Sunday, May 22, 2016

When the Sun Returns...Lessons from Inside the Storm

The sun was back!!! After being stuck inside by torrential rain for days, I was able to go on two glorious walks, logging 11 miles for the day. Who would ever have thought 3-weeks post mastectomy, after all the fear and despair, worry and angst, I would rejoice in the magnificence of a blue sky, legs that can walk mile after mile, and ears that can hear birds serenading in the trees? It felt great! Up until the sun appeared, it felt like it would never stop raining. Glorious, beautiful sun!

Then, I got this text message on my phone:

"It's a boy!"

One of Cities4Life wonderful supporters paid for a formerly abortion-minded mama to get a 3-d ultrasound to determine her baby's gender. The beauty of the 3-D ultrasound is it is so realistic that the mamas further bond and connect with the baby they were thinking of killing. This is critical with mamas who are struggling with desperate circumstances, and are distancing themselves from the reality of the humanity of their baby. The 3-D pictures of this particular baby were blurry, so the wonderful group (Sweet Pea 3-D Imaging) that partners with us agreed to have the mama return and they would get better pictures for her.

Once we know the baby's gender from the lovely 3-D session, we then tailor gifts according to gender for the lavish baby shower we will be providing for her in conjunction with Truth and Mercy Pro-life Ministries.  If you are keeping count, so far in helping this one abortion-minded mama, we have three groups working with us to bring her to a place of cherishing the life within her: Cities4Life and its supporters, Truth and Mercy Pro-life Ministries, and Sweet Pea 3-D Imaging.

The chain of loving Christians interceding for this mama and her precious baby was not yet at an end.

This mama accepted Jesus as we prayed with her last week when she agreed to go on our Pro-life RV instead of in the abortion clinic. Cities4Life connected her with a church in her area by the end of the day. The pastor immediately sent some of his congregation over to meet her, bringing her clothes and food. She goes to church with them today. She is excited, and so grateful that we were there to encourage her to save her baby, accept the Lord, and now walk with her as she seeks to follow Christ on this journey.

That is now four groups tag-teaming to bring a single desperate mama to a point of joy and hope. Actually, five. We first met the mama on the sidewalks of the abortion center, and ushered her onto the HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center RV parked on the curb, where a trained nurse provided a free ultrasound and first showed her the tiny baby's beating heart. That RV is critical in the fight to stop the abortion-minded mamas. That is where this transformation all began.

Christians, this is the way it is supposed to work! When the church body rises up and embraces others, speaking truth and providing for their physical and spiritual needs through a network of believers, God is glorified, and lives are saved. Since I am in a pretty daunting battle of my own with breast cancer, it is a huge relief to be able to pass this precious mama over to others ready to minister and take over from here. One person can only do so much. All of us working together can change the world.

Please. If you are wondering what you can do to help stem the tide of abortion, and to help impoverished and desperate women forge a better path, encourage your church to become involved with front-line ministries like HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center, and Cities4Life. Babies and families are being saved. You and your church can be a part of it.

There is nothing like receiving a text like the one I got yesterday: Thanks so much for everything. Tomorrow I will go to church. I'm so happy. I appreciate everything you did for me and my baby.

By nighttime, the rain was back. It poured out of the sky in a flood, with thunder, and solid sheets of rain. It never feels like the sun could possibly ever return when you are in the midst of the deluge. But it always does. And when it is glorious.

Deuteronomy 31:6 

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”

He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.

1 comment:

  1. Thank You,Jesus!Thank you for Vicky and the wonderful organizations YOU bring together to be the body of Christ,and Your hands,feet,arms here on earth.