Day 20: Memorial Park Church; St. Elizabeth of Hungary; Mt. Zion Baptist Church

They see us.

photo-2I was standing outside pp early on a Saturday morning praying with fellow shift manager Joe K. We were both holding large signs which had a big baby face with the words”LIFE” and “Choose Life” on them. A car across the street rolled down it’s window and the driver gave us the finger. Me, trying to be funny, said to Joe “oh is that a friend of yours who just waved to you?” He then looked at me with a bewildered expression then realized I was trying to be funny. (FYI my keeps telling me “you’re just not funny”, but I keep trying).

A little later a middle aged man with a camera approached us and asked if he could take our pictures and then he said “I don’t make judgements”. We said “sure, we don’t make judgements either. We’re just here to help.” Joe became a little suspicious and concerned that it would be used for negative/evil purposes against Pro-Lifers.

My take on both of these events is it’s great. It shows THEY SEE US. People in cars, on the street, escorts or those going in the clinic.  They see our witness to life. We are planting seeds. God will water them and make them grow. Even if the photographer’s pictures are used against us, those seeing our message will be exposed to the truth. We may get to plant seeds in the soil most needy. The world sees us and our message that goes against the world. It forces passerby’s to be aware that abortions are happening right here, right now. It is not an issue that can be ignored because we won’t let it.

They’ll know we are Christians by our love. By our actions. By our words.

At this half way point in the campaign we have been so blessed with so many  diverse people UNITED coming to witness to life. If you haven’t yet been to the vigil during this campaign come plant seeds and be seen with us. Come back because we need you. If you have already been there think about coming back. See below for dates and times when we really need your help.  The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few (sound familiar?). Sign up or show up at the vigil. Tell your friends and bring them. Bare the discomfort of going and praying outside and abortion center. Come and be seen. Be Not Afraid.

I hope to SEE you soon.
Tim B

 

TODAY’S CHURCHES: Memorial Park Church (Allison Park) 7-11am ; St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Pleasant Hills) 11a – 3p ; Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Butler) 3-7p

We have some hours that need to be filled this week, otherwise our dear shift managers will be standing on that sidewalk alone! They are:

Wednesday 7am, 8am, 9am, and 6pm

Saturday 7am, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm and 6pm

Sunday 7am and 8am JEN WILL BE ALONE DURING THESE LONELY HOURS IF NO ONE COMES!

From Shift Manager Ginny 9-11 am:

img_1214“Memorial Park Church of Allison Park was praying and singing and witnessing to lots of passerbys
10 minutes before the end of my shift a camera crew came along and were setting up to film a commercial they didn’t want any of us in the picture but Johnny the next shift manager said he’d pay them to let him in with his signs
Kathy had a chance to inform them what was going on there that it was a Planned Parenthood doing abortions so we did do a little education.” img_1213

 

 

 

From Beth 1-3:

Repeat after me:
God is in charge.
God is in charge.
God is in charge.
If I hear one more goofy election report I may have to spend all my waking hours at Planned Parenthood praying. And we did just that today. After a damp morning, Johnny A. and his friend James L. turned today’s praying over to our friends from St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish. Mimi G., Chris and Mike S., Mary Kay D., Kathy P., Mary Ellen H., Jenny and Peg O. joined my sister and I as we did the one prayer after another. Monday regulars Rev. Bill and Bill H. along with John M. kept storming heaven as we ended our shift. After a fast four hours, Rosalind came, always good to see her, and Jenny and John M. were still there to keep her company. Remember:
God is in charge.
God is in charge.
God is in charge.

beth

From Audrey 5-7 pm:

img_3657As is typically the case on Monday evening the shift started off very slow and I was just Jim and I. A young libertarian fella named Chris stopped by and tried to debate with us on the legal ramifications of abortion. He attempted to use logic when in reality the bottom line is abortion is wrong no matter if there’s a law or not. Then the blessing of the evening was when Bill Harrison came by and shared his life stories with us.

Audrey & Bill H.
Audrey & Bill H.

Keep Bill and his brother in your prayers because his brother is recovering from an operation. As you may know Bill is a daily 40 days guy and has been doing it for years as well as one of the few only 11 people who have run all the Pittsburgh Marathons. God bless Bill! I think we should all learn to live as Bill lives with the Holy Spirit making our schedules and guiding us as to what we need to do. Amen!

One thought on “Day 20: Memorial Park Church; St. Elizabeth of Hungary; Mt. Zion Baptist Church

  • October 18, 2016 at 8:38 am
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    Amen, Tim. It made think of the following from Revelation (3:15-16): “I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” So even for those who get upset with us, we can take comfort that we are doing them a service. We are bringing them from lukewarm to a boil. These words from scripture seem to be saying that God can work with passion – but not apathy.

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