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Oregon is a low-birth state

February 27, 2019 --

By Oregon Faith News Note,

Oregon women are giving birth to fewer babies than their counterparts in many states at a time when the nation’s birth rate has dropped to a 30-year low.

A study of the 2017 data from the National Center for Health Statistics showed that women in the United States aren’t birthing enough babies to replace the population at current levels, according to a Wall Street Journal report. In 2017, 3.85 million babies were born.
To replace the population, the fertility rate needs to be 2,100 babies born for every 1,000 women, but nationally that number was 1,765 in 2017, the lowest level since 1987.

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US sends funds to persecuting nations

February 25, 2019 --

By Randy Alcorn,
Eternal Perspectives Ministries,
Sandy Oregon

My friend Kerby Anderson, host of the Point of View radio talk show, is a veteran spokesman for causes honoring to Christ. I was very touched by what he wrote below and asked if we could share it. Let’s take it to heart and take appropriate action too.

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Book details journey from Atheist to Catholic

February 22, 2019 --

By Ignatius Press,

Sohrab Ahmari was an Iranian teenager living under the ayatollahs when he decided that there was no God. Nearly two decades later and as an American citizen, he would be baptized and confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church.

In FROM FIRE BY WATER, he recounts this unlikely journey, from the strident Marxism and atheism of a youth misspent on both sides of the Atlantic to a moral and spiritual awakening prompted by the Mass. At once a young intellectual’s finely crafted self-portrait and a life story at the intersection of the great ideas and events of our time, the book marks the debut of a compelling new Catholic voice.

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Wyden: End tax penalty for trafficking victims

February 20, 2019 --

Senator Ron Wyden Press Release,

U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Or) and John Cornyn introduced the Human Trafficking Survivor Tax Relief Act, which would exempt civil damages, restitution, and other monetary awards given to human trafficking survivors from federal income taxes.

“Human trafficking survivors are faced with unfair and unnecessary obstacles when trying to seek justice against their abusers,” said Wyden, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee. “This legislation ends tax penalties on survivors, which will help them afford the legal costs of punishing individuals who have committed such heinous crimes. I’m proud to be a part of this bipartisan measure and will continue to fight this form of modern-day slavery.”

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Rep. Lewis: Simple law fix to restore people’s hearing

February 18, 2019 --

Oregon Optimist blog,

Representative Rick Lewis, R-Silverton, has proposed legislation that will change the number of hearing aids Oregon Health Plan (OHP) grants. Patients who were granted only one hearing aid, every five years, will now have the hope and ability to hear in both ears.

Hearing aids have been inaccessible to low-income patients outside of their Medicare plan, sometimes costing them thousands of dollars. Those with hearing issues find themselves left only able to partially improve their hearing. Under the OHP plan, members were only granted one single hearing aid. Having only one hearing aid prevents the ability to hear from multiple directions.

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Catholics urge removal of Rep. Omar

February 15, 2019 --

By Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights,

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on Rep. Ilhan Omar’s status as a congresswoman:

I stand with my friend Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, calling for Rep. Ilhan Omar to be removed from House committee assignments.

Rep. Omar delights in fomenting anti-Semitism, and has a particular animus against Israel. Her most explicit offensive remark came in 2012 when she said, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

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Ex-Foster Care President stole $1M

February 13, 2019 --

Oregon US Attorney Office Press Release,

A federal jury found Mary Holden Ayala, 59, of Portland, guilty of stealing nearly $1 million from an Oregon foster care agency, money laundering and filing false personal income tax returns.

From at least 2008 to 2015, Ayala, a longtime Portland resident, served as the President, Executive Director and primary agent of Give Us This Day (GUTD), a private foster care agency and residential program for youth.

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Church holds gun control rally

February 11, 2019 --

By Faith News Note,

More than a hundred people gathered recently at Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland for an interfaith rally and jazz concert to support new gun control measures.

Speakers and musicians highlighted the Lift Every Voice event, which is advocating for passage of two legislative bills to ban the sale of both assault weapons and large-capacity magazines, according to KOIN 6 News and the Portland Tribune.

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India persecution hits record high

February 8, 2019 --

By Persecution Relief

Christians in India have not faced this level of persecution since India gained it’s independence 70 years ago.

Since 2016 Persecution Relief has registered & supported more than 1200 persecution cases including more than 8 men & women who have been martyred for the sake of the gospel.

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Palau receives more bad news. Prayers requested.

February 6, 2019 --

By Luis Palau Association,

It’s been a few months since we’ve given you an update on Dad. Thank you for your continued prayers. He just went in recently for new blood work and scans to check on progress.

Sadly, the news was not what we had hoped. Although his blood work continues to look great, the doctors confirmed the tumor has begun to grow once again. This comes after several months of very positive response to the immunotherapy treatments.

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