September 24, 2021

Dear Friends,

First of all, I would like to thank each and every one of you that joined us last night for LFF’s Night of Hope. In a little departure from our annual legislative awards banquet and gala, our goal this year was to simply come together to worship the Lord and to lift up those struggling with so many issues facing our state and nation, such as Hurricane Ida and the trail of heartbreak and difficulties related to COVID. 

It was especially rejuvenating to assemble so many who have been working diligently to put Louisiana back on track after the hurricane!

Pastors, policymakers, and relief workers all gathered for grits and grillades, worship with the Bethany team, and encouragement from Rep. Rick Edmonds and his friends from the Louisiana legislature. 

I was glad I was able to spend a few moments with our Legislative Family Advocates and Outstanding Family Advocates and thank them for their service to our state.  You can check our Legislative Scorecard for more info on our award recipients.

We shared in prayer and true fellowship. Our wonderful speakers left us full of hope and courage.

Here is a pictorial journey through last night’s events.  And if you weren’t able to join us, you can view our Night of Hope here.

Senator Beth Mizell, who authored the Fairness in Women's Sports Act, gave this unifying message:

We didn't get it done. But we're going try it again. We're going to try it again. And we're going to need your support again. So we're going to have to stand together. And I just want to thank you for that because we all felt you all having our back. It was an incredible blessing and it was a movement of God that I have never seen...to walk into the Hainkel room...and to see it full of pastors praying for a Godly leadership to happen to get those bills passed.

Then, Rep. Rick Edmonds, who did a fantastic job as our Master of Ceremonies, said what we were all thinking:

I don't believe we're here by accident or it's a coincidence. I believe in a sovereign God that places us at just the right place at just the right time with just the right Word, and the Word is hope for you and your families and your congregation and we will not be broken.

Thank you all for your generous support. The LFF family is blessed!

 

How incredibly sad that the president of the free world endorses infanticide. 

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that Biden’s administration endorsed the “Women’s Health Protection Act” (H.R. 3755), the purpose of which is to secure “abortion services without limitations or requirements.”

The bill will likely die in the Senate even if it passes the House. Still, it is deeply troubling that President Joe Biden could be so callous towards the unborn.

This country needs prayer, and President Biden needs a conversion of heart.

 

We already learned that the “infrastructure” bill is chock-full of identity politics via the SOGI (“sexual orientation” and “gender identity”) provisions, but there is something else in the legislation will absolutely destroy some Louisiana family farms.

In order to pay for the extraordinarily excessive projects originating from Capitol Hill, the infrastructure bill includes a massive tax increase by taking away “stepped up in basis” policy on inherited farms.

Removing this “stepped up in basis” element will force small Louisiana farming families to pay significantly more in "death" taxes which could ultimately shut down farms.

Please contact Congress and tell them Louisiana farms must be protected.

 

Friends, we have much work to do in Louisiana. In addition to continuing recovery after Ida, we must work diligently to restore a culture of Life, Respect, and Family.

Prayer is a powerful weapon. Please raise up a prayer with me today for all of Louisiana.

In His Service,


Gene Mills
President
Louisiana Family Forum

P.S. Continued thanks to the dozens of non-profit organizations who have run toward the devastation in Louisiana. Their assistance to LFF and our communicating, cooperating network of pastors and churches have tag-teamed to serve - meals, relief, supplies, and mostly, HOPE!

 

Samaritans Purse
https://www.samaritanspurse.org/

SP Home

 

Operation Blessing
https://www.ob.org/

Operation Blessing

 

Mercy Chefs
https://mercychefs.com/

Mercy-Chef-logo-new

 

There is Convoy of Hope
https://convoyofhope.org/

 

Eight Days of Hope
https://eightdaysofhope.com/

EDOH

 

LA Baptist Disaster Response 
https://louisianabaptists.org/missions-ministry/disaster-relief/

 

 

God’s Pit Crew 
https://godspitcrew.org/

God's Pit Crew

 

Hope Force International 
https://www.hopeforce.org/

Hope Force International

 

Houston Responds/SWLA Responds/Acadiana Responds
https://www.houstonresponds.org/swla

SWLA Logo (Tall).png

 

City Impact 
https://citiimpact.org/

 

CitiIMPACT

 

Nazarene Compassionate Ministries 
https://www.ncm.org/

NCM

 

Reach Out America
https://www.reachoutamerica.org/about

Reach Out America

 

Special thanks again to these wonderful organizations!

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