What a powerful witness there was a Planned Parenthood today (FRIDAY) from a number of churches! Although abortions continued to be committed all the while prayers were being said outside…no baby died alone today. Thank you to all the wonderful, selfless people who came to the vigil today! Read on for the reports:
Faithful members from Our Lady of the Angels parish in Lawrenceville started us out on this cold morning, with shift manager Al leading the charge:
I (Nikki) arrived to fill in for Sally’s 9-11 shift, since Sally is sick (please pray for her). Here is my report:
When I arrived for my shift to relieve Al from his 7-9 shift, he was with a great group of prayer warriors from Our Lady of the Angels in Lawrenceville. He told me that not many people had entered the clinic yet, so I was hopeful that maybe they wouldn’t do abortions today…since they did them on Monday, which was unusual. Not to be, sadly. Couples began entering shortly after 9am. I think I remember about 5. Some took the information I offered, some didn’t. One couple came out after being inside only for about a half hour. The girl looked very sad, like she was getting ready to cry. I fully expected them to come back, but they never did! I don’t know if they changed their minds or not, but I just think that miracles happen all the time and we don’t ever get to know about them! We just have to Keep Fightin’ the Good Fight (as the song by Unspoken says) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0M3X3_pFD4 (click to watch the video of this great song).
When the group from Lawrenceville left, the next group from St. Ferdinand in Cranberry arrived, led by Fr. Andrew Fischer.
There were three women who prayed while I did my best to sidewalk counsel….and it was so uplifting to have their prayer power fueling our efforts. Much of the time they prayed on their knees. They seemed to be like three angels on the sidewalk.
In addition to the scheduled group from St. Ferdinand, there were many others who just showed up to pray, which greatly increased our prayer power! John from St. Killian in Cranberry arrived with a wonderful display of fetal development photos.
Sidewalk Advocates (and off-duty vigil shift managers) Beth and Marian also came.
Michelle from St. Paul Cathedral soon joined us, along with Edith from Antioch Orthodox Church.
Faithful Lillian, along with Sidewalk Advocate Peg also came to witness and pray.
Finally, as my shift was ending we were joined by lovely Colleen and Gwen from St. Winifred.
Before I knew it, Regina, the 11-1 shift manager was there to take over for me.
You can see I was not lonely in the least bit during the 9-11 shift! Praise God for so many faithful sisters and brothers in the Lord who are willing to “put themselves out there” for Christ.
Just two more days to go! I hope to see everyone for our closing celebration on Sunday! God bless you!
By the way…40 Days for Life has reached a MILESTONE!!! There now have been 10,000 lives saved from abortion since these campaigns started in 2007!!! They have produced a POWERFUL VIDEO (very short!) set to the music of the contemporary Christian song, “10,000 Reasons”. Please click this link to watch it, and share with others: CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO
Regina writes from her 11-1 shift:
A mix of heartfelt prayer sung, and spoken and prayed silently were rising from the very special group of Christians gathered in front PP today from 11-1. There were mixed emotions of joy and sadness, sorrow and hope as we were blessed by the grace of Christian unity while sharing feelings of deep sadness as a number of couples entered the clinic. We were faced by what seemed to be a good bit of indifference and cynicism counteracted by a couple of enthusiastic expressions of support! Charles and Phoebe, a lovely young couple from the Presbyterian Church of the North Hills added a wonderful spirit of ecumenism and love, while joining Juanita, Deborah, Elizabeth, Barbara and Peggy from Holy Sepulcher and LuLu from Our Lady of Angels who sang like the Angels for whom her parish are named!
Thank you all! Know that your prayers and witness planted seeds of hope and were received by our Heavey Father who always answers prayers offered in accordance with His Holy will.
Marie reported from her 1- 3 shift that nothing out of the ordinary happened but that she had a wonderful group from Holy Sepulcher praying with her. She took this photo of them:
Seamus filled in for my (Nikki’s) 3-5 shift (THANK YOU SEAMUS!!!) and wrote:
“For we who live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” 2 Cor 4:11
We tried our best to be transparent servants through whom Jesus is perceived and endeavored that any words we might speak be His and not ours. The reality of watching couples, moms and daughters and individual young women emerge from PP never gets easier and leaves one with a queasy stomach and broken heart. Heroes Phoebe and Charles from North Hills Reformed Presbyterian answered the call and brought a special energy to their witness and seemed oblivious to the cold. We were also joined by Lisa and her beautiful and strong daughter Nati from Saints Peter & Paul in Beaver.
In an amazing “God-incidence”, an Argentines couple named Cosme and Maria in town for business were on their way back to their hotel after an early dinner and saw us praying and just “had to stop and pray with us”. As an introductory conversation ensued, it was discovered that three of Lisa’s children had travelled to Argentina to learn Spanish and were hosted and lived with Maria’s sister! Cosme and Maria had many family evenings in Argentina with Lisa’s children and they had never met! The amazing Argentine couple joined us in prayer for almost two hours. What a true blessing! God is good!
Pat wrapped up day 38 of our 40 day vigil by managing the 5-7 shift. He writes:
It was nice to see Joe W. there when I arrived. I didn’t know how long he was going to stay, but he stayed all the way to the end. Thanks so much, Joe. The group from Holy Trinity in Robinson Twp was also there until the end and prayed much.
Lisa from Word of God parish in Swissvale was there for quite a long time as well, despite the fact that she will be there on Saturday with her parish. The evening, while cold, was uneventful.
In closing, I would like to share the following uplifting story;
For anyone who has been following Pittsburgh’s 40 Days for Life blog for the past few years, you may remember a prayer request for a young woman named Savannah, who lives in Oklahoma. She is friend of one of our church coordinators’ cousin (from Holy Trinity in Robinson Twp…pictured above). Savannah was pregnant and determined to get an abortion. Our 40 Days family was praying for her to change her mind! Sharon just sent this encouraging photo and update:
Savannah was pregnant and determined to abort the baby. Savannah’s father was determined to take her to get the abortion. However, Savannah’s mother and stepfather were determined to save the baby. In addition to giving my cousin advice on things to do and say to Savannah, I contacted pro-life friends (including 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh!) At the very time of this drama in Oklahoma the movie October Baby was released. I told my cousin about it, and Savannah’s mother took her to Norman, OK, to shop and for dinner and the movie. On the way home from the movie Savannah broke and decided to keep the baby. Tucker was born in October of 2012. My cousin just sent this picture of Savannah and 2 1/2-year-old Tucker along with this message from Savannah’s mother:
“Thank you again for your support in saving Tucker! Please share with supporters. Never give up on life. Use this picture however you would like. I hope it can save another baby.”
Isn’t he a cute little Oklahoma cowboy?
Thanks to everyone who came out on this cold day to pray and witness!!! God bless you!