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Post  Admin on Sun 02 Jun 2013, 6:37 pm

Email from Tanzania
Thu May 30, 2013. Posted by "rxbarkley"
We made it back to Africa, one suitcase short and about 24 hours short
on sleep! Hopefully all the new diapers and medicines for the babies
made it.
We made it here with Katie and Caroline too, our first summer
volunteers whom we met up with in Istanbul. We are still unpacking but
it looks like books , clothes and nannies gifts are all that is missing
.
There was a new baby when we arrived at 5am yesterday. A tiny newborn
named Bryony (Bri-onee) who had been found in a latrine and taken to the
hospital. She spent about 1 week there before the hospital called Neema
to come pick her up. All the babies look great.
Love, Dorris and Michael

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Post  Admin on Fri 19 Apr 2013, 8:26 pm

Tanzania Trails: Look Who's Going to Africa!

On May 27, Katie OHara and Caroline Nikolaus, on each side of Dorris in
the middle, will be winging their way to Tanzania, East Africa to
volunteer for eight weeks at Neema House. Yeah girls! They will be
helping with the 26 babies who live at Neema and hopefully working to
get the adoption campaign going.

Caroline and Katie are both students at Abilene Christian University.
We are excited for them as well as other volunteers who will be coming
to help out at Neema this summer. They are in for one of the most
exciting times of their lives!

Michael went to Africa in 1963 as a college student from Abilene
Christian as well. He and eleven other boys lived in tents for six
months and shaved every morning with water from a stream in a tin pan on
a stick tripod.

(The picture is a little grainy but what can you expect from a fifty
year old photo!)

He fell in love with the people and the country and after he came home,
we were married and went back to Africa with a three month old baby.
How his mother ever let us do that, as a grandma myself now, I will
never know! We lived there for six years. In those days we shot all our
meat, grew our own vegetables, had no electricity, ate things like wart
hog, eland and fried termites and fell in love with Africa. We also met
a lot of wonderful people whom we were able to tell the story of a God
who loves them so much he sent his son for them.

Africa certainly changed our lives. We suspect Katie and Caroline are
in for a life changer as well!

It is encouraging to see young people like this who are willing to give
up a summer at the mall or the beach and come over to hold, feed and
change diapers for these incredible little ones who have had such a
rough start for their lives. In case you are new to the blog, Neema
House is a home for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Arusha,
Tanzania, East Africa. You too could be a volunteer at Neema House!
Check it out at www.tanzaniaorphanh elp.com


This nanny could certainly use an extra pair of hands! That's
Michael in the back ground.

Grace,

Michael and Dorris Fortson
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Post  Admin on Sun 14 Apr 2013, 9:43 pm

BLOG.TANZANIAORPHAN HELP.COM published a new post entitled "Tanzania
Trails: Three New Babies" on 4/9/2013 9:30:42 AM, written by Michael and
Dorris Fortson.
Tanzania Trails: Three New Babies

Three new babies have come to live at Neema in the last few weeks. It
is always sad that their lives have come to this, but we are so thankful
we are there for them.

On March 22, Peter was abandoned on the street and taken to the police
station. The police took him to the hospital who called us to come pick
him up. We think he is about twelve months old, it is always hard to
assess a baby when we have no past history, birth date or medical
records. Since he is older he spent the first few days crying for his
mother. We try not to judge these mothers. Neema House is a place of
forgiveness and hope. Forgiveness for the mothers and Hope for the
babies.

Joyce came to Neema on March 15th and she is almost two months old. She
was born Jan 25th and her mother died in March of TB. She is very small
even for a two month old but appears to be healthy otherwise. She has
five siblings and the father cannot care for this beautiful, new infant.
Hopefully Joyce will be one of the babies we will be able to place back
into the family unit before the age of three. which is our goal at
Neema. Since most Tanzanian families live on less than a hundred
dollars a month and formula is too expensive to buy, Neema will love
and care for this little one until she is able to get off the bottle and
go home.

On March 23rd, thirteen month old Gilbert came to live at Neema. His
mother is mentally unstable so the police picked up this sweet baby and
brought him to us. Like Peter he is old enough to miss his mother so he
has had a hard time settling in at Neema House. No matter what
treatment and care a baby had, it seems they always miss their mother.

We had a great surprise Friday when former Yellow House students, Daniel
and Lacy Hobbs, from Ennis, Texas, brought a check for $1,000 to buy a
big dryer for Neema House!! They sponsor some groups at the High School
where they teach, and their students had worked to raise money for a new
dryer for Neema House. With 26 babies now living at Neema and only 96
diapers (not disposable) it takes a lot of washing and drying of dirty
diapers. We think every diaper is washed two to three times a day!! So
a big Thank You to students of Ennis High School! It is always fun to
involve young people in this incredible work of caring for the Neema
Babies.

We fly back to Tanzania and Neema House on May 27, and that is fast
approaching! We want to make the most of every day and so we would love
to tell the Neema House story to individuals and churches every day we
can. We schedule breakfast meetings, lunch meetings, dinner meetings,
and weekend meetings. We are scheduled to speak at Rotary Clubs, Lions
Clubs, Bible Classes, Life Groups, and churches. We would love to get
together with you. Give us a call at 254 541-4869. Have truck. Will
travel.

Grace,

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Post  Admin on Tue 02 Apr 2013, 8:08 pm

BLOG.TANZANIAORPHAN HELP.COM published a new post entitled "Tanzania
Trails: Radical" on 3/31/2013 6:04:05 PM, written by Michael and Dorris
Fortson.
Tanzania Trails: Radical

If you have seen our brochure for Neema House, our home for abandoned
and orphaned babies in Africa, you know that we quote David Platt from
his book "Radical" when he wrote, "Orphans are easier to
ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before
you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they're not real
before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything
changes."

David goes on to say, "So when you and I hear the staggering numbers
and statistics about the poor and needy around the world, we have a
choice. We can switch channels and let these numbers remain cold,
distant and almost imaginary or we can open our eyes and consider the
faces that are represented by these numbers."

Just for your consideration, here are some of the very real faces of
Neema babies who still need sponsors.

Bahati mother died

Ibrahim mother died

Zawadi, abandoned at the bus station.

Sorry the pictures are so big, but I wanted you to see their faces up
close. I wanted you to see that they are real and that they are looking
to you and me for their next bottle. If you are not already sponsoring
a child at Neema please consider doing that now. They need you.

You can sponsor for as little as $30 per month. Go to our website:
www.tanzaniaorphanh elp.com to make
a one time donation or set up automatic monthly donations using any
credit card or bank account.

Grace,

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Post  Admin on Mon 01 Apr 2013, 10:29 pm

Tanzania Trails: Hangin' Around at Neema

Now that we are home I thought I would share some of pictures of daily
life at Neema. One of our volunteers brought three swings in her
suitcase when she came to work at Neema House. The babies get tired of
laying around so here are three babies just "hangin&# 39; around." They
have a good time in the swings and it gets them up off the pads and
moving their little bodies as if they needed help doing that!
The three little munchkins in the swings are Anna, Elliott and Frida.
Anna is one of the triplet girls and weighed about three pounds when she
came to Neema. Her mother comes to visit and will take the three girls
home when they are stronger and off the bottles possibly around the age
of two.

Malin is a really sweet volunteer from Switzerland. She has been coming
early, around 7am to help with the morning rush of bottles and diapers.
She decided "layin&# 39;around" with the babies could be fun at Neema,
too.

You may have noticed that we have three sets of twins now and two sets
of triplets. These are the three Neema twins.

Mothers out in the villages would not be able to afford formula since
the average Tanzanian family lives on less than a hundred dollars a
month and with poor nutrition they would not have enough breast milk to
feed the babies. So they come to Neema. The triplet sisters are doing
great as you can tell.

"Sittin&# 39; around" and folding diapers is an everyday job which
sometimes turns into a good time, especially when we can get Martin, one
of our Tanzanian volunteers from a local church, to fold diapers (not
normally a man's job in Africa.) MaMa Musa is in the middle and
Malin on the floor with the babies.

Two of our nannies are changing diapers at the changing tables Michael
had built last summer. We have four teams of nannies who work three
shifts and then are off one shift. We also have one young girl who
washes diapers and dirty clothes for the babies all day long. Pampers
are too expensive so we use a Velcro diaper with an insert. The pile of
dirty diapers never ends and the washing machine goes even at night.
PrayGod is a sweet hunk of a baby boy whose mother died and the dad is
not able to care for him. Pray at eight months is about twice the size
of Frankie who is now 16 months old. Frankie is the boss and can bully
PrayGod into giving up his toys.

If you have wondered how the baby who was found in the pit latrine and
had magots removed from his ear is doing, here he is! Pretty cute, huh!
Innocent whom Claire calls Jack, is now healthy and happy.
So whether we are hangin' around, sittin' around or layin'
around it's all about the babies at Neema House. You can come join
the fun anytime! Email us at ml.fortson@yahoo. com

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Post  Admin on Sun 24 Mar 2013, 10:10 pm

From India: Letter from James
Posted by: "rxbarkley"
Dear honorable Dad.

It is my joy to share about how God has been used me and my friends in a
great way for His glory.

We have visited tribal areas in past week in Maharashtra. These tribal
areas located on the hills and they do not know about other people who
live in the towns, cities, and other countries. They only think that
their village and the hills are the whole world. They are illiterate,
uncivilized and backward people and they have no connection with other
people who in other villages. To go and tell the gospel to these people
there are no nice roads and transportation on the hills. We walked for
15 Kilometers to reach one tribal village and for some villages we have
walked 8 kilometers like these we need to reach them.

These tribal people never heard the gospel or about Jesus. We shared
them about Christ the Savior and distributed them gospel hand lets in
their languages. These people are very strange and if somebody a
stranger goes to their area they doubt us about causing harm to them.
But once we talk them nicely and happily they will welcome us heart
fully.

I thought my first visit to the tribal areas was greatly impressed and I
felt very happy. I decided to visit tribal areas every month spend one
week sharing the love of Christ where the tribal people never heard the
gospel.

So please pray for these tribal people as they heard the gospel and let
God change their hearts and become His followers.

Jesus says in Luke, blessed are the poor. He continues by saying that to
the poor will be given the kingdom of God.

May God bless
In Christ
James
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Post  Admin on Thu 21 Mar 2013, 9:35 pm

Tanzania Trails: We're Home
We're Home.
We left Mt. Kilimanjaro airport in Arusha, Tanzania East Africa at 9:30
p.m. Saturday, March 9, and 33 hours later we were home in Texas.

Quite possibly one of the hardest things I've ever done was kissing
all 23 of the Neema babies goodby and whispering a message into their
tiny little ears, "Remember God loves you and we love you."
And special messages to a few of them like Frida (left), " You must
remember to cry more or you won't get your share of the
attention."

And to Frankie(above) , "You' ll be walking on those little legs soon,
just keep on getting up when you fall, little man."

And to Helena the only girl in a room full of toddler boys,
"Don' t let those boys run over you, Sweetie, kiss all the little
babies for me every day and keep on dancing."

To Beola Bee(right) whom we almost lost while there, "Drink your
milk, grow strong, don't give up, baby girl."

And to little Ibrahim (below) who became my baby when I stayed with him
during his surgery in the hospital, and whose eyes follow me when
I'm in the room and whose face lites up with this huge grin every
time he sees me, "Keep smiling, Little Boy Blue, Bibi (grandmother)
will be back soon."

But it's time to raise money now. Their nannies must be paid, the
formula must be bought and the rent is coming due. When I knew the
babies from their pictures, I loved them but now that I have held them
in my arms, now that I have kissed their chubby cheeks and now that I
have had their baby hands in mine, now that I've had their spit up
down my back, I know we must go anywhere, speak to anyone, ask of
everyone, beg if we have to, in order to support these incredible little
babies in Tanzania, East Africa. They've lost everything. Some of
our babies were left abandoned on the road, on porches, in a pit
latrine, at the bus station, some lost their mothers during childbirth,
others were at risk and would have had no chance of survival without
Neema. They truly are the "the least of these" of whom Jesus
said, "If you will take care of them, it will be just like you are
taking care of me."

We plan to be in the states until about May 27, so let us know if we can
come speak to your organization, life group, church, coffee group or
just knitting circle. And if you know of someone who is retired, and
can give a year, we are desperately looking for a long term volunteer
for Neema House. It is cheaper to live in Africa and you will find no
more fulfilling, rewarding work than loving and caring for the babies.
Our new friend who is spending a year at Neema, Susan Donaldson, works a
few months in England and then spends a year in different African
countries volunteering. Maybe you could do that too! We need you!!
Email us ml.fortson@yahoo. com

Grace,

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Post  Admin on Fri 15 Mar 2013, 2:24 pm

BLOG.TANZANIAORPHAN HELP.COM published a new post entitled "Tanzania
Trails: Volunteer in Africa" on 3/14/2013 11:23:14 AM, written by
Michael and Dorris Fortson.
Tanzania Trails: Volunteer in Africa

If you are looking for a safe, easy and fun way to volunteer in Africa
check us out.

Neema House Volunteer home

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the world, gain new
experiences and training, see new career possibilities, do something
different, get away from the normal grind, be adventurous, share your
faith, or have you always had a secret desire to see Africa? We can
help you achieve any and all of those goals.

Neema Baby Home is located in the beautiful, East African city of
Arusha, Tanzania. Neema House is a registered NGO in Tanzania and a
501c3 nonprofit registered in the US. We care for abandoned, orphaned
and at risk babies. Currently we have 23 babies from ages, 2 weeks to 2
years. To see the baby's pictures and read their stories go to our
web site. We need all kinds of talents, from film making, painting,
teaching, building, physical therapy and nursing to just holding and
cuddling babies who need lots love. Check out our web site
www.tanzaniaorphanh elp.com

You can volunteer for any length of time, but we suggest a minimum of 4
weeks. You will be more effective if you can stay several months or
longer. Volunteers must be between the ages of 18 to 80.

What we provide our volunteers:

* Accommodations in an inexpensive ($400 US dollars per month. If
staying less than one month, the price is $150 per week), spacious and
beautiful volunteer house separate from the baby home, with all the
charm that is Africa and within a five minute walk to Neema. Provided:
Washing Machine, microwave, stove, fridge, bedding, towels, etc.
* Pick up at the Mt. Kilimanjaro airport and the short drive to Neema
House.
* The mid day meal is provided while on duty but meals at the
volunteer house, snacks and eating out are on your own. Remember it is
Africa and many of our meals are African style, rice and beans, ugali
and vegetables and luscious fruit. There are many good restaurants in
Arusha.
* Training, supervision and support are also provided.
* Driver and transportation while on duty at Neema (You will be
expected to walk back and forth from the volunteer house to Neema House.
* Safe, secure grounds with fenced yard and a night time gate guard.
* Help with scheduling game park visits. The world famous Serengeti
and Ngorongoro National game parks are a short drive from Arusha.
* Internet, shopping and things to do close at hand.
If you are interested, contact Michael at ml.fortson@yahoo. com, or phone
# 0757 300 402 (if outside Tanzania send emails).

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Post  Admin on Thu 07 Mar 2013, 11:43 pm

So many of you have prayed for this little Masaai boy that we just had
to share the good news we received this week. We took Frankie out to
Tanz Hanzs on Friday which is a place for handicap people to teach them
how to function in their society with their handicap. We were hoping
they could fit him with braces or something so he could walk.

Frankie was our first Neema Baby and even though he is now 15 months old
he is still very tiny, weighing just barely ten pounds. He is just a
tiny human being, but such a spunky little guy, very loving and knows
how to get what he wants.

He has moved from the baby room to the toddler room although he is not
walking, he really wants to be like the big boys. He crawls everywhere
and lets himself up and down the steps and can roll pretty much wherever
he wants to go. He even asks for "Viatu" (shoes) every morning
when the big boys are getting ready to go for a walk. He wants shoes on
too just like everyone else. Even though he is so much smaller than all
the others he can hold his own and get his share of the toys and
attention. He has always been a fighter; as the smallest of the first
set of triplets at Neema, he was very tiny when he was brought in from
the village. He spent nine days in the hospital where he was treated
for malnutrition and then came home to live at Neema House in Arusha.
The good news from the physical therapist at Tanz Hanzs is that Frankie
will be able to walk on his own without braces. With some work on our
part, his little stick legs can be made stronger and he should be able
to walk by the time he is eighteen months old. We will just need to
work with him every day. Since we leave for America next Saturday, we
will need to teach the nannies what to do for him. Frankie could be
walking by the time we return in June!!

This incredible little boy has no sponsors. Go to our website:
www.tanzaniaorphanh elp.com to
learn how to sponsor Frankie.

Grace,
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BLOG.TANZANIAORPHAN HELP.COM published a new post entitled "Tanzania
Trails: Malakia and Julius" on 3/1/2013 12:41:45 PM, written by Michael
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Tanzania Trails: Malakia and Julius

Life in a Masaai village is tough, especially for children, especially
for girls and especially for twins. But add being blind to that and
life doesn't get any tougher. On Wednesday two mzee (old) women
came to Neema accompanied by some men from the SOS children' s
village outside Arusha. Wrapped in pieces of konga material they
brought two beautiful babies about a month and ten days old. Their
mother had died and as I hugged the tiny old woman who had lost her
daughter, my heart ached for her as she now handed over her
grandchildren to the strange Wazungu. The grandmother is too old to
care for the five children nor could she possibly afford formula and the
father has abandoned the family so the three older children will stay at
SOS, but since SOS does not take babies they had brought the twins to
Neema.

I cannot imagine the emotions going through this small wizened
grandmother&# 39;s mind as she walked through our heavy wooden doors to
give us her grandbabies. The old woman had probably never been inside
an Mzungu house, she did not know us, she did not know if we would love
her grandchildren, she did not know if we would feed them and hold them,
she did not know if she would ever see them again. How would she now
be able to go back to her village, to the mud hut with no door where she
lives which now will be empty of the laughter of her grandchildren. I
hugged her and I could feel not only the loss but the fear in her heart.
As the door closed on the retreating women and the men who brought them
we turned our attention to the two tiny bundles now in Neema care.

The first order of business was to unwrap them, weigh them and get them
cleaned up. They did not have diapers on and the little girl Malakia
had made quite a mess in her konga wrap. Their lungs worked perfectly
well as we could tell when we placed each one on the scales and then put
them in the round wash tubs for their baths. They both weigh about
eight pounds, the little boy, Julius, is slightly larger than Malakia.
When new babies come in, all the nannies want to crowd around and see
them, they kiss them and quiet them and reach out to touch them. I
love seeing the care and concern of these incredible nannies who look
after our Neema babies.After things had quieted down for the night,
Michael and I closed our bedroom door to shower and hop into bed only to
hear a loud knocking on the door. They were concerned about Malakia,
she is blind, they said. Hoping that was not true, we all crowded
around her to see but it was evident there was no formed pupil and only
the whites of her eyes were visible. So with heavy hearts for baby
Malakia we went back to bed knowing it would be another trip to the
doctor as soon as possible.

Today, the doctor's report is not good, her eyes cannot be repaired,
and they will have to be removed. Other than that she is perfectly
healthy. We will love and care for this sweet baby and hope and pray
that something can be done by someone, somewhere to give her a future.
Yes, life can be tough in the Masaai village especially for children and
for girls and especially if you are blind. Please say a prayer tonight
for this sweet little baby.

On another note, it is about 4 am here and the power has been off for
over 18 hours, but we have just heard the power come back on so I must
leave you and jump out of bed and put the rollers in my hair if the
power will just stay on long enough. It does make me feel a bit
materialistic to be concerned about my hair in the midst of all this but
what can I say, I'm a southern woman and I like big hair!
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Post  Admin on Thu 28 Feb 2013, 11:12 pm

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on Congress to include conscience protections as a part of any "must
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Can you to take three minutes to call your Representative to demand
Congress pass Conscience Protections? Simply call the Capitol
Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Coalitions only work if everyone pitches in. Action is what gets
results.

That's why I need you to contact your Representative right now and
demand that conscience rights be included as a part of the coming fiscal
debate.

Call the Capitol Switchboard now at 202-224-3121. Tell your
Representative to back Conscience Protections.

Politicians like to pretend they can ignore us. But they can't
ignore the coming fiscal votes and they can't ignore this issue if
enough of us speak out.

No American should be forced by the federal government to pay for
abortion drugs and other immoral medicines in their health care plan!

Let's blitz the Beltway with a flurry of phone calls to demand that our
most fundamental rights be respected.

It's our religious freedom after all.

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Tanzania Trails: Pure Flows at Neema House

Michael has the water purification system set up!!! Yippee! Pure
clean water. First he had a heavy metal stand built by a local fundi and
then he was able to get all the equipment, batteries, pumps, tanks, and
hoses set up according to the instructions of Ben Gray from Abilene.
This is a community size water purification system which will clean and
purify 55 gallons per hour. We don't need that much water now so we
intend to share with others who don't have clean water. A great
big thank you to our good friends who bought this system and all it took
to set it up. It is pretty awesome, now we will not have to buy and
haul big jugs of water from the store!!

Talking cats and mice have arrived at Neema! We advertised in the Arusha
mailing for someone to donate a TV/DVD to Neema, and Sunday afternoon
three couples arrived with a TV and DVD and some children' s DVDs,
including one about Tom and Jerry. Late in the afternoons is a rough
time for the toddlers. After a long day of play they can get pretty
fussy so we thought a little DVD time might help. A few of the
toddlers did sit right down to watch. Hellena, our only little girl in
the toddler bunch, was afraid and ran crying to hide behind the couch.
The three couples were all friends and have said they will be back with
a case of formula. That is pretty cool! Getting local families more
involved with Neema has been one of our goals. We have been attending
the Arusha Rotary club and visiting some African churches to meet more
people. This is a photo of a local church group who came to help feed
the babies.

Keeping enough formula on hand is always a big problem at Neema since we
go through about 25+ cans of formula per week. So, Michael negotiated a
contract for formula to be delivered, which was cheaper than wecould
buy it in the store and our first order came last Thursday. I have to
tell you that I almost fell down when he told us how much it cost. One
million fifty thousand shillings!! We expect this delivery to last
about three weeks. I am convinced that is why the Africans think all
Americans are wealthy, because we carry around these huge wads of money.

Counting out a million fifty thousand shillings certainly would make me
feel richer! One thousand six hundred shillings equals one dollar.

We have been taking a different baby with us to church on Sundays to
have a little special time with them. We have taken Hellena, Elliiott
(photo at right... he was abandoned at the hospital weighing only 1.65
lbs!), Frida, Frankie and Joeli. Hellena is two and is our oldest baby;
her mother died and she was living with her grandmother who could not
take care of her. We dressed her up for church, put shoes on her,
brushed her hair and put a bow in her hair and she did look pretty cute.
Everyone at church wanted to speak to her and pet her but she was afraid
and clung to us with both arms and legs. Then we went out to lunch and
I ordered dessert after our meal. It was ice cream and I thought she
would love it. Not so! The first bite got spit out as fast as she could
get it out of her mouth. I guess she had never had anything that cold
in her mouth. By the time it melted and warmed up she could drink it,
then she decided it was pretty good stuff.

We are switching rooms around at Neema. The room where the babies stay
during the day is just too small so we have moved the volunteers out of
their big bedroom at Neema to their own Volunteer house (right) which is
just a short 5 minute walk from Neema House.

Now the big room has become the day room for the babies. (See our
previous crowded room at right.) We think that with this change we can
take a few more babies, perhaps up to thirty, which will be our max for
this house, even though social welfare said we could keep sixty. We are
like – Where! For those of you who are new to the blog, we are
trying to find property to buy to build a large enough facility to house
babies anytime the hospital or police call. We also have plans to build
a newborn center, a mothering center and a permanent home for our babies
who are un-adoptable and will never go back home. But for now we will
have to say no after we reach thirty. Not sure Claire can do it!!

Grace,

Michael and Dorris Fortson
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Tanzania Trails: Live Your Wild and Wonderful Life

"Live Your Wild and Wonderful Life"

That was the title of Sunday morning' s lesson at the Arusha,
Tanzania Community Church. It was quite good and I thought an
interesting topic. He talked about what we could give up for Lent and
that he thought living a mediocre life would be a good thing to give up.
He said we should step out and "live the wild and wonderful
life" God has planned for us.

Great lesson, but from looking at his audience I thought they were
exactly the kind of people who seem to have already done just that. We
met a couple who had given up a safe, secure computer business in
Evergreen, Colorado to come to Africa to help others and build a new
business here. Two men from Australia came to help new African business
owners with financial advise and we met people from New Zealand, Sweden,
England and even some brave Americans who have given up the easy life of
supermarkets with pasteurized milk and Mrs. Baird's bread, paved
highways, instant internet, NAPA car parts stores, pizza delivery and
ambulance service!

I know coming to Africa and starting Neema Baby Home has certainly been
pretty wild and wonderful to us!

Here is Michael working on the brakes on our 4wd Toyoto.

We took one of our babies, Frida, to church with us and of course we
dressed her up so cute and everyone wanted to hold her. She is very
beautiful and it is so sad to think that some mother out there who left
her on the roadside will never know this incredible little girl.

The photo is of Dorris and Frida as we left for church. We don't
know Frida's exact age but she is not sitting up yet so maybe she is
about 6 to 8 months old. Frida is fully sponsored by friends in
Temple, Texas. But there are lots of other babies who are also
beautiful, loving and worthy, who live at Neema Baby Home and do not
have a sponsor yet, like these precious little ones.

Frankie, sitting up, right, has no sponsor.

We sat in church with our new pediatrician friend, Dr. Matthews who
treats our Neema babies at the big Lutheran Hospital in Arusha. He left
a practice in New York to come work in Africa, where he will probably
never be rich like his class mates in med school but he will have the
love and respect of thousands of African mothers and fathers whose
babies he patiently cares for seven days a week. I know he always
seems to work our Neema babies into his busy schedule. One day Michael
made five trips to the hospital!

Here is Dr. Matthews and Claire and two of the Neema babies at the
hospital.

In the introductions at church, I was able to stand and tell the large
crowd a bit about Neema House and our babies and offer an invitation to
anyone who wants to come by and just hold babies. I told them that 6:30
in the morning would be a really good time to come since that is a
pretty rough time for us and would you believe a young girl showed up at
6:30 am this morning!

As I rush through my cold shower this morning to get out there and help
with the hungry babies I am questioning the "wonderful&quo t; part of
that "live your life" sermon but the "wild" part is
certainly true! But by around 10 am most of the babies will be down for
a morning nap and then the "wonderful&quo t; happens again!

Here is Ibrahim asleep with his piggy

We hope God is pleased with the way we are living this wild and
wonderful life he has given us!

Grace,
Michael and Dorris Fortson
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Tanzania Trails: Masai Land
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Today was an exciting day! I finally got to see the two girls, Lucia
and Yacinta, from our first set of triplets, and Meshack, who live out
in the Masai village. They are Franki's sisters and half-brother.
Franki lives at Neema because he is still so small; he's not quite
ten pounds at 14 months old.
Our daughter, Kim's home school group in Montana and our church in
Temple have been faithfully collecting baby bottles full of coins for
these babies for nearly a year now, so we really wanted to see how they
were doing. We have been taking food out to them every month and it was
again time to take food as well as medicine for Yacinta' s infected
ear.
It was a two hour drive; the first stretch was over good Tanzania roads,
but the last twenty miles were over rough dirt roads and the last few
miles was barely a rutted foot path. At one point we went down a steep
river bank and bent the muffler on the Prado. The overgrazed land was
dry and dusty as we entered Masai land but as we neared the village, at
the foot of Mt. Longido, it was lush and green. We saw young boys
sitting on the side of busy highways tending the cows and goats that fed
on the grasses along the road and we saw women carrying their huge loads
of firewood and possessions on their heads.
Women have a hard life out in the Masai villages, they are circumcised
as young children, and then marry at a very young age, often to a man
with multiple wives, so they become the youngest wife who then does all
the work. We saw a young girl carrying a heavy load of fire wood which
she had walked miles to gather and bring home. She carried the huge
load on her back hung with a leather strap around her forehead, a sure
fire headache in the making!
The Masai were the mighty warriors of long ago who had to kill a lion
single handed in order to become a man. There are no lions left in the
area so we are not sure what the manhood ritual is now. We did see
Giraffe, ostrich, and gazelle on this trip though. Compared to the old
days there are few animals left outside the game parks, so it was
actually quite sad. But the Masai still own large herds of cows. They
live off a daily mixture of blood and milk and mix red ocher dirt and
cow manure to shine their dirt walls and floors. To get their daily
meal they puncture the jugular vein in the cow's neck with a tiny
bow and arrow and catch the blood, which is then mixed with the freshly
milk then curdled and finally drunk. Yummy! It doesn't kill the
cow because they plug the hole back up with cow manure and off the cow
goes! They love their cows and still believe that all cows on the earth
belong to them and if you have some cows, well at some point you must
have stolen them from the Masai.
The whole village turned out today and seemed as excited to see us as we
were them. The fact that I brought candy for the children helped.
The enormous host of flies

were excited to see us as well, new fresh skin to light upon! The cows
are kept in the center of the compound at night to keep them safe from
the non-existent lions. The rains have been good this year, the grass
is green so the cows are fat and produce lots of manure which brings
lots of flies.

After weighing the babies, (Yacinta weighs almost 20 pounds, Meshack
weighs 18 pounds, Lucia weighs almost 16 pounds) and calculating the
dosage of antibiotic to treat Yacinta' s infected ear, the old
grandmother wanted me to come inside her house. She grabbed my hand and
would not let go until I followed her into her small mud hut. I had to
bend over to walk in and then it was so dark I could barely see anything
inside the house. Her furniture consisted of two plastic buckets turned
upside down.

The Masai houses are made of sticks which are plastered over with mud
and cow manure and topped with a grass roof. In the dark I could not
make out a single item in the small room, no table, no furniture, no
knick knacks or books, lamps, or clothing. There was nothing except the
buckets in the room.
It is hard to describe in words the dire poverty of these people and yet
they smile and laugh, hold each other's babies and seem to have a
certain contentment and sense of community that we oftentimes lack with
our big solitary houses full of expensive furniture. Why is that?
As we left the village an old Mzee wanted to ride back to Arusha with us
so he and I sat in the back seat together. We shared our peanut butter
and jelly sandwiches with him, which he was not too sure of, but was
polite enough to eat. Then I halved my candy bar with him, which he
politely held between his knees for a long time and then, when we
stopped to say hi to some women and children, I noticed he quietly held
it outside the window until someone took it out of his hand.
About a million flies also hitched a ride back to town with us.
Fortunately for me, sitting with the Mzee in the back, since the Masai
love to rub on cow manure as a shine for their skin, the flies seemed to
prefer him to me. That was good. I should have called this blog the
cow manure blog!
All in all, as my new British friend Susan would say, "It was
lovely, really quite lovely." To top off this lovely day we got
home to no water at the baby home, so we took a baby wipes bath!
Lovely, just lovely.
Grace,
Michael and Dorris Fortson
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Eric Metaxas
February 14, 2013
As you may know, when Chuck Colson passed away I was asked to become
co-host of "BreakPoint&qu ot; along with my friend John Stonestreet.

At least for me, anyway, it's been great. I love working and talking
with John: He's a clear thinker, he loves Christ, and he has an
absolute passion and talent for teaching Christian worldview. Sort of
like the guy who started BreakPoint twenty some years ago.

In fact, John's passion made him the natural choice to pick up
another of Chuck's favorite projects, the "Two-Minute
Warning" video commentaries posted each week atBreakPoint. org
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And while Chuck loved commenting about hot-button issues on the
"Two-Minute Warning," toward the end he more and more wanted to
return to fundamental worldview teaching.

So that's just what John Stonestreet is doing now with his new
weekly video commentary called "ReEngage. " It's fantastic.

John's premise is simple and powerful: Every square inch of creation
and human endeavor belongs to God. From the very moment of the Fall, God
has been passionately active in the world—renewing creation,
reconciling and redeeming mankind to Himself in Jesus Christ.

Of course, you'll recognize that John is echoing and carrying on the
teaching of Chuck and one of Chuck's favorite theologians, Abraham
Kuyper.

And with "ReEngage, " John's doing it in a way that is, well,
engaging! I would urge you to visitBreakPoint. org
nd check it out today—you can subscribe
to get the videos each week. And please share them! We've made that
easy to do through Facebook, Twitter or email - especially with those
college-age and twenty somethings in your life. Through his work at
Summit Ministries, John knows how to connect them to the timeless truths
of the faith.

John will look at everthing—culture, politics, art, family,
government—as if it belongs to God, because, as John says, it does.

Take this week's episode for example, which airs today at
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John talks about Ash Wednesday and the
season of Lent, which we've just entered.

Almost all of us think of Ash Wednesday as the day when people get ashes
smudged on their heads in the form of a cross as a sign of
repentance—and of course it is. But as John tells us, Ash Wednesday
is also a bold proclamation of the human condition—as well as a bold
condemnation of the most cherished values and assumptions of modern
secularism.

First, it's a reminder that we are sinful people who have strayed
from God's plan. This of course is the polar opposite of the modern
therapeutic view of spirituality that urges people to, well, give in to
their urges.

Second, Ash Wednesday is a reminder of our mortality. When the priest or
pastor places ashes on a person's forehead on Ash Wednesday, he
says, "Thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return." Contrast
this view with today's culture that wants us to deny or ignore our
mortality at all costs, that tells us we can control our own destinies,
even though we cannot.

Third, Ash Wednesday is a reminder that our greatest needs as human
beings are spiritual needs. It's a day of fasting and self-denial at
the beginning of an entire season of fasting and self-denial. Not
exactly the "if it feels good, do it" mentality of modern
culture.
This is just the kind of worldview teaching that you'll find every
single week when you watch John Stonestreet&# 39;s "ReEngage. "
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Japan, and Eventually, Us

Eric Metaxas
February 11, 2013

Taro Aso, Japan's finance minister, has only been on the job for a
month but he's already stirred up enough controversy to last a
lifetime.

In January, he made headlines around the world when he told a panel on
social security reforms that the elderly should be permitted to
"hurry up and die." That is the kind of comment that both causes
great offense and hits too close to home.

It hits too close to home because much of Japan's ever-more-dire
fiscal problems can be traced to the country' s demographics. But the
problem lies at the beginning of life, not the end.

To put Aso's comments in context, there are several things you need
to know about Japanese demographics and its economic impact. First of
all, nearly a quarter of Japan's population is over sixty-five. That
percentage is projected to rise to nearly 40 percent by 2050.

Also, forty percent of Japanese households today receive cash payments,
virtually all of which go to those over the age of 65. And
"households&qu ot; increasingly consist of single elderly persons
living and, increasingly, dying alone: nearly 10 percent of Japanese
households today – 4.6 million in total – fit this description.

The cost of caring for its elderly is a large part of why Japan's
debt-to-GDP ratio is an astounding 229 percent, nearly 2½ times that
of the United States.

As the economist Herbert Stein famously said, "If something cannot
go on forever, it will stop," and Japan's borrowing money to
care for a rapidly-aging population cannot go on forever.

The question is: How will it stop? Calling elderly patients unable to
feed themselves "tube people" and saying that "the problem
won't be solved unless you let them hurry up and die" is not
only offensive and cruel, it misses an important point: Japan is getting
older because the Japanese have stopped having children.

The "worker to retiree ratio" measures how many people are in
the workforce, stimulating the economy and paying taxes for every
retired person. For the United States, a relatively young country with
lots of immigrants, the ratio is about 4.5 to 1. Japan's is 2.6 to 1
and it's projected to be 1.2 to 1 by 2050.

There are two ways you can increase the ratio: Have more kids and/or
admit more immigrants. Japan, which values homogeneity, won't do the
latter and are not doing the former: The average Japanese woman gives
birth to one child at around thirty, and stops.

Japan's fiscal-demographic trap is not the result of some law of
nature—it' s the product of culture. For a host of reasons, the
Japanese placed having and rearing children near the bottom of their
"to do" list.

Japan is only leading the way in this regard. Nineteen countries,
including Germany and South Korea, have lower fertility rates than
Japan. Singapore' s rate is forty percent lower than Japan's.

Here in the USA, our worker-to-retiree ratio is projected to be the same
in 2050 as Japan's is today.

The economic consequences of declining fertility rates are no secret.
Yet, telling people they should have more children these days is only
slightly less popular than urging the elderly to "hurry up and
die."
Oh, by the way, the U.S. fertility rate is now below replacement level.
But of course that's okay, because no government official here would
ever say the elderly should hurry up and die. Right?
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What Is Marriage?
And What Is It Not?

Eric Metaxas
February 12, 2013

For millennia, all societies have viewed marriage as an exclusively
heterosexual club. But in the last few years, more and more people are
saying it's time to open the marriage door to homosexuals. After
all, we are told, if marriage is all about love and mutual commitment,
gay people can do that at least as well as straights—who have
thoroughly messed up the institution in any event. And besides, it would
be discriminatory to deny homosexuals the right to marry, no?

But according to authors of a great new book, we're on the wrong
track already if the marriage debate gets bogged down in the issues of
love or rights, because marriage is founded on something far deeper. The
book is called "What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense
," and it's written by Sherif
Girgis, Ryan Anderson, and my friend Princeton professor Robby George.
"What we have come to call the gay marriage debate," these three
scholars write, "is not directly about homosexuality, but
aboutmarriage. It's not about whom to let marry, but about what
marriage is."

Girgis, Anderson, and George say that on the one side is the traditional
view, which they label the conjugal view. "The conjugal view of
marriage has long informed the law—along with the literature, art,
philosophy, religion, and social practice—of our civilization, "
the authors write. "It is a vision of marriage as a bodily as well
as an emotional and spiritual bond, distinguished thus by its
comprehensiveness, which is, like all love, effusive: flowing out into
the wide sharing of family life and ahead to lifelong fidelity."

On the other side, they say, is what they call the revisionist view.
They write, "It is a vision of marriage as, in essence, a loving
emotional bond, one distinguished by its intensity—a bond that
needn't point beyond the partners, in which fidelity is ultimately
subject to one's own desires. In marriage, so understood, partners
seek emotional fulfillment, and remain as long as they can find it."

Friends, homosexuality is not mentioned in the authors' description
of the revisionist view of marriage, nor is it necessary. In fact,
manyheterosexual couples define their marriages exactly this way,
summarized as, "as long as we both shall love." The argument is
not with homosexuality, per se, but with a misunderstanding of marriage
that makes supposed gay matrimony just the next step in civil rights.

The stakes for our society are high. "The health and order of
society," the authors write, "depend on the rearing of healthy,
happy, and well-integrated children. That is why law, though it may take
no notice of ordinary friendships, should recognize and support
marriages."

Gay-rights advocates claim that heterosexual marriage would not be
harmed if gay marriage were legalized. But that's not so. "What
Is Marriage?" meticulously details some of the critical social goods
at risk if we go down the revisionist marriage road—gay or straight:
real marital fulfillment, spousal well-being, child well-being,
friendship, religious liberty, and limited government. These are not
trivial matters! The book tells us why in masterful detail.

Of course, the book also makes us think about our own marriages: Are
they other-directed and God-directed, or are they merely self-directed?
It's fair to ask, are we part of the problem, or the solution?
This book, "What Is Marriage?" , makes an argument, but it's
not argumentative. Instead, it is philosophical, reasoned, and fair. It
provides the kind of intellectual energy we need when so many involved
in the marriage debate—on both sides—are busy producing more
heat than light. Please pick up a copy at the Colson Center Bookstore at
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Tanzania Trails: Kathy
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It was a sad day for all at Neema House when, after two and a half weeks
volunteering at Neema Baby Home in Africa, we had to drive Kathy
Sherrill Strong from Nacogdoches, Texas, to the airport to return to her
family in America. We tried every way we could, from guilt trip and
bribery to tears (actually those were real) to get her to stay. From
the moment she woke up the first day and picked up her first baby she
was helping, loving, cuddling, changing, feeding, going from one baby to
the next, often two and three at a time and all with a beautiful heart.
She sang to them, she danced with them and clapped for them and of
course the babies all loved her and the nannies loved her and Claire
loved her and the driver and guards loved her and… you get the
picture.

I think these photos show you what a truly beautiful Christ follower
volunteer looks like. Bless you, Bless you, Dear Friend for sharing
your heart and your life with these little ones of Neema.

Grace,
Michael and Dorris Fortson


Pray for the Johns Day
Changing Lives on Super Bowl Sunday
Eric Metaxas
January 30, 2013

Quick: What's the big event that's happening this Sunday?

Chances are extremely good that the answer that popped into your head,
without even having to think about it, was "the Super Bowl."
Whether you watch football or not, you probably know that America' s
biggest and best-loved game takes place this weekend. There's always
so much hype surrounding the Super Bowl, it's almost impossible not
to know about it.

But here's something that you might not know: Major sporting events
like the Super Bowl tend to cause an increase in sex trafficking.
It's tragic, but true. As WANE.com in Indiana reported last year,
"Girls as young as 12 to 14 are being shipped to Super Bowl host
cities and sold as prostitutes to meet the demand for sex at the event.
And it's getting worse."

Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
added, "The operators of these enterprises will use these kids as
commodities, bring them to a community, and will literally sell them to
people who are partying and having a good time and think there's nothing
wrong with what they're doing."

The magnitude of this horrific problem can seem so overwhelming that it
makes us feel helpless. Is there anything that you can do to help save
these kids? Well, yes, you can start with one very simple but very
important action: prayer.

Super Bowl Sunday will mark the second annual Pray for the Johns Day.
The event was created by Christian writer Anna Broadway, who has long
been interested in the subjects of "relational brokenness" and
human trafficking. It occurred to Anna that while many Christians are
making laudable efforts to help trafficking victims, we haven't paid
much attention to the men who are paying for the sex.

But these men, she reminds us, are spiritually lost and in great need of
prayer. That's why she created Pray for the Johns Day. Anna says,
"[We' re] praying that they would turn from the sin and the harm
and the wrong that they're doing, and repent of it. That their lives
would transform and they would become the men God made them to be."

That kind of transformation can be nothing but a blessing, not just for
the men themselves, but for our entire society. Wherever there are men
who think it's okay to buy little girls for sex, that it's all
just a natural part of "partying and having a good time,"
that's the sign of a very sick culture. These men are mired in evil,
and they're destroying both their own lives and the lives of
innocent victims.

The only thing that can possibly help them is repentance and restoration
through Christ—which is why Anna's idea is such a great one. And
moving it to Super Bowl Sunday, when sex trafficking is at its height,
was a particularly inspired touch.

So here are her three recommended steps: "(1) Pray for the johns
before, during or after the game on Sunday, Feb. 3. (2) Encourage your
church to pray for the johns during corporate worship that day. (3) Tell
other friends about this event." So come to BreakPoint.org
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will link you to "Pray for the Johns Day" and a downloadable
prayer guide.
I hope you'll consider taking part in Pray for the Johns Day, and
telling your friends about it. Prayer might seem like a small thing, but
through it, you can help change even the darkest and most depraved
lives. Again, come toBreakPoint. org
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Whither the Boy Scouts?
BSA's Significant Decision

John Stonestreet
January 31, 2013

Early this week, the Boy Scouts of America announced that they may soon
drop their national policy that prohibits openly homosexual Scouts and
scout leaders from participating. Instead, it would allow local units to
make the decision.

So in other words, Scout units based in Bible-believing churches may
continue to uphold their moral and religious convictions on human
sexuality. And homosexual youths and adults will no doubt find units
based in public schools or more liberal churches that would welcome
them.

So what does all this mean?

First, this change is about survival for the Scouts, not new
convictions. For years, the organization has been the target of gay
activists and atheist groups. And those characters know exactly how to
hit organizations that oppose them where it hurts most: in the
pocketbook and in court. Already, many major corporations and charities
have been pressured into de-funding the Boy Scouts. And for years the
Scouts have incurred the heavy financial burden of defending their
ability to set their own membership standards all the way to the Supreme
Court.

It may be that the Scouts have decided the only way for the organization
to survive is to allow local groups to decide for themselves.

But even so, I think this policy change is a bad decision, not just for
the Scouts, but for our country and our culture.

For one thing, even if the Boy Scouts do go ahead and let local
affiliates decide whether to allow homosexuals to participate, many gay
activists won't call off the assault.

As the father of a Scout who had proclaimed his open homosexuality told
the Daily Beast, "This is really only half the battle. BSA is still
going to allow discrimination [against gays] in those local units that
believe it to be the right thing to do. The eventual outcome," he
says, "has to be the complete removal of any opportunity to
discriminate in any form. This is a major victory, but we haven't
yet won the war."

And don't think atheist groups haven't noticed. Just Wednesday,
the Freedom from Religion Foundation said "It is absolutely
outrageous that the Boy Scouts of America, which has proudly excluded
both atheists and gays from its membership, announced yesterday"
that it is considering "lifting its ban on gays — but not
atheists."

So you see, no matter what the Scouts do, the war against them—and
religious freedom—will continue.

And it's more than just the Scouts who will pay. You've heard
Chuck Colson, Eric Metaxas, and me speak many times here on BreakPoint
about the importance of intermediate institutions— the family,
churches, synagogues, civic groups and associations like the Boy Scouts.
These institutions are essential in shaping character, forming solid
citizens, and creating responsible communities. The Boy Scouts in
particular have offered the young men in our society training in
leadership and responsibility, that for many, set them on solid ground
for the future.

But for years these institutions have been increasingly marginalized by
the state, and targeted by homosexual and anti-religion activists. If
the Boy Scouts will cave under this pressure, activists will think they
can do it to anybody. And don't think they won't try.
So here are three things you can do right now. First, call the national
Boy Scouts Headquarters and encourage them to stand strong against this
bullying. Come to BreakPoint.org, click on this commentary, and
we'll give you the phone number. Second, call your local Scout
leaders or Scout councils. Urge them to call the national headquarters
as well. And third, of course, pray. Pray for wisdom for all Boy Scout
leaders and the future of this organization that has served our
nation's young men so well for so long.
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Trails: Newborn Comes to Neema" on 1/29/2013 1:20:33 AM, written by
Michael and Dorris Fortson.
Tanzania Trails: Newborn Comes to Neema

Claire received a call on Thursday that a mom had just died in
childbirth and that since the father had passed away a few months
previous we would need to come to the hospital on Monday to pick the
baby up and bring him to Neema Baby Home in Arusha, Tanzania. But the
next day, Friday, we were called to come pick up the newborn who was
then barely twelve hours old. Claire and Aubree drove to the hospital
only to find that someone had taken the baby home to his village,
without proper check out procedures, so Claire and Aubree drove out to
the village. Upon arrival they found the whole village in mourning and
crying at the loss of this mother. The grandmother in tears walked the
baby out and handed him to Claire who by now was feeling quite upset
herself. The village which had lost this mother, now sees a white woman
walking off with her baby, not exactly a comfortable situation for
Claire and Aubree.
An Uncle and a friend of the baby's family came in the car with
Claire and Aubree to bring the baby to Neema. Upon unwrapping the
baby to weigh him Claire discovered it was not a boy but a girl! We
made sure the Uncle saw this, since we did not want them to think we had
switched babies on them! Kathy Sherrill Strong is pictured holding the
baby when she first arrived. Little Riziki, quite large for a new born,
seems very healthy.

She was still covered with dried birth fluid so the next step was a nice
warm bath for her. We can report her lungs are quite healthy too!

We wrapped her in lots of blankets and put a white knitted cap on her
shiny black curls and as her tiny chin finally quit shaking she settled
down and was soon fast asleep.
I cannot begin to tell you the incredibly sad yet indescribably grateful
feeling we have in our hearts that God has let us be a part of all this
and to be here for these little ones on possibly the worst day of their
lives. We know it is only by God's bountiful Grace and Mercy that
we are here! Bless you for being a part of this too.

Grace,
Michael and Dorris Fortson

Murder, Justice...and Forgiveness
The Christian Calling Card

Eric Metaxas
January 29, 2013

The New York Times Magazine recently ran a stunning, moving piece about
murder, justice and forgiveness.

Three years ago, Kate and Andy Grosmaire received the kind of news that
is every parent's worst nightmare: Their daughter, Ann, had been
shot in the head by her fiancée, Conor McBride.

When Andy Grosmaire arrived at the hospital, he realized that unless God
did something "wondrous, " Ann would not survive.

Sadly, Ann ultimately died. But, nevertheless, before she did, something
wondrous did happen. While he stood praying at his unconscious
daughter' s bedside, Grosmaire felt he heard Ann say "Forgive
him." His initial response was to say "No way. That's
impossible." But he continued to hear Ann say "Forgive him."

When McBride' s father arrived at the hospital, Andy Grosmaire hugged
him and thanked him for coming, adding "but I might hate you by the
end of the week."

For reasons Andy still doesn't understand, Conor McBride listed
Andy's wife Kate as one of the people allowed to visit him in jail.
As she left to visit him, she asked her husband if he had a message for
the man who had shot their daughter. Andy replied "tell him I love
him, and I forgive him."

As extraordinary as that was, what Kate and Andy Grosmaire understood by
forgiveness was not limited to words. After meeting the prosecutor
prosecuting McBride, they realized that they had it in their power to
affect the outcome of the trial. After meeting with Conor McBride, they
asked that he receive a 10-to-15 year sentence.

The prosecutor, sympathetic to the family's wishes but still
representing the state's and community' s interest, insisted that
McBride serve twenty years--under Florida law he could have served a
life sentence and may have been sentenced to death.

The Grosmaire' s pursuit of what Christians call "restorative
justice" was not limited to reaching out to Conor McBride. Andy
Grosmaire didn't wind up hating Conor's father. On the contrary,
the experience brought the two families closer.

The kind of forgiveness on display in this story is the antithesis of
what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called "cheap grace." The Grosmaires
are all too aware of the damage McBride caused, and they still feel the
pain that that damage inflicted. As Kate Grosmaire told the New York
Times, "forgiving Conor doesn't change the fact that Ann is not
with us . . . I walk by her empty bedroom at least twice a day."

Andy Grosmaire is equally clear-eyed about what happened: he rejects
talk about "God' s plan" and sentimental drivel about God
"wanting another angel."

So, why did they forgive their daughter' s murderer? Because Andy
Grosmaire realized that "it was not just Ann asking [him] to forgive
Conor, it was Jesus Christ." As Andy put it, "I hadn't said
no to him before, and I wasn't going to start then."

Saying "yes" to forgiveness was the only way forward from this
unimaginable loss. As Kate Grosmaire put it, "Conor owed us a debt
he could never repay. And releasing him from that debt would release us
from expecting that anything in this world could satisfy us."

This kind of forgiveness is Christianity&# 39;s greatest calling card. To
be able to love those who have done you unimaginable harm and seek their
good is truly wondrous.

Other faiths speak about mercy and compassion. Some even urge you to
"let go" of old wounds for your own sake. But Christians worship
a savior who, even as he was unjustly executed, prayed for those who
placed him on the cross and insists that those who profess his name love
their enemies, not just their friends.

It's what makes this kind of "yes" possible.
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BLOG.TANZANIAORPHAN HELP.COM published a new post entitled "Tanzania
Trails: The Music Man" on 1/27/2013 12:13:16 AM, written by Michael and
Dorris Fortson.
Tanzania Trails: The Music Man

On Tuesdays at Neema House, the music man comes to play the guitar and
sing to the babies. He is very tall and gentle with a wide smile,
possibly a Masaai since they are tall people. He starts off with soft
songs to not scare the babies which then leads into some hand clapping,
foot stomping and all out nanny dancing. I wish you could hear them
sing, it is quite spirited and beautiful. They dance the babies around,
which Helena dearly loves and never wants to stop. In any language
music is a pacifier for fussy babies isn't it!

Two girls from America are in Arusha doing some volunteer work and they
stopped by to bring the most wonderful gifts; swings, bumpies and bouncy
chairs! Even the little bitty ones love the swings. We have no idea
how those two wonderful girls got all that in their suitcases!

One thing Neema really needs right now is another long term volunteer.
Susan Donaldson is here for a year and is an incredibly dedicated
worker. As a nurse (actually a veterinary nurse, you see any talent
can be used here) she is called any hour of the day or night to check a
baby, give medicine, drive one to the hospital, (and you may have to
get a grip on something for this one) pushing intestines which had come
out into the scrotum of little Ibrahim back up into the hole in his
stomach wall. Seriously!

Late Monday night, after a long day, little Angelous was running a temp
and had become listless so the nannies woke Susan up and she decided he
needed to see the Doctor immediately. So off she and Kathy go for the
trip to the ER. Between she and Michael they made three trips to the
hospital in one day! Susan has been doing volunteer work in Africa for
ten years, in the Congo, South Africa and Zambia. She works a few
months in England to make enough money to volunteer in Africa for a
year. I cannot imagine how Neema will function without her when her
year is up here. I told her we had already bought the ball and chain to
keep her with us!

And of course our sweet friend Kathy Strong is here as a volunteer. I
cannot even begin to tell you all she has done since the moment she
arrived, from holding babies, singing Jesus loves you, scrubbing dirty
floors, being up-chucked on countless times in the day to holding the
hand of a sick volunteer late into the night. Bless you, Bless you
Kathy! I've told her when she leaves we will be hiring four new
nannies just to take her place!!

Now doesn't that all make you want to hop on the next flight to
Africa!!

Grace,

Dorris Fortson
Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby
No Laughing Matter

Eric Metaxas
January 28, 2013

The online ad opens with a shot of an African American actor, Mehcad
Brooks, sitting in a chair, holding a drink in one hand and a red rose
in the other. And then he speaks directly to the camera.

"Oh, hey, baby, did you think I forgot? …. How could I forget
our anniversary? "

The "anniversary&q uot; he's referring to is the 40thyear of Roe
v. Wade, of abortion on demand. Clearly this ad thinks that this is
something to celebrate. As the actor puts it, "All these years so
many people said we'd never make it. They've been trying to tear us
apart. . . Put limits on you, on me, on us." And then he roars with
laughter.

"We' re going to be standing right by your side, today, tomorrow, and
the years to come," he promises. "Because that is how much you
mean to me, baby." And again, he roars with laughter.

When I first watched this ad, I thought, this HAS to be a spoof. It
employs the ugly racial stereotype of a smooth-talking predator
celebrating his freedom to use women at zero cost to himself: Hey, baby,
hook up with me—and then go have an abortion. Are they kidding? No;
this was no spoof.

The ad was actually made by the Center for Reproductive Rights. And with
this ad they've revealed more than they may have intended about why
so many men want abortion to remain legal.

Ryan Scott Bomberger, an African-American pro-lifer who runs the
Radiance Foundation, hit the nail on the head about this ad. "The
Center for Reproductive Rights, like Planned Parenthood, certainly
understands its main demographic, " he notes. "The fact that they
use a black man just screams irony."

That's because, as Bomberger says, "With the black abortion rate
as high as it is and black fathers as absent as they are, it's just
sick to see Mehcad Brooks shill for the number-one killer in the black
community."

And of course, he's right. For the black community, abortion verges on
genocide. It kills more black Americans than gun violence, cancer, AIDS,
and heart disease combined. Abortion businesses target minority
communities because they know there's money to be made.

This may be a big reason why black women abort their babies at five
times the rate of white women, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
This means that black women who abort suffer higher rates of breast and
cervical cancers—both linked to abortion--and from post-abortion
trauma.

Alveda King, who's the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a
post-abortive mother, put these statistics in ghastly perspective:

"[W]hat would Martin Luther King, Jr.," she asked, "who
dreamed of having his children judged by the content of their
characters, do if he'd lived to see the contents of thousands of
children' s skulls emptied into the bottomless caverns of the
abortionists&# 39; pits?"

This is what the guy in this ad is celebrating: The slaughter of
millions of babies, killed so that guys like this can enjoy sex without
consequences to themselves.

But as millions of post-abortive women will tell you, the social and
family pressures that drive women to abortion are no laughing matter.
So God bless the thousands of Americans who marched on the Supreme Court
last week in protest of the legal killing of innocent children. We
should pray for their work, remembering the words of Paul in Ephesians:
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the
rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
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BLOG.TANZANIAORPHAN HELP.COM published a new post entitled "Tanzania
Trails: Ibrahim' s Surgery" on 1/26/2013 12:09:26 AM, written by Michael
and Dorris Fortson.
Tanzania Trails: Ibrahim' s Surgery
(Sorry, this is posted about a week after the event.)

It's been a long night in the hospital waiting for surgery today to
repair the hernia for little Ibrahim this morning. He is about two
months old and weighs less than ten pounds. He has screamed bloody
murder for a couple of hours now and was quite sure that he would never
find anyone to feed him again! I wish I could describe this scene to
you... he can go from an all face smile to a turned down lip wail in a
nano second and when he cries for his milk he clasps both hands in the
praying position and tries to drag anything he can snag up to his mouth.
If nothing goes into his mouth, he does a sort of wail then pants for a
while, then wails again and then pants again. It is so funny I just
have to laugh; I know it's rude, but he is too cute. While we were
waiting for surgery he could not eat or drink anything for hours so he
did a lot of panting and wailing. During the night when he wakes up,
his big dark eyes are all I can see. He has a startled look most of
the time anyway which just tickles Michael and I to death. He is quite
a funny baby and even when he was starving this morning, he tried to
smile through the pain of it all. We have been keeping him in our
bedroom this week to try to keep him calm since the hernia is worse when
he screams. He will be a new little man after the surgery. Pray that
all goes well for this sweet little baby.

Even though it is nicer than the government hospital in Arusha, the
Lutheran Hospital where we are right now is still Africa. I was
reminded of that fact within a few minutes of arriving yesterday when I
went to the nurse's station to get the water warmed for
Ibrahim' s bottle. I just wanted a few seconds in the microwave,
which of course was non-existent. The nurses's exact words were,
"You go somewhere else!" I had been warned that nurses in
Africa only dispense meds, no pillow fluffing or bringing water. I do
have meals served here though, which is nice. Last night it was ugali
(corn meal mush) and greens. In the government hospital, no food or
drink is served to anyone even the patients. A patient must bring a
family member to cook for him or her which greatly adds to the number of
people camped out around the hospital. You bring your own toilet paper,
soap, towels, and someone to turn you over or give you a sip of water.
Nurses have it made in Africa!

While waiting for them to come pick Ibrahim up for surgery, since he had
not had a bottle since midnight, he was quite sure the end of the world
had come for him. After about three hours of wailing and panting he
finally decided it was no use and became quite passive which scared me
even more. I began to imagine how the thousands of moms must feel every
day who have to put their babies to sleep hungry every night. A very
helpless feeling, I didn't like it.

Our grandson, Tanner, did a report on Tanzania a couple of months ago
and did you know that of the world's desperately poor, those making
less than 1.27 a day, there was no measureable amount in the US, no
percentage point, but in Tanzania 60% of the population live at that
level? Once we know, we are compelled to do something, anything. We
can't help them all but we can help one. Jesus never told us to
feed the millions, just the one, the one we know about. Bless you dear
friends for helping.

Grace,
Dorris Fortson

Catholic Vote by: "rxbarkley" rxbarkley
Dear Friend of CV, [right]
Something big is happening.

And it's not just here in the United States.

Today an estimated 500,000 hope-filled pro-life Americans have filled
the Mall in Washington DC to march for life.

While just last weekend, a record number of Irish citizens filled their
capital in Dublin to demand that lawmakers preserve their own pro-life
laws – the same laws that have resulted in some of the highest
maternal health statistics in the world!

But that's not all…

Two weeks ago an estimated half-million citizens in France flooded the
streets of Paris to stand up for protecting the rights of children to
have a mother and father.

France!

Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Muslim and even non-religious citizens across
the world are rising up. They understand what is at stake, and they
refuse to be ignored.

Our Moment

Half a million here, half a million there. Pretty soon you might even
call it a movement for change! If only it was that easy. As you know,
our cause is not a part of the media's agenda, nor the direction of
history preferred by our cultural elites.

So it's up to us to joyfully share the good news. And we are.

The sexual revolution that began nearly 50 years ago has run our nation
to the precipice of a moral cliff. And yet standing in the way are you
and me, and millions (truly, hundreds of millions) around the world with
good news.

We are not alone.

Look at the images from the U.S., Ireland, and France in this email.
This is but a tiny glimpse of the movement to renew life and marriage
around the world. The thawing of hearts and the awakening of conscience
is a testament to the infinite mercy and grace of Our Lord. Praise God!

We stand in solidarity today with those marching in D.C. and all those
around the world holding fast to the truths of nature written on our
hearts.

May God bless the cause of life this day.

[middle]

Brian

P.S. We learned a few days ago that organizers of the March for Life
will show two different CatholicVote. org videos on massive video screens
to inspire participants at the start of the march today in D.C.

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Babies and Bucketlists
Putting Off That First Child Part 2 of 2
John Stonestreet
January 25, 2013

Yesterday, I told BreakPoint listeners about a recent New Republic cover
story on the impact of older parenthood on American society.

I emphasized the health risks associated with giving birth after the age
of thirty-five. Simply put, delaying childbirth places your unborn
children at a significantly greater risk of genetic, developmental and
mental disorders.

But the impact goes far beyond possible medical issues. As author Judith
Shulevitz points out, the longer we postpone having children, the less
time we're likely to be around to help them. It's simple math:
While a "35-year- old new father can hope to live to see his child
turn 42," a "45-year- old one has until the child is 33."

It's the kind of math people don't want to be reminded of. When
researchers, at a meeting of the American Society for Reproductive
Medicine, made the "fairly obvious point that older parents die
earlier in their children' s lives," the response from the
audience was hostility. As one of the researchers told Shulevitz,
"We got a lot of blowback in terms of reproductive rights and all
that."

Someone else who experienced "blowback" ; was New York Times
columnist Ross Douthat who noted recently the decline in American
birthrates since 2008.

Douthat rightly pointed out that historically birth rates go down during
tough economic times like these. But declining birth rates are about
more than economics: They are, according to Douthat, "a symptom of
late-modern exhaustion," which he characterized as
"decadence. "

You can imagine how that went over. More than one critic invoked the old
"barefoot and pregnant" trope. Mind you, very few disputed the
data underlying Douthat' s column or its implications, just as few
people dispute the data Shulevitz cited in her article.

And when emergent church author Phyllis Tickle suggested something
similar at a conference of emergents recently, many left angry and
disillusioned that she would dare encourage things that smacked of old,
outdated versions of motherhood and parenting.

At the root of this is the belief our right to determine our own lives
in whatever way we please trumps any sense of responsibility. With that
is a complete denial of the idea that facts about consequences should in
any way inform the way we choose to live our lives. Being reminded of
things, such as the downside of postponing childbirth, becomes a kind of
"oppression. "

But demonizing facts by calling them "oppressive&qu ot; doesn't
make them less true. As Flannery O'Connor once said, "The truth
does not change according to our ability to stomach it."

What can we do about it? As Douthat pointed out, the trends we're
witnessing are the products of "cultural forces that no legislator
can really hope to change." Sure, we can tweak incentives in areas
such as tax policy to encourage family formation and childbirth.

But ultimately, postponing childbirth or foregoing it altogether is a
response to a cultural narrative about what it means to live the
"good life"—education , followed by professional advancement and
then, when the time is "right, " starting a family.

The Christian response involves telling and, more importantly, acting
out, a different story. It begins with the worship of the Father
"from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named"
(Ephesians 3:15). In this story, the measure of the "good life"
consists of our willingness to serve others, postponing, even foregoing
personal gratification— including that next career move—in
pursuit of that service.

When you look at life this way, children are ends in and of themselves.
Participating in their procreation and rearing is an enormous blessing
precisely because they're made in the image of God, and as Jesus
said, "their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father"
(Matthew 18:10). They're not something to get around to once all of
our other life goals have been achieved. And they're certainly not a
means to achieving our own personal happiness, an exercise of our
reproductive rights, or one more item to check off the bucket list.
Can Christians reverse the trends Shulevitz and Douthat wrote about?
Perhaps. But our calling is to be the alternative to decadence, even at
the risk of blowback.
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Tanzania Trails: Our First Week Back in Arusha, Tanzania
http://blog.tanzaniaorphanhelp.com/2013/01/22/tanzania-trails---our-first-week-back-in-arusha.aspx
So very much has happened since our KLM
jet winged its flight from Houston to Africa just one week ago.

Last Thursday, January 9, 2013, Kathy, Michael and I hit the ground
running at Neema Baby Home. It is hard to put into words what a home is
like with twenty babies. These precious abandoned and orphaned babies
are loved, cuddled, fed, changed, burped and bounced by nannies and
volunteers just like in any other home and consequently they are
gurgling, laughing, smiling, happy babies, with a few criers thrown in.

The babies are much smaller than I imagined. We tend to take closeup
photos which make them appear larger, in reality they are much
smaller than their pictures show. There are 6 toddlers under the age of
two but the rest are infants, three under eight pounds. Beulah, whom I
am now calling Bee is about two weeks old and Bahati, who had to make a
six hour journey to get to Neema is just a few weeks old.

The little two and three pound triplets, Anna, Esther and Debora are
chubby, smiley girls now and all three suck their middle two fingers.
Debora has had a bad leg infection from a wrongly placed vaccination
shot and has had to make several trips to the hospital this week to have
her leg lanced, swabbed and the wound washed out. She does know how
to scream and cannot get her two fingers into her mouth for comfort fast
enough. One day it was obviously so painful she kept trying to get the
middle two fingers from both hands into her mouth at the same time.

Michael has made almost daily trips to the hospital with babies this
week, three in one day! When he is at the house he is like the dad who
has been away on a long trip and when he returns there is the long list
of urgent things needing to be done, like fixing the broken dryer,
getting the car inspected, taking care of visas, putting in smoke
alarms, turning on the generator when the power goes out which it
did for twelve hours our first day!) etc, etc…
He is Babu to the babies, Grandfather. All that plumbing, electrical,
building, machine repair training he got in Africa forty two years ago
has paid off!

A daily routine:
Wake up, feed and play with hungry babies.
Forget to eat breakfast.
All morning change, feed and play with babies
Forget to eat lunch
Put babies down for nap, never all at the same time
Get them up, feed and play with the babies
Forget to eat supper.
Actually a spoonful of peanut butter goes a long way!

But we are loving it and so grateful we still have the energy to do it!
Thank you God!

Grace,
Michael and Dorris Fortson

Abortion at 40
New Front on the Battlefield for Life

Eric Metaxas
January 23, 2013

"Forty years ago," Timemagazine says in a new cover story,
"abortion- rights activists won an epic victory."

But get what Time says next: "They&# 39;ve been losing ever
since." According to Time magazine, abortion-rights supporters are
"losing" because it's getting harder to find so-called
"clinics" that offer this so-called "procedure. " I'm
not sure how this is bad news for the pro-choice movement. Didn't
they say they wanted to make abortion "safe, legal, and rare"?

So the numbers of legal abortions are indeed coming down, thanks to an
amazing confluence of factors that John Stonestreet talked about last
week on BreakPoint. Pro-life activists and legislators across the 50
states have worked to make it harder for abortion centers to open or to
remain open, as Time reports.

But there are other factors. The pro-life movement, despite the 40th
anniversary of Roe, is getting younger. A whole new generation of
leaders sees themselves as abortion survivors. The growing availability
of technologies such as ultrasound allow us to see inside the womb, and
it's simply untenable to repeat the old pro-choice lie that the
unborn child is merely a "clump of cells."

Thanks to these technologies, as well as determined and consistent
efforts to help babies and their mothers via a growing network of
pregnancy care centers, public opinion polls tell us that a solid
majority now considers itself to be pro-life.

But the pro-life movement would be making a terrible mistake if we
thought that we've won the battle for human life. If anything, the
fronts are multiplying, due to both political and scientific
developments.

On the political side, sadly, we are in the midst of the most radically
pro-abortion administration in our nation's history. Practically
Barack Obama's first act as president was to rescind George W.
Bush's executive order denying federal funds—that is, taxpayer
money—to organizations that promote or provide abortions in other
countries. Christians in Africa and elsewhere have discovered that they
have a new opponent in the battle to protect nascent human
life—namely, the U.S. government!

Forces in the United Nations, for their part, are continually seeking to
have abortion declared as—if you can believe this—an
international human right—except, of course, for the rights of
humans whose lives would be snuffed out. And of course the Obama
administration is undermining the religious freedom of religiously based
groups here at home by forcing them to pay for abortion-inducing drugs
for their employees—or face crippling fines.

On the scientific side, a bill to outlaw sex-selective abortion failed
last year in the Republican-controll ed House of Representatives. As a
consequence, the lives of unborn girls can be taken, simply because they
are girls—right here in the U.S.A. Some 100 million girls in Asia
have already lost their opportunity to live because of this barbaric
practice.

Then there are the dangers inherent in fetal genetic testing, which can
easily lead to abortion when abnormalities, or even justpotential
abnormalities, are detected. Now, incredibly, up to 90 percent of unborn
children with Down syndrome are routinely aborted. This is more than a
tragedy. It's an outrage against God.
So is the abortion fight really over, 40 years after Roe? As much as
we'd hope and pray for this, and despite the encouraging progress
we've made, regrettably, the answer is no. The battle continues. So
let's keep fighting—with commitment, truth, and joy as our
weapons. And may the Lord help us.
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The Naked Evil of Abortion
3801 Lancaster

Eric Metaxas
January 22, 2013

Well, we hoped it would never come to this, but America is observing the
40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case that
legalized the taking of innocent human life in the womb for any
reason—or for no reason at all.

The numbers related to abortion are almost anesthetizing to the
conscience of America. Since 1973, more than 55 million unborn babies
have had their lives snuffed out.

These numbers are so mind-numbing that perhaps we in the pro-life
movement may be forgiven if we occasionally forget what those numbers
actually mean.

That's why we occasionally need a reality check—such as a brand
new documentary called "3801 Lancaster." It's available for
free online, come to BreakPoint.org
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link you to it. The title refers to the address of an abortion clinic in
West Philadelphia that is the site of a scandal so horrific that
it's almost impossible to describe without tears.

The documentary, written and directed by David Altrogge, shows what
happened at the so-called Women's Medical Society over a period of
twenty years. That clinic, run by a well-known doctor named Kermit
Gosnell and situated in a rough neighborhood, catered to a mostly poor,
minority clientele. The documentary shows how the facility, which looks
run down on the outside, was a filthy house of horrors on the inside.

Yes, Dr. Gosnell specialized in late-term abortions, but that's a
rather antiseptic description compared with the grisly reality. Walls
and beds were stained with blood. Jars were filled with what are
gingerly called "fetal remains"— arms, legs, you get the idea.
It gets worse, and I hate to be so graphic.

But Gosnell specialized in what he called "snipping" ;—which
occurred when the baby Gosnell was trying to kill was nonetheless born
alive. When that happened, the abortionist would "snip" the
spine with a pair of scissors. Again, that sounds pretty clinical and
straightforward, but the reality—again, that word—is far
different.

"Snipping" ; a spine is not like "snipping" ; a piece of
paper. It takes time and hard work. And it's obviously painful to
the baby. Gosnell is now in jail and awaiting trial for seven such
"snippings, " although one of his "colleagues&qu ot; may have
performed up to a hundred of them.

Gosnell is also being charged with third-degree murder in connection
with the death of a 41-year-old patient. One newspaper reported that
"this was not a back-alley operation." Gosnell and company,
according to one Pennsylvania state senator, were allowed to
"butcher babies, butcher women, and nobody did a [darn] thing about
it."

How, you might well ask, did authorities allow this carnage to go on for
so many years? According to the grand jury report, the Pennsylvania
state department of health, in order to remove "barriers" ; to
abortion, had stopped inspecting abortion clinics. And no one cared
anyway, because most of the women were poor and members of minority
groups. In fact, "3801 Lancaster" makes it very clear that
African-Americans and other minorities are specifically targeted by the
abortion industry, making abortion one of the key civil rights issues of
our time.

So while numbers are important, indeedinescapable, in the battle for
human dignity, sometimes we and our neighbors have to see the naked evil
and cruelty of abortion with our own eyes.
As hard as it will be, please watch "3801 Lancaster." And then
please spread the word about it. It's that important.
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King's Dream
The Good Society and the Moral Law
Chuck Colson
January 21, 2013

More than forty years ago, on August 28, 1963, a quarter million people
gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. They marched here for the
cause of civil rights. And that day they heard Martin Luther King Jr.
deliver his famous "I Have a Dream" speech, a speech in which he
challenged America to fulfill her promise.

"I have a dream," he said, "that one day this nation will
rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. `We hold these
truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.' "

While we know of the speech, most people are unaware that King also
penned one of the most eloquent defenses of the moral law: the law that
formed the basis for his speech, for the civil rights movement, and for
all of the law, for that matter.

In the spring of 1963, King was arrested for leading a series of massive
non-violent protests against the segregated lunch counters and
discriminatory hiring practices rampant in Birmingham, Alabama. While in
jail, King received a letter from eight Alabama ministers. They agreed
with his goals, but they thought that he should call off the
demonstrations and obey the law.

King explained why he disagreed in his famousLetter from a Birmingham
Jail. "One might well ask," he wrote, "how can you advocate
breaking some laws and obeying others?" The answer "is found in
the fact that there are two kinds of laws: just laws … and unjust
laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just
laws," King said, "but conversely, one has a moral
responsibility to disobey unjust laws."

How does one determine whether the law is just or unjust? A just law,
King wrote, "squares with the moral law of the law of God. An unjust
law … is out of harmony with the moral law."

Then King quoted Saint Augustine: "An unjust law is no law at
all." He quoted Thomas Aquinas: "An unjust law is a human law
not rooted in eternal or natural law."

This is the great issue today in the public square: Is the law rooted in
truth? Is it transcendent, immutable, and morally binding? Or is it, as
liberal interpreters argue, simply whatever courts say it is? Do we
discover the law, or do we create it?

Many think of King as a liberal firebrand, waging war on traditional
values. Nothing could be further from the truth. King was a great
conservative on this central issue, and he stood on the shoulders of
Augustine and Aquinas, striving to restore our heritage of justice
rooted in the law of God.

Were he alive today, I believe he'd be in the vanguard of the
pro-life movement. I also believe that he would be horrified at the way
in which out of control courts have trampled down the moral truths he
advocated.

From the time of Emperor Nero, who declared Christianity illegal, to the
days of the American slave trade, from the civil rights struggle of the
sixties to our current battles against abortion, euthanasia, cloning,
and same-sex "marriage, " Christians have always maintained
exactly what King maintained.
King's dream was to live in harmony with the moral law as God
established it. So this Martin Luther King Day, reflect on that
dream—for it is worthy of our aspirations, our hard work, and the
same commitment Dr. King showed.
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Tanzania Trails: Our First Week Back in Arusha, Tanzania

So very much has happened since our KLM jet winged its flight from
Houston to Africa just one week ago.

Last Thursday, January 9, 2013, Kathy, Michael and I hit the ground
running at Neema Baby Home. It is hard to put into words what a home is
like with twenty babies. These precious abandoned and orphaned babies
are loved, cuddled, fed, changed, burped and bounced by nannies and
volunteers just like in any other home and consequently they are
gurgling, laughing, smiling, happy babies, with a few criers thrown in.

The babies are much smaller than I imagined. We tend to take closeup
photos which make them appear larger, in reality they are much
smaller than their pictures show. There are 6 toddlers under the age of
two but the rest are infants, three under eight pounds. Beulah, whom I
am now calling Bee is about two weeks old and Bahati, who had to make a
six hour journey to get to Neema is just a few weeks old. (Picture of
three little ones in the play pen)

The little two and three pound triplets, Anna, Esther and Debora are
chubby, smiley girls now and all three suck their middle two fingers.
Debora has had a bad leg infection from a wrongly placed vaccination
shot and has had to make several trips to the hospital this week to have
her leg lanced, swabbed and the wound washed out. She does know how
to scream and cannot get her two fingers into her mouth for comfort fast
enough. One day it was obviously so painful she kept trying to get the
middle two fingers from both hands into her mouth at the same time.

Michael has made almost daily trips to the hospital with babies this
week, three in one day! When he is at the house he is like the dad who
has been away on a long trip and when he returns there is the long list
of urgent things needing to be done, like fixing the broken dryer,
getting the car inspected, taking care of visas, putting in smoke
alarms, turning on the generator when the power goes out which it
did for twelve hours our first day!) etc, etc…
He is Babu to the babies, Grandfather. All that plumbing, electrical,
building, machine repair training he got in Africa forty two years ago
has paid off!

A daily routine:
Wake up, feed and play with hungry babies.
Forget to eat breakfast.
All morning change, feed and play with babies
Forget to eat lunch
Put babies down for nap, never all at the same time
Get them up, feed and play with the babies
Forget to eat supper.
Actually a spoonful of peanut butter goes a long way!

But we are loving it and so grateful we still have the energy to do it!
Thank you God!

Grace,
Michael and Dorris Fortson
2a Praise God for his blessings Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:24 pm (PST) . Posted by: "rxbarkley" rxbarkley dear brother,
thanks for funds. it helped on sickness. i am in hospital and my health
is improving slowly. tomorrrow is very impotant. doctor will do a minor
surgery and then i hope my health will improve soon. i am not able to
use much of computer as i remain on bed in hospital. thanks agian for
funds and most important prayers. please keep on praying.
will share things in details once, get better. God Bless you and other
friends.
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