SBC DIGEST: Okla. Rose Day; NAMB Feb. 25 venue change

Abortion survivor addresses 24th annual Rose Day

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) -- Hundreds of sanctity of life supporters participated in the 24th annual Rose Day at the Oklahoma state capitol, distributing roses to the governor, lieutenant governor and state senators and representatives.

After giving red roses to elected officials during the morning of Feb. 4 as a symbol of their pro-life views, abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, founder of the Abortion Survivors' Network, spoke to the capacity crowd in the house chamber and overflow audience in the state chamber.

Ohden said her life was nearly ended by a saline-infused abortion in 1977.

"People often ask me, 'Do I want abortion to be outlawed?' I'm sure you can guess my answer to that question. My answer, though, is much deeper than that. I want abortion to be unthinkable," Ohden said.

"I want ending a human life to be unthinkable in our world. I want societal problems and issues that are inherent to women and families to be addressed at the root cause. I don't want abortion to be sold as a solution to problems in our world."

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and numerous other pro-life House and Senate members -- both Democrats and Republicans -- attended the Feb. 4 rally and were recognized for their commitment to life.

"It's been said and will be said again how pro-life Oklahoma had become in the last several years," Lamb said. "There's more work to be done, but one of the safest places to be in the womb is in Oklahoma.

"That being said, it's not because of any individual in the executive branch alone, it's not because of any legislator alone," Lamb said. "It's because of the men and women I look at on this floor and the men and women in the gallery and those you represent who attend Rose Day year after year … handing out roses, encouraging members, holding members accountable and being on your knees before the Lord God Almighty, claiming biblical truths for the unborn."

In addition to his remarks, Lamb presented a citation from Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin commending the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City as the lead Rose Day organizers.

"People of faith are united year after year for this special event to provide a voice for the voiceless," said Brian Hobbs, Rose Day chairman and communications director for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, "and it is such a blessing to see Christians of every background come together in support of women and the unborn."

Many attendees specifically voiced support to their legislators for legislation under consideration such as the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

For more information on Rose Day, visit www.bgco.org/RoseDay.

Location changed for Nashville Send Experience event

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The location for the Nashville Send North America Experience tour stop, presented by the North American Mission Board, has been changed to New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro at 7:30 p.m. The date -- Wednesday, Feb. 25 -- remains the same.

New Vision Baptist Church is located at 1750 New Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 37129.

"We are grateful to our friends at New Vision Baptist for accommodating this change," said Dustin Willis, NAMB's events and promotions director. "We also thank everyone at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville who worked so hard with us during the planning stages. The recent death of their beloved pastor, David Landrith, and the grieving process and adjustments that have taken place since, made it clear that this was not the best timing for them to host our event. We are thankful that God has provided such an outstanding alternative."

Eric Mason will be the featured speaker for the Nashville Send North America Experience tour stop; the Passion Band with Kristian Stanfill will lead worship. The Send Experience message is built around God's call on the lives of every believer to be on mission with Him no matter where they live or what their vocation is in life.

More details can be found at snaexp.sendconference.com.

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