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God uses all of us in his kingdom in large and small ways. Almost daily, we have an impact on the lives of people around us; but what about the people who cannot speak for themselves? What about those who are defenseless and cannot save themselves?
How does God use these people?
Some of the people I am referring to are preborn children. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that in 2013 there were 644,435 abortions1. That’s 644,435 lives terminated against their will. Compare that number to the 595,930 who passed from cancer-related causes in 20142 and the result is shocking. More lives are taken each year by abortion than by one of the leading causes of natural death in America.
I could go on with many more statistics that could horrify the coldest of hearts, but that alone won’t change things. We must take action. It does no good if we are not moving toward a solution.
Now you may be asking yourself, “What can I do about this?”
One way to get involved in the fight for life is to participate in the March for Life.
Each year, thousands of people gather in Washington D.C. to partake in this massive rally to peacefully protest abortion. It typically takes place in January, on or around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade – the 1973 Supreme Court case that was groundbreaking in the legalization of abortion.
The Bible Chapel has been participating in March for Life for more than a decade. There is something so incredible that happens on this journey, but last year in particular, we know for sure that one man’s life was saved. Kurt Kondrich, the Senior Development Director for the Human Coalition, was captain of one of the buses last year. Below is Kurt’s story, in his own words, of how God uses all of us for his glory:
The 2017 March for Life on January 27 was a very powerful experience for me and an event I will never forget. I had recently accepted the position of Senior Director of Development at Human Coalition Pittsburgh, giving me the opportunity to speak up and advocate even louder for our most vulnerable children. This was the first March for Life in Washington D.C. I attended, and I felt very blessed to be with my son Nolan and so many awesome individuals from The Bible Chapel. I was captain of one of the two buses our church had chartered, and was responsible for making sure the passengers were safe and accounted for. It was a beautiful January day, and the March was incredible! There was a sea of thousands of people and voices spread across our country’s Capital to defend and protect our most priceless national treasure – human life – and end the American Holocaust that has claimed the lives of 60+ million of our most defenseless citizens.
As a bus captain one of my biggest responsibilities was to make sure everyone was safely in their seats for the ride home after our powerful day in the nation’s capital. We loaded up the Bible Chapel buses, confirmed everyone was present, and settled in for a relaxing ride home. I sat in the front seat behind our bus driver, Dan, and I struck up a conversation with him about life and his hobby of metal detecting. The ride home was smooth and uneventful until we approached a large hill on the Pennsylvania turnpike and a sudden snow squall started.
Dan became very nervous as the road quickly became snow covered and dangerous. There was nowhere to pull over and the bus began to slide a little. To make matters worse, I noticed the windshield was becoming difficult to see out of. I asked Dan if I could help with anything, and he told me, “It’s not good,” and that the washer fluid was not working. It became increasingly difficult to see and the bus began to sway and drift even more. I left my seat and sat next to Dan on the steps to try to calm him and act as an extra set of eyes to navigate the treacherous highway. A few adults on the bus asked if we were going to be ok, and I told them to sit tight, keep the kids calm and pray. I texted the bus in front of us about our predicament and told them to pray and stop at the next rest stop. As I sat next to Dan, I told him to slow down and put his flashers on as I helped him spot things on the turnpike. I kept reinforcing to Dan that he was doing a great job, we were all praying for him, and I assured him I was not leaving his side until we safely reached our destination.
I must admit, I was very concerned knowing the precious cargo we were carrying, and I knew that by sitting next to Dan, if we wrecked I was going right through the front windshield. With much prayer and God’s hedge of protection, we made it to the rest stop area and fixed the bus wipers. There was a sigh of relief and praise from those on our bus and I thanked the other bus for their prayers. We then continued our journey back to The Bible Chapel and I decided to sit next to Dan on the steps for the remainder of the trip to help keep him calm since he was still shaken from the treacherous drive.
During our conversation, I asked Dan if he knew where he was heading had we not survived the ordeal on the snow covered hill. Dan told me he was not sure, and as our dialogue continued I realized he had not accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior, so I shared my faith journey with Dan. As I shared, I recounted my experiences as a police officer where I saw many people leave this earth long before they thought it was their time. Then I talked to Dan about the awesomeness of heaven and the free ticket Jesus handed us by his death on the cross and his resurrection. As an illustration, I compared it to a bus ticket – completely bought and paid for – to the most amazing destination ever. I shared a few Bible verses with Dan including John 3:16, and told him that as a former police officer I was 100% certain of the evidence, facts and promises in God’s Word. We continued our discussion and Dan became very interested and excited about the free gift of salvation and eternal security.
As the bus approached The Bible Chapel, I asked Dan if he would like to make that eternal reservation to the ultimate forever stop and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, to which he replied, “YES”! When the bus stopped, I told everyone on the coach about Dan’s decision and people clapped, prayed and thanked Dan for getting us home safely. My son Nolan, a man by the name of Steve Chachula and myself then prayed with Dan and he accepted Jesus Christ into his heart as Lord and Savior - I must confess it was a very emotional moment. We then followed up with Dan by having a study Bible sent to him and I helped him connect to a church in his area where he lived. I have stayed in touch with Dan – he recently called me about a metal detecting trip he was taking – and his faith is still strong.
It truly is amazing how God can and will use us in any circumstance to be a light to guide others in the darkness and the snow! I will never forget the 2017 March for Life where we went to D.C. to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8), and in the process led a bus driver to the only source of eternal hope, peace and security – Jesus Christ. As it says in the Bible, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16.
As you can see from Kurt’s story, God can use all things for his good. Nothing is ever wasted with the Lord. God can use any one of us in a BIG way, even the preborn. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28. If you are feeling called to join us for 2018’s March for Life, I encourage you to sign up. You never know how God will be using you on any given day.
1) “Abortion Fast Facts.” CNN, Cable News Network, 28 May 2017, www.cnn.com/2013/09/18/health/abortion-fast-facts/index.html.
2) “National Center for Health Statistics.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 May 2017, www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm.