Granite City , IL Report

10/09/2010- DAY 18  

            Tensions were mounting as the additional rabid liberal deathscorts were all out in their finery awaiting the annual rosary walk marchers from the Springfield Diocese led by the newly installed Bishop. It’s a running joke inside this deathcamp that the marchers wait until all the babies are killed and mothers of dead babies are exiting the crime scene. Yet, throughout the morning our ministry stood in the gap, even though the screamers were trying their best to provoke others with yelling and screaming condemnation at the deathscorts and the abortion-bound. The guard told us later that approx 5 accomplices were restrained from physical confrontation with the troublemakers in the alley after their angry insults.        Dr. Greg Thompson and a few of his followers visited the mill and made the comment to Daniel, “There is no way you can convert anyone with that kind of screaming.” We agreed. “Keep praying for them.” They soon left. We were able to confirm one precious baby saved form the jaws of death this morning before the marchers turned the corner with a police escort.

            In today’s 40 Days for life scripture, the passage provided is our ministry’s favorite as our family is living it out. Psalms 127:3-5: “Children are a heritage from the Lord…Happy is the man whose quiver is full, for on the day of battle he will not be put to shame at the gates.” What a blessing our large family is to us. They have been such an asset to our ministry in helping others and in realizing how precious and unique each individual child is. If only we could convey this to the abortion-bound mothers in the short time we have to gently speak with them.

            As the Springfield Diocese marchers turned the corner, most of the abortive mothers had already killed their babies and pulled off the parking lot to return home. The Bishop stood in the back of a pickup truck, spoke to the hundreds of participants, recited prayers, and released several balloons with each intention read. Fr. Chris then spoke on the microphone about our dedicated ministry and the successes with the ultrasound van we provide daily. We then blindsided the Bishop and overflowing prayer warriors as we climbed onto the platform tenderly holding a newborn baby that was saved, born, and adopted through our ministry. The crowds were delighted and surprised and began applauding the presence of this tiny babe nestled in our arms. The Bishop then gave this child a blessing and the crowd again clapped. This was the end of the service.

            Everyone surrounded us to look and hold this little one who only weeks ago could have been slaughtered. “Oohs,” and, “ahhs,” were repeated as several hundred people kept coming up and thanking us or giving us donations to keep going and encouraging us. After speaking with the bishop privately, he again thanked us and headed back with the group to the local church sponsoring this event for a small luncheon. Even the guard came out to take a peek at the youngest pro-lifer on the sidewalk this day. Very impressive. Hopefully good seeds were sown in the hearts of the witnesses today.

            “Encourage them Lord. Let them know that just their very presence outside these abortion mills can save lives, just like this one we hold today. Heavenly Father, never let us take for granted the gift of children. Help us to remember the heritage that you have given us. Make us faithful stewards of these precious lives, that each generation might be raised in the nurturing and admonition of the Lord.  We ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.”