NEMA Newsletter
October   2016
What’s Inside

  1. Luncheon Host
  2. Billy Grahm
  3. Transgender Proposal
  4. Soros/Planned 
  5. Phyllis 


Your NEMA Council Will Host
October Network Luncheon


Your NEMA Council

Tom Battle  
Jerry Martin  
kathi Crissman  
Carry Baker
Top Left: Mike May, Oliver Stillwell, Tom Battle, Jerry Martin, Kathi Crissman, Carry Baker, Buddy Hicks
MEETING TIMES: 11:30 – 12:00 Networking – 12 Noon Food – 1:00 Dismiss
LOCATION: Spring Creek Bar B Q – 5613 FM 1960 East – Atascocita 


Christian Civil Responsibilities 

Billy Grahm

As we ramp up for the 2016 presidential election this year, you may feel bombarded by rampant rhetoric, aggressive campaigns, and confusing double speak. You might be sick of it already, when the race has barely begun. Who wouldn’t?
A lot of Americans feel this way, and a common response is to turn it off. To literally turn off the television or radio when the subject comes up, or to just turn away from the whole issue at hand and say, “I’m just not going to vote.” When an American told the Rev. Billy Graham that he felt this way, Graham had a strong and surprising response.
In an online Q&A conducted on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website, one concerned citizen voiced his exhaustion and frustration with current politics in America.
“I’m sick of politicians and political campaigns, and I’ve decided I’m not going to vote this year. It wouldn’t do any good anyway, because just one vote won’t make any difference. Why bother?” asked the questioner.
This is a common sentiment heard across the country, especially when it comes to the presidential election. If there are no candidates with whom you readily identify, it might seem logical that you don’t vote at all. I mean, why vote for someone who you don’t believe in, right?
Wrong, says Rev. Billy Graham, in his response to this man’s comment.
“Let me ask you a question: What would happen to our nation if everyone decided not to vote? You know the answer – before long we’d lose our freedoms and be ruled by a power-hungry dictatorship,” said Graham.
“No system of government is perfect, including ours. But all it will take to make it collapse is an indifferent citizenry,” he wrote.
“But I also urge you to vote for another reason: I believe it is a God-given responsibility,” he wrote.
To support this statement, that it’s a God-given right to vote for the U.S. President, he cited that during Jesus’s time, the Roman Empire was experiencing a bevy of governmental and political shortcomings. The citizenry was dissatisfied, frustrated, and fed up. Still, Jesus preached that everyone had a responsibility to be good citizens.
“He said, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s’ (Matthew 22:21). The same principle is true for us today: We should do everything we can to encourage and support good government – including voting,” Graham wrote during this live Q&A. “Understand the issues…know where the candidates stand on them…ask God to guide you – and then vote.”
And Graham continued that while casting your vote is the right and best thing to do, there is even more work to be done. “Beyond that, however, pray for our nation and its leaders – not just the President, but all who’ve been entrusted with public office. It’s the most important thing you can do,” he wrote.


Dave Welch.
Pastors Applaud Lone Star College for Withdrawing Transgender Restroom Proposal
Houston, TX.

The diverse coalition of pastors who led the effort to defeat the pro-LGBT “HERO” ordinance in Houston last year expressed appreciation and encouragement to the Lone Star College leadership for announcing today they are withdrawing their proposed “SECTION VI – STUDENTS; VI.D. STUDENT WELFARE AND RIGHTS; VI.D.12 Gender and Gender-Nonconforming Student Rights” that had been crafted in response to the Obama Administration’s letter of directive threatening Title IX funding to schools who didn’t conform to their “Gender Identity” and “Gender Expression” special protections.

“It is a great breath of fresh air when a public educational system is highly responsive to the concerns of the community and acts so quickly to bring resolution for the time,”
said Texas Pastor Council President Rev. Dave Welch.  

“The injunction by Federal Judge Reed O’Connor halting any effort by the Department of Education in using economic threats to force Obama’s radical LGBTQ agenda on schools was rapidly recognized by the LSC and our concerns about both the lack of any merit for and the danger of this proposal caused it to be pulled down.”
Welch added that it is clear the continued use of federal power by President Obama to bypass Constitutional restraints and use “brute force” to force his agenda will not cease until the next President takes office.  “With the latest aggression on the First Amendment via the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report
‘Peaceful Coexistence: Reconciling Nondiscrimination Principles with Civil Liberties,’
Obama has continued to show his hand.  It is also evident to us that if Hillary Clinton is elected this abuse of power to steal the safety, privacy and freedom from our women, girls and families will roll on like an out of control freight train,”
he said. 
“In the meanwhile Texas Pastor Council and our teams of pastors in cities across Texas are continuing to mobilize toward protections we must have in place in Texas against this anti-faith, anti-freedom movement attempting to destroy what is left of the traditional family, marriage, religious liberty and, ultimately, our freedom,”
Welch concluded.
Texas Pastor Council is a network of inter-racial, inter-denominational teams of pastors in cities across Texas who unite to stand, speak and act together to bring a reasoned and principled Biblical voice to social, moral, cultural and public policy issues at that local, state and national level.  


Soros Actually Gave $1.5 Mil to Cover Up Planned Parenthood Scandal
It’s no secret that liberal billionaire George Soros is one of Planned Parenthood’s biggest donors. Now leaked documents show that the horrific videos uncovering the abortion mill’s baby parts trade only encouraged his foundation to give more.
And the broadcast networks are unlikely to report it.
A leaked document recently revealed that George Soros’ Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), wanted to give $1.5 million to Planned Parenthood for damage control after videos exposed that the abortion giant was trafficking aborted baby parts in the name of research. More leaked documents confirm that the center not only requested, but also received the money.
With the $1.5 million, OSPC, one of the U.S. branches of Soros’ Open Society Foundations (OSF), funded Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s “Fight Back Campaign” as an “urgent response in defense of women’s health” - in other words, as a response to the Center for Medical Progress’ videos released last summer.
The documents came from thousands of hacked Soros files published online Aug. 13 by a group called “DCLeaks.” And while The Free Beacon and other conservative outlets covered OSPC’s  $1.5 million request, they couldn’t confirm “whether the funds were ever actually disbursed.”
But there is proof that Soros’ network did provide cover-up money for Planned Parenthood.
In aSept. 23, 2015 memo to Soros’ U.S. Programs (USP) Advisory Board (also under the umbrella of OSF), Ken Zimmerman (USP Director) and Andrea Batista Schlesinger (USP Deputy Director) outlined “select developments informing activities of USP and our grantees.”
Both Zimmerman and Schlesinger worried about the “long-term consequences” of the videos, including the “substantial eroding of Planned Parenthood’s credibility and reputation.” And, in an aside, the directors revealed that OSPC indeed “supported” Planned Parenthood with (surprise, surprise) $1.5 million.
“Planned Parenthood is mounting a vigorous defense, supported by a $1.5m OSPC grant, in the face of four Congressional investigations and a cyber-attack that closed its website … which required the hiring of security for many of its doctors, and otherwise distracted it from its core mission.”
Security was the first topic listed in the original $1.5 million Soros grant proposal to fund Planned Parenthood’s Fight Back Campaign. Besides security, the damage control initiative (projected to cost $7 to $8 million) provided money for legal defense, political lobbying, public outreach - and media outreach.
“PP is conducting national and state media outreach to both expose the true agenda of its opponents and transform the narrative surrounding these attacks,” the $1.5 million Soros grant request read. “PP is recruiting and training patients to tell their stories about the care they received at Planned Parenthood, and are running targeted television ads to educate constituents in key districts about these attacks and ask them to stand with PP.”
The Soros board reports summary section urged immediate action:
This $1.5 million grant provided an infusion of 501(c)(4) funding to Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF)  as they were waging a critical defense against attacks to the reputation and credibility of Planned Parenthood and potential loss of federal funding. This emergency funding enabled PPAF to implement its multipronged Fight Back Campaign to mobilize grassroots and grasstops supporters and lobby Congress to counter attempts to defund Planned Parenthood at the federal and state levels, and to continue providing critical reproductive health care services across the country.
“Critical reproductive health care” that costs not only money, but also lives.
Editor’s Note: MRC Business analyst Alatheia Nielsen contributed to this report.
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A General Receives Her Reward

ith a heavy heart we share the news that Phyllis Schlafly has passed away.  This amazing woman was a giant among conservative leaders but more importantly she was a loving mother, a wise mentor and a dear friend to so many.  Please, please pray for the family at this time and for all those that that held Phyllis so dear.  Please read below as one of her lifelong Eagles shares a lovely tribute to this incredible woman.

Eunie Smith,  Eagle Forum First Vice President Reflects on:
Life and Legacy of one of America’s Great Conservative Leaders
“Today, Phyllis Schlafly has gone home to be with her Lord after a long illness.  America has lost a great stateswoman, and we at Eagle Forum and among the conservative movement have lost a beloved friend and mentor, who taught and inspired so many to fight the good fight in defense of American values.  I have personally lost a dear friend of over forty years.”
Known as the “sweetheart of the silent majority,” and the matriarch of the conservative movement, Phyllis Schlafly has been a visionary, a unifier, and a voice of conscience for more than six decades.
Phyllis has been credited with doing the impossible, when she and the army of grassroots volunteers she led and trained defeated the so-called Equal Rights Amendment, which had passed both houses of Congress and seemed destined for certain ratification among the states.
Also previously thought impossible, Phyllis not only brought together people of various faiths that historically worked separately, she brought these people of faith into the political process like never before, creating a crucial voting block of values voters.
Following the defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, many of the volunteers Phyllis trained became leaders in the organization that was named Eagle Forum.  The name was inspired by Psalm 40:31, an encouragement to the battle weary that those who wait upon the Lord will “mount up with wings like eagles.”  
Phyllis and her beloved “Eagles” are known for fighting tirelessly and for mobilizing political power for principle, not prestige or profit.  For decades under Phyllis’ leadership, Eagle Forum has led the pro-family movement through such diverse and important battles as defending the unborn, defending traditional marriage, defending American workers from unfair trade and immigration policies, defending individual inventors from losing their intellectual property to large corporations, defending women from being drafted into military combat, defending full-time homemakers, defending conservatives and grassroots activists from establishment kingmakers, defending children from politicized public education defending American taxpayers from out-of-control federal spending and defending against threats to American exceptionalism.
There will never be another Phyllis Schlafly.  Today is a day to celebrate her amazing legacy and to remember the profound difference she made in the conduct of American public policy.  Thank you, Phyllis.  We will not grow weary.”  
Tonight with a heavy heart we share the news that Phyllis Schlafly has passed away.  This amazing woman was a giant among conservative leaders but more importantly she was a loving mother, a wise mentor and a dear friend to so many.  Please, please pray for the family at this time and for all those that that held Phyllis so dear.  Please read below as one of her lifelong Eagles shares a lovely tribute to this incredible woman.
Eunie Smith,  Eagle Forum First Vice President Reflects on:


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Northeast Ministerial Alliance

NEMA is a network of pastors, ministry leaders and Christian businessmen from diversified backgrounds. NEMA was birthed in 1991 when a group of spiritual leaders from the greater Humble, Texas area came together to share a meal and get acquainted.  The pastor of the host church extended an invitation to everyone to meet again the next month.  All gave a unanimous shout of approval.  It was during the second gathering that nine pastors and ministry leaders requested to host the next monthly meeting. Everyone stated that they would bring another person to the coming nine-month’s gatherings.  Those attending the initial meetings in 1991 never dreamed that these network lunches and prayer meetings would continue for these many years.  God’s favor has rested upon these gatherings. The results of this favor are many.

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