December 02


Christmas 2002

Dear Friends,

In 1991 there were only two countries - Canada and the U.S.A. - where Christian lawyers were organized to address religious freedom and related issues in the courts, the legislature and before government agencies. Today 70 nations have local or national groups of Christian lawyers and judges committed to "doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly with your God." In most cases, Advocates International was the catalyst to get these groups organized.

Lawyers within these 70 nations also have relationships with colleagues in at least 65 other nations in their region or around the globe. Thus, we now link 30,000 law professionals in 135 nations. At no time in His-Story has there been a similar network.

Six continents have independent, self-governing councils that direct regional agendas. Advocates' small home office staff - born on four different continents - does not supervise or control regional agendas or activities. We facilitate linking law professionals within the Body of Christ. Like the Good Samaritan, we serve as encouragers and enablers. Local "innkeepers" do the crucial work because they have the licenses, languages and contacts to do the job best.

We have one major task left for this year: to finish in the black financially. Our needs are great! This month our staff tried to call all those who receive our monthly newsletters and reached about 80% of you. We are praying for good results from these calls.

We wish you and your family a joyous Christmas of renewed significance as we continue...

Living in His-Story,


Sam Ericsson

P.S. If you've never made a significant investment in religious freedom, now is the time. "The clash of civilizations" reported in the evening news is rooted in religious intolerance.