Operation Mobilization's Verwer becomes advocate of pro-life movement


TORONTO, Canada — Francis Schaeffer, the great 20th Century apologist, poured himself into the pro-life movement in the last years of his life—leading peaceful anti-abortion protest marches and using his voice to speak out for the unborn.        

George Verwer, founder of one of the largest evangelical missions organizations, Operation Mobilization, admits how he believed Schaeffer—a personal friend—was going overboard.

"Isn't it more important to reach those who have been born than to worry about those who haven't been?" he previously thought.

While Verwer always knew abortion was wrong, he didn't see how he fit into the equation himself—especially in Europe—his home-base at the time, where those opposed to abortion were viewed with particular suspicion. And so he erred on the side of inaction.

Verwer has since changed his tune.

He now believes that inaction is not an option. And now, when he considers the staggering statistics of abortion worldwide, Verwer understands why Schaeffer was so involved in the pro-life struggle.

Verwer said he believes that all Christians need to be graciously but urgently involved in the fight for the unborn. Specifically, he has promised to give anyone who writes in for it a free copy of Randy Alcorn's book "Why Pro-Life? Caring for the Unborn and Their Mothers."

Verwer believes that this book is one of the best out there on the controversial topic.

"'Why Pro-Life' was not written to preach to the converted," he said. "It was written for people who are not already pro-life. It is sensitively-written, grace-awoken and persuasive, and it is as much pro-women as opposed to abortion."

To defend his change of heart, Verwer points to the statistics. In the United States, according to federal data, there were more than 800,000 abortions in 2003. In China and India, gender-specific abortion—where babies are aborted if they are girls—is rampant. In South Africa, homemade posters advertising underground abortions for the equivalent of $50 are a common sight in city centers.

"It has been said that the mother's womb is one of the most dangerous places in the world today," Verwer said.

"Christians need to know that thousands of people are alive today because of pro-life advocacy," Verwer said. "It is not about winning a war. It is about people—one unborn child at a time."

Those wishing to receive a free copy of the Alcorn can send their mailing address to george@verwer.om.org.