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					                                                                                               July 2010
                                                                                     Volume I, Number I

                                 “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them
                               around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
                                                        Prov. 3:3


                                                    The Life
                                                    Sentinel
5610 Southpoint Center Blvd.
  Fredericksburg, VA 22407
                                         Building a Culture of Life
       540-372-3930
       nifla@aol.com                     One Community at a Time
Dear Supporter,

     I am excited to introduce you to the first issue of The Life Sentinel – a quarterly newsletter that
will provide information about what is happening around the nation. A Sentinel is defined as “one
that watches or guards”. Each individual who works in a pregnancy resource center is clearly a
Life Sentinel, as they guard the lives of mothers in crisis pregnancies and their unborn children.

    Abortion is a cancer that has divided our nation, destroyed our families and continues to wreak
havoc among both men and women. NIFLA is honored to partner with you to stand in the gap
building a culture of life in every community in the nation.

    Undoubtedly there are moments of discouragement. This may be particularly true in today’s
economy that is in deep recession. Financial resources are tight and PRCs are reporting a
tightening of their belts as well. We must continue to work together.

    William Wilberforce was the great English politician who brought down the institution of slavery
in the British Empire. He labored more than fifty years to see the end to this hideous institution.
Slavery, like abortion, denied the image of God in certain human beings who were deemed
unworthy of life. During a time of discouragement John Wesley, the English evangelist, wrote
Wilberforce as follows:

   Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and
   devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God?
   O be not weary of well doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of his might, till even
   American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish away before it.

    Remember – if God is for you (and He most assuredly is) no power on earth or in the spiritual
realm can defeat our ministry. Be encouraged! Our God, the Author of life, will be victorious.

In Christ and for Life,



Thomas A. Glessner
President
   Keeping In Touch                           AUCTION                Quote:      “I am feeling so
                                                                     much more confident as we
  Through News and                                                   move forward in this
                                 NIFLA has already begun planning
       Prayer                    for the NILFA 2011 Auction. We      process (of becoming a
                                                                     medical clinic) and that is all
NIFLA is beginning a quarterly   are excited about getting an
                                                                     due to the NIFLA training
newsletter to help keep you      earlier start, in hopes that the    we are receiving. I just
informed about what is           auction will grow and reach more    want to thank you and your
happening, both at NIFLA and     people. We would like to have as    team so very much! You
at our pregnancy resource        many people as possible actively    have taken what would be
centers around the country.      participate in the auction. The     an overwhelming task and
You are an important part of     easiest way to be involved is to    allowed it to become
this ministry. Many times we     pass the word along to your family  manageable                and
would like to take a more        and friends. It takes only minutes  systematic. We consider
                                 to forward an email or tack a flyer NIFLA to be such a blessing
active role but do not know
                                                                     and we pray for you
where to start. Here are a       on a community bulletin board. If
                                                                     regularly! Thank you for all
three ways that you can          you have an item or service to
                                                                     you do!!”
partner with us.                 donate for the auction, visit
                                  the      auction       homepage, Carol Lenhard, Ex. Director,
                                 www.biddingforgood.com/nifla        HOPE Resource Center of
1. You can be a part of the
                                                                     McKinney, Texas
ministry by praying with us for  2011auction, and click on Donate
abortion-minded           women  Item, or contact me directly,
across the country. Daily        robinatnifla@aol.com.
women are making difficult
                                                                     True Story:
decisions and often feel alone We are looking forward to YOU         “Yesterday two ladies with
and overwhelmed. Pray for being a part of the auction this           a small baby dropped by
the centers that are working year.                                   the center and asked for
on the front lines; that they                                        me. They wanted to show
can     continue        to   be                                      me the “miracle baby”. Her
                                                                     mom was very determined
encouraging and supportive
                                                                     to have an abortion – even
during this difficult time.
                                                                     at seven months. And then
                                                                     the ultrasound photos
2. You can become active with                                        changed her mind. We had
your local pregnancy resource                                        referred her to a physician,
center. In August, our new                                           and she wouldn’t go for a
website will have a map with                                         long time. And then she
the NIFLA member centers                                             wouldn’t        view     the
                                 NIFLA 2010 Auction Display          ultrasound. But her friend
locations     and     contact
information.                                                         grabbed the photos and
                                                                     said, “your baby girl looks
                                                                     like you”. And she chose
3. You can become a financial
                                                                     life! The baby girl is
partner with NIFLA, as we
                                                                     absolutely darling. She a
provide pregnancy resource                                           precious gift!”
centers the best legal
education, consultation, and                                         Lucy Wykoff, Sage Center,
                                                                     LaFayette, Georgia
training     possible.   Visit
www.nifla.org to make a
financial donation.
   What Is Happening Around Us…
   Montgomery, Alabama, First Choice Women’s Medical Center continues giving life-affirming support
   to women who come through their door. They are thankful for the help of sidewalk counselors,
   staff, and the community for their help and encouragement. Recently, an abortion clinic, The
   Beacon Women’s Center in Montgomery, closed because of violations cited in a 68 page report by
   the Alabama Department of Health. First Choice had a number of women tell them of the dirty
   conditions in the abortion clinic, along with many procedure violations. The Alabama Department of
   Health reported that 17 abortions were performed on one day this year without medication because
   the key to unlock the cabinet holding the medication was not in the office. When a woman comes to
   the First Choice Women’s Medical Clinic they are treated respectfully and are very impressed with
   the staff, as well as the conditions of the clinic. Last year, the clinic counseled 1,175 young women.
   Hats off to the clinic’s staff for their faithfulness in reaching out to the women who are in need of
   honest answers and loving support during a difficult time.

                             First Choice Women’s Medical Clinic, Montgomery, AL




                    NIFLA’s New Website
We have been working all summer getting our new website up and
running. Our hope is to make it more user friendly and more
                                                                                                    ™
helpful to you. We have the same information as before, but have
added an interactive map, with the locations and contact
information of participating centers. Please visit the site and let us
know what you think.
                                                                                      ™            ™
Separating the Idea of                          abortion is becoming accepted by
                                                society as moral, right, and even
Abortion from Killing...                        necessary.

The following are excerpts from an              It is worth noting that this shift in public
editorial that appeared in California           attitude has affected the churches,
Medicine, the official journal of the           the laws, and public policy rather than
California Medical Association (Sept.,          the reverse. Since the old ethic has not
1970; Vol 113, No. 3), speaking about           yet been fully displaced it has been
the linguistic strategy that would have         necessary to separate the idea of
to be used for the acceptance of                abortion from the idea of killing, which
abortion on demand in this country.             continues to be socially abhorrent. The
                                                result has been a curious avoidance of
The traditional Western ethic has always        the scientific fact, which everyone
placed great emphasis on the intrinsic          really knows, that human life begins at
worth and equal value of every human            conception and is continuous whether
life regardless of its stage or condition.      intra- or extra-uterine until death. The
This ethic has had the blessing of the          very        considerable          semantic
Judeo-Christian heritage and has been           gymnastics that are required to
the basis for most of our laws and much         rationalize abortion as anything but
of our social policy. The reverence for         taking a human life would be ludicrous
each and every human life has also              if they were not often put forth under
been a keystone of Western medicine             socially impeccable auspices. It is
and is the ethic which has caused               suggested that this schizophrenic sort
physicians to try to preserve, protect,         of subterfuge is necessary because
repair, prolong, and enhance every              while a new ethic is being accepted
human life which comes under their              the old one has not yet been rejected.
surveillance. This traditional ethic is still
clearly dominant, but there is much to
suggest that it is being eroded at its
core and may eventually even be
abandoned. This of course will produce
profound changes in Western medicine
and in Western society.

The process of eroding the old ethic
and substituting the new has already
begun. It may be seen most clearly in
changing attitudes toward human
abortion. In defiance of the long held
Western ethic of intrinsic and equal
value for every human life regardless of            Defending Life &
its stage, condition, or status,
                                                     Justice for All
                                                                                                      July 2010
                                                                                            Volume I, Number I

                                       “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them
                                     around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
                                                              Prov. 3:3



                                                             The Life
                                                             Sentinel
  5610 Southpoint Center Blvd.
    Fredericksburg, VA 22407
                                                Building a Culture of Life
          540-372-3930
         nifla@aol.com
                                                One Community at a Time
Dear NIFLA Member.

    I am excited to introduce you to the first issue of The Life Sentinel – a quarterly newsletter that will provide
information about what is happening around the nation. A Sentinel is defined as “one that watches or
guards”. You are a Life Sentinel guarding lives of mothers and their unborn children.

    We desire your input and welcome stories, anecdotes, praises, and announcements to include in future
issues.

    Abortion has divided our nation, destroyed our families and continues to wreak havoc. NIFLA is honored
to partner with you in building a culture of life in every community. Undoubtedly you have moments of
discouragement as financial resources are tight. I want to encourage you.

   William Wilberforce, the great English politician who brought down slavery in the British Empire, labored
more than fifty years to see the end to this hideous institution. Slavery, like abortion, denied the image of
God in certain human beings who were deemed unworthy of life. During a time of discouragement John
Wesley, the English evangelist, wrote Wilberforce as follows:

   I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villainy which is the
   scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing,
   you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you?
   Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing! Go on, in the name of God
   and in the power of his might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish
   away before it.

   Remember – if God is for you (and He most assuredly is) no power on earth or in the spiritual realm can
defeat your work. Be encouraged! Our God, the Author of life, will be victorious.

In Christ and for Life,




Thomas A. Glessner , President

				
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