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Weekly Ministry Focus

Volume 5, Number 8
November 19, 2005

Weekly Ministry Focus
Bishop father finds courage to save his child
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Mexican Dinner a huge success!

This was a very busy week for LifeSavers Ministries, with several babies born to clients and LSM leader Terri Palmquist giving birth to her own child, Esther Rose. Terri began to go into labor on Monday, but was still able to focus her day on reaching women outside Bakersfield's FPA abortion chamber, as abortionist Robert Smith continued inflicting his abuse and terror on innocent women and children inside.

Esther Rose Palmquist

Esther Rose Palmquist

On Tuesday, Terri's labor became more intense, so she had to stay inside the LifeHouse pregnancy help center (across the street from the abortion chamber). But other Christians ministered on the sidewalks throughout the day, offering help to pregnant women, praying with women, and interceding for the children and their mothers.

Here are some of the ways in which God used Christians to touch hearts and save lives this week:

Feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for her two small boys, "Catelyn" decided to abort her third child. Her husband "Sam" said he would support her whether or not she chose to abort his child, but he secretly hoped she would keep the child.

Catelyn considered scheduling an abortion with a doctor in Bishop, the small Eastern Sierra community where she lives, but the only day the doctor would have scheduled an abortion was on Sam's birthday. In addition, Catelyn's doctor made rude comments which offended her.

So Catelyn and Sam decided to make the long drive to Bakersfield, leaving early Monday morning. After they parked at Bakersfield's abortion chamber, Terri* informed them that they had left their lights on and offered them some literature. Terri was already feeling like she was going into labor, but she focused on this couple's situation anyway.

Terri Palmquist and baby Jocelyn, a Bishop baby saved from abortion

Terri visited with baby Jocelyn, a Bishop baby saved from abortion, after last year's Labor of Love banquet.

We received a note of thanksgiving this week from Jocelyn's mother, who wrote "I am overjoyed with having Jocelyn in my life, and I thank you very much for being out on the sidewalks of that evil building. I will never forget you guys."

Terri noticed that the license frame on Sam's car indicated that they were from Bishop, so she began telling Catelyn about baby Jocelyn, a Bishop baby who was saved from abortion. "Even though the circumstances of her pregnancy were difficult, Jocelyn's mother treasures her now," Terri explained.

"This baby might be your girl," Terri said. But Catelyn responded, "no, he only has boys."

Sam noticed a photo of an eight week preborn baby in the literature Terri had given to Catelyn. He kept trying show her the picture, but Catelyn kept pushing it away, saying "no! no!"

Terri informed Catelyn that women have told her that abortionist Smith acts like a "pervert" inside the abortion chamber. Other abortionists have recently been jailed for having inappropriate sexual contact with their patients. Catelyn responded "Sam will be there to protect me," but Terri informed her that the abortion staff would not allow him to stay with her.

Finally, Sam gained enough courage to tell Catelyn "you're not going to do this." Catelyn put up no resistance, but seemed relieved to be spared from an abortion experience.

Terri's daughter Amy* brought Catelyn some diapers and a gift for the baby in her womb. Terri also gave them the toll-free number for LifeSavers, encouraging them to call. "If you need help, we'll be glad to drive to Bishop to help you," Terri reminded them. The couple drove away, although they had not yet missed their appointment, which was thirty minutes later. They never returned.

Monday evening, as Terri's labor pains were increasing, Terri called Catelyn in Bishop. Catelyn thanked Terri for her help, assuring her that she would now keep her baby, and gave Terri her wishes for a safe delivery experience.

Over the years, LifeSavers Ministries has had the opportunity to help save several babies from the Bishop/Mammoth area. Hopefully the new Traveling Life Center (TLC) project will soon provide more opportunities to minister to more couples in this area.

"Tawana" walked out of the abortion chamber with tears rolling down her face. Sitting on the curb next to Terri, she confessed "I have just done something I will regret for the rest of my life."

When Tawana found out she was pregnant, she was told that the baby in her womb was just a "blob of tissue," not yet developed. She knew that LifeSavers Ministries could help her through the pregnancy, but she chose instead to surrender her body and her baby to the abortionist's knife.

While waiting for her name to be called, Tawana kept looking out the window at Terri and the other Christians on the sidewalks, telling herself she should go out and ask for help. "I don't know why I didn't come out," she lamented.

After the abortion, Tawana woke up crying. The abortion staff rudely mocked her tears, chiding her to "quit whining like a baby."

A few minutes later, Tawana noticed that the abortion staff member was distracted, so Tawana opened her file, looking for the ultrasound photograph of her baby which had been taken moments before the abortion. Tawana could clearly see the little arms and legs of her 10 week baby whose body parts were now in a bloody bucket.

"Those *!@#%* (expletive) liars!" Tawana exclaimed. Pulling the ultrasound picture out of the file, she hid it under her clothes. Later she showed the ultrasound photo to Terri.

As Tawana's ride came to pick her up, Terri hugged Tawana, wishing there was something she could have said to save Tawana from the deception and pain she experienced inside the unscrupulous abortion mill.

"Please keep coming out here," Tawana encouraged Terri, explaining that her sister's newborn baby had been saved from abortion. "You're the reason she has her baby."

"Yvette," 24, called LifeSavers on Tuesday afternoon wanting an abortion. She explained that her youngest child is just four months old and she is not ready to care for another child.

Terri would have usually handled the call, but Terri's contractions were becoming too intense so Tim* tried to help Yvette.

Tim told Yvette about the Elizabeth League group which exists in Yvette's church to help pregnant women, but Yvette said she was not interested in receiving help, only an abortion. Frustrated with the results of the call, Tim thought that Terri or Alicia* (the leader of LSM's Elizabeth League) would have been able to get through to Yvette. Yvette's phone number appeared on Caller ID, but so far Alicia has been unable to reach her.

*LSM team member
Scripture Focus: Luke 8:4-15

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold. When He had said these things He cried, He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Then His disciples asked Him, saying, What does this parable mean?

And He said, To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.

Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Thank God for the opportunity He has given you to sow heavenly seed today, focusing on the fact that some seed will bear fruit rather than worrying about the seed that fails to grow.

Prayer Focus
Bound 4 Life prayer covenant
Jesus, I plead your blood over my sins and the sins of this nation. God, end abortion and send revival to America.

Will precedent trump principle for Alito?

Many pro-life groups are supporting Samuel Alito's nomination as a Supreme Court justice, but others suggest that Alito's track record indicates that he would uphold Roe v. Wade, even though he personally disagrees with the decision. The key issue in Alito's mind appears to be precedent rather than the protection of life, and apparently Alito has already shown that he favors upholding the culture of death precedents rather than recognizing the unalienable right to life of preborn children.

Jimmy Carter condemns abortions

Former President Jimmy Carter recently chastised fellow Democrats for their intolerance of candidates and nominees who oppose abortion. "I never have felt that any abortion should be committed. I think each abortion is the result of a series of errors," Carter said. "I've never been convinced, if you let me inject any Christianity into it, that Jesus Christ would approve abortion."

Carter was the first president elected after the Roe v. Wade decision, but during his presidency he stood against efforts to ban abortions or allow states to do so. "I wonder if Carter has truly had a change of heart or if he just sees a shift in the political wind," commented Tim Palmquist of LifeSavers Ministries. "But I think the most significant word he used in his comments was the word 'committed.' Many people--even some pro-lifers--would have said 'no abortion should be performed,' but saying 'no abortion should be committed' seems to indicate an understanding that abortion is (or should be) a crime."

Proposition 73 results by county
Kern strongly supports 73

Kern County was one of the areas of strongest support for Proposition 73, but some Proposition 73 supporters stayed home from the polls. The proposition which would have required parental notification for a minor's abortion failed because of strong opposition from San Francisco and other Bay Area counties.

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