Monday, July 28, 2014

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Please Call Your Two U.S. Senators Right Now to Reject UN Disabilities Treaty

Mike Farris is the founder and chairman of HSLDA and a homeschooling father of 10.

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
We have received intelligence that this week supporters of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) will be lobbying in force for Senate ratification of this dangerous United Nations treaty. They are busing in activists, making phone calls, and pressuring lawmakers.
We must match their efforts. Please call your two U.S. senators right now and politely but firmly urge them to defeat the CRPD. You can reach your senators by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking for them. You can also email them with our prewritten letter to your senators by filling out your information and then clicking the red “take action” button.

What to Say

Your message can be as simple as the following:
“I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect Americans with disabilities. This treaty is unnecessary and will hurt families by giving bureaucrats, instead of parents, the power to decide what is in the best interests of a child with disabilities.“
I know you are busy homeschooling your children. I know many of you have already called, and you may feel your senator is not listening to you. But I also know that your dedication to U.S. sovereignty, homeschool freedom, and parental rights made the difference in 2012 when the Senate rejected the CRPD. Please take the time to make these calls again. I know that if we are united in making our voices overwhelmingly heard, we can win again.

No Real Protection

Senate staffers may argue that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee added reservations, understandings, and declarations (“RUDs”) to the CRPD, including one which attempts to say that the treaty will not affect homeschooling. RUDs are considered to be weaker than treaty language under international law, as our recent analysis shows. Do we dare to trust our God-given right to direct the education and upbringing of our children to these RUDs?
Other staffers may argue that the treaty is only a statement of support for people with disabilities, and will not change U.S. law. Remind these staffers that Article VI of the U.S. Constitution says treaties that are ratified by the Senate “shall be the supreme Law of the land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

World Leader

The U.S. already is the world leader in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities—we don’t need to ratify a UN treaty to remain the leader.
Thank you for calling. Please forward this email to your friends, and urge them to call as well. At this point, the CRPD has not yet been scheduled for a floor vote, which means that supporters of the treaty still do not yet have the votes. Your phone calls and letters are making the difference. In fact, Senator Orrin Hatch (UT), just gave a powerful speech on the Senate floor against the CRPD. We encourage you to watch it here.
To learn more about the CRPD and to read it for yourself, please click here.
For liberty,

Michael P. Farris, JD, LLM
Chairman, HSLDA
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Specific Request

Dear friends. I have a very specific prayer request. I don't want to say what it is. God knows exactly what it is. Would you pray with me for His answer, and that if it is "no" I would soon understand that? I promise to share the answer with you, when it comes.

Thank you!


I am almost embarrassed to write this.  I am so humbled. About an hour ago I opened an envelope which specifically addressed my request. GOD ANSWERED.

Do you believe? I wrote requesting prayer early this morning. It had to do with providing funds for Margaret and her trip to Thompson,  Manitoba this summer. There were some unexpected costs, like the work permit and gas, hotel on the way up, etc. Margaret selflessly incurred all those costs, at her own expense, fully realizing she was giving up a summer's salary as a lifeguard at the YMCA.

She is a college student, you know.

God gave enough in that envelope to cover her summer excursion.  You cannot outgive God.

Thank you for your prayer. It was definitely answered.
God is good. Thank you Lord!---and the giver! God prompted you exactly. 

We Made It

The procedure went well yesterday. The fear of the unexpected is always greater than the actual event, right? The needle came out of the port after the chemotherapy without much fanfare. It required a little more pressure than I expected, which made me yelp a little (I could never be a nurse) but when I lifted the device off his chest there was barely a pimple! And certainly no blood. Relief.

Ed has a few days of just oral chemo now until Thursday.

His moods seem to be more stable. Thank you for praying! Tomorrow we will confer with the psychiatrist on new meds. I hope.

What a beautiful weekend! The temperature was a cool 70° most of the time, and the sun shone. Delightfully cool for the end of July. Will we have "dog days" this year? I wonder.

Our friends came by for a fire last night. They mentioned that they hadn't seen the familiar glow of our fire pit much this summer. A sign of our times.

I got the carpet on the stairs ripped out and the stairs painted white. Love the light. Love being able to see the dog hair! Love being able to CLEAN quickly! Today I attack the downstairs carpet. Concrete, here I come!

One of my friends volunteered to come and sweep and vacuum for me on Friday. So nice.

My husband was able to replace the power steering pump on one of our vehicles--the second time, because the first one he used as a replacement was defective!---and get the parts for the brake job. That vehicle is our utility vehicle now, a 12-passenger van. Ed can use it to get to PSEO (Post-secondary enrollment option) classes, we hope.

Speaking of classes: One our our health team specialists told us that children diagnosed with leukemia generally miss at least one year of school. Not a problem here, as we expect Ed will enter college courses as planned a year from now. We shall see. I am grateful that homeschooling has been an ideal option for dealing with sickness.

Right now we look forward to his learning to drive. Maybe it will happen this fall.

So many maybes. In the previous prophecy-related post the speaker mentioned that there are no 'Tomorrow' news sources. It's not 'USA TOMORROW', but 'USA Today.' I can picture the next few weeks giving chemotherapy at home, and the chemo treatments in the clinic as part of the treatment "road map" they gave us, but there are no guarantees. Never have been. Never will be, except for what God has told us WILL happen.

I find the current anti-Israel bias to be completely in line with what God said in the Bible thousands of years ago. Never before has the Bible been more relevant. God said all nations would align against her. The Orthodox Jews do not recognize the Messiah Yeshua, therefore they have no appreciation for what is going on in their country. They still look for their messiah to solve all of their problems. Secular Jews look to their own strength and knowledge. The Muslim looks to Allah, and some of them to the Mahdi. The Buddhist looks within himself to find reason and pleasure. The Hindu has a plethora of gods to appease and ask favor from. The atheist has only himself. Humanists trust in the unity of mankind. Witches in Lucifer, (although some of them see only a feminine super power) to fulfill the devil's need for worship.

Mixed up world it is, right? Ready for Christ's return! ---Actually ready for a "New World Order" ---for those who won't believe in Jesus. Ready for "peace and security," a false one, only good for 2 1/2 years. "Peace, peace, and there is no peace!"

Only in Christ, the Kingdom of HEAVEN, will there be peace. We are waiting for the true bride of Christ, the church that claims Him as LORD and SAVIOR, to be caught away to a wedding feast.

Fantastical and beautiful, it is our hope and joy to look for that day. Every single thing that happens in this world that appears as a "birth pang" to the end can only bring the believer deeper joy.

Therefore; earthquakes, rivers that run red, sinkholes, masquerading demons, mass animal deaths, wars and rumors of war, ISRAEL, world unity, increase of "knowledge"--or technology, world travel, signs in the sun, moon, and stars only mean one thing: Jesus is coming SOON. The End is truly near. I feel safe to say it will be in my lifetime, but I don't know the span of my days. If I lived to be 100 I would be amazed that I'd still be here. I know my great grandfather lived to be almost 100, and he expected Christ's return  in his lifetime too. His hope was there in his unquenchable spirit until he did see Jesus.

If you study Bible prophecy it all makes complete sense. You needn't do a thing. You watch it unfold. You look up, because your redemption draws nigh.

And then we can say ''We MADE IT!"

Praise GOD!

Saturday Treats at Han's Bakery: (Nice little bee cupcakes!)

Bless Israel, Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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