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.

40 Days for Life Guelph: Who Do You Pray With?

Pray to End Abortion

We’ve already reached Day 10 of this year’s 40 Days for Life Campaign!  If you haven’t yet had the chance, we encourage you to visit the vigil calendar and sign up for a time of prayer in front of Guelph General Hospital.

When you participate in the vigil, pray at home, or take part in a fast, you are united in your efforts with thousands of people worldwide.  This focused effort extends all across the world, from right here in Guelph to Cape Town, South Africa and Melbourne, Australia.

We could give you a list of ten reasons to get involved (or even forty, if you have time!), but you only need one: this is where we come together.

Across the world, in the peaceful silence of prayer and constant vigil, our message radiates even more powerfully because we are joined together.  In community with each other, we turn our hearts to God to ask for forgiveness and change.

40 Days for Life provides daily devotionals to unite us in purpose, whether we’re praying at the vigil or from home.  The prayers may be for women who are at risk of having an abortion, children at risk of being aborted, men and women who carry the pain of a past abortion experience, those who work in the abortion industry, the healing of our nation, and renewal in our churches.

Our prayers and public witness can make a difference in this community by encouraging people to recognize the value of all human life.  For more information on the 40 Days for Life campaign in Guelph, visit our website or contact us!  Phone: 519-836-6311.  E-mail: facts@guelphforlife.com

 

A Light for Life at the Supreme Court Prayer Vigil

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January 28 was an anniversary we at the office wished we didn’t have to mark.  It was on that day in 1988 that the Supreme Court struck down the existing abortion law, leaving us where we are today: with no protection for unborn children at any stage of pregnancy.

For those who are unaware of the legal history of abortion in Canada, it is well summed-up in this article by Paul Ranalli, MD, which appeared in the National Right to Life News:

…Canada’s initial loosening of the previously strong protection for the unborn was smuggled by then-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau into a 1969 “omnibus” bill, a sprawling piece of legislation. The intent was to quietly open up a range of exceptions to the legal sanctions against abortion, while still keeping it within the federal criminal code.

A much more modest law than the Roe v. Wade result, it was still considered controversial enough that it was passed as quietly as possible. And it worked. Only pro-life activists realized the serious nature of the threat to the unborn and raised a protest, but the majority of the press and public, while not yet in the universal pro-choice lockstep that we see today, were less perturbed by the change in the law.

The second and final judicial blow to protection for the unborn in Canada came in 1988, when a challenge to the existing abortion law by renegade abortionist Henry Morgentaler led the Supreme Court of Canada to strike down the law on the narrow grounds that access to hospitals with abortion committees and services were unevenly available across the country, and that this regional difference constituted a threat to the security of women, as defined by the recently drafted Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982).

And so, on January 28 of this year, members of the community braved the bitter cold to join Guelph & Area Right to Life at our Supreme Court Prayer Vigil in front of Guelph General Hospital that evening.  Jakki Jeffs, president of Guelph & Area Right to Life, describes the scene:

“We had 10 turn out on a very, very cold winter evening who walked with candles lighting up a little path in front of Guelph General Hospital. We had frozen feet, fingers, noses and toes but we walked, talked and prayed for an end to abortion in our city and in Canada. We know that our little lights were joined by thousands of others across the country and while we could not see each other, this light for life will bring a new day to Canada very soon.

We mourned the almost 6,000 children who perished by abortion at Guelph General Hospital in past years and prayed for change of heart in Guelph. Abortions can be performed in physician’s offices up to 13 weeks and we have no way of knowing if this is happening in Guelph. So we pray that our Guelph medical establishments, personnel and counseling will be directed to supporting life not abortion.”

 

 

 

Gendercide Awareness 2013: Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Abortion – Day 1 Part 2

“Victims of Abortion” is a phrase that many dismiss as impossible since we are in a country that upholds abortion as a choice. With choice comes freedom — if you are free to do what you wish surely no one can be a victim of what you choose to do. This concept of choice has been allowed to fasten itself to the word abortion, pummeling forward the profit of abortion providers across the country — choice equals freedom, abortion is a choice, hit up an abortion clinic and you will gain back freedom.

What abortion advocates and abortion providers refuse to publicize are the consequences that follow choosing abortion. When you push past the slogans you will find real women and real men who have experienced abortion and are encountering unexpected physical and emotional difficulties.  The Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Abortion highlighted the harsh reality many have to face as a result of “choice”.  A participant named Ashley shared her experience with abortion, calling others who have suffered, especially within the church, to bravely step beyond pain and shame and find help to heal.  The full version of Ashley’s testimony can be watched here.

The vigil also highlighted the testimony of an abortion survivor named Ruth. Ruth was born in the eighties in India and could easily have been one of the many unborn girls killed each day simply for being a female in a culture that values men over women. Ruth’s testimony brought attention to the unborn victims of abortion: hundreds of thousands of people who are not on the earth simply because their human lives were deemed less valuable than the lives of those already born.

After these two women spoke a sixteen year old speaker declared his refusal to be a part of a generation that sees the injustice of abortion, shuts the blinds and walks away. Abortion hurts men, hurts women and is used extensively to terminate life. This speaker, however, and many others are not unaware that for every story exposing the detrimental impact of abortion someone will proclaim a positive abortion experience to be true. But whether or not someone is convinced their abortion has been beneficial does not change the fact that a) abortion is used to terminate human life and, increasingly, the life of girls more than boys b) people are suffering from their abortion experience.

As a result we ask, even if just one person has been negatively affected by an abortion experience, is the suffering of that one not enough to make us step back and evaluate the legality of abortion in our country? And if a trend is emerging to show unborn girls are terminated across the globe at a rate faster than unborn boys, is that not enough to sound out an alarm? The practice of abortion has created too many casualties who have been forced into silence in the name of choice. Abortion is unjust. It must end.

Pro-life people of all ages gather at the prayer vigil the night before the 2013 March for Life.