Day 38: Lifting people Up in prayer: Ave Maria (Bentleyville) / Weirton Catholic Churches; Christ Church Ministries, Penn Hills 11-3; SS Peter & Paul 3-5 / Weirton Catholic Churches 5-7

 

 

 

Each day we meet so many people from the faith congregations, pedestrians, and those utilizing PP.  PP has an advertisement that states 89,000 Pennsylvanians depend on the healthcare that PP offers.  Those 89,000 people can do better than that.  The strategy of PP is deception.  There is no health nor care in an abortion facility  There is only physical and spiritual death.

As the 40 Days for Life campaign for Fall/Autumn 2016 comes to an end, abortion will not end.   Let us continue to lift our brothers and sisters up in prayer to the loving hands of God in order to end the abomination.

 

Chronicals 7:14 NIV     “14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Today’s post, dedicated to people… and their health and well-being, because 40 Days for Life witnesses know the truth that “there would be a lot less people to worry about if a lot more people would care”.  We know that people who walk by us feel the same way.

Flash back  Friday remembers: link  Up with People

 

 

Please join us:

We will gather at PP this Sunday 11/6 at 6:30 pm for our closing rally in front of PP,  followed by a scrumptious potluck at Catholic Charities, all are welcome!  Bring something to share.   People bond over food!!!  ( I liked Sue’s picture!)  You have been called!!

 

To bring people to the light and out of the darkness.   Little Baby-Pro life song

Psalm 24:  Lord, this is the people who long to see your face.

We the People are responsible.   We can put our trust in God.  Jesus is the only answer.

 

People report from the sidewalk!

Barb likes to talk to people!  7 am to 9 am

Daylight crept onto Liberty Avenue unannounced and unnoticed but definitely accompanied this morning.  As it arrived, we greeted Joan and Mike who represented Ave Maria Parish, Washington County, from 7 to 9 this morning.  “It was only an hour drive,” Mike said.  “We have come every spring and fall for years now.”  Joan is President of Washington County Pennsylvanians for Human Life.  “Among our other activities,” Joan noted, “we take the baby fetal models, 7 to 30 weeks gestation, to display at the Washington County Fair to educate people about life development at the early stages.  We also show them at Community Days at the Mall in the Fall and Spring. People are surprised that abortion is legal so late in pregnancy.”  At almost the same time, Al and Sally arrived.
Together we celebrated by sharing the Rosary, Sorrowful and Joyful mysteries.  Praying the Rosary on the sidewalk in front of PP is a different experience from praying in Church or your room at home.  Buses, people, winds and sun and rain and snow and darkness compete for your attention. 
Nonetheless, it feels just right.
Barbara, Shift Manager 7-9

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Sheila responds to people on the sidewalk! 9 am to 11 am

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Sheila reports some good news with the help of Sidewalk Advocate, Peggy!

During our shift, a mom and her young daughter agreed to speak with me before heading into PP.  The mom said they wanted to confirm if the daughter was pregnant.  Their comments led me to believe they were NOT abortion minded.  I recommended that they go to  Catholic Charities instead,  and they gladly agreed!  Wonderful Sidewalk Advocate PEG walked them down.  (Latest news from Sheila and Peggy- a baby is on the way!  Prayers for all for support and affirmation for the young woman and her mother.)

Also, a group of  middle school children walked past and marveled at the fetal model display.  One of the chaperones told them to “look straight ahead,” but the kids couldn’t help but look want to know more!  Sheila

People who stood with Regina… and Regina!  1:30 pm to 3 pm

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Wonderful Regina and Pastor Brian were there when I arrived for my 3 to 5 shift. They had done the earlier shift together and joyfully greeted me. It was great to see them! Nikki
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Bill makes a daily visit to pray and bless the area with Holy Water every day- not just during the campaign. We are thankful that when the great cloud of witnesses can’t be there, a few representatives show up!

Nikki took the 3 pm  to 5 pm shift this campaign.

 Without the love of God and people, Nikki would not have been able to do the things she does!

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Lisa, Esther and Nati stood and prayed with me during my shift.

My final  shift was a good one! The sky was bright blue, the sun was shining on us, as I prayed with Lisa and her two daughters from Saints Peter and Paul and Beaver. We had no negative comments and lots of positive comments. One thing I would note, before Lisa and her girls arrived I had about 10 minutes alone so I knelt on the sidewalk and prayed for a while. There must have been at least four people who stopped  when they saw me praying and did a double take. They looked at me then they looked at the building then they turned and looked at me again, reading my sign. I could tell they were just figuring out for the first time that this building is an abortion clinic. It made me realize how important our witness is!

Many young girls stopped to ask for fetal models. One teenage girl was walking by as we were praying and she just smiled and held out her hand showing us the two fetal models that she must have gotten from us at another time. I am thinking about all these seeds planted in these young hearts and minds because of our witness.
At the end of my shift a man about my age stopped to ask questions about abortion methods and fetal development. He had stopped briefly to look at the fetal model display earlier, but had walked away. He came back about five minutes later and told us that he was haunted by a video he saw of an abortion, and he wanted to know if it was real or not. From his description, it sounded like he was talking about the movie, The Silent Scream. It turned out that his girlfriend had aborted his baby when he was just 15 years old. At the time he didn’t even know what abortion was, but when he saw the video it really haunted him and he has not been able to get that out of his mind. We had a nice long conversation, I told him he has a child in heaven and that he could name his child.  I gave him a Silent No More brochure and a Rachel’s Vineyard brochure.

Soon after this Rick showed up to take my place and I left the sidewalk on my final 40 Days for Life shift. Thanks to everyone who has helped us to keep this important witness and ministry going!  Nikki   

(Please see the resource page under About on this website for the help Nikki mentioned in her post. The link to The Silent Scream is narrated by Dr. Bernard Nathanson-  an example of a repentant sinner as a former abortionist.)

Rick is praying with God’s people on the 5 pm to 7 pm shift!

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This dedicated group, led by Father Tony, came all the way from Weirton for the 5 to 7 shift with Rick

The Friday 5-7 PM Shift was prayerful and peaceful (other than a young man who walked by) and tossed one of the large pro-life billboards to the ground. Especially like to  thank Cindy and Mark from St. Paul, Mary Fr. Tony and Lori from Sacred Heart of Mary and Bridget from St. Joseph the Worker and Jim from St. Maurice for their prayers and witness for the unborn. 

God bless,

Rick

Thank you team!  Marian

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