Day 1: St. Louise de Marillac Church- All Day!

Today is just Day 1.  We are engaged in a spiritual battle but there is wonderful news so read the whole blog!  And keep our 40 Days for Life leadership, local, national and international in constant prayer.  The enemy will work overtime in this  fight.  He, she, it- hasn’t learned who the Victor is yet.  But we know!

Tonight’s blog is dedicated to our Sidewalk Advocates.

 

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And to 3198 babies who died at 933 Liberty Avenue in 2015.

We know God is love so we know they are in His Hands.

We are all responding to the call to be Sidewalk Prophets.  So, in honor of that knowledge, a Christian singing group  The Sidewalk Prophets have songs you may like to listen to.  The stories from today tell us these people who come to the sidewalk want to LIVE LIKE THAT!  And God will Help Us Find It.

 

Thank you to all who came out today to witness for life!

 

A Save!!!!!

And a new life for the baby and the mommy!

Terri reports:  Terri is a sidewalk advocate!

I was working with Katie and Elsie this morning. A young woman was outside smoking. Katie tried to talk with her and so did Elsie. She didn’t want to listen and seemed to have her mind made up about having the abortion. I walked over to her. She was upset and crying. I spoke to her for a good twenty minutes. She kept telling me why she should have the abortion and why she shouldn’t be a mother.

I just talked about the help that there is available and that people cared. I told her that she needs to look in the mirror and realize that she is special because God chose her to be the mother of this child, and that her child will change her life for the better. She is 15 weeks pregnant. She had paid PP $671.

A PP worker came out to get her for the abortion. I hugged her and told her that she could change her mind and that I would wait for her outside. Those of us who were there prayed. I thought that I would be giving her information about post abortive healing. After about 15 minutes she came out with a male friend who had driven her there. She changed her mind! She told me that the fact that I wouldn’t give up and kept talking to her made a difference. While we were on the street later talking, she pulled out a 5 by 5 inch photocopy of her sonogram that she asked PP for.  Let us keep this young woman and prayer.   From Sidewalk Advocate  Terri

 

Susan D. has the early shift on Wednesdays and was there to greet and help Diane set up.  Diane delivers  the supplies every day. Susan also writes the blog for Tuesdays during this campaign.

Chris and Jim from St Louise de Marillac with Katie, a Sidewalk Advocate.

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Denny from St Louise de Marillac with Sue and Walt

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Diane was already setting up the signs and trunk when I arrived! Katie was there as well and brought some new big PINK signs offering help to women passing by or going into Planned Parenthood. Shortly thereafter, Chris and Jim from St Louise de Marillac arrived and started praying on the opposite side of the circle. Katie was passing out pieces of candy that has cards with fetal development and available help attached. You can see her holding the box in the picture above. She was able to give out a lot of information!

Denny from St Louise arrived and we prayed the Divine Mercy while Katie continued to hand out information. There were a lot of people passing by and one man stopped to say how his girlfriend chose LIFE for their daughter because he supported her! His daughter is now 17 years old and an outstanding athlete. He was super proud of his daughter and so happy they chose LIFE! It was such a contrast to the  young couple who looked so very sad going into Planned Parenthood. But they did take a pro-life resource card… (and from Terry’s report we know they left PP).

Walt and Bill arrived to pray and stand vigil as well. The sidewalk was very busy, so thank you to everyone who showed up today and for St Louise de Marillac for covering the entire day!

UNITED for LIFE, Sue

Cathy reports from the 9:00 to 11:00 shift.  Cecilia took pictures so you can see them below.

When I arrived, Katie was talking to a young woman near the door.  She later told me that the young woman was crying.  She did go inside, but a good while later she and a guy came out (maybe he had gone in before I got there).  Terry went over to talk to them, and they talked for quite awhile, before going back inside.  Terry said they were going to get their money back.  After another while  they came out, without having the abortion!  Terry took them across the street, presumably to talk and get connected with some help.  Thank you God for saving these three children of yours, the baby, the mom and the dad!

Note to Katie:  Without your being there and talking with the woman before she went in the first time, Terry may not have had the chance to do what she did.  We are all in this together!

Thank you also, to the faithful members of St. Louise who were praying while all this was happening.

 

Cecilia reports from 11:00- 1:00

 

A nice group from St Louise de Marillac was praying the rosary when we arrived.  Prayers and songs continued my whole shift!

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Joyce and Pete joined Fr Tim with the Guardians for Life group who filled the sidewalk with prayers and songs.  What a wonderful turnout!

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It is so nice to have the Knights of Columbus join with us each campaign! Their support and presence is so appreciated.

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I was thankful that my friends Joyce and Pete could join me today for the ride to the vigil. Here they are with Sidewalk Advocate, Terri.

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Sidewalk Advocate,  Katie and Walt, also a Sidewalk Advocate,  with the group from St Louise. It’s so nice to have Seamus back with us! And it’s a blessing  that I had at least one pastor there my whole shift.

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Everyone reports on the young woman and baby!  Immediately after our arrival a girl came out of Planned Parenthood with her friend and were greeted by Terri , Elsie and Katie. They had spoken with her earlier. She changed her mind about the abortion. And really seem to bond with Terri. . Praise God for this save on our first vigil day

Chris K.  stood  watch during the 1:00 to 3:00 shift:

Chris is also a board member of a local pregnancy center.

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Sue, Seamus, Sister Faith, Mary, Guy, and Dana

What a beautiful day God gave us to start our Fall Campaign!  The shift went well, with nary a harsh word directed at us.  One man even gave us $20!  The traffic in and out of Planned Parenthood was intermittent, with only several couples going in.  One couple parked their car where we were for an hour or so and walked across the street to the DMV office.  When they got back into their car, she seemed upset and her husband gave her a kiss.  I was standing near her car window and mouthed “Do you need help?”.  She rolled down her window and said that they had two children and were pro-life, but that she had two friends who needed help.  We gave her three of the yellow “Help” cards and she thanked us.  Those cards are such a great idea, especially with the attached candies.

We had children stop by and look at the fetal models, with one mother explaining to the young boy with her that his aunt was four months pregnant and that’s what the child looked like inside his mom’s tummy.  I was joined by faithful prayer warriors from St. Louise de Marillac church.  Such a blessing!

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Angela and me.

Barb L. 3:00- 5:00  not feeling any love coming from PP:

Out of the car and onto the sidewalk.  The giant whirring sound blasts of the buses and trucks.  Sunshine and blue skies.  Planned Parenthood doors and windows darkly reflecting daylight, refusing an easy glance into its first floor.

“Do I find pleasure in the death of the wicked – oracle of the Lord GOD?  Do I not rejoice when they turn from their evil way and live?

Ezekial is not concerned about appearing politically incorrect.  He calls some things evil.

The passers by who stopped to talk were not politically correct either.  So many adults, teens, preteens and one little 2 year old who could not stop waving and smiling as his dad chose a piece of candy for him from our box.  The fetal models were the stars of the show.   “How could someone kill such a little baby?” Yep. That is a baby. Yep. That is killing.

Witnesses  came to pray with us; Mary Ann, Brad and Hank.  How wonderful to have such beautiful opportunity to bring Jesus to the sidewalk on this sunny September afternoon.

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Brad, Mary Ann; St. Louise de Marilac Richard Lewis, shift manager 3-5

Shift manager Barbara

 

Joe Krol, 5-7 Shift Manager

 

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Joe with Hank and and St. Louise de Marilac

What a joyous evening to kick-off 40 DFL to pray, share, and witness for the end of the evil that permeates 933 Liberty Ave. The sunshine and gentle breeze sure makes one appreciate the day even more when you think of being down here in February…

Started the evening greeting / talking Brad from St. Louise and Henry from St. Valentine’s and was shortly joined by Dave from St. Thomas and Andy who is also from St. Louise.  There was some strong praying and opinionated sharing going on…

Foot traffic was a bit slow / quieter than nornal this evening…  Though most of the comments were positive, I did have to chuckle at the one individual who expressed a deep, deep concern about my employment status (Get a job!) – this comment seems to be an oldie but goodie for me, but know what, we are working for God – so I guess I do have a job and an important one at that!.

We were joined later in the evening by Andy’s mother, Clair.  A young woman and her beautiful  baby Miujiza (Swahili for miracle), who I had the pleasure of seeing her make smiley faces at her mom, stopped by on their way home.  The mother thinks she may be pregnant (child #5).  I was able to talk to her and give her resource info for her and her family and witnessed Clair also offer help beyond and above…  Please pray for this mom, her situation, and her children.

Towards the end of the evening a young man passed by and expressed regret that he was born.
It was a joy to witness both Andy and Clair talk to this young man the rest of the evening and ultimately
he left us in a much frame of mind – Andy & Clair – what beautiful souls!!!
The evening closed by packing up things with that dynamic duo – Diane & Tom.  Thank you so much for your untiring dedication to making sure that the supplies are always there for us!!!
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Henry, Dave, and Tom.

 

Thank you to all who helped and prayed today on the sidewalk for life!

Marian

Day 37…A young pregnant woman chooses life instead of Planned Parenthood!

What a beautiful, sunny, blessed morning at our vigil!  Although there were no churches signed up for this morning, I had plenty of company, between Katie, Beth, Cecilia and Barbara.  Here are a couple photos:

Katie, on day 37
Beth, Cecilia and Barbara, day 37

The best part of today was at 10:30, when a beautiful young girl who was headed into Planned Parenthood stopped when I asked if she would like some information about alternative places she could go.  She took my information and listened as I explained that Planned Parenthood makes its money by selling abortions, and that is what they will be pushing her to do.  She was receptive to going to a crisis pregnancy center instead, but had no transportation to get there.  I offered to drive her there, and she agreed.  We drove to Choices Pregnancy Center in Coraopolis, where she found out that she was indeed pregnant…10 weeks!  She even got an ultrasound, and was moved to tears when she saw her baby moving around on the screen.  When we left, she proudly showed me the photo of her baby, and she has an appointment for follow-up next week.  She was concerned about telling her parents…especially her dad.  Also, she doesn’t believe that her boyfriend will want her to keep the baby.  But, I believe that she has bonded with this baby, by seeing the ultrasound image, and I don’t believe she will let anyone talk her out of having her baby…praise God!  “A” is 21 and a part-time student at CCAC.  She is truly a beautiful young girl, and it was a joy and a privilege to be used by God to deliver her out of the blood-stained hands of Planned Parenthood and into the loving hands of the Christian women at Choices Pregnancy Center.  On the way  home in the car, “A” kept telling me how nice they were to her, and what a nice place it is, and thanked me for bringing her there. 

Thank you for your prayers and sacrifice!  It has made these “saves” possible.  We are up to 9 possible lives saved in Pittsburgh so far!  All Glory to God!

Your sister in Christ,

Nikki

Photos from day 29

Hi everyone.  I must apologize for my lack of email communication lately.  Comcast has shut down my ability to send bulk email, and I am waiting for business class service to be installed next week.  We also are exploring a new way of sending email that would be linked to this website…so hopefully, one way or another, we will be able to communicate with all of you through email again by next week!

I want to share the following photos with you.  They were just sent to me by Marci and Diane, from Grove city.  Marci gave her testimony at our 40 Days for Life opening event on March 5th, and has a ministry called Amazing Grace.  Here are photos of her group that participated in our vigil on day 29:

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Shift Manager Rev. Patterson, with participant from Marci's Amazing Grace group
Marci and prayer participant from Amazing Grace group
Shift Manager Cathy, with participant from Marci Deal's Amazing Grace group

I also would like to share a story of a possible life saved that Marci and Diane told me about.  Diane wrote:

Terry and her sign may have saved a baby. Terry saw a tall young woman peek into the window of PP. The woman looked at Terry and her sign “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you – God”, tears streamed down her face and she walked away. We all prayed that this young woman will never return to PP.

If we count the three women/couples who came to Planned Parenthood and turned around and left…without saying anything or taking any information from our volunteers…if we count them as possible “saves”…then we are up to 8 so far here in Pittsburgh!

Praise God for all He has done, and for all that He will do in Pittsburgh!

God bless you,

Nikki

Another possible save…as told by Lisa

Just wanted to briefly share this story from today (day 16). While we were praying, Tom V., who was beautifully leading us in prayer and example, began talking to a young woman who had a small boy with her. She had just learned that she was pregnant (she thought maybe she was about two weeks along). Tom called me into the conversation, and I learned that the woman’s name was Brandy, and she was considering an abortion because the baby’s father wanted it that way. But when I asked Brandy what SHE wanted, she admitted that she did not want to have an abortion.

Tom and I gave her phone numbers, and advised her to get help. Tom warned her of the physical harm that could happen in the course of the abortion procedure, and she seemed bothered by that. We also told her that if she had the abortion, she’d always have regrets. She agreed, since she shared that she had lost a baby by miscarriage, and that had been so hard for her. She seemed open and receptive to everything we were saying. We then prayed for her, as a group. There were about 8 or more of us there at the time!

But then, something odd happened. She did go into the clinic for a brief time, but then came out again. I was told later that she had wanted to see if she could find out exactly how far along she was. But when she came out, I called her over, and said, “Brandy, if you go in there for help, they will just pressure you to abort. If you call the numbers we gave you, you’ll get the real help you need from people who care about you.” She nodded, and I hope she agreed! We continued to pray for her, and I ask all of you to pray for her too. A possible save? Hard to say. But let us have HOPE. Our prayers and presence there are making a difference, whether it is an “abortion day” or not… and today was not.

Day 11…a third woman turns away from Planned Parenthood!

When our campaign began with a baby named Zoey (meaning Life), a 3-year old named Grace, and a 5-year-old named “Precious” who tried to hand the prayer volunteer a dollar to “pay to end abortion”…I knew that the Lord was giving us these signs to show us that He planned to bless our efforts.  But this is beyond what I expected!  There was another woman who changed her mind and left Planned Parentood today!  This makes three women in one week that went to 933 Liberty Avenue for an abortion…and left with crisis pregnancy center information in their hands.  Praise our heavenly Father!  He is so Good!  I think there must be hundreds of Christians in our city who are fasting and praying…and we have had many folks (including many pastors and priests) who have sacrificed pride, comfort and time by praying at the vigil.  We have been storming the gates of hell with the power of Jesus Christ, and we are seeing the results!  This is an exhausting effort, but it is truly inspiring and exciting, to get to be used by our Lord in His plan to end abortion.  Please keep up your prayers and fasting! 

In Christ,

Nikki

Another woman changes her mind!

God continues to rain down His blessings upon our 40 Days of prayer, fasting and vigil!  I just got a report from Sally, our vigil manager on duty this morning, that another woman has changed her mind…and another life has been spared from abortion!  She wrote the following:

“A tall, older woman came out, and I showed her my sign with the 800 Care Net number and told her we could help whoever she was with. She went back in and, a short time later, she came out with a younger woman of another race. The older woman pointed to the other lady and said, “she didn’t do it”. I asked the younger woman if we could help in any way, and she said, “No” and they went down the street. I doubt that my sign had anything to do with it because the time was just too short between the woman seeing it and the two women coming out, but something touched her heart. Thank God!”

Praise God!!!