“Be cheerful with every gift you make… Give to the Most High as he has given to you, just as generously as you can. The Lord always repays and will do it many times over.” (Sirach 35: 9-11)
I really feel like one of the winning edges of the pro-life movement today is cheerfulness. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have truth on our side, but we also need the joy of the Lord and faith in His goodness. Because we have this unfailing joy and faith, even in our times of need and sadness, we have hope. We can be cheerful in our work for Life because we know that you can never “out-give” God! So let every conversation you have about the pro-life cause emanate with that joy. These conversations can be “gifts” to open someone’s eyes. Do not be dragged into an angry exchange of words. We can give gifts of time cheerfully by volunteering at a crisis-pregnancy center, praying outside an abortion mill, or marching in a local parade under the banner of LIFE. And gifts of treasure can make the difference between life and death for the unborn and their mothers. “The Lord always repays and will do it many times over.” Not that we undertake any of these endeavors for payment, but maybe this thought will inspire you.
A special thank you to all of you who joined us for the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at the Wood Dale abortion clinic. Almost 150 people united their voices in prayer for all of the victims of abortion. You can see photos by clicking here. As if the blessing of praying together wasn't enough, God granted us one more: The clinic was closed! We don't know why since they have been open on Fridays since last November, but we suspect it may be because we hold a Good Friday service every year and they didn't want their clients to see such a large group praying for them and their children. Imagine if we could get a crowd like that outside the clinic more often! How many more lives could be saved?
News from the March and April Wood Dale vigils:
** During March and April at Advantage Health Care in Wood Dale, we estimate that 138 children were murdered by a man calling himself a doctor.
** One of these children was the seventh child of a couple who came to Wood Dale. The husband told the early morning counselor that they "needed" to abort because the mother's IUD had moved out of place, so they didn't think the baby would survive. Such a strange reason to kill your child. This is yet another sad effect of contraception. People are so confused about the true purpose of marriage and family. I saw the couple come out afterwards and the mother was devastated. She could barely walk and was crying. Please pray for healing for this family.
** THREE women chose Life! One of them was also crying as she left, but they were tears of joy. The sidewalk counselor told her what a great mother she would be and how a year from now the baby would be crawling and bringing her so much happiness! She was overwhelmed with joy!
** We had another blessing last month when a beautiful young woman named Kelly brought her 4 month old son to vigil. She told us how she had talked to me almost 3 years ago as a high school senior walking by the clinic on her way to work at a day camp. That day I had given her a pro-life newspaper from Human Life Alliance. She was pro-life at the time, but little did she know that her pro-life beliefs would be tested only a few years later when she became pregnant. Kelly was up against pressure to abort. In fact, she was driven to an abortion clinic without her knowing what it was. As soon as she figured it out, this brave girl ran out the door, called an Uber, and went home. She stayed strong for her child and baby Christopher was baptized recently!
** This same young woman may have even saved a baby when she came out to vigil another Tuesday. A young man brought his girlfriend to abort a child who was not his, he told us. He started out very apathetic, but when he found out the baby had a beating heart, his conscience began to awaken. I asked him if he ever wanted to have kids. He told me, "Not like this." That's when Kelly stepped in to say, "That other guy may have been the sperm donor, but you can be the father." Slowly, the light went on in the young man's eyes and he went back into the clinic to save this child. We had to leave, so we are not sure how the story ends, but we pray that God's saving hand wrought a miracle for this young couple.
** This brings up a very important point: 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? Reply to this email.
Pray for These Wood Dale Abortion Employees
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