Could it really happen in America? Could three citizens be arrested on the public sidewalk for reading a Bible, having a camera and holding a "Celebrate Life" sign? I want to believe that this would not and could not happen in the country I love so dearly, but yesterday it did.
The city of Winter Park Florida thought that these three American citizens, were dangerous enough that they called in the city Swat team to body search, hand cuff and arrest fellow prolifers and friends Jay Rogers, Professor Pat McEwen, and Cheryl Bishoff. They were then taken to the Orange County Jail for booking.
So why did this city find it necessary to go to such measures to arrest three Christians on a public sidewalk? Let's go back to last August when a group of peaceful Christians took to the streets and held a public witness in the neighborhood and residence of the newly promoted CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, Jenna Tosh. On a sidenote , this particular center performs on an average of over 100 abortions per week!
Almost immediately city commissioners of Winter Park went to the aide of Jenna Tosh and passed a 60-day emergency ban on residential picketing aimed at a specific home. Later, commissioners approved in a 4-1 vote an ordinance that would make the ban permanent, not without the packed house of concerned citizens expressing their utter dismay and opposition to this ban that prohibits free speech. Mayor Ken Bradley was the only dissenting vote, expressing his opposition to the ban siting it unconstitutional.
Since then, warriors for the lives of unborn human beings have gone back to publicly witness and share the truth of abortion in the neighborhood with police coming, telling the Christians they must leave, but never with the threat of arrest. The police on both occasions seemed to be confused as to what the ordinance really enacted.
This is only the beginning, but I believe with all my heart that this is what Jesus meant when He said to be the salt and light of the earth. Please pray with us down here in Central Florida that God will use these unjust arrests to bring God glory and to challenge this ordinance that bans American citizens from their first amendment rights of free speech!
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
While ministering at the AWHC abortion mill a few weeks back I noticed a couple drive in and go toward the back to park. I walked quickly in the back to make sure they would be offered help and be informed of centers that would truly care for them.
When they got out of their car I said, “Hi my name is Michele and I would love to give you some information, please come over and talk with me please.” The young woman then walked over and I was able to have a really good conversation with her. She was definitely pregnant and abortion bound, telling me that at the moment she was homeless. I told her there was all kinds of help out there and that we would love to help her. She looked at me with her big brown eyes and said, “Really?” I said, “Yes, there really is help for you.” I handed her a brochure and resource sheet which has all the local pregnancy centers listed on it, and showed her the ones that were open at that time. I suggested she call and talk with one of the counselors. She told me thank you and that she would, then proceeded to walk over to the young man (her friend, not the father of the baby) that had come along with her and they stood talking.
I then went back up front and asked the prayer group from St. Margaret Mary’s which comes every Tuesday to please pray for this mommy and protection for the little baby in her womb. I then began
Some time went on and we didn't see the couple come to the front, so we began to get excited that she had changed her mind and would be leaving, but then we saw both of them walking toward the front door. Becky, the other sidewalk counselor began to plead with them to not go in, she pleaded and pleaded but they went inside anyway. We all began to really pray for them and this precious baby being led to the slaughter.
When it was time to leave, they were still inside the mill and we just cried out to the Lord to please intervene on behalf of this child, and touch the heart of the mommy.
When I arrived home, I just could not get that young lady out of my mind and neither could Becky. We continued to pray that God would do a miracle! Just then I received a phone call from the young mother (the ministry number is on the back of the pamphlet and I had told her to call me for any reason)! She began to tell me that she had gone so far as to get on the surgery table and had the sonogram! She even saw the images of her six week old baby! When she began to ask questions about the safety and some concerns she had for a medical condition she has, the medical assistants did not want to answer her. She said they were in a hurry and just wanted to rush her along. The doctor then came in and she began to ask him questions, to which he did not want to answer and she thought him to be very rude. She made the decision right then and there and jumped off the table and went to the front, got part of her money back and left! She was calling me to tell me what she had done and that she was definitely going to keep her baby and would I help her? I told her most definitely I would do what I could to help her.
We made arrangements to meet up the next morning and I would take her to one of the local pregnancy centers close to where she lived, which we did, and we had a great time getting to know one another! She was able to receive a lot of love and help from the counselors at the Sanford Pregnancy Center, which I am so thankful for!
God truly answers our prayers and this is just another reminder to me that we must never, ever give up praying, for anything! I thank God that HE intervened on behalf of this little baby and mommy!
Please continue to pray for them! To God be the Glory for HE has done Great things!
"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." I Thessalonians 5:16 - 18