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Volume 3, Number 6
March 10, 2003
Couple faces evil after praying for a miracle
Recent days have been difficult for the "pregnancy
evangelism" ministry outside the Family Planning
Associates abortion chamber in Bakersfield. For the past
several weeks Kenneth Wright has been the only abortionist
at the Bakersfield FPA. Though most women turned a deaf
ear to the offers of help from the Christians on the
sidewalks, a few women who had intended to abort their
babies changed their minds. At the LifeHouse pregnancy
help center across the street, most recent test results have
been negative, providing many opportunities to encourage
chastity. But one of the most unusual and
difficult situations was presented by "Opal":
"Opal" never thought that she would go into an
abortion center, but she recently felt she had no
choice. Opal had been told that her baby was
already dead, and that she needed surgery. The hospital
staff referred her to the FPA abortion chamber in
Bakersfield, because the only obstetricians in her small
community were out of town.
Opal traveled over four hours to Bakersfield with her
husband "Joel" and sister-in-law "Yvonne." Along the way,
Yvonne agonized over the situation, believing that it was
wrong to go to an abortion mill, but not knowing what to
do. She prayed for a miracle, and asked God to use this
experience to renew Opal's and Joel's interest in church.
When they arrived at FPA, they saw Gary offering pro-
life literature from the sidewalk. After listening to their
situation, Gary explained that sometimes doctors have
falsely claimed that a preborn baby died. He told Opal that
the LifeHouse pregnancy help center across the street could
help her evaluate the situation.
At the LifeHouse, Terri* and Tim* joined in prayer
with Opal, Yvonne, and Joel, asking God to use this ordeal
to bring Opal and Joel closer to Him. Tim also prayed that
God would protect Opal's health and work a miracle,
preserving the life of the child who had been pronounced
dead. Although the request seemed impossible under the
circumstances, in the past Terri and Tim had seen God
preserve the lives of children who were thought to be dead
(see In Touch With LifeSavers, February 27, 1998).
Terri contacted midwife Brenda Capps, who rushed to
the LifeHouse to help Opal. After Brenda could not hear a
heartbeat, she set up an appointment with an obstetrician to
conduct an ultrasound on Opal.
Terri accompanied Opal to the ultrasound appointment.
The doctor provided the final verification of the sad news:
the child was indeed dead. Although Opal was 15 weeks
pregnant, the child had apparently died at about 13 weeks.
In spite of the sad news, Terri still hoped to help Opal
avoid the abortion surgery, having seen many women
physically injured by abortion over the years.
The doctor told Opal that she could safely wait a couple
of weeks without medical intervention, noting she would
probably experience a natural miscarriage process which
would be better for her than the unnatural process of
forcibly removing the child's body from her womb. But Joel
felt that Opal might then find herself in the situation where
she would need to go back to the hospital.
So Opal returned to the abortion chamber. She
hugged Terri and sobbed with her before she entered. Over
and over through her tears, Opal thanked Terri and said
"I'm sorry I have to do this."
Once Opal was inside, Joel noticed a change in the
atmosphere. The LifeHouse had been peaceful, and he had
sensed God's spirit there. The doctor been kind and
compassionate. But the FPA staff was rude. "This is an evil
place," Joel thought to himself. He began to cry.
As she sat in the waiting room, Yvonne could hear
Terri's "sweet" voice calling from the sidewalk outside,
pleading with women to accept God's plan for themselves
and their babies. Several of the girls in the waiting room
Thankfully, Opal survived the surgery with no known
physical complications. As Opal was leaving the abortion
chamber, she stopped to talk to Terri. An FPA nurse
noticed, and began berating Opal, saying that she shouldn't
talk to Terri. Afraid of the nurse, Opal hurried to her car.
After they returned home, Yvonne spoke to Terri on
the phone. She said she had just learned that two babies
were born into her extended family on the same day. It
seemed to her to be a miracle that on the day one baby was
taken, the family was rejoicing over two new children.
After the experience in the abortion chamber, Joel told
Yvonne that seeing the battle between good and evil made
him want to get back into church.
"Nancy," a 25-year old Christian woman, took the
abortion pill (mifepristone or "RU-486") at a
Planned Parenthood in Northern California last
week, but within a few hours God convicted her heart and
she changed her mind. Hoping to find a way to save her
baby's life, she searched on the Internet for help, and found
Nancy called LifeSavers and spoke to Tim, who prayed
for her and offered her compassionate counsel. Tim also
consulted American Life League for insight on how to
respond and spoke to several doctors in Nancy's area in an
attempt to find appropriate medical care.
Planned Parenthood told Nancy that in some cases
when women have changed their minds after taking the
abortion pill, they have later given birth to healthy babies.
* LSM team members
"Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man?
The goodness of God endures continually.
Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
You love evil more than good,
Lying rather than speaking righteousness. Selah
You love all devouring words,
You deceitful tongue.
God shall likewise destroy you forever;
He shall take you away, and pluck you out of your dwelling place,
And uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
The righteous also shall see and fear,
And shall laugh at him, saying,
'Here is the man who did not make God his strength,
But trusted in the abundance of his riches,
And strengthened himself in his wickedness.'
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God;
I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.
I will praise You forever,
Because You have done it;
And in the presence of Your saints
I will wait on Your name, for it is good."
Trust in God's mercy as you pray for the soul of
abortionist Kenneth Wright, who heard the words of
this inspired psalm as he left Bakersfield last
Tuesday after killing dozens of babies.
Holy Spirit, grant us discernment so that we may
respond appropriately to the unique circumstances of
each woman we encounter in this ministry today.
Please give "Nancy" peace and
work a miracle in her life. Let this child be a great
testimony to Your power.
Touch the hearts of the pastors and church
leaders of Bakersfield, helping them to visualize these
fields which are ripe for harvest.
Bind the devil in the name of Jesus and frustrate
his plans to attack this ministry today.
New insights on abortion and the Church
If pro-life ministries and churches sought to work
together to impact the lives of pregnant women and their
babies, what would happen to our community and nation?
For a fresh perspective on how the Church should
relate to pro-life ministry, read "Transforming the Gates of
Hell into the Gates of Heaven" by Tim Palmquist, available
from LifeSavers Ministries for a suggested donation of $5.
This week we will focus our ministry efforts on
the abortion days, Monday and Tuesday from
approximately 7 am to 5 pm.
Please call Terri at 323-2229 to
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