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

 

Day 34: Weirton Catholic Churches and St. James Catholic Church (Sewickley) 

Could you have stood at the foot of the cross?

I wonder if I could have stood there. Would I have wondered, “what’s going to happen to me?” Would I have said “I’m just not comfortable being there”. And perhaps I ran and hid instead?

I often thought standing outside pp is similar to being at the crucifixion.

Deathscorts prodding distressed women along like the cruel centurions. People on the streets hurling insults. And then there are the violent deaths of the innocent.

Back then some of the believers were afraid or too confused to come forward. But some did come and stood at the foot of the cross. You too do the same when you come to pp. You are there standing up for our Lord. You are saying, “This is wrong killing an innocent child”. You are showing your love for our Lord and the innocent unborn.

This Lenten season you made the additional sacrifice and came to the vigil. The time of crucifixion has never been a time for restraint but a time of courage. You were bold. You were not afraid. You made a difference. You did something important.

Who knows you might hear with the ears of your heart “today you will be with Me in paradise”.

Tim B.

Thanks to the faithful from Weirton Catholic Churches and
St. James Catholic Church (Sewickley)  for their witness today.

Below are stories and pics from today on the sidewalk.  Stop back as this will be updated throughout the day.

Vicky praying for a couple minutes before she left for work.

From Sue D. 7-9 am:

“It was a relatively warm morning. It was great to see joyful Vicky stop and pray before she left for work. Rose and I enjoyed talking as well as praying the rosary and the divine mercy, particularly for the young workers we see entering PP. The regulars passed by and Rose handed out all of her 40 days brochures. She told me about a pro-life program at her church… they are wrapping up their program by throwing a baby shower for one of the women that was saved from abortion during our past fall campaign, how beautiful, Praise God!!”  Sue

From Marshall 9-11:

“Greetings from Ohio to all, the Monday 9 to 11 shift was another good

Paul, Sheila and Mary (Sheila and Mary are from St. Joseph the Worker in Weirton WV)

experience and it draws our campaign closer to Palm Sunday and the end of this particular time. I was blessed with several prayer warriors and guests on Liberty Avenue today. Sheila and Mary joined in from St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Weirton, WV and Paul joined us a little later. We also had a very special guest, Joe B., who stopped by in honor of St. Joseph, and that was a good blessing during the shift. Please pray for two men whom visited us a separate times, Israel and Paul. Both men were recently released from prison. Israel especially asked us to

Marshall and Mary

pray with him. Another memorable occurrence was the PP guard who poked him head out to check on us. I think that must have been because Sheila was asking ladies who walked into the facility if she could provide them with alternate resources. I hope our efforts changed a heart or two, and I personally appreciate the new display in the glass of the children sizes in the womb. It really adds to the experience of all whom see it. God bless you all.” Marshall

From Ginny D. 11-1:

Sandy from St James in Sewickley PA and Paul from Baldwin

“We had well wishers and said many prayers
Edith was also there passing out much literature
We were grateful it was quite as cold as last week .” Ginny

From Beth S. 1-3 pm:

“Thanks to Beth Ann from St. Alexis, Sandy from St. James, and Edith also from St. James, for keeping my sister Rose and I in prayer today during one of the prettiest afternoons of the 40 Days. PP had very few visitors, just lots of people walking by, giving mostly positive comments. The new fetal models really bring the humanity of the baby to the focus of the debate. So many people just take a glimpse out of the corner of the eye to see what PP has lied about: it’s a child and therefore a family involved in an abortion. “An abortion chops down a family tree.” True. Angela from St. Louise and new Beth from John XXIII arrived at three just as Rosalinda was taking over the 3-5 shift. Blessings to everyone from the Monday 1-3 shift. Hope to see everyone on Sunday.” Beth

 

Day 27: Christian Assembly (Bentleyville), Lutherans for Life, Holy Apostles Parish (Baldwin)

“Heaven never fails to hear me” 

Do you remember the line from the Three Musketeers “Heaven never fails to hear me”? Well, I’ve used this line countless times with my family in so many different situations. When I text them, I  just type “H” and they know what it means. I do it because I believe God always hears my prayers.

I know this is true of our prayers on the sidewalk downtown outside the abortion center as well. He may not answer them exactly the way we want or when we want it but I am certain HE hears them… and in this one instance recently he answered them exactly as we asked.

It was a bitter subzero Saturday morning. Joe K., sidewalk advocate, and I were praying together outside pp. Two women approached the abortion center and refused our literature and our offers to help. We told them about the Choices mobile sonogram across the street and that help was available there. One glanced toward it and then they entered the clinic.

Then two young men arrived on the other side of the abortion center, took off their hats and began to pray. Did I say it was subzero? If I wasn’t so impressed with their willingness to endure the discomfort or down right pain to their ears from the extreme cold I would have begged them as a father to put their hats back on. But instead we joined in their prayers from the other side of the arc.

And guess what happened? Heaven heard our prayers. The two women came out of the clinic and walked across the street into the Choices mobile sonogram unit to meet with Betsy and Jill.

Heaven will hear your prayers as well. You might not see the same almost immediate results but Heaven will hear you. So come back and join the vigil. Pray downtown for those you see going into the clinic. And please pray everyday for those who are standing witness at the 40 DFL vigils. If you can’t come during the vigil, know there are year-round sidewalk advocates and prayer warriors on the sidewalk most Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings. Pray for them or join when you can.

If you can come tomorrow (Tuesday) between 1 – 2 that would be great as our Shift Manager Nikki will be all alone.

Remember there is also the special election for the open congressional seat on Tuesday (tomorrow). Please make the effort to vote. And pray as “Heaven never fails to hear me”. “H”, Tim B.

Here are the pics and stories from today on the sidewalk (stop back throughout the day as more updates are posted):

From Sue D. 7-9 am:

“I arrived 5 minutes late this morning. Rose, Tom and Diane were already there, super gracious and had everything set up! Rose and I prayed the rosary while the foot traffic in front of PP was still kinda slow. Pastor Paul and Dana from Christian Assembly showed up for their 4 hour shift and we split into both sides of the circle. 2 men with ladders were waiting for about 15 minutes to go into PP, so there must be some work going on in there. A lot of employees went into PP today. We saw a lot of the regular people who pass by and got a lot of positive comments along with a handful of negatives. One lady shielded her child’s eyes when passing the baby models, not really sure what she thinks she is protecting her child from…they are beautiful and children love to look at the baby models?? Anyway, we handed out a lot of information and were very grateful to have Pastor Paul and Dana with us today!”  ~Sue

Right and left: Pastor Paul and Dana from Christian Assembly of God Bentleyville, PA
Middle: Paul from Holy Apostles Catholic Church, Pittsburgh

From David 9-11:

Pastor Paul and Dana from Bentleyville, PA were here ALL morning. He had his guitar but, it was too cold out to play.
There were many positive comments today! A lady named Joanne stopped and talked for a while. Dana shared pamphlets and prayers with her and asked her to join us. She did not know what occurs here. She will spread the word.
I started to talk to Paul from Holy Apostles and a lady walked into PP. Quickly, we prayed that God would change her heart. The door opened, she came back out, and took our little yellow card. Thank God!

From Ginny 11-1:

I forgot my phone so I did not get any pictures One interesting thing happened today Governor Wolf was across the street with his security and another man eyeing PP. When the light changed they came across on the diagonal and went into the the bookstore. When we saw them coming we started praying for Governor Wolf and held our hands up towards him in a blessing. We do believe his intention was to go into PP but changed his when saw all the 40 Days for life signs and prayer warriors

 

 

From Michael S. 1-3:

“It was a bit cold, but beautifully sunny which warmed us up. Received mostly positive body language and encouraging gestures and comments.

Rose, William, Paul, Rich and Roseann from Holy Apostles Church in the South Hills

One young man walking by decided to spit on the baby display. This was Paul from Holy Apostles first time at 40 DFL and he was quite spirited and eager to be with us. He wants to return on some Saturdays.

Way to go Paul and Holy Apostles people. What a blessing to have time and fellowship and worship with so many loving, Christian angels. We are certainly all blessed!”
Michael S.

From Jeannie F. 5-7:

“Woo hoo. Terrific news from the 5 to 7 shift tonight. I was on the sidewalk with Jim when a woman came over — double amputee who told us she just had to thank us! She said two years ago she was pregnant and she and her husband had decided to have an abortion and she was walking in downtown when we were there and somebody from our group handed her some literature about pregnancy resources, and she looked at the models, and she decided to have her baby! How fantastic is this? His name is William and he is two. Her name is Elizabeth. I thanked her for being strong, and she said I had to be my son deserves a chance to live! God is so good. I don’t know if she was in our account of saves two years ago but we’ve got a little two-year-old boy running around thanks to somebody in our group who handed out literature. Woo hoo”

Day 20: Sowing Seeds

Sowing Seeds…

I’ve always liked this parable and like to see myself in it in different ways. Some days I’m the sower of God’s seeds. I witness. I offer hope and love. I hand out literature on the streets of Pittsburgh outside the abortion center. Some days we are preparing the soil for God to make the seeds grown. I pray, hope and am confident God will make the seeds grow in his time and His way.

Other days I’m the soil. The seeds are thrown my way. They grow and sometimes get tangled in the weeds and thorns of my everyday life and distractions or some day’s my commitment is week due to my love of the comfortable life and a touch of laziness. The things of this world so easily attract me. But sometimes, every now and then, I’m the rich soil and God’s seeds grow.

I witness outside pp despite often wanting to be somewhere else, often anywhere else.   But I know we make a difference. We plant seeds. Maybe we don’t see any growth. It is through God’s power and grace and in HIS time the seeds will grow. If we do our part, HE’LL do HIS. HE will change hearts and minds.

At the risk of overdoing the biblical references, let me add, “the harvest is abundant but the laborers are few”.

So here is my “ask”, come back downtown and join us. Bring a friend or family member. FORWARD this email to them with your “ask”. If you are signed up already, consider coming again. Find an hour somewhere in your busy schedule sometime during this 40 DFL campaign and come down again. We need you. Every extra person makes a powerful witness and plants seeds… and more importantly, God hears our prayers.

So look at the sign up sheet (Schedule above) and determine when you can come again especially when we need help. Sign up or just show up. Stay as long as you can or want. And also look at the daily emails and see the times when we really need someone to stand with our Shift Manager who otherwise will be alone (tomorrow from 3-4pm).

Come and sow seeds or be the rich harvest and yield a hundred fold.

Tim B.

NOTE: The vigil will not have 40 DFL Shift Managers after 1pm today as we will be attending a retreat, however, private prayer warriors are always welcome. So please still come if you were planning on it. Pray and plant seeds.

Pictures and stories from today will be posted throughout the day so stop back to see them.

Today we will have St. Mary of the Assumption (Glenshaw) and individual prayer warriors.

AGAIN, IF YOU CAN HELP TOMORROW (Tuesday) we need help from 3-4 pm as Shift Manager will be all alone.

From Sue 7-9 am:

“I had the priviledge of standing with 2 lovely ladies today, Rose and Susanna! We prayed the rosary and greeted as many people as we could to bring awareness to PP and the 3000 abortions they do every year. Many people read the sign Susanna was wearing and Rose is an expert at handing out informational literature! We got some negative and positive comments….when I reached out to give a precious feet pin to a lady, she said no thank you, and showed us her lapel where she had one pinned!! We had a slice of warm sunshine that we reveled in for about 20 minutes before it went behind the buildings! Sue

From David R. 9-11:

“A sunny morning but, it was behind the buildings. The coldness of the sidewalk slowly freezes your feet and we offered it up with prayer. I arrived to meet Sue and Carolina. Then, Cathy joined us. We handed out some rosaries and information. One young lady was interested in what we are about. We gave her information and talked about how we are the last line of compassion and welcomed her to join us.” David

From Ginny 11-1 pm:

St. Mary’s Pro-Life Group from Glenshaw: Carol, Samatha, Elaine,Vince, Gloria, Bernie, Ree

“We prayed the Rosary,Divine Mercy Chaplet, and the Stations of the Cross
The prayers made the time go by more quickly and helped us concentrate on our freezing toes. We had several thank you’s and other words of support” Ginny

NOTE: Today’s formal vigil ended at 1 pm for a 40 DFL retreat.

Day 13: A sunny day of smiles

Day 13: Blessed are the persecuted (and then we smiled)

A car stops at the red light in front of pp. The window rolls down and the driver gives us the finger. We look

Smiling Joe and Tim

at one another and smile then I say, thinking I’m a funny guy “must be a friend of yours”. Joe K. the sidewalk advocate and my usual prayer partner most Saturday mornings just smiles.

I then paraphrase the Sermon on the Mount “Blessed are those who are persecuted and have evil things uttered against them for My sake for their reward will be great in Heaven.” I then usually add “bonus graces for us today”. More smiles.

Forgive me if I sound glib or self-indulgent but I was trying to make these points:

  • When we witness outside of pp we get noticed
  • We impact those who see us in ways we don’t always know
  • I acknowledge it is not always easy to pray outside pp
  • We are blessed when we endure the difficulties of our witness

If having someone give me the finger or utter some vile comment to me is the worst persecution I’m to receive, then I say, “Bring it”. I can handle that. Ditto for Joe.

So, if you are hearing a “calling”, want to get some bonus graces, need to do something meaningful and to make an impact, come join us on the street. Bring a friend or family member. FORWARD this email them as your “ASK”.   If you are able to help this Tuesday we have an EMPTY SHIFT 2:15-3pm and 5-7pm with just the 40 DFL Shift Manager.

Tim B.

Here are the stories from today on the street. Stop back throughout the day as it will be updated as stories and pics come in.

From Sue D. 7-9:

Dario (CMF/Word of God parish) and Sue

“It was nice to see the sun today! Rose and I gave out a lot of information to people who would accept it. My favorite thing to pass out is the 10 week precious feet coupled with a yellow resource card. Several people really gave a hearty thank you, and it made me feel like the precious feet pin is somewhat of a “gift”! The most activity we had was a school fire drill. 1st time 40 days pray-er Dario came early for his 9am shift and we prayed the rosary, just finishing as Lisa and her daughter came to take over the next shift.”  Sue

 

From Lisa C. 9-11 (who filled in as Shift Manager – special thanks to her!):

“Quiet morning with Dario, Natividad, and I praying at PP! We were thankful for clear skies, smiles, and “God bless you” s. Blessings of Lent, Lisa”

From Ginny D. 11-1:

“Patty, Sue, and Loretta from Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensburg, diocese came to pray and witness all day. We had so many positive comments today, at least 5 or more. “Bless You’s, Thank you for being here” ,etc. It was so uplifting. There was only one negative comment from a lady who said we were hurtful by what we were doing. We prayed for her.”

“A very very happy story. A lady came with a beautiful little girl, Jessie. The lady was her aunt. Her niece went to get an abortion, but when she heard the heartbeat she changed her mind. She told us how much happiness and joy that Jessie brought to their lives.”  Ginny

From Beth S. 1-3: 

“Wish I had some exciting to report for the 1-3 p.m. shift, but it was just a warmish, sunny afternoon in front of a cold, miserable place, PP. From Our Lady of Grace in Greensburg, Sue, Patty and Loretta stayed with me and prayed. Francis and Rosalind arrived and I made it home before the rush. Thanks to all who said an encouraging word as they passed. As for the discouraging words, nothing we haven’t heard before and that’s not going to stop us.” Beth

From Jeannie 5-7:

“What a beautiful time on the sidewalk this afternoon. I was blessed to be joined by three women Lisa, Beth, and Julie. Lisa “felt lucky “to have just missed her bus to Monroeville . She was able to spend some time in prayer with me on the sidewalk. She was celebrating becoming a grandmother, (baby Preston) and was reminded how perfect God’s plan is for our lives. Beth came down from Wexford and joined in for my second hour, and when Julie from upper St. Clair also arrived, we realized we all liked to sing 🎶— so we had a little gospel revival on the sidewalk.

 

What a beautiful way to have nightfall on the city! We had lots of good comments, and a few little children looked at the babies and we could hear the explanation from their parents. It was a truly uplifting experience.

SO-/ I prefer our women’s movement to the one we hear about incessantly in the papers. Women are moms and we’re pro-life.”  Jeannie

 

 

 

Day 6: Reformed Presbyterian Church of the North Hills

“Here I am, Lord…”

Here Word Press versionThis is one of my favorite songs. It truly speaks to my heart.  Maybe many of you hear it the same way and can relate to it. Specifically the line “I have heard you calling in the night… I will go Lord, if you lead me…” Do the ears of your heart tell you that God is talking to you when you hear it?  Or how about the line “Who will bear my light to them? Whom shall I send?” Well it did for me, despite me trying to ignore it for awhile.

Give the song a read, if you know the tune, sing it. And if you feel that twinge in your heart and want to say “Here I am Lord” well, consider adding more time to your commitment to pray to end abortion, fast and almsgiving (which can be giving your time to witnessing at the 40 DFL vigil).  OK, that was the “ASK”. We could use help this Wednesday on EMPTY HOURS from 11-12 ;  1-3  and from 3-4

We are thankful today that prayer warriors from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of the North Hills who heard the call and signed up to witness at the vigil along with many individual prayer warriors.

Today we will have pics and stories “from the street” from these dedicated shift managers, so stop back throughout the day:

7-9: Sue D.:

“I was joined this morning by Rose, who I met during the fall campaign, Vicky 

Derrick, Paul and Charles
Derrick, Paul and Charles

who came to pray for a
couple minutes before work and the men of North Hills Reformed Presbyterian Church. We were blessed with warm weather, no wind and only a slight drizzle in the last 15 minutes! The street was kinda quiet today, I guess because of the President’s Day Holiday. PP was

Rose and Bill
Rose and Bill

open and quite a few employees went in. Rose handed out a lot of literature and had to come back to the bin 3-4 times to get more! Me and “the guys” also handed out a lot of resource cards and Precious feet pins on our side too! ” Sue

9-11: Billy L.

“My shift was 9 am to 11 am with the North Hills Presbyterian Reformed Church. I stood out with a David, Charles, a Phoebe and their little ones, Miriam, Micaiah, and baby Esther, along with a Vita and a Charity and her children.

Thanks for all the assistance from the North Hills Reformed Presbyterian church
Thanks for all the assistance from the North Hills Reformed Presbyterian church

It was so wonderful to have this many volunteers standing out in the rain. It was pretty clear not much went on today the traffic of passersbies was kind of empty and we sang Psalm 146 to the tune of What A Friend We Have in Jesus.” Billy

11-1: Ginny D.:

“Five of my grandkids prayed with me today at PP. It was very wet. They did a lot of offering up for the babies.
Some of them , it was their first time.
IMG_1825They had loads of questions. I do believe they will become lifetime pro-lifers. They prayed two rosaries and two Devine Mercy Chaplets. A lady from Steubenville Ohio was there with her son to pray with us.”   Ginny

NOTE from Tim: “Ginny thank you for hearing the call and sharing it with your family. God bless you all.”

From Beth S. 1-3:

“When we arrived this afternoon, Ginny was there, soggy and leading her five beautiful grand kids in the pro-life cause. They made it through torrential downpours as did Anthony and Maggie V. from Greensburg. As we signed in, Maggie was helping a young man, struggling with a girlfriend’s past abortion. He took all the literature that Maggie gave him and after praying with him, he said he was going to try Rachel’s Vineyard. Hopefully, one more heart healed. Good work< Maggie.
Got thumb’s-up from a bus driver, a Muslim woman stopped to remind us that her religion condemns abortion, two women, one 18 weeks and one 19 weeks pregnant, took our yellow help cards, just in case.
And by this time Bill H. and Bill D. both came by and the rain stopped and the sun came out. Shift manager, Francis arrived and Bill D. said he would stay awhile and keep him company. Many all our shifts have the Son shine on them as He did on us today.” Beth

From Francis 3-5:

“Roselee is coming down with something. So I took the reigns. It was a lonely shift. Gave me private time to think and pray. Thank you for putting this event together. Compared to you and so many others, I do very little. In any event, it’s my gift to our Lord each lent.
I Spoke with one lady for about 20 minutes. She has four children and is due in June with her fifth. Highlight of my otherwise lonely shift.” Francis

Day 34: Elk County Right to Life (St. Mary PA) and Round Hill Presbyterian Church

Are you the 10th leper?      “Were there not 10 cleansed?”

Day 34 1 aOnly 1 leper said “Thank you.” I’m guessing if you are reading this you are the 10th leper. The one who showed gratitude to God for the many blessings you have been given. You went to the vigil and prayed. You didn’t say “oh someone else can do it because they’re …not as busy…better suited…”.

I know it’s not easy sometimes. We all have our leprosies be it laziness, excessive love of the good things or the attachments to the activities or stuff of life but God’s grace has given us the strength to overcome them, to heal us and we show our gratitude by participating in 40 Days For Life.

So, let me also mimic the 10th leper and thank you for making the effort and dealing with the discomfort of going to the vigil. OK, I admit, it was really warm and sunny for awhile, but let’s not forget the wind, rain and dark, chilly mornings and evenings. Those days took a little more effort. Again thank you.

If you haven’t yet been able to make it to the vigil there is still time to say thanks. This is the last week. You don’t need to stay long. Just show up. Stay as long as you want. God will also give you peace and joy in addition to the healing. If you can’t make it please pray. And if you ever hear the call to come back after this campaign ends, know there are some who pray year round. I know there are sidewalk advocates and the “regulars” there most abortion days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Join us.

The only critical need remaining for this week is WEDNESDAY  5-7, so that shift manager Joe K. is not alone! If you can help, please click SCHEDULE above to sign up and to let us know.

In addition, not-so-critical, but still would be helpful…prayer volunteers would be appreciated on today (Monday) at 2pm, Wednesday from 3-5pm, Thursday at 2pm and next Sunday from 11-1.

Again, Thank You. Tim B.

Today at the vigil we had many individual prayer warriors, the faithful from Elk County Right to Life (St. Mary PA) and Round Hill Presbyterian Church

Stop back throughout the day to see pictures and to read stories. Here is from Sue 7-9 am:

“I was greeted by Diane, Tom and beautiful Rose when I arrived this morning. We were all prepared for the gusty weather! It was very nice praying with Rose as she handed out stacks of 40 Days for Life pamphlets. She was very quiet about it, but I never saw such an affinity for people accepting literature!! It seemed quiet on the street and a small handful of workers went into PP today. We offered a rosary, divine mercy and Holy Face chaplet! Two ladies came to pray for the next shift as Ginny arrived and I left the sidewalk in good, faithful hands!” ~Sue

From Ginny 9-11 am:Day 34 G 1

“Four ladies from Elk city pro- life traveled 3 hours to witness and pray
Two sisters from Steubenville came to pray
Day 34 Ginny First TimerA young physician, John, came down to pray and witness for life for the first time from Mother of Sorrows in Murrysville. Thank God for all these wonderful people.”

From Nikki 11-1:

Day 34 Nikki 1“I had a peaceful shift from 11 to 1 and was blessed to share the sidewalk with four faithful sisters in Christ from elk County right to life. These wonderful women sacrifice faithfully every campaign! They drive three hours each way, and witness for four hours! What an inspiration they are! We prayed together, and used Jeanie‘s new baby signs with the wonderful prayers printed on the back, thank you so much Jeannie! We had many positive comments from passersby, thanking us for being there. No negative comments at all today. It was a quiet day at the clinic, not much happening. It was also great to see a new face, a man named John, who is a physician, was there when I arrived. Shift manager Ginny said he had been there since 930. Thanks to all who came and prayed today!” Nikki                        Day 34 Beth and Rose

                       From 1 to 3 shift manager Sister duo Beth and Rose (right) Remember last summer, when it wasn’t the heat but the humidity? Well today it wasn’t the cold as much as the wind that made a cold place even colder. Luckily, Rose and I were met by the warm, loving ladies from St. Mary’s in Elk County. We now know that the sound of a mating elk is called a “bugle.” What a wonderful crew. As they were leaving, Colleen and Gwen from St. Winifred’s came and we prayed as the wind howled. It seemed like mostly employees coming and leaving what has to be the coldest place on earth,Planned Parenthood.

Day 34 Rosaline 1and 3-5 Shift Manager Rosalina (left) along with the group from Round Hill Presbyterian Church

Day 34 Nikki foursome

From Audrey (on left) 5-7 pm:

“The 5 to 7 pm shift today was cold and quiet. Pastor Matt and his son from Round Hill Presbyterian Day 34 AudreyChurch (Elizabeth) graced us with their presence. The end of the 40 Day vigil never feels like the end. We pray, “Oh Lord, give us the strength and the energy to keep fighting the battle for life even when the going gets so tough.” Audrey

 

 

 

 

Day 27: Weirton Catholic Churches and St. Alexis Catholic Church (Wexford)

Can you walk on water?

Day 27 WaterEven St. Peter found it to be hard to do.

“Then Peter stopped looking at Jesus and began to notice the difficulties around him. Seeing that the wind was so strong, he became fearful. He forgot for a moment that the strength holding him up on the water did not depend on the circumstances, but on the Will of the Lord… Peter began to sink, not because of the waves but because his confidence in him who can do all things wavered. He cried out to Jesus: Lord Save me!”    (From ‘In Conversations with God’ Vol. 4 p. 335)

Sure it’s easy at the vigil when people walk by and say “thank you being there” or “God bless you” but how about when someone drives by and gives you the finger? Is that a big wave for you?

Does your confidence wane at times? Do you really believe we can end abortion? Do you find it hard sometimes to go to vigil to pray? Do you find it hard to talk about your pro-life views? The waves around you are sometimes big but you are not alone.

This past Saturday three mature women arrived at the vigil and were signing in and one of them stepped back inside the buffer zone and was quickly rebuked by a pp escort. I reminded them of the line and told them they are just trying to intimidate us and asked if they were upset by it. The three of looked at me all with the same look that said “Really? You think that upset me? Really? We’re a lot stronger than that!” What a great demonstration of Trust and being in the loving hands of Jesus! They didn’t see that incident as a wave. Barely a ripple in the water.

The underlying foundation of 40 DFL isn’t that we will end abortion with our efforts, which are showing great results, rather we are praying for God to intervene. It is by accessing HIS power that we will end abortion.

St. Augustine said “God does not demand the impossible. Instead, when HE makes a request, HE asks that we do what we can do, that we ask for what we cannot do and for His help to carry it out.”

We are in the back half of the campaign and the waves can big and the wind seems strong at times. But we can walk on water. WE ARE NOT AFRAID. We are having a big impact. If you have been to vigil consider coming again. If for any reason you haven’t been able to make it, there is still time.

Be bold. Share the joy. Bring a friend and family member. Help them to do something really important and meaningful. Wouldn’t it be something to say after you are asked “what did you do today?” and you can say “I saved someone’s life”.

If you haven’t yet brought your church group or want to come again, click SCHEDULE above to see the times when we need you most. Or come when it is best for you. Just come to the vigil. Ideally we would like you to sign but if you don’t that’s OK just show up. Stay along as you want.

Come Walk on Water.  I know you can do it.

Today at the vigil we had prayer warriors from from several churches from Weirton and St. Alexis in Wexford plus lots of individuals.

Stop back to this site throughout the day as we will be posting pictures and stories from the vigil.

Peace and joy. Tim B.Day 27 9-11 1

The weather didn’t dampen the courage of these ladies from the Weirton Catholic Churches who stood vigil from 9-11 am.

From Jeff 7-9 am:

I got to the the sidewalk at 6:50am only to find Diane and Maryanne M. waiting for me. Phil and Bill from Reformed Day 27 Jeff 2Presbyterian Church of North Hills showed up soon after, as well as Phoebe with her three children, Miriam, Esther, and Micaiah. Her husband Charles joined them around 9 as I was leaving. Therese from St Barbara’s joined us around 8:30 and brought the rain with her, and Bill H stopped by to check to see that things were ok.Day 27 Jeff M in rain

Phoebe with children Miriam Esther and Micaiah from Reformed Presbyterian church of North hills. Micaiah stood like a soldier in the rain.

 

 

From Nikki 11- 1 pm:

“I had a very quiet and peaceful shift today. When I arrived at 11 shift manager Jenni was there with this wonderful Day 27 Nikki 1young mom and her precious children. 

What a beautiful witness for life they are!

After they left it was just me and a woman named Theresa from Saint Barbara‘s in Bridgeville. It was her first time there and she had been Day 27 Nikki 2there for two hours. She left and soon afterwards Beth and came from Saint Alexis in Wexford. It was her and I during most of the shift. We prayed together and separately, received mostly positive remarks. It seemed like the clinic was not Busy. I don’t remember anyone going in except for a delivery of some sort.

Day 27 Nikki 3Bethann was a great prayer partner today! At 11 the next shift managers sister team arrived, Beth and Rose. And also faithful Bill.

 

As I was leaving the next group from Saint Alexis came to witness. Day 27 Nikki 4Thank you everyone for your perseverance in this battle!”

From Beth S. 1-3:

“We, Rose and I, began our shift meeting the “award-winning” Nikki: way to go girl! The wonderful folks from St. Alexis, Claudia B., Mary R., Vince P., and Claudia L. helped pray through the rain and an occasional outright downpour. Perhaps the rain kept all the negativity away because there were very few offensive comments but a few “thank yous” and some smiles. It didn’t look like any clients went in, just an employee or two. All shifts should be as peaceful but maybe not so wet. Francis and Rosalind arrived right on time and Vince said he would try to stay with them if necessary. What a great group!”

Day 27 RosalinaPicture: In the rain Shift Manager Rosalina 3-5

Shift Manager Sue 5-7:

“It was a dark and stormy night…well not really, but it rained a lot for the first hour that we stood in front of PP! I was joined by my Dad, Diane and Mary Jane and we all had our umbrellas up just like the people passing by. The que for the bus stretched onto the other side of the buffer zone tonight. We were able to say many prayers and witness simply by having the 40 days signs around our necks. We got a lot of positive, supportive comments. The negative ones were mostly muttered quietly. Prayers were offered for the employees that left PP. Bill stopped by briefly and told us the wonderful news that PCUC honored Nikki and Joe with their Founders Award at the banquet held over the weekend! Congratulations to our fearless leaders!!” ~Sue