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Darold Larson, Published January 08 2011

Wishnatsky, friends do good work

In the Jan. 2 Forum, Bernie Erickson posed several questions. I realize most of us, including myself, have prejudged someone or their actions without ever knowing that person or why they do what they do. Then, when we really get to know them and see their heart, we draw a new conclusion.

When Martin Wishnatsky first came to Fargo, he asked for nothing. He lived in a small room, wore old, used clothes and his shoes were held together with duct tape. He didn’t speak much, and sometimes answered questions by writing the answer on paper.

He came because he had a heart for the unborn babies that were to be aborted and the baby’s mother. Yes, Wishnatsky and his friends have volunteered thousands of hours taking care of women in a troubled situation. Wishnatsky volunteered at the Perry Center Home for unwed mothers for many years. Yes, some of the women who came did have disadvantaged children, and Wishnatsky was there to help.

As for adoption, yes, an adoption agency was created in 1986 and several (hundreds by now) friends of the ministry have adopted a child who otherwise might have been aborted. What about the same-gender partners offering to adopt a child? I cannot speak for all pro-life persons, but I believe, I know Wishnatsky well enough that his understanding of the word of God is that a child should be raised whenever possible by one man and one woman (a married couple).

To go any deeper on this issue today would take up the whole page. As for the questions, “what if a new ‘gay gene’ had been identified?” First of all, that so-called “gay gene” has been identified thousands of years ago. It’s the same “gene” that appears in lying, cheating, stealing, murder, lust, covenanting, adultery to name a few, and it had been given the name sin. “For all have sinned and fallen short” Romans 3:23 “If we confess our sin, he (Jesus) is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.” Therefore, that question is moot.

Have Wishnatsky or his friends ever forgone any significant purchases to better the life of a single mother and her child? Most of the pro-life people who work with unplanned pregnancy have forgone much because they believe it is the right thing to do; I could show you many. As for follow-up on women who have become moms, Wishnatsky, his friends, The Perry Center and other pro-life agencies have a very meaningful follow-up; providing clothing, furniture for apartments, part-time job training, and continuing education, to name a few.

In Matthew 5:11-12 it reads: “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kind of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Thank you, Mr. Erickson, for good questions that help us search our soul. As for Wishnatsky, I am blessed to call him my friend.


Larson lives and has been involved in the pro-life movement.