“Present yourselves to God… as weapons of righteousness.” Romans 6:13
When praying at an abortion mill, you may not think much about your effectiveness. There are days when maybe you don’t see any fruits of your labor. But this passage from St. Paul encourages us to realize that as long as you present yourself to God, He will use you as a “weapon of righteousness.” Some translations have the word as “instrument,” but those of us who engage regularly at the mills recognize that it is indeed a battle worthy of weapons.
But even if you are not at an abortion mill today, you can still be a weapon used by the Lord to free people from darkness. In “The Word Among Us” the author writes, “So today, put your whole body to work for the Lord. Use your eyes to be on the lookout for anyone who needs encouragement. Use your tongue to speak words of kindness. Use your hands and arms to embrace someone who is feeling alone or overwhelmed. Use your feet to offer quick assistance with any problems you run across. Offer your ears if someone needs to ‘vent’ about a problem. Most important, offer your mind to understand the best way you can help the people around you. Whether you realize it or not, a spiritual battle is going on around you - a battle for the souls of God’s children. And while God is certainly big enough to fight his own battles, he offers you the privilege, the honor, and the calling to join him.” www.wau.org
News from the last two Thursday Forest View vigils:
** On Thursday, October 17, we estimate that ONE child was lost to abortion at Forest View.
** ONE couple chose LIFE! A young couple pulled into the lot at 8:15 am. The man exited, but the woman sat in the car. The man refused to talk to Terry, our early morning sidewalk counselor. But our faithful prayer warriors, Kate and Yvonne, stayed strong. They stood on the sidewalk in view of the girl in the car holding up a sign for free help and one of a beautiful baby and they prayed… hard! About a half hour later the couple drove off without ever having entered Forest View. Glory to God!
** On Thursday, October 24, we estimate that EIGHT women made a “choice” that will change their lives forever.
** One young black man, Michael, stopped to talk to Laura after his girlfriend rushed towards the clinic. He told her that they were just there “getting information” because the girlfriend’s mom wants her to get the abortion since they already have a 4 month old baby. However, Michael wanted to keep the baby. Laura gave him counseling materials and encouraged him to “get information” from the Women’s Center where they will get real choices. He walked to his girlfriend who was waiting at the door and a loud exchange could be heard. Sadly, they entered the clinic and were not seen again until 3 ½ hours later. The woman was completely out of it and could barely walk. Michael looked shell-shocked, but thanked us for our concern.
** We were able to pass out 3 Project Rachel (www.hopeafterabortion.org) brochures that day. One was to a sobbing teen girl. I approached the car as they exited. Her mother was driving and the girl was crying uncontrollably. I told her that God still loves her and gave her a rose with the Project Rachel brochure. The mother sat stone-faced, but I reached out to her saying, “You’re going to help her through this, right?” The mom acknowledged with a nod. I pray that the “help” she gives in the future won’t be to drive her daughter to kill a baby.
** A 4th Project Rachel was almost accepted thanks to one of our faithful prayer warriors who has been willing to stay past 1:00 pm for those who leave later. Gary reported that the young woman appeared to be in pain and both were quiet, “almost as if they were in shock.” Thank you for being there as one of God’s powerful weapons, Gary. Even though they did not stop, you showed them love and hope.
PRAY FOR THESE FOREST VIEW EMPLOYEES
- Nancy: Office manager and post-abortive woman
- Dr. Goyal: owner and operator of Forest View and 4 other suburban and 1 Chicago abortion mill
- Samantha: Was “just answering phones” as a way to make money for culinary school 3 years ago when we first met her. Now she has quit school and appears to be thoroughly invested in the business of abortion.
- *Carmen: New employee, cashier, Catholic
- *Amber: New employee, Nurse’s assistant, Phlebotomist, Finds abortion “interesting,” refused abortion for her own unplanned pregnancy.
- Brenda: Her boyfriend told us she does not want to work there anymore and is looking for a new job.
- *Unknown “nurse:” She has been sarcastic to us in the past, often sent out to bring back couples back in.
*Three starred have a copy of the Abby Johnson letter.
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