CHECKLIST CHARLIE

How abortion damages the church and our community

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I was a little naive. For starters, the radio station I was contracting with immediately dropped my show because of one taboo topic. Oh, that’s right. I forgot that there was a time when I, too, was afraid of the word abortion.

Families and churches suffer when we’re afraid to talk about what ails us. Not only that, the whole community is affected when Christians treat Jesus’ blood like it doesn’t cover some sins because, well, some sins are just too scandalous to talk about. Where can folks go for comfort, if not our churches?

I invited B.J. Garrett on my show to talk about abortion, in spite of the taboo. She shared her story in the most courageous and inspiring way you can imagine. Simply by telling the truth without bitterness or shame.

On our show, B.J. shared how her childhood experiences include being trafficked for sexual exploitation. With compassion and hard-won grace, B.J. gently explains how her mother offered her in exchange for food and drugs. You can hear more of B.J.’s first-hand wisdom for free by listening to the podcast available on Toginet.com or by clicking on Taboo Topics: Serious Symptoms of Post-Abortion Syndrome with B.J. Garrett.

If you know her, then you know she has a resume most professionals would love to claim. Currently, she serves as executive director of CARE, Christ-centered Abortion Recovery and Education.

This victorious and mighty woman of God shared how she shook free of her childhood experiences and became a powerful force in the fight to empower others. If you are struggling with the after-affects of abortion or love someone who is, CARE joyfully points to the path of freedom.

Many, but not all, CARE volunteers are post-abortive. Some share their stories publicly; while all appreciate the strict confidentiality of the ministry. In another episode of Fireside Talk Radio, What’s so Special about CARE?, B.J. addressed the myth that post-abortive trauma is not affecting families or the church.

We talk to East Texas pastors all the time who are delighted to have help in breaking down the wall of silence and seeing post-abortive families reclaim freedom and joy in serving others. Your church can be involved in this worthy endeavor.

CARE and Confections, the annual gala happens at KE Bushman’s Celebration Center on Tuesday, February 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m. If you are wishing you could make a difference when it comes to abortion, contact me or B.J. to find out more about how people are quietly making a gentle difference behind the scenes on this very personal issue.

Cathy Primer Krafve, aka Checklist Charlie, lives and writes with a Texas twang. Contact her at CathyKrafve.com.

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