We view the premature termination of human life as heart-breaking testimony to the need for Biblical clarity, the gospel, and focused care through family ministry in the church.
The abortion statistics around the world are horrific as shown by this active monitor of the number of reported abortions. When the clock started for 2019, this site started counting. As I write, it is 5:20 pm on January 2, 2019 in Dallas, TX, and the count is already 198,280. We, the Church, really must not ignore this atrocity or minimize its horror.
The issue of life is simply not in the realm of politics at all, as much as some people try to make it so. The ministry of Life is designed, first and foremost, to honor the Creator and His deep love for each new little person, and to obey His commands to care for the little ones, the helpless, and the orphan.
Even when a child is not perfect, God deeply loves each child. Consider Moses, who had a speech defect. The LORD said to Moses, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD?” and then He said, “Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say” (Exodus 4:11–12).
Many men and women making a life decision have some sort of relationship with a local church, but a connection to a church doesn’t always translate to support.
Consider some of these tangible ideas for supporting life:
- Share the gospel widely, especially among young people between the ages of 12 – 24! Make sure your Children’s and Youth Pastors are focused on evangelism and service to youngsters who may be having a difficult time at school or at home. Encourage your church staff and volunteers to take EvanTell’s free online training for ACT Personal Evangelism and Save the Mother, Save her Child.
- Do not condemn a young person who is pregnant and unmarried. Help her stay connected with your church. Offer support and counsel. Ask your local pregnancy center Executive Director to speak to your church staff and women’s ministry about how to minister to young moms and dads they may refer to your church.
- Consider gathering information, training, and resources from such national ministries as:
If a young person (or couple) comes to you saying she is afraid she is pregnant:
- Please d not lecture!
- Offer t take the person, or couple, to a local Christian pregnancy center/clinic that will share excellent information and support.
- Remember: Pregnancy center staff are trained t counsel as humble care-takers for those considering abortion, or anyone who has experienced abortion in their past.
- You can find a list of local pregnancy centers at Care Net, a national faith-based pregnancy center ministry with an outstanding reputation, and a partner of EvanTell’s Save the Mother, Save her Child® ministry. Or you can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you locate a center near you.
- Care Net has developed a program for churches called, “Making Life Disciples.” Explore this program if you want an “on ramp” for building a life support system for your church.
- Link your church’s family ministry to a pregnancy center near you and volunteer to serve. Work with the pregnancy center to support new parents, single moms, single dads, families who are experiencing a new pregnancy, or have experienced an abortion (post-abortion recovery). The center is likely to have a nurse or counselor who can come to answer questions that many families have about these challenges and discuss life topics, abstinence, and life decisions with young people.
- Encourage those who are single and not sexually active to remain so. If your church does not already have discipleship ministries for single adults (of several age groups), consider how you can serve their spiritual needs.
- Pregnancy centers have excellent capabilities to counsel teens and college age women and men. Many centers have STD testing capabilities, too.
- We humbly ask churches encourage people to serve as volunteers and financially support their local pregnancy centers who are “life missionaries in the neighborhood.” Resources are needed “on demand” sometimes to serve people who come to them for help.
Would you consider being a Christian care-taker who will help a young person make a God-honoring life decision?
If so, please contact us at email@example.com and we will put you in touch with a pregnancy center or life ministry near you.
Would you support EvanTell’s Save the Mother, Save her Child ministry so we can continue to train and equip pregnancy centers not only in the U.S. but internationally? We have trained center staff and volunteers in over 600 centers in the U.S. over our 10-year history, and 45 overseas.
May God give you His heart for life and the gospel in 2019. Let 2019 be the year to stand for life by the side of a young person in your congregation.