Rusia, Belgia și Ucraina

În istoria fiecărei națiuni sunt amintite bătăliile cele mai importante. S-au ridicat monumente pentru bătăliile cîștigate, dar și pentru cele pierdute. Jertfa vieții nu e puțin lucru cînd este dată în folosul patriei.

Rusia are un număr de monumente cît toate statele Europei și Asiei la un loc. Un tanc, un alt tanc, niște tunuri, niște statui, alte tancuri, ceva pietre și faimoasa Mama Rusia cu spada gata de harță. Impresionant. Dar să nu uităm că în ultimul război mondial rușilor le-a păsat mai puțin decît nemților de viețile propriilor soldați. La ordinele comandantului suprem au murit milioane de viteji chiar dacă nu era nevoie. Carnea de tun a fost măcelărită bine. Nemții nu reușeau să omoare cîți ruși îi atacau. Simplu. Dar trist.

Evident că Belgia nu a fost niciodată o mare putere militară. Nici cînd stăpînea Congo. Dar Belgia are un monument foarte ciudat care e de-e dreptul haios pentru că nu se înscrie în tipar. E vorba de statuia băiețașului care făcea pipi pe cotropitori. După aia i-au învins. Bună rețeta.

Mă gîndesc la Ucraina, la militarii ucraineni ce au ales să rămînă în Crimea, la cei ce au ales să treacă în armata Rusiei. Nici o jertfă. Nici măcar un pipi pe casca unui invadator? Dacă e așa, de ce s-ar deranja UE și NATO să se implice serios? Care ar fi miza?

Ia-și crucea și urmează-mă! Literal Doamne? Păi, da!

sursa: Agentia de Publicitate a Domnului Isus Cristos

A real cross to bear: Globetrotting Christian carries 12ft crucifix around the world for 26 YEARS

Lindsay Hamon has spent almost half his life trekking through 19 countries including India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, with his giant 12ft by 6ft cedar wood crucifix.

Yahoo! News – Christian Lindsay Hamon carries his cross near Taunton, Somerset, on the latest leg of his journey (SWNS)

  • SWNS – Christian Lindsay Hamon carries his cross near Taunton, Somerset, on the latest leg of his journey (SWNS)
 Globetrotting Christian Lindsay Hamon really does have his own cross to bear – after hauling a 12ft crucifix thousands of miles round the world for 26 YEARS.

Lindsay Hamon has spent almost half his life trekking through 19 countries including India, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, with his giant cross.
The committed preacher has been thrown out of St Peter’s Square in Rome, shot at in Bangladesh, and attacked by angry zealots, but insists he won’t give up his one-man quest.
Mr Hamon, a part-time care worker, has taken ‘spreading the word of God’ to a whole new level since starting out with his 12ft cedar wood cross in 1987, and has only spent a handful of weeks without it since.
He carries the huge cross, which has a wheel on the foot of the upright, over his shoulder for up to 12 hours a day, and often has no idea where he will sleep that night.

Lindsay carries the cross through Red Square, Moscow in 1992. (SWNS)

And Mr Hamon, from Camborne, Cornwall, admits he has feared for his life over the years during his journey.

He said: „There is a reaction from people straight away, you end up talking and connecting to people you wouldn’t normally talk to.
„People start opening up about there own lives and you end up sharing with them something that is most personal.
„I find people often want to talk, but if people don’t want to know I walk on.

„The love you get from it all is amazing, people will just stop and ask you questions, offer you food and sometimes a place to stay.”

Lindsay smiles for the camera while carrying his giant crucifix through Walthamstow, north London in the mid-1980s …

„There is fear there sometimes because I have a wife and kids and you don’t want to put yourself in danger. It is really trusting in God, knowing he will protect you.”

Lindsay first took up the 12ft by 6ft tall cedar wood cross in 1987 and has only spent a handful of weeks without the crucifix.

He manages to get the giant cross overseas by dismantling it into three 6ft long pieces of wood and declaring it as extra luggage on flights.

Since 1987 he has traveled to Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sri Lanka and the

United Kingdom.

He receives generous donations from supporters to help him stay on the road, but with a mortgage, car insurance etc, he stops to carry out carework in his home town in order to pay the bills.

„I tried giving up my full time work and doing this full time instead but I didn’t get enough money to make ends meet,” he added.

Journey: Lindsay with his large cross in St Peter’s Square, Rome in 2008 (SWNS)It is estimated Lindsay has spoken to thousands of curious people during his treks around the world and has shaken hands and prayed with many more.

He often finds himself ministering to prostitutes or invited to brothels, and will regularly spend nights in bus shelters or basic accomodation with only a sleeping bag, and a hole in the floor for a bathroom.

Even language barriers do not hold the preacher back and he regularly finds himself mobbed by hundreds of locals wanting to hear him speak, even if they do not understand.

He said: „As you can expect in the UK language isn’t a problem. I walk into town centres and try and say hello to everyone I can but I realise that some people don’t want to talk.

„You shake hands with people a lot and some ask you to pray with them. Oddly some of the best conversations I have had have been at pubs where people are willing to sit down and give the time to talk to you.

„I can speak a bit of Spanish and French but other than that it can be a bit of a problem.

„When I’m in countries where I don’t know the language I try to write out a prayer in the language so I can show people that, and often I will just pray in English anyway.

„Sometimes you get people who translate for you, I had one young boy who came out of no where when I was talking to around 20 or 30 people and he just translated everything.

Lindsay also trekked through Nepal in 2011 on his epic cross-carrying journey (SWNS)