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.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Remembering a pro-life hero
fall, 40 Days for Life turns 10 years old as a national and
international movement. This campaign started in College Station, Texas
and has now gone to 715 cities in 44 countries.
we honor those leaders and volunteers who have passed away from this
life after working so hard to save unborn children from abortion.
This week we lost one who, behind the scenes, made 40 Days for Life a reality -- my friend Mr. Emil Ogden.
you have seen God use 40 Days for Life where you live, it is because
God used Mr. Ogden to get this effort off the ground. He was a firm
believer in that first campaign in his hometown of College Station.
I asked Mr. Ogden for the seed money to help launch 40 Days for Life
nationally, he responded by saying, "I have a good feeling about this."
He gave the first
donation to 40 Days for Life ... and it was more than he had originally
pledged, because he believed that local people wanted to end the
injustice of abortion where they live.
Ogden is featured in the 40 Days for Life book. He grew up very poor
and served in World War II. He always put his faith in God as the
ultimate guide of his life. When he went into the oil business, he
sometimes experienced failure. When he did well he gave his money away
... and when he failed he remembered where he came from.
Ogden was always trying to bring those around him closer to Christ --
and his classic personality gave those around him insight to the cause
of his joy. I saw Mr. Ogden in many social and professional situations,
and the dignity of human life was always a topic he brought up to
everyone he encountered.
Ogden represents so many of the wonderful people that pray and work to
end abortion where they live. He also represents the generation that
fought in World War II -- we lose many of them every month. He is
survived by his wonderful wife of 69 years, Clementine, and his six
children, 23 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
was pro-life to the core ... and today we highlight his life, which was
behind the scenes, but it impacted the world. Mr. Ogden was involved in
many things, but his heart was with the unborn -- and that is seen in
the 13,305 babies we have seen saved from abortion through 40 Days for
Ogden never retired and he did a lot in his later years, including
finishing college. He is an example that we should spend all of our days
speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
his life be an inspiration to you as we enter one of the largest 40
Days for Life campaigns ever on September 27. Your prayers and efforts
are often behind the scenes -- and that is precisely what God will use
to end abortion.