I have been receiving encouraging reports from our vigil managers and from many first-time vigil participants, and the positive experiences they are having. I would like to share some of those reports with you here.
Lisa, shift manager for the 11-3 shift yesterday, wrote:
“I wanted to let you know how wonderful today was!! So many people, so much beautiful fellowship… several people who came—on their own—as first timers. SO COOL!”
Bob, of St. Irenaeus Parish wrote about his experience at the vigil this past Tuesday:
“Almost everyone from our parish who was present said this was their very first time participating in a prayer vigil before an abortion clinic. Everyone was moved and energized by the experience. We were not the only ones moved. At about 10 a.m., a woman with her daughter (in late-teens, early 20’s) came out after spending approximately 2 hours in the clinic. Her mother told us “She couldn’t do it.” I personally cried tears of joy. The shift supervisor from 40 Days for Life, and Fr. Joe, gave them information about the free clinic at Mercy Hospital, and they seemed genuinely happy about their decision for Life. Another child was saved by God, and for God!
Most of the people who passed on the street were respectful, and many encouraging. Those who were negative were in the decided minority, and behaved in an unchristian manner. One fellow, whom I recognized, told me to do something with myself that I really believe is physically impossible. He did not recognize me, however, because like the others who were negative, he guarded his hatred by not meeting our eyes when he yelled. I feel changed by this experience. I met many old friends that I never knew I had. I would encourage all to participate if they can. This truly is God’s work. You cannot get this close to Him and fail to feel His presence.”
Robin, from Christian Assembly of God wrote:
“I was out of my comfort zone as I participated in the Prayer vigil yesterday. This was the first time I or my church did anything like this. My pastor created an atmosphere of worship by singing most of the 5 hours we were there! We sang & we prayed! There were those who supported us being there, and others who did not. But I sensed many passing by were hurting people, & more uncomfortable than me. There were also those who wouldn’t even look at us. My heart was heavy as I realized the enormity of why we were there. I encourage all who can to go & participate, I don’t think you’d be the same afterward; I’m not, and would do it again!”
Our vigil has some times today, and in the next few days, where the churches were not able to fill… and our shift managers could use some company. Please reply back and let me know if you can come be a witness for Jesus and for Life at the following times:
Tonight (Friday) from 4pm – 7pm (Shift manager is Randy)
Tomorrow (Saturday) from 5pm – 7pm (Shift manager is Maggie)
Sunday from 3pm – 7pm (Shift manager Jim)
Monday from 7am – 1pm (no church scheduled…shift manager Nikki)
Also, I would like to let you know of our up-coming events:
There will be a mid-point candlelit gathering on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:45pm (which is day 21 of our 40 days). This will simply be a time to gather in Christian unity at the vigil site in front of Planned Parenthood (933 Liberty Ave.) for prayer and singing. Everyone is welcome, but should be careful not to block the sidewalks or stand inside the painted circle around the entrance to Planned Parenthood. We should be finished by 8:15pm.
Our 40 Days for Life closing rally has been set for Sunday, May 1, at Allegheny Center Alliance Church, from 3-5pm. See the attached flyer for details. Please mark your calendar, and pass along the flier to everyone you think would be interested. A big thank-you to Jeannie French for volunteering to be our event coordinator and for planning this!!!
I just want to leave you with this final thought; the giant of abortion seems so huge…so fortified…and we seem so small. Just like the 12 Israelite scouts who went to check out the Promised Land didn’t think they could conquer it…we don’t think our little efforts will do anything to end abortion. Because of our lack of faith, we have been forced to wander in this desert for almost 40 years, while 52 million innocents perished. If you don’t think you can make a difference, take a look at the faces of those who have stepped out in faith so far, by watching this short video from our candlelight vigil held in the rain on March 5:
Also, check out the photos from our vigil so far . There is hope in each face that our God will use us to end abortion, when more of us put our hope and faith in Him!
God bless you,