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Volume 1, Number 33 August 21, 2000
Weekly Ministry Focus
Catholic mother decides not to abort her third baby

At least three babies were saved from abortion last Tuesday, as the Family Planning Associates abortion chamber had a busy day under the knife of abortionist Kenneth Wright No abortions were committed last Monday. Here are a few selected reports from last week's ministry activities:

Early Tuesday morning, "Manuela," 21, came to the abortion chamber. She spoke to Vince on the sidewalk before she entered, telling him that she was two months pregnant, and that she intended to abort her baby. Manuela is married and has two other children, and she attends a local Catholic church. Vince provided literature on fetal development and the risks of abortion, and gave Manuela a Bible. After speaking with Vince, Manuela changed her mind and left the abortion chamber.

Chuck has been sidewalk counseling for two weeks, because he is temporarily unable to work due to a disability. Bethany Ministries encouraged him to use his free time to volunteer with LifeSavers. On Tuesday, Chuck saw "Bay," 20, waiting on the steps of the abortion chamber. He asked her if she was considering abortion, and she told Chuck that she had changed her mind and was going to have the baby. "I was so thrilled because she was the first person I have met that changed her mind since I've been here," Chuck exclaimed. "It built up my faith believing that the Lord could use me here." Chuck gave Bay a "Hope for the Future" Bible and a baby gift. Bay is 15 weeks pregnant, and had come to Bakersfield from Pismo Beach for the abortion.

"Evita," 31, came to the abortion chamber on Tuesday afternoon for a pregnancy test. Sinthia talked to her on the sidewalk, and brought her to the LifeHouse. When Evita saw that her test was positive, she became very emotional. Evita described her problems to Terri, explaining that she is fighting for custody of her four children, who are in foster care. She has been told that she can't have her children back until she has at least two bedrooms, but she only receives $480 per month. Although she has attended a local Catholic church for 10 years and has never had an abortion, Evita told Terri that she is not sure what she is going to do about this baby. Terri encouraged her to trust in God, and told her that she will keep in touch.

"Leah," 20, is engaged, and came to the LifeHouse on Tuesday because she thought she might be pregnant, but her test was negative. After Leah saw the "Harder Truth" abortion video, she was sobbing. Beth brought her into the counseling room, and used the opportunity to encourage her to change the direction of her life. Leah is thinking of moving in with her fianc, but her mom told her she couldn't. "She has not been making decisions that are good," Beth noted. "I challenged her that if he really wants to show his love for her, he would wait." Beth gave Leah several pamphlets about abstinence and waiting for marriage. Leah has attended local Catholic churches for five years.

"Kim," 18, who lives in Bishop came to the LifeHouse on Tuesday to get information to help her talk to her sister who is planning to abort her baby. Terri talked to Kim at the LifeHouse, showed her the "Harder Truth" video, and gave her literature along with a Bible and baby gifts for Kim to give to her sister. Terri prayed that God would use Kim to save this little one's life.

Janet, who works for the local bus system, stopped by the LifeHouse for information. She wants to help some of the people she encounters. Beth provided her with various information about abortion and fetal development.

Scripture Focus : Psalm 52
Why do you boast of evil, you mighty man?
     Why do you boast all day long,
     you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?
Your tongue plots destruction;
     it is like a sharpened razor,
     you who practice deceit.
You love evil rather than good,
     falsehood rather than speaking the truth.       
You love every harmful word,
     O you deceitful tongue!

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:
     He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent;
     he will uproot you from the land of the living.
The righteous will see and fear;
     they will laugh at him, saying,
"Here now is the man
     who did not make God his stronghold
but trusted in his great wealth
     and grew strong by destroying others!"

But I am like an olive tree
     flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God's unfailing love
     for ever and ever.
I will praise you forever for what you have done;
     in your name I will hope, for your name is good.
     I will praise you in the presence of the saints.

Express your trust and hope to God, and in his ultimate (though delayed) justice as you meditate on this psalm today. If you have an opportunity, boldly proclaim the truth of this scripture to those who "boast of evil" today.

Prayer Focus
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will fill the sidewalk counselors will boldness and power today, and that God will work mighty wonders through their words.
  • Pray for "Evita" (see report above) to be able to find an adequate place to live so that she will be able to regain custody of her children, and pray that God will protect her preborn child during these stressful times.
  • Pray for "Portia" (see Weekly Ministry Focus #20 and #28), who is still working in the abortion chamber although she had said she was quitting. Ask God to help her not to harden her heart by continuing her participation in the killings.
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