Day 12…Nikki’s reflections on prayer at the vigil today

It was a wonderful, peaceful time at the vigil on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon!  Even when Planned Parenthood is closed, we are still bringing the power and the love of Christ to the devil’s doorstep when we pray at the site of so much darkness.  Here is a photo of Maggie and her family, who held the third shift on Saturday.

Day 12 (today) was another blessed time at the vigil.  During the second shift (11pm – 3pm) I had the privilege to stand and pray with groups from Madonna del Castello parish and also from Good Shepherd parish.  Although I am not Catholic, they allowed me to be part of their beautiful and solemn prayers.  I was struck by the humility of Catholic prayers…very different from my Protestant prayers.  It actually brought tears to my eyes, watching these beautiful, humble Christians bringing the power of the Holy spirit through their sacrifice of time and through their humble prayers and song.  We are storming the gates of hell, by uniting the Body of Christ in our prayers.  Although recognizing our differences in denominations, instead of allowing those differences to divide us (which would render us less effective in this battle), we choose to appreciate those differences and respect them…while focusing on our shared unity in Christ, as we are all adopted as His children…Hallelujah!  Here are some pictures of the prayer warriors from Madonna del Castello parish, who participated in the vigil from 7am to 1pm today.

Here are some photos from Good Shepherd’s group of prayer volunteers:

Others stopped by for prayer also…we had a terrific group!

We are expecting rainy, cold weather this week…that won’t keep us away…just dress appropriately…and I’ll see you at the vigil!
God bless you all!

Nikki

Day #6: Small Numbers, Big Presence

We didn’t have too much of a showing at the vigil this morning, but that was okay. It led me to an important realization. We don’t have to have huge numbers of people with signs to bring about an end to abortion. We have a big God, and if just one Christian is at the abortion clinic, HE is there too…and that’s all we need!

When I first heard about 40 Days for Life, about a year and a half ago…I thought it was such a great idea! We can put it in God’s hands! Forget about politicians…who needs ‘em? But, I had never taken any kind of active role in the pro-life battle, and I was naïve. Once I began to learn the history of the pro-life movement of the past 20 years, I started to understand why some veterans are, understandably discouraged…and may be a little cynical as well. I got the feeling from many that they thought 40 Days for Life was really just a way to put a new label on an old movement…or maybe a watered down version of an old movement. Some may think it is just a way to draw people into the movement, and to bring as much media attention to the movement as possible. Maybe it is just my naivety speaking, but I don’t think so. If 40 Days for Life was all about drawing attention to our cause, why would we be holding vigil while the clinics are closed? Why would we be standing there on an early Sunday morning, when everything in town is closed? Why do we try to maintain a constant, 40 day vigil…instead of just having periodic rallies…where we could get hundreds of attendees?

During the time that I was alone…the sole witness to the injustice of abortion…I realized that the heart and soul of 40 Days for Life really is a spiritual one. It is not political at all. If there is just ONE person there, that is all we need! Most of the morning, I had at least one other person to stand with, and that was good too. We were able to pray aloud and read scripture together. Churches, don’t feel discouraged if you cannot get 20 or 30 people to sign up on your day at the vigil. If you even have one or two people per hour, that is perfect! I think we are a better witness to the public when there are fewer of us, actually. Hearts are softened when they see one or two people humbly praying. In contrast, when there is a large crowd proudly displaying their pro-life views, it is more likely to cause division or a “them against us” attitude. Check out the photo of Elena (below), sitting in my chair while I took a walk to the parking garage. When I came back, and saw her in the chair…I realized what an impact a lone person can make, and snapped this photo.

Day 6: Lone Presence Make a Big Impact

Just a quick update:
We have churches covering the vigil every day until next Monday, March 21. There is no church coverage from 7am – 1pm on that day. Then, we have a big gap in our vigil on Monday March 28, Tuesday March 29 and Wednesday March 30. We have no church coverage on the morning shift for any of these days. If your church can help out, or if you have a group that you would like to coordinate on one of these days, please contact me.

Keep up the prayers and fasting! Don’t get discouraged! Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my Holy face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land”.

We have a promise, and our God is faithful!

Your sister in Christ,
Nikki

P.S. I hope that I have not offended any veteran pro-life soldiers. That was not my intention. I have tons of respect for everyone that participated in the Rescue movement of the 90’s. Many lives were saved because of that movement!

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