Day 20: Thanks to St.Irenaeus, St.Januarius, St.John the Baptist, St.Joseph and Our Lady of Joy

Recently I passed this sign in the window in one of those contemporary home stores and it stopped me in my tracks. WOW. I thought that’s what we are trying to do downtown, yet said so simply. I’m not known for my brevity, hence why this sign really struck me. We are at the vigil site TO CHANGE LIVES and we do!

We don’t know the impact we are having but I am certain we are having a big one. Remember the equation for changing hearts and minds is: Us + GOD = Kaboom! Most often we only see the Us part.

Additionally while we are changing their lives, I believe by our participation, prayer, and fasting we are changing our own lives as well. I admit when I leave the vigil I have a sense of both peace and joy. I feel like I’ve done something meaningful. I hope you do too.

We are halfway thru so if you haven’t been to the vigil yet, call a friend, co-worker or family member and sign up or just show. Someone will be there. Stay as long as you want. If you’ve already been there come on back, the weather hopefully will be better than when you were there. If you can’t make it, pray for us.

Come change lives and experience peace and joy. It’s free to all. Tim B.

Here are reports and pics from today at the vigil. Stop back throughout the day as it will be updated as reports come in. Here is the 7-9 am report from Sue.

It was a typical Monday with people going to work and school. Rose and I both noticed that it is day 20…! That first half seemed to go by quickly! St. John the Baptist parish is scheduled for the full day at the vigil. Joe from the parish came before he had to go to work and John was still there at the end of my shift. The men prayed on one side and Rose and I on the other side. A handful of employees entered PP this morning. Rose gave out a lot of info and there were many glances at the baby models. Rose took the picture of John and I. Thank you! Sue

From Donna 9-11 am: Thank you to our friends from St John the Baptist; Jack, Erin, Walter and Frank. It was great to have them join us today. There were two things that happened today. First, a gentleman by the name of Alvin came to shake all of our hands and thank us for being there. He had his son at the Driver’s License Center taking his driver test and saw us standing there. We thank God for him and knowing God sent him to strengthen us and help us to persevere in prayer to end abortion where we live. The second thing was a man riding by us on the street on his bike yelled to us “you should find something better to do with your time”. Diane responded “God bless you”. We know God has called us to be there for such a time as this.
To God Be The Glory. Donna

Part of the team from St. John’s

From Ginny 11- 1 pm: We had a bit of excitement when the protesters for the Rose trial came down Liberty Ave . There were 6 policemen on horseback, loads of police, cars, and several hundred protesters. Many were friendly One gave us the finger, others said they were not protesting us today
Some young students asked about our display and were quite surprised by the number of abortions done at PP in a year.
Another student was 7 weeks pregnant I gave her the brochure for the developmental stages of a baby She was very grateful for it.
We also got many thank you’s from passerby’s for being there. Praise God

From Beth 1-3 pm: Rose and I have seldom seen such a steady downpour. Luckily it wasn’t too cold, just enough to add the misery of wet weather to the misery that goes on inside PP every day. Lots of staff coming and going but few clients. Lianne joined us with her beautiful praying and fellowship. Just the three of us keep the prayers going and in spite of the rain, we received some encouraging words from those passing by. Overall a quiet shift.

From Marie 3-5 pm: Pete, Gloria and Marie spent a quiet and prayerful 2 hours in front of the clinic, One woman stopped and thanked us for our witness.

From George 5-7 pm:

Today shows how important our 40 Days email system is: I had to leave my shift 1/2 hour early to serve as cantor for today’s holy day. Email alert went out that Bill would be by himself, and we ended up having a total of, get this, nine people.

We did some praying, a lot of singing, and got a handful of “I support what you are doing!”

Day 13: Thank you St. Thomas Anglican Church and Holy Apostles Parish

I was just thinking how special we all are. If you are getting this note, then you have been called and you are special.

Did you get the call in the middle of the night? Did you say “Here I am Lord”?

I know it’s not easy to be pro-life in these times of ours. And if it were easy we wouldn’t need you.

Not everybody gets the call. God calls us each to do different jobs in HIS vineyard, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”. And some are called like John the Baptist to stand up and speak out against the greatest evil of our times – for us it’s abortion. We witness for Life and truth outside the abortion center. We offer LOVE.

So if God is calling you, take the call. Be not afraid, He is with you always. I look forward to seeing you in the vineyard, aka on the street. Bring your church group, your family or your friends. It doesn’t matter if you come alone or bring somebody. If you already been there come again. If you haven’t come yet, just come. Remember someone is always there from 7 am – 7 pm. Sign up or just show up. Stay as long as you want.

Remember, take the call when HE calls. Peace and joy to all. Tim B.

See the stories and pics below from today on the street. Stop back to see updates throughout the day. Let’s start with Sue’s report below from 7-9 am:

My shift buddy Rose and I had a beautiful shift. We got to talk with Tom for a little while when he dropped off the materials and than Rose and I continued sharing stories about St. Rita, Saint of the Impossible. We both have a devotion to her. Rose has visited her Actual Shrine in Cascia, Italy and I have been to her National Shrine in Philadelphia! St. Rita, Saint of the Impossible, pray for us! We did get down to saying the Rosary, Divine Mercy and Holy Face Chaplet, all while Rose handed out so many “Watch me Grow” pamphlets! It was a quiet shift but busy with people on their way to work and school. A few workers and one client did go into PP while we were there. Donna and Diane came a little early to take over. Thanks, Sue

From Donna 9-11 am: It was a quiet peaceful day today. Thank you to Carol and Bill for joining us today. Carol is our church administrator at St. Thomas Anglican Church. We updated the information on our sign with the current statistics from 2018. We had many positive comments and a few blank stares. One lady said “God Bless you and keep up the good work”. Another gentlemen thanked us twice and said “God bless you”. Someone else gave us a thumbs up and another gentlemen told us he was raised Roman Catholic and is a staunch believer and his parents had 10 children. Praise God for providing prayer warriors today!
Blessings For Life, Donna

From Ginny 11-1: We had a very peaceful vigil today.
There were a lot of people who gave us positive reinforcement some told how they were so happy they didn’t have an abortion and how happy they were for the children that they had and others came by and said good work it was very uplifting. Others thanked us for the job we were doing. Rose and Beverly were with me to pray to witness to the unborn today. I’m thankful to God for having them there
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FROM Beth 1-3 pm: Quiet afternoon for Rose and me. Helen joined us for prayers and fellowship.
PP seemed slow today. Hope it’s very slow tomorrow. So slow they just call it quits.

FROM Marie 3-5 pm: The 3-5 shift was covered with Pete and Gloria from St. Mary of the Assumption. The last hour was spent in discussion with a young man who wanted to talk about abortion. He was joined by a friend. During that time two others strangers joined in to support the value of life.

FROM George 5-7 pm: Bill and I had a somewhat uneventful shift yesterday Monday from 5 PM to 7 PM at Planned Parenthood Abortuary. Jim (Flaherty) was with us there also. One middle-aged, very agitated male pedestrian tried to somehow equate my support of an American citizen’s Second Amendment right to defend himself/herself as being hypocritical to our wanting to save babies!? (I equated aspirin to both saving and killing, as well as a scalpel/knife…). Of course, he would not accept that analogy.

A young man with a New York state license plate delivered what appeared to be medical supplies to the abortuary. The yellow plastic boxes showed that they are produced by “McKesson pharmaceuticals”. Do any of us hold stock in McKesson pharmaceuticals? Is there anyway that we could push back on McKesson? If McKesson would not deliver the solutions and medical supplies to perform abortions, I would assume that that could cause PPA to “hurt“, right?

And Tom came a little before 7 PM to pick up all of our materials and signs. What a good soldier for Life he is! … to schedule each day around being there at our start, and at our finish!

To LIFE!

PS: why do we continue to call that evil place “Planned Parenthood”? Those two words are so “clean-sounding”. Why not call it what it is: the “Planned Parenthood Abortuary”?

Day 6: Finley United Methodist, St. Mary of the Assumption, St. Ursula and CMF Mother of Sorrows

It’s now time to sow seeds of truth and love.

Farmers know when it is time to sow the seeds and so do we.

As our campaign gets underway our job is simple: sow the seeds of truth and love. Sometimes we don’t have to do a lot to have a big impact. The reason is we are not alone. We have God on our side. We just need to show up and sow the seeds. God will do the rest. He will make them grown despite the harsh conditions.

We must do our small part so God can do His . As He does with the plants in the field, He will make our seeds grow abundantly. Chances are we won’t see how the seeds grow, we won’t see the babies saved. We won’t know of the cars that passed by and kept going, nor those women who just kept on walking nor those who come out before their abortion. Sometimes we do find out that we saved a life. Maybe it’s when they leave and tell us or when someone stops and thanks us for saving their child years ago.

What seeds do we sow and how do we do it? It starts with our peaceful and prayerful presence. It’s our smiles and kind words. Our witness to those passing by on the sidewalk or driving down the streets states “every life is sacred, we care and we can help” and contrary to what many in the world say, we are saying by our presence “abortion is evil and wrong”. And of course there are the seeds of our prayers which I know are heard.

Well it’s time for us to do our small part and sow some seeds. We sow them and He’ll make them grown. Like the farmer we just need to trust.

Get your group or a few friends to come to witness and pray outside pp. So sign up or just show up. You and God will make a big difference. Tim B.

Here are the recaps from today at the vigil. Stop back as this will be updated throughout the day.

From Sue 7-9am:

I read Sunday’s blog before heading to the sidewalk this morning and I have to say, I felt the same way as Pat. But it was good to connect again with my shift buddy Rose. We said the Joyful mysteries and than Rose just started looking around and thanking God for every little thing that came into her line of sight. ie… public transportation (the noisy buses!!). Being grateful definitely pulls you out of the slump! Fran, whose birthday is today, showed up to stand with us in honor of her mother who at a young age,  chose life for Fran! Now I was definitely out of my slump!! Than I passed the badge to Donna and her sister who came early to stand for the next shift!

From Donna 9-11 am

It was a beautiful sunny cool Monday for our shift. My shift buddy and sister, Diane and I were joined by Fran and Findlay United Methodist Church members; Renate, Marsha, Paula & Pam and Evangeline Grace (3 mos) who made her first appearance at 40 Days For Life with her mother, Rachel and Grandmother, Suzanne. Mark also stopped by to pray the rosary and to welcome Evangeline Grace. It was pretty uneventful. We had a few nasty looks but several “thank you’s”. My sister was a little apprehensive since this was her first time but was thrilled to meet so many wonderful people and is excited to come back next week. God loves to take us out of our comfort zone. Thank you to all who came out to pray today and stand for life. While praying today all I could think of is “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world”. I relate things to music and that is a MercyMe song “Greater”. After that I thought of Chris Tomlin’s song “Resurrection Power”. Hearing those words from those songs turned into prayers today. May the Holy Spirit empower us, fill us and equip us to combat the enemy of our day and end this modern day holocaust of abortion. To God Be The Glory

Donna

From 1-3 pm From Beth:

We weren’t doing anything unlawful so we wondered why the fire department official was headed our way.  He said, “Thanks, keep up the good work.” What a nice surprise on a cold day.  Charlie stopped on his lunch break, as did Pat.  Chris and Dan came and prayed with us as PP had a slow day from the amount of clients that entered.  Let’s hope tomorrow morning is twice as slow.  Rose and I turned everything over to Marie and Peter.  Only one negative from a man who said that if it wasn’t for PP there would be more abortions and all we had to do is check the “stats.”  Too bad he didn’t stop, just to get the true stats that even one abortion is one too many.

From Marie 3-5pm: PP was quiet. Had some positive comments and jestures  from passers by. Marie

Joyful Morning of Caroling

Thanks to all the faithful who joined in prayerful song as we sang lots of Christmas carols..  We were reminded that when you sing, you pray twice.  Despite the sadness of being outside pp it was joyful and I feel guilty saying fun (see the headwear on Sr Jolenta below).

Father M. started us off with Silent Night which we sang in German, Polish and English.  Jeannie and Sr. Jolenta lead the way and tried to keep us in tune.


Thanks also to Randy who provided the beautiful music and to God for the light snow.  It truly was a moving event.

Merry Christmas. Tim B.

Day 34: Weirton Catholic Churches St., Margaret Mary (Moon Twp) and Presbyterians Pro Life

“Lord, if it is thyself, bid me come to thee over the water” said St Peter. “Come” was the response.

St Peter didn’t see the violent waves and howling wind threatening him. He only saw Jesus. He didn’t cling to the boat, he jumped right in.

Isn’t this similar to what we have going on around us. The pro abortion industry, the media and so many other segments of our society all seem to be threatening us. We want to cling to our comfortable lives. Yet we jumped in. We have stood up to the world. We heard the words “Be not afraid” and we came to witness to life, despite the “world’s” opposition, the big waves and at times even in harsh weather.

WE WALK ON WATER!

“Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid”. If you haven’t yet been able to make it to the vigil, there is still time this last week of the vigil. Come even if only for a prayer or two. You might just save a life and a soul. Forward this on to your friends and family and let them experience the joy of walking on water.

And if you can’t come while this 40 DFL Fall Campaign is underway, know that there are faithful Sidewalk Advocates and prayer warriors outside of pp every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (and Katie is often alone), Friday and Saturday mornings usually from 7 -11 am and join us.

“O thou of little faith, why didst thou doubt?” Come walk on water. Tim B.

Thanks to the faithful from Weirton Catholic Churches,  St. Margaret Mary (Moon Twp) and
Presbyterians Pro Life

HERE ARE STORIES FROM TODAY AT THE VIGIL: (this will updated throughout day)

7-9 am: While there was no church group, thank you to Rose S. who was with me for the bulk of my shift. Things were nice and quiet on the sidewalk this early morning which made praying a lot easier than it is on the Friday afternoons where I have my usual shift.

We did have one young man, “J”, who approached Rose with some questions. We found out that his girlfriend (also “J”) is pregnant and her family is pressuring her to have an abortion. This young man clearly does not want his girlfriend – and future wife, he tells us – to do this. It was unclear where the girlfriend herself was on the issue, but how about if we all try to say a short prayer today for the both of them. Pat M.

9-11 am: When I arrived for my 9 to 11 shift, I saw the earlier shift manager, faithful Pat, alone on his knees in silent prayer. That was a beautiful witness to his trust in God! His shift buddy, Rose, had to leave to prepare for Mass, but she had been with him for most of his shift. Carolina had signed up to be with me for my shift so I would not be alone. Thank you Carolina! The two of us had a very peaceful and prayerful time on the sidewalk. We got no negative comments and a couple positive ones. There were only employees going into the clinic, so we were able to focus on prayer. Carolina is from Mexico, and although she speaks very good English, when we prayed the rosary, she prayed her responses in Spanish, which was beautiful for me to hear! We truly are one body in Christ, no matter what language we speak! She was asking me what happens after the 40 days are over, and if we still have a witness on the sidewalk. I explained to her that we do not have the signs or the baby models, but there are a few individuals who do come throughout the year. We always need more though! It is so important to keep our presence there on the sidewalk! Many hearts and minds are changed because of it. I encourage everyone to keep the prayers going after the 40 days are over, and pray and ask God if he is calling you to come to the sidewalk on a regular basis even after the 40 days are over!  Nikki 

11-1 pm: Sheila and Collin from Weirton Catholic Churches prayed and passed out a lot of literature with me today.
Ginny

1-3 pm: A million thanks to the people of St. Mary, St. Catherine and St. Joseph combined parish for praying with Rose and me on a cold, cloudy afternoon. Denise and Stephen, Jackie, Robert, Dominic, Lou, Dorothy and Ralph and Maureen were joined by Fr. Frank their fearless leader as we sent our prayers heavenward from 933 Liberty Avenue. PP had few visitors, looks like it’s “get out the vote” time for them to insure they continue to receive federal and state money every day.
Big convention of chemical engineers in town; we received smiles and stares. Again, thanks, to all who came to the cold outside praying to end an even colder inside at PP. Beth S.

3-5 pm: I stood with Marie from Presbyterians for Life. We both had literature that we were handing out, but we were both aware that we are there to pray. It was the usual after work crowd queing up for the buses. In the second hour, a highschool aged boy and girl approached us and said that they support Planned Parenthood, but will give us 2 minutes to change their minds. We were right in from of the fetal models, so we discussed the scientific fact that a pregnancy is a human being. They asked us a series of questions after that like “what would we say to a pregnant woman in a very difficult situation”….to which we responded “How can we help you? What are your needs?” and showed them the resource card. They also asked us about abortion in a case where the mother’s life is in danger and our thoughts on abortion vs adoption. I told them about the documentary “I Lived on Parker” so hopefully they remember to look it up, since it is from the perspective of someone who lived the adoption experience. Here is a link if you have not seen it. https://www.ilivedonparkerave.com/ Andy came to finish the last shift of the day and when I left, Marie was praying with a man who had approached us earlier. Thanks to everyone who came today, Sue

Day 27: North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church and Holy Apostles Parish

Predicting Success

We will succeed for two reasons…

I recently heard a psychologist speak on “Predicting Success”. She studied West Point Cadets and spelling bee contestants among other groups. She ruled out education, test scores and family income as predictors of success. Rather she said the single biggest factor for success is having the quality of “GRIT”.

Yep, she said GRIT and defined it as having a passion for something and the perseverance to overcome setbacks and failures to achieve that passion.

Hum I thought, We have GRIT. We have the passion and perseverance to end abortion with our prayers, fasting and witness in good weather and bad. I have seen it in the faces of prayers warriors and the actions of those humble enough to kneel in prayer outside the abortion center.

Plus we God on our side. So sooner or later, we will win the battle to change hearts and minds and end abortion. Not by our efforts but by the power of God. Our prayers, fasting and peaceful vigil will access God’s power to change hearts and minds and change this culture of death to a culture of life thus bringing and end to abortion.  Our GRIT + God’s power = We Succeed!

God bless you and fill you with GRIT. Tim B.

Thanks today for the faithful from North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church and Holy Apostles Parish. Below are stories from today at the vigil including the visit by Shawn Carney, Worldwide President and CEO of 40 Days For Life.  Check back throughout the day as stories and pictures come in.

7-9 am:

I was greeted again this morning by Diane and my shift buddy Rose…we took a selfie since I won’t be here next Monday and this is our last shift together. Pictured are some members of North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church: Bill, Sam, Charles, Jerry and Kevin who showed up promptly. They put on their signs and stood in front of the door and on the opposite side of the circle to witness. Rose and I prayed on the other side, so it was nice to have the place surrounded with prayers this morning! There was the usual traffic and regulars passing by. We kind of have a routine down with praying and Rose handing out literature! She is super joyful and talked about St John Paul the II feast day today and how he always said “Be not afraid” and that we are called to be hopeful! A handful of workers went into the building. NH Reformed Presbyterian Church pastor Derrick came towards the end of my shift as some other members had to go. It was a good morning! Thanks, Sue

9-11 am:

Thank you to Charles, Derryck, Matthew & Katrina from Reformed Presbyterian Church of the North Hills that came and prayed today. We prayed quietly and handed out quite a few cards. Derryck and Charles sang one of the Psalms and it was beautiful!

God was clearly working today when he sent “K”. “K” came up and started talking to Charles and Derrick and was asking if PP was closed today which she said she saw on their website but she came by anyway. She is pregnant and wanted to get an ultrasound to see how far along she was. She is having a lot of pressure from her mom and boyfriend to abort. Charles and Derryck ministered to her and then we all prayed for her before Charles drove her to Women’s Choice Network in Oakland. Please continue to pray for “K”.

After Charles left we had an interesting situation, a woman walked up to us and asked if we wanted to see her mark of the beast??? We were caught off guard by it but prayed for her afterwards. Thank you to Karen from St. Phillips who joined us and prayed the rosary quietly and Rosemary from Holy Apostles with her beautiful sign. Thank you Lord for your faithful servants who pray to save the most vulnerable among us! Donna G.

From Ginny 11-1 pm:

Rose was with me all morning praying. 

Jeff stopped by on his lunch hour to pray
One man stopped at the light kept yelling out the window for us to get a job. He also gave us a nasty gesture. We just remained quiet and prayed for him. But there were many others who thank us for being there.

From Beth S. 1-3 pm:

Please pray for the woman who has a friend that had an abortion. When the woman was told, she was so deeply saddened that she stopped on her lunch hour to talk with us at 40 Days. Abortion affects so many people. The woman now knows about Project Rachel and she’ll pass the information on to her friend.
Rose, Donna, and Mary Ann from Holy Apostles kept the prayer going. And after speaking with such a heart-broken woman, one can see why prayer is so necessary for what we do.

Day 20: Harvest Baptist Church

Perspective

I gave this humility thing a try while at pp. I got down on my knees to pray. I’ll admit the getting down part was not so easy but once there my focus changed. I was no longer looking up and down the street. I was focused on my conversation with God. I stared at the flower placed on the yellow line. I thought about what was going on just a few feet in front me behind those doors. My knees didn’t hurt. I prayed that God ends abortion here, in our country and in the world and I know God heard me.  You see “Heaven never fails to hear me”. I felt both a sense of peace as well as confidence. We will win sooner or later.

What a great change of perspective. I suggest you try it. I’ll admit the getting up part forced a groan out me but I felt renewed.

As Abe Lincoln said “No man is so tall as when he stoops to help a child…”

Thanks to the faithful from Harvest Baptist Church for coming to the vigil today.  Here are today’s reports from the vigil.

7-9 am From Sue D.:

We brought baby’s breath and a rose to the sidewalk this morning in memory of the babies who lost their lives here. It was a quiet morning. A lot of school children passed by. Many workers went in to pp. Most could not get in the front door, so seemed to go down the alley to go in the back. There was a slight mist as Rose handed out about 40 flyers and we prayed the rosary and divine mercy. It was nice to see Lisa, the next “sub”shift manager since our paths rarely cross on the sidewalk! We had a couple minutes to share our thoughts on the Gosnell movie which we both saw this weekend. Thank you, Sue

From Lisa K. 9-11 am:

This morning, I was warmly greeted by Shift Manager Sue D. and Shift Buddy Rose. God bless you, ladies!!

Today was an amazingly prayerful shift. It was very quiet, not many PP clients at all (if any). I was so thankful to have Shari from Harvest Baptist Church there with me for two hours. She was a first-timer, and a dear soul. Thank you, Shari!!!

A young man walked by with a smile. His t-shirt said, “Of course your opinion matters….. just not to me.” Fine, not a problem. But then at the last second as he passed me, he said nastily, “Get a life.” I didn’t respond, of course, but my first instinct was to laugh! I couldn’t help but think that the sentiment on his t-shirt was exactly what I was thinking about his words to me!! 🙂 I did pray for him, though.

A man out for a run went running by, saying, “Way to go, way to go,” with a thumbs up. That was much appreciated.

A pregnant woman passed by. We smiled at each other. Then as she stopped and waited for the light to change to cross Liberty, she read the sign next to her about the development of the unborn baby. (See Photo)

Then, there was a large group of high school students passing by with their teacher. The teacher seemed to be walking briskly, intentionally not making eye contact with me. One of the students must have expressed some concern about walking past us 40 Days people, because I heard the teacher reply as they shot nervous glances in my direction, “You’ll be okay…” And I thought, seriously? As though anyone has anything to fear from US?? Sigh. What a mixed-up world.

One last thing. There seem to have been so many issues with that Planned Parenthood door sticking this past week….. and today, there seemed to be more issues. A man from Guardian security was there to work on some aspect of the door. So much time spent on that door today!! So much discussion!! Every time anyone came to the door and talked about its problems, it just gave me more opportunity to PRAY about that dang door. I never prayed so hard for those doors to break!! To be stuck!! To be closed and locked permanently!! And I kept praying, “Not for anyone’s harm, Lord, but FOR THEIR GOOD.” May the King of Kings, who holds all power in His hands, close those doors forever!!!

From Ginny 11-1 pm:

We prayed many rosaries, passed out lots of literature today.
We got many positive responses. Also, a few negatives, but more positives.
We had good weather no rain. Praise be to God. Some people passing by stopped to pray with us.

From Beth S. 1-3:

Rose and I had wonderful prayer partners today at PP. Edith, Mary Alice and Sandy came for the entire 11-3 shift. Edith gave out lots of literature. Many people thanked us for being there. Maybe our message and peaceful way of handling things is getting through to the general public.
There wasn’t much activity today except weather-wise. By the time Claudia joined us at 3, the wind and brought a steady downpour. Rosalind and Francis took over and braved the elements as Rose and I left.

Day 13:Madonna del Castello & Word of God,St. Mary of the Assumption and Geiger Church of the Brethren

If it were easy… He wouldn’t need you.

Going down to the abortion center is not easy for me. It was a lot harder years go but it is still not easy. I am the shift manager for the Saturday 7-9 am shift and there are a lot of things I’d rather be doing at that time and I’m sure you can guess which one is at the top of the list.

However, I get that tug on my heart and that nudge in the wee hours to get up and go do something important. A young man who just recently came to pray outside pp for the first time, returned to witness a second time a few weeks later and said he got that same tug and nudge. There were several of us listening and we all chuckled knowing exactly what he meant.

We know it is not easy. If it were easy, everybody would be doing it. It takes a special person to respond to the call. So if the ears of your heart are hearing the call, pick up your cross, come on down and bring a friend. I can assure you will be happy that you did and you’ll experience true peace and joy.

Thanks to the prayer warriors from Madonna del Castello & Word of God, St. Mary of the Assumption and Geiger Church of the Brethren who signed up to be at today’s vigil.

Here are today highlights:

7-9 am:

Faithful from Word of God

It was a quiet morning, traffic wise. I didn’t get a chance to bring a flower this morning, but my shift buddy “Rose” was there, so that pretty much counts! Rose handed out a lot of 40 Days brochures as we prayed. We had an angry lady confront us and we tried to have some dialogue with her, but she was not open to a discussion. We also had a man stop to get our viewpoints on abortion…particularly in the case of rape, and even though we didn’t agree on everything, we were able to talk. Bill showed up just as Rose left to catch her bus. I was happy to meet the next shift manager Donna and the pray-ers from Word of God as I was finishing. They had a nice size group and even a 1st timer to the sidewalk, thanks for coming!

From Donna 9-11 am:

There was a lot of activity at Planned Parenthood today. The front door was being repaired and it seemed people were hesitant to go in. They had a lot of traffic in and out. One couple was standing out front for a while and went in and then came back out a while later. From my understanding today was not to be an abortion day but somehow I had the sense that it was different. A lot of brochures were handed out and cards and the baby feet pins. Most were receptive, some thanked us, some mocked us.

God has been working through this and I have to share this story with you. Last week I told you about meeting Bill. Well I don’t believe in coincidences I believe in God winks. Well this weekend our neighborhood had a garage sale. The last lady to come to our house was looking for items for the kids at her church in downtown Pittsburgh. We chatted a little and in talking discovered that she knew Bill and that he goes to her church. What are the chances??? God works in mysterious ways.

Needless to say I was anxious to see what today would bring. We had about 11 people praying with us. Thank you to all who came from Madonna & Word of God. We had another gentleman show up by the name of Jim. He prayed quietly as others were praying the rosary and stations of the cross. I went to talk to Jim and learned that he had the day off from BNY Mellon and said he comes by there to pray sometimes. As we were talking a man by the name of Von came by and we talked to him. He said he was homeless and was trying to get help and food and had been to many different places in the city that people suggested. Jim, Von & I prayed together and Jim left with Von to help him and get him some food. Look for the angels who show up at your shifts. What a blessing this has been in my life to see people put their faith into action. God bless you all for what you do! God is at work and can do the impossible! Praise God! Blessings, Donna

Elaine, Samantha, Ginny, Vince, and Bernie

From Ginny 11-1:

St. Mary’s Pro-Life group prayed in front of Planned Parenthood today. We said lots of prayers and passed out lots of literature.

From Beth S. 1-3:

A million thanks to all the wonderful prayer warriors at PP today. Beautiful weather and beautiful people were in Pittsburgh today, giving their time to be a voice for the preborn and the families that need help to see them to birth. When Rose and I arrived Ginny and her friends from St. Mary’s were manning the operation admirably with help from our two great pro-lifers from the Church of the Brethren in Somerset, PA, pastors John and Linda. Although they hope that they won’t have to come again (if and when PP closes) they promised to see us for the next campaign. We keep praying for the same thing, the end of PP and all abortion providers .
Five fabulous adults and seven students from Aquinas Academy in Gibsonia gave up their day off from school, Columbus Day, to pray with us. Some came wearing their pro-life tee shirts and all of them were a real asset to our cause. Congrats to Aquinas Academy.
And joining the occasion, our friend, Benson, a regular witness at PP, met with our other young “pro-life ambassadors.” Last spring, when high schools across America staged walk-outs against gun violence, Benson organized a walk-out against abortion violence. Gutsy move, but one of which to be truly proud. Mimi also arrived just as we were leaving.
Before we knew it, Rosalind was there to take over and prayer-buddy, Bill, from St. Philip in Crafton came to pray along. So thanks to all.

From 5-7:

Day 6: Clarks Mills United Methodist Church and St. Stephen

Inspire. 

This picture was taken last Saturday.  Kenny brought his daughter Meg to pp, sat down and both pulled out their rosary beads and began to pray. They stayed for some time and prayed. It gave me hope and brought tears to my eyes.  Their presence inspired me.  Your presence outside the abortion center will inspire others and change hearts and minds.

What are the 3 best things you can do to change hearts and minds?

1. Show up
2. Pray
3. Stay

Just show up.  So simple yet at times so hard.  We make a big difference when we stand vigil. All types of people see us: the abortion bound, pp workers, passerby’s and the ambivalent.

Pray.  God hears our prayers and it will be through His power that we will end abortion.  We don’t have to do it alone. Don’t let your doubts about our effectiveness make you forget that HE is with us.

Stay awhile.  If you have 5 minutes or an hour it will make a difference.

Be not afraid.  Ask friends and family members to join you. And then just show up, pray and stay awhile. God bless you.
Tim B.

Here are reports from today at the vigil.  This will be updated throughout the day so stop back.

9-11 am:

Andy and Pastor Adam were very welcoming. Pastor Adam said a prayer before they left. It was a great first day! Mary & Tessa came from St. Stephens, Mary & Rose came from St. Boniface, Katie and another Mary but I can’t remember from which parish.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bill and heard his story of how he has been praying everyday at Planned Parenthood for 7 years. What an amazing man! Bill was there when a car pulled up to drop someone off and the guy was yelling at us to move our sign asking if we had a permit and asked if we were even allowed to be there as well as a PP worker who said the sign was not allowed to be in the flower bed. We treated them with respect. The PP worker said he was pro life and we said we would pray that God would provide him with a better job. We did move the sign by the tree on the sidewalk and then when Ginny came she said to put it back. 

There was one gentleman who thanked us and said he was there to pray yesterday and a few who said God Bless You and appreciated us being there. Another woman Joan came by and was grateful we were there and she took some pamphlets and information and one of the little babies and thanked us. A woman by the name of Michelle stopped by and talked for a long time. Katie gave her some information. Michelle had an abortion 19 years ago and regrets it but now has two daughters 8 & 6, Julia & Jade. She said they are really bad and she feels like God is punishing her. Katie & I prayed with her and will continue to pray for her. She seemed to have a lot of questions and wanted to talk a lot and I wouldn’t be surprised if she doesn’t stop back.

God blessed us with a beautiful day to pray and I am grateful to be a part of 40 Days For Life.
Thank you all! Blessings, Donna

11-1 pm:

Mary, Jeff , and Katie were on the sidewalk with me today.
The only small problem someone from the city came by and asked us to take our sign out of the planter.
Another lady came by and told us her story when she got pregnant years ago and her boyfriend was upset and he wanted to have an abortion but his mother and her mother didn’t want it eventually he came around and wanted to have a baby so now they are the happy parents of a nine-year-old boy.
They are still together and would like to have another baby but they haven’t been able to. Their son is a blessing from God. It might be the only child they can ever have they also said they found God and they go to church each week. Ginny

1-3 pm:

Beautiful weather and wonderful friends to pray with us. Libby from St. Sebastian and Mary from St. Monica in Beaver Falls kept us company as we prayed away abortion. People passing by were generally nice and with no real negativity. My sister, Rose, brought the last two roses from her garden, beautiful coral ones. Bill from St. Philip parish came and Francis and Rosalina took over. Thanks, Lord, for the sunshine and the Sonshine. Beth S.

3-5 pm:

This is Lauren… She thanked me for standing up… She is so grateful… She was sincere & I wanted to recognize her…

Rosalyn

5-7 pm:

There was a lot of activity this evening. Even though only 2 “Bills” are pictured…there were 3 “Bills” there when I arrived. I did not get a picture of Benson or George, but they also came to pray and witness. It was a beautiful evening and there was a lot of traffic on the sidewalk. A lot of people from the convention were walking past.

Bill and Bill

One man who is a vendor from Atlanta stopped to accept a precious feet pin and to chat. He said that his family has always been active in the pro-life movement but he has never heard of 40 Days for Life. He will pray for us and may stop by again this week. Bill D helped a man who was stuck without a ride, find a bus route to take him out to Monroeville to meet someone who would take him back home to Bedford.Then some people from the bar came out and gave us some halloween candy!

As always, the baby models were effective in attracting people to see fetal development. Bill H had a lot of interaction with people walking by, the sign he was wearing showing the statistics of people aborted by PP is impactful. I was grateful when Nikki came to offer prayers at the front door on her knees because I found it hard to “formally” pray today with all the activity! Although I know just being there is an offering of prayer. God bless you, Sue