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Conservative Good News Org Pleads For Prayer And Support For General Conference Battle


Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 11:35 AM
Subject: General Conference
 
Dear Prayer Partner:

Thanks for taking a moment to read this e-mail about our efforts at the
United Methodist General Conference in Pittsburgh. My name is Scott Field. I
am the chairperson of the Board of Directors for Good News. I also have the
privilege of leading the coalition of six renewal groups seeking to
influence the General Conference.  We are networking with delegates to
affirm Scriptural Christianity, to turn back efforts aimed at redefining the
Christian faith, and to increase accountability for bishops, clergy, and our
general boards and agencies.

You cannot imagine how delighted I am to report that these efforts so far
have been abundantly fruitful!

Yesterday (Tuesday) the General Conference voted on most of the highly
controversial legislation related to homosexuality. In vote after vote
throughout a very long day, the conference not only reaffirmed our current
stance that homosexual practice is incompatible with Christian teaching, but
also extended the strength of that stance in a variety of other areas within
the Discipline. The conference affirmed our position on each and every piece
of this legislation.

In addition, the election of Judicial Council members and the decision of
the Judicial Council concerning the Dammann case in Seattle, are strong and
positive developments for our church.

We continue to have record numbers of people attending our legislative
briefing breakfasts. Many delegates have told me that our daily "voter's
guide" is indispensable in helping them to vote in line with our agenda and
priorities. These efforts, as you might be aware, require our team to work
most of the night. Breakfast in a downtown hotel adjacent to the convention
center is the perfect location for networking with nearly 400 delegates each
morning.

In addition, we have already hosted five smaller dinners for key delegates
to develop legislative strategy. In it all we have been following William
Booth's admonition: "Work as if everything depends upon you. Pray as if
everything depends upon prayer." The Lord has brought together a wonderful,
gifted, committed team that is experiencing wonderful effectiveness.

I appreciate more than you know your partnership in this General Conference
work.  While the finish line is in sight, we want to run strong to the very
end. This is an unprecedented opportunity to help the cause of renewal in
United Methodism. So I am asking you, if you are able and the Lord has
provided, to send a financial gift to Good News designated for this General
Conference effort. It is very expensive. If we do not make our efforts
effective in the next three days, we will not have another opportunity until
2008. We need your special help now. Please let our office hear from you
today or tomorrow. (Send your gift to Good News, 308 E. Main St., Box 150,
Wilmore, KY 40390.) Thank you, and do pray earnestly for us during these
last important days of the Conference.

Sincerely in Christ,
Dr. Scott Field, Chairman
Good News Board of Directors

  P.S. Please feel free to forward this to a friend or group of persons who
might be supportive of our efforts. Thanks, again.
 

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