As we bring our 2020 vision series to an end, let's take a moment to contemplate a few disheartening, but very important numbers. According to the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, a total of 862,320 abortions took place in the United States in 2017. An estimated number of 40 to 50 million abortions are being performed each year in the world. Since the first of January 2020 alone, there have been over 6 million abortions worldwide. Half of the pregnancies happening each year in the United States are unplanned, and among these, almost half are aborted.
These figures can bear different meanings depending on who is looking at them. For some people they are just that – figures, with no emotion whatsoever associated with them. For others, they represent a victory for women, a symbol of their empowerment. For us though, they are something else completely. As pro-abundant life individuals, we know the reality that has been skillfully hidden behind them. We see the many lives and souls sacrificed to the altar of convenience, ignorance, or fear. We are aware of the millions of women scarred for life; carrying an open wound, sometimes even without realizing it. And in the middle of this great chaos, through Lifeline’s mission, we aspire to bring peace and healing. How? By our actions and by our words. We seek to cast away fear and show women that they are not helpless when confronted with an unexpected pregnancy. When facing the loss of a pregnancy, we want to be there to help process their grief. So many people live in bondage without even knowing that they are subjected to the darkness. Fortunately, just as during the times of Moses and the Exodus, we have an all mighty Lord who sees and hears everything, and who appoints us to go share the truth that sets people free (John 8:31-32).
Born in Egypt at a time when his people were held in slavery by the Pharaoh, Moses was spared from death as a baby. Because the Pharaoh had ordered every new born Israelite boy to be killed, Moses’s mother hid him, and later, put him on a little boat that was retrieved by the Pharaoh's own daughter, who raised him. When he grew older, Moses discovered the oppression that his people were enduring and in an act of pure anger, murdered an Egyptian man. After exiling himself for 40 years in order to escape retaliation from the Pharaoh, Moses was called back to his native land. God had a mission for him: to deliver the Israelites from bondage. At first though, Moses was afraid and did not believe he had the necessary skills to accomplish this dangerous task. "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” he asked. Seeing that God didn't flinch, he tried to argue with Him: "What if they do not believe me or listen to me?", "I have never been eloquent.", "Please send someone else”. The truth is that God never sends anyone on a mission without being by their side. As He replied to Moses He said “I will be with you”, and He gave him all the necessary signs that would convince his people to follow him. Many of us can certainly picture ourselves in this bargaining with God. We too are sometimes afraid and unsure of our ability to produce a change. It is hard to believe in our own strengths, but God tells us that we don’t have to. He will always be with us and make a path that we can walk on.
Will you pray with us to be fearless this new decade, and to not let fear prevent us from taking action. Whatever God’s plan may be, let’s remember His promise: “I will be with you”. If you have been wanting to help our community lately but haven’t dared to take the first step yet, you can find out more about Lifeline Pregnancy Help Clinic and our mission here. You can join us in prayer , in sharing our posts on social media, in volunteering, or by providing your financial support. There are many ways to give, and you can check out our newest giving program round-up to donate your spare change each month. The more we join together, he more lives we can reach! Are you ready to answer the call?
By Elodie Takamiya