Cal Zastrow, Chet Gallagher, and Ron Nederhoed taking their place at the Gates of Hell
“Remember the prisoners as if chained with them -those who are mistreated- since you yourselves are in the body also” (Hebrews 13:3).
Operation Save America doesn’t take this Scripture lightly. Fighting abortion can be lonely and difficult. The world hates you, the government targets you, the media maligns you, and most of the church abandons you. One of the blessings of being part of OSA is the covering and comfort it affords. Time and again, when a brother or sister is in need, the precious saints come together and share the burden. That’s what happened yesterday in Jackson, Mississippi.
Assistant Director, Chet Gallagher and his wife Joann, traveled from Tennessee to stand with OSA leader and missionary Cal Zastrow and his daughter, Cori. The Zastrows have faced a series of unjust charges resulting from their work ministering outside Mississippi’s last remaining surgical abortion clinic.
The Pagan “Pink House”
The Jackson Women’s Health Organization is known as the “Pink House” by abortion supporters. The bright pink clinic sits on a hill overlooking the artsy town of Fondren. Fondren’s nickname is “the crown jewel” of Jackson. Since child sacrifice/abortion is the crown jewel of Satan, Fondren’s designation fits.
Before Fondren became the avant garde, arts district of Jackson, it was known as ‘Sylum Heights, home to Mississippi’s Lunatic Asylum (No. We are not making this up.) This may account for Christians who minister outside the Pink House reporting crazy things- a person dressed as the snowman Olaf, from the Disney movie Frozen; abortion supporters dancing in front of the clinic as children are massacred; and abortion supporters who encircle the clinic with incense to “ward off” Christians.
Why burn incense? The Pink House is notorious for baby murder and witchcraft. Goddess worshippers and lesbians “guard” the entrance to the clinic. One clinic guard, wears a goddess pendent around her neck. She explained to OSA member, Elaine, that it represents the Divine Feminine. Elaine asked if there was an altar inside the Pink House. It happens to be one of the practices within feminist centered abortion clinics. She responded that she has an altar in her own home to worship herself.
Elaine Needland, Kendra Thomas’s Mom, joining the battle in Jackson
This person shared with Elaine that she was mad at God because while she was being molested, God did nothing to stop it. Where was God in this tragedy? Amazingly, she turned to goddess worship and yet did not think to hold the goddess to the same standard. Where was the goddess when she was suffering? The goddess also failed to intervene and save the day. Why then does she hate God and love the goddess? Sadly, this person, blinded by her sin, does not recognize the inconsistency of her offense.
Please pray for these deceived souls. The Lord has spoken continually through His Word. They have heard the Gospel. May the Lord grant repentance and the acknowledgement of truth to the saving of their souls.
Friday was a slow day at the Pink House, perhaps because of the weather or perhaps because Tuesday was busy. Christians huddled under umbrellas and withstood the heavy rain to intercede for the babies. Rev. Rusty Lee Thomas, National Director of OSA, brought his family from Texas. His daughters (Jubilee 8), Torah (11) and Maranatha and Sophia (13) offered Gospel and fetal development tracts to pregnant women as they parked their cars. Jeremiah (13) held a poster. Cal led worship while his daughter Eva (17) played the guitar.
Jeremiah Thomas Standing in the Gap for his Lost Generation
Local pastor Doug Lane hosted “Church on the Streets” and invited Chet to address the gathering. Chet taught from Malachi 3 and Hebrews 10. He reminded the group that we must do more than preach against the gap in our nation’s wall; we must stand in it despite the cost. He warned of the growing persecution of Christians and quoted Mark 13:11a, “But when they arrest you and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak,” stressing the reference “when you are arrested,” not if we are arrested.
God is adding to our pro-life ranks in Jackson, MS. Pastor Doug reported that many Jackson area churches have begun ministering outside the abortion clinic. One new face, Conner, spent the morning inviting abortion minded women and staff to converse with him about the Gospel. Allison, five months pregnant, also showed up. She found Pastor Doug’s contact information online and decided she couldn’t ignore the atrocity. Rev. Thomas ministered the Gospel to Allison, prayed for her, and she immediately bore witness to the truth at the death camp. The Lord is doing something in Jackson.
Cal’s Court Case
There have been a long train of abuses by the Jackson Police Department against God’s people. For several years, local law enforcement have targeted Christians with “selective enforcement” of “laws” in an attempt to silence the Christian witness. Cal’s court case was one of several. Some of these cases are on appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans.
God was gracious. Cori’s case was dismissed and Cal’s case was remanded. In other words, the charges are still hanging over Cal’s head. If he is arrested again in Mississippi the court could bring the charges back. The good news is that 1) Cal is free 2) that to bring the charges back, the court would have to find the arresting officer, who no longer is employed as a Jackson police officer, and the others who did not bother to show up for Friday’s trial.
At one point the judge turned to the prosecutor and said, “We are going to see this man (Cal) again and again and again.” In a powerful reminder of Chet’s message, as the judge remanded the charge, he stressed to Cal, “I don’t want to see you here again.” To which Cal respectfully replied, “Lord willing.”
May we all have such a submitted attitude.