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Weekly Ministry Focus
Volume 3, Number 7
March 17, 2003
"I didn't realize what 'abortion' meant"
At least two babies were saved from abortion last
week in Bakersfield. Abortions were committed in
Bakersfield's FPA abortion chamber last Monday and
Tuesday by the unknown abortionist. He had not
been seen at the killing center since a month ago,
when a botched abortion victim was sent to the
hospital after she almost bled to death (see Weekly
Ministry Focus volume 3, number 4).
Here are the stories of some of the women who
were touched by the pregnancy evangelism ministry
last week on the sidewalks outside FPA and at the
LifeHouse pregnancy help center across the street:
When "Ilena" found out that she was pregnant, she
thought that abortion would be a quick and easy
way to solve her problem. She was already
struggling to care for her toddler, and she didn't even know
where the father of the baby lived. She had met him at a
dance in a small town in Mexico a few weeks ago when she
was visiting her family.
Ilena rode the bus to Bakersfield, then walked a few
blocks to the abortion center. As she walked by on the
sidewalk, Terri* tried to talk to her, but Ilena didn't pay
much attention, because Terri was speaking English.
As Ilena walked up the stairs and onto the balcony, she
came closer to the death of her child with every step but she
still didn't understand that abortion would be an act of
violence against her own child.
Jose was standing nearby, holding a pro-life sign, so
Terri asked him to try to talk to Ilena. As she stood on the
balcony, she stopped and listened to Jose's offer of help.
After a few moments, she walked down the stairs to talk to
Jose more openly.
Terri walked over and handed Ilena some pro-life
literature (in Spanish) and a gift box filled with baby items.
When Ilena opened the pamphlet, she was shocked to see
the tiny hands and feet of aborted babies.
Tears began to pour out of Ilena's eyes as she realized
that she almost allowed her own child to be torn apart. She
continued to cry for several minutes. Jose offered her a ride
home, and she accepted the offer.
Several days later Terri called Ilena, and (with the help
of an interpreter), Ilena assured Terri that she no longer
intended to abort her child. "I didn't realize what 'abortion'
meant until I saw those pictures," she said.
Jose contacted a priest from Ilena's small town and
explained Ilena's situation. The priest said he will help Ilena
through the pregnancy.
As "Markie" and her boyfriend entered the abortion
chamber, Terri told them about the woman who
almost died a few weeks ago after a botched abortion.
About 30 minutes later, they came out holding hands. Terri
asked "Did you change your mind?" Markie replied "yes."
Terri gave them a baby gift, and offered to provide additional
help for their baby. Markie's boyfriend thanked Terri as they
"Lanie," 22, found out she was pregnant by taking a
pregnancy test at the LifeHouse. She is single and has
attended a local United Pentecostal church all of her
life. Lanie told Terri that she will keep her baby.
* LSM team member
"Sow for yourselves righteousness;
Reap in mercy;
Break up your fallow ground,
For it is time to seek the Lord,
Till He comes and rains righteousness on you.
You have plowed wickedness;
You have reaped iniquity.
You have eaten the fruit of lies,
Because you trusted in your own way,
In the multitude of your mighty men.
Therefore tumult shall arise among your people,
And all your fortresses shall be plundered
As Shalman plundered Beth Arbel in the day of battle--
A mother dashed in pieces upon her children.
Thus it shall be done to you, O Bethel,
Because of your great wickedness.
At dawn the king of Israel
Shall be cut off utterly."
Break up your "fallow [unfruitful] ground" as you
repent for yourself and for our nation, asking God to
help us to trust in Him and not in our military
strength at this time of war. Ask God to grow new
fruit in the places where only thorns had prevailed.
Dear God, please unify the hearts of everyone who
is involved in this ministry to pregnant women and
their babies. Help us to seek Your will and not our
own in every situation.
Provide for "Ilena" and her
children, and help her to trust in You during the
difficult days of this pregnancy.
Remove the veil of secrecy from the unknown
abortionist, so that women may be made more fully
aware of the dangers of surrendering to his knife.
St. Francis congregation
called to action
As part of the St. Francis parish family lenten programs,
parishioners have been challenged to "take a stance for the
right to life" on Tuesday, March 18 at 12 noon or 5:30 pm
outside the FPA abortion chamber in Bakersfield.
This week we will focus our ministry efforts on the
abortion days, Monday and Tuesday from approximately 7
am to 5 pm.
"God will forgive me": good news... or bad news?
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