So we went to see Unplanned on Saturday night. It was sobering but hope-filled! My husband asked the question….do you think that can happen in Pittsburgh? Do you think the Planned Parenthood can close?
I hate to admit that I hesitated, but than I responded YES, yes that can happen! Because I believe God has a plan….
40 Days for Life was started in response to an increasing number of abortions at the Bryan TX Planned Parenthood. I don’t think that when they set out, they expected to eventually be running a Pro-Life center in the very building that housed Planned Parenthood. We have to trust that God is in charge and remain faithful. God initiated this work and He will bring it to completion.
God’s ways are not our ways!
So let’s stick with the plan and be ready for surprises, cause God has a way of doing that!
7am-9am Charlene and Dick
As Dick and I got out of the car and headed to the sidewalk, we said it felt warmer. We say that every Tuesday…but when we get to PP, it never is. It is probably the place as much as the temperature.
We were joined by Ed and Jackie (SA) and later by Julie, Marcia, and Jeannine from Riverside Community Church. They were very interested in what to do…so eager to help. I gave them the yellow cards with free services to hand out. Meanwhile, Jackie was trying to speak with those going into PP…it seemed like a lot today. One new comment, “Abortion is about economics and women’s healthcare”…hmmm.
My “Little Black Lenten Book” last week reminded me that, “I am created by God and put here on earth for a purpose. I may not know, this side of the grave, what my purpose is. But if I do my best, in the circumstances of my own life, to live as Jesus taught me to live, I will accomplish my purpose. In the eyes of the world, what I do may not seem all that important. It probably won’t make me famous. But there is no greater, more important accomplishment than simply doing what God put me here to do”
This morning God wanted Dick, Ed, Jackie, Julie, Marcia, Jeanine, and I on the sidewalk, praying for the babies. We accomplished God’s purpose for us today.
9-11: Elsie and Beth Ann
Upon arriving, I heard from Jackie & Ed that traffic into PP was, sadly, enormous this morning. Jackie thought that a meeting might be in progress and might account for some of the folks going in. During my shift, I failed miserably at engaging PP’s victims in meaningful conversation. However, we did have one ray of hope: one couple exited PP very soon after entering and left, although unfortunately they did not accept lit.
It WAS encouraging to see so many members of the Body of Christ actually show up at Calvary this morning! Riverside Community Church sent three brave, lovely, and kind-hearted ladies: Marcia, Julie, & Jeannine. St. Alexis sent the very prayerful Claudia, Beth Ann, Fred, Diane, & Rachel. Before my shift ended, an impressive group from St. Anne’s in Waynesburg arrived. They included a mom who had brought a darling baby girl & toddler boy, all bundled up against the cold. Talk about “visuals” even more powerful than photos or prenatal models. One notable sad event during the shift was the arrival of the Cyntox disposal truck. The driver denied that he was picking up babies’ bodies, insisting it was just discarded hypodermic needles. This was hard to believe, given that there were four LARGE boxes. Claudia led us in the Rosary as the boxes were being loaded and discarded.
The ladies from St. Alexis remained until 11:30 and welcomed an amazing group of prayer warriors from St. Ann’s in Waynesburg. The prayers soared heavenward on each side of the circle. Kim & Mike, Carol, Kathy, Nicole, Denise, and Athilia came ready to pray and offer literature. We also enjoyed having with us two beautiful children who accompanied their mom and grandma. They are living proof of how truly precious are God’s children.
We were also happy to have with us Phelene and Christopher who each stopped to pray during their lunch time before returning to work. It was a busy sidewalk today, as were the doors to PP. We had a moment of hope when a woman backed out the door (I believe it was) to respond to our invitation, but the man who was with her stopped her and redirected her back through the door. Our eyes closed in sorrow and silent prayer. Athilia was in a conversation for about 45 minutes with another couple who were just passing by. Hopefully the seeds that she planted will take root. The time passed quickly by and I saw Nikki coming down the sidewalk with two beautiful roses.
It was a peaceful shift, and the weather was beautiful! I was blessed to have the wonderful group from Saint Anne’s in Waynesburg with me the entire time. Their leader, Kim, was on her knees the whole time praying, and they all prayed as a group. We passed out information, there were some couples still going in and many couples coming out. We are planting seeds and will never know how God is using us to make a difference! I left the vigil in the capable hands of shift manager Michael, who had prayer volunteer Regis signed up to be with him for his entire shift.
3-5: Michael and Regis
It was sunny, breezy, quiet and peaceful today. Nothing out of the ordinary to report. Passersby were a mixed bag, mostly positive. I can’t help but feel a little pumped up after seeing Unplanned. It is so obvious how the Lord has been working with and through Abby Johnson and now with Unplanned. I guess we could say Unplanned was and is His Plan all along. Let’s all pray very hard that tons of people that are sitting on the fence regarding abortion or who are pro-choice, see this movie, and are moved to the pro-life side. Our culture of death needs to be shaken to its core and move towards a culture of life.
5-7: Lisa and Johanna
The 5 – 7 shift was peaceful and prayerful. When we thought we may have prayed enough – along comes Mimi with the command, “Pray a Rosary!” and, of course we did. Thank you to those who came to pray this evening; Johanna, Marc, Audrey and Jim and our pal, city dweller, “Gym Shorts Jim”. Blessings, Lisa