This Thanksgiving, I have something I need to say: I’M THANKFUL FOR YOU.

This job isn’t easy, but I am blessed to have a profound source of encouragement – knowing that faithful Georgia Christians like you are standing with us for His glory.

Your prayers, generous contributions, work to spread the message – however you choose to “Unleash Biblical Citizenship” – gives me hope and provides me the fuel I need to keep up the fight for our families.

I cannot begin to describe the gratitude I feel. Since coming to Georgia, we’ve seen a radical change in the political climate because of your faithfulness in partnering with us to elect godly leaders. We’ve also seen a big step toward a Georgia where life is cherished with the signing of the Heartbeat Bill, and we’ve seen numerous other victories come as a result of your partnership.

THANK YOU!

My family and I wish you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving and a joyous time as you reflect on all the good things the Lord is doing in your life and in those around you. We serve an AWESOME God!

Blessings,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

Here’s Why I Thank You

At Family Policy Alliance®, we talk a lot about our vision of a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive and life is cherished.

But without you, that would just be a lot of talk.

I’m thankful for you because – in a variety of ways – you help turn that vision into reality. Let me count the ways:

1. You act.

We know that politicians are far more likely to listen when they hear from their constituents. That’s why we put great emphasis on helping you speak up to your elected officials. And how you have responded! So far in 2019, you’ve sent well over half a million messages through our online Action Center – plus countless thousands of phone calls – helping bring about some stunning victories!

2. You give.

Your sacrificial giving to protect life, to uphold religious freedom and to help families thrive not only makes all of our work possible, but it is such an inspiration. Every dollar you give is deeply appreciated and carefully used to advance this critical mission.

3. You pray.

It’s your most powerful weapon in the cultural chaos of this moment. Thank you for your prayers – for Family Policy Alliance and for our nation.

4. You share.

Thank you for multiplying the impact and the reach of Family Policy Alliance by regularly sharing information and action alerts with your circle of influence. That simple act makes such a difference!

This year, your actions, donations, prayers and sharing have yielded a harvest of good results. Here’s just a taste of what you helped accomplish:

You helped religious freedom flourish by defeating dangerous legislation in several states – and your outpouring of nearly 60,000 messages to the halls of power in D.C. helped to stop the catastrophic so-called Equality Act. And in this month’s elections, your support was pivotal in electing candidates who are committed to protecting religious freedom.

You helped families thrive by advancing various pro-family policies around the country – from New Jersey to Idaho. Just as important, you stopped a host of anti-family schemes such as the poorly named Equal Rights Amendment, and your tens of thousands of messages stopped in its tracks a big push to legalize prostitution in our nation’s capital.

You helped cherish life by passing major pro-life legislation – from Georgia to North Dakota and beyond. You also protected the elderly and infirm by stopping assisted suicide in several states. And you helped bring about the biggest 2019 public policy miracle of all – the against-all-odds defeat of a radical pro-abortion bill in New Mexico that seemed impossible to stop.

And there’s so much more – from the scores of trained Statesmen Academy alums serving in legislative bodies to the major, behind-the-scenes preparation for next year’s monumental elections.

Your support, in all of the ways I mentioned above, has been instrumental.

And that’s why I thank you.

Sincerely,

Paul Weber
President and CEO

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” –Psalm 100:4

 Dear Friends:

On behalf of my family and Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico®, I want to wish you a joyful and happy Thanksgiving!

In 1913, before Thanksgiving was proclaimed a national holiday, New Mexico’s first Governor, William McDonald, proclaimed Thanksgiving Day in New Mexico and offered the following words:

“I urge upon all that this day be observed as one of prayer and praise to God for the many blessings enjoyed by our people. At the same time may we not forget the poor and needy, making the day what its name implies for all.”

 As we enter this holiday season, may we heed Governor McDonald’s words and the words of Scripture by offering thanks to our Lord and extending His love and blessings to those in need.

God bless you,

Vince, Tiffany, Brooklyn, and Gavin

A week from today is already Thanksgiving. I’m not sure if that brings warm feelings or dread of the holiday season, but let’s talk about giving thanks right now.

I am personally thankful for many things. First and foremost, I am thankful for salvation in Christ. I am very thankful for a loving wife, amazing kids, and for living in this wonderful state, in spite of the winters. I am also thankful for Godly men and women who serve us in the state legislature and Congress. I am thankful for the Family Policy Foundation® Statesmen Academy℠ that helps train new legislators on how to best integrate their faith and values into their political life. And I am very thankful for you, our faithful ministry partners around the state.

As Americans, we have a lot to be thankful for as well. We live in a country founded on biblical principles, which is a huge blessing. We have religious freedom, a society where hard work produces commensurate rewards, respectful dialog happens around contentious issues, Christianity is respected, and societal norms are shifting more toward biblical values every day.

Really? To some extent all those aforementioned items exist and we should certainly thank God for them. However, they are going away at an ever-increasing rate. The ending to “I am thankful for…” on these issues could soon become moot. They could be gone far faster than you or I can imagine.

We see girls on sports teams competing with boys who “identify as a girl”. The news broadcasts almost daily how another company, public figure, church, or other entity has sacrificed biblical values on the altar of political correctness.  We see bakers, photographers, and other business owners taken to court over their religious freedoms, and I’ve personally heard from business leaders right here in our state about the pressure on them to capitulate to the “new order”.

Hard work no longer guarantees commensurate rewards you can keep. The Left and the Right bicker on seemly every issue. More and more states are giving permission to abort under any circumstances at any point in the pregnancy (or after!).

Why am I giving you this litany of things that are going wrong? For three reasons. First, I want to highlight that the freedoms we still possess in these areas are a precious thing, and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. In other words, be thankful for what you have.

Second, I want you to be painfully aware that we are not going the right direction on these issues as a nation. Further, we may live in what is overall a conservative and bible-honoring state, but we are not insulated from these issues. I see them every day in my work – they’re coming, or in some cases, they are already here.

Finally, I want to ask for your help in upholding these fundamental beliefs and values that make us who we are as a nation and a North Dakota. In the next few weeks you will be getting emails and postal mail talking about our organization’s need for funding. We exist 100% off your generous donations, and we want to keep it that way, so that we are totally accountable to you and your biblical beliefs. So, I would ask you to please consider donating as you see these requests (you can also give online at any time).

Moreover, right now we have $15,000 in commitments that will match your donation dollar-for-dollar if you donate before the end of this year. Please take advantage of this opportunity and let us help you guard your freedoms and beliefs from those who want to sweep them onto on the trash pile of history. We all want something for our children and grandchildren to be thankful for; you can help ensure that happens!

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” –Psalm 100:4

 Dear Friends:

On behalf of my family and our ministry, I want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving!

This year, I am once again reminded of the words of our first Governor, William McDonald, back in 1913. Before it was proclaimed a national holiday, Governor McDonald proclaimed Thanksgiving in New Mexico, stating:

“I urge upon all that this day be observed as one of prayer and praise to God for the many blessings enjoyed by our people. At the same time may we not forget the poor and needy, making the day what its name implies for all.”

 May we heed Governor McDonald’s words this holiday season by offering continued thanks to our Lord and extending His love and blessings to all in need.

God bless you,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

 

Growing up, Thanksgiving was always associated with an annual trip in our camping trailer. Because of my dad’s pastoral duties around Christmas time, it was the last chance we had to get away together, and we always looked forward to visiting some scenic location.

Given that the holiday was spent on the road and the fact that we never celebrated with extended family, we quickly adopted a Thanksgiving tradition of eating out- and usually preferring a “non-traditional” feast. My favorite such meal was when we discovered an Italian-Thai-Japanese restaurant in Gatlinburg that was about as far off the beaten path of the usual smorgasbord as possible.

To many reading this email, you may consider that an assault on Thanksgiving- directly undermining the food that makes the holiday unique.

But, it isn’t the feasting that makes the holiday special. It isn’t the turkey or the cranberry sauce or even the football. Instead, what makes this holiday unique is the fact that it is the only one that celebrates a mental state- one that is not dependent on circumstances but a reminder that “giving thanks” is called for no matter what is going on in the world or in our lives.

I don’t have to know the intimate details of your life to know that you are hurting in some way, and I didn’t have to turn on Fox News this week to know that our world, in many ways, is expressing its fallen nature. But, I do know that Scripture is clear. We are to “give thanks in all circumstances” (Colossians 4:2).

Yet, as we celebrate Thanksgiving 2018, I don’t have to look far to see visible reasons for giving thanks. Our ministry, because of generous supporters and faithful prayer, is rapidly growing and being granted more opportunity for impact. Nationally, despite a rough political environment, we increased President Trump’s ability to get a constitutional Supreme Court nominee confirmed. Here in Georgia, we withstood the onslaught of California money and elected God-fearing, pro-family leaders like Brian Kemp and Geoff Duncan.

And, across America, evangelical Christians turned out in unprecedented volume to vote for their values- an encouraging sign that the Church is waking up!

This Thanksgiving, I am grateful for all of these gifts as we seek to make a positive impact on our culture. I am also thankful for you, for your support, prayers, encouragement, and friendship.

We have been on this journey together for less than 2 years, but the future is already brighter for our children and grandchildren here in Georgia. For that, I am incredibly thankful. However, your faithfulness- your commitment to glorifying the King whether He grants us immediate victories or not- is inspires me the most. You know His truth, and you are willing to “stand firm and take action” (Daniel 11:32b) regardless of whether it is popular or the “winning side” in the short term.

My family and I are humbled by your willingness to partner with us, and I wish you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving. I hope it is a special time with family, that you are enriched by the day spent focusing on His blessings, and that you emerge encouraged by all He is doing in your life and in our world. May God Bless you on this special day!

Thankful for you,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

Count your blessings name them one by one. I’m sure you’ve heard that familiar hymn from the late 1800’s:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

We are taking those words to heart this Thanksgiving season, and we invite you to join us.

2 Conservative justices who have records for upholding the rule of law are now sitting on the Supreme Court! We are thankful for all you did in encouraging your Senators to confirm Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh, and we thank God for His mercy in placing them on our highest Court.

2 more prolife, conservative Senators in the U.S. Senate! After the November 6 election, the Senate had a net gain of two seats to make it a more prolife, conservative body. Thank you for how you voted, and we especially thank you for giving to make the work to reach prolife, pro-family voters in North Dakota possible! Your support reached key North Dakota voters over 200,000 times to defeat Heidi Heitkamp, a supporter of late-term abortions, and elect Kevin Cramer—the new pro-family, prolife Senator!

2 new major religious freedom laws. This year, both Kansas and Oklahoma passed laws protecting religious freedom for faith-based adoption agencies. These laws ensure that the faith-based agencies can continue to serve the children and birthmoms in their states according to their faith—without fear that their state governments could force them to close down. The nation’s leading LGBTQ activist group called these laws their “biggest defeat of the year.”

1 big California miracle. As we know, what happens in California doesn’t stay in California. This year, lawmakers in the liberal state were working to pass an ominous bill that would classify many communications of Biblical sexuality as a form of illegal “consumer fraud.” But, stunningly, on the last day of legislative session, the bill was pulled from consideration. God’s great mercy, the leadership of our ally California Family Council, and the outpouring of opposition from California believers – many of whom had never gotten involved in public policy issues before – was overwhelming and made the victory possible. Californians sent 40,000 messages to lawmakers opposing the bill through Family Policy Alliance’s action center alone!

52 Christian Statesmen have been trained through our sister Foundation’s Statesmen Academy and will be serving in Congress or state legislatures across the country in January 2019! These Christian men and women have been trained in the legislative art of patience and persistence, unwavering principles, and passionate, respectful advocacy. In other words, they are lawmakers who will stand on principle and advocate effectively for your values—and you helped get them the training to make this possible! Family Policy Foundation is gearing up to train another 30 more of these Christian leaders called to serve in public office in our highly selective program in 2019!

5 Administrations under President Trump’s leadership have worked to end Obama-era rules that define “sex” in federal law to include “gender identity”—leading to harmful policies especially for women and children, confusion in the law, and even threats to religious freedom. President Trump’s Departments of Education and Justice ended the “transgender mandate” on schools. The Department of Defense concluded that the military transgender mandate threatened military readiness and was too costly. The Federal Bureau of Prisons wisely returned to first considering a prisoner’s biological sex—not gender identity—when housing a prisoner. And the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been working to protect religious freedom and conscience rights for healthcare professionals since President Trump took office. Now HHS is also encouraging every federal Administrative department to be clear that “sex” in federal law and regulations means “biological sex” and not “gender identity” so that there is consistency in the law. This is a lot to be thankful for!

All of YOU! We are so grateful for each one of you—for how you’ve given generously to support our ministry, taken time to contact lawmakers, spread the word about important issues and elections, prayed for your country and state, showed up to vote, and at times even helped your church be more involved.

We pray God’s hand of blessing on you and your family. And please know that my team and I pray and give thanks for you each week.

We know you join us in feeling the burden for our country—and at times it can indeed feel like too much to bear. There are certainly many problems in our country today—many lawmakers who do not fear or even acknowledge God, many ungodly laws, real pain and tragedy—especially in the family, and millions of lives lost to abortion.

But we hope that you will join us this week as we thank God for these blessings we count for our country—and the impact they will have on families for years to come.

With Thanksgiving,

Paul Weber,
President & CEO

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and officially kicks off the holiday season. It’s a time of excitement, long “to do” lists, and family gatherings. I love Thanksgiving and the fact that it is front and center as we begin our holidays.

Many years ago, my wife proposed a “thankfulness tree” for our family. Call me a grinch, but I’m not a big fan of homemade construction paper decorations adorning our walls during the holidays or frankly any time of year. Nevertheless, the thankfulness tree idea was implemented and I had to deal with it (this should provide a life lesson for all you husbands out there).

A construction paper tree was created and pinned to our kitchen wall. It was supplemented by a pile of multicolored leaves upon which each of us needed to write things for which we were thankful and then pin them to the tree. I was more concerned about all the pinholes in the wall I’d have to spackle after Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thankful for many things, but really wasn’t into the spirit of the whole thing.

Days went by and my wife and kids started populating the tree with leaves. They pinned up leaves that said “family”, “warm home”, “friends”, and many other wonderful things. I sat. I watched. I started to feel guilty.

It was a few days before Thanksgiving and I finally filled out my first leaf and pinned it to the tree. Do you know what happened next? A second leaf went up, then a third, and before I knew it, I was on a roll. Like the grinch, my heart began growing “three sizes” larger. I became happier with each new leaf and started to focus more on how blessed I and my family were. While still not a fan of construction paper art, I finally get it.

We are entering a season that focuses on thanking God for his blessings and sharing those with others. This year I have lots of ideas for leaves. I am thankful for Godly men and women who serve us in the state legislature and Congress. I am thankful for our Statesmen Academy that helps train new legislators on how to best integrate their faith and values into their political life. I am thankful for a loving wife, amazing kids, and even our less-than-useful German Shepherd. They are the best family I could ever ask for.

However, this year I’m also going to pin a leaf up there for you, our ministry partners. You are the foundation of everything we do. You represent North Dakotans who value life, family, religious liberty, and other biblical values. You are the source of the “biblical citizenship” to which we often refer.

You support Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota in many ways: voting, prayers, responding to our Action Alerts, and financial support. Right now, you have the ability to ensure we keep operating at full capacity here in North Dakota. Your tax-deductible gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $6,200 if you give by December 31. If you find our work important and want to help us continue to represent your values, please prayerfully consider giving by going to our website and donating. Thank you for all you do for us at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and loved ones.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs
into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings”. William Arthur Ward


Happy Thanksgiving! 

The fabric of our country has been woven with prayer and thanksgiving since the Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving in 1621 at Plymouth.  That thread of thankfulness to God continued as our new country formed and our founding documents were forged.

All these centuries later, that thread of thankfulness continues to add to the tapestry of America.  On Thanksgiving Day, we focus on that tradition with humble gratitude for our blessings!

I hope you are enjoying this Thanksgiving with family and friends.  On this uniquely American holiday, let’s purpose to spend our days to come in gratitude to God for his provision and promise.

We are so very thankful for you!

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!


Julie Lynde
Policy Director

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!” –Psalm 100:4

 Dear Friends:

On behalf of my family and Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, I want to wish you a joyous and happy Thanksgiving!

In 1913, before it was proclaimed a national holiday, our state’s first Governor, William McDonald, proclaimed Thanksgiving Day in New Mexico and offered the following words:

“I urge upon all that this day be observed as one of prayer and praise to God for the many blessings enjoyed by our people. At the same time may we not forget the poor and needy, making the day what its name implies for all.”

May we all heed Gov. McDonald’s words this season by offering thanks to God and extending His love and blessings to all in need.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Sincerely,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director