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What are you all prepping for?

Discussion in 'Christian Preppers' started by grandvizier1006, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. grandvizier1006

    grandvizier1006 Still a human by God's grace Supporter

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    I am non-Prepper. The only one I know is my grandmother, a very old woman who obsesses over the "end times" without ever really explaining what she's concerned about it. We moved her into a retirement home so she can't horde stuff (most of her "stock" wasn't essentials like food).

    I ask this question because while I can see why people would prep for anything, my only experience has been with people who were too mentally "off" to really give a concrete answer. I know my grandmother has an idea of the "apocalypse" in her head, but it's too vague.

    So what are you preparing for? A natural disaster? The rapture? Some sort of chaotic pre-Rapture that you want to outlast before God teleports you to Heaven? Anarchy? An authoritarian government? Foreign invasion? There's lots of things to prepare for, but I want to understand why.
     
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  2. Bluerose31

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    I think that people who worry too much about preparing for nightmares are too burdened by concerns we can do nothing about. I pray God gives their minds rest.
     
  3. RDKirk

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    Two weeks without power, water, or ATM--which could happen to anyone in the US during any given year.
     
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  4. SeventyOne

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    I try to have about a month's supply of food and water on hand at all times, just because things happen. I'm not prepping for any other cause other than knowing if I need it, I'll have it.

    I've lived through several decades of hurricanes in Florida. I was in Cedar Rapids, Iowa about 9-10 years back when the entire downtown flooded from the river, 9 to 12 feet high, and caused havoc. Even where I live now, north Texas, there are serious storms that come through, hail, flooding, etc. Even a house down about 4-5 houses away from me burned down in a storm after being struck by lightning a few weeks back.

    Things happen.
     
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  5. Fireinfolding

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    We live rurally in a heavily wooded area, if a hurricane came through where we live we would not be able to get from our house to any cleared out main roads for weeks.

    We also have well water (700 foot well) and you cant get a manual hand pump for it being that deep, and theres also no other water source. Some years back our well dried up and we needed a new one drilled which costed well over $10,000 and it took over a month before we had water (if I recall correctly I thought it was closer to 2 or 3 months). But anyway, we had quite a few farm animals that needed to be watered and the cost of lugging it daily from the store was outrageous, not to mention back breaking. And so out of that experience we purchased gutters for our gutterless home (we have under ground drains) and we started a water catchment system that fills our pool (without having to even use the well) and have ran into many times without electricity having to use stored water even. You dont realize how much water you use when you are without it and no one else is going to be able to get it to you. Same with having extra food on hand, if your money is in the bank but you cant get to it to get those things which are needful (depending on the emmergency) it seems wise to have those things that are a practical staple, which have a long shelf life on hand and set aside for such times.
     
  6. SavedByGrace3

    SavedByGrace3 Whoever calls on the name of Jesus will be saved Supporter

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    1. The scripture says to care for your family. To not do so and you deemed worse than an infidel. That command did not cease with the invention of electricity, refrigeration, and trucking.
    2. My children and grandchildren.
    3. My parents and grandparents went through the depression, WWI, WWII.
    4. Prior to 1880, everyone did what we do. One EMP and we are back there. Failure to prep under these conditions and you and your family will starve.
    5. Katria, Sandy, Matthew, Irma, Harvey, etc.
    6. Deficit is now at 20.2 trillion and still going up. When will that bubble burst? It cannot go on forever.
    7. North Korea, Iran, terrorists with nucs.
    8. Civil war, race war, war war.
    9. The nation's electrical grid is so vulnerable that a concerted effort by a handful of dedicated individuals will bring it down in a day. It would be down for up to 18 months or more.
    There are dozens of valid reasons. No one is likely at any given time, but altogether the likelihood increases to a probability.
    This is not about fear. It is about our families and loved ones. It is about not buring our heads in the sand and seeing the signs of times. The amount of time and effort we put into prepping is little more than a medium level hobby. If the stuff never hits the fan in our lifetime... great! Our kids will inherit half a ton of rice, hundreds of pounds of beans, and lots of other stuff. I am not worried. I am being obedient to what I believe God wants me to do. We have fun with it. If something does happen, I will be able to help take care of my family and even those who will be destitute. We will not be a burden on relief efforts, rather we will be able to help.
    We actually enjoy it!
     
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  7. PRESIDIO

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    I think its wise and prudent to have some type of preparations for fill in the blank event. Just like we buy fire insurance or we have money savings for emergencies. Prepping really has a bad connotation in some people's minds but truth be told, its something we should all be doing to protect our family,friends, and loved ones from unpredictable circumstances that could include job loss, accidents that cause permanent disability, nuclear war, hurricanes, etc.
     
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  8. Andrew4jesus

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    im preparing for the last days. I don't horde much just a few bits really. I mainly horde stuff in my head, like what wild food is available in October etc. It's helped me to learn a lot about wildlife and nature I love it :)
     
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  9. FreeinChrist

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    That is why I prep and live off grid. I live in a hurricane zone. I expect that there will be financial issues in the future.

    It is not just disasters. I had a coworker who had saved a years worth of canned goods and things like rice, beans, flour, etc. It came in REAL handy when her husband was out of work for most of a year. Her salary paid the morgage and necessities, but they ate because of that food and her good cooking (4 kids).
     
  10. Petros2015

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    "Regarding his history, Satan, who is a literal, 7-headed, red, serpentine dragon (Revelation 12:3,9), also called Leviathan (Isaiah 27:1, Psalms 74:14, Job 41:1,34), could have begun his existence as a dinosaur born some 66 million years ago, near the end the age of the dinosaurs."

    I learned that today on ChristianForums.

    ...That's going to take some prepping :)
     
  11. Christian Prepper

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    Another contributor posted an excellent extensive list outlining 50 reasons regarding why to prepare. What are we preparing for? Economic survival is one. We don't know when our Lord is returning, but we do know that with each passing day, because of unsound money practices implemented by governments, our currency is losing it's purchasing power. This is making it more difficult for average families to survive on their own living traditionally as they have in the past. Costs are going up, wages are stagnant, and jobs are being lost. An economic crisis is looming and believers should position themselves to be prepared to be used by God when the crisis hits. We can do it more effectively if we band together sharing our resources, living frugally and sustainably. If Christian families are/will be struggling financially, what will happen to the institutional church and Christian charities which depend on large sums of money to function. New ways of doing things will have to be sought after and that in itself can be a good thing.
    If interested, I espouse more at; fellowshipofchristianprepperslivingincommunity.ca
     
  12. SavedByGrace3

    SavedByGrace3 Whoever calls on the name of Jesus will be saved Supporter

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    Yes... No country can continue with a 20 trillion dollar debt and expect to survive economically. Trump has reduced the amount of increase... but it is still going up, and the unfunded liabilites makes it even worse. Every taxpayer owes over $900,000. That is almost a million dollars per taxpayer.
    Why do we prep? I don't have million. Do you?

    U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time
     
  13. Bee_in_the_Light

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    I'm not sure anyone should prepare to any single, very specific scenario. That would sound like having all the eggs in one basket. After all, I don't think many of us are specialists, when it comes to assessing the likelihood of an asteroid strike, a total economic collapse or a zombie apocalypse.

    So it makes sense to increase your likelihood of surviving most scenarios.

    I try to prepare both for short-term and long-term scenarios. I think that makes the big difference, as short-termism is about having necessary things to continue life as-is even in total, yet temporary breakdown of normal life. Long-termism is about completely disconnecting yourself from the need of the produce of our (post-)industrial world-society.

    I believe our societies are actually very resilient. They will bounce back up even from very, very serious catastrophes. This would mean short-termism should have more emphasis, as in the long term the society will gather itself up again, and you will have very little say in that.

    On the other hand, long-termism should help build our society's resilience and mitigate some risks (e.g. environmental). This would point out to long-termism actually being a more "Christian" way of preparing.

    So currently I'm heading for a balanced approach with short-term prepping, and long-term permaculture and self-reliance going hand in hand.

    So not a single, specific scenario, but rather overall increase in self-reliance and resilience.
     
  14. SavedByGrace3

    SavedByGrace3 Whoever calls on the name of Jesus will be saved Supporter

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    Thanks for the input Bee.
     
  15. Kristen Davis

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    For life that you may not be able to experience on Earth. For instance if you have kids late in life you may not see your great-grandchildren. That is why it is vital to leave a spiritual inheritance with your family, money, or anything that may be of good use to your family. It says something in proverbs about a grandparent will leave an inheritance to their children's children (grandchildren).
     
  16. gideon123

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    I should be prepping for a major natural disaster, since i live in So. California. I am quite close to the San Andreas. Very definitely it will trigger an enormous earthquake. i will start re-building my supplies in March.

    And i have to tell you that most people in L.A. are woefully unprepared. People seem to think that if they have enough water and cans of tuna fish for 3 days .. that's good enough. Not so. It's a disaster. The Gov't cannot possibly address the needs of a population like the LA area in a short time. People need to have at least 4 weeks of water and food, and preferably more.

    I don't know why the idea of "prepping" seems so strange to people. You can do it easily by storing more food in your pantry, and growing some fresh vege's in pots. It's not hard. I think that people have just become incredibly complacent. Whereas, many generations ago they really suffered shortages, and they learned by bitter experience to protect their own families.
     
  17. SavedByGrace3

    SavedByGrace3 Whoever calls on the name of Jesus will be saved Supporter

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    Nice... I need to find that scripture.
     
  18. SavedByGrace3

    SavedByGrace3 Whoever calls on the name of Jesus will be saved Supporter

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    You hit a lot of issues that we have been addressing in several of our formats. I think this generation has a great deal of faith in our country, economy, and government. More faith than they have in God. In the back of their minds they think that despite a 21 trillion dollar deficit and dwindling work force, everything will be find. The government will help us if a depression hits. No... it will not. There is no way FEMA and Homeland security is going to be able to feed and assist 350 million people. It is just not possible.
    We are planning a three year transition to self sufficiency. Good thing is we can start that transition now.. before bad things happen. It is much easier to do it now than it will be in a time of crisis.
     
  19. drjean

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    DO NOT RELY UPON FEMA!
    Trust me in that statement.
    Don't expect a thing from the government and you will not be disappointed and left hung out to dry.

    Now I'm prepping for living in a Van off-the-grid for the most part (when I have to especially!)

    In FL they made society go on "smart meters". That means they can turn your power off at will... so people turned to solar power for their homes. NOW the power companies require that you tie into the grid. It used to be that you could sell excess power to the power company if you had solar. NOW you have to pay them for excess power your solar makes. You paid for solar so you have power in a black out. NOW the power company, which has you tied into the grid and on the smart meter, SHUTS your solar power off and demands you NOT use it during a black out (such as after a hurricane!) Go figure.

    As for money. Don't depend upon it. Surely don't have large bills such as 100s and 50s. I'm a little leery about 20s too. The only people that will take cash will be others like "us" and small businesses that might still be able to process cash. One dollar bills and fives might be all they can manage. We are fast moving into a totally cashless society. (Think cryptocurrency anyone?)

    Think "out of the box" instead of cash. Coffee. Sugar. Rice. Flour. Water (if you can keep enough for yourself) medicines. These things people will trade for what you need/want. If you can grow medicinal plants.... and dry them... hmmmm

    to be continued....
     
  20. Kristen Davis

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    The proverb is 13:22 for the inheritance for the inheritance you leave for your grandchildren!
     
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