In 20+ years as a jeweler I’ve had a national recording artist, touring musicians, politicians, a UNI sports legend, radio personalities, and other local celebrities come into our store for jewelry help. I’ve never really name dropped anyone, because it’s really not a good business practice, and I’m not one who is typically starstruck.
I recently had the opportunity to do a project that was very special to me, not simply because of who it was for, but rather what it was for. With permission I’m sharing it with you here.
Last week marked the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Several hundred thousand people marched in Washington D.C. in defense of the unborn, as well as in support of the victims left behind in its wake. The devastating wave of abortion is generally thought only to consume the innocent life that is ended in the womb, the mother and father, as well as the family left behind to mourn the tragedy. Not often thought about are the abortion workers who are sucked into the current, especially those who have the scales fall from their eyes and discover the truth about what abortion truly is.
In June of 2012, Abby Johnson founded an ministry called “And Then There Were None” for former abortion clinic workers. If you aren’t familiar with Abby Johnson, you have probably not engaged too heavily in the pro-life v. pro-choice debate. In September of 2009 she left her position as clinic director for Planned Parenthood after being asked to assist in an ultrasound guided abortion. In her book unPlanned she shares her spiritual conversion, as well as the court battle she endured following her departure from PP. She has been an inspiration to many who were already working in the pro-life movement, as well as instrumental in leading others to abandon their “pro-choice” ideology for the only real choice- life.
Since starting ATTWN, 138 former abortion clinic workers have been assisted by her ministry.
A dear friend tagged me on a Facebook post by Abby, who put out request for any jewelers that might be following the ATTWN page. I sent a private message offering my assistance. After having a look at the design I decided to give it a shot.
I could create the desired pieces through a process called lost wax casting. The first step is to carve a wax model. After casting the first models into sterling silver I sent a picture to Abby, which she approved. Next, I made rubber molds of the initial pieces, which I would inject with wax to replicate and cast. The final step was to cast the requested number of pieces and finish each one individually.
In the end the project took much longer to complete than I originally had hoped. Believe me when I say it was a labor of love that was well worth it, and not because I made a lot of money. While I didn’t do it for free, it was never about making money. God calls each of us to use our talent and our treasure, and I’m blessed with a little of both. For those of us who have been rescued from the road to perdition, our past can be a part of our treasure.
Abby is an inspiration not only because she advocates for the dignity of all life, but also because she has courageously used the darkness of her past to illuminate hearts with Christs love and mercy. To create these charms and to be linked to this ministry is truly an honor and privilege. I pray that the charms are a blessing, and a reminder to those who receive them of God’s unending love and mercy.
“As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at service for one another,
each in the measure that he has received. The one who speaks is to deliver God’s message.
The one who serves is to do it with the strength provided by God. Thus, in all of you God is
to be glorified through Christ Jesus.” ~ 1Peter 4:10-11a