Entries for May 2013

Close you eyes and imagine the following for a moment:

You are a pastor in a foreign country. 

You see needs in the lives of the many people who surround you. 

They face fear, poverty, cultural estrangement and uncertainty due to unwanted  and unexpected pregnancies.

Child are dying everyday.

What do you do?

Western advisers may discuss traditional outreach methods like pregnancy care centers, abstinence programs and education needed for you area. But how do you locate those unwanted children now before it is too late? Before infanticide occurs?

Human ingenuity came to the rescue for one South Korean pastor. With little money and few resources, he installed a "Baby Drop Box" in his church. Click here to read this amazing story!

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." 

~George S. Patton

The first time this audio clip was sent to our office, we were shocked. We cried and prayed and shared the moment together. This clip powerfully demonstrates why Life Matters Worldwide is passionately involved with sharing the Sanctity of Human Life message. 

Thank you to Peter Heck, the producer and author of this great video!

Prepare to be moved. May you be inspired to take action. Please share this with friends, family and anyone who will listen.

How often have you heard that we are losing the battle when it comes to the pro-life movement? We hear about the needs and struggles, but rarely do we hear reports of success and victory. 

Today, Life Matters Worldwide was reminded that though we may feel like we are losing individual battles, God is still winning the war and victory is all around us. We received the following e-news update from one of our centers: 

Recently, we have had the joy of receiving graduation announcements from some of our "babies" that were rescued from abortion 17 years ago.These momentous occasions are reminders of the real-life impact of "saving babies in Minnesota, one woman at a time." We are grateful for your partnership in this work and thank God every day for His intervention in these situations. There is much more to do to eliminate abortion from our world, but today we are simply thankful. 

-Metro Women's Center, Minneapolis, MN

As Christians, it is an excellent reminder that we are not responsible for the outcome of the war. We are called to follow God in faith, speak truth to others in love and share grace. The outcome of every battle is up to HIM. HE will produce the harvest. 

The question is not will we win the war, but are we answering HIS call daily to head to battle? Are we seeking His guidance and being obedient to HIS hand in our lives? 

Thank you to Metro Women's Center. You answered YES to that question and we have been blessed to hear of the harvest through you. Praise God for his intervention and the reminder of how one life can impact another!

If you falter in a time of trouble,
    how small is your strength!
Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
    Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
Proverbs 24:10-12

Good morning blog readers! We are proud to roll out our new video blog which will be a regular Saturday feature of videos pertaining to the sanctity of human life movement. 

It is our desire for you to know us better. We believe that video is a powerful way for you to get to know who Life Matters Worldwide is, a great way to educate yourself about the sanctity of human life and a great platform to share a powerful message. 

Be sure to save our blog in your favorites and come back again and again! Our blog web address is 


We would love to hear from you on topics you're interested in learning more about from Life Matters Worldwide! Feel free to comment and connect below.

“If there is one single molecule in this universe running around loose, totally free of God’s sovereignty, then we have no guarantee that a single promise of God will ever be fulfilled.” 

Many of us struggle with the concept of God’s sovereignty.  If God is good, all powerful and totally in control, then why does HE allow evil to persist?  God answers our concerns with the following verses:

“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:8-9

Today, we were reminded that the God we serve has HIS own timing.  We are grateful that in HIS perfect time HE answered the long standing prayers of so many by closing this facility. 

Do you have something that you have been praying for?  Do not be discouraged.  HE hears us and will answer in HIS perfect time!

Seventh Abortion Clinic Closes in Michigan in Eight Months

By Jill Stanek, Lansing, MI

Great news comes from Michigan of yet another abortion clinic closing - Birth Control Center in Sterling Heights.

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Monday afternoon, the pro-life movement experienced one of those moments that live long in memory, like the Kennedy assassination or the Challenger disaster. I’ll remember being at my desk compiling facts on fetal development for a PowerPoint presentation as I awaited the Gosnell verdict: 

• Did you know the human embryo has brainwaves by week 6, day 2? 
• That by 8 weeks, he or she has racked up 7.39 million heartbeats? 
• That babies killed at 24+ weeks – as in Gosnell’s clinic – feel pain?

At about 3:00 p.m., a flurry of Twitter and Facebook posts indicated a verdict was imminent. An hour later we knew Kermit Gosnell had been found guilty of most of the 263 counts against him, including three charges of murder in the first degree. Those charges related to babies who died when their spinal cords were severed after being aborted alive.

Relief and joy were some of the immediate reactions, at least within the pro-life community. Word was that one of the prosecutors in the case had sobbed as the months-long trial drew to a close. A mountain of evidence could not guarantee conviction. Because the case involved one of the most contentious issues of our day, nothing could be taken for granted. So we thank the jury for their long, careful deliberation.

Aside from the sense that justice has been served, does the verdict solve anything? 

Much remains to be seen. Time will tell whether this chink in the armor will prove fatal to the “pro-choice” cause. Will our side be able to press the point that any abortion – at any stage, for any reason – is as heinous as what occurred in the “house of horrors”? 

It’s not a good sign that, two weeks before the verdict, the Journal of Medical Ethics (May 2013, Volume 39, Issue 5) devoted an entire issue to “after birth” abortions, a topic that stirred controversy last year. This time all sorts of bioethicists weighed in, including Princeton’s Peter Singer, who is famous for advocating infanticide. Will they succeed in equating newborns with the unborn (or with “higher” animals)? How far are we down the slope toward justifying Gosnell-style infanticide? 

A good sign is that, the day of the verdict, two more abortion clinics closed. A Preferred Women’s Health Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, closed at the request of the state’s health department, who cited several health and safety violations. Their report concluded clients were in “imminent danger” if the clinic remained open.

Michigan saw its seventh abortion clinic close since last September. The Birth Control Center in Sterling Heights apparently could not comply with new licensing standards established by the state legislature late last year. 

The end of Gosnell’s career represents a trend owing to the diligence of activist groups like Operation Rescue that shine an unflinching spotlight on abortionists. We haven’t won until every abortion provider is out of business but, for the moment, we savor this victory.

Yesterday we celebrated Amanda Granger, our most recent intern. She's graduating from Calvin College, with a degree in Asian Studies, and going off to Hong Kong. 

Like previous interns, Amanda's been a tremendous help to our staff and a joy to work with. She caught on fast, pitched in on tedious tasks, and did everything with a sweet, willing spirit.

In Hong Kong she'll be supervising counselors at a camp. In any spare time she hopes to investigate what pro-life resources might be available, or what interest there is in providing such resources. 

Get a closer look at the delicious desert we all enjoyed -- Pavlova, made by our Director of Operations Winnie -- meringue, whipped cream, fresh fruit:

Yes, of course, it does. Abortion is devastating society and the Church. Local churches can and should minister to people impacted by abortion, but how?

On June 20, Sol Pitchon will address that and other questions at Life Matters Worldwide’s annual Summit in Grand Rapids. The Summit is for representatives of pregnancy care centers from around the country, but this year we're inviting pastors to join us for a plenary session, a workshop for pastors-only, and lunch. 

Who is Sol Pitchon? He's the President and CEO of New Life Solutions -- a full range of pro-life ministries in Largo, Florida. As a Jewish Christian whose parents survived the Holocaust, Sol feels it’s a privilege to work against the holocaust of abortion.

Where? Kent ISD Conference Center, 1933 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI

Cost? $10 includes lunch and book give-aways

Questions? Contact Life Matters Worldwide, (616) 257-6800, 1-800-968-6086

Please pre-register for this event.

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