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Pro-Life Servant Leadership

Answering Some Tough Questions

In this new section we will periodically add some answers to tough questions. Avoiding the difficult subjects doesn't make their impact go away.  It does however lead to missed opportunities to share some truth that could change minds.

You may click on this link to go to our full page that answers some of the tough questions.  After appearing here on our home page, they are moved to this dedicated spot for easy reference.

Dangers Of The Abortion Pill

Our team's medical advisor presents some potentially unknown dangers of "the abortion pill" in this five minute video.  It's important to follow the advice from Ashley Klein, RN, BSN, MMCP, to perform due diligence on this vital topic.  

 

As parents, it is our duty to ask questions and make sure we are not abdicating our responsibility to protect our children from harm. 

What's Coming Up Next?

This Sunday, April 14th beginning at 2:00 pm, all are invited to our euchre tournament.  There is no entry fee and the winning team will receive a $200 cash prize.  Check out the flyer just three blocks below this one.

We'll be posting a list of things needed by our four organizational partners leading up to the big donation weekend and bake "sale" on Mother's Day weekend.

We're expecting another column from guest author T.O Illustratio later this week.

Just below is our empowering quote for the week.

“Feeling guilt dims our light. Instead of dimming our light to make others feel more comfortable, we could just continue to shine and foster the rise of the vibrations of those around us.

Being Happy and Feeling Good does not mean you have no compassion for the misery of those around you. It simply means you won’t dim your light to make them feel comfortable – instead, you’re going to help light the way.

At first, your light may be a bit too bright for others and it may hurt their eyes, yet it’s far better to shine rather than to hide your light. When you hide your light for too long, it extinguishes and you slip right back into darkness…unable to find your way until someone ‘shiny’ comes along to light your way and help you to find the light you still possess within, your Soul’s Magnificence.”

― Alaric Hutchinson,
 

The Experiment

Being involved in the pro life movement, I mean really being active and fully involved, is a roller coaster of emotions.  We experience the exhilaration of a child saved from death in an abortion facility, we witness the joy of a family when we are able to help them past a difficult time in their lives. 

We are able to see the excitement and the determination in the eyes of the young leaders on our Pewamo Protect Life team as they press on with new ideas and fresh innovations.

But along the way we experience suffering too.  We know a young person will go into that abortion facility and will end the life of her child.  We see the suffering of people who are in dire need and we know we can't help all of them. 

We see roadblocks placed in our path from places that should be fully supporting us or at least not hurting our important work.  We know there is history of such actions in causes at least as important as ours, and in many cases much more important. So we know what to expect.  

 

Any time a person or group sets out to do good, there will be those who seek to block them. Fear, apathy, jealousy, are all contributors to the obstacles we need to go around, over, or through as we serve as God's Hands and Feet on earth.

So we accept the suffering, but we don't dwell on it.  Life is about joy and hope.  Life is about seeing the good and spreading the good to those in need.  Think about this quote.  All are welcome to join our team as we perform this experiment.  We know the result.  

 

“This is not an idea or an ideology or an ideal; it is a verifiable fact.  God proposes a scientific experiment in the laboratory of your life.  Perform the experiment and you will get the result.

Do you want happiness? Make others happy.  Do you want joy? Give joy.  Do you want to find love? Give love.  Do you want a whole heart?  Give your heart away.  

Oh, by the way, if you do that you will also suffer.  The more you give your heart away, the more it will be broken.  If you don’t love others, their sufferings can’t make you suffer…So what? Life’s purpose is not to avoid suffering.

 

Joy and suffering are both part of the deal, the package deal that we got when we were born into this world.  The only way to avoid suffering is never to give your heart to anyone or anything…Loveless hearts are unbreakable.

 

But that’s not heaven; that’s hell.  Our hearts are made to be broken, made to be given away and broken…The only two places there are no broken hearts are in heaven and hell: in heaven because all the healing is finished, and in hell because all the giving is finished.  

No one knows whether there is physical fire in hell or not, but we know one thing for sure: there is no love there.  No one knows what physical joys are in heaven, but we know one thing for sure: it is full of love because it is full of God.”

Dr. Peter Kreeft 

The Work Goes On Past The Abortion 

A big part of our work in the true pro-life movement involves recovery.  While providing resources for families so they can choose life for their unborn child is more recognizable, there is another part that is just as important.  

 

Our team has hosted Della and Jon Seeley from Rachel's Vineyard who gave a first hand testimonial of their own experiences having gone through an abortion years ago.  We also invited Jennifer VanRyckeghem to share her personal story and offer encouragement.

Today we're including a link to Garden of Hope Ministry in Grand Rapids Michigan. Regular readers at servantempowerment.com know that our team members have supported the sidewalk counselors who were on the short wall next to the notorious abortion facility located at 320 Fulton Street in that city, every day abortions were being performed there, with some procedures involving children in the sixth month of pregnancy.

The counselors offered ways to help families make choices that would not involve ending the life of their child.  It didn't always work out that way, but as the Garden of Hope volunteers are about all life, their work didn't end when the child's life was abruptly ended.

 

There was still at least one other person and usually more facing physical and emotional pain following that abortion. 

Check out this link and the 8 minute video from Denise who went through an abortion.  There are resources at Garden of Hope available and kind, caring people ready to help anyone in that situation.  

It should be noted that abortions are no longer happening at 320 Fulton Street.  But the Planned Parenthood shop just around the corner on Cherry Street has recently started surgical abortions up to 13 weeks of pregnancy.

By The Numbers

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Would You Like To Help?

We will be collecting most-needed items from now until Mothers Day for Shared Pregnancy, PSIC, Zion Food Pantry, and I M Kids, all culminating with a huge bake "sale" on that weekend.  As you go about your weekly shopping, if you'd like to help these outstanding organizations, maybe pick up a few things off their "most-needed" lists which can be found in this link.

Use the contact buttons at the bottom of every page and we will be glad to pick up your donations and deliver them throughout the next couple months. Text 616 308-3282 or email us at info@servantempowerment.com

Thank you in advance!

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."  Edward Everett Hale

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A Message From GR 40 Days For Life

"Dear Pro-life Friends,

We are right where we need to be ...in front of Planned Parenthood.

We are fasting and praying for the right cause... an end to abortion.

Sadly... we have just learned that this facility is now offering surgical abortions. Grand Rapids, once again, has a freestanding surgical abortion facility.

 

Planned Parenthood in Grand Rapids

 

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States.

Planned Parenthood makes a financial killing on the profits from abortion, despite a media-savvy campaign that states otherwise.

 

The Planned Parenthood facility in Grand Rapids has always offered the Morning-After Pill on a walk-in basis. This pill can act as an abortifacient by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, which is a tiny human at the moment of conception.

 

This Planned Parenthood location also offers the Abortion Pill, which is a two-step regime to chemically kill an unborn baby and then expel her from her mother's womb. This abortion method is available up to 11 weeks, by appointment.

 

Now, in an expansion of their baby-killing services, Planned Parenthood is performing surgical abortions until 13 weeks and 6 days, by appointment."

 

Source: Grand Rapids 40 Days for Life Coordinator, 2/26/24

Website Improvements

We're always trying to improve the reader experience for everyone checking in to our website. With that in mind, we've added a floating in-page menu to the "Answering Tough Questions" page.  You can click on that menu in the left margin to jump directly to any particular topic.  We've also added a "back to the top" button to every page that will take you directly to the top of the page.

Websites read a little differently on mobile devices so we are also working to improve the look and functionality for mobile readers.  In-page menus are not available on mobile devices yet, but are coming soon.  In the meantime we've added a drop down menu to that "Answering Tough Questions" page so mobile users can go to a topic of interest without the need to scroll down the page.

 

We'll continue to improve our website.  Please use the contact forms found on every page to offer suggestions or ask for something specific.  Thank you for checking in to our site and for supporting our student-led Protect Life Team.

Did You Know?

Our team provides a free home-cooked meal to any family bringing home a new child.  We also offer that same free meal to any people going through the pain of miscarriage.  We know that pain as our family has faced it more than once.

Please let us know of any family in either situation.  We look forward to supporting them in every way we are able.  Use the contact form at the end of this page or text Emily Simon, our project coordinator at 517 285-6239.  

 

We have been able to bring meals to people in both scenarios over the past few months.

An Eye-Popping Success Story

Here are some impressive numbers from Shared Pregnancy in Lansing MI. Check out our "organizational partners" button at the top of every page to see how you can help them grow these already encouraging numbers in this next year.

Did you know that in 2023, Shared Pregnancy distributed:

* 78,745 diapers

* 285 car seats

* 1723 packs of wipes

* 1267 bags of clothes

They had over 14,000 total client contacts last year, gave away 616 free pregnancy tests, 835 free ultrasounds and added over 800 new clients who accessed their services last year.

Spring Newsletter

Check out some of the things going on this spring in our most recent newsletter using the link just below.

"Most Needed Items"

Here are our lists of most needed items in two different formats.

Upcoming Events

  • Protect Life MI "Dinner To Protect"
    Protect Life MI "Dinner To Protect"
    Thu, Apr 25
    Kellogg Event Center Big Ten Room A&B
    Apr 25, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Kellogg Event Center Big Ten Room A&B, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
    Apr 25, 2024, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Kellogg Event Center Big Ten Room A&B, 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
    This incredible event for everyone ages 18 and above includes a delicious dinner and a powerful message of life from an abortion survivor.
  • Mother's Day Bake Sale And Donation Weekend
    Mother's Day Bake Sale And Donation Weekend
    Sat, May 11
    Dan George's Driveway
    May 11, 2024, 4:00 PM – May 12, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Dan George's Driveway , 137 East St, Pewamo, MI 48873, USA
    May 11, 2024, 4:00 PM – May 12, 2024, 12:00 PM
    Dan George's Driveway , 137 East St, Pewamo, MI 48873, USA
    Join us on Mother's Day weekend for our next bake sale and donation event in support of families in need. We will collect much-needed items for Shared Pregnancy, I M Kids, Zion Food Pantry and PSIC in Ionia MI.

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