AEC- I Decide

  The Choices You Make Today, Will DECIDE Your Tomorrow!

Newsletter ONLINE Summer 2018

Abstinence Education Council - Summer Newsletter 2018

Total Love, Joy and Peace from God the Father, Christ Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit as we look ahead to God showing off His splendor and beauty through His Creation with magnificent fall colors! As the Directors of AEC, Vincent and Deborah Ferraccioli, want to thank all of you for your financial support and your prayers for us.

From the beginning, when Adam and Eve were placed in the Garden of Eden, marriage has been attacked. God's plan was for the woman to be a helpmate for her husband (side by side), and for them to be fruitful and multiply along with caring for the earth.

The devil, who was kicked out of the Holy of Holies because of his pride, was very angry. He saw this union between male and female as a huge threat. You see, he wanted to be God. He wanted to be worshipped. He wanted it ALL. So, disguised as a serpent, he spoke to Eve, The devil is described as the murderer from the beginning, the father of lies, the great deceiver and the false accuser for good reason!

Eve was so innocent! She did NOT understand that the devil was setting her up. She only knew that God said her marriage was very good. The devil lied to her and deceived her into tasting the forbidden fruit. She believed it was a good thing to be like God and it is. That evil spirit used her to tempt her husband, Adam who had been told by God not to eat from the tree. You see, they weren't being like God; they were being god (there is a big difference). The minute her husband ate the fruit, both of their eyes were opened to the truth. They knew what they had done was evil. The scheme of the devil to steal, kill and destroy had been accomplished. He brought division, blame, shame, fear, curses and death. Why would anyone want to listen to him today? My question to America is? Who do you choose to trust? A loving God who is ALL Good, or the god of this world who is all evil?

Unfortunately, many even in the church are calling good evil and evil good. Marriages, families and lives as Almighty God intended them to be are being severely attacked. This is always what happens when we choose to turn our backs on our Creator who knows us better than anyone.

Please join with Vince and I in our efforts to reach out and save children and in bringing healing and restoration before it is too late. Today, we are seeing many parallels between America and the great flood of Noah's day, where the people's imaginations and actions were so evil, God had to put a stop to it. Why? Because He loves us far too much to watch us destroy ourselves and one another.

Please prayerfully consider what your part has been in all of this, and repent daily as you recognize sin in your own life. Also, please keep our nation in your prayers so that our leaders will have a Holy Fear of God and make decisions, which line up with His Word and His Will. One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Only the truth will set you free. May God bless America!

Local School News

A local school district's reading program hired a drag queen (transvestite) to read stories at the local county public library. Parents and their children attended like there was no problem with this. There were many protests and compliants by parents in the newspapers, local talk radio shows and to the school district. It's unbelievable that this is acceptable by so many. These people need praye and the children need protection from being subjected to these abnormal behaviors.

Getting the Abstinence Message Out

AEC had a table at the National Night Out back in July at the Fairview Park on the east side of Binghamton. The local Pastor was very pleased that we were part of this event that sends a message to the neighborhood. “We are taking our area back.” AEC had a great opportunity to have a table at the annual Health Fair at the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton where many contacts were made. Our band, Treasure also gave purity talks to the community.

We are in the midst of a fund raiser for AEC as being part of the Friends Helping Friends day on Tuesday October 16th at Boscov's Department Store in downtown Binghamton for non-profit organizations. The way it works: You purchase a $5.00 Shopping Pass from our non-profit organization and shop at Boscovs on Tuesday October 16th anytime of day until closing, and you WILL receive 25% discount for All your purchases of clothing, shoes, and sneakers including items on sale. Jewelry, housewares, bedding, etc. are between 10 & 15% discounts. You also qualify for a $500 shopping spree and other door prizes. Just turn in your pass after you shop. We will deliver or make arrangements to get the Shopping Pass to you. You may pay cash or check made out to Abstinence Education Council. When you support this worthy cause, you will receive much more in savings than $5.00. Let us know as soon as possible. Hopefully we can count on you!

We so very much appreciate all who have prayed and supported AEC. Please don't stop praying.
THANK YOU & GOD BLESS! All glory belongs to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Church!

Vince & Deb Ferraccioli - Directors

NEWS

Chantix! How unsafe is the anti-smoking drug Chantix? After 397 FDA cases of possible psychosis, 227 domestic reports of suicidal acts, thoughts or behaviors and 28 suicides, the government banned pilots and air traffic controllers and interstate truck and bus drivers from taking Chantix in 2008. A few months later, there was a musician, Carter Albrecht, who was shot to death in Texas by a neighbor who reacted aggressively after taking Chantix. Chantix, which reduces both cravings and smoking pleasure, is linked to angioedema, serious skin reactions, visual impairment, accidental injury, dizziness, muscle spasms, seizures and loss of consciousness. “By the way the commercial for this drug is still on television everyday. Maybe we should hold the company liable for each and every victim that uses this drug.” Please pray that people are protected from the harmful effects of this and many other drugs.

In Chicago, Detroit, and Raliegh, N.C., some black ministers are beginning to preach on an uncomfortable subject in African-American circles. Gay marriage, they argue, has no place in a civil rights movement defined by Jim Crow laws and the right to vote. One pastor stated: “I was born black. I was born male. Homosexuals are not born; they're made. They don't qualify for civil rights.” Pastor Garland Hunt of Atlanta says that “generally civil rights relates to race, gender and disability only”. "It doesn't protect behavior patterns." “For many African-Americans, who began the civil rights movement in the black churches of the conservative south, same-sex marriage has nothing to do with civil rights, this is an issue of morality," said Hunt.

The Alabama Hayden High School football team ran onto its home field holding signs that read: “IN GOD WE TRUST”. This was in answer to the Blount County School District's agreement to ban broadcasting prayer over the stadium loudspeakers before the game. One sign actually had the Lord's Prayer printed on it.

May God bless all of you with health and prosperity! Have a great and blessed and God-filled autumn. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please look for our next newsletter in December of this year.

“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry – Founding Father of the United States

Newsletter ONLINE  Spring 2018 

Abstinence Education Council- Spring Newsletter 2018

Total Peace and Joy from Father God and Savior Christ Jesus as we look forward to a great summer soon! As the Directors of AEC, Vincent and Deborah Ferraccioli, we want to thank all of you for your support financially and your faithfulness in praying for us.

As we are reading this newsletter, there are Godly things happening in Albany. There are legislative Bible studies occurring where our state representatives are committing their lives to Jesus Christ. Elected officials are being discipled. People who know the Lord are moving into positions of power and influence in the State Capitol. Although you don't read about this in our local newspapers, or hear about it on the local talk radio shows. God is working in our state government. Our adversary hates it.

It is amazing to see that certain legislation such as assisted suicide is not passing in New York State, even though it is passing in some states. Abortion expansion took root in other states, but not here in New York. Legislation that would penalize Christian counselors helping those struggling with pornography and unwanted same-sex attraction has become law in multiple places, but not here in New York State. In New York State, God's people have made their voices heard by letting their legislators know what they believe and that they are not going to sit back while these immoral legislations are being pushed for whatever their reason is. Also, we believe that prayer is a big part of this. We prayed on the National Day of Prayer at the Courthouse steps in downtown Binghamton, and state officials were part of the prayer topics. Vince and Deb led worship on May 5th for the National Day of Prayer. By the way, the Deputy Mayor of Syracuse is a born-again spirit filled Christian woman, who does not have a problem letting others know about her love for Jesus Christ.

Let's keep being God's voice in the places of government. Scripture says “When the righteous rule, the people rejoice”. Acts 8:8 says “For there was much rejoicing in that city”.

Getting the Abstinence Message Out

Hi! If you have a heart for all the people to enjoy the best lives possible, then please prayerfully consider joining our group.

What is happening in our country today is not helping our children have healthy lives. A big reason why things have gotten so out of hand, is that people are teaching things to them that are confusing and very damaging.

When abortion was legalized as a form of birth control, it opened up much pain in relationships, before the abortion, during and after it. Those who have shared with me say that before they make that choice, voices are saying “Go ahead, get it over with, it's just a blob of tissue”, but while it is happening, they are reminded that they are pregnant (expecting a baby) and there is much anguish. Then after the abortion is over, they feel empty. The life that had been growing inside of them has been sucked out, or worse. They hear “you are a murderer, you killed your baby”. Is it any wonder why we have so many today that are addicted to drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity, etc.? They are trying desperately to bury the past.

Some have been abused physically,and emotionally. They suffer in silence, or act out with violent anger, believing the lies telling them: “Your worthless, It's hopeless, It's too late.”

Depression and suicide are high on the radar. In our hearts, we know when we have done something hurtful to ourselves or others. Shame, guilt, worry, confusion and fear kick in.

Abstinence Education Council is here because we love and care about all people. Everyone has a past. Things happen that can cause years of pain, but there is always hope. If you believe that you just exist and there is no Creator, it will be difficult for us to help you. The Bible says we are created in the image of a Holy God. That makes all of us very special.

There is much evil in this world because people don't understand how greatly they are loved by God. They look at the condition of this world and how they have been hurt, and they blame Him.

Just ask yourself: How many people do I know who walk in true love? And how many people do things to genuinely love and care about others? It is not God's fault that people don't obey Him. Everything has either been blessed or cursed according to whether people did their own thing or lived righteously. Just imagine what this world could be like if everyone did the right thing. Whenever we go against God's will, we open ourselves up to the dark side. The devil never plays fair. This is why God wants us to stay abstinent before marriage. I pray that you start living your life according to His perfect, protective standards, and it is our great desire to help you in any way we can.

Jesus Christ came to forgive our sins, heal our hearts and to restore our lives. That is why it is so important not to shut him out.
Thank you to all who have been supportive in the past and are supportive now.
God bless America and you! Please keep us in your prayers.

Vince & Deb Ferraccioli - Directors

NEWS

“Roe v. Wade – The Untold Story” has started to be filmed. Co-Executive Producer of the movie is Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King. A top production crew along with stars including Academy Award winner Jon Voight, Stephen Baldwin, and Stacey Dash (star of Clueless and Renaissance Man and former Fox News Contributor) are a part of this endeavor. Please watch the introductory video from Alveda King (YouTube) for a message. The Roe v. Wade case is the most corrupt court case in American history. This is the first time that the Roe decision has been presented as a feature film, one that captures the drama of the rank manipulation by abortion advocates to mislead the American people, and our court system, about the push for abortion. Remember: This decision was passed without approval by Congress or the President.

The upcoming World Scout Jamboree takes place next year, and will feature scouts from all around the world, including the Boy Scouts. The event is being marketed as a “celebration of cultural exchange”, a whole new level of “experience”, by actually offering condoms at the event. The fact the Boy Scouts are offering condoms to attendees, including minors, demonstrates they have no shame promoting promiscuity, even if it’s with under-age attendees. And this dark turn, takes place after the Boy Scouts have allowed females to join their ranks.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block an Arkansas law that could effectively bar pill-induced abortions, turning away an appeal by two Planned Parenthood clinics that say the state would be left with only one abortion provider. The rejection opens up the possibility that the 2015 measure will take effect soon, though the clinics will have another chance to stop it at a lower court level. The justices rejected the appeal in a one-line order, without any published dissent, suggesting the court's liberals made a tactical decision not to object publicly at this point.

God bless all of you with health and prosperity! Have a prosperous and God-filled summer. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please look for our next newsletter in September of this year.

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
Patrick Henry – Ratifier of the Constitution


Newsletter ONLINE  Winter 2018     

Abstinence Education Council- Winter Newsletter 2018

God’s Grace and Peace to all as we look forward to celebrating Resurrection Sunday in a couple of weeks! As the Directors of AEC, Vincent and Deborah Ferraccioli thank all of you for your support financially and your faithfulness in praying for us.

Recently we have had turmoil in our country related to school shootings and threats of school violence on a daily basis. Many would say we need stricter gun controls when our laws are stricter than ever. Others say we need to look for signs of people with mental disorders, which in most cases would be very difficult to pin down. Having metal detectors and a police presence every day at every school is another suggestion. They all seem to be good ideas, but they are all motivated by fear. We need God back in school. Reba McIntre has a song “Back to God” that has that actual message.

Pennsylvania will be passing a bill that would put a metal detector in ALL their schools with a law enforcement official on duty in each school while open. Delaware County (Walton, Delhi) is planning to do the same thing. Binghamton High School has had a metal detector at their one and only main entrance used for many years. New York State, California, Texas, Connecticut and 14 other states allow K-12 grade teachers to have a concealed-carry pistol permit, which is one of the exceptions to a 'Gun-Free Zone' policy. The shooter at Sandy Hook in Connecticut tried to buy a rifle, but he was told that he needed to wait 14 days while a background check was done. He did not want to wait and ended up murdering his mother, and then stealing the guns that he used to kill people at Sandy Hook. The gun control laws worked (14-day waiting period background check), but unfortunately robbery led to this tragedy. As a matter of fact, Connecticut has some of the strictest gun laws in America including confiscating guns if someone thinks a person is dangerous or unstable. The belief is that most of the people that do these crimes are under the influence of illegal and legal drugs. There is too much of a drug culture in this country. Personally, ALL drug commercials on TV should be BANNED! I don't care if Merck only makes 3 billion instead of 4 billion this year as long as people are not put in danger from side effects, which are worse than what they are trying to heal. Hallucinations are a side affect of some drugs. Guns in the hands of disturbed or mentally ill people are dangerous. In this country, anyone convicted of a felony cannot purchase or own a gun. Felonies include the following: Sale of illegal drugs, multiple DUI convictions, burglary, larceny, leaving the scene of an accident, murder, vehicular manslaughter (especially if drunk or under the influence of drugs), rape, arson, grand theft, kidnapping, assault with a weapon, and robbery with a weapon. If any of these felons get a gun, no gun law on the planet could stop them because they would have obtained it illegally!

There is a lot of talk about the wall on the Mexican border. Basically, I see the wall as a deterrent against illegal drugs and guns being brought into this country. 100% of heroin in the United States enters across the Mexican border (source: Broome County Sheriff's Department). The powerful drug cartel in Mexico (who seems to be in cahoots with their government) is behind the trafficking of illegal guns to gangs and criminals in our country. The Mexican drug cartels are also involved in human trafficking of immigrant children, kidnapped children and kidnapped women for the purpose of forced labor, forced child soldiers, and sexual exploitation. As you can see a wall on our southern border is a good idea, if it will save lives by preventing illegal drugs and guns from entering our country.

Getting the Abstinence Message Out

In the 1990s I requested to speak about abstinence at my former church to a ladies group. Their answer was “We don't need that”. “It is not a problem that we have here”. Not long after I had this reply, a boy who had been attending our youth group was found by his mother dead in his bed. My husband and I were there with his parents when they received the news that it was a heroin overdose. We were shocked! Nobody said anything to us about his battle with heroin, and we had been his youth leaders. This was over 10 years ago.

When I look at the fruit that is being produced today, I have to ask myself, was it a problem? If we had been honest then and admitted there was a problem, would things be better today? Please do not shut your eyes, your ears and your heart to what the Lord has been crying out for years. “Do you love Me? Feed My sheep”. Some may think this is just physical food, but today more than ever we need the Church to tell the truth about the spiritual war that is raging all around us. How many precious lives have to be lost before we wake up and start working as a real body for the sake of Jesus Christ and His children.

For over a decade now, my husband and I have been in this fight but we need an army to rise up and work together. I believe when the church does this, the devil won't have a leg to stand on. If you or anyone you know is interested in a presentation, contact us at 607-433-1730. We so very much appreciate all who have prayed and supported this cause through AEC. Please keep us all in your prayers.

THANK YOU & GOD BLESS! All glory belongs to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His Church!

Vince & Deb Ferraccioli - Directors

NEWS

Students for Life in America launched “Lies Feminists Tell: How Planned Parenthood Betrays Women” tour at various universities. The program has received some fierce opposition at Christian institutions: Pacific Lutheran University, Texas Christian University and Fordham, along with Seattle University (a Jesuit school). In most cases, the opposition was more than at UCLA or other state schools.

Dayton Moore cares about putting a winning Kansas City Royals baseball team on the field. But first, he wants to make sure they're healthy. Like a number of general managers, Moore is a Christian. As his players will tell you, his second biggest priority is for them to have victory in every area of their lives. That starts, he told the team, by taking a stand against toxic influences such as pornography.

Iowa has passed legislation that outlaws abortion after the fetal heartbeat has been detected, usually six weeks or sooner after conception.

200 students and their mentors gathered for Prevention Policy Day at the Washington state capital, Olympia. Issaquah’s Youth Opposed to Drug Abuse coalition and students from Mercer Island stood to advocate for sobriety. The annual advocacy day raises awareness for drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse; House Bill 1054 was passed to raise the age of purchasing tobacco and vapor products to 21.

Moms of the following people planned to abort until someone spoke truth into their lives: Steve Jobs, Cher, Celine Dion, Pope John Paul II, Jack Nicholson, Sean Lennon (after John Lennon talked Yoko Ono out of having an abortion), Tim Tebow, Andrea Bocelli, Justin Beeber, U.S. Representative Marlin Stutzman, and Nick Cannon (wrote song "Can I Live" because of his mom's right decision). God has a plan for our lives even before we are conceived.

Eliminating abortion would cause our country to increase respect for life. When life has no value and students are told they are descended from apes or some primordial soup instead of being told that they are created in the image of God, then the result is school shootings, stabbings, drug addiction and zero self-esteem.

May God bless you all with health and prosperity! Have a very Blessed Resurrection Sunday. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please look for our next newsletter in June of this year.

“Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian Nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”
John Jay, First Chief Justice of the United States

Newsletter ONLINE  Autumn 2017    

Abstinence Education Council- Autumn Newsletter 2017

Greetings and God’s wonderful blessings to all of you during this preparation time for celebrating the birth of our Savior! Directors of AEC, Vincent and Deborah Ferraccioli want to thank all of you for your support financially and especially in prayer.

Today, our country has gotten away from moral absolutes! Many seem to be living for whatever feels good. Since we have taken prayer out of the public school and God out of any curriculum, we are seeing the results of this just like Israel when they worshipped false gods and eventually were put in bondage as slaves in Babylon. The facts cannot be denied. There has been a rise in teen pregnancies, suicides, gun shootings, vandalism, dropout rates, drug and alcohol use, and a reduction in respect for authority and test scores for state exams. These statistics can be directly linked to a lack of prayer and biblical moral character. When our local newspaper has front page headline that praises test scores by saying: ”41% of high school students had a passing grade on state exams which is up from 39% in the previous year”. The newspaper should be questioning why the numbers aren’t 90%? Less than half the state students had passing grades? Pretty ridiculous! With a moral standard, higher grades would be the norm, not the exception.
If there is no moral standard, then it doesn’t matter how I treat my teacher or another student. Passing grades are not important. Lives are not valuable if I’m taught that the killing of innocent lives in the womb is okay, or that I am just an animal descended from apes. Moral standards say that ALL life is precious and that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by the Creator of the Universe. By the way, the real movement today should be “All Lives Matter”!

December 25th is celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ. History indicates that December 25th was popularized as the date for Christmas, not because Christ was born on that day, but because it was already a Roman celebration of the birthday of the sun because the days were starting to become longer. Lets consider some truths!

Luke 2:7-8 says shepherds were in the fields watching their flocks. Shepherds would not be watching their flocks in December when it is cold and rainy. The shepherds would have sought shelter for their flocks.

Luke 2:1-4 says Joseph and Mary went to Bethlehem to register in a Roman census. Such censuses were not taken in winter when temperatures often dropped below freezing and roads were in poor condition for traveling on.

Luke 1:5 says John the Baptist's father, Zacharias was a priest serving in Jerusalem temple during the course of Abijah. Historical calculations indicate the course of this service corresponds to June 13-19 (month of Tamuz in Hebrew calendar). During this service Zacharias learned that Elizabeth would have a child (Luke 1:8-13). After he completed his service and went home, Elizabeth conceived (Luke 1:23-24). Based on John's conception being around June 19th, nine months later would place John's birth during the last two weeks of March. The difference between John's birth and Jesus' birth based on Mary's visitation to Elizabeth is six months. Therefore Jesus' birth would be during the last two weeks of September.

The Star of Bethlehem was seen by the Magi, who were descendants of those who studied under Daniel in Persia hundreds of years prior. The Magi were raised to look to the heavens for signs and wonders that would point to the birth of the King of the Jews. If Israel was alert, they would also have been watching. Conjunctions of planets have long been considered possibilities for the Star. Conjunctions of Jupiter (King planet) and Venus around the fixed star, Regulus in 3 BC and 2 BC are considered by astronomers and biblical historians as the best fit for the Star. It was seen by the Magi and led them to the child in 2 BC (a few months to just under 2 years) after Jesus' birth. Scripture says they came to a house and saw the child (not a stable and not a baby). It takes a while to travel by caravan from Persia (Iraq) to Israel. The Magi did not leave immediately after seeing the Star.

Getting the Abstinence Message Out

We have been ministering over the last few months at various church events, Broome County CHOW with table set ups and other events for Abstinence Education Council (AEC) and with our band Treasure.

AEC has continued to move ahead with the message of purity against pre-marital sexual relations, illegal and legal drug abuse, alcohol abuse, and immoral life-styles.

We participated in the 'Friends Helping Friends' day for non-profits to raise funds while getting discounts on most purchases at Boscov's Department Store in Downtown Binghamton on Tuesday October 17th . Supporters purchased a discount card for $5.00 and received 25% off of all clothing, shoes and sneakers, 15% off jewelry and cosmetics and 10% off of small appliances. That Tuesday at Boscov's, which isn't normally a popular shopping day. We had success in raising support monetarily and making contacts for future presentations.

Our band 'Treasure' played Christmas music at a Baptist church in Binghamton and at the Gazebo in downtown Johnson City, including before the Johnson City Christmas Parade on November 30th.

Vince and I are continuing to reach out to schools, youth groups, and churches with the truth about the choices we make and the choices that we should make. God's promises are the truth we can stand on.

Please keep us in your prayers and thank you very much for all your encouragement and support. We could NOT do this without you. You are on our team and you are making a difference in bringing FREEDOM and HOPE to ALL LIVES. GOD BLESS YOU FOREVER!

Vince & Deb Ferraccioli - Directors

NEWS

Costs of Substance Abuse to tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is great in our Nation, exacting more than $740 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care based on The National Institute of Health (NIH).

Tobacco $168 billion (Health Care) $300 billion (Overall) 2010 (Year estimate based on)
Alcohol $ 27 billion (Health Care $249 billion (Overall) 2010 (Year estimate based on)
Illicit Drugs $ 11 billion (HealthCare) $193 billion (Overall) 2007 (Year estimate based on)
Pres. Opioids $ 26 billion (Health Care) $ 79 billion (Overall) 2013 (Year estimate based on)

These statistics are higher today except possibly tobacco usage. They show that our country has a problem with illicit drugs, alcohol and prescription opioids. A recent study indicated that 80-90% of gun violence in America including school shootings can be directly tied to illicit and prescription drug usage.

Over 20 million Americans over the age of 12 have an addiction (excluding tobacco).
100 people die every day from drug overdoses. This rate has tripled in the past 20 years.
Over 5 million emergency room visits in 2011 were drug related.
2.6 million people with addictions have a dependence on both alcohol and illicit drugs.
9.4 million people in 2011 reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs.
6.8 million people with an addiction have a mental illness.
Over 90% of those with an addiction began drinking, smoking or using illicit drugs before age of 18.

May God bless you all with health and prosperity! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you for your prayers and support. Please look for our next newsletter in March of the coming year.

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The only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.  Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind." Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

 

 

 

Volunteer Jean with a "customer" at the Broome County Fair

The Abstinence Education CouncilC O M M E N T S
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Volume No. 6                         Issue 18                                   Spring 2012  
Newsletter ONLINE

It has been suggested that we change our newsletter format and make it shorter and more frequent -  after polling several people, we decided to try this. I will continue to put a longer version online.
February 18  - M.O.M.-  workshop went very well –
with 9 participants. The program was inspired by Dr. Benjamin Carson’s mother and the workshop in turn inspired our project, a book on M.O.M- Model, Organizer, Mentor for this year’s Moms in Business Crowdfunding grant competition. We are again semi-finalists PLEASE NOTE:  there were some changes in the contest and it is ending April 30, so you can still support us with a donation. We have 30 supporters so far and have reached 30% of our goal. It would be wonderful if we could get some more support. You can go to Peerbackers.com and register and then click on back project for the Abstinence Education Council. We are getting some great donations of both money and stories.

“What is Beauty” workshop for girls 8 to 12, in Sherburne at St. Malachy’s Church Hall on March 31 was very successful with 12 in attendance. We are making plans for doing this in Oneonta in the fall.
Our conference on character education with Dr. O’Connell on April 25, was unfortunately, not well-attended, but the material was great and I am hoping to get the attendees help to bring it to Oneonta.                                                                     
      Arline Saiki, Director
Budget- I am waiting for a more detailed presentation of our budget, but briefly our income is about $3000/year from donations from Main St. Baptist Church, St. Mary’s Respect Life, Afton Baptist Church, Burlington Flats Baptist Church, Stewart’s Shops and about 30 individuals plus sales of products. Fixed expenses are accountant $300/year, phone $306/year (down from approx. $510), Fairs $620/year. Office supplies, brochures, pamphlets and rewards about $700/year. We no longer have a secretary (saving about $2000/ year). Office space, utilities, equipment, and some art supplies are donated. Salaries, gas, and taxes about $1000. (We don’t pay salaries if we don’t have money).

NOTES from Deborah
Hi everyone,|
      First, I would like to thank you for anything you have done, are doing or will do to support A.E.C. It means so much to us that you would take the time out of your busy schedule to acknowledge that you care. Vince and I went to Battlecry this past weekend and experienced what our teens really want. There were thousands of them worshipping the Lord. The theme was "Normal Is Just Not Enough!" 
     When asked what they were planning to change, two from our youth group said they wanted to stop using drugs. A few hours after making this declaration, one of them asked me if they could borrow $10 for cigarettes. She said she would go crazy without them. I looked her straight in the eye and said, "Cigarettes are what killed my Dad. Nicotine is a drug. What about your commitment? Her friend then said, "You have to quit". She agreed.
    I gave her a hug and said we will be praying for you. "I don't want to put another nail in your coffin. Do you understand, I love and care about you too much". She understood. This is what AEC is all about. Getting people to stand for purity, integrity and truth.  God Bless you, Deborah

NEWS

Deborah and I are both in Toastmasters now, I find the program which teaches speaking and leadership to be incredibly well-designed and helpful. I would like to offer the Youth program locally and several of the Toastmaster said they would help me implement it. So far, we have not had a response. Cornell University recommends it to their MBA candidates.

"Girl Talk" is a fantastic anti-bullying and self-respect program for middle school girls who are mentored by high school or college girls. We would like to facilitate this program as well, but again have not gotten any response to offers that we have made to some of the schools.

Proverbs 31 wife - Baylor University student Alex Eklund, concerned about the reaction of his female friends to the Victoria's Secret models, posted a comment on Facebook (I'd rather have a Proverbs 31 woman than a Victoria's Secret model") which went viral and has started a wave of interest among college students. We added this to our "What is Beauty" program.

 

                                                                                                  

April 15, 2012  As we head into the last 10 days of the The National Association for Moms in Business Crowdfunding grant, we are busy contacting mom bloggers and trying to interest them in donating to our book project. We are also reminding people to register at Peerbackers before April 25. I'm now offering "If It's Soy Sauce, It Must Be Asian" rice and noodle dishes to anyone who registers! 

April 12, 2012 - This has been a busy week, trying to promote our book project, taking webinars on marketing; being interviewed on Blue Zoo radio about the contest, finding out that my letter responding to a Ben Stein article and promoting our book project,  will be printed in Newsmax in June, and  trying to keep up with new Twitter followers and Social moms, and that's just for the contest!. Why am I getting tweets from Thailand and London?  And is there any way to get rid of the tweets from people who have been re-tweeted and are on my page, but are not the kind of people I want? Yikes only 2 more weeks and people are having trouble getting on to donate.
I am still trying to get the hang of blogging on top of everything else. At least,  I found my blog page, but don't remember how I put the tags on!
Still searching for mom's stories.

West Oneonta, NY, March 12, 2012The National Association For Moms In Business (NAFMIB), the leading association representing the fifteen million entrepreneur, executive and CEO moms in the United States has named Arline Saiki as a national semi-finalist for a chance to win a $50,000 package of business growth tools and cash for the Abstinence Education Council.

The grant is expanding and innovating the way mom business owners can get capital for their businesses. The Moms In Business Grant uses the internet phenomenon of “crowdfunding” to give mom business owners a better chance at launching a new business or current business project. It’s the first and only business grant competition to utilize crowdfunding.

The Abstinence Education Council aka AEC-I Decide's mission is to reduce high risk behaviors particularly regarding issues related to human sexuality, with emphasis on abstinence before marriage, by providing information to our community about making choices which are best for individuals, families, and the community as a whole, for their future happiness, health and success. AEC serves Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego Counties in Central NY.

AEC’s goal is to receive $5,000 in the Moms In Business Grant crowdfunding race. Last year, AEC came in second in the competition, raising more than the $2000 goal. AEC is also offering a unique twist to their fundraising efforts this year based on their M.O.M. - Model, Organizer, Mentor workshop. This is a contest within a contest. This year we are using our grant to produce a book about the job of mother as models, organizers or mentors. Wanted are your stories and tips about what you or your mother did to focus or form your family or yourself or how you  (or mom) built the faith which inspired your family or yourself. Help us to create an inspiring and practical book of stories and tips about the job of mom to help guide other mothers and to help fund AEC‘s work.

The Moms In Business Grant Race will start March 12, 2012 and conclude on April 25, 2011.   NAFMIB is calling for local support and asking the community to provide backing to AEC’s grant funding profile.  More information about the grant can be found at www.momsinbusinessgrant.com or to share your story go to this link and check out rewards on the right hand side of http://peerbackers.com/projects/m-o-m-model-organizer-mentor-we-need-your-story-1548539166/
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About National Association For Moms In Business
The National Association for Moms in Business (NAFMIB) is the voice of the 15 million entrepreneur, executive and CEO moms. Founded on the core values of Growth, Balance, Wisdom, and Enrichment, NAFMIB offers education, networking, support and advocacy for moms in business.  NAFMIB is a division of The International Association of Working Mothers is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making a significant difference in building and sustaining healthy communities by unlocking the potential of working mothers through advocacy and education.  Through our programs, we serve as an advocate and resource for economic and social justice by providing opportunities for working mothers to cultivate leadership to build strong families and strong communities. Go to www.MIBN.org 

About the Abstinence Education Council (trade name - AEC-I Decide)
The Abstinence Education Council gives workshops and presentations on character development, life skills, health, goal-setting, and relationships for ages 8 and up including pre-teens, teens, single moms and parents in Central NY, primarily Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties. We also set up outreach booths and tables at county fairs and at community, college and church venues.


About peerbackers.com
peerbackers is a new way to fund entrepreneurs. It is an online funding platform that allows business owners to raise capital from their “peers” – in small increments – in exchange for tangible rewards to those who contribute. It was founded by Sally Miller Outlaw and Andrew Rachmell of Palm Beach County, Florida.

 

The Abstinence Education CouncilC O M M E N T S
PO Box G, West Oneonta, NY 13861 – 607/433-1730 – info@aec-idecide.org
Volume No. 6                          Issue 17                         Winter 2012    

Newsletter ONLINE

 

We are working on a new outreach to moms based on research which we have reported on before. According to a study from the University of Wisconsin in 2009 by Dr. Janet Hyde, kids who watch “too much television, (have) low self-esteem, low grades and poor family relationships” are most likely to get involved in early sexual behavior. We hope to give our area moms a boost in confidence and some tools to help their families. We will be giving away tips on nutrition, book lists for kids and teens, information on personal growth, have games, prizes, and more. We are blessed to have a wellness center in Edmeston and are partnering with Born Again Books, Shears 2 You, Preferred Toastmasters and LIFE plus some special guests to present a workshop at that location called “3 Steps to Help Your Family Have a Healthier and Happier 2012” for moms on February 18 from 10 AM - 12 PM.  The program will cover - Discovering yourself- M.O.M. the rock (Model, Organizer, Mentor); Developing yourself- the whole person; and Defeating Deadly Diseases- body, mind, soul, and spirit.

 

The Brookings Institution study frequently cited by Rick Santorum, tells us that three behaviors will reduce the likelihood of living in poverty by 98%. That is to graduate from high school; not to have children until marriage; and to work. Other studies have shown that it is parents that have the “greatest influence” on their children.  With the poverty level at 15% of the population, it is up to us.

 

Could Hollywood be opening up to the truth? “The Pregnancy Project” details the daring, true story of a young teen who pretends to be pregnant to highlight the stigma that a teen mom suffers. A recent study by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) found that half the teens that used birth control became pregnant; a third thought that they couldn’t get pregnant; and one in five “didn’t mind” getting pregnant (One of the reasons for The Pregnancy Project” was to highlight the outcomes of teen pregnancies: social outcast, emotional, mental, academic problems etc. to discourage the behavior).

 

We continue to work with the girls at Circle of Friends at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church.  Our next meeting is February 10. Many thanks to Pastor Jay Henderson, for his continuing help and support.

We will be presenting our “What is Beauty” workshop for girls 8 to 12, in Sherburne at St. Malachy’s Church Hall on March 31.

 

I am tentatively planning to try for the Moms In Business grant again this year. We came in 2nd last year and raised $2,000. My endeavors resulted in an interview for their monthly magazine, which may generate some interest in our organization.

We have applied for 2 local grants, as well as assistance from a website class at Binghamton University. We will be hearing from them all in the next few weeks.

 

Dr. John O’Connell has asked me to make arrangements for his free conference on implementing character development in classrooms and in the schools. As I noted in my last newsletter, his program changed the culture in the school system where he was Superintendent, raising SAT scores dramatically and lowering school disciplinary problems.                                                                                                  Arline Saiki, Director  

 

NEWS

Tuesday, January 24 - A 16 year old Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School student attempted the sexual assault of a 17 year old girl in the school elevator. Fortunately, another student intervened and was able to rescue the girl. Children are programmed to do what they see and with the constant barrage from tv, movies, and video games of highly sexualized content, not to mention graphic material even being presented in some schools, this incident is hardly surprising. One has to wonder if the boy’s lawyer is going to try to get him off by citing provocative clothing as “inviting” the assault. When I was growing up, that was a common defense and “fashion” nowadays is almost entirely provocative.

November 10, 2011 – University of Maryland news release – psychologist Kurt Gray with researchers from Yale and Northeastern released the results of a study which found that both women and men who wear revealing clothing are thought to be less intelligent, less competent, lacking leadership skills, and as being less morally responsible. In academic and job situations the perception is that such people are incapable of planning and acting and therefore would result in negative evaluations.  This buttresses a 2008 study done at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse which found that 1. First impressions create immediate opinions and beliefs 2. First impressions are long-lasting   3. Provocatively dressed women appear less intelligent than conservatively dressed women. 4. These impressions can positively or negatively affect acceptance in jobs or graduate school. This also echoes

A May 20ll study by Kenyon College in Ohio which found that one third of the clothing being marketed to tweens is sexualized and that girls who chose this kind of clothing were more likely to have “body image problems” and be “perceived as less intelligent” and “less moral.

Late last year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) announced a drop of 9% in teen pregnancies for 2010. "Progress in reducing teen pregnancy has been nothing short of remarkable -- the teen birth rate has declined a stunning 44% between 1991 and 2010. There have been impressive declines in all 50 states and among all racial/ethnic groups. Not so long ago, teen pregnancy was viewed as intractable and inevitable. This report shows that too early pregnancy and child-bearing are 100% preventable.” Sarah Brown, CEO of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

NOTES from Deborah
Greetings,

The New Year has definitely started out with a "Bang". Every day we are seeing the fruit of the deceptive messages being taught through the media and teachers who are ignorant of the devil's lies. January has been a month of brainstorming and preparation for an all day youth seminar at The Landmark Church called "That's What Love Is". We will be sharing topics such as "My Value", "God's Sacred Creation (Marriage)","God's Way versus Our Way", "Renewal" and much more.

Also I will be attending a girls’ tea party in Greene on February 11th to get to know them before our summer tea party with AEC. At our after-school program in Binghamton, we are sharing relational topics weekly. It is so refreshing to see the youth respond positively to the truth about purity.

Last but not least, Vince and I had the privilege of leading small groups (He with the guys and myself with the girls). We hit on the difficult subjects of homosexuality, crisis pregnancy and idolatry. These teens deserve to know the truth. Their futures depend on it.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. You are impacting many lives for the best futures.                                                                                                                           God Bless you, Deborah

 

The Abstinence Education CouncilC O M M E N T S
PO Box G, West Oneonta, NY 13861 – 607/433-1730 – info@aec-idecide.org
Volume No. 5                          Issue 16                         Fall 2011   
Newsletter ONLINE

     As we watch the Sandusky/Penn State scandal unfold – we have to wonder why the schools in NYC are implementing a graphic sex-ed curriculum for ages 10 and up. Because I work with children at some churches, I have had to take classes on child protection and the very first thing that a predator does is “soften up” his victim by desensitizing him with porn. In one fell move, the city of NY is doing the prep job for potential abusers. It’s astonishing. Who could be behind such a potentially catastrophic decision? Even closer to home is the introduction of the pornographic, anti-Christian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale” to the Schenevus high school. Pornography is addictive and leads to violent behavior, not to mention imitation. Recent protests by parents had no effect on the school board. With the introduction of desensitizing materials in the schools today at earlier and earlier ages, I’m afraid that our future news stories will feature more and more sensational scandals.

     Many thanks to Advisory Board member Anne Timmins for coming up from New Jersey to help us at Spiedie Fest. Anne recently won the Hawaii playwriting contest for the second year in a row as well as several other writing fellowships. Rose Hogan of Afton also helped us out again at both the Afton Fair and Spiedie Fest. And Jean Jones was again instrumental in getting the donation for us for our booth at the Afton Fair from Afton Baptist Church. Thanks to all!

     We were invited this year to participate in the Community Volunteer Fair at Binghamton University and were happy to have 10 girls sign up as volunteers. We hope to have them help us with some of our projects there. The Davis College Christmas party was cancelled due to the flooding problems, as they are putting their resources to helping the victims. We hope to have a table there next year.

    We unfortunately lost our contact for the program we were planning in Oneonta, but still hope to do something there soon. We found a great mentoring program for middle school girls which we would love to implement.  We have been invited to do a presentation at St. Malachys’ Church in Sherburne. We are working on the details. We have also been invited to be part of a retreat with the Heritage Girls in Schenevus. It will probably be sometime early next year. We will again participate at the Christmas sale at St. Joseph’s in Schenevus as well.

     We are continuing with Circle of Friends at the Burlington Flats Baptist Church. Sharon De Gristina came up with the brilliant idea of taking the girls at our last meeting to the Veteran’s Day program conducted by the American Legion at Edmeston Central School. The girls whipped up trail mix treats with little prayer cards, listened attentively to the wonderful inspiring speech by Gold star mother Mrs. Mayne and gave out the treats as gifts to the veterans and American Legion members at the event. We are so proud!

We have just received an incredible offer from John O’Connell EdD to have a free 2 to 3 hour seminar (plus the cost of materials and any donation for gas) on techniques to raise grades and reduce discipline problems for teachers in this area. This seminar would be:     

1)  based on the “12 Components” in Dr. Tom Lickona’s EDUCATING FOR CHARACTER, (Center for the 4th & 5th Rs- SUNY Cortland)
2)   incorporating much of Dr. Hal Urban’s (Teacher, Speaker, Author of “Life’s Greatest Lessons” ) work, esp. with the first 4 Components…and
3)  sharing “know-how” from implementing the seven Effective Schools Correlates  esp. “Safe & Orderly Environment” and “Home/School/Community

     This is an amazingly generous offer of Dr. O’Connell to the schools in this area. In a previous newsletter, I had noted that his efforts as superintendant of schools in implementing this program resulted in a dramatic rise in SAT scores and a corresponding decrease in discipline problems, in just 2 years. Please let me know if you have any contacts in your school system that we could inform.

FUNDRAISER- GHIRARDELLI CHOCOLATE GIFT SETS -20% OFF – You can place your order at Born Again Books or New 2 You in Edmeston, with free local delivery or contact me at the above number or e-mail address, if you are interested. Chocolate orders must be in by 11/26. There are also some “NuCell”  non-toxic shampoo/conditioners and moisturizer for a donation to AEC of 40% to 50% off retail available at Shears 2 You. Many thanks to Debbie Perlmutter and Suzie Carpenter for their help and support. All of the stores are in the same complex, at 20 West St. in Edmeston.

Why is Abstinence important? That is the question that was asked by the Abstinence Clearinghouse of its members this past summer. My response, which was published in their August 30th newsletter, was: Abstinence education is about self-respect, self-control, selflessness, and self-discipline. It is about becoming a productive, mature, successful adult. These qualities are assets in any organization, in any field, in any sport, in any business. They are vital for a stable, solid, prosperous society. On the other hand, insecure, out-of-control, selfish, undisciplined people are a recipe for disaster both in the home, at work, and in the community. Abstinence education is important because it equips our young people with the tools they need to face the many challenges we have in society today. It's not just about avoiding disease, unwanted pregnancies, heartaches or a host of other ills and problems. It's about being a real person with a real life, who grows into an adulthood that is stacked for, instead of against, happiness and success.

I find it difficult to understand why there appear to be people who are against this.

NEWS

     A recent study from University of Maryland psychologist Kurt Gray and colleagues from Yale and Northeastern University published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that both men and women who wore revealing attire were considered less intelligent, less capable and lacking in leadership capabilities. This is one study that should be impressed upon the minds of our young people. Job searches are difficult enough without one strike against you before you even open your mouth.

     Re: the “Occupy” groups, I urge those who think that this is a good thing, to look at the effect it must be having on our young people. Day after day watching angry people causing chaos and disruption with reports of assaults, public nudity and violence is both disturbing and a bad role model. Children imitate what they see. How hypocritical for adults to be telling children to “behave”, while applauding those who don’t.     Arline   

NOTES from Deborah
Hi everyone,
  I can't believe it is almost Thanksgiving.  What are you thankful for? 
This week has been very eventful.  The Lord has given me a core group of girls to work with at the after-school program I work at on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Three of them have started coming to our Wednesday night youth group where Vince and I shared "It's Just Sex, Right?".  We had a lot of interaction and are going to continue it in December.
       On Fridays we have been teaching Hollywood's love versus true love.  The teens have learned a lot!  I just came from a small group meeting where a woman shared the pain of soul wounds, generational curses and abuse.  There sure is a lot of pain in this world.  Please pray for Abstinence Education Council to have more open doors to speak and teach the benefit of purity.  Last month I did two 30 minute television shows informing the public about various topics pertaining to relationships, moral values, respect and much more.  We can't thank you enough for believing in this cause and your encouragement, prayers and support.
     May God reward you richly for your faithfulness. In Christ’s love,
  Deborah   

C O M M E N T S 

Spring 2010

Deborah and I participated in one of the first Interfaith panels to be held at Hartwick College. The panel was entitled “Love, Marriage and Everything In Between”. It was quite interesting to discover that two of the ministers did not believe in abstinence. I hope to send them some information to change their minds. We do not realize what a number the media does on us in terms of brainwashing. The Mathematica study which was not scientifically done, was cited as “proof” that abstinence doesn’t work, but the January 2010 study by the Institute for Research and Evaluation which WAS a scientifically done study, showed that abstinence programs reduce the likelihood of promiscuity by 30%.  Comprehensive sex education programs on the other hand do nothing that they claim to do. They neither increase the likelihood of using condoms, nor reduce teen pregnancies. Following is a copy of a handout on the problem of premarital sex, that I gave out (paraphrased from the New World Encyclopedia; “Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children; and chastity.com.)

1.   Hinders personal development: Distracts adolescents from the important things they need to do
 “on the way to personal maturity, creating a family and pursuing…careers.”

2.   Corrupts character: In marriage, sexual intimacy supports the partners’ mutual love. Uncommitted relationships among youth, mainly boosts the partners’ egos. Premarital sex often compounds self-centeredness. Instead of supporting the development of unselfish love, it corrupts, and encourages males to lie and cheat to get sex. “According to a University of Connecticut study of 75 middle-class 19-year-old male students, 65% admitted that they had gotten young women drunk for that purpose. More than half had arranged to enter their date's apartment, and 40 % had used verbal intimidation. One in five had used force or threats of violence. In a survey of University of California students, 1/4 of men who were sexually involved with more than one person at a time said their sexual partners did not know.

3.   Often produces guilt and shame: Many people intuitively feel that they are violating themselves as well as their parents' trust and have to resort to lies. Girls face ruined reputations, while men can often suffer guilt for causing pain for a lifetime. “ College counselor Carson Daly comments, “I don't think I ever met a student who was sorry he or she had postponed sexual activity, but I certainly met many who deeply regretted their sexual involvement.”

4.   Lowers self-esteem: Being used as an object rather than respected as a person can result in low self-esteem

5.   Sex addiction: There are over 13 million Americans being treated for sex addiction. All addictions are destructive of individuals and relationships.

6.   Depression: Brain chemicals such as oxytocin create a real physical need for people. When that bond is broken, depression is often the result. “One tragic result is teenage suicide, which has tripled over the past 25 years in the U.S.—the same period during which the rate of teenage sexual activity rose so sharply. Statistically, non-virginal girls are six times more prone to suicide than are virgins.]

7.   Anti-social and criminal behavior: “Sexually experienced girls aged 12 to 16 are 18 times more likely to run away from home than virgins. They are 9 times more likely to be arrested by the police. The probability of being suspended from school is 5 times greater. Non-virginal girls are 10 times more likely to use marijuana, one of the gateway drugs.” These are similar to results found in boys.

8.   Alienated from parents: Parents can often feel embarrassed, and ashamed when their values and their trust have been destroyed.

9.   Broken friendships: Adolescents, who are sexually active, magnify their feelings, leading to jealousy, feelings of betrayal, possessiveness and sometime irrational rivalry.

10. Emotional disconnect: Both women and men can experience the inability to trust anyone once their heart has been broken, destroying or damaging any future relationships.

11. End of marriage possibilities: Relationships that are primarily based on physical aspects are not strong enough to bear the weight of the day-to-day problems of real life. “In fact, sexual involvement outside of marriage, especially among live-in lovers, is associated with more violence and other forms of abuse than among the married.

12. Possible negative consequences for the future: Comparisons with past partners and the fear of the possibility of future infidelities.


Unwed pregnancies

9 out of 10 girls are abandoned by their child’s father. Suicide is 7 times more likely among pregnant teen girls than those in the general population. Unwed moms are less likely to marry, less likely to go to college and more likely to live in life-long poverty. Abortion can lead to cancers, infertility, chronic grief and guilt.  

Medical

Birth control pills interfere with a woman’s immune system making her more likely to contract STDs. They are also linked to breast and other cancers. One in every two sexually-active persons in the U.S. will have an STD by the age of 25.“Condoms are largely ineffective with common infections like genital herpes, gonnorrhea, human papilloma virus and Chlamydia” STDs are often symptomless, but can be the cause of cancers, viral warts and infertility. One out of every 10 couples in the U.S. is infertile. 
                                                                                                                

One great outcome of attending the Interfaith panel at Hartwick was that we got to meet Chris Deemer of Main Street Baptist, (one of our major supporters) and the director of Campus Ministry at Hartwick and SUCO.He invited us to attend a banquet they were having for the community and I met the head of Oneonta Christian school, and some members of the First Baptist Church in Sidney. I gave them my business card and hope to be able to offer them some programs.

QUICK NOTES

Started a singles group at St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne - SSEA (Singles Seeking Eternal Answers). The first meeting went well. The purpose is simply to offer safe and wholesome activities for people to meet each other. I started with ages 30 -50, as I’m hoping that once it gets going they will take care of their own activities.

The themes are Friendship, Faith, Fun, Food and Service.

Our program at Mom’s House on April 14 was a great success. Our purpose was to give the young single moms some tools to help themselves and their children lead a better life. Program Director M. Judith Murphy wrote “I would like to thank you for the fantastic workshop on How to Develop Good Character in Your Children and Why. The feedback was extremely positive, and everyone found your workshop very helpful for their current situation as well as for their future.”

Circle of Friends had a tea at the Barstow House in West Winfield. The girls had a wonderful time getting dressed up and learning about the custom of tea. Having positive interactions with trusted adults is a great “protective factor”.

We were happy to be the recipients of a Stewart’s Shop grant again this year. Thanks to them and to all our wonderful supporters!

NOTES from Deborah

Greetings,

I am so thrilled to share that last Saturday our band, Treasure, had the privilege to play for some youth and share the message of God's love, compared to the idols we try to fill ourselves with. We will also be playing for a benefit in Vestal on May 15th. I will be addressing the message of purity and we will have an information table set up. We were also at SUNY Binghamton again with Women Aglow’s outreach in April. For the month of May, we will be working with girls and guys at several youth groups and at Lighthouse Christian School with issues on how to relate in healthy ways to the opposite sex, modesty and respect.

Please keep us all at AEC in your prayers and thanks so much for your support.

God's Blessings, Deborah

         

 
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