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"Why do you feel you must do this?" I asked.
"We have no choice," the man said, "We are not married. We return to our country soon. If we return with her pregnant, we will be killed."
"Well then," I said, "Get married. Now. Tonight. We will help you."
The woman put her hand on the man's arm. I thought I saw hopefulness, but it may have been my own feelings.
"We cannot," he said, "They will expect a big celebration back home."
"Have your celebration at home. Get married today, but tell them you will have the big reception and celebration in your home country."
"I'm sorry," he said, "We have an appointment..."
"Let me ask you," I said, "Do you think it is good that your country beheads people who do not follow a prescribed religion? Does that reflect an understanding of the sacred value of life?"
He shook his head. The woman looked down.
"Do you see that when you take the life of your baby, you are showing the same disregard for the sacred nature of life?"
He covered his eyes, and began to cry. The woman clutched his arm.
"Do you believe in God?" I asked.
"Are you Muslim?"
"No," he said.
"Are you Christian?"
"No, but I believe in God."
"Is God the Creator, the author of life?"
Again, he was silent, just looking at me.
"If God created life, human life, do we have the right to destroy it?"
He didn't answer.
At this point, I shared the Gospel. I kept expecting them to drive away, but they didn't. My ever optimistic counselor friend dropped a blessing bag at my feet. We give the blessing bag filled with gifts to every woman who chooses life.
When I had finished a quick summary of the Gospel, the woman said, "We must go."
I reached into the blessing bag. "May I give you this? It's a Bible. It tells you all about Jesus and what He did for us."
The man nodded and took the Bible.
I am very sorry to say that they went into the abortion center. Later, the afternoon team reported that a middle eastern man brought him a Bible and said, "You need this more than me." He laid the Bible on the speaker and returned to the porch of the abortion center.
Two women chose life yesterday, which is cause for rejoicing. However, I think of the Middle Eastern couple with a heavy heart. I pray that while it is too late for their baby, maybe they will yet reflect upon the sacred nature of life, and perhaps they will be instrumental in changing a culture one day.
We could use help on the sidewalks, challenging the disregard for human life, and changing a culture one person at a time. For information, please go HERE or to shadow an experienced counselor, email Vicky as firstname.lastname@example.org