Friday, March 18, 2011

"Holy Cow.. We Were Treated Like Rock Stars!" To God be the Glory!

      "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me has not been in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:10. It was another quest, another great opportunity to witness to area pastors, youth, and youth leaders. After a long morning of witnessing to the lost and abortion-minded mothers in Granite City, where four precious babies were rescued and saved, we headed out to our evening speaking engagement. With very little rest we arrived to a parking lot full of cars. Once inside, it was spiritual chaos! Kids were everywhere with a peppering of adults. We looked for people with tags. BAM! Found one. A young male with a walkie talkie radioed that we were there. Two other escorts arrived to carry our things and lead us through the throngs of kids. : ) It was beautiful sight. As we passed the group of youth, one young female voice said, "Oh my Gosh..that's her, that's her." Kids started turning and looking as we being led to the "green room". One young male stepped out in front of us and said, "You're Angela Michael," and held his hand out for me to shake. "We just watched your video. I think what you do is awesome."
       They rushed us inside to a waiting room full of beverages, light snacks, and a comfortable seating area. It was the waiting area by the stage where we could hear Christian rock music being played. We met the host and leaders of tonight's event. They were very gracious. The next thing we realized was that it was showtime; we were being ushered to the main stage. We walked onto a dimly lit stage with a spotlight following us waving to the crowds' cheers and applause as we went up and made our way to the center when they announced our ministry. We didn't waste any time and thanked our host and the Lord for making this all happen.     
       We gave a brief overall view of how the Lord called us to the streets to save babies and their mothers, and for the past 18 1/2 years we have answered the call. We shared our praise reports from today's witnessing outside the abortion mill. (Applause). We touched lightly on our B.C. beginnings: how God had His hand on us and we didn't even know it, but He was there by our side guiding us even before we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. We told them of our successes, shared how to save a life, and how many we have helped to adopt. (Applause.)
       We then gave them a challenge: "You know years ago, it was my stupid generation that created this monster called 'abortion.' I was only a kid back then. I couldn't really do anything about it, but it's your generation (and I pointed to every aisle in the auditorium) that can do something about it!" They started standing up and applauding. "It's you that can take back what the devil has stolen. We need your ideas, your energies, your faith and perseverance... and we can return this nation from a culture of death to a culture of LIFE!" Standing applause.
       It was then that we handed the microphone back to the host, and they blew us away by presenting our ministry with a huge donation to continue saving babies. We gave a heartfelt thank you to the kids and everyone involved. The host then asked us to remain on the stage as he wanted to lay hands on us and asked others, pastors, and leaders to come onstage to lift our ministry up in prayer as they know how fierce the battle is and the enemy is always waging war on our ministry. They prayed on us and over us. They hugged us and thanked us for our work for the Lord and the babies. Many adult leaders and pastors came up to us, thanked us, and asked us to speak to their group. One woman took our information to host a baby shower for our ministry. Praise God! We are always needing supplies.
       We gave our contact information out to many, and many of the kids came up to us and thanked us. The most touching moment was when a youth leader came over and pointed to a young girl, who after seeing our video and listening to us, wanted to, "Be like Angela and follow in her footsteps." She said that God really touched her heart with our ministry, and she wanted to dedicate her life doing what Small Victories does. Praise the Lord! I never knew we could have such an impact on a young person as we did tonight. Thank You Jesus.
       The band began playing as we shook hands and thanked as many as we could standing along the way as we headed out. It felt like being a "rock-star"... forgive me. : )
       Daily I am blessed; and what a difference it makes to say so.
       Be encouraged ~Angela