40 Days for Life is about to begin!
Next Wednesday, at 7:00 am our 12-hour-per-day prayer vigil will begin on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh, and it won’t end until 7:00 pm on April 9th. We now have 72 churches/groups signed up and many dedicated individuals have also filled in hours. I am happy to report that out of the 480 hours, we have only 48 hours that are still empty! I will list them at the end of this email, and I hope you will let me know if you can help to fill some of them!
We have such an awesome group of volunteer vigil shift managers who make our 40 Days for Life possible! These 40 individuals commit to their regular “shift”, knowing that if no one signs up, they may have to stand alone. They are committed and selfless, and I am privileged to know all of them and to call them my friends. About a week ago, our 40 day vigil was only about two-thirds filled. So, I asked the shift managers if they could find someone to accompany them to their shifts, so if no one shows up, at least they won’t be alone. Many of them have done this, as you will see when you look at the schedule https://40daysforlifepittsburgh.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Click-here-to-view-schedule-of-participating-churches-for-Lent-2017-campaign-64.pdf , So the hours that I list at the end of this email are the hours that truly need someone to come! Of course, I hope that people will also come where they see it is just a shift manager and friend …three is better than just two! (“A three-strand cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12)
The fasting calendar is also looking pretty good, although it looks like quite a few weekends are still in need of volunteers to sign up to fast (bread and water or liquids only). Go to https://signup.com/client/invitation/6775657374/1764857/false#!1764857/false/false to sign up!
In addition to up-dating you on the 40 Days for Life vigil at Planned Parenthood, I also wanted to give you my thoughts about this up-coming campaign:
To be honest, I never really believed that I would see the day when the over-turning of Roe vs. Wade would actually be a possibility. (I am embarrassed for you to know of my weak faith…but there it is.) I am in awe of how God has… and still is…answering our prayers. He is doing HIS part…but now it is up to us to do OURS!!!
You see, I believe that even if Roe vs. Wade is overturned…unless the hearts of the people are converted…it will not last. There is so much anger and hate on the side of the pro-abortion people (and there are a LOT of them!)…that if this were to happen, they would just bide their time until they’re able to change the laws back. And then, we would probably be in a worse state than ever before! What comes to my mind is this verse from Luke 11:24-26:
“When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it passes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left. On its return, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and dwell there. And the final plight of that man is worse than the first.”
So the thing that is on my heart, which I want to share with you before our 40 days begins is this:
I believe that this is the critical time for ALL CHRISTIANS to prepare themselves spiritually and physically…as if we were getting ready for a battle. I’m talking PERSONAL HOLINESS. I’m talking deepening our prayer life…setting aside time DAILY to pray and read scripture! I’m talking FASTING and doing away with self-indulgences!
If we are going to be ready to encounter the anger and hostility in our culture with love and gentleness…(which is the only TRUE strength)…then we need to be in shape! We need to be ready!
So here are three points I hope we will all keep in mind as we prepare to represent Jesus Christ on the sidewalk during this season of Lent:
- HUMILITY – Remembering my own sins and recalling how merciful God was to ME will keep me from feeling “superior” to those who have not yet come to a realization of their need for God.
- GRATITUDE – Being THANKFUL that God has given me the understanding of what is good and what is evil will help me to be kind and gentle to those who are still spiritually blind.
- PEACE OF SOUL – When I am mindful of these first two points, it will be possible (with God’s grace) for my peace to be undisturbed when I am persecuted by those who are angry, and my love for those who are mistreating me will remain intact.
This is the way we can be ready when God answers our prayers! This is the way we can prepare the soil and sow the seeds, so that when the out-pouring of His grace and His Holy Spirit rains down upon us…there will be a great harvest of souls.
In closing, I will leave you with something to keep in mind. Conversion IS possible! 33 years ago I walked into Planned Parenthood…a lost and lonely 19 year-old girl…pregnant, unmarried and with no health insurance. As I stood at the counter asking if they could help me…the man took out the appointment book and asked, “When would you like to schedule it?” I asked him what he meant. He answered very matter of factly, “The abortion.” I didn’t want an abortion…I wanted HELP! So I left that place. Thanks be to God I am no longer lost and my daughter has a beautiful family, which would not be here if I had accepted Planned Parenthood’s only offer of “help”. Here is a recent picture of them:
And, to encourage you further…a recent photo of the twin boys who were scheduled to be aborted at Pittsburgh’s Planned Parenthood last April, but whose mom bravely chose life because God used our presence on the sidewalk to show her there was help and hope:
Let’s be there on the sidewalk as a witness of hope and conversion for those who are open! Let’s be a witness of God’s merciful love and gentleness!
HERE ARE THE VIGIL HOURS THAT ARE MOST IN NEED OF VOLUNTEERS:
Thursday, March 2nd from 2-3p (Shift manager Lisa K alone!)
Tuesday, March 7th 12-3p (SM Regina alone at noon and Nancy alone from 1-3)
Thursday, March 9th from 1-3p (SM Lisa K alone) AND 5-6pm (SM Rick alone)
Friday, March 10th from 1-3pm (SM Katie alone) AND 3-5pm (SM Marshall alone)
Saturday, March 11th (ST. Patrick’s Day parade)….FEARLESS MEN needed! Especially from 4-7pm (shift manager Kathy from 4-5 and Jeff from 5-7)
Sunday, March 12th from 7-9am (SM Jen alone)
Monday, March 13th from 10:30-12p (SM Johnny alone)
Wednesday, March 15th from 5-7p (SM Joe K. alone)
Thursday, March 16th from 2-3pm (SM Lisa K alone)
Friday, March 17th from 3-7pm (SM Lisa C and kids alone from 3-5 and SM Pat alone from 5-7)
Monday, March 20th from 7-9am (SM Kathy alone) AND 11-1 (SM Johnny alone) AND 1-3pm (SM Rose alone)
Tuesday, March 21st from 2-3 (SM Nancy alone)
Thursday, March 23rd from 1-3 (SM Lisa alone) AND 5pm (SM Rick alone)
Friday, March 24th from 3-4pm (SM Lisa C & kids alone)
Saturday, March 25th from 5-7pm (SM Jeff alone)
Wednesday, March 29th from 2-3pm (SM Chris alone)
Friday, March 31st from 3-5 (SM Lisa C & kids alone)
Thursday, April 6th from 2-3 SM Lisa K alone)
Friday, April 7th from 2-3p (SM Katie alone) AND 3-5p (SM Lisa C & kids alone)
Sunday, April 9th from 7-9a (SM Jen alone)
or email me at email@example.com to let me know which hours you can cover.