Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Friday, October 16, 2015
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 24: "Veggie wars" continue
Dear Deacon John,
Peacefully praying in front of an abortion facility helps save lives. And just watch the response of abortion staff! Their actions will prove you’re effective.
They will go to great lengths to marginalize your presence ... even installing vegetation and other forms of creative landscaping to keep prayer volunteers away from their clients.
Over the years, some abortion centers have planted shrubbery. A few even put sprinkler systems next to the shrubs to give 40 Days for Life vigil participants an unexpected soaking as a form of discouragement
Some of their
responses to the peaceful vigil can be aggressive or rude ... or
sometimes just odd, like the facilities in the southwestern United
States that lined their sidewalks with prickly cactus plants to discourage volunters.
probably doesn't grow too well in Georgia … but our North American
outreach director, Steve Karlen, visited Atlanta and found yet another
attempt to use vegetation as a “prayer barrier.”
Of course … it doesn’t work. But your prayers for the abortion workers do work.
No one grows up wanting to work in an abortion facility ... and many of
the workers spend their days trying to justify their jobs. Sometimes
that plays out in tactics like these, because they know what you too
often forget – that your presence does make a difference!
Here’s Steve’s report from Georgia.
I attended two events at the vigil site in Atlanta.
The most profound
story I heard here came from a woman who became pregnant through a
sexual assault as a teenager. She had an abortion – and said that she
healed from the assault much more quickly than from the abortion.
In fact, after the abortion, she drifted into a hard life; but eventually, she found faith and found healing … eventually marrying and raising a family.
The logistics of the vigil site in Roswell are challenging for the 40 Days for Life team.
Kateri, the local
leader, said, “With the facility so far back from the road and its hours
so limited and so many other businesses there in the office park, nobody passes us on foot to get to the facility.”
But this campaign
is important because it brings attention to an abortion facility hidden
in a little office park. The busy street offers an incredible public
There are some determined volunteers in Marietta! This is the 12th 40 Days for Life campaign there ... but the first in a new location. After their last campaign, the abortion center moved out of its longtime office.
A while later, the Marietta team learned that the business was going to
reopen in another part of town. So they quickly began planning for
their new vigil site ... praying for the mothers contemplating abortion –
and letting the surrounding community know what’s going on at this new “gynecology and consulting” office in their neighborhood.
Forest Park, Georgia
John, the local
leader in Forest Park, is a real go-getter. When an abortion center
opened there, he decided had to lead a campaign. They’ve had three turnarounds – not confirmed as saves yet, but they are hopeful. Some of the most active volunteers at this campaign are post-abortive women.
This campaign has not only had an impact on the vigil participants but on the surrounding community as well.
While I was there, a woman who works with a business located a floor
above the abortion center kept coming out to get information and fetal
models. Even some city officials in Forest Park have expressed an
interest in joining the campaign.
Thanks to Steve Karlen for that update from Georgia!
Here’s today’s devotional from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.
Day 24 intention
Pray that God will continue to bless the efforts that have gone into
the 40 Days for Life campaign, as we trust Him for the results.
Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by
Your great power, and by Your strong hand. O Lord, I pray, please let
Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer
of Your servants who desire to fear Your name.
— Nehemiah 1:10-11
Nehemiah provides an awesome blueprint for volunteers in God’s service,
particularly those responding to the devastation abortion has caused
Nehemiah grieved for God's reputation as he witnessed the condition of
the city walls of Jerusalem. The walls were broken down which was seen
by neighboring people as a sign of weakness on the part of Jerusalem's
God. No wall meant no security for the city and its people.
We learn from his story that he covered every detail in prayer;
inspired others to join the cause; organized others to help do the work;
confronted opposition directly and turned to God when discouraged; and
finally celebrated what was accomplished and gave God all the glory!
Like Nehemiah, we must acknowledge God’s sovereignty as we serve Him
before a mocking world. We too need to be reminded that we are
“fighting” for our families. We too must have an attitude of confession
and repentance before a Holy God. We must pray for strength, refute
slander, and not be diverted from our work.
Like Nehemiah, we will draw attention from the enemy when we are
seeking to protect the well-being of God’s people. We too must stand
firm and seek God's help to persevere until the task is done. We too
will be victorious.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the
victory, and the majesty: for all that is in heaven and in the earth is
Yours. We pray for your continued guidance and protection throughout the
remainder of this 40 day campaign.
May we be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in Your work, knowing
that our labor will not be in vain. We pray in the name of Jesus, Amen.
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