Presbyterians Pro-Life ENEWS, August 2016
Whether it is the earth and heavens, human life, transformation of the human spirit, or preparation for eternity at earthly life’s end, God is always forming new life! 

Photos of galaxies always startle me. That’s not only because they are beautiful and vast, but because they appear so similar to the formation of a child in the womb. Like me, perhaps you have wondered, “What is God forming out there in space?” “What will it be when He finishes?” 
Many years ago Presbyterians Pro-Life caught a vision for Shepherding Homes. We organized an effort called “Care Churches.” Churches and individuals willing to offer support and housing to a woman who was pregnant and in need responded to PPL and a list of such churches remains on our database today. It’s a much needed ministry as this article from Amy Scherschligt of Fair Oaks Evangelical Presbyterian Church shows. Read her letter about the need in Sacramento County.

The Shortage of Housing for Homeless and Displaced Pregnant Women in Sacramento County

Our Biblical Mandate: "Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." Psalm 82:3,4
         "If this (maternity) home had not been here, my baby would be dead."
 So said a 19-year-old pregnant woman in 2004. She was the adopted daughter of a pastor and his wife. She is now married and raising multiple children.
Lessons from History

The Early Church & Women’s Rights

Excerpt from Christianity Today, June 15, 1998, “The Early Church’s Health Plan”.

Women’s rights. Women greatly outnumbered men among early converts. However, in the empire men vastly outnumbered women because of female infanticide. “If you are delivered of a child,” wrote a man name Hilarion to his pregnant wife, “if it is a boy, keep it, if it is a girl, discard it.” Frequent abortions “entailing great risk” (in the words of Celsus) killed many women and left even more barren. Christians, however, practiced neither abortion nor infanticide and thus attracted women. 
Meet your teachers and get back to basics:

Paige Cunningham, Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, presents a 57 minute, information packed, overview of The Gospel & Abortion, at College Church in Wheaton, IL.

David Prentice, Senior Fellow for Family Research Council, writes the "Good news for patients from adult stem cells."

Dr. Anthony Levatino, former abortionist teaches a basic video review of abortion procedures.
Dr. Michael New with troubling stats on condoms in schools

New resources for your library

Check out Christian Biowiki and get up to speed on where denominations stand on social issues.

Human Life Alliance has just released a great new video resource on end of life. It's perfect for launching discussions in your church groups.

Make new friends and learn from others

What Adoption has Taught Me, by Russell Moore, ERLC  

Life Chat on Fatherhood, with Roland Warren of CareNet  

Pray with PPL
God answers prayer. 
PPL is seeking Christians who will commit to PPL's ministry of prayer called
Life Support.

Psalm 8
Praise God that out of the mouth of babies and infants He has established His strength. Pray with thanks for the creation, the work of our Creator.
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