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There are two people in the news this week who give me hope in a time when portraits of courage are rare finds indeed.
The first is a young woman raised in San Jose, California, home schooled through high school, who at the age of 15 founded Live Action, an American pro-life non profit organization, dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion.
She is 25 years old and her name is Lila Rose. And did I mention ….she is fearless. Yesterday, she released a statement about the death of a 29 year old woman and her 8 month old baby at the hands of late term abortionist Le Roy Carhart:
“While his twenty-nine-year-old patient and her eight-month-old baby were dying horribly, late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart skipped town, leaving the hospital and the young woman’s family desperate for answers. Carhart himself is busy whitewashing and promoting his grisly work through a Hollywood film. So how many women and children are killed by abortionists like Carhart without our ever knowing, their deaths covered up by pro-abortion physicians?
Not only does Carhart’s violent work literally tear women from their children, but it also divides women against themselves; they suffer and mourn for their lost children, yet they are all the while told by Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion entities that they have no good reason to grieve.”
These tragic and unnecessary deaths underline what Live Action has detailed again and again: abortion is not safe – for anyone. Women who understand what these horrible abortions entail do not want them. And those women who are lied to and misled about these “procedures” deserve to know exactly what Big Abortion – and their abortion bosses like Carhart – seek to do to them.”
- live action news.org
- You Tube: Investigation Reveals How Planned Parenthood is Lying About Abortions
The second person, I was surprised to learn, many people had not heard of until he happened to burst on the national scene this week following his amazing speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he schooled the audience, and our president in what a man of God looks like by word and deed. His name is Dr Benjamin Carson, and his story has been quite an inspiration to me, my sons and other young people for many years.
If you’ve never read the story, I highly recommend his autobiography, Gifted Hands, which details his riveting breakthrough journey from a hopeless inner city youth whose temper almost landed him in prison, to the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.
I have a personal story of how I witnessed his testimony change someone’s life. It came to mind as I listened to his speech at the breakfast.
A few years ago I was mentoring teens at a local high school when I was assigned a young man who was a great source of frustration to his teachers; failing every course, uncommunicative, unmotivated and several other mentors had tried but quit. After much hesitation and doubt, I accepted to work with him and what happened at one little table at the back of the library every Wednesday, still brings such joy to my heart.
It took a few months for me to draw him out and gain his trust. Of course it was all God’s grace and wisdom, which I begged for in prayer, but also the fact that I had raised boys perhaps gave me insight into some of what troubled him.
One day it just came to me, read the life of Dr Ben Carson with him and have follow up questions every week. We took it very slow, but each week I watched a little layer of resistance peel away. One Wednesday I noticed he sat a little taller, on another, he smiled, and finally one day he began to unfold his dreams for the future. I was awestruck when he told me that he always wanted to be….
a doctor, but never thought he could overcome his personal, scholastic and family difficulties to achieve his dream– until he read the story of Dr Carson.
He was a sophomore when we met and I told him if that’s what he really wanted, then it was time to put a plan together and get to work. With the help of his school counselor, teachers and many others, he transformed his grades within a year and began taking AP courses geared toward a career in medicine. I stayed with him until he graduated and I remember on our last day together, he had written a letter thanking me for introducing him to a man whose story changed his life. He had won a scholarship to a school in the mid west and was on his way to pursue his dream.
It was the last time I saw him, but one day it wouldn’t surprise me, if he’s a speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast.
God bless these two gifted, fearless, God fearing people.