Marci’s Thoughts on the Use of Graphic Abortion Photos

Marci sent me her thoughts about graphic abortion signs and gave me permission to post this here:

I know we all have our own opinions as to what advertisements are effective but I agree with those who feel the pictures of the aborted babies hurt us more than help us. As one who has been through it, even with all of the healing and the Amazing Grace God has poured out over me when I see those, I see Gracie & what I did to her. I have to continuously remind myself of her face & the beauty for ashes that God has given me.

I feel that those pictures will push away post abortive women rather than draw them in. They already know what they have done. Those pictures are a constant reminder of when I first discovered what I had done in school. If someone doesn’t know, it pains me to think of the agony it could send them into. God’s harvest is as gentle as grapes. If we try to collect it with coldness we will frost what could be ripe for the picking. If we pick it with strong hands we could squash what He wants to do.

I believe that by showing life and the beauty of life (i.e. babies in the womb, infants & small children), we would gently be able to cut them from the vine & place them in our basket. The aborted baby pictures do have their place but they portray us as judgmental & uncaring.  The light & love of Jesus is all that they need to see. It’s his gentle & nurturing way that will attract them in.

Now I don’t want anybody else to be offended by my opinion or think that they hurt me; I’m fine. I knew what I was getting into & that it wouldn’t always be easy.  I pray that I have not been offensive but this is just the view of one who’s been there.

–Marci

Day #2: Another Sign!

Well, day #2…and I believe we have received another sign from the Lord!

If you were at our 40 Days for Life kick-off event last Saturday, you heard Marci Deal’s beautiful testimony of her post-abortion healing. She shared how the Lord gave her the gift (as part of her healing) of a vision of her daughter in heaven. She saw a beautiful girl with blond hair and blue eyes…about 3 years old. He told her that her daughter’s name is Grace. She has since named her newly-birthed ministry “Amazing Grace.”

Well, today at our vigil we had a mother stop by to pray with her little 3-year old girl. They came to pray “for the babies and the mommies”. She was a cutie…blond hair and blue eyes. Can you take a guess as to her name? That’s right….it is GRACE! She is beautiful!

Day 2 Grace and Erica

Day 2 Grace Praying

Yesterday, as you know, we had a baby named Zoey (meaning LIFE)…and today, we have a little girl named GRACE! Is God good, or what!!!

Also, I would like to pass along this story from our vigil shift manager, Barbara Lewis, who was on-duty at the vigil last night from 3-7pm. She wrote:

“It continued to rain hard for the 4 hours after you left. No drizzle…just cold rain. Such a challenge. I think the rain won. I got soaked. However, I think it made our 40 Days for Life presence more poignant. About hour 2, a young woman asked me if she could tell me something. She had passed this very Planned Parenthood site 9 years ago, intending to have an abortion. Seeing the people with pro life signs, she decided to keep her baby. Desmond is 9 years old, a basket ball player and his grades are getting closer and closer to the honor roll. You had to see her face to realize there are no difficulties that are larger than the value of our vigil. So many people stopped to thank us for being there.”

Finally, I want to let you know that the photos from our kick off event are now posted on the main website. This is the first time that we have had a professional photographer volunteer to take the pictures. What a difference! I was amazed at how she captured the mood of the evening. They truly are beautiful, amazing photographs. I have to say that Third Day used to be my favorite band, but now my favorite band is Intent. I haven’t listened to anything except their CD since Saturday!

Okay, that’s it. Keep the faith! Keep praying every day! Keep fasting! Come to the vigil! God will use us to save lives, change hearts and draw others to Himself! If you are not getting the daily devotions emailed to you, register at 40daysforlife.com

Your sister in Christ,
Nikki

Day #1: Here we go, Pittsburgh!

We are off to a beautiful start here in Pittsburgh today! Day #1 of our 40 days of fervent prayer, fasting, and vigil has begun!

Do you think I am crazy when I say that we are off to a beautiful start? Do you think I haven’t noticed the weather? Oh, contraire. I just got home from my morning shift at the vigil, and I am psyched! Wet…but psyched. Why? Because I think the Lord has given us a sign that He is planning to bless this 40 Days for Life campaign! There were at least 5 people from Murrysville Community Church that came out in the rain to pray at our vigil. Out of the five, two were pregnant, and Marissa had her 7-month old baby girl, Zoey with her. I commented on how beautiful this baby girl is…and what a great witness to life she is, especially in front of an abortion clinic. I was then informed by Pastor Kevin, that the meaning of the name “Zoey” is….you guessed it….LIFE! How awesome is our God!!! The first shift of our 40 days and we start it out with a little baby named LIFE! (And two other babies in the womb!)

Day 1 Marissa & Zoey

I had about an hour to myself at the vigil first thing this morning (before the group from the church arrived), and it was nice, actually. I sat in my chair facing the clinic door and had some time with the Lord. Folks walking by looked at me, pitying me…this poor woman sitting alone in the rain, holding a sign that says “Pray to End Abortion”. But, I realized that I was serving a purpose. I was, at that moment, representing the ashes on our city’s head. My presence said to everyone who passed “our city is not clean…we have sinned.” And as I sat looking at the doors of the clinic, I had an image in my mind of what it would look like if every unborn child that had been carried into that clinic in their mother’s womb…but never left to come back out through those same doors….if they were to be resurrected and were walking out through those doors, what it would look like. I am not sure of the number of people…but with roughly 2,000 per year being killed…at approximately 15 years at that location…I estimated it would be about 30,000 people. So, in my mind, I could see an endless crowd of young people…some teenage girls with fresh young faces, some handsome teenage boys…excited about life. Some were children and some were toddlers…all walking out those doors…about 30,000 of them.

Praise our Lord, for He is about to do wonderful things!!!

Your sister in Christ,
Nikki

P.S. If you can, stop by the vigil this afternoon/evening and keep Marci Deal company. She is the woman who gave her testimony at our kick-off and is bravely standing vigil today with a few others. There is no vigil manager on duty from 3:00 to 7:00 (when our vigil closes), and Marci is stepping out there in faith, hoping others will join her. Stop and be a witness. Bring Christ and the Holy Spirit to a place that so desperately needs Him!