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Closure of Planned Parenthood clinic seen as prayer model
BRYAN, Texas (BP) -- Christians throughout the Brazos Valley in Texas credit the power of prayer and God's grace for the closure of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Bryan, believing it could be a breakthrough moment in the fight against abortion.The clinic cited "budget cuts and persistent attacks on women's health" when it shut its doors in early August.
Some of the Christians confessed they never believed the clinic at 4112 29th St. would close. Still others were certain it would happen -- in God's time. For 15 years the coalition of Christians prayed for and counseled countless women -- and saved and lost the lives of unborn babies.
Yet while they mourned the loss of 6,400 babies at the Bryan Health Center-Family Planning, they praised God for the birth of an international movement, 40 Days for Life, which they consider the final nail in the coffin for this facility and others across the nation.
"God used you, and abortion is now ended in the Brazos Valley," Shawn Carney, campaign director for 40 Days for Life, said at a celebration Sept. 7 across the street from the former clinic.
Bobby Reynoso, director of Coalition for Life in Bryan-College Station, said local pro-life leaders are praying that it will be the "tipping point for the pro-life cause in helping end abortion across the nation." The coalition is exploring ways to replicate the success in other cities.
Speakers at the celebration included former abortion clinic employees, pastors and priests, prayer volunteers, crisis pregnancy center volunteers, health care ministry volunteers and the mayor of Bryan.
Jason Bienski said as mayor he usually is glad to see new business startups. "Today we celebrate the closing of a business. Planned Parenthood was never welcome in Bryan-College Station," he said.
Speakers recounted stories of spiritual interventions and the renewing of their faith in a seemingly endless fight.
Karen Hall, director of Central Texas Orphan Missions Alliance and a member of Central Baptist Church in Bryan-College Station, said the driveway to her offices sometimes was mistaken for the driveway to the neighboring abortion clinic.
Once inside the CTOMA facility, some women, thinking they were at Planned Parenthood, said they had arrived for their ultrasounds.
CTOMA has a state-of-the-art ultrasound machine as part of its pro-life ministry. While the women completed forms, an ultrasound nurse was hurriedly making her way to the clinic.
"There was joy in heaven every time a woman missed that Planned Parenthood drive and came into our office," Hall said.
David Bereit, 40 Days for Life national director, told the crowd, "I believed the end of abortion would begin in this community. ... Read More
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-- Russell D. Moore
Charlotte pastor enters Senate race
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FIRST-PERSON: Is God guilty of genocide?
Columnist and apologist Rob Phillips deals with the tough Old Testament texts in which God orders the murder of seemingly innocent people. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Does the Song of Solomon point to Jesus?
Columnist David Roach explains why interpreting Song of Solomon literally or as allegory isn't an either/or proposition; it's a both/and. Read More
Bible Study: September 22, 2013
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.
This week's Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.
Bible Passage: John 3:1-16
How do people express interest in Jesus today? How do the questions as... Read More