Sometimes I look back on last years letter on this date for inspiration and view last year’s topic. When I looked at July 2016’s letter, I felt sick to my stomach. Why? I was writing about the election. Raise your hand if you are so incredibly happy that election is behind us!
Even though our nation is still in much turmoil and chaos, to have that election in my rear view mirror is a relief to me. As I read the words I wrote one year ago, I returned to the fear and worry I felt at that time. I admit, the anxiety isn’t completely gone, but I hope you can join with me in saying the turmoil has prompted me to pray for our country and leaders harder than I ever have.
Our leaders change, our nation shifts directions, our belief systems falter. It’s scary. But one thing of which I am certain: when we stand firmly—unwavering—on God’s Word, there are no shifting shadows, moving targets, or other shallow belief systems that can make a mark on us. I am so thankful for that. For this reason alone, our resolve to end abortion cannot rely solely on political responses. We, as Christians, can and must do something now.
The Church is powerful and mighty because we have a sovereign God who is fighting on our behalf. As we see in His Word, He fights through people. We have to make the first move, and then His power flows through ordinary people to perform extraordinary feats. It’s a beautiful process of healing that we are witnessing now, lived out in the lives of individuals around the world.
There are pastors who offer SaveOne, chapter leaders who teach SaveOne, brave men, women, and families who turn and deal with the pain of their abortions changing the tide in their future generations. They are the ones fighting this battle and they are winning. Taking that first step is all God needs. A willing vessel, whole and healthy, is a powerful tool in the hands of a powerful God.
We want you to join us. Talk to your pastor today about starting a SaveOne chapter. We have a packet of information and a promo video we can send to introduce ourselves. I promise, the people who are reached because of your efforts will be eternally grateful.
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CHAPTERS!
MORE GREAT NEWS!
Did you know we now have a theme song? If you go to saveone.org, click the Moving Mountains link to download it. It’s a beautiful song that Jeff Deyo, Jonathan Lee, and Sarah Reeves co-wrote and gave us permission to use. Listen and then spend the $0.99 to have it permanently. Then tell all your friends about it!
We also have new t-shirts. For a long time, we only had the v-neck white shirts, but now we have round neck in black! WOO HOO! I have it on right now and I’m getting compliments everywhere I go. They are bold and have the SaveOne website on the sleeve. Thanks for purchasing the song and t-shirts because 100% of the proceeds from both go to reach more people with the truth.
Please be praying about our campaign to purchase a permanent home for SaveOne. We have had an extremely generous offer to allow us to purchase the condo where we have been located for the last 12 years. But we have to raise $150,000 THIS YEAR! Will you pray about our efforts, but then also pray and see what God would have you contribute? We need everyone’s help!
Thank you so much!
We love each and every one of you and we thank God for you and your support!
Stay tuned for the BIG BIG NEWS because we have two other news to tell you about first!
We just received the SaveOne Men’s Study in Spanish! WOO HOO! (insert happy dance here) My friend, Brad Mattes, president of Life Issues Institute, planted the seed that made this moment happen, so we are forever grateful to him. We should have the men’s Spanish book printed by the SaveOne Summit. (The women’s study is already printed in Spanish).
Which brings me to the second news, Brad is also one of our speakers at the upcoming Summit happening September 7-9. I hope you have your calendars marked for that weekend! You will receive more details soon. We would love to have you as our guest! But now for the….
BIG BIG NEWS!
As many of you know, SaveOne operates a little differently from most non-profits. We pay no salaries, and most of our services are donated. For example, the national headquarters, where we have been for the last 12 years, has been completely donated to us rent free; we only pay utilities. It’s located in an all brick two-story office park in a great area just north of Nashville. The continuing generosity of our landlord has been astronomical!
This couple is selling the space and has offered it to SaveOne at an unbelievable price, considering Nashville’s real estate market right now. We operate completely debt free and are going to continue that trend, so it is imperative to us that every dollar coming in to reach people goes right back out reaching people.
With that said, we have to raise $150,000 by the end of the year to purchase our headquarters. I believe God spoke clearly that this is what we should do. This amount of money not only purchases the condo, but also pays taxes, association fees, closing costs, etc. We have had $4100 in donations so far, leaving us with $145,900 still to raise.
We are asking, as one of our SaveOne friends, if you would partner with us in this leap of faith to provide a permanent ministry center for SaveOne. Consider requesting that your business, ministry, church, or pregnancy center donate, or even think about donating personally. We are so excited about this endeavor as this launching point is going to give us the opportunity to help men, women, and families recover after abortion on an even greater scale.
Please prayerfully consider this request. We need your help. Thank you, and I mean THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for donating, for your prayers, for believing with us in faith that this money will come in!
To donate you can go to www.saveone.org and click “donate”.
Thanks for leaping in faith with us!
Sheila and the entire staff of SaveOne
How incredible it is when we find new tools we can use in our SaveOne classes. We love it and want to share with you when we find these little nuggets. We want you to be even more successful than you already are! So we will always send you things we find to enhance what you’re doing. If you want to use these tools you can, if not then don’t feel like you have to. It’s just good to see what other chapter leaders are doing sometimes.
This month I wanted you to hear from Jody Duffy, our SaveOne chapter leader down near Atlanta. She is not only former military and served our country well, but is now doing a fantastic job leading classes through her pregnancy center. I met Jody at a training I taught in North Carolina! 🙂 God has a way of getting His people to find each other. So enjoy this beautiful poem she wrote after the class she is teaching finished Chapter 7 in the SaveOne study…It’s titled, “Younger You”.
Forgiving the ‘Younger You’
Dear younger me,
I knew you back then, the fear and confusion that faced you my friend.
The choice that you made, you would not if you’d known, you’d suffer such pain and such anguish alone.
Forbidden your sorrows were. You could not show, or talk of your heartache to friend or to foe.
You thought that the burden alone you did bear, with no comprehension that God was right there.
When looking upon you through time distance spent, I view someone broken, dejected, and bent.
I weep for your spirit, which crushed by the sting of a self- loathing mindset that damage would bring.
As I look at you now through the eyes of the years, I observe all your torments and sorrowful tears.
I choose to forgive you, I do, younger me. For without forgiveness mine eyes cannot see.
The beauty of pardon and graces God gave you, hold close to your heart and your spirit renew.
So, let us arise from the ashes together and join once again to be one in the same, and put to rest, we must, the guilt and the shame.
Oh you who were me in a time long ago, I love and forgive you as I watch your heart grow.
Let us join one another from here on forever to love and respect who we are. A child of God who is loved and is cherished, bright and as brilliant as a star.
We are so excited to welcome FOUR new chapters of SaveOne in the month of February.
*Ft. Riley, KS
“Thrilled” is a good word to use that explains how we feel when a new church or pregnancy center wants to start teaching our Bible studies. At that moment we welcome them in as a new chapter of SaveOne.
Have you ever thought about starting a chapter in your church? Maybe you have never had an abortion, or you don’t feel qualified to teach the studies. No worries. We have done all the startup work for you! We have a pastor’s letter and promotional video we can send to you to introduce this idea to your pastor; chapter tools that will help you know when and how to announce the class; advertising tips and ideas for a more successful class; and, your own personal chapter coordinator assigned to your state as a resource to help in any capacity.
Introducing SaveOne to your church or pregnancy center may seem a little out of your comfort zone, but I can tell you from personal experience the reward is worth the stretch. The men, women, and families you will reach will be eternally grateful to you. Here are a few of the things you will personally witness by having SaveOne at your church:
- Lives transformed
- Marriages restored
- Men and women becoming leaders
- Relationships with children improved
- Self-worth returned
These men and women return to their communities, homes, jobs, and churches, and they become the people God always intended them to be before they chose abortion.
Changing lives is what abortion recovery is all about! We truly believe that word-of-mouth will end abortion in our country and around our world. These men, women, and families become a voice for the issue of abortion. We like to call them our “Army of Truth Tellers”!
But we need you! We need your involvement through adding to this army by starting a chapter of SaveOne in your area. It’s easy, and we will show you how! Please contact us today to get started.
OTHER WAYS TO HELP SAVEONE
If you are in or around the Middle Tennessee area and shop at Kroger, did you know you can opt for a percentage of your purchase to go to SaveOne? Go to www.Kroger.com and click on “Community Rewards”. (And if you haven’t checked in a while, will you please make sure you are still listed as helping SaveOne? For some reason, the organization you pick will fall off after a year.)
Also, through Amazon, you can also click Amazon Smile and list SaveOne as your charity of choice. A percentage of what you purchase through Amazon will come to us.
These are two ways to help SaveOne that do not cost you a dime! Of course, we could also use your donations. In short, we reach more people when we have the resources to do so. Therefore, we are looking for people to partner with us for $25 per month. Perhaps your church can do this. Or maybe you personally feel led to support our ministry long-term in this way.
Thank you in advance for all your help and support.
As you will see below…this subject is not for the faint of heart. My friend Brad Mattes says it perfectly (written below) when he says a person needs a “spine of steel” to introduce this topic. I read my friends article this week and wanted to make sure my circle of friends read it also. Please take the time to let this subject sink in and recognize the millions of fathers who are walking around with the gaping wound of abortion…
It takes a spine of steel in today’s political climate to introduce this type of legislation.
Did the bill’s sponsor anticipate the level of vitriol he’d receive in response?
Regardless of the likelihood of its success, this was a positive move to give voice to those who have been all but forgotten in the abortion debate.
Rep. Justin Humphrey of the Oklahoma State Legislature sparked a heated debate when he introduced HB 1441 which would require a woman first provide “written informed consent of the father” of the unborn baby before having an abortion.
Rep. Humphrey justified the bill saying, “The thing that I wanted to spark in a debate is that fathers have a role…This is about making men responsible for their part in the birthing process…to bring fathers back into their role…”
As you can imagine, reaction from pro-abortion activists was swift and, well, even more outrageous than usual.
James Owens, NARAL state communications director, called HB 1441 a “dangerous escalation of efforts by a radical fringe to impose their rigid ideology on the rest of us.” He also claimed the bill gave men “veto power over all of life’s decisions,” and accused pro-life legislators of demonstrating “backward ideology.”
Mr. Owens might want to consider decaf.
Pro-abortion activist, Diane Horvath-Cosper, lashed out accusing the Oklahoma Legislature of attempting to “shame, burden and degrade women.”
These comments are further evidence that radical feminism has hijacked the abortion conversation. They’ve imposed an all-or-nothing right of the woman to decide whether or not the child lives or dies. Radical feminism ignores the biologic reality that both a male and female contribute different-but-equal parts of DNA when conceiving a child.
Bringing fathers back into the equation isn’t “shaming” or “degrading” women. Nor is it “backward ideology” to incorporate modern medical science — the fact that it takes two to conceive children — when dialoguing on a critical issue of life or death. It would be imposing a “rigid ideology” not to. Dads have a right to be heard. This is their baby too.
The chance of this bill becoming law is unlikely. In 1992, the US Supreme Court ruled in Planned Parenthood of Southeast Pennsylvania v Casey that it was an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to abortion to even require a husband be merely informed before his wife aborts their baby.
The laws of society tell men that if a woman chooses to give their baby life, he is to step up to the plate and fully engage his emotions and financial resources to provide for and protect the child until legal maturity.
On the other hand, if the woman decides to kill their baby by abortion, he is expected to totally disengage his God-given instincts to love and protect his child and move on as if the baby never existed.
We can’t have it both ways. This is a cruel and impossible expectation imposed upon fathers.
I have counseled many fathers who’ve lost a child to abortion and walked alongside their journey of grief, shame and anguish. Watching a man sob for the child he was powerless to protect makes you look at fathers’ rights from a different perspective.
And it should.
I have seen the look of shock on a man’s face when I called him “father,” a title no one had ever granted to him before. Until that instant, he hadn’t even considered in his own mind that the brief life of his unborn child literally made him a dad.
It is a powerful moment.
Millions of men have bought into the lie that they have no right or obligation to protect their unborn babies from the violence of abortion and they are now paying the price. Stress related to the loss of a child to abortion is wreaking havoc on the psyche of millions of men.
Drs. Arthur B Shostak and Gary McLouth wrote about their own abortion experiences in Men and Abortion, Lessons, Losses and Love. Their research demonstrates that eight-percent of men who have experienced abortion may have been seriously affected psychologically.
If so, Roe v Wade has created over 4.7 million walking-wounded fathers – men who are daily struggling with a past abortion.
If you know one of these grieving fathers, we have a website dedicated to him with excellent resources. There is also a safe place where he can request a peer-to-peer or licensed counselor to walk with him through his grief.
Men deserve a place at the table when the lives of their children hang in the balance. If HB 1441 gets the discussion started, that’s a very good beginning.
Working to protect fathers too,
President, Life Issues Institute
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Every month I like to talk with our chapter leaders and help them in any way that we can. This month we are talking about using abortion recovery as an outreach to your community through your church or pregnancy center. YOU can lower the abortion rate by simply offering SaveOne. Yes that may be an audacious claim, but we are seeing this claim lived out in lives every day around our world. Contact our office to find out how by visiting saveone.org
What an awesome year it has been already! We have added 3 new chapters, with twice as many in the works. Please welcome Golconda, IL; Pinedale, WY; and Casper, WY.
We couldn’t be happier with TWO pregnancy centers and a church now having a new avenue of outreach. When these leaders start advertising they offer SaveOne abortion recovery, they will begin to change the stigma of the Church. People in their communities will know immediately they are able to enter these buildings and feel love and acceptance, not judgment and condemnation.
SaveOne as an outreach for your church or pregnancy center results in a lasting, loving, and transforming change. Here are a few things you experience or observe when you start using SaveOne to reach out to your community:
*Love shown to those who feel rejected after this choice
*Marriages reconciled through forgiveness after the abortion
*Lives transformed through the healing power of Jesus Christ
*Salvation found by those who are healing from the experience
*Men becoming the heads of their households again
*Women allowing the past to no longer dictate their future
*Families restored and healthy relationships formed
*The freedom to openly talk about abortion without mentioning controversial politics
These are just a few of the benefits added to YOUR church and community when you take SaveOne as your own and start reaching outside the four walls of the church. By welcoming those who feel damaged and rejected by the Church, the Church suddenly becomes a place of acceptance to those who had felt it a place of condemnation. The enemy loves to tell the post-abortive to keep the abortion a secret because of the Church’s response, but SaveOne proves that being open about the experience sets people free:
“The ministry of SaveOne has literally exploded in our church. When we first offered the class at Cornerstone Church, I thought I might discover the subject was taboo. The response was quite the opposite. I have watched men and women discover that forgiveness and cleansing really are available for every sin and mistake. The people of my church are so absolutely behind the ministry that I have enjoyed riding the wave of momentum with them as SaveOne has reached far beyond the walls of the local church to offer hope to an incredibly damaged part of our society.” Maury Davis, Head Pastor, Cornerstone Church, Madison, TN
If you would like for SaveOne to be in your church, contact us and we will help you every step of the way. To be an official chapter of SaveOne, the cost is FREE and the results are phenomenal. Hope to hear from you soon!
Be sure to tell others to go to saveone.org and sign up for our newsletter to get my latest e-book, “Abortion and You”. THANKS!
I hope you are doing well and the first month of this year has been tremendous for you. Our prayer here at SaveOne is that you are plotting and planning your next SaveOne class. If you are struggling with attendance, or needing an extra boost of encouragement then contact your chapter coordinator. We are here to help you every step of the way. We are with you 100%! So don’t sit and struggle. Life is too short and you have too many tools and tips at your fingertips with SaveOne to struggle in any way. If you do not know who your chapter coordinator is, then contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch.
By now you are have probably been able to watch the video we sent to you on January 15. If you did not receive it let us know and we will send to you. If you take the message of Sabbath rest to heart your life will be changed. This one day per week is designed just for YOU! You are called to great and mighty things. Working from a place of only resting the 6-8 hours you sleep is not cool. Lack of rest will one day catch up with you and consequences will ensue. Don’t do it! Plan your rest every single week and hold it, keep it, guard it, with all your might just like you would any other important appointment or commandment.
One of the things I wanted to do in this letter is tell you about some great books on Sabbath rest I have read. I looked through my library for a really really long time and I can’t find any I want to recommend. So I need YOU to recommend to ME some books on Sabbath rest. Do you guys know of any? Email me back, or post on the SaveOne facebook page. If you are recommending to me, then others need to know about it as well! I want to hear from you okay?
In other news, I just returned from a wonderful trip to North Carolina where I hung out with the great ladies from Lifeline Pregnancy Center in Elkin, NC directed by Sharon Kelly. I trained them, and 2 more ladies from Allegheny PRC in NC. My friend Felicia Lee drove over for the training as well! I was so happy to have such a great crowd spend their Saturday learning about abortion recovery.
After the training my Aunt, who was a great travel partner, and I drove over to Hendersonville, NC where they asked me to speak at the “Lights for Life” event commemorating the legalization of abortion. Another incredible pregnancy center put it on, Open Arms PRC with Joyce Wright at the helm. A pleasant surprise walked through the door right before the event started when I looked up and saw our own Rachel Joseph enter with two friends! If you are in the North Carolina/South Carolina and surrounding states area then you know how awesome Rachel is as a SaveOne chapter coordinator.
I wish every one of you guys could travel with me to these awesome places and meet these incredible servants who are like-minded. The two ladies leading these centers are true examples of God’s grace flowing through them to lead the charge in their communities. I want everyone to know them! 🙂
Please let us know what is going on with you okay? We like hearing from our chapter leaders. Be sure to keep your page updated on the SaveOne site. That lets others know you are busy and when you are offering classes.
If you haven’t already, please like the SaveOne facebook page and share it often. It helps you with advertising and helps us get our message out to the masses!
Love you guys all the way to the moon and back! Thank you for all you do!
Sheila and the entire staff of SaveOne
Every passing year, the urgency of our message and call becomes more apparent. With the two sides of the abortion issue, the wrongs and rights of it, the confusion originates. Since the beginning of SaveOne we have had a consistent message of taking back the conversation about LIFE from politics and placing it in the Church. We believe the hijack from the pro-aborts over the abortion issue was created by design. That design lends itself to knowing many things move slowly and very hard through the political system. Plus, there is far less power there than in the hands of a mighty God steering, and the Church at the helm.
It brings to mind the scripture from God’s Word found in 1 Samuel 17:16 NLT that says, “For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army.”
How long has Planned Parenthood been strutting around with their millions of our taxpayer dollars killing the unborn, and devastating the lives of mothers, fathers, and families? It’s been much longer than forty days for sure!
You may be asking, “How did this issue become political? Who took the issue from the Church and placed it in the politician’s hands?” The answer is, the pro-abortion fighters of this battle. They turned the value of life into a political topic. Don’t be blind, but be on your guard. Satan prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he can devour. He knows who and what he’s up against. He can’t fight hand-to-hand combat because we will win every time. Instead, he creeps in when we’re not paying attention and he takes control away from us. He ensures we’re consumed with other “projects” so we forget to be activists for issues close to God’s heart.
For many politicians, standing on blood money has been their ticket to being re-elected. They tout themselves as women’s rights advocates and repeat the same venomous lies we’ve been hearing since 1973. Unfortunately, the public’s minds are still being poisoned, and sadly in many cases the Church is too.
Abortion is an ugly business. It’s a gruesome, bone-chilling procedure steadily occurring in our world today. So it’s no surprise the Church has tried to keep her hands clean by sidestepping this issue and handing it off to the political world to debate. It’s just easier that way.
To change laws, we must change minds first. We have to get the Church on the right page. It can’t be satisfactory to vote for a pro-life candidate and then decide to vote for someone else who claims he or she is going to lower gas prices, not even knowing their stance on abortion. We must educate the Church first and foremost the importance of this issue. This task starts with you and your church.
Courageously make a stand and let people know your church values life and will no longer tolerate what’s going on. Sure, people might leave your church and you will certainly offend some. But likely, most will appreciate your spiritual leadership. If people leave out of offense, they would have left you eventually during a hard time, so you really haven’t lost anything. But, who are we fearing? The Lord? Or man? We have an audience of One.
I have said many times, “Silence equals compliance.” Don’t let your silence in the church be mistaken for compliance with abortion.
Isaiah 1:15 is a verse that should terrify all of us. “When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.”
I pray that is not how God looks at America or any other country!
The Church holds the power to take this issue from the political arena, but we must wield that power before anything will happen. It will take brave pastors and courageous church leaders to step into an arena where battles for life take place every single moment. That’s when the wind will be at your back and you will join the ranks of those like David who handily took care of the Philistine champion and his strutting.
Call SaveOne today, email us, or contact us through social media. We can give you the tools to confront the abortion issue through love and acceptance, not judgment and politics.
Blessings to you, and may this year be the year you see abortion end in your community through your efforts.
What a year…huh? What an incredible, extraordinary, bizarre, yet unbelievable time in which God chose us to live! We saw tables turned, people going crazy, declarations made, and rioters (seemingly) taking over at times. This year has been outrageous–to say the least.
At the very epicenter of this fight is one thing…abortion. Sure you can pass it off to the epicenter being foreign relations, or illegal immigrants, or this, or that. But seriously, when we get to the root of the problem in America and around our world, the root is this one subject. Without the protection of life from conception to natural death, our country loses its way. The reason is because LIFE is the most precious gift bestowed on us from our Creator. It’s a gift in which we must fight and protect at all costs, for without it, all other issues and important topics are mute.
When we see killings in the streets or human trafficking on the rise, why are we not surprised? It’s because we have raised a whole generation of people who have seen life be expendable. Something to throw away for the sake of convenience; or because someone has been offended; or because the media has incited people to believe things that aren’t true about another race or group of people.
What is the answer? At SaveOne we believe the answer can be found in the CHURCH. When the Church says, “Hey, LIFE is not a subject that belongs with politics anymore. We’re going to take it back from politics and promote LIFE in everything we do!” Only then we will see the political landscape shift with politics following the Church instead of the other way around.
Through abortion recovery this process happens every day. We are seeing people who once chose abortion never choose abortion again. (multiple abortions are very common). And we are seeing churches start to stand up against the sin of abortion because now they have a tool, SaveOne, to offer those who have made this choice. Men, women, family members, and loves ones are being set free from the bondage abortion brings and are becoming a resounding voice in this debate! Their stories are powerful because no one can argue with personal experience.
YOUR UNDYING PASSION…
So why this heavy newsletter at Christmas time? I want to fire you up and ignite a passion inside you, our SaveOne friends, to start a chapter of SaveOne at your church next year. Make next year be the year that you are unleashing your passion to see abortion end in your community. It’s easier than you think, and truly is an affordable resource any church of any size can have as its own.
Together we can see abortion come to an end. I have proclaimed for the last 16 years that I believe it will happen in my lifetime. What a legacy to hand down to our children and grandchildren!
HEROES TO US
You guys are heroes to us. Your prayers, your financial gifts, your encouraging cards, emails, and social media posts fan the flames for us. Thank you so much. I do not use the title hero lightly. Heroes are precious. And we see you as one of them. If you have taken time to read this blog, then you are that person to us. Thank you for being interested in our message. Thank you for taking your time to be informed of SaveOne’s news. Thank you for being a part of this incredible movement, for without you, none of this is possible, and I mean that.
We are so proud that 2016 brought forth over 30 new chapters of SaveOne…places from Hungary to Oklahoma; from Arkansas to Switzerland. This is because of YOU and how you supported us. People are being healed through the power of Jesus Christ and abortion is ending for them and those around them.
One huge way you can help SaveOne is through shopping through our resources for Christmas gifts. The sales of our books, t-shirts, and bracelets help us reach more people. Would you consider buying t-shirts, bracelets, and books for your friends and loved ones this year? We sure would appreciate it!
You’ll hear from me again in January when we’re ready to tackle 2017!
My prayer is that every one of you will start today to devise a plan to talk to your pastor or start a chapter of SaveOne in 2017.