In place of our annual educational conferences, this year NDRL was able to host two wonderful national speakers, bringing in Shari Rigby, a post-abortive woman, and Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor.
Melissa Ohden spoke in Fargo, to a crowd of about 200. A short part of her story can be found on her website:
“Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion in 1977 Despite the initial concerns regarding Melissa’s future after surviving the attempt to end her life and being born alive at approximately seven months gestation, she has not only survived but thrived. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work, she has worked in the fields of substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence/sexual assault counseling, and child welfare. Melissa and her husband Ryan have a daughter, Olivia, whose birth at the same hospital where Melissa’s life was supposed to end has significantly shaped Melissa’s ministry.”
Melissa brought people to tears once again with her powerfully moving story. A special thank you to Lydia Trandem for helping to manage this event!
Shari Rigby was able to come to the Bismarck and Grand Forks events, on October 29 and 30. In Bismarck, Shari had a crowd of over 500, and in Grand forks, over 300! Here is a bit about Shari from her bio that was read that night:
“Shari was a teenage mom at 17. The second time she became pregnant, she had an abortion. At the age of 25, she rededicated her life to Christ. She believes that God used “October Baby” to bring healing to her for her own abortion, and she knows that God will do the same for others who have been there.”
More to come on these events later, and stay tuned for pictures! Thank you to all who were able to make this event a success, and who were able to be there!
NDRL’s first annual “Run for their Lives” was held at Sertoma Park in Bismarck on September 7, 2012. Over 100 pro-lifers from the Bismarck/Mandan and surrounding areas showed up to walk and run in honor of those who have lost their lives through abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.
There was beautiful weather that evening, which was perfect for the outdoor event! Runners and walkers started meeting around 6:30 in the evening for registration and community fellowship. We had the runners take off at 7:00, followed by the walkers shortly after that. The 1-mile walk was able to accommodate families with small children and those who weren’t up for doing the whole 3.1 miles!
After the race, back at the shelter, the participants enjoyed water and snacks while meeting other pro-life members of the community. Capitol Heights Baptist Church was able to join us at the shelter and provide water and pro-life “life savers.” It was great to have them alongside us, joining us in this cause!
Small prizes were given to the winners of various categories. The University of Mary Collegians for Life was the recipient of both the Largest Team Award and the Best Team Name. It was great to have so many young faces and great energy with us that night!
We owe a big thank-you to our sponsors who made this event a success and helped further along the pro-life movement in North Dakota:
Gold Sponsors: Krumm and Associates, Capitol Heights Baptist Church
Silver Sponsors: Church of St. Anne, Church of St. Joseph, Charity Lutheran Church
Bronze Sponsors: Front Street Lighting, Bismarck Reality (Chuck Huber), Marilyn and Anselm Ternes, Mayo Pharmacy, Mandan Nazarene Church, Flash Printing, Dan’s Supermarket, and Scheels
We look forward to next years “Run for their Lives,” and we are sure that we will again have a wonderful response from the dedicated pro-lifers in our state!