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Newsletter 2/20/23

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Dear Recover America Friend,

Greetings to you in Jesus’ name.  In this issue of our newsletter, we cover eight items. Please read what you find of interest and let us hear back from you.  We value your input.

  • The Governor’s State of the State address.
  • Our efforts to put Christians on school boards across Texas.
  • A look at our successes.
  • Our goals for 2023.
  • Your need to be an informed voter.
  • A report on recent speaking engagements.
  • S.O.S - Save Our Schools - Watch the video
  • Our need to find more financial support to do the work of saving our children.

The Governor’s State of the State address

On February 16th, in Governor Abbott’s State of the State address, he issued seven emergency priorities for the State Legislature to address during this current session.  Included in that list were initiatives dealing with issues in the public schools.  Governor Abbott recognized the fact that many of our public-school systems have introduced elements of a “woke” agenda, incorporating anti-God and anti-American indoctrination at the expense of fundamental educational achievement.  Abbot said: 
"We must also protect the freedom and rights of parents who have children in school.” … “Let’s be clear: Schools are for education, not indoctrination. Schools should not push woke agendas. Period."

"We must reform curriculum, get kids back to the basics of learning, and we must empower parents. Parents deserve access to curriculum, school libraries, and what their children are taught. We will do that with our Parental Bill of Rights."

"Parents also deserve education freedom..." "The way to do that is with school choice through state-funded Education Savings Accounts." … "Now, it’s time to provide every parent with the ability to choose the best education option for their child."

"To be clear, under this school choice program, all public schools will be fully funded for every student. This is so vital to the future of our state that I am making education freedom an emergency item this session."
The full text of Governor Abbotts address can be found at:

Our Efforts to put Christians on School Boards Across Texas

Recover America will continue to work actively to support these moral based initiatives in the Texas State Legislature.  In addition, Recover America is continuing our mission to mobilize encourage and equip men and women of strong moral values to work to change the curriculum and to remove the books and materials in public school libraries which are poisoning the minds of our children.  Hopefully many will run for school board positions and/or actively participate in school board activities supporting those who crusade for the same principled objectives.

A Look at our Successes

I can report that progress toward this objective is being made.  Results reported for 160 school board elections in 2022 indicate that almost of 70% of conservative candidates engaged in head-on races with liberal candidates won their elections.  Excluded from these numbers are the races where a conservative candidate did not have a realistic chance to win, i.e., a conservative candidate was not in the race thus surrendering the position without challenge and races where two conservative candidates split what might otherwise have been a winning vote.

Goals for 2023

Recover America has an active program planned for this coming year and beyond.

Experience in the 2021-22 elections has substantiated that the informed involvement of pastors and churches and concerned parents can literally control the outcome of individual School Board elections if they are informed and actively engaged.  
The goal of Recover America is to increase the number of informed conservative voters at the School Board level.

  • Beginning in 2023 we will continue to mobilize pastors, forming working pastor leadership groups in 20-25 strategically selected ISD’s in the State of Texas. 
  • Recover America’s expanded program includes ongoing communications access a large number of conservative Texas voters who will be encouraged to be active and recruit others to vote for morally conservative candidates in every School Board election and actively participate in critical School Board proceedings
  • Recover America will organize a grass-roots coalition of pastors, parents and concerned teachers in troubled school district to directly challenge School Boards to remove the shockingly large number of obscene books and other materials from our public schools.

Your Need to be an Informed Voter

The filing period for the May 6 elections for most school districts ended this past week.  In the weeks ahead, candidates will be starting their campaign and will be looking for supporters and volunteers to help them.  We would encourage you to find out as much as you can about the individual candidates and be actively involved in supporting morally conservative candidate campaigns.  This support can take many forms.  In short there is a lot you can do.  Focus on the Family has released a very helpful guide regarding how to get involved.  The full article, “What You Can Do about LGBT Curriculum in Your Kid’s School” can be found on the Focus on the Family website:

In addition, will be making comprehensive candidate assessments in a number of Texas Independent School Districts for the May elections.  This is an excellent source for valuable insight into the candidate for office from the top of the ticket down to and including school board elections.  We will keep you informed regarding the availability of this information.

A Report on Recent Speaking Engagements

On a personal basis, I’ve been and will continue to engage with key legislators
regarding all bills filed or proposed that deal with these important public-school concerns

On January 31st I addressed the Grassroots
Guerilla and Houston Christians Patriot Group regarding our efforts to stop the sexualization of our children.  The crowd was very supportive.

On February 7th
I traveled to Austin to meet with ten of our Conservative State Legislators to hear their concerns and to address our efforts to stop the sexualization of our school children.

On Valentine’s Day I spoke to over 80 Christian activists at the
Texas Tea Party Republican Women Club in Northwest Houston discussing the school board crisis, and the sexualization and indoctrination of our children.  These are issues many of them are facing in their own schools, and they were energized to know more and get personally engaged.

We have conducted numerous interviews with candidates for School Board races around the greater Houston Area.  
Please pray for our continued success.

S.O.S - Save Our Schools - Watch the video

Please watch this three-minute video   entitled:  SOS…Save Our Schools…Save our Children

Financial Support

We need you to partner with this ministry with the largest investment you can
make at our secure online donation page.  
Please click the button below to help us.
These next several months will be very busy for us continuing our efforts to “Save our Children” as well as funding our budget to expand our efforts as outline above.  I appreciate the continuing encouragement that each of you continue to provide through your prayers and financial support.  Please consider these critical initiatives as part of your giving programs.

In His name,
Dr. Rick Scarborough 
Recover America 

Dr. Rick Scarborough

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Upon graduation, Bill went to work for Humble Oil and Refining Department in the Marketing Sales Engineering Department. During his 38 career, he held various management and executive positions in Exxon USA’s Refining, Marketing, and Human Resources departments. Bill retired from Exxon in 2000 after a special assignment to coordinate the world-wide merger of the labor relations activities of Exxon and Mobil.

In 2000, Bill worked for a year during the start-up of Vision America, and then served as a member of the Board of Directors for Vision America until 2016. Bill and his wife built aretirement home in the mountains of Colorado. After 15 years they moved back to Austin to be closer to family. While in Austin, Bill was engaged with Keller Williams in residential real estate. They moved back to the Houston area in April of this year, and has worked with Recover America since.Bill is married to Deborah Gattis, a wonderful wife, mother of their children, grandmother, and worship leader/vocalist. They will celebrate their 40th anniversary this September. They have been richly blessed with 5 children and 12 grandchildren.

Dr. Scarborough is an ordained Minister and served as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Pearland, Texas from 1990 to 2002.  During his time there, he encouraged his congregation to live their faith and consider running for public office. Eventually, his church members occupied most of the seats on the city council and local school board.

Three church members later served with distinction in the Texas State Legislature, one of whom is now in the U.S. Congress, and another who served as a District Judge. A former member is currently the Mayor of Pearland, TX.

Since resigning from has First Baptist Church of Pearland in 2002, Dr. Scarborough personally addressed thousands of pastors, encouraging them to active in the civil arena, leading their congregations to vote their values and be salt and light, while never compromising their faith. He has been the focus of two award winning tv documentaries and has been featured on the front page of the Washington Post, Houston Chronicle, Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News and Time Magazine, to name a few. He has frequently appeared on National TV standing up for Conservative Christian Values.

In 2018, Dr. Scarborough founded Recover America, a 501c3, which is a Christian non-profit organization, and in 2021, he founded Recover America Action, a Christian 501C4.

Dr. Scarborough is the author of five books. His latest release America in the Balance … “the American Dream vs. the Woke Nightmare was released in August, 2023. His one-minute commentaries,I’m Rick Scarborough and This is My Take” are currently airing daily on over 300 stations on the Bott Radio Network and the American Family Radio Network.

Dr. Scarborough received a B.A. from Houston Christian University, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary, with additional studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Tommye, have three children, one of whom is in Heaven, four grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.