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Praising God for five years of miracles
by Tim Palmquist
Five years ago, we began leasing the building at 2428 H
Street, strategically located across the street from the FPA
abortion chamber. That first day, a couple wandered into our
building, thinking that it was the abortion facility. A baby was
saved, and we weren't even officially open. From that day to
today, we continue to watch in wonder as God changes lives.
For years leading up to that day in 1998, we had dreamed
of having some kind of a ministry center near the killing
center. I hoped for a small office, or at least someplace to
store literature. But with an annual budget of less than $4000
per year, it remained a pipe dream.
But my wife Terri always had the faith to believe that God
would give us more than just a small office. As we drove by
2428 H Street, she would often say "that building will be ours
someday." I would just roll my eyes and laugh.
Terri's dream seemed clearly unrealistic to me. We
couldn't afford it! Besides, the building wasn't available. A
psychologist had been operating a thriving practice at 2428 H
Street for many years.
We tried not to alienate any of the people who worked
near the abortion chamber, but this psychologist openly
opposed us. When we parked near his building, or talked to
his clients, he called the police. One day he arrogantly told
Terri "I have so much money that I could buy this whole street
if I wanted to!"
Terri responded by saying, "I'm praying that soon that
will change, and one day this building will bring honor and
glory to God." Within a few weeks, the newspaper reported
that this psychologist was arrested for drunk driving. It was
a bit of a scandal, because he had the contract with the county
to counsel county employees who had substance abuse
problems. The county revoked his contract, and apparently his
finances began a downward spiral.
On a Sunday afternoon in January 1998, a small handful
of us joined together to pray outside the abortion chamber.
We were observing the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and had
just returned from a memorial service for pro-life leader Bill
Newsom who had died unexpectedly.
During the prayer time, Terri noticed a "for lease" sign at
2428 H Street. She became ecstatic, saying that God was
answering our prayers. I was thrilled, but still cautious and
somewhat skeptical, knowing that we still didn't have the
resources to accomplish this.
I thought that the best we could hope for was to find a
friendly business who could lease this building, and ask them
if we could use one of the rooms. We contacted several
people and ministries to try to interest them in the building, but
God didn't seem to be moving on their hearts to do this.
Terri made a few phone calls to donors sharing her vision
and seeking financial support for this effort. I was still
skeptical, but as God moved on the donors' hearts, I began to
see that this was His plan, not Terri's.
The past five years have been a challenge, financially and
organizationally. We have continued to find it necessary to
rely upon God day by day to provide for the needs of this
But as we have trusted Him, the lives of thousands of
women have been touched, one woman at a time; hundreds of
babies have been saved, one baby at a time (except for some
twins)! Sometimes it seems to me that our biggest challenge
is just trying to keep track of all that God is doing (an
impossible task, I've found)!
Terri continues to have incredible faith, believing that God
is not finished expanding this ministry. The building which
today occupies the Family Planning Associates abortion
chamber will someday bring honor and glory to God, Terri
says. She also prays that a maternity home and mobile
pregnancy center can be established.
I am still reluctant to overextend ourselves, but how can
I remain a skeptic after witnessing the wonders God has
worked in our midst?
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