Blessed are those who have regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.
Psalm 41:1 (NIV)
When last year’s spring campaign came to an end, the great majority of us figured that that would be the last time we would find ourselves at the doorstep of PP until the start of the fall campaign. Well, something wonderful happened to Pittsburgh in between the spring and the fall of 2014 to bring a few of us back there last July…a chapter of Sidewalk Advocates for Life (SAFL) was started.
What’s the mission of SAFL?
To train, equip, and support local communities across the United States and the world in “sidewalk advocacy”: to be the hands and feet of Christ, offering loving, life-affirming alternatives to all present at the abortion center, thereby eliminating demand and ending abortion.
In Pittsburgh we’re starting out by trying to cover each of the hours where abortions are performed with at least two Sidewalk Advocates who would be there to counsel and distribute literature to those headed into PP. But we’re well short of doing even that and are in need of many, many more Advocates.
Is God calling you to become a Sidewalk Advocate for Life? There’s really only one way to know…ask Him. And the patiently wait for the answer. As you discern I urge you to go to their website, www.sidewalkadvocates.org, and watch the 6½ minute video clip there called “Saving Generations.”
If you even think that answer you received in prayer might be “YES,” contact Kathy, our local coordinator, at 412-420-4657 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She hopes to have another training session – which will only take four hours – sometime in April or May. So if you take the training and discern that it’s not for you, it’s cost you very little.
Pray about it.
AND NOW, ON TO OUR REPORTS…
Joe W. (despite closing the Friday vigil from 5-7 PM) had the 7-9 AM today:
Diane and Tom greeted me this morning with the same joyful
disposition as they do when they come to pick things up at the end of
the day. Yinz amaze and inspire me. Soon there after, Dan from St.
Marie Gorretti’ parish joined me, then Tom from A.I.A.I. church
arrived, then Patricia from St. Maria Gorretti. Bill was there, and
Roger also stopped by to chat. People went into the mill and people
came out, and these peaceful witnesses to life prayed.
At the end of my shift, Elisa and Stephen, from Rock of Ages Messianic
Jewish congregation (hope I got that right), showed up just before
Lindsay came to relieve me. Elisa picked the smile sign and how
fitting it is being that she is 6 months along. Please send up some
prayers for her and her child. What a wonderful way to end my shift.
For the sake of his sorrowful passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Julie C. had the 11-1:
Love compels us.My take away thought for today is based on reflecting on an interaction with a woman who came out of PP today for a smoke break. I offered her “information on alternatives to PP” and she said it was disrespectful of me, that we’re out here judging people. I replied: “we are not judging, we care about you and are praying for you.” I further wish I had said something also like this: “Do you think that prejudice or judgement of you would keep me out here in the cold for hours? There’s no way, only love would keep me here. We love you and your baby.”May our actions speak lovingly to those who see us. May they see the divine love of Christ that compels us to be there. May the excessive and foolish love of Christ’s miserable death on the cross prompt all to love Him in return, love the unwanted children and love their parents and love ourselves as well.Thank you to the faith filled and loving groups that came to pray from 11am-1pm – the peaceful witness of the group from Wheeling, WV, and Word of God in Swissvale has made a difference in someone’s life today. Reveal yourself O Lord to all and save us. Amen.
John 3:1 —See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Here’s Kathy’s report from the 3-5:
Beautiful people prayed for unborn and their moms and dads. I appreciated Bill from St. Ferdinands, who helped sign people in. Joyful people from St. G and St. Ferdinands were there when I arrived and more kept coming.
Brothers AJ and Abraham prayed with us. Not dressed for severe cold they said they would come again.
Info and referrals were given to women leaving PP.
At end of shift, gray car parked close to yellow circle for maybe 15 minutes, asked man in car if he wanted to join us praying. “You have wrong person, I run an abortion clinic and work in another. There are 6 in Allegheny county, you only know of 2”. He rolled up window. I prayed , why did God give me this information? I am praying someone who is reading this blog, God will show what to do with it.