“My heart exults in the LORD… My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.” (1 Samuel 2:1)
We got the joyful news last week that a woman who chose life last December at Forest View, Veronica, welcomed baby girl, Eliana, on July 12 at 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Mother and daughter are both healthy and VERY happy! It is time to “exult in the Lord” and His gift of this little girl.
Rejoice! This child has been born into the world with God’s help and thanks to the prayers and support of our NorthWest Families for Life family - thanks to you! This is a time for great rejoicing!
The above Bible passage is from Hannah’s prayer of thanksgiving after her prayers for a child were answered by the birth of Samuel. Children are indeed a blessing. This is why week after week you who recognize this irrefutable truth go out to clinics around the Chicago area to share the Good News!
Here is the update from December 1, 2011, the day we first met Veronica and she chose LIFE:
** There was a miraculous save! I call it miraculous because there were so many times when all seemed lost. When I first approached the car, Veronica (the client) had already gone in and her sister Adrianna was in the car with Veronica’s 1 ½ year old daughter. Adrianna told me that she was very much against the abortion, because she had one 6 years ago and was still suffering emotionally. Despite this, Veronica didn't feel like she could have another baby (She has two children, her husband is separated, and she does not have enough money for rent or food.)
As I was counseling Adrianna about Project Rachel, Veronica suddenly appeared at the car to get money for medication. I talked at length to her, but she insisted on going back inside “to think.” I got in the car with Adrianna and a half hour long texting session with Veronica began. Finally, after sending two unanswered texts, we feared Veronica had gone through with it. Suddenly at 11:30, well after most abortions at Forest View had already been committed, Veronica came rushing out the door and chose LIFE!
I went with her to the Women’s Center in Chicago last Saturday, and if you come to Forest View next week, I’ll show you the ultrasound of her beautiful 8 week-old baby!
Thanks be to God! And Veronica would like to thank all of you who joined us physically at Forest View and elsewhere in spirit. Veronica later told me that she was actually in the room, wearing the gown, hearing the doctor call her name, when she got the courage to leave. THAT is the power of prayer!
If you would like to come and see what other miracles God has in store, we would love to meet you at Forest View Medical Center (2750 S. River Rd., Des Plaines) on Thursdays from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm, especially during the later hours from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.
If you have ever considered making an impact by joining a prayer vigil, NOW is the time! We must “speak boldly” against the enemies of LIFE. If you have never done anything like this before, rest assured you will be welcome. We welcome people of all faiths to join us in singing, praying, and being a visible sign of God’s love for the women and men who enter.
To read more about what to expect at our Thursday vigils and see photos of the clinic, go to our websitewww.NorthWestFamiliesForLife.weebly.com or for more information call Laura at 847-651-4877. There is easy parking next door to the clinic in front of the Women’s Center building at 2720 S. River Rd. There is always someone at the vigil to greet you with a smile from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm every Thursday, rain or shine, blazing heat or freezing cold! Talk to a pro-life friend and take the first step together to become actively pro-life.
Please continue to pray for Veronica, Paul (her now reconciled husband!), and her children Elieyes, Elisabeth, and baby Eliana.
Look for our next update in the next few days with news about Kathy, God’s most recent save at Forest View!
"Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God …Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Love is a verb, an action word! It is not just an emotion or a feeling. Since God is love and we are God’s children, it is up to us to put that love into action. DO something today to make God’s love visible. You can begin at home by doing that small chore for your spouse that’s been on your “to-do” list for a long time. Give your child that much needed hug even when they are behaving unlovably. Then take your God-given love and bring it outside of the home. Say a kind word to the stranger at the grocery store. Let someone into your lane as the construction traffic merges.
Finally, there is no place in more need of the action verb “love” than an abortion mill. We could just stay home and say that we love all the women and men who are victims of the lie of abortion. But we are called to actively show that love by being there for them. The women entering a clinic often feel desperately unloved. The employees may feel that they are beyond forgiveness. This is why we often call out to the people entering a simple yet profound message, “God loves you!” And He loves you too!
News from the last three Thursdays’ Forest View vigils:
** On Thursday, June 21, we estimate EIGHT precious infants were destroyed at Forest View.
** One young woman, Amy (16), was very willing to come to the Women’s Center with us. In fact, she told me that she did not want to get the abortion. Her boyfriend Joey felt differently, but went with her. They spent about 20 minutes in the Women’s Center and when they came out of the building, it was clear that Joey was angry and still wanted the abortion. Amy followed him into Forest View despite our pleas. She will need much prayer for recovery as teens who abort are two to four times more likely to commit suicide. (http://afterabortion.org/2001/detrimental-effects-of-adolescent-abortion/)
** Another young woman, Kaylee, was also being pushed into an abortion by her boyfriend Cody and his mother who accompanied them from Wisconsin to Forest View. Through God’s Grace, she was able to find the strength to leave that day with a beautiful smile and her baby safe! We gave her informational pamphlets. However, Kaylee needs many prayers that she will stay strong and find supportive people to help her in Wisconsin.
** On Thursday, June 28, we estimate that again EIGHT women brought their unborn children to be killed.
** There were three unique blessings on that very hot day.
1. An off-duty Roselle police officer pulled up with a case of bottled water and told the prayer warriors that the Holy Spirit had sent him.
2. Another man named John stopped by to offer prayers with us. He told us that he drives by Forest View often and has seen us praying. For the last two weeks he ignored God’s voice telling him to stop and join us, but that day he listened and brought the love of God to the prayer warriors gathered there.
3. A “punky-looking” young man named Matt brought his sister Ellie for an abortion. He came out and talked to us for a long time while his sister was inside. Although he identified himself as pro-life, he was unable to convince her. He did, however, very much appreciate our being there and hugged one of the counselors before leaving. Let us pray that Matt will turn his pro-life belief into action and be a voice in his circle of friends.
** On Thursday, July 5, we estimate that SIX babies lost their lives at the hands of a “doctor.”
** We believe there may have been a save that day. Two women in a beat-up, old luxury car went in at 7:00 am without looking our way, but they left by 7:45 am.
** WE ARE STILL IN GREAT NEED OF MORE PRAYER WARRIORS this summer!
Would you be able to spend one hour at the foot of the cross? Every Thursday from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm we strive to have at least two people outside Forest View praying for the women, children, men, and employees at all times. It is so important for them to know there is someone there for them, especially as they leave However, we have had a hard time covering the hours of 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. There is easy parking nearby and you will always be greeted with a smile! Call Laura if you’ve been considering attending a vigil and get more information: 847-651-4877
News about your spiritually adopted baby:
** Your spiritually adopted baby is 32 weeks old. The baby is about 18 inches long and 5.25 pounds. His eyes are open when awake and closed when sleeping. Baby is developing immunities against infection. Unfortunately, he is not yet immune to abortion as it is legal through all nine months. Pray every day for your spiritually adopted baby. To spiritually adopt a baby, pick up a prayer card in the vigil kit or go online atwww.spiritualadoption.org.
Wondering about the Supreme Court Healthcard Decision? Here is a link to some great, concise information: http://ifrl-blog.blogspot.com/2012/06/court-ruling-keeps-abortion-funding.html
Here is a link to the actual opinion of the Court: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf
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