Today Stand True released the application for their 2011 Summer Mission Trip. Considering that I’m the President of W&M’s pro-life group, you might have guessed that I am pro-life, and that it is a cause that I am dedicated to fighting for. Stand True is a Christ centered pro-life group (they are not associated with any particular denomination). Among the pro-life groups that I’ve come across (and there are lots), it is the group whose mission is the closest to how I feel about the issue. This is their mission statement:
We exist first and foremost to glorify God. Through the grace of God, we stand for the protection of human life from the moment of fertilization to natural death. Abortion is the act of killing a human person and it is always wrong without exceptions. We are committed to establishing a culture of life, and bringing light to a generation covered by darkness. We believe that the only true way to end abortion is to turn hearts to Christ. Though it is important for the unjust laws to change, we must first turn the hearts of our nation. We are committed to educate, equip and activate young people to stand up and be a voice for their generation. Until the silent cries of innocent children are finally heard, we will raise our voices, shine our lights, we will Stand True.
Psalms 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. (KJV)
[As a complete side note, I get more out of the NIV translation of Psalms 40:2 :: He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.]
Generally speaking the mission trip is so me. Sharing the gospel in a pro-life way, going around to different concert festivals, praying at abortion clinics – I think the people who know me really well would say this trip has my name all over it. Additionally, this is kind of the best and worst summer for me to go. On the one hand, it is the best opportunity because I am still single, I don’t have job, and my summer is unplanned at the moment. However, it wouldn’t be bad if I was able to move to Seminary, find a job and get settled this summer. Additionally, my parents are just warming up to the Seminary thing, banking on the thought that I will find a decent job and be working wherever I move this summer – how are they going to take me putting off the job hunt even longer? I know that what my parents think shouldn’t be a deciding factor if I feel like it is what God is leading me to, but still – it is something I think about. Right now I need to check out the trip and get more details and pray about it before making any decisions.