Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
It’s me again! I am joyfully “back in the saddle” as the campaign director for Pittsburgh’s 40 Days for Life! Humbled and contrite…but joyful! Humbled and contrite, because I am ashamed that I tried to get out of doing what God called me to do. Joyful, because I learned an important lesson.
This may surprise you, but I used to be a heavy drinker. When God was preparing me to lead my first campaign, back in 2010, He asked me to give up alcohol. He knew there was no way I could do this if I was drinking. It was a terrifying moment when I told him “Yes”. I remember mentally consoling myself by saying that if Roe vs. Wade were ever overturned, then I could go back to drinking. I laugh now when I think back at that.
I used the same mental crutch with my commitment to lead the 40 Days for Life. I remember thinking that I would lead 12 campaigns…and then be done. Then I could go back to leading a “normal” life. (By normal, I guess I mean selfish.)
I don’t know why I chose the number 12…it seemed like a good number. I guess I just needed a goal to strive towards…to keep me from giving up. The problem was…I got to the 12th campaign, and Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh was still killing almost 3,000 babies each year! How could I quit?
I continued leading, but inside I was grumbling a bit, wondering if this work would ever end. So, I began asking around for someone to take over. A beautiful, kind, humble member of our team agreed. May God bless Sue for her “YES” to God! But, seeing her struggle with working full-time, and trying to do all that leading 40 Days for Life entails, made me realize that I had made a mistake. I had hurt her…a dear sister in Christ… but more importantly, I had disappointed God…
…God, who has been so loving and generous to me, who has changed my life so much during these past 10 years. He asks such a small thing in return. A very simple thing. A very specific and narrow thing:
To gather the Body of Christ in and around Pittsburgh, to pray and fast and peacefully witness to the sanctity of human life in front of Planned Parenthood for 40 days, twice a year.
That’s all. No big deal really. And do you know what? I CAN DO THIS! For Him! Just as I never want to go back to drinking, I never want to go back to living life selfishly either. I have come to learn a lesson. There is no “coasting” in the spiritual life. There is either sinking or swimming. If I am not striving to live a life that honors God, I will be backsliding.
So I am JOYFULLY writing this letter to you, once again, to ask you to please consider helping us to fill our 40 day prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh! From Wednesday, February 14th (Ash Wednesday) through Sunday, March 25th, we need faithful prayer warriors on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood! Will you help us?
Please spread the word at your church by using our beautifully printed flyer and bulletin announcement (Click HERE to view the flyer, and HERE to view the bulletin announcement). Reply to this email if you would like us to send you the flyers or half-page bulletin inserts ($4.00 per hundred).
Take a look at our vigil schedule by clicking HERE to see which time slots still need to be filled, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your church on the schedule!
Finally, begin to pray about how the Lord is calling you to fast and sacrifice comforts during these 40 days. Our fasting calendar is posted at: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2171451/true#/invitation.
We are in this together! Thank you for joining us in this spiritual battle to end abortion! May God bless you this new year, and may we see God move in a powerful way in 2018!
Your grateful sister in Christ,
40 Days for Life Campaign Director