Men and women of faith toil tirelessly behind the scenes to better our community across Louisiana and the country. These generous individuals are the unsung heroes of our time, motivated by love rather than public praise.
Two organizations in Louisiana’s fourth district engaging in such selfless and steadfast work are the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission and the Heart of Hope Ministries. Faith motivates their employees and volunteers alike to help others, advocate for change, and care for those that need it most. These faith-inspired groups are transforming our community, one person at a time.
The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission has been serving our neighborhoods since 1955. Last year alone it provided more than 136,000 meals, more than 72,000 nights of lodging, and 900 free medical and dental services to more than a thousand homeless men, women and children. The Rescue Mission embodies its core principles, pursuing “the passion of Jesus Christ to lift up the homeless, the hungry, the addicted, and abused.” These religious truths guide the operations at the Mission and are reflected in the words of Executive Director Rev. R. Henry Martin, “We believe God is in the business to provide all of our needs.”
Each person who enters the Mission’s doors is welcomed with physical sustenance: food, clothing and a warm bed. The Mission also offers health care services that may have been long neglected. Once these fundamentals are met, individuals have the opportunity to enter into a Discipleship Training Program where they receive a multitude of classes including financial help, addiction recovery, or spiritual growth.
As the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, it continues to celebrate changed lives. The Mission delights in spiritual and physical rejuvenation. Mission guests find faith and independent living. Everything the Mission does is based on faith.
Similarly, the Shreveport-based Heart of Hope fulfills anther religious calling by providing sanctuary, education, and support to expectant young women and girls.
Executive Director Jodi Burns summed up the Heart of Hope’s lifework: “We wanted these young girls to know they have the support they need to choose the gift of life for their child, even for those that ultimately choose adoption. Parents experience a plethora of feelings ranging from shock to rage because of their teenager’s unplanned pregnancy. Our role is to support the whole family while giving the young women a place to rejoice in giving new life.”
Heart of Hope empowers the women and girls who come to them for help by providing onsite professional counseling, life skills training, and the ability to continue their education with the assistance of a licensed educator and onsite computer classroom.
Neither the Shreveport-Bossier Mission nor Heart of Hope solicit funding from the state or federal government, leaving them truly dependent on faith and good will to accomplish their missions.
It is important to tell these stories of faith. That’s why I am joining with Members of Congress across the country to tell these inspiring stories of how people of faith are making a positive impact on their communities. We’re calling the initiative “Faith it Forward,” and hope it will help unite the nation around celebrating the hope and inspiration that comes from helping others.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting for H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016.
“Today’s vote will ensure our troops have the support and resources they need to carry out their missions and protect our nation at home and abroad. The NDAA also strengthens the Air Force’s nuclear enterprise and Global Strike Command at Barksdale Air Force Base. I’m proud that it includes my amendment to require the Department of Defense to justify its harmful reduction of our Army soldiers stationed at Fork Polk.
“Despite this bill fully funding our military at the levels requested by the President, it is disappointing that he has vowed to veto the bill because he wants more money for non-defense priorities, like funding Obamacare, executive amnesty and Planned Parenthood. With growing national security threats, we need to ensure the federal government meets its first obligation of fully training and equipping the soldiers who defend our nation.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after raising fiscal concerns with and voting against a $1 trillion stop-gap measure to temporarily fund the government through December 11. The measure passed with a Democrat majority.
“Today’s spending bill kicks the can down the road and fails to stop the flow of taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, a controversial abortion provider that harvests and sells infant remains; funds the President’s illegal executive amnesty actions; and reduces defense spending below previously agreed to limits. The stop-gap measure also raises non-defense related spending while whittling away support necessary for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. We need to stop blindly funding the President’s policies while ensuring that no more taxpayer dollars go toward Planned Parenthood and its grotesque practices. We can and must do better.”
Dr. John Fleming is Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans and is a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He is a physician and small business owner and represents the 4th Congressional District of Louisiana.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after attending Pope Francis’ address to a Joint Session of Congress:
“I commend Pope Francis’ admonition to protect life and promote the family, and I appreciate his heartfelt compassion for those most vulnerable throughout American society. These are core principles that should unite our country and be reflected in federal policy. The Pope’s plea to address violence and poverty, and to be good stewards of our natural resources is a call to strengthen our resolve to diplomatically approach the political questions of our time.
“The Catholic Church has been a stalwart defender of the rights of the unborn and for religious freedom across the world. It is my hope that we can continue this ongoing dialogue.”Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. introduced H.Res. 430, a Congressional resolution calling upon the President to declare a National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement.
“We’re seeing a disturbing trend of law enforcement officers being targeted, simply for wearing the uniform. Law enforcement is a dangerous profession by nature, but this makes the job even more dangerous,” Fleming said.
The resolution lists several examples: on August 28, 2015, Deputy Sheriff Darren H. Goforth was targeted and assassinated in Harris County, Texas, while wearing his police uniform; gunfire was directed at police officers during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, on March 12, 2015 and August 9, 2015; and New York City Police Department officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were targeted and assassinated in New York, New York, while they sat in a patrol car on December 20, 2014.
"President Obama has expended a great deal of effort in defense of the victims of police action,” Fleming said. "It’s time he extended the same level of effort in defense of innocent police officers.”
Previously, Congressman Fleming sent a letter to President Obama asking him to declare a Day of Prayer.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting for H.R. 3134 to defund Planned Parenthood and H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act:
“Today we took a critical and long overdue step to ensure that taxpayer dollars no longer fund America’s largest abortion provider. Recent reports indicate that Planned Parenthood’s tactics to harvest and sell “fresh” baby body parts are business as usual. This profiteering enterprise is repulsive and should prick the conscience of every American.
“If Planned Parenthood wants to continue providing abortions and selling human remains, it cannot be at the cost of violating taxpayers’ consciences. The choice is very simple.
“The dignity of human life is not contingent on the circumstances surrounding a child’s birth. Premature babies deserve the best care available and today’s Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act ensures as much for children who survive an abortion.”
Click here to view Congressman Fleming’s House floor speech.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after questioning EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy:
“When it comes to cleaning up Camp Minden, or causing the Animas Mine spill in Colorado, EPA plays by a different rulebook than it applies to its victims. When it came to Camp Minden, EPA was pushing for an open burn process that could put the citizens of Northern Louisiana at risk. EPA refused to certify that that this proposed process was safe, all the while threatening fines for burning a pile of leaves. Fortunately, the community, along with Senator Vitter and I, were able to push back and get EPA to pursue a closed burn process.
“In the case of the Animas River, if a private individual had caused the mine waste spill, they would likely be in jail. Instead, EPA ‘accepts responsibility’ in the same way the Hillary Clinton accepts responsibility for using a private email server to send classified material. EPA has taken no actions to fire or reduce the pay of any responsible actor.
“If EPA cannot hold itself accountable, and the President will not act, Congress must act. Upon completion of this Congressional oversight investigation, Congress should insist upon dismissals, severe fines and withholding Congressional funding to hold accountable those responsible.”
Click here to view Congressman Fleming’s questions to EPA Administrator McCarthy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting against the President¹s nuclear deal with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA):
"The JCPOA is delinquent on even the most basic points. Instead of anytime, anywhere inspections, guaranteeing the most accurate assessment of Iran¹s nuclear ambitions, the Iran deal insulates clandestine nuclear activity. Instead of gradual and conditional sanctions relief, Iran will enjoy near immediate relief from economic, energy, and financial sanctions. The JCPOA provides useless recourse should Iranian cooperation degenerate. And, instead of halting and dismantling Iran¹s nuclear weapons program, the deal‹if followed‹delays Iran¹s bomb production for a few years, virtually acceding an immediate breakout time in 15 years or less.
³Nearly two months have passed since the Administration signed a nuclear deal with Iran, yet Iran hasn¹t changed its tune of aggression, terrorist activities, and blatant disregard for U.N. restrictions. Iran continues to assail the United States and promises to erase Israel from the map. And this is the country we trust to monitor its own nuclear sites?
³This bad deal won¹t cut it. I voted against the President¹s nuclear deal with Iran and would urge him to go back to the drawing board. America can and must do better than this.²Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement on the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks:
“Fourteen years later, the images from that horrific day are just as vivid in my mind. I am forever grateful for the first responders who put their lives at risk to save the lives of others. We honor those who perished and mourn with their families and friends. Today especially, my prayers are with those affected by this tragedy, and those who are missing loved ones that perished in the attacks on 9/11. While we can never bring back those we lost that day, we can honor their memory and continue fighting against terrorism to ensure it never happens again.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressman John Fleming, M.D. released the following statement after voting in favor of H. Res. 411, stating that the President has not complied with the requirements in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act:
“Yet again, the President has been delinquent in fulfilling his lawful duties. Despite the unequivocal language in the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, the Administration has failed to provide Congress with the content of two side deals between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). These separate, secret arrangements reportedly address Iran’s past nuclear weaponization ambitions, a critical aspect of the JCPOA."
“Today’s vote calls the President out on the carpet. During the intervening two months since agreeing to the JCPOA, Iran hasn’t changed its tune of regional aggression, terrorist activity, and blatant disregard for UN restrictions. Iran continues to spew venom at Israel and assail the United States. Yet, the President is asking Congress to support a bad deal with a bad actor without furnishing crucial information.”Read More
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John Fleming grew up in a working class family in Mississippi. After his father suddenly died, John, as a teenager, took on added responsibility for his disabled mother and his younger siblings. He worked his way through college and attended medical school on a Navy scholarship. John served six years in the Navy as a Medical Officer
After his time in the U.S. Navy, John and his wife of 34 years, Cindy, settled in Minden, Louisiana. With a young family and no money in the bank, he started a medical practice that continues to serve the community today. He also began to build from scratch a group of non-medical small businesses that today provide hundreds of jobs in the region.
John was first elected to Congress in 2008, to represent Louisiana’s Fourth Congressional District. The district covers most of western Louisiana, stretching from Caddo and Bossier parishes east to Union, and south to Beauregard, and then east again to include parts of St. Landry parish. The district has abundant assets, including the agriculture, defense, and energy industries.
Fleming serves on two House committees – Armed Services – from which he focuses on the missions of Barksdale Air Force Base and Fort Polk’s Joint Readiness Training Center, and Natural Resources – from which he seeks to support the maximization of the Haynesville and Tuscaloosa Marine Shales, two sources of energy which have created tens of thousands of jobs for 4th District families.
John is focused on preserving the same freedoms that gave him the opportunity, as a young man from a working class family, to work for the American dream. He believes that the people he represents are best served when they are able to create their own success in an environment that embraces individual liberty and is not hampered by high taxes or unnecessary regulations. When government is efficient and accountable, the economy can grow and good jobs will be created.
Dr. Fleming was the Louisiana Family Doctor of the Year in 2007. He has worked in Congress for sensible health care reforms, and authored legislation urging all Members of Congress to participate in the same health care system that they create for the American people. He serves as Vice-Chairman of the GOP Doctors Caucus, a group that includes 14 physicians who work to develop patient-centered health care reforms. Dr. Fleming has also championed conscience protections for medical personnel who choose to not participate in abortion practices.
John Fleming’s primary goals are to uphold the U.S. Constitution and to be a servant leader to the people he represents. He’s been named a “Defender of Liberty” by the American Conservative Union, a “Congressional Sentinel” by Heritage Action for America, and a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business.
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