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Wednesday, January 22, 2003

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  • Romanian crisis pregnancy center shines as beacon against abortion

    by Erin Curry, posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (16 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--As the United States marks the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in America, a group of Christians is working hard in Romania to curb the practice of murdering unborn children.

         Romania and Vietnam are the top two nations in numbers of abortions performed each year. In 2001, 1.6 million abortions were reported in Romania. Abortion is used as a form of birth control, and most of the women who abort their unborn children in Romania do so because of economic reasons, said Sharon Herrera, founder and president of Iochebed Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Eastern Europe.

         Herrera, a former crisis pregnancy counselor who lives in Nashville, Tenn., explained that before founding the Iochebed ministry in 1998, she had no connection to Romania and no interest in missions.

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    A Iochebed counselor, right, talks with a mother, the child she decided not to abort, and the baby's father, who reunited with the mother.
         "I would never even have prayed about missions because I knew if I prayed about missions God would send me to Africa," she told Baptist Press. "I had zero interest in Romania."

         But when Herrera's pastor began an evangelistic partnership with Romania, God began to make that country more special in her life. Read More

  • Effort to reopen Roe v. Wade underway by Texas organization

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (16 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Allan E. Parker Jr., founder of the Texas Justice Foundation, is seeking to reopen the infamous Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton cases which legalized abortion on demand in the United States. Read More

  • Alternatives for Life aids Baptists on front lines of abortion battle

    by James Dotson, posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (16 years ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--A byproduct of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has been the rise of pregnancy care centers, local Christian ministries dedicated to helping prevent abortions through counseling and practical assistance. One of the best resources for Southern Baptist churches and individuals interested in helping start and operate such centers is the North American Mission Board's Alternatives for Life Ministries. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Get equipped to defend the unborn

    by Rebecca Ingram Powell, posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (16 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--In 1988 I was a college senior, and I had just voted in my first presidential election. George Bush had won. On my university's campus, Republicans were definitely in the minority, but on the day after the election, you especially knew who was who. I walked into my French class and was greeted by many glum faces. My French teacher, Madame Goldberg, breezed in a few minutes later. "It will be hard for everyone to concentrate today. We are all so disappointed," she said. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: William Wilberforce's example

    by C. Ben Mitchell, posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (16 years ago)

    DEERFIELD, Ill. (BP)--One of the values of biography is encouragement. Seeing God's providence worked out in the life of another human being can often encourage us to repent, beware or persevere. Perseverance is the lesson I learn from the biography of one of my own Christian heroes, William Wilberforce. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Our endangered species

    by Richard Land, posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (16 years ago)

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--No single issue facing the American family today has produced more heartache or tragedy than abortion. In the 30 years since the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade, more than 42 million American babies have been legally aborted. Incredibly, women who identify themselves as Protestants (43 percent) and Catholics (27 percent) obtain the majority of abortions. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Before it is too late

    by R. Albert Mohler Jr., posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (16 years ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--The 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision will pass with little notice from most Americans -- and that is itself part of the decision's legacy. Read More

  • Ill. Baptists' exec nominee is Okla. pastor Wendell Lang

    by John Yeats, posted Wednesday, January 22, 2003 (16 years ago)

    OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Illinois Baptists' executive director search has led to Oklahoma pastor Wendell C. Lang. The nomination is to be made by Kevin Kerr, chairman of the search committee, to the Illinois Baptist State Association's board of directors during their Jan. 27-28 meeting in Carlinville. Read More