Over 28,000 students have now heard about Owen's Mission!
Horton the elephant was right! The Bible agrees! In fact, the Bible says more: A person’s a person created by God (Psalm 139:13-14), a person redeemed by Jesus (Galatians 3:13), and a person the Holy Spirit wants to call to be His child (1 Timothy 2:4) no matter how small!
Owen’s Mission is a very special project of Lutherans For Life. The goal of this project is to honor Jesus by presenting a set of Touch of Life fetal models to every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country. (That’s 1078 schools affecting 139,000 students!) We want students to understand the God-given value of each life from the moment of conception. We want students to be motivated by what God has done as our Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier that gives value to life. We want students to value themselves and to value others as persons because of this God-given value.
Where did Owen’s Mission come from? From a very small and special baby named Owen. Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb, former executive director of Lutherans For Life, shares his story:
“I held my little grandson, Owen, in the palm of my hand. He died at twenty-one weeks during pre-natal surgery to remove a large tumor. The nurse brought him to our son as we waited in the recovery room for Owen’s mother. I find it difficult to describe what I felt when I was able to hold him. I had held the twenty-week Touch of Life fetal model in my hands hundreds of times in front of students from preschoolers to seminarians. Holding Owen revived in me the reality behind those models. I will never hold them in the same way again.”
As Owen’s grandpa, Dr. Lamb wanted to do something special to remember Owen, honor Jesus, and help others understand the value God gives to even the smallest of lives. With the help of Owen’s family, Owen’s Mission was born. We are training facilitators to present these fetal model sets along with a DVD message from Dr. Lamb.
Video: Owen's Mission - High School
Download Looking for Life in the Womb flyer (See Presenter Guidelines above)
Wonderfully Made Presentation
Here is an idea submitted by our Life Team in Collinsville, Illinois. They did an Owen's Mission presentation in their school developed by Carrie Kober.
Feel free to use these resources for you Owen's Mission presentations.
Stories on the Impact of Owen's Mission:
At Orange County Lutheran High School in California, a broad-shouldered senior cradling the 28-week model in his arms said, “This is what we need. We don’t need to see pictures of aborted babies. This positive focus on life is what will speak to us.”
Holding the tiny 12-week model in the palm of his hand, a second grader at Holy Cross Lutheran Christian Day School in North Miami, Florida, said, “Wow! We really looked like this?” His reaction reflects that of hundreds of other elementary school students. The impact of this tactile reality on thousands of students is incalculable. Look at the attached photos. The impact can be seen in their eyes!
The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations holds a Free Lutheran Youth (FLY) conference every other year at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. The models were used in several presentations as well as being exhibited at the LFL display table. One evening at the display a young woman shared a story of a friend who had decided against abortion after seeing and holding one of the babies!
Deb Lakamp, president of LFL of Illinois sent in these comments received from Owen's Mission presentations in Illinois:
One of the teachers had students—including two brothers who are soon expecting a little sister in their family—hold the fetal model that is the same size as their sibling soon to arrive. They were thrilled and so were their classmates!
One of the teachers in another school, came up and hugged me after the presentation and said "thank you for sharing the important work LFL is doing. Dr. Lamb's DVD was well done and very touching. It made me cry!"
In another school, an altar guild member was setting up communion after chapel, she heard the presentation and came up to me afterwards and shared that she had a miscarriage a long time ago and she still thinks of the baby she never got to hold. I gave her a "Young One" fetal model and she was thrilled to have it and to be reminded of how precious and fragile life is.
From LifeDate - Fall 2015:
Owen’s Mission Receives $50,000 Grant!
In June the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) awarded a Life Ministries grant of $50,000 to Lutherans For Life to be used for Owen’s Mission. The goal of Owen’s Mission is to place a set of Touch of Life fetal models into every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country. With this grant, we have reached around 60% of our $175,000 goal. Join us in thanking the Lord of Life for His goodness!
Join us also in thanking the LCMS Office of National Missions for making this grant possible. We have an ongoing and growing positive relationship with the LCMS through LCMS Life Ministries. We look forward to an even stronger partnership in years to come.
Someone came up to one of our displays recently and shared a story of a friend who changed her mind about an abortion after seeing the Touch of Life models! God is at work changing and saving lives! We believe that as young children touch and hold these little life-like babies, they will never have to face such a decision. Their minds will be made up!
If you would like to support Owen’s Mission, go to www.lutheransforlife.org and click in the Give tab. If you would like a set presented to your Lutheran school or one in your area, give us a call. If you are willing to be a presenter for Owen’s Mission, give us a call as well.
To support Owen's Mission, you can give a gift of support ...
Please send your check, made payable to “Lutherans For Life,” to:
Lutherans For Life
1101 5th Street
Nevada, IA 50201-1816