This Saturday we will shower a mother and her baby girl with love as we celebrate with her the gift of life. This mother and her baby girl are a gift to us all. Last spring, on March 12th, as we prayed during the Days for Life vigil, we met our mother and have been able to assist her along the way. We hope and pray you will join us from 1 to 3 PM this Saturday. Below is the story of the encounter we had with our mother. Love wins!
When people learn about the peaceful prayerful approach of 40 Days for Life, some may wonder how can it work. How can forty days of fasting, and standing in front of an abortion facility praying save lives? Yesterday, Jesus ever affirmed for us that IT DOES! As we stood in prayer some noticed a young mother walk out of the clinic and approach a pastor praying on the side of the street. As she approached he called to her. She spoke with him and he soon called over one of the sidewalk advocates. One of our sidewalk advocates approached and she said, “My mother doesn’t want me to do to do this and my boyfriend is forcing me to do this. I don’t want to do this. I’m not from this area and I’m so afraid.” The advocate told her that no one can force her to do anything. She was safe now and that we can help her with her needs. Then she walked with the advocate to a group of women praying. She cried, we all cried, and prayed together, asking the Lord for His protection, guidance of the Holy Spirit, and promising to help her every step of the way, including holding a baby shower for her. She told us that her baby is ten weeks old, and then one of the children praying with us offered her a precious feet pin with the 10 week baby feet image. She gladly held the pin and touched the size of her precious babies feet. As we continued to talk to her about all the local assistance that she has available to her, one of the clinic guards approached the mother. He told her that if she has changed her mind she needs to go back in the clinic to get her money back now. We all told her not to go back in, and that we would refund her the $450 from our own wallets. What is a life worth? INVALUABLE! Knowing from talking to other women that have changed their mind that the clinic employees try to convince women into having the abortion and make them wait for hours until all their other abortions are finished before giving them back their money, we know she could not go back into that building again. She certainly did not want to go inside and so we advised her to return home, and we would get her the money she lost as we have with other mothers. Immediately a collection began and we will refund her money to her on Monday. Just two hours later sidewalk advocates had this mom set up for an appointment with a local pro-life Ob/Gyn and with a local pregnancy resource center. She is also receiving assistance from a local staffer to assist her in getting a solid job as she has just moved to the area.