Bentley, who’s busy with her family as they are in the process of moving asked me to share her report. Eight couples went in through the back driveway – and two single women. She and her sweet sister, Lacey were able to give out a number of packets – thank the Lord. One young man, whose, girlfriend or wife was in there for an abortion, told the girls that he was going in to try to get her out of there. At this point, we do not know if he was successful. We can only hope and pray!
Although the escorts were present at the back driveway, they did not interfere with the Lacey and Bentley as they reached out to the women. They would call out to the girls when a car stopped to not block the driveway and they would direct them to come in, but the Lord helped the counselors to do His work.
We had one very interesting situation up front when a homeless woman, who was walking by, stopped in her tracks to talk to the escorts. She was awesome! “What are you doing here?” she asked them. They actually answered and said that they were directing women to go into Planned Parenthood. The woman replied, “Do you actually know what they are doing in there? They are killing little babies – crushing their skulls and tearing them apart.” The escort that is usually very hard and abrasive to us, just quickly turned and walked away into the building. Another escort turned the music, that they were already blasting – up! Later, the woman shared with us that she had an abortion – that, years before, her mother pressured her into killing her child. I told her how sorry I was and that how sad it was that mothers and relatives do that quite often here. I thanked her for speaking and told her that the Lord used her this day. It was quite something.
Another incident occurred when the man we know as an agitator, who just comes by to give us a hard time and to tell the escorts they are doing a good job, called the police on a few of our sign holders. Carol and Lynda P. have been standing in the front of the building on the side of the road for years. Because of the parked cars, they stand where their signs can be visible, but not blocking any traffic in any way. For the past weeks, Pam and Theresa have felt led by the Lord to hold their signs a little south from Carol, but still in front of the building.
It was obvious that the officer came with the intention of moving the sign holders off of the street and onto the sidewalk. He said as much. Although he said that we have every right to “protest”, we had to stay on the sidewalk. I asked him, with all respect, what law or ordinance prohibited us from standing in those positions. Pam called his attention to her son, Chad, who sits with his sign behind her on the sidewalk. She told him that she respects his authority and will make sure that she or the others will continue to be careful to hold their signs where there would be no hazard to oncoming traffic. We thanked him for coming down and for his concern for our well-being.
The agitator man on the steps with the escorts was quite taken aback when the officer shook our hands and left – allowing us to continue to be free to get our message to the public.
The escort who spoke rudely to Vivian was not present at PP this day. We found out that he tried to intimidate John D. the week before, saying that he was getting annoyed with him! Pray that he would, as Vivian told him last week, have a change of heart!
That is it, dear warriors. Have a blessed week in the Lord and a wonderful time of Thanksgiving as we thank Him for His abundant love and provision for us. We are truly a blessed people!