Thank you for helping make our evenings in Wichita and Overland Park on May 10 and 11 so special.

The theme was “Unleashing Citizenship.” We heard from Gov. Sam Brownback; David and Jason Benham, who shared from their book “Living Among Lions”; Eric Teetsel, president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas; and Paul Weber, president of Family Policy Alliance. We’re thankful that you are a part of our work.

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Wichita

Billie and Steve Brunk

Paul Weber is president of Family Policy Alliance

Steve Brunk was presented with the Daniel Award for his service to Kansas and to the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Eric shared a story about William Penn standing up for his beliefs in the face of a prideful government official.

David and Jason Benham encouraged us to be “chocolate chips in the cookie dough of culture.”

They shared from their book “Living Among Lions”

Jason said we should let go of whatever we are holding on to and focus our attention on God and his plans for our lives.

Eric Teetsel is president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Overland Park

Eric Teetsel, president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback

David Benham, Gov. Brownback, Jason Benham

Paul Weber is president of Family Policy Alliance

Gov. Brownback has signed 18 pro-life bills into law.

Paul Weber shared the strategy of Family Policy Alliance toward a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Eric Teetsel shares how something as simple as tipping a hat became an issue of religious freedom for William Penn.

Jason and David Benham cracked us up.

Eric Teetsel presented Charles Macheers with the Daniel Award for his service in the Kansas House.

Robyn Essex, Kim Kentera, Jason Benham, David Benham, Eric Teetsel, Paul Weber, Amy Adams, Stuart Shepard

David and Jason Benham share how their faith cost them a spot on HGTV, because they dared to voice an opinion.

Paul Weber talks to them along with Eric Teetsel, president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas, at our event near Kansas City. They offer their opinions on religious freedom in the U.S.

You helped make our events in Wichita and Overland Park a success!

Eric is especially thankful for your partnership and your support as we work together to build a Kansas where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

If you’d like to join us in this work, please click on the red Donate button. Thank you.

Our annual events in Wichita and Overland Park are next week and seats are filling up fast! The Benham Brothers will be there to challenge and inspire us with their story of standing strong for their faith – you won’t want to miss it. And Gov. Sam Brownback will attend both events.

Reserve your seat now:

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d., May 10th | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts & Program
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1550 N. Lindberg Circle, Wichita

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Thurs., May 11th | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts & Program
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7341 W 133rd Street, Overland Park

The time is now for the Church to get serious about what’s going on in the world around us.

Just this week, we’ve seen Congress pass a budget that continues to fund Planned Parenthood, despite their pledge to defund the nation’s largest abortion provider. And President Trump signed a religious freedom executive order that, while a good first step, falls well short of what’s needed.

Those who care about life, family, and religious freedom must be vigilant; our leaders will only act if they know what we expect of them and that we will hold them accountable.

Our vision is for a state and nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished. Join us next week to learn more and discover how you can be involved.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President

PS. I hope to see you next week at one of our events. They’re sponsored by Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Lighthouse Financial Strategies and the Family Policy Foundation of Kansas.

A new independent, conservative media outlet has launched in Kansas and Missouri. It’s called The Sentinel and its stated purpose is “to hold government and mainstream media accountable for providing complete, accurate and unbiased information so that citizens can make their own informed decisions on matters of public policy.”

Recently, The Sentinel asked me 20 Questions about the Family Policy Alliance, my views on faith and politics, and our legislative agenda. Here’s part of the interview:

What are some of the most important Evangelical issues facing the state of Kansas today?

The ongoing battle to defend the rights of the unborn is the social justice issue of our generation. Someday, our descendants will look back and wonder in horror how we allowed defenseless babies to be killed in utero. Nothing is more important.

There are, however, other issues that stem from America’s failure to understand the dignity of human life. In just the last few years, the movement to redefine sexual norms has expanded into territory that goes into deeper questions of human identity. Many Americans can no longer tell you what it means to be male or female. This is stunning, frightening, and not going away any time soon.

What connection does Family Policy Alliance of Kansas have to other evangelical organizations, if any?

Family Policy Alliance of Kansas works closely with many important institutions doing policy work, like the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Family Research Council (FRC). Our organization has roots with Focus on the Family and an ongoing positive relationship, but there is no longer any official connection there.

If you could wave a magic wand and change one Kansas policy, what would it be and why?

First, I would grant myself a few additional wishes.

Second, I would overhaul our system of public education. The current system is built to serve the interests of bureaucrats, union bosses, and lawyers; it’s supposed to serve our kids.

The education industrial complex says money is the problem, but no sphere of life has experienced less innovation or ingenuity in the last 60 years than public education. We still use a calendar designed so that kids could help bring in the crops. Because all teachers must be “certified” by the accreditation cartel, a NASA astronaut can’t teach high school physics without taking a semester of undergraduate education courses. Principals are barred from firing their ineffective teachers and giving raises to their best. Worst of all, the system fails to recognize that each child is a unique being endowed with their own gifts, interests, and goals. Instead, we expect every child to learn the same things at the same time in the same way. Our kids deserve so much more.

You can read my full interview here: Eric Teetsel, Family Policy Alliance of KS Prez, Answers Sentinel’s 20 Questions.

Sincerely,

EricTeetsel
President and CEO

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We are two weeks out from our big celebratory events In Wichita and Overland Park and seats are filling up fast. The Benham Brothers will be our keynote speakers and you won’t want to miss their take on what’s happening in our culture. Also, Gov. Sam Brownback will be at both events. The events are free, but you must register! Sponsored by Family Policy Foundation of Kansas, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Lighthouse Financial Strategies.

RSVP for Wichita
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Thurs., May 11th | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Read More from Eric Teetsel and Family Policy Alliance of Kansas

Here’s what our President, Eric Teetsel, is saying about the push to expand gambling in the state.

Seats are filling up for our annual celebration events next month in both Wichita and Overland Park!

If you haven’t yet, confirm your RSVP today to make sure you have seat.

The Family Policy Alliance of Kansas is excited to welcome the Benham Brothers as our keynote speakers. The twins will share their story faith and what they’ve learned about obedience in a world in which the costs of faith are increasingly present.

They will show us what it means to thrive in our culture when at times it seems all we can do is just survive. Their inspirational story about refusing to compromise their faith shows that we can do more than we ever thought, even when it seems we are living among the lions.

We are also honored that Governor Sam Brownback is confirmed at both events! This will be a unique opportunity to thank him for his leadership on the issues of life, family, and religious freedom – including signing 18 separate pro-life laws.

RSVP for Wichita
Wed., May 10th | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts & Program
NOAH’s Event Venue
1550 N. Lindberg Circle, Wichita

RSVP for Overland Park
Thurs., May 11th | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres, Desserts & Program
NOAH’s Event Venue
7341 W 133rd Street, Overland Park

I am looking forward to these events which are cosponsored by the Kansas Family Foundation and Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary.

I hope to see you there.

Sincerely,

Eric Teetsel
President

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota held our dessert banquets in Bismarck and Fargo this week, and they were incredible! Over 700 ministry partners, attended our events. They brought family members and friends. They listened to our vision. They were inspired and entertained by the Benham Brothers. And they gave generously to support our work here.

One thing that stands out to me is the fellowship we all experienced. There were hundreds of Christians unified in purpose and values. I had a chance to meet many supporters for the first time and it was great to witness a willingness to stand together on important issues.

The comradery we shared through similar life experiences and challenges was apparent and I’m reminded of Psalm 133:1, where it says, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.”

Together, by the grace of God, we have already seen in this legislative session that we can do amazing things for His kingdom when we work together.

If you were able to join us, you know how blessed our evening was. I know some of you were unable to attend the banquets for various reasons, even though you would have loved to have been there. To you I say, there’s always next year. In the meantime, please continue to pray for our work, respond to our action alerts and financially support Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota.

I look forward to many more opportunities to gather to encourage each other and to celebrate the opportunities we have to work together.

Mark Jorritsma
Executive Director

PS If you were unable to join us for one of our dessert banquets, you can still give. Thank you for partnering with us and our event co-sponsor the Family Foundation of North Dakota.

You won’t want to miss David and Jason Benham, the Benham Brothers as they come to Kansas in May.

Did you RSVP for the Benham Brothers event yet?

Meet David and Jason and watch their invitation to join us in either Wichita or Overland Park in just a few short weeks.

To find more information and RSVP, click on the event city closest to you:

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Overland Park

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We just recently found out that Gov. Sam Brownback will also be at the events. I can’t wait to see you there. I can’t wait to see you there!

Sincerely,

President

TAKE ACTION
Register to see the Benham Brothers today! These events are co-sponsored by Family Policy Foundation of Kansas and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Thank you for making our Dessert Banquets so special.

We wanted to share these photos with you of the events in Bismarck and Fargo.

Bismarck – April 3, 2017

Thanks to all the people who came out to show their support for Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota. You are the people who are making a difference in the state.

Sam Coleman was emcee.

Mayor Mike Seminary offered the invocation.

Mark Jorritsma presented Tom Freier with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding service to the families of North Dakota.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota President Mark Jorritsma shared about the successes in Bismarck this year.

Family Policy Alliance President Paul Weber shared the vision, mission and strategy of the organization.

 

Jason and David Benham encouraged us to live like people who are “Living Among Lions”.

A special thank you to our volunteers who helped the evening run so smoothly.

 

 

Fargo – April 4, 2017

Steve Hallstrom emceed the event.

Father Charles La Croix offered a prayer.

Mark Jorritsma is president of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota.

Mark presented Tom Freier with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to North Dakota families.

Paul Weber is president of Family Policy Alliance. He shared the vision, mission and strategy of the organization.

The Benham Brothers – David and Jason – were the keynote speakers.

Thanks to all the people who came out to show their support for Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota. You are the people who are making a difference in the state.

Reyna Bergstrom sang the anthem.

Pastor Dave Motta offered the benediction.

That’s a lot of twins!

We travel to Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota, to meet with hundreds of people who resonate with the idea that America should be a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

Paul Weber, president and CEO of Family Policy Alliance, gets an update on recent successes in the Legislature from Mark Jorritsma, president of Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota. He also talks to keynote speakers David and Jason Benham, who lost their show on HGTV because they were not afraid to voice an opinion on important issues.