DAY 13 Monday Oct 6
Trust. Easy to say. Hard to do sometimes. Do you sometimes wonder if we are making a difference? Do you get discouraged? Do you say ‘Well I’m here, why aren’t these couples stopping to talk or turning around?” “I’m sure praying hard and I’m not seeing any results.”
This is when we must ‘trust’. ‘Trust’ we are planting God’s seeds in the hearts of those who pass by. ‘Trust’ that there are many women who drive by and see us and decide they are not going into the center. ‘Trust’ that even those women who go in and have abortions will some day realize their mistake and repent. ‘Trust’ that the abortion workers hear our prayers, see our efforts and know in their hearts that what they are doing is evil. ‘Trust’ that what you are doing will inspire the next generation of prayer warriors. ‘Trust’ that what you are doing is bigger than just what you individually are doing. Something supernatural is going on. We are HIS presence at 933 Liberty Avenue. He can work miracles in His time we just have to help. So ‘Trust’ that what you are doing makes a difference.
Today at the vigil will be Lincoln Place Church of the Nazarene, Memorial Park Church –Allison Park and Mt Zion Baptist Church, Butler.
Kathy managed the vigil from 9-11am and wrote:
A beautiful morning greeted me today as well as the fellowship of Bill and Judy as I arrived on the sidewalk to pray. Spontaneous and scripted prayers were the course Judy and I followed as well as handing out various types of literature and brief encounters of passersby. Time passed by quickly and soon Rose W. arrived for the 11-1 shift. Also a nice showing of ladies from Memorial Park Church helped pray through the next four hours. Jim L. from MPC came to pray too towards the end of the shift.
A joyful greeting from Aleisha and little LaKendra was a highlight in the afternoon. This was the woman I wrote about last week whom I took to Catholic Charities for services. Aleisha shared with me that she was directed to enroll in a G.E.D. program and now has hopes of becoming a nurse one day. To God be the glory!
9 – 11 shift manager Rose writes
The “sweet” prayer warriors from Memorial Park Church came not only to pray, but also to pass out little candy treat bags with a pro-life info card inside. They didn’t seem to last long as people were very receptive to getting some candy! What a great way to pass along our message! I spoke to Jace, who came by to look at the baby models, and gave her some literature for a friend who is several months pregnant. I also was able to chat and pray with Tim about a matter he is struggling with. Later Chris, Rick, George and I said a pro-life rosary on their lunch break. The weather was warm and sunny and many folks took our pamphlets.
From Beth, who managed the vigil from 1-3pm:
Greetings from the beginning of the rainy season. Rose W. turned over the Shift Manager’s tag to my sister Rose and I as the sun shone brightly on the members of the Memorial Park Church from Allison Park. A fantastic group headed by Kathy K. and her mighty band of prayers, the afternoon was peaceful and prayerful, even after the rain started around 2:30 p.m.
Lots of literature went out including a pamphlet and one of those great neon green listings of free service to women to a lady headed into Planned Parenthood, I’m guessing for a meeting. “Let me see what you’re giving out,” she mumbled as she entered with the pamphlets in her hand. Emerging about two hours later, she just hurried down the street, asking no more questions, giving no more insights.
Hmmmmmm.? Perhaps she was claiming her purchase from the “War on Women” Art Exhibit which according to the Tribune-Review (10/6/14 p. D-3) was “Championing women’s health care and the emotional issues it encompasses, all pieces in the exhibit were available for purchase via a silent auction.” “Emotional issues?” Perhaps abortion is one of those “emotional issues.” We sidewalk counselors have been saying that for a very long time. And considering that PP gets over a million dollars a day from the Federal government, to say nothing about the money made on abortions, fund-raising?
Tony C. joined us and Jaime, who does a veterans’ ministry took a veteran who was looking for Catholic Charities to our new point-to place: mission accomplished. Jim, the music director from Memorial Park, lead us in some beautiful hymns and before we knew it, Rosalind was there to take the 3-5 shift. Thanks to all who made it a peaceful and prayerful afternoon.
Rosalina and Francis managed the vigil during the hours of 3-7pm and the faithful witnesses from Mt. Zion Baptist Church were there! Here are some photos:
There is still a need for some help at the vigil:
Wednesday, 2 slots: 3Pm & 5 PM
Have a blessed day reveling in the peace and joy that comes from doing God’s will.