Granite City , IL Report

9/25/2010

DAY 4- Justice! “Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” Amos 5:24

            In today’s 40 Days for Life intention we ask God to help us understand the concept of justice as a gift He gives and as a responsibility that shapes our work. Justice is a key theme in Scriptures. When God intervened to save His people when they were helpless in bondage of slavery in Egypt , He did “justice”. We too, the “first responders” outside these abortion mills, are to do justice. God is a God of justice; He rescues us when we cannot save ourselves. We then are to be the people of justice. We are to do justice by intervening to save the helpless in the name and by the power of the God who saves us who are helpless ourselves.

            Today as soon as we set up our outreach to the abortion-bound mothers and began in prayers, we looked from the entrance of our van and opened our door to see a family walking back to their car. They were mumbling something about, “not getting any help.” We offered. “We can help you,” and all three looked up at our van and our “Free Help” sign hanging on it. I then offered free pregnancy testing, ultrasound, and resources including physicians’ referrals. “It only takes five minutes.” “Yes,” the older woman replied. “We need help.”

            The two females came inside, and the young male waited outside. They shared their plight as I quickly scanned. It was inconclusive as her bladder was not full. The male then asked to come inside; he was concerned and joined us. I offered to redo the ultrasound another day. The mother of the college-aged girl suggested they go to Planned Parenthood. “I have time to rescan if you would walk down to McDonald’s and have something to drink. Do you have thirty minutes?” “Yes,” the male spoke up. The older woman reconsidered and agreed. They left as another young girl was waiting to be helped inside our ultrasound van. We prayed for God to touch the mother’s heart.

            We scanned and called for the rest of the family to come inside our van to view the newest member of their family making their debut on our ultrasound screen. They were rejoicing inside our van as the 40 Days prayer warriors were arriving and praying right outside our doors for new life. After going over referrals and resources, we walked them to their vehicle and Isabella rewarded the little ones with treats okay-ed by their elated parents.

            We no sooner disinfected when the first family of three arrived back at our doors. “Pray harder!” was relayed to the prayer warriors. Once inside we scanned again, BAM! There he/she was on the screen auditioning as he/she floated in an ocean of amniotic water with a swimmer’s back stroke. He/she was approx 8 weeks along. The older woman let out a sigh; the pregnant girl softly wept. The male smiled and squeezed her hand. “Are these tears of joy?” I asked. She nodded. “It’s going to be okay.”

            The mother of the girl then shouted and shook a paper in my face. “Are you going to be there when she is a teenager?” This took me aback, but I recovered quickly. “Been there, done that; this too shall pass, you will survive.” I asked the couple of their plans. “We want to keep it.” I offered, “There are many girls we work with that we encourage to finish their education.” She then shared her plan on finishing art school. I gave them our brochure explaining our resources, and we shared a strategy. “You’re not going to keep that appointment are you?” I asked as I pointed to the abortion mill. The mother then said, “Ha, they didn’t have time to help us they said. That’s okay, we took care of it.” As they hugged and thanked me, I handed them a gift bag full of baby supplies. The girl’s mother began walking to the exit, and I placed both hands on her shoulders and whispered, “Being a grandmother is a blessing. God does not give us too much that we cannot handle.” “I hope so,” she responded, still not sold on the prospect of her daughter’s pregnancy. “Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help you.” The male whispered, “Can I have another of your brochures?” “Sure,” and I handed him another. We watched them get into their vehicle and drive off the abortion mill lot. Praise God!

            I then noticed a couple coming back out and walking through the rosary warriors. I went to throw trash out, greeted them, and offered to help them. The male walked up to me with the young girl behind him and said, “We didn’t do it.” “Praise God!” I shouted. “Here…” He took the brochure from my hand, and I asked the girl if she would like to see her baby. She said, “I’m okay, I’m not that far along.” I asked her name. “Angela,” she replied. “My namesake,” and she smiled as I wrapped my arms around her and told her, “That’s my name. If there is anything we can help you with please don’t hesitate to call.” I asked them, “What changed your minds?” She replied, “Seeing all the people.” They thanked us as they got into their car and drove off the lot.

            Justice prevailed. We cannot just say that we are pro-life; we have to do pro-life. That is what saves babies. This is why we have a pro-life movement; that is why we have a 40 Days for Life campaign; that is why saving babies IS OUR BUSINESS.

            Loving Heavenly Father, help us to see the worth of all human beings by the way in which You provide for us. We would ask that You provide also the faith, grace, and courage to enable us to protect that which is so precious to you. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.