Thursday, December 13, 2007

CAP: Year recap & please consider contributing this season

'Tis the Season

I hope and pray you are enjoying this Christmas season. At the Herrod household our Christmas tree is up and the house and yard are decorated.

As we enjoy the Christmas season, it's also the season for giving. A significant portion of CAP's annual budget is raised in December. Seldom do I mention our financial needs in Family Facts, but it's that time of year! And your help is definitely needed to maintain and expand our work in Arizona.

Why should you consider a year-end gift, if you haven't given already? Here's a partial list of CAP's 2007 accomplishments showing what your gift can do.

  • CAP is significantly expanding a critical part of our mission - to equip individuals to stand for righteousness in our culture - through The Truth Project. Focus on the Family has designated CAP as the Arizona coordinators for The Truth Project.
  • CAP is strengthening our ministry to churches by adding Pastor Frank Carpenter as Church Relations Director.
  • CAP staff led 17 Truth Project small groups, reaching 200 participants with biblical worldview training. Pastor Frank led three groups of pastors and church leaders, reaching 45 individuals.
  • CAP's Community Action Network has expanded to include 221 liaisons to churches, schools, and pro- life agencies.
  • CAP's legislative work resulted in six new bills being passed into law, including measures to stop the government from mandating the HPV vaccine as a condition for school attendance, and to require convicted sex offenders to register online identities with law enforcement. And perhaps more importantly, CAP's work helped to defeat bills to pass physician-assisted suicide, marriage counterfeits, and repeal school choice opportunities.
  • CAP hosted a first-ever Bioethics Conference, drawing over 450 individuals, promoting a biblical worldview on beginning-of-life and end-of-life issues.
  • CAP General Counsel Peter Gentala submitted a "friend of the court" brief to the Arizona Court of Appeals arguing to uphold a CAP-supported law restricting sexually-oriented businesses' operating hours. The Court ruled in favor of our opinion. CAP has expanded our legal department with the addition of attorney Deborah Sheasby.
  • CAP brought the nationally-renowned Christian historian, David Barton, to Tucson, drawing about 400 people.

I don't know how else to put this... but as I write this email to you, we are about $550,000 behind our 2007 budget goal. We've cut expenses significantly and delayed several key projects, but if things don't turn around, I will have to consider staff and program cuts.

Our heart at CAP is to serve you - to be your voice in Arizona, protecting and defending our families to preserve our future. But we can't do it without your prayers... and your financial support.

Please consider making a gift today. Your donation can be made online using our secure online form, or you can send a donation to CAP at 7227 N. 16th Street, Suite 250, Phoenix, Arizona, 85020.

Thank you for standing with us in this important work.

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