Change starts with the Church

Monday, August 31, 2020
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Abby JohnsonAccording to one pro-life pastor, Abby Johnson is not alone in leaving the abortion industry behind to become an activist for life.

Pastor Josh Kappes with Love Life recently told American Family Radio's "Hour of Intercession" program that his organization knows of two workers who quit their jobs at a clinic in Raleigh just last week. "We're helping them find other employment," he said.

A young lady who was serving as a parking lot attendant at a North Carolina abortion clinic has also sought help from the ministry.

"She had been working at the sex industry and had been abused," said Kappes. "She reached out to us for help, and so she is being connected with a counselor and receiving care."

Love Life, a ministry that began a few years ago with roughly 20 people in a tent outside an abortion clinic in Charlotte, now has over 300 participating churches that pray for and minister to people in Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as in Manhattan, New York.

"We've seen over 2,000 families choose life since 2016 through our partnering sidewalk ministries," cheered Kappes. "We've seen over 25 abortion workers quit the industry, and one of them was the manager of a private abortion clinic in Charlotte, where she was the manager for 10 years."


As Kappes explained, the woman's niece came to the clinic to have an abortion.

"She changed her mind and chose life, went out to the Christians standing on the sidewalk who connected her with a mentor at a local church," the pastor detailed. "She was connected with a mentor, the church threw her a big baby shower, and the manager of that clinic started sending moms out of the abortion clinic and telling them the Christians across the street would help them."

This, said Kappes, is what happens when Christians show up at abortion mission fields.

According to Love Life's code of conduct, prayer walk participants are not allowed to engage with those involved in abortion.

"We believe there should be a training for that, and we do provide training for that, and also partner with other ministries," Kappes explains. "At the end of the prayer walk, we provide ways for people to engage in ongoing ministry, because we don't want the prayer walk to be the end of their journey."

Love Life is not waiting for culture-following politicians to change the culture; the ministry views them as "downstream." The Church, however, has been "uniquely commissioned and positioned as the salt of the earth and the light of the world -- a pillar and a buttress of truth, a city set on a hill," said Kappes.

He believes the Church can change the culture to where men and women stop running to local abortion clinics and instead start running to the local Church, "because the reputation of the Church is that we extravagantly love people."


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