Two weeks ago I traveled from DC to Northridge, CA. My team and I did a One Day Seminar for leaders interested in starting new Bound4LIFE Chapters in the Los Angeles area. What was unique about that gathering was that it was completely made up of Latinos. God has initiated an amazing work in the Hispanic community of Southern California, and the Hispanic church is being gripped with taking an uncompromising stand for LIFE…or VIDA in this case.
About 120 Latinos attended our all-day training including more than a dozen pastors. Some traveled from as far away as San Diego to be a part. I was thrilled, shocked and humbled to find out that 31 new chapters were started. I have more to discuss about this in other posts. For now please join us in prayer for God to release a burden of prayer in the Hispanic church to see the end of abortion and healing to come.
During our training, we hosted a luncheon and conducted a Q&A session. This usually serves to answer all the questions about the practical tips and things that put a prayer movement like this on the ground. One question stood out from among the rest, and I want to bring this up for our readers to consider.
“If a girl chooses not to have an abortion and comes to us while we’re praying outside, what is our Chapter’s responsibility to her?”
There was silence in the room. I think I heard crickets. The fact that this question was asked tells me that hearts are being pointed in the right direction. When God gives us a burden for prayer, whether we realize it or not, He is gently and deliberately leading us on a path. In the place of prayer we have the opportunity to keep our hearts tender and humble both toward Him and the subject of our prayers. Many many times this path leads us to actually become the answer to our own prayers.
The Moravians discovered this. They started what became known as the "100-Year Prayer Meeting" where their community of refugees prayed round-the-clock continually for a century. Their burden to see the world touched by the Gospel of Jesus Christ then became the launchpad of the world’s first Protestant missions movement. Many abandoned their own comforts and sold themselves into slavery for the sole purpose that the Lamb would receive the reward of His suffering. Now that’s taking responsibility for your own prayers.
Back to the question. Still crickets. What is the responsibility? I believe this question embodies a big part of who God has called us to be and the path down which He is leading us. To answer this you have to get more personal. It’s hard to answer what the responsibility of the Chapter is without first confronting "What is MY responsibility?" Can you see yourself taking someone into your home–a complete stranger that’s hurting and needy? What if that young girl with no where to turn is actually your future daughter? Can you see yourself living on less in order to provide for someone else? As a husband and father of four in hard economic times I’ve learned that I can always live on less. Psalm 68:6 says, "God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…" What if the next young woman turning to Planned Parenthood in front of you for a so-called quick fix to her tragic situation is in all actuality the same one God intends to seat at your dinner table?
Bound4LIFE has close ties to The Zoe Foundation. We’ve both spawned from the same group of people and burden of prayer. Recently my friend told me the story of a family that cared for a young woman that chose not to have an abortion. Her baby was carried to term and given for adoption to a loving family through an agency. After the adoption was over though the family that cared for the birth mother asked the young woman to please remain living with them in their home. They had grown to love her. God had placed that lonely one in a family, and at least two lives were saved.
"What is a Chapter’s responsibility?" Good question. "What is my responsibility?" Better question. Let’s give ourselves to prayer and submit our hearts to God. His plan is better than our plan, and His plan doesn’t end in despair. Let’s keep our hearts tender and always positioned so that we can become the answer to our own prayers.
I was deeply touched by what started in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago. Here’s a little video of what has begun.