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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Pro-Life Dynamo

By Scott Harrup
Jan. 22, 2012

I met Dr. Patti Giebink last summer during the 2011 Assemblies of God Faith & Science Conference at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo. She was hard to miss.

During a plenary worship service, Dr. Giebink came to a microphone and pleaded with conference attendees to call out to God on behalf of the unborn. A judge in her home state of South Dakota was that day considering an argument to block the state’s new law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion. The judge ended up siding with Planned Parenthood against the pro-life legislation.

For Dr. Giebink, it was only one lost skirmish in her dedicated onslaught against the deliberate killing of children in the womb. To talk with her, you sense an enormous energy in her spare frame. She walks, talks and breathes her passionate awareness that every child is a sacred gift.

A few weeks before Thanksgiving, I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Giebink and writing this issue’s feature on her faith journey and pro-life work. I hope you come away from that article with a renewed awareness of the enormity of abortion’s moral darkness as well as the Holy Spirit-inspired light piercing through it as followers of Christ unite to offer rescue and hope.

The battle against abortion must go beyond arguments, petitions or legislation. It will never be won by demonizing pro-choice politicians and voters, Planned Parenthood or even abortion practitioners. Followers of Christ who see life as God’s gift must look beyond the human sphere and recognize the spiritual forces at work to destroy all that God loves.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).

Patti Giebink may have felt she lost ground last June with that judge’s decision. But her weapon of choice — concerted prayer — will ensure there are victories to come.

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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