Sunday, August 6, 2017

You're kidding, right God? You called me to THIS????

A grandmother finds her mission in saving other people's grandchildren

I LOVE it when someone shows up "just to see" what this sidewalk ministry is all about and God grabs her by the heart. Nancy was one of those people who was overpowered by the truth of her being called by God to this work...only she didn't know it till she stepped on the sidewalk. 

I can relate because it was very much my story as well. I will let Nancy share what happened to her that transformed her understanding of the mission of sidewalk counselors.

My heart has been stirred for many years by the plight of the unborn.  And, at various times in my life, I have been involved in the pro life movement in varying capacities.  So, it was no surprise to me that I was intrigued by Vicky's blog about the stories from the "sidewalk", and that it became a must read for me!  But, there is a part of my story that did come as a surprise, even stunned me.

We made arrangements for me to come to the sidewalk and "shadow" Vicky.  I had no prior knowledge of "sidewalk counseling" and could not have anticipated what I would see and feel.  We arrived about 30 minutes before the center would open. There were women lined up, waiting to go in and kill their babies.  Lined up!!  How could it be?  I was stunned!  It is one thing to know and read about abortion mills.  It is quite another thing to see the moms lined up outside the door!

My tears began to fall and continued throughout the morning.  All I could think was, this is those babies' last chance......Someone has to speak for them!!  Could that someone be me?  They have no voices, but their little hearts are beating!  How could I, as a grandmother of 7, almost 8, precious ones not speak on behalf of these, who are precious in God's sight?  Yes, God convicted my heart  that I am to be one of those who come to the sidewalk  and call out to the moms and dads on behalf of their babies.

My heart was also stirred as I considered the plight of the women in line.  What were their stories?  What pressures were they feeling?  What lies had they been told?  God sees them, He loves them, He has purpose for them and their babies.  They deserved to hear the Truth.  Cities4life is committed to sharing God's love and forgiveness with these women and men, as well as committed to coming alongside during their pregnancy and beyond.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a very small part of this important work.
Many of our new volunteers are young people, just barely out of the teen years. Nancy is a grandmother, with a wealth of wisdom. The Bible tells us that the older women are to teach and guide the younger. Nancy calls out to the troubled women flocking to the abortion center with compassion and truth, honed from a lifetime of experience. It is astonishing how many roll down their windows as they wait in their cars and listen. Last week, one of those who was listening left the abortion center with her baby safe in her womb where she (and Nancy) knew that child belonged.
We would love to help you discover God has called you to save precious lives! Please go HERE for info and volunteer form.

2 Timothy 1:9

Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

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