Like it or not, we are at war

A fierce war rages for our souls. Are we ready for battle?

This world is a difficult place right now. Like it or not, we are at war. We face a powerful enemy out to destroy us. We live on the battlefield, so we can’t escape the conflict.

With God’s help in Michigan, we have fought together the battle for the lives of the unborn, for aid to mothers and fathers in crisis and for those seeking healing after abortion.

Whether we talk about it or not, the Enemy is trying to make our life challenging so that we lose faith and give up the fight. The only solution is to embrace the tools that have been available to us for thousands of years. We seek the weapons such as the Sacraments, saints, and the Church to help us get through the Spiritual Warfare.


To engage the Enemy, I have purchased the Manual for Spiritual Warfare, by Dr. Paul Thigpen, and read aloud the prayers for protection over me, my family, home, country, religious and lay friends, our military and our Church. For a book that teaches how anyone can live a life devoted to God, even while remaining in ordinary life, read Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales. I highly recommend these two books to you as you respond to the call that God has given you in daily life.

Hurricane Harvey Collection Update

Thank you, friends who have contributed!

Please continue to bring your donations this week to the New Life Center to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey

The last day to drop off donations for the flood victims in Houston at the New Life Center in Lansing is Friday, September 15. (NO cash donations are being accepted), 1601 East Grand River, between the hours of 9 am and 12 pm.

Thanks to NLC volunteer, Chuck Biewer, who will make the delivery to Ken’s Kar Kare in Fowler by September 16. The business owner of Ken’s Kar Kare, Ken Farley, is coordinating loading the semi trailer truck delivering the items to Texas.

The needed items include baby formulababy fooddiaperssoap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, unopened socks and underwear, new or gently used blankets, shoes and clothing and small toys and clean stuffed animals.

See the article published in the Ionia Sentinel Standard on two local car dealerships who are assisting with the effort to collect donations.

The New Life Center has received a facelift!

Thanks to Matrix Engineering, the building owners at 1601 East Grand River, there is a new light gray paint on the brick and dark wood stain around the window trim of the New Life Center. Thank God for his faithfulness as He gives us the grace to continue to offer crisis pregnancy and post-abortion recovery programs for hope and healing. Please pray and fast for an end to abortion and keep our ministry in your prayers!

Finally, thank you for your kind words and prayers for me personally. I am thankful to God for his blessings over the years to work with you for life! May I ask you to pray for Fr. Steve Mattson, pastor at the Church of the Resurrection, as he works with the Diocese of Lansing and our pro-life community, to focus on plans for new leadership at the New Life Center?

Many have asked me what my plans are for the future after I made the announcement that I would be resigning from my position with the Church of the Resurrection as of September 20. Together, with my husband, Ric, we are refocusing our efforts on family life, marriage, our youngest children, and our domestic church, our home.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23: 1-3

May the Divine Shepherd, Our Lord, who restores our soul and gives us rest, bless you!

Cecilia Tombelli

Director of Project Rachel, Diocese of Lansing

Coordinator, New Life Center


Help heal Texas


Homes are flooded near the Addicks Reservoir after floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey poured foot after foot of rain on Houston, Texas. David J. Phillip/AP

Bring donations for flood victims to the New Life Center and Ken’s Kar Kare 

Recovery and healing from the destruction of Hurricane Harvey has been an ongoing effort for residents since it slammed into the coast near Corpus Christi, Texas, August 25. Where Harvey hit hardest, including Houston, 80 percent of homeowners lack flood insurance, making them dependent on private charity and government assistance.

Drop off donations for the flood victims in Houston at Ken’s Kar Kare in Fowler, now through September 16, and at the New Life Center in Lansing, now through September 15. (NO cash donations are being accepted)

Hours for the donation drop:

  • Monday – Friday now through September 15, from 9 am – 12 pm, at the New Life Center, 1601 East Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906 and we will deliver your items to Ken’s Kar Kare by September 16.
  • Monday through Friday8 am – 5 pm, now through September 15, and Saturday, September 16, from 10 am – 3 pm to Ken’s Kar Kare, 10653 W. M-21, Fowler, MI 48835. There is a large truck trailer in the parking lot and it would be nice to fill it!

The most needed items are:

  • Baby formula
  • Baby food
  • Diapers
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine products
  • Socks (unopened packages)
  • Underwear(unopened packages)
  • Blankets, shoes, and clothing are extremely helpful, but gently used items only.
  • Small toys and clean stuffed animals

Thanks to the sponsors of the trailer, Simon Brothers Trucking, Ken’s Kar Kare, family-owned by Ken and Kathy Farley, and Jeepend. Special thanks to Chuck Biewer, of St. John’s, a longtime supporter of the New Life Center, for volunteering to coordinate delivery of the donations.

Check out these upcoming prayer vigils, fundraisers, pro-life training opportunities and conferences in September and October

September 5 until the end of the year
Day 41 Prayer Vigil efforts in Lansing to end abortion

Pray and fast on Wednesdays, until the end of the year, across from Planned Parenthood Frandor Clinic from 9 am – 6 pm. See more on Facebook. Click here.


National Day of Remembrance 
September 9
9:00 am
Memorial Service at St. Joseph Cemetery in Lansing

St. Joseph’s Cemetery
2520 West Willow Street
Lansing, MI 48917
Map and Directions

Pray at a gravesite of aborted children where seventeen babies were buried, November 2011 (watch the historic ceremony), after being retrieved from a garbage dumpster and given a dignified funeral. 40 others have also been laid to rest in a separate gravesite.

For locations of Solemn Prayer Vigils throughout the USA, click here.

40 Days for Life Campaign Ann Arbor

September 27 – November 5

Take a stand for life! Get involved in the Ann Arbor 40 Days for Life prayer and fasting vigil, beginning September 27, a groundbreaking, coordinated international  mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in Ann Arbor and beyond.

Public right-of-way outside
Planned Parenthood
3100 Professional Drive
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Click here for more information

Haven’t watched Maafa 21? Check out this groundbreaking documentary on Black Genocide in 21st Century America. Discover the truth about the eugenics movement in America dating back to the early 20th Century and abortion, Margaret Sanger, and the decision by America’s wealthy elite to partner with her to limit black births in the USA.
St. Paul Street Evangelization, a grassroots, evangelization organization, is hosting a number of training opportunities and a Gala Dinner this month.

September 9 | Mini-Basic Evangelization Trianing, Canton, MI
September 15 | 5th Anniversary Gala Dinner, Detroit, MI
September 21-24 | SPSE Leadership Training Institute, Detroit, MI
September 30 | Basic Evangelization Training, Plymouth, MI

SPSE is dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations to the streets. SPSE does this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in hearts and to provide an avenue for you to share the Person of Jesus Christ with a hungry culture.


October 1 from 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Location is along Grand River Avenue in Lansing, East Lansing, Okemos, Williamston

Show your support for babies in the womb and pregnant mothers!


LIFE CHAIN is a peaceful and prayerful public witness of pro-life individuals standing for 90 minutes praying for our nation and for an end to abortion. It is a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.
Contact Ann for flyers at or call (517) 555-1888.
Spartans Will Step Up For Down Syndrome   

Donation Goal: $40,000
Funds raised will go to help CADSA provide scholarships, programs, education, advocacy, and outreach to individuals with Down syndrome and their families in our Mid-Michigan Community!

Hannah’s House
International Dessert Night and Silent Auction
October 28, 2017
6:30  to 8:30 pm
St. Michael’s Parish, Grand Ledge
Hannah’s House, a Christian home for pregnant mothers, is low on everything right now. Executive Director, Deanna Arnett, is asking the community for:
  • Diapers  (newborn to size 6)
  • Wipes
  • Household cleaning supplies

A few final important questions…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 7:15 am

Join Michael Patrick Shiels, on 92.1 FM the Big Show , with Cecilia Tombelli, Director of Project Rachel Ministry and Coordinator of the New Life Center. We’ll discuss a bill being debated in the Michigan legislature that would charge pregnant women with child abuse when they are convicted of using illegal drugs.

18033303_10155208457804210_6985902167423260867_n-1 (2).jpgToday, August 29, 2017  at 6 pm

New Life Center

1601 East Grand River

Lansing, MI

Join pro-life leaders from Lansing, at 6 pm at the New Life Center, to discuss on-going efforts to end abortion, care for those in crisis and to defend the human person. Meet leaders in the Lansing metropolitan area involved in crisis pregnancy help, housing homeless pregnant women, legislative initiatives, post-abortion recovery programs and more! Members include Michigan Catholic Conference, MSU, Students for Life, Shared Pregnancy, Right to Life of Michigan, Right to Life of Ingham County, Pregnancy Services, Hannah’s House, 40 Days for Life and Students for Life of Michigan.

Let your friends and family know about this amazing upcoming retreat:

Healing the Whole Person Retreat – for individuals, families and couples!

September 14-16, 2017

1501 East Michigan Avenue

Lansing, MI

Teachings are augmented by private activities for personal application and healing, including journaling, optional in-depth prayer ministry, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, daily adoration, and daily Eucharist.

  • Healing the Whole Person
  • Facing Our Brokenness
  • Prayer for Inner Healing
  • Living in Freedom

$150 fee set by the JP IIHealing Center to help cover the cost of their team’s travel and ongoing ministry. Please contact Liz O’Neill regarding info on scholarship help 517-482-4749, or or visit the Church of the Resurrection website.

The New Life Center is located at 1601 East Grand River in Lansing. With your prayers, and God’s help, we took over a free-standing surgical abortion clinic in 2014 and set up life-saving crisis pregnancy programs. We are a ministry of the Church of the Resurrection. In 2015, the New Life Center became the official hub for Project Rachel post-abortion recovery ministry for the Diocese of Lansing. To contact us (517) 993-0291. Visit us on the web at

Pray for mothers considering abortion

FACES-OF-GRIEF1Pray for mothers considering abortion

We are asking our pro-life friends and family today to pray for all pregnant mothers considering abortion today. This Chaplet for the Unborn takes only a few minutes.

“Ashanti” with baby, Joel, who was born July 20. He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20 inches long.


Your prayers saved this abortion-minded mother 

On December 29, “Ashanti”, a single, 22-year-old mother from Africa walked through the doors of 1601 East Grand River, formerly the site of WomanCare abortion clinic, hoping to end the life of her 13-week-old baby. She found instead a church secretary and three crisis pregnancy counselors at the New Life Center to assist her.

The remarkable twist to this story is that “Ashanti,” already the mother of a young child at home, had attempted 3 times to seek an abortion, but each time her needs were met by caring individuals who helped calm her fears. On July 20, she gave birth to Joel, an 8 pound, 5 ounce baby boy.

God uses workers in the field to save lives

A few weeks before Christmas, Ashanti had panicked when she realized she may be pregnant and she drove to Pregnancy Services in East Lansing  for a pregnancy test where she received information about alternatives to abortion.

Then on Dec. 23rd,  2 days before  Christmas, she became anxious and asked a friend to take her to a Detroit abortion clinic. The mother, attempting to enter Summit Medical Services, was counseled by Edmund Miller and other members of Guadalupe Workers from Ann Arbor, who gave her rent money and Christmas gifts for her daughter. Ashanti changed her mind again.

Six days later, Ashanti came to the New Life Center with a cousin and her sister hoping to schedule an abortion. We counseled her by showing her life-like baby fetal models, offered her options to abortion and prayed with her in the Holy Family Chapel. “I am keeping my baby,” said Ashanti who told us, “I’ve tried three times to have an abortion, but God doesn’t want me to do this.”


Read this FAITHpub article about how, with God’s help and your prayers, another local mother and her baby were saved from abortion.

Your tax-deductible donation helps continue our ministry of hope and healing for women who are alone, scared and in crisis. We offer confidential post-abortion recovery classes and retreats for those who have made a decision they regret.

Thank you for your continued financial assistance and prayers. To donate, go to Or mail in your financial support to the New Life Center and make checks payable to the “Church of the Resurrection,” 1601 East Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906. Be sure to write, “The New Life Center” on the memo line.

Give your support to pregnant women in crisis

IMG_0282Join our pro-life friends and family to pray for women in crisis

Planned Parenthood Lansing Health Center

300 N Clippert St, Lansing, MI 48912 (Map & Directions)

Every Wednesday, from 9 until 6 pm, men and women in our community have committed to pray and fast for an end to abortion through public witness on the grassy berm at Frandor Shopping Center, near Planned Parenthood clinic. The abortionist at this clinic prescribes the chemical abortion pill, RU-486.

Organizer Chris Veneklase says, “We have found that being consistently present on each day abortions are performed is both impactful and fruitful.  Many lives saved at the former free-standing abortion clinics took place outside of our 40DFL campaigns when multiple people were present in prayer on days when abortions were performed.”

Chris says he is planning to register with the national 40 Days for Life team for a spring campaign in 2018, but at present, he is asking our community to commit to public prayer on Wednesdays.

Contact Chris Veneklase: or Soraya Nowland: to sign up for hours or for more information.

To contact the New Life Center  for information about our post-abortion healing Project Rachel Ministry, including weekend retreats and on-site “Forgiven and Set Free” classes, email

or call our Project Rachel Helpline: 888-456-HOPE


Today is the last day to register for our three-day post-abortion healing retreat in Lansing, open to both men and women.

Call (517) 993-0291 ex 141 for details or register on our website

Exorcism today at a former Ypsilanti abortion clinic

10704126_833388683360973_8766755830332620347_nOctober 7, 2014 WomanCare Abortion Clinic. The Diocese of Lansing exorcist, Bishop Earl Boyea, Fr. Steve Mattson, and a small prayer team gathered at 1601 East Grand River to cleanse, exorcise and bless the former clinic before moving in and creating parish offices and the New Life Center.

Ypsilanti takeover of a former abortion clinic

Karalee Robison, of Family Life Services, has shared the good news that a former Planned Parenthood in Ypsilanti will be exorcised today at 840 Maus Avenue.

“God is doing miraculous things at the center and in the lives of our clients and staff members,” says Robison. The pro-life community in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti has been fasting and praying for an end to abortion through 40 Days for Life campaigns for years.

Praise God for this victory and for the power of prayer and fasting!


The power of God through the use of Holy Water and Blessed Salt

In Lansing, when the WomanCare clinic closed down, October of 2014, Bishop Earl Boyea used Holy Water and Blessed Salt while reciting the prayers during a rite of a private exorcism.


Fighting the Spiritual Battle in Jesus’ Name

The rite of exorcism is performed in the name of Jesus and calls on the power He gave to his disciples and their successors to cast out evil spirits.  After the exorcism in Lansing, Bishop Boyea echoed the comments of Pope John Paul II, saying that the faithful must not back down from the spiritual battle, and that while Satan has been defeated by Christ’s death and resurrection, he continues to try to win over people.

Lauren Darling, soon to be a father to four, with Margaret Crawford, of St. Gerard’s parish, fast and pray in front of Planned Parenthood at Frandor Shopping Mall, the only location in the Lansing area which prescribes RU-486 chemical abortions. On Wednesdays, local pro-life friends and family continue to fast and pray for the closure of the only PP conducting business in the state’s capitol.

This week, the New Life Center staff worked with Pregnancy Services to council a young abortion-minded woman hoping to end the life of her child with the two-dose chemical abortion pill. The woman walked through the doors at the NLC Wednesday believing it to be an abortion clinic.

Thank you Nancy Kujawa and Pregnancy Services, and to all of our women’s centers which provide ultrasound technology in the fight to save lives and teach women about their own health!

After counseling her against chemical abortion and teaching her about its harmful effects, the NLC scheduled a free ultrasound appointment for her at the East Lansing women’s center. The young woman discovered that she is further along in the pregnancy than she thought, and has decided to let her parents know about her pregnancy.

Contact the New Life Center at or visit our website at for more information about post-abortion recovery and other programs.

It’s not too late!

Hello everyone! 

It’s not too late…in fact, we’ve only just begun! Three important notes we’d like you to remember…

  1. First, it’s not too late to join our team! When our community took over an abortion clinic in 2014, it was just the beginning of carrying out a long-term vision…and we’d like to invite you to become a part of that vision. As a New Life Center subscriber, you’ve already taken the beginning step to becoming more involved.
  2. Second, the New Life Center will begin rolling out a two-year plan for 2018 – 2020 for pro-life action in the defense of the human person and the common good. Together we can assist others in encountering Jesus, Healer of Wounds and Source of Mercy, by our collaboration and local action. Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to defund Planned Parenthood.  Worldwide headlines captured the story of a UK hospital trumping parental rights in the case of Charlie Gard. The news headlines may sound like a big blow to the pro-life movement, but these defeats and our visceral fear of government should not, however, lead us to forgot that we are missionaries of God’s mercy.
  3.  Finally, you’re invited to consider signing up for the John Paul II Healing the Whole Person retreat that will be held September 14 – 16, 2017 in Lansing. If we’re honest, we must pray and reflect on our own wounds and the ways that we have failed to prevent the woundedness of others. (Click on the file below for registration information).

Rachel’s Vineyard for those who’ve undergone traumatic loss

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekends are for healing from traumatic loss, including child loss through abortion, miscarriage and accidental death, divorce and even the loss of a relationship through psychological and emotional hurt.

A young man attended our February retreat because he needed to grieve the loss of his best friend who had committed suicide. A woman came on retreat because her father had disowned her at the age of three!RachelVinyardFlyer (3).jpg

For more information on financial scholarships and Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats, contact Cecilia at or call (517) 993-0291 ex 141.

Pray for Life and the parents of Charlie Gard


Chris Gard and Connie Yates with their son Charlie CREDIT: PA images

Baby Charlie Gard died today in the UK, just a week short of his first birthday, after a heart wrenching legal battle. The Pope, a US congressional committee and pro-life groups rallied with the baby’s parents to raise awareness of his need for experimental medical treatment in the United States. The parents raised more than 1.3 million pounds ($1.7 million) in the hopes of bringing Charlie to the US for care.

Charlie had a rare inherited disease – infantile onset encephalomyopathy mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome (MDDS). A court battle between Charlie’s parents and the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London had been ongoing since March, when hospital officials advised that the baby’s life support be switched off.

“May he rest in peace. And may his parents know the consolation of our hope in Christ,” wrote Fr. Steve Mattson, pastor of the Church of the Resurrection, who led the battle to save the lives of the unborn in Michigan, by taking over the WomanCare abortion clinic three years ago and opening up the New Life Center.

Commenting in the North Carolina News and Observer, medical ethicist Arthur Caplan said the Charlie Gard case shows how the medical profession is struggling to adjust to the age of social media, which puts the general public in the middle of decisions that in the past would have been private issues for doctors and the family.

Caplan, of New York University’s Langone Medical Center says, “I do think that in an era of social media, it is possible to rally huge numbers of people to your cause … the medical ethics have not caught up.”

The New Life Center

1601 East Grand River

Lansing, MI 48906


The truth about abortion and suicide


Abortion increases the risk of suicide

new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in May found that the number of children and teens admitted to children’s hospitals for thoughts of suicide or self-harm have more than doubled during the last decade.

The number of suicides in the United States has been on the rise since 1999 in everyone between the ages of 10 and 74, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last spring.

Although pregnancy weakens suicidal impulses, Dr. David Reardon, Clinical Director for the Center for Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber says, there is strong evidence that abortion dramatically increases the risk of suicide. A 1986 study by researchers at the University of Minnesota showed that a teenage girl is 10 times more likely to attempt suicide if she has had an abortion in the last six months than is a comparable teenage girl who has not had an abortion.

All the studies done on the issue of suicide show that pregnancy is actually correlated with a dramatic decreased rate of suicide compared to non-pregnant women, according to Reardon. “This has led some psychiatrists to suggest that pregnancy somehow serves a psychologically protective role. The presence of another person to “live for” appears to reduce the suicidal impulses of a mentally disturbed or deeply depressed woman,” he says.

The fastest growing suicide rate: Girls and women aged 15- 24 

This abortion/suicide link is well known among professionals who counsel suicidal persons. For example, Meta Uchtman, director of the Cincinnati chapter of Suiciders Anonymous, reported that in a 35 month period her group worked with 4000 women, of whom 1800 or more had abortions. Of those who had abortions, 1400 were between the ages of 15 and 24, the age group with the fastest growing suicide rate in the country.

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry – Offering “costly love” for those who are wounded

Abortion clinics exploit desperate people. They promise to release clients from the darkness of their despair. They appeal to our consumer society’s demand for instant solutions to all our problems. They pose as places of compassion, but they are actually reaping huge profits through the harvest of the lonely, frightened, and confused people who are “unwanted” by society.

Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry promises hope after abortion. We offer God’s mercy and forgiveness so that men and women who are wounded by the loss of a child can be forgiven and set free.

Please share this information with those you know and love who may be in need of hope and healing. See our website for details about our upcoming retreat, or print off the flyer below.

Rachel's Vineyard Retreat


Last chance to see HUSH at 6 pm Thursday


Thanks to our pro-life friends and family who joined us Friday for the movie HUSH, a documentary on compelling scientific and medical research on a woman’s increased risk for breast cancer, premature birth and psychological damage…after abortion.

This Thursday is your LAST CHANCE to view the movie, HUSH, and explore vital information that affects women’s health. Join New Life Center Advisory Board Member, Dr. Melissa Halvorson Smith, as she shares her insight into the myths and facts about the effects of abortion.

This event offers our community an opportunity for a healthy conversation on women’s reproductive health and medical research on risks associated with abortion.

Check out the trailer:

Pro-choice movie director Punam Kumar Gill explores the controversy surrounding abortion’s effects on women, after she experienced her own late-term miscarriage.

“This is not a political film, it’s a women’s health film that is packed with important information about breast cancer, premature birth, miscarriage, pregnancy and abortion, that every audience member will learn something from,” said Joses Martin, Producer of HUSH. “But it does come out with some very controversial findings that refute supposedly conclusive statements made by international health organizations.”

Join us this Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mercy Hall, 127 Ramsey, Lansing

6 pm

Free popcorn, pop & admission

For other news and information like the NLC  on Facebook,  or visit the NLC’s webpage for information on our upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard post-abortion recovery retreat, August 11 -13, 2017. Financial aid is available.