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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Changing Hearts and Minds In 2017 - Giving Glory To CHRIST!

"Created Equal demonstrates the actions of abortion that many are afraid to face... I regret my abortions, but I do not regret that Created Equal will continue to demonstrate those persons who are being killed." - Katherine





I want to express my gratitude to you for your support this past year. I could tell you story after story of students who have changed their minds after seeing the victims of abortion and being presented with a concise case against abortion by someone on our team. 
Your support enables these conversations to take place, and minds to be changed. 

I need your help in reaching my financial goal!

There are just a couple days left to get your tax deductible donations in for 2017. 
Will you give so that I can continue to show the truth of abortion and change the culture on abortion?

Your gift of $25, $50, or $100 will help me to be able to continue working full-time on behalf of the preborn in 2018.

You can donate online HERE by entering an amount in the box marked "for Rachel Burkey" or you can make your check out to Created Equal and write "RB" in the memo line and mail it to:
Created Equal - PO Box 360502, Columbus, OH 43236

(All donations mailed in must be postmarked by 12/31/2017 to be counted as a tax-deductible gift in 2017)
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I also wanted to share this song with you, and I pray it will be an encouragement to you as it has been to me.


"All Glory Be To Christ"

Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive
To you who boast tomorrow's gain
Tell me, What is your life?
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ!

All glory be to Christ our king!
All glory be to Christ!
His rule and reign we'll ever sing
All glory be to Christ!

May Christ receive the glory continually in our work and through our lives.

I am beyond blessed and humbled by your prayers and support. God's blessings on you and yours in this new year! 

In Him, 
Rachel Burkey

“The movement you've started needs to go global… I wish New Zealand could have something similar, I think we just need a committed abortion abolition team like Created Equal” - Juliet 
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Family. Abortion. CHRISTMAS. What Happens When They Mix?






Personal Highlights from 2017:
Winter: Celebrating Christmas at the farm with my family.
Spring: My friend Sarah’s wedding in ID. Our family took a road trip to TX for my brother Joshua’s graduation from the ALERT academy.
Fall: Attending the WIT Alive! Conference with my family in Indiana. My brother Daniel and his girlfriend Hannah got engaged! My sister Elizabeth and her boyfriend Jacob also got engaged!
Winter: Travelling to GA with my sister and some friends to help cook for a lady’s conference. Getting ready for some bridal showers and weddings next spring! =)

Highlights from 2017 at Created Equal:
§  260 Individual Outreach Events, averaging over 1 outreach for every single business day this year!
§  We launched our first “Road Trip for Life” – during which 3 babies were saved - PRAISE THE LORD! (I wrote about this in my last post)
§  Created Equal pressured Stericycle, a waste management company, to quit removing the bodies of dead babies from Planned Parenthoods across the entire country.  This has put pressure on Planned Parenthood as they struggle to find a replacement and many of their clinics are facing shut down!
§  “I couldn’t possibly remain pro-choice after seeing this…”  -A Pro-choice advocate after witnessing what abortion does to a baby.
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 “What I do with my donations from month to month does not even compare to the courage, sacrifice and inspired action of the many young people of Created Equal. They are taking this fight right into the belly of the intellectual beast -- our colleges. I praise God that they are there, making a difference and opening up hearts and minds to the ugly reality of abortion on demand.” -Murdock, Supporter in TX
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Hello Friends! Are you looking forward to Christmas? I sure am! Lord willing, I’m going home and spending it with my family!
Especially with 2 engaged siblings, I’ve been reflecting on the beauty of God’s design of family. I have SO much to be grateful for. Not only good relationships with my siblings, but also parents that love each other. Christmas time is often a difficult time for many because of family, whether it be a reminder of a death, lack of family, or other family pain. I’m sure you can understand what I’m saying.

This last Saturday, some friends and I went Christmas caroling at “Founders” a local surgical abortion facility. 

We stood outside the building singing about the Holy Birth of the Christ Child, His Blood that was shed to redeem mankind, and the Joy that we have in the blessing of knowing Him as our Savior and King. 
As women would walk in, I told them about available resources, encouraging them to turn away and choose life for them and their baby (many women feel they must choose between them and their child). 
While we were there, one couple did turn away and decided not to stay for their appointment! We don’t know if they were there for an abortion or an abortion consultation, but pray with us that this mother continues to make wise choices and ultimately finds eternal life in Christ.
Later that day, my colleague Sam said, “You know, it makes sense that they left. Christmas is a horrible time to have an abortion.”  Not that there is ever a good time, but Christmas is a time of celebration with FAMILY. Abortion does away with fathers, as it does away with families. 
Abortion has no use for either fathers or families. When families and fathers do exist, they exist in antagonism to the abortion industry.
Will you pray with me for opportunities to minister the love of Christ to those suffering from the pain of an abortion this Christmas?  

I DEPEND on your generosity at Christmas time, because I raise about 30% of my support in December! 

100% of what you give is tax-deductible. As you send your year-end gifts to favorite charities, will you give towards changing hearts and minds, and saving lives of preborn babies?

CLICK HERE, then enter an amount in the bar marked “for Rachel Burkey”. Or mail donations to: PO Box 360502 Columbus, OH 43236. Write checks to “Created Equal” and put my name in the memo line.

Blessings to you all, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

P.S. I can’t say THANK YOU enough for your support. It’s because of you that I can continue this vital work. It is humbling and overwhelming to know that I have dozens of fellow Christ-followers keeping me in their prayers. Thank you! 
All gifts mailed in should be postmarked by December 31st to be counted as a tax-deductible gift in 2017.
Praise God for His continued work through my life, and through your obedience!


Top - Bottom: 1) Sarah, our Giving Specialist, hands out brochures and educates a group of young men at a local high school. 2, 3, & 5) At Columbus high schools I ask students what they think of abortion and answer their questions. Many of them are seeing abortion for the first time. We consistently see fruit from our outreaches at high schools. High school seems to be a time when many of these students are deciding what they believe for themselves.  It’s encouraging to see so many decide that abortion is always wrong. (Many of our abortion victim photos have something in the background for size reference, like a coin, stamp, etc.) 4) Julia, one of our Justice Riders, brought her sister along with us when joining us for our outreach at Purdue University in Indiana last spring. The passion to defend preborn children is contagious!  


 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

“I’m telling her about Created Equal, who helped save her life.”

Baby Monica. Read more about her story and others HERE

After months of praying for “Tracy,” and her preborn baby “Monica,” who was almost killed by abortion, it brought tears to my eyes to read this message we received from Monica’s grandma:

“I had the honor (and major heart tug) of wheeling her [Monica] down to her adoptive parents when she was only an hour old. The Holy Spirit was SO present in that room when I handed mom her new baby and the things that were said made the 3 nurses who went with me sob, in a good way! I’m writing her a letter and I’m telling her about Created Equal who helped save her life. God Bless all of you! Now go get ‘em at the schools, boy do they need you! Much love!” -Monica’s Grandma 

A volunteer Jacqueline, listens in to my conversations as she learns how to respectfully create dialogue with the opposing viewpoint at Ohio State University.

Tracy was being abused and threatened by Monica’s father. Thinking abortion was her only choice, Tracy found an out of state abortion facility that would kill Monica at 30 weeks gestation.
But Tracy’s mom reached out to us, and we provided information about adoption and critical services to make sure they were protected from the abusive father. 
Now, after several weeks of working with the family, ongoing prayer, and support, we just received the birth announcement and photo of beautiful Monica. 

Another baby at risk of death by dismemberment has been saved! Praise God!

While our Road Trip for Life was outside of a PA Planned Parenthood (see the team in the below picture), 18-year-old “Allison,” who already had one child and was pregnant with her second, came out of the facility. Emma, our field assistant, reached out to her, expressing compassion and offering her resources. 

After seeing what a child aborted at 15 weeks old looks like, Allison said: 

“I am terrified to be a mom again, and my mother is going to be mad, but I can’t do that to my baby. My baby doesn’t deserve to die!”


As you join our team at Created Equal in giving thanks to God for the lives like Monica’s that have been spared from abortion, will you also give financially so that this work can continue?

I greatly rely on your generosity during Thanksgiving and the Christmas season!  

If you are not able to be a part of my monthly support team, 
will you consider sending a special year-end gift? 
Created Equal is a 501©(3) non-profit, so every donation you give is tax-deductible!

Click HERE then enter an amount in the bar marked “for Rachel Burkey” so your donation will go to me. 
Send checks to: PO Box 360502 Columbus, OH 43236, make them out to “Created Equal” and put my name in the memo line. 

I’m SO close to my goal for 2017, but I’m still looking for 5 more people to join my team giving $30/month.

Will you be one of those 5 people? 


I’m overwhelmed as I continue to see the Lord increase the fruit of our labor. 
Stories like these remind me how faithful our God is! 
So many times, I find it easy to take for granted how good I have life. I never want to lose sight of my Savior, and the amazing grace that I have in Him, for which I am so grateful. 
Praise the Lord that in Christ, we are covered in HIS righteousness! 

What have you been giving thanks for this Thanksgiving?


Signing off, Rachel Burkey


Your special year-end gifts help me through each year.
Since Created Equal is a 501©(3) non-profit, 100% of your gift is tax-deductible!
Happy Thanksgiving!


Our first ever Road Trip for Life: Jeremiah; Lauren; Adam; Emma; and Sam, the team Captain. The team reached 6 states, travelling over 3,200 miles last month! They began their mornings counseling those entering abortion facilities. Next, they displayed abortion victims on college campuses to create public dialogue. Then they finished their day with outreach at high schools.

While the Road Trip for Life was away, the rest of us, in Columbus, stayed busy here in Ohio!
Here I am (in the blue) answering questions during open mic Q&A time at Columbus State Community College.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Curing Misconceptions About Abortion

Thank you for clearing it up, because there were a lot of misconceptions I had about abortion.” – Travis, Eastern Kentucky University


Bystanders see what abortion does to the preborn babies on our JumboTron TV while they overhear our conversations.
Travis first said he was kind of indifferent on the issue of abortion. I was able to share some information with him, and ask if he had any questions. 

“I think you’re really starting to clear up everything about it… you covered it pretty good.” 

As we shook hands and he walked away, he said: 

Thank you for clearing it up, because there were a lot of misconceptions I had about abortion.” 
My colleague Sam winsomely draws protesters in conversation everywhere we go – he’s like a magnet for our opposition – and they listen!

This month I joined our travelling team on the road in Kentucky for three days, and had some great conversations. I know many of you are not able to join us during an outreach, so I wanted to share with you some of these interactions. 

In another conversation with a student named Ryan, I explained how we know our differences, like our size, or level of development doesn’t matter, but if they did than there can be no human equality. 
He responded: 
“That’s fair. I feel what you’re saying.” 

Another student took a pamphlet after chatting for a while and said:
“Thanks for all the info, it was really enlightening.”
Bystanders see what abortion does to the preborn babies on our JumboTron TV while they overhear our conversations.

But one of my favorite conversations was with Nick. 

I just wanted to thank you for your time and for your information … I actually had to do a double take on that picture right there [a sign showing a 15-week aborted baby]. I kind of stopped and backed up, and yeah, it’s a crime. It’s pretty messed up… …I’m very appreciative of your time and now I’m kind of expanding my view. My view point is a little bit broader, so I wanted to thank you for that.” - Nick


A crowd of students gathered around me to listen in and ask questions as I engaged a couple protesters in dialogue.
“I challenge each of you to ask yourself if you hold a consistent view of human equality. Do you believe all humans should get the most basic human right to live, or should only humans like us, only born humans?” I asked them.

I am excited for the work the Lord has brought my way, and pray that I can continue this vital life-saving work. 
This year I am working to reach my monthly financial goal for 2017, and I am almost there! 
Will you help me? 
I only need 5 more people giving $57/month, or 15 people giving $19/month! Your gifts are all tax-deductible.

Thank you so much for your generosity, I pray the Lord richly bless you. =) 
There are 2 ways to donate: Click HERE then enter your gift amount in the bar marked “for Rachel Burkey” so your donation will go to me. Or send a check to: 
PO Box 360502 Columbus, OH 43236. 

Make checks out to “Created Equal” and put my name in the memo line. THANK YOU!

Signing off, 
Rachel 😊



P.S. Calling all High School and College students:
Applications for our Spring Justice Ride are now open! Click HERE or watch the above video for an inside look at a what a day on our Justice Ride looks like, and Click HERE to go to our Justice Ride website.
Join us March 10 - 18, 2018 to be a part of changing minds and hearts this spring. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Life Mourned

11-year-old Favour Agu

Dear Favour,
I wonder how your parents are doing. I wonder what would have happened if you had waited for the walk light. I wish I could have done more to help, though I know you were probably gone when I first saw you. Did you ever know your Creator, the God of the universe, and Jesus Christ, His Son? I hope so! Do your parents know Him? If not, I pray they will. I wish I had a chance to talk to them. My sister’s best friend was also killed in an accident when she was 11. I know that a tragedy like your family has dealt with has no quick resolution, though I also know how powerfully the peace of God and His comfort works in the lives of His children. 
Love and prayers for your family, Rachel Burkey

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On September 22nd, 2016, a middle school boy named Favour Agu was hit and killed as he ran into traffic crossing the street towards his school. The above note is what I wrote to leave by his memorial site this year. I was on my way to the YMCA that morning before work when I saw him lying in the road that day. I stopped and performed CPR on him until emergency personnel arrived.

Though I never knew Favour, his life leaves a memory that will never leave my mind. I saw notes and eulogies of what a kind person he was. Everyone at the school, all those passing by, and even those watching the news that day valued Favour’s life and mourned his death. 


Downtown FtWayne, IN outreach. This mom and her children were saddened to understand what is happening to preborn children.


The next day as I was doing outreach at a college in Indiana University, I wondered what life would be like if every person recognized the incredible value in each human around them – born or pre-born. 
It challenges me to continue seeking God for his eyes towards everyone I encounter. 

In Christ, Rachel

P.S. This last month has been really exciting for my family and me, as both my older brother Daniel and my sister Elizabeth got engaged to be married! I am really blessed by both of my soon-to-be in laws (Hannah and Jacob) and looking forward to this new season in our family. I know the Lord will continue to faithfully teach us as we grow and change as people and as a family. 

The happy couples 💕Left: Jacob and Elizabeth; Right: Daniel and Hannah




I am only able to continue this work with your monthly financial partnership. If you haven’t already, please click HERE, and enter your gift amount in the bar marked “for Rachel Burkey” so your donation will go to me. Or send a check made out to “Created Equal” with my name in the memo line to: PO Box 360502 Columbus, OH 43236. Your donations are tax-deductible.

I talked with this man named Sky at a local Columbus High School when he came to pick up his brother. At first, he said he didn’t really have an opinion, but he left decidedly against abortion. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Downtown Outreach - A Mind Changed!

It was a normal day of outreach in downtown Columbus, with some people stopping to converse, and others walking past.

Downtown Columbus, OH Outreach
In the afternoon, a man named Omar stopped to talk. When I asked for his view on abortion he said he had not really given it much thought but guessed that it was probably OK early on in a pregnancy. I asked if he was familiar with what the science of embryology shows concerning when life begins, and he replied that he didn’t know but would guess that life begins around 4-5 weeks (after fertilization). I then told him it’s actually fertilization when life begins. I explained to him a bit of how we know this, and told him that through the process of fertilization, both sperm and ovum give up their own identities and become a distinct, whole, living human, that has her own DNA – and is receiving/processing nutrients, maintaining homeostasis, and responding to outside stimuli: even before attaching to the uterine wall!

Wow.” Was all he replied. So I asked him again, now that he knew about when life begins, could there ever be an adequate justification for abortion? to which he said:

“It wouldn’t be right! Wow.” 

Omar was open to hearing out a differing opinion, and after listening to facts presented to him, was humble enough to admit that he had been wrong in his view. 
After we shook hands and he walked away I thought to myself, why aren’t more people like that? What causes us to be so stuck in our ways and refuse to hear truth? But of course I know the answer, it’s our sin nature. 
The natural state that we are all born into is bent towards sin and death.

White House Outreach
Recently I have had some opportunities to talk with people while donating plasma, and during our conversations am reminded of this truth that we all are born in sin and without Christ. 
I’ve realized what a great chance this is to share the gospel with others. Please pray for courage and wisdom for me while I seek to be obedient to the Lord and used by Him in every area of my life. 

My colleague Emma and I took some of our interns into DC on the metro this summer, and had a few minutes to pause while we waited for the rest of the team to bring the gear and begin outreach in front of the White House. (See picture above)

The stories that I share, this work that I do -- is not able to continue without your monthly financial partnership. This year’s goal is to raise $350/m by December 31st, so I need 
15 people to give $24/month, or 
30 people to give $12/month
Click HERE, and enter your gift amount in the bar marked “for Rachel Burkey” so your donation will go to me. Or send a check made out to “Created Equal” with my name in the memo line to: PO Box 360502 Columbus, OH 43236. Your donations are tax-deductible. Will you partner with me in this work?

God bless you! 

Signing off, Rachel Burkey

 Last month I spent a weekend with my family and friends in southern IN helping at the WIT! Alive conference. I even had a chance to share with the group about what I do here at Created Equal, and what they can do to fight abortion in their own towns! It was great to spend this weekend of spiritual renewal with my family and close friends. 


Thursday, July 20, 2017

“It’s actually a good thing you guys are doing, cause my conscience is affected by it.”

Lamont and I praying together downtown

“Hello!”
I greeted a passerby who was walking up from the bus stop.
“I already have one,” he said, holding up one of our Created Equal brochures. He continued:

“It’s actually a good thing you guys are doing, cause my conscience is affected by it.”


I was downtown in Columbus, Ohio, just about to pack up and head back to the office with our team of interns when I met Lamont. I was struck by the comment he made about his conscience being affected by our outreach. He went on to explain that over 40 years ago, his girlfriend had aborted their second child without his knowledge while he was living in selfishness. I asked how he was doing after learning about his child that was killed by abortion, and he told me that over time he realized that he could forgive himself since God was able to forgive him.

“You believe in God, don’t you?” he asked. “Yes sir, I’m a Christian!” I answered. “I already knew,” was his response.







We talked for a few more minutes, but as Lamont was about to leave, he told me that he would be praying for me and asked me to keep him in my prayers as well since he was dealing with a lot. I asked if I could pray with him right then, and we did. When I finished praying for him, he prayed for me! A wave of emotion washed over me, and I teared up as he asked our Father to keep building a hedge around me and my family, prayed for wisdom and guidance in my life, blessing on my work, and asked God to continue using our efforts to convict the consciences of those encountering our team in the heart of downtown Columbus.


“Be encouraged, because I am!” he said after we prayed. “I keep a journal, and you’re going to be in it today.”

It is conversations like the one I had with Lamont that you are enabling to take place with your monthly support of my work. Thank you!


Our summer internship is coming to a close, and at the end of July the interns will be heading home. I have been blessed by many of the outreach notes they have written. For example, Your Child is Not Your Enemy, "I Can't Believe This, I Won't Support It" and Is Murder a form of Protection? I encourage you to read these as well as more of what they are saying about their summer on Created Equal’s blog.


Until next time, Rachel Burkey


I am indescribably grateful for your prayers! It meant so much to have Lamont pray for me during outreach, and I am overwhelmed and humbled to know that I have dozens of fellow believers keeping me in their prayers, so thank you! Click HERE and enter your gift amount in the bar marked “for Rachel Burkey” so your donation will go to me. Your donations are tax-deductible.