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Life Issues® Institute

Here's the most recent news and updates for this outstanding ministry!

A Life for Life

  • Monday, April 22, 2013

At the April 14th passing of Mrs. Barbara Willke, a favorite poem seems befitting to honor this visionary and leader in the pro-life movement:

The Dash

I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on her tombstone

From the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth

And spoke of the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between those years.

While the poem goes on, the significance of it in regards to ...

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A Heart for the Lives of Others

  • Monday, March 18, 2013

It's true.  Pictures are worth a thousand words.  As we welcomed Brad Mattes to the Ambassador offices last week, he shared pictures from his recent trip to Ethiopia where he was filming for his TV program, Facing Life Head-On. The faces of those he met spoke thousands of words. 

And yet, it was Brad's words about the elderly and destitute Ethiopians he met which linger most in my soul, "If you don't give them love, you give them nothing."

A heart for the lives of others . . . whether young or old, that's the passion and commitment Brad ...

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From Ethiopia. . . Salem!

  • Monday, February 25, 2013

With a mutual affection for "life" in Ethiopia, thrilled this month to share reflections from Brad Mattes and our Evelyn Gibson on a country and its people who left life-long imprints on their hearts . . .

Just mention Ethiopia and my heart is transported--joined in spirit with people whose names I know, faces that are familiar, smiles and greetings that have my name on them.

So when my friend Brad Mattes, Executive Director of Life Issues® Institute said to me, "I may be filming segments of our TV program in Ethiopia, what do you think?"--I knew it would change him in ...

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A Choice to Love

  • Monday, December 10, 2012

At Christmas time, our thoughts go quickly to love . . . it's the time of year when we think of those dearest to our hearts. 

Then there are those unexpected loves of our lives . . . the times when we have "A Choice to Love."

"When I look at him, I've never seen anything but the love of my life . . . this beautiful baby that I love so much." Liz Carl, who made an adoption plan after being raped at age 17.

"As a kid, I remember really struggling with this terrible thing that happened to my mom.  I wouldn't want ...

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Two Stories Impacting Countless Lives

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On any given day, we hear stories about peoples' lives . . . common, everyday stories.  Then, there are stories that you can never forget -- like those of Liz Carl and Jason Lovins.  So impacting are their stories that the Sanctity of Life radio special for January 20, 2013 from Life Issues®, "A Choice to Love" will feature both. 

Liz Carl was 17 when she was raped - a senior in high school.  Her journey from seeking an abortion to ultimately deciding to give birth and give her baby up for adoption is a story of vulnerability, transparency and God's blessings.

"I delivered ...

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The Line of Compromise

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2012

compromise-laneEvery day I cross Compromise Line.

I actually don't have a choice -- it's a main street in my neighborhood.  I have to cross it to get to the market, schools, bank, free way, etc. 

What about the compromise lines we have the option of not crossing though?

Today (October 16th) is Silent Solidarity.  As Brad Mattes shared on a recent "Life Issues®" program, it's a day when teens across America in nearly nine hundred schools will observe a pro-life day of Silent Solidarity.  They're wearing red arm bands and duct tape over their mouths with the ...

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