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100 year curse…about to be BROKEN! January 22, 2009

The Lord has been speaking to my heart about the breaking off of this generational curse, this terrible event that took place 100 years ago exactally (Nov. 1909)…there WILL be redemption.  Something will happen on this date this year to BREAK off the curse.  Amen.  Thank you Jesus for writing your story on the hearts of men and women in Cairo.  Victory is Yours!

The moral arc bends

The Herald (Australia)

21/01/2009 9:18:00 AM
ONE hundred years ago a black American man, Will James, was lynched in the main street of a town called Cairo, in the state of Illinois, when he was strung up from a telegraph pole beneath street lights in front of thousands. 

Fifteen photographs of the lynching became postcards. The atmosphere was described as “circus-like”.


James didn’t die by hanging. The rope broke and he fell to the ground where he was “riddled with bullets”, before his body was dragged for several kilometres and finally burnt.


He wasn’t the only man lynched on November 11, 1909. After the mob killed James it turned on a white man, Henry Salzner, who was awaiting trial for murder. He was lynched, but not shot, mutilated or burnt. His body, hanging from the pole, was also photographed, and the image became a postcard.


In his book about lynching, Without Sanctuary, published in 2000, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Leon F. Litwack noted the men and women who “tortured, dismembered and murdered in this fashion understood perfectly well what they were doing”.


“This was not the outburst of crazed men or uncontrolled barbarians but the triumph of a belief system that defined one people as less human than another,” he said. Nearly 90 per cent of lynching victims were black.


Lynching postcards did a roaring trade until the US postmaster general banned them from the mail system.


In 1909 100 years before a black American man was to become president federal legislators initiated the first of many attempts to make lynching a federal crime, because of the extent of lynching and the failure of states to act.


Typical of state representatives was Benjamin Tillman, governor of South Carolina from 1890-94, who said in 1900: “We have done our level best (to prevent blacks from voting) . . . we have scratched our heads to find out how we could eliminate the last one of them. We stuffed ballot boxes. We shot them. We are not ashamed of it.”


Also Tillman: “We of the South have never recognised the right of the negro to govern white men, and we never will.”


The sound we might hear today even at this distance, over and above the celebrations as Barack Obama is made 44th US president, is of Tillman and his like, turning in their graves, not to mention the angry cries of some who never will recognise “the right of the negro to govern white men”. But they’re a minority. The majority feel jubilation, relief and astonishment.


Cairo, Illinois Barack Obama’s home state is a town with one of America’s worst racial records. Its population is predominantly black. By 2000 it had an infant mortality rate of 15.4 per cent, which was, shockingly, only the state’s second-worst. Industrialised nations have an average infant mortality rate of 6 per cent, according to UNICEF.


About half the town’s children live in poverty and in Cairo “poverty can’t be separated from the issue of race”, said Cairo resident Sarah Gatewood, in an article about its history.


When integration was forced on Cairo in the 1960s and 1970s, city elders filled the local swimming pool with concrete rather than allow black people to use it. When white shopkeepers refused to hire black workers and black residents boycotted stores, shop owners closed rather than change.


There were violent clashes and lynchings, and the white supremacist group White Citizens Council, known as the “white collar Klan”, ruled.


Barack Obama visited Cairo a few years ago while running for the US Senate. He was met by 300 people, one-third black, two-thirds white, wearing “Obama for US Senate” badges, supporting “a black guy born in Hawaii, with a father from Kenya and a mother from Kansas”.


When he returned to Cairo in July 2005, Obama quoted Dr Martin Luther King: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” and noted that the arc “bends because each of us in our own small way tries to bend it in that direction”.


Obama’s election is more than an American triumph. It is a human triumph.


It took more than the 100 years between Will James and Barack Obama, but the minority of individuals black and white who showed courage and sought justice for all, became the majority bending the moral arc today.


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Hollywood IS a MISSION FIELD! December 5, 2008

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Walk with me… March 5, 2008

Filed under: Power of Prayer,prayer requests,testimony — charredsmore @ 8:22 am

God is always full of surprises.  The month that I was exiting AmeriCorps (a government funded program that I served with for the past two years while working with Two Rivers) I prayed about many different options.  The least desirable option was to continue serving as a missionary, but really taking the plunge of faith in raising support.  My flesh fought it, I much prefer being on the other end of giving, but I felt the Lord speak to me that this would be the “best” option.


As I go into this new season of “living on faith” I have mixed emotions.  I keep hearing the Lord say to my heart, “You have no idea what I have in store for you.”  Amen.

Let me rest in His promises.  They are always faithful and true.  He cares for the sparrow; surely He cares even more for His children (Matthew 6).  In stepping out into this new place of faith, I believe the Lord has blessings that will unfold before me.  These blessings are not always what I expect or even want, but ultimately lead to me being rocked and transformed into the likeness of Jesus.  I’ll take that!


Not long after this decision was made I received a call from one of the sisters I volunteer with at the Kitchen Table.  She asked me a few questions regarding the monthly needed support in order to survive in Cairo.  She was writing a proposal to submit to her community asking if they would consider supporting two of us at Two Rivers.  I was blown away by their desire to support us.  We aren’t even Catholic!  She phoned back with the good news right before Thanksgiving, letting us know their community decided to support two of us for the full year.  WOW!  Praise GOD! 


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I do have my monthly minimum support – which is $800 (before taxes).  The cost of living is pretty low in Cairo, but I am still looking to raise a bit more to cover basic expenses.  I find myself struggling each month to make ends meet, making payments on my student loan, and have money for traveling home a couple times each year.  While working with AmeriCorps I was making $800/month along with health insurance and an education award to place towards my student loans of $4,725.  My monthly goal is roughly $1,400. 


Would you consider supporting me through prayer and/or financial giving?  My partnership with others is crucial as I am not a lone ranger out here on the mission field.  Your support has already been a tremendous blessing in my life. 


If you are interested in supporting me with a one time gift or a monthly donation, please email me: or send a check written out to Two Rivers Ministry with Heather Carney in the memo to:


Heather Carney

Two Rivers Ministry

PO Box 503

Cairo, IL


If you have any questions, please call me at 618-306-1532, I would love to chat with you!