Day 37: Thank you to Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, and all of our other prayer volunteers!!

40 Days for Life

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Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.

 

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And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.

 

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For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”

John 6:37-40

 

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Can we see what the Lord is saying here?  His love is so great for us.  He wants NONE of us to be lost.  Yet in the world of abortion, there is so much darkness, confusion, and even despair.  But Jesus came that none of us would be lost, and that we might all have the opportunity to have eternal LIFE.

Let us pray that the abortion-bound women and men on Liberty Avenue- and around the world- may come to KNOW this, whether through our witness or not.  May the Lord work mightily in their lives to bring them to know Him and to have eternal LIFE.

 

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Shift Manager Reports

 

Nikki:

It was a calm and peaceful early morning shift. The weather was much milder than I thought it would be; it was very pleasant. I had my faithful partner and friend, Peg, with me for my entire shift. We prayed together and separately during our two hours. Towards the end of our shift there were couples entering the clinic, appearing to be abortion bound. One woman came out and started smoking a cigarette.  She looked rather distraught, but would not take any information from me. I prayed for her. We got quite a few positive comments, and some negative ones too. One young woman actually shoved her middle finger right in Peg’s face, almost poking her with it. It gave us an opportunity to live out the Beatitudes and we asked God to bless her.
It was a blessing to see Chuck and Judy, as always! The Holy Spirit works powerfully through them with love. Thank you everyone for continuing on this 40 day journey!
 
Thank you to Shift Manager Judy and her faithful sidekick, Chuck!
Thank you to Shift Manager Judy and her faithful sidekick, Chuck!

 

Another pair of top-notch pray-ers: Peg and Shift Manager Nikki!!
Another pair of top-notch pray-ers: Peg and Shift Manager Nikki!!

 

Lisa K.:

What a busy and full shift we had today!  When I arrived, Judy and Chuck told me that many people went in to PP this morning.  Sad news, to be sure.  Then they told me about a woman who had gone in and out a few times, but she had not wanted any information from them.  They pointed her out to me as she came outside again, and she didn’t want anything from me either.  But then Mary arrived, from St. Juan Diego parish, who had volunteered to pray with me at 11.  She was in God’s place at God’s time, because when the woman came out again, Mary was able to listen to her and share some helpful information with her.  They talked for a long time.  I just prayed for them all the while.  The woman’s daughter was in PP for an abortion, so we prayed for her as well.

A little while later, Beth Ann came to join us.  The three of us- Mary, Beth Ann, and I, stood in three separate areas, and prayed silently.  It was powerful.  Regular volunteer, Bob, came for some prayer time and left.  Thank you, Bob!  Then Kim and Janet joined us, having driven all the way from Wheeling.  Then Joan, Megan, and Ginny joined us.  Thanks be to God, it was a crowded and prayerful shift.  They were all veterans, and so we all sort of took separate “prayer posts” and there was a lot of silent prayer.  Amazing.  I thought it was beautiful.

 

Thank you, Mary and Beth Ann!!
Thank you, Mary and Beth Ann!!

 

Thank you to Janet and Kim!!
Thank you to Janet and Kim!!

 

Thank you to Joan!!
Thank you to Joan!!

 

Beth Ann and Megan joining in prayer. Thank you!!
Beth Ann and Megan joining in prayer. Thank you!!

 

Thank you, Ginny!!
Thank you, Ginny!!

 

After Mary’s hour (and having talked to that woman outside for a long time), she left.  But a little while later, she came back.  The Holy Spirit was MOVING in Mary!!  She asked if the woman and her daughter had come back out; they hadn’t.  But as Mary stood there waiting, the woman came out AGAIN, as if on cue.  Mary and Sidewalk Advocate Joan went over to talk to her again.  So beautiful…. women helping women.

 

Mary and Joan spend some time caring for the woman who came outside. God bless you, ladies.
Mary and Joan spend some time caring for the woman who came outside and stood in the alcove (she is not visible in this photo). God bless you, ladies.

 

And then, a very bizarre thing happened.  As we stood there in silent prayer, a police SUV pulled up right in the middle of the circle.  We all watched silently, very attentive.  We didn’t know whether some “situation” had happened inside of PP that required police attention.  But no…. as we watched, a male officer got out, then a female officer.  They opened wide both of the side doors of the vehicle, so they could assist someone.  Suddenly, we saw a small, young woman– in handcuffs and legcuffs- both with chains- being escorted out of the vehicle, and into Planned Parenthood.  It was such a foreign concept to my brain that I just stood there with my jaw dropped.  I had so many questions that we will never know the answers to.  It was very disturbing…..  Let us pray for that WHOLE situation!!

 

 

Helen:

Ginny cared enough to come. She has sleep apnea, so she doesn’t sleep much at night.

Minnie used the chair that “nobody took.” She and I prayed a rosary and then she had to leave.

A young woman came by and said she prayed for all of us yesterday on All Saints Day. She thinks we will all be going to heaven.

A young couple came by and admired our babies (preborn models). They were happily delighted to see how much development a baby has at such a young gestational age.  The young woman thanked us for being here and sharing the images of the babies.

It isn't easy for Ginny to make this trip, but she does it!! And we so appreciate the effort!! God bless you!!
It isn’t easy for Ginny to make this trip, but she does it!! And we so appreciate the effort!! God bless you!

 

Rick:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  The Thursday 5-7 PM shift was prayerful and truly a blessing.  Thanks so much to Pam from Crossroads Church in Weirton, Noelle from Grandview Church of God in Beechview, Dave from St. Pio Church in Blawnox, and Jim from St. Maurice Church in Forest Hills, for their prayers and faithful witness on behalf of unborn children and pregnant mothers in need.  Your commitment to protect and defend life is truly an inspiration.  Thanks also to Jeff for filling in for Tom and Diane today.

May the grace and peace of Christ be with each of you.  Looking forward to seeing everyone at the closing rally on Sunday.  God Bless!

Rick

 

Thank you, Pam and Noelle!!
Thank you, Pam and Noelle!!

 

 

“Motherhood implies from the beginning a special openness to the new person…. In this openness, in conceiving and giving birth to a child, the woman ‘discovers herself through a sincere gift of self’.” 

from Pope St. John Paul II’s apostolic letter On the Dignity of Women (Mulieris Dignitatem)

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One thought on “Day 37: Thank you to Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, and all of our other prayer volunteers!!

  • November 3, 2017 at 7:26 am
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    Oh my goodness, how appalling that a mother & baby were brought there IN CHAINS!! (Of course, every baby is brought there against his or her will.). One wonders whether the mother even wanted to do this. Even if she did, we were all forced to co-operate in the murder, since our tax-dollars were used to transport her (under guard) from jail to PP. & the police/jail guards were accessories to murder in bringing her there. May God help us all.

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