Today presented some warmth and sunshine, despite being a busy day for PP. Many couples went in and came out, several of whom took our information with them. We hope and pray that they choose life. Particularly distressing to me was seeing a couple walk in with a baby in a carrier. The man came out with the baby while the woman stayed in. This couple has visited PP before with their other children. I don’t know their names, but please be praying for them. It was a pleasure to walk up to PP and see Al there, as I haven’t seen him yet during this campaign. He is a vigilant witness to Life, as is Sally, with whom I shared the shift. I was able to bring a young man from my Methodist Church near Indiana, Pa, and he will be coming back with me along with other youth next Wednesday. It is so good to see youth engaged in the mission of Life and spreading the love of God!
Thank you to all the churches and vigil participants today. What a blessing you all are! Thank you for your stand for life. It is a witness to the eternal life that we have been given through Jesus Christ. Tomorrow’s churches are: SS John and Paul, Sewickley; St. Ann, Waynesburg; Crossroad Community, Butler. We will be praying with you!
And here are the stories and pictures from the street!
Al and I met on the bus again this morning to arrive for our 7:00 a.m. shift. Several persons responded to the sign I held STOP ABORTION, a left over sign from the March for Life. Their words were, “Thanks,” “So right!” Some workers entered the clinic as Al reminded them “That’s a terrible place to work.” A young woman stood at the other side of the “circle” smoking, glancing occasionally at the door. I waved her to come over, which she did. I said I could direct her to free counseling. She said, “For what”. I said, “I thought you may be going into that clinic.” She said, “Oh, no.” and went back to her place still smoking. A short time later she ditched her cigarette butt, and darted into the door of the clinic. Ah, another “Pinocchio” person! Faithful Jim came to stand in witness across the “circle”, almost in the spot where that woman had been. We prayed the rosary and close to 8:40 a.m. the Methodist pastor and young man Joseph arrived. They began instructing this first-timer Joseph as he willingly took the big STOP sign I offered to leave with Him as I departed to get to our office work.
PP was very busy all through the morning. It’s so sad to see a couple, with children, going in to kill their children’s sibling. Today a couple went in with two small children & another couple went in with a baby in a car seat.
Al and Rose were praying the rosary when a car drove up and a young woman got out. She stood in front of PP and Rose tried to talk with her. She assured Rose that she was not going into PP, then walked up Liberty Avenue a short distance, turned around and went it. Always remember that PP tells their clients to lie to us so we will not talk with them. As long as they are not hostile, I think it’s best to continue talking to them, in a friendly way, as long as they are within the sound of your voice.
Pastor Adam and a young man named Joseph, from Adam’s youth group, were at PP for about 2 hours this morning, handing out literature. Pastor Adam spoke with a few of the men and girls. Terry T. from St. Bonaventure, Marian & Peg, sidewalk advocates, and a good group from Christ Church @ Grove Farm were also with us as the morning progressed.
Pastor Adam and I both talked for a long time with K. who I have spoken with at least one other time. She seems to be working up nerve to join us. I gave her literature and encouraged her to come back. We keep trying!
I was at the vigil from 11-1 today and had the honor of sharing the sidewalk with brothers and sisters from Christ Church Grove Farm, led by their pastor Rev. John Guest. These were such joy filled, Christ filled people. It was awesome to see the way they reached out to couples entering and exiting PP as well as passersby. They were truly inspirational to see in action.
One young man was waiting while his girlfriend was inside for a physical exam. He was furious to learn they did abortions and went right in to get her out. Sure enough they both exited a few minutes later. Another young man who came out to smoke accepted Rachel’s Vineyard brochure. He said his girlfriend was already called back and it was too late.
One poor girl walked out all alone and seeing the large pro life witness began shouting “I am going gringo to Hell!” We tried to assure her that God loves her but she did not stop to let us talk. Please pray for her.
The weather was warm and beautiful. We had almost all positive comments from passersby and it was good to be there. At 12:45 a great group began arriving from St. Mary in Glenshaw, led by the 1-3 shift manager Marie. They were praying when I left.
Please pray for Susie who lost her father today, which was the reason for me filling in for her and Regina’s 11-1 shift today. Pray for her dad’s soul and for their family.
Marie managed the vigil from 1-3, along with a wonderful group from St. Mary in Glenshaw.
Jeff and Mark filled in for Nikki during the 3-5pm shift. If any reports or photos come in, they will be posted here.
This evening we had what the Irish would call “a wee bit of soft weather.” The rain was constant, but not heavy. I was fortunate to have with me for about an hour Charles, Phoebe, and their near one-year old, Miriam, who was completely content for the whole time she was there. Phoebe had been here earlier this week, but this was the first time for Charles. I thank them both for being there and I enjoyed getting to know them.
We did see one woman who seemed to be post-abortion get into the car with her husband and a young child in the back seat. That was a very sad sight to see. She came out the door the same time that Kim, the Director of PP did. “Father, forgive them both, for they know not what they do.”