Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'm a Christian, But In This Case, It's the Right Thing To Do!

"Sir, please get your woman out, be a rescuer today, save your little baby boy or girl!  Your baby is a precious gift from God!"

"There is free help available, please go back inside and be the man that God has called you to be, a protector of women and children!"

These were some of the many offers of help and pleas to rescue the innocent child of an abortion bound father who had come with his girlfriend to the Planned Parenthood abortuary the same day as our last Jesus Loves the Little Children Day.

"Whatever we can do to help, let us help you,"  were the words of one of the fathers who had brought his family out to stand for life and to be a voice for the voiceless.

"You don't understand our situation, there is no way we can afford this baby, this is what we have to do....we don't want to do it, but we have to!"  These were some of the words that came from the father of the baby scheduled to die, among so many other reasons to have his child killed.

"Sir, would you say that you are a Christian, do you believe in Jesus?" Questioned one of the sidewalk counselors.

"Yes, I am a Christian, but in this case, it's the right thing to do!"  was his reply!

With shock, many of us responded telling him, no, God would never want one of His precious babies killed, you must rescue this baby!  Go back in now and get your girl out!

Sandra, one of the sidewalk counselors than shared how her family had been in extremely similar circumstances, but how they had chosen to trust God completely.  She shared with passion, that yes, there were trials, but God always has and had provided, and if he would completely put his trust in Christ, that HE would provide, that you just have to trust and put your faith  in HIM and not the circumstances.

Well, the father did go back inside, but he didn't come out, not until the end when we were all leaving, he came out of the abortuary door with his girlfriend, who was crying.

He let us know that the abortion had begun, and that the laminaria had been inserted, (a seaweed that is inserted into the cervix to help dilate).  We knew then that this was a later term abortion, so we began to let her know that the laminaria could be removed, and to please let us help her.

As they drove off, our hearts broke for that baby, and for them and we began to pray that God would protect that baby, and change their hearts; that if they really were Christians, that God would convict their hearts, and send a spirit of repentance upon them.

Shortly after they drove off, Sandra, the counselor who had encouraged the father to put his whole trust in God remembered that the father had given the name of the church the couple attended, so she called their pastor.

Amazingly when the pastor answered the phone to speak with her, he actually had the name and phone number of the aborting mom in his hand!!!!!  And when he heard where she and her boyfriend had been he was filled with sorrow, and said that he would try to meet with them immediately!  He was very thankful Sandra had called him!

We all again began to pray that God would use this pastor to save this baby, and continued praying throughout the afternoon!

The next morning, thank the Lord there was a text on the ministry phone from the couple telling us that they had the lamanaria removed last night!  Oh the thankfulness and joy that came upon all of us...thanksgiving unto the Lord God Almighty!

Thankfully, we had given the father one of our brochures the day prior at Planned Parenthood, and showed him our phone number.....thank the Lord he kept that brochure and we were able to find out that they had removed the lamanaria!

I immediately returned the text, and we made arrangements to meet for lunch that day, which we did, a few hours later.

As Sandra and I sat with this couple, they explained that shortly after they had left Planned Parenthood, they received a phone call from their pastor, who wanted to meet with them immediately, which they agreed to have the pastor and his wife come to their house early that evening.

Through their meeting that evening, God used this pastor and his wife to rescue this precious baby, and not only that, to encourage them to do the right thing and get married, letting them know they would help them through this time!

After the pastor and his wife left, the couple went to the emergency room and had the lamanaria removed, and the baby was fine, the heart was beating strong, and things looked good!

They told us, that they repented of the very thought of killing their child, and there was much weeping from this mommy!

We asked her how far along she is, and ashamedly she said, 5 months, "I can't believe I was going to do this to my baby!"

We spent a couple hours with this couple, and then they left for a follow up appointment to see how she and the baby were doing.

Frantically a few hours later, this mommy, who just the day before was planning to have her child killed, was crying telling us that her cervix had dilated and her muscous plug was coming out, and had fear that she was going to lose the baby!

We told her that we would call one of the doctors in our area that helps, and would see if we could get an appointment for her, which, as soon as we contacted this incredible doctor he said that he could see her the following day!

We began a prayer chain, and prayers began to sore to the Lord God Almighty, pleading with HIM to close this cervix and to keep this baby safe!

Well, praise be to God when the mommy went to see the doctor the next day, miraculously the cervix
had scabbed over and sealed....the baby was safe and snug in her womb!  Hallejuah to the King of Kings!

We are in awe of what God has done, and this is such an example of the body of Christ working together for the sake of a babe.....all working for the life of an innocent child, and being the hands and feet of Jesus!

God truly did a miracle, and HE gets all the glory, honor and praise!  To HIM be the Glory!

Now, we plan to attend their wedding, and continue to walk through this season with them....please remember to pray for them, and their precious child!

God is good all the time!!!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

I'm So Relieved I Didn't Do It!

"I've tried talking her out of it, the whole way from Fort Myers I asked her not to do it"

These were the words of a very broken man who had pleaded with the mother of his child to please not have the abortion that was scheduled, as they drove the over 3 hour drive to get to Planned Parenthood of Orlando.

As I stood talking to him through his car window in the driveway, I could see how devastated this young man was, with so much pain in his eyes after trying to save his child.  

As I was speaking with him I noticed that they had a handsome, young son sitting in his car seat in the back, with big brown eyes staring at me, as if he knew the urgency of the situation.

One of the men who had come for our Jesus Loves the Little Children Day that Tuesday, came over to the car with his beautiful little girl, and said, "We are with you brother, whatever we can do to help, we will do it!"  His daughter, in near tears said, "Please let the baby live, let this baby live!"

We gave the father a brochure and encouraged him to try again, which he agreed to do with tears in his eyes.

Before he pulled out,. we told him that we would be praying for his child, and that God would touch his wife's heart, and with that he pulled out, continually thanking us for being there and for what we were doing.

Immediately, we gathered the children together, and began praying, crying out to the Lord to have mercy on this innocent baby, and to save this child.  The children's prayers were beautiful and heartfelt as they pleaded with the Lord to save this baby, and touch this mommy's heart!  

The father who had approached the car began to pray, "Lord, please use a relative, a family member, to save this child."

We continued to pray for this situation for the remainder of the time we were ministering, and right before we were getting ready to leave, a young man was standing out front and began mocking us.

His final words to us were, "You are just wasting your time!"

Well, we know that isn't true, and a couple minutes later, a young lady came walking out the front door of the abortuary.  Instead of walking to the parking lot, she began to walk toward us.

Sandra, a fellow sidewalk counselor and friend said, "She's crying, tears are falling down her face!"

And then, the words we long to hear....."I didn't do it, I couldn't do it!  I'm 18 weeks along, I'm so far along, I couldn't do it."

And with that, she lifted up the picture of her sonogram and showed us her beautiful child;  the picture so clear, that we could see intricate details of this child that came so close to the slaughter.

Sandra and I then asked if we could hug her, and she gladly let us hug and hold her in our arms while she cried.  At that point our friend Diana came over and was hugging her as well....it was a beautiful moment, one I will never forget!

She then said, "I'm so relieved, I didn't do it!  I didn't know I would feel this way, but I am so relieved and feel so good!"

We asked her if she would like us to take her to the pregnancy center, to which she let us know that the father of her baby was on his way to pick her up, and that they had driven from Fort Myers, and needed to get back!

I said to her, "I spoke with someone from Fort Myers today, wait, you are who we have been praying for!  We have been praying for you, and he is going to be so happy, he didn't want you to have the abortion!!!!  She agreed that, yes it was true, he didn't want her to have the abortion!

She went on to tell us that someone had given her one of our brochures before going inside PP, and while she waited, she had read through the pamphlet, and then when finding out she was 18 weeks along, she googled on her phone to see if her baby had finger prints, to which of course she found out her child indeed had fingerprints!

She then asked for the picture of her sonogram, and called her father, who had no idea she was there.  She confessed what she had been planning to do, and right away he said, "That is my grandbaby, you can not do this, you must leave!"  To which she did!

The prayer that had been prayed about a relative/family member helping to save this baby was answered!!!!!  Oh how great our God is!!!!

At that moment, her ride was there, she hugged us again, thanking and telling us how much she appreciated us, and then walked fast up to the daddy of their baby, and showed him the picture, crying.

He held out his arms, and she sunk into his chest weeping; it was a sight you see in the movies!  He then put his hands on her face and looked into her eyes and gave her a gentle kiss, and then walked her to the door, opened it, and helped her get in.  

He looked at us, and we all had our thumbs up, while he kept saying thank you, it was so amazing, and we were on cloud nine, thanking the Lord God Almighty for having mercy on this baby!

They began to drive out, and we met them at the driveway, saying our good-byes, to which she allowed us to hug her again, and he was just all smiles.

Oh happy day!  It was just one of those times, that will be etched upon all of our minds!  Our God is great and greatly to be praised!

This is yet another reason why it is so important to be in front of these places of death, being that voice for the voiceless, exposing the evil deeds of these places, rescuing those led to the slaughter, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.  

Thank you Lord for hearing our prayers, and thank you Lord for all that came out last Tuesday to be your hands and feet, to share the true love of Christ at this very, very dark place....To God be the Glory, for HE has done great things!