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LifeSavers Ministries Weekly Ministry Focus
Volume 1, Number 17              May 1, 2000



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Contents:
Woman declines abortion, gives birth to twins
     (and other ministry reports)
Scripture Focus: 1 John 3:7-15
Prayer Focus
Abortion chamber may close due to lack of local backup
Abortionist sentenced for carving initials in belly
Incest charge follows abortion demand
This week's schedule (and special instructions)
Next week's schedule (and special instructions)
Upcoming events
Publication/subscription information
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Woman declines abortion, gives birth to twin baby boys

     Last week was very discouraging and frustrating for
local sidewalk counselors, although at least two babies
were saved.  Here are a few selected reports from last
week's ministry activities:

         "Theodosia," 18, came to the LifeHouse for a
     pregnancy test on Tuesday.  The results were
     negative.  Theodosia attends a local Missionary
     Baptist church.  She told Terri that she had
     scheduled an abortion with her last pregnancy, but
     changed her mind after talking to the sidewalk
     counselors, and hearing a woman inside the abortion
     chamber brag about having her sixth abortion.
     Debbie had brought her to the LifeHouse and shown
     her the Hard Truth video, and she decided not to
     abort her baby actually babies: her twin boys who
     were saved from the abortionist's knife are now
     three months old!

         "Martha," 20, had come to the FPA abortion
     chamber for an abortion, but they told her that she
     was 21 1/2 weeks pregnant, so she would have to go
     to Los Angeles, where she would have a three-day
     abortion (probably a partial-birth abortion).  She
     called LifeSavers on Wednesday, asking for
     information on adoption.  Terri is scheduled to meet
     with her Monday afternoon to discuss her situation
     further.

         "Talia," 18, came to the LifeHouse Monday for a
     pregnancy test after seeing a phone book ad.  She
     said that she is "born again," and she attends a large
     local Southern Baptist church.  Her test was
     positive, and Talia told Mary Ann that she will give
     birth to the baby.

         As "Velma" walked up the stairway to abortion
     chamber Tuesday, she was crying.  Terri begged her
     not to go in, saying "please, you have a soft heart,
     don't let them kill your baby around Easter; you'll
     always remember this."  She turned around, walked
     down the stairs, and went to her truck and drove
     away.  As they drove by, Terri motioned for her to
     roll down the window, and Terri gave her a Hope
     For the Future Bible, along with other literature, and
     a baby gift.

          Update: Paula (see Weekly Ministry Focus #16)
     aborted her baby on Tuesday, even though Terri had
     talked at length and prayed with her on the phone
     earlier in the day.  After the abortion, she was very
     pale.  Terri asked Paula to come give her a hug, but
     she wouldn't look at Terri, and didn't say a word.
     Her mom said "she doesn't need to talk to you right
     now!"
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Scripture Focus: 1 John 3:7-15

     Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray.  He
who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the
devil has been sinning from the beginning.   The reason
the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because
God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning,
because he has been born of God.  This is how we know
who the children of God are and who the children of the
devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a
child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
     This is the message you heard from the beginning:
We should love one another.  Do not be like Cain, who
belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother.  And
why did he murder him?  Because his own actions were
evil and his brother's were righteous.  Do not be surprised,
my brothers, if the world hates you.  We know that we
have passed from death to life, because we love our
brothers.  Anyone who does not love remains in death.
Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you
know that no murderer has eternal life in him.
[heart] When you are tempted to engage in idle
conversation today, meditate on this scripture.
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Prayer Focus

  Ask God to fill every sidewalk counselor (and
every other volunteer) with His love today, so
that every word and action will display love for
both the mothers and the babies.
  Pray that those who enter the abortion
chamber and those who pass by will see our
actions today as demonstrating our love and
concern for the babies and their mothers, even
though we are not using any signs.
  Pray for "Velma", asking God to comfort her
and give her peace in whatever situations she is
dealing with right now.
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Abortion chamber may close due to lack of local backup

     Saloman N.  Epstein has temporarily closed his
abortion chamber in Binghamton, New York, because of an
order from the state Department of Health.  Epstein lives in
New York City, but he travels to Binghamton two days a
week to commit abortions.  The Health Department has
ordered him to have a doctor available in Binghamton every
day.  "If I don't have adequate back-up for emergency care,
they will close (the abortion chamber) down," he said, noting
that he has operated the abortion chamber without medical
backup for 19 years.  "If I don't find a doctor to back me up,
I'll have to leave Binghamton," he said.
     (Here in Bakersfield, FPA has contracted with Dr.
William Stanley for medical backup.  Dr. Stanley is notorious
for abusing his patients, including Helen Herron, who died
following an abortion.)
- Pro-Life Infonet #2157
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Abortionist sentenced to probation
for carving initials in woman's belly

     New York abortionist Allan Zarkin was sentenced to
probation last week for carving his initials into the
belly of a woman after delivering her child.  Zarkin will also
be barred from applying for a medical license for five years.
          Health Department officials also temporarily closed the
Choices Women's Medical Center, where Zarkin was hired as
medical director after the carving incident became public.  In
February, the state fined the abortion chamber $20,000 for
committing hasty abortions, lacking proper equipment and
infection control, not having enough nurses and improperly
screening and monitoring employees.
     The state also cited the abortion chamber for allowing
Zarkin to commit abortions unsupervised even though a
psychiatrist had told them that Zarkin has a brain disorder.
- Pro-Life Infonet #2155
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Incest charge follows abortion demand

     A Canadian man has been charged with incest, sexual
interference, and sexual assault after demanding an abortion
for his 13-year-old daughter.
- Pro-Life Infonet #2157
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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, May 1
                              Colleen                 8 -   10:30
                    Jose           8 -  10
                    Rosa??         10 - 12
                    Irene         10 -  2
                    Mary Ann      10 -  3
                    Terri      10:30 -  5
                              St.  Joseph's        1:30 -   2

Tuesday, May 2
                         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

Special instructions for this week:
          No signs of any kind.
          Main focus: prayer
          One sidewalk counselor, only offering literature.
     If literature is refused, don't talk further.
This is part of a three-month experiment testing the
effectiveness of various tactics.  Thank you for
cooperating with this effort.
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Monday, May 8
                              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            2 -   4

Tuesday, May 9
                    Vince          7 -  9
                    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

Special instructions for 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.
This is part of a three-month experiment testing the
effectiveness of various tactics.  Thank you for
cooperating with this effort.
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Upcoming Events

     Monday, May 1 at 7 pm: Annual meeting and
election of officers for LifeSavers Ministries.  If you are
interested in being a part of this organization, please attend
this meeting, to be held at the LifeHouse (25th and H Streets
in Bakersfield).
     Friday, May 12 at 7 pm: The third annual "Baby
Wade" memorial service will be held at Calvary Bible
Church, 4850 Manor Street.
     Thursday, May 18 at 6 pm: An introduction to
Natural Family Planning will be held at 201 New Stine Road,
Suite 120 (Dr.  Wedemeyer's Chiropractic Office).  Kara Lucas, a
Fresno NFP teacher with the Couple to Couple League, will speak.
If you are interested in learning NFP, or if you would like to teach or
promote NFP, you are encouraged to attend.  For more information,
contact Kathy Ancheta at 832-6200.
     Sunday, May 21: Carl's Jr.  LifeSavers
fundraiser.  When you present a special coupon (which will
be made available soon), Bakersfield Carl's Jr. restaurants
will donate 10% of your total order to LifeSavers Ministries,
along with offering you a free regular drink for any purchase
over $5.
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Publication/subscription information

The LifeSavers Ministries Weekly Ministry Focus is published
every Monday by LifeSavers Ministries, P.O. Box 40972,
Bakersfield CA 93384-0972. Issues are available without charge
at the LifeHouse, 2428 H Street, on Mondays and Tuesdays.  To
subscribe to the LifeSavers Ministries Weekly Ministry Focus by
mail, we request a suggested donation of $50 per year to cover
postage and handling.  To subscribe by e-mail, just send a
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"LifeSavers@glorifyJesus.com" (we request a suggested donation
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           For more information on LifeSavers Ministries,
                call (661) 323-BABY or (661) 323-2229.

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