American Heritage Girls Respect Life

American Heritage Girls Respect Life Patch

American Heritage Girls’ Respect Life Patch

I had the pleasure of meeting Jody Token, National Public Relations Director of American Heritage Girls (AHG), at the 2015 LCMS Life Conference that was just held last week after the March for Life. We had a great time discussing how we (the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and AHG) could work together in the future. This possibility came about due to a memorandum of understanding between the LCMS with AHG (see the press release from the LCMS); and I was pleased to find out that the AHG has had, for nearly a year now, a “Respect Life” patch for its members.

Since I found out about this organization several years ago, I have liked it and encouraged friends and family with daughters in the Girl Scouts to consider being part of AHG. But now I have even more reason to support them as AHG encourage its members to “[participate] in an event that brings attention to respecting life or [provide] a service project for an organization whose mission/purpose demonstrates a desire to respect life, such as pregnancy resource centers, pro-life groups and hospices” (read entire press release).

Knowing the close connection that the Girl Scouts has fomented with Planned Parenthood (the largest provider of abortions in the US and advocate of sexual promiscuity — see here, here, here, here, here, and here), Christian parents ought to find an alternative to involvement in the Girl Scouts, whether or not the local troop is actively involved with the local Planned Parenthood.

Maybe it’s just me, but…shouldn’t we teach our children to live their faith by, whenever possible, being part of organizations that have the same core values as we do? In this manner, we can show them that our faith isn’t relegated to just one hour on Sunday mornings but, rather, it is central to who we are and what we do.

LCMS and the 2010 March for Life

I participated in my 9th March for Life in Washington DC last week. It was a great day to be in the nation’s capital to show our legislators that we want them to pass laws that defend human life (or correct ones that don’t). After hearing from pro-life legislators from the Senate and the House, we also heard from priests and pastors of the Roman Catholic church, the Orthodox church, and Evangelical Christians.

According to the organizers, there were 200,000 marchers present in the District along with almost 75,000 “virtual” marchers on the Virtual March for Life website hosted by AUL Action (see article in the  Washington Times).

LCMS World Relief and Human Care had several staff members (including me) participating. We have posted our photos, articles, and interviews on the LCMS website in the LCMS 2010 March for Life Newsroom.