News from Focus on the Family:
Abortion Giant Loses Leader
After a dozen years at the helm of the nation’s largest abortion seller, Cecile Richards has announced she’s stepping down as president of Planned Parenthood.
As you read in our Jan. 26 email, Planned Parenthood’s annual reports paint the picture of a failing business, and the federal government – using your tax dollars – is footing the bill.
Under Richards’ tenure, Planned Parenthood received a 60 percent increase in public funding under the banner of “reproductive health” while at the same time the number of actual services declined.
That means the self-proclaimed champion of “women’s health” is taking more of your tax dollars and reaching fewer women.
While most pro-life citizens know that Planned Parenthood sells a lion’s share of the nation’s abortions, they may not know that under Richards’ leadership:
- Revenue increased by more than 43 percent
- The number of clinics decreased by 30 percent
- The number of clients is down by 23 percent
- The number of visits dipped by 20 percent and services by 10 percent
Richards’ departure from Planned Parenthood may bring new energy to efforts to defund the abortion giant, ending more than 20 years of taxpayer funding. It may also trigger changes in the organization’s abortion-business model, resulting in fewer abortions and centers selling abortions.
It’s time friends–it’s time to tell the truth about abortion.
It’s time to tell your family, friends, co-workers…anyone who will listen, the truth about the heartbreak; the shame and the loss of abortion.
The truth is NO WOMAN wakes up in the morning and hopes today is the day for my abortion.
Every woman wants it over fast.
Every woman wishes it wasn’t in her day planner.
Every woman prays for a different choice.
Every woman walks away with a little less of herself than before.
Every woman wants her children and grandchildren to know the truth about abortion and not to experience the heartbreak.
The KEY to sharing your story.
The KEY to helping someone else make a better choice is YOUR OWN HEALING!
Contact us at email@example.com for HELP telling your story.
1 out of 3.
That is the estimated number of women who have, or will, endure the heartbreak of abortion during her childbearing years.
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We receive emails literally every day from women who have been SET FREE from the heartbreak of abortion using Surrendering the Secret. Many are bursting at the seems to share this freedom with other women.
If you are someone who has NOT YET completed that healing journey, please search our leader locator above for the State or National leader closest to you!
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Murfreesboro, TN 37130
9am to 4pm
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A SHINING LIGHT FOR JESUSOur ministry family is grieving the loss and celebrating the life of Carol Weaver—a beloved friend, sister in the Lord, and co-laborer in the gospel. Carol began volunteering at our ministry in 1997. She became director of one of our centers in 1999 and has directed our post-abortion ministry since 2004. She and her husband Tim have three married daughters and eight grandchildren.
Carol was known for her vibrant love for Jesus, her deep compassion for people, and her passionate faith and prayer. Her life impacted each staff member and volunteer at our ministry, and the countless individuals she counseled or trained in post-abortion recovery.
When Carol first began post-abortion ministry, she’d say, “People come to me in such bondage because of the guilt they’re carrying. I have to try to keep a lid on my enthusiasm because I have so much faith that God will forgive them and set them free!”
Carol’s contagious joy was rooted in her love for Jesus and His Word. She saw people with Jesus’ eyes, and went out of her way to talk to and pray with strangers. Recently, she prayed with a woman in a grocery store who said to her afterwards, “You’re the first person in weeks who paid attention to me and spoke kindly to me.”
Carol was an exemplary shepherd-leader. She walked so closely with the Good Shepherd that His qualities emanated through her. When you were in her presence, you experienced the presence and love of God.
If Carol were here to read these words or hear the many, many accolades she’s receiving, she would say, “Well, glory to God! It’s all Him anyway!”
While our hearts break with the pain of earthly separation, our spirits soar with the joy of heaven’s reality. We know Carol is with Jesus forever.
We love you SO MUCH, Carol! We’ll see you on the other side.
“Be God’s children,
blameless, sincere and wholesome,
living in a warped and diseased world,
and shining there like lights in a dark place.
For you hold in your hands the very word of life.”
If you knew Carol, or knew of her ministry at STS, please feel free to share your memories in the Comment Section below.
In His Grip,
Happy Labor Day STS friends.
This is my anniversary weekend. You might imagine the “fun” my honey has had with the whole “Labor Day” connection to our 41 years of marriage 🙂 After all these years, I have decided he is a “keeper”, as they say!
I have just returned home from an AMAZING Pro-Life Conference with Carenet where I had the pleasure of meeting so many STS Ministry leaders from around the world! I went to Carenet as a speaker and hoping to encourage anyone I could. It turns out, I was the one who was inspired and encouraged!
I came home with lots of new plans for STS and for our leaders beginning with some upcoming leader training!
In the mean time–I am sending you my blessings and prayers!
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