I am hugely disappointed in the church as a whole. Not in any particular church, but as a whole. Why? I’ll get to that in a minute. Even before coming into a relationship with Jesus Christ I have never been for abortion. I used to say that while I wouldn’t get one for myself, I wouldn’t tell someone else what they could or should do. Therefore, years ago I used to consider myself pro-choice. After coming into a relationship with Christ at the age of 33, my thoughts on this changed. He changed me and my mind. No person changed that in me. 2 Cor. 5:17 says “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Christ truly came into me and made so many changes in me. I suddenly cared about the things HE cared about. I mourned the things that HE mourned. I desired to live a life according to HIS word. I couldn’t have done that on my own.
A few years back, a former abortion doctor put out several videos showing exactly what happens during abortions. His name is Dr. Anthony Levatino. The videos are educational and do not show actual abortions, but they are animations so you can see exactly what happens. Honestly, I was horrified at what I was seeing. He says that he used to perform abortions up until the Lord showed him that this was someone’s son or daughter that he had just killed. He stopped after that and has been a champion for the unborn since. I highly recommend that you watch those videos.
I remember talking to the Lord about these and what could I do as one person? About three years ago, a friend and I began reading the Word of God out loud over our community every week. Where we used to read, there used to be a drug house across the street. We began to watch that area transform! This drug house had been entrenched in the community for 10 years, and nobody had ever been able to get them out of there. After reading the Word over that area for several weeks, several things happened — first a drive by shooting, then a fire broke out in the house, and then the home was suddenly vacant! I KNEW it was the Lord that had done a work. In Hebrews 4:12 it says “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” It also says in the Word that God’s word does not come back void! God accomplished what HE wanted through just our reading the Word, and praying over our community.
I began to think that if this was possible outside a drug house, what about going outside of an abortion clinic and doing the same? What would God accomplish by reading the Word outside an abortion clinic? I wanted to get connected to other people who were doing this already so I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel (so to speak), and was praying a bit here and there as to what this would all look like. Then one day I was in Goodwill perusing the books (I love books), and came across Abby Johnson’s book titled “Unplanned”. I remember hearing about Abby before and thought I would enjoy her book. Abby is a former director at Planned Parenthood, who ended up leaving after the Lord showed her that this was a baby in a woman’s womb, running away from the instrument that was trying to kill it and suck it out of it’s mother’s womb. She watched as the abortionist poked this unborn baby, and then watched the baby crumple and be sucked into the vacuum. Abby was horrified when she realized what she had been apart of. She ran out of there, and over to the group who had been outside praying at her facility for the last seven years. It was the group from the 40 Days for Life!
They welcomed her in, prayed with her, offered her comfort and help. Abby now is on the side for life! Abby has also started her own ministry titled “And Then There Were None”. Planned Parenthood came after Abby and sued her when she left her job. She started this ministry to help men and women once they come out of the abortion industry, to find new jobs, help them financially, get them counseling. It is an amazing ministry that God is doing through her.
Well, needless to say, after I read her book, I HAD to find this group. I loved their mission of peacefully praying outside of clinics and offering women other choices besides abortion. It just so happened that at the time I began searching, the 40 Day For Life Campaign had just started their Spring 2017 campaign! I immediately signed up and connected with a wonderful woman. I began praying that the Lord would bring people into my life that are already doing this — and He has brought so many amazing people into my life that have been doing this for years, have resources and counseling, and options available to provide to women and men.
Was I scared? You bet I was! The thoughts that ran through my head were “what if someone I know sees me?” “People are going to think I’m crazy.” And so many other things — believe me, I was scared. I felt and feel unprepared nearly every time I go out on the street, but each time I go I ask numerous friends of mine to be praying for me and I spend time with the Lord to ask for His help while I’m out there. I ended up getting connected with Sidewalk Advocates for Life and they offered training videos and help, resources, etc. so I could learn from other people. The Lord also connected me with a man who has been doing this type of ministry for 20 years out on the street, and he has been a huge help to me as well.
So why am I disappointed in the church? They are afraid. They are afraid to talk to their congregation about the issue of abortion, and all that that entails. Proverbs 29:25 “The fear of man is a dangerous snare, but to trust in the Lord means safety.” The majority of the people I run into on the streets are Catholics and not Protestants (as they call me). As the church, this should be something near and dear to our hearts. We should tell women there is healing and forgiveness through Jesus Christ if they have had an abortion. Did you know that 40% of abortions are done by women who are currently attending a church? Did you know that these women said that not one person in their church helped them make the decision, or tried to offer them other alternatives? This GRIEVES me greatly. Oh the pain that women go through after they have had an abortion. So many, many women regret having had an abortion. It brings tears to my heart and my eyes and makes my guts hurt in grief for all of those women.
Proverbs 31:8-9 “Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” As Believers in Jesus Christ we are to stand up and defend these little babies who cannot defend themselves! I simply cannot believe how many churches don’t put this information out there about the 40 Days for Life Campaign. They don’t have to sponsor it, but how about put the information out there and let each person decide whether they want to do it or not? I had no idea that this was even a “thing” until the Lord put it in front of my face. Proverbs 24:11-12 “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?”
I’m only one person, but I’m trying to tell as many people as I can about the 40 Days for Life Campaign. With the number of churches out there, we should have no difficulty filling up the 12 hour prayer slots, but we do. Please, please, please share this information and get this information to your congregation so that we can all pray together for an end to abortion in our land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Please join me.