April 2014 E-Newsletter

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   Life Line
   PLM Ministry Update
   Year to Date 2014

  • Babies Saved: 15
  • Literature packets offered: 600
  • Gift Bags given to mothers: 2


Spring Banquet & Silent Auction - April 24, 2014

Walk for Life 2014 - May 31, 2014

Biking for Babies - July 13, 2014

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. to Keynote
upcoming PLM Spring Banquet.

WHEN:  Thursday, April 24, 2014
Silent Auction:  5:00 to 6:30 PM
Banquet: 6:30-8:30 PM
WHERE:  First Baptist Church of Jackson, MS
431 North State Street, 39201

WHO:  Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. is the founder, chairman and teacher of Highlands Ministries, a multi-faceted ministry based in the mountains of southwest Virginia. Their goal is to help Christians live more simple, separate and deliberate lives to the glory of God and for the building of his kingdom.  He has written or edited 12 books and is a regular columnist for Homeschooling Today and Tabletalk magazines. R.C. Sproul Jr.
  Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Tickets are free. Underwriters and Table Sponsors are still available until the 21st of April. Reservations are necessary for an accurate headcount for meals purchased.  Please call 601-956-8636. An offering will taken to support the ongoing work of ProLife Mississippi.

          Banquets connote fancy clothes,
                    magnificent menus,
                              delectable desserts,
                                        bountiful bouquets,
                                                  inspiring soloists,
                                                        poignant powerpoint presentations,

and well-known keynote speakers to attract the multitudes.   And I have to confess, it was at a PLM Spring Banquet that I got my feet wet—at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Northside Drive in the late 80’s.  Penny Lea was the speaker and I remembered that I had heard her being interviewed on late night radio driving home from Texas.  It was the first time I had heard abortion referred to as the modern day child sacrifice. It shocked me.  Why had I not seen it that way?  Penny’s tract, Sing a Little Louder, drove it home further, as I recognized the church singing louder to drown out the cries of the babies, like the Germans during the Holocaust sang loud to drown out the victims' screams from the trains rolling just behind the churches.

Yes, we are in a battle for the lives of the unborn, and the souls of everyone in and around the mill; pro-abortion escorts, clinic workers, the doctors, and the mothers walking like sheep to the slaughter, to remedy their “problem”. 

There is no place in Mississippi needier to turn your “I just want to be used by the Lord for His Kingdom” or your “I just want see souls saved” mentality than at the pink killing center at 2903 N. State Street... or just put the Banquet on your calendar.  Maybe you will be moved like I was, by the Holy Spirit, to put your combat boots on, move out of your comfort zone, and show up where the real battle is raging.  “Is it safe?”  Who cares?  The Lord is looking for willing vessels.

The following is my favorite quote from the upcoming speaker taken from a recent documentary released on DVD, “Babies Are Murdered Here.”:

“I had one church where friends went and said, “We’d really like to start going to the mill.”
The pastor said, “Well, we’re really excited about that, but we have one question:  ‘Is it safe?’”

 And they came back to me and said, “What do we tell them?”

And I said

“Tell them NO!  Tell them it’s not safe.  Tell them they may get spit at.  Tell them they may get hit. Tell them they may get arrested even though they didn’t break any laws.  And tell them if they don’t go, that babies will die and souls will end up in Hell.  That’s far more dangerous.  We need to stop being middle-class American sissies, and we need to be willing to fight faithfully with the Gospel to save souls and unborn babies.” 

R.C.Sproul, Jr.

Melody Miller

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Biking for Babies returns July 13, 6:00 pm
at St. Richard’s Catholic Church. 
Join us for dinner at the Meet ‘n’ Greet.

BFB Team rolls from "Nawlins" to Chicago. BFB 2013 Team: 16 Riders & Support

Despite numerous “potholes” in their 1,000 mile bike ride from New Orleans to Chicago, Biking for Babies met their goal of raising $50,000 for pregnancy resource centers. They endured a boot on the wheel of their team van twenty-five minutes before their departure from New Orleans, two riders out for a day due to heat sickness, 30 flat biketires (a new record), a crash in the traffic of Memphis, and being pulled over twice by cops. Through the summer heat they were kept strong by the support they received from the communities they rode through.

“I think there was more on road support than I’ve ever seen,” explains Mike Schaefer, co-founder of Biking for Babies, “[There were] happy honks, thumbs ups, people donating money at gas stations. Community support, I think, has been stronger than ever. Churches were generous in, not just feeding us, but also several times waiting a couple of hours before we were supposed to arrive in order to cheer our arrival. Many people provided comfortable beds to sleep on.”

Biking for Babies began riding in 2009, and Schaefer says he’s never been more satisfied with the conclusion of a ride. They were able to get all eleven riders and five support crew members successfully through the entire route on time and in one piece. They even set a new speed record of 52 miles per hour. The trip created a strong sense of community and friendship among the riders as well as numerous memorable moments.

“My favorite memory that I will cherish forever occurred on our day off,” says Jimmy Becker, co-founder of Biking for Babies, “During this time, we had the opportunity to share reflections on three questions we had considered earlier in the trip, namely:  “What are you doing?  Why are you doing it?  Who are you doing it for?  We have a video on the website the captures a glimpse of the experience.  It’s beyond words how amazing that time was, especially considering how it translated in the time spent on the saddle and even more the time spent together glorifying God and praying together before the altar.”

The details haven’t been finalized for next year’s ride, but Schaefer and Becker believe that Biking for Babies can and will grow to include more participants in their 1,000 mile rides as well as more smaller scale community rides like one that recently took place near St. Louis to raise money for their Illinois charity, Life Network of Southern Illinois. It was the first they had done and it raised $2,000 and brought together over 60 families and friends.

Since 2009, Biking for Babies has raised over $130,000 for pregnancy resource centers around the country and they’ve ridden over 4,600 miles. Pro-Life Mississippi has received almost $6,000 in the last two years from their ministry.

“This year presented us with an opportunity to see and experience hope and to witness others’ authentic joy, even amidst trials,” says Becker, “With all the mishaps and unexpected, we came to appreciate all the more the beauty of life and discovered striking parallels between our trip and life.”

Nancy Flanders  LifeNews: 7/30/2013   LifeNews Note: Nancy is a work at home mom who writes about parenting, special needs children, and the right to life. She is the lucky mother of two spirited little girls, one who has cystic fibrosis, and she spends any free moment she can find fundraising for a cure for CF. You can read her personal blog at www.ChronicAdmissions.com. Reprinted from Live Action News.

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"...and a little child shall lead them."

-Isaiah 11:6

The Peaceable Kingdom where all babies are safe in their mother's womb seems an impossible dream at times to battle weary pro-life warriors at Pro-Life Mississippi. But early this month a beautiful story came to our attention and lifted our spirits. One of our faithful sidewalk counselors, Ken Shelton, dropped by the PLM office to share this story about his 9 year old grandson, Landon, who had just found out about the reality of abortion. 

Landon's mom, Angela Estel, while car pooling her son home from school, was encouraging him to excel in his studies because the world needed smart, Christian leaders to help change the culture.  She told him he could even be President of the United States one day.
  9 year old Landon

The little boy thought for a moment and said he felt that President Obama was a lot like Pharaoh in the Bible. For some reason Angela then mentioned that Mr. Obama was pro-abortion.  Landon knew that his grandparents went to the abortion clinic to help save babies, but had never had an in-depth discussion with his family about it. Sitting in the car in the driveway, Angela found herself answering her son's questions about what abortion really did to unborn babies.  Landon began to sob violently, put his face in his hands and cried,  "Mom, we have to do something!  What can we do?  We need to go to the abortion clinic right now and take the babies out of there!"  

When his mother explained that that wasn't possible, Landon finally decided to dictate a letter for her to type, added a Bible verse, and created a bumpersticker.  He then had his mom make copies of his letter so he could leaflet his neighborhood and cars in the parking lot at their local Walmart.

Later that night while the family was playing a game of Rook, Landon, probably wondering if he had done the right thing, asked his mom a question.  "Mom, if you had found out about abortion when you were 9, would you do what I'm doing?"

"I felt like I had been kicked in the gut", Angela said.  "I realized my heart had grown cold.  I had to ask myself if I really cared like Landon did about what was being done to babies at the abortion clinic.  Landon had forced me to see abortion through a child's eyes, and I was devastated.  I have had to face the question myself, 'What am I doing to bring abortion to an end?'"

By sharing Landon's story, his mother hopes to encourage us "grown-ups" to "do" something to end abortion, because Landon is watching.

Beverly McMillan

Landon's Letter 

Landon Letter
Bumper Sticker

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Mississippi Admitting Privileges Law
Heads to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

The federal lawsuit challenging a 2012 Mississippi statute requiring physicians who perform abortions in the state to have admitting privileges at a local hospital will be argued before the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on April 28. Mississippi's only abortion facility, Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), filed suit to block the law when their out of state abortionists were unable to obtain admitting privileges. The state is asking the 5th Circuit to overturn an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III that allowed the law to go into effect but blocked the state from closing the clinic while it attempted to comply with the law.

To date clinic owner Diane Derzis admits the facility is still out of compliance. Typically, hospitals require all physician staff members to live within a 30 to 50 mile radius of the hospital and to carry medical malpractice insurance. The out of state abortionists employed by JWHO comply with neither of these stipulations.

Pro-life proponents of the admitting privileges mandate point to its obvious intent to protect women's health when abortion complications occur.

Pro-abortion opponents allege that its purpose is to close the clinic and cut off access to abortion.

Recently, on March 27, 2014, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Texas' 2013 law that also required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. In its opinion, the appeals court said the law "on its face does not impose an undue burden on the life and health of a woman."

The need to move forward with these common sense protections already enacted by our legislature was highlighted most recently by the death of 22 year old Lakisha Wilson following an abortion at a Cleveland, OH facility on March 21. According to information gathered by Operation Rescue from those on the scene and who have been contacted by members of the woman’s family, Lakisha Wilson was in the later stages of pregnancy.

According to Terri Herring of Pro Life Action Network (PLAN), "This tragic death underscores the need for heightened concern regarding women's health in a 'for profit' medical industry. Our legislature has just approved a bill to ban abortions beyond week 20 of the 40 week pregnancy. Governor Bryant is expected to sign it into law."

Nineteen abortion clinics have closed since enactment of the Texas law, while 24 remain open. Only one abortion clinic remains in Mississippi. 

Beverly McMillan

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      2014 Walk 4 Life

Pro-Life Mississippi's Annual Walk 4 Life is just around the corner.

This year's walk will be held on Saturday, May 31st, and will again be sponsored by St. Richard's Catholic Church and The Knights of Columbus. We will meet at St. Richard's Catholic Church located at 1242 Lynnwood Dr, Jackson, MS 39206 at 7:00 a.m. for registration, and the walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. [Walking west on Lynwood Dr., turning left onto Manhattan Rd., then left onto Meadowbrook Rd., right onto Old Canton Rd., right onto Duling St., and left onto N. State St. We will pray at the abortion clinic at 2903 N. State St.,] and then walk back the same route to St. Richard's. There will be a water station at the abortion clinic. We will have a short prayer and release balloons in honor of all the babies that have died from abortion. The walk is two miles each way for a total of four miles.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three fundraisers. Every walker who turns in $25 in pledges will receive a FREE T-shirt. BRUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED at St. Richard’s Foley Hall for all walkers and workers compliments of the Knights of Columbus. The flyer/pledge sheet can be downloaded at www.prolifemississippi.org.

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Kroger Community
Rewards Program

Pro-Life Mississippi has signed up for the Kroger Community Rewards Program and needs your participation.

Our supporters can enroll their Kroger Plus Cards online at Kroger's secure website, www.krogercommunityrewards.com and choose “Enroll”. Within 7-10 days of enrolling, every time an enrolled member of your group shops at Kroger using his or her Kroger Plus Card, PLM will earn rewards. Once a household member enrolls his or her card, all linked Kroger Plus Cards within that household will begin earning funds for PLM.

The process is simple: they shop, using their Kroger Plus Card, and PLM receives a reward check each quarter. Kroger will pay up to $375,000.00 on a quarterly basis to participating organizations based on their percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending of all participating Kroger Community Reward organizations. PLM will raise funds with every eligible purchase that our enrolled members make. To enroll your Kroger Plus Card follow the instructions below:

  • Register online at krogercommunityrewards.com
  • Click on Sign In/Register
  • Most participants are new online customers, so they must click on SIGN UP TODAY in the ‘New Customer?’ box.
  • Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering zip code, clicking on favorite store, entering your email address and creating a password, agreeing to the terms and conditions
  • You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.
  • Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
  • Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Update or confirm your information.
  • Enter NPO number (62150) or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
  • To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
  • REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
  • Do you use your phone number at the register?  Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
  • Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

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40 Days for Life Kickoff

Chris McDaniel
Senator Chris McDaniel addresses a large
crowd at the 40 Days for Life Kickoff event.

The Pro-life community in Jackson kicked off its 14th 40 Days for Life campaign on Ash Wednesday, March 5, 2014, with a noon rally in front of Jackson Women's Health Clinic, the sole remaining abortion clinic in the state.  After the opening prayer, led by the pastor of St. Richard Catholic Church, Father Mike O'Brien, the group of approximately 100 people was honored to hear encouraging remarks by State Senator Chris McDaniel.  In his speech, he reminded the audience that

“Liberty begins with the individual’s right to life. Every person on the planet is born
with an intrinsic value and a God-given purpose which was theirs from conception.”
Campaign organizer, Laura Duran, a PLM board member, explained the vision and mission of 40 Days for Life. "40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.  Since the beginning of the Jackson campaign on March 5, there have been 10 confirmed saves - women who came to have an abortion but changed their minds and chose life for their babies instead," she said.

There is still time to get involved.  The closing service will be held on Sunday, April 13th, at 2 p.m. at the abortion clinic site, 2903 N. State Street in Fondren.  Rev. Doug Lane and Keith Dalton will be leading the service.

Beverly McMillan

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Down's Baby "Pays It Forward" Around the World.


Maura Annie Gray-Lewis
August 13, 1991 - January 29, 2013

On August 13, 1991, my family was blessed with the addition of my little sister, Maura Annie. To say she turned our world upside down would be an understatement.  Maura was born with Down Syndrome, or Trisomy 21, and in addition, had significant heart problems.  Although she had a rocky start to her life, she was always laughing and silly and being the Joie (joy) of our lives. We celebrated 21 birthdays with our almond-eyed girl until her death a year ago on January 29, 2013. 

As the first anniversary of her death approached, my family wondered how best to honor Maura's life. The idea of celebrating her memory by doing random acts of kindness and "Paying it Forward" captured our imagination.  We shared this hope with our family and close friends by posting a picture of Maura on social media with #Honoring Maura.  The response was utterly amazing!  The picture and idea went viral on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  What started out as a simple idea, blossomed into a worldwide affair.  As the day unraveled, we watched in amazement as people all around the world were reading the story of our Maura and showing love to someone  in her honor.  People bought coffee and washed windshields for strangers, brought food to the homeless, and one family volunteered in a special needs classroom. University of Mississippi Hospital even hosted a baby shower in her honor!  People were hungry to take part.  We were humbled by the outpouring of generosity--particularly from strangers!  To this day we continue to hear stories of how others joined us in #HonoringMaura. 

It was more than we could have ever imagined. While the anniversary of her death brought a healthy amount of tears,  we were surprised by the abundance of smiles and laughs her legacy allowed us to share.

To learn more and to take part, check out http://www.buzzfeed.com/jennaphillipsm/honoringmaura-dztx or email clare.berlin@gmail.com for more information.

Clare Berlin

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