“It was really hard to narrow to the top four finalists,” said Terry Beatley, President of Hosea Initiative which established the video contest as part of their educational outreach. “We wanted to emulate men who step-up-to-the-plate and sacrifice for the good of their families and communities,” Beatley said. “JOSEPH’S HEART project is a platform for men to mentor other men on how to be courageous protectors of women and children as was St. Joseph, the foster father and guardian of Jesus Christ.
The contestant’s videos were posted for online voting after the top finalist were selected.
LIFE SITE NEWS gave the contest widespread coverage in this spotlight article. Based on the shares, likes and written comments, the four prize winners were announced by ZOOM conference call on Father’s Day.
Grand Prize of $1000 courtesy of My Pillow and CEO Mike Lindell was awarded to Mr. James Glenn, a Navy veteran who, with his wife, Madeline, raised five daughters in Burlington, MA. One of their daughters, Kathy Parsons, had attended a fundraising event several years earlier for a local pregnancy care center with Terry Beatley as the keynote speaker. Kathy bought Terry’s book, What If We’ve Been Wrong? Keeping My Promise to America’s Abortion King and searched for the Hosea Initiative Facebook page and “Liked” it. That played a pivotal role in Kathy entering the contest. “I saw your announcement [on Facebook] for the Father’s Day video contest, and then reached out to my sisters.” She read the qualities described in the contest rules of a man with Joseph’s Heart and immediately identified those with her dad. “He fulfilled that role so well!” Kathy added, “Dad has worked so hard for our family for so many years!” Now 85, James stepped into the role of protector even as a young man, defending his mother and sisters against an alcoholic father. He worked hard as an insurance agent for over 50 years providing for his family and putting all the girls through college. When it came to dating, Jim held high standards and would routinely inspect the car of any young men who came courting. One date was cancelled because a car headlight was not functioning. He earned the reputation of holding “Jim’s Inspection Station.” When wedding bells rang for each of his five girls, he underscored family values with his familiar twinkle of wit and humor, “No refunds!” he would say before walking a daughter down the aisle. As provider and protector of his family throughout the years, Jim didn’t retire until age 82. “More importantly,” Kathy shared, “he’s a man of faith! He and mother always put God first; then, came family. Their children and all 13 of their grandchildren see this lived out in daily life.” “Dad’s a great role model!” she concluded. When asked what might be shared about her father that didn’t fit into their 60-second contest video, Kathy offered, “Dad’s very funny and keeps everyone laughing. He’s always the life of the party.” James seemed surprised when his name was announced as 2020 Joseph’s Heart Award recipient. “I’m very grateful. What an honor. Thank you, everyone,” he said.
The $750 Second Prize courtesy of Delmarva Educational Association was awarded to Mr. Scott Fowler, a middle school teacher of Health and Physical Education from Kenosha, WI. Together with his wife Kristie, Scott welcomed into their home 21 foster children over the past decade, formally adopting four of those children into their own family. Two of Scott and Christie’s children, Megan and Collin, entered their dad in the contest. “I wanted to do it for [dad,] to get him recognized for all the good he does for others,” Collin explained. “Dad is more than someone who just helps out in the family. It goes way beyond that,” Megan shared. “Dad also helped a teen-age boy whose dad had died. Our dad helped him continue to grow.” As one of those whose life was transformed by Scott’s generosity and love, Megan summed it up this way, “I want the whole world to recognize our amazing dad!”
Third Prize of $500 courtesy of Proverbs Media Group, LLC was awarded to Mr. Leif Arvidson, from La Crosse, WI, a father of 10 children. His wife Karen shared, “My husband is very humble, selfless, and so very honest. He gives his best in everything he does.” The fifth born of the Arvidson children, Augustine, orchestrated a team effort with three of his siblings to prepare the contest video. In it the boys highlighted some of their dad’s special Joseph-like qualities: “Our dad never passes a homeless person without giving him something, and he prays every night on his knees. He’s always telling my mom how amazing she is.”
“I thought [the contest] was a super cool idea and a great Father’s Day gift,” Gus said. “We have a fishing trip planned this summer to Alaska where my dad was born. I thought this could be some great spending money for our trip!” Asked what Gus most admired about his dad, he said, “My dad is REALLY, really kind and understanding! He’s taught us boys to hunt and fish and how to change oil in a car. Now, he’s teaching me to drive, too. He’s a great father because he’s always teaching me to be a better person.”
The Fourth Prize of $150 from Hosea Initiative was given to Quentin Christopher Smith who works as a CPA in New Mexico. His fiancée, Caroline Landiss, nominated him because she and others recognize his exceptional qualities. “Quentin is one of those guys who truly has Joseph’s Heart. He’s really humble, selfless, and doesn’t look for praise, or ask for recognition. His ACTIONS speak louder than words.” she said. “Quentin is a spiritual GIANT who just happens to look like a banker on the outside!” said Landiss. “I really enjoyed making this video because I love him so much. He’s my soulmate,” she added. “Like St. Joseph, Quentin is accepting a child not biologically his; he is a man of principle, who does what is right. He has an amazing faith. Quentin knows that on a spiritual plain, my child IS his. The day he asked me to marry him he asked to adopt my little girl, too. Our wedding ceremony will include formal signing of the adoption papers as well as the marriage certificate. I didn’t have to ask him for any of this. He offered this as a gift from his loving and generous heart.” The prize money from the Joseph’s Heart contest will be applied towards purchase of the couples’ wedding rings.
Terry Beatley summed up the Joseph’s Heart video contest in this way, “We were in awe of the amazing men that were nominated. So many told us how much they enjoyed watching the videos, voting, and the contest in general. It’s was exciting, and we’re so glad that Hosea Initiative recognized and honored men for the good they do every day for their families, communities, and country.”
It’s not too early to start thinking about NEXT year’s contest! Capture family moments on film, assemble photos, and make of list of ways your “he-hero” resembles Joseph’s Heart, and you’ll be on the way to earning next years’ coveted title!
Congratulations again to all Joseph’s Heart 2020 contestants and finalists. You make the world a better place with your witness of sacrificial love.