During the month of February, our nation celebrates Black History Month- recognizing the accomplishments, and being honest about the sufferings, of the black population. The abortion industry has targeted the poor and minorities.A young, female PP volunteer told me today that the fetus inside the womb is a parasite. Who taught her that? PP teaches that and so does our nation’s collective silence on the evils and acceptance of abortion. (Things are changing though.)
Today, while editing this post, I read that the woman behind the name “Roe” died at the age of 69. Norma McCorvey, a white woman, has a story as summarized here by The New York Times (click on Norma’s name). A Supreme Court decision, Roe vs Wade to which her name will be forever attached, is based on lies. The ruling has led to the slaughter of millions of unborn children of all races. Norma McCorvey regretted her involvement with the court case and the pro-abortion industry. Today, although she was repentant, she met her Maker. May God have mercy on her soul. May God have mercy on us all for the things we have done and have failed to do for our unborn brothers and sisters.
PP has made a deliberate attempt to groom the minority population into believing abortion is not only a right, but is right. Fortunately, the black population has people who know the truth. Please read about Mildred Jefferson and listen to what she has to say in the video below. Then take time and watch the pro-life documentary, Maafe 21- Youtube link. The word maafa “(also known as the African Holocaust) is derived from a Kiswahili word meaning disaster, terrible occurrence or great tragedy.” African Holocaust
“……I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave-owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood……”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character… I have a dream..(Copyright 1963. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.)”
Praise God! A life was saved from abortion at Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh today! Our Lord is truly guiding and blessing this 40 Days for Life campaign! Read the following story about what happened, as described by Sally Brunn, vigil manager on duty when it happened:
A girl and her mother came out a little after 10 a.m. The abortionist, Beatrice Chen, had gone in at 9 a.m. as usual on a Tuesday. The girl told Fr. Codori that she “had other issues,” but had decided not to have the abortion. I gave her information about Women’s Choice Network and one of the newspapers and they walked away. We were elated! I don’t know what her “other issues” are. Fr. Codori might know a little more. We were able to tell the good news to two St. Irenaeus ladies who had just arrived to pray. It got their morning off to a good start.
I also spoke to Fr. Joe, who actually spoke to the mother of the girl, and he said that the both the mother and daughter walked out of the clinic. The mother came up to Fr. Joe and told him “We decided not to do it, although we are still having some complications.” Fr. Joe directed them to the free woman’s health clinic at Mercy (they don’t do abortions). Let’s pray for this woman, that whatever complications she is having are resolved…and praise God for this baby that was spared! Keep up the prayers and fasting! Our Lord is pleased!
We didn’t have too much of a showing at the vigil this morning, but that was okay. It led me to an important realization. We don’t have to have huge numbers of people with signs to bring about an end to abortion. We have a big God, and if just one Christian is at the abortion clinic, HE is there too…and that’s all we need!
When I first heard about 40 Days for Life, about a year and a half ago…I thought it was such a great idea! We can put it in God’s hands! Forget about politicians…who needs ‘em? But, I had never taken any kind of active role in the pro-life battle, and I was naïve. Once I began to learn the history of the pro-life movement of the past 20 years, I started to understand why some veterans are, understandably discouraged…and may be a little cynical as well. I got the feeling from many that they thought 40 Days for Life was really just a way to put a new label on an old movement…or maybe a watered down version of an old movement. Some may think it is just a way to draw people into the movement, and to bring as much media attention to the movement as possible. Maybe it is just my naivety speaking, but I don’t think so. If 40 Days for Life was all about drawing attention to our cause, why would we be holding vigil while the clinics are closed? Why would we be standing there on an early Sunday morning, when everything in town is closed? Why do we try to maintain a constant, 40 day vigil…instead of just having periodic rallies…where we could get hundreds of attendees?
During the time that I was alone…the sole witness to the injustice of abortion…I realized that the heart and soul of 40 Days for Life really is a spiritual one. It is not political at all. If there is just ONE person there, that is all we need! Most of the morning, I had at least one other person to stand with, and that was good too. We were able to pray aloud and read scripture together. Churches, don’t feel discouraged if you cannot get 20 or 30 people to sign up on your day at the vigil. If you even have one or two people per hour, that is perfect! I think we are a better witness to the public when there are fewer of us, actually. Hearts are softened when they see one or two people humbly praying. In contrast, when there is a large crowd proudly displaying their pro-life views, it is more likely to cause division or a “them against us” attitude. Check out the photo of Elena (below), sitting in my chair while I took a walk to the parking garage. When I came back, and saw her in the chair…I realized what an impact a lone person can make, and snapped this photo.
Just a quick update: We have churches covering the vigil every day until next Monday, March 21. There is no church coverage from 7am – 1pm on that day. Then, we have a big gap in our vigil on Monday March 28, Tuesday March 29 and Wednesday March 30. We have no church coverage on the morning shift for any of these days. If your church can help out, or if you have a group that you would like to coordinate on one of these days, please contact me.
Keep up the prayers and fasting! Don’t get discouraged! Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek my Holy face, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land”.
We have a promise, and our God is faithful!
Your sister in Christ, Nikki
P.S. I hope that I have not offended any veteran pro-life soldiers. That was not my intention. I have tons of respect for everyone that participated in the Rescue movement of the 90’s. Many lives were saved because of that movement!
How is the prayer and fasting going? Are you doing the daily devotionals, asking God to bring an end to abortion? It is wonderful to think of the united prayers all across our nation. Our prayers must be a wonderful music to our Lord’s ears. Our sacrifices must be sweet smelling incense to His nose. He is so merciful…so eager to forgive us. He doesn’t ask much really…not compared to what He gives us.
Anyway, I just thought I would keep you all updated on the happenings at the vigil. Yesterday was a very “active” day in Pittsburgh, since it was the St. Patty’s day parade, and there was much beer-induced revelry going on in town. Although not formally scheduled for a “shift”, I went down with my husband to check on our vigil manager, Maggie Stuart, to make sure she wasn’t alone. She was. Although, there was a nice, but inebriated young man who thought he needed to keep her company. So, I was glad that my husband and I had gone. We stayed until the group from St. John Fisher got there. They had been stuck in traffic for two hours!
At one point, a young woman, clearly homosexual, stopped to yell at us for our signs, saying that she had been raped when she was 15, and had an abortion…and that it was mean to say that abortion is wrong. I asked if she would like some post-abortion healing information. She said no, and walked away. (After my husband and I left, Maggie emailed me to say that she came back and asked for that information! Praise God! I pray she will be open to the Lord’s healing of her heart.)
A few minutes later, I noticed a very large, very drunk man staggering towards us. I backed up…afraid that he might fall on us. I thought he was going to criticize us, but then he dropped to his knees, right there on the sidewalk. He put his hands together and began to pray. At first, I thought he was simply mocking us. But, he was really praying…praying for God to end abortion! He had tears in his eyes, and prayed for about 5 minutes on his knees…until his friend came back and took him by the hand, leading him away.
Barbara Lewis, the shift manager from 11 to 3, emailed me the following, similar account of the activity during her shift:
“Our Saturday 11 to 3 shift was remarkable for its pro life witness. Many of the people who stopped to talk were tipsy. So was I by the time the shift ended, tipsy with happiness. It seemed that hearts were more open in downtown Pittsburgh the day of the St. Patrick Day Parade. And why not? St. Patrick was a powerful Catholic saint, preacher. He reached the hearts of the pagan Irish. The happy Irish celebrants seemed to be asking us to reach their hearts. So many people asked us who we are. So many high signs and some thumbs down for the posters. So many people spilled out of the “gay bar” to talk about their being gay, their disappointment that “people on the right” looked down on them and didn’t understand them. One of those very openhearted young men gave me $10 for you… see enclosed. Later another man passing by on the sidewalk gave me his business card and made recommendations for my home made bill board along with his rationale for the changes. He is a filmmaker and specializes in communications. He is pro life but feels that the pictures of aborted babies hurt our cause. Good conversation came from that. A newly married couple, 3 months, from Steubenville Franciscan College came and prayed with us. They hadn’t signed up. They knelt, sang, prayed the Rosary. A street evangelist gave the husband plenty of opportunity for love, generosity and patience. Saturday was a blessed vigil.”
I also want to pass along this remarkable story emailed to me from Katie Beresik, who participated in our vigil last Wednesday:
“The rain didn’t bother me at all – God’s very presence was so thick all around. I believe it was a sort of redemption for all the times that I walked past the Planned Parenthood during my workday and looked away instead of praying. But I wanted to share a story of God’s amazing blessing. I was standing in a little alcove to the building next door to Planned Parenthood. A minivan pulled up with a handicapped sign and I could see a little girl about the age of 5 with her mother in the front of the car. The little girl kept looking at us and I could tell that she was talking with her mom. After 5 minutes or so the mom got out of the car with the little girl. The mom needed to get into the building behind us. As she passed, the little girl held out a dollar bill to me. I asked her what it was for and her mom said, “Oh I think she thought the sign said, ‘Pay for an end to abortion'”. We chuckled and I said to the little girl, “Thank you but you don’t have to pay us. In fact there is something far more important and special that you can give instead of money. You can pray to God that He will put an end to abortion.” The little girl nodded vigorously and said she would. The mother then told us that she had to explain just now in the car to her daughter what abortion was. Her daughter could not understand why a mother would throw away her own daughter. The mother said that the little girl looked back to her doll sitting strapped into a car seat in the back of the minivan. The mother thanked me for what we were doing and she and her daughter got back into the car. But they didn’t leave right away. Instead the daughter again got out of the car and asked if she could take one of the 40 Days for Life signs with her. I asked Marci and we thought it would be good so we gave her a sign and then said to the mother as she again got out of the car, “Your daughter is just precious!” The mother said to me, “Why, that is her name! Precious!” God is sooo amazing how He uses the little children to teach us so much about child-like faith.”
Also, I just watched the video of our candlelit vigil last Saturday (embedded below), where we were singing Holy, Holy, Holy. It was so cool to see so many Christians of all faiths, standing in the rain, with their candles, singing and praying together for an end to abortion. You will be blessed by watching it.
P.S. If you can, stop by the vigil anytime tomorrow. Our attendance from the churches may be light. Although we do have vigil managers scheduled for the entire day…so someone will be there! We could use more people!
Well, day #2…and I believe we have received another sign from the Lord!
If you were at our 40 Days for Life kick-off event last Saturday, you heard Marci Deal’s beautiful testimony of her post-abortion healing. She shared how the Lord gave her the gift (as part of her healing) of a vision of her daughter in heaven. She saw a beautiful girl with blond hair and blue eyes…about 3 years old. He told her that her daughter’s name is Grace. She has since named her newly-birthed ministry “Amazing Grace.”
Well, today at our vigil we had a mother stop by to pray with her little 3-year old girl. They came to pray “for the babies and the mommies”. She was a cutie…blond hair and blue eyes. Can you take a guess as to her name? That’s right….it is GRACE! She is beautiful!
Yesterday, as you know, we had a baby named Zoey (meaning LIFE)…and today, we have a little girl named GRACE! Is God good, or what!!!
Also, I would like to pass along this story from our vigil shift manager, Barbara Lewis, who was on-duty at the vigil last night from 3-7pm. She wrote:
“It continued to rain hard for the 4 hours after you left. No drizzle…just cold rain. Such a challenge. I think the rain won. I got soaked. However, I think it made our 40 Days for Life presence more poignant. About hour 2, a young woman asked me if she could tell me something. She had passed this very Planned Parenthood site 9 years ago, intending to have an abortion. Seeing the people with pro life signs, she decided to keep her baby. Desmond is 9 years old, a basket ball player and his grades are getting closer and closer to the honor roll. You had to see her face to realize there are no difficulties that are larger than the value of our vigil. So many people stopped to thank us for being there.”
Finally, I want to let you know that the photos from our kick off event are now posted on the main website. This is the first time that we have had a professional photographer volunteer to take the pictures. What a difference! I was amazed at how she captured the mood of the evening. They truly are beautiful, amazing photographs. I have to say that Third Day used to be my favorite band, but now my favorite band is Intent. I haven’t listened to anything except their CD since Saturday!
Okay, that’s it. Keep the faith! Keep praying every day! Keep fasting! Come to the vigil! God will use us to save lives, change hearts and draw others to Himself! If you are not getting the daily devotions emailed to you, register at 40daysforlife.com
We are off to a beautiful start here in Pittsburgh today! Day #1 of our 40 days of fervent prayer, fasting, and vigil has begun!
Do you think I am crazy when I say that we are off to a beautiful start? Do you think I haven’t noticed the weather? Oh, contraire. I just got home from my morning shift at the vigil, and I am psyched! Wet…but psyched. Why? Because I think the Lord has given us a sign that He is planning to bless this 40 Days for Life campaign! There were at least 5 people from Murrysville Community Church that came out in the rain to pray at our vigil. Out of the five, two were pregnant, and Marissa had her 7-month old baby girl, Zoey with her. I commented on how beautiful this baby girl is…and what a great witness to life she is, especially in front of an abortion clinic. I was then informed by Pastor Kevin, that the meaning of the name “Zoey” is….you guessed it….LIFE! How awesome is our God!!! The first shift of our 40 days and we start it out with a little baby named LIFE! (And two other babies in the womb!)
I had about an hour to myself at the vigil first thing this morning (before the group from the church arrived), and it was nice, actually. I sat in my chair facing the clinic door and had some time with the Lord. Folks walking by looked at me, pitying me…this poor woman sitting alone in the rain, holding a sign that says “Pray to End Abortion”. But, I realized that I was serving a purpose. I was, at that moment, representing the ashes on our city’s head. My presence said to everyone who passed “our city is not clean…we have sinned.” And as I sat looking at the doors of the clinic, I had an image in my mind of what it would look like if every unborn child that had been carried into that clinic in their mother’s womb…but never left to come back out through those same doors….if they were to be resurrected and were walking out through those doors, what it would look like. I am not sure of the number of people…but with roughly 2,000 per year being killed…at approximately 15 years at that location…I estimated it would be about 30,000 people. So, in my mind, I could see an endless crowd of young people…some teenage girls with fresh young faces, some handsome teenage boys…excited about life. Some were children and some were toddlers…all walking out those doors…about 30,000 of them.
Praise our Lord, for He is about to do wonderful things!!!
Your sister in Christ, Nikki
P.S. If you can, stop by the vigil this afternoon/evening and keep Marci Deal company. She is the woman who gave her testimony at our kick-off and is bravely standing vigil today with a few others. There is no vigil manager on duty from 3:00 to 7:00 (when our vigil closes), and Marci is stepping out there in faith, hoping others will join her. Stop and be a witness. Bring Christ and the Holy Spirit to a place that so desperately needs Him!