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Dear Champion of the Lord and the Preborn, 


BREAKING: 11 pro-life activists charged under the federal F.A.C.E. Act
  
By  Carole Novielli |   July 19, 2017 
  
Eleven pro-life activists have been charged with violating the federal F.A.C.E. act following a peaceful rescue event outside a Kentucky abortion facility in May. The event, held outside the EMW women's abortion facility in Louisville, was organized by Operation Save America (OSA). Rev. Rusty Thomas, national director of Operation Save America (OSA), said he decided to check his e-mail late Tuesday evening he discovered that he along with ten other pro-life activists had been formally charged under the federal F.A.C.E. act.

F.A.C.E. is the " Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act," a draconian piece of legislation signed into law by former President Bill Clinton in 1994. The text of the law is  available here, and, in part, "prohibits the use or threat of force and physical obstruction that injures, intimidates, or interferes with a person seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services." Stiff fines and penalties often apply to anyone convicted under the charges.

The F.A.C.E. Act came into effect during a season when the pro-life group Operation Rescue was having an impact in closing abortion facilities by using non-violent peaceful protest to intervene on behalf of innocent preborn children in the same spirit as the Civil Rights movement.

Rev. Rusty Thomas arrested at pro-life rescue May 2017

Rev. Thomas said that he has been a witness outside abortion facilities for years. But, it was an event in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 13, 2017, that triggered the current charges against him and ten others. Rev. Thomas noted that the last time the federal government unsuccessfully attempted to charge him under the Act was about 15 years ago.

"Normally when we violated F.A.C.E. in the past, the charges came pretty quick," Rev. Thomas noted. They are doing it right before we were going to Louisville," he noted. What Rev. Thomas is referring to is OSA's national event, titled on Facebook, " For such a time as this," and set to begin on July 22, 2017. He believes the timing of the charges, just days before the national event, is not coincidental in the least.

The civil F.A.C.E.  complaint, obtained by Live Action News and signed by Jessica R. C. Malloy, Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of Kentucky, charges that Rev. Thomas,  Eva Edl - an elderly concentration camp survivor, which Live Action News has  previously profiled - and nine others are "likely to continue to commit violations of the F.A.C.E. Act."

The  complaint goes on to state:
On May 13, 2017, Defendants attempted to, and did by physical obstruction, intentionally interfere with persons who were or had been obtaining or providing reproductive health services. ...
Unless defendants are restrained by this Court, defendants will continue to engage in the illegal conduct averred herein.
Rev. Thomas told Live Action News that after the arrest in May, the city charged the protesters with third degree trespass and a small fine.Then, on July 11, 2017, they held a pretrial hearing where Rev. Thomas and the other pro-life activists were issued a "no contact" charge, prohibiting them from even standing on the same side of the street as the  abortion facility without an arrest warrant being issued.

"We are not going to be reactionaries. We are continuing with the mission and let the chips fall where they may," he said.

In addition to the civil F.A.C.E. charges, the group was also served with a temporary restraining order ( TRO) to prohibit them or "any others acting in concert or in participation with any Defendant" from "using physical obstruction to intentionally interfere" with a person who "was or had been obtaining or providing reproductive health services at EMW Women's Surgical Center..."

The  TRO defines a protected area around the abortion facility as a "buffer zone" and prohibits protesters from "coming within a buffer zone directly outside EMW's entrance" during the hours the abortion facility is open and including two hours before and two hours after the facility closes.

This week, the Metro City Council has also threatened to issue a "Safety Zone," Rev. Thomas said. But Rev. Thomas is resolute, telling Live Action News, "We already told them that under no circumstances will we surrender our First Amendment Rights."

He told Live Action News that he has been working in Kentucky for quite some time to encourage Christians to act where abortion is concerned. Rev. Thomas said he felt convicted in his own heart first:
For the past years, the Lord was dealing with my heart. I knew it was coming. As we were monitoring the situation in Kentucky, it just seemed that was the place.
About six months ago, he was asked by a Kentucky resident to come help their state which has just one abortion facility remaining:
We began calling on the State of Kentucky to ignore Roe and establish justice and abolish abortion. Asking the State magistrates to simply say "No" to the immoral and unrighteous decrees of the federal government.
Then, on May 13, 2017, OSA held a rescue outside the EMW abortion facility in Louisville.

Rev. Thomas explained that he believed he and the others needed to set an example that government officials could follow in shutting down the last abortion facility in Kentucky: 
How could I expect them to be courageous and to cross the line and stand in the gap, if we as churchmen were not willing to stand first. I just believed they needed to have an example of what interposition looked like. This is what it looked like on the church level - to lay your lives down for others.
Rev. Thomas said the church in Kentucky has risen up and, "Thus far they have embraced the vision and mission."

The theme of the national event is taken from the Book of Esther: "Have you come into the Kingdom for such a time as this? Could you be the first state to be abortion free and eradicate abortion?"

OSA has verbal agreements with key pastors to carry out a public witness outside the abortion facility long after Rev. Thomas and the others leave. He described the response as "More fruit than he has ever had before a national event."
But, Rev. Thomas is concerned:
Now that the price tag has gone up will they continue to stand?
If the church backs down, then the enemy continues his slaughter. When the church continues to stand, that's when we enter the miraculous. We just have to have the church willing to suffer for the cause of Christ.
Rev. Thomas' wife, Kendra, said she and her children are at peace no matter what happens. "Rusty and the family counted the cost before he made that stand. We really want God to be glorified in this," Kendra Thomas told Live Action News just moments after her husband received the e-mail confirming the charges.
We have been praying that God will break the back of F.A.C.E. the way that F.A.C.E. and abortion broke the backs of the babies.

This is completely God's fight. I suspect the federal government was trying to demoralize us right before the national event. But I suspect God is at work.
Your prayers are special to us.
"They are trying to be smarter than God," Rev. Rusty Thomas stated, "hopefully they are falling into His trap..."

 


A Call to Pastors to Enter the Fray

Throughout her history, the Church has confronted great evils. Inspired by the doctrine that man is made in the image of God, she rose up. She conquered through the blood of the Lamb, by the word of her testimony, and did not love her life so much as to shrink from death (Rev.  12:11 ). Like child sacrifice, infanticide, and slavery, abortion is a Gospel of the Kingdom issue. The Cross of Christ is the only solution. As Rev. Flip Benham has stated, "Abortion will end, when the Church decides it will end. Not one second sooner. Church...Be the Church.

Ignore Roe. Establish justice. Abolish abortion now. 

Operation Rescue National/Operation Save America stands in the gap for the preborn in the name of Jesus. The Bible is our foundation, the Cross our strategy, the repentance of the Church our goal. This short video calls pastors not only to be faithful under shepherds  of the flock, but also elders in the gates of their cites to end the American holocaust.



Please pass it on in your sphere of influence and use it to invite family, friends, and your churches to make plans to join us for our national event in Louisville from July 22-29, 2017. Thanks!

OSA's New T-shirt for our National Event in July



Grateful to the precious Childress family for giving Jesus to the world. Check our Lucas' video capturing the essence of the rescue. We are still working on our official OSA video that will be released soon. Powerful Kingdom realities have been set in motion. Keep praying and pressing on to the high call and prize.

Rescue
Rescue


Video Promoting National Event

Here is a video that a brother put together to promote our national event in July. If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence. Thanks!

Jail Release Video

Here is a brief video message that went forth after our release from prison.

Media Coverage Video

The Lord is moving. Check out this media presentation of the rescue. Please pass this on in your sphere of influence and rally the troops to come back to Kentucky "For Such a Time as This!" The dates are July 22-29th, 2017. Hope to see you there. If I do not make it, just know I will be serving the Lord through prison ministry.

Press Release Video Message

Here is the  link to the video message explaining the purpose for rescue and interposition at the gates of hell today. They will not prevail against the church of the living God! If you find any merit, please pass it on in your sphere of influence. Thanks!









Three Inescapable Truths

Our newest OSA Gospel tract is ready to copy and distribute. It is called "Three Inescapable Truths."  
#operationsaveamerica
#endabortionnow
#abolishabortion
#lessermagistrate

National Event Promotional Video
National Event Promotional Video


National Event Brochure

The following links will provide the front and back of the national event brochure for Louisville, KY. Feel free to download, copy, and distribute to your friends, family, and churches to rally them to Kentucky For Such a Time as This. Thanks!



Video Message Sent To Rep. Byron Cook

Here is another admonishment to Rep. Byron Cook to get behind HB 948, grant it a hearing, and abolish abortion in Texas once and for all in Jesus' name! If you find any merit, especially if you are from Texas, please pass it on to your contacts. They need to make sure they contact Rep. Cook to prod him to do his duty before God and protect our most vulnerable defenseless citizens in the state of Texas.

Representative Cook's contact information is:

His email address is  byron.cook@house.state.tx.us  and his phone numbers are   (800) 643-7026 or (512) 463-0730.

Challenging Rep. Cook to Support HB 948
Challenging Rep. Cook to Support HB 948

  
Our Books Republished

Our two books that fell to the wayside by our former publisher, Tate Publishing, have been recovered and republished by Create Space. You can access them on Amazon or contact me to secure copies if interested. Amazon charges, while I do not charge, but donations are welcomed.



To order the KLI Manuel go here.

 
To order Abortion Violation go here.


Voiceless the Movie

Voiceless the Movie is making the transition to DVD. If interested in getting copies to your friends, family, and churches follow this link, http://voicelessthemovie.com/
 


  
Donate through Cornerstone Payment Solutions:
  
 


National Event Promotional Video
National Event Promotional Video


National Event Brochure

The following links will provide the front and back of the national event brochure for Louisville, KY. Feel free to download, copy, and distribute to your friends, family, and churches to rally them to Kentucky For Such a Time as This. Thanks!



Video Message Sent To Rep. Byron Cook

Here is another admonishment to Rep. Byron Cook to get behind HB 948, grant it a hearing, and abolish abortion in Texas once and for all in Jesus' name! If you find any merit, especially if you are from Texas, please pass it on to your contacts. They need to make sure they contact Rep. Cook to prod him to do his duty before God and protect our most vulnerable defenseless citizens in the state of Texas.

Representative Cook's contact information is:

His email address is  byron.cook@house.state.tx.us  and his phone numbers are   (800) 643-7026 or (512) 463-0730.

Challenging Rep. Cook to Support HB 948
Challenging Rep. Cook to Support HB 948

  
Our Books Republished

Our two books that fell to the wayside by our former publisher, Tate Publishing, have been recovered and republished by Create Space. You can access them on Amazon or contact me to secure copies if interested. Amazon charges, while I do not charge, but donations are welcomed.



To order the KLI Manuel go here.

 
To order Abortion Violation go here.


Voiceless the Movie

Voiceless the Movie is making the transition to DVD. If interested in getting copies to your friends, family, and churches follow this link, http://voicelessthemovie.com/
 


  
Donate through Cornerstone Payment Solutions:
  
 
IN KING JESUS' SERVICE,
 
Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas
 


Elijah Ministries is dedicated to impart a Biblical Worldview to the Church of Jesus Christ that will provide the theological impetus to fulfill the Great Commission.
 
Elijah Ministries is devoted to challenging Christians everywhere to pray, believe, and work for repentance, reformation and revival to sweep America.
 
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