We’ve heard this many times and take it as our call to serve others. And indeed it is. However, look at it also as a call to love yourself as God does. Do not forget yourself when praying. Yes, we should pray for the mothers, fathers, abortionists, staff, and all those harmed by abortion. Pray for peace on earth and an end to suffering of all kind. Yet, pray first that God will work in you. Then, and only then, can He work through you. Ask that He will help you feel His love so deeply that you will see the endless possibilities in YOU. Then you can attend to your work in His name. Ask God to fill you with peace and guide your actions today. Then you can be the one to help bring your prayers for others into being.
In case you missed the news of this last week about the abortionist in Philadelphia who was arrested and charged with murder, you can read about it here http://www.wgal.com/r/26540173/detail.html.
A Fund for Luci and Joe
Thank you to those of you who have already answered the call to help this family in crisis. A fund has been set up through the Women’s Center to help cover the pregnancy costs for Luci and Joe (a couple who chose LIFE at Forest View!) Luci just began her 2nd trimester. If you would like to send a donation, write a check out to the Women’s Center but in the memo line write “For Luci and Joe’s baby.” You can send the check to:
The Women’s Center
2720 S. River Rd. #234
Des Plaines, IL 60018
No amount is too small. Any amount will be a blessing for this baby and the family.
News from the last two weeks’ Forest View vigils:
**SEVEN innocent lives were lost to abortion two weeks ago at Forest View.
** However, through the grace of God, one baby was saved and her mother saved from a lifetime of regrets! The young girl came in first thing in the morning (7:00 am) with her mother. Terry was there to give her information about the lawsuits that have been filed against Dr. Goyal. (See attached) The girl was horrified and took the sheet into Forest View to show her mother who had already entered. A few hours later the girl left, waving and smiling to Terry as they drove away! Please pray that this girl will receive the support she needs to stand firm in her choice for LIFE.
** A gas leak that occurred during the construction outside FV prevented anyone from getting to the clinic after 10:30. Unfortunately, the doctor had already arrived, but at least no one else could enter the place of killing that day! ** Last Thursday SIX women made a choice they will never forget. One couple entered the building but then left before the doctor arrived. We do not know why, but our hope is in the Lord.
** A very conflicted young man who kept coming outside while his girlfriend aborted his child, told me he was against the abortion. However, like so many who drive someone to get an abortion, he did not have the strength, perseverance, or faith in God to defend his baby. Please pray that those who are asked to drive abortion-bound women will be blessed with special courage and Grace.
** Thank you to all of the faithful prayer warriors who have been so giving of their time to brave the cold and stand vigil. If you haven’t made it to a clinic yet, rest assured that your prayers are a blessing, but your presence would be inspiring. We need YOU! If you can ever make it on a Thursday morning, you will make a difference. This Saturday you have a weekend opportunity to see what standing vigil at Forest View is all about. Contact Greg and Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org. They run the last Saturday Forest View vigils.
News about your spiritually adopted baby:
**Your spiritually adopted baby is 35 weeks old. Her reflexes are coordinated. She turns her head, grasps firmly, and respond to sounds, light and touch. The mother will feel movement every day. The baby is about 5 ½ pounds and growing fast. Soon she will celebrate her birth day, thanks to your prayers! Our plans for a baby shower to celebrate are in the works. More information to come. For more information on spiritual adoption go to www.spiritualadoption.org.
Saturday, January 29, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm - SpeakOut and TeenSpeak Illinois 2011: "Speak Out: Defending Life and Family." Join pro-lifers from across the state at the Doubletree in Oak Brook. This is the perfect opportunity to network and learn new methods of building a Culture of Life. Speakers include Ken Blackwell, of the Family Research Council, David Bereit, of 40 Days for Life, and Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League. TeenSpeak 2011 presents Lind Couri, a former Planned Parenthood employee, and someone with professional and personal experience dealing with abortion. Visit http://speakoutillinois.org/ for more information. We can’t wait to meet many of you there and put faces with those email address!
Saturday, February 5, 6:00 pm - “Evening of Hope”to benefitWaterleaf Women’s Centerfeaturing international recording artist, Tajci (Tatiana) at The Abbington, Rt. 53 & Butterfield Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL. Tickets: $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. RSVP at www.waterleafwc.org or call 630-701-6270 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 630-701-6270 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Sunday, February 13 - Women's Center 26th Annual Life Banquet. This Life Banquet will be at The White Eagle, 6839 N. Milwaukee Ave, Niles, IL 60714. The main speaker is Fr. Thomas Loya, an internationally known speaker on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. If you have an item, gift certificate or service to donate for our silent auction, it would be most appreciated. For tickets or to donate an auction item, call 773-794-1313 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 773-794-1313 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Looking for another way to help the Women’s Center? Register your Dominick’s Fresh Values card with the Women’s Center and Dominick’s will donate between 1% and 4% of your bill to the Women’s Center every time you shop. There are forms in the vigil kit at Forest View or call 773-794-1313 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 773-794-1313 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Have a blessed day! Please feel free to contact us with any questions. 847-651-4877 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 847-651-4877 end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Maria Goldstein and Laura Vandercar
NorthWest Families for Life
Our mission is to call to action pro-life individuals for prayer and peaceful vigils to end abortion.