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Johns Preparedness History

Johns Preparedness History

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Johns Preparedness History
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Published by: The Johnston 3 on Jan 12, 2010
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 John’s Preparedness History
My long history of preparing for and surviving economic upheaval
I nd very littleinformation written fromthe perspective of peoplewho over the years got allhyped up about thepredicted disasters orTEOTWAWKI (the end ofthe world as we know it.)Maybe they are too embarrassed about beingconned, never want to get involved in thatfoolishness again, found some other scam tomake money on, or died as a result of thedisaster that did happen.Some may call me gullible. At first I was, but intime I caught on. I would like to share with youfrom the perspective of someone who took allthese doom scenarios seriously, did research,made preparations, and made mistakes. Bypreparing for the disasters I acquired peace ofmind and even came out ahead even though forthe most part they didn
t happen as predicted. Ifdisasters had happened, I probably wouldn't beas well off as I am now, but still would have beenbetter off than the majority of people.I
m going to deal with the predicted disasters that directly affected me in my short fifty someyears. If you do any research, you will find the same scenarios since the beginning of time.The top selling book in all of history deals with “the coming disaster”. If you read the OldTestament, the prophets were always predicting bad things were going to happen and theirculture was going to be destroyed. The interesting thing is that this book has withstood the testof time. Those things did happen so we can just assume that the rest will come true, too.Those prophets would have fit in well with today
s media. Hey, bad news sells so that
s whatwill predominate. A lot of money can be made off bad news. As a matter of fact, if you thinkthings are bad enough, you will pay me to help you avoid it. How about that?Now there are two types of disasters I
m talking about. The end of the world as we know it(TEOTWAWKI )and the End Of The World. What I
m talking about in this book is preparing forTEOTWAWKI. Preparing for the actual End Of The World is another subject which I may dealwith in later books. Hint! It
s not just sitting back and doing nothing!No matter what kind of upheavals or disasters -- storms, floods, wars, divorce, global warmingor cooling, bankruptcy, corrupt government or business, etc. all have the common denominatorof economic upheaval. For the astute, economic upheavals or down turns are accompaniedwith disguised opportunities. It
s all a natural part of life's ebb-and-flow. There are some who
Feeding pigeons in Japan
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for whatever reason haven't studied history and have taken to running around like chickenswith their heads cut off. They think that what is happening today is a new thing. Ignorance isbliss, but it can cost you financially. Being prepared and understanding history is important.
Preparedness lessons from my ancestors
As I take a look at my family tree, I can see thatupheaval comes to almost everyone in theirlifetime in one form or another. The followinglessons I have learned from my ancestors.Being politically at odds with those who run thecountry and being oppressed by them is nothingnew. This is a reason why people came toAmerica in the past as well as now. Most likelyhistory will repeat itself. In the 17th century myScottish forebears escaped what they thought wasoppressive British rule by moving to NorthernIreland. Maybe the reason I
m so interested inpreparing for the future is because of the influenceof the Johnston clan motto “Non Quam NonParatus” (Never Unprepared.) My father hung itover the mantel and often quoted it.
Preparedness lessons gleaned from my dad’s book
My dad writes about leaving his homeland, “In June 1924 a great change took place in my lifewhich was to have far reaching consequences. My father, at the advanced age of 65, decidedto sell the ancestral farm and emigrate to New Zealand . . . he wanted to take his family to anew country where they would have better opportunities for living than the small crowdedhomeland. It was a very courageous action at his age to leave his old home, friends, andrelatives . . . We arrived in Auckland in July 1924. There we were met by friends who had goneto New Zealand years previously . . . We stayed with friends at Otakiri for a month or so untilmy father found work on a dairy farm. It was a strange experience to settle in a new land likethis. Everything, including the climate, was so different to Ireland. Yet we soon accommodatedourselves to the new life among the New Zealanders.”
: Don
t be so sure you will be able to sit back and retire at age 65. To survive you needthe courage to make momentous decisions not just for yourself but also for your descendants.Too many people today think retirement is all about them, and that they have earned a hugebreak. But what about adopting a mindset that asks how they can use that freedom to betterthe world?After spending ten years preparing for his life work and vision of working in China as amissionary, my father left New Zealand and arrive in Hong Kong just as WWII broke out. Heended up spending the whole war as a prisoner. He preferred to say, “A guest of theJapanese!”My dad writes. “It was the fateful day of December 8, 1941 . . . A policeman from the fishingvillage arrived and gave us the startling news that the Japanese had attacked Hong Kong by
 Johnston family homestead in Ireland
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land, sea and air. He further informed us that all foreigners must prepare to leave the islandand proceed to Hong Kong in about an hour. So we left our lovely cottage which contained allour earthly possessions. . . Little did we know that we would never see our possessions again,for we learned later that everything was looted shortly after we left.”No! He was not a soldier. Quite the opposite. He had no malice toward the Japanese, but thatmade no difference. They still kept him as a prisoner of war for three years and nine months ofhis life. “Soon Japanese troops took over and turned buildings into shambles . . . they engagedin wild rioting and looting of property.” He puts it very charitably, “Here we suffer all the rigorsand privations of the typical Japanese prison camps. . . Many people suffered from nervousdisorders and went to pieces under the stain and tensions of those difficult times.” He goes onto tell how malnutrition, disease, beatings, cruelty, and death were rampant and then how bybuilding community it enabled them to survive.
: The best laid plans of Mice and Men can go astray and nasty out-of-control thingshappen to us. Within an hour our whole world can change. From the idyllic island setting toyears of near death survival in prison. Mental as well as physical preparation is very important.My dad told me how he saw people mentally give up and were dead the next day.Then a horrifying turn of events happened that killed 80,000 people. The atomic bomb wasdropped in Japan. This act freed my dad and hundreds of thousands more from a living helland saved the lives of millions more. If the information I give you in this book is helping you, itis only because of the A bomb that I am here. His camp had been ringed with machine guns toexecute him and fellow prisoners before the Japanese retreated, but the A bomb so disruptedeverything they were not able to carry out the planned massacre.
: In the midst of horror is also the seed of new life. Those people in Hiroshima andNagasaki who died made my life possible. They had no choice in it, yet I must never treat thatsacrifice lightly and do all I can to help make this world a better place.Not many years later both mymom and again my dad lost alltheir worldly possessions inchina when the communists tookover. This may be why my fathernever again accumulated thingsand never wanted to own ahome. When he returned homefrom his world travels, I wouldpick him up at the airport. Hispossessions were in one smallsuitcase. Any extra baggageheld gifts for his family. He cameinto the world with nothing andleft the world with nothing. Buthe lived a very rich life.
: Losing all can turn out to be a blessing. Less things equal less burdens. Less burdensequal focus on quality of life, for yourself and for those around you.
Quoted sections taken from The God-Planned Life: Memoirs and Letters of John D Johnston 1986 World’s Light Press Co.Taipei, Taiwan
 John’s father handing out tracts in China
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