In addition to my regular ministry work, the
month of August found me speaking at a committe for the Republican National Convention, and also
filming a pro-life ad with the Susan B. Anthony List.
I know that in this
election season, many are tiresome of the seemingly endless political scenes, posts, and ads, but I
felt called to participate in this ad and to speak out about the reality of abortion in our world
and President Obama’s voting record in regards to lives like mine. There are an abundance of
articles and interviews out right now in response to this ad and me, and yes, I know that they have
not all been favorable. I expected that, however, and I have the utmost faith that this ad and
any criticism of it will always lead back to the truth and God’s glory.
have asked if I expected the overwhelming response that the ad has generated, and truth be told, I
did not. Some folks who don’t agree with me on the issue of abortion have suggested that I did
this because I wanted to be a celebrity. That couldn’t be further from the truth. There
are days that a part of me longs to live the life of a survivor in quiet, in a comfortable
place. I didn’t intend for such a huge response to the ad, but I am grateful for the
opportunity that it has given me to dig down even deeper to recognize the depths of my strength, my
commitment to saving and transforming lives, and putting my wishes for my life and ministry aside to
make room for God’s much greater plan.
What does God’s much greater plan look
like? I catch a glimpse of it every day as I read through emails or talk to individuals at events
that I’m speaking at, such as the recent Values Voter Summit. I may have filmed this ad
trusting in God calling me to stand up, speak out, and encourage everyone to take their vote
seriously this November, but He intended it for more.
In the past few weeks,
I’ve heard from another four survivors and have heard from more individuals and organizations who
see the need for a healing ministry for abortion survivors and targets of abortion. Although
my heart aches each day when I hear the stories of others and their needs, I feel blessed beyone
measure to get to know them and work to make their lives and our world, whole and
It’s interesting….the title of the Susan B. Anthony List ad may, at
first glance, be about how each of us will answer the opportunity to cast our votes in the upcoming
election, but truthfully, it has come to mean so much more to me. How will I answer when I am
called to stand up for something that I believe in? How will I answer when it’s time for me to speak
out? How will I answer when I am asked what I have done for the weakest among us? How will YOU
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