At Toccoa Falls College there are numerous campus clubs which assist in highlighting the various heart cries and passions that the Lord has uniquely positioned inside of each student here. Below is an interview of Seth VanHorn, President of campus club Toccoa Falls for Life, providing insight into the heart of the club itself, its purpose, goals, and upcoming events.
Could you explain the general overview of Toccoa Falls for Life?
Toccoa Falls for Life is a student organization that is centered around the Pro-Life movement. Our hearts are to foster a community on campus that values human life no matter what stage it’s at and sees that all life is precious. We also have a desire to give students more than the knowledge of what it means to be a part of the Pro-Life movement by providing proactive events where they can step into this belief for themselves. We want to help people realize that if this is what they say they believe in, that a baby is a human life at conception, then something has to be done about it.
Do you have a specific missions statement for the club?
There are three key words in the statement that we filter club behavior and choices through. Those are: awareness, action, and advocacy. Awareness is about creating an environment that is aware of what the Pro-Life movement is as well as what it involves. Action, once you understand what’s going on, how baby’s lives are being taken unjustly, the fact that something must be done comes into play. And advocacy, this is essentially what the previous two words are pointing towards. We want to be advocates for the babies who can’t do anything for themselves, for the mothers who are in crisis pregnancies and need help, and those who are faced with the difficulties of wondering if they should get an abortion.
What was your motivation for starting the club?
I have a story that’s similar to most, I grew up Pro-Life because my parents were. I thought that to be a Christian you had to be Pro-Life, so I said I was but didn’t really know what that meant. It seems like a good idea to support babies, you know? As I got older I became frustrated with my views regarding the sanctity of life. People would start talking about it and I’d get frustrated and argue, but I didn’t know what I was arguing about. I realized my frustration was stemming from apathy. I was telling people I believed life begins at conception and that abortion is murder, but I wasn’t doing anything about it. That’s when I realized I needed to get involved. If I’m saying this is the worst social injustice that’s ever faced anyone in the history of the world – statistically more lives have been ended through abortion than anything else – then as the body of Christ we can’t sit by and not be actively engaged. That was convicting to me so I wanted to provide a way for students to get involved with the Pro-Life movement at TFC.
You had an event last Friday, October 21st. Can you talk a little about it?
On Friday we got involved in a movement with an international organization called Forty Days for Life. They create prayer vigils across the world, uniting Christians to go and pray in front of abortion clinics nonstop for forty days straight. Our event was in partnership with them, we signed up for a shift to go spend two hours in front of an abortion clinic in Greenville. It was a cool time to spend with some other students from TFC in prayer for the Pro-Life cause. We prayed for preborn babies, that God’s hand of protection would be over them, for mothers who are currently or will face an unplanned pregnancy, those who are dealing with the grief of abortion, for abortion workers themselves, and for our nation as a whole to be reawakened. There were only a few others there from another group who were all Catholic. When we got there I asked if we could pray with them, so we prayed a Rosary with a specific lady. We went through about fifty hail Mary’s. I could tell quite a few people were uncomfortable from our group, not exactly sure what was going on. The cool part was, afterwards, she asked to pray with us and we all went around in a circle praying. It was cool to see the body of Christ, the universal church, coming together as one body united for a particular cause regardless of different traditions and theological views. That was probably the most impacting part of the night for me. The event ended with a little bit of worship.
Do you have any upcoming events?
We’re hoping to hold an apologetics training course where you can learn how to articulate your beliefs and argue effectively that a pre-born baby is actually a human life. That will be sometime in November so be on the lookout for that.
What would you say to people who are skeptical about Pro-Life?
I don’t have all the answers, but I would love to discuss this issue and hopefully find answers with you. In regard to being skeptical about Pro-Life, I think that comes down to looking at the core of what the Pro-Life movement actually is: valuing life. We look at life and say regardless of size, level of dependency, location, etc. human life is important. Defending innocent lives and looking out for the vulnerable matters. I think something a lot of people miss is that the Pro-Life movement needs to also be Pro-Woman. When people think of Pro-Life, often they see old Christian haters, holding signs that say “God hates you” or “you’re going to hell for having an abortion,” but the Pro-Life movement needs to be a holistic environment that looks out for the lives of mothers too. If we’re going to say that these babies need to make it to birth, then we need to provide for them afterwards whether its adoption or helping a mom get back on her feet. It’s about valuing human life no matter what.
What does it look like to be a member?
If you want to get involved we’d love to have you. We have a group of officers, and next semester we will put out information about officer positions. Treasurer, secretary, community outreach, whatever it is we have a spot for you. If interested, contact with me or Sydney, the Vice President, we will keep you in the loop of when we’re going to do things or have events. Anyone can join. We’re also on Facebook, Toccoa Falls for Life.