Head West Tour Report - Sunday, June 10, 2001 - Montana
Today, I am writing from a Christian familyís home near Lewistown,
Montana. It is breathtakingly beautiful, being surrounded by green hills.
From the porch, I watched deer down the hill from the house, across the
road, through binoculars. We had a great day of worship, fellowship and
rest. For the last couple days, Iíve been struggling with a sore throat
and sore body. In this report, Iíd like to cover some high lights from
the last two days stops in Livingston, Bozeman, Helena, and Great Falls.
Friday, June 8:
Livingston - A small town, frequented by tourists. I decided to take a
break from passing out literature and held a sign instead. I got talking
to a local drunk, who had a heart for the preborn and actually gave the
mission a donation. I asked him if he wanted to be delivered from his
addiction. Sadly, he said no. I told him Jesus could set him free.
We went on to Bozeman. The mountains could be seen in the backdrop of
this city, but most of the people did not show a love for the preborn.
This was a more hostile town. I passed out literature, and most refused
to take it. This small city has its own killing center.
Helena - The capitol of Montana. Much literature went out, but again we
had much opposition. We were about two blocks from the capitol building.
Some thanked us for being there.
Saturday, June 9:
Great Falls - We picketed the homes of two local abortionists. We passed
out flyers to inform their neighbors of their practices and passed out
the literature on Planned Parenthood as well. The one abortionist who
was in town called the police station and told a Christian officer that
he hadnít committed an abortion in 6 months and didnít plan to do another
one! We pray that he will remain true to his word. Pray for Jonathan
Martin, a local prolifer who intends to meet with him to see if he will
repent and turn to Christ. Jonathanís church body served our group very
well. We all had a host family to stay with Friday night, and they
served us supper Friday night, with breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Jim
Soderna and I stayed with a creation geologist. He was quite an
interesting brother to talk to. About 25 local Christians joined us for
the street witness we did on 10th Avenue South. It took me a while to
find a good place to hand out literature, but I did well once I found my
spot at 9th Street. Two TV stations covered us. Both gave us good
coverage. One gave Pastor Matt about 3 minutes to explain why abortion
and PP is so bad and, how we are calling for it to be criminalized again.
Ralph did the other TV interview.
Head West Tour Report - Friday, June 15, 2001 - Nebraska
Today we began in Kearney, Nebraska, proceeded to Lincoln, then completed
the tour in Omaha. Last night we stayed at Samís ranch in the heart of
Nebraska farm land. When I was in Dallas with Operation Rescue, Sam and
Duane would come down to rescue babies with us. It was always an
encouragement to see their smiling faces and love for their neighbor in
the womb. Sam got some of his farmer neighbors together and some city
folk, to give us our biggest numbers of the entire tour. We had about 65
signs out in Kearney. We got out more literature today, by far, than any
other day of the tour. Cars at our intersections in Lincoln and Omaha
were backed up for an entire block. We faced some rejection, but most
people took it. About 8 people gave me donations in Omaha. One young
woman in her early 20ís confessed to having had an abortion after being
raped. She handed me a donation as she told me this. She began crying,
and said, ďI had to have an abortion, because I was raped.Ē I didnít
have much time to talk to her in the middle of the street, but I told her
to ask the Lord for forgiveness. The truth is, she didnít ďhave to have
an abortion.Ē Although she felt rotten about the experience, and was
hurting to see what she had done, her confession was not one of
repentance. Please pray that she would admit her sin and not give
excuses for it. I told her that I would pray for the Lord to give her
grace to help others to not make the same mistake she made.
A grandmother of a child in his motherís womb, approached us after our
stop in Greeley, to ask us to pray for her daughter who wants an
abortion. Please pray for this girl, Rachel, and her baby. She
desperately wants her grandchild to be protected.
At every tour stop in Colorado, we had a small contingent of pro-aborts
with their hand made signs and NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action
League), ďKeep Abortion Legal,Ē signs. In Fort Collins, I spent a fair
amount of time confronting them in their rebellion and sin. In the light
of the pictures of the victims of abortion, they cannot defend their
position. All they could do was glare at me and complain to the police.
I reminded them what God says about murder in His Law, and what He does
with unrepentant murderers. I told them what Jesus said about hell, and
how more travel the broad road to destruction, than the narrow road that
leads to life.
Tomorrow, Saturday, June 16, we plan to picket the local abortion mill
and abortionist. Leroy Carhart is the abortionist in Omaha (Bellevue).
This is the guy who sued the State of Nebraska for its law to ban partial
birth abortions. The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to let Carhart and other
killers continue murdering children with this method. His killing center
and residence is one and the same place. We plan to be there from 7:30
am to 8:30 am, before we take off for Sioux Falls, where my pickup is
parked. In answer to my prayers, the Lord has provided a brother to go
to Canada with me. We will be driving from Sioux Falls toward Regina,
Saskatchewan. I would ask for your prayers for Todd Bubbolz and myself,
as we travel, and for the Heterosexual Family Pride Proclamation and
Parade on Monday. The three day prolife tour begins this Thursday too.
Thank you for your prayers.
To God be the glory,
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