“Life, what a beautiful choice….. In abortion, somebody dies.”
These were the words of the main speaker, Gene Ontjes, owner of two Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Pennsylvania, at the fourth Annual Fundraising Banquet for Save a Life International, on November 2nd, 2019.
He described how his young mother was pressured to have an abortion, but decided to give birth to him, so Mr. Ontjes considers himself an “abortion survivor”. He relayed an emotional story; how he started his life as a foster child and was later adopted. He met his birth mother for the first time when he was 41 years old.
Marisella and Roberto Godoy, who serve as worship leaders at their church in California, have blessed us with a beautiful performance!
Besides the guests from Pennsylvania, other states represented were New Jersey, Illinois, Delaware, California, Maryland and Florida. Each year, I am amazed at God’s mercy to us. This year there were many guests from local American, Ukrainian and Russian-speaking churches. It was a great combination of several cultures expressing support for the value of life and the struggle for unborn children, not only in Ukraine but also in our local neighborhoods. The great blessings with the necessary bills have once again confirmed to me that the Lord has His plan for us, and we are ready to obey His will and serve women and their babies. I thank all the partners who so willingly and generously take part in this important and unique ministry. I believe that in the next year we will see many new miracles, many new babies will be torn out of the hands of death and their mothers will find a new life in Christ Jesus.
Leadership retreat for this year was held in Kiev, Ukraine. During the week of reflection, training and planning, our leaders had a chance to meet with Ukrainian ombudsmen in children’s affairs Mykola Kuleba. We were developing the steps to the partnership in reaching the students in Ukraine’s academia with a pro-life message and abstinence lessons.
Also, with God’s grace we completed the training of the new team for the opening of our 6th Life Center in the city of Poltava, which is scheduled for March 13, 2020