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Earlier, I shared with you the goings on of Chuck O’Neal, and his church Beaverton Grace Bible Church (BGBC) regarding his method of “evangelizing” at the abortion clinic, Lovejoy Surgicenter in Portland, Oregon (The Legal Rights of Christians vs Mercy and Love of Christ).
I had a bit of conversation with a BGBC member via a news article in the comment section: Lovejoy Surgicenter Protesters Post Video of WW Reporter on their Website
Here was my question:
Lori – Have you offered $$ or housing to take care of their babies? If not, why not?
“Peppermnt Patty”, another member, replied to my question. I’ve included it below to show their rationale:
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“Beaverton Grace Bible Church Intimidates Women” – Let’s think this through. Would a clinic worker spend the time to make up a sign like this and hold it outside the clinic for no reason? Probably not. The common theme among all the news reports, from neighbors, business owners, passersby, is that Chuck O’Neal/BGBC is creating a nuisance around the Lovejoy Surgicenter. And they call it love.
In the video I watched, O’Neal addressed the woman holding the sign. He used a megaphone and videotaped the exchange. Does BGBC intimidate? I’d feel intimidated if someone was talking to me through a megaphone and recording the conversation. Here are O’Neal’s words to the woman holding the sign:
“If you’re a woman who murders children, ma’am, or aids in the murder of children, then I definitely would want you intimidated, that you wouldn’t do that. But our purpose is not to intimidate you. Our purpose is to love you and to warn you of the wrath to come.”
“You can stand here and be defiant of the cross, but one day you will stand before god and your defiance will end and your knee will bow and you’ll confess Jesus Christ as Lord, only He’ll be your Lord and judge and He will cast you out into eternal judgment.” (Source)
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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress
and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
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Reader Ed Chapman asked some great questions:
As I said above somewhere, Chuck isn’t convincing anyone to not have the abortion. All he is doing is stirring up trouble.
So, since we know that protesting outside of an abortion clinic isn’t producing any positive results, maybe we need to find another way to approach the issue, rather than to figure out different means of protest. How many lives are really changed based on Christians protesting an abortion clinic? The world thinks that Christians are a bunch of hypocrites anyway. Have we proven the world wrong? Do we really hold the moral high ground?
How can we reach these women who are in the crisis of an unplanned pregnancy? Is there another way that won’t disrupt a neighborhood’s noise level, won’t affect the surrounding businesses, won’t force city officials to look up civil laws on discrimination and access, won’t create a media circus, won’t cause shame and embarrassment to people? I think there is and I’d like to show you another ministry idea that is yielding positive results, as in real lives saved and in the sharing of the gospel.
I read about such a group in an article a few months ago, How Some Kids With A Van Are Changing The Pro-Life Movement. David Pomerantz and Joe Baker, after seeing the very positive results of Expectant Mother Care (EMC) in Manhattan, decided to adopt the EMC model and form the ministry, “Save the Storks.”
EMC had a bus equipped with a sonogram machine. By approaching women outside the clinic with the offer of free help, with no mention of a pro-life ideology, they were able to see a staggering success rate. In fact, by their estimate, about 70% of women who got on the bus for a sonogram decided not to abort. In one day, they saw nine women decide on life for their children.
They did some simple math, and realized that if this success continued, 15 to 25 women a week, or about 800 a year, would choose life.
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So, how does it work?
Here’s what happens: a woman is walking up to an abortion clinic. She is approached by Dave or Daryl or another member of Save the Storks.
“Hi, how are you? Would you like a free ultrasound?”
This is the approach. There is no dangling rosary, no graphic pamphlet, no doom-and-gloom. Just an offer of free help from a non-threatening, friendly, smiling young person. (Source)
What I love about this approach is that these volunteers are not embarrassing or shaming anyone. They are offering real help. A woman can then walk to the van in a nice environment as she is offered an ultrasound, hope, and care. If a woman decides to choose life for her baby, Save the Storks is already connected with local pregnancy resource centers to provide real and practical help (financial aid, attorney referrals or adoption, baby equipment, maternity clothes, etc).
Save the Storks recently published a video describing their ministry:
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Not only is Save the Stork reaching out to pregnant moms, their ministry extends to even the staff at the abortion clinic. I found tis information at the Save the Stork website:
We desire to show Christ’s love and compassion to every person we come in contact with, whether it’s the abortion-minded mother, the abortion doctor, or a security guard. Through a partnership with And Then There Were None, we are able to offer a three-month financial grant to any abortion clinic employee who wants to leave the industry. We don’t yell in anger, we ache with grief. Because of this, we stand with open arms and offer hope and grace to those who take part in performing abortions.
This sure seems like a great alternative to abortion protesting. I hope more ideas like this take off. It would also be great to see churches team up with efforts like this to provide long-term assistance for single moms who need to go to school in order to find better jobs to provide for their family, childcare for the life they chose to keep, housing, etc.
If the Save the Stork method is saving lives and abortion protesting is not producing the numbers, then we really ought to question why the protesting method of “evangelizing” is even done. Who is it benefiting?
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