We held our Fargo Dessert Banquet earlier this week and it was wonderful! Over 300 of you attended our event. You also brought family members and friends who were not as familiar with our organization, which was tremendous. We love to “get the message out” about who we are and provide our vision for North Dakota to both existing and potential ministry partners.

One of the themes I highlighted at the banquet was being passionate about your values. We at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota are passionate about many family values, including:

If you share our passion for any of these issues, we stand with you in your passion and are committed to fight for your values. However, it’s critical to recognize that taking action on your passions and beliefs is not optional. If you truly feel passionate about these issues, action is the only logical outcome.

One way to take action is to partner with us. We can be your eyes and ears when you don’t have time to monitor all these issues and decide which ones need action. Your gifts enable us to continue representing you in the halls of Congress, at the Capitol in Bismarck, and in day-to-day interactions with businesses, churches, and others who share our values.

Please prayerfully consider financially supporting us, both for election and non-election work. While many of you contributed to our work at the banquet, for those of you who couldn’t attend, you can still financially support us with a gift by donating online. Your support and encouragement mean the world to us.

We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent together at the banquet. I’m so excited that you share our vision of a North Dakota where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Friends,

You won’t want to miss Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota’s Dessert Banquet coming up on Tuesday, April 10th.

Our keynote speaker for the banquet will be Steve Deace. Steve hosts a daily show for CRTV, the online conservative network also featuring Mark Levin, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, and more. Each day he covers the intersection between culture and conservatism. Fargo’s own Scott Hennen of Flag Family Media recently interviewed Steve about his perspective on cultural issues and the upcoming banquet.

To reserve your place at the banquet, RSVP online or call 701.219.0948.

Blessings,

Mark Horritsma
President and Executive Director

The question I pose may be an affront to you, or at least you might consider it inappropriate, but the answer is critical. To those of us who are Christian, a girl is worth an infinite amount, because we believe that all people are created in the image of God. However, there are those who undoubtedly answer this by saying, “who cares?”

The “who cares?” answer denigrates the value of women and girls, and fundamentally gives rise to things like prostitution and human trafficking.

Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. It represents one of the darkest, most deplorable aspects of our fallen world. Fortunately, North Dakota has strong laws in place to prevent it and to punish those engaged in human trafficking. However, you and I know that if there is the potential for huge illegal monetary gain, an industry – illegal drug trafficking for example – will be created to supply that demand, regardless of laws.

I’ve often heard people state that human trafficking is a big problem in places such as the Bakken. While it is a problem there, let me fill you in on a secret: human trafficking is foremost a problem concentrated in urban areas around the state. If you think about it, it makes sense. Urban areas often place less importance on family values in line with yours and mine, and all other things held constant, the demand for trafficked girls is going to be proportionate to the number of people in an area.

So, what can you do to help stop human trafficking in our state? We need to be aware that this is happening right here in North Dakota – it is often too easy to assume this is a problem that happens somewhere else. We need to talk about it and raise the awareness of this awful crime. In the meantime, please pray for these young girls and women. They are vulnerable and need our Heavenly Father to help them escape this destructive practice.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it well. Psalm 139:14

Sincerely,

President and Executive Director

P.S. Remember that we will be hosting our Annual Fargo Dessert Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn on April 10. We still have seats available, so please join us for an exciting evening and learn about the many ways you can help us preserve biblical values in North Dakota. Space is limited and advance reservations are required, so RSVP online or call 701.219.0948 to reserve your seat(s). We look forward to seeing you there!

This week I want to remind you that Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota will be hosting our Annual Fargo Dessert Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn on April 10. We know our dessert banquets have been very popular in past years, so we are very excited to again offer this opportunity to rally around pro-family and pro-life efforts in our state.

Our keynote speaker for the banquet will be Steve Deace. Steve hosts a daily show for CRTV, the online conservative network also featuring Mark Levin, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, and more. Each day he covers the intersection between culture and conservatism. He’s also a prolific writer, whose work has appeared in USA Today, Business Insider, Politico, Conservative Review, and Breitbart among others. His most recent book, A Nefarious Plot, will soon be adapted into a motion picture. Steve will have books available for purchase and will be sticking around to sign them as well after the banquet.

In addition to Steve Deace, we will have several other guests. Paul Weber, CEO of Family Policy Alliance, will provide a brief update on nation-wide family issues. I will have the opportunity to update you on what we’ve accomplished this past year and our plans for the future as we approach the November elections and 2019 state legislative session. We will also be presenting our first-ever Family Champion Award to a local business known for their commitment to faith, family and freedom. Finally, we will be blessed to have both a soloist and choir to provide inspirational music.

Please join us for an exciting evening and learn about the many ways you can help us preserve biblical values in North Dakota. Space is limited and advance reservations are required, so please make your reservation online today or call 701.219.0948 to reserve your seat(s).

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

As you are probably aware, our North Dakota legislature is not currently in session, unlike many others around the country.  Our state’s legislative session occurs every other year, with the last one concluding in 2017 and the next one beginning in January of 2019.  You trust us to represent your family values within the legislative process, which we certainly do, but I get asked regularly what Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is doing now, between sessions. Let me summarize some of our most important ongoing work on your behalf.

Elections: We research candidates’ qualifications and support of family values on the state and Congressional levels. Based on this research, we endorse and provide guidance on which candidates best uphold your beliefs.

Policy: We strategize on bills and other policy options to advance your biblical values on these types of key issues, and many more.

Relationships: Between sessions is a great time for us to strengthen relationships with you, our ministry partners, and state legislators, as well as develop relationships with new ministry partners. We also spend significant time forging relationships with the business and church communities, determining how we can best work together to advance biblical family values.

Banquet: We spend considerable time undertaking banquet planning. Banquets help us financially support our organization, inform ministry partners about our past wins and plans for the future. Banquets are also an opportunity to inspire attendees to exercise their biblical citizenship.

Fundraising: We are completely funded by generous donations from you, our financial supporters, so time is spent raising operating funds to keep Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota financially stable and able to carry out its mission.

As this brief summary highlights, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is involved in many activities and represents you on a wide variety of family issues – something that gives us a unique and comprehensive perspective.  Further, we have the ability to learn from the knowledge and experience of over 40 other state organizations like ours.

I want to thank you for allowing us to represent you year-round in many ways.  We will continue to be your voice on the comprehensive set of issues that affects your deeply held family values!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

P.S.  We are currently taking reservations for our Fargo Dessert Banquet to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn on April 10.  You should have received a mailed invitation by now, but you can also register online at FPA-ND Fargo Banquet RSVP.  We hope to see you there!

 

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!