Bright Hope Launches ‘Season of Hope’ Campaign: Gifts That Change Lives for the Extreme Poor

December 7, 2010

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., (MetroCatholic) — This time of year is truly a season filled with hope, happiness, and amazing miracles. This is also a season of hope for the poor. Even in the poorest, darkest places that Bright Hope serves, this same hope fills the hearts of the poor. You can be a part of bringing hope to the poor by being a blessing to others through Bright Hope’s “Season of Hope” campaign.

Imagine a child looking forward to a hot meal every school day, freedom from malaria because of a simple mosquito net, the warmth of a single blanket as he sleeps at night, or a family to care for him. “These may be simple joys to us, but they are life-changing wonders for children in Africa, Asia, and Latin America,” states Craig Dyer, Bright Hope President.

Your “Season of Hope” gift can bring hope through micro-loans and job training for many families. Such gifts can enable men to earn enough to sustain their families on their own. It can allow women to proudly display their handiwork of crafts, baked bread, sewing projects, and/or goods to be sold in their community - serving as a working example to their children and the entire village.

You can bring empowerment to the indigenous churches in the 10 countries Bright Hope serves. Distribution of Bibles in native languages and pastor/church support are discipleship in action. These churches are at the core of Bright Hope, delivering physical, economic, and spiritual hope to all they encounter. With your gift, the extreme poor will receive help through their church, directly experiencing miraculous blessings in their lives.

The “Season of Hope” catalog offers twelve gifts that can be given on behalf of a friend or loved one that will truly make a difference in the poorest parts of the world. These are gifts that will change lives by providing health, food, job opportunities and hope to people and communities ravaged by poverty - those living on less than $1 a day.

We also want helping the poor to be a fun and unique experience. Use the clever child’s “HopeCatcher” game that is available to help your children or grandchildren assemble the game and follow the instructions. Talk about the different options to support the poor this Christmas and choose the one(s) that best reflect your family or loved one’s gratitude to Jesus and obedience to His Word.

To order a gift that changes lives, place your order online at BrightHope.org by clicking on “Season of Hope,” or call Bright Hope at 224-520-6100.

All gifts given through the “Season of Hope” campaign are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Whoever is kind to the needy, honors God. Proverbs 14:31

Bright Hope is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization bringing Hope to those living on less than $1 a day.
Bright Hope is in the Top 5% of charities, receiving five consecutive 4-star ratings by Charity Navigator.

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Settlement Reached in Pro-Life Activists’ Suit Against City of Birmingham

November 11, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (MetroCatholic) — Life Legal Defense Foundation today announced the settlement of the federal civil rights action it filed last June against the city of Birmingham, Alabama, on behalf of a group of young pro-life activists. The settlement includes payment to plaintiffs for both monetary damages and their attorneys’ fees.

The suit, filed in early June, arose from an incident in February 2009, when nine members of the Survivors (survivors.la), based in Riverside, California, were arrested and jailed overnight for displaying pro-life signs and handing out literature on a public sidewalk outside a high school in Birmingham. Rather than investigating the incident and admitting that the police had violated the Survivors’ rights, the city later filed misdemeanor trespass charges against them. These criminal charges were only dismissed after the federal lawsuit was filed.

In the course of seeking injunctive relief against future interference with the Survivors’ right to engage in picketing and leafleting on the public sidewalk, LLDF lawyers learned that the city had a “demonstration” ordinance that required groups as small as two persons to obtain permits before engaging in various free speech activity.

“What started as a lawsuit to get fair treatment for the Survivors evolved into a broader challenge to the city’s unconstitutional permit scheme,” said Katie Short, legal director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation. “We learned from local pro-lifers that this law had been a thorn in their side for years. We are pleased that this suit not only vindicated the Survivors’ rights, but also relieved the local pro-life community of the burden of this onerous law.”

The Survivors were represented by LLDF attorneys Katie Short and Allison Aranda, as well as by local counsel Phillip Jauregui and Caroline Allen of Jauregui & Lindsey in Birmingham. The case was Turn the Hearts v. City of Birmingham, No. 2:10-CV-01477-LSC.

Life Legal Defense Foundation is a non-profit organization composed of attorneys and other concerned citizens, committed to giving helpless and innocent human beings of any age, and their advocates, a trained and committed voice in the courtrooms of our nation. For more information call Allison K. Aranda at 951-541-9327.

Bus Tour Exposes Indoctrination in Public Schools

August 30, 2010

WACO, Texas (MetroCatholic) — Touring the United States in a school bus, filmmaker Colin Gunn hopes to inform Americans about the indoctrination he says is taking place in public schools. Gunn will take his wife and seven children from Waco, TX to Boston, MA, talking with educators, historians and everyday Americans about the problems with public schools. The month-long tour, which begins on August 31st, will be made into a documentary film later this year.

Gunn contends that public school curriculum is antagonistic to Christianity, promotes Darwinian propaganda and socialist, Marxist agendas. He considers it ironic that conservatives send their children to a school system that undermines their values. He says, “We now are facing all these problems in America — high taxation, welfare dependency, government debt — and as Christians and conservatives we have to see we can’t solve those problems until we solve the public schooling problem.”

Concerned about the effect of public education on future generations, Gunn decided to embark on the 3,000 mile bus tour as a means of engaging conservatives on these issues. He hopes that his seminars during the tour, and the subsequent film, will cause conservatives to rethink the government school system entirely.

“Conservatives should know that capitalism or the free market will bring the highest quality goods and services at the cheapest price. It’s always amazing to hear conservatives support the public school system when you know that system will bring the worst product at the highest price.”

The “Indoctrination Bus Tour” will visit key locations related to public education, including Dayton, TN, site of the famous 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial; the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY; Washington, DC; New York, NY; and Boston, MA, the birthplace of public education. The Gunn family will be joined on the tour by Gunn’s fellow producer, Joaquin Fernandez, and a crew prepared to interview various national leaders and average Americans. The producers will be “live blogging” during the tour so supporters can follow their daily progress.

Colin Gunn is an award-winning producer/director and accomplished animator. Originally from Hamilton, Scotland, Gunn now lives in Waco, Texas with his family.

To interview Colin Gunn, please contact Joaquin Fernandez at 803-240-4934 or [email protected]. More information about the Indoctrination Bus Tour and film can be found at www.indoctrinationmovie.com.

Homeschooling: The Fastest-Growing Form of Education in the U.S.

August 24, 2010

McKinney, TX (MetroCatholic) — It appears that in the U.S., homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education, according to independent research conducted by organizations ranging from the National Home Education Research Institute (www.nheri.org), a nonprofit research and educational organization, to the federally funded National Center for Education Statistics (www.nces.ed.gov).

Let’s take a look at some of the evidence:

  • “Homeschooling grew from 1.7% of the school age population in 1999 to 2.9% in 2007, a 74% relative increase over 8 years,” states Dr. Brian D. Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI).
  • A 2008 study found that “an estimated 2.0 to 2.5 million K-12 children were home educated in the U.S. during mid-2008,” statistics that were also confirmed by NCES.
  • Last week, in their local news coverage, Chattanooga’s News Channel 9 reported: “In the last decade, the number of homeschoolers has far more than doubled, according to the Department of Education” (WTVC-TV, August 13, 2010).

The increasing popularity of homeschooling should not come as a surprise. Homeschooling, a term referring to “parent-led, home-based education,” is now bordering on “mainstream” in the United States. In a 2008 article, SaveMoneyHomeschooling.com stated: “If homeschooling continues to grow at 7-12% per year for the next 5 years, we could see the percent of homeschooling students increase to 5 million, which is about 10% of the total children in K-12 education.”

“Homeschooling high school is no longer uncharted territory . . . . There are a multitude of homeschooled graduates who are bearing fruit in the workplace, in the military, in their families, and in colleges across the country,” states the Home-School Legal Defense Association, an organization whose purpose is to “defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children.”

Gena Suarez, publisher of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, is not at all surprised by the increased popularity of homeschooling: “During the past thirty years, homeschooling families have proven that parents can do a better job than the public school — socially and academically. Homeschooling works; everybody wins.”

As the homeschooling movement continues to expand, and as graduates from among their ranks assume positions of leadership and responsibility in the United States, our nation will be watching. Most citizens would agree that our nation is in desperate need of wise, well-educated leaders: men and women of integrity, curiosity, strength, and courage. The fact that homeschooling is the fastest-growing form of education in our country may just offer our nation that hope we’re looking for.

About The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine: Soon to celebrate their 10-year anniversary, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is recognized as the premier magazine for homeschoolers. Their Fall 2010 issue will focus on higher education, featuring articles that discuss dual-credit programs offered by colleges and preparing teens for today’s job market. This professional publication offers approximately 200 pages of information, inspiration, and encouragement to homeschooling families around the world in each quarterly issue. View a sample issue here: www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/sample/#pg1.

CatholicSportsNet Releases First Ever Catholic High School Football Preseason All-American Team

August 6, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (MetroCatholic) – 75 players. Three teams. One piece of history.
With the release of the first-ever Catholic High School Football All-American Team on Thursday, CatholicSportsNet (CSN) made history with the establishment of an unprecedented type of preseason rankings list.
This comprehensive list showcases 75 of the best high school football players in the country by choosing the top athlete at every position, including place kickers and punters.
Consisting of three dynamic teams, both offensive and defensive, the CSN Catholic All-American Team was compiled using various preexisting prospect and recruit ranking lists, as well as the following criteria: 2009 player statistics, recent success of player’s high school football program, strength of player’s college football team commitment or interest, and feedback from analysts and coaches.
“We are extremely excited about this inaugural CSN All-American Team and are proud of the players who were selected,” said Chris Jung, CatholicSportsNet Director of Affiliate Relations. “In sticking to our mission of nationwide recognition of Catholic achievements, we are confident that this phenomenal group of student-athletes reflects the best of the best in high school football.”
The complete list, which includes player information, bios, and location can be found at www.catholicsportsnet.com.

CatholicSportsNet (CSN) is a media company that serves as an aggregator of news and producer of content pertaining to the overall achievements of Catholic high school and collegiate sports teams, student-athletes, and coaches. CSN houses nine employees in Louisville, Ky., in addition to a stable of national contributors and analysts. More information on CSN can be found at www.catholicsportsnet.com.

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