April 30, 2017

Getting to know Chris

This week I have touched a little on community. I’m enjoying getting to know those of you who e-mail and post comments and I thought I would share a little about myself. I posted a while back about Friday content. If any of you want to answer these questions and send them to me I’ll post them as time allows. If you have an online business or blog you want to mention, feel free.

1. What do you do for a living?
a. I am level 2 client side IT for a large company in the medical industry.

2. If you could do anything you wanted for a living, what would that be?
a. I would own a large acreage set up with permaculture, gardening and livestock. I would have training facilities and cabins set up so that people could come for a weekend or longer and learn preparedness, homesteading and permaculture, outdoor skills and more. I don’t own all of these skill sets so I would have guest instructors. I would then document what I have learned via the blog. Hey! A guy can dream!

3. What is your favorite book?
a. Anything written by Raymond E. Feist. I’m a fantasy nerd, so what? 😉

4. What is your favorite movie?
a. Braveheart or the Lord of the Rings movies.

5. What is your favorite food?
a. Right now it is Wasa Crisp bread with peanut butter and banana.

6. What is your favorite time of the year?
a. The fall. I like sweatshirt weather and the changing of the leaves.

7. If you could vacation anywhere, where would that be?
a. I know of a cabin that is only one of two on a lake with plenty of peace and quiet and fish to catch.

8. What is your favorite fun thing to do?
a. Video games, I just wish I had more time to play.

9. If you could have lunch with anyone alive, or dead, who would it be and why?
a. Jesus or my grandpa. Jesus because I have so many questions and my grandpa because I miss him.

10. If you were the President for one day, what would you do?
a. 3 laws; One is a flat consumption tax of 10-15%. Two is that congress must read every stinking word of every bill they try to pass and no bill could be larger than 5 pages. Third, drug test for welfare. If I have to take one to get a job to pay for welfare, they’re going to take one to collect it. (saw the last one on Facebook)

11. What is your favorite kind of music?
a. I like many different kinds; rock, contemporary Christian, blues, classical, a little country. I don’t listen to the radio, so I don’t know that I could name one of the top 40 artists.

12. What is one example of how God moved in your life?
a. My wife and I have a good marriage. I give the credit for that to God. When things get hard, we go to Him.

13. How long have you been a prepper?
a. Seven years or so.

14. What is your biggest speed bump in prepping?
a. Money, as I am sure it is for most.

15. Would you call yourself a prepper, homesteader, survivalist or (add something else)?
a. Prepper, but would love to be able to call myself a homesteader one day.

16. What is the one prep item you want but don’t have?
a. A bug out location, hence a prepper and not a homesteader.

17. What is your number one reason for prepping?
a. I see the shape the world is in and do not want to be dependent on anyone to feed, or protect my family.

18. What got you started in preparedness?
a. The short answer is that I firmly believe the Lord told me to. The long answer, maybe some other time.

19. Which type of event concerns you the most?
a. Pandemic. With almost all other event’s, small or large, there is action that can be taken to mitigate their impact. With a pandemic, there isn’t much we can do besides isolate ourselves and pray a vaccine is found.

20. What is one thing people wouldn’t know about you?
a. I have Asperger Syndrome. For those who don’t know, Asperger’s is a high functioning form of Autism. There are many different things that go along with Asperger’s. One of which is social awkwardness and not picking up on social queues.

I’m usually a very private person, but I wanted to let you know for a couple of reasons; my wife acts as an editor for all of the articles that get posted. She does the normal editor tasks; spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. Because of the Asperger’s, I come across a little mechanical at times. My wife softens my words on those occasions.

We both make sure that the context never gets changed. The other reason I’m telling you is because I post to Facebook, answer e-mail and reply to comments on the blog on my own, so if things come across a little different, that’s why.

One of the symptoms of Asperger’s is being intensely focused or obsessed with a topic, for me that topic is preparedness and this blog. I spend a significant amount of time dedicated to both, keeping a balance can take effort. That is partly because it might sound weird, but I find great joy in researching, learning and writing about the things I have learned.

Some of you have posted comments or sent e-mails thanking me for this blog. While I appreciate the compliments, the way I see it, I just do the typing, God deserves the credit. I’m not a writer by nature but I enjoy sharing with all of you. The fact that anyone shows up to read what I write is humbling. I am truly grateful for all of you and look forward to meeting all of you, in this world or when we all get home.

 

Comments

  1. Chris,
    Thanks for the insight! I think that vulnerability is something often lacking in our society (of course I mean the type of vulnerability that allows us to engage in genuine relationships, not the “make me a victim” type).

    I love that you have taken some time to share with us pieces of you that we wouldn’t have otherwise known.

    I love the way you work with your wife as well!

  2. Chris it is nice to see your handsome face and know you a little more. It is special to be talking to other Christians and hearing yours and their ideas about what is ahead of us, till the Lord sees fit to take us home. Keep it coming!

  3. Thanks for letting us get to know you. It helps a lot to know who’s posts you’re following. Have you made colloidal silver? I’m sure you know all about it, just wondering if you’ve prepared any and if you have feedback. Thanks again.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thank you, I wasn’t sure about posting the info, but I agree with you, I like knowing something about the people I follow as well, so I decided to go ahead. As for the colloidal silver, I know a little about it, and there have been a few people that have posted comments about it on the pandemic article. I have a book with instructions on making a colloidal silver generator (not sure if generator is the right term) and am really thinking about doing it.

  4. Love your dream job idea. Just heard of a person who was able to purchase land cheaply on acreage that was supposed to be a 55+ community. Only 2 homes had been built and filled. There was no demand for that “label” but I think there would be much demand for the kind of training project you’re dreaming of. Sign me up!

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thanks Susan. I’m not sure how much demand there might be, but if the Lord is willing, so am I lol.

  5. Debbie Ponzetti says:

    Thanks Chris for your time and your wife’s time. I will also thank God for your caring and your sharing. I too wish that I had a homestead to bug out to. By the way, we had another home invasion in our area last night. They picked on a 60 year old women. All this in rural northern Indiana. I pray that we don’t see worse times but I believe that we need to be prepared to protect ourselves and our family. God Bless

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thank you Debbie. Are the people doing the home invasions hurting anyone? Has law enforcement in the area stepped up patrols? I don’t know how feasible it would be, but you could form a type of neighborhood watch or come up another way to keep an eye on one another. I wish I could say otherwise but I think we all need to be ready to protect ourselves.

      • Debbie Ponzetti says:

        The first group was caught just before Christmas because they picked the wrong house and they found a man who had a gun. The thugs got so scared that they dropped their gun and ran. They beat up the other home owners but no one was killed. This last one the man cut the homeowner with a knife but she is ok. The problem is that we are very rural have a lot of Amish people and the houses they pick are far apart from other houses maybe a mile or 2 from the nearest house. No way to tell where they are going to hit next. We are spoiled here because we have not had any problem like this before. We do lock our doors at night but I am guilty of leaving my front door open when I am at home. It is hard to get us older people to change.

        • Chris Ray says:

          Well I am glad one group got caught, I hope this one does to before someone gets seriously hurt of worse.

  6. Chris,

    We have much in common and I find myselfing looking forward to reading Prepared Christian.

    I have passed it on to a number of like minded friends.

    God Bless

  7. I want to thank you for this blog, Chris…and your wife for assisting you….you are clearly a team that enjoys working together!
    This blog really helps me…At times I start wondering, as a Christian, if we’re doing the wrong thing….prepping! If our faith is weak…
    And just 2 weeks ago, we were invited to be a part of an group of preppers who are planning for an economic collapse, and we are planning to bug out to the “safe zone” when things get bad…so now….MORE guilt, since this will mean leaving our family and friends who we have TRIED to warn…but they don’t want to hear it! UGH!!
    I, like you, feel that God IS warning us..and it frustrates me that others won’t listen ..they even laugh at us!
    So this site is a blessing…Thank you!

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thank you Terri, we do enjoy working together and are a pretty good team. I’m glad the blog helps you, and as long as you’re not putting prepping before your relationship with Christ, or in front of the daily needs of your family, then there is no reason for the guilt, that is the enemy. I’m working on a few things that might help with the scoffers, I hope to have them ready for next week, but may be the week after.

    • Terri, you took the words right out of my mouth. Sometimes I feel guilty about spending money that could be used for other things and I worry if we are truly doing the right thing. It’s good to have this website to bounce ideas of other like-minded people.

    • Terri, like John the Baptist crying in the wilderness and they didn’t believe him and scoffed at him. Then when the event happened (Jesus came as the Messiah) many still didn’t believe. We can only do/say so much and as much as it hurts will have to let our family and friends suffer. I am prepping to shelter in place as we have no bug out place to go – unless you want to share the ‘safe-zone’ you mentioned 😉 God Bless!

  8. Chris,one of the most touching articles yet. Thanks for everything,and God bless you and your family.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thank you James

      Bless you too.

      • hey chris,just looked up colloidal silver,what exactly do you plan on doing with it,and is it something I should look into? Update on the weather,looks like tornado season has hit early this year. No damage to my area,it seems to have spared us,but alot of people lost everything. Also looks like the New Madrid fault is starting up again, 2 small quakes in less than a week. The first one was a 4.0.,and the second on March 1,was a 2.7. no damage reported from either. Just an update from Tennessee.

        • Chris Ray says:

          Hi James, thanks for the update. Tornado season is very early, I’m praying for those who lost everything and those who lost family. I remember seeing a few quake swarms last fall but I hadn’t heard of the recent Madrid action, that is interesting.

          From the research I have done it looks like colloidal silver has many medical benefits. I’ll post a link with a lot of information on it, I’m not endorsing that brand, just linking for the information given. There are also ways to make your own, so you don’t need to buy it. Mathew Stien is an author who wrote a couple of book, one called “When Technology Fails” I listened to a speech he gave and he said that in a big event, colloidal silver might be the only antibiotic available.

          http://www.colloidalsilver.com/

  9. Chris, I was told the Lord made a few perfect heads and covered the rest, I think yours is near perfect. Larry

  10. Kevin L says:

    Thank you Chris for all you do. I don’t post much but I read a lot. I appreciate your dedication to this cause. Keep up the good work my friend. Kevin.

  11. Thanks Chris for all of the time you have dedicated to educating us. I am in the information gathering phase and your blog has been a gift from God.

    Thanks
    David

  12. Thanks for sharing. My husband and I are trying to prepare and feel we are ahead of most people around here. We too wish we had our own place to “escape” to but just can’t do that right now. We do have 2 contingency places but can’t really fix them like we want as they belong to my son and my daughter. Love all the information I receive from you. God bless you and your wife.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thanks Bev, It sounds to me like you and your husband are doing just fine. Since you can’t stock your son and daughters places, you can make a list of the items you would need to bring with you. This way you don’t have to think at the last minute and can be on the road with your preps ASAP.

      • Thank Chris, We actually have a trailer packed and ready to go. Everything we still have in the house is ready to put in the truck and car, which will only take a short amount of time.

  13. chris,
    i’ve been using colloidal silver for years when i start getting any sore or scratchy throat. i mix a teaspoon with a glass of water, and it’s never failed to halt whatever i was fixing to catch. i would definitely be interested in learning how to make it.

    thank you and your wife for your work on this site. i’ve enjoyed reading the updates and reviews and tips. i feel humbled with your testimony. it is a blessing.
    God bless!

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thank you Jerry, that was a nice compliment. I think I’ll have to look into making the generator and either take some pictures or film it.

      Thanks again and God bless you too.

  14. Hey Chris, thanks for sharing when I first glanced at your pic I thought it was a pic of my son. The chrome dome and everything……:)

  15. Maureen Angiuli says:

    It’s more than nice to have a place that helps the “natural man” keep motivated on these matters… and the “holy man” grounded in the Word of God, and the ways and whys of God!
    Also must say… Good team work! Many blessings to you and yours. Be safe, be well and be blest!! Thanks.

  16. Hi, i’m in Canada and just found this site tonight. Up here, it is becoming more and more normal to hear whispers of people prepping. Thank you for all the wise information that you’ve posted here. Love it that you give God the glory for what he’s enabled you to do. We’re pretty remote where we are so, we don’t need a bug out location per se. However, prepping is costing a fair bit of $, I sometimes feel a bit overwhelmed at all the areas that need to be covered. That’s when I go back to God and realize all over again that He’s still in control, no matter how much prepping I’ve done. Thanks again!

    • Chris Ray says:

      Thank you for the kind words. It can get overwhelming, but you’re doing the right thing and going vertical and getting your focus back on the Lord.

  17. I wasn’t going to respond until I got to the end. I have a son who is PDD, and another who is extremely ADHD. My husband is also ADHD, but the Navy taught him to focus. He’s a 20 year veteran, and I’m a 4 year veteran, and that’s how we met. I probably have some asperger traits. I remember as a child “rehearsing” every social event I could think of and what my response would be, and rehearsing my facial expressions in a mirror. I, too have become focused on prepping and have no problem with the justification according to the Bible. It was good to find your site. I have tried to get my extended family on board, but most think I’m weird. My husband is with me, but his parents think it goes against God to prep. His brother just has his head in the sand and thinks economic collapse could never happin here. My mom’s side of the family is all too liberal to think it could happen to them, either. My parents think they don’t have enough money to prep. I just hope they don’t all show up on my doorstep hoping I’ll feed them. My husband and children come first.

    • Chris Ray says:

      I did some of the same rehearsal and practicing facial expressions. I have been told that I always look sad or angry, I think that is just because my face is expressionless most of the time. Guess I didn’t practice enough lol.

      Good luck with getting your extended family on board.

  18. Hey Chris ,
    Just commented on another of your posts but after I read this I had to say more…Rift War Saga got me hooked on Feist…I read the last two books In about two days while riding across the country with my parents.

    We live on 30 acres in NW Ohio but want to start a retreat in Colorado …mainly for pastors but also teaching others how to prep and homestead…We could possibly do it here but my wife has terrible allergies here and we are thinking of moving…drop me an email sometime…sounds like we have a lot in common.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Hi Randy,

      The rift war is how I got hooked as well. Fiest just release the last book in the saga a month or two ago, I haven’t picked it up yet.

      It does sound like we have a lot in common, thanks for commenting.

  19. Hey, Chris!

    I was linked to your site (indirectly) from the facebook page of an acquaintance who is, himself, intensely interested in prepping.

    I share this interest, too. However, the reason I’m dropping you a note is because, like you, my 12-year old son is an Aspy. Finding this out about you triggered two curiosities on my part: the first is regarding guns, military service & Asperger’s, and the other is about marriage & Asperger’s.

    I can ask my specific questions here, or, if you’d prefer in private email.

  20. Hi Chris,
    I find your website refreshing when I stumbled upon it today. Good to know a little about you and how God is helping you and your wife create a positive prepper blog, despite the hurdles. I found an abundance of resources up north here in the Chippewa where I live and work. If you ever need help on wild foods, homestead living, and the possibilities in your dreams, let me know.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Hi Woggie,

      Thanks for the kind words. I believe Chippewa county is in SE Minnesota, is that what you’re referring to?

      Curious what mean about the possibilities in my dreams.

      Thanks again,

      Chris

  21. A.W. Atkinson says:

    Dear Chris, New to your site. Just completed your free book. Was blessed by your insights in the book. A little thought about the Joseph story. The famine brought the tribe of Abraham to Egypt they left as the nation of Israel and were educated and were one of the most wealthy nations as Egypt gave them all their wealth. Remember Egypt became very wealthy because they were the only nation in the middle east who had food for seven years. Amazing story of how God used famine and his person Joseph to save many peoples and advance his chosen people. My one suggestion and this may in some of your writing and is in the book to have a basic outline of preparedness to include propane stove, sleeping bags, basic meds etc that almost every family can do whether or not in apartment or small house etc. Look forward to participating with future blogs. Encourage your firearm course, much needed. We need to be like Switzerland. If only we had the mountains. We need to support missions if we have excess wealth. Suspect the instablity in the middle east is so that many will hear about Christ as they flee ISIS etc. God Bless

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