I was so encouraged and inspired to see folks sign up to fill our vigil today. We have no church presence there until the last shift (3pm-7pm), when St. Bernadette’s Parish in Monroeville will carry the torch. So, when we sent out the email last week telling our family of our need, you responded! I feel so blessed that the Lord gave us 40 Days for Life to band us together in unity…so we can all work together with one goal…to end abortion! Towards the later half of our 40 days we have many days like today…with no church coverage. I hope and pray that we can continue to support each other by each filling in where we can. Today, it was important that we were there. At about 10am, two young girls showed up and were trying to get into Planned Parenthood. Luckily, the doors were not yet unlocked, and I was able to talk with them. The one girl, Jada, had taken a pregnancy test at home and it was positive. So she had come for another one. I was able to give her information directing her to Women’s Choice Network…which happened to be open in Oakland at that time. They left, looking for a bus to take them to Oakland, along with educational literature about fetal development and a little 12 week fetal model. I pray they make it to Women’s Choice Network or one of our other wonderful Crisis Pregnancy centers…and don’t return later to Planned Parenthood.
Here are some photos of some of my brothers and sisters who came to hold our vigil this morning:
When I see young people, who have never done this before…stepping out in faith and courage, and driving into Pittsburgh to stand on a public sidewalk to witness to the dignity and sanctity of human life…it gives me the encouragement that I need to continue leading this campaign. Thanks to ALL who came out this morning, and to all who will be coming tonight with St. Bernadette’s! See some photos taken by Lori and Tim from the later shifts on this day:
And here’s one taken by Lisa during the afternoon:
God bless you,