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  1. I haven't posted much in a while, since my wife and daughter joined me overseas in Europe, but I thought I'd update the group on recent events. I just had major surgery two weeks ago, followed by a week's hospitalization. Bad enough, but it went well and is over now, although I will be recovering for months to come. My wife was diagnosed with early-stage cancer a few weeks ago, as well, and has yet to undergo surgery, so I'm asking for prayers for her. Both of these issues should have been caught while we were still in the USA, but our medical provider there has been practically shut down most of this year due to the novel Coronavirus, so here we are.

  2. We finally made it to Europe despite the pandemic and hope to ride out COVID-19 here until a vaccine arrives (the country we’re in is handling the pandemic relatively well). We’re just in temporary housing at the moment and everything is still pretty chaotic; we’re looking forward to things settling down and getting back into a routine soon. Take care and stay safe.

  3. 18 hours ago, Zee said:

    So I suppose the concern is that once the Hagia Sofia has ceased to be a museum, it will be less accessible to people of other faiths (other than Islam)?

    It's more than that. It's symbolic of Turkey rejecting its modern-era secularism and, instead, embracing a past that included the genocide of its Christians.

  4. 10 hours ago, Nicola said:

    3D Hagia Sophia

    At least we have scans and virtual tours.  Don't have to quarantine to visit!

    The most interesting thing the scans (not the link I gave) reveal are the Christian mosaics and paintings that are painted over now. 

    This probably means the end of any restoration of the mosaics. I guess Erdogan is trying to score points domestically.

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  5. 9 hours ago, carolinamtne said:

    Let us know the results. We're praying.

    They said I can't get tested since I'm not currently sick and the antibody tests are in short supply. So, I'm stuck with a 14-day self quarantine, unfortunately. Thanks for asking.

  6. I'm back in the USA now and trying to get the COVID-19 test since I was sick while overseas in March, starting about two weeks after a flight within the Middle East. I don't have any symptoms now, though, so it would have to be the test for antibodies, which is harder to get. I hope I had it already and am immune now.

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  7. 56 minutes ago, Zee said:

    I’ve got family in Central Africa, and there’s no way they’re all getting out if things get bad...(helps to have dual citizenship in cases like these) so I’d appreciate prayers for them too.

    I've heard a British passport is better than an American one in some of these cases. I only have the one, though. Praying for your family in Africa.

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  8. 2 hours ago, Ragamuffin_John said:

    Just prayed, BK, for the Lord to open the doors for you to return soon.   Sam, PenName, for your family members.

    It looks like I will be on Thursday's flight -- thanks.

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  9. Although they've closed down the airports, etc. where I am in the Middle East, they have a very limited number of repatriation flights still available. I'm trying to go back to the USA on Thursday, which could very well mean I will never return here since I was scheduled to leave in a few months anyhow. My wife (back in the USA) is hoping I make it back soon; she has been very worried. I am rushing to get everything ready so I can go soon, but my trip still needs to be approved by management (not sure yet if that will happen).

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  10. So, as coronavirus sweeps the Middle East, here are some of the precautions I've seen being taken:


    • Border crossings and airports closed (this means no more mail/Amazon, as well as being trapped here)
    • Roads blocked; military at city boundaries to stop travel within country
    • Everyone is under home curfew (work done online only); workplaces closed
    • Restaurants, churches, mosques and most stores closed
    • Resort hotels converted into quarantine camps for pre-closure travelers and the sick


    A bit extreme, but it should slow the virus if everyone sticks to it. Hope everyone else is hanging in there.


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  11. I think the point of that post -- which I do not doubt was genuine -- was that health care systems that are already close to capacity (i.e. not enough intensive care units, etc.) are not ready for this virus. While some countries might be able to handle a limited number of cases fine, if too many hit at once, a lot of people will die. So the best we can do is try to slow it down via extreme cleanliness, social distancing, or whatever until warmer weather and, eventually, a vaccine come.


    Remember, they were telling jokes in northern Italy (I have friends there) just a week or two ago about the virus being no big deal. It needs to be taken seriously.

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