Day 22…Hosanna in the Highest

Faithful members from Hosanna Church in Bellvue braved the bitter cold wind all day today, from 7am to 7pm!  Pastor Gary Paladin has faithfully supported our 40 Days for Life campaign by covering an entire day for each of the past 8 campaigns!  Thank you Pastor Gary for your dedication to this cause!  Here are some photos and reports from the vigil today:

Dean managed the vigil from 7-10am and wrote:

This is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s a phrase that I try to keep in mind whenever I have a task that seems too big to take on at once. It helps me focus when I think of my shift as 12 separate 15 min. blocks.  That way it doesn’t seem as much when it’s as bitterly cold as it was today. God keeps me safe and provides for others to have enough courage and faith to stand alongside me. Today it was Joe and Alex from 7-9 and then Nora from 9-10, all from Hosanna Church in Brighton Heights. 

 It was great to hear about the 2 saves that took place Tuesday.

It’s God to Whom the glory goes for those saves and it doesn’t matter whose shift they occurred on. But, what a blessing it would be to be involved in a save.   Dean

Nora from Hosanna Church, with shift manager Dean
Nora from Hosanna Church, with shift manager Dean

Cathy managed the vigil from 10am-1pm and wrote:

Despite the cold temps and wind there were a lot of pray-ers today.  Hosanna Church from Bellevue was scheduled for the whole day and the Latrobe/Indiana  group also came at 11 for two hours.  It did not appear that PP was open for business today.  Just a few staff members going in and out and only one inside light was on.

 

Cathy took the following photos during her shift:

Frozen but faithful from Hosanna!
Frozen but faithful from Hosanna!
Many dedicated witnesses from Hosanna Church this morning!
Many dedicated witnesses from Hosanna Church this morning!

 

Fr. Tim arrives with his wonderful group from Indiana and Westmoreland counties
Fr. Tim arrives with his wonderful group from Indiana and Westmoreland counties
Prayer warriors lined the cold sidewalk this morning
Prayer warriors lined the cold sidewalk this morning

 

These ladies are real troopers for the unborn!
These ladies are real troopers for the unborn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I would like to introduce you to some new “regular” witnesses that you will be seeing at our vigil.  I believe these little guys will be drawing a lot of attention…and hopefully saving lives!

Beautiful new fetal model set donated yesterday by a generous (anonymous) donor!
Beautiful new fetal model set donated yesterday by a generous (anonymous) donor!

Thank you to this wonderful contribution to our efforts to save lives and change hearts on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood!  What a great place to display this beautiful life-like fetal model set!

 I (Nikki) arrived for my 1pm-4pm shift and had the pleasure of sharing the sidewalk with Pastor Gary from Hosanna Church and two ladies from New Life Community Church in Bellvue.  Pastor Gary’s son Sam also joined us:

Pastor Gary and others from Hosanna and New Life Community Church
Pastor Gary and others from Hosanna and New Life Community Church

It was sunny and beautiful…but very cold and windy!  We got many positive comments, many “God bless you’s” as we stood in prayer and witness on those cold sidewalks.

We were also joined by Denny from St. Louise de Marillac (I forgot to get a picture).  While Denny and I were praying, a middle-aged African American man stopped to thank us for being there.  He was dressed in very colorful attire, and seemed to have a very deep faith in Jesus Christ.  He shared with us the power of God in his life.  Told us he never had any children until he was 45 years old.  Someone prophesied to him that he would have six sons.  Soon after that prophecy…sure enough….his first son was born.  The next year, a second son.  And within 8 years, he had his six sons!

After he left, a woman named Barbara stopped by to pray.  She was from Sacred Heart parish in Oakland, and had seen the information about 40 Days for Life in her church bulletin.  She is from Poland and spoke with a heavy accent:

Barbara stops by to pray from Sacred Heart Church in Oakland
Barbara stops by to pray from Sacred Heart Church in Oakland

She and I prayed together.  She prayed in Polish while I prayed in English.  It is truly a privilege to be on the sidewalk and get to meet brothers and sisters in Christ from so many different backgrounds!  To praise the goodness of God and to pray together is really an honor!

The clinic was not busy at all today.  I saw a couple of men and maybe one or two single women go in…other than that it was just employees.  The time passed quickly and soon my replacement shift manager, Barbara, arrived…along with Pamela from Hosanna Church:

 

Barbara and Pamela
Barbara and Pamela
Shift managers Barbara and Richard, with Pastor Gary and Pamela from Hosanna
Shift managers Barbara and Richard, with Pastor Gary and Pamela from Hosanna

Barbara wrote:

Hosanna Church, Bellevue, scheduled all of this Wednesday to come to pray in witness downtown at PP.  Our 4-7 shift, a frosty time in the burg, was warm in their company.

Pamela and Doug witnessed to the valor of Hosanna Church.  Pamela is a familiar person, with the heart of love she regularly comes to share  with the women considering abortion.  Doug recently returned from a trip to Africa where Hosanna church raised money to fund and build a grade school in Liberia.  He recently returned to God as he witnessed the fervor in his Church as they raised money to support this project.

Jim with Pamela and Douglas from Hosanna Church
Jim with Pamela and Douglas from Hosanna Church

Brian saw our unborn baby models as he walked by.  He stopped and talked about his struggle to return to life after a time in jail.  He is getting some education for a job and thanked the tax payers who are supporting this opportunity for him.  This tax payer told him that we are grateful that he is grateful.  Gratitude is a gift from God.  We said the Lord’s Prayer together.  He promised to keep me in his prayers and we exchanged that promise.

A young couple, late teens, stopped to look at our unborn baby models.  The young woman is about 14 weeks pregnant and both of them were beaming.  She said she is so tired of the nausea.   Her young man held her hand and they said how they looked forward to holding their baby.  They marveled about the size and weight of the baby model that is the size and weight of their unborn baby.  They later passed by as they walked back on their way home, still smiling.

A few people found us completely annoying and said so.  Most of the people to whom we said, “Hello,” look surprised, smiled and answered warmly.  As the clock moved towards seven, the streets grew darker and quieter.  Employees left the PP building.  What happens in that building is part of an ongoing attempt to sell a “good” thing.  The sale sign was posted first in the Garden of Eden.   God is the source of joy.  Any other source entices, completely fails and then enslaves.

As Jesus said when he entered Jerusalem, “If this day you only knew what makes for peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.Luke 19:42 

Barbara Lewis

Shift Manager Wednesday, 4-7

Thanks for everyone who came out in the cold today!

God bless you!

Nikki

One thought on “Day 22…Hosanna in the Highest

  • March 27, 2014 at 7:37 am
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    The fetal models looks incredible! Thank you so much anonymous donor.

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