The Emerald Coast Coalition for Life would like to invite all members of the pro-life community to a planning meeting on Saturday, June 4th at 8:30 AM at St. Rose of Lima, 6451 Park Ave, in Milton. At this meeting we will make arrangements for the January 2017 Emerald Coast Walk for Life, the fall 2016 40 Days for Life Campaign, and our ongoing sidewalk ministry through Sidewalk Advocates for Life. This is an exciting time to be part of the pro-life movement in Pensacola. Together we can grow a culture of life.
During this past 40 Days for Life campaign we were able to witness 8 mothers choose life (that we know of), we were able encourage and assist one worker to seek other employment, and several new participants took part in 40 Days for Life for the first time. Worldwide through this current 40 Days for Life campaign at least 471 mothers chose life.
Thank you to all the individuals and churches that participated in the spring 2016 40 Days for Life campaign in Pensacola.
St. Peters Mary Ester St. Sylvester Navarre Christ Our Redeemer
Holy Spirit Parish St. Ann Gulf Breeze St. Rose of Lima
St. Paul’s Pensacola West Florida Baptist Nativity of Our Lord
St. Mary’s FWB St. Jude Cantonment St. Thomas More Pensacola
Little Flower Parish St. Anne Bellview St. Rose of Lima Knights of Columbus
Providence Church St. Joseph’s Parish Our Lady of the Assumption
On Thursday, a very young girl approached one of the vigil participants, stating that she chose life! The vigil participant responded with joy saying. Here is a brochure with local pregnancy resource information. She left with a smile.
On Friday, another mother as she was leaving rolled down her window and told those in prayer that she had chosen life! That’s another two lives spared from the pain of abortion. That’s the power of prayer and fasting! Thanks be to God!
The mother that we met last Friday needs your help. She needs your prayers that she will continue to choose life. She needs your help to find a place to rent in Pensacola. She can pay up to $800 per month. She is also looking for a job as a medical assistant in our area as well. Please help us help her. Call the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life at 850-889-1035. You may also e-mail us at [email protected]
Thank you for your help as we continue to witness to this young mother.
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 advocate 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 the Stations of the Cross for Victims of Abortion by Rev. Cletus Healy, SJ. As she approached the praying women, they were astounded as they had just finished praying the fourth station “Jesus Meets His Blessed Mother” which reads, “And have mercy on all pregnant mothers who are overwhelmed by anxieties over their pregnancy; may they, through the example and prayers of our Blessed Mother, have the grace and courage to accept crucifixion with their baby rather than try to escape the cross by aborting their baby.” The praying women told the young mother that they had just finished praying those words for her, and that Jesus is with her and He wants her and her baby to live. The evil one wants her baby dead, but God has created her child for a very special purpose. 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.
Now our journey with this young mother. Please thank Jesus with us this morning that her life and the life of her child were spared from the tragedy of abortion Friday. Please pray that as we walk with her over these next seven months and beyond, that the Lord will give us and give her the courage and strength to assist this beautiful family. Please pray for two other moms who chose life on Thursday and Friday who said that they were keeping their babies! One mother who told us she had chosen life was asked by a vigil participant if we could pray with her before she left the clinic. She said, No. You’ve already been praying!”
Jesus is ever faithful, ever giving, ever gracious, What a beautiful “hug” Jesus gave us this beautiful day in front of American Family Planning. Truly we felt His presence with us in this place!
From today’s day 29 post from 40 Days for Life national featuring the Pensacola 40 Days for Life campaign.
Families are a sign of God’s love … and a promise for our future.
The family is under much attack. Yet it is the most powerful witness in our culture … and children praying at a 40 Days for Life vigil are a clear display of that powerful witness.
Of course, parents must decide if attending the vigil is appropriate for their children. But one thing is for sure. People notice kids of all ages on the sidewalk, and that can have a profound impact – both outside and inside the abortion facility.
A scene from Matthew’s gospel speaks volumes. People had brought children to see Jesus, and the disciples tried to turn them away. But Christ said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Matthew 19:14).
Today, on the sidewalks outside the abortion centers, it’s the employees inside the buildings who don’t want the kids around.
Several mothers with their young children attend the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil each week. “The manager of the abortion facility kept looking out the door to see if the women and their children had left,” said Ernie in Pensacola, “but the number only grew.”
Several teenagers were there as well. While all the kids were there, volunteers were able to hand resource flyers to every one of the women who entered the abortion center.
“Mothers and their babies are a sign of hope – a sign of hope on display in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility,” Ernie said. “May their presence there be the cause of conversion of all, to the truth of the sacredness of life and the maternal bond.”
St. Louis, Missouri
An eighth grade class joined the 40 Days for Life vigil outside Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.
They’d only been there about ten minutes when a woman drove by and greeted them with a rude gesture.
The class members all grouped together to smile and wave to the woman.
You’d hope that such a display of kindness would have melted her heart … but that didn’t happen. The woman just got angrier – and stayed angry until the traffic light changed to green and she went on about her day.
“Not only did these young hearts embrace the controversy stirred up by their presence with willing hearts,” said Brian, the local leader in St. Louis, “they did so joyfully, full of trust in God’s abundant promise that they are blessed in their stand for righteousness and the confrontation they faced because of it.”
People of all ages take part in the 40 Days for Life vigil outside Planned Parenthood’s abortion mega-center in Houston. But the facility’s employees especially notice the young ones.
“We have been somewhat amused by reports that workers complained from inside Planned Parenthood regarding hearing the babies crying when the group of mothers and children were praying outside the building,” said one of the Houston team members.
But perception is reality. Planned Parenthood may notice the babies … but one potential participant said she only sees older people out there praying!
“That is not just an old man,” the volunteer responded. “That is somebody’s husband, somebody’s father, somebody’s grandfather. Each person’s prayer is unique and reaches out to these girls in a different way. You should come out and join them in prayer!”
See you on the sidewalk!
From the 40 Days for Life National post (Day 28)
… I really like food!
If you’ve ever thought this – or struggled with fasting – then congratulations! You’re normal!
I love food. I don’t discriminate against any kind food and I’m willing to eat even when I’m not hungry. Fried food, carbs, saturated fat, sugar … I pretty much like it all.
If you can relate, then you also know the reasons why God calls us to fast. You also know the power that fasting can have when we detach ourselves from this world to grow closer to Christ.
We have access to so much food and comfort today. We can eat and have our fill; but our culture is empty. We need to fast, perhaps now more than ever.
Fasting is one of the most powerful Biblical practices … and it can help us detach our hearts and minds from ourselves and center our lives more on God.
Whether you are good at fasting, struggle with fasting, or have never fasted before, you will enjoy this new 40 Days for Life podcast episode on fasting.
We talk about the reasons for fasting … the role it plays in 40 Days for Life … and five simple things just about anyone can do to make fasting an element of your prayer life.
And don’t worry that it’s Day 28. We still have almost two weeks left! If you haven’t been fasting, you can always start today!
This man catches the spirit of outreach and advocacy. Lives are saved when we get outside of ourselves and have a genuine conversation with someone. People need to know that we care about them. So the next time you are at the abortion facility, be kind, be warm, and be inviting. You just might save a life by striking up a conversation. Perfect love casts out all fear.
Are you interested in learning the life saving techniques of sidewalk advocacy? We have a training session coming up in April. Please see the flyer below.
This is how Dr. Bill Lile, Ob/Gyn, began his talk for the midway rally at Trinitas school. What is he referring to? The 9 mm abortion cannula. It’s responsible for more deaths than any other weapon on the face of this earth. In the state of Florida alone over 85,000 lives are lost to abortion each year, close to 2,000 here in Escambia county. After showing us what this dangerous weapon, the abortion cannula looks like, Dr. Lile showed an image of his daughter’s ultrasound. As we watched his daughter leaping in the womb he held up the cannula and explained that at this stage in his daughters life (12 weeks), with little arms, legs, and strong heartbeat, her little body could have been sucked through the cannula and destroyed. This left our minds thinking about all those little lives, just moments before, leaping with joy in their mother’s wombs, so beautiful, so full of life, and in seconds destroyed by the abortionists cannula. Dr. Lile went on to explain why he believes Ob/Gyn’s trained to help mothers and babies thrive turn to the destruction of human lives. Greed, he said is the first reason, because abortion is a cash business and abortionists make $500 cash per abortion. With twenty to forty abortions per week in Pensacola over a period of two days that’s $20,000 profit a week.
He explained that he believes pride takes over these individuals to the point where an abortionist feels powerful over life and death. He or she feels like they are God, where they call the shots on who lives and who dies. Dr. Lile mentioned abortionists who believe that parents should have the right to take the life of their baby after birth as well, like Dr. Singer. These abortionists believe that a parent should have a trial period where they can determine within the first few months after birth whether or not they want to keep their baby, and if not, they should be able to kill their baby. This description highlights the fact that when we allow any abortion….we allow all abortion. There are no half measures when it comes to the culture of death. Therefore we must always be mindful when we hear some say, I am opposed to abortion but accept abortion in cases of rape and incest. Whose life are we talking about? Whose life is on the line? I heard it said, when we accept abortion in cases of rape and incest we are killing the innocent and letting the criminal go free. How true this is…
Dr. Lile also described how doctors in his profession can now treat prenatal health concerns in the womb. One procedure he talked about can correct spina bifida while the baby is in the womb, another can correct an obstructed kidney of the child in the womb, and another treats anemia in the preborn by giving the child a blood transfusion while in the womb.
Please pray for this good and faithful servant, Dr. Lile, who week after week makes himself available to moms facing crisis, showing them their baby on ultrasound, and alleviating their fears of carrying their child to term. Pray for him and all doctors who refused to be lured by false promises of the culture of death and sacrifice of themselves to build an ever stronger culture of life.
“His lord said to him: Well done, good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” Matthew 25:23