Today is just Day 1. We are engaged in a spiritual battle but there is wonderful news so read the whole blog! And keep our 40 Days for Life leadership, local, national and international in constant prayer. The enemy will work overtime in this fight. He, she, it- hasn’t learned who the Victor is yet. But we know!
Tonight’s blog is dedicated to our Sidewalk Advocates.
And to 3198 babies who died at 933 Liberty Avenue in 2015.
We know God is love so we know they are in His Hands.
We are all responding to the call to be Sidewalk Prophets. So, in honor of that knowledge, a Christian singing group The Sidewalk Prophets have songs you may like to listen to. The stories from today tell us these people who come to the sidewalk want to LIVE LIKE THAT! And God will Help Us Find It.
Thank you to all who came out today to witness for life!
And a new life for the baby and the mommy!
Terri reports: Terri is a sidewalk advocate!
I was working with Katie and Elsie this morning. A young woman was outside smoking. Katie tried to talk with her and so did Elsie. She didn’t want to listen and seemed to have her mind made up about having the abortion. I walked over to her. She was upset and crying. I spoke to her for a good twenty minutes. She kept telling me why she should have the abortion and why she shouldn’t be a mother.
I just talked about the help that there is available and that people cared. I told her that she needs to look in the mirror and realize that she is special because God chose her to be the mother of this child, and that her child will change her life for the better. She is 15 weeks pregnant. She had paid PP $671.
A PP worker came out to get her for the abortion. I hugged her and told her that she could change her mind and that I would wait for her outside. Those of us who were there prayed. I thought that I would be giving her information about post abortive healing. After about 15 minutes she came out with a male friend who had driven her there. She changed her mind! She told me that the fact that I wouldn’t give up and kept talking to her made a difference. While we were on the street later talking, she pulled out a 5 by 5 inch photocopy of her sonogram that she asked PP for. Let us keep this young woman and prayer. From Sidewalk Advocate Terri
Susan D. has the early shift on Wednesdays and was there to greet and help Diane set up. Diane delivers the supplies every day. Susan also writes the blog for Tuesdays during this campaign.
Chris and Jim from St Louise de Marillac with Katie, a Sidewalk Advocate.
Denny from St Louise de Marillac with Sue and Walt
Diane was already setting up the signs and trunk when I arrived! Katie was there as well and brought some new big PINK signs offering help to women passing by or going into Planned Parenthood. Shortly thereafter, Chris and Jim from St Louise de Marillac arrived and started praying on the opposite side of the circle. Katie was passing out pieces of candy that has cards with fetal development and available help attached. You can see her holding the box in the picture above. She was able to give out a lot of information!
Denny from St Louise arrived and we prayed the Divine Mercy while Katie continued to hand out information. There were a lot of people passing by and one man stopped to say how his girlfriend chose LIFE for their daughter because he supported her! His daughter is now 17 years old and an outstanding athlete. He was super proud of his daughter and so happy they chose LIFE! It was such a contrast to the young couple who looked so very sad going into Planned Parenthood. But they did take a pro-life resource card… (and from Terry’s report we know they left PP).
Walt and Bill arrived to pray and stand vigil as well. The sidewalk was very busy, so thank you to everyone who showed up today and for St Louise de Marillac for covering the entire day!
UNITED for LIFE, Sue
Cathy reports from the 9:00 to 11:00 shift. Cecilia took pictures so you can see them below.
When I arrived, Katie was talking to a young woman near the door. She later told me that the young woman was crying. She did go inside, but a good while later she and a guy came out (maybe he had gone in before I got there). Terry went over to talk to them, and they talked for quite awhile, before going back inside. Terry said they were going to get their money back. After another while they came out, without having the abortion! Terry took them across the street, presumably to talk and get connected with some help. Thank you God for saving these three children of yours, the baby, the mom and the dad!
Note to Katie: Without your being there and talking with the woman before she went in the first time, Terry may not have had the chance to do what she did. We are all in this together!
Thank you also, to the faithful members of St. Louise who were praying while all this was happening.
Cecilia reports from 11:00- 1:00
A nice group from St Louise de Marillac was praying the rosary when we arrived. Prayers and songs continued my whole shift!
Joyce and Pete joined Fr Tim with the Guardians for Life group who filled the sidewalk with prayers and songs. What a wonderful turnout!
It is so nice to have the Knights of Columbus join with us each campaign! Their support and presence is so appreciated.
I was thankful that my friends Joyce and Pete could join me today for the ride to the vigil. Here they are with Sidewalk Advocate, Terri.
Sidewalk Advocate, Katie and Walt, also a Sidewalk Advocate, with the group from St Louise. It’s so nice to have Seamus back with us! And it’s a blessing that I had at least one pastor there my whole shift.
Everyone reports on the young woman and baby! Immediately after our arrival a girl came out of Planned Parenthood with her friend and were greeted by Terri , Elsie and Katie. They had spoken with her earlier. She changed her mind about the abortion. And really seem to bond with Terri. . Praise God for this save on our first vigil day
Chris K. stood watch during the 1:00 to 3:00 shift:
Chris is also a board member of a local pregnancy center.
What a beautiful day God gave us to start our Fall Campaign! The shift went well, with nary a harsh word directed at us. One man even gave us $20! The traffic in and out of Planned Parenthood was intermittent, with only several couples going in. One couple parked their car where we were for an hour or so and walked across the street to the DMV office. When they got back into their car, she seemed upset and her husband gave her a kiss. I was standing near her car window and mouthed “Do you need help?”. She rolled down her window and said that they had two children and were pro-life, but that she had two friends who needed help. We gave her three of the yellow “Help” cards and she thanked us. Those cards are such a great idea, especially with the attached candies.
We had children stop by and look at the fetal models, with one mother explaining to the young boy with her that his aunt was four months pregnant and that’s what the child looked like inside his mom’s tummy. I was joined by faithful prayer warriors from St. Louise de Marillac church. Such a blessing!
Barb L. 3:00- 5:00 not feeling any love coming from PP:
Out of the car and onto the sidewalk. The giant whirring sound blasts of the buses and trucks. Sunshine and blue skies. Planned Parenthood doors and windows darkly reflecting daylight, refusing an easy glance into its first floor.
“Do I find pleasure in the death of the wicked – oracle of the Lord GOD? Do I not rejoice when they turn from their evil way and live?
Ezekial is not concerned about appearing politically incorrect. He calls some things evil.
The passers by who stopped to talk were not politically correct either. So many adults, teens, preteens and one little 2 year old who could not stop waving and smiling as his dad chose a piece of candy for him from our box. The fetal models were the stars of the show. “How could someone kill such a little baby?” Yep. That is a baby. Yep. That is killing.
Witnesses came to pray with us; Mary Ann, Brad and Hank. How wonderful to have such beautiful opportunity to bring Jesus to the sidewalk on this sunny September afternoon.
Shift manager Barbara
Joe Krol, 5-7 Shift Manager
What a joyous evening to kick-off 40 DFL to pray, share, and witness for the end of the evil that permeates 933 Liberty Ave. The sunshine and gentle breeze sure makes one appreciate the day even more when you think of being down here in February…
Started the evening greeting / talking Brad from St. Louise and Henry from St. Valentine’s and was shortly joined by Dave from St. Thomas and Andy who is also from St. Louise. There was some strong praying and opinionated sharing going on…
We were joined later in the evening by Andy’s mother, Clair. A young woman and her beautiful baby Miujiza (Swahili for miracle), who I had the pleasure of seeing her make smiley faces at her mom, stopped by on their way home. The mother thinks she may be pregnant (child #5). I was able to talk to her and give her resource info for her and her family and witnessed Clair also offer help beyond and above… Please pray for this mom, her situation, and her children.
Thank you to all who helped and prayed today on the sidewalk for life!