NOTE from Jim Coon:
We may want to mention the 45 parishioners from Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church who contributed 83 prayer hours to help stop abortion yesterday at Planned Parenthood from 7:00 am through 5:00 pm. Thanks!
and from James…
I will add that it was wonderful to have so many joining us in our weekly pro-life hour of prayer.Next week (HOLY WEEK) that will include pro-life Stations of the Cross. Please join us at 10:15.
TUESDAY VIGIL 4/9
Dear Warriors for Life, Although a number of couples entered the building seemingly bent on ending their child’s life, which is always absolutely heartbreaking – with seven couples going through the back door and four through the front, we felt the presence of the Lord in a particularly strong way and we praise Him for it. Many of God’s people gathered together in prayer and others circled the building holding signs while lifting up prayers. Representatives from Our Lady of Angels, Beautiful Savior and the Christian Retreat – all part of the Forty Days for Life were there to pray for the babies, the mothers and fathers – even the workers – and to come against the gates of hell of abortion. Even more amazing, we had several people who lived nearby who were moved by the Lord to stand with us in prayer. One couple, Micky and Randy were riding bikes and said they were moved to stop by to pray. They said that they had seen the movie Unplanned and knew that they could stand idly by no longer. Another man who lived in the apartments City Side was also moved by the Lord to come down and pray. Many of the people who came for Forty Days for Life said they would be back. Beautiful Savior, after visiting Community Pregnancy, being very impressed with their ministry, felt compelled to get actively involved with them. A number of people shared how moved they were with actually standing next to the building, knowing that babies were being killed that day. The Lord is moving upon His people. Eyes and ears are being opened to the horror of abortion, and people are taking a stand. Hallelujah! However, we know that the bloodthirsty enemy of our souls will not stand idly by as His kingdom falls. Anger and rebellion are on the rise, as we witness horrible laws that are trying to be implemented. Horribly deceived people, pawns in Satan’s hands, are doing all they can to promote and advance the agenda of death. We continue to pray for those who work in the abortion industry. I won’t say her name (because I would not want to embarrass her at this point in case PP some how gets a hold of this newsletter), but I was able to talk at length with one of the young workers we frequently see. She stood by her car right in front of me at the side driveway, and actually paused to listen. I encouraged her to take heart – to be bold and leave the abortion industry and get a job where she would have no regrets – “you know this is wrong”. I encouraged her to see the movie Unplanned, that is was a movie about people like her! She actually stopped for an instant as she was moving toward the building. The Lord gave me much compassion for her, and I called out as she was about to enter the building – “We care about you – we love you!” We must pray for her. I believe she is not comfortable in what she is doing. Power and position might be tempting, but we must pray she comes to realize it is not worth the price of her soul. Bentley, James and I gave out literature and were able to talk to a number of couples entering the building. We can only pray that hearts were changed and some of them left without killing their children. The escorts were very aggressive, it seemed unusually so, at least in the front. One escort shielded a young woman from me, but she was still able to take the info. As he shuttled her to the front door, she looked back with a sad haunting look. Choice???? Not at this place!!! One young couple, after being in the clinic for maybe an hour (not long enough for a surgical abortion), stood by their car in the parking lot talking for quite a while. Thinking that maybe she had taken the first abortion pill or maybe they had decided not to have the abortion, we gave them all the information we could as we called across the parking lot to them. They left with our not knowing what was their situation. We can only give them to the Lord. There was an incident in the front where Emily and I were confronted by a mother who parked in the side parking lot to take her 10 year old son across the street to the school. “I am prolife, but I am very offended that you are out here making my son uncomfortable” I asked her what she would have us do for if she was prolife, surely she would see the importance of what were doing – reaching out to mothers and fathers who were going in to kill their children on this day. She was a little unsettled when she realized they were doing abortions, but she was undaunted in thinking we were wrong. I told her we were sorry that she was offended. I apologized to her young son, but I told him that it was important that we were out there. He seemed more agreeable than his mother. One prayer warrior who had never been to an abortion clinic was particularly moved by the fact that they were killing children. She was in tears as she shared her testimony with me. Years before she was planning on having an abortion when the night before she met with a counselor who talked her out of it. She was afraid to tell her mother she was pregnant out of wedlock and the child was biracial. She was so happy for within minutes her mother came around. Her son is now 29 years old and a wonderful young man. She got married and had one other child and later she and her husband adopted a biracial baby. We both laughed when she told me that their natural child when she was little asked, “Mommy, when am I going to get color?” God bless us all as we continue to fight the good fight of faith, wherever He has us stationed! Oh, I also want to add a thank you to all of you who came to the Father Unger reception at our house – and to those who sent their well wishes and greeting. A good group of us had a wonderful time of fellowship and were able to bless this man who gave so much of his time on the battle field of abortion. The contributions of food were fabulous 🙂 We were all blessed by just loving on each other. We will do it again some time for no other reason than it is good for His people to gather together apart from the gates of hell. Farewell and travel mercies to all of our dear brothers and sisters who are traveling up to the summer homes. It is that time of the year! We will miss you, but you will be in our thoughts and prayers, as we look forward to seeing you again in the fall.