The Ghosts of Prolife Sidewalk Ministry
Divisiveness is what kills a great outreach. It’s the best excuse that Pastors use to stay away from an uncomfortable ministry at the abortion facilities – AND laziness. So, this prompted me to tell the short story of how this Evangelical Christian was moved to get into Prolife Ministry by Catholics and others.
Many so-called prolife ministries want to be so divisive that they step over the dead aborted babies to get to the prolifer that’s ‘doing it wrong’. These people use a Bible with pages missing to further their agenda. This has been ongoing, nothing new…but it definitely needs to stop, particularly when violence erupts from this cult. Read that here.
How did you get into prolife ministry? For me, I had three life changing moments:
- I saw a man, alone, carrying a huge crucifix pacing in front of what looked like an office building. I realized it was an abortion facility. I had to face my own abortion, I had to face God and repent, and I finally met that faithful witness years later. [Thanks to Richard Mahoney]
- I went to my first 40 Days for Life rally. Bryan Kemper of Stand True [youth director of Priests for Life] was the speaker, I was scared to death to face this publicly, I was asked to join the 40 Days leadership team a year later. [Thanks to the 40 Days team]
- I was asked to testify for the Heartbeat Bill. I told my post abortive testimony in both committees at the Ohio Statehouse for the Heartbeat Bill. My story was now part of public record for everyone to hear, no going back. Testifying for this bill catapulted me into full time prolife ministry. [Thanks to Janet Porter and my husband]
In these three points there was no mention of a church helping me or the prolife movement in any way. We received some well wishes and monetary support, but no one showed up on the sidewalk more than once. This is when we realized that this prolife ministry is a remnant within the remnant and on our own.
Too many people in the evangelical world rests on their blessed assurance saying that prolife ministry is a ‘catholic thing’, too political and/or controversial. On this side of the pulpit, we call it LAZY and selective.
Prolife ministry is a GOSPEL thing, it is bringing the message of Jesus Christ to the street and the sidewalk. Pastors need to come out from behind the pulpit and do the work that Jesus did: Taking the message of hope to the lost, the hopeless, and the afflicted TO the street and TO the sidewalk. Evangelicals are called judgmental by many, but it’s the evangelical Pastors who have already judged prolife ministry as an offense to their church. ABORTION IS AN OFFENSE! And Pastors that do nothing offends ME and has deemed unborn life to be not as important as themselves or their coffers.
In the area in which we live and minister, over 800K people and HUNDREDS of churches surround ONE ABORTION FACILITY and still hardly anyone comes while some claim to be prolife.
A great example: a woman at the Heartbeat Bill Prayer Rally said she is part of a 8000 member mega church in the Columbus area and said to me that they don’t do anything prolife outside of the church property lines, and for that she feels they are lacking. She’s right. And I am the first person that will tell you I appreciate outreaches that supply clothes, formula and diapers…but they hide behind a huge pulpit rather than stepping out to the two abortion facilities within their city limits to spread the GOSPEL which saves LIVES.
I am so thankful that God directed me to this ministry which has TOTALLY offended my family – but the Bible says that in these last days this would happen because:
“v48 For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more……v51 Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. v52 For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three.v 53 Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” Luke 12:48, 12:51-53
Abortion and prolife ministry is an offense to the Church rather than a ministry opportunity to changes lives.
My dear prolife friends and ministers who continue to be in this fight for LIFE, be ENCOURAGED! We are few in number but great in the eyes of God!
“v19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; v20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. v21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
See you on the sidewalk ~ rev katherine