Across the nation, everyone is aware that something BIG has just happened. A Post-Roe reality is upon us. Life as we know it will change as our nation continues to grow in hostility toward one another and our God. 

The question that we often get is: how will this change how we serve?  

There will be some logistical movement and adaptation, but be assured that we will continue to serve until the day that the unborn aren’t at risk, a pregnancy is always within the confines of marriage, a woman is always safe, a man lives into being the father of his children, and the family is not broken apart by the effects of sin. That will be the day when a place like Agape will not be needed or exist. Until the day of Jesus’ return, you will find Agape serving the cause of Christ.

Another question that has been posed is: how will we respond to the opposition?

As a ministry and organization, we are called to respond in love, not in hate. If we love everyone, that means EVERYONE that is targeting their anger toward us and opposing us. 

If we are called to advocate and be pro-life, this means that we care more about the lives of others than our own life.  We care about every person, for or against us, and desire to preserve their life to ensure that they are given the opportunity to hear and know Jesus Christ. We desire for them to live so that Christ can continue to provide more opportunities for them to choose Him.

We must have actional living that demonstrates where we place our trust.  Jesus is our protector. He is our right guard. We must trust Him in the calm and through the persecution. He will reveal to us who we are (our struggles, doubts, anxieties, and fears). But through this, He will continually show us who He is (His heart, ways, presence, and provisions).

Here are some things that I am praying through scripture:

1) Open their eyes. May all of those who come against Agape and its people see the army of the Lord. Lord Jesus, open their eyes that all may see.

In 2 Kings 6:15-17, it says:

Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city.  And his servant said to him, “Alas my master!  What shall we do?” 
So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. “
Then Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’  And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; andbehold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.


2) Help us to be prepared.  The enemy has his schemes.  We must be prepared. We must put on the full armor of God.

In 1 Peter 5:8, it says:
Be sober-minded and alert.  Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.…

In Ephesians 6:11, it says:
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.

3) Help us to love as we have never loved before.

In Luke 6:27-28, 33, and 35-36, it says:
But to you who are listening, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you…If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them...But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Today, I would ask you to once again join me around the mercy seat at 7:00 p.m.  

Pray for eyes to be opened, for us to be prepared for all that is to come, and for us to LOVE as we have never loved before.  May we be found watchful, awake, and working until the day of His return.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus, we pray!

I will meet you soon around the throne!  

For His glory and His fame, Leanna 

Simpson

Executive Director 

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