An event held annually again brought the anniversary of legalization of abortion.
Pastor Darrell Alley of First Assembly of God Church welcomed Betty Westhoff chairperson of Missouri Right to Life of Lincoln County, to the Church for the 12th annual inter-faith pro-life prayer vigil. The prayer vigil was held on Friday evening, Jan. 18, with a large crowd attending and a number of area pro-life churches participating.
The prayer vigil is held annually to mark the sad anniversary of the legalization of abortion. Jan. 22, 2013 marked the 40th year of legalized abortion and the loss of over 55 million unborn babies. The vigil is held not only to mourn the loss of pre-born brothers and sisters, but to celebrate the sacredness of each life, to pray for the country and people and to rededicate to the task of educating hearts and minds about sanctity of every human life.
This year’s event opened with a heartfelt welcome and prayer from Pastor Alley and inspirational music provided by First Assembly of God Church. Milton and Donna Schaper from Troy Bible Holiness Church sang the touching song, “Jesus’ Rocking Chair”, which reassures us that each child that has died is in the hands of a loving Savior. Main speaker of the evening was Julie Leber, a member of Coalition for Life. Coalition for Life is a peaceful, prayerful non-profit organization with a mission of ending abortion through prayer and sidewalk counseling. Ms. Leber described her experiences counseling and praying with women that were entering the St. Louis Planned Parenthood abortion facility. All were reminded that people are called to be Jesus’ instruments of love, compassion, and mercy to all involved in an abortion. Fr. Charles Tichacek, of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church led a prayer for religious liberty. Mike Byers, of Sacred Heart Church in Elsberry challenged everyone to get involved with the moving poem, “And the Lord Said…GO”. Rev. Mary Garrett, of Begin Again Ministries Reformation Church. Refreshments, provided by Sacred Heart Church of Troy, Immaculate Conception Church, and Sacred Heart Church of Elsberry followed in the Church Social Hall.
Missouri Right to Life is very grateful to First Assembly of God Church for their kind hospitality in hosting the prayer vigil this year. In past years, the vigil has been held at Troy First Baptist Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St Stephen United Methodist Church and Troy Bible Holiness Church.
Missouri Right to Life members believe it is only with the cooperation and prayers of all like-minded pro-life members that Americans will once again respect all human life. For more information on MLR Chapter activities call Betty Westhoff at 566-8444.
Article courtesy of Bonnie Hakenewerth.