Jimmy Carter

Prayers for President Jimmy Carter

English: US President Jimmy Carter

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Dear President Jimmy Carter:

Although I don’t agree with you on most political issues, we share strong affinities on faith, family and altruism. Your greatest impact on humanity has come after serving as President of the United States of America. The invaluable work you’ve done to promote peace, human rights, democracy, fair elections, healthcare and much more for people across the globe will forever be appreciated.  President Carter, you’re truly a great man. The significant difference you’ve made in the lives of countless individuals across the world is honored by God. God is now using you as an example for the world to see how to fight cancer with faith, grace, and trust in Jesus Christ.  You’re showing the world that a cancer diagnosis is not a reason to lose all hope.

While most folks in your situation would become despondent, cry profusely, and talk persistently about dying, you’ve made a commitment to smiling, sharing your underrated humor and continuing to focus on the impressive philanthropic work you’ve been engaged in for a long time with the Carter Center.

Christians are to serve as examples for the world about how to respond to illness and disease.  The way in which you have responded to cancer is a shining example of how the bible teaches us to respond. When we place our life in the hands of God, He takes care of us, and we have to remind people that death does not have the final word. Because of what Jesus accomplished for us on Calvary’s Cross, death no longer has any power.

President Carter, I want you to stay encouraged and continue to live an inspiring life. People across the world are praying for you to be healed and delivered from this cancer that has come from the pit of Hell. You’re a man of God and Satan’s diseases have no right and authority to dwell in your body. As a person of great faith, I speak healing and deliverance to your body right now.  I apply and appropriate the Blood of Jesus Christ on you right now. By faith, according to Mark 11:23-24, you’re already healed and made whole!

Keep placing all of your trust in God.

Sincerely,

Dr. Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison

President Jimmy Carter: An Objective Look

President Jimmy Carter

(Photo Credit: The Carter Center)

James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. is the only Georgian to have served as President of the United States.  He was born in Plains, Georgia.  Carter graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and served in the Navy for 7 years.  In 1954, he resigned from his Navy commission and returned to Plains, Georgia to manage his family’s warehouse and cotton gin businesses and a peanut farm.

In 1962, Carter was elected to the Georgia senate and was elected governor of Georgia in 1970.  During his term as governor, he reorganized the state’s executive branch, eliminating the number of government agencies from 300 to 25.  He also had an impact on Georgia’s court system: he engendered a unified approach to the courts and changed the selection of judges to a merit process.  Governor Carter appointed the first woman as a state judge.  He created the Georgia Heritage Trust, which functions to preserve Georgia’s natural and cultural resources.  Governor Carter expanded special education, vocational education, and pre-school education.  Additionally, he expanded state mental health services for Georgians.  At the end of his term in 1976, he informed Georgians that he would be a Democratic candidate for the presidential nomination.

Carter defeated President Gerald R. Ford in November of 1976 and served only one term.

As President, he created a national energy policy, completed major civil service reforms, expanded the national park system, deregulated the trucking and airline industries, and developed the Department of Education.

Carter’s presidency, however, suffered mightily from national economic problems: inflation and interest rates were high.  When Carter tried to lower inflation and interest rates, those efforts led to a short-term recession.

In foreign policy, he will most likely be known for negotiating the 1978 Camp David Peace Accords between Israel and Egypt, which was the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab neighboring state.  President Carter was able to get congressional ratification of the Panama Canal treaties and established full diplomatic relations with China.  After Russia invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979, he withdrew the United States from the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow and increased aid to Pakistan.  He also advocated for human rights across the world.

In November of 1979, militants seized control of the U.S. Embassy in Iran and held 52 Americans hostage.  Those 52 Americans were held captive for 14 months.  Iran didn’t release them until 1981—on the day Carter left office.

The horrible economy and the mishandling of the 52 American hostages greatly contributed to his defeat in 1980.  He lost in a landslide to President Ronald Reagan.

After his defeat to President Reagan, Carter returned to Georgia and he became active in negotiating peace, fighting diseases, and ensuring fair elections across the globe.  He’s playing an instrumental role in Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to build economical housing.

Antonio Maurice Daniels

University of Wisconsin-Madison