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Weekly Ministry Focus

Volume 1, Number 49 December 11, 2000
Weekly Ministry Focus
Doctor refuses to provide abortion authorization

At least one baby was saved last week in Bakersfield through the ministry of "pregnancy evangelists" on the sidewalks outside the Family Planning Associates abortion chamber. Abortionist Kenneth Wright once again committed abortions on Monday and Tuesday. Here are a few selected reports from last week's ministry activities:

"Kathie," 21, called LifeSavers by accident on Thursday, apparently intending to call FPA. Kathie told Terri* that FPA would not allow her to have an abortion unless she had a note from her doctor, because she has seizures and asthma. However, her doctor refused to give her the note. Terri told her that FPA is not equipped to handle women with problems like asthma, and that sometimes such women have been taken away from the abortion chamber in an ambulance.

Terri invited Kathie to come to the LifeHouse on Friday to see a video about abortion. After seeing the video, Terri talked with her for close to an hour. Kathie is a Christian, and attends a local Missionary Baptist church. She has three children, and is engaged. Her fiance doesn't want her to abort, but she wants to go to college to better herself for her children, so that she can financially contribute to her family.

"I've been praying alot about this for the last few weeks," Kathie said. "I know it's wrong, but I have no other choice."

Tears rolled down Kathie's cheeks several times during her conversation with Terri. "It's no accident that you ended up calling here instead of across the street," Terri said. "God is trying to speak to you. Please listen! He wants your baby to live."

Terri prayed with her, and Kathie said she will come back to the LifeHouse on Monday (today) after she thinks about things. As of Monday morning, Kathie was still intending to abort.

"Andrea," 40, came with her husband from their small town to Bakersfield on Monday, intending to abort their baby. They slowly drove up to the abortion chamber, and started to park their car; then they drove away. Later they returned and parked across the street. When she walked by, Colleen (an independent volunteer) started to talk to her, but Andrea said "do you speak Spanish?" So Terri walked over and said "embarazado? aborto?" and Andrea replied "yes."

Andrea said the reason for the abortion was "gasses." She spoke broken English. Terri was able to get her to come to the LifeHouse, where she showed Andrea a video about abortion.

Andrea told Terri that Clinica Sierra Vista referred her for the abortion, and that they told her the baby was not formed, just smaller than a thumb, with no working parts, until 13 weeks, and she said she was only 9 weeks along. She's on prescription medications for her "gasses," because part of her stomach doesn't close.

Andrea said that she was a Christian and told Terri "maybe God used you to talk to me and pray for me so I won't have my stomach problems." Terri said "a baby is worth some suffering; just think how much suffering Jesus went through for us."

Terri gave Andrea literature about fetal development and the risks of abortion, and a Spanish "Hope for the Future" Bible.

"DeAnn," 18, came to the LifeHouse on Monday for a pregnancy test. The results were negative, but DeAnn was disappointed. DeAnn lives with her boyfriend, and they are both Christians, but DeAnn said she wants to be pregnant. Terri encouraged her to wait until she is married.

"Michaela," 15, came to the LifeHouse on Thursday for a pregnancy test, which was negative. Even though she gave birth to a baby just two months ago, she thought she might be pregnant. Terri gave her abstinence literature, and Beth (a Fresno sidewalk counselor who had stopped by to help) talked with Michaela about waiting for marriage.

Scripture Focus : Jeremiah 22:13-17
"Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness,
     his upper rooms by injustice,
making his countrymen work for nothing,
     not paying them for their labor.
He says, 'I will build myself a great palace
     with spacious upper rooms.'
So he makes large windows in it,
     panels it with cedar
     and decorates it in red.
"Does it make you a king
     to have more and more cedar?
Did not your father have food and drink?
     He did what was right and just,
     so all went well with him.
He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
     and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?"
     declares the Lord.
"But your eyes and your heart
     are set only on dishonest gain,
on shedding innocent blood
     and on oppression and extortion."

Pray that those who gain financially from the shedding of innocent blood will come to truly "know" the Lord, or that they will soon receive just punishment from God.  Ask God to help you to defend the unborn with all your heart, and to help you refrain from idle conversation.

Prayer Focus
  • Ask God to protect and guide every LifeSavers team member and volunteer today, so that they can be more effective in their ministry efforts.
  • Ask God to help "Kathie" (see report above) to draw closer to Him, and to submit to His will for her life and her baby's life.
  • Pray that God will heal and strengthen "Andrea" (see report above).
  • Pray that abortionist Kenneth Wright will surrender to God. Ask God to bring situations into Wright's life in the days ahead which will force him to go to his knees.
  • Pray for Debbie Williams, who has been a participant in LifeSavers ministry activities for years. Ask God to help her to have wisdom in dealing with some very significant decisions she will be making in the coming days.

Congratulations to:
Irene Magallon: LSM team member of the year
St. Joseph's: Pro-Life church of the year

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, Dec. 11
Colleen 8 - 10:30
Terri* 10:30 - 6
Chuck 11:30 - 3
Irene* 10 - 2
St. Joseph's 1:30 - 2

Tuesday, Dec. 12
Lewis 7:30 - 9:30
Terri* 10:30 - 4
Chuck 11:30 - 3
Fr. James 10 - 12
Irene* 10 - 2
Mary Ann 11 - 3

Monday, Dec. 18
Colleen 8 - 10:30
Irene* 10 - 2
Terri* 10:30 - 4
Chuck 11:30 - 3
St. Joseph's 1:30 - 2
We need help 8 - 10:30

Tuesday, Dec. 19
Lewis 7:30 - 9:30
Vince 7:30 - 9
Terri* 10:30 - 4
Chuck 11:30 - 3
Fr. James 10 - 12
Irene* 10 - 2
Mary Ann 11 - 3
We need help 6:45 - 10:30
*LSM team members (others are independent volunteers)

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Volume 6 (2006)
Volume 5 (2005)
Volume 4 (2004)
Volume 3 (2003)
Volume 2 (2001)
Volume 1 (2000)
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