A Moment of Hope: One Conversation at a Time

June 2015 - Cover Story
by Dawn Gonzalez

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June 2015 - Cover Story

March 13, 2015 was a typical Friday in Columbia. It began with crisp, cool temperatures, an overcast sky, and 17 abortions scheduled at Planned Parenthood of South Carolina in Middleburg Plaza. Every Tuesday morning and alternating Fridays and Saturdays, “procedures,” as the staff calls them, are performed while hundreds drive by on Forest Drive. Most are unaware of what is going on inside.

Mark Baumgartner is trying to change that. “Please pray that there would be a growing awareness and unease in our community about what goes on here,” the married father of six types to his ministry’s Facebook page from the right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood. He hopes to engage abortion seekers in conversation, convince them to reconsider, and allow their babies to live.

Baumgartner, a corporate pilot self-employed as an aircraft loan broker, was hit hard by the economic collapse of 2008. “By 2009, I was twiddling my thumbs, not knowing what to do,” he says, “so we moved to Columbia to be near my wife’s parents while I looked for work.”

As months turned to years, Baumgartner, a member of First Presbyterian Church, attended a Desiring God conference hosted by John Piper in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He stayed with Jerry Chase, an old friend.

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