Our friend Tony Lee (a longtime local reporter) asked me a few weeks ago to come on his radio show to share our story.
Along with explaining how God led us into pro-life ministry, I had an opportunity to share some of the amazing blessings — and some heartbreaking situations — we have experienced over our decades of ministry. As I told Tony, radio played an essential role in the beginnings of our pro-life ministry efforts.
The interview is available at this link, or click the “play” button below.
In this 13 minute video, Tim Palmquist (flanked by two City Council members) speaks at the Victorville March for Life, which was held on January 19, 2014 in front of the new Victorville Planned Parenthood mega center. (For the best experience, please consider watching the video with captions turned on.)
The wide spectrum of points covered in this brief pep talk include:
Why there is hope for the future of our cities and nation
Why pastors can’t dismiss their responsibility to confront abortion deaths
Why God will not only judge individuals, but also cities — and churches!
Why it is so dangerous to look at abortion as a “personal” issue of “choice”
How we have been a part of changing the landscape of the pro-life movement
Speaking against the Human Life Ordinance at the Bakersfield City Council meeting yesterday, Candi Easter, Chairman of the Kern County Democratic Party, began her comments with a personal slur against us, though likely nobody besides Terri and myself realized it.
“Personally,” Candi explained, “I believe that a couple that has 8 or 10 children is offensive. However I would never ever come to this Council and ask them to legislate against it.”
As parents of 11 children, Terri and I immediately recognized Candi’s mean-spirited point.
I first met Candi over 20 years ago, as we worked together for the same company. Continue reading →
On Monday, July 8, 2013, a little over a year from the time that we first learned that Planned Parenthood was building a mega-abortion center in Bakersfield, I spoke to a group of pro-life supporters who gathered outside the new Planned Parenthood building. (It coincidentally seemed to be the first day that Planned Parenthood had switched their operations from their old building at 2535 16th St. to the new building at 2633 16th St.) The following is a summary of comments I made that day:
Terri stands under an olive tree outside new Planned Parenthood being constructed.
“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good….” (Genesis 50:20)
In early June of 2012, when we first learned that Planned Parenthood was building a new mega abortion center in Bakersfield, we were daunted by the prospect of confronting this abortion “giant,” even though we had just heard an inspiring sermon on facing the giants. Driving by the construction site that first day, we immediately noticed the three olive trees near the sidewalk. Seeing the branches of the trees filled with olives, we identified this as being somehow an additional answer to prayer (similar to the olive tree outside the Bakersfield FPA abortion center), but we still didn’t understand how this could be true. Continue reading →
I have often had the opportunity to hear life-changing phone calls over our decades of ministry, as God uses Terri in amazing ways to help women decide against aborting their babies. But I wish that every Christian leader could have heard what Terri said on a phone call last Thursday, because it contained such important seeds of transformation.
This story begins on June 7, when we learned that a Planned Parenthood mega abortion center — over 10,000 square feet — was being built in Bakersfield. The name of the contractor working on the project was familiar: he was a family member of a longtime supporter of ours (who has now gone home to be with the Lord).
Then I remembered that years ago, our supporter had given me the contractor’s personal cell phone number. I dialed the number and asked if he could meet Terri and myself for dinner.
“What is this about?” he asked.
“Someone told us something about you that I hope is not true,” I explained. “I would rather not discuss it over the phone.”
At dinner that night, the contractor quickly acknowledged that he had won the bid for the Planned Parenthood project and that he knew that it was an abortion chamber. “I really believe that God wants me to have this job, or I wouldn’t have won the bid,” he explained. “My reputation is at stake, so I can’t back out now.” Continue reading →
Why would a Catholic nun advance a “pro-life” view against the death penalty while refusing to speak against killing innocent children by abortion? I have asked myself this question repeatedly over the past several days while searching for quotes from Sister Helen Prejean, who is speaking in Bakersfield later this week. Although I am not a member of a Catholic church, I have a high respect for many Catholic teachings, and particularly appreciate the Catholic Church’s long record of consistency regarding life issues such as abortion.
We learned of Sr. Prejean’s visit from Joel Torczon, our friend and dedicated pro-life volunteer who also happens to be a member of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, one of the churches where Prejean will be speaking. Torczon wrote a letter to the editor of the Bakersfield Californian expressing concerns about Prejean’s views in the context of the “consistent life ethic.” Continue reading →
Did a local reporter and television anchor violate journalistic ethics in yesterday’s report on Terri’s “tactics” relating to a 14-year-old whose baby was aborted this week? Consider the evidence below.
I first learned of Channel 17’s interest in this case on Wednesday morning, when I received a phone call from Mike Trihey, Assistant News Director of KGET TV-17. I was surprised to hear from Channel 17, because they have ignored 40 Days for Life until now, but I know from past experience that Mike will contact us whenever something happens that has the potential to harm our ministry efforts. (Usually when Mike learns the truth from us, Channel 17 quickly drops the story, apparently because something that doesn’t make us look bad isn’t worth pursuing.) Continue reading →
I just received this from our friend and intercessor Marti McCraw.
…Barack Obama speaks to the nation who has the power to make him President. In essence, regarding abortion, he is saying, “There is an odd set of people in our nation who don’t fit in… elect me for president and I will give orders to have them destroyed.”
Barack Obama has declared that the first thing he will do when elected is… remove every abortion restriction that has been passed since Roe V. Wade.
Will you join the Esther’s and Mordecai’s of this land to fast and pray for the lives of these innocent children? Who knows? Maybe you were made queen (part of a voting democracy) for just such a time as this.