June 17, 2021

100th Episode and It’s Going to Be Great

100th Episode and It’s Going to Be Great

We can’t believe that we’re already at episode 100 of the Gospel-centered Pro-life podcast. It has been such a blessing to produce so many encouraging and challenging episodes. We hope they have been a blessing to you. In this episode, we play...


We can’t believe that we’re already at episode 100 of the Gospel-centered Pro-life podcast. It has been such a blessing to produce so many encouraging and challenging episodes. We hope they have been a blessing to you. In this episode, we play short interviews we did with local volunteers as they share a word of encouragement or an amazing story. Look out for 100 more episodes in the future.

Transcript
WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.600 --> 00:00:05.759 I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours, s and me. 2 00:00:06.120 --> 00:00:10.150 Lord, Welcome to the Gospel Center pro life podcast. This is our 3 00:00:10.189 --> 00:00:15.390 hundredth episode, a special episode where we've interviewed some of our local volunteers to 4 00:00:15.470 --> 00:00:19.070 get them to share their favorite testimony or word of encouragement. We know that 5 00:00:19.149 --> 00:00:25.019 it will be a blessing to you, so stay tuned. I felt show 6 00:00:25.660 --> 00:00:36.929 passish touch your heart. Use Me. Welcome to the Gospel Center pro life 7 00:00:36.969 --> 00:00:40.890 podcasts. Appreciate you guys joining us and, as we promised a few weeks 8 00:00:40.890 --> 00:00:47.090 ago, this is a special episode because this would be our is our hundredth 9 00:00:47.609 --> 00:00:51.759 episode. That's amazing. Yeah, you believe that? I don't. It's 10 00:00:51.840 --> 00:00:55.600 really wonderful. It seems like we just started doing this podcast like a couple 11 00:00:55.640 --> 00:00:58.320 of weeks ago, right. Yeah, I still don't have the name down. 12 00:00:58.320 --> 00:01:02.200 Yeah, and I's still a little bit confused, because the Gospel focused, 13 00:01:02.439 --> 00:01:04.909 right, but I'm getting closer. The Gospel centered. Well, centered. 14 00:01:06.069 --> 00:01:08.150 Yeah, pro life podcasts what it's called, right. Thank you for 15 00:01:08.230 --> 00:01:14.390 getting that right. So we thought we would do something a little special with 16 00:01:14.510 --> 00:01:17.709 this podcast now. Of course, you guys know, if you've been listening, 17 00:01:18.030 --> 00:01:22.340 we're really focusing on training and equipping people to be effective on the sidewalk 18 00:01:22.459 --> 00:01:27.819 and really training and equipping you to just be an effective pro life voice with 19 00:01:27.980 --> 00:01:34.010 a Gospel centered focused, of course, Gospel focused. That's why you're confusing 20 00:01:34.090 --> 00:01:37.209 me. I'm confusing you a bit, but that's not the goal. The 21 00:01:37.250 --> 00:01:40.530 goal is actually to help equit people. That's that they're not confused. That's 22 00:01:40.530 --> 00:01:45.049 right, but this is going to be, hopefully, I think it'll be 23 00:01:45.090 --> 00:01:49.319 equipping for sure, but I think it just generally be a blessing. So 24 00:01:49.480 --> 00:01:55.400 what we did for a hundredth episode is we went actually on the sidewalk. 25 00:01:55.439 --> 00:01:57.719 So you guys will hear the audio is not going to be as good as 26 00:01:57.760 --> 00:02:01.390 it is here in the studio here in our office, but we went out 27 00:02:01.469 --> 00:02:05.549 on the sidewalk with our volunteers, some that have been out there for a 28 00:02:05.629 --> 00:02:08.469 long time, some that have been out there for a few months or a 29 00:02:08.509 --> 00:02:15.979 year or so, a varying you know, commitments and all of that stuff, 30 00:02:15.900 --> 00:02:19.780 but we recorded them on the sidewalk, some of them in the RV, 31 00:02:20.139 --> 00:02:23.219 actually the wild sound unit. We tried to get people that were on 32 00:02:23.300 --> 00:02:25.259 different days of the week so that we got a full yeah, you know, 33 00:02:25.419 --> 00:02:30.689 taste and and in different facilities as well. Yeah, and so we 34 00:02:30.810 --> 00:02:35.650 took our local volunteers and we just asked them share for us your favorite testimony 35 00:02:35.969 --> 00:02:38.610 or a word of encouragement, and we really thought that it would be a 36 00:02:38.650 --> 00:02:42.689 blessing you guys to hear these. So we're going to play them for you. 37 00:02:42.969 --> 00:02:46.039 We have. Actually, we didn't get all of our volunteers to do 38 00:02:46.199 --> 00:02:49.599 this. Some of them just refused because they didn't want to be that when 39 00:02:49.639 --> 00:02:53.120 to have their voice recorded. Some of them just weren't available. We got 40 00:02:53.159 --> 00:02:55.599 about, I think, eighteen or so. Yeah, testimonies of just some 41 00:02:55.759 --> 00:03:00.349 awesome people, right, guys, the these are the most awesome people that 42 00:03:00.509 --> 00:03:04.909 exist on the face of the planet. They really are sacrificial, again, 43 00:03:05.030 --> 00:03:12.430 from varying backgrounds and denominations and and all of that. Some our homeschool mom's, 44 00:03:12.590 --> 00:03:16.939 some are retired folks, some are everything in between. And so, 45 00:03:17.180 --> 00:03:22.300 anyway, we want to listen through these with you, guys and then maybe 46 00:03:22.419 --> 00:03:24.460 just share something to kind of springboard off, but really just want you to 47 00:03:24.580 --> 00:03:29.689 hear our local volunteers and hear some of the encouragement that they would give to 48 00:03:29.729 --> 00:03:32.729 you and stories that they've been a part of yeah, so you ready for 49 00:03:32.810 --> 00:03:37.050 that? I am. I can't wait. All right, so let's start. 50 00:03:37.409 --> 00:03:38.770 First one we're going to start with this is. This is Mandy. 51 00:03:39.250 --> 00:03:44.800 Love Mandy. She's awesome. So here's what Mandy has to share. Hello, 52 00:03:44.919 --> 00:03:50.319 my name is Mandy. I've been volunteering on the sidewalk for almost two 53 00:03:50.319 --> 00:03:54.000 and a half years now and I wanted to share a precious story of a 54 00:03:54.120 --> 00:03:59.189 mom that God allowed me to meet about a year ago. Her name is 55 00:03:59.469 --> 00:04:04.469 Mama in and she stopped for me in the sidewalk, for me on the 56 00:04:04.509 --> 00:04:10.500 sidewalk and God allowed me to go on the mobile ultras on unit with her 57 00:04:11.099 --> 00:04:14.259 and it was amazing to see the Lord work in her heart that day and 58 00:04:15.180 --> 00:04:20.019 as she watched her baby kick on the ultrasound, God just soften both of 59 00:04:20.060 --> 00:04:27.089 their hearts that day and it was amazing to see that and into keep in 60 00:04:27.209 --> 00:04:30.769 contact with her throughout her pregnancy and then the moment that I held her son, 61 00:04:32.009 --> 00:04:38.569 I cried and I just praised Lord for him softening her heart and that 62 00:04:38.839 --> 00:04:42.519 was very touching for me just to be actually to see that. Was My 63 00:04:42.600 --> 00:04:46.519 first time that God allowed me to see a mom and be with a mom 64 00:04:46.600 --> 00:04:50.839 and almost walked beside of her. She had a mentor, but I still 65 00:04:50.839 --> 00:04:56.350 kept in contact with her and just to be able to be a part of 66 00:04:56.430 --> 00:05:01.709 that I'm very thankful for. Yeah, so that was Mandy and we're going 67 00:05:01.750 --> 00:05:04.149 to play these for you. I just wanted to play that first one. 68 00:05:04.230 --> 00:05:08.860 It just kind of talk about Mandy and talk about what she shares, but 69 00:05:08.980 --> 00:05:11.420 also just mentioned that you can hear in the background, like I said, 70 00:05:11.459 --> 00:05:15.220 these recorded on the sidewalk and you can hear in the background somebody yelling or 71 00:05:15.259 --> 00:05:16.420 something like that. I think that's one of the pro abortion people in the 72 00:05:16.459 --> 00:05:20.569 background. Yeah, making a ruckus there, which is kind of funny. 73 00:05:20.970 --> 00:05:24.129 But Mandy, you mean, you can just hear from her voice just a 74 00:05:24.209 --> 00:05:28.649 sweet spirit. She loves Jesus and just sharing this testimony is kind of one 75 00:05:28.649 --> 00:05:30.730 of the promises that we make for people. If you go out there on 76 00:05:30.810 --> 00:05:33.170 the sidewalk, God will use you to say babies. Yeah, yeah, 77 00:05:33.290 --> 00:05:36.240 she was able to experience that and walk with this mom and then, of 78 00:05:36.279 --> 00:05:41.199 course, and this mom who chose life with her off to a mentor, 79 00:05:41.279 --> 00:05:44.519 which is ultimately the goal, right, and that she got to hold the 80 00:05:44.560 --> 00:05:46.720 baby. Yeah, you know, that's that a huge blessing that we don't 81 00:05:46.800 --> 00:05:51.029 always get, but but what a what a blessing and to watch the Lord 82 00:05:51.069 --> 00:05:55.310 working in their heart. That's a very common theme. You think we'll hear 83 00:05:55.389 --> 00:06:00.550 from others? It's wee see God in action. Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. 84 00:06:01.470 --> 00:06:04.379 Hey, it's Kara. I've been work out here in the sidewalks with 85 00:06:04.500 --> 00:06:10.339 love life or about seven months and I think something that has that I would 86 00:06:10.339 --> 00:06:15.579 encourage people who are thinking about getting into love life, if you have even 87 00:06:15.620 --> 00:06:19.689 the least bit inkling, to you know, speak for the unborn. Something 88 00:06:19.769 --> 00:06:24.649 that keeps me coming out here is that I know every day that these ladies 89 00:06:24.689 --> 00:06:29.009 who are waking up, you know, to come to this clinic where they 90 00:06:29.089 --> 00:06:31.529 know that they're coming to abort their baby, I know that many of them 91 00:06:32.079 --> 00:06:36.000 have probably cried out to God at some point during this journey, asking for 92 00:06:36.160 --> 00:06:41.920 a sign or just asking them to make himself knowing, and I think when 93 00:06:41.959 --> 00:06:45.240 we're out here as the hands and feet of Jesus, that we are those 94 00:06:45.279 --> 00:06:50.589 answers of prayers that so many women in our community are praying the mornings that 95 00:06:50.629 --> 00:06:54.949 they know they're coming into Latrobe, and so I think that's just something I 96 00:06:54.990 --> 00:07:00.829 would put out there to encourage anyone who's thinking to help just be the hands 97 00:07:00.910 --> 00:07:04.579 and feet in Jesus out here as a sidewalk counselor. That's just been something 98 00:07:04.660 --> 00:07:09.180 that's encouraged me the last six months to keep coming out here. Yeah, 99 00:07:09.180 --> 00:07:14.699 I'm Dave Caesar and I've been coming out here for five years. I came 100 00:07:14.779 --> 00:07:20.050 up here with the barbers who are currently in Lebanon on mission strip with their 101 00:07:20.329 --> 00:07:28.290 ten children. But what the when I came out here, I started being 102 00:07:28.410 --> 00:07:30.160 with them and next thing I know, they they're gone. They take off 103 00:07:30.279 --> 00:07:33.839 to Georgia to go to mission school. So I've got big shoes to fill. 104 00:07:34.600 --> 00:07:41.000 So I've asked the Lord if this was my calling and he never said 105 00:07:41.079 --> 00:07:45.629 no, it's not. So I've been here for five years supporting the sidewalk 106 00:07:45.709 --> 00:07:54.629 counselors, praying for them and just making my presence known. Even if you 107 00:07:54.829 --> 00:07:59.620 don't want to come up here and cry out to these ladies and after them 108 00:07:59.740 --> 00:08:03.420 help, come up here and pray, let them see you. Let's support 109 00:08:03.660 --> 00:08:11.579 them. It's important to do and that's why I'm here. I'm support for 110 00:08:11.699 --> 00:08:16.610 them. Yeah, so Kara, who's pretty new, be coming out for 111 00:08:18.009 --> 00:08:22.250 how long? She say a couple of months. Yeah, a brief time. 112 00:08:22.370 --> 00:08:24.649 Yes, been a real blessing. She's one of those that kind of 113 00:08:24.689 --> 00:08:28.360 just jumped right in there and speaks about like many of our counselors, and 114 00:08:28.480 --> 00:08:31.759 like, if you're out at an abortion center any amount of time, you'll 115 00:08:31.759 --> 00:08:35.440 find out these women are praying for a side weird all the time. Yeah, 116 00:08:35.879 --> 00:08:39.799 and so imagine being the answer to prayer. Yeah, and that's how 117 00:08:39.840 --> 00:08:43.029 they perceive. I'm exact the answer to prayer for a life to be saved. 118 00:08:43.110 --> 00:08:48.990 Yeah, absolutely, and so that's the encouragement. Like be assign who 119 00:08:48.070 --> 00:08:52.590 is supposed to be assigned to these women, but those who belong to Jesus. 120 00:08:52.990 --> 00:08:56.019 And then, of course, Dave, I called motorcycle Dave because he's 121 00:08:56.019 --> 00:08:58.740 to drive a motorcycle. Doesn't drive it anymore. He's got our kind of 122 00:08:58.820 --> 00:09:01.899 the issues. Yeah's probably not safe, but he comes out there and he 123 00:09:01.019 --> 00:09:05.179 doesn't really engage and sure he would if he needed to, but he's he's 124 00:09:05.220 --> 00:09:09.450 out there with our team and really out there praying, inter see praise. 125 00:09:09.570 --> 00:09:15.850 And the thing about Dave he just has the biggest, most beautiful vibrant smile 126 00:09:16.610 --> 00:09:20.330 and and he's always smiling and it is we are always encouraged when we see 127 00:09:20.370 --> 00:09:24.120 him. He just is a a joyful presence out there and he raises such 128 00:09:24.159 --> 00:09:28.799 a good point. We all can't do everything, but we all can do 129 00:09:28.000 --> 00:09:33.240 something and he does what he feels he is able to do. Yeah, 130 00:09:33.519 --> 00:09:37.720 thankfully. Yeah, yeah. Well, next we're going to hear from actually 131 00:09:37.960 --> 00:09:41.309 probably one of my favorites. HMM, I'm not supposed to have favorites, 132 00:09:41.389 --> 00:09:45.629 but the Saturday team is my favorite because they're the kind of my team that's 133 00:09:45.669 --> 00:09:50.190 when him out there most often now and Saturdays are so hard they are there. 134 00:09:50.269 --> 00:09:54.259 I mean every day's hard, but Saturday's especially hard because there's a lot 135 00:09:54.340 --> 00:09:56.580 of pro abortion people, even a lot of police there and some police that 136 00:09:58.059 --> 00:10:00.539 actually give us a hard time. So it could be a bit of a 137 00:10:00.620 --> 00:10:03.340 challenge. But friends, seen you guys are going to hear from in a 138 00:10:03.379 --> 00:10:07.289 minute, has actually been faithful out there before cities for life even existed, 139 00:10:07.450 --> 00:10:13.250 before love life existed, before really there was any kind of prolife ministry officially 140 00:10:13.250 --> 00:10:16.090 out there. She'd been out there and really has a powerful testimony herself, 141 00:10:16.970 --> 00:10:22.159 which I actually recorded and we did a podcast with her months and months and 142 00:10:22.200 --> 00:10:24.879 months and months and months ago, but I never put it out there, 143 00:10:24.919 --> 00:10:28.200 but because the audio for some reason didn't do well and so I have to 144 00:10:28.240 --> 00:10:31.799 reach LAPP re record at her testimony because she has a testimony of place in 145 00:10:31.840 --> 00:10:37.190 her child for adoption when she was younger. But let's hear from from francing 146 00:10:37.830 --> 00:10:41.269 for testimony being out on the sidewalk. So my name is francine hikes. 147 00:10:41.309 --> 00:10:48.070 I've been coming out here to the sidewalk in front of latrow for a good 148 00:10:48.149 --> 00:10:52.700 long while and a number of years ago, before all the HOOPLA with the 149 00:10:52.779 --> 00:11:00.700 pope pro aboards and all the Hoopla with barricades on Saturdays, I was on 150 00:11:00.820 --> 00:11:05.610 the sidewalk talking to a young man who was sitting in the parking lot, 151 00:11:07.009 --> 00:11:11.450 sitting on the curb in the parking lot, and he looked like he was 152 00:11:11.649 --> 00:11:16.529 not listening to me. He was. He looked like he was completely ignoring 153 00:11:16.690 --> 00:11:22.279 me, you know, playing with his phone, texting whatever, and I 154 00:11:22.399 --> 00:11:30.519 kept talking to him for about ten, fifteen minutes and then his girlfriend, 155 00:11:30.679 --> 00:11:33.629 wife, I don't know, came out. They talked for a few minutes 156 00:11:35.110 --> 00:11:41.549 and she went back in. So I was very disappointed. And then a 157 00:11:41.629 --> 00:11:50.820 few minutes later here she comes back again and she started talking to him again 158 00:11:50.820 --> 00:11:56.500 and he started talking to her and he was very enthusiastic. I couldn't hear 159 00:11:56.620 --> 00:12:01.929 him, but he was using his hands and and it looked like he was 160 00:12:01.049 --> 00:12:09.529 exhorting her and encouraging her. And she started to cry and he started to 161 00:12:09.690 --> 00:12:15.649 cry and they stood there with their arms around each other, just crying. 162 00:12:16.720 --> 00:12:22.279 I'm crying also, not knowing a hundred percent exactly what's going on. But 163 00:12:24.600 --> 00:12:28.399 when they got hold of themselves again, they turned and they walked to their 164 00:12:28.600 --> 00:12:35.710 car and they laughed and when they turned around to leave, this young man 165 00:12:35.389 --> 00:12:41.309 turned back and looked at me and waved and gave me a thumbs up. 166 00:12:43.029 --> 00:12:48.019 I was thrilled. They went home had their baby. I don't know anything 167 00:12:48.059 --> 00:12:52.500 more about the story, but don't give up. The more hope of the 168 00:12:52.580 --> 00:12:58.100 story is even when they look like they're not paying any attention to you, 169 00:12:58.809 --> 00:13:03.889 even when they look like they're not hearing you, their hearts aren't being touched. 170 00:13:05.769 --> 00:13:09.129 That's what it looks like, but God, but God, Amen. 171 00:13:09.450 --> 00:13:15.120 Amen. Thank you, Francie. Hey, my name is Kathleen. I've 172 00:13:15.639 --> 00:13:20.200 been a cities for life, so I will counselor for about four or five 173 00:13:20.240 --> 00:13:26.230 years now I began par life ministry and an eighty eight and been off and 174 00:13:26.309 --> 00:13:31.909 on, but been consistent a trope for past four or five years. One 175 00:13:31.950 --> 00:13:43.700 of the biggest intimidation factors or whatnot that can timidate some people is the opposition 176 00:13:43.340 --> 00:13:48.980 that shows up because they they do nothing but a noise and to try to 177 00:13:50.019 --> 00:13:54.419 intimidate US and whatnot. But I have learned that I have to remember that 178 00:13:54.809 --> 00:13:58.409 I'm here to speak up for the children. I'm here to speak for the 179 00:13:58.529 --> 00:14:03.129 Lord. I'm not here for of course the opposition doesn't know the Lord, 180 00:14:03.289 --> 00:14:11.159 so they get shared to every time. But yeah, I just have to 181 00:14:11.279 --> 00:14:16.519 focus and remember that I'm here to speak up for the children. One of 182 00:14:16.679 --> 00:14:24.629 the biggest, the most exciting experiences I've had is a couple that we gave 183 00:14:24.750 --> 00:14:26.789 literature to and they stopped the driveway. We had just a few seconds to 184 00:14:26.950 --> 00:14:31.590 talk to them. The father eventually came out. We talked to him and 185 00:14:33.190 --> 00:14:37.549 someone suggested that he go in and have her come out, but his wife 186 00:14:37.620 --> 00:14:41.539 was already back in the back and so he told them that I need to 187 00:14:41.820 --> 00:14:46.299 see her because we have a family emergency. And that was the code words 188 00:14:46.379 --> 00:14:52.059 that they needed, I guess, because they came out and I went on 189 00:14:52.139 --> 00:14:56.049 the RV with them, got the Sonogram of the Amser the ultra sound, 190 00:14:56.090 --> 00:15:01.889 and she got to see the baby and we shared many resources that we have 191 00:15:01.049 --> 00:15:05.690 with them and we were able to help them with what they needed and though. 192 00:15:07.159 --> 00:15:13.200 So that was just a very exciting time. I love that the I'll 193 00:15:13.279 --> 00:15:16.360 start with Kathleen and then maybe you can talk about France scenes. But with 194 00:15:16.399 --> 00:15:20.200 Kathleen, that that story about the family emergency. I now use that. 195 00:15:20.240 --> 00:15:24.389 That is like one of the things I always say to the young men, 196 00:15:24.870 --> 00:15:28.870 because oftentimes they won't let the men go back, but they will if there's 197 00:15:28.909 --> 00:15:33.230 a family emergency and and I tell them, tell them it's a family emergency, 198 00:15:33.269 --> 00:15:37.940 because your family will never face a greater emergency than the imminent death of 199 00:15:37.059 --> 00:15:43.700 your child. And so you can truthfully go back and and say that that 200 00:15:43.340 --> 00:15:46.539 you need to see your wife or your girlfriend for the family emergency. But 201 00:15:46.659 --> 00:15:52.929 she's so right being intimidated by the opposition. But the way to get beyond 202 00:15:52.009 --> 00:15:54.889 that is to just put your focus back on where it has to be, 203 00:15:54.970 --> 00:16:00.049 always out on the sidewalk. Keep you focus on the Lord and on the 204 00:16:00.129 --> 00:16:04.480 mission, which is speaking for those unborn babies. So she talked about some 205 00:16:04.799 --> 00:16:10.399 just really important, key, key elements in being a successful long term sidewalk 206 00:16:10.440 --> 00:16:14.840 counselor, yeah, yeah, a man. Well, yeah, just to 207 00:16:14.879 --> 00:16:17.799 talk about a little bit of what Francine was talking about and just kind of 208 00:16:17.879 --> 00:16:22.669 reiterate that point when she says don't give up. Yeah, that's that's a 209 00:16:22.750 --> 00:16:25.909 truth I think that we've learned over the years, because we can be easily, 210 00:16:26.269 --> 00:16:30.070 I guess, shaking or I don't get discourage because no one's listening what 211 00:16:30.110 --> 00:16:33.500 we're saying, or apparently no one's listening. But listen, God's word doesn't 212 00:16:33.500 --> 00:16:37.539 return void. I think that's the point there, and we need to press 213 00:16:37.659 --> 00:16:41.580 in and just be faithful to deliver God's mail and then, if they're able 214 00:16:41.580 --> 00:16:44.419 to come and talk to us or willing help them, like we talked about 215 00:16:44.419 --> 00:16:45.700 in the past, help them to open the mail and all that. But 216 00:16:47.330 --> 00:16:51.769 we've got to be faithful, speak the word. God will do something and 217 00:16:51.970 --> 00:16:56.090 we'll see stories like that happen. Yeah, and I literally got chills when 218 00:16:56.289 --> 00:16:59.690 she said he turned around, gave her a thumbs up and waved and you 219 00:16:59.769 --> 00:17:03.640 know, that little touch of you helped me, helped us to make that 220 00:17:03.759 --> 00:17:10.559 decision. What a wonderful reward. Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, hello, 221 00:17:10.960 --> 00:17:15.160 Viv and Chowice, and I guess would like to tell you that I've been 222 00:17:15.279 --> 00:17:21.549 volunteering here for the last eleven months. Anna, yes wol, I to 223 00:17:21.670 --> 00:17:26.470 tell you that we need so, so, so many people. As you 224 00:17:26.670 --> 00:17:32.940 may see, there war is upside down now and there are lots of families 225 00:17:33.019 --> 00:17:38.900 and women and men that are very confused. They need help. So we 226 00:17:40.059 --> 00:17:45.930 really need the body of Christ to rise up and come together and and there 227 00:17:45.970 --> 00:17:53.089 are so many places that that we can help if we are if reread because 228 00:17:53.130 --> 00:17:57.880 we are no trained, that he is always away, got got trained us, 229 00:17:59.039 --> 00:18:03.480 and that he is a beautiful group here, brothers and sisters that can 230 00:18:04.200 --> 00:18:11.720 train us and help us and guide us. So I encourage everyone to is 231 00:18:11.799 --> 00:18:18.630 set up and and come and just get ready, just get available. No 232 00:18:18.869 --> 00:18:22.950 help is a little help. We that it's always many things that we can 233 00:18:22.029 --> 00:18:26.779 do. Thank you. Okay, my name's Pam and I'm volunteering at plan 234 00:18:26.940 --> 00:18:36.859 parenthood. My advice would be to pray and to go and shadow someone at 235 00:18:36.900 --> 00:18:41.059 plan parenthood or one of the other sites and just see if that's what you 236 00:18:41.140 --> 00:18:44.289 want to do. If it is what you want to do, I would 237 00:18:44.529 --> 00:18:49.049 go out there and have your church group or your prayer group pray for you 238 00:18:49.890 --> 00:18:59.839 and just don't be afraid stand up for the babies. I would to say 239 00:18:59.920 --> 00:19:04.359 that if the sovereign God of the universes for us, who can be against 240 00:19:04.480 --> 00:19:11.109 us? Go ahead and get out there and volunteer. Three man. Yeah, 241 00:19:11.710 --> 00:19:15.430 yeah, Amen, that was that was good. From Pam and from 242 00:19:15.509 --> 00:19:18.269 Vivian. You know thise, Vivian is actually one of our span Spanish speaking 243 00:19:18.349 --> 00:19:23.069 counselors, very valuable because there's a big Hispanic population that ends up coming here, 244 00:19:23.109 --> 00:19:27.619 sadly. Yeah, and you see in both of those kind of in 245 00:19:27.740 --> 00:19:32.500 both of their testimonies, really a common thread of it's scary. Yeah, 246 00:19:32.660 --> 00:19:36.420 okay, yeah, we acknowledge that. It's scary, especially, and you 247 00:19:36.500 --> 00:19:38.930 know, if you're kind of just have been a pew sitting Christian hating stepped 248 00:19:38.970 --> 00:19:41.890 out and shared your faith a lot, it can be really scary to get 249 00:19:41.930 --> 00:19:47.250 out on the sidewalk and confront the evil of abortion. Thank God, as 250 00:19:47.289 --> 00:19:51.289 VV and said, there's training. You know, we've done some training, 251 00:19:51.450 --> 00:19:53.920 will continue to do some training. We want to train you, guys, 252 00:19:55.039 --> 00:19:57.759 and we've done training in this podcast kind of with this podcast has been about, 253 00:19:59.160 --> 00:20:03.440 but you've got to take that step of faith. Yeah, didn't get 254 00:20:03.480 --> 00:20:04.960 out there. Yeah. Yeah, and, as Pam said, it's like 255 00:20:07.230 --> 00:20:10.430 really, if the sovereign God of the Universe is with us, who can 256 00:20:10.430 --> 00:20:12.390 be against us? Against it? That a wonderful line to remember as you're 257 00:20:12.390 --> 00:20:15.509 out there. Yeah. Absolutely. Yeah, you can't overcome the fear and 258 00:20:15.549 --> 00:20:18.309 there are people that are going to help you. Yeah, in the training. 259 00:20:18.470 --> 00:20:21.700 Yeah, and one of the things that she mentions, which I think 260 00:20:21.740 --> 00:20:26.940 is really unimportant point when we train people locally, is shadowing. Yep, 261 00:20:26.180 --> 00:20:30.539 being under people that at least think they know what they're doing, right. 262 00:20:30.539 --> 00:20:33.019 Yeah, and for a while. Yeah, at least have experienced yeah, 263 00:20:33.299 --> 00:20:37.890 that's kind of how we do training. We if someone wants to get involved 264 00:20:37.890 --> 00:20:40.970 with us, the first touch would be to come out and shadow a team. 265 00:20:41.130 --> 00:20:44.210 Just see if that's for you. And they don't do anything but shadow 266 00:20:44.250 --> 00:20:48.170 we. Yeah, we purposely want them to just take it all in and 267 00:20:48.650 --> 00:20:52.319 watch what happens out there, get a sense of what what really are up 268 00:20:52.400 --> 00:20:55.759 against. Yeah. Yeah, and in reality, as far as training goes, 269 00:20:55.880 --> 00:20:57.359 I mean certainly, again, we do trainings. We've shared about our 270 00:20:57.400 --> 00:21:02.640 trainings here these podcasts at least a past several months of episodes. There's been 271 00:21:02.680 --> 00:21:07.549 training, specific training podcast episodes that we've done, but some of the best 272 00:21:07.710 --> 00:21:11.630 training is just being out there listening to people that have been been out there 273 00:21:11.950 --> 00:21:15.710 doing it yourself, putting yourself out of your comfort zone, and God will 274 00:21:15.750 --> 00:21:22.420 use you. Yeah, okay. The best advice I can give would be 275 00:21:22.700 --> 00:21:27.259 to definitely put on spiritual armor before you come out. Played the blood of 276 00:21:27.339 --> 00:21:33.450 Jesus so for you, before you come out, make sure you dust yourself 277 00:21:33.450 --> 00:21:38.170 off spiritually when you leave, because you don't want to take anything home with 278 00:21:38.329 --> 00:21:45.490 it that you did not come with. And then the results that happen out 279 00:21:45.569 --> 00:21:52.759 on the sidewalk, they are not wins a little losses for us. We're 280 00:21:52.880 --> 00:21:57.880 just meant to be faithful and put what God puts on our heart. I'll 281 00:21:59.039 --> 00:22:03.869 for the mothers and fathers. The results are totally up to God. A 282 00:22:04.029 --> 00:22:07.630 man and that was that was SAM. He said Humble Guyan. Yeah, 283 00:22:07.670 --> 00:22:12.869 he so humble. He didn't introduce himself, but SAM's an awesome guy really. 284 00:22:14.029 --> 00:22:18.500 He volunteers actually in the mornings out here on Saturday at the La Trobe 285 00:22:18.500 --> 00:22:22.740 abortion center with the prayer walks and then he comes in the afternoon and covers 286 00:22:22.779 --> 00:22:25.900 the afternoon on the sidewalk team and he usually doesn't leave to the last car 287 00:22:25.940 --> 00:22:27.980 leaves, yeah, which can sometimes be four o'clock. So He's been there 288 00:22:29.099 --> 00:22:30.970 from eight to four. Yeah, sometimes, and let me tell you, 289 00:22:32.289 --> 00:22:40.130 Sam proves wrong this this notion that only women can reach other women. Right, 290 00:22:40.690 --> 00:22:42.849 Sam, if you were to see Sam, you would think Sam must 291 00:22:42.849 --> 00:22:45.960 drive a Harley, right, he looks like a biker dude, got a 292 00:22:47.039 --> 00:22:51.119 long beard. You might think he's kind of a rough looking redneck or something 293 00:22:51.200 --> 00:22:55.079 like that. He's a gentle giant though, he really is, and God 294 00:22:55.119 --> 00:22:57.000 has used him. I mean, how many babies been saying? So many. 295 00:22:57.079 --> 00:23:00.750 I mean I get text, I go home at noon and and from 296 00:23:00.990 --> 00:23:04.230 noon to twelve, from twelve to three, SAM is there. I get 297 00:23:04.309 --> 00:23:10.670 text almost every Saturday afternoon. God gave me another one and I love how 298 00:23:10.670 --> 00:23:14.339 he always praises that, he recognizes and gives the glory to God. And 299 00:23:14.420 --> 00:23:17.180 he said that. He said the results belong to God, not us. 300 00:23:17.220 --> 00:23:19.019 Yeah, and I think that's why he's able to be out there and what 301 00:23:19.140 --> 00:23:23.579 can be a discouraging time because there usually are not that many saves in the 302 00:23:23.619 --> 00:23:26.809 afternoon or that they don't tell you yeah, but they seem to tell Sam, 303 00:23:27.089 --> 00:23:30.049 yeah, yeah, and he's got two minister to women to that have 304 00:23:30.210 --> 00:23:33.529 had the abortion right come out and that they're broken afterwards and he's able to 305 00:23:33.609 --> 00:23:37.930 pray with them and they open up again. Sam kind of dispels that notion 306 00:23:38.089 --> 00:23:41.759 that you got to be a woman to reach women. Certainly God uses that, 307 00:23:41.960 --> 00:23:45.480 but God uses men to like Sam, kind of gruff looking guy. 308 00:23:45.519 --> 00:23:48.759 You would think nobody ever stopped for him. They stop for him all the 309 00:23:48.880 --> 00:23:52.119 time. Why? Because he's got the Holy Spirit and right he is. 310 00:23:52.160 --> 00:23:56.670 He loves Jesus and he loves people and it's evident. It is. Yeah, 311 00:23:56.750 --> 00:24:00.230 it is. Hey, everybody, I was going to talk to you 312 00:24:00.309 --> 00:24:06.509 about some things I've learned on the sidewalk and just some advice, and I 313 00:24:06.710 --> 00:24:12.140 think maybe my first thing is to be in the word daily, be prayed 314 00:24:12.180 --> 00:24:18.220 up, pray the armor of God, pray for others on the sidewalk and 315 00:24:19.339 --> 00:24:25.289 to me, things like calling out that can be very intimidating when you start 316 00:24:25.329 --> 00:24:30.289 out. You don't know what to say, and I've just learned that there's 317 00:24:30.289 --> 00:24:34.450 going to be times where the Holy Spirit just just feels your mouth and your 318 00:24:34.569 --> 00:24:38.519 mind and the words just flow and and there's other times you you stutter and 319 00:24:38.599 --> 00:24:41.000 stammer and you feel like, you know, did I say this right? 320 00:24:41.279 --> 00:24:45.160 Was this right? Was this wrong? Was it too much? But just 321 00:24:45.359 --> 00:24:49.599 know that there's always going to be fruit and seeds planted and don't ever let 322 00:24:49.720 --> 00:24:56.950 that stop you from from speaking out and be in prayer. Be In prayer 323 00:24:56.990 --> 00:25:03.990 and just constantly ask the Lord to help you, whether the people that stop 324 00:25:04.109 --> 00:25:08.579 for you or people there for abortion or there to argue with you or whatever. 325 00:25:08.740 --> 00:25:14.259 Just constantly be in prayer about you know, Lord, what should I 326 00:25:14.299 --> 00:25:18.980 say? And he will let you know. And don't worry if you think, 327 00:25:19.019 --> 00:25:23.369 well, I should a could, would have said this or that and 328 00:25:23.569 --> 00:25:26.730 that sort of thing, and just know he's with you, he's got you. 329 00:25:27.170 --> 00:25:33.849 And and when you get a chance, when the the mom or dad 330 00:25:33.930 --> 00:25:37.480 has enough time walking in, if you can share out, you know, 331 00:25:37.559 --> 00:25:41.480 shout out some of the Gospel. So I guess today that's the main thing. 332 00:25:42.519 --> 00:25:48.440 Hey, so one of the most amazing experiences that I had on the 333 00:25:48.480 --> 00:25:51.710 RV was with a young couple that was on their way into the clinic that 334 00:25:52.150 --> 00:25:56.349 we were able to stop. I think they were just confused. They just 335 00:25:56.390 --> 00:26:00.470 didn't know where to turn. They weren't totally set on abortion, but they 336 00:26:00.509 --> 00:26:06.859 didn't know really what their options were. The most amazing thing that happened during 337 00:26:06.940 --> 00:26:11.660 that time on the RV was to watch the dad and his response to the 338 00:26:11.740 --> 00:26:19.569 whole thing and it really showed me that the dads really need to be targeted 339 00:26:19.769 --> 00:26:25.890 if we are able to get to the DAD's. Once that dad comes along 340 00:26:26.009 --> 00:26:29.089 it seems to give the green light to the mom I mean the dads are 341 00:26:29.170 --> 00:26:33.480 the leaders and when the MOM's know that the dads are on board, then 342 00:26:33.559 --> 00:26:37.359 that fear seems to melt away. But that man was so excited about the 343 00:26:37.480 --> 00:26:42.160 baby. He was so excited about the resources that the Monroe help pregnancy center 344 00:26:42.240 --> 00:26:48.069 had for men. Took all the literature and they laughed with big smiles on 345 00:26:48.190 --> 00:26:53.509 their faces, eager to take everything that was available to them. That was 346 00:26:53.589 --> 00:26:57.349 Lisa. The Second Yep, okay, let's Lisa and try recognize the voice. 347 00:26:57.390 --> 00:27:02.740 So Debbie is one of our very faithful people out at a different center 348 00:27:02.859 --> 00:27:06.980 here in Charlotte. It over on Wendover, really hard place to reach the 349 00:27:07.059 --> 00:27:11.299 women and I think she captured one of the most important we repeat this over 350 00:27:11.380 --> 00:27:12.900 and over again, be in the word, be in prayer, and then 351 00:27:12.980 --> 00:27:15.210 our third one is be in church. She didn't mention that, but be 352 00:27:15.329 --> 00:27:18.930 in the word and be in prayer. Are were for her some really strong 353 00:27:19.009 --> 00:27:23.009 encouragements. And the other thing she said that that really struck me and it's 354 00:27:23.089 --> 00:27:27.529 so true. Don't second guess yourself. Yeah, because you always could have 355 00:27:27.650 --> 00:27:33.119 said something different, ytter, whatever, let it go. God has worked 356 00:27:33.240 --> 00:27:37.519 and he has used you, he has spoken through you. Just know you've 357 00:27:37.559 --> 00:27:41.279 done your best at that moment and trust that his word will not return void. 358 00:27:41.359 --> 00:27:44.390 Yeah, that was such good advice. Yeah, yeah, because the 359 00:27:44.470 --> 00:27:48.509 way the devil can really neutralize people is, especially when the situation doesn't go 360 00:27:48.589 --> 00:27:51.230 the way you want it to. You you pour into a mom that stopped 361 00:27:51.269 --> 00:27:55.910 and talked, you've given her everything and try to give her every reason not 362 00:27:55.990 --> 00:27:59.460 to go through with the abortion. She goes into the abortion center and that's 363 00:27:59.460 --> 00:28:00.700 when the should have, could have, would have stuff comes you should have 364 00:28:00.779 --> 00:28:03.819 said this, you could have did this and that and this and that, 365 00:28:03.259 --> 00:28:07.180 and the devil can really neutralize people and think, well, should I even 366 00:28:07.220 --> 00:28:11.460 be out here, because after all, I can't do anything right. Don't 367 00:28:11.460 --> 00:28:14.730 second guess yourself. It's not about you, right, and it's not your 368 00:28:14.809 --> 00:28:17.609 words it's going to change a heart. It's to be the holy spirits. 369 00:28:17.650 --> 00:28:19.970 Got To be God's words and just be faithful, like Debbie said, to 370 00:28:21.089 --> 00:28:23.289 walk with God, to be in prayer and leave the results into his hands. 371 00:28:23.450 --> 00:28:26.599 Right, right, and I love what Lisa said about the father. 372 00:28:26.839 --> 00:28:33.240 That is so true. We've said it many times, and I know love 373 00:28:33.319 --> 00:28:37.759 life has often spoken of this, is that the abortion crisis is a problem 374 00:28:37.839 --> 00:28:41.390 with the men. Yeah, that absolutely. If men would just stand up 375 00:28:41.750 --> 00:28:45.630 and be the the person that God designed them to be, the father, 376 00:28:45.670 --> 00:28:53.109 the faithful husband, the protector, then I think there would be so many 377 00:28:53.230 --> 00:28:57.180 less abortions. Yeah, one of the things we often counsel the men is 378 00:28:59.019 --> 00:29:02.299 do that. Yeah, that be that man that God designed you to be. 379 00:29:02.539 --> 00:29:07.900 Speak Courage into the men and they can. That's often all the woman 380 00:29:07.339 --> 00:29:11.130 needs to see. Yeah, absolutely, if you can win him over, 381 00:29:11.970 --> 00:29:14.849 then he can win her over. Right, miss it was privileged to see 382 00:29:14.849 --> 00:29:17.490 that. We do see that. Yeah, all the time. Yeah, 383 00:29:17.690 --> 00:29:22.329 yeah, Hello, I'm Jessica and I serve with the Monday team and probably 384 00:29:22.329 --> 00:29:26.119 the most encouraging thing to me is I get so excited when I go on 385 00:29:26.200 --> 00:29:30.799 the facebook page to read what others are doing, but when Vicky will report 386 00:29:30.920 --> 00:29:34.480 back that someone has reached out to her a year later, or another one 387 00:29:34.519 --> 00:29:37.589 of the team leads and say, a year ago, I was there and 388 00:29:37.670 --> 00:29:41.670 I took your literature or I saw you standing out there, but I didn't 389 00:29:41.670 --> 00:29:47.390 stop and I didn't let anybody know, but I chose life. So those 390 00:29:47.430 --> 00:29:51.589 are the most encouraging to me because it says that the things that we don't 391 00:29:51.589 --> 00:29:55.819 see there is major things still happening, even though we don't see the fruit 392 00:29:55.900 --> 00:30:00.660 that we definitely know that we're making an impact. Hi, this is Chrisy 393 00:30:00.700 --> 00:30:04.019 Evans and I come out to Latrobe to the abortion mill and latrobe on Monday's, 394 00:30:04.259 --> 00:30:08.730 Wednesdays and Thursdays and I just have a little testimony to tell you about. 395 00:30:10.970 --> 00:30:14.650 It's not a happy one. This is from a young girl that was 396 00:30:14.809 --> 00:30:19.529 walking down the street here and just tears were streaming down her face and I 397 00:30:19.690 --> 00:30:22.319 went over to her and I answer, so, what is the problem? 398 00:30:22.400 --> 00:30:26.720 How can we help you? She said it's too late and I said what 399 00:30:26.759 --> 00:30:29.839 do you mean it's too late? She said, I already killed my baby. 400 00:30:30.839 --> 00:30:33.960 I thought I wanted to have the abortion, but that's not what I 401 00:30:34.079 --> 00:30:37.710 wanted. As soon as I had that abortion, right at the moment that 402 00:30:37.869 --> 00:30:41.990 they killed my baby, I knew I had made the wrong decision and it's 403 00:30:42.029 --> 00:30:45.910 been on my heart for this past week and now I'm here, all I 404 00:30:45.990 --> 00:30:51.539 want to do is get the pictures of my baby's ultrasound so I can make 405 00:30:51.660 --> 00:30:56.539 a memorial for this little child, and that just broke my heart. And 406 00:30:56.740 --> 00:31:02.819 another woman that I talked to she had an abortion forty years ago and she 407 00:31:02.940 --> 00:31:04.890 figured it wasn't the right time to have a baby, so she had the 408 00:31:04.930 --> 00:31:08.930 abortion, while a couple years later she got married and then they wanted to 409 00:31:08.970 --> 00:31:12.130 have a child. Well, the only child she was ever blessed with by 410 00:31:12.250 --> 00:31:17.769 God was a child she killed and now has been on her heart every day. 411 00:31:17.930 --> 00:31:22.079 Even though she's even though she is repented of it, she still thinks 412 00:31:22.119 --> 00:31:25.359 of that child every day of her life. So I would just want you 413 00:31:25.400 --> 00:31:32.039 to know that abortion does kill babies and it does harm women. This is 414 00:31:32.079 --> 00:31:36.549 a great, great testimonies to under a wonderful women. Yeah, both are 415 00:31:36.630 --> 00:31:38.670 on the Monday team. Chriss, he's been out there for how long? 416 00:31:38.910 --> 00:31:41.190 Fifteen years, twenty years? Yeah, yeah, I mean I think I 417 00:31:41.230 --> 00:31:45.829 have to backtrack a little bit. I said Francine and Kathleen were my favorite. 418 00:31:45.829 --> 00:31:48.299 I think Chris he might be my favorite. Actually, yeah, Chriss 419 00:31:48.339 --> 00:31:51.339 he's they're all my favorite. There's all right, favorites for different reasons. 420 00:31:51.380 --> 00:31:55.619 They all have such different personality strengths. But Chris he is such a humble 421 00:31:55.900 --> 00:31:59.460 I was shocked she would do this because she will not really she does not 422 00:31:59.619 --> 00:32:02.609 want any notice given to her. Yeah, huge encourage or of others, 423 00:32:02.730 --> 00:32:07.809 but she really is kind of tries to stay out of the lime light. 424 00:32:07.849 --> 00:32:10.210 Yeah, she's gonna be one of those people in heaven that she's going to 425 00:32:10.250 --> 00:32:13.650 have a hard time holding her head up because their crowns going to be so 426 00:32:13.769 --> 00:32:17.680 heavy, so heavy that's got with jewels and oh man. But but her 427 00:32:17.799 --> 00:32:22.480 story was heartbreaking and we definitely see it. Yeah, the MOMS that regret 428 00:32:22.680 --> 00:32:28.160 and the pro boorts think we're making it up that, yeah, women can't 429 00:32:28.400 --> 00:32:32.630 regret abortions or that they can't have children following abortions, and Christie put the 430 00:32:32.630 --> 00:32:37.230 light of both of those in these yeah stories. Yeah, absolutely. Now 431 00:32:37.309 --> 00:32:40.549 with Jessica shares, is something that, you know, to me it makes 432 00:32:40.589 --> 00:32:44.579 me weep when I think about it. Sometimes. Yeah, in the like 433 00:32:44.740 --> 00:32:49.180 that the Lord lets us here about these MOMS that choose life. Even a 434 00:32:49.299 --> 00:32:53.299 year or two I knew one testimony this lady three four years later. She 435 00:32:53.420 --> 00:32:58.539 never told us that she chose life, but God orchestrated it somehow. Through 436 00:32:58.569 --> 00:33:00.930 the grape vine, we found out this young lady chose life. We hear 437 00:33:00.970 --> 00:33:05.410 those testimonies a lot and just speaks to that reality that we say that if 438 00:33:05.410 --> 00:33:07.970 you're out there, God's going to use you and babies are going to be 439 00:33:07.970 --> 00:33:12.049 saved and you might not find out about it right away. You might not 440 00:33:12.130 --> 00:33:15.440 find out about it until you stand before the Lord and he shows you babies 441 00:33:15.480 --> 00:33:19.079 that were safe. But God is doing work when you're out there sharing his 442 00:33:19.200 --> 00:33:22.720 word, when his church shows up, God does something. Yeah, yeah, 443 00:33:22.759 --> 00:33:27.470 I think there was one that returned with her eight year old showed us 444 00:33:27.549 --> 00:33:30.869 her oh yeah, recently. That was a that was actually a grandparents. 445 00:33:31.029 --> 00:33:35.470 So it was a it was a grand grandmother and grandfather brought their eight year 446 00:33:35.509 --> 00:33:38.390 old grandson and we'd never known. Eight years ago that child was saved at 447 00:33:38.430 --> 00:33:43.220 that very abortion center. The grandparents wanted to come and just say thank you. 448 00:33:43.339 --> 00:33:45.940 Yeah, we weren't the same people probably that maybe some of us were 449 00:33:45.980 --> 00:33:52.339 Christ might have stolen. I'm sure. Yeah, it reminds you don't despair 450 00:33:52.460 --> 00:33:55.930 when you think there's been no fruit, because there has. Yeah, just 451 00:33:57.049 --> 00:34:00.450 may not see it right. Amen. My name is Elaine and I'm one 452 00:34:00.450 --> 00:34:04.450 of the newest volunteers, I hear on the trobe on the Monday team. 453 00:34:05.089 --> 00:34:08.530 It has been so rewarding being out here. This is truly the front line. 454 00:34:08.849 --> 00:34:14.039 I didn't know exactly what to expect as a newcomer. Becoming now here 455 00:34:14.119 --> 00:34:16.800 is really open my eyes to what's really going on, not only here in 456 00:34:16.840 --> 00:34:22.320 the natural but also in the spiritual room. There's much spiritual warfare out here, 457 00:34:22.440 --> 00:34:27.150 but no matter what, the reward has been so great. One of 458 00:34:27.190 --> 00:34:31.110 the things I would think I would want to bring to deliver to anybody's who 459 00:34:31.110 --> 00:34:34.989 want to come out here. One of the key things is to stay focused. 460 00:34:35.030 --> 00:34:38.420 When you're out here. There's so many distractions. They have been trained 461 00:34:38.539 --> 00:34:43.579 to distract us and just staying focus on the reason why we're here, and 462 00:34:43.659 --> 00:34:47.860 it is for the women that's coming here. It's just it's very important just 463 00:34:47.900 --> 00:34:52.210 to focus on them and not to be distracted. So I encourage anyone to 464 00:34:52.250 --> 00:34:54.530 come out here if you feel like keep being called to this. It's not 465 00:34:54.610 --> 00:35:00.250 for everyone, but it's been it's been awesome. It's been awesome and I 466 00:35:00.809 --> 00:35:05.730 enjoy being here. Hey, I'm kles salts foos. I'm with the Tuesday 467 00:35:05.809 --> 00:35:09.519 team. Pro Life work is frontline stuff. Of course they're the beautiful parts, 468 00:35:09.599 --> 00:35:14.000 the soft hearts, the brave women who choose life over death, the 469 00:35:14.079 --> 00:35:16.440 first glimpse of a heartbeat, of a tiny, perfectly formed baby. But 470 00:35:16.519 --> 00:35:20.960 there are also the parts that aren't so nice, like the pro choice crowd 471 00:35:20.960 --> 00:35:24.429 who keeps up a running commentary with music and Kazoos and insults. The only 472 00:35:24.510 --> 00:35:29.269 offend property line divides US physically, our points of view, our worlds of 473 00:35:29.349 --> 00:35:32.469 heart. Most weeks I can handle the barrage of lies and contempt, but 474 00:35:32.550 --> 00:35:36.420 last week it finally got to me. In the wake of my agitation, 475 00:35:36.500 --> 00:35:39.099 which took me a week to work through, I wrote this letter. Dear 476 00:35:39.179 --> 00:35:43.500 pro choice friend, I don't know your name and you don't know mind, 477 00:35:43.980 --> 00:35:46.460 but that didn't stop your pain and anger from erupting on to me and everyone 478 00:35:46.500 --> 00:35:51.449 around to disagreed with you. It didn't stop you from judging me by standard 479 00:35:51.489 --> 00:35:55.050 you don't even hold yourself to. It didn't stop you from spewing accusations disguised 480 00:35:55.050 --> 00:36:00.809 as questions. It didn't stop you from hurling profanity and insults, hurting yourself 481 00:36:00.889 --> 00:36:04.679 just as much as me. When you proclaimed adoption to be child abuse, 482 00:36:04.760 --> 00:36:07.760 I saw a broken you were inside and agged for you. When you declare 483 00:36:07.800 --> 00:36:12.159 that a child's right to live is determined by whether or not it is wanted 484 00:36:12.639 --> 00:36:15.760 or will have a good life, I wondered what pain you experienced in your 485 00:36:15.760 --> 00:36:19.869 childhood when you glibly said how happy and relieved you were after your abortion. 486 00:36:19.949 --> 00:36:23.030 I wondered what wounds you were hiding when you said it's impossible to come out 487 00:36:23.030 --> 00:36:27.789 of trauma and pain stronger than before. I wondered what hopelessness felt like. 488 00:36:28.429 --> 00:36:30.190 I want you to know that healing is possible, that you don't need to 489 00:36:30.269 --> 00:36:34.619 keep your wounds raw, that scars can be beautiful. I want you to 490 00:36:34.739 --> 00:36:37.059 know that human life is sacred, which means your life is sacred. I 491 00:36:37.179 --> 00:36:39.820 want you to know that blood has been spilled for you so that you no 492 00:36:39.980 --> 00:36:44.460 longer need to be mired in the worst parts of your humanity, but can 493 00:36:44.500 --> 00:36:46.289 be what you were created to be. I want to know that life can 494 00:36:46.289 --> 00:36:50.329 be beautiful. I don't know your name and you don't know mine, but 495 00:36:50.369 --> 00:36:52.409 I love you anyway. I can't do much. I can't fix your messed 496 00:36:52.449 --> 00:36:57.170 up family life. Promise you that following God will mean bless or stitch up 497 00:36:57.210 --> 00:36:59.610 the bleeding wounds in your heart. But I can be Christ to you. 498 00:37:00.849 --> 00:37:04.360 I can give you soft words for profanity, love for hate and respect for 499 00:37:04.480 --> 00:37:07.599 vic trial. You might close your mind to any possibility of God's existence, 500 00:37:07.719 --> 00:37:12.719 but that doesn't keep him from loving you. Oh my love, Ala, 501 00:37:14.480 --> 00:37:21.510 Amen, what a powerful letter and just a powerful dynamic the you see here. 502 00:37:21.590 --> 00:37:24.030 So you have a lane, slaine, right, right, elane is 503 00:37:24.030 --> 00:37:28.150 on one team. Brandon, I don't think I've met her. FACETOFACE has 504 00:37:28.190 --> 00:37:30.659 only been out and maybe five or six weeks now. Yeah, yeah, 505 00:37:31.019 --> 00:37:35.139 and so you have her and then you have Kayla and, of course, 506 00:37:35.260 --> 00:37:38.139 again both sharing kind of that that spiritual battle that this is. It's out 507 00:37:38.139 --> 00:37:43.019 there, and Kayla really speaking from her heart on reaching out to this pro 508 00:37:43.139 --> 00:37:45.730 choice person. I mean, let's face it, those people are out there 509 00:37:45.769 --> 00:37:49.969 to be a hindrance and and really, as Elaine said, to be a 510 00:37:50.050 --> 00:37:52.690 distraction. Yeah, and we're supposed to love them and it's awesome that the 511 00:37:52.809 --> 00:37:58.289 Cayla wrote this letter and the fact that you just think about that the hard 512 00:37:58.369 --> 00:38:00.440 that she has because if you guys, we can't play for you on this 513 00:38:00.519 --> 00:38:04.239 podcast because we want children to be able to listen to this podcast. But 514 00:38:04.280 --> 00:38:07.440 if you listen to some of the garbage that they spew and if you've read 515 00:38:07.480 --> 00:38:10.480 our reviews on this podcast, you got a good idea that to be able 516 00:38:10.480 --> 00:38:16.989 to ext to give back love and mercy and kindness in exchange for that is 517 00:38:17.190 --> 00:38:21.829 only something that the Holy Spirit can do through a person. Absolutely and it's 518 00:38:21.909 --> 00:38:25.710 so powerful and such an expression of Christ and they see it every day when 519 00:38:25.710 --> 00:38:30.059 we're able to do that, and Cayle it expressed it. I loved when 520 00:38:30.099 --> 00:38:32.059 she said your scars can be beautiful, that she was able to see into 521 00:38:32.099 --> 00:38:37.420 the souls of these people that are persecuting her and hating her and being so 522 00:38:37.539 --> 00:38:42.530 nasty and and she wants to heal she wants to heal them and she wants 523 00:38:42.570 --> 00:38:46.650 to love them and she sees that their wounded and understands that all of that 524 00:38:46.809 --> 00:38:52.449 hatred and awful stuff that's coming out of them it's out of wounds. So 525 00:38:52.610 --> 00:38:58.800 that was really great and elane is. She's brand new, but she is 526 00:38:59.039 --> 00:39:02.559 very I mean she is no stranger to spiritual warfare or the Gospel. She 527 00:39:02.639 --> 00:39:07.880 actually run some ministry where she they go door to door, knocking on doors 528 00:39:08.199 --> 00:39:14.550 and sharing the Gospel. She sees dozens of people saved week, I mean 529 00:39:14.670 --> 00:39:19.269 cheese, and so she really knows about spiritual warfare and and she felt that 530 00:39:19.389 --> 00:39:22.670 the Lord was still calling her, beyond and above what she's already doing, 531 00:39:22.269 --> 00:39:27.219 that this is a battlefield that she needed to be a part of. Yeah, 532 00:39:27.420 --> 00:39:34.179 and so she's absolutely right that it is intense spiritual warfare and stay focused. 533 00:39:34.420 --> 00:39:38.010 yeahcussed on the mission. Yeah, good word. Hi, my name's 534 00:39:38.050 --> 00:39:43.769 Mary Beth and I've been a sidewalk counselor with love life on the trobe drive 535 00:39:44.369 --> 00:39:46.809 in front of the abortion clinic for a couple of years now and I've learned 536 00:39:46.849 --> 00:39:51.929 so much being out here. It has really helped me to get out of 537 00:39:52.010 --> 00:39:57.119 my comfort zone, to step out in faith, and I've learned so much. 538 00:39:58.119 --> 00:40:00.960 One of the things that I would like to share is just a strategy 539 00:40:01.079 --> 00:40:06.400 that God gave me coming here, because it's really easy to get distracted and 540 00:40:06.519 --> 00:40:09.469 lose focus, especially with the opposition that we have to look at them and 541 00:40:09.590 --> 00:40:14.789 what they're doing and what they're saying. But the one word that God has 542 00:40:14.869 --> 00:40:19.510 spoken to me consistently when I've been here is to stay focused and to stay 543 00:40:19.550 --> 00:40:23.099 in an attitude of worship, and so that is one thing I would really 544 00:40:23.099 --> 00:40:28.980 encourage anybody to do, because it's so easy to look at the things going 545 00:40:29.099 --> 00:40:32.820 on around you and lose that sense of purpose of being here. And we're 546 00:40:32.820 --> 00:40:37.369 here for the babies. We're here to be a voice for those that have 547 00:40:37.690 --> 00:40:40.889 no voice. And as the MOM's get out of their cars, I often 548 00:40:42.050 --> 00:40:46.329 picture that little baby, that little unborn child in their belly and I watch 549 00:40:46.489 --> 00:40:50.840 that mom as she walks in and I look at that baby and I see 550 00:40:51.000 --> 00:40:57.360 the love and the value that God has for that baby and it gives me 551 00:40:57.400 --> 00:41:01.199 a passion to call out even louder, even stronger for the life of that 552 00:41:01.360 --> 00:41:07.110 child and really really looking at that child. So that is one thing I've 553 00:41:07.150 --> 00:41:13.469 really tried to do when I'm down here and continually just stay in prayer and 554 00:41:13.510 --> 00:41:15.630 attitude of prayer. When the mom goes in, we don't. It doesn't 555 00:41:15.630 --> 00:41:19.900 stop there. We continue to pray. We pray for the mom as she's 556 00:41:19.980 --> 00:41:22.900 prepping as she's getting ready, that God would intervene in the life of that 557 00:41:23.099 --> 00:41:28.940 child and in the life of that mom. So that is one of the 558 00:41:28.980 --> 00:41:31.739 things I really try to do when I when I come down here. Obviously 559 00:41:31.780 --> 00:41:35.690 Satan doesn't want us to be here and one of the things he does do 560 00:41:36.050 --> 00:41:39.969 is is try to distract us. But you know, there's that scripture that 561 00:41:40.050 --> 00:41:45.050 says set your mind on the things things above and not on the things of 562 00:41:45.090 --> 00:41:47.280 the Earth, and I meditate on that scripture and really stay focused on the 563 00:41:47.400 --> 00:41:53.239 Lord and what he wants to accomplish every Tuesday that I come. Hey, 564 00:41:53.280 --> 00:41:57.599 y'all, this is Lori and I serve on the Thursday team at Latrobe in 565 00:41:57.639 --> 00:42:02.030 the morning. I just wanted to give message of encouragement to anyone who's thinking 566 00:42:02.070 --> 00:42:07.150 about coming out on the sidewalk. I've been doing this for almost two and 567 00:42:07.230 --> 00:42:12.789 a half years or so and at the very beginning I would physically get sick 568 00:42:13.070 --> 00:42:19.420 before coming to latrobe. I would be nauseous and just not able to get 569 00:42:19.420 --> 00:42:21.420 out of the bathroom, to even get in the car to be able to 570 00:42:21.460 --> 00:42:24.420 come. But it did get better after a while. I still have this 571 00:42:24.460 --> 00:42:30.010 feeling of dread as I come there, but once I'm there, just the 572 00:42:30.090 --> 00:42:37.050 encouragement of our team and the way everyone works together and seeing God's plan play 573 00:42:37.090 --> 00:42:44.090 out literally right before your own eyes is just the most encouraging thing you could 574 00:42:44.090 --> 00:42:49.599 imagine. I will promise you that this is the hardest thing that I've ever 575 00:42:49.679 --> 00:42:52.639 done. It is also the most rewarding thing that I've already thought, that 576 00:42:52.800 --> 00:42:58.869 I've ever done and I just want to keep on doing it because I feel 577 00:42:58.909 --> 00:43:02.429 like if I quit, then Satan wins, even when I have to battle 578 00:43:02.510 --> 00:43:07.349 through the upset stomach and the stress and attention, but God will get the 579 00:43:07.389 --> 00:43:14.260 glory. Mary Mary Beth, when she said step out of your comfort zone, 580 00:43:14.980 --> 00:43:17.380 every single one of us who's ever been a sidewalk counselor has had to 581 00:43:17.420 --> 00:43:22.579 do that. It is not comfortable to to do what we do, but 582 00:43:22.460 --> 00:43:27.530 when you do step out in faith and out of that comfort zone, you 583 00:43:27.610 --> 00:43:30.690 know it is so rewarding and and that kind of is piggybacks off of them 584 00:43:30.929 --> 00:43:35.769 what Laurie said. I'd say that all the time, that it's the hardest 585 00:43:35.769 --> 00:43:38.610 thing I've ever done but also the most rewarding thing, yeah, that I've 586 00:43:38.650 --> 00:43:43.599 ever done. Yeah, many people, many people express that. Oh yeah, 587 00:43:43.599 --> 00:43:46.039 and even strangely, I share this with people and people don't believe me. 588 00:43:46.199 --> 00:43:49.559 But as long as I've been doing this, I'm sure as long as 589 00:43:49.559 --> 00:43:53.480 you've been doing this, there's still an amount of anxiety that I feel, 590 00:43:53.559 --> 00:44:00.150 even coming down latrobe drive and just realizing I'm facing evil right here at the 591 00:44:00.230 --> 00:44:05.190 gates of Hell. Yeah, and it can be intimidating. Thankfully, again, 592 00:44:05.349 --> 00:44:07.590 like the Scripture says, greater see who was in us and he was 593 00:44:07.670 --> 00:44:12.260 in the world. Yeah, so I have to remember that. Yeah, 594 00:44:12.619 --> 00:44:16.340 but and that getting sick, physically sick, I think I I certainly have 595 00:44:16.500 --> 00:44:20.260 experienced that also, and I think a lot of people do. And a 596 00:44:20.340 --> 00:44:22.940 lot of people give up. They they say, then I can't do this 597 00:44:23.369 --> 00:44:29.050 because it's it's going to kill me musically. But when you endure, when 598 00:44:29.050 --> 00:44:32.929 you persevere, when you keep continuing, that is how you resist the devil 599 00:44:34.090 --> 00:44:37.929 and he does finally give up, at least to some degree. It did 600 00:44:37.050 --> 00:44:40.519 get easier. Like Lori said, it got easier for me as well. 601 00:44:40.599 --> 00:44:44.519 Yeah, yeah, we're going to wrap this up, but I do have 602 00:44:44.960 --> 00:44:46.840 one more and now save the best for last. This is kind of like 603 00:44:46.880 --> 00:44:51.679 a bonus testimony. Like I said, I say the best for last, 604 00:44:51.920 --> 00:44:52.670 that I can guess who it is. Who you think it is? I 605 00:44:52.789 --> 00:44:55.869 think it's your wife. It's my wife, and that is absolutely true. 606 00:44:55.949 --> 00:44:59.630 So I'm going to get her to share and then we'll wrap this up. 607 00:44:59.670 --> 00:45:01.949 I'd be awesome. Hi, guys, my name is courtney parks and I 608 00:45:02.110 --> 00:45:07.900 am a registered nurse on board help pregnancy sinners mobile ultrasound unit. I've been 609 00:45:07.940 --> 00:45:12.179 doing that for about ten years and I just wanted to just share a word 610 00:45:12.219 --> 00:45:16.820 of encouragement that has really helped me over the past ten years of doing this, 611 00:45:17.260 --> 00:45:24.449 and that is faithfulness. And I've just seen how when we are faithful 612 00:45:24.489 --> 00:45:29.369 to show up and proclaim the Gospel and do what God has called us to 613 00:45:29.369 --> 00:45:31.130 do, no matter what the result is, no matter if we see fruit, 614 00:45:31.409 --> 00:45:35.650 no matter if we see baby saved, if we don't talk to anybody 615 00:45:35.650 --> 00:45:39.480 all day, every day for a week, God is still faithful and he 616 00:45:39.639 --> 00:45:45.599 shows up and I've just seen the just over the past ten years, the 617 00:45:45.679 --> 00:45:50.989 fruit of that and I just want to encourage you guys to keep doing what 618 00:45:51.030 --> 00:45:53.630 God has called you to do. Be Faithful, because God is faithful to 619 00:45:53.750 --> 00:46:00.070 honor that. So that's my word of encouraging. That is awesome and I 620 00:46:00.110 --> 00:46:07.019 would expect nothing less than Courtney saying be faithful because God is faithful. I 621 00:46:07.059 --> 00:46:10.099 loved how she says that's some here to reflect the Lord it in how we're 622 00:46:10.139 --> 00:46:14.260 out there, and I've never really thought of that, that we are to 623 00:46:14.340 --> 00:46:19.849 be faithful in showing up because God is so faithful. Yeah, and providing 624 00:46:19.969 --> 00:46:23.050 and caring and loving and forgiving. Yeah, and all he does for us. 625 00:46:23.570 --> 00:46:25.929 He never gives up on us and we really should never give up on 626 00:46:27.010 --> 00:46:30.929 on his precious children are being slaughtered. Amen, that abortion SIG amen. 627 00:46:31.769 --> 00:46:34.840 Well, you know, when it's all said and done, if we look 628 00:46:34.840 --> 00:46:37.639 at things in a light of eternity, of the difficulties and the things that 629 00:46:37.760 --> 00:46:43.199 we go through to be out there, whatever they might be, it's all 630 00:46:43.320 --> 00:46:47.989 worth it, right. Yeah, and in reality, the Lord has privileged 631 00:46:49.150 --> 00:46:52.670 us to be a part of what he's doing. Like, God doesn't need 632 00:46:52.750 --> 00:46:57.309 us. God doesn't need us at all, and yet he chooses to use 633 00:46:57.349 --> 00:47:00.909 us. And if you think about what we're talking about and thinking about all 634 00:47:00.909 --> 00:47:04.139 these testimonies and what these folks are saying, what is God using us to 635 00:47:04.179 --> 00:47:08.340 do? He's using us to save people who are scheduled to die. Right, 636 00:47:08.860 --> 00:47:15.340 he's using us to proclaim the gospel that takes someone who's headed to hell 637 00:47:15.210 --> 00:47:20.170 and sets their feet on the path to heaven, to eternity with him, 638 00:47:20.489 --> 00:47:22.489 because he's done that in our lives, right. So we're just doing, 639 00:47:22.969 --> 00:47:27.210 as Jesus said, freely you have received, so freely give, and so 640 00:47:27.329 --> 00:47:29.730 that's that's the heart of all of these people. That's why I say, 641 00:47:29.849 --> 00:47:31.000 I could say every one of these people are my favorite. I want to 642 00:47:31.039 --> 00:47:34.480 say that through all these testimonies, like, oh, she's my favorite. 643 00:47:34.480 --> 00:47:36.760 No, she's my favorite. And there were a couple of others, just 644 00:47:36.840 --> 00:47:39.199 so that they know, case they're listening, that the audio just really didn't 645 00:47:39.199 --> 00:47:43.320 work out because there's so much background noises. Yeah, we would have played 646 00:47:43.320 --> 00:47:45.989 them, but we just couldn't, because so for another podcast, the next 647 00:47:46.030 --> 00:47:49.949 hundred. Yeah, at my a, maybe two hundred or something like that. 648 00:47:50.030 --> 00:47:52.829 Maybe we'll play that. But we hope this was a blessing to you, 649 00:47:52.869 --> 00:47:54.110 guys. We appreciate you, guys listening. We hope that you will 650 00:47:54.150 --> 00:47:59.699 share this podcast with friends that you think would be blessed by it and we 651 00:47:59.780 --> 00:48:02.179 encourage to reach out to us. Maybe you've got some ideas for future podcast 652 00:48:02.340 --> 00:48:06.699 subjects that we can cover? We'd love to cover those subjects. Maybe have 653 00:48:06.739 --> 00:48:08.820 a guest on that you would suggest US having on that would be a blessing 654 00:48:08.900 --> 00:48:13.889 and just help further equip people and encourage people that are involved in this ministry. 655 00:48:14.530 --> 00:48:19.170 So again, we appreciate you guys listening and we will will see you, 656 00:48:19.210 --> 00:48:23.849 guys on the next episode. God bless, God less. Give me 657 00:48:24.690 --> 00:48:37.079 our love for love, give me our love for gratitude. I know it 658 00:48:37.199 --> 00:48:45.989 will cost me my life. Nothing's too precious in some you