The story of transforming a building used for intrinsic evil into a place of hope and healing isn’t new. Lansing pro-life leaders and community prayer warriors did that, with God’s help, at 1601 East Grand River, October 1, 2014.
But have you heard of the West Michigan abortion clinic on Ransom Street, which began as a Jewish Synagogue, became a Greek Orthodox Church and was eventually taken over by local Christian leaders? 40 Days for Life founder David Bereit told the amazing story to hundreds of young people present at a Campaign Life Coalition Youth Conference.
More than 20,000 babies were aborted at the mill on Ransom Street.
Finally, however, in 2004 the owners of the building sold it to pro-life leaders at an overinflated price; they immediately evicted the abortionist.
When the new owners first entered the building after taking ownership, it was 5 days after the last abortion had taken place. Several days later, while being given a tour of the place, Bereit says he learned there and then that abortion “is the defining issue of our generation.” “This is the struggle between good and evil, between light and dark, between heaven and hell.”
After taking control of the building and evicting the abortionist, the new owners told Bereit that they gathered together pro-life and Christian leaders for prayer at the point where the abortionist entered the building – a back alley entrance that was closed by a large metal bolted door.
While standing in a circle holding hands and praying for God to cleanse the place of the evil that had happened there, the pastor rang out, “Amen,” and a metal-bolted door burst open and slammed against the wall outside and those present felt a rush of air going out. Within a few seconds those gathered felt a cool gentle breeze coming in.
After the group moved back into the building, a neighbor came by to ask what happened to the statue of the demon she had for years noticed on top of the building. She said that she noticed that day it was gone. As far as anyone knew there had never been a statue, but the sincerity of the woman led the group to believe that she had in fact seen one on the building.
It was, the local pro-lifers said to David upon his visit, a “spiritual transfer of ownership.” Life International now owns the pro-life facility.
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God bless you,
New Life Center Coordinator