We are Weak…But He is Strong!

My Grace is sufficient for you, for strength is made perfect in weakness. 1 Cor. 12:9

The thing that I most like about 40 Days for Life is it’s total dependence on God and the fact that we are not trying to rely on our own strength or abilities to end abortion. We are simply putting ourselves out there on the sidewalk…gently….vulnerably…weakly. We are saying to God, “Use me!”

That is when God’s beauty shines, in the most delicate and fragile of his creatures…like this butterfly. Isn’t it strange that the butterfly is the ONLY insect that is not creepy? I admit that I am afraid of pretty much all bugs…but if I see a butterfly, I am in awe. They are so graceful and beautiful! That is the kind of grace and beauty that God can create with us when we humble ourselves and show up on the sidewalk to pray.

We need YOU to show up! Especially during the first 20 days! The vigil coverage is looking better from day 20 through day 40…but it looks pretty thin during the first half of the campaign! Can you help? If so, please email Fran at franmac98fmc@gmail.com to get signed up! See the schedule HERE!

Please join us in praying a novena for the 40 priests and two bishops who will celebrate Mass and process to Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, Feb 25.  The prayers will be posted daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Our name for all these platforms is 40DaysForLifePittsburgh.  If you on are any of these social media, please follow us. If you are not and would like to be, download the apps on your smartphone. 

Hope to see you soon!

In Christ,

Nikki

The Devil Screams…God Whispers…

I didn’t watch the Superbowl, but while talking with my daughter yesterday, she informed me that she received many negative comments on her Facebook page after she posted criticism about the overt sexuality of the half-time performance. She was so surprised at the hostility in the comments that she removed her post. So…curiosity got the best of me. I went online and watched the show. Now I know the saying is true, “Some things just can’t be unseen”! The image of J-Lo’s bared crotch thrusting into the camera is burned into my mind, unfortunately. I advise you NOT to watch it if you haven’t seen it. The only good thing that came of watching it, is that it inspired this blog post, which is meant to encourage those of you who are beginning to despair… as it seems Christians are losing…correction…HAVE LOST…the culture war.

Drag Queen Story hours at public libraries are just one sign that the devil has targeted the very young.

I don’t think it’s possible to shelter our kids from the evil forces that have taken over the culture. Unless you are able to home school your kids, and keep them from all electronic devices…and move somewhere near the south pole…it is impossible. Never before has the devil gone after the young and innocent like he is doing right now. We cannot shelter our kids from the culture…but we can let them see us FIGHTING IT!!! I really think that is our best bet right now. That is the best hope that our children won’t be deceived, if they see us fighting evil.

And how do we fight it? The way God does. With whispers…like this one:

This money was sent to me by a young woman named Carita, who came to Planned Parenthood 5 years ago for an abortion. She was confused and panicked…in a relationship that she did not want to continue…and even at 18 weeks pregnant, thought the only option was to have an abortion. Our 40 Days for Life team had a baby shower for her, and even took a collection to help her to buy a car. She is now so grateful that she has her beautiful little girl, that she wanted to “pay it forward”. Even though money is short and she struggles as a single mom of two, she sacrificed this money to give to Angel, a young woman who also was scared of the new life within her, and arrived at Planned Parenthood, determined to abort. Angel had her baby last October and is now in love with her little daughter, She is grateful for the help our pro-life community has given her, and her heart was deeply touched by Carita’s gift to her.

This is an example of God’s whisper. The world won’t hear about it, and the devil despises such humble, selfless acts….but God is speaking. He is here with us and we have nothing to fear.

There is nothing more important right now than to stand up for the sanctity of human life. God loves every unborn baby. He loves every lost sinner. He loves me, and he loves you. He loves the abortion worker and those who have had abortions. He wants us to be still and quiet, humble and kind. The opposite of the world right now…that is how we are to be.

We need you to be that gentle, still voice on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood during these Lenten 40 days! Our schedule is VERY empty, and we only have two weeks to go!

PLEASE email Fran to get your church group signed up at franmac98fmc@gmail.com, or email Donna to sign up as an individual at gdgoss620@gmail.com. You can view the schedule to see what times are already taken at http://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/vigil-schedule/

I hope to see you at one (or both) of our kick off events! A Worship & Prayer Service at Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene on Monday, February 24th…and/or a Kick-off Mass at Epiphany Church, followed by a Eucharistic Procession to Planned Parenthood (with 40 Priests!) on Tuesday, February 25th. For details, see the flyer: http://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/spring-flyer-2020-40-Days-for-Life.pdf

Please sign up to fast from food on certain days, to help us to make sure someone is fasting on each day of the campaign. Go to https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/3144841/false#/invitation to get signed up.

God has big things in store for us here in Pittsburgh! I really believe that! I hope to see you soon!

In Christ,

Nikki

Have no fear…

Take no part in the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather seek to expose them. Ephesians 5:11

I am not fearful by nature. It’s possible that I am just naive or too sheltered to know that I SHOULD be afraid. But, being afraid usually doesn’t occur to me.

That said, I must admit that for the last month or so…with the year 2020 looming…I have felt fearful. Maybe it is the coming election and the fear of increasing anger and aggression, but I think it is more than that. This world just seems so foreign to the world that I remember growing up. Hearts seem so cold now. People don’t have large families anymore. No brothers and sisters, cousins and grandparents. Houses are large and lawns manicured, but there are no children to wear out the grass with games of kick ball. Everything seems empty and sterile. Faces are glued to screens, no smiles or greetings for those passing by. Things are very efficient now, but not very human. I could go on, but I won’t. You know what I mean.

I am not afraid for myself, for I have already lived the better part of my life. But I fear for my grand babies. What is in store for them? This feeling of dread was bothering me so much in fact, that on New Year’s Eve, as my husband and I watched the ball drop…I decided to make my new year’s resolution. I decided to give something up. I decided to give up FEAR. To implement this… I resolved to put morning prayer before morning coffee.

God affirmed my resolution this past week; as I was walking towards my car in the darkness, I noticed that some small pebbles were casting incredibly long shadows because of the headlights of the car parked beside mine. Tiny little rocks looked like tall trees in such eerie lighting. When I noticed the long shadows that were cast by those tiny stones in the street, I thought of the comparison to these times that we are living in. They may LOOK frightening, but in reality, compared to the True Light of Jesus Christ, all the evils that are trying to scare us into despair are really just little pebbles. We do not need to fear the shadows. God is allowing these times for a reason. We simply have to love and to trust. We have each other and we have Him. And that is enough.

God has made it very clear that He is using 40 Days for Life to work powerful miracles! A former abortionist and two former clinic managers are now working for 40 Days for Life. The building that used to house Planned Parenthood is now the 40 Days for Life headquarters. 16,742 babies have been saved, 196 workers have converted and 104 clinics have closed. God has given us a faithful team of 40 vigil shift managers here in Pittsburgh and now 40 shift “buddies”…to make sure that we are able to successfully keep the prayer vigil going on the sidewalk during each campaign. He wants us to know that HE is in charge of this movement, so we do not need to fear!

I think He has mighty things in store for us here in Pittsburgh during the Lenten campaign (Feb. 26 – Apr. 5)! In fact, He is using the number 40 to help us to overcome fear of the darkness and to help us to TRUST HIM! For the first time ever, we are seeking 40 PRIESTS to kick off our 40 days with a Mass at Epiphany Church, and to lead a Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Pittsburgh to Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, Feb. 25! See the flyer HERE and spread the word about this exciting event! We will also especially be honoring Jesus’ mother during these 40 days, with a dedication of these 40 days to her Immaculate Heart at the opening Mass. I have a feeling that Jesus will be pleased by this show of love for his dear Mother, and I would’t be surprised if we see some amazing miracles!

There will also be a kick-off praise and prayer service on Monday, Feb. 24th at 7pm at Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, led by Pastor Joe Stump! All are welcome to both of our kick-off events See our campaign flyer HERE for details!

Fran is ready and waiting to sign up church groups for the vigil! The vigil is WIDE OPEN and needs MANY CHURCH GROUPS to fill it! Contact Fran at franmac98fmc@gmail.com to get signed up.

We made the decision not to print the campaign flyers in bulk this time because many were wasted last time. Churches can print them from the resource page on our website at: http://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/get-involved-2/ Please use the resources on this page to spread the word at your church.

Thank you and may God bless you in this new year as we give up fear and TRUST THE LORD!

In Christ,

Nikki

Angels We Have Heard On High (And On The Sidewalk)

Despite the cold and constant rain, “angels” gathered on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood to sing praises to the newborn King and offer hope to those in desperate circumstances.
Tim, who organized the Pittsburgh part of this national pro-life Christmas caroling event, noted, “I’m certain our presence and singing made an impact. I’m sure our songs touched the hearts of those inside and out.”
Around three dozen people answered the call to bring Christ’s love and peace to one of the coldest and saddest parts of our city.
Hot cocoa and donuts helped to keep everyone warm and energized.
Thank you to Barbara, Tim, and Jeannie for making this wonderful event possible!

Day 41…Thanks to all who made our 40 Days for Life fall campaign a success!

The precious baby pictured here was just born last Thursday…and was saved from abortion when her mother arrived at Planned Parenthood last April for an abortion, but instead decided to accept help from our sidewalk advocates!  We are praising God for this beautiful life and wonder what plans God has in store for her!

We thank God for all of the wonderfully selfless, dedicated people who prayed, fasted and witnessed for life during these past 40 days! We know of 2 lives saved, but believe that God used us to save MANY more that we may never know about. He is faithful and good to those who love Him…and we DO LOVE HIM!!! Our next 40 days begins on February 26th. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas…and I will see you in February!

Enjoy these photos from our closing celebration:

It was wonderful to see Al back on the sidewalk, thanks to his beautiful daughter, Alicia for bringing him! Doesn’t she look like her mom?
Thank you Fr. Thomas More for coming all the way from St. Vincent’s in Greensburg to lead our prayer on the sidewalk!!!
A beautiful time of candlelit prayer and song tonight!
Al and Alicia joining in song!
Nice turn out for the closing of our vigil on the sidewalk tonight!
it was a beautiful night!
Our Christian fellowship kept us warm and cozy on a chilly night!
Melissa closed us with a prayer that she wrote.
The fun and fellowship begins!
Fr. Jason Charon, of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church inspired us with encouraging stories of lives that seemed hopeless but that God used for amazing things!
Benson is only 18 years old but is on fire for pro-life work! He spoke about the exciting place we are at in the pro-life movement and about the very real possibility that we may see Roe overturned and the importance of the next election! He is one sharp young man! Thanks Benson!
Fr. Thomas More encouraged us with stories of saints and reminded us of the importance of our presence on the sidewalk!
Al was laughing at Emcee Joe’s antics…just like old times…only missing Sally! It just isn’t the same without her.
Emcee Joe
Al got a standing ovation when he spoke about his lifelong fight to save lives from abortion!
Al spoke about years of sidewalk advocacy…Picketing Magee Hospital, handing out leaflets at high schools, standing in front of PP three days a week for 30 years, Face the Truth…and more! He was presented with a scrapbook from our team, including photos and messages from the team.
Our scheduling ladies…Donna and Fran…what a great team!
Fr. Jason’s daughter, Nikki and Fr. Thomas More, enjoying the speakers.

DAY 40: THANK YOU, People of God Covenant Community, Living Hope Church; SHIFT BUDDIES Vince P., Marie P., Melissa D., Jim and Cathy S.; VOLUNTEERS Thao and Sandy; HOST for our Closing, Catholic Charities; and all of you who came to the sidewalk to witness with us today and throughout this fall!

Salvator Mundi (detail, 1395), Francesc Comes ©akg-images /Album/Oronz, https://us.magnificat.net/

In your sight the whole world is like a grain of dust that tips the scales, like a drop of morning dew falling on the ground.
You spare all things because all things are yours, Lord, lover of life, you whose imperishable spirit is in all.  Little by little, therefore, you correct those who offend, you admonish and remind them of how they have sinned, so that they may abstain from evil and trust in you, Lord.

Wisdom 11:23, 27 – 12:1-2

We are an alleluia people!

Pope John Paul II

Every saint has a past. Every sinner has a future.

Bishop Robert Barron

Joyful, armed with age old Biblical truth and beauty, Pittsburgh 40 Days for Life witnesses showed up on the pavement outside pp daily for 12 hours, for 40 Days.  We prayed, sang, encouraged, cooperated, stumbled, sighed and cried.  We stepped back.  We showed up again. 

Those of us on Nikki’s list love each other.  Even wrapped in layers and with faces reddened by the weather, we recognize each other.  It is as if we grew up in the same neighborhood.  We anticipate each other.  We are in step.

Our rhythmic joy bringing to the sidewalk reminds me of a video.  These guys share a joyful vibe.  They move gracefully, anticipating each other’s moves.  Their faces are happy.  They know they are doing their best.  They know their hearts are in good company. Their editor is almost as good as ours!

Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk

FUEL

Al and Sally

Sally always made deviled eggs for the Closing.

Beloved ardent witnesses for life

NOTES FROM THE SIDEWALK

JEN M. SHIFT MANAGER 7-9

Early this morning, Diane set up the vigil for the last day of our current campaign.  Please say a prayer for Tom, who’s fighting the flu.  May God bless them both for their faithful service and incredible ideas to make the vigil more comfortable and fruitful!

My shift buddy, Vince, and I were happy to pray with Thao, who has been such a blessing to us all this fall.  We were also glad to have the witness of Michael, whose mom has helped organize the Harrisburg 40DFL vigil in the past.  
Bill H. stopped to share the joyful news that his daughter is pregnant!  And Bill E., Friday shift buddy, came with his wife, Ursula, to pray for a while.  Please hold him and his family in your prayer as his sister died unexpectedly two days ago.  
As we were praying through the 20 decades of the Scriptural Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, a charter bus with a police escort came down Liberty Avenue.  I have no idea who is visiting Pittsburgh that would warrant that kind of production, but I hope they noticed our vigil as they passed by–especially if it is someone in government or running for office.  
Uplifting little “God-wink” to share:  there was a huge gust of wind exactly when we were reading about the “noise like a strong driving wind” heard at the descent of the Holy Spirit!
And an encouraging moment to tell you about:  a young man stopped to stare at the fetal models and ask questions about abortion.  He truly seemed surprised and horrified at the details.  We gave him some information about the development of the child in the womb to share with others.  Those fetal models are such a witness to truth!  
Ken arrived at 9 AM to guide the next shift, joined by Pat, Bill, and the People of God Covenant Community.  Thank you to all who have prayed and witnessed over the last 40 days…God will use your sacrifice for such good that we can’t even imagine!  

Pat and Ken, Shift Manager 9-11

Michael, Thao, Vince (Shift Buddy), Jen (Shift Manager), Bill

RICH AND ROSEANN K. SHIFT MANAGERS 11-1

We had a lot of foot traffic today due to the Steelers playing, but it was relatively quiet with a few negative and a few positive remarks.  Although no one was signed up for our shift today we had faithful prayer warriors Marg and Nadine to witness and pray with us.

Nadine, Marge and Rich, Shift Manager

LINDSAY M. SHIFT MANAGER 1-3

Well it was a great blessing when a bus load from Living Hope Church in Whitney Pa  showed up, with Pastor Doug leading his faithful sheep.

Attached is a beautiful sketch of a sleeping baby. This was sent to a friend of mine on All Souls Day, including this prayer.
R.I.P. Today on All  Souls Day let us remember all babies: born sleeping, or we’ve carried but never met, those we’ve held but couldn’t take home, the ones that came home but didn’t stay. Make this an image on your wall if you or someone you know has suffered the loss of a baby.
In memory of all babies too perfect for earth 👼☁☀.
Dedicated to all our babies.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

JOE W. SHIFT MANAGER 5-7

STAY TUNED!

And God saw that it was good.

Day 39 Thanks to St. Maria Goretti Parish, Christ Our Savior Parish, & individual volunteers

FAMILY POTLUCK SUNDAY DINNER- All are Welcome! We will gather at 6 PM in front of Planned Parenthood for closing prayers led by Pastor Joe Stump, Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene. Dinner immediately following at 6:30 PM in Catholic Charities Welcome Center at 9th & Liberty. Food, Fellowship, and Tales from the Pavement. A Perfect end to our Beautiful Vigil.

Bring your Family favorite and JOIN the 40 DAYS FOR LIFE family at TABLE

SHIFT MANAGER REPORTS:

7-9am Shift Manager Tim reports:

Despite Liberty Avenue being closed off along with most of the other roads near pp for the 10 mile race, the year round Saturday morning faithful (Virginia, Joe, Bill and now Thao) still managed to make their way to the clinic as did Diane with all the 40 DFL signs and materials.    With no street traffic it was very quiet and it appeared pp had a delayed start. An older man with what appeared to be his grandchild stopped to thank and encourage us. He then showed the child the fetal models and hopefully planted a seed. We also hope we made a powerful witness and planted some seeds with all the runners who came by along with their supporters. Peace and joy, Tim

Bill and Beth from St. Alphonsus SHOW UP EARLY
LIFE SQUAD: Virginia, Thao, Joe
Bill, Zach, Richard bring LIFE to the sidewalk!

Shift Manager Barbara Reports 11-3: It was a blessing to witness in the name of Christ Our Savior Parish. Richard and I arrived and Jeff and Judy had everything organized and running ship shape. Zach was standing on the far side handing out scriptural cards.   Jeff went home and Judy remained in her role as sidewalk advocate.  She was busy as people by twos and threes went in and out of pp almost continually. Zach is a psych student, back home on vacation from school in Harrisburg.  He graduated from Vincentian Academy and felt that he should not waste time.  He remained for at least 2 hours.

Linda and John arrived and prayed quietly and we shared an “Our Father.”  They left soon to return to Grove City with their friends in Life Advocates.  Three others had been across the street witnessing at 11. Jeremiah, Rebecca and Landon arrived from Washington PA, coming for the first time.  They responded to a call for help on our website.  Jeremiah has a positive warmth for life and was ready to share when asked. They are expecting their second child in April.  Their son Landon says he is ready to be a big brother.

Chad arrived alone, glad to find us there.  He stayed to share the Good Book.  He and Jeremiah spoke with a young woman who had serious pro abortion opinions.  The three had a worthy conversation.  None was won to the other side.  They separated peacefully. Chad said he is interested in joining the regular early Saturday morning team  year round.  He has another friend who might join him.  The friend had helped him change over from atheism.  Kathy shift manager and Anthony shift buddy arrived at 1.  Adam arrived to pray.  He is not related with a church at this time.  He is interested in a bus to Washington for the March for Life. Patricia and Paul arrived from Butler.  They signed in and it was time for us to leave.  It was a terrible day.  So many people coming and going … keeping the pp door busy.  It was a wonderful day.  So many people came to witness for life. Barbara

Paul and Patricia from Butler

3-5 Shift Manager Billy Reports: Today I was accompanied with Katie and her parents. We were praying with Adam, Paul, and Lisa who came to do the Jericho walk. 

It was a pretty quiet afternoon when we arrived at Planned Parenthood. A few people walked into Planned Parenthood, and a few workers left. Around 4:15, it was Katie, Katie’s family, Lisa and myself for the rest of the shift. Then Diane came to take the supplies for the night. 

Katie praying with Mom and Dad- A Family Affair!

Day 38: Thank you to Aquinas Academy Pro-Life Group, St. Regis Parish (Trafford), and all who prayed today!

As of tonight, only two days remain in the Fall 2019 campaign of 40 Days for Life. We know, however, that the end of the battle does not mean the end of the war. We won’t stop fighting until every woman facing an unexpected pregnancy recognizes the child growing within her as a gift, and is able to receive as much practical, emotional, and spiritual support as she needs.

“Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: be not afraid!”

St. John Paul II

There are many ways to keep going! One fantastic idea is to train as a Sidewalk Advocate or to volunteer as a prayer partner for one. Contact Sue at susanmcgrath526@comcast.net for more information. Some other great suggestions from the Susan B. Anthony List, a nationwide network striving to elect pro-life leaders and advance life-affirming legislation, can be found at this link:

Thank you for all the ways you witness to the sanctity of Life. May God bless our efforts to end abortion!

-Jen


SIDEWALK REPORTS

7-9 AM, Barbara & Richard:

Diane has devised a supply stand that taunts the wind. The wind lost again this morning. Score!
Richard and I were blessed with the generous company of Steve, Tao, Joe and Priscilla.
They came and the sidewalk bloomed!
He stopped to share his story.  He had been a soldier, married young and his marriage lasted more than a decade. Unfortunately they are divorced now. He blamed himself.  He thanked us for witnessing.
“Is there a bank nearby? I’d like to give you money.” We agreed that praying for the families going into PP this morning would be a better idea.
 “Somebody I used To Know” is a song I chanced upon while driving. It hurts to listen. The man’s voice breaks in bewilderment. Her voice breaks as she tries to explain. Their separation seems irrevocable.
Another person was in his late teens. “I am undecided about abortion.” He took a step back. “My name is Barbara. What’s yours?”  I told him that asking questions at his age is a good thing.  Abortion and God … he is unsure about these gigantic issues … blessed opportunity. He had only a little time to talk today, but I listened. May Our Father continue to send him to God-loving people who will cherish his hungry heart.
The pregnant moms trudged into pp, declining the opportunities for life that we offer. Our God is patient!

Barbara
Joe, Tao, Steve, Richard
Tao, Richard, Steve

9-11 AM, Kathy & Marlene:

Thank you to Rose and Marlene (PCUC) and Jim (St. Alexis) for coming today.  Not pictured, Friday regulars Priscilla and Joe (St. Alexis), Amy and Claire (Upper St. Clair churches).
We prayed together and alone.  Aloud and silent.  Passed out the yellow pregnancy resource cards to several bypassers. One or two PP clients accepted resources, but many did not.
A professional looking gentleman wearing a necktie and business suit stopped to ask if we had a lighter for his cigarette.  We didn’t but he took the opportunity to tell us his views on abortion and that we should continue witnessing. A young man in his twenties also stopped at the vigil and asked me if I thought a woman had the right to choose abortion since it’s her body.  For the next 15-20 minutes, Amy and I discussed with Dustin God’s creation and humanity of the unborn child, the immorality of abortion, and his experience of being a foster child and then being adopted.  During our conversation, the initial tension I sensed from him and within myself seemed to disappear resulting in me inviting him to the 40 Days closing vigil on Sunday which he said that he would attend.  May God’s love be with him.

Kathy
Rose, Marlene, and Jim

11 AM-1 PM, Sheila:

A lot of couples entered during this time and all of them declined information.  One couple that exited when I first arrived said that they were there for only an ultrasound and that they paid $120 for it.  They were very interested to hear that ultrasounds are provided for free at the various pregnancy centers and gladly accepted my handouts. 
A young woman, ‘S,’ came over and spoke with us before she entered PP. She said she was simply there to get a pregnancy test and declined going to Catholic Charities with one of us.  She told us that she has a fair amount of support if she finds out she’s pregnant but is still on the fence as to how she would proceed. ‘S’ accepted a resource sheet and my contact information; I let her know that there is a large network of people here to pray for her and provide support.  She entered PP for a few moments then came out and stated, “I decided I’ll just buy a pregnancy test and see what happens.”  She told me she’d be in touch; let’s keep her in our prayers.

Sheila
Joan and R

1-3 PM, Elaine & Bernie:

Coming soon, but scroll for more!

3-5 PM, Pat:

Tonight required the heavy coat (and long underwear) to make its first appearance of the campaign.  It was good to meet Mary Ann (whose parish I’ve forgotten) and also John and Anna from St. Philip’s merged parish in Crafton.  And it was good to see once again ever-faithful Val and Mike from St. Mark’s in Liberty Boro.  Thank you so much for coming out for so many hours of prayer.  My brother Knight, Mike C., from St. Regis in Trafford was also with me to help me represent our parish and our Knights of Columbus council.  

The only incident of note was a woman who stopped and talked to the group while I was on the other side.  Apparently she told them that she had considered abortion many years ago, but placed her child for adoption instead.  

Pat
John and Anna
Val, Mary Ann, and Mike
Mike and Pat of the St. Regis Knights of Columbus

5-7 PM, Missy & Bill:

Hi everyone! The last friday night shift was pretty quiet…one bad comment…nothing serious.

My shift Buddy, Bill E, suffered a tragic family loss today with the sudden death of his sister. I’m so very sorry, Bill! All of the people who come here are praying for you and your family. Please know we are thinking of you at this time…

Patty, Jim, Thao and Peggy all were there to pray and we were joined by Mary Jane ( sorry I didn’t get your picture beautiful lady 🙂 !

“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
 It takes a lot of moral courage to stand in the face of evil and defend God’s Law…even when man’s law seems to prevail.
We know this is not true, though,because Jesus Christ, Our Savior, overcame the world. The victory has already been won.
In the Bible we read that ”…All things work together for good…”  ( Romans 8:28) This means that it doesn’t matter what we see, or think, or experience…God is in Control!!
We are to pray and be His lights in a dark world. TRUST that our prayers have been heard. We are to have faith in our God who knows the plan. HIS will be done…for HIS glory!
 Jesus Christ is our intercessor.  1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man, Christ Jesus. “
God Bless…

Missy
Peggy and Thao
Patty and Jim

Day 37: Thanks to Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, City Center Parishes, and all who prayed today!

HOW DO WE EVANGELIZE 40DFL?…BY KNOWING OUR STORY

Whenever I get the chance to give a talk about 40 Days for Life (40DFL for short), I get a little excited.  Excited, because it means I get to tell our story. 

These talks start with me meeting the audience where I’m guessing they are.  They’re probably thinking:  “Hey, there are a lot of good things I could be doing with my time, why should I consider participating in 40DFL?”  So I’ll begin by presenting a few convincing arguments to demonstrate there is no evil in the world today greater than abortion.  Then I’ll tell them that, when it comes to concrete and proven results, there has never been a greater solution to this problem than 40 DFL.    

And then to explain why…by telling our story…

“In 1998, Planned Parenthood opened an abortion center in Bryan/College Station. People of faith rallied against it, but in time the office was built and Planned Parenthood opened.  Each year, the goal of ending abortion in the Brazos Valley seemed to slip further away.  But four members of the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life realized they needed to ask God how He would have them end abortion in their community.

So in 2004, they gathered around an old wooden table for an hour of prayer.  During that hour of prayer, they found themselves drawn to the timeframe of 40 days-a timeframe God consistently uses throughout salvation history to transform His people. How might God transform Bryan/College Station in 40 days?  As that hour of prayer progressed, the four individuals felt themselves called to launch a 40 day campaign of PRAYER AND FASTING, COMMUNITY OUTREACH, AND A CONSTANT, PEACEFUL VIGIL to end abortion. They also vowed that even if no one else would join them, together they would cover the entire 40 day, 960 hour, around-the-clock vigil.

Finally, they gave their new project a name: 40 Days for Life

…In less than six weeks, more than 1,000 new volunteers helped ensure all 960 hours of the vigil were covered. A grassroots, door-to-door effort reached more than 25,000 households. The campaign made local, state and national news. And the local abortion rate dropped by 28 percent.

In 2007, the original 40 Days for Life leaders launched the first ever nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign, spanning 89 cities in 33 states. Before long, campaigns had been hosted in all 50 states. And then the world came knocking.

Hundreds of cities in dozens of countries across all six populated continents have now hosted 40 Days for Life campaigns.”  [NOTE:  This is all taken from www.40daysforlife.com.]

I’ll then go on to tell them about the 16,004 LIVES SAVED, the 191 ABORTION WORKERS WHO QUIT, and the 104 ABORTION CENTERS CLOSED.  And I love to add here that this includes the site of that first campaign in College Station…which is now the international headquarters for 40 Days for Life!  (Personal note:  When I get to this part of the talk my throat starts to constrict and my eyes start to water.)

So here’s the point of all this, perhaps it might be worthwhile to have in the back-pocket of your brain the essential point of our story so that you can, at some unexpected moment, share our gospel. 

Always be ready to make a reply to anyone who asks you to explain the hope that is in you. 

1 Peter 3:15

-Pat


SIDEWALK REPORTS

7-9 AM, Nikki & Peggy:

The rain held off for my shift, it was warm and dry and I was feeling a little bit of guilt, knowing that all the rest of the people who come today or probably going to get soaked! But, it was a very quiet and peaceful shift. I was with my shift buddy Peggy and faithful volunteer Jon for the entire two hours. Towards the end Mary stopped by to pray. She was on her way to see her new grandbaby who is being born today. That reminds me, Angel is also having her baby today!  she was the young girl who came here for an abortion last April and changed her mind! Priscilla also came to pray and at 9 o’clock I handed the torch over to Judy, Chuck and Meredith from Lincoln Place Nazarene Church. Pray for those who went in this morning to kill their babies, pray for lives saved and hearts changed! Pray for a young girl who is being pressured to abort by her friends and has decided  that she will have the abortion. Please pray for her today but she will change her mind. 

Nikki
Jon, Peg, and Diane
Mary stopped to pray on the way to see her new grandchild born today!
Autumn glory even here

9-11 AM, Judy & Meredith:

It was damp but not wet when LP Nazarene (Chuck, Meredith & Judy) arrived on the scene this morning. Priscilla was already there waiting for us. It has been such a privilege to pray with her on the sidewalk these past four weeks. Midway through our shift we were joined by Mike Maley and then Bill Harrison for a brief period of time. It was not long before we were using our umbrellas and we needed them the rest of the shift.

There was a fair amount of people coming and going from Planned Parenthood. There were a few that were polite and stopped momentarily to acknowledge that we were speaking to them but they did not take any of our handouts. However, there was a young couple who took a card from Meredith. Sadly, we know of no babies that were saved on our shift, however, we know God is answering our prayers to close Planned Parenthood!!!

Judy
Thank you for braving the weather to pray and witness!

11 AM-1 PM, Fran:

Those who braved the wet weather came and gave witness to what it means to be a Saint. My God receive their prayers and bless them. It rained pretty much from 11 to 12. But nothing stopped them.

Fran
A little rain (or a lot) can’t stop these Witnesses for Life!

1-3 PM, Carolyn & Cil:

God bless Fran for being there when we arrived and for staying on into the next shift!  She said we could leave before the next shift arrived.
God bless Fr Jim for coming to the Vigil with us again!
We had a brief moment at the beginning when it wasn’t raining.  But then it started up again non-stop.
Several rosaries were prayed along with other prayers.  Carolyn and Fran are great prayer warriors!
Had a chance to talk with an abortion bound father on 3 occasions but the mother was determined to go through with it.  The young man told us to keep doing what we are doing.
It was an emotional rollercoaster of a day.  It helped that we had supporters who stopped to talk with us.  One beautiful lady explain how she never knew that she was adopted until 5 years ago. Her mother told her before she passed but her father had already passed.  She was very surprised to learn that as she had no idea that she was adopted.  Her parents were so loving.  Many adopted children are raised in loving homes despite what the pro-aborts say.  She took our material and plans to share with her coworkers about her story and the help that is available.  She is raising her two special needs children.  Although they can be a challenge she said that they helped to change her life for the better.  She may come by with her daughter sometime to pray.

God bless you for witnessing in such wild weather!

3-5 PM, Helen & Anita:

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Umbrellas were all but useless, and the rain drilled through our layers of coats, socks & sweaters. No matter! Our rosaries, Divine Mercy novenas and happy presence overtook all annoyance with weather.

 We were privileged to be there on behalf of God’s precious babies. When this place is closed, we can laugh at the wonderful sense of joy and love that comes with prayer and the reassuring confidence of our angels.

Helen

Vigil closed early at 5 PM today.