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How Small is Your Comfort Zone?

imagesEsther: Heroine? Fool? Insane? Psycho? What would be your description? Anyone who has read the book of Esther knows the outcome of the story. *Spoiler alert ahead* She enters an impossible battle, it looks as though she will probably die, but she wins in the end and the enemy is defeated and killed. Reminds me of a scene from “Lord of the Rings” when the character named Gimli says in regards to returning the ring, “Small chance of success, certainty of death, well what are we waiting for?”

Knowing the end of the story we can all proudly say we would call Esther a heroine. If that same scenario were unfolding today say…with your sister, your niece, your husband or wife…would you encourage such action?

Esther wasn’t willing to remain quiet. There were thousands of lives at stake. She drew on the courage that comes only from above and she fasted THREE DAYS with no food or water. Can you imagine? She gathered the Jewish people, plus her assistants, to fast with her. Concentrated shared fasting and praying is effective. You will see how successful this effort was in the end.

More than likely she knew she could die, but she went through the painfully frightening progression of approaching the king, planning and executing the banquets, and well…read the story and you will find out all she went through. (Esther-Holy Bible) thIn the end, because of her unwillingness to remain quiet, a whole generation was saved. Thousands of lives would continue on as families, babies were born, marriages endured, family outings were shared, and holidays were celebrated. Who could believe how Esther and her family were blessed? God blesses good decisions. He also blesses those moments when we step outside our comfort zone on the faith of our fasting and prayers, and trust Him and only Him.

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One of my favorite quotes is by Theodore Roosevelt, “Better to dare mighty things and fail, than to live in a gray twilight where there is neither victory nor defeat.”

How would millions of lives be different today had Esther remained quiet and stayed comfortable in a gray twilight?

What are you keeping quiet about?

Use Esther as an example of what could happen in the end. Don’t avoid the lives of the unborn, or helping to restore hope, healing, and restoration to those who have already made the wrong choice because it may be too controversial, or too dangerous, or too political, or people will think you’re crazy. Staying in a comfort zone is boring. Be counted among the “Esthers” of the world who have risked it all and were blessed beyond belief for it!

Ways to Help SaveOne

Sign up for Community Rewards through Kroger here in Nashville and name SaveOne as your charity.

Use Goodsearch as your search engine and name SaveOne as your charity.

For all your purchases online go through goodshop.com and name SaveOne as your charity.

Give our books, t-shirts, and bracelets as gifts, the proceeds go to SaveOne and help us reach more people with TRUTH. You can purchase on our website at saveone.org

God’s blessings on you and thank you for your help!

Three Questions to Ask Someone Who May be Considering Abortion

No woman in her right mind ever dreams as a little girl, that one day she will grow up and have an abortion.

Not one.

I usually avoid sweeping statements such as this one in my writing, but I can say this statement with confidence. You would be hard-pressed to convince me this would or could ever be a goal in someone’s life. Has anyone ever wondered why? Why is this not a goal? Why is abortion not looked at as the ultimate for a woman being in control of her own body?

If you are reading this article and you are faced with a pregnancy that has rocked your world, or you are trying to help someone who is facing an unplanned pregnancy, please keep the following questions in mind. These questions are important points to ponder before making such a choice. I’m here to show you facts about the future and living with a past abortion….from personal experience and nearly two decades of working with men and women who chose abortion in their pasts.

1. Have you checked your abortion location and it’s last inspection for cleanliness, botched abortions, and fatalities? 
For example, in Illinois there has been a recent crackdown because of a neighboring state’s abortion clinic being discovered and dubbed a “House of Horrors”. When Illinois started looking into its facilities they found some clinics had not been inspected for 15 years. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/20/illinois-abortion-clinic-_n_1219897.html
The “New York Post” reported nail salons in their state were inspected more than abortion clinics. The best record they could find were some of their clinics were being inspected every 4-6 years, the others had not been inspected in more than a decade. Make sure where you intend to go for your abortion has been inspected within the last year and it is a safe place to perform surgery on you. Even if you’re having a chemical abortion and not a surgical one, if they don’t care about the cleanliness of the facility, then it should make you question the standard of care you will receive. Be sure to find out all the details of what is going to happen to you at home (and what you are going to see) if you take a pill to obtain an abortion. While you’re at it, find out also if the doctor has admitting privileges to the nearest hospital. God forbid, but in case something were to go wrong during your surgery he would be able to get you into a hospital.
http://nypost.com/2014/04/07/health-department-fails-to-regularly-inspect-abortion-clinics/
And again in my home state of Tennessee, here is a link to the testimony showing clinics are not licensed or regulated in any way.

In all fairness I looked for an article that shed a positive light or gave me some hope that a state somewhere was touting their abortion clinics as safe and clean. I couldn’t find one. You have plenty of clinics making that claim, but be sure to look further at state reports that are neutral on this subject and see what is said.

2. Have you talked with women who have experienced abortion and women who have had their child under stressful, less than perfect circumstances, and considered which group lives with the most shame and regret?
This is the best way to find out the truth of what the future holds. Here are some questions to consider to help along the way. What have others experienced who have gone before you? How many of these mothers who chose life for their children live with thoughts and feelings of shame and regret? How many of these mothers who chose abortion for their children live in a state of shame and regret? Out of the mothers who chose life, how many of them wish they could go back and make a different decision? Out of the mothers who chose death how many of them wish they could go back and make a different decision? The show, “Sex and the City” had an episode one time that a friend of mine told me I had to watch. I was so glad I did. One of the girls (Miranda) on the show got pregnant and wasn’t married. Another girl (Carrie) told her she had a past abortion and she would go with her to the clinic. Miranda wrestled with the decision and ultimately chose abortion. Carrie accompanied her to the clinic and was answering questions about the surgery to her friend. One of the questions from Miranda was, “Did you ever get over your abortion?” Carrie’s answer was very telling. “Any day now I might”. This last statement is an insight I have seen many times with girls who have past abortions. Now I understand this is just a television show, but it accurately depicts what I have seen in men and women for years. It’s not something you ever “get over”. On the show, Miranda ended up leaving the clinic and choosing life for her child. Another accurate portrayal of what we see every day through abortion recovery. When people learn the truth, they are freed from a future of shame and regret and are thankful they chose life for their child.

3. Have you thought about the future you at 30, 40, and 50 years old? 
I just turned 51 years old. I had an abortion when I was 19. At that age I only thought about the moment I was in, as well as thinking only of myself. I didn’t consider others, not even the father of my child. I quickly learned at 19 that even though I thought I was in a strong, committed relationship, after the abortion it lasted about 2 weeks. By the time I was 30 I had 2 small children and had to tell my husband about my past abortion. It was a grueling night with many tears and fear of losing my family. By 40 I had to tell my children of the abortion and see the pain and disappointment in their eyes. I also had to tell my family for fear they would find out from others. My sisters have grieved their niece for many years and the fact I didn’t come to them for help during that time in my life. Now at 51 my boys are 26 and 28 years old, and I should have a daughter turning 30 in October. My arms literally long to hold grandchildren. I believe there are supposed to be grandchildren in my family this very moment that I am missing out on because I chose abortion. No one ever told me to consider that not only was I ending the one life growing inside me, but I was also ending my future bloodline through that child. Think about it.

These are just 3 points of many to consider when contemplating abortion. I am not here to tell you how bad you are or heap more guilt on you for thinking about this choice. I’m just wanting you to think about more than what is right in front of you; what may seem as the easy way out…isn’t. If you are pregnant and reading this, you are already a mother and what is growing inside you is already a human being. You are literally deciding if you are going to be the mother of a living child or a dead one. I know that sounds harsh, but these are the facts that must be considered. These are the facts no one told me. These are the facts that I and millions of women AND men are living with daily.

If you are someone who works to protect life, please feel free to share this letter on social media, as well as with your friends. Together we can save others from making the same mistake myself and countless men and women have made…and lived to regret.

I would love to hear from you. Please write me in the comments below, or you can send me an email to info@saveone.org. I want to help you any way that I can. You can also check out our website at www.saveone.org.

Ways to Help SaveOne

Sign up for Community Rewards through Kroger here in Nashville and name SaveOne as your charity.

Use Goodsearch as your search engine and name SaveOne as your charity.

For all your purchases online go through goodshop.com and name SaveOne as your charity.

Give our books, t-shirts, and bracelets as gifts, the proceeds go to SaveOne and help us reach more people with TRUTH. You can purchase on our website at saveone.org

God’s blessings on you!

Sheila L. Harper

Founder and President

SaveOne

My interview with a disc jockey…

You guys hear from me all the time, so I wanted to switch things up a little this month. My friend, Mary Fainn was a disc jockey on a local radio station in Guntersville, AL when I first met her. The tables were turned then and she was interviewing me for the station. I traveled to Guntersville for the interview, not knowing I was about to meet a lifelong friend and SaveOne advocate. We have seen each other through incredible transitions in both our lives. We’ve cried together, laughed uncontrollably together, and celebrated great victories together. I cherish this woman. As a chapter leader of SaveOne you are never just left out on your own to fend for yourself and figure things out. We pour into you and forge a relationship that is strong. 

thThat’s the thing about SaveOne. We become family, not just business relationships. When we get down in the mud of life with each other we can’t help but bond and become brothers and sisters. So…see what my disc jockey friend is up to now! 

Sheila: Tell us about the pregnancy center where you hold SaveOne. 

Mary: (Gate Pregnancy Resource Center) We help women who are pregnant until that child is one year old.  We offer everything a new mom will need including maternity clothes and classes.  We offer SaveOne to our clients as well as the community.  I have been in Harrisburg NC for 2 years and before that Albertville AL for 12 years. 

Sheila: How long have you been a chapter leader with SaveOne?

Mary: 14 years I think?

Sheila: Why have you stayed with SaveOne all these years?

Mary: I believe in SaveOne and have had the privilege of watching God heal and restore women and men through this Bible Study.  The support of the SaveOne team is top notch and professional.  I know they pray for all the chapters and are willing to go the extra mile to help leaders. I know the scriptures used in SO are the healing balm God uses to restore people.

Sheila: What has been the greatest challenge in abortion recovery that God has helped you overcome?

Mary: Sharing my story.  I was so terrified to tell my secret sin but once I received healing and God called me to help others, I realized it was not my story to keep secret but that it was God’s story of redemption and love to share.

Sheila: What did you learn in that process?

Mary: I learned that the best way to fight for life is to share my story.  The best way to allow God to use me is to share my story.  The best way to show love and compassion to hurting people is sharing my story.  The best way to honor God is to tell HIS story of healing. Pray and keep “pounding” (sorry I live in NC).  Don’t give up, don’t be afraid to tell your story and share about healing even when people look at you weird. It’s ok to have just one or two in class, God brought them there.  Remember it is HIS ministry and HE will provide all you need and the words to say.  Keep yourself rested and renewed so that God can pour into you. Trust that lil voice that says I know I’m suppose to do this and ignore the but….  Utilize others who have been doing the ministry they are full of encouragement and information.  Pray.  

I just have to take a break right here and say BRAVO MARY!!!!! She gets it. She understands12047132_912408835518773_8345311759857520241_n the power behind her story and she has dedicated her life to making sure others find their story, their voice, that will save babies, save heartaches to moms and dads, and end abortion in its tracks!6. What is one piece of advice you would give to new chapter leaders that you wish you had when you started?

Sheila: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you in a SaveOne class, or while you were working with SaveOne?

Mary: I was going to speak at a church in the pouring rain and my sun roof popped the seal and I was drenched. They were great and I got some participants.  Another time, same car, my horn just went off and got stuck.  I pulled into the parking lot of the church with my horn blaring.  They had a mechanic there and he fixed it for me.  OYE

Sheila: What is the greatest moment that has happened to you in a SaveOne class?

Mary: I love it when someone has the break through and you can see it and hear it.  The best one was a couple who were going to get divorced, I ask him to wait until she finished the class, he agreed.  She had done every bible study, counseling etc… he did not give it much hope.  That was 8 years ago and they now do prison ministry together and she co-leads SaveOne.  God is so good! 

Sheila: Will you write a prayer for the other SaveOne chapter leaders?

Mary: Dear Lord, I ask that you cover each leader with your feathers, keep each one of us under your wing.  Whisper in our ears the words to say to those we encounter.  Bring us the hurting and broken and use us to minister your love and restoration to broken families.  Give us ideas and wisdom to reach out in our communities, state and country.  Guide each class and night of honor.  Use us to end abortion.  Give us boldness to proclaim life and love through Jesus Christ, the truth.  In Christ Name, Amen.    

See now why I cherish this woman? She is a Godsend and making an incredible impact on the men, women, and families in and around the Charlotte, NC area. 

Please don’t ever feel as though you are alone. You are NOT alone. SaveOne is here to help you, train you, and pour into you so you can teach this Bible study in your church or pregnancy center.

Love you guys all the way up to the moon and back! 🙂

 

Why YOU are not helpless this political season

So many of us these days are skeptical about the political process. We are looking at the th-2candidates and freaking out about our choices. I have friends who believe Trump will be the next Ronald Reagan, and I have friends opting out of the process because they are so disgusted. If you’re like me, this constant screaming in my ears is on my last nerve…

This alarming moment in my countries history is why I choose to remember not a Republican, Democrat, The Supreme Court, Donald Trump, nor Hillary Clinton, or any other politician is my source! As a Christian I cannot in good conscience opt out of the process. But there are things I can do to make a difference in the arena where I believe the greatest difference can be made…the local church.

thFor years we have been taught to believe the abortion issue is a political one. This is a myth; a lie that has been repeated so many times our society believes it. Life/Abortion is talked about plainly and very clearly in God’s Word. He hates hands that shed innocent blood (Isaiah 1:15, Proverbs 6:17). He formed and created us in our mother’s womb, knowing every day we would live before we even lived one of them (Psalm 139:13-16). Child sacrifice was considered a detestable act (Deuteronomy 12:31). He considered the life form in a mother’s womb to be a baby (Luke 1:44). I encourage you to do your own study and you will find God placed great emphasis on LIFE and every person created in His image.

With the world in the state it is in, it’s time we take the issues regarding LIFE back from politics and place it squarely where it belongs and that is in the local church. You may feel inadequate to tackle this issue, but I promise you, when you open the doors to help those who are hurting after abortion, or maybe duplicate your local pregnancy center services, you will see great things happen. You will see lives be saved, the stigma of abortion start to weaken, people openly talking of this issue and wanting to get involved, and you will see God at His best doing what He does so beautifully and that is transforming and restoring those who seek Him.

Abortion is a subject close to God’s heart. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy, so abortion is everything he is about! God sent us His Son, Jesus for LIFE…for us to live abundantly (John 10:10). When we come alongside in step with what is the very heartbeat of God, we experience a satisfaction and knowing God’s perfect will is being completed. There is no other feeling like it!

Please join us today by bringing SaveOne to your church, pregnancy center, or ministry. We have done all the homework for you. We can send you a pastor’s packet to take to your pastor, or answer any questions you may have. We are here to help every step of the way.

Also, check out our latest video on our YouTube Channel by clicking on youtube.com/saveoneinfo then do us a favor and share it as often as you can. Our message is being heard and we are growing by leaps and bounds and that is because of YOU!

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Ways to help SaveOne…

Sign up for Community Rewards through Kroger here in Nashville and name SaveOne as your charity.

Use Goodsearch as your search engine and name SaveOne as your charity.

For all your purchases online go through goodshop.com and name SaveOne as your charity.

Give our books, t-shirts, and bracelets as gifts, the proceeds go to SaveOne and help us reach more people with TRUTH. You can purchase on our website at saveone.org

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT THROUGH PRAYER AND FINANCIAL GIVING!

Don’t Live with Mediocrity any Longer!

imagesforkGod’s destiny for you never included abortion. When you chose to take a left fork onto the road called Abortion, you veered off into an area that wasn’t part of His plan. He wants to steer you back on the road He created for you whether you are a man, woman, sibling, or loved one who is grieving a past abortion. He wants to take this experience and turn it into something beautiful for Him. Only God can do that, and He will do it if you allow Him to.

God knows your heart. He knows your sorrow. He knows your regret. He knows your shame. He has seen how you have tried to deal with this on your own for so long. He has seen the ways you have worked to keep it a secret. Now that you are dealing with the past, it’s not a shock or a surprise to Him. He is happy that you have chosen this time in your life to lay this burden down.

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from His love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:37–39, NLT).

I believe this is one of the most beautiful Scriptures in the entire Bible. Nowhere does it say, “But if you have an abortion, God will not take you back, or love you anymore.” No, it says nothing can separate us from His love.

Stop for a minute. Close your eyes, and picture yourself with a heavy, wooden yoke around your neck. Imagine how your body has been damaged, carrying that yoke of abortion. Now picture God reaching down and breaking it, and crushing it. Not one piece is left that you can hold in your fingertips—all that remains is dust. Give this yoke to God right now. Only God can destroy the yoke so it can never resume its previous position.

Don’t accept this bondage from your abortion any longer. Don’t live in mediocrity. Set a imagesbondagenew standard for your life. Take the limits off God and allow Him to take the limits off your life. Step out in faith, and believe God is about to do a great thing!

If you are ready to start this journey contact me personally at sheila@saveone.org. We have an entire staff of people ready, willing, and able to help you. Don’t put this off another day. If you are a friend or loved one who has watched someone in your life implode because of a past abortion then by all means forward this blog or share it on social media. Thanks! The people you reach with this truth will be eternally grateful to you for your help.

5 WORDS THAT CAN CHANGE A LIFE

David and goliathThere are 5 words David (of David and Goliath fame) spoke on the battlefield to remind Israel’s fearless fighting force why they were supposed to be fighting.

“Is There Not a Cause?”

I borrowed these words for a book I wrote. I don’t think David minds…This week’s post is an excerpt from the book. With all the political speak being thrown around these days I wanted to calm it down and just bring revelation for some into the conversation.

You may have never heard this reasoning, but I am hoping my words will give you a new way of looking at this issue. I also hope my words will give you talking points for this debate. It’s time we take the blinders off and stop allowing politics to overshadow what is truly the matter at hand. From the book…”Is There Not a Cause?”

Personal Oppositions

Let’s look at another argument that I hope will appeal to your personal responsibility. The argument is the old saying we’ve heard for years, “Well personally I’m opposed to abortion, but I don’t think it’s right to impose or legislate my morality on others.” The truth is, this is a battle every Christian has been called to fight. You may defend this argument, and maybe that is why you have not engaged in this battle. But let me ask you the question: What law doesn’t impose morality? Laws against robbery and rape impose on thieves and rapists that their actions are wrong. The abortionists in our country have no problem imposing their lack of morality on the unborn, denouncing the life of unwanted babies.

And furthermore, a good question to ask is, why they are personally opposed? If the baby is not a child, then why be more opposed to abortion than say, removing your tonsils? Are they personally opposed to that? The answer, more than likely, is that their personal opposition is in knowing this is a living human being worthy of life. If a person recognizes this fact, they must join the battle or receive judgment from their Creator. Again, we need to reassess if we have lost our fear of the Lord for fear of what the world thinks.

A person who uses this argument wants to have their cake and eat it too. They want to sound morally correct to others by “personally opposing” abortion. They want people to think they are upright, goodhearted citizens of our society. But in reality they are truly whispering, “I know it’s killing, but I’m going to hide behind the excuse that I can’t impose my morality on others. I just want to still be accepted by you without actually having to dirty my hands by joining this battle”.

We could use different scenarios and see if this argument holds water.

“I’m against husbands beating their wives, but I don’t feel as if I can impose my morality on someone else.”

“I’m against rape, but I don’t feel as if I can impose my morality on someone else.”

Why do we allow people to separate abortion from every other vile act? Don’t let yourself be swayed by this thinking. It is undeniably from the pit of hell.

Rare Abortions

I’m sure several of us have heard some declare, “Abortion should be legal, but rare.” My question to that statement is, why? If abortion isn’t wrong, then why should we make it rare? We haven’t heard these same people saying we should make appendectomies rare. This question may be best answered by Dr. Alfred Bongioanni, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania, as he testified to a U.S. Senate Committee regarding when life begins:

“I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception…. I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life….

I am no more prepared to say that these early stages [of development in the womb] represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty…is not a human being. This is human life at every stage.”

Is this why we should make abortion rare? Because in the recesses of our minds we know it’s a human life we’re taking? If you answer the why question, then you must recognize this choice certainly does not leave untarnished a woman, a man, and most often their entire future.

Please feel free to comment below what you would add to this way of thinking. Others need to hear a collective reasoning, not just all mine. And occasionally we need to be reminded there is a cause worth fighting for…

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play

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My view of the Grand Tetons after leaving Jackson Hole, WY

Being in vast skies, giant mountains, and the crisp Wyoming air does something to a person. Seeing mountain ranges, antelope frolicking, and nature in its untouched state makes the hardest of divas want to abandon the Hilton for hiking boots and a tent. I’m not saying I have to have niceties like the Hilton (ahem) but I am saying I felt heartsick at times to be hiking and camping in that beautiful terrain.

 

 

As many of you know I just returned from a trip to Yellowstone National Park on my way to speak and train in Casper, WY. The trip was absolutely wonderful and since we’ve been back SaveOne has had the privilege of adding 4 new chapters in this great state. All of this happens because our staff member Judy Ellis went to all the trouble and sacrifice to MAKE it happen. She coordinated and gathered the people, designed flyers, organized itineraries, found donors to pay for it all, and in the meantime made me feel like the Queen of England. In fact, the south doesn’t have anything on hospitality compared to Wyomingans (is that a word?) I want you to hear, in Judy’s own words how she feels about SaveOne.

“The healing I received from participating in a post abortion bible study 8 years ago literally changed my life. I knew I wanted to help other men and women experience the same release of that ugly burden many of us carry around for years.

Finally after waiting patiently for 4 years I was approached by a friend who was looking for non-residential adult groups for Teen Challenge and SaveOne happened to be the recommended Bible study. In addition, I worked through SaveOne on my own about a year after participating in a different study.

I LOVE SaveOne for many reasons. I get to share the Word of God with other men and women. SaveOne is a great study for the new believer or one who is unsure of their faith. I love the special bonding my co facilitator and I have with the participants in the class. We have a common issue that many individuals keep secret for the rest of their lives and it’s such a relief to be able to share with those we trust.

I LOVE the founder, Sheila Harper and how she reaches out to us with her love and support. It’s an honor to be a part of her volunteer staff; reaching out to Chapter Leaders to support, love on, and pray for.”

So how about that for a heart of gold and a motivation for no other reason but to “get” to share about how Jesus can change lives. THAT’s the kind of staff SaveOne has. THAT’s the level of men and women God has surrounded us with. THAT’s how we continue on and are so successful.

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Just one of many antelope we saw along the way

Thank you for linking arms with us to make this happen on an even grander scale. Your involvement through financial giving, and prayer is making all the difference in lives literally around the world, and most recently where the deer and the antelope play.

An Army of Truth-Tellers!

I just returned from a marathon travel schedule over the last two weeks to Winston-Salem, NC, Santa Ana, CA, Oklahoma City, OK, and Casper, WY. I tell you that to first of all let you know that SaveOne is on the move! Several of the SaveOne team members got to go too so that was a real treat for me. There are so many great things happening at SaveOne, I am afraid I would run out of room on this blog post if I tried to write it all!

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Secondly I want to let you know of our travels because meeting these incredible people we have met over these last two weeks gives me great hope. To find like-minded individuals who are either thankful to discover SaveOne, or are already doing the work of abortion recovery is phenomenal. These meetings show us our circle we have locked arms with, is growing more and more every day.

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SaveOne is building an army of truth-tellers who are no longer willing to be silent about the devastation abortion brings into a man, woman, or families lives. It’s time…way past time the millions suffering in silence have a place to turn for help. SaveOne being offered in churches and pregnancy centers around the world is just such a place. We are so thankful for the chapter leaders being willing to push this hard subject.

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We met people in these cities I mentioned whose marriages have been restored; who were able to kick an addiction; who saved an unborn life; countless numbers who confessed abortions to us with one woman having held the secret for 40 years. All of these scenarios happened because these people were brave enough to step forward and deal with a past abortion. God then took their circumstances and turned them to good. Only He can do stuff like that!

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Please pray for us as we have meetings, speaking engagements, much more travel, and our first ever SaveOne European Summit, all still happening this year. We cannot do what we do without your financial help as well as your much needed prayers.

Feel free to comment below with any questions you have for us, or if you would like for us to come to your church to share SaveOne. Hope to hear from you soon!

THE HERO IN YOU

Have you ever been shaken out of your complacency? Or maybe you have witnessed something so horrific that you could no longer treat it as a nightmare, as though it never happened?

There have been many heroes who have gone before us who were shaken out of their complacency and drawn into a battle they didn’t necessarily want to fight. They were ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary feats simply because they saw an injustice and refused to sit silently. Following are just a few examples of some real heroes…

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was an African-American civil rights leader who led the resistanceimages1 to segregation using non-violent methods. He could not ignore the injustice being served to blacks, nor could he wait on someone else to step up and fight the battle of the races. God raised him up to be a great man. He was Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” in 1963, and one year later was the youngest man in history to earn the Nobel Peace Prize. God had  a willing vessel in Dr. King and much was accomplished through his courage.

imagesEsther was a young Jewish girl who suddenly found herself queen of Persia. When she discovered a plot to extinguish all the Jewish people living in Persia, she had the courage, at the risk of her own life, to save an entire generation of Jews by confronting the king. Today she is remembered as a powerful instrument in the hands of our mighty God, simply because she refused to remain silent about the killing of innocent people.

Take time to read about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, William Wallace, Harriet Tubman, and William Wilberforce. All heroes who risked their own lives so others could live.

Looking back on these people’s lives, hindsight is 20/20. They are known as heroes today, but undoubtedly numerous people who knew them then, called them “zealots” and “Jesus freaks”. I’m sure they were told on more than one occasion they had “lost it.” Can you hear their family and friends warning, “Okay, now you’ve taken it just a little bit too far. The authorities are involved, so it’s time to back off and save yourself. You can’t go to jail, you can’t lose your life.” And I’m sure they heard, “This is not God’s will for you!”

I imagine they probably contemplated these cries repeatedly in their heads and questioned their own sanity. So many of these people, plus countless others unnamed, were in jeopardy of losing their lives. Some did become martyrs for a cause they refused to ignore.

These people seem larger than life to us. Because of the movies made about their lives, theimgres-1 monuments and memorials erected on their behalf, and stories we’ve read, we have a tendency to capture their images as extraordinary people with some kind of gifting you and I do not possess. In reality, they were ordinary people just like you and me. The only difference is, they understood the battle was theirs to fight. They were the ones willing to pick up the sword and charge into battle.

Thankfully, as Christians we possess the most powerful weapons. We are the ones with the call on our lives to stand up when everyone else is sitting down, gaining our courage from the all-powerful God who has our back.

When will we look at the abortion issue as a cause worthy of our fight? Yes, there are many causes that are worthy, but what cause is more gruesome, more devastating, and more horrific than the legalized killing of our children?

We look at our forefathers who justified slavery with such scorn. We read about our country’s history regarding slavery and then wonder how our forefathers could have ever acted with such horrific behavior. Will our children and grandchildren look back at us with disdain over this issue and wonder how we could have ever let decades of abortion continue?

As a Christian, this is our fight. We own it. We must take a stand for the issue of life! It will be that moment you find the hero that resides in you. When pushed into a battle, your strength, power, wisdom, and stamina will come forth and history will show you to be larger than life. As we look back on your efforts to fight injustice, history will judge you well. So my challenge to you today is to join this fight with us. Refuse to look the other way any longer and you will see the hero arise in you! images-1

Please comment below the injustices you wish to fight, and your dreams of how to accomplish their end. No idea is too crazy!

Crossing the Threshold

17135984132_f694fe1ab0_zShe walks across the threshold – perhaps the hardest thing she has done in years. I see the weight pressing down on her shoulders, like a thick dark cloud, no, it’s like a heavy yoke. The secret she has been carrying is apparent, it is clearly visible on her face and in the curve of her shoulders. I recognize this look, it’s obvious to me. I’ve carried the same weight before. I get up and hug her and welcome her like a long lost friend. We have met before but only briefly, not in person only by phone, however, we’ve already made a connection – we are connected by the sin of our past. I imagine that finally she feels a life-line has been thrown to her. Something, perhaps this class she is walking into, will pull her out from under the dead weight she has carried far too long.

This damaged soul has just walked across the threshold into my SaveOne class. Those heavy laden steps are some of the hardest she has ever taken.  She really doesn’t have a clue about the journey embarked on, but I do. And my soul smiles! Her life is about to change forever and I can’t wait to see it happen!

By the end of the first class, the “Introduction”, we have all shared our deepest, darkest, most shameful secret of abortion. We are all becoming knit together by the similarity of our abortion story and the dissimilarity of the circumstances. Some of the men and women in the class have never told another living soul. It has been a successful unburdening. I am always amazed to see the power of transparency. I begin to perceive the heavy weight lifting off their shoulders! By the end of the first, introductory class, I have already witnessed an amazing transformation take place – the unbearable weight is lifting, the guarded countenance in facial expression is softening, the monotone inflection in the tone of voice is brightening. God is already doing His mighty work of unburdening these men and women who have carried the heavy yoke of slavery to their past. God is doing what He has promised. He is making the great exchange…”Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28 – 30

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And thus begins the 11 week journey to freedom called SaveOne! Over the next 10 weeks these precious children of God will learn how to be set free from the bondage of abortion and how to live in the fullness of victory Jesus Christ provided for them on the Cross of Calvary. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery”. Galatians 5:1

After experiencing healing by taking the SaveOne journey myself, I started the Salem Oregon chapter of SaveOne in September 2006. I have since offered 3 SaveOne classes each year and have seen many people healed and set free from a lifetime of suffering in silence. Now many men and women are empowered to tell their own story of restoration to help save one more person from living a life of guilt, shame, unforgiveness, anger, and depression. We, at SaveOne, believe it is these brave women and men, sharing the word of their testimony, that will bring about change in this culture of death and help to restore commitment to the sanctity of human life.

SaveOne is truly a life-transforming class. I am so blessed to be used of God, and humbled to be placed on the front lines of witnessing Him do His work of restoration in the lives of these precious yet damaged souls. …“This is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it!” Peace be to you all who are in Christ.” 1 Peter 5:12, 14

This post was written by the incredible Terri Nordone. She is one of our SaveOne chapter coordinator’s and one of my dear friends. I wanted you to hear her description of that life-changing moment we see so often in our classes. These moments are something we never tire of seeing, and never get used to being a part of because they are truly spectacular.

Please let us know if you would like to learn how to bring the SaveOne class to your church!