So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9:17
Saul mercilessly persecuted the early Christians. He believed that he was justified in doing so. The Jewish Christians were acknowledging a man as the Messiah who had endured one of the most shameful type of deaths. It simply couldn’t be true, he thought. Saul believed this was heresy, based on all he had long been taught to believe, and that he needed to “right” this wrongful belief, sometimes by killing. However, God had great plans for Saul. He knocked him off his horse and blinded him. Then God sent Ananias who bravely went to Saul to help him regain his sight and send Saul, now Paul, on a path of spreading the Good News.
There is a strong parallel between Saul and those who work at the abortion clinics. Many employees believe that what they are doing is right and indeed “helpful” to women. They have been told for a long time that this is a woman’s right. Many of the women who work in the clinics are post-abortive themselves and seek to justify their own “right” by helping others make the same choice they did. They are blind to the truth that abortion harms not only tiny innocent human children, but also the women and men involved in the abortion. They are blind to God’s plan for Life. They are also often blind to those of us who stand outside the clinic offering love and acceptance, never judgment. That is why we stand at the clinics. God sends us, like He sent Ananias, so that they may regain their sight and “be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Just like Saul, it is our prayer that these workers will become the strongest voices for LIFE! Please pray for the employees and abortionists. See below for news of employees quitting!
News about Forest View’s Closure
We have gotten results back from a FOIA report and also spoken to one of the former Forest View employees and found out the following:
1. Forest View will NOT be reopening as an abortion clinic.
2. The building is still owned by abortionist Vinod Goyal who will be remodeling and opening a cosmetic center called Apollo. They will provide services like laser hair removal, acne treatment, chemical peels, etc.
3. Carmen, the cashier from Forest View, has quit! Praise God!
4. Samantha, the employee who was one of the first to speak with us when we began praying at Forest View 4 years ago this month, has quit! Praise God!
5. Jessica, a newer employee whom I spoke to a few weeks ago at Wood Dale, would like to leave her job too. She has an Abby Johnson letter. Please pray for her specifically.
6. We do not have a definitive reason for Forest View’s closure; however, if it had been a profitable abortion clinic, Goyal would most likely not be going through the expense and trouble of changing it. Of course, there is one other possibility; could Dr. Goyal be hearing the call of God? All we know for certain is that no one is beyond God’s reach, just ask Saul. Pray!
VIGIL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THIS WEEK
With the closure of Forest View, the days and times of abortions, and therefore vigils, at some of Dr. Goyal’s 4 suburban clinics are changing. Here are the vigil times. Please let us know if there are any corrections:
Downers Grove (Access Health, 1700 75th St.)
- Mondays, 7:00 am – 8:30 am
- Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00- 8:00 am
- Saturdays, 5:30 am – 11:00 am
Hinsdale (ACU, 736 N. York Rd.)
- Tuesdays, 7:15 am – 8:30 am
Glen Ellyn (Aanchor Medical, 186 Roosevelt Rd.)
- Wednesdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
- Saturdays, 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Wood Dale (Advantage, 203 E. Irving Park Rd.)
- Thursdays, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm with NorthWest Families for Life
* Important: God is blessing our efforts, and so Illinois Choice Action Team (ICAT) has been sending escorts to Wood Dale to try to stop counselors from offering women a real choice. If you encounter these escorts, please be kind and courteous, but do not engage. Stay in prayer.
- Fridays, 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Saturdays, TBD. We had interest in a Saturday Forest View vigil and will now be focusing on Wood Dale. If you already responded that you are interested in Saturday vigils, we will get back to you. If you are interested but have not yet responded, let us know! Thanks!
News from the last threeThursday vigils:
** On Thursday, April 10, we estimate that EIGHT children were killed at Forest View Medical Center.
** This was just 2 days before Forest View officially closed its doors forever and God blessed us with one last save at Forest View! A young woman in her early 20’s, Leslie, came with her friend Josie for an RU486 abortion (read about this abortion-causing drug: http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/ru486/). One of the sidewalk counselors, Anna Marie, offered her a free ultrasound and stressed that she should take more time to think about this crucial decision. Leslie still went into Forest View. However, Anna Marie had asked for her cell number and began texting her while she was inside. Hours later a tearful Leslie came out and said she didn’t go through with it! Glory be to God! Last we heard, Anna Marie was going to accompany her to the Women’s Center for an ultrasound.
** On Thursday, April 24, our first vigil at Wood Dale, we estimate that FOUR women chose to end the life of their own child.
** This is the day that I found out Samantha is quitting. She was outside and happily told me, “Two weeks!” explaining that she had given her two-weeks notice. I told her that God loves her and we’d be praying for her to find the right job. She gave me a big smile!
** On Thursday, May 1, we estimate that FOUR babies died at the hands of “doctor.”
** A family, mom, dad, and two children, arrived around 10:00. This is late for an abortion as most are in by 7:30 am. When I approached the mother, Paola, she was very open to talking to me. It turns out that she had no intention of aborting but was there for an ultrasound. We know that some of Dr. Goyal’s clinics are listed on the Blue Cross/ Blue Shield website and we are wondering if that is how Paola came to Wood Dale. Despite my urging to find a safe place for her and her baby, Paola went into the clinic, but not without a pair of pink booties and information about the nearby crisis pregnancy center, Care Net (www.carenetdupage.com/). Keep this family in your prayers.
Pray for These Wood Dale Employees
- Nancy: Office manager and post-abortive woman
- Dr. Goyal: owner and operator of Wood Dale and 3 other suburban and 1 Chicago abortion mill
- *Marisela: Listed as “Medical Records,” She has been sarcastic to us in the past, often sent out to bring unsure women back in.
- *Lisette: “Health Educator,” sister of Samantha. We are not sure if Lisette will be quitting too!
- Eugene: Orderly/POC. We believe POC stands for “Product of Conception,” which is how abortion clinics refer to babies. This job may require him to reassemble the aborted babies’ precious bodies to make sure no parts were left inside the mother.
* starred have a copy of the Abby Johnson letter. You can print a copy of the letter here:www.attwn.org/wp-content/themes/attwn-child/images/attwn-onepage-lightbackground.pdf.
“So they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take courage, stand up! He is calling for you.’” (Mark 10: 49)
This verse comes from the story Jesus healing a blind man named Bartimaeus. The apostles tell Bartimaeus to have courage and go to Jesus, for Jesus is calling him. What an amazing thing for this man to hear! The One who has been called “Wonder Worker” and “Messiah” is now calling him personally to Himself. However, the apostles’ role in this story is one that cannot be overlooked. They were the ones sent to bring Bartimaeus to Jesus. Indeed, Jesus counted on the apostles to go bring this blind man to Him just like He relies on each one of us.
That is one of the main reasons we need to pray at the abortion clinics. It does take courage to stand up in front of a clinic and pray, but Jesus is depending on us to be there for those who are “blind” to LIFE and say to them, “Jesus is calling you.” We pray that their eyes will be opened to God’s love and the gift of His blessings, no matter what the circumstances.
But you don’t have to be at an abortion clinic to be like the apostles. Is there someone in your own family or circle of friends whom you have been avoiding talking to because you don’t know what to say or know they disagree with you? Maybe today you are being called to minister to that person who is blind to some aspect of their own life: a bad relationship, a hurtful habit, a lukewarm attitude towards God, misinformation about the upcoming election. “Take courage” and “stand up” for the truth. God will be with you.
And in case you’re feeling like the “blind” one today, we hope you find an “apostle” in your life whom you can talk to about God!
*The upcoming election may be difficult to discuss with friends, but we have an obligation to do so. Get the information you need by printing out the Family Research Council’s Voters Guide (http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF11L04.pdf ). Share it with your friends!
*If you are Catholic, you can also share the “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics.” It does not discuss any candidates, but it explains the 5 “non-negotiables” of the faith: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and homosexual marriage. It clearly states that voting for candidates who support any of these issues is a sin. Finally, here is a link to a 3 minute video that is very powerful and should be shared with every Catholic. http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd
UPDATE ON A RECENT BIRTH
I was blessed to meet Veronica’s little miracle, baby Eliana, last week (see attached picture!). The whole family is doing wonderful! Yet, Veronica told me that she sometimes feels guilty because of what she almost did. I assured her that God loves her for what she DID do – give her daughter LIFE! Still, this had an effect on me: If someone who did not have an abortion can still feel so guilty about the attempt, how much worse is the suffering of the post-abortive woman? Please reach out to those who have had abortions and share God’s love. Here is a phone number and website for help: 1-888-456-HOPE, www.AbortionRecovery.org
News from the last two Thursdays’ Forest View vigils:
** On Thursday, October 18, we estimate FOUR infants were killed inside a place called a “medical center.”
** One couple in their 30’s told me that they already have two children and don’t want a third. I told them about the Women’s Center and the financial assistance, but he said they have enough money. “It’s just too much work” to have another the man told me. Personal choice is the reason that 98% of women give for aborting.
** One woman chose LIFE! Felicia and her friend came out of the clinic just after the doctor arrived. They both got in the car, but then the friend got out telling me that Felicia was keeping her baby. I asked if we could help, and the friend said that Felicia was “good, very good!” I gave them information about the Women’s Center and a pair of pink hand-knit booties (Still could use some blue ones!) and they drove off smiling. Praise to God for this save brought by prayer.
** On Thursday, October 25, we estimate that FIVE women allowed a “doctor” to murder the child in their womb.
** Again, we believe there was a save! I saw the big white Cadillac SUV pull in and got to the car in time to hand the young girl (about 15) in the passenger seat a brochure. She took it, but then her mother pulled it out of her hand and hustled the girl inside. I could see the confusion in her eyes. A little while later a different woman, Gail, who was not there for an abortion came out of Forest View for a cigarette. I began talking to her, and she told me that she too is pro-life. I asked Gail to go back into the clinic and give a Rosary to the young girl. Gail went back in, Rosary-in-hand, and ten minutes later the young girl and her mother came out and left! Pray that they will never return to this place of death.
Today’s reflection is taken from the “40 Days for Life” devotionals: http://www.40daysforlife.com/getinvolved.cfm
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:12-13)
Reflection from Carmen Pate:
I am confounded to see how the battle over the issue of life is perceived more often in churches today as political rather than spiritual. Ironically, the enemy has used this twisted perception to silence many in the body of Christ. We must see the battle for what it is and if we are to be prepared to face the spiritual enemy on the issue of abortion, we must daily "put on" the armor God has given us:
*The upcoming election may be difficult to discuss with friends, but we MUST put on the armor of God and do so. Get the information you need by printing out the Family Research Council’s Voters Guide (http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF11L04.pdf ). Share it with your friends!
If you are Catholic you can also share the “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics.” (click for link) It does not discuss any candidates, but it explains the 5 “non-negotiables” of our faith: abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, and homosexual marriage. And clearly states that voting for candidates who support any of these is a grave offense.
News from the last two Thursdays’ Forest View vigils:
** On Thursday, October 4, we estimate THREE innocent lives were lost.
** One handsome young man, Frank, brought in his fiancé to kill their unborn child. He said it was “bad timing.” How sad that this new couple is going to begin their married life by murdering their first child. Frank was also ignorant of fetal development and told me that the baby was “nothing” since she only missed her period one week ago. I gave him a fetal development brochure and he was amazed to see that at this point his 3 week-old baby already had a heartbeat and developing eyes and ears. He promised he would try to talk to his fiancé, but they did not come out until after the abortion. Please pray for this young couple.
** Keep praying for the male nurse at Forest View. He has been very friendly lately and we are so hopeful that God will bring him to a new life-affirming job.
** On Thursday, October 11, we estimate that FIVE women made a “choice” that they will never forget.
** This is the third week in a row where the number of abortions has been 5 or lower. We do not know why, but we praise God for the reduction in numbers!
** Many people driving by have been honking and waving in support of the unborn. It is such an encouragement to those of us out there praying, but we also know that our presence is encouraging to those driving by. Too often we pro-lifers can feel that the world is “against us,” but hearing those honks and seeing those friendly waves reassures everyone that we are a vast community of pro-life brothers and sisters!
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” Psalm 127:3
The world and our NorhtWest Families for Life family has been blessed with another gift! Kim and Josh welcomed Khylie Nichole into their family on September 18. She is an absolutely perfect little girl at 7 lbs, 6 oz, 20 inches long. Kim is also doing well.
We met Kim and Josh at Forest View on a cold day in February. They were struggling with their decision and did not know where to turn. I approached them with an offer of help and they gladly came with me to the Women’s Center. As they left, I gave them a pair of hand-knit pink baby booties predicting the baby would be a girl and now we all know that those booties were right!
Speaking of booties, we are completely out of blue baby booties. Would you be willing to spend some time this month to knit some blue booties? Maybe your Bible study could knit while you talk. Or maybe you know someone in a nursing home who needs to be needed. A sweet pair of baby booties not only makes a woman feel cared for and loved, but it also shows the humanity of the life inside her.
Yes, children are a gift, a reward, not a disease or a “problem” to be “taken care of.” We need to pray that all others would realize this truth, especially during this election season when so much is at stake. At the end of this email there are two different election prayers. Please join in praying daily for our country before this election.
In addition to prayer, get all the information you can and share it with others. There are several election guides. Family Research Council has one contrasting the presidential candidates at http://downloads.frcaction.org/EF/EF11L04.pdf . Illinois Family Institute has one that also contains information about local offices at http://illinoisfamily.org/ifi_news/general-election-resources/ . Priests for Life also has a Voter’s Guide: http://www.priestsforlife.org/candidates/index.htm . Ask your pastor if one of these could be passed out at your church. It is perfectly legal and would not harm their 501c status. You can check the Priests for Life website for more legal information.
October is Respect Life Month across the country. There’s no better time to get involved! Contact us for a vigil schedule if you need one. Don’t forget that “40 Days for Life” has a 24 hour a day, seven day a week vigil site on Chicago’s north side and another location with a daily 6:00 am – 6:00 pm vigil in Downers Grove. See below for more details and many more ways to get step into LIFE this month.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights has this verse on a sign in front of their school building. As I drove by the other day, I thought how truly priceless this advice is, especially as we have seen an increase over the summer of very young teens (ages 16 and 17) coming to the abortion facility. We have to teach our children the truth about abortion. Former Planned Parenthood Director, Abby Johnson explained in her bookUnplanned how her parents never talked to her about abortion, and so it was up to her and countless outside influences to help her decide about abortion. Although it is a difficult topic, we cannot shy away from discussing abortion with our children and grandchildren. If they don’t hear about it from you, they will most certainly hear about it from others who may or may not believe that life is sacred.
There is much information out there to help you with this. One easy way to introduce your child to the sanctity of life is through spiritual adoption. In this way, you can explain to youth that not all babies are safe in their mommies’ tummies, and we can pray that they will be.
Heritage House 76 produces a brochure titled “How to Talk to Your Child About Abortion” (www.hh76.org/details.aspx?prod_id=4695).
Father Frank Pavone has written an informative article about the topic that you can read at www.gospeloflife.com/articles/children.htm.
And while you’re at it, if you have college-aged children or grandchildren, please share the truth about Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood facilities exist on or near countless college campuses. Make sure your teen knows about PP’s record of supporting underage sex trafficking, covering-up rape, handing out faulty “free” condoms, and jeopardizing patient’s health with deadly delays in calling ambulances (as they did in Tonya Reaves’ death www.lifesitenews.com/news/tonya-reaves-killed-by-incomplete-abortion-perforated-uterus-and-delay-docu/), all for more than $1 million a day of taxpayers’ money.
This next generation of Americans is becoming more pro-life. We are needed to encourage this beautiful shift!
News from the last three Thursdays’ Forest View vigils:
** On Thursday, August 2, we estimate SEVEN innocent lives were lost.
** A male nurse, whom we see regularly entering Forest View, stopped to talk this morning. He has been at the clinic for about two years and expressed an interest in leaving. He told me that it was hard to work there but he needs the job. He wouldn’t go into much more detail. I told him we would all be praying for him to find a new job. Do you know of an office hiring nurses? I gave him a letter from the new Abby Johnson site for abortion workers “And Then There Were None” (www.attwn.org/ ) and am hoping he will find the courage to leave this place of death.
** There was a remarkable “save” of sorts brought about oddly enough by someone inside the clinic! I watched 16 year-old Andrew and Yessica come out of the clinic. Yessica was in tears. I approached their car and found out that Yessica did not get an abortion that day because the clinic refused her based on the ultrasound which showed she was 17 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Forest View will not kill children who are older than 17 weeks and 3 days old. We’ve never seen anything like this and are amazed! Could this have been the work of the male nurse I spoke to earlier that morning? Either way, it seems clear that the Holy Spirit is at work in the clinic. However, Andrew and Yessica are scared to tell their parents, so please keep them in your prayers and pray they will not seek a late term abortion elsewhere.
** On Thursday, August 9, we estimate that SIX women made a “choice” that they will never forget.
** Thank you to all of you who responded to our call for prayer warriors to take over while Laura and I were away. We had a great turnout! You are in our prayers!
** On Thursday, August 16, we estimate that NINE babies were murdered by a “doctor.”
** One older gentleman, a Muslim, dropped off his wife to abort their third child. I stopped him at the exit and saw that he had his two young sons (6 years and 3 years) in the back seat. Nahiziz told me how sad they were to abort, but he was out of work and they just couldn’t afford another child. However, he also told me that they wanted another child. Very confusing. He then went on to tell me how bad he was and I tried to help him understand that he is just confused. I spoke with him at great length about every aspect of abortion I could think of, religious, biological, the health of his wife, the responsibility of being a man, the sibling for his sons, the possibility of a daughter, children as a blessing… He sat there crying and listened to it all. But nothing could make him go back and save his child and wife. Nahziz was very touched, though, because when he returned later, he told Laura how kind everyone was and how much he appreciated us being there. All we can do now is trust in God’s divine plan. God can use even the evil of abortion to make a change for good in someone’s life. We pray for this change for Nahziz and his family.
News about your spiritually adopted baby:
** Your spiritually adopted baby is 38 weeks old. Many children are born at this stage. We just celebrated the birth of Elijah Ernesto, a child spared from abortion at Forest View. Has your spiritually adopted baby just been born? Every time you see a newborn for the next month, you’ll have to wonder, “Is that MY spiritually adopted baby?” To spiritually adopt a baby, pick up a prayer card in the vigil kit or go online atwww.spiritualadoption.org.
Our vigil update writer: