Author Archives: Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
FRONT ROYAL, Va., Feb. 5, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Douglas R. Scott, Jr., president of the Planned Parenthood watchdog organization Life Decisions International, releases the following statement:
Business tycoon, television personality and presidential candidate Donald Trump has been courting pro-life voters and his positions on key issues have apparently “evolved” over the past months. But anyone who thinks Mr. Trump is one of us and is passionate about our cause is flatly mistaken. As a pro-lifer, he is currently a “house built upon sand.” He will likely cave as soon as the pro-abortion machine begins to put on the pressure.
Is claiming a radical conversion on abortion the only standard to which we hold candidates? Planned Parenthood and its legions would never support a candidate who went from strongly pro-life to pro-abortion. They would applaud the change of heart but demand to see concrete action over a long period of time to prove sincerity. But pro-life Americans seem willing to jump on the bandwagon of a “television star,” putting aside all critical thinking about what is truly important and wise.
I want to suggest, in the most respectful but urgent terms, that people who care about the right to life and back Mr. Trump for president are either woefully ignorant of the facts or very, very easy to please. And if there is anything we should not be it is ignorant and easy to please.
Pro-life voters need to start holding candidates to a higher standard. Even if we take Mr. Trump’s conversion at face value, we are talking about a man who has no political record. Moreover, it is not just important that the candidate be pro-life; it comes down to a question of just how important our issues rank with the candidate. Just how strong is the stated conviction? We have no reason to believe the right to life is a critically important issue to Mr. Trump. All we have is his word. But with the other candidates, we have a clear record of exactly what the issue means to them.
I have seen many news reports during which Mr. Trump is asked if he is pro-life. He routinely responds by saying, “As you know, I am pro-life.” The statement is never challenged, which gives Trump instant, albeit undeserved, credibility. Actually, Mr. Trump, no one knew you were pro-life. In fact, there is considerable evidence to the contrary. And when the words do not match the evidence, it is time for great caution.
Scott said the most egregious example is Trump’s association with the Better World Society – an elitist group founded by media mogul R. E. “Ted” Turner. The Society’s first project was the production of the population control propaganda film Increase and Multiply. The Society credited several groups for assisting in making the film, including Planned Parenthood of America (PPFA), International Planned Parenthood Federation, Zero Population Growth, and Center for Population Options. Its board of directors included Zhou Boping of the China Family Planning Association. The Society strongly advocated increased taxpayer spending on population control worldwide. The Better World Society gave awards to several prominent people for their work on the “population problem,” including former PPFA chief Faye Wattleton.
Turner spoke at the Society’s introductory ceremony where he declared the Ten Commandments are dead, outdated and not relevant to today’s global problems, such as overpopulation. “I bet no one here even pays much attention to ’em because they are too old,” he said. As a contemporary replacement, Turner proposed ten initiatives. The first specifically mentioned was, “I promise to have no more than two children or no more than my nation [national government] suggests.” Donald Trump was among the top donors to the Better World Society. Scripture says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” How much money has he donated to pregnancy help centers since the conversion started? I am looking for a hint of evidence to back the rhetoric, but there is none.
I don’t claim to have the gift of prophesy, but I can say with great certainty and confidence that every pro-life American who backs Mr. Trump will eventually come to regret it. He is a “rookie pro-lifer” at best. Trump should be red-shirted and benched until we all know he is fully ready to play and we can back him with great confidence. In the meantime, we will look to those men and women who have long and strong records of working to advance our agenda. There are good candidates to consider, including Carly Fiorina, Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well as several others. It is not the time to say, “Thanks for all you have done on behalf of preborn children for so many years, but I’m going to go with this unknown.”
What we do now will greatly impact what we can accomplish in the future. Let’s take a second look and think this through.
Douglas R. Scott, Jr., is president of Life Decisions International (LDI). He has worked in the Pro-Life Movement since 1980. LDI’s Corporate Funding Project has led more than 330 corporations to stop funding Planned Parenthood, which has cost the abortion-committing group some $45 million.
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield Founder & Editor FaithInspires.Org
As modern people we are inclined to believe only that which we can see, feel, and taste. We place great trust in logic or the scientific method. What then of faith with which we can do none of the above ? Faith cannot exist in the presence of proof, they are mutually exclusive concepts. So you see faith in the spiritual sense runs counter to our modern way of thinking.
Look first of all at what is says quite plainly at 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” Here scripture tells us directly that faith is not something which can be seen. However it also tells us that we are to guide our lives according to our faith in that which cannot be seen.
Hebrews 11:1 says much the same thing, ” Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” So Hebrews tells us that faith is in fact itself evidence ! How can this be ? For further clarification look at the words of Romans 8:24, ” For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?” The intangible nature of faith is also seen in the works of St. Augustine who said,” Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.” Our faith gives us hope, despite the fact our faith cannot be seen. Faith is what gives us hope even when the “facts,” or circumstances are against us.
Part of the reason that faith cannot be proven by earthly methods, is that it can accomplish so much more than our feeble minds can grasp. We see this in the words of Andrew Murray, “Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectation.” Faith coming from God is greater than the things of this world. So it follows that the things of this world would be insufficient to define it, or prove its existence. This perspective is shared by Alister McGrath long time president of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. McGrath wrote “Faith is not something that goes against the evidence, it goes beyond it. The evidence is saying to us, ‘There is another country. There is something beyond mere reason’.” So in McGrath’s view faith cannot be defined or proven through logic and reason, because faith is so far beyond their power.
Faith is then not based on any of the things we would normally view as “proof.” They are based on our trust in God, and the unique nature of who he is. The great Christian thinker A.W. Tozer made the same point this way, “True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. It is enough that God has said it”. So faith is about trust not proof !
Faith is also not without its rewards. Consider Christ’s own words on the subject. “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” John 20:29 (KJV)
Faith from God, and in God is the force which allows us to exceed what “ the world” can conceive. Because the world cannot fully grasp faith it cannot fully prove it. However the strong, mature Christian through prayer, and immersion in scripture gains the ability to tap into its power. Faith comes not from evidence found in this world, but trust in Christ !
The Texas Supreme Court decision highlights the ongoing struggle for religious liberty in America’s public schools
(Austin, Texas) Liberty Institute– In an 8-0 decision on Friday, the Texas Supreme Court issued a crucial decision in favorof the Kountze Cheerleaders, whose legal struggle began in 2012 when school officials opposed their right to paint Bible verses on sports banners.
The Supreme Court overturned a 2014 Texas court of appeals decision that had ruled the case “moot,” a decision which denied the cheerleaders the opportunity to defend their right to free speech and religious expression. The Justices ordered the Beaumont Court of Appeals to reconsider the case.
“This is an 8-0 victory for the free speech and religious liberty rights of all Texas students,” says Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute. “We are delighted that the court considered this case so straightforward that it did not even require oral argument.”
“In light of today’s Supreme Court ruling,” he added, “we look forward to defending the Kountze cheerleaders at the Court of Appeals and resolving this case permanently in the cheerleaders’ favor”
The Court’s decision on Friday followed extensive briefing by Liberty Institute and its volunteer attorneys James Ho and Prerak Shah of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP (who are serving as lead appellate counsel) and amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in October 2015, and U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornynin December 2015.
Justice Eva Guzman’s concurring opinion in favor of the Kountze cheerleaders accurately highlights the continuing struggle for religious liberty in America’s public schools. Justice Guzman agreed with Liberty Institute’s brief, and cited key free speech decisions—including landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions and past victories by Liberty Institute—that apply to the Kountze cheerleaders and make their situation a critical matter deserving special attention.
POSITIVE BIBLE VERSES BANNED FROM SCHOOL GROUNDS
In 2012, middle school and high school cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas, decided to paint positive and inspirational messages on run-through banners at football games. The decision to use Bible verses was made by the entire cheer squad and the students themselves. The cheerleaders and their families purchased all materials.
But after receiving a complaint letter from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Kountze ISD superintendent banned the religious messages.
Supported by their parents and the community, the cheerleaders decided to fight for their free speech and religious liberty rights. That’s when the case exploded into the limelight, garnering nation-wide attention.
In September 2012, Liberty Institute and Beaumont attorney David Starnes filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Kountze cheerleaders and their parents, seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) and temporary injunction to prohibit government school officials from censoring the cheerleaders’ religious speech.
The judge granted the TRO (and later a temporary injunction), allowing the cheerleaders to continue using the signs for the remainder of the 2012 football season.
In May 2013, Hardin County District Court Judge Steven Thomas granted the cheerleaders final judgment finding that the banners are “constitutionally permissible.”
But Kountze ISD appealed the District Court’s decision to the Texas Court of Appeals in Beaumont, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) jumped in to file a brief against the cheerleaders. In May 2014, the Beaumont Court of Appeals said that because Kountze ISD now stated it would allow the banners, the case was moot. The court of appeals’ decision, however, left unresolved the claim by the Kountze ISD that the cheerleaders’ banners were government speech subject to school censorship or an outright ban. On behalf of the cheerleaders, appellate lead counsel Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, David Starnes, and Liberty Institute sought a review of that decision from the Texas Supreme Court. The Court reversed the lower court’s decision without oral argument on January 26, 2016, sending the case back to the Beaumont Court of Appeals.
AT STAKE: STUDENTS’ FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN SCHOOL
As chronicled in Liberty Institute’s Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America, attacks against the religious free speech rights of students are escalating as more and more organizations send misinformation and legal threats to school officials.
But the law is on the side of religious freedom in schools. While the Texas Supreme Court ruling on Friday is a victory, the war for the permanent protection of the Kountze students’ rights is still ongoing. Liberty Institute vows to continue the fight on behalf of the Kountze cheerleaders at the Court of Appeals and beyond, if necessary, and to protect freedom for future students nationwide.
To learn more about the religious rights of students and teachers in school, read or download Liberty Institute’s free Religious Liberty Protection Kit forStudents and Teachers.
WILLS POINT, Texas, Jan. 28, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Gospel for Asia (GFA)-supported missionaries and workers will reach out with food, clothing and medical aid on Jan. 31, World Leprosy Day, to more than 4,000 sufferers in 63 leprosy colonies, highlighting the plight of those suffering from this brutal, but highly treatable disease.
Photo: Sisters of Compassion, a Gospel for Asia-supported women’s missionary outreach, frequently ministers to leprosy victims across South Asia. GFA is observing World Leprosy Day, Jan. 31, by helping meet the needs of more than 4,000 sufferers in 63 leprosy colonies.
“Typically, it is the poor who suffer most often from the effects of this illness – the clawed hands, the damaged vision, the lost tissue, the permanent limp from damaged feet,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia. “World Leprosy Day underscores the need to eradicate this terrible disease, while at the same time bringing comfort to those afflicted in the name of Jesus.”
Leprosy, a disease known since biblical times, still exists in small population pockets throughout the world, even though effective treatment is available for free through the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the WHO, approximately 180,000 people worldwide suffered from leprosy in the first quarter of 2014, the last year for which statistics are available. An estimated 50 children a day are diagnosed with the disease.
World Leprosy Day commemorates the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s death, who was a lifelong advocate for victims of leprosy. It is celebrated each year on the Sunday closest to the January 30 anniversary of the Indian leader’s death.
Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries and workers frequently participate in World Leprosy Day activities and work year-round to serve those who suffer with the disease. Last year, GFA-supported volunteers distributed blankets and food at leprosy colonies and to leprosy sufferers around railroad stations. As part of their continuing ministry to leprosy victims, several volunteers at a colony in Lucknow helped leprosy sufferers receive sandals that would accommodate the ravages of their illness.
This year Gospel for Asia will expand beyond last year’s efforts to bring blankets, food and medicine to leprosy colonies in northern, eastern and western India. They will be ministering in colonies in West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
People who minister to those with leprosy are often aiding people who have been shunned because of the disfigurements brought on by the disease. One female sufferer told GFA-supported volunteers, “When I would go to the hospital for a checkup, doctors used to throw the medicine [at me] [on the floor so they wouldn’t have to touch me]. I don’t know whom you are worshipping, but He is a loving God.”
“Leprosy can easily be treated in today’s modern world. Unfortunately, for those living in remote areas and without access to basic medical care, it continues to spread,” said Yohannan. “As long as leprosy exists, we must obey Christ’s command to comfort the afflicted and minister to them as His hands and feet.” For more information about Gospel for Asia’s leprosy ministry, go to www.gfa.org/cs/leprosy-ministry.
Gospel for Asia is a missions organization sharing the love of Jesus across South Asia. For more information, go to www.gfa.org.
For more information, contact GFA Media @ 972-300-3379 or email@example.com.
MERCER ISLAND, Wash., Jan. 26, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Healthy, flourishing workplace culture makes for increasingly effective organizations.
That’s the upside for 62 faith-based organizations across the U.S., Canada and Australia, which have just been honored as Certified Best Christian Workplaces by the Best Christian Workplaces Institute (BCWI).
BCWI’s FLOURISH Model measures eight essential factors of a thriving, healthy culture: fantastic teams, life-giving work, outstanding talent, uplifting growth, rewarding compensation, inspirational leadership, sustainable strategy and healthy communication.
The Certified status reflects a “healthy-to-flourishing” culture, meeting predetermined standards of excellence on each of these eight factors. BCWI pioneered and perfected the anonymous, online employee survey instrument that compiles and calibrates individuals’ responses.
“Attaining BCWI Certification is not easy,” said BCWI President Al Lopus. “About half of the organizations we survey achieve Certification, and many organizations survey multiple years before receiving this distinction.”
Since 2003, BCWI has served more than 700 faith-based organizations throughout North America and beyond.
The organizations Certified between July 1, 2015 and January 20, 2016 are:
Bethlehem Baptist Church – Minneapolis, MN
Church of the King – Mandeville, LA
Community Christian Church – Naperville, IL
Cornwall Church – Bellingham, WA
Cross Point Church – Nashville, TN
Crossroads Christian Church – Evansville, IN
Eastminster Presbyterian Church – Wichita, KS
Experience Life Church – Lubbock, TX
First Free Church – Onalaska, WI
Floris United Methodist Church – Herndon, VA
Gateway Church – Southlake, TX
Harvest Church – Billings, MT
Legacy Christian Church – Overland Park, KS
Mountain Christian Church – Joppa, MD
Park Community Church – Chicago, IL
Redeemer Lutheran Church – Fort Collins, CO
River Pointe Church – Richmond, TX
Valley Ranch Baptist Church – Coppell, TX
Vineyard Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH
The Wesleyan Church – Fishers, IN
PARACHURCH AND MISSIONS
Apartment Life – Euless, TX
Care Net – Lansdowne, VA
Christian Veterinary Mission – Seattle, WA
Compassion Canada – London, ON, Canada
CRISTA Ministries – Seattle, WA
English Language Institute/China – Fort Collins, CO
The Gideons International – Nashville, TN
Joni and Friends – Agoura Hills, CA
Kids Around the World – Rockford, IL
Miracle Hill Ministries – Greenville, SC
Novo Ministries – Oklahoma City, OK
Reasons to Believe – Covina, CA
Vision House – Renton, WA
Water Mission (formerly Water Missions International) – Charleston, SC
Willow Creek Association – South Barrington, IL
World Concern – Seattle, WA
WorldServe Ministries (Canada) – Surrey, BC, Canada
Bethlehem College & Seminary – Minneapolis, MN
College of Biblical Studies-Houston – Houston, TX
Crossroads Bible College – Indianapolis, IN
Grace School of Theology – The Woodlands, TX
Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, IL
Briarcrest Christian School – Memphis, TN
College Heights Christian School – Joplin, MO
King’s Schools – Seattle, WA
Lionheart Children’s Academy – Euless, TX
Seattle Urban Academy – Seattle, WA
Toledo Christian Schools – Toledo, OH
Valley Christian Schools – Cerritos, CA
CAMPS AND CONFERENCE CENTERS
CRISTA Camps – Seattle, WA
WinShape Retreat – Mount Berry, GA
CRISTA Media – Seattle, WA
Jewish Voice Ministries International – Phoenix, AZ
KSBJ – Humble, TX
LightMelbourne – Mitcham, VIC, Australia
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) – Orlando, FL
CapinCrouse LLP – Greenwood, IN
Christian Family Care – Phoenix, AZ
Classical Conversations – West End, NC
Garland Heart – Plano, TX
Lead Like Jesus – Spartanburg, SC
Samaritan Ministries International – Peoria, IL
About Best Christian Workplaces Institute
The Best Christian Workplaces Institute is an international non-profit, research-based, organizational development and human resources consulting firm, with head offices in Mercer Island, Washington. Their vision is to see Christian workplaces set the standard as the best, most effective places to work in the world. Learn more at www.bcwinstitute.org. Find weekly success stories at blog.bcwinstitute.org and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bestchristianworkplacesinstitute.
Survey shows majority of “pro-choice” supporters now favor a number of abortion restrictions
WASHINGTON, Jan. 22, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Nearly 6 in 10 Americans (57 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Even a quarter of those who identify as “pro-choice” agree. The data was included in the results of a survey by The Marist Poll released this week in Washington.
The survey also found that majorities of pro-choice Americans support substantial restrictions on abortion. Americans as a whole – and pro-life Americans –support restrictions at even higher rates.
Two-thirds of pro-choice Americans would support limiting abortion to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. The view is shared by 8 in 10 Americans overall (81 percent). More than 6 in 10 pro-choice Americans (62 percent) and a similar number of Americans overall (61 percent) would ban abortion after 20 weeks, except to save the life of the mother. And more than half of those who identify as pro-choice would ban taxpayer funding of abortion, a view shared by 68 percent of Americans overall.
“The idea that those who say they are pro-choice believe abortion should not be substantially restricted simply doesn’t match reality. The data clearly show that there is a consensus in this country in favor of significant abortion restrictions, and that this consensus includes a majority of those who say they are pro-choice,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson. “We need a conversation that reflects the reality of this unity instead of the fiction that the label means something it does not.”
Additionally, 77 percent of Americans, including 71 percent of those who are pro-choice, say that laws can protect both a mother and her unborn child.
By a 25-point margin, Americans (55 to 30 percent) say abortion ultimately does a woman more harm than good. Even about 1 in 4 who identify as pro-choice (27 percent) also share this view.
Six in 10 Americans (60 percent), say abortion is “morally wrong.” One-third of pro-choice Americans agree (33 percent).
There was almost no difference in the responses between women and men.
The survey of 1,686 adults was conducted Nov. 15-22, 2015, by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Adults 18 years of age and older residing in the continental United States were interviewed in English and Spanish by telephone using live interviewers. Results for adults are statistically significant within ±2.4 percentage points. The error margin increases for cross-tabulations.
For more details about the survey results and methodology, visit kofc.org/polls.
HOUSTON, Jan. 21, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing – DRR announced today their entrant to compete in the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 29, 2016. Kingdom Racing will once again partner with Dreyer & Reinbold with Gas Monkey Garage as the primary sponsor for the No.24 car piloted by Sage Karam.
This will mark Kingdom Racing’s ninth year competing at the Indianapolis 500. “Again teaming up with the Dreyer & Reinbold team and Sage is a great combination for Kingdom Racing,” said Kingdom Racing’s founder George Del Canto, whose team first entered the Indy 500 in 2008. “We are here for a Higher Purpose, but we’re also here to win the 500. We believe that with Dennis and Sage we can run the 500 to win it. We can’t wait to see the Gas Monkey Garage Special car on the track in May.” This will also mark the fifth year that Kingdom Racing and Dreyer & Reinbold team up for the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
This season, Kingdom Racing plans to host multiple ministry events, festivals and appearances throughout the United States. Kingdom Racing will continue to reach thousands of people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Trackside Fan Festivals, Infield Ambassadors, Miles of Smiles ministries, and other events in partnership with churches and ministries.
About Kingdom Racing:
Kingdom Racing’s mission is to Deliver God’s Word Through Motorsports. Their unique approach combines racing and ministry outreach with the goal of reaching one million men for Jesus Christ. For more information, visit www.KingdomRacing.net or join their social media fan communities at ‘KingdomRacing’ on Facebook and Twitter.
About Gas Monkey Garage:
In 2002, Richard Rawlings launched Gas Monkey Garage. The Garage created and transported automobiles for customers worldwide. Since 2012, the facility has been the focus of the Discovery Channel series Fast N’ Loud. In 2016, Gas Monkey Garage will serve as the primary sponsor for the Kingdom Racing – DRR No.24 entrant piloted by Sage Karam.
About Sage Karam:
Karam, 20, is one of the top young open-wheel drivers in the world after an impressive teenage career with championships in Firestone Indy Lights and US Formula 2000. The Nazareth, Pa., former high school wrestling star made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the 2014 Indy 500 for Kingdom Racing –DRR with a sensational drive from 31st to ninth. Karam won the “Hard Charger” award for his stellar performance as well as he and his crew placing second in the Indy 500 Pit Crew Championship. Karam returns to the Indianapolis 500 for his third appearance in the world’s biggest auto race with Kingdom Racing –DRR in the No. 24 Gas Monkey Garage Special.
About Dreyer & Reinbold Racing:
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was founded in 2000 by Indianapolis car dealer Dennis Reinbold. The legacy of the Dreyer and Reinbold family dates back to the 1920s with Reinbold’s grandfather, the legendary Floyd “Pop” Dreyer, a former factory motorcycle racer. Dreyer served as a crewman and mechanic on the famed Duesenberg driven by Benny Shoaff and Babe Stapp in the 1927 Indy 500. Dreyer went on to build Indy 500 cars in the 1930s of which many started on the front row. In addition, Dreyer constructed championship-winning sprint cars and midgets as well as quarter midgets called Dreyerettes. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing captured its first win in 2000 with driver Robbie Buhl at Walt Disney World Speedway in Orlando, Fla., and has fielded a variety of drivers including Buhl, Buddy Lazier, Sarah Fisher, Buddy Rice, Ryan Briscoe, Al Unser Jr., Townsend Bell and Sage Karam.
Jan. 21, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — Since November 2014, Indiana’s Pregnancy and Parenting Support Program has served 11,036 clients at 24,162 support service visits in Indiana. The taxpayer-funded program exists to offer women counseling and mentoring support as an alternative to abortion.
Real Alternatives is the statewide administrator for the program. Kevin Bagatta, President and CEO of Real Alternatives said, “Thanks to this state program, Indiana women who are alone and facing an unexpected pregnancy have another person to assist them which empowers them to overcome obstacles and pressures so they can choose life for their preborn baby.” Real Alternatives uses a growing network of 19 pregnancy support centers and social service agencies in Indiana to provide caring, compassionate, and trained counselors who offer free pregnancy support and parenting education services to women.
In the program’s first fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, 8,737 women from 47 counties were provided comprehensive counseling, mentoring, education, and support services for up to nine (9) months of pregnancy and twelve (12) months after the birth of their baby. The northern regional pilot program received funding of $1.0 million that fiscal year through the Indiana State Department of Health. The Program’s administrative cost ratio, including start-up, was a very low 8.12%. Due to its rapid success, the Program has been increased to $3.5 million to provide services statewide to Indiana women.
In July 2015, the Indiana State Department of Health reported that the number of resident abortions performed in Indiana in the year 2014 rose slightly to 7,621 from the previous year. Real Alternatives Vice President, Thomas Lang pointed out, “With the difficult economic times we have experienced the last couple of years, comes increased pressure to abort. For women who come to our Program pressured by others to abort, 87% no longer consider abortion after receiving services in our Program.”
Real Alternatives has been providing life-affirming pregnancy support services for 20 years in Pennsylvania. That high performance and fiscally accountable program has assisted over 260,000 women in need who sought out the Program’s services.
Its not surprising that Real Alternatives has assisted 12 other states with starting taxpayer-funded programs to reach out to women facing unexpected pregnancies in their states. Real Alternatives administers statewide Pregnancy and Parenting Support Services Programs in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Michigan. Women in those states can receive services by going to
www.realalternatives.org/PressKit/Video-PACrowd.htm or by calling 1-888-LIFE-AID.
“Pray for everyone you know… especially for rulers and governments…so we can be quietly about our business of living…” — 1 Timothy 2:1-3 MSG
ATLANTA, Jan. 20, 2016 /Christian Newswire/ — The following is submitted by Dr. Alveda King:
When asked about Governor Palin’s recent endorsement, I told Neil Cavuto when he asked me about the Trump phenomenon that: “Shake-ups aren’t always bad.”
In the upcoming days with all of the elections before us, let’s be mindful and prayerful because our nation and our world are in trouble. Let’s pray for all leaders and candidates and rely on God to guide us to the voting booths and obey God’s directions when we get there.
No politics as usual, no dirty tricks. It can’t be about our favorites this time. It’s not to be a personality contest because there’s too much at stake.
At the end of the day, we’ll need to vote for a winner. We need to be able to cast a vote without having participated in character assassinations in order to advance our favorites. We can’t afford to hate any candidate.
We need to overcome abortion, heal and strengthen the procreative family, combat poverty and violence and racism. We need to minimize war and put America back to work. We need to be free to worship God in the public square. We need to love each other in an Agape way; and as my Uncle MLK said: “We must learn to live together as brothers [and sisters] or perish together as fools.”