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Profiles of Grace

Testimony by James Ryle

Why Support School Choice? Environmentalism:

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reserving the wonders of our Sonoran desert for our children and their children is a high priority in Tucson. All of us who appreciate the beauty and bounty of the world God created for us want to insure future generations are not denied that opportunity. I think I would be hard pressed to find anyone who would claim to actually want to trash the Earth. So, if everyone is on the same side, what’s the issue? Priorities! Of course.

and $1.6 billion in yearly economic losses resulted from this reduction of irrigation. (Source: Howitt, Richard E., Duncan MacEwan, and Josué Medellín-Azuara. “ Economic Impacts of Reductions in Delta Exports on Central Valley Agriculture.” http://www.agecon. ucdavis.edu/extension/update/articles/v12n3_1.pdf )

A tough decision in a difficult situation? Certainly, but a long way from unique. We are being challenged constantly with this dichotomy: People or the Environment? It is estimated that millions of African children have died needlessly from malaria since DDT was banned or restricted to protect birds. (Source: Finkel, Michael, “Malaria,” National Geographic, July 2007.) Some assessments As a vivid example, take the San Joaquin-Sacramento calculate that we must reduce our per capita energy Delta water fight. Years ago irrigation turned this consumption to mid-19th century levels in order California valley into one the most verdant and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions sufficiently to productive farmlands in the world, filling the nation’s avoid catastrophic global warming. (Say goodbye to tables with fruit, almonds, pistachios, grapes, asparagus, your air conditioning and your cars.) And all of this artichokes, garlic, cotton, rice, beef, lamb, wool, and would be “helped” with fewer people on the Earth. leather. Some estimates place almost 10% of the value of our country’s agricultural production in this valley. Given the complexity of these decisions, how should Then, a federal judge ruled in 2007 that pumps sending we set our priorities? God tells us in Genesis 1:28some six million acre feet of water annually to Kern 31 “Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and County could result in the extinction of the delta smelt multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the and ordered a reduction of nearly a third of the usual fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals pumping. A University of California Davis study that scurry along the ground. Then God said, Look! I estimates that in subsequent years between 31,000 and have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout 80,000 jobs have been lost and between $627 million the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild

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animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life. And that is what happened. Then God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good!” But, I think what has happened in our increasingly secular age is the formation of new religion: Environmentalism. Humans have an innate predisposition for faith. Secular scientists have faith that the world is purely mechanistic and material. Secular environmentalists believe nothing is more important than their vision of a pristine environment without humans. In its most potent form, this is worshipping the environment. God calls us to worship Him, the Creator. Worshipping His creation instead is idol worship. This distinction is the fundamental concept for setting priorities: Worshipping the Creator or worshipping the creation. God calls us to be good stewards of His creation, but He created it for our benefit. We must care for it so as to provide for the highest and best use for mankind. Scott K Gordon

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efore 1776, American merchant vessels enjoyed the protection of the British Royal Navy. One of the biggest problems was the North African states of Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli. These largely independent Muslim states made up the Barbary Coast and supported piracy and the enslaving of captured ship’s crew. Just after the Revolutionary War in 1783, America was now solely responsible for the safety of her own commerce and citizens. One of the first challenges for our new nation was how to deal with the Barbary pirates. Under the Articles of Confederation and after a costly revolution, America did not have the means or the authority to field a naval force necessary to protect her ships in the Mediterranean. England and France had come to a tenuous agreement with the pirates through a combination of military might, diplomacy, and extortion payments that kept ships flying the Union Flag or the French tricolor more-or-less safe from attack.

only encourage more attacks. Although John Adams agreed with Jefferson, he believed that circumstances forced the U.S. to pay tribute until an adequate navy could be built. The Revolutionary War put our nation deep in debt. Federalists and anti-federalists argued over the needs of the country and the burden of taxation on the people. Even as the U.S Navy increased its power on the sea, it also became increasingly difficult to refuse to pay the long-standing habit of paying tribute. On Jefferson’s inauguration as president in 1801, Yusuf Karamanli, the Pasha (or Bashaw) of Tripoli, demanded $225,000 from the new administration. In 1800, Federal revenues totaled a little over $10 million. Putting his long-held beliefs into practice, Jefferson refused the demand. Consequently, in May 1801 the Pasha declared war on the United States, not through any formal written documents but by cutting down the flagstaff in front of the U.S. Consulate. Algiers and Tunis soon followed their ally in Tripoli.

In response, Jefferson sent a group of frigates to defend American interests in As American ships came under attack, the Mediterranean and informed Congress. the new U.S. government scrambled and Although Congress never voted on a formal decided on a pragmatic, but ultimately declaration of war, they did authorize the self-destructive solution. In 1784, the President to instruct the commanders of the United States Congress allocated money armed vessels of the United States to seize for payment of tribute to the Barbary all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli pirates. Unfortunately, the price demanded “and also to cause to be done all such other for these treaties far exceeded the amount acts of precaution or hostility as the state of that Congress had budgeted. The U.S. paid Algiers the war will justify.” ransom, and continued to pay up to $1 million per year Edmund Burke said, “Those who do not learn from history over the next 15 years for the safe passage of American are doomed to repeat it.” ships and for the return of American sailors taken hostage. Payments in ransom and tribute to the pirateering states Today we have Somali pirates of east Africa taking ocean amounted to 20 percent of United States’ government vessels and hostages and holding them for ransom. In the annual revenues by 1800. Middle East, Americans have a radical Muslim foe who perpetrated the over 13,000 jihad attacks worldwide In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to has since 9/11 and repeatedly point to the Koran as their London to negotiate peace treaties with the Barbary inspiration and authority. nations. Jefferson asked Tripoli’s Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman (or Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja) “the Teachings from the Koran like, “Fight those who believe grounds on which the North African states made war upon neither in God nor the Last Day, nor what has been nations who had done them no injury.” Jefferson reported forbidden by God and his messenger, nor acknowledge his conversation to Secretary of State John Jay. The Tripoli the religion of Truth, even if they are People of the Book, ambassodor made it clear that it was written in their Koran until they pay the tribute and have been humbled.” Surah that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet 9:29, cause the strictest followers of the Koran to believe were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful it is the duty of the faithful to plunder, enslave or kill those to plunder and enslave; and that every Muslim who was who will not submit to the teachings of the Koran. slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said also, that the pirate who was the first to board a vessel The Koran also instructs not to take certain friends. “O received one slave over and above his share, and that believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends; they when they sprang to the deck of an enemy’s ship, every are friends of each other. Those of you who make them sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; his friend is one of them. God does not guide an unjust which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried people.” Surah 5:54 out for quarter at once. Back home, Jefferson argued that paying tribute would

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There was halting silence on the other end. I could tell that he didn’t know what to say, so I said, “This isn’t one of those phone calls where you owe me something. I’m grown up, married, and have kids. I’m a father; you’re a grandfather. I’m just calling to see if there’s any chance that we can get together. If you say no, you’ll never hear from me again.” Then I added, “But please don’t say no.” Dad paused yet once again, and then said, “I think that would be good, son. I’d love to see you.” It took a few weeks to plan my trip from Denver to Houston, and two days to actually make the drive. But the knock on that door was the final step in a journey that had taken 26 years. Little did I know that once the door opened another journey would begin – and that would be the journey of a lifetime.

A Life-Changing Conversation With A Guy Named Bert WE’VE ALL EXPERIENCED IT COUNTLESS TIMES. WE DIAL A NUMBER, HEAR THE RING TONE, AND THEN SOMEONE ON THE OTHER END ANSWERS AND SAYS, “HELLO.” BUT THIS PHONE CALL WAS DIFFERENT. THE VOICE THAT ANSWERED WAS MY FATHER, AND WE HAD NOT SPOKEN IN MANY YEARS.

IS THIS BERT RYLE?” I ASKED. “YES IT IS,” HE ANSWERED. “BERT EUGENE RYLE?” I ASKED SPECIFICALLY. “YES IT IS,” HE REPLIED, WITH GROWING CURIOSITY IN HIS VOICE. “IS THIS THE BERT EUGENE RYLE WHO HAS A SON NAMED JAMES?” I THEN ASKED POINTEDLY. HHE PAUSED FOR A GUARDED MOMENT, AND THEN CAUTIOUSLY REPLIED, “YES IT IS.” “WELL, DAD, THIS IS JAMES.” 8

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Perhaps I should explain the reason for Dad’s absence – he had been in the Texas State Penitentiary for armed robbery. I was two years old and the youngest of five when Dad was arrested. My mother struggled to make things work out but was unable to do so. She placed us in an orphanage when I was seven. It was a huge campus housing about 1,500 children in several dormitories. The place was overwhelming and woefully incapable of providing personal care or nurture. I lived there for eleven years and ran away in the summer of 1968. In a short time my whole world came crashing in around me. A car wreck on Labor Day weekend resulted in the death of a friend. I was arrested and charged with negligent homicide. In a desperate move to get out of trouble, I began selling marijuana to my friends – thinking I could make a lot of money, hire a lawyer, and somehow get the court to be merciful, seeing I had grown up in an orphanage. My plan didn’t work. I was arrested and convicted for sales and possession of marijuana and sent to the Texas State Penitentiary when I was 19 years old. In my darkest moment – sitting in my cell overwhelmed with fear, anger, and hopelessness – a Bible verse I learned as a kid suddenly came to mind. “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). I was gripped with a sense


“I sat there amazed, and am still so to

I have set you free from a prison your father built. Now I will use you to set others free from prisons their fathers have built.”

this very day.

of God’s presence around me and felt He was asking me to trust Him with my life. I did so and that has made all the difference. A year later, I was praying one night, asking if there was any way I could be released early and go home. What happened next was unexpected and astonishing. I opened my Bible randomly and my eyes fell upon these words, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done” (Mark 5:19). Two weeks later, on December 22, 1970, I was released from prison. I went home and began telling my friends what the Lord had done in my life – and have been doing so for almost 40 years. After all those years apart, sitting in my dad’s den that night gave me the opportunity to ask him the one question that only he could answer. “Dad, which prison were you in?” “I was in the Coffield Unit,” he

I sat there amazed and am still so to this very day. My father welded the bars of my My father prison. How extraordinary is that? From one point of view it is very extraordinary welded the but from another point of view it is rather ordinary. In fact, it is sadly common. bars of my Virtually everywhere in today’s world prison.” there are sons and daughters in prisons of one kind or another, which their fathers replied. “Which prison were you have built. They are prisons of fear, addiction, rage, hatred, ignorance, shame, in?” and confusion, just to name a few. “I was in the Ferguson Unit near Midway, Texas, just down a ways A dad mistreats or neglects a trusting child, and the strike upon that tender soul from Huntsville.” is as solid and lasting as the iron bars that My dad’s expression changed were welded by the heat of my father’s immediately. He went from being torch. A cruel word spoken in anger, a curious, to being stunned. His mouth nickname given in jest, a rebuke given dropped open, and he looked at me in in public, or a cold shoulder in time of disbelief. Gathering himself, he then need – these mindless acts of senseless said the words that would forever dads forge the framework of solitary confinement for boys and girls the world mark my life. over. They then become men and women “Dear God, son, I built that prison.” with torches in their hands, passing on the torment to yet another generation of “What?” I replied, “What do you unsuspecting children. mean, you built it?” There was one more thing that struck me “They used prison labor to build the about dad’s answer. It wasn’t just that Ferguson Unit,” Dad answered. “I I was in the very prison where he had was the welder on the work crew. I welded the bars, but that while there I had welded the bars when that prison was been enrolled in the vocational program where they teach you a trade you can use built.” once you’re released. You want to take a As Dad’s words hung there in the guess at which class they put me in? air, God spoke to my heart. “James, Yep, welding.

Dan Zimmerle presents Profiles of Grace, Testimony by James Ryle

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James Ryle is the President and Founder of TruthWorks Ministries, a teaching and resourcing ministry helping individuals live real, relevant and significant lives for Christ. He has been involved in public speaking since 1972, serving as pastor of two churches, chaplain for the University of Colorado football team, and ministering as an evangelist. James is one of the founding Board members of Promise Keepers, and has spoken at multiple PK stadium events around the country. On October 4, 1997, in the Nation’s Capitol, James delivered the Gospel message at “Stand in the Gap”-an event attended by over 1.4 million men and broadcast to over 20 different nations around the world. In the course of his life, James has inspired millions of people. I will leave you with a quote from James himself: “There may never have been a time when the need to help people was so great as now. There may never be another time when the opportunity to help them is so evident and promising.” GOOD NEWS TUCSON • www.GoodNewsTucson.com

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in the 2007-2008 Legislative Session. Support for school choice crosses party lines and is strongly supported by public school teachers (Education Next/Harvard University poll). Educators, whether chool choice means different things to different public or private, know better than most that there is people. At the Arizona School Tuition room for… no, a need for a variety of options – and Organizations Association – or ASTOA for unity in goal. The goal is excellence in education short - school choice means that parents have an for our children and a system of choices for parents. opportunity to decide the best path for their child’s education – public or private. School choices are Parents know which educational program is best suited made every day all over this country. In years past for their children. They can tell you that there is no those choices were often restricted to families who such thing as “one size fits all.” Two public policies could afford to move into the school district of their that address the needs of our community at large are choice – or, pay for private education. The “School voucher programs and scholarship tax credit programs. Choice” movement is expanding opportunities Contrary to recently reported figures, these programs to a broader spectrum of our citizens. And raising have saved Arizona taxpayers a net $18 million dollars standardized test scores across the country. between 1999 and 2006 (Florida office of Government Accountability, report No. 08-68, December 2008, An important point to note is that school choice is and others). Arizona has two different programs, growing nationwide. It all began with one state, the individual tax credit program and a corporate Wisconsin, with a voucher program in 1990 … to tax credit program for Arizona C-Corporations.

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one state, Arizona, with a tax credit scholarship program in 1998. Today there are eleven states with The corporate program is expressly for children active school choice scholarship or voucher programs switching from a public to private school, or for and 44 states have introduced school choice Bills children who are either displaced or disabled.

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In Arizona, tax-paying citizens have the opportunity to actively participate in the process by thoughtfully directing a portion of their state tax dollars to a recognized School Tuition Organization (STO). Married, filing jointly, may contribute up to $1000 annually, and single filers may direct up to $500 per year. Tax payers can contribute to the STO of their choice – however, not all STOs work with corporate donations. Details about these programs in Tucson can be attained by calling the Catholic Tuition Support Organization at 838-2571 or the Institute for Better Education at 512-5438. A report by the Arizona School Tuition Organization Association (School Choice Yearbook) found that the average corporate tax credit scholarship recipients came from families with annual incomes of $28,458 in the 2006-07 school year, and $35,533 in the 2007-08 school year. The heart of the matter is that children deserve an academic chance and school choice initiatives provide that chance. School choice is founded upon the premise that “it really is all about the kids.” The Department of Revenue has a list of the 50 eligible STOs on their web site. Check it out. Be part of the school solution … it is the right “choice” to make. Charlotte E. Beecher

Executive Director Institute for Better Education

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The Bible says ... “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2 No bridge reaches God ... except one.

Step 3: God’s Bridge - The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people. Step 1: God’s Purpose - Peace and Life The Bible says ... God loves you and wants you to experience peace and “For there is one God life—abundant and eternal. and one mediator The Bible says ... between God and men, “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus the man Christ Jesus.” Christ.” Romans 5:1 1 Timothy 2:5 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and “For Christ died only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish for sins once for all, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 the righteous for the “I have come that they may have life, and that they unrighteous, to bring you to God.” 1 Peter 3:18 may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Why don’t most people have this peace and Romans 5:8 abundant life that God planned for us to have?

Step 2: The Problem - Our Separation

God has provided the only way ...

God created us in His own image to have an abundant Each person must make a choice ... life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him. God gave us a will and freedom Step 4: Our Response - Receive Christ of choice. We chose to We must trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and disobey God and go our receive Him by personal invitation. own willful way. We The Bible says ... still make this choice “Here I am! I stand at today. This results in the door and knock. If separation from God. anyone hears my voice The Bible says ... and opens the door, I “For all have sinned will come in and eat and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 with him, and he with “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is me.” Revelation 3:20 eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of Our choice results in separation from God. God.” John 1:12 “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ Our attempts to reach God and believe in your heart that God raised him from the People have tried in many ways to bridge this gap dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 between themselves and God ... 12

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Where are you? Will you receive Jesus Christ right now? Here is how you can receive Christ: 1. Admit your need. (I am a sinner.) 2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent). 3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave. 4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)

How to Pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior. In Your Name, Amen.

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with another 69 vacancies to go unfilled and another 105 officers to be laid off in the second quarter of 2010. If this doesn’t scare you, you have your head in the sand. Already there are certain calls our cops simply can’t respond to and in some cases desk workers and police volunteers are sent into the field to cover some beats.

Gang-related and drug-related crime is spilling over the According to Sperling’s Best Places, Tucson is the most border and is rising in Tucson. Businesses and their crime-ridden city in the nation with a population over one employees are scared to go through the parking lot to their million. car after dark. What is it going to take for our city to demand and elect strong leadership that does what is right When the word gets out about lack of safety, the economy for all Tucsonans? of a city declines and people suffer. City government has too many pet projects that they want In November the voters defeated Prop 200 that would to spend our tax money on, so they take the money from have required City Council to put public safety as a high basic services like cops and firefighters. Our ratio of priority in the general budget. It called for a ratio of police police to people continues to go down. This will chase to population to go from a dangerous low of 1.8 cops per jobs away, damage our economy and diminish our quality thousand to 2.4, the national average. of life. Now the city is proposing a 15% cut to city police and Safety and security is perhaps the highest duty of fire departments. That means a cut of 25% of the Fire government officials. If they can’t provide the most basic Department staff and the layoff of 72 current police officers of services, they shouldn’t be in office. Here We Go Again! - continued from page 7

Contrast that to the teaching of Jesus to His followers: “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Luke 6:27-36 (NIV) It seems Jefferson was right in 1801 and he would be right 14

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today. Any nation who pays tribute to those who believe they are commanded by God to plunder, enslave or even kill other human beings only encourages more attacks. Our Founding Fathers placed the Second Amendment in the Constitution so her citizens could protect themselves from those who would intentionally do them harm or attempt to take away their individual liberty. Our Federal Government is charged to protect her citizens from the threat of those who would do our nation harm. The US Navy was created to defend US citizens and their goods from Muslim pirates. The famous Marine Corps hymn serves a reminder of why a Christian nation would engage in war with those who attempt to take away our freedom: From the Halls of Montezuma To the Shores of Tripoli; We will fight our country’s battles In the air, on land and sea; First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.


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144,000 4 Tucson Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. Revelation 14:1 Just a few weeks ago, during a 4 Tucson presentation to a group of Christian leaders, I made the statement that while reading the Bible I and came across the verse above. I told them, “I believe we can find 144,000 Christians in our metro Tucson region that will be unafraid to identify themselves as Christians and will be willing to get involved in making a difference in our city.”

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domain of society based on common love, common goals and the common good to make Tucson one of the most livable cities in the world, allowing each partner to determine the part they should play.

Christians have a lot of interests, many talents and One of those leaders skeptically said, “I don’t believe varied spiritual gifts. Some Christians will be highly there are 144,000 Christians in all of Tucson, much motivated to work on one issue and have no interest less that would get involved.” in another. The Bible teaches that God has placed His people with all the necessary gifts and abilities to solve Maybe he’s right. I don’t believe it!!! all the problems our city faces. The key is getting together to develop workable solutions and implement Let me introduce you to 4 Tucson. them through churches. We see 4 Tucson serving as a catalyst to engage the Christian Community in the needs and dreams of Tucson to bring about spiritual renewal and prosperity locally and globally. All my life I have taught that the Bible has an answer to every problem that faces mankind. The problem is that the Bible is not indexed. You can’t just look in the index to find the page that gives you the answer to your particular problem. It often takes knowing enough of God’s word to understand God’s principles and precepts and how to properly apply them to your situation. 4 Tucson is a 501(c)3 that is trying to mobilize the Christian community to solve problems in our city that no one seems to be able to fix. We believe the Bible offers positive solutions that can be implemented to the benefit of all citizens in Tucson. Our mission is to serve as partner with every sector and

4 Tucson is also going to raise money for city-wide issue advocacy, strategic church planting, a media campaign to promote Christianity, and to purchase unwanted church buildings for future church plants. Now back to my skeptical friend. Can we find 144,000 Christians in Tucson? Would you be willing to get involved with other Christians to develop lasting solutions for our city? Would you be willing to invest just $100 in 2010 to become one of 144,000 Christians in Tucson that want to make a positive difference in our world? This is only $8.33 a month, if you’d like to make monthly contributions. If you would like to be “One of a 144,000 Christians 4 Tucson,” go to our website at www.4Tucson.com sign up and be counted. Together with Christ, nothing is impossible! Mark Harris, Founder and President of 4 Tucson


Good News Tucson Magazine January 2010