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You Are In This For Life

The year 2010 started with a bang! Not only from the fireworks that lit up the night (and early morning) sky from December 31st to January 1st, but also from the Pro-Life Training that was held from January 5 to 7. The training gathered almost 100 people from around the Philippines (as far as Davao and General Santos), to learn from an expert on Pro-Life issues. The expert is Dr. Brian Clowes.

From the Human Life International website:

"Dr. Brian Clowes is a graduate of West Point, a former A-Team leader for the Army Special Forces ("Green Berets"), and holds a PhD in Civil Engineering and Systems Science. Since 1995, he has been HLI's Director of Research and Training worldwide, and is one of the most accomplished and respected intellectuals in the international pro-life movement. Best known as author of the most exhaustive pro-life informational resource volume The Facts of Life, and for his Pro-Life Basic Training Course, Brian is the author of nine books, over 90 scholarly and popular articles, and has traveled to 35 countries on five continents as a pro-life speaker, educator and trainer. Perhaps most importantly, Brian authored the report which helped sway legislators in the 2001 defunding of the UNFPA by the Bush administration. Brian and his wife, Kathleen, have seven children and combined have over 50 years of pro-life experience, ranging from rescues, sidewalk counseling to counseling pregnant women and assisting in litigation against abortionists." He is as cool and smart as his bio sounds.

We were taught everything from the Essential Elements of Pro-Life Activism to How to Win a Pro-Life Debate. It was 3 days of information, inspiration and importance. Information on the needed Pro-Life issues. Inspiration to know that we are not alone in this fight for life. The importance of FAITH and FAMILY in our priorities and how we do things. That is another clear affirmation of CFC FFL and what we stand for.

We were taught that we need a clear goal in our work in Pro-Life, and listening to all the topics made us see the options on where we can really focus. The rest of the topics were: The Mission of the Pro-Life Movement, Source and Nature of the Anti-Life Mentality, Anti-Life Tactics, The Condom Conundrum, Homosexuality: Rhetoric and Reality, The Population Control Agenda and How to Organize Your Pro-Life Group.

It will not be an easy fight. The rest of the world has been slowly brainwashed into believing anti-life rhetoric. They are under the influence and finances of the world powers that want to push population control and abortion. And, for sure, we will end up suffering and attacked for our being Pro-Life. But, as Dr. Brian mentioned, there is no greater joy than to suffer for Christ. And, when we start feeling that there is so much to do, we should pray: not for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.

I have been affirmed and now I am even more passionate and have that sense of urgency for the work for life. In the end, we are called to be obedient, not victorious. And not only in the work itself, but how we live our lives as well. If you compromise with evil, you always lose because the culture of death thrives on gray areas.

I commit myself to living in the light. To keep on bringing that light to the dark areas of my life, and to bring that light to the world, so others may see and believe.

Contributed by:

Xavier Padilla
Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
www.xavyniceday. com

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