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Jamestown churches sponsoring speaker on racism, abortion, self-control

Concordia Lutheran, Victory Lutheran, New Home Free Lutheran and Temple Baptist churches are sponsoring the event, which is free.

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Ryan Bomberger
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JAMESTOWN — Ryan Bomberger will speak on racism, abortion and self-control at a free presentation sponsored by four Jamestown churches on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Jamestown Civic Center.

The Rev. Tom Eckstein, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church, said the timing was right for the presentation that was initially scheduled here in the fall of 2020 and canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This event is to deal with issues that are sort of in the limelight in our culture today,” Eckstein said.

Concordia Lutheran, Victory Lutheran, New Home Free Lutheran and Temple Baptist churches are sponsoring the event, which is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“I and the other pastors from those congregations really encourage people to come out to hear about these particular issues,” Eckstein said. “Especially the issues of racism and abortion have been very divisive in our culture today and we feel like the Christian message regarding these issues could be very healing and unifying.”

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Bomberger founded The Radiance Foundation with his wife, Bethany, according to the foundation’s website https://radiancefoundation.org . The Radiance Foundation is a faith-based, educational, life-affirming 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Bomberger is a speaker, columnist, educator, broadcast media designer, producer and author of the book “Not Equal: Civil Rights Gone Wrong,” according to the website.

“He was conceived in rape but his mother chose life and so that’s his personal story,” Eckstein said. Bomberger was adopted at the age of 6 weeks and raised in a family of 13 children including 10 who were adopted.

“And also he’s of mixed race because his biological father was Black, his mother was white and so he’s experienced the whole issue of racism growing up and he comes at that from a Christian perspective,” Eckstein said.

Bomberger will also speak on how to avoid substance abuse and other addictions by learning to exercise self-control.

Speaking later will be several women from Fargo who will give their testimonies about forgiveness and healing after abortion, Eckstein said.

“They’re going to talk about their experience with that and how they got freedom through Christ after that experience,” he said.

A brief question-and-answer session from Bomberger and the group will follow.

Here is the schedule for Saturday, Oct. 22:

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9:30 to 10:30 a.m. - Bomberger will speak on racism.

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. - Bomberger will speak on abortion and life issues.

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Lunch break on your own. Concessions will be available.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Bomberger will speak on self-control.

2:45 to 4 p.m. – Group of women will give testimonies on forgiveness and healing after abortion.

4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Brief panel discussion (Q&A) with Bomberger and the group of women

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If you go

What: Program with Ryan Bomberger

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When: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22

Where: Jamestown Civic Center

Admission: free

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