LIFE International understands that the horror of abortion is a global tragedy. Their mission is to multiply life-giving ministries wherever abortion is provided around the world. To see a little more of the heart that drives their mission, Kurt Dillinger responds to a few questions I recently asked him.
What biblical truth is the primary foundation for your ministry's approach to the global mission field created by abortion?
Jesus says in John 10:10 that "the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." Our enemy is attacking God by destroying his image-bearers, the pre-born, along with the potential they have to be worshipers of him.
The hope for a woman and man facing an unplanned pregnancy is to know the Life-giver and to make wise, life-giving choices for their child. God's plan for mother, father, and child is that they would have life to the full! Our response to this must be to follow our Savior in his mission: offering the hope of the gospel to a world in desperate need of his abundant life.
How does following Jesus and receiving his forgiveness direct the vision and activity of LIFE International?
The greatest and most profound pro-life initiative ever to take place in the history of mankind was when God sent his Son to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16-17). That is the pro-life movement we've joined and the one we've invited others to join with us. At the cross we see that people are of inestimable value and worth to God. His message of unconditional love and forgiveness is what the world needs to hear.
How is the sanctity of human life viewed in the majority world?
Cultural attitudes and worldviews that devalue human life have infected the global culture in general and the Christian culture as well. For example, in places around the world, we have seen married pastors carry on with multiple mistresses. Church leaders send their wives and daughters to have abortions. Some Christian husbands even abuse their wives to enforce submission. Christian women may have dozens of abortions during their childbearing years. Each of these examples demonstrates how every nation has a flawed theology of life.
Kurt Dillinger is the founder and president of LIFE International. Kurt and his wife, Gail, have been married for 32 years, and have three children, Abby, Maggi, and Calvin.