Operation Save America's National Director, Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, began the OSA leadership week with ministry. He had the honor of preaching at Family Christian Fellowship in Hazen, Arkansas, home church to OSA's leadership conference host, Allen Childress. Rev. Thomas sermon was entitled, "Journey into the Battle."
He explained how God broke his heart and opened his eyes to abortion while watching the graphic abortion images on the prolife documentary, Massacre of Innocence. According to Rev. Thomas, he "was completely undone." It was his "Isaiah 6" moment. Within days of viewing the movie, Rev. Thomas saw news coverage of Christians being arrested for protecting babies during the Atlanta, GA Democratic Convention in 1988. The following week a fellow pastor, Ed Martin, knocked on the door of his church and invited him to participate. According to Rev. Thomas, "This was the three-fold witness that God used to recruit me into the battle for the souls of men, the lives of children, and the future of our nation."
Allen Childress reported that three members of his church approached him after the service. They promised to join him to help make Arkansas the first surgical abortion free state in America. Praise God for the increase.
Thursday afternoon marked the official start to OSA's 2016 Leadership Conference. During the afternoon, an effectual door was opened on Newsradio 102.9, a talk station in Little Rock, Arkansas. Doc Washburn (big brother of former rescuer Joe Washburn) hosts a radio show. His show immediately follows Rush Limbaugh. It was a perfect time slot to promote to the locals Operation Save America's vision and mission. Washburn interviewed Allen's sons, Lucas and Levi Childress, and Rev. Thomas for two segments. The men shared the gospel of the kingdom and then exhorted listeners to enter the battle to end the American holocaust. Washburn kindly promoted our websites, the leadership sessions, and the street ministry.
During the three day conference, OSA leader Johnny Brekeen drove OSA's "truth truck" throughout the city of Little Rock. Billboard size vinyl panels attached to the side of the truck presented the graphic truth of abortion, The Ten Commandments, and the merciful gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition to the "truth truck," OSA commissioned two more portable banners. The new banners were attached to trailers. The first sign read, "The Wages of Sin is Death," right next to a picture of the aborted baby, Malachi. The second sign read, "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ," right next to a picture of a live baby. For our national event in July, we are going to use the same Scripture reference to create two more contrasting signs. The first will read, "This is what a nation looks like that honors God's Commandments," with a picture of a live baby next to the text. The second will read, "This is what a nation looks like that violates God's Commandments," with the picture of Malachi next to the text.
Thursday evening began the first of the leadership sessions. Approximately 60-70 people attended OSA's 2016 Leadership Conference. It was held at the Gym in Devalls Bluff, Arkansas. The large, beautifully restored building houses a food pantry, an outreach to the homeless, and a gymnasium for disenfranchised youth. The Gym's van transported leaders to ministry venues.
Allen Childress and his lovely wife, Brenda, took care of all the meals. The smoked pulled pork sandwiches and various sides left little room for dessert; but when Pastor Dale Sochia from Louisiana presented Louisiana's famous King Cake, everyone seemed to find just enough stomach space for coffee and dessert.
Following dinner, Allen Childress performed a heartbreaking song he wrote on abortion and Pastor Dale led worship. Rev. Thomas ended the evening session with a pastoral message. In an effort to encourage and equip the leaders. He taught on "Longevity in the Battle: Avoiding the Pitfalls, Snares, and Traps of the Enemy."
Friday, February 5
In the morning, the "school team" led by OSA's Campus Outreach Leader, Jason Storms, went to Lonoke High School. When the team first arrived, the high school was empty. They pulled their vehicle to the side of the high school as they wondered what to do. Within seconds, ten school buses parked behind them. As students streamed out, the team was able to pass out hundreds of gospel, prolife tracts. The students were eager to accept them. According to the team, not one student rejected the handouts. From there, they headed to the University of Arizona in Little Rock. The team passed out more tracts, engaged students, and were asked to leave by security due to lack of permit.
OSA leader and missionary, Cal Zastrow, from Michigan, led the "truth team." His team held signs at busy intersections that revealed the truth of abortion. They also handed out tracts to drivers and pedestrians.
The "rescue team" ministered the gospel outside Little Rock Family Planning. Despite the frigid temperatures, clinic workers turned garden sprinklers on so forcibly that water jumped the fence and soaked those on the sidewalk, the elderly, the infirmed, the children, and the women with strollers. When the water and cold didn't dissuade the Christians, clinic staff called the police. Two police cruisers with four officers arrived. The police ordered that the sound system be shut down. The team complied. But then the police ordered that the Christians could not PREACH with a loud VOICE, under threat of arrest. Upon hearing the unconstitutional demand (and in order to bring a test case before the courts) Chet Gallagher, Ken Scott and Rev. Thomas preached, raised their voices and sounded the alarm. The Little Rock police officers did not follow through with their threat.
Sprinklers Watering the Saints and our Sound Equipment
"The scene was surreal," according to Rev. Thomas. "Once again our government strains at a gnat and swallows a camel. Police continue to defend the indefensible. Their concern was not about the little babies being murdered at the death camp. No. Their concern was the decibel level of our voices, pleading for the lives of the precious children made in the image of God."
In the Friday afternoon session, Rev. Rusty Thomas ministered the second part of his message.
Friday evening, Pastor Dale led worship and incorporated many of the children. Josiah Thomas (17) played the guitar and Cajun drum box. Eva Zastrow (16) played the keyboard. Torah (11) and Jubilee Thomas (8) and Corrie Zastrow sang. Allen Childress' preschool granddaughters sang a worship song to the Lord. It was not just cute. It was genuine. It came right from their little hearts.
Pastor Bates sang a worship song with the chorus, "We need an outpouring of your Spirit." The heartfelt song ministered to the gathering. Pastor Bates attended the OSA leadership for the first time at the invitation of Bishop Otis Kenner from Louisiana. Pastor Bates said he was impacted and plans on attending OSA's national event in July. We are grateful to God for such noble and impassioned men. The African-American church is awakening to the sin and crime of abortion. OSA is grateful to co-labor in this great effort.
Bishop Kenner preached a powerful sermon on "Transition of Leadership, Shift, and Change." He was used by God as a forerunner to prepare the way of the Lord for the rest of the meetings. Pastor Ante Pavkovic of North Carolina followed him and taught on "Koinonia." His teaching highlighted not only the fellowship aspect of the Greek term, but also revealed the added element of financial partnering in ministry. It was a scholarly work that laid the biblical foundation for the resources necessary for OSA's mission this year. Although unplanned, the back-to-back sermons complimented each other.
Saturday morning the "truth team" visited Little Rock abortionist Tom Tvedton's home in Heber Springs, Arkansas. They leafleted the neighborhood and stayed long enough for Tvedton's wife to yell out the door at them to leave the neighborhood. Please pray for these lost souls. May God save them.
No Tranquility with Baby Murder
Jason Storms led another "truth team" near the Little Rock Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood poisons little babies through chemical abortion. The team held signs, passed out literature, and preached the gospel.
The "rescue team" at the abortion clinic was pleased to discover the clinic did not open. The team praised God for His intervention. Since the deathscorts still showed up to defend their altar of Moloch, the saints continued to minister. Assistant Director, Chet Gallagher, led corporate prayer. Worshippers brought out guitars and began to lift their voices in song to the Lord. Others read Scripture. Intercessors gathered in small groups and prayed for those quietly sharing the gospel and the truth of abortion with the clinic escorts. A few held signs.
At the conclusion, Rev. Thomas led the Christians across the street to kneel in prayer at the gate of hell. Clinic escorts mocked but it didn't stop the Christians from praying for their salvation...and the end of abortion. It was prophetic witness.
Kneeling at the Gates of Hell for the Lost
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18).
Saturday afternoon was the introduction of OSA's new national campaign to promote the Lesser Magistrate doctrine. Coach Dave Daubenmire, OSA leader from Ohio and Director of Pass the Salt Ministries, Cal Zastrow, Jason Storms, and Chet Gallagher shared on the importance of this doctrine. After the presentations, information packets with books were passed out. An enthusiastic question and answer time concluded the afternoon session. It was encouraging to see OSA leaders take ownership for the new campaign.
Saturday evening was OSA's last session. After a meal and worship, the site of OSA's next national event was revealed.
According to Rev. Thomas, "2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Summer of Mercy in Wichita, Kansas. 1991 was the paradigm shift in abortion. There were 2167 abortion mills in 1991. This represented the high water mark of abortion in America. Then the Summer of Mercy commenced. From that time till now, there has been a steady decline in death camps throughout America. Today, there are 517 left defiling our land.
OSA has some unfinished kingdom business in Wichita, Kansas. Tiller's mill was reopened. To the death industry that represents their shrine that honors the world wide Moloch established at Tiller's high place.
OSA Kansas leaders John Pride and Bruce Garren spoke on why OSA's presence is needed. They shared on how Wichita worships God, but tragically serves idols (2 Kings 17:41). They invited us to come and not only worship God, but serve Him in their city.
Pastor Rob Rotola from Word of Life Church in Wichita, Kansas gave a video invitation. He officially invited OSA into his city. It was a dynamic welcome that promised local church and ministry support. Dr. Patrick Johnston and his family also delivered a video exhortation. They introduced their newborn daughter, Eva, and explained she was named after the concentration camp survivor, Eva Edl. Most early rescuers met Miss Eva at the Summer of Mercy when she shared her gut wrenching testimony in confinement 25 years ago. The significance was clear. A new birth is perhaps ushering in a new summer of mercy.
The Summer of Mercy saw thousands of pro-lifers arrive in Wichita to rescue babies at four different clinics in Wichita. Dozens of churches got involved for the first time. 35,000 Christians filled Cessna stadium at the end of this heaven-sent revival. The Summer of Mercy birthed two Kansas Congressman, a Senator, and dozens in local offices. All four clinics eventually closed, but the main one (Tillers) reopened. It's time for the "Summer of Mercy to be reborn for the preborn."
Rusty Thomas, director
Operation Save America
PO Box 740066
Dallas, TX 75374