Day 41…photos from our closing rally!

Dear 40 Days for Life family,

Thanks to EVERYONE who made this “spring” 2015 campaign possible!  I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of people!  Enjoy the pictures from last night’s event (Thanks SO much to Lisa and Diane for taking the pictures!):

Gathered at Planned Parenthood for closing songs and prayers
Gathered at Planned Parenthood for closing songs and prayers

 

Three brothers join in.
Three brothers join in.

 

Fr. Rodolph Wakim from Our Lady of Victory in Carnegie leads the prayers
Fr. Rodolph Wakim from Our Lady of Victory in Carnegie leads the prayers

 

a fr. rodolph

 

Helen, Executive Director of PCUC (People Concerned for the Unborn Child, along with 40 days shift manager, Marie
Helen, Executive Director of PCUC (People Concerned for the Unborn Child, along with 40 days shift manager, Marie

 

Long-time 40 Days shift manager Jeannie
Long-time 40 Days shift manager Jeannie
Pastor Bryan Werner, Christ Church Ministries in Penn Hills explains the meaning of the shofar
Pastor Bryan Werner, Christ Church Ministries in Penn Hills explains the meaning of the shofar

 

Long time pro life warriors Sally and Al Brunn
Long time pro life warriors Sally and Al Brunn

 

40 Days for Life veteran, Barbara and husband Richard...thanks Barbara for ALL YOU DO!!!
40 Days for Life veteran, Barbara and husband Richard…thanks Barbara for ALL YOU DO!!!

 

Richard and Pastor Bryan, blowing the shofar
Richard and Pastor Bryan, blowing the shofar

 

another veteran pro-lifer, Tony
another veteran pro-lifer, Tony

 

Long time pro-lifers and first-time 40 days shift manager, (Mary) and Rick Thimons
Long time pro-lifers and first-time 40 days shift manager, (Mary) and Rick

At the Welcome Center…the fun begins

 

Fr. Rodolph opens with some encouraging remarks about how we have peace when Christ lives in us, and we are called to be Christ to others.
Fr. Rodolph opens with some encouraging remarks about how we have peace when Christ lives in us, and we are called to be Christ to others.

 

Time to eat!
Time to eat!

 

shift managers Audrey and Marian
shift managers Audrey and Marian

 

food and Christian fellowship is the BEST!
food and Christian fellowship is the BEST!

 

Erica with her wonderful children
Erica with her wonderful children

 

Nikki and Joe
Nikki and Joe
Jarod and Andy of Intent provide beautiful music while everyone eats
Jarod and Andy of Intent provide beautiful music while everyone eats

 

Marie and Brooklyn
Marie and Brooklyn

 

Shift manager and Sidewalk Advocate Marian, Jen from Women's Choice Network and her daughter
Shift manager and Sidewalk Advocate Marian, Jen from Women’s Choice Network and her daughter

 

Shift manager and blog-writer Lisa, and Kathy, 40 Days shift manager and leader of Pittsburgh's Sidewalk Advocates for Life
Shift manager and blog-writer Lisa, and Kathy, 40 Days shift manager and leader of Pittsburgh’s Sidewalk Advocates for Life

 

Chris is a welcome addition to our 40 Days team!
Chris is a welcome addition to our 40 Days team!
Thanks to Susan Rauscher for allowing 40 Days for Life to use Catholic Charities Welcome Center!
Thanks to Susan Rauscher for allowing 40 Days for Life to use Catholic Charities Welcome Center!

 

Diane explains the door prizes, pro-life sweatshirts!
Diane explains the door prizes, pro-life sweatshirts!

 

Jen Branson, Director of Oakland Women's Choice Network tells us of a baby saved because of our spring 2014 campaign and shows us a photo of the baby who was born! She also told us that during our campaigns, many women take the information given to them by our vigil participants and go to Women's Choice Network, where they receive the help they need to choose LIFE! (Face of the baby is not shown for now until we make sure the mother gives permission)
Jen Branson, Director of Oakland Women’s Choice Network tells us of a baby saved because of our spring 2014 campaign and shows us a photo of the baby who was born! She also told us that during our campaigns, many women take the information given to them by our vigil participants and go to Women’s Choice Network, where they receive the help they need to choose LIFE! (Face of the baby is not shown for now until we make sure the mother gives permission)

Jen read the note that the young woman wrote about how she came to choose life:

“Thank you for helping me, or helping us during my pregnancy! Also I will never forget how I heard about the women’s choice network. We were walking out of the plan parenthood building in pittsburgh because they were closed. There was two older ladies right outside their doors handing out paper and preaching about abortion. They told my boyfriend and I about the network, how the women’s choice network can help me, and one of the ladies shared her story about her abortion. We got in our car, called one of your locations, and was told to go to your location. “

Jen also spoke about a campaign  that is kicking off this spring called “Be Free”.  They would like this flyer posted in as many places as possible so that young women and girls who are vulnerable to crisis pregnancies will come in to their centers for testing and will receive information about chastity and Christ…and will be familiar with Women’s Choice Network if they later find themselves in a crisis pregnancy.  Please consider printing this flyer and posting it in the  ladies room or on bulletin boards of local businesses.  Help them to spread the word!  Click on this link to print the flyer: Be Free campaign flyer to post in neighborhoods

40 Days shift manager, Kathy Laslow and leader of Pittsburgh's Sidewalk Advocates for Life spoke about an up-coming sidewalk advocate training session.  Please contact her if you are discerning the possibility of allowing God to use you in to help save lives year round!  Call her at 412-420-4657 or email at kathlaslow@yahoo.com
40 Days shift manager, Kathy Laslow and leader of Pittsburgh’s Sidewalk Advocates for Life spoke about an up-coming sidewalk advocate training session. Please contact her if you are discerning the possibility of allowing God to use you in to help save lives year round! Call her at 412-420-4657 or email at kathlaslow@yahoo.com
40 Days shift manager, blog-writer and Sidewalk Advocate Pat Malley spoke about how once one has "taken the leap" to pray and witness publicly for an end to abortion...that is a small step to becoming a Sidewalk Advocate. He said that everyone should at least ask God in prayer if He is calling YOU.  He encouraged us to at least contact Kathy to take the 4-hour training to see if God answers their prayers through the training.
40 Days shift manager, blog-writer and Sidewalk Advocate Pat Malley spoke about how once one has “taken the leap” to pray and witness publicly for an end to abortion…that is a small step to becoming a Sidewalk Advocate. He said that everyone should at least ask God in prayer if He is calling YOU. He encouraged us to at least contact Kathy to take the 4-hour training to see if God answers their prayers through the training.

 

Diane....the "other half" of 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh!  Thanks Diane for ALL you do!
Diane….the “other half” of 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh! Thanks Diane for ALL you do!

 

Nikki Thanks Patty, who works tirelessly behind the scenes contacting the church groups and adding new people to our email list!
Nikki Thanks Patty, who works tirelessly behind the scenes contacting the church groups and adding new people to our email list!
Nikki and Joe thank all the members of the 40 Days for Life team individually, with small tokens made by Nikki
Nikki and Joe thank all the members of the 40 Days for Life team individually, with small tokens made by Nikki
First-time shift manager Chris
First-time shift manager Chris

 

First-time shift manager, Rick
First-time shift manager, Rick

 

Sally receiving her gift from Nikki
Sally receiving her gift from Nikki

 

Long-time 40 Days shift manager Julie presents a gift to Nikki from the whole team
Long-time 40 Days shift manager Julie presents a gift to Nikki from the whole team

 

Long-time 40 Days shift manager Jeff shares a funny and emotional poem he wrote about his experience of standing vigil in the freezing cold!  Thanks Jeff for making us all laugh and cry!
Long-time 40 Days shift manager Jeff shares a funny and emotional poem he wrote about his experience of standing vigil in the freezing cold! Thanks Jeff for making us all laugh and cry!

 

Helen Cindrich, Executive Director of PCUC is thanked by Nikki and she speaks about an up-coming PCUC event THIS FRIDAY!  Come to Planned Parenthood on Good Friday at 10am for a special prayer gathering, including the praying of the Stations of the Cross!
Helen Cindrich, Executive Director of PCUC is thanked by Nikki and she speaks about an up-coming PCUC event THIS FRIDAY! Come to Planned Parenthood on Good Friday at 10am for a special prayer gathering, including the praying of the Stations of the Cross!

 

Bill shares a story from his time on the sidewalk. It is his birthday today!  Happy Birthday Bill!
Bill shares a story from his time on the sidewalk. It is his birthday today! Happy Birthday Bill!

 

The whole team gathers for a group photo (minus Jeannie who was busily cleaning up!)
The whole team gathers for a group photo (minus Jeannie who was busily cleaning up!)

 

Intent closed the event with a moving rendition of Amazing Grace (My chains are gone)  Thank you Jarod and Andy!!!
Intent closed the event with a moving rendition of Amazing Grace (My chains are gone) Thank you Jarod and Andy!!!

 

Nikki and Fr. Rodolph
Nikki and Fr. Rodolph

 

40 Days for Life shift manager, Sheila spoke about some exciting news! It seems that movie producers have bought the rights to Abby Johnson's book, "Unplanned" and are looking for investors to make it into a movie!
40 Days for Life shift manager, Sheila spoke about some exciting news! It seems that movie producers have bought the rights to Abby Johnson’s book, “Unplanned” and are looking for investors to make it into a movie!

 

Dear Lisa...thank you for these great pictures!  (Diane also!)
Dear Lisa…thank you for these great pictures! (Diane also!)

 

Mary Ann
Mary Ann

 

Brand-new Shift manager, Seamus...was or Guardian Angel during this very cold campaign!  Thanks for "subbing" for so many hours Seamus!
Brand-new Shift manager, Seamus…was or Guardian Angel during this very cold campaign! Thanks for “subbing” for so many hours Seamus!

 

Thanks to everyone who prayed, fasted and participated at the vigil!  Thanks to God for the lives saved!

I’ll see you again in the fall!  Have a most blessed Holy Week!

Your sister in Christ,

Nikki

 

One thought on “Day 41…photos from our closing rally!

  • April 1, 2015 at 8:03 am
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    I have to work on Friday and wondering how I could participate in a Good Friday service. Then I re read this blog! See you Friday! God is an awesome God!

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