4/3/2011- DAY 27
Abby Johnson Meets Real Hope and Her Name is “Hannah”
On a unexpected hot and very windy spring afternoon, we set off to the other side of the river, to the only other extermination mill in St. Louis, that being Planned Parenthood. Unplanned author and former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson was scheduled to make a pit stop on her way to Columbia, Missouri where she was holding a sidewalk counseling training seminar. The winds were really gusting; it was hard to hold signs, let alone a toddler. God provided, and this was special; it was our youngest daughter’s first protest outside Planned Parenthood. Really, we were there to meet Abby. This has always been a highly trafficked thoroughfare, so many cars were buzzing by us as we stood anticipating her arrival. Some of the drive-bys cursed us or gave us the middle finger salute. We just held onto our signs and our daughter. The prayer warriors’ numbers had swelled to almost 40 people. Some came over after recognizing us and chatted about our ministry and all the good work they hear of.
Abby’s entourage appeared around the corner and parked. We were the
first to meet her. Abby got out and looked over at little Hannah and walked
right up to her. “Hi
Abby! It’s Daniel and Angela from
Abby spoke with Hannah, asking her about all kinds of interesting things she liked. She then gave Hannah back and embraced Angela as Angela whispered, “Thank you for your courage and inspiring testimony.” Some of the prayer warriors standing behind us came closer as they overheard us talking about our 18 ˝ year ministry of saving babies and adopting them outside our abortion mill in Granite City, Illinois.They wanted to know more.
“Everyone thinks I saved Hannah’s life, but every day I look into her eyes she saves mine and makes me want to save more.” Abby smiled and signed our copy of her book, Unplanned: “God bless you and your incredible ministry for life. Many lives have been saved because of your tireless work. Yours 4 LIFE!- Abby.” In our 40 days devotion how appropriate for today, “when we speak at engagements we try and convey that we are our brothers keeper?” And that God will judge us to have recognized and loved all our brothers and sisters even the little ones. The 40 Days campaigns are answering that question every campaign ,so too our ministry, for the past 18 years. By going to where our brothers and sisters are being killed. We do have a responsibility to them. Every time we show up outside abortion mills, we are answering that question and call.I I thank God that He has directed our feet and made provisons to be there, whenever doubt sets in, all I have to do is look into the faces of our youngest children, Hannah and Isaac, and I realize where would they be had no one been there that day? Father, we thank you for hearing Your voice and responding to the question “where is your brother?” We recommit ourselves today to care for them.Thank you for entrusting us to care for one another, and Your grace and mercy, as we work tirelessly to renew our culture, to a culture of LIFE.In Jesus Name we pray~Angela