SPRING/SUMMER 2021 ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES 11
My prayer has been that God would raise up
younger women to advocate outside of abortion
clinics. It is a last-ditch eort to save a baby’s life and
help the mom. What kept me going back to the clinic
was hearing the story of a pastor counseling a young
woman who had previously had an abortion. He
asked her what she would have done if someone was
outside the clinic standing for life when she drove up.
She said, “I told myself on the way to the clinic that
if anyone was outside, I’d keep driving and not go
through with the abortion.” Sadly, no one was there.
40 Days for Life (40daysforlife.com) is a
wonderful prolife ministry that organizes a peaceful
prayer presence at the clinics. There is a great need
for more people, and it makes a huge dierence.
What's your advice to prolife advocates today?
RANDY: Find your place and learn what your gifting
is and where you can best serve Jesus and the cause
of women in need and unborn children. Love your
fellow prolifers and respect their dierent callings.
Resist the turf-consciousness that inhibits cooperative
action and therefore contributes to the very killing
we are trying to stop. We must end needless
duplication of eorts in the same communities and
learn from the experience and expertise of others. We
must hold loosely our volunteers and donors and
not fear losing them to other groups working for the
same cause. We must set aside some of our personal
agendas and realize that we can accomplish a great
deal more if it doesn’t maer who gets the credit as
long as God gets the glory.
There are a variety of legitimate prolife activities.
The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and their
special forces all have their role in winning a war,
but without strategy and cooperation, they would
end up wasting resources. Likewise, there’s an
important place for abortion alternative centers,
prolife education, literature distribution, sidewalk
counseling, picketing, boycos, political action,
Life Chain, and many other activities. But each
of these is to serve the whole, not as “the” prolife
eort but one working in concert with the others.
If one of us wins, we all win; if one loses, we all
lose. Without mutual respect and cooperation,
prolife organizations will get caught in each other’s
crossre, and we’ll end up ghting the wrong side.
We must work harder and smarter, ever
broadening the base of prolife activists, not just
burning out a few. All our eorts need to be
harnessed as part of a strategic long-term plan to
save the most children and women from abortion.
At the heart of this must be the mobilization of
whole churches, not just individual Christians.
Only churches can provide the numbers and
resources needed to win the bale for children’s
lives. Churches must be helped to form prolife task
forces to educate and mobilize their people and
make community impact. There are many excellent
groups and resources, including books and videos
KATHY: Never give up! Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us
not become weary in doing good, for at the proper
time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”
NIV). God is doing so many things behind the
scenes that we won’t know about until we get to
Heaven. James 1:27 says, “Religion that God our
Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look
after orphans and widows in their distress" (NIV).
The unborn are true orphans when their mothers
and fathers want to abandon them.
I have great respect for those in prolife work, and
we should do all we can to encourage them with
our prayers and nancial support. There is such a
darkness and deception surrounding abortion, and it
isn’t an easy ministry. Satan is a “liar and a murderer”
and doesn’t like people standing up for life and truth.
Yet the darker it gets, the brighter the light of Jesus can
shine, and what joy that light brings!
Browse Randy's prolife books,
Pro-Choice or Pro-Life:
Examining 15 Pro-Choice Claims,
Watch an interview Randy
recorded about the closure at