by Bryan Kemper
April 10, 2008
LifeNews.com Note: Bryan Kemper is the director of Stand True Ministries, a pro-life group that conducts youth outreach.
I often hear people talk about the results of their work in ministry – how many children were fed, how many homes were built, how many items were distributed. It is great when you can show how everyone’s time and money is helping. It is always encouraging and it helps with keeping people interested in your work.
Things are often different in pro-life work. This is work where you really don’t get to see a lot of the results. Many times you are just giving out information and praying that people will take it to heart. You really have to learn to trust God to be in charge of the results and know that your work is changing lives whether you see it or not.
In pro-life work so many people get frustrated because they cannot see the outcome of the work and time they invest. I have seen many people drop out because they feel they are not accomplishing anything.
It is easy to stand in a soup kitchen and hand a homeless man a plate of hot food and feel good about what you are doing. When you see his face light up as he gets a hot meal it can really make you feel good about giving your time. If we are standing in front of an abortion clinic and praying and you don’t see anyone turning away it can be spiritually and emotionally draining.
If we are just looking at the results that we see, this is the wrong way to look at our work. God is ultimately in charge of all our efforts. He is the One who brings results. I know I have to remind myself often that I am being obedient to the Word by doing the work I do, and not worry about the results of it as much. Yes, it is important to know that we are being diligent with our time and efforts, but following God’s will is always right.
There are, however, times when God has shown me just how much my actions count.
I remember one Sunday afternoon in California, I was standing outside an abortion clinic praying when a young woman walked up. She came to me and another man I was with and showed us her beautiful baby. She then told us that she was driving to that very clinic months earlier to have an abortion. When she drove up, she saw us praying, changed her mind on the spot and drove off.
We never knew about this until that day. She thanked us for being there and saving the life of her baby. Since then, that has happened to me several more times, and I have heard many other similar testimonies. That one little baby would make every second I have ever spent doing pro-life work worth it. Thank God I have gotten to see so many other great fruits of this work.
I would love to be able to give you a list of just how many babies God has saved through our work. It would be amazing to report on how many lives were changed and how many young women were spared the trauma of having an abortion or healed through Christ after they sought out forgiveness.
It would probably do wonders for our fundraising if we could show our donors all the amazing things God has done though this ministry.
While I can’t give you those numbers or statistics, I can tell you we are committed to this work 100%. Even if we never get to meet another girl who changed her mind because of our work, we know it is happening and God will continue to use us.
We know it is not us who saves babies and touches lives, but God. He just uses us and gives us the opportunities to reach out in His name.
With all of this said, God is always giving us encouragement at just the right time. As I was writing this news letter we received a message from a young woman who told us that she was able to use our web site to convince her best friend not to have an abortion. God’s timing is perfect.
Remember, God is ultimately responsible for results of our work. We must always remember where our strength comes from and why we are able to do His work. When we look at it that way, it is so much easier to trust in God for all the results. Just follow His Word and He will do the rest.