A special message from Executive Director, Marie Bowen
To be 'pro-life' involves more than just being against abortion. Evil is loose in the world and human lives are threatened in many ways. Our systems of national care: Medicare, Social Security, and Health Insurance, are increasingly overwhelmed. Denial of care for the elderly and disabled is already a reality and the potential for coercing decisions that hasten death is encroaching. We need leaders trained to assist those navigating complex medical decisions so that God's gift of human life is affirmed through Christian care and his image in us reflected in the moment of natural death.
PPL is making the training of leaders our focus in 2017.
The PPL Board recently reflected on the many ways PPL has changed in the last decade and together we sensed God stirring us to change yet again.
We believe God is calling PPL to make the training of leaders a priority. You know Presbyterians Pro-Life as an organization rich in print materials and information resources. Let me assure you we will not abandon our rich heritage of information. We take seriously the scriptural imperative (Deut. 11:19-20) to pass on our faith and our high value of human life to the next generation. To do this we must move forward in ways that are more immediate, more visual than verbal, and more personal and relational. The Board is accepting the challenge to equip new leaders for pro-life action and ministry by "walking in the way" with them and not solely by making documents and manuals available.
PPL wants to serve you more effectively.
PPL's Board wants to be more available to you and to more effectively serve and assist you as you seek to be a pro-life voice and witness in both church and culture. Abortions have declined in our country and more states have passed laws restricting abortion. Young people in America seem to be considerably more pro-life than the generations since Roe v. Wade. These are hopeful signs, but 1.2 million unborn babies are still dying every year—1.2 million souls for whom Jesus Christ died, 1.2 million faces that will not reflect God's image on this earth. And, 1.2 million mothers and 1.2 million fathers each year are living with the guilt and grief of an abortion experience.
You and I know the hope and faith that women and men need in times of crisis in a pregnancy or in the aftermath of grief and guilt from abortion. It is essential that PPL model and teach the next generation the truths about human life that flow out of our reformed and Presbyterian faith:
- God's is sovereign over all of life.
- He loves, sustains, and provides for us.
- His grace and forgiveness is freely given to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
PPL's next step must be to train and equip pro-life ministry leaders. We need to pass on practical steps to walking with women and their families as they affirm life for the glory of God even when it was not within their own plan. We must walk with leaders and counselors navigating the intricacies of sharing God's love and grace with women and men who have experienced abortion and need someone to be present for the long-term healing process.
We must pass on the legacy of our love for life to the next generation.
We need your personal involvement and your strong financial support. Frankly, it is daunting to consider the task of training pro-life leaders in congregations across multiple denominations. We simply cannot accomplish this goal without YOU.
What is God laying on your heart to do? Has God given into your care financial resources, time, love, passion, talent, skill, that He intends for the work of Presbyterians Pro-Life? PPL needs both your personal involvement and your financial support if we are to prepare leaders to make a difference for human lives in church and culture.
There are many ways to donate to Presbyterians Pro-Life.
- It is easy to donate online. Simply click on the yellow contribute button. Secure contributions may be made via direct bank draft or credit card. You may specify a one-time gift or a repeating monthly donation amount.
- If you prefer to donate by check simply fill out the response card enclosed and mail your check to: Presbyterians Pro-Life, PO Box 461, Glenshaw, PA 15116.
- For other ways to give visit the donations page on our website or contact the PPL Office.
I am grateful for YOU—for your life which is a gift from God, for your stand for life on behalf of those who cannot stand for themselves, for your engagement with PPL, and for your financial support of our mission. Your generosity supports PPL's distribution of free Biblical, educational, theologically reformed materials. Your gifts provide staff assistance to individuals as they engage in pro-life mission, ministry, action and witness. YOU, provide the means for PPL's internet presence that empowers real people making real decisions in circumstances where life is threatened:
- at end of life—decisions for themselves or a loved one,
- when facing an unplanned or especially difficult pregnancy,
- if experiencing conflict with a pro-choice friend, pastor, or church,
- and when hearing God's call to life affirming ministry.
If you have any questions about the work of PPL or how you can be involved, please do not hesitate to call me at 412-487-1990. Pray for us and let us know how we can serve you better in life affirming ministry.
Yours in Christ for Life,
PH: (412) 487-1990
The official registration and financial information of Presbyterians Pro-Life, Research, Education, and Care, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.