By Janese Bennett
As the IPHC highlights our fifth core value, “We Prayerfully Value All Generations,” there is no better way to begin the year than to focus on the youngest of all generations—the unborn. For the last several years various churches and ministries including Falcon Children’s Home, Royal Home Ministries, Mission M:25, and the Mid-Atlantic Conference led by Bishop Abel Palomo have represented the IPHC at the March for Life in Washington, D. C. The annual march marks the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion. Since then, over 60 million lives have been aborted in the United States.
This year, the IPHC delegation gathered for a special service at Kingsway Christian Center on Thursday night before the march. The lyrics, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal,” echoed throughout the congregation as we recognized that no matter how deep the sorrow, God can provide healing. Falcon Children’s Home CEO Joey Leggett stated, “I have seen sorrow come through our doors, but I have also seen God’s power heal.”
A ministry of the IPHC, Royal Home Ministries is committed to providing an alternative for young ladies who face an unplanned pregnancy. Director Marysol Martinez states, “Not only will we say abortion is wrong, but we will provide an alternative!” Since its beginning, Royal Home Ministries has served as a place of hope, providing a home and loving support for over 400 babies and their mothers.
The theme for this year’s March for Life was “Love Saves Lives.” It is love that compels us to speak up for the unborn and those who have been affected by abortion. Bishop Garry Bryant shared, “We have the privilege to cry out aloud for those who remain silent.”
Friday, as young and old, rich and poor gathered on the Mall from various ethnicities and religious backgrounds, we stood united for one purpose. The crowd was honored to hear from distinguished guests including the President of the United States Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Pam Tebow, Paul Birk and members of Congress. As the first sitting president to address the March for Life in its 45 years, President Donald Trump spoke from the Rose Garden and acknowledged that:
The March for Life is a movement born out of love. You love your families, you love your neighbors, you love our nation, and you love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.
Whether you join us on the Mall in Washington, D.C., or participate in a local march or prayer group, take the opportunity to show love and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Bishop Abel Palomo reminds us, “Life is precious. Life is miraculous.” Life is a precious gift from God.