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LifeSavers Ministries Weekly Ministry Focus
Volume 1, Number 15             April 17, 2000

At least 4 babies saved during busy ministry week
Scripture Focus
Prayer Focus
LSM to test effectives of various tactics
This week's schedule
Next week's schedule
Upcoming events
Donors' help improves LSM finances
Australian baby briefly survives abortion
A birthday party for life
Publication information

At least four babies saved during busy ministry week

     At least four babies were saved from abortion through
last week's ministry activities.  On Monday, a record
number of women came for free pregnancy tests.  Terri
often had to go to the LifeHouse for pregnancy tests, which
sometimes meant that there was no English-speaking
sidewalk counselor outside the abortion chamber.  Here are
a few selected reports:

         "Jasmine," 20, and "Kerry," 20, came to the
     LifeHouse for pregnancy tests.  They were brought by
     a friend who had been to the LifeHouse a year ago.
     Jasmine attends a local Mennonite Brethren church,
     Kerry attends a nearby Charismatic church.  As they
     waited for the test results, Terri showed them the
     "Harder Truth" video.  The friend who had come to
     the LifeHouse last year had seen the previous version,
     "Hard Truth."  She said "be sure to have tissues for
     everyone."  Both pregnancy tests were negative.  Terri
     prayed with Jasmine and her friends, asking God to
     help them to save themselves for their future
     husbands.  Kerry broke into tears, sobbing "I fail God
     all the time, but I really want to be abstinent."  Kerry
     re-committed her life to the Lord.  Jasmine didn't want
     to make a commitment to be abstinent, because she
     really loves her boyfriend and they're "good together."

         "Toni" came to the abortion chamber for an abortion.
     She was 11 weeks pregnant.  Terri talked to her about
     the development of her baby and the risks of abortion,
     and said "I would be willing to adopt your baby."
     When Terri said that, Toni stopped and said "you
     would really adopt my baby?"  Toni wrote down
     Terri's phone number, and said she would call her.
     Terri gave her a "Hope for the Future" Bible, along
     with a baby gift, and she drove away.

         "Tobey," 26, came to the LifeHouse for a pregnancy
     test.  She is not married, but she has been with the
     same man for six years.  She has seven children, and
     had two abortions in the past five years.  Debbie gave
     her information about the risks of abortion and the
     development of her baby, and also provided post-
     abortion help and conveyed the gospel.   Tobey told
     Debbie that she would give birth to the baby.
     However, Tobey's test was negative.  Debbie provided
     her with abstinence literature, and talked to her about
     remaining abstinent.

         "Jensine," 29, noticed the "Free Pregnancy Test"
     banner and came to the LifeHouse for a pregnancy
     test, which was positive.  She is married, but is
     pregnant from another man who doesn't want anything
     to do with her now.  Her husband was in jail at the
     time for a minor driving violation.  Jensine said she is
     pro-choice and isn't sure what she is going to do about
     this pregnancy.  Terri showed her the "Harder Truth"
     video and talked with her briefly.  On her way out,
     Terri hugged her and gave her a baby gift, but she had
     to be a bit rushed because others were waiting for
     pregnancy tests.  Terri is following up with Jensine
     by phone.

         "Euphemia," 25, happened to stop by the
     LifeHouse on Friday when Terri was giving
     pregnancy tests.  She speaks only Spanish, and
     she attends a local Catholic church.  Terri called
     Irene to speak to her in Spanish.  Her test was
     positive, but Euphemia is afraid to go to a doctor,
     because she and her husband are not here legally.
     Terri called a local midwife who will help

         "Selma," 17, drove by the LifeHouse on Thursday, and
     stopped by for a pregnancy test.  She said she is pro-
     choice and "born again."  She attends a local
     Missionary Baptist church.  She told Carlotta that she
     will keep the baby.

         "Jean" (see last week's Weekly Ministry Focus) came
     to the abortion chamber again, intending to abort her
     baby.  Once again, she changed her mind and left.  She
     thanked Terri for the "Hope for the Future" Bible she
     had given her last week.

Scripture Focus: Jeremiah 1:5-8

     "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
     And before you were born I consecrated you;
     I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."
     Then I said, "Alas, Lord God! 
     Behold, I do not know how to speak,
     Because I am a youth."
     But the Lord said to me,
     "Do not say, 'I am a youth,'
     Because everywhere I send you, you shall go,
     And all that I command you, you shall speak.
     Do not be afraid of them,
     For I am with you to deliver you," declares the
[heart] Ask God to help you not to be afraid of those you
speak to today.  Meditate on this scripture,
thanking God for calling you to deliver His message;
ask God to guard your lips from idle conversation.

Prayer Focus

  Pray that God will allow the sidewalk counselors to
focus on each woman who is entering the abortion
chamber today, and that the Holy Spirit will help the
sidewalk counselors to sense their needs.
  Pray for "Jensine" (see report above) and her
husband, asking God to guide them and give them
wisdom and love for each other and for her preborn
  Pray for Gaye Siemon, office manager in the
abortion chamber.  Ask God to convict her of her sin,
and her need for Jesus. 
  Thank God for providing for the financial needs of
LifeSavers Ministries and the LifeHouse (see report

LifeSavers Ministries to test effectiveness of various tactics
by Terri Palmquist
     For the next three months, starting in May, LSM will
start doing things a little different that normal.  Usually LSM
lets each person do what they feel God wants them to do, and
this has proven to be fruitful, with an average of two babies
a week being kept alive.  But, because of our critics, we have
decided to try a little experiment, and each week we will have
a main focus and at the end of July we will see which tactics
were more fruitful.
     So, with that in mind, we are asking all of the volunteers
to please cooperate with the schedule and not to take offense
if you can't do things the way you always have.  If it helps to
save babies, then I'm all for it.  If it doesn't, then we will go
back to the way we have always done it.  Please bear with me
during this time.
     Proposed schedule:
          May 1-2:  No signs of any kind.
               Main focus: prayer
               One sidewalk counselor, only offering literature.
                     If literature is refused, don't talk further.
          May 8-9:  Only "nice" signs (4-6)
               Main focus: sidewalk counseling
               One sidewalk counselor, talking to women even
                    when they are walking across the balcony.
                    Once women are inside, just pray.
               May 15-16:     No signs of any kind.
               Main focus: giving out Bibles and teddy bears.
               May 22-23:     Normal
               May 29-30:     No signs
          June 5-6: No signs
               Main focus: prayer
               June 12-13:    Only "nice" signs
               June 19-20:    No signs, Bibles and Bears
               Youth emphasis (survivors of abortion)
               June 26-27:    Normal
               July 3-4:      Normal
               July 10-11:    No signs
               July 17-18:    Only "nice" signs
               July 24-25:    No signs, Bibles and Bears
               July 31:       Normal

This week's schedule

[If you are unable to be physically involved in this ministry, please use this schedule to help you pray for those who are on the front lines.]

Monday, Apr. 17
                              Colleen                 8 -   9
                    Jose           8 -  10
                    Terri          9 -  5?
                    Rosa??         10 - 12
                    Irene         10 -  2
                    Mary Ann      10 -  3
                              St.  Joseph's        1:30 -   2

Tuesday, Apr. 18
                    Carlotta    7:30 -  9:30
                    Jose           8 -  10
                    Debbie       9:30 - 1
                              Albert & Ione          10 -   12
                    Fr. James     10 -  12
                    Irene         10 -  2
                    Terri      10:30 -  5

Next week's schedule

Monday, Apr. 24
                              Colleen                 8 -   10:30
                    Jose           8 -  10
                    Susan       8:30 -  10:30
                    Rosa??         10 - 12
                    Irene         10 -  2
                    Mary Ann      10 -  3
                    Terri      10:30 -  5?
                              St.  Joseph's        1:30 -   2
                              We need help            3 -   4

Tuesday, Apr. 25
                    Lewis?      7:30 -  9:30
                    Carlotta?   7:30 -  9:30
                    Jose           8 -  10
                    Debbie       9:30 - 1
                              Albert & Ione          10 -   12
                    Fr. James     10 -  12
                    Irene         10 -  2
                              Terri               10:30 -   5
                              We need help            2 -   4

Upcoming Events

     Friday, May 12 at 7 pm: The third annual "Baby
Wade" memorial service will be held.  The location is
to be announced.
     Sunday, May 21: Plan to eat at any Bakersfield
Carl's Jr.  Restaurant.  When you present a special
coupon (which will be made available soon), Carl's Jr.
will donate 10% of your total order to LifeSavers

Donors' help improves LSM finances

     LifeSavers Ministries' financial condition
was explained in last week's Weekly Ministry Focus,
emphasizing the fact that the $1400 monthly lease for
the LifeHouse was due on April 15.  Terri Palmquist
also called a few donors asking for assistance.
     Three donors responded generously,
providing enough money to make the lease payment,
and to pay several other outstanding bills for LSM.  
Thank you to those who responded, and to those who
took this matter to the Lord in prayer!

Australian baby briefly survives abortion

     A coroner in Darwin, Australia, has commended
midwife nurse Carrie Williams for her care of an aborted
baby unexpectedly born alive after between 21 and 22 weeks
gestation. Facing a moral dilemma, and without any direction
from the doctor involved, she covered the child and kept
him/her warm until he/she died some 80 minutes later. The
cause of death was found to be "premature delivery." 
          The Times, April 11 and The Sydney Morning Herald, April 10
     As reported by the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

A Birthday Party for life

     When Esther Boozer recently sent out
invitations for her birthday party, she included this note:
"No gifts please.  If you would like to send a donation:
LifeSavers Ministries P.O. Box 40972 Bakersfield, CA
93384-0972."  Over $100 in gifts were given to LSM as
a result of the party (and the checks came just at the
time of LSM's critical financial need).
     Esther writes "I'm now working on a raffle to
collect funds for your ministry.  May God continue to
bless all your efforts for the innocent."
     Thank you, Esther.  And, happy birthday!

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