Our church recently began a new pro-life outreach that I’ve been taking part in over the last two weekends. The outreach is called “Speak for the Unborn,” and the idea behind it is very simple. A group of us shows up to Louisville’s abortion clinic on Saturday mornings from 7:00-8:30am. As women arrive for their abortion appointments, we try to engage them in conversation as they walk from their car to the clinic.
Our goal in talking to them is twofold. One, we are trying to convince them to choose life by directing them to “A Woman’s Choice Resource Center” a crisis pregnancy center located just across the street from the abortion clinic. From there, we can offer them abundant resources to carry their babies to term and to care for them after they are born. Two, we aim to share the gospel with them as there is opportunity. Our desire is to save these unborn babies and to spare their mothers from making a decision that they will likely long regret. Our ultimate goal is to direct these women to Jesus.
The vision for this ministry began with Dave and Stacey Hare of Immanuel Baptist Church, but it spread to some members of my church after a sermon I preached last January on Proverbs 24:10-12, a text which reads:
10 If you are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.
11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter,
O hold them back.
12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not render to man according to his work?
Why am I writing about this outreach on my blog? There are several reasons.
First, after doing this the last two Saturdays, it has become clear to me that my experiences at the abortion clinic will become a part of what I write about on this blog. This post will be my background link whenever I do.
Second, I want to raise awareness about this ministry among evangelical Christians in Louisville. There is a need for other gospel-believing congregations to get involved with this kind of outreach. Dave and Stacey Hare have produced a set of resources to help train sidewalk counselors who want to speak for the unborn. The Hare’s are also available to come to your church and to train your people directly if need be. For more information about the outreach and how to contact the Hare’s, click here.
Third, I want people to know about Louisville’s crisis pregnancy center A Woman’s Choice Resource Center and to consider making a regular monthly donation to this work. A Woman’s Choice Resource Center assists pregnant women with free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, maternity/infant clothing, counseling, and information about adoption. The Center is a frontline effort at convincing women to keep their babies and at supporting them after they do. Moreover, this is an evangelical work that is committed to sharing the Gospel with each and every client. Here’s a link to their donation page.
Fourth, we need prayer. As you will find out, this is not an easy work. The abortion clinic has recruited their own volunteers to escort women from their cars to the clinic. So we are often in direct confrontation with the clinic’s escorts. As far as it is up to us, we want to be at peace with all men (Romans 12:18), but these folks don’t feel that way toward us. So we need your prayers, the clinic’s escorts need your prayers, and so do these pregnant women and their unborn babies.
Keep an eye out on this blog for stories from the “Speak for the Unborn” outreach. They will be coming forth in very short order.