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Weekly Ministry Focus
Volume 3, Number 12
September 15, 2003
Jesus shows His love by sending a special messenger
At least five babies were saved from abortion
last Tuesday in Bakersfield, and another child was
saved on Monday, as Christians ministered in love
outside the Family Planning Associates abortion
chamber. Abortionist Robert Smith traveled from
Glendale to earn two days' worth of blood money.
The LifeHouse pregnancy help center nearby was
busy helping many women. Here are a few selected
reports from last week's ministry activities:
Until last Tuesday, "Alejandra" felt that life
was being unfair to her. Three months
pregnant, with her family in another country,
Alejandra found it necessary to live with a friend who
is also pregnant. To make matters worse, burglars
recently stole everything - even all of Alejandra's
clothes. Alejandra didn't want to abort her baby, but
it seemed that she had no other option.
Oralia, a new ministry volunteer, noticed
Alejandra driving into the abortion chamber's parking
lot. Beckoning to Alejandra from the sidewalk, Oralia
convinced her to talk about her dilemma. (Both
Alejandra and Oralia speak only Spanish.)
Terri* joined in the conversation, with Lupe
providing translation, as Alejandra talked about her
recent problems and needs. Father James was walking
along the sidewalk praying, so Terri called him over to
encourage Alejandra by telling her about the resources
which are available to meet her needs.
LSM is facing the most severe financial crisis in almost 20 years of ministry. Thousands of
dollars are needed in the next few days just to cover our immediate expenses for our Bakersfield ministries.
Additional funds are also needed for the new Las Vegas outreach. Your generosity in this time of need will
be greatly appreciated. Please send a check to LSM, PO Box 40972, Bakersfield, CA 93384-0972, or,
better yet, donate online.
After talking for several minutes, Alejandra
declared that she would let her baby live. When Terri
asked what changed her mind, Alejandra pointed to
Oralia. Oralia responded by saying "it's Jesus."
"But you are God's hands and feet," Terri said to
Oralia. "Thank God He brought you here." (Many
times in recent weeks, no Spanish-speaking volunteers
have been available to speak to women like
Turning to Alejandra, Terri said, "Jesus loves you
so very much, he sent her" (referring to Oralia).
Terri called the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center to
arrange an ultrasound for Alejandra, and Lupe brought
Alejandra to the BPC. Later in the day, Alejandra had
the joy of seeing her 12-week baby for the first time,
and hearing the baby's healthy heartbeat.
"Basil" and "Melba" came to the abortion
chamber with their toddler, planning to abort
their preborn child. Melba went up the stairs to
the waiting room, but Basil needed to stay in the car
with their toddler because children are not allowed
inside Family Planning Associates (abortionists fear
that they won't make as much money if women are
exposed to the smiling faces of little children in the
abortion chamber's waiting room).
The Christians on the sidewalks gave Basil literature
about abortion, and said they would watch the toddler
while he went upstairs to encourage Melba not to abort
their child. Eventually, Melba came out.
Debbie, one of the Christians, brought Basil and
Melba across the street to the LifeHouse, where she
showed them a video about abortion. God gave Basil
and Melba mercy for their child in the womb, and they
decided to nurture and protect their new baby.
"Lorna" and her boyfriend talked at the top of
the stairs, just a few steps from the door of the
abortion center. Standing on the sidewalk, Pam
prayed for Lorna, who was still holding the literature
Pam had given her. "I was agreeing in prayer with
Jesus, asking that they would come down," Pam later
Soon Lorna and her boyfriend turned around and
headed down the stairs. Walking to their car, Lorna's
boyfriend revealed that they had decided not to abort
their baby. Pam gave Lorna a baby gift as they drove
away from the killing center, their tiny child still safely
nestled in Lorna's womb.
"Synda" staggered out of the abortion chamber,
crying "I shouldn't have done it." Terri hugged
Synda, Terri's hair becoming wet with her tears.
As she sobbed, Synda told Terri that she was only 17
and already had two children. Terri gave Synda a gift
bag which contained hygiene items, a small Bible, and a post-abortion
With the help of New Beginnings Christian Church,
LifeSavers Ministries has recently begun offering these
gift bags to women who are leaving after abortions. The
gift provides a tangible way of showing love to these
women, and helps the women to be more receptive to
* LSM team members
He [Jesus] told them, "This is what is written:
The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the
third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will
be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at
Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."
Pray that God will deliver His people from a false
"gospel" which proclaims forgiveness of sins without
repentance. Ask God to help the women who face the
guilt of abortion today to receive His forgiveness as
they come to the cross in repentance.
Jesus, heal our hearts. Take away the pain
and bitterness that the devil seeks to use to
incapacitate us. Fill us with your love for every person
we encounter today (seen or unseen).
Please continue to encourage "Alejandra"
and help her to turn to You for comfort
during the trials she is experiencing.
Prepare the hearts of pastors and Christian
leaders in Las Vegas so that they will be motivated to
participate in the Rally for the Children which
LifeSavers Ministries will present on October 4.
Las Vegas "Rally for the Children"
seeks to motivate Christians to action
Several months ago, Tim and Terri Palmquist,
leaders of LifeSavers Ministries, were asked to consider
helping to start new pro-life
ministry outreaches in Las
Vegas. After meeting with
various pastors and Christian
Leaders, a "Rally for the
Children" was scheduled to be
held at Trinity Life Center in Las
Vegas on October 4 at 6 pm.
LifeSavers Ministries team
members and volunteers will be
traveling to Las Vegas on October 3-5
to help with the rally and other related
activities. If you are interested in traveling to Las Vegas
to help with this event, please contact Tim or Terri at
323-2229 or (866) 949-2229.
For more information on the Rally for the Children,
go to www.rallyforthechildren.com.
Elizabeth League training sessions
Christians who are interested in helping pregnant
women through the church are encouraged to attend a
one-hour orientation session for the Elizabeth League.
Training meetings will be offered on the next two
Monday nights, September 15, and September 22.
The Elizabeth League orientation meetings will be
held at the LifeHouse, 2428 H Street in downtown
Bakersfield. Please contact Tim or Terri at 323-2229 if
you plan to attend either of these meetings, in order that
adequate preparations may be made.
This week we will focus our ministry efforts in Bakersfield on the abortion
days, Monday and Tuesday from approximately 7 am to 5 pm.
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