Virginia VOICE December 2014

Released: Sunday, January 04, 2015

Dear Friend, 

Preparing for the 2015 General Assembly Session 

With the expectation of over 2,500 pieces of legislation to be introduced, there will be much to do as the start of the General Assembly session rolls around on January 14. To date, several hundred bills have been reviewed. Even with budgetary woes taking center stage, it is clear that efforts are under way to remove or change good laws (ultrasound requirement), while also attempting to include language to give special protections for sexual orientation. Same-sex marriage is the “law” only due to judicial activism and the failure of the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the matter, as it is still banned in our state constitution. 

There has been talk of removing some tax preferences to bring in extra income to the state. Tax preferences include the tax exemptions some groups, like churches, have received. I have been in meetings where these have been discussed, but no definite decisions have been made to date. 

It appears Gov. McAuliffe is attempting to take a “play” from the President’s “playbook,” using executive orders to accomplish certain goals that would never pass the legislature. Pray that our General Assembly will stand up to these attempts and prevent any overreach by the governor. 

Pray for VAIB’s success as “your voice for Christian liberties” both at the General Assembly and in other government venues. 

CapitolALERTS 

Pastor, if you have not yet done so, please ask your church to sign up for our email alert system. To date, we have nearly 1,200 people signed up for CapitolALERTS. Our goal is 14,000!!! 

Ask your people to go to our website, www.vaib.org, to sign up online today! 

2014 in Review 

As we look back over 2014, we rejoice to see how good God has been. We were able to schedule fifty churches, 30% of which were non-supporting churches, as well as several one-on-one meetings with pastors. 

  • How thankful we are for churches that see the value of VAIB and support us financially! 
  • How thankful we are for improved finances this year! 
  • How thankful we are for those willing to be involved through CapitolALERTS
  • How thankful we are for those who pray for VAIB! 
  • How thankful we are that God has used VAIB since 1977 to be an influence for godly values and religious liberties in the General Assembly and other government venues! 

During the 2014 General Assembly session, we were, for the most part, pleased with the results. Out of the nearly 2,900 pieces of legislation introduced: 

  • We supported twenty-two, and ten passed. 
  • We opposed twenty-eight, and only two passed! 

In the coming year, we again expect much of our work to be in preventing passage of bad legislation. 

Personal Notes 

December was difficult for us, as Eddy’s mother passed away at the age of ninety-one on December 1. She lived with us for fourteen years before entering a nursing home at the beginning of 2014. It was a blessing that she was surrounded by all of her children and other family members. Most importantly, we know she is now with the Lord. 

Our daughter, Sarah (married to Jonathan Bailie), has brightened the month as she is near to delivering her second child. Unfortunately, her last month of pregnancy has been difficult. Please pray for a safe delivery. 

2015 VAIB Schedule in Development 

We have already begun lining up churches for our 2015 schedule, which begins in March. But you can have VAIB in your church without Eddy actually present. How? By scheduling a “VAIB Sunday!” We will mail materials in January, detailing how to conduct one of these special events. 

If you want to schedule Eddy to present the ministry or bring an update to your church, contact the VAIB office in January, at 804-789-0150 or at ealiff@vaib.org. 

Pray for us as we continue to be “your voice for Christian liberties.” 

Sincerely, 

Rev. Eddy Aliff 
Executive Director 
Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists 

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