adding that the “open spaces” of Van Wert County was also a shock to the city-dwelling Chinese students.
She also noted that the differences in culture between Americans and Chinese were something she hadn’t considered. “They aren’t used to seeing smiles on people’s faces, which is what several of them told me they loved about our area,” Marcia Germann said.
Lisa Hawn said the experience allowed her to get a glimpse of a bigger world outside America. “GLO Ohio has opened my eyes to what’s on the other side of the globe,” she said. “It was so exciting to see the Chinese experience life here and they were so appreciative of everything, something we could take a not of. They definitely made their mark here and won’t be soon forgotten.”
Terry Reynolds said he learned that people everywhere had a lot in common, as well as their differences. “Some of the things I came away with is that the students, even as far away as China, are the same people,” he said. “They have some of the same fears, joys and laughter as we have.
“I also noticed the way they responded to the freedoms that people in the U.S. have, and how they do not have those freedoms in China.”
Aaron Burns, who has lived in China for a number of years, said he was very pleased with the way the trip turned out. “GLO Ohio is simply amazing and a blessing to be a part of,” he said. “As the coordinator, it was so encouraging to see the Van Wert community come together to make a difference in these lives from China.
Burns said he has been in touch with each of the Chinese students since their visit to the United States and all of them now have a great impression of America: “The people they were able to meet and become friends with, and the love that they saw in people working together in unity simply for them.”
He also thanked those who took the time to make a difference in the Chinese students’ lives and hopes that a second trip can be arranged because of the success of this one.
POSTED: 03/01/13 at 8:19 am. FILED UNDER: News

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Little History of Gun Control

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control.  From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952,  20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Uganda established gun control in 1970.  From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956.  From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.  You won't see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it's too late!
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.
With guns, we are 'citizens'. Without them, we are “subjects.”

During WW II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!
If you value your freedom, please spread this antigun-control message to all of your friends.


Spread the word everywhere you can that you are a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment!

It's time to speak loud before they try to silence and disarm us.
You're not imagining it, history shows that governments always manipulate tragedies to attempt to disarm the people~

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Hug your kids and grand kids tonight! 

Here's the list of all the victims from yesterday's heartless shooting in Connecticut.  Please pray for the parents, grandparents, family members and friends of these precious souls that were murdered yesterday.

All six adults killed at the school were women.  Of the 20 children who were shot to death, eight were boys and 12 were girls.  All the children were ages 6 or 7.

The names and birth dates of the victims:
Charlotte Bacon (2/22/06), 6 years old, female
Daniel Barden (9/25/05), 7 years old, male
Rachel Davino (7/17/83), Staff member, 29 years old, female
Olivia Engel (7/18/06), 6 years old, female
Josephine Gay (12/11/05), 7 years old, female
Ana M. Marquez-Greene (4/4/06), 6 years old, female
Dylan Hockley (3/8/06), 6 years old, male
Dawn Hochsprung (6/28/65), Principal, 47 years old, female
Madeleine F. Hsu (7/10/06), 6 years old, female
Catherine V. Hubbard (6/8/06), 6 years old, female
Chase Kowalski (10/31/05), 7 years old, male
Nancy Lanza, 52 years old, female (mother of shooter Adam Lanza)
Jesse Lewis (6/30/06), 6 years old, male
James Mattioli (03/22/06), 6 years old, male
Grace McDonnell (11/4/05), 7 years old, female
Anne Marie Murphy (7/25/60), Staff member, 52 years old, female
Emilie Parker (05/12/06), 6 years old, female
Jack Pinto (05/05/06), 6 years old, male
Noah Pozner (11/20/06), 6 years old, male
Caroline Previdi (9/07/06), 6 years old, female
Jessica Rekos (5/10/06), 6 years old, female
Avielle Richman (11/17/06) 6 years old, female
Lauren Rousseau (June 1982), Staff member, 30 years old, female
Mary Sherlach (2/11/56), Staff member, 56 years old, female
Victoria Soto (11/04/85), Staff member, 27 years old, female
Benjamin Wheeler (09/12/06), 6 years old, male
Allison N. Wyatt (07/03/06), 6 years old, female

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hobby Lobby's Dictation from ObamaCARE

Per Snopes:  this is true and in November of this year a Federal Judge up held Obamacare and told HL to comply.....
A Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO
By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn't much bigger than most people's living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God's word. From there,Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation's largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We're Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I've always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God's laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that's what we've tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week's biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God's grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We've not only added jobs in a weak economy, we've raised wages for the past four years in a row.. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don't pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don't cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that's raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It's not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it's the same for everybody. But that's not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won't exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don't like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that's a choice no American and no American business should have to make.
The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this covered in any of the media, pass this on to all your contacts.
David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.