“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” (Psalm 127:3-5)
In honor of Father's Day, we wanted to thank all of the men in the pro-life movement. Whether you have your own children or only those whom you have spiritually adopted, we appreciate you and we need you! In our society, the role of men and fathers is being attacked and downplayed. In the abortion debate, they are told to stay out because it is a "woman's issue." This Bible verse sets the record straight. Children are a gift of God, not just to mothers, but to their fathers who are "blessed" to have a "quiver" full of kids! So it should be no shock that the loss of a child to abortion affects men as well as women. Yet, men continue to be ignored. See the story from the vigil below. Here's what you can do:
- Educate the young men in your life about what true manhood is. There is a terrific little booklet that you can purchase for any young man for about $2 - Pure Manhood by Jason Evert. It tackles many tough topics about relationships.
- If you're a man, BE that positive role model of manhood that is so lacking in today's culture. Open doors for others, offer your arm to your wife, lead the family in prayer at meals, talk to your children and others about God.
- If you're a woman, encourage the men in your life by building them up through your words and actions. Your respect means more to the men in your life than you may ever know.
Happy Father's Day! Thank you, Dads, for all your sacrifices!
The website here has a wealth of information about fathers and abortion including healing resources, research studies, articles, and personal stories.
News from the May Wood Dale vigils:
** During May at Advantage Health Care in Wood Dale, we estimate that 79 women made a "choice" that will change their lives forever and end the lives of their unborn children.
** I spoke to one woman "C" who came back for her 3 week post-abortive check up. Yes, the women must return to the clinic to make sure their baby is gone. C was crying and told me that her boyfriend pushed her into it. She has since broken up with him. I asked her if she had named her baby. She almost immediately said "Jasmine." We prayed together and I gave her a brochure for post-abortive healing. Please pray for this young woman to find hope and forgiveness and seek out relationships where respect for each other and life reign.
** As mentioned above, men suffer after abortion too. A young man stopped by the clinic to see what we were all about it. He opened up to us and told us that his ex-girlfriend aborted their child 2 years ago without telling him. He was very upset and gratefully accepted information on post-abortive help for men.
** We believe there were 6 SAVES in May!
** On the Saturday before Mother's Day we held our first annual "Bouquets of Blessings for Mother's Day" vigil. Many prayer angels came to surround the clinic with love and hope. Our efforts bore fruit as a young black couple chose life! I gave the young mom flowers, baby booties and information about Avenue Women's Center (the pro-life pregnancy center just up the road from the abortion clinic). Both parents smiled happily as they left.
** One young woman "A" was sitting in the parking lot talking with her friend. A male sidewalk counselor started talking to them. "A" told him that she "can't afford" a baby. He immediately told them about Avenue Women's and even brought them to the center. Unfortunately, the center wasn't open at the time, so the counselor took down their number and they left. Laura followed up with A through text later and confirmed that she is keeping her baby! Laura also gave her the number for Optionline which is a national pregnancy helpline. They are fantastic through text and connect women with the pregnancy center nearest them. "A" texted Laura that she is so grateful to the older male counselor who got her out of the abortion clinic parking lot!
** This story of a baby saved is a great example of how God uses all types of people to save lives: young, old, male, female, experienced, beginner. This older male counselor had only been praying with us for about 1 month and never had any formal training. If you are feeling called to be on the sidewalk for women and children, don't worry that you're not prepared, or don't have the knowledge, or could never do what we do. Just take that leap of faith and let God sort out the details! Email or call us with any questions: 847-651-4877.
** We would love to be able to extend our vigil hours at Wood Dale until 1:00 pm. This way we could be there to see all of the post-abortive women leave. People may wonder why does it matter? It's too late to save the baby. While that's true, it's not too late to save a soul, the mother and father's. We have found that often women are more open to taking literature after the abortion. Many are already beginning to feel the gravity of their "choice." We don't want them to go home thinking no one cares or be told "it's no big deal" by well-meaning friends or, worse yet, become ravaged by guilt and turn to drinking, drugs or suicide. No, we want ALL post-abortive women and men to receive mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. THAT is why we would like to extend our vigil until 1:00 pm on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, to insure that women are offered a Project Rachel brochure to be a lifeline for their healing. Can you help?
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