Injured Solider, SB Leaders Call on VA & The Valuable Widow
Ukrainian soldier Stanislav lost his left leg in battle protecting Ukraine from a Russian attack. With his right leg intact, he transitioned to volunteer status, driving Ukrainian civilians to safety and delivering supplies to those in need. The Biden administration should rescind its new rule that provides abortions in certain cases for military veterans and family members even in states with prohibitions on such procedures, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said (Oct. 11). And, Louisville, Kentucky area pastor Josh Green says his congregation is lamenting the recent loss of a number of elderly widows in the congregation.
Ukrainian soldier Stanislav lost his left leg in battle protecting Ukraine from a Russian attack. With his right leg intact, he transitioned to volunteer status, driving Ukrainian civilians to safety and delivering supplies to those in need. Through God’s providence, he was connected with First Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church in Minneapolis.
Now, he’s in Minnesota receiving a prosthetic leg and counseling through the Protez Foundation’s Prosthetics for Ukraine humanitarian outreach the church supports.
Protez has provided prosthetics for 14 Ukrainians injured in the war Stanislav was one of at least three prosthesis recipients who attended the harvest festival, including two civilian children who lost limbs and were accompanied by family members.
The church in Minneapolis has many members who are of Ukrainian descent.
The Biden administration should rescind its new rule that provides abortions in certain cases for military veterans and family members even in states with prohibitions on such procedures, the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission said (Oct. 11).
The ERLC expressed its opposition to a new interim final rule (IFR) issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs that explicitly lifts a 30-year-old restriction on abortions. The Southern Baptist entity told VA Secretary Denis McDonough the interim rule forces taxpayers to fund the taking of preborn human lives, disregards a congressional ban on abortions by the department and violates the religious freedom of healthcare workers.
The VA interim rule – which went into effect Sept. 9 is another in a series of actions by President Biden and his administration in an effort to offset the Supreme Court’s June overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion throughout the country.
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Louisville, Kentucky area pastor Josh Green says his congregation is lamenting the recent loss of a number of elderly widows in the congregation. Pastor Green says the folks at First Baptist Church in Fairdale, Kentucky have lost a several widows over the past couple of years.
He says when he sees the places where the ladies used to sit on a Sunday morning, he’s reminded of their faithfulness to the church over many years.
In a First-Person piece on Baptist Press he talks about how the ladies were active and the backbone of so many long-term ministries at the church. He also remember how faithful they were to pray. He says he knows they prayed for him and the needs of the church on a daily basis.
In the piece, Green encourages churches to prioritize their widows and to provide the care and support they need.
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