Skip to comments.Abortion Survivor Wows Crowd With Speech on Forgiveness, Value of Human Life
Posted on 04/19/2014 5:57:43 AM PDT by NYer
An 18-year old abortion survivor brought a packed Convention for Life in Dublin to its feet with a moving and inspiring testimony on forgiveness and the value of every human life. (Video at bottom).
Josiah Presley, originally from South Korea but now living in Oklahoma, said that when he first found out that his mother had wanted to abort him he was devastated and felt deep hurt and anger towards his birth parents.
However, he said, the power of God’s love meant he realised that he was “important to God and that every child was important to God” and this led him to forgive his parents whom he said he would like to meet some day.
“I wonder if they ever think about me,” he said. “I would like to tell them why I have forgiven them”.
He explained that he may have been one of twins and that the abortionist most likely did not realise one baby had survived the curettage abortion, which has left Josiah with a disabled arm.
Josiah said that he had survived the abortion by the grace of God and said that adoption was a real solution to the issue of crisis pregnancy. He had been adopted by a loving family in Oklohoma who have now adopted 10 children with a disability.
He shared a family photograph with the Convention, he said, “to tell you two things: first of for all my siblings, for their birth parents abortion would have been the convenient and easy thing solution, but if they hadn’t chosen life my family would not be what it is today.”
Secondly, he said, “to let you know that there are families out there willing and wanting to adopt the least of these. I was saved from an untimely death and I was placed in a home where I was loved and cared for and learned about the love of Christ, my admiration and my love for my parents has grown over the years as I’ve seen
their day in and day out sacrifice for me and my siblings.”
Urging the 800-plus attendees at the Convention to “fight the good fight” Josiah said that he was speaking out against abortion – and speaking out with a solution, because adoption was always a better answer than abortion.
“Abortion is the destruction of beautiful innocent human beings who are important, who do have value, and who are loved,” he said to a sustained standing ovation.
Clare Molloy of Youth Defence said that his story was a huge inspiration to a new generation of pro-life activists and had the power to bring a great many people to the pro-life position.
“We were so grateful to Josiah for his powerful, humbling testimony,” she said. “It should be seen by everyone and we’ll be sharing it as widely as we can. His courage and grace are truly inspiring.”
FYI , Abortion is illegal in Korea but openly practiced.
2 Nov. 2013, my wife comforted a pregnant mother en-route to her scheduled 9:00 a.m. abortion.
18 April 2014 (Good Friday) Kevin Joseph was born into this world.
This morning I am headed back to pray in thanksgiving and hope, in front of that clinic, and share the good news with others praying there.
Know that your field work is supported by many prayers! Wishing your family a Joyous and Blessed Easter.
I know the feeling! As a Birthright volunteer, I never knew what the girls did once they left the office. Then, one day, one of the students in my Spanish class came to tell me about her “friend” who was pregnant. She wanted me to give her reasons she could give her friend to keep her from having an abortion. I never suspected she was the pregnant one until I found out she had been expelled when someone reported her pregnancy to the school administration. Months later I met her at a Mall, pushing a stroller. I still have to fight tears when I think on looking at that baby and realize how close he was to being killed! All I can do is to thank God for working in our lives in such a strong way. BTW, the school did not like my pro-life stance and did not renew my contract at the end of the year. Who cares? It certainly was worthy!
Good Friday has always been a busy day at the abortion mills because so many workers have the day (or afternoon) off in honor of Christ’s passion. I’m surprised the killing doctors don’t offer 2-for-one on the same day for that very reason.
God bless you!
As a volunteer at a pro life center that offered free pregnancy tests, we were only allowed to do the tests......& talk to the ladies about the help we could provide....
ie, adoption, or if they chose to keep the baby, we had many resources to help them physically, emotionally and spiritually, including shelter, etc.
I was very new.....& and after talking to one young woman ( she was in college, and I feared, abortion minded).
.....after she left, I felt compelled to search her out......which was absolutely forbidden by our rules......I had never done that before,and never did it again.....but I wanted one more opportunity to speak to her.
I was scared.
But when I found her....( she had come into town to visit relatives) she didn’t turn me away....or pretend she didn’t know me.
I did the best I could......talked to her briefly.....and left.
A year later, I was not volunteering there anymore.....was absolutely saddened and burned out from all the young ladies and their stories.....but mainly because I tried to do this in my strength and not God’s
I was weary in well doing.
And then I got this phone call from the ministry that a young lady wanted to get in touch with me,
I agreed to meet her.....”and it was this lovely woman...and her beautiful baby girl
She brought me a rose.......and said she was still pursuing her pharmacist degree in college and keeping her baby....and she thanked me :)
I know it was not me.....but God did use a willing but scared redeemed sinner to reach out to this precious, hurting woman.
God is good.
I only "kept up" with one of my girls, and that was because she searched for me. She had given birth to a stillborn baby boy and needed help with the funeral. Our local Birthright director was a great man, called a funeral home and told them to charge the funeral to him! Eventually I stopped volunteering, it seemed that all I did was fill up applications for food stamps, WIC, AFDC... for middle age minority women who drove up to our place in really nice cars.