So much happened during my 11am-3pm shift today it is hard to know where begin! By far, the BIGGEST BLESSING was that I got to meet, hold and KISS a little boy that was saved from abortion at our Planned Parenthood!
His mother and father (Caitlyn and Ralph) made the trip to Planned Parenthood today just to show me their little baby! Caitlyn told me she came here for an abortion (pressured by her family), but saw our witness and after finding out that she was further along than she thought…changed her mind. She said she came out and talked to me, and that I gave her a baby blanket. I had never had any contact with her since that day, and truthfully had forgotten all about it. Although when I got home, I looked up on the log of “saved babies” that I keep in my computer…and sure enough…there it was, August 30th, 2012…I had written:
“A woman named Caitlyn came out of Planned Parenthood and told me she decided not to have the abortion. She found out she was further along than she thought…17 weeks and just didn’t feel right about it. I gave her a baby blanket and phone number for Women’s Choice Network in the north side. Offered to drive her but she said she would go on her own.”
Do you know what this means? I have gotten to hold a STAR! Little Ralph is ONE OF THE STARS on my Divine Mercy painting! The painting, as you may know, is travelling around to over 40 churches around the Pittsburgh area, and is made of up of 2,470 tiny images of baby faces…which make up the image of Jesus. Each square represents one baby killed by abortion in 2012 at Planned Parenthood. There are 14 STARS around Jesus’ head, which represent the 14 babies that we believe were spared from abortion during 2012 (during our 40 day campaigns and regular year-round sidewalk witnessing). I never had a face to go along with any of these “STARS” until today! Here is a close up photo of the painting, and a close up photo of little Ralph:
Caitlyn and Ralph were full of joy when they were telling us how much little baby Ralph has blessed their lives! Here is a photo of them:
I am so grateful to God for giving us this encouragement! Now…on to the vigil reports from today!
Sally managed the morning shift and wrote:
The first customers entered PP about 7:40 on this cold morning. PP was very busy then, and moderately busy from 9 to 11 a.m. We estimate about 10 abortion bound couples and almost as many single girls went in during the morning. An abortionist and 3 students arrived promptly at 9 a.m. Two official looking men, carrying what might have been laptops, went in and stayed for over an hour.
Deacon Dan and 3 women were there from Holy Angels in Hays. The women were there for over 2 hours, the Deacon for 4 hours. He led us in prayer for much of that time. Stan, from St. Sylvester Church, Dan’s friend, was with us, as was Lori C and our ever faithful Lillian. It was a very quiet morning.
The faithful people of Holy Angels parish in Hayes…led by their very faithful Deacon Dan took TWO 4-hour shifts during this 4o day campaign! This morning was their second shift. Here is a photo of them:
A very faithful group from CIM-PA (Cultural Impact Ministry of PA) adopted the 11am-3pm shift. This group has taken part in our vigil during every campaign since 2010!
We received a visit from a young mother named Amanda. She told us that she goes to Allison Park Church and has participated in our vigil in the past. She has a new baby (number 5) and hasn’t had time to come lately…but she wanted to stop by to show her support. Here is a photo with her beautiful new baby:
Amanda shared with us her story. She said that with all four of her previous pregnancies, she was encouraged by her doctor to abort. He said that she had cervical cancer with one of the pregnancies and said that there were problems with the other three. All four times she refused the abortions…and all of her kids are perfectly healthy! And so is she!!!
Tim and Joe also joined us on the sidewalk today:
As my shift was nearing it’s end, the next group had already arrived for the 3pm-7pm shift. Members of Weirton Catholic Churches, led by their pastor, arrived and got right to praying:
Jeannie managed the vigil from 5-7pm and told me the following story:
I was praying the Stations of the Cross with the pastor and his group from Weirton, when a young teenage girl walked over to us with her friends. She very brusquely asked, “Is this where I can get an abortion?” I stopped praying and walked over to talk with her. Sheila offered her information and at first she refused, saying she just needed to know when she could come back to get an abortion. She was with two friends, and I am not sure if she was just acting tough for their sakes…but I asked her if she was having a boy or a girl. She said she didn’t know, but said that she would be a terrible mom and that no one would want her baby. I told her that she was already a mom and that I was sure her baby would be cute, since she is so cute herself. I told her that a lot of people would want her baby…that I would take her baby. She ended up finally taking the information for the crisis pregnancy centers before leaving. One of her friends (a young man), came back and thanked me for talking to her. Please pray for “A” that these seeds that were planted grow and are watered by the Holy Spirit. Pray that she chooses life for her child.
Thanks to so many faithful and dedicated people for participating in our vigil! You are making a difference!