|“Is there any good news?”|
|Written by Marie Bowen|
I answered the phone in the office of Presbyterians Pro-Life a couple of years ago and a pastor asked me, "Is there any good news?" I don't remember the details of our conversation, but the question stuck. Rather suddenly, during a post Easter cantata last Sunday morning, the answer came: For those of us in Christ, there is always good news. Jesus is alive! Ultimately that is everything that matters. The follow up question for each of us is, "How am I communicating to the world that Jesus is Life and that he is the Lord of life?"
There is good news in the cultural pro-life movement.
No good news came to mind that day, but today I can answer a resounding, "Yes!" to that question as it concerns developments in the pro-life movement also. Many states have approved legislation restricting abortion in recent months. Abortion numbers are falling in every demographic, including teens. Teen pregnancy rates are also down. The pro-life movement is overwhelmingly young and crossing denomonational lines. 40 Days for Life prayer campaigns twice a year are now taking place in 273 cities across 30 countries, thousands of babies have been saved, clinic workers have left their jobs and abortion clinics have closed as a direct result of peaceful prayer outside abortion clinics. God has changed many hearts through the prayers of his people.
There is good news to report in Presbyterians Pro-Life.
More churches are engaging in pro-life care and witness in their communities. More pastors are preaching pro-life sermons. God is moving in PPL's denominational work, expanding the borders of our work and increasing ecumenical cooperation.What really excites me is this. PPL will be at the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) General Assembly in June with a team led by PPL Board member. She will be assisted by a whole team of volunteers from a church that has recently left the PCUSA and joined ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. Yes, that's right, ECO Presbyterians will be doing PPL's work in the PCA! In the very same week that is happening, a team of 8 volunteers, including one from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), will be carrying on the witness of PPL to the Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) (PC(USA)). Before that ends, yet another small PPL team, including one member of the PC(USA), will attend the EPC GA. PPL's work and witness, always focused on lifting up the Lord of Life is telling broadly the good news that God loves every human life.
Will you support PPL's GA Teams?
The volunteers on PPL's GA Teams pay their own expenses and use precious personal vacation time to advocate for vulnerable lives. A few have been doing this work for more than 20 years! If you are able, would you make a special love gift to PPL today to demonstrate your partnership with these dedicated members of the PPL team who have given so sacrificially year after year? If you are not in a position to make a donation, could you send a card or letter expressing your appreciation or perhaps leave a post on the Presbyterians Pro-Life Facebook page or Facebook group? I know it would bless and encourage our teams to know you are with us in upholding the sanctity of life across the many branches of the Reformed and Presbyterian family.
You can make a secure online donation right now or mail your gifts and notes to Presbyterians Pro-Life, PO Box 461, Glenshaw, PA 15116. Thanks and God bless you!