Friday, July 28, 2017

His Grace is Sufficient: A Sidewalk Counselor's Testimony

Hannah - Always with a word of encouragement on her lips
 
This is Hannah. She is a young adult, committed to God and certain that He would have her stand on the sidewalks to protect the babies being led to the slaughter. She sends me regular texts encouraging me in the work we do! What a gracious and empathetic soul, to know that even we seasoned counselors can use a reminder that God is working even when we don't see it at times. Hannah is new, and is still shadowing experienced counselors. She started by only holding signs, then advanced to handing literature to the abortion-minded women arriving in cars, and now, even speaks to people as they enter the abortion center. I am so enthralled watching her transform into a sidewalk counselor.

Here is what Hannah has to say about why she is called to the sidewalks of the busiest abortion center in Charlotte:

I feel like it is one of the ways God has called me to fulfill the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20. I, as a Christian, know God will hold us accountable for not sharing truth with the spiritually dying, lost world around us. This ministry was something I had never thought was for me. I had been praying for opportunities to minister for the Lord's kingdom. This one came up. I said, "no", but God worked on me. It was like He was saying, "You have prayed for this, here is your task, an opportunity for ministry right in your lap an hour away in the city of Charlotte."

When God gives us a command we can't say "no", unless  we want to be miserable like Jonah. So I said "yes, God!" It has been among one of the best decisions I have ever made. There is such a joy and peace that comes from being in His will. The sidewalk at the abortion center is a sad place, don't get me wrong. But I keep motivated when I see women choosing to keep their babies and some coming to Christ.

It is a challenging, heartbreaking ministry, but fulfilling. Working with the other Cities 4 Life volunteers is such a blessing, and the support we are to each other helps me go on in this ministry.

If you feel like God is calling you to this ministry but feel like you are incapable, remember God will give you sufficient grace. He never asks more of us than we can handle! I encourage you to seriously take the "plunge". I had to despite all my feelings of fear, timidity, and insufficiency. I testify, it is Christ within me; His grace is sufficient!
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The mom who chose life for her twins a couple of days ago spent hours talking about Jesus first with our counselor Elijah, and with Angela, and then finally with me...and she accepted Jesus with joy last night. Meanwhile, she said she is meeting women right and left who have had abortions, carrying that deep dark secret they are ashamed to share with anyone. They all say the same thing to her in their sorrow and despair: "I had no choice but to abort."

Wait...I thought abortion was all about choice????

This new believer now sees God has already given her a mission field. "I don't know what to say to them...how to help them..."
"Tell them about Jesus," I said, "And what He did in your heart."

photo by Jessica Mauney- The feet that bring good news!
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 Please join us. We all have our inadequacies, but God's grace is indeed sufficient. Email me at vkaseorg@cities4life.com

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2 Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.


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