I am not discouraged. I may sound like it, but I am not. The reason for this post is that I suspect that many Christians are discouraged and have decided to sit on the sidelines of the battle to end abortion. It used to be that we were able to fill over 75% of the 480 hours of our 40 Days for Life campaigns with church groups. To say that has dropped off would be an understatement. We are now three weeks away from our kick-off and we have only 80 hours filled, leaving 400 hours with only a shift manager and buddy on the sidewalk. How is this going to look to our city? Will it look like Christians care that 3,452 helpless pre-born babies were killed here last year? Where is the grief? Where is the repentance? If this was Ninevah, we would be weeping and putting on sack cloth and ash and asking God to forgive us! But no, this is not Ninevah. This is the United States of America, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Churches are mostly empty. Christians are discouraged. Christians are fearful. We scrape and struggle to make sure that two people are praying in front of those terrible doors for each hour that abortions are happening year-round…and we do the same for the 40 days except that we have to fill many more hours, from 7 am to 7 pm every day for 40 days. Thankfully there is a core group of committed Christians who make it possible for this to continue. But where are the churches? Why can’t a church adopt 2 or 4 hours out of 40, and gather a few people to come and pray?
In this very place where we stand, babies are being kept alive until their organs can be harvested for research, and then sent to the University of Pittsburgh. Their scalps are being grafted onto rodents in a “humanized mice” study. CLICK HERE to read about it and to see the photos. The very part of the baby that SHOULD have had the waters of baptism poured onto it is now growing on the back of a rat. What an abomination! If Christians won’t repent of this atrocity, who will???
Bottom line is this: WE NEED YOU ON THE SIDEWALK! We need you to be peaceful. We need you to be loving and gentle, but we need you to be there!
Consider signing yourself up as an individual, to be a “third” person, along with the shift manager and buddy where there is no church signed up. You can sign yourself up at 40 Days for Life or contact Donna Goss at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the spiritual battle to end abortion by signing up to fast from food on one day by clicking here!
If you are discouraged about this battle with the darkness, fear not! We have God on our side, and He will fight alongside of us! Some of our 40 Days for Life/Sidewalk Advocate team members got together at my home this past weekend for a time of much needed Christian, pro-life fellowship. I asked some of them to give a message to you, to encourage you as to why you should not give up the the pro-life activism, witness and prayers. This is what they had to say:
Finally, a reminder from Charlene:
The Remembrance for the Victims of Abortion will be Saturday, 9/18/2021 after Noon Mass at St.Paul’s Cathedral, Oakland on the lawn by the Memorial. Fr. Kris Stubna, Presiding, Rain or Shine. Pray for those who could not pray for themselves!