- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 13, 2013

A man in Grand Rapids, Mich., saw a building that performed abortions for over a decade and helped turn it into a thriving pro-life headquarters.

The director for 40 Days for Life, David Bereit, told Catholic News Agency that the building was rented in 1994 by an abortionist who turned it into “the largest abortion facility in western Michigan,” with more than 20,000 abortions being performed.

Originally built as a Jewish synagogue in the late 1800s, Bereit learned of the macabre history of the building in 2004, CNA reported.

Pro-life leaders, pastors and community members began to pray “specifically with the intention of reclaiming that building for God,” Bereit said.

A group of them formed a new ministry to spread pregnancy resources “elsewhere around the world,” calling it Life International, CNA reported.

LIFE International “laid out their strategic plans and — talk about bold faith — they wrote down that they would acquire 72 Ransom Avenue and it would become the headquarters of LIFE International,” Mr. Bereit told CNA.

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By the end of 2003, with the help of donors and local businesses, the group’s prayers were answered when they were able to negotiate a price for the building, CNA reported. By 2004, LIFE International world headquarters moved into the building.

“That experience taught me that with God, all things are possible,” even “reclaiming an abortion facility and helping it to become, once again, a place that honors God and protects and promotes life,” Bereit told CNA.

“[It] totally changed my perspective forever, because I realized that this truly is a battle of life and death, a battle between good and evil,” he said.

According to Life International’s website, the evangelical Christian organization has ministries in 14 different countries and “multiplies healthy, Christ-centered, life-giving ministries wherever abortion is provided worldwide — to see people come to new life in Christ and pre-born lives saved from abortion.” Kurt Dillinger is the ministry’s current president.

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