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Tim Brister —  January 21, 2013 — 3 Comments

Watch this documentary. This isn’t hype or scripted. It is real stories of real women and children murdered at an abortion clinic. The documentary is not suitable for young children to watch. God help us steward our emotions toward actions that stop this from happening.

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  • Hey Tim, thanks for posting this – devastating and tragic. I’ll be contacting our local pregnancy crisis center to ask what practical things we can be doing beyond the support of prayer and finance. The reality of abortion is that it kills the baby and the mother, even if only one of their hearts stops beating. So as well as working to rescue people before they get an abortion, we (the church) need to be the first line of healing and restoration for those who have already had an abortion.

    With that said, are there practical ways you are engaging with people in your community?

    • Hey Jonathan, thanks for your comment. As for practical ways I’m engaging my community, I have been a representative spokesperson for the crisis pregnancy center, talking to teenagers about the sanctity of life and inform them on the life of the unborn. Another practical thing our church does is partner with lifeline pregnancy centers and support them through our church budget as a mission of caring for “the least of these” in our community. One of the most significant ways to curb abortion is to provide free ultrasounds for pregnant women considering abortion. When these women hear the heartbeats and see life of their child, they are much less likely to kill that baby.

      As I discussed on Twitter today, one of the practical ways yet to be employed is going to the very strategic places Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics are stationed – the black and Hispanic urban poor – and invest in intervention methods to prevent abortion. This not only includes crisis pregnancy centers with ultrasound capabilities, but informing pregnant women who do not want their babies of giving their child over for adoption. Caring for life includes not only informing the community of the dangers, evils, and consequences of abortion, but also providing alternatives that can give these children a home and family (whether foster care training or adoption).

      One final practical way that I am working to engage people is to plant churches in urban areas where abortion is most likely to take place. Of course, that is not the only factor that determines where you plant a church. But it is these communities (urban, multiethnic poor) where church planters are feeling called for the renewal of the city through the power of the gospel (my last church planting apprentice is planting in Harlem Heights, the poorest multi-ethnic community in our county). One of the significant cultural and sociological implications of the gospel when it takes root in the community is a fundamental change in how redeemed sinners appreciate life.

      I hope that answers your question. Could you share some practical ways you are engaging people in your community? I’d love to learn how to better engage my community.

  • Well, that’s really the issue – I don’t feel like we’re engaging people. We support Lifeline here in town (and before having children, my wife taught as an abstinence educator in the schools for Lifeline’s “No Regrets” program), but I’m looking for ways to actually connect to the people the organization serves. I’m going to call the director of the center and see what else we can do. I’ll hit you back when we make progress, but I really appreciate what you shared and your vision to go as missionaries to the communities most at risk.