With great sorrow, I announce that this will be the last faith column I write for The Hays Daily News. With prayer and thanksgiving, God has given me the opportunity to write this column for more than 10 years. I began working for The Hays Daily in 1997. At that time, the faith column was syndicated, and as the copy editor, I thought the columnist was kind of ďout there,Ē not relating to the average person. So the managing editors at the time ó Doug Weller and Mike Corn ó challenged me to write a column, and I took them up on that challenge.In the beginning I really strived to be ecumenical ó writing so all faiths could grow in their relationship with God. I remember getting my first anonymous letter ó someone not appreciating my columns. I was devastated. Corn looked at me with that little grin he does under his mustache and just smiled. I told him I wasnít laughing. Then turning more serious, he said, ďIf youíre going to put yourself out there in column writing, youíre going to have to learn to take the criticism.ĒAhhh! Didnít he know I was the baby girl of the family? Didnít he know I was the one who worked really hard and received my parentsí praises abundantly? Criticism? I truly did not know how to take it. But I did want to continue writing the column. Dang it. I knew Corn was right. During the years, I have received many critical letters. It amazes me they are all unsigned. Where are these brave souls? I learned not to pay too much attention to them. Sometimes I would read the first sentence or two, and throw the letter away. When I would get to feeling down, like Iím not really making a difference, there would be several phone calls and letters thanking me for a particular column. This is what kept me going, and I can never thank all of you wonderful readers enough.But the time has come where I need to move on in life. For the past six years, I have been freelance writing, doing some public speaking and trying to promote a book. It has been an awesome journey, and I thank God for allowing me the opportunity that most people never have. Once I heard we are never too young or too old to try something new. I have always said I do not want to be that old lady in a rocking chair looking back on my life and saying ďI wished I would have tried Ö Ē I have tried many things, and I am thankful for all the opportunities God has placed before me. I am extremely grateful for all the ways God has picked me up in my lowest moments, and allowed his Holy Spirit to breathe new life into me. Sometimes I simply canít wait to tell him how much I love him face to face.In the meantime, I do have to live in this world. A new opportunity has arrived, and I need to pour myself into this new venture. I will continue to promote life issues through public speaking and by continuing to be the volunteer coordinator of Rachelís Vineyard, a post-abortion healing ministry for men and women. This is the area where I see the bridge crossing from one faith to another. We are all living in a sinful world, and have fallen short of what God desires for us. Yet, when we play God by deciding who lives and who dies, we suffer immensely. Praise God for the mercy of Jesus Christ, because he continues to pour grace and love into our souls time after time. Iíve had the privilege of witnessing the miracles of Jesus through Rachelís Vineyard. So, may I close with asking that we, as a body of believers, work together to pray and promote Godís precious gift of life ó the unborn, the healing of broken hearts for those who either willingly or unwillingly chose to end life. Let us promote the sanctity of marriage between one woman and one man, oppose embryonic stem cell research, cloning, euthanasia and closing ourselves off to procreation through chemical and artificial birth control.One way God made us in his image is he allowed us to procreate. When we violate this special privilege, we suffer. And, I believe we have all suffered enough. It is time to quit being so ignorant of what is actually happening with life issues and turn back to Godís original plan for us.Itís not like we canít do it. However, those who promote such issues make it sound like we have no self-control, which by the way, is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Yet, I read about awesome young teams, like the La Crosse Leopards ó three amazing football seasons in a row, and now they are headed to state competition. Well, it seems to me they know how to work hard, be disciplined and have self-control. It is achievable.Together, through Christ, we can all make a difference in our world. May God bless each of you.Donetta Robben is a freelance columnist from Hays. Write to her at P.O. Box 614, Hays, KS 67601, or e-mail her at donetta@soulcommunications.net