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Foster Friess: What Are God’s Dreams?

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By Foster Friess, columnist

Just as an outrider keeps the herd on the right trail, Foster’s Outriders works to keep our country on the right path. Looking at America’s dissension and anger today, we could use a mid-course change in our spiritual direction.

How can some who have been treated terribly react with grace and forgiveness that defies understanding, such as the nine families who forgave the white supremacist who shot their relatives in the 2015 Charleston tragedy, while so many others react to injustice by lashing out in anger?

How can we have more of our country react to evil with vigils, sadness and resolve rather than riots, bricks and fires? In which culture would you rather live?

In which example can we heal America’s disunity and anger?

Foster’s Outriders is enamored with Thomas Jefferson’s view, “Of all the systems of morality, ancient or modern which have come under my observation, none appears to me so pure as that of Jesus.”

What did Thomas Jefferson, who was not a Christian, see in those teachings that captured his appreciation? Always consider other people more important than yourself. We’ve been set free to serve. Never return evil for evil. Strive for servanthood, not power. Be an encourager, not a denigrator.

Unfortunately, secularists, in advancing their agenda of division, have turned many against these teachings. Teachings that hold the answers to healing our nation.

Forgiveness impressed Jefferson the most. As Jesus was poked, stabbed and hoisted onto His cross, he uttered, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Foster’s Outriders launches, supports and endorses numerous efforts that embody the notion that anger and hate does not drive out hatred; love drives out hate.

Rachel’s Challenge embraces the exhortation of Rachel Scott, the first Columbine victim, to create a chain reaction of kindness and works to end bullying and drug abuse.

The annual Outriders National Coffee Challenge, inspired by LGBTQ leader Donna Red Wing’s example, encourages Americans to invite someone with whom they disagree to coffee. The best examples shared on social media receive rewards.

ACE Scholarships enable low-income students to attend private schools of their parents’ choice.

Water Mission designs and builds safe water and sanitation systems in developing countries, often in conjunction with a natural disaster.

Outriders organize Harmony Meals, where black and white churches partner to host law enforcement.

These are a few of the programs the Foster’s Outriders Foundation supports to help heal America. Engaging in these programs allows us an opportunity to set an example of how we might fulfill some of God’s dreams for America. These projects welcome people of every ethnicity, political and religious persuasion. Each program provides an opportunity for us to come together in harmony to express love to our fellow man.

I would see America as one of the most harmonious, loving communities if it weren’t for those who want to exploit divisiveness for their own profitability and power. There are those in the press and “Kingdom of DC” special interests groups who benefit from dissension and make money off of it. What can we do to counter them?

Those in Charleston exhibited the teachings of forgiveness and never returned evil for evil. Teachings that created self-esteem and a realization that God has a plan for their lives. This stands in contrast to secular teachings, where self-esteem doesn’t come from a sense of God’s love for them but instead from materialism — a bigger house, more expensive car and from power.

Which route will you champion?

Let’s listen to Thomas Jefferson’s assessment of all the great concepts Jesus articulated and leave the winning of people to the Christian faith to our nation’s pastors.

We can focus on making the world a better place for all Americans, whether Christian or secularist, Republican, Democrat or Independent, black, white, yellow or bro

Join us at Foster’s Outriders. Together we’ll get there!

Foster Friess Announces Funds Distributed to Neighborhood Heroes and Charities

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By Foster Friess, guest columnist

Last week we encouraged Outriders to help us share God’s blessings in these challenging times by nominating a charity or neighborhood hero to whom Lynn and I could send a check of encouragement.

Lynn and my grants are inspired by Galatians 6:2, “When we carry one another’s burdens, we fulfill the law of Christ.” Particularly at this time when we celebrate the birth of Christ and how much He gave so that we can be set free to serve, and our past mistakes washed away. 

Here are a few highlights from the hundreds of charities and heroes we selected:

The first grant, which we increased to $25,000, went to the Amish Miller family’s church. Five children in the Miller family were injured when their buggy was struck from behind by an alleged drunk driver while headed to school near Birchwood, Wisconsin, on December 14th. The buggy was destroyed and the horse had to be euthanized due to injuries sustained. The check will help with medical bills and restore their sole means of transportation.

The next grant, which we increased to $25,000, goes to the Amish King family whose horse on December 17th ran a stop sign while headed to school. A garbage truck T-boned the buggy, killing three of the King children, including the 15-year old driver. We added $5,000 to the traumatized truck driver’s church for counseling and support.

Mimi’s House in Casper, Wyoming, received our third check. It houses housed unaccompanied homeless youth and helps them earn their high school diploma or equivalent. 

In Indiana, Brianna’s Hope is a participant-driven, faith-based support center for those battling with substance abuse. Freedom Farm Ministry in Boone, North Carolina, provides a similar program, helping those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.

Multiple veterans nominated Dogs and Tags of Wyoming. One said, “Dogs and Tags gave me my life back. Gave me a safe place to go. Gave me a dog, helped me with resources and set me up with other veterans that we could help each other.”

In Greenville, South Carolina, we were inspired by a small charity making a big difference for little ones born into families in financial need. Greenville’s Gift helps new moms and babies feel celebrated and loved by providing bags filled with newborn essentials like baby clothes, blankets, burp cloths, and more.

In a year that was especially difficult for young people, unable to be with friends and at school, programs like Mr. Lorentz’s ‘Get out There’ program in Birchwood, Wisconsin, and the Wyoming Boy Scouts were nominated by parents who are grateful for the impact on their students. 

We also selected heroes like Kristi, a COVID nurse who recently lost her long-time boyfriend in a tragic car accident, and Josh, a firefighter in Casper, Wyoming, who for years selflessly helped others and was recently afflicted with life-changing symptoms from COVID.

One of the most touching heroes was “Miss Tammy” of Converse County, Wyoming. She has dedicated her life to individuals with intellectual disabilities, like Autism. The moms that nominated Tammy say she’s an angel for them and their children.

Lynn and I are so grateful for all of the Outriders who have helped us be the Lord’s hands and feet. Together we’re His hands and feet in this hurting world.

Let’s Make America a Philippians 4:8 Land. Merry Christmas!

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Foster Friess: The Cure Should Not Be Worse than the Disease

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By Foster Friess, Columnist

We applaud Governor Mark Gordon for his effectiveness in alerting Wyomingites of the steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19 while keeping Wyoming open for business. We must use his example to encourage the majority of our nation to carefully and gradually reopen our nation’s business.

 Last week, Dr. David L. Katz, the founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center, one of the Centers for Disease Control’s units, argued in the New York Times; that in addition to the two primary goals of saving lives and avoiding hospital crush, we must also avoid destroying the economy.

Will people spend their $1,200 checks if they see businesses shuttered and “no toilet paper?” Confidence must be restored by getting businesses open and functioning, with care and caution.

Restaurants could limit patrons; theatres, baseball parks could sell only enough tickets to allow two empty seats between attendees; and barbers, beauty salons and gyms could implement their coronavirus cautions and let patrons determine if they want to take the risk.  

For those of us who are members of the Great Generation, we remember the risk our family members took as they faced the bullets of the Nazis in World War II. We faced mumps, measles, chickenpox, and dreaded polio.  On our way to school, we walked past quarantined houses where the practice was to quarantine the sick rather than the healthy. This is the approach Sweden and Netherlands now takes.

Has our new generation become too averse to risk? How risky is it to begin cautiously getting businesses open? 

On Thursday, March 26th   White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, an Army physician who has served both the Obama and Trump administrations,  chastised the press for sensationalizing the extent of the risk and pointed out that one of the earlier prognostications of 500,000 deaths has been revised to 20,000. She said, “The predictions of the models don’t match the realities on the ground.” 

The 2,227 U.S. deaths as of Sunday, March 29 include 1,340 from five states, NY, NJ, MI, WA and CA leaving the remaining 887 deaths coming from the rest of the population of 300,000,000 people. A 0.00000296% death rate.  That will increase. Can we keep the inevitable increase manageable?

My neighbor with several factories in China reports virus spread has indeed slowed and his plants reopened. Macau reopened its shuttered casinos. The Food and Drug Administration over the weekend approved Abbott Labs test that gives positive results in 5 minutes; negative in 13. Ventilator production is soaring thanks to President Trump’s inspiring America’s private sector.

This past week Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, “This suggests that the overall clinical consequences of Covid-19 may ultimately be more akin to those of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of approximately 0.1%).”

The Center for Disease Control’s 2017 report reveals annual deaths from influenza and pneumonia of 55,672; chronic lower respiratory diseases160,201; cancer 509,000 and heart disease 647,000.  Will COVID-19 surpass traditional flu/respiratory deaths of 215,873? Outside of the top five states, we are at 887 and counting.

Dr. Katz also outlined how the data from South Korea, shows “that as much as 99 percent of active cases in the general population are “mild” and do not require specific medical treatment.” The vast majority of people, who become infected will not require hospitalization. They face much graver symptoms if we keep America on pause.

For many losing their jobs, closing their businesses and being alone at home could be much worse than the coronavirus. The non-profit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline reported call volumes spiked 300 percent since the start of the coronavirus.

Matthew 6:25 implores us:  ”do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear… “  Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” The exhortation to “fear not” appears 365 times in The Bible. President Franklin Roosevelt’s charge during the despair of the Great Depression: “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

April 2nd I  turn 80, and despite my exhortation to ”fear not”, I am very fearful that our political class has ignored the wisdom that exists among our entrepreneurs and business community and does not fully understand the detrimental impact of shutting America’s employees off from their livelihoods.

As many governors frighten the Constitutionalists among us by limiting the right of assembly and making it punishable to attend church we want to encourage Governor Gordon to continue to set an example for the nation. Unless the disease escalates to the point of overwhelming hospitals we must allow wage earners to regain their livelihoods.

Sign up for Foster’s Outriders if you want to help get our government on a better track. Wait until you see how they just spent your money.  

Let’s Make America a Philippians 4:8 land.

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Foster Friess: CNN Not Providing Perspective with Coronavirus

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CNN’s reporting fails to provide key perspectives. Compare this CNN map which distorts the extent of Coronavirus to our Foster’s Outriders map and data chart which shows a red dot 🔴 that reflects the number of cases relative to the state’s population.

Even after the most recent decline, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is still up from where it was when President Trump was elected. 

Pass along these perspectives and sign up for Foster’s Outriders’ “Truth Squad.”

Perspective is important, it’s also important that we do everything we can to follow President Trump’s guidance to stop the spread. 

Together we’ll get there! 
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