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There are some mighty courageous women in our country who are putting all of their energy into saving the most vulnerable of women – the unborn. We need to pray for these women as they do battle in a political climate that seems to favor doing away with unborn babies. Who would have thought one hundred years ago that the women who think it is all right to murder their own offspring would have the political clout, including the ear of the president of the United States, to make laws ensuring that they continue to have the “right” to kill their unborn babies?

How can murder be legalized? This situation is so unreal it feels more like the Twilight Zone than reality.

Into this insanity have stepped three really remarkable women who are trying to do something about reversing the holocaust against the unborn. We should pray for these women every day as they face attacks from Planned Parenthood and other baby killers. There are also thousands of sidewalk counselors and volunteers who face threats from the public, clinic workers, and now even the IRS. Let us pray for them and also remember to pray for the victims of rape or incest as they make the brave decision to keep their babies rather than succumb to the pressure to do away with them.

1.  Lila Rose – Lila needs our prayers as she fearlessly tells the truth. lila roseUnderstandably, Planned Parenthood hates her with a passion. Go to (LiveActionNews.org) and see how time after time the abortionists have been caught lying on camera. Evil hates good; liars hate truth-tellers. Planned Parenthood does not want the truth exposed; they hate Lila Rose. They want to tell you they are all about health care (not the baby’s of course). They want to say that abortion is only a tiny part of what they do. Thanks to Lila and Live Action the truth is coming out. Live Action goes in with undercover cameras and lets the Planned Parenthood employees reveal the truth in their own words. Though PP never talks about abortion in public, when a woman goes to the clinic that is the main option she will be offered. As the war between women heats up, pray for General Lila.

2.  Marjorie Dannenfelser – General Marjorie is fighting the battle on the marjorie dannenfelserpolitical front. While Lila is busy exposing the Planned Parenthood groups for the frauds that they are, Marjorie is battling to get people put into office who can help change the laws that are allowing the baby killing to go on. As head of the Susan B. Anthony List, she has also targeted elected officials who have voted for public funding of abortion such as former congressman Driehaus. Driehaus was so sure of his pro-death friends that he was shocked that he could lose an election. He tried to sue SBA, but he failed because the Susan B. Anthony organization was only telling the truth. Marjorie needs our prayers as she tirelessly fights for the babies.

3.  Abby Johnson – You can read more about Abby in my March 2012 posting on her. Abby is a former Planned Parenthood clinic operator who became pro-life. abbyjohnsonShe has worked every day since then to expose the lies and illegal actions of PP. For example, Planned Parenthood clinics were billing for procedures that they never did. In Washington State alone, Planned Parenthood defrauded the taxpayers in upwards of $99 million in waste or possible fraud, including the illegal taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion-related procedures. Overbilling was rampant according to audits launched by officials in pro-abortion states according to the Alliance Defending Freedom group who filed a suit against Planned Parenthood.

No one else questions this sacrosanct organization but Abby does. Planned Parenthood took her to court to try and silence her. Thank God, Abby is not silent. Pray for her and read her book – “unPlanned”. You will get great insights into the horror of abortion and the real terrorism of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is not about women’s health. They talk about mammograms, but they do not have one single machine in any of their clinics. In fact, their clinic workers have very little working knowledge of them. They don’t need to know anything about women’s health really since 91% of the pregnant women who go to a PP clinic will have an abortion. Abortion is what Planned Parenthood is about. It’s how they make a great deal of their profits. In a January 2013 article (LifeSiteNews.com) reports, “For decades now, Planned Parenthood has operated the most proficient killing machine in the United States,” said Douglas R. Scott, Jr., president of LDI, in a press release. “And the machine has set yet another record.”

The report notes that in 2011-2012 PPFA “slaughtered a record 333,964 preborn children, generating an estimated $150 million,” and that overall nearly $1.2 billion in revenue was generated.

“PPFA’s income included a hefty and ever-increasing check from American taxpayers. In 2009-2010, government funding reached a whopping $487.4 million. In 2010-2011 the figure jumped to $538.5 million. The total for 2011-2012 reached a staggering $542.4 million, which represents 45.2 percent of the group’s total annual budget,” the report states.

Scott said PPFA’s greatest ally has always been public ignorance of its agenda and activities.”

Yes, Planned Parenthood is counting on you to believe their lies, but whistleblowers like Abby Johnson are exposing them. Pray for Abby as she marches into the fray head on.

4. Pray for Crisis Pregnancy Centers and all of their workers. Thank God for the new technology of ultrasound machines. Women are seeing live pictures of their unborn babies in their wombs. The number of pregnant women who choose to let their babies live is increasing due to the fact that they can see their babies. Planned Parenthood has tried (and succeeded in the state of Oregon) to get laws crisis-pregnancy-centerpassed that force restrictions on Crisis Pregnancy Centers. Pray for the centers in your state and send them some money!

Here is another of the lies of PP exposed. They say they offer choice. But they don’t. 91% of the women “choose” abortion. It’s the main, if not only, option offered. In Oregon, Crisis Pregnancy Centers now have to post signs saying they don’t do abortions. The Crisis Pregnancy Centers offer help and let the woman choose what to do. No, they won’t do abortions but they pray for the women who choose to go somewhere else. If they have to post a sign, then I think it would be fair for the Planned Parenthood clinics to have to post one too saying, “We kill babies here.”

5.  Please pray for the victims of rape. They are under intense pressure to abort their babies. It is well known that many people who are normally against abortion make an exception for rape or incest. They don’t understand why a woman might want to keep a baby conceived with a wicked man. But in actuality, 70% of rape victims choose to keep their babies. Loving support and healthy, nonjudgmental attitudes from family and friends reduces what otherwise might seem a burden. It is not the woman’s fault; it is not the baby’s fault either and the baby should not pay the penalty. These women are committing truly selfless acts. They deserve our support.

The trial of the “House of Horrors” abortionist Kermit Gosnell is putting the war on unborn women in a bad light. We are sorry such horrible things have happened. Now, let us pray that the truth will continue to be exposed. Pray very hard for the women who are in the forefront of the fight. And please, support their work by spreading their stories and with generous donations.

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Is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? (Zechariah 3:2).

In the past few weeks we have told the stories of remarkable black women of the nineteenth century. Some were born slaves and some were born free. All of these women were courageous examples of what can be done by a woman who does not let her circumstances dictate to her. These women rose above many hardships including poverty, illness, prejudice, internal conflicts, and the limitations of their times to follow their call from God and affect the lives of many other people for good.

Julia Foote bookDuring the nineteenth century many black and white women published their autobiographies. There are also many fine diaries from that century when women wrote about their thoughts, dreams, and ideas that they could not express publicly because of their gender. It was acceptable for women to write and so many availed themselves of the opportunity to express themselves using this medium.

An outstanding example of such a woman was Julia A. J. Foote (1823-1900). Julia Foote intendedJulia Foote to leave her story so that she could “testify more extensively to the sufficiency of the blood of Jesus Christ to save from all sin.” Her autobiography was published in 1879.

She was born in 1823 in Schenectady, N.Y., a child of former slaves. Her mother had been born a slave; her father was born free but was kidnapped and enslaved as a child. Julia’s father endured many hardships but worked hard and purchased his freedom along with that of his wife and their only child at that time.

A nearly fatal accident for Julia’s mother caused her parents to turn to God and they became committed Methodists. Julia’s parents wanted their children to be educated, but the schools were segregated, so they sent Julia to work as a servant and the white family she lived with used their influence to put her in a country school. Julia wanted to read the Bible and so she studied hard in school and learned to read.

Julia attended many church meetings and was converted at age fifteen. Her experience was very profound and left her with a strong desire to serve Christ for the rest of her life. It also left her with a desire to be holy. She eventually embraced the Methodist idea of “sanctification”. This doctrine has been debated for centuries, but some Methodists believed in “total sanctification” where one is freed from sin completely and empowered to lead a life of spiritual perfection. Most Christians believe that sanctification is a gradual process, the Christian becoming more Christ-like as the years go on, and only becoming “perfect” when they die and go to heaven. Julia believed that absolute perfection belonged to God alone. However, Christian “perfection” was moving toward a life of love and peace with God.

In 1841, Julia married George Foote, who was a sailor, and moved to Boston with him.  There she joined the African Methodist Episcopal Zion church. She made friends and studied the Bible. Convinced that she was fully sanctified by the Holy Spirit, she also believed that she was called to preach. When she tried to tell others, including her husband, she met with disapproval. It was all right for her to work with the neighborhood wives and children, but as a woman she was not supposed to speak in public.

Julia had always been opposed to women preaching and had spoken out against it, but she began to have strong feelings toward preaching the Gospel and seeing many people come to Christ. God seemed to be calling her, but she felt unworthy of the task and said, “No, Lord, not me.”  The impression that God was calling her increased daily, yet she tried to shrink from it. One day she received a visitation from an angel who told her that she was to go and preach the Gospel. She tried to shirk this call for two months and became very sick. Her friends advised her to obey God. When she got well, Julia realized that God had been gracious to her. God sent another angel and this time, Julia bowed her head and said, “I will go, Lord.”

Julia met with opposition from her minister when she explained her divine calling to him. She and other like-minded brothers and sisters began to meet in her home. She was told to quit these meetings or else face discipline. She responded that she had to obey God, and she was turned out of her church.

There were other heartaches for Julia. Her husband did not agree with her and drifted away from her, literally, as he spent most of his time at sea, eventually dying there. Her parents did not approve of her activity, but her father gave her his blessing on his death bed saying to her, “My dear daughter, be faithful to your heavenly calling, and fear not to preach full salvation.”

Of course, there were the “indignities” that were shown to her as a “nigger”. All of these things Julia endured as she went about the work of her Master.

A Christian sister joined her as her traveling companion and they went throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic States, Michigan, Ohio, and Canada. Julia was welcomed in Churches, homes, and revival camps. She was part of the holiness revivals that swept through the Midwest in the 1870’s. Julia served as a missionary for the A.M.E. Zion Church.

We are not sure what she was doing during the 1880’s and early 1890’s, but by the end of the last decade of the nineteenth century, Julia became the first woman to be ordained a deacon in her church. Later she became only the second woman to hold the office of elder. Julia died around 1900 after sixty years of ministry.

Julia protested against racism and other social abuses during her lifetime. Her special cause however was to encourage her Christian sisters to serve God in spite of their gender or color. Though slavery was long ended by the time she died, there was still much prejudice against blacks. Julia encouraged all believers to remember that God “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth ” (Acts 17:26). There is no room for prejudice among Christians.

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All Christians have the responsibility to tell others about the love of Christ. Julia believed that women could be anointed to preach publicly because “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). God’s praise should be on everyone’s lips!

Those who heard Julia preach believed that she had the gift and the anointing of the Holy Spirit as she spoke with such power. At one meeting there were over five thousand people listening intently as she explained the way of salvation. Other ministers attested to the soundness of her doctrine and exhortation and commended her for it.

Julia was faithful to her calling. She was grateful for her redemption, “a brand plucked out of the fire” and her life has been an inspiration for Christian women since then.

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