Dear Friend of Life,
Were you surprised? I was not as surprised as many seemed to be. I’m talking about reactions to the ever-increasing number of videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing obtaining and selling body parts from aborted babies. Why was I not surprised? This is consistent with their mindset that denies the humanity and value of the unborn. When you treat an unborn child as a “product of conception,” then it naturally follows that you have a “product” to sell. The real horror behind these videos is the devaluing of human life. The evil of putting a price on the body parts of unborn children flows from the greater evil of their denial that the unborn are children.
Lutherans For Life (LFL) also puts a price on unborn children. Well, actually we point to the price God puts on the unborn and all humanity. “You were bought at a price” (1 Corinthians 6:20a). In Acts, Paul talks to the Ephesians pastors about that price: “Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28b). The price God paid for the sins of humanity was His own blood! God shed His blood in the person of Jesus for every single human being. Not all know that, of course, and our task as His church is to share it. But the fact remains that this paid-in-full price bestows value on every human being, including the unborn.
While LFL is doing plenty to make people aware of the atrocities committed by the nation’s largest abortion provider, our greater task is to address the root problem that gives rise to such atrocities—the devaluing of human life. And do we ever have a message that gives value to life! Every life for which Jesus paid the price of His shed blood is also a life created by the hands of God, knit together in the womb (Psalm 139:13). And every life created by God and bought by the blood of Jesus is a life God wants to call into an eternal relationship with Him (1 Timothy 2:4).
If we can equip more and more Lutherans to understand this God-given value, they will become voices for all the unborn and the vulnerable. When we share a Gospel-based message, lives are changed, lives are saved, and we may even influence our culture.
I have been receiving many appeals for funds from various worthy and life-affirming groups to help them “Battle Planned Parenthood” or “Defund Planned Parenthood.” Now I am appealing to you for funds, but not so much to “Battle Planned Parenthood.” We use our funds to get at the core of the problem and promote the God-given, blood-bought value of human life. This is the source of real and lasting change.
If you believe that this is the true heart of the issue, then I ask that you please consider sending us a financial gift of whatever you are able to give). Indeed, any sized gift would be greatly appreciated, and I promise it will be used for the purposes intended.
There are many ways you can support LFL!
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Lutherans For Life
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Nevada, IA 50201-1816
Other Ways to Give Now
Abundant Life Giving Society - The Abundant Life Giving Society recognizes individuals, families, congregations, church groups, and businesses that donate $1,000 or more annually to support the mission of Lutherans For Life.
Life Legacy Society - The Life Legacy Society is our way of recognizing dedicated donors who help LFL share the Life message. There are several gift-giving opportunities that allow you to make a lasting impact on LFL.
Real Estate for Life makes it easy for you to help Lutherans For Life by using funds a real estate company has already earmarked for commission fees at no extra cost to you.
Wish List - Most of these items are not included in our annual budget. Please prayerfully consider how you could support one of the projects. A gift of any amount is welcome. We also encourage you to organize a fund raising project with your Bible study, state federation, chapter, Life Team, or another group from your congregation to assist us.
Combined Federal Campaign (for federal employees and military personnel)
The CFC identification number for LFL is 11508.
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LFL Endowment Fund - The interest income from LFL’s Endowment Fund will be used to educate through printed and published materials, production of videos, and provision of speakers; to provide scholarships to pastors and lay people in order to attend LFL conventions; to help advance our use of technological opportunities through audio-visual equipment, computers and the internet; and to reach out through Word of Hope to women and families after an abortion with the hope of Jesus Christ. You are free to specify a particular area of outreach.
Planned Gifts and Estate Planning - The work of Lutherans For Life—equipping Lutherans to be Gospel-motivated voices For Life—can be helped through various planned gifts, life-income agreements, endowments and memorial funds.
LFL Financial Information
GuideStar (report includes most recent 990 -- you will need to register)
Christian Preamble - Include a Statement of Faith In Your Will or Trust (LCMS Foundation)
5 Myths About Wills, and What You Should Do (USA Today)
Thank you for your ongoing and often sacrificial support of Lutherans For Life! Your prayers, volunteer efforts, and financial support allow Lutherans For Life to continue to Bring the Good News For Life to children, youth, and adults. You are examples of Christ’s love in action. Your partnership with Lutherans For Life is needed today more than ever before.