General information on fibre and fat enriched maize meal By Jandri Barnard (Registered Dietician)
Health benefits of maize meal are known by most African communities, in traditional homes, for whom it has been a staple food for many years and presently in more urban societies. Maize meal is usually commercially prepared by sifting, meaning that the germ has been removed from the maize. This Super Maize Meal flour is white in colour with most of fibre removed. It is loaded with carbohydrates, B vitamins (niacin, thiamine, riboflavin) as well as the minerals potassium, magnesium and iron, but very little fat.
Maize meal of different coarseness is made by grinding dried maize kernels into different textures which gives it a darker, more brown colour. Super fine maize meal enriched with fibre and fat more nutritious but also more perishable because of the higher fat content. The improved texture of the fibre and sweetness of the fat content can be used in porridge, and an ingredient as part of maize containing recipes.
Some of the benefits of grinded maize meal or sifted maize meal enriched with fibre and fat are: Benefit 1: Rich in carbohydrates Maize is highly rich in carbohydrates and as being a starchy food, it releases energy slowly in the blood stream ensuring that you stay energized the whole day. Benefit 2: Higher in fibre Maize meal fortified with additional fibre, is higher in natural fibre than grinded maize meal. This fibre assists in maintaining a stable blood glucose and regular gut movement for improved health. Benefit 3: Source of natural maize fats Maize oil or fat is a mono-unsaturated fat, which is also an antioxidant and does not solidify at room temperature, thus it does not have cholesterol as found in animal fats. Benefit 4: Rich source of iron Non-sifted or fibre enriched maize is higher in iron, as there is a higher content of the maize germ, which is added to sifted maize. The endosperm is the energy store of the maize packed with kilojoules and energy.
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"God gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves to God… Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you." James 4:6-8
James writes about the faithfulness, reliability and justice of God, and about Christian consistency in response. His letter is full of promise and challenge.
As he moves towards a conclusion, James brings Proverbs 3:34 into play to frame a solid declaration: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." With that reality in place, he call us to submit ourselves to him, resist the devil, and act on a wonderful promise: "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you."
It’s a promise treasured by Christians down the centuries, and loved especially by Christians under pressure - as so many of our friends in the Middle East are at the moment.
With Ramadan approaching, James' words also reach out to the house of Islam. Islam means submission to God. Ramadan, the fasting month, is the month where our friends and neighbours try to push back the work of the devil, making extra efforts to draw near to God. In the Middle East, tables of mercy appear in the streets to feed people far from home at break of fast and while the nights are full of feasting, extra time is spent in earnest prayer on top of the regular routines.
As the moon is sighted on or around June 18th, let us pray with them. Let us ask God to draw near to them, to reveal himself to them, to surprise them by opening their eyes to the person and character and work of Jesus, who fully reveals the whole story and purpose of God in human form.
As David Garrison’s remarkable research is shared throughout the UK this month, pray with the assurance that the wind of the Spirit is moving throughout the world. As we approach Ramadan in prayer, let us play our part in a movement that's going on all over the Muslim world.
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This letter was taken from the June prayer letter of MECO
Syrian Christians have requested continued prayer for peace in their land and for all affected by the ongoing violence, including Christian communities.
In February Middle East Concern requested prayer following the abduction by Daesh (so-called "Islamic State" or IS) of more than 230 Assyrian Christians and the capture of around 35 predominantly Assyrian villages along the Khabour River in Hassaka Governorate. On Tuesday 26th May two elderly women were released, possibly because they are in poor health. While 25 of those abducted have now been released, more than 200 remain unaccounted for. In recent days the Daesh militants have been driven out of the villages following a successful surge led by Kurdish forces. However, very few of those villagers who escaped are returning to their homes as they are fearful of unexploded ordnance and of continuing instability in the area.
On 21st May a Syrian Catholic Priest, Jacques Mourad, was abducted by unknown militants during an assault on the Mar Elian monastery near Homs. An associate of Fr Mourad, Deacon Boutros Hanna, was also reportedly abducted when he tried to intervene. According to the Syrian Catholic Patriarchate, Fr Mourad had refused to leave the monastery, saying "As the priest and pastor, I will never leave this place so long as there are people here, unless they hunt me down."
Syrian Christians ask us to pray that: a. the two elderly Christians recently released will know the Lord's comfort, healing and provision b. all those who are still abducted will know the Lord's presence and protection, and will be released soon c. those displaced from their homes will know the Lord's care and provision, and will be able to return soon d. violence will cease, peace will be restored and the clear rule of law will be applied equally for all in Syria e. those responsible for the murder and abduction of innocent civilians will know the Spirit's conviction of sin, seek the Father's forgiveness and find new life in the Son
Syrian believers need our prayers!! We need to pray with them. We need to take action and help our brothers and sisters in Christ. The source of this post is Open Doors and come from Cry Out Now. As you read this please pray. You can do more than pray. You can give your time and money. You can join a team and visit. You can go and be Jesus to people.
Pray for Samir and others like him.
Samir, his wife and two little children are still living in Aleppo. But for how long will this Christian family be willing to continue there? "We are afraid," Samir admits. "Islamic State (IS) is coming closer and closer. We hear daily explosions, shootings. The explosions become bigger and louder." Samir works in a children's ministry in one of the churches in Aleppo, a job which he says he can "still do" despite the circumstances, simply because they are used to it. But his mind still wanders to the life the family could have away from the constant bombing and threats. "To be honest, we think about leaving Syria more than we did before," he says. "The situation is difficult."
"I think more than half of our church has left. Most of them dream of going to Europe. Almost every day I say goodbye to someone from the church. The work we did before with eight volunteers, we now do with four. We lack leaders, they're gone. It's very hard to continue doing the work." Still, even though the situation in the biggest city in Syria is challenging, Samir is planning a children and youth camp in Aleppo. It will be in a safe location away from the church building, which is too close to the fighting. As he says, "they need to have fun to forget all the terrible things that happen around them."
"We expect some 70 participants, most of them children," Samir adds. "Children need to have a good time together; they need to play." There is no denying the situation in Syria remains immensely difficult. Having spoken with a wide range of church leaders of local churches and contacts, Open Doors now estimates around 25 per cent of Syria's 1.8 million Christians have left the country since the civil war began in 2011. By the end of August this year, the number of refugees from Syria in surrounding countries was over three million - but with no organisations (including the United Nations) registering religious status, it is impossible to tell exactly how many Christians are amongst them.
We continue to support our brothers and sisters in Syria. Open Doors currently assists local churches by providing 9000 families with food, medicine, rent subsidies and other supplies - 2000 of those families are in Aleppo alone. We are also offering leadership and trauma awareness training, providing empowerment training to church leaders to help them become involved in the huge relief operation to internally displaced Syrians and also supplying Christian literature. And we are constantly reminded that God is at work. Although believers like Samir are dismayed at how many are leaving the church, there are also millions of internally displaced Syrians on the move within the country.
CryOut to the Father
for the brave Syrian believers who have decided to stay in the country. Pray that they will be strengthened by the Lord to do their work.
that many people may see the love of the Lord through the work of the brothers and sisters who serve in churches and assist internally displaced Syrians. Praise God for those coming to know Him through His believers at this turbulent time.
for wisdom for those deciding whether to stay in Syria and Iraq or leave for another country. Pray they will lean on God for answers and stay firm in their faith.
This is something post by Jim Palmer on FB and I would like to share it.
5 Reasons Not to Judge People:
1. You don’t know what is going on inside another person. How many times have you been asked how you are, and said “fine,” even though you weren’t? We all know this is true. We mask our pain. We suffer in silence. We put on the happy/smiley face when we are dying inside. Just because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean another person isn’t hurting. A person’s actions or behaviors may not be any indication of what is going on inside of them.
2. People are doing the best they can. I know this is sometimes difficult to believe about another person. I get that. It’s hard for me at times to believe that about others. But think about it. You know it’s true. It’s complicated! Life is complicated! People are complicated! There are a lot of moving parts inside and outside a person. Aren’t we all a little off – carrying pain, unhealed wounds, ways we protect ourselves, and other dysfunctions we have picked up a long the way?
3. You don’t have all the answers. At times we can look at another person’s life and just see all this stupid stuff it appears they’re doing. On the outside looking in, another person’s life seems pretty cut and dry to us in terms of what they should be doing or not doing or how they are handing a situation or whatever. It’s amazing how quickly we turn into the infallible personal life coach when it comes to another person’s life!
4. Being judged hurts. It’s quite possible that the most painful human feeling is one of being judged. There’s so much involved – silent pain; being misunderstood; rejection in the very moment we most need understanding, love and acceptance.
5. Every human being is worth love and acceptance. Judging people often leads to objectifying them. People are not objects. A suicide happens every 20 seconds. People will often show up in our lives at the end of their rope… hanging on by a thread. The expression of love, acceptance, understanding and kindness to someone who is struggling or hurting may be the difference between them giving up on themselves and life or finding the courage and hope to keep living. - Jim Palmer