Thursday, October 12, 2017

Someone (else) Will Help

Kaye said she had missed her first scheduled hour at the vigil.  Her little baby girl was asleep in the backseat of the car, so Kaye had prayed from there.  We assured her that it still counted.  40 Days for Life even recommends praying from your car if you are the only one at the vigil.  Today she brought her 9-year-old son with her to pray.
As she signed in, a car drove up and the man driving called out to the counselor.  He wanted to know what we were doing.  She asked him to park his car and come back to talk to her.  And he did.  That always makes you feel anxious because you might lose the person, but you have to do it to make sure they are safely out of traffic.
The man, Case, had one of his children with him.  Case and his wife have three children, with the youngest only six months old.  His wife thought she was only a month pregnant.  She could have an abortion since it wasn’t really a baby yet, was it?  The counselor gave him information and explained the damage that abortion could do to both them and their family. 
Case looked thoughtful but didn’t say much before he left.  The counselors continued to minister as Kaye and her son prayed.  Their hour was almost up when Case came back to speak with the counselors.  His wife’s tests showed that the baby was two months along, not one.  And he had been able to share with her what he had learned from the counselor.  He wanted to tell the counselors that he and his wife were keeping their baby.
You always feel a thrill when you hear those words.  God’s most precious gift has been affirmed.  Kaye and her son had witnessed to life, making the effort to join in the vigil with fellow Christians and God blessed them by showing His love for this baby and his family.
God doesn’t always reveal lives saved to us.  But if we say yes to what He calls us to do, we show Him and others our love.  We can do all things through Christ, who gives us strength. 

We have hours that still need prayer.  Could you come pray during your lunch hour?  After you drop kids off at school?  Before you pick up grandkids?  On your way home from work?  Just an hour of your time could help prevent a life lost, a life filled with regret.  We are the ones being asked.  Let us not say, “Someone (else) will help.”

By: Susan Platt, Dallas Campaign Director

Friday, September 29, 2017

First Day, First Save ... Five Years Ago

On the first day of the vigil, a woman came over to talk to the prayer volunteers. She wanted to thank them for being there today ... and for being there five years ago. When she found out she was pregnant, she and her husband decided that they couldn't afford a child. So they made an appointment for an abortion. They noticed the people on the sidewalk as they drove in to the abortion facility parking lot. Walking to the front door, they'd even stopped to take literature from a sidewalk counselor, but they went inside to keep the appointment.

While she and her husband sat in the waiting room, God heard our prayers and worked on their hearts. They listened to Him and decided to leave. This woman shared that choosing life for their son was the best decision they ever made. He has become their little prayer warrior -- always praying for other people, especially for the sick, and God answers his prayers. We look forward to the blessings the Lord will bestow on the vigil through the petitions of this beautiful family.

It's only the beginning, and our vigil has already seen incredible blessings. Please join the vigil, and find out what God has in store for the next 37 days!

By: Susan Platt, Dallas Campaign Director

Sunday, November 6, 2016

There is always a darkness around Planned Parenthood

This was our church’s adopted day at the 40 Days for Life-Dallas prayer vigil.  We started the day at 6 am with seven prayer volunteers, several from the Knights of Columbus.  The area is well-lit, but there is always a darkness around Planned Parenthood.  One volunteer told me he could feel the evil.  But where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more.  We began our task of covering this place of death with prayer, imploring the Blessed Mother to intercede for all her children.
Around 7:15 am, the security guard for Planned Parenthood showed up.  The abortion center is usually closed on Mondays, so his appearance was not a good sign.  Sure enough, clients began arriving.  We had a Sidewalk Counselor with us, along with prayer support of five to ten people throughout the day.

Two Knights ran a shuttle in tandem from our parish, starting at 8am.  One of them, Chris, has provided this service for several years.  When the Council’s pro-life director had first mentioned needing prayer volunteers for 40 Days for Life, Chris knew he wanted to be involved, but standing in prayer was not something he could do.  “I asked God how I could be of service,” he said, “and it came to me that I could drive people who otherwise couldn’t get there so they could pray.”  He takes a day off from work and all day long, he brings people to and from the vigil.

On her way out from one of the medical offices next door to the abortion center, a woman stopped a prayer volunteer to ask, “Does Planned Parenthood really perform abortions?”  Her question was yet another confirmation that we have to be present outside the abortion center to witness to the truth, not just for 40 days but every day they are open.

Our priest came to join us in an hour of prayer, bringing his father with him.  His dad, in his nineties, insisted on being there, too.  Having clergy is a powerful witness, not just to the clients and workers, but to the volunteers as well.  The people gain heart when the shepherds show up.

Throughout the day, volunteers came and went.  Two construction workers with a job about 5 miles away dropped by to pray before heading home.   And the shuttle car brought their last group and waited until 6 pm.  

A day of prayer and penance, asking the Lord to heal our land and His people.  Please join us as we close out the prayer vigil tonight with a celebration at St. Elizabeth of Hungary.  More details at www.prolifedallas.org/40days

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Raped and pregnant at 16

The girl is only sixteen.  When she found out she was pregnant, she went to the South Dallas Planned Parenthood to abort her baby.  Although Planned Parenthood is not known for adhering to rules, this time they told the girl that she couldn’t have the abortion unless a parent (in this case, her father) gave his permission in writing. She would have to tell him she was pregnant. 

After what must have been a painful and emotional revelation, the father refused to help his daughter abort her baby.  Desperate, she told him that if he didn’t cooperate, she would commit suicide. 

The director of the Project Gabriel Ministry was brought into the situation, counseling and offering prayers and help.  Fearing for his daughter’s life, the father told the director to leave him alone. He felt he had to agree to the abortion, even though he didn’t want to. 

All this time, prayers from 40 Days for Life volunteers were covering the Planned Parenthood. 

Unexpectedly, the Project Gabriel Ministry Director heard back from the Dad. He had talked more with his daughter, who finally revealed that she had been raped. Raped by a family member. After many tears and praying together, the daughter decided to keep the baby. Together, they were choosing life!  

This baby is the seventh save from this year’s prayer vigil, and these are just the ones we know about.  Praise God! Prayer works! 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Answering when the Spirit calls ...

Sometimes volunteers step up in unexpected ways.  The sidewalk counselor was tied up with someone else when a young African woman, toting a beautiful baby in a handheld carrier, walked out from the abortion facility parking lot.  

A Knight of Columbus, untrained in the ways of sidewalk counseling but realizing something needed to be done, stepped up to her and asked if she had come from the Planned Parenthood. “Yes,” she replied quietly.  “Were you there for your first appointment for an abortion?” “Yes.”  

Trying to recall what he’d heard sidewalk counselors say before, he told her that everyone outside was praying for her and for her babies, born and unborn.  “We have resources and people to help,” he said, and quickly dashed to the “You Have a Choice” brochures on the sidewalk.  Pressing one into her hand, he told her, “Call these people.  They will help you with your pregnancy.”  

Smiling, the woman took the brochure, looked at it, and then stuck it into her purse. “Thank you,” she said, and went to wait for her ride.


When the Spirit calls, you listen!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A few moments of conversation

Volunteers who sign up parishioners to pray at the vigil often learn a great deal in just a few moments of conversation.  As she signed up, Maria shared encouraging news that her parish prays the Rosary for Life every Wednesday and Friday.  Theresa, a young mom, watched her daughter holding the 20-week-old fetal model, and tears started down her cheeks.  She reached out to caress the baby’s head and told us that she had lost her baby when he was 20 weeks old.  The memory was overwhelming.

A young couple stopped by the table to check on times that needed volunteers.  The woman, Rosa, started crying, silently but very powerfully, from a sorrow so deep she could hardly bear it.  Tomas, her husband, put his arms around her, and we could tell they both felt a great deal of pain.  Tomas explained, “We just don’t understand how anyone can do that to their baby.  We’ve tried to have children for sixteen years and lost five babies to miscarriage.  How can they do that?”

Sometimes volunteers can be surprised with a negative response.  One volunteer handed a flyer to a young woman leaving Mass with her husband and little girl.  The volunteer was describing 40 Days for Life and leaned over to the table to pick up a map.  When she turned back to the woman, the man had taken the flyer away from his wife and handed it back to the volunteer.  “We’re not interested,” he said. 

“Okay, well, will you please pray for us?”  “I already do,” he said brusquely, as he took his wife and child away.  Not a typical response, but we'll take the prayers and offer them up for him too!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Heartbeats

Last week, while prayers continued, a mom went into Planned Parenthood for an abortion. During her pre-procedure examination, Planned Parenthood told her that she was going to have twins. When she asked to hear the heartbeats, they told her, "Oh, you don't want to hear that." So she left! After getting information from sidewalk counselors, she went to a pregnancy resource center. They confirmed the twins, and she decided to keep her babies! Woohoo!!! #PrayerWorks

Please There's still time for YOU to experience the miraculous.  Sign up to prayer here: www.40daysforlife.com/dallas. The babies need you!

Thanks to all who joined us at the UNITED Rally Saturday night. The big blue bus rolling in was a site to see! Don't miss our final gathering on November 6 -- the Victory Celebration at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Dallas.