“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
My parents made it a point to see that my brother and I were taught to know the Lord, develop a personal relationship with Him, and take all things we see or hear to the Scriptures. Over a decade ago, my father gave me the best advice I have ever received. It was (and continues to be), “Question Everything!” As I grew and matured, I came to understand that questioning everything does not mean seeking to be argumentative or to find fault, but to ask, “How does this compare with Scripture?” My parents taught me how to research and study, form opinions based on my findings, and most importantly, pray for guidance and instruction as I compare ALL things with Scripture.
Throughout my years as a homeschooler, my parents specifically endeavored to assist me in my study of history and current issues such as genocide, abortion, homosexuality, etc. As part of this, they made it a point to help history come alive. Through their efforts, I was able to visit Jamestown, Plymouth, Colonial Williamsburg, Boston, the Alamo, and later Waterloo, Berlin, Paris, London, and more.
My first visual introduction to the holocaust came when we visited the General George Patton Museum of Leadership in Fort Knox, Kentucky. At the time we went, there was a good-sized holocaust display. Later in Tennessee I had the opportunity to visit Whitwell Middle School’s Children’s Holocaust Memorial where 11 million paperclips are displayed to help viewers understand the enormity of the number eliminated in Hitler’s “purge.” Not many years later I walked through Dachau Concentration Camp. I saw the gas chambers. I saw the ovens. I saw pictures and read vivid descriptions of the horrors which occurred in that place and others like it. Through Eric Metaxas’ book Dietrich Bonhoeffer–Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy I came to see and understand Hitler and Nazi Germany in a whole new light. Then, I saw Ray Comfort’s documentary 180.
Since moving home to Missouri in 2011, my family has had the opportunity to join and support friends from Restoration for Life who were attending pro-life rallies in Jefferson City, organizing prayer vigils, and hosting speakers from various crisis pregnancy centers and other pro-life organizations in the Kansas City area. As my eyes became further opened to the prevalence of abortion and the horrors associated therewith, I began to pray for some way I could make a difference and help defend life. I prayed for some way I could become a voice for those who have none. Then, I saw Ray Comfort’s documentary 180.
I realize the holocaust and abortion have their differences; but there are also many parallels between the two. Both had innocent victims with no voice. Both had the support of the national government. Both killed millions. I speak of abortion in the past tense, but all of those statements still apply today. Today, babies with no voice are being murdered. Today, abortion is legal in America. Today, the number of America’s victims of abortion is rapidly approaching 5x the number of holocaust victims. Only, in our case, there are no countries seeking to liberate America’s most innocent. Instead, WE must be their voice!
As my family considered upon these facts, watched 180, and looked back on our memories of Dachau, Bonhoeffer, and the numerous books, movies, museums, and memorials which had contributed to my understanding of the holocaust, an idea came. The middle school students at Whitwell, Tennessee established a memorial comprised of 11 million paperclips housed and displayed in a railcar used for transporting Jews to concentration camps. That memorial helped me understand that 11 million is much more than just a number. The paper clips were of numerous colors and sizes and, in my opinion, helped display the diversity and individuality of the holocaust’s 11 million victims.
Thus after prayer and discussion with my parents, I have determined to create a Missouri Abortion Memorial containing 625,000 diaper/safety pins to represent Missouri’s victims of abortion. Briefly stated, the purpose of this collection is to share Christ, remember abortion victims, defend life, promote charity, and encourage political activism. By sharing Christ, being a voice for the unborn, and voting pro-life, we, the people of Missouri, can make a difference and assist pro-life candidates and organizations in the process!