Thanks to Cultural Impact Ministries, Alpha Omega Center, the folks from St. Scholastica and everyone who stopped by on this glorious day!
Kathy L. reported in from the 9-11 shift:
“Ask and ye shall receive.” This morning at the vigil, I asked the Lord as I prayed with MaryAnn, that He would send someone to us that we could offer help through our list of resources.
During the nine o’clock hour, MaryAnn was my prayer partner. We were joined later by Pam and Mary once again who drove all the way from West Virginia who came for the ten o’clock hour. Shortly thereafter, Richard and Francine from Christ Church at Grove Farm arrived with a few others to pray as well. While they were signing in, Sarah B. and friends from New Castle joyously arrived after having had to switch vehicles because the original one that they were driving broke down. Much activity was going on with our groups arriving, people passing by on their way to the Pirates opener, and several young women entering PP. One young woman stopped by in her car to ask me if PP has an OB/GYN on staff. I replied that I didn’t know and offered her a listing of the free local resources sheet that she could call which she accepted and said that she would.
As I finished speaking, I noticed another young woman looking over the fetal model display and talking with MaryAnn about if the fetus is considered a baby at conception. As I listened to her ask questions, I offered some Scriptural answers which she listened to attentively. She also shared with me that she is a Christian but is sexually active which has been bothering her and thought she might be pregnant. She was receptive to going to Women’s Choice Network to have a pregnancy test performed and to listen to abstinence counseling. Because Rose W. arrived for the eleven o’clock hour, I was free to drive this young lady to the Oakland WCN today where she met with one of the counselors. Please pray for “Ray” (not her real name) for God’s help in her life. She is a very sweet person who is looking for guidance and I believe was the answer to my morning’s prayer request.
Rose W. stood the 11-1 shift and had this to write:
What a welcome I had today on my shift, with the warm sunshine on the outside and the sunshine from within spread by the lovely groups from Culture Impact Ministry, which advocates for Christian values via education, and Alpha Omega Center from New Castle which focuses on the mom in a crisis pregnancy and offers free pregnancy services. ( I spoke with Sarah from Alpha about putting her info on our pregnancy resource sheet.) These folks were very enthusiastic pray-ers who also handed out literature and warmly greeted many as they passed by. Elsie, from St. James was also handing out literature. Some of them had come for the first time to pray with us and want to come back. Many of the Pittsburgh Pirate fans walking by on there way to the opening game at 1:05 today took the literature. There were only a few nasty comments but a few thumbs up as well.
Beth S. and Rosemary were there on the sidewalk from 1-3 and Beth had this to report:
What a beautiful day in the neighborhood except for our PP neighbors; we’re always praying for miracles to happen. We had Jim and Donna with my sister, Rosemary and I for most of my shift. Please pray for their son who is undergoing cancer treatments and as pro-life people, we all understand the connection between prayer and miracles. We handled out quite a few information cards to a mostly friendly group of people passing by.
Then around 3 p.m. the wonderful Levit family ( or is it Lieb) made the journey with some of the nicest, well-behaved children ever seen. It was a treat just to see them standing with us, a real advertisement for “Life is Precious.” Don and Nancy, also from St. James in Apollo arrived just as Francis relieved me as shift manager. And their dog added a new member to our team from the animal side of God’s kingdom!
But the strangest information we had was that PP was hosting an “advocate” to enroll people in Obamacare today. A few older folks came out, nothing like a crowd. So let me get this straight: Planned Parenthood had an “advocate” to enroll people for Obamacare which will provide free birth control pills which do nothing to prevent sexually transmitted diseases but actually contribute to the increase of cases but Planned Parenthood’s new window display warns everyone to get tested for STDs which are increased by the pills they distribute. Huh? And all with my tax money! I just keep praying; see above mention of miracles.