Wednesday, May 25, 2011
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
On a bright and beautiful morning one day before Mother's Day the prayerful witness outside the abortion mill was soon pierced with the frightening screams from the angry religious man. He was decked out in his fake collar again hoping for a good audience this day. We had just brought a save inside our ultrasound van to show her a picture of her unborn baby when all hell broke loose on the front sidewalk. The youth group and several leaders tried to calmly ask the impostor pastor to stop being mean and to stop condemning the women. “We are here to save babies, not kill them,” one young girl said.We brought the pregnant girl inside our van. She was frightened by the screams and sat up. We assured her the man would not come inside the van. It was a terrible witness to this save.
Then something miraculous happened. A new prayer warrior walked onto the abortion mill parking lot and came up to the angry man with tears rolling down her cheeks. She said, “Sir, this is my first time here praying. Please stop screaming hate at those women. It's very frightening and you are scaring me.” John B just ignored her and continued with his tirade as others pleaded, “Love them John, love them.” Their pleas went unanswered as usual. He then walked back over to the alley to join the other troublemakers who encourage this demonic spectacle outside the abortion mill.
We were finishing the ultrasound and going over resources and physician follow up, when some of the kids from the youth group felt the Holy Spirit telling them to confront this angry man with the damage he is doing outside the abortion mill. We came outside and shared the good news with some of the prayer warriors on the sidewalk eagerly waiting. Alleluia! 26 weeks baby girl! It was then that a few of the men from the Christian prayer group joined us and commented on the troublemakers and the screaming man. I distinguished our ministry from the" scream team". One gentleman took his hat off, shook my hand, and introduced himself. He said, “I have read about you and your wonderful ministry and now I finally moved here from
I explained how many women have come out and former employees have told us that the angry screaming man is a running joke inside the mill. He just gets the abortion- minded inside faster. You don't need deathscorts with him screaming. At about that time several teens from the youth group walked back from the alleyway with these expressions on their faces of disbelief and shaking their heads. Jordan and Brigette shared their confrontation with the troublemakers. “We tried conveying to the man that he was doing more harm by screaming and making the women feel bad.” The troublemakers Donna Westenberger, Peggy Dresden, and John Baliff replied, “We're are here to make the women feel bad and shame them with their sin.”
The leader of the men's prayer group then spoke up and said, “We want to support you. We need to have a banquet for you and help your ministry to continue the good work you are doing outside this abortion mill.” The screaming man started up again; he was attacking a woman who brought someone for an abortion. We calmly called over to her and said, “Those without sin cast the first stone.” She looked over, and we proceeded to explain, “Those people in the alley are here to argue and make women angry. They do the work of the devil.” “I'm not killing my baby,” she responded. “We know you brought someone, but please, these troublemakers feed off your energy. Don't give it to them. They want to make you argue with them. Just ignore their taunts. If anything, go inside and tell your friend that there is free help and another option outside in our ultrasound van. We care about her." She finished her cigarette and thanked us as she went back inside.
The men's prayer group then asked, “Why don’t their pastors stand with them?” We told them, “Most of them have been kicked out of their churches, lost their churches, or don't even go to church. They are rebels and every pastor that stands with our ministry has rebuked them for their demonic actions.” “Now we understand what you have to go through to save babies. We really appreciate you Angela.” Jordan and Brigette both chimed in with, “We're glad you are here too.” “Just think of how many more babies would be killed if you were not here,”
"Mary," the lady who confronted the angry screaming man earlier, finished her prayers and came over to thank us and look at the pictures of our babies we have saved and adopted. “They are beautiful," she said. “You should show them to that angry man.” “He hates babies, Mary. He is angry and bitter. That is why he will not take correction. That is why they are here. If Jesus Christ came back today and told them they were wrong in their treatment of pregnant women they would call Him a liar. Jesus would never confront the adulteress at the well in anger or by screaming hate at her. Jesus loved on her and brought her to true repentance by winning her with LOVE. Remember, the fruit of the spirit is: “Love, joy, peace. patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Gal 5:22-23
"It's God's job to judge,the Holy Spirit's job to convict, and our job to love" -Rev.Billy Graham
Be encouraged ~Angela
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
My name is Tiffany. I am 5 months pregnant and have 4 precious children who have all been helped by Angela prior including this pregnancy. She has given me money for food out of her own pocket if needed on several occasions. She has provided me with clothes, diapers, food, etc. If it was not for Angela helping me, I would have given up by now. I have went to Mosaic pregnancy center several times and other Granite City agencies such as Catholic Charites and have not received anything due to lack of funds they told me. Over the last 5 years Angela has paid my electric bill when Catholic Charities turned me away. I know of several girls who have received help through Angela when they were turned away from other agencies. I am willing to testify to what I have written.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
“Take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
II Chronicles 15:7
May 1, 2011
I don’t know about you, but I just relish this time of year and this special day. Mother’s Day is far too short, so enjoy it moms while you can. I never knew how important a mother was till I began raising a family. It was then that I appreciated the recognition and joys of being a mother: the ho-made gifts and smudged tokens of love; breakfast in bed with runny eggs and small clay pots where more dirt ended up in bed than with the seedlings. A picture of a bouquet of dandelions, though crudely drawn, reflects love overflowing from even the youngest heart and the world breathes a sigh of relief. Yes, goodness is growing. For some mothers this day may be one of heaviness and separation. Many have prodigals who have brought heartache and pain, but hang in there. Dwell on happier days and know there is hope. Children need love unconditionally, but they also require discipline. Broad shoulders and a bit of humor help. Whatever we write on the heart of a child never washes away. Some stories may perish, some songs are forgotten, but time does not change the engraved record in the heart of a child.
Happy is a mother’s heart when she can laugh at herself realizing the awful taste in her coffee is the baby’s formula she mistakenly poured as creamer due to sleep deprivation; or when she endures interruptions while typing as she whisks her demanding three year old away to do the Mickey Mouse “hot dog dance;” or as she interrogates her 16 year old’s first boyfriend requesting a urine and blood sample before their date. Treasure these days as they will be just a memory. A mother’s love means a life of devotion and sacrifice. Happy is her heart when her prayers are answered and her children feel they helped contribute to her temporary insanity, her noble purpose, and in some measure repaid her unceasing, unwavering love and life-long purpose as a “mother.” We don’t have to wait until Mother’s Day to thank our mothers for giving us the best gift: the gift of LIFE!
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!