Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I Was Taking a Life To Finish Mine

3-D ultrasound of a baby who was saved from abortion through cities4life ministry
 The photo above was texted to me yesterday of one of the babies saved from abortion. Cities4Life partners with Sweet Pea 3-D imaging in Concord to offer this incredible glimpse into the womb. Many of the moms who choose life need frequent reminders of the humanity and blessing of the baby they carry in the womb. We sidewalk counselors try to give frequent and regular perks and encouragement such as this incredible peek at the precious unborn child.

Yesterday at the abortion center sidewalks, a reporter from NPR was there in response to the big controversy about the no parking ordinance that has been proposed for the street, limiting our access to minister to the conflicted women considering abortion. He put a mic on my lapel so he could capture what I said to the women, which I quickly forgot about in my zeal to speak for the babies who cannot speak for themselves. The broadcast will be Monday at 9-10 a.m., but he told me it can be heard online all day Monday at I hope it is a fair portrayal of what happens there.

I also hope he caught on mic the exchange between me and a man screaming at me to mind my own business. "What about the Golden Rule..." he shouted, "Thou shall not judge!!!"

"Actually, the Golden Rule is do unto others as you would have them do unto you. You are here today taking the life of an innocent human being..." Not sure the irony registered with him.

Nonetheless, it was a fruitful day. Two couples went on our mobile ultrasound RV, and both chose life. While my counselor friend Sarah was counseling the first couple, I took the second couple to a shady spot on the curb to start their paperwork. The man told me he had asked the ultrasound technician in the abortion center to let him see the ultrasound of his child. They refused. The man was furious.

"Is that what changed your mind about aborting?" I asked.
"Well, he never wanted it," the mom told me, "But my mind was changed by all the things you sidewalk counselors were saying."

As we sat on the curb talking, they gave me an opening I couldn't resist. I don't even remember what it was, but for the next hour we talked about God. In the end, both of them prayed with me to receive Jesus as their Lord and savior, right there on the curb.

When they saw their baby on the ultrasound, the man crept closer and closer to the screen, eyes wide, hands moving as though he sought to cradle his child. All I saw in his eyes was wonder and love. What if we hadn't been there to help this beautiful couple??

Dad overcome with love for his baby. Permission granted to use photo.

Later, as I was writing my notes of the counseling session, I saw what the previous woman on board the RV had written in response to one of the questions we ask them. I got chills when I read what she wrote:

Is abortion a good option for you?
Why not?
I was taking a life to finish mine.

She had goals, life plans, big dreams...and didn't know how she could fit a baby into those plans. But then she realized that her life was no more important than the life she carried within her.

I love what she said, and the humility in her response. I had known from the moment she drove in to the abortion center parking lot that she was conflicted. I believe NO woman really wants to abort their child. I am so grateful for this ministry that provides so much help and hope so that no one has to take a life to finish theirs!

Please prayerfully consider helping us. We need people willing to stand on the sidewalk and be a voice for the voiceless. Please click HERE to find information about Cities4Life and our mission to build a culture of life in our city. If you want to shadow a veteran counselor on the sidewalk and learn what we do, please email me at

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.

Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

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