Lutheran Family Service continues its life ministries work at the Iowa capitol to stand up for the value of all life from the moment of fertilization to that of natural death.
On Tuesday, April 9, Lutheran Family Service gathered together nearly 50 The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod pastors across the state to learn, to encourage, to pray, to support and to speak with legislators on critical life issues such as abortion, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.
The morning started off with warm hospitality and great food from Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. The group then learned about lobbying, life-issues that we are facing or will be facing as a state, and physician-assisted suicide with speakers, Rev. Max Phillips, Kim Laube, and Rev. Dr. Jim Lamb all of Lutheran Family Service.
The group transitioned to the Iowa capitol building. Iowa District West-LCMS President Steve Turner joined the group after giving the opening prayer in the chambers. Kim Laube addressed specific pieces of legislation with the group that are of critical importance to uphold the sanctity of life.
Following, we were joined by ten Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod legislators to meet, greet and learn further about the successes and challenges of the life issues at hand. All legislators expressed a deep and sincere thank you for the encouragement, support, prayers and presence of the pastors.
Last, pastors met individually with their senator and representative to discuss specific pieces of legislation which address life-issues, to encourage them, and to pray with them.
Overall it was an incredible day of standing up to defend the value of life – because together, we are stronger!
Last, we encourage ALL of you to know who your legislators are, pray for them, encourage them and support them. Contact them by email, by phone or speak with them in-person at the capitol. Let them know how important it is for them to stand up and defend the value of all life. You can find your legislators and their contact information here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find