Inspiring story from Sunday 3/4 vigil

Julie K., a wonderful mother of four and strong pro-life advocate shared a story with me through email just recently and I had to pass it along to you!  This is, in her own words, how she feels about 40 Days For Life and also a little bit about her day downtown at 933 Liberty Ave. just this past week…. Enjoy!

“I attended the prayer vigil in the fall for the first time and was shocked to see how ugly the front lines of the pro life movement really are. I have never experienced such a definitive line between right and wrong as standing there in front of Planned Parenthood.  I am just grateful to God for giving me the ability to distinguish what is right from that which so many are failing to understand.  I do have a really quick story about this past Sunday that I thought was pretty cool.  We had a lot of disgust on the street that day.  People were mocking us and using profane gestures in protest to our presence, but God had intentions on his heart for one lady in particular.  It wasn’t even 5 minutes after I arrived that a lady so full of disgust approached us asking, ” I just have one question for you ladies… Have any of you ever adopted one of these babies you are requesting these mothers bring to life?”  The three of us, almost at the same time, fumbled with delight to report that I am the proud mother of a new 6 week old baby boy whose birth mother tried to abort.  Fortunately, because he was in the state of Texas she was too far along in her pregnancy for the abortion to take place.  My husband and I thank God everyday for the gift of our baby boy, Jude Thomas, whose birthmother courageously placed him in our loving arms just 6 weeks ago.  I feel so blessed to have the privilege of adopting this miracle from God, and his birthmother is so grateful to have been given the chance to do what is right.  Two lives were saved by late term abortion being illegal in the state of Texas.  Although the woman who approached us was not there seeking an abortion, I feel her heart was changed as well.”

24 October 2011 – Xavier

The weather was a bit cold and rainy this evening, but it certainly didn’t stop us from having a great vigil experience downtown.  There wasn’t much traffic in and out of Planned Parenthood, there was hardly any negativity toward our group from those passing by, and it was a great time of fellowship and prayer for us.

Here are some pictures…

One of our favorite parts of the night was when a young man approached us to thank us for taking a strong stand against abortion.  After saying a few words, he reached in his pocket and pulled out several sonogram photos.  His girlfriend was 6 mo. pregnant, they chose life, and he was very excited to be a father.  The look on his face was priceless… he was grinning from ear to ear.  He lifted our spirits, and we thank God for him!  He also told us they would likely be naming their son Xavier.

Similar to what was reported in a previous post, this young man was our angel.  God sent him to us as a sign that there is hope and that people do know the difference between right and wrong.  This man and woman chose life for their son.  May Xavier grow to become a man who also chooses life.

That’s it for now.  God bless you this week!  Keep praying, prayer warriors!

22 October 2011 – Plenty of Pictures

This morning shift manager Timothy gathered with students from St. Vincents and others to pray outside Planned Parenthood downtown.  Here are some pictures from only hours ago!

The vigil continues this afternoon and evening…  more pictures to come!  For all of us not there today, let’s pray for those that are…


More pictures from today at the vigil…

19 October 2011 – No Rain!

It was such a blessing to be at the vigil this morning with my mom and Joe from St. John the Baptist.  Joe was able to be there for an hour before work.  Shortly after he left, two ladies from St. John arrived, Betsey and Nancy.  People passing by seemed very receptive to us being there, and we experienced no negativity in the morning.  Plus, the rain held off!

When our time was close to wrapping up, shift manager Cathy arrived ready to take on the next four hours.  Shortly after that, two more folks from the St. John group arrived.

A Message of Truth

Yesterday, October 17th,  a number of people were downtown at the vigil throughout the course of the day.  There were no groups scheduled so a huge thank you to those who sacrificed to be there and make sure ALL the hours were covered!  Here are pictures of just some of those folks from the early morning and afternoon shifts.

Pete from St. Ferdinands and Joe stand together.  Pete signed up for the first two hours to fill the empty slot. Thanks Pete!

Sandy & Michelle, two moms from a catholic church in the Latrobe area, stood for life with all these wonderful children!


Michelle and her children


Joe, Beth, and Marilyn looking great, as always!

Prayer Volunteer and Shift Manager Dee
More prayer warriors!

Of course there were others.  Thanks to all of you for making it happen yesterday.  To God be the glory!

On another note, I’d like to share a short story that was relayed to us from Sue McGrath who attends St. Sebastian. Here it is in her own words: 

While praying on Saturday morning, Oct. 15, at Planned Parenthood with our church group, a young man came up to us to thank us profusely for what we were doing.  He told us that he and his girlfriend have a child, and later she became pregnant with their second.  She aborted the second child without telling him.  The man said this hurt him so badly when he found out about the abortion that he could not speak to his girlfriend for months.  It was not clear whether they are still together as a couple, but the hurt in this young man’s eyes and voice over the lost child were very real, and his thanks to us was heartfelt.  Living proof that abortion hurts fathers as well as mothers.

Keep this young man and his girlfriend in your prayers.  The faithful few, Sue and the others standing that day, paved the way for this man to have the opportunity to express himself and be shown the love of God.  This is just another example of why we need to continue to sacrifice and make ourselves available to the people in our city.  We do that by standing on the sidewalk with a message of truth.






Day 8 – We Gather Together

Upon arriving at Planned Parenthood, I met Jessica and Gary, two young adults, like myself, ready to take a stand, pray, and share their testimonies with people around them.  By the way, they both had incredible testimonies!  I was looking forward to spending time out there with them on the front lines.  It was just the three of us.

Shortly thereafter, seemingly out of nowhere, Nathaniel and Pete showed up.  They had been released from school early, and, instead of going home to relax or do their own thing, these brothers knew where they wanted to be.  And there they were, right at the place God had called them to.

Next thing you know, we were welcoming Vince.  Although he normally attends on some Saturdays, he took a bus into the city to meet up and pray.  He was so knowledgable.  We had a great time of prayer and some great conversation to go along with it. 

I saw a woman walking up the sidewalk, and she stopped where we were.  I didn’t know Jessica’s mom, Hana, had been on her way all along.  Having been involved in pro-life issues for quite some time, she knew her stuff, and she was a great addition to the team.

As our time was winding down, others were already there to take our place. 

P.S.  You’ll just have to trust me on all this.  We were so in the moment, we forgot to take pictures!  Whoops!

P.S.S. Thanks for reading this entire post.  If you hadn’t, you would have missed this most important message.  I should have mentioned it first, but here it is.  We met a woman, Linda.  Her 25 year old daughter, Darnika, is 5 months pregnant and still considering abortion.  Linda is totally pro-life, and is a huge support and influence in her daughter’s life.  She assured us she isn’t going to let this abortion happen, if she has anything to do with it. When she heard all about the Women’s Choice Network and the services they provide, she was so excited.  She said she may stop back where we are located, and, if she does, you can’t miss her.  She’ll bring so much joy and encouragement with her.  SO, everyone, keep an eye out!

Where does the truth “lie”?

It’s October again, and that means it’s breast cancer awareness month.  If we didn’t realize it at first,  we were certainly reminded when we tuned in for today’s Steeler game and saw all the players and coaches wearing pink, went to the store and noticed some of our favorite products on sale in new pink packaging (with part of the proceeds going to breast cancer research), or had lunch with a friend who asked us for a donation to support her in running the race for the cure.

Breast cancer.  It’s a critical women’s life issue for which awareness and research are both necessary and positive.  Anyone who has ever lost a family member or friend to this horrible disease would especially know that.  And,  for those of us who haven’t,  we must be sensitive and sympathetic,  realizing so many precious lives have been lost.

It makes sense to look to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the poster child for breast cancer awareness and research, to thank them for their extensive work.  Yet, upon a closer look, one comes to realize that this organization, synonymous with the cause,  is admittedly sending a substantial amount of raised funds directly to Planned Parenthood.

According to Eric Winer M.D., a chief scientific advisor for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, “Susan G. Komen exists for only one reason: to save lives and end breast cancer forever”.  Although their strong desire to beat breast cancer is obvious, can they really say they exist to save lives?  If so,  why are they supplying Planned Parenthood, a nefarious organization for the destruction of life through abortion, with funding?  Winer says, “as part of our financial agreements, we monitor our grantees twice a year to be sure they are spending the money in line with our agreements, and we are assured that Planned Parenthood uses these funds only for breast health education, screening, and treatment programs”.  This may be the case; however, by their financial support, they are clearing the way for Planned Parenthood’s other funding to be earmarked for the shedding of innocent blood. 

Should we stop supporting Susan G. Komen?  That is not for me to say.  Although, I don’t particularly like seeing a partnership that exists between a supposed reputable foundation standing for life and an evil business that doesn’t value life. 

This being said,  I implore you to consider other outlets if you are planning on donating to breast cancer research.  I know I’ll be looking for alternative organizations that care about the precious lives of ALL of our loved ones, including those in the womb.