Dear Christian Sisters,
It all came together in Uganda.
A year ago, I came home from Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, where I had been on my first short-term mission trip. While teaching the Bible to children, I met a 5-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. His left eye was closed, just his left eye.
I was born with my left eye closed, too. But, even though my family had little money, we did have insurance, so I have had 4 surgeries to open the lid. (As a result, the lid doesn’t like to close any more, and I wink at everyone!)
I have boys with mild special needs, and I am in a small group of moms of special needs children.
Raising children isn’t easy. Raising a child with special needs is outright challenging.
I can’t imagine how challenging it is for that mother to raise a boy with Down Syndrome in a developing country where her son not only will never go to school but is thought to be a curse or demon possessed.
As I asked our pastors what happens to children with special needs, I was confronted by the horror of murder.
Often, African women who have children with obvious physical deformities will drop their children into a pit. And by pit, I mean an outhouse with no seat. A toilet. An African squatty potty.
In the U.S., we don’t wait until the child is born. If the results of the amniocentesis indicate Down Syndrome, we abort.
What’s the difference?
Size—The baby may be smaller.
Location—The baby is inside a womb instead of outside.
It’s still murder.
I asked whether abortion was legal in Uganda. No, it’s not legal. But women still abort.
Keep that in mind when you think about abortion as a political issue. Yes, we need to change the law. But the law doesn’t change hearts. Only Christ can do that.
One of the pastors on the mission trip went on to talk about one of his pet peeves—how we talk to our daughters sends them to abort. He preached there in Uganda against telling our daughters not to come home pregnant because when we say that, our daughters abort rather than shaming their families.
Is it really any different in the U.S.?
With that, I knew what the Lord was calling me to do. He was calling me to change the conversation about abortion.
As I’ve been speaking and blogging over the last year, the Lord gave me His vision for a new ministry. My friend and I have named it MyBodyMyWorship—all together because they are intertwined.
You may have seen the pro-choice movement called “My body. My choice.” MyBodyMyWorship is God’s counter-movement.
While again in Uganda over New Year’s, it all came together. I understood what the Lord wants MyBodyMyWorship to do—teach Christians what it means to worship Him in all ways:
- Lifting hands
- Kneeling in reverence
- Serving others
—just to name a few. But also to worship Him with our bodies:
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
Romans 12:1 NASB
- Because Christians need to get out of abortion clinics.
- Because Christians need to obey Christ’s commands about sex.
- Because people who say they are Christians need to become Christ followers.
So MyBodyMyWorship will teach:
- What it means to worship God
- The psychological effects of abortion
- The biblical reasons to not abort
- What science says about how we bond to our sex partners—all of them
- The biblical reasons to have sex with only your spouse
- How to heal from abortion and from sexual immorality
And will include:
- Worship music
based on Romans 12:1-2 and 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.
I had the opportunity to teach a shortened version while in Uganda, and it was well received. People are hungry for the truth.
Stay tuned for MyBodyMyWorship events.
Ask us to schedule an event at your church.
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