In sports there is a saying that, "When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win." So it is in every effort. We cannot expect to win if we are not prepared to win.
While the issues from the last session are over, we know there are more coming. Will you help us prepare?
Others hope you will. And in order to encourage you to do so, a $20,000 matching grant has been offered for the rest of the month of July. Ever gift will be doubled, up to $20,000 for the rest of the month. Will you help us maximize this opportunity?
It is crucial that we are able to prepare year round for the battles we know will come, so that when they do come, we are prepared to win.
We have already had some exciting success this year. We defeated legislation targeting pregnancy centers and stopped an effort to allow contract surrogacy, effectively allowing the sale of children in Washington.
But there were other efforts we did not win. Despite our best efforts, and despite record deficits, the legislature still increased funding for Planned Parenthood. Why did that happen? Planned Parenthood is politically influential because they work year round in order to advance its pro-abortion agenda.
We must make sure they are not the only ones preparing.
That is why we recently conducted a Pastors Seminar with Dr. Wayne Grudem, to equip pastors to lead courageously on issues related to government and public policy.
That is why we are putting Culture Impact Teams in churches throughout Washington. These citizen led organizations exist to remind the church that every Christian is a duel citizen-a citizen of heaven and a citizen of earth-and that we have obligations to both.
That is also why we are conducting Truth Project Trainings throughout Washington State. We have already done them in Spokane, Vancouver, and Renton, and are making plans for more this fall. As a result, nearly 100 individuals have been trained to lead small groups that will encourage their communities to think biblically about the culture, including: art, media, history, economics, philosophy, and more.
That is why we are building relationships with legislators. In August, we will be bringing legislators from Washington together with legislators from around the country for a Legislative Worldview Training in Louisiana. The title of the conference is "Consequences of Truth" where Chuck Colson, and other leading thinkers on issues related to worldview, will encourage legislators to think about how the reality of Truth impacts the ways they govern.
In addition, we are making plans to carry out our Candidate Training seminars this fall. While working in communities to identify the next generation of leaders, we want to make sure that when they do decide to run for office they are prepared to run effective, efficient campaigns.
We hope you are as excited about what is happening as we are! But none of this is possible without the support you have given and the support you continue to give. Summer is always a challenging time for non-profits, but thanks to your generosity, this could be the best summer ever for FPIW.
If you are excited about what is taking place on behalf of the culture and families here in Washington, we know you'll be excited to be part of it.
Thank you for your support. And please remember, your gift will be doubled for the remainder of July, up to $20,000.