The World and Everything in It: August 16, 2022


MARY REICHARD, HOST: Good morning!

There may be fewer abortions in the United States, which could mean more foster children.

Are churches available to help?

NICK EICHER, HOST: Also the housing market is showing signs of cooling, what’s it mean for home buyers and sellers?

Plus, a visit at a fifth-generation Australian tanning salon.

This is a real-world example of pride coming before a fall. 

REICHARD: It’s Tuesday, August 16th. This is The World and Everything Within ItWORLD Radio is a listener-supported radio station. I’m Mary Reichard.

EICHER: And I’m Nick Eicher. Good morning!

REICHARD: Up next, Kent Covington with today’s news.


KENT COVINGTON. NEWS ANCHOR China more military drills » China has announced additional military drills around Taiwan, following another visit by US lawmakers.

TSAI: [Speaking in Mandarin]

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shown the threat that authoritarian nations pose to the global order.”

TSAI: [Speaking in Mandarin]

The five-member U.S. delegation was led by Democratic Senator Ed Markey. He said Monday…

MARKEY – In these times of uncertainty, we must do all we can to ensure stability and peace for Taiwan.

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent visit, China fired missiles over the island and into the Taiwan Strait. It also moved warplanes and navy ships across the waterway’s midline, which has long been a buffer between the sides that split amid civil war in 1949.

Beijing considers Taiwan its territory and said Monday that it will take Taiwan. “strong measures to defend … territorial integrity.”

Taliban celebrates takeover anniversary » Monday marked the one year anniversary of Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.

AUDIO: [Sound of Taliban]

A small parade of victory was staged in Kabul by bearded Taliban fighters, some holding rifles. One group marched past the U.S. Embassy, singing “Death to America.”

But not everyone in Afghanistan is giddy. The Taliban’s takeover sent the country’s economy into a tailspin and triggered a massive food shortage.

One Afghan woman claimed that her rights were lost.

AUDIO: [Speaking in Dari]

She stated that women are severely limited in their rights to work and that many girls are prevented by getting an education.

GOP report blasts Afghanistan pullout » Meanwhile, House Republicans have produced a damning new report on the chaotic US withdrawal form Afghanistan in August.

Ronny Jackson, GOP Congressman

JACKSON: This outlines the lack in planning and the lack of urgency by White House, National Security Council, and State Department.

Michael McCaul is the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s top Republican. He stated to CBS that the intelligence community warned Kabul could fall to the Taliban quickly.

MCCAUL – The military also told us the exact same thing. We went to State and White House, and they painted a very rosy image.

According to the report, the Biden administration ignored warnings about the withdrawal and mishandled it.

But the Biden administration was determined to rebut. The National Security Council claimed that the report was rife with errors.

The State Dept. spokesman Ned Price told reporters…

PRICE: One year later, we are in a stronger position as a country because of the president’s decision, better able to focus on the threats and challenges, but also the opportunities of today.

He said the recent air strike killing al-Qaeda’s leader in Afghanistan shows that America can still keep terrorists from using the country as a base of operations. But critics claim it only shows that al-Qaeda has reopened its operations in Afghanistan.

FBI raid latest » The Justice Department on Monday rebuffed efforts to publicly release the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Trump’s Florida estate.

Numerous news organizations have attempted to unseal the affidavit. Republicans have been calling for its immediate release for days.

Senator Chuck Grassley:

GRASSLEY – Full transparency will occur when the affidavit is released.

The property receipt documents and the search warrant have been filed. have been released. They outline generally what authorities seized at Trump’s home.

But the Justice Department said that sealing that affidavit which supported that warrant would reveal that fact. “highly classified” material and other information that would—quote—“cause significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation.”

Former President Trump accused the FBI in the matter of corruption. He said—his words—“This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our Country.”

Americans in Israel shooting » Three Brooklynites were among the eight victims of a shooting at Jerusalem’s bus station.

Chuck Schumer (Senate Majority Leader), is from Brooklyn. He said that one American was hurt when he reached down to shield his family from the bullets.

SCHUMER: He was shot in his neck. They put him on a respirator but it seems like his condition is improving. As he was protecting his son, his son was shot in the arm.

A pregnant American woman was also shot in her abdomen. She had an emergency c-section and her baby was in a neonatal ward unit Monday.

According to reports, the suspect is a 22-year old Palestinian man. After the shooting on Sunday, he turned himself in.

The motive for the attack was not immediately obvious. The attack occurred amid increased tensions between Israel, Palestinians.

Aung San Suu Kyi » The ruling military in Myanmar has convicted the country’s ousted democratic leader of more supposed crimes. WORLD’s Mary Muncy has more.

MARY MUNCY, REPORTER: The Myanmar military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi in February of 2021—the day she was set to win her fifth term as an elected Leader of the country.

The ruling junta charged her with sedition and corruption.

She’s currently serving an 11-year sentence, but a new conviction on political corruption charges could bring her total up to 17 years.

Additional charges could result in her sentence being extended for decades.

The U.S. and other Western countries claim that the military has been accumulating manufactured charges to keep Suu Cyi locked up.

The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, condemned the new sentencing and demanded her release.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Mary Muncy.

I’m Kent Covington. Straight ahead: Less abortions may lead to more children in foster care in the United States. Are churches available to help?

This is The World and Everything Within It.


MARY REICHARD, HOST: It’s Tuesday the 16th of August, 2022.

Glad to have you along for today’s edition of The World and Everything Within It. Good morning, I’m Mary Reichard.

NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher.  Next up The World and Everything Within It: More than 420,000 childrenLive in foster care in the United States. 

Will more states protect abortion-affected babies mean more foster children are left or neglected? Is the church ready to respond if this is true? WORLD’s Lauren Dunn reports.

LAUREN DUNN REPORTER: Hannah Ryel (Mason) received their Kansas foster care license less then a month ago. Their social worker called them that night at 11:00.

HANNAH: She said that she wanted to let her know that we just found out that your license was approved. And I have this one year-old boy.

Mason and Hannah already have a five year-old and a one-year old. They weren’t able to say yes to that placement because of a scheduling conflict. However, they were able to confirm that there were children in their area who needed families right away.

Foster care is an essential part of caring and supporting vulnerable children. Chelsea Sobolik is the senior director of policy and advocacy at Lifeline Children’s Services.

SOBOLIK – Foster care is vastly different from domestic private adoptive. Foster care is about reunification with the birth family. Foster care has the best outcome if a child can safely return home.

Foster care agencies in the United States WashingtonPlease state PennsylvaniaThere have been shortages of foster family members, sometimes going back many years. In some states, including the Ryels’ home state of Kansas, children entering the system sometimes stay in hotel rooms or even staff members’ officesBecause there are no other options.

But will the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. JacksonThe law that allows states to regulate abortion can make the problem worse. That’s hard to say.

SOBOLIK: It’s too soon to know. The reason is that we don’t yet know what women will do.

There aren’t numbers or data that can point to definite increase yet, but some experts also point out that as more children are protected from abortion, some of those children will likely be born into families dealing with difficult situations. Jedd Medefind, president of the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), is Jedd Medefind.

MEDEFIND. In these cases, we can expect that many children will be at risk of being placed in foster care, of suffering abuse or neglect, and ultimately ending up in foster care.

Medefind also points out that Christians have a special calling to help, regardless of how many children enter foster care.

MEDEFIND: Christians have been known throughout history for caring for children the world has forgotten. However, what we’ve seen over the past two decades is a resurgence of or a reawakening in this historic role for the American church.

Chris Seaton, Project Belong Virginia’s executive Director and co-founder, is Chris Seaton.

SEATON: After we were approved, we were placed together with two children, one was six-years-old and one was eleven months.

The children lived with their family for two more years before being adopted by another family. During that time, Seaton could sense that their fellow church members wanted to support them, but weren’t always sure how.

Seaton and a local adoptive mother started Project Belong Virginia in 2018 to support churches in northern Virginia that foster and adopt families.

One initiative they encourage churches consider is “care communities,”In which a small group is assigned to provide support for a family. Seaton says that families with this type of support tend to foster longer and are less likely not to quit.

SEATON – It could be a meal or a regular meal that is served every week. Or maybe it’s driving help. Because fostering involves so many appointments and such. It could be help around the house or tutoring. Perhaps it’s something quick. Do you have any hand-me down rollerskates or a Target 3T jacket?

Project Belong Virginia works with about 85 churches in northern Virginia, and Seaton says they’ve seen more interest since the Dobbs decision in June.

SEATON : I see churches asking, “How do we get into this?” How can we be a part the community? We have seen an increase in interest. This is encouraging, as it’s usually quieter in summer. So I know that this is directly related to the earlier decision.

Kansans voted no to a state constitutional amendment earlier this month that would have given more protections for the unborn. During that time, foster mom Hannah Ryel read social media comments claiming that Christians who call themselves pro-life don’t care about children who have already been born. She wanted people know that many Christians disprove those claims. She shared their plans for foster care in a Facebook message to family and friends.

HANNAH: I have met so many people who have given their homes to adopt, and who support local ministries. Even if just one person saw it, I’m grateful for the opportunity to share that with them.

The Ryels in Kansas say that although there are many families who foster, their church is just beginning a foster care ministry. Mason and Hannah are still waiting for their first placement. They are licensed to foster up to two children under six years old.

MASON: Even if the time you only have with the child is for one week. If you can show the love and grace of Christ to that child for that week, you don’t know what God can do. And that week might be the beginning of a faith that will last a lifetime.

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Lauren Dunn.


NICK EICHER, HOST: Up next: The shifting housing market.

It was quite remarkable that, despite the economic downturn caused by pandemics, the housing market rose like a SpaceX rocket.

As the number of house buyers outnumbered the number sellers, homebuyers tried to outbid each other. The white-hot housing market is now cooling a little.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: What’s the state of the housing market right now, where is it heading, and what about mortgage rates?

Dale Vermillion will be joining us. He was the author of the book entitled Navigating The Mortgage Maze: The Simple Truth About Finance Your Home. Good morning Dale

DALE VERMILLION, GUEST: Good morning, Mary. It was great to be with you. Thank you so much.

REICHARD: It seems like things are cooling now. What is the market’s position in terms of availability and prices?

VERMILLION: It is obvious that we are beginning to see a shift. It’s interesting as the rate started to shift about November of 2021, and we let into 2022, the first quarter was pretty active. It seemed like everyone was waiting to see what would happen in the second quarter. Rates have risen by a whopping 92 days in 2022. That has never been seen in American history. They’ve been keeping track since 1971. This is the first time this has happened. We’ve had the single biggest interest rate increase this year that we’ve ever seen, with rates going up over 300 basis points—that’s over 3 percent in a matter of about five months. This is a record performance. We’ve seen many changes in the housing market as a result. Many people have jumped off the market because they were frustrated at not being able to get contracts. This was partly due to increased competition, partially due the increase of interest rates, and partly because of the higher property values. In the last few weeks, however, we have seen a change. There have been many changes in the marketplace that have actually benefited buyers. The market is shifting from a sellers’ market to a buyers’ market for first time in a while. We are starting to see listings fall a bit. People are realizing that they cannot get the same values as they were three months ago or even two months ago. This is starting to change, and it’s bringing back affordability. We are also seeing fewer people offering to buy property. There’s more chance of getting contracts today than ever before. All these factors have combined to create a better buyer market than we’ve seen for a long time.

REICHARD – Is there a danger of the housing sector becoming a repeat of 2008’s collapse?

VERMILLION: We definitely don’t have happening today what happened in 2008. 2008 was more a product, Mary than any other poor quality loans. It was a Wall Street product issue. It was credit quality that was the main driver of the housing crisis. We will see, and already see, that property values always fall after listing prices. We’ve seen property values rise for over ten years. This is the longest run since World War Two. We are starting to notice that as listing prices fall, property values will begin to drop in various markets across the country. But I think it will be regionalised and not nationally based as in the 2008-2009/2010 markets. This is largely due to the fact that many people work from home. Mary, working from home is changing the world. It’s fascinating to see how people can live wherever they want, and work from anywhere. Places that people want will continue to be in high demand. This will keep prices high. It’s always supply and demand at end of day. However, property values will drop in those areas where people aren’t willing to travel. While we won’t see the same trend in 2022 across the board, we will see some changes in the property values in certain parts of the country.

REICHARD – Dale, what are the current mortgage rates and where is it likely to go as the Federal Reserve raises interest rates?

VERMILLION: Yep. So, one thing that’s really important for everybody listening to understand is that the Fed rate increases do not directly affect—believe it or not—mortgage rates. These rate increases do have an effect on your savings and checking rates, as well as personal loans and car loans. It’s more dependent on the combination of inflation numbers when it comes to mortgages. It is based on the bond markets. These are the factors that drive interest rates. Although we did not see a correlation between the Fed’s increase and the rate increase in the first half, you will recall that just weeks ago, the Fed raised the rates 75 basis points. Interest rates fell by almost one percent. As they have been correcting inflation, there won’t be a direct correlation going forward. So, as we start to see inflation numbers drop—we just saw a drop recently in the last week or so—we’ll start to see mortgage rates move down. They currently sit at 5.3 percent for a 30-year fixed loan, 4.6% for a 15-year loan, and 4.35 on an adjustable rate. They are now lower than they have been in the past. They will likely be in the mid-fours and mid-fives for the third quarter 2022. Many of my friends are industry experts like me and they keep an eye on these numbers. All the people I have spoken to believe that rates will stay in the 4.5-5.5 percent range for the remainder likely this year. However, they may begin to decline slightly in the fourth quarter. In 2023, we expect rates to drop a bit more and possibly reach the low fours.

REICHARD – Dale Vermillion is the author Navigating The Mortgage Maze: The Simple Truth About Finance Your Home. Thanks for your time today.

VERMILLION Mary: It’s great to be with and for you. Thank you for having us.


NICK EICHER, HOST: You’ve seen those 26.2 stickers on people’s cars—26.2 and 13.1—do you wonder what those are? They refer to the miles that make up a full or half marathon.

Robert Pope goes beyond the limits of what is possible. He’s an ultramarathoner.

Last week, he achieved a first: he ran from Galway on Ireland’s west coast all the way to Dublin on the other side of the island in less than 24 hours.

Here’s Pope on CBC radio:

POPE: So I’m gonna set meself this challenge, I think that I probably can’t do it. I gave myself a 40% chance that it would actually work.

You’d think even a smaller There is a good chance that he will pull it off, especially when you consider his choice of racing fuel. It wasn’t exactly the typical pre-marathon diet.

He downed a pint of Ireland’s famous brew and then The flight took place across the island.

POPE: And we got to like 25 mile point and I said to my crew, I said, I think I’m gonna have to wind this up boys because I’m not sure if I fancy another 20 hours of feeling sick.

I don’t know why he thought he might feel otherwise!

He persevered, thanks to the encouragement of others on the way. He ended the 133.5-mile run with a second Guinness pint.

Perseverance was more important than brewing.

POPE: Your body wants you to stop because you’re tired. It can be as simple as keeping one foot ahead of the other.

Living by these words.

It’s The World and Everything Within It.


MARY REICHARD, HOST: Today is Tuesday, August 16th. We are grateful that you chose WORLD Radio to help you start your day.

Good morning. I’m Mary Reichard.

NICK EICHER, HOST: And I’m Nick Eicher. Next on The World and Everything Within It: A dying trade.

Two brothers from Australia tan leather for their living. Their family has been tanning leather in Australia, outside of Melbourne, for a long time.

So as the current generation ages, what’s next for the family business? Here is Amy Lewis, WORLD correspondent.

AUDIO: [Tacking nails]

AMY LEWIS, REPORTER – Fifth generation tanner Ross Greenhalgh steps beneath a low ceiling. He’s in a corrugated metal drying shed in Bunkers Hill, Victoria. Greenhalgh attaches the deer hide to a board with nails. When he’s done, he slides the board into place beside hundreds of other hides in the shed.

(Photo: deer hides tack)

AUDIO: [A/C & heater]

A blowing heater and an air conditioner dry the air and hides in moist southern hemisphere winter air.

Greenhalgh Tannery is a family-owned business that has been in existence since the Australian Gold Rush of 1851. This is their newest location–built in 1863. Black cows can be seen wandering through the driveway, surrounded by gnarled apple tree trees at least 100 years old.

ROSS: This is my grandfather’s house. See the chimney? We had a fire three years ago that wiped everything out, bushfire…So, his house was there. There is also where my father grew-up. His sister.

AUDIO: [Bell on store door]

AMY: It smells great in here. (sniff)

Greenhalgh Tannery has a wide selection of Ugg boots, belts, leather purses, belts, pelts, and stamping tools on its shelves. The room is filled with the rich, earthy scent of fresh leather. This is the smell you might associate with the tack rooms of a barn or from old leather-bound books.

But leather’s scent is starting to fade. Today, leather is treated with a three-day-long chemical-chrome tanning process. Only 10% of leather in the world is still made using the 3-month-long, vegetable tanning process.

Ross’s co-worker and older brother Bruce explains the beginning of the veg-tan process.

BRUCE – The hides come usually salted so we soak the hides back. That’s to rehydrate them and get rid of the excess salt. After that we split them in half and flesh them….

In the beam shed, the first parts of the process are completed.

ROSS It was a beam shed.

Fleshing used be done by hand.

ROSS: This is a fleshing knife. Right? We don’t use it that often so it’s a little bit rusty. You can put the hide on the meat and then slice it with this. This is razor-sharp. You can adjust how deep you cut each time by tilting back.

A skilled flesher could remove all meat from the hide in five to ten mins. They now have a machine that can do this in 30 seconds.

BRUCE: After they’re fleshed, they’re put in a lime solution with a bit of sulfide as well. This loosens the hair and plumps it up.

To turn the hides into leather, they must be soaked in lime to soften the hair. Then they’re scudded or scraped clean and de-limed.

Ross wears a thick, long apron to pull 160 neutralized pink hairless Kangaroo hides from a massive metal drum perched on its sides. The eyes are smarted with ammonia gasses. The hides definitely don’t smell like leather yet.

Kangaroo leather is a unique product.

ROSS: Kangaroo is the strongest leather in the world for its thickness…. four times the strength of cow leather the same thickness, hence it’s used for a lot of football boots and things like that because it’s very strong.

AUDIO: [Watery wattle tea]

The hides are then placed in pits that have been filled with a stronger wattle bark tea. The tannins of the wattle—or black acacia bark—replace the moisture in the hides over the course of two months. These natural tannins are what gives the process its name.

AUDIO: [Squeezing machine]

After the hides have been tanned to the full extent, Bruce and Ross dry the hides and then shave them to an even thickness.

AUDIO: [Shaving machine]

BRUCE – The top half has half the good. That’s the grain leather. It’s because hides can vary in thickness. They can be thick at the neck, thick at the butt, and thin in the middle.

The hides are then waxed and dyed. The hides are finally able to smell like leather after all the steps.

The tannery and the leather they make are classic, but they can’t go on forever. The brothers are now in their 60s and considering retirement. Here’s Ross.

ROSS: The most difficult thing is when you reach your twilight years. ROSS: The hardest part of all is when do you think you’ll give up? (laughs). You’ll know.

The smell of leather in Australia will disappear once the brothers have retired. The sixth generation of Greenhalghs has chosen another profession.

It’s not too bleak a future for the brothers though. Bruce has an exit strategy.

BRUCE: Oh, my house is paid off on Murray. I try to head up there on odd weekends or holidays. Fishing, which I, well, I just throw the line and go to bed when I say fishing. Fish are very safe! (laughs)

Reporting for WORLD, I’m Amy Lewis in Bunkers Hill, Australia.


NICK EICHER, HOST: Today is Tuesday, August 16th. Good morning! This is The World and Everything Within ItWORLD Radio is a listener-supported radio station. I’m Nick Eicher.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard. Pride. It’s a common human failing. And it’s one thing to see it in others. It’s another thing to see it within yourself.

Whitney Williams, WORLD commentator, now with a reflection about the new Top Gun movie–and learning to see our talents and aspirations through God’s eyes.

WHITNEY WILLIAMS, COMMENTATOR: Y’all, I know I’m a little late to the party—okay, a lot late—but Top Gun: Maverick—woo! I was so excited to leave that theater! The second time was better. I was humbled the first time my husband took me to see it.

AUDIO: [THEATER/BOWLING/ARCADE LOBBY]

We arrived at our local theater slash arcade and slash bowling alley about thirty minutes early. Thought we’d have plenty of time. Wrong. The display screen showed only two seats left—and right on the front row.

I reluctantly clicked “purchase” and tried to remain optimistic as I broke the bad news to my husband, who’d gone to get us popcorn and a Coke. He groaned.

“Maybe it won’t be that bad,”As we walked towards theater six, I said that.

Wrong.

Imagine smashing your face into the side of an elephant.

“Yeah … no,”Both of us agreed and decided to get a refund as well as a few rounds each of arcade basketball.

AUDIO: [BASKETBALL ARCADE GAME]

Within a matter of minutes, we were shooting into separate, moveable hoops side-by-side.

Swoosh. Swoosh. Swoosh, after swoosh! I was making every basket! Taking him down! Whaaaat?

“Perhaps I’ve missed my calling!”I gushed loudly, choosing to ignore the two years of middle school B team losses. Swoosh. Swoosh. “Somebody call the WNBA!”As the buzzer sounded, I squealed.

“Oh yeah?”My husband challenged me with a devious eye. He took our card and began to heat up. Swoosh! He was a net-player. My balls turned to bricks, and my arms were wet with noodle. “What a show off,”I smiled and said it, as I watched him get to the bonus round for the third time. I was seeing my future in professional hockey going up in flames.

Jesus related a story about a similar situation. “A farmer went out to sow his seed and as he was scattering the seed … some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.”

The 1 Timothy warning about church elders is a similar one. “He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.”

So what does this mean for the beginner with big aspirations, or for the new convert who has high aspirations? Discouragement? By no means! But “when you are invited,”Luke 14: Jesus said these words to us “go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.”

I believe I’d prefer that to the shutdown Mav received in the original Top Gun.

AUDIO: Son, your ego’s writing checks your body can’t cash.

Ouch.

I’m Whitney Williams.


NICK EICHER, HOST: Tomorrow: Afghanistan. The Taliban took over that country a year ago, we’ll get an update on what’s happening now.

The story of a Christian camp during segregation.

All of this and more tomorrow.

I’m Nick Eicher.

MARY REICHARD, HOST: And I’m Mary Reichard.

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Now, in grace and peace.


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