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Weekly Ministry Focus
Volume 2, Number 14
May 31, 2001
Weekly Ministry Focus
A baby was saved from abortion today in
Bakersfield! We'll share more on that praise
report later, but regrettably it is necessary
for this report to focus first on negative news:
CALIFORNIA SENATE REPORT TARGETS
LIFESAVERS MINISTRIES AS "CRIMINAL"
The California Senate Office of Research has
released a report on "Crimes Against Reproductive
Rights in California" which accuses LifeSavers
Ministries and its subsidiary, Voice For Life,
of being criminal organizations (see
The report was apparently issued to generate
support for SB 780, the Senate's latest attempt
to make saving babies a "hate crime" (for details
on SB 780, go to
Chapter Two of the report, entitled "A Look at
Threats and Trends," includes
"VoiceForLife/LifeSaver Ministries, Bakersfield"
among the "anti-abortion organizations in
California known to advocate, condone, or
practice actions such as violence, vandalism,
assaults, obstruction and stalking, or that
openly cooperate with national organizations that
do so." (See the text of footnote 43 of the
document for a list of the accused organizations.
Please note that LSM and VFL are in good company
on this list: none of the listed organizations
promotes violence or other illegal activities.)
By listing LifeSavers and Voice For Life as
"anti-abortion" organizations as opposed to
"pro-life" organizations, the Senate report
is intentionally classifying LifeSavers and Voice
For Life as criminal operations (for an
explanation of the report's distinction between
"pro-life" and "anti-abortion," read "A Note on
Terminology" in the report).
LifeSavers Ministries and Voice For Life promote
peacefully saving babies through an approach we
call "pregnancy evangelism," which, quite simply,
is summed up by applying the statement "God loves
you and has a wonderful plan for your life" to
both the pregnant woman and to her preborn child.
An effort to brand the efforts of LifeSavers and
Voice For Life as "criminal" may open the door
for your church to be targeted next. Are you
The Voice For Life website (referenced as
evidence by the Senate report) is at
http://VoiceForLife.glorifyJesus.com. Take a
look for yourself and see what your Senate
considers to be "criminal." Then contact your
Senator and share your concerns with them.
If you don't take action, you're part of the
A poem by Pastor Martin Niemoller, Berlin, 1939.
[Niemoller was a pastor in the German Confessing Church who spent eight and one-half years in a
Nazi concentration camp.]
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out--because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out--because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out--because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me--
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Scripture Focus: John 15:19-21
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
Remember the words I spoke to you: `No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.
SAVING A BABY IS WORTH A TWO-HOUR DRIVE
LifeSavers Ministries received a call this morning
from an employee at a rural health clinic,
explaining that she had a teenage client who
wanted to abort her baby. The employee had been
to the LifeHouse several months ago when she
thought she was pregnant, and had seen a video
about abortion. The employee was obligated by
her job to give her client an abortion referral,
but she believed that if her client could see
this video, she would change her mind. The
employee asked if she could bring the client
in this morning.
LSM's Terri Palmquist explained that the
LifeHouse is not open today, but the employee
stressed that the only time she could bring the
client in would be this morning. After an
unsuccessful attempt to arrange for another
LifeSavers team member to come to the LifeHouse,
Terri saw that it would be necessary for her to
make the two-hour round trip from her home to
Bakersfield. (Other local pregnancy centers were
briefly considered, but they will not show
graphic abortion videos to women, and in this
instance, as is so often the case, the visual
images seemed to be a key to the woman's
Thankfully, Terri's trip was not in vain. After
seeing the video, the young client agreed that she
would not abort her baby. She explained to Terri
that she wanted to wait to have a baby until she
could provide "the best" of everything. But
Terri helped her see that depriving her next
baby of a sibling would be far worse than any
material possessions she may lack.
More details may be available on this report
later. (This sketchy praise report was taken
by Tim Palmquist in a phone call with Terri; after
reviewing the written records more relevant
details may be noticed.)
(Good thing Terri didn't have to drive across
state lines; if she had, saving this baby's life
would have been a "federal" crime!)
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