December 10, 2011

Guest Post: Becca French

Meet Becca French, a fellow worker in the pro-life movement. We met over the internet on the Rebelution forum and when I found out what exactly she was doing (let her explain), I asked her to write a little something about it for y'all to read. So, enjoy, and take a look-see at Becca's very own pro-life blog.

Hello, everybody!

My name is Becca French, and I'm a friend of Aubry's. Through a mutual friend and the Rebelution forum we met and became fast friends because of our similar passion for life. I love We Can't Ignore, it's so encouraging to see that other teenagers besides me care about abortion and want to make a difference! Aubry was kind enough to let me post, and I am honored to do so.

My second semester of my freshman year of high school I wrote a research paper on Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood. When I wrote my paper I thought turning in my final draft would be the end of my days of writing about abortion, but God had different plans. Very, very different plans. For the rest of the semester and for the entire summer abortion was nagging in the back of my head. Statistics that I read in February still haunted me in July. Stories I read of grieving post-abortive women and pictures I saw of abortions would not leave my mind. Finally in August of 2009 I emailed my composition teacher I wrote the research paper for. I asked her what I could do about abortion as a teenager. She came up to me one of the first weeks of my sophomore year at school and said easily the last thing I would have expected her to say. "Becca, I think you should write a book about abortion for teenagers."

Oh snap.

Even though the thought of writing a book terrified me, I knew in that second that that was what God wanted me to do. It made so much sense; when I played house with my sisters when I was little I would always be a writer, I had always sensed that God had something big and unexpected in store for my life, I had even been randomly given somebody's old laptop that they didn't need anymore. Yet, it completely and utterly terrified me. There are a lot of words in a book, and choosing the right ones and the right order was way more than I could ever do, especially as a scared 15 year old. But, God chose to use a scared 15 year old to do His will instead of the thousands of people more qualified and competent to do this job. I believe He did this in order to show His strength in my many weaknesses, and to teach me to depend on Him.

Fast forward a couple of years. Now I'm a senior, 17 years old, God has given me faith to replace the terror (though occasionally the terror sneaks back, God is still always faithful), and I've written 31,000 words. Many of them are not the right words, and the rest are not in the right order. But it's a working progress and someday it'll be done and God can use it as He pleases. I'm as excited as ever to write this book and to serve my God. This morning somebody asked me what I was going to do next year when I graduate and I realized the only honest response I had was, "All I want to do is save babies, love people, and see people meet Jesus." There is so much hope and power and healing in Jesus: enough to save children, enough to heal hurting women who have had abortions, enough to heal broken families and lives devastated by abortion, enough to provide for women who are pregnant and choosing life, enough to help a scared teenager write a book that's way over her head!

Well, Aubry, I hope this is remotely along the lines of what you were looking for. Thank you, all, for taking the time to read this, for reading the incredible posts by the We Can't Ignore team, and for caring for life. Have a wonderful day!


P.S. I have my own lil 'ol blog as well, if you're interested in learning more about my book. Both the book at the blog are titled The Unborn and the Uninformed. Be sure to check out the FAQ page if you have any questions. Thanks :)

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