7 Reasons Why Christians Should Attend the Local Life Chain

On Sunday, October 1st, people of faith all across North America will be participating in Life Chain, a public prayer witness to end abortion.  Locally, this will be happening in Guelph, Fergus, and Rockwood.  (Note that the Rockwood Life Chain will be taking place on September 24th.)

The Life Chain encourages Christians to participate in a time of prayer and witness, but all people are welcome to join, regardless of their faith background.

If you’ve never been to a Life Chain before, here are seven great reasons why you should join us for this powerful event!

1) To both receive ministry and to minister to the public, aided by the Holy Spirit. If we the church accept the ministry God has for His sons and daughters, He will empower us to minister truth to motorists and pedestrians and do so with humility, compassion, and conviction.

2) To provide God a witness to anoint and use to save lives and change hearts in each local area. Life Chain is only a first step into pro-life activism, but it’s an important step that tests our hearts and helps prepare us to defend the defenseless among us. Such is the story of the Good Samaritan and the story of Christ’s Bride, the humble sheep who meet urgent needs in Matthew 25. Let us the church love the Preborn and embrace mercy and justice.

 

3) To join a national prayer chain that seeks God’s forgiveness and intervention. “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray… [2 Chron. 7:14].” Consider the moral decay today in church, government, academia, and commerce. Consider the attack on traditional marriage. Consider the epidemics of pornography, sexual disease, and divorce. All are linked to abortion and innocent blood.  With abortion legal throughout the entire pregnancy in our country, Canada has become one of the world’s most violent nations.  Legal abortion and its grievous impact will cease when the church unites against it.

4) To better understand the impact abortion is having on our country and why the church must end the killing. The church can defeat legal abortion and its allies if we move beyond the “abortion issue” and value preborn humanity as we should. Our lukewarmness grieves God, who assures us He does not forget “the cry of the afflicted [Psalm 9:12].” Of Judah, God said before their captivity, “They do not plead the cause of the fatherless to win it [Jere. 5:28].”

5) To move the church from the sanctuary to the “city gates” and “marketplace.” For 48 years (since Canada’s abortion law was first expanded in 1969), we the church have yielded substantially rather than press for a breakthrough against legal abortion. Now, resolute pastoral exhortation and mobilization of laity are essential.  Wrote Afro-American pastor Clenard Childress, Jr. in No Shepherds Cry: “The pew cannot do what the pulpit is supposed to do.” Of urgent need are shepherds who will lead, who will equip themselves for battle and inspire their sheep to do likewise. Then endangered lambs will have protection.

6) To honor our youngest citizens who perish needlessly, usually within blocks of multiple church altars. Let us acknowledge the nearly 4 million preborn children in Canada who have died from surgical abortions.

7) To help build a resolute army of Christians who are pro-life in both word and deed. Let us engage the enemy, boldly and strategically, until the curse of legal abortion is lifted and Canada again provides security and freedom for every citizen, born and preborn. That we can do. We have the means. Let us attain the will.

For all the details on Life Chains in our local area, please visit our website!

The material from ‘7 Reasons Why Christians Should Attend the Local Life Chain’ has been adapted from the National Life Chain Coordinators.

New ‘Protect Them’ Postcards

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Last week, we officially began our “Protect Them” postcard campaign.  Have you sent your postcard yet?

Alliance for Life Ontario has invited all pro-life groups to distribute these postcards.  Each one can be signed and sent to the Prime Minister’s office, to draw attention to the lack of protection of unborn children in Canada.

Each postcard presents the question: we protect children by using carseats and safety cribs — why don’t we protect them in the womb?

Over 100 'Protect Them' postcards, ready to mail!

Over 100 ‘Protect Them’ postcards, signed and ready to mail!

The back of the postcard reads:

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So far, we have distributed nearly 800 of these postcards to local groups and churches. Each person who signs them will be helping to send an important message from all over the province.

You can pick up a postcard from our office — or pick up a whole stack to hand out to your friends and family!

 

Our First ‘Light Chain’ Event Was A Success!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first-ever Light Chain!  If you passed by Guelph’s City Hall on January 28th, it would have been hard to miss it: nearly fifty pro-life supporters joined together to display the number 3,703,195 in six-foot-tall lettering, lit up against the night sky.

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That number represents the total number of abortions in Canada since 1969.  The goal of the event was to shed some light on the impact abortion has had in our country.  So many people are not aware of how many abortions occur each year in Canada, or the fact that abortion is legal throughout the entire pregnancy.  Currently, Canada has no law on abortion – no protection for human beings at their earliest stages.

The Light Chain was a great step in our efforts to educate the community about life issues.  Pro-life supporters were holding signs with positive messages, including pregnancy help information and “Protect Life From Conception – No Exceptions”.  However, the number itself prompted the most discussion.   One man asked ‘What does the number stand for?’  When a volunteer explained its significance, he responded, ‘That is a very big number.  That really is a big number’.

The idea for the event came from Alliance for Life Ontario, who encouraged all pro-life groups in the province to hold a Light Chain on January 28th.  That particular date is significant because it is the anniversary of the 1988 Supreme Court decision that resulted in Canada’s abortion law being struck down.  Many Right to Life groups held events to mark the day, and Light Chains were held in Welland and Hamilton.

We look forward to hosting this great event again next year!

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Life Week at the University of Guelph

It’s a busy week for the pro-life students at the University of Guelph.  Life Choice, the campus pro-life club, will be hosting several events to bring the pro-life message to the University community.

They’ll be focusing on current life issues both on the local and international level, from the recent opposition to pro-life bus ads in Guelph, to gendercide in India and China.

G&A Right to Life’s own Jakki Jeffs will be speaking on campus this Friday at 1:30pm (Mackinnon building, room 231).  She’ll be discussing the issues surrounding our pro-life bus ads.  All are welcome to attend!

This Thursday, Life Choice will be showing It’s a Girl, a stunning documentary that exposes the practice of gendercide.  Shot on location in India and China, it explores sex-selective abortion and infanticide, the role of China’s one-child policy, and the factors that have led to an estimated 200 million girls being ‘missing’ today.  The screening is at 7pm in Mackinnon 227.

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For more information on these events, send an e-mail to uoglifechoice@gmail.com

Mary Wagner: Reaching Out

At the heart of the pro-life movement is a desire to reach out to those in need.  Unborn children need a voice to speak up for their right to be born.  Women facing an unexpected pregnancy need support, understanding and encouragement as they accept their role as a new mother.  Whether we stand in front of the abortion facility displaying life-affirming messages, fundraise for a crisis pregnancy center, or debate abortion with students on a university campus, we are reaching out.  It is always our hope that the pro-life message, given with love, will touch a person’s heart and increase their understanding of the value of human life.

Reaching out: this is something that Mary Wagner has done again and again.  She will be spending this Christmas behind bars, in the Vanier Centre for Women in Milton.  She has been arrested numerous times, most recently on August 15th, 2012.  She entered a Toronto abortion facility and attempted to peacefully speak to the women there, and was arrested on the charge of “mischief” (interference with lawful employment / operation of a business).  Mary remains in prison because she will not accept the bail conditions that would force her to stay away from the abortion facility.

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Mary Wagner

Mary’s legal counsel believes that her actions may fall within a section of the Criminal Code of Canada that allows a person to prevent assault on another human being.  Mary was counseling women to choose life for their children, so the question is whether that section of the Criminal Code “covers all human beings or just those who are already born,” stated her lawyer.

With kindness, and bearing roses, Mary bravely reached out to abortion-minded women, asking them to change their minds and choose life.  Her actions have truly saved lives.  We too are given opportunities to reach out, to speak up, and to share the truth that life has value.  Some of us, like Mary, courageously seek conversation with mothers in the very moments before their children’s lives are slated to be taken away.  In the interactions we have each day, we can – with courage – also speak up for life.  Like Mary, we can change hearts through kindness and truth.

While we prepare ourselves to reach out to those around us, we can also reach out to Mary.  You are encouraged to send her a Christmas card, letting her know that she is loved and supported.  Take the time to read an open letter from Mary, found here.

Cards can be mailed to:

Mary Wagner
Vanier Centre for Women
P.O Box 1040
655 Martin St.
Milton, ON
L9T 5E6

Note:

When sending Mary a card, do not include any stickers (return address, pro-life stickers), or any laminated items. Do not include any questions about the daily activity of the detention centre.  Put your address directly on the card or letter, as the envelope may not be given to her.

 

 

 

 

Gendercide Awareness 2013: Avengers Assemble – Day 2

Anyone who was at this year’s March for Life in Ottawa saw them.  They were on the hill, they were marching with us: The Avengers.  Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk and Captain America were there, in full gear.  And thank goodness — Abortion is a huge issue.  It’s unpopular to be pro-life right now; in Canada, a staggering number of babies – over 100,000 – are aborted every year.  It’s hard to imagine all the faces of cousins, nephews, and daughters who we will never get to know.  Who better than larger-than-life heroes to deal with this overwhelming injustice?

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Avengers4Life at the March for Life in Ottawa

The truth is, the Avengers4Life, who came up all the way from New York to “support their Canadian brethren” are a symbol of what we all must do.  They chose to dress as The Avengers, because superheroes like that exist to protect humanity, regardless of whether those humans are born or preborn.

Among the adults, 20-somethings, teenagers and families marching this year, there were young men and women who wore out their voices chanting:  “We are here to save the life, of the child who silent cries.”  There is no better task for a superhero than to come to the rescue of those who are entirely helpless.  And believe me, you don’t need a pro-life-emblazoned hammer like Thor’s in order to advocate for the voiceless.  Among the 25,000 participants at this year’s march, there were people who defend life every day of the year.

The Avengers served as a reminder of something: Superheroes do not take a day off.  We need to take every opportunity we are given to spread the truth about abortion.  It seems simple, but it can mean the difference between life and death, quite literally.

Janet Morana illustrated the astonishing impact of simple actions when she spoke on behalf of Silent No More Awareness after the march.   The group consists of post-abortive women who courageously speak about the pain caused by their abortions.  Janet emphasized that the stories of pain and healing being shared that day should not stay on Parliament Hill: “We need to bring these stories into our communities.”

A woman named Margarita was the first to give her testimony.  She had an appointment for an abortion, but that day the friend who was supposed to pick her up from the abortion heard a presentation by Silent No More in Richmond Hill, Toronto.  That friend called Margarita, telling her, “there are women who regret their abortions.”  As she told her story, Margarita held her 5-month-old daughter in her arms – she did not go through with the abortion.   As Janet said, “When these women share their stories, lives are saved.”

Lives are saved because people speak up.  Lisa, a student at the University of Guelph, was at the march this year because she believes that we need to pray, to stand up, and not be silent.  She wants to create change by making small differences, producing a chain reaction.

Sarah, Jess, and Hannah, high school students from the London area, are involved with local pro-life groups, helping to educate, and collect baby clothes.  They participated in London’s Defund Abortion Rally.  They are not afraid to stand up and be heard.

Celine, another University of Guelph student, believes education is the pathway to success for the pro-life movement.  She believes that if people are educated, they can spread information and truth to others.

It seems like these young women are already following the advice of Archbishop Lacroix of Quebec City, who said at the Youth Banquet, “My friends, let us continue to march for life every day of the year.”

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The crowd at this year’s March for Life numbered 25,000

Brad Trost, one of 21 MPs who joined the crowd on the hill, was right on the mark when he said, “We are here because we believe in justice.”  If we want to see justice for the unborn in our country, we must be tireless.  Every time there is a chance to speak the truth about abortion, anytime there is someone who will listen, say something.  Anytime there is a woman facing an unexpected pregnancy, be there for her.  Educate, advocate, illuminate, and know that all of your fellow defenders of life will be doing the same thing until respect for all life is the status quo in Canada.

We were lucky to have The Avengers with us at this year’s successful March for Life, but the rest of the year, that’s your job.  The evil here is indifference and silence, the victims are the thousands upon thousands of children aborted, and you can make yourself their hero be refusing to be silent.

Gendercide Awareness 2013: Guelph & Area RTL at the National March for Life – Day 1

In 2012 over 18,000 Canadians from across the nation gathered on Parliament Hill as part of the annual March for Life. These Canadians represented hundreds of thousands of others who believe humans who are not yet born deserve to be recognized as human and protected under Canadian law. They are aware that Canada is currently the only Western nation with no law or restriction on when a life within the womb can be terminated; an unborn baby can be aborted at any time, for any reason, even at nine months gestation. This injustice has driven the crowd to gather yet again. This year we are calling attention not only to Canada’s lack of abortion legislation, but also to the secret injustice of gendercide. In 2010, data showed that a total of 117 million girls were ‘missing’ worldwide — aborted because they were female. It happens in Canada and in locations as close as Brampton and Mississauga.

Edmund Burke said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Guelph & Area Right to Life staff recognize that the region is full of good people, many who need no convincing to act once injustice is realized. The staff are also aware many within the region desired to attend the march this year but were unable to for various legitimate reasons. As a result we have created this blog space as an avenue specifically for you who had to remain behind to stay informed with the latest March for Life happenings and key information. All info posted from May 8th – 10th is captured directly from the G & A RTL staff on location in Ottawa. Read, comment and spread within your network– Break the silence and advance awareness of the injustice of gendercide in Canada.

Guelph & Area RTL staff on the way to the March for Life