Soldier’s Wind

dale_no_tie3If you have ever been on a sailboat, you have likely noticed that sailing is just hard work. It takes a passionate sailor with some serious skill to navigate and steer a craft as the wind propels the boat along. The stormier the conditions, the more advanced nautical skills are required to get craft and crew safely to harbor. In the days of the tall ships, sailors would on occasion use the term “a soldier’s wind”. That term referred to conditions so favorable for sailing that the captain could literally turn the wheel over to a soldier who had little to no nautical skill.

I think for many in this country, the last decade of the 20th century saw mostly a soldier’s wind. The economy was not horrible, the country held a solid position of strength and leadership among the world nations, and morality seemed battered but on an even keel.

We aren’t experiencing a soldier’s wind any longer. The gale force threats of insurmountable national debt, a tattered foreign policy, and a government tearing constantly at our first and second amendment rights, has many proposing our vessel is lost.

Well, first off, all is not lost. Not yet! However, we really do need all hands on deck. The Family Heritage Alliance has proven time and time again that we have the skills and passion to navigate the storm and promote and defend the values you cherish here in South Dakota and in Washington D.C. as well.

If you will pardon my stretching the sailing analogy just a little further, we have come to call the months of June through August, the Summer Doldrums. In a very real sense, the winds of financial support that propel our ship die down significantly as people are distracted by vacations and camping, trips to see family and outdoor activities. Truthfully, few are paying much attention to current events. As our working capital tends to wane, the work demanded of us remains constant. As I write, the United States Supreme Court’s decision on Friday radically transformed what it looks like to be a Christian in the United States. Gender is being redefined even here right now in South Dakota by the South Dakota High School Activities Association. The list goes on. So does the mission of Family Heritage Alliance.

We have two requests for you. And yes, the first one has to do with money.

What we are doing day in and day out is expensive, and if you could donate toward this effort, it would help us defray these expenses.
Secondly, please make a commitment to pray for our efforts through the summer “doldrums”.

For those donating, $30.00 or more, we have a token of our appreciation to send you. It is a book by Todd Starnes called: “Dispatches from Bitter America: A Gun Toting, Chicken Eating Son of a Baptist’s Culture War Stories.”

We are so sincerely appreciative of your involvement in protecting and promoting Faith, Family, and Freedom!


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Dale Bartscher
Executive Director
Family Heritage Alliance / FHA Action

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