“Do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord… but bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.” (2 Timothy 1:8)
Thank you to all those Shift Managers and faithful participants who have joined us again today in the fight for life. As the passage above indicates, we are not to be ashamed of our testimony. These people who came today are NOT ASHAMED.
Let me tell you, there have been many times in my life – just as recently as yesterday – when I have been too concerned with what someone would say, and how I would respond, in a particular situation regarding the Faith. And it was something so ridiculous, not even a serious issue. So why was I worried? Don’t I know that I have the “strength that comes from God” as our Scripture passage reminds us?
Yes, I do know that. And sometimes I pay attention. And sometimes I don’t. We humans do things like that. But the fact that any of us are out there on the sidewalk for these 40 days shows that we can do great things with the help of Our Lord. We DO trust Him. Yes, we might forget sometimes because of fear. But we KNOW our God is with us. Let our trust in Him increase each day. THANK YOU again to those who put their trust in Him and join us at 40 Days for Life.
Shift Manager Sally shares this report from her shift:
PP was open, but doing very little business. No more than 5 or 6 couples & a few single girls had gone in up to 11 a.m. Only 10 people showed up to pray during our 4 hours. Pastor Bryan, a young man named Brandon & our good friend, Pat, from St. Maria Goretti stayed the entire morning. Two ladies from Our Lady of the Angels, Nancy & Toni stayed for a while in the early morning. Nothing major happened. In fact, nothing at all happened. It was a very quiet morning. The best kind of morning for prayer.
Shift Managers Ginny (above photo) and her sister Marie share a shift, and Marie had this to share from today:
There were 11 people during this 4 hours not including the shift managers. Churches were St Mary’s Glenshaw, St Louise, Grace Church of Harmony, Catholic Charismatic Center. During the 1-3 shift three people stopped and willingly prayed with us.
Shift Manager Pat shared these photos and report from later in the day:
Today I met Brandon, who discerned that God had called him to be at the vigil all day today. He has a lot of enthusiasm for our Lord and courageously offered copies of the Gospel of John (in booklet form) to passersby. I also was privileged to have both Bill and Mimi come and pray with us. These two people have an incredible dedication to being present at our vigil at a daily or almost daily basis. Saints Peter and Paul was represented by Lisa – who comes nearly every Friday evening and stays for four hours – and by Sue and her daughter Missy. Sue and Missy brought with them a beautiful picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
When you stand outside PP during the second half of the afternoon, what you will consistently see is the PP employees going home for the night. While it’s hard for me to get my head around how anyone can work at a place where the “work” is to kill human beings, I’ve tried to make a habit of saying a prayer for each one as they leave. There is one woman in particular who I’ve kind of adopted for extra praying. I saw her leave a little after 4 PM and prayed for her conversion. Then, about 15 minutes later, I saw her return to PP, but this time with what I assumed was her daughter. The girl was about 12 years of age. As I watched them go in I just didn’t know what to think or say. I still don’t. But the memory of it sticks with me.
Nikki, who managed the 5-7pm shift wrote:
Friday night shift is my least favorite time to witness at Planned Parenthood. For one thing, there is nothing more heartbreaking than seeing women leave the clinic after their abortions. I am always torn as to whether or not I should offer Rachel’s Vineyard brochures to them. Something tells me that they are too raw at that time…that it may be best to simply pray for them.
It was a blessing, as always, to see Lisa from SS. Peter and Paul in Beaver. Here is a photo of her with Pat, who managed the 3-5 pm shift:
Mimi was also there, although she didn’t want her picture taken tonight. Bill and Brandon were there also.
After Bill and Brandon left, it was my husband Joe (I forgot to get him in the picture), Mimi, Lisa and myself for the rest of the shift. People passing by were not very friendly. Brandon continued to offer bibles to passersby. My husband Joe tried to pass out 40 Days flyers. I saw one man take a flyer from him and then crumpled it up and threw it at his feet. Poor Joe…he is so friendly to everyone and is used to everyone being friendly back. Welcome to pro-life! At 7pm Diane Deely’s husband showed up to collect the 40 Days for Life sandwich board signs and we closed up the vigil for another day. I am so grateful for the commitment and sacrifice for people like Diane…who add so much to our campaign. She goes un-noticed…delivering the signs every morning at 7 and picking them up every evening at 7. There are many people who are sacrificing to make our 40 day campaign successful. We are blessed to have such a great 40 Days for Life family here in Pittsburgh!
A sign of pro-life unity: St. Bernadette parish in Monroeville had a surprise this morning. Mr. Pat McGartland visited there from Milwaukee’s 40 Days for Life! Thank you, Pat!