TheBlaze recently spoke with Grant DiCianni, the son of Christian artist Ron DiCianni. In an article we published last month, we posed an intriguing question about Ron's pro-life painting entitled, "Before I Formed You in the Womb": Will it actually save unborn babies' lives?
At least in one instance thus far the answer is a resounding, "Yes!"
The painting, as we previously noted, is being sent to abortion clinics and doctors' offices in an effort to change hearts and minds when it comes to the controversial life issue. From convincing doctors to stop terminations to encouraging women to forge on with their pregnancies, Ron and Grant are working to make lasting change through their Before I Formed You Foundation.
In a phone interview with TheBlaze, Grant shared a story that he and his father recently heard about a young girl who was deeply inspired by the painting. It unfolded at a Teen Challenge location in the Midwest that works with adolescent and young girls. The center's founder had history working with pro-life causes, so she purchased a print of the painting and hung it in the common area.
"The next day, they get a new enrollee that we're calling Suzy to protect her privacy," Grant explained. "She was a 16-year-old girl. She was extremely messed up on drugs and had come from a traumatic background."
Photo Credit: Before I Formed You Foundation
As staffers sat down with Suzy -- there was something that the Teen Challenge staffers did not know. The young girl was pregnant and she was being pressured by the baby's father and her family to abort the child. But something at the center caused her to ignore these calls.
As Suzy took a tour of the living area at Teen Challenge, she noticed the touching painting -- and that changed her perspective.
"She made the decision to choose life," Grant told TheBlaze. "It was the painting that made her think twice."
In a description of the change-of-heart that is being distributed by the Before I Formed You Foundation, the group explains, "Not only did God use the painting to play a pivotal role in her choice but we are told that every time she walks past the print of Before I Formed You in the Womb, her decision is strengthened and she is encouraged that he has made the right choice."
Suzy's baby is due Nov. 1.
Naturally, some would call the DiCianni family's efforts an "anti-abortion" campaign, however that's not how Grant sees it. The message, he says, is more about showing God's will and his love for all human life.
"God is pro-life and he showed it by creating each one [of us]," he told TheBlaze. "There isn't one child who isn't here for His purpose, for for His will."
Grant said that his organization is growing so fast that it's tough to keep up with his day job (he's the president of Tapestry Productions, his father's art company).
"We originally launched this painting as part of our normal line. The response crushed us -- overwhelmed us," he said, noting that crisis pregnancy centers and others began wanting copies of the painting to distribute. Eventually, this led to the family's new-found ministry.
"The response has been so overwhelmingly that it is threatening to derail everything else in my life," Grant added.
But the businessman contends that his family is enjoying the ministry and that, it's an important work.
He also had a message for believers, explaining that the abortion issue isn't a secular one. In fact, Grant said it's a church issue, as almost half of those women who are having abortions identify as Catholic or Christian.
For now, the Before I Formed You Foundation leader says the group is in need or two things: Prayer and sponsors. When we asked Grant what the future of the organization holds, he quipped, "I'll be happy if we get past the next six months without getting completely overwhelmed."
You can find out more about the group here.
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