The Left is trying to aggressively impose their agenda on families with biblical values, including North Dakota families like yours.

That’s why, in 2016, Family Policy Alliance hired Mark Jorritsma to launch Family Policy Alliance/Family Policy Foundation of North Dakota. What a blessing it has been to see this organization grow and flourish!

Recently, Mark sent an email announcing the relaunch of these organizations under the new banner of North Dakota Family Alliance. While this means that these organizations will no longer be a part of the national organization, this move is being made with the full support of Family Policy Alliance.

Words cannot express how thankful we are that the Lord led us to launch the North Dakota operation five years ago. Since we launched this effort, your funds have helped this organization grow to be a premier force for families in the state.

Now, we’re facilitating this launch of North Dakota Family Alliance so that the organization can grow even more, be more strategic, and more impactful.

North Dakota needs this effort. With North Dakota Family Alliance, you have an organization focused even more extensively on seeing your state defended, your values advanced, and, for the sake of our nation, a state where faith, families, and freedom are protected.

Over the years, much of your support has gone to this North Dakota effort. We wholeheartedly encourage you to continue your support for North Dakota Family Alliance.

After a few months, we’ll plan to renew our updates to you, but it’ll be different. No longer will we house a North Dakota organization. That will all be Mark and his team – a new organization that has “spun out” to build on the previous work.

As we reach back out, we’ll share more about Family Policy Alliance’s exciting and growing plans at the national level. But today, our focus is on North Dakota and the launch of this independent organization.

We humbly ask you to contribute to North Dakota Family Alliance today. Your tax-deductible donation of $25, $50, $100, or greater will help make this North Dakota organization the force for good that your state needs!

For North Dakota and America,


Craig DeRoche
President & CEO

 

 

 

P.S. With your support of North Dakota Family Alliance, you’ll be standing up for life, religious liberty, parental rights, and other critical values in your state. And you’ll be helping North Dakota be a beacon of light to the rest of the nation as well. Thank you for your commitment!

 

The 67th Legislative Session finished its work on April 29 of this year. Many good and bad bills were voted on during the four months of session. So, where did things land for North Dakota family values when all the dust settled?

I would characterize the session as a definite win for family and life values. Bills supporting life, educational choice, family, religious freedom, and similar values were passed and signed into law. I want to thank those legislators who voted for these bills, sometimes in the face of considerable opposition. By the same token, a number of bills antithetical to our biblical values were defeated. Of course, there were a few bills that we would have liked to see pass that didn’t, but then we can’t win everything we’d like to.

To give you an idea of how legislators voted on pro-life and pro-family bills, Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota has put together a scorecard on a few key bills. Look it over and see how your Senator and Representatives voted on these issues. They are at the Capitol to represent you and your values. Find out how they did this session fulfilling that important promise!

2021 FPA-ND Legislative Scorecard

For North Dakota,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

P.S. If documents like the legislative scorecard are valuable to you and your family, won’t you consider donating to our legislative work? You can make a secure gift to our organization by going to our website and donating either by credit card or checking account. Thank you so much for your financial support.

Meet Annie. Annie is a White German Shepherd/Australian Cattle Dog mix. She was found pregnant and abandoned on the streets of a North Dakota town a few months ago. That’s a picture of her in the shelter. She is now part of our family, and we’re thrilled to have her with us.

Our previous dog, Sasha, passed away over a year ago. It was time to expand our family again, but this time we wanted to get a rescue dog. While Sasha was a puppy from friends of our family and certainly not a puppy mill dog, we wanted to help more. Along came Annie, who stole our hearts. However, there are some challenges adopting a rescue dog. The most formidable are the emotional and psychological scars they may have.

Annie is very sweet, but follows you everywhere, most likely out of a fear of being abandoned again. She startles at loud noises and takes quite a while to trust new people. She loves being petted and having tummy rubs. Nevertheless, if you reach out too quickly to pet her, she cringes in fear.

Annie is broken. So are you and I.

We are all broken and have our emotional scars in one way or another. One of my favorite quotes is, “we’re all broken, some of us just show the cracks sooner than others.” That person who seems to have it all together is broken at some level. We may have a family that looks perfect to others, but the reality is that we have plenty of challenges you will never see or know about. We are all broken at some level and have the scars to prove it. The good news is that we are also rescues.

We have been rescued from the pain of abandonment: we have been adopted. All our scars, hurts, and fears will slowly fade away with the love that now envelops us. God does not care about our past mistakes. It’s a new day. We don’t need to cringe from others who reach out to us in love, or have fear of being abandoned again. We are in our forever family.

As we move into 2021, we may be facing some hesitancy or uncertainty. But let’s not forget our eternal adoption. Though we were spiritual orphans, found wandering through the streets of life, our future is now secure. In the coming year, may we all learn more fully what it means that we’ve been adopted and that our future has truly changed. Our future is in God’s hands.

Blessings for 2021,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Dear Friends,

I need your help.

As I’ve shared in the past, one of the most encouraging stories each year is the faithful generosity of local ministry partners like you.

As with many nonprofits, COVID impacted our giving in the Spring. Nevertheless, we are finally starting to regain some ground to meet our fundraising target for the fiscal year ending September 30. Entering the month of July, we had $40,000 left to raise. However, this funding is unique. It will allow us to use it for the various election races we want to support around the state.

Will you help us raise the remaining $40,000 today?

If you have not yet given this year, or if you have and would like to further help us reach this goal, I invite you to do so by becoming a monthly Ministry Partner or by making a one-time gift of $100, $500, or $1,000.

Please give today and help us preserve a culture of faith, family, and freedom in our state by electing the right men and women into office this November!

With gratitude,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® endorsed Dan Johnston for state treasurer, but unfortunately, Dan did not win the Republican primary last week. We have been honored to endorse and support Dan in his race for state treasurer.

As stated in our endorsement, Dan clearly loves North Dakota, has a heart for its people, is committed to his family, loves the Lord, is boldly conservative, and desired to make a difference in this office. Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota greatly appreciates all of you who cast your ballots for Dan.

We want to thank Dan for running for this important office. It takes courage to undertake a grassroots campaign, and it is a testament to its effectiveness that the race was so close (52% to 47%). Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota also wants to thank Dan for all he’s already done for our state and its families over the years.

His track record is outstanding, and he has upheld biblical values at every turn. Significantly, Dan sponsored pro-life and pro-family bills last legislative session such as one requiring chemical abortion reversal notification to pregnant mothers seeking abortions and another giving much greater freedoms to homeschool families.

As we look toward the future of our state – one where religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and all life is cherished – Dan Johnston will continue to be a strong advocate for all of us.  While Dan will no longer be serving in the legislature, we are confident that he will continue to advance pro-life and pro-family values in our state, in whatever capacity he serves the people of North Dakota.

Sincerely,


Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

 

 

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota

Abortion Reversal is Real! Hundreds of healthy babies have been saved, even though their mothers took the first chemical abortion pill. There are countless stories of mothers regretting a chemical abortion as soon as they took the first pill, but the great news is that there is hope for these mothers. Here is another of those stories Planned Parenthood and abortion clinics do not want told.

Rebekah and Zechariah

Pregnant at age 17, Rebekah took the first abortion pill, but immediately regretted it, and began searching the internet for reversal options while still in the Planned Parenthood parking lot. “I’ve never felt more desperate and hurt than I did after taking that pill,” she said. “There was no other feeling, no worse of a situation I could have been in right then and there, thinking I’d made the biggest mistake of my life.”

In desperation, Rebekah went online and eventually found AbortionPillReversal.com. (1-877-558-0333). She called and was put in contact with a local doctor who prescribed the commonly-used and safe drug progesterone to help reverse the effects of the first abortion pill.

However, the story does not end there. When the abortion clinic found out in a follow-up call that she had reversed her abortion, the clinic staff were “furious” and tried to get her to complete the abortion by taking the second pill. Trying to use scare tactics, they told her she wouldn’t be successful in saving her baby and that her baby would be deformed if it survived.

The good news is that she didn’t believe their lies. Zechariah (meaning “The Lord has remembered”) was born a happy, healthy son to Rebekah. He is now beautiful five-year-old boy and more living evidence that chemical abortion reversal works. It’s hard to argue with success.

If you are an expectant mother and have taken the first chemical abortion dose, you can go to the national abortion pill reversal website AbortionPillReversal.com or call 877-558-0333 to get immediate help on potentially reversing your chemical abortion!

Over 500 babies have already been saved through chemical abortion reversal in the U.S.

For life,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

What is the identity of North Dakota? I would guess that most of us would say that North Dakota is a conservative state that values:

Taken together, it’s pretty clear that North Dakotans are opposed to the liberal indoctrination and propaganda found in many other states. We are not only opposed to it, we are frankly glad to be us and not them.

There are currently nine states and Washington D.C. where recreational marijuana is legal. However, it’s very fascinating to identify exactly which states are on the list. A 2017 Gallup poll ranked all states by how liberal they were and guess what, six of the nine most liberal states have legalized recreational marijuana (see, below). Interestingly, North Dakota was voted in the top ten most conservative states in the U.S.

States with Legalized                       State Liberal Ranking
Recreational Marijuana                  (1= highest)

Alaska                                                         34
California                                                   7
Colorado                                                    14
District of Columbia                                1
Maine                                                         16
Massachusetts                                         3
Nevada                                                      22
Oregon                                                      6
Vermont                                                   2
Washington                                             9

Measure 3 is fundamentally not about legalizing recreational marijuana – there are a host of reasons that would be a really bad idea, as I’ve covered in previous emails.  What it comes down to is who we are as North Dakotans.

We legalized medical marijuana two years ago, even though many of our fellow midwestern states that share our values have not. That was already a step away from who we are. Now we are being asked to take it much further and align ourselves with states that represent the exact opposite of what we believe. Think about it, not even liberal states like New York, Connecticut, or Hawaii have approved recreational marijuana, and now we’re being asked to do so? Unbelievable.

Make no mistake, your vote on Measure 3 will be a vote on who we are as a state. Further, I hope and pray that the measure is not only defeated, but overwhelmingly defeated. We need to send a message to those who would turn us into something we distain that they need not come back again and try to legalize recreational marijuana in our state.

We will not surrender our state. We will not surrender our families. We will not surrender our values.

“Good government generally begins in the family, and if the moral character of a people once degenerate, their political character must soon follow.”  Elias Boudinot, president of the Continental Congress.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota

 

by Stuart Shepard

So, I flew to North Dakota. First time ever.

I learned something that they all know that we would all do well to know.

Took an Embraer 145 up from Denver. One of those tiny regional jets that makes us all tilt our heads to the left as we single-file down the narrow aisle. It has a single column of seats on the port side and two on the starboard. I like having an aisle and a window at the same time, so I settle into 19A.

We land in Bismarck at the municipal airport. I pile into a rented Chrysler van with my colleagues, and we drive to the Ramkota Inn. It’s a sprawling, well-worn hotel. On this day, the long hallways are dotted with clusters of teenage Future Business Leaders of America. Their faces reflect that giddy, sparkling expression of every-moment-of-this-day-is-a-totally-new-experience. And every-person-in-the-hall-is-a-potentially-new-friend.

I help unpack and set up displays for our Family Policy Alliance conference in a utilitarian ballroom: Two widely placed projection screens, a wood-veneer podium with chipped edges, and 40 round tables with carefully placed dessert plates of cheesecake, chocolate cake and what appears to be lemon cake.

I’m not on the program this time around. I’ve got my black Amazon Basics camera bag hanging from my shoulder with one Canon DSLR for still shots and another for video. On this night, I’m just that guy with a camera.

But I’m also an observer of the room.

Finding their numbered tables are hundreds of people still guided by Christian values and principles. When a volunteer prays aloud before the event, her friendly, casual cadence suggests that, to her, God is right there in the room listening and nodding his head with the rest of us.

And I realize that He is.

And I realize that this is America.

And I realize that though I’m a thousand miles from home in a place I’ve never been, these are my people. My family.

Over here, the new state senator, wearing the obligatory suit-and-tie uniform common to the 21-story, no-nonsense capitol building. He’s pinned a custom-made name badge to his lapel. Over there, a guy in jeans and a flannel shirt. I don’t need to look in the parking lot to know he drove here in a muddy pickup truck. Next to him, a young family with several blonde-haired children. It’s hard to tell how many. They keep moving.

Woven into the idle chatter, I hear the occasional, telltale “you betcha” and “dontcha know” of the Dakotas.

Sitting with the AV guys surrounded by electronics in the back of the room, I learn that in NoDak, when drivers pass on the lonesomely long, endlessly straight stretches of highway, it’s common to raise two fingers from the steering wheel as a greeting – the automotive version of “Hey der.”

I realize, and the audio guy next to me affirms, that underlying the gentle friendliness is a cold reality: Should you, in the dark and at 30 below zero, slide off an icy highway and spin into a snow bank with a muted crunch and explosion of white powder – that last wave may well be the person who interrupts his own plans that evening and stops to rescue you from hours stranded in the dark and cold.

Perhaps your last-ever hours in the dark and cold.

He stops, because the next time it may be him and his wife and several blonde-haired kids stuck in the frozen ditch.

If you fetch your nylon ND State wallet and offer to pay him for the trouble, he’ll say “Don’t worry about it.”

In a place where the population is sparse, the winter nights are long, and any random person can describe, in detail, being startled awake by the sound of a frozen lake cracking, there is an unspoken, underlying, unmistakable bond. A real sense that we need each other up here. We can’t go it alone. If we’re going to make it to next summer, we need reliable strangers.

I think our nation’s Founders understood that. Given the historical context of their lives, they must have had their own horseback-version of the two-finger wave. They knew the importance of having neighbors with a shared set of moral values and principles. And they understood the mortal danger if those values were lost.

It’s true for the rugged, self-reliant North Dakotans.

It was true for our farsighted Founders.

And it is true for America, today.

We need reliable strangers.

People guided by Christian values and principles. Allied in all 50 states. Working together to pull America out of the snowy ditch.

Sometimes it’s cold and dark out there, dontcha know.

Consider yourself waved at.

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.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota is once again hosting galas in Bismarck and Fargo on April 3 and 4, respectively. And because so many of you told us you’d like to hear the Benham Brothers, they’ll be our keynote speakers at both events.

For those of you not familiar with David and Jason Benham, the brothers hosted a remodeling show on HGTV. After a firestorm surrounding their Christian values, the network canceled their contract. Since then, they have been traveling across this great nation of ours sharing their amazing testimony.

We guarantee they will inspire and challenge you to act on your faith in a culture that often seems to diminish the Christian values upon which our country was founded.

In addition to the Benham Brothers, we will have a number of other guests. Paul Weber, CEO of Family Policy Alliance, will speak and present the exciting strategy we’ve put together to empower citizens to integrate their biblical values into the political arena.  We also plan to honor Tom Freier, our former Executive Director, at the Fargo gala.

Most of all, I’m very excited to have the opportunity to meet many of you in person for the first time!

Advance reservations are required and space is limited, so please go to our website and register to attend.

There is no cost to attend, but opportunities exist for you to help sponsor a table or otherwise underwrite the galas, which would greatly help us defray the costs.

We look forward to seeing you there for a night of encouragement and inspiration!


Mark Jorritsma
Executive Director