June 28, 2007
(NOTE: At the time that this letter was written, one of our family
members was facing an impending divorce. Although the situation looked
hopeless at the time, she eventually returned. We have
removed the opening paragraphs of this letter which dealt with this
situation, but we still covet your prayers that God will help our
family members stay faithful to Him and to each other.)
This past Sunday, we heard that "Rev." Al Sharpton was coming to
speak at Compassion Christian Center. Sharpton advocates women
having the “choice” to abort their babies, although abortion impacts the
black population disproportionately. We knew that someone needed to
speak out for the truth. Within about two hours, we threw together a
flyer and gathered a small group of people.
Terri explains how abortion impacts blacks to two men entering
Compassion Christian Center.
The atmosphere outside Compassion Christian Center was tragically
familiar: it was as bad as being outside the killing center. We were told
to move away from the public sidewalks in front of the church, and the
ushers grabbed our flyers out of people's hands as they entered the
sanctuary. Nevertheless, the truth of Sharpton's hypocritical abortion
advocacy was heard from his own lips. As Jesus said in Matthew 23:24,
"blind guides" like Sharpton "strain at a gnat" (focusing on censoring
three specific words from rap songs) but "swallow a camel" (deeming abortion
a "civil right").
Monday morning, I didn't intend to be outside the abortion chamber, but Terri
was so busy helping one woman after another who decided not to abort their
babies, I couldn't pull myself away. Then a car pulled up next to me, and a
young woman inside asked for literature. Three years ago, she explained, she
had planned to abort her baby, but she had changed her mind after talking to
us. "Does the baby's father help you at all?" I asked. "No," she answered,
"but I don't need his help." Her eyes overflowed with tears as she showed me
her little girl in the back seat. We hope to keep in touch with this precious
mother and child.
Although our financial problems have dashed our hopes of having a "Traveling
Life Center" (a pregnancy help center in an RV), we are offering mobile
services now to the best of our ability. For example, tomorrow we will travel
to Rosamond to meet with a pregnant girl who wants an abortion. (The girl's
mother called us yesterday asking for help.) The counseling methods and
resources we will use in Rosamond are very similar to what we use in the
LifeHouse (and what we would have hoped to use in the "TLC").
Sometimes we find encouragement in unexpected places. A few months ago,
wrote to Rick Warren asking him to correct erroneous
statements he made on the
Family Life Today radio program minimizing the abortion holocaust.
When I heard that he was on Family Life Today again yesterday, I hoped
to hear him correct his previous errors. But instead, I heard him say these
I used to believe that life was hills and valleys.... I don’t believe that anymore.
I think life is more like a railroad track with two rails, and you have them both at
the same time. There’s always something good in your life, and no matter how good
things are going, something bad is in your life.... You get them both at the same
time, it's not highs and lows.... The goal is not to focus on the good or the bad,
... keep your eye on the goal, and the goal is Jesus, the goal is finishing the
Thank you for helping us to stay "in the race". We look forward to the day when we will reach the goal
In Christ's service for those who cannot speak for themselves,
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