Walking the journey of pro-life ministry

Originally Appeared in : 9718-8/31/17

The Georgia Right to Life dinner, “Southern Evening of Prayer, “was held at Aquinas High School, on August 19, 2017.  The first speaker, Gary Garner, author of “Swept up in the Spirit,” said that he was grabbed by the hand of God, and called to stand for the least of our brothers, the unborn.  Gary spoke about the deception women believe about abortion. He gave us a bird’s eye view of what often goes on behind the closed doors of abortion clinics.  A mother may leave her murdered baby behind, but the memory remains.  He said, “People can get over it, but they cannot get past it.”  Many people come to stand for life in front of Planned Parenthood to make restitution, even unbelievers.  “Apathy has plagued the pro-life movement in last few years.”  Now is the time to do something.  “God has a mission for you.” Gary left us all with a little secret, “We all own the sidewalks.”  So stand for life even if you stand alone, Gary does!


The keynote speaker, Dr. Alveda King, boldly shared about “Staying the course for life.”  She gave us a glimpse into the courage it takes for the journey. God fought for her “right to life” before she was even born, when her mom chose life under difficult circumstances. Dr. King’s life has become a statement of what it means to stand. She is the daughter of the late civil rights activist Rev. A.D. King and his wife Naomi Barbara King.  Walking in the footsteps of her uncle Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she knows that she has “big shoes to fill.” She is determined to proclaim boldly a pro-life message and leave a legacy.   Dr. King leads “Civil Rights for the Unborn,” a ministry to the African-American community by Priests for Life.  She speaks, writes, and sings the pro-life message, giving hope to those who need it most. She has authored both, “King Rules,” and “America Return to God.” Opening her voice with the song, “Silent No More, “every heart in the room was touched.


Dr. King left us all with an exhortation, “This is our world and if we all do our part, we win together.” As she stood before us, a woman of valor, I could not help but think that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was smiling down from heaven, glad he had taken that first step on his journey for equal rights. She may not be filling her uncle’s shoes but she is carving out a path for others to follow in her footsteps.  


Ellen Mongan is a Catholic writer and speaker who has been married 41 years to Deacon Pat Mongan of Saint Mary Help of Christians Church in Aiken, S.C. They have 7 children and 12 grandchildren.

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