Friday, July 19, 2019

Fwd: Trump's Protect Life Rule and Planned Parenthood's political agenda



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From: PA Family Institute <mail@pafamily.org>
Date: Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 3:35 PM
Subject: Trump's Protect Life Rule and Planned Parenthood's political agenda
To: Kelly Horning <philandkelly@gmail.com>


Hawkins | Centofante | Klusendorf | Musgrave | Geer
Life Action Conference - July 23-24, 2019 - Lancaster, PA
Register today: pafamily.org/lifeaction2019

FINAL DAY to register for the Life Action Conference!

Today is the final day to register for this can't miss event!  Click here to register or for more information on the specifics of the conference.  We would love to see you come out for this event!  

A big announcement will be made during the conference...so stay tuned!  

 

PFI in Lancaster News piece on Trump administration's Title X rule 

On Monday, the Trump administration informed taxpayer-funded family planning institutions that they are no longer allowed to refer for abortion-related services and receive federal funding.  Title X, through independent clinics all over the nation, serves about four million women every year, and federal law does not allow any of the funds to go directly toward abortions.  With this new rule, anyone receiving federal funding for family planning services are not allowed to refer for an abortion.  

Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in Pennsylvania, had been one of those receiving this federal funding and will now have to withdraw from the Title X program in order to offer their abortion-centered services.  Governor Wolf, in a written statement, expressed his disappointment with the new rule saying that it "keeps women from getting access to information about their health care."  

The Trump administration's Protect Life Rule is a step forward for the pro-life movement.  

Here's PFI President Michael Geer on the Protect Life Rule:

"Polls consistently show that a majority of Americans don't want their tax dollars used to perform or refer for abortions. And yet, for decades groups like Planned Parenthood have played a deceptive shell game with taxpayer dollars, freeing up money for them to promote and perform abortions. The result is that Planned Parenthood gets roughly $60 million per year through what has become a slush fund for the abortion giant. We applaud the Trump administration for taking action to finally bring this unjust practice to an end."

Click here to read the full article from Lancaster online. 

 

Planned Parenthood: Aiming to get more political with changes in leadership

Dr. Leana Wen, former President of Planned Parenthood, was released from her position as the organization's head on July 16 due to "philosophical differences" over the future direction of the company.  In a personal statement to colleagues via twitter, she stated that "the new Board leadership has determined that the priority of Planned Parenthood moving forward is to double down on abortion rights advocacy."  Not only are they responsible for half of the abortions that take place in Pennsylvania and thousands elsewhere, but they have shown that they are willing to phase out anyone who is not fully committed to pushing their political agenda.  

Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates (PPPA) just announced a new Executive Director on July 10 as well, Ashley Lenker White, who comes from seven years working with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA).  PSBA has long opposed parental choice and rights in education, exposing yet another area where Planned Parenthood and others seek to infiltrate the system, override the voice of parents, and push their political/reproductive health agenda. 

 

City on the Hill 2019

City on the Hill is this coming week, and our staff is looking forward to spending time with and educating the great young adults who will be attending.  Follow PFI on social media for updates from this great week and thank you for your prayers on behalf of both our students and staff!

 

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Fwd: The time is now, for powerful voice and peaceful solidarity.



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From: CWS Lancaster <sgromek@cwsglobal.org>
Date: Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 9:44 AM
Subject: The time is now, for powerful voice and peaceful solidarity.
To: info@gehmanmennonitechurch.org <info@gehmanmennonitechurch.org>


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Dear Friends and Supporters of Refugees and Immigrants,

Late last evening, reports broke that administration officials have begun conversations around the FY2020 Presidential Determination for Refugee Admissions, and that some are advocating for the number of arrivals for the upcoming year to be zero. Yes, zero. 

While these are preliminary conversations, we cannot let this go any further.  With more than 70 million refugees and displaced people in the world today, we are in the middle of the worst refugee crisis in world history.  This is not the time for the United States—a world democratic leader—to back off from our promise to offer freedom and safe haven to the most vulnerable.  Zeroing out refugee resettlement would have grave long-term implications devastating thousands of refugees in dangerous situations and compromising a valuable diplomatic tool that is essential to stabilizing relationships all around the world.

Over the recent years, refugees and immigrants have faced unprecedented obstacles and challenges as they seek to rebuild their lives in the US. You stood tall beside them and CWS, and continued in lifting your voice of solidarity.

NOW is a time unlike any other.

We must respond quickly, and with a voice so powerful that it is clear-- the US is a place of welcome for those fleeing persecution. We must stand tall, to let our elected officials know that Lancaster stands, as tall as the trees, in solidarity with ALL our neighbors, and that refugees are welcome in our community. We must increase our pressure on Congress, to represent their communities with a voice of the people- not a political party. 

Refugees are not a political tool to be handled on a whim because an election year is coming up. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers. They are you and me- caught in a conflict with no other hope than the hope for resettlement. 

CWS has shown time and time again, that we are anxiously awaiting their arrival, so that we can introduce them to this incredible place we call Lancaster. You are the reason we have been called the Refugee Capital of the Nation- because your welcome has far surpassed expectations.

We are called once more, to lift our voices in show of powerful and peaceful solidarity. TODAY, and in the upcoming days and weeks ahead CWS in Lancaster will equip you with the tools and resources to demonstrate our collective support of refugees. This is a human issue. And we have every intention on demonstrating this. 

If you have a friend, an uncle, a brother, or a sister who is not sure about the situation, invite them to talk about it- don't shy away from a challenging conversation. In the face of discomfort, lies an opportunity for change.

For today and every day this weekend, we ask you to call on your elected officials. For many of us this is Congressman Lloyd Smucker, who represents the Lancaster area. A sample script is below. 

CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY:
Call (202) 224-3121 three times to be connected to your 2 Senators and 1 Representative:

Sample Script: "I'm your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I urge you to do everything in your power to protect the U.S. asylum system & refugee resettlement program from being decimated by the administration. After barring people from seeking asylum if they travel through another country, the administration is considering setting the refugee admissions goal for next year at ZERO. Congress must hold the administration accountable. By law, the administration must consult with Congress prior to setting the refugee admissions goal, which means you are uniquely poised to ensure that the administration fulfills its obligation to consult with Congress ahead of deciding how many refugees to welcome in FY20. Please do everything in your power to see that the administration stops its attacks on asylum seekers and commits to resettling 95,000 refugees in 2020. My community welcomes refugees, and I urge you to reflect the best of our nation by supporting refugee resettlement."

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Until a final determination on the national capacity is decided, the days and weeks ahead will be long. But regardless of the situation, CWS in Lancaster will be here, just as we have been for the past 32-years, providing hope and support to refugees and immigrants of Lancaster County.

If you'd like to make a donation to further support our work locally, you can do so here

We are honored and ever grateful for your peaceful solidarity. 

In strength, 

Sheila Mastropietro, Lancaster Office Director

 

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Your contributions made through CWS Lancaster work within programs serving refugees and immigrants of Lancaster County. Thank you!

 
 

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Fwd: One is a big number in God’s economy



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From: Global Disciples <enews@globaldisciples.org>
Date: Fri, Jul 19, 2019 at 12:50 PM
Subject: One is a big number in God's economy
To: <info@gehmanmennonitechurch.org>


Dreaming of Millions, Celebrating Each One
We talk about numbers and multiplication in Global Disciples circles. For us, every number has a name. Every name represents a person. Each person has an eternal destiny. And God "desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:3).

Every man, woman, and child is created in the image of God and designed for a loving relationship with their Creator, through Christ.

One of our Global Disciples guiding principles is to nurture what multiplies, measure results, and collaborate. ONE is a big number in God's economy. Luke 15 reminds us that God has the heart of a shepherd for a lost sheep, the heart of a woman who lost a valuable coin, and the heart of a Father for a lost son. He wants to give us that same heart!

Our world population has been growing by one billion people every 13 years; the most rapid growth is among those least-reached with the Gospel of Jesus. Reaching them requires multiplication: near-culture disciples making disciples who make disciples…

So, we focus on nurturing what multiplies. We assist clusters of churches in 57 nations to equip their people as disciple-makers who go and make disciples among least-reached ethnic groups living nearby. And it's working—really well!

We know because we measure results—we focus on the number of people who come to Christ and are engaged in a newly-planted fellowship of believers. These numbers are reported by the church planter, verified by the key leader in their church cluster, and confirmed by our Global Disciples Facilitator.

We understand that our vision—to see everyone have an opportunity to choose and follow Jesus—is much bigger than what any one organization can accomplish. So, we collaborate with more than 1,200 clusters of churches near least-reached peoples. They use our training and sending approach to develop locally-sustainable, near-culture missions in just three years. It's theirs. We stay connected, coaching and encouraging them, and linking them with others doing the same thing.

We seek to live out Jesus' prayer in John 17:20-24 that we may be one, so the world will know Him!   
-Galen Burkholder, Founder/CEO
Can one day change the world?

Yes, it can! Through GoGlobal 1Day, you help Christians around the world to build God's Kingdom. You experience the joy of reaching people with the Gospel in places you may never get to visit. You take part in fulfilling Jesus' Great Commission and multiply the Body of Christ among least-reached people.

So, rally your friends, gather your family, and challenge your church to pray, share, and give to make it possible for people around the world to hear the Good News of Jesus.

Pray – Pray for the least-reached with Global Disciples each month on the First Friday. Sign up for prayer texts, monthly notifications, and requests from our worldwide prayer team.

Share – Join our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter communities to see and share Global Stories with your friends, family, and followers. 

Give – On your own with a one-time personal donation equal to "1Day" of earnings
Mark your calendars now for the Lancaster area GoGlobal 1Day event on September 6, 2019, from 5-8:30 pm at the WJTL Junction Center, Manheim, PA. 

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