The Prayer of Doing


Praying Hands with Beads

By Charlie Johnston

The Texas woman, Carolyn Jones, who had basic care denied her by Memorial Herman Southwest Hospital in Houston has been rescued. Texas Right-to-Life (TRTL) worked frantically to raise $50,000 to facilitate a transfer yesterday, actually raising a little over $33,000. Even as they were raising the money, they were working to get things in order to make the transfer, however much money they raised. That is how TRTL works during a crisis.

In the linked story above, there is a spot for donations. While TRTL covered the shortfall, they still need to try to cover those expenses. It amazes me how much TRTL actually does – most of which they do not crow about. This is a high-profile case, but TRTL has funded a lot of other rescues. Beyond that, it is in contact with crisis pregnancy centers and local pro-life groups throughout the state. It quietly facilitates help for individual pregnant women and their families. Sometimes the help is medical, sometimes supplies, sometimes legal – whatever will help another baby survive the killing field that leftists try to make the womb into. When I was consulting with them last year, at Monday meetings, we would begin with a lengthy Scripture reading and then invite each staffer to comment on it. We would review notable cases of women being helped and deal with any problems. Then we would go into more typical organizational concerns. Throughout the meeting, all the staff would be passing around cards of encouragement to be signed by everyone – cards that would go out to the women it was working with that week. I never saw fewer than 20 cards – and sometimes more than 50. This part is not something TRTL publicizes, it just does it.

TRTL has almost a hundred trained pro-life coordinators on campuses across the state as part of its Dr. Joseph Graham Fellowship for College Pro-Life Leaders. It has lobbyists from staff who, literally, live in Austin at each legislative session carrying the torch for pro-life issues. And it knows them. A few years back, it started calling foul on those legislators who give lip service to pro-life issues while killing good legislation in committee. You better believe that the powers that be shrieked (and are still shrieking) about that. Some politicians think their job is to fool the folksies back home – and those types are outraged that TRTL won’t go along with the gag.

I first got involved with TRTL three years ago. Jim Graham, the president, is a good friend of Bishop Rene Gracida, who directed him to my site. Graham called me, seeking to see if I could help secure David Daleiden as the keynote speaker for their annual dinner. When I called Daleiden shortly after, that was quite a conversation – for it was shortly after the District Atty. (DA) for Harris County (where the dinner would be held) had used a supposed investigation of Planned Parenthood (PP) to try to railroad David, before the conspiracy between PP and the DA was revealed and the case fell apart. He told me he broke out in cold sweat even thinking about Houston. But I was going, too, and we love getting together whenever we can, so he signed on.

I cannot tell you how dazzled I was walking into the dinner. There had to be over a thousand people there, including top officials from across the state. During the program, they did not talk limply about what they hoped to do; they spoke boldly about what they were doing, what they had done in the previous year, and what they intended to do in the next. This was no uncertain trumpet. Jim Graham is a visionary, Christian leader who does not hesitate to head right into the lions’ den. His wife, Elizabeth, is in charge of legislative affairs and media. She is every bit as hard-charging as Jim is – and is the half of this husband-and wife-team who makes camp in Austin for the entirety of every legislative session, along with three or four other staffers. The rise of TRTL has coincided with a steadily declining abortion rate in Texas for the last two decades. And Jim and Elizabeth Graham have become two of my dearest friends. I love people who enjoy jumping into the lions’ den. It gives me good company.

I speak often here of the prayer of doing. This is what I am talking about. But glory! You readers are amazing. You have lived the prayer of doing over and over from this site. And once again, by your prayers and by your generosity, an innocent woman who had been condemned to die has gotten a new lease on life. We don’t just talk here – you demonstrate your faith in crisis over and over by your works.

It was touchy last night. There were serious concerns about Jones surviving the transfer because the hospital had denied her her scheduled dialysis on Tuesday. That progressively weakens the system. Even in an otherwise completely healthy person who needs dialysis, denial of it starts causing the body’s systems to shut down. You can imagine how dire it made Jones’ situation. The truly hideous thing is that money was not the issue at all in this case. The family had made arrangements with organizations like TRTL to fully pay for dialysis. But the hospital would not budge. As far as they were concerned, it was Mrs. Jones duty to die as quickly as possible.

Thanks be to God you all came through. Thanks be to God there are organizations like Texas Right to Life which live true mission in their work. This week we have, together, once more lived the prayer of doing profoundly in a time of crisis. Thank you all. I love this community we are building together. What a joy my life has become because of all of you.


57 thoughts on “The Prayer of Doing

  1. a lot of folks must be donating because it took a couple of tries for the donation page to load. Also I didn’t see a place to specify that the donation was for Carolyn Jones – it went into the education fund, so I hope it counts toward this effort. On a separate note, I received a fund raising letter yesterday from the Thomas More society with an update on the case in California – it didn’t sound nearly as hopeful as your narrative Charlie, so I hope that they were just doing that to increase donations. Praying for the babies every day.

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    1. I never begrudge anyone making as dire a legitimate case as they can to bolster fundraising. To succeed in these things, a lot of money is required to combat the almost unlimited funds these government and government-funded entities bring. Make no mistake – there is a lot of work and a lot of hurdles to overcome. WWII was decided at D-Day, but if the allies had quit fighting or softened up, the Axis could have pulled victory from the jaws of defeat. There are a lot of battles yet to be fought – but Planned Parenthood’s situation has become untenable…unless we stop fighting or slow down. They will lose – and probably lose badly this year.

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    2. That’s their 501(c)(3) fund. These donations have been earmarked for Carolyn. TRTL explained this on their Facebook page because some were confused. Thanks for donating!

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  2. Not sure my donation went through. I didn’t get the email receipt they spoke of. I’ll watch my account and try again if I don’t see the payment.

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  3. Thanks, Charlie, once again on the update of Mrs. Jones. And thank you for the inside story of this wonderful organization TRTL. And FYI, a good way that I have found to “passively” donate to TRTL is by choosing this charity, the Texas Right to Life Educational Fund, as my AmazonSmile charity. So when I order anything from Amazon, I go to and then 0.5% of the total of my AmazonSmile purchase will automatically be sent to TRTL. Just thought I would pass this info along to your readers. Every little bit helps.

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    1. Texasooz57, thank you for that idea. I’ve changed my charity at Amazon to “Texas Right To Life Committee Educational Fund” just now. 🙂

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    1. Say a prayer of thanksgiving to Notre Dame, Ascot. I know I have – to the Conception Immaculee (I don’t know how to put the proper accent over the first e in the second word). But I figured I’d give you a little homey feel here while using words that everyone can easily understand even if they don’t know a word of French. It is a good day here…after three rather intense ones. Thank you.

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      1. Amen on the good day after intense days! Mark Lee Dickson had an update on his Facebook tonight (he was one of the ones helping TRTL) and said that he talked to Mrs. Jones’ daughter this evening who said Mrs. Jones looked better than she had in some time. Also, Mr. Jones was smiling from ear to ear and had gone to a hotel to get some proper rest, which, of course, he’s not had in who knows how long.

        I’m so grateful for everyone who prayed, spread the word, gave money, and otherwise supports these efforts. This is how we rebuild the Culture of Life and fight back against the Culture of Death!

        A blessed, restful weekend to all!

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  4. I was pleased to help out Charlie. I will never forget the help TNRS gave me when I had a young pregnant mama with breast cancer from Nigeria to house. Because of everyone’s “doing”, she survived, her baby survived and since then she and her husband now have 4 beautiful children and our living happily on their own. God performs miracles when we do our part!

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    1. SanSan, thank you for giving us this update! I actually did not know how that adventure had turned out, but I remember the original story. I’m so glad to hear this. 🙂

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      1. Steve, I guess you missed my photo with the Mama and 4 kids that Charlie and Beckita posted LOL–it’s always so important to get back to such giving people with updates and BIG thank you’s!

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        1. It was a gem of a pic, San San and Steve. But Charlie didn’t post it because he had the day off 😂🤣🤧 so I was happy to take care of it for you, San San.

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          1. SanSan and Beckita, I somehow missed the picture, too. Would it be possible to re-post it for those of us who were apparently asleep at the wheel? 🙂

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    1. Read the church militant article on Dallas bishop and Galviston/Houston cdl. Seems to explain what Charlie talks about the bishops turning a blind eye to TRTL concerns.

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  6. Great to see the update. Thank you for that as well as the recommendation of TRTL. It is helpful to get recommendations as to which are good from trustworthy sources that know what they are talking about.

    I’m especially surprised money didn’t seem to be the issue.

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  7. Charlie my mom was so much healthier than she..& hospice starved/dehydrated her because my stepdad was the power to be…God help her when they found out she gulped a glass of water down in the middle of the night with a new nurse aide who…wink wink…didn’t know the rules..God help my step dad to know his errors..& hospice ..sleuth euthanasia. ..God save us all
    .still traumatized over her

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    1. Honestly, Linda, before coming here in 2014 to read Charlie’s posts and comments from everyone, I really had no idea this kind of thing actually happened, or more particularly how often it appears to happen. Yeesh.

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  8. Thank you TNRS and Charlie, for your beautiful ‘prayer of doing’ – I’ve supported TRTL for several years but Charlie’s piece reminded me of what being community means. Then reading the comments, I was so proud of the TNRS family. Alot of heart here.

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    May 2, 2019

    “Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to respond to the great love of my Son, with pure and open hearts, with complete trust. I know the greatness of His love. I carried Him within me, the Host in the heart, the light and the love of the world. My children, also my addressing you is a sign of the love and tenderness of the Heavenly Father—a big smile filled with the love of my Son, a call to eternal life. Out of love, the Blood of my Son was shed for you. That Precious Blood is for your salvation, for eternal life. The Heavenly Father created man for eternal happiness. It is not possible—for you who know the love of my Son and who follow Him—to die. Life triumphed; my Son is alive. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, may prayer show you the way and the means of spreading the love of my Son—prayer in the most exalted form. My children, also when you strive to live the words of my Son, you are praying. When you love the people whom you meet, you are spreading the love of my Son. It is love that opens the doors of Paradise. My children, from the beginning, I prayed for the Church. Therefore, I am also calling you, apostles of my love, to pray for the Church and her servants—for those whom my Son called. Thank you.”

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  11. Prayer works like Matt 7:7-8

    7“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

    Prayer is more than just a mental exercise, prayer is also a way seeking & doing God’s will…

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  12. Will someone please remind me of the Texas Right to Life organization you can list on Amazon Smile to donate ?

    Paul from Katy now Spring Cypress

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    1. PValdez7, when I took Texasooz’s advice, I found that the actual name is “Texas Right to Life Committee Educational Fund.” I think that’s the actual full name, but let me know if what I found is not correct. 🙂

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  14. Jen Byrd I finished sending your angels Friday. This week I am sending Nancy Pelosi angels. Lord knows she needs them desperately. I hope they help her despite herself.

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  15. Texan’s be sure and publicize what happened in that hospital converted to a “death camp” so sick people will avoid going there!

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