Last week Velora and I attended the Hope Now for Youth dinner. We sat with two couples who are involved in teaching in our local school district. One teacher shared with us that a 14 year old student came to her with exciting news: “I’m pregnant!!!” “Why is this good news for you?” the teacher asked. “Because I want to become a mother before I die.” The student seemed to believe she would not live past her teen years.
The other teacher shared with us how on her first day of school, as the students came into her room for the first time, that she could identify who the gang leaders were and who were their followers. These students believe that kids who live in a certain part of town have it better than they do and are smarter. The teacher shared that you are as smart as anyone, but you have to put effort into your education. I’m glad we have Christian teachers to be a light in the dark world of our schools.
This brings me to encourage our church for an opportunity now in March to get the word out about a movie that is coming into theaters. It is a Christian film called October Baby (rated PG-13). The film tells the story of a survivor of a botched abortion. We seldom hear this side presented anywhere. The survivor does not know that she is adopted until she is a teenager and then goes on a journey to discover herself and her past. It is a powerful story of the survivor, her adoptive parents, her birth mother, an abortion nurse, and her close friends.
We all have neighbors, classmates, and fellow workers who are affected by the decisions young people are making today about abortion, adoption, and the results of those decisions.
The first showing is scheduled for Friday, March 23rd. For more information or to watch the trailer you can visit the movie’s website.
Velora and I have seen this film and we can tell you that you will laugh through about a third of the film and shed tears through the rest of the movie. We will show a clip in church and maybe your Sunday School class will want to attend as a group or you can grab some neighbors to go with you. The more people that see it on the opening weekend, the more they will continue to show it.
Pastor Ed Willems