Sunday, August 31, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
As the guy was loading the boxes in the truck, he joked that he thought I would help him with the heavy boxes. I responded by asking if he knew what was in them.
This led to a pretty long and interesting conversation. I found out that that this guy is a strong Christian and his heart breaks over the aborted bodies too. I asked him if he actually saw the the waste and he explained that yes indeed he does and he can see the little body parts distinctively. He said that there are quite a few pretty well developed large babies that are in there.
It was a sad but interesting conversation. I had seen these trucks before and watched the bodies be loaded onto the truck, but this made it that much more real. At first I was a little bit shocked that he could do this job while professing faith, but the more I talked to him and the more I thought about it, I realized that someone is going to dispose of these bodies and this way at least someone will say a prayer over them and their families as they are loaded into the truck. He said he always says a prayer for them as he collects the boxes.
I still am not sure how I feel about him doing this job, but I can see where he is coming from.
Either way, the whole experience was interesting and got me to think deeply about a new aspect of the issue.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
You might remember my previous blog of a few days ago when I wrote about a 16 year old girl who is now 23 weeks along in her pregnancy. I want to provide an update on this mother and her baby. I also want to ask for your prayers in support of this mother's decision to keep her baby, and for her parents, the baby's grandparents, who are pressuring her to have an abortion.I counseled this 16 year old mother at the EMC office in Queens, NY. We talked for more than an hour. She is musilm and pro life as you can imagine. The Muslim religion teaches that when a mother is pregnant, the child in the womb is a baby. The baby is a human life, therefore Muslims generally do not support abortion. But sex before marriage is a serious offense and can be severely punished. This young mother was very scared the day I saw her. She is in high school and her parents did not know about her pregnancy at that time. She wanted to tell her parents, but did not know how to begin.
We talked about the abortion procedure, the risks and complications. I started talking about the intrinsic value of life and the awful sin against God that is killing a defenseless unborn child.I told her as well that her mother loves her. A mother never wants something bad to happen to her sons and daughters. I asked her not to be afraid of keeping her baby and to go forward in her pregnancy. Her mother will eventually support her in everything she decides to do because a mother loves her child.
After our conversation this young mother decided to keep her baby. I gave her EMC's pamphlet and additional information about the Sisters of Life and other organizations who would help her in preparing for birth and caring for her baby afterward. I was so happy that God used me to turn around this young mother from thinking about abortion to a firm decision to keep her child. This was the first time ever I had the opportunity to speak to a muslim girl about her faith and the precious gift of life within her. I was celebrating in my heart and mind and praising God for her baby who we saved.
But yesterday she called me back. Her parents now are forcing her to have an abortion. They do not want her to keep the baby. She called me scared and asked for help. I am springing into action to help this young mother save the life within her. I am ready to support her in doing her first and most important job as a mother, which is keeping her baby safe while in her womb. Even now that her parents are scared for her and giving her the wrong advice, she is brave and asking me for help. I know that God will give her the courage to do what she knows to be right. I know that her parents will love her and her baby, their grandchild, in time. I pray that I will keep my heart and my mind open to God so that the Holy Spirit can fill me with God's love and the words that this mother needs to hear. I pray that God will activate others in our pro life network to provide a safe home for this young mother and her baby until her family is able to cope with this situation and welcome them back with love.
It is times like this that I need you and your prayers most of all. Please I beg you to pray for this young mother and her baby ....and for me. Pray especially for her of course, but I ask you to pray for me so the Holy Spirit will light me up and help me to convince her again to keep her baby safe, to love her baby always and to trust God that He will help her parents see that she is strong in her Muslim faith, following God's teaching about Love, and doing the right thing.Thank you so much for your prayers and your support, both spiritually and financially. I am devoted to helping this young mother and her baby as I am devoted to helping every woman who walks through the doors at EMC. I promise to keep you updated on what happens when I know new information. Where two or more of us are gathered in prayer, even over the internet, I know that God will hear us.Loving God, please help me and listen to our prayers. Please help me to convince this young mother to put herself in Your Hands. She has kept her baby for 23 weeks. Her baby is fully formed, moving and alive inside her. It won't be long now.Please God, give her the strength to carry her child to term, just a few weeks more!
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
God bless you all,
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Discussion about pregnancy and abortion and options and life situations turned into a few hours of "couples counseling." Although the client had said she was pretty set on abortion, she said ideally she would want to keep the baby and be in a relationship with the father. He apparently wants the same thing so we talked about the issues and reasons behind the break up and what it is that is keeping them from being together.
After a couple hours, it felt like they were going in circles and the only solution I could think of was to give it to God. I knew from earlier that the girl was a Christian but I wasn't sure where he stood but eventually I felt like all I could do was ask him how he felt about praying. He said he didn't know what he believes but after I shared about the ways God helps me through things and can change hearts, he agreed to pray right then and there.
So on the spot he took her hand and out loud prayed for Jesus to help him and her. It was a powerful moment!
After praying, he said that he would keep praying and that his friends would think he was crazy and ask who he is talking to but he will just be like, "Dude I'm talking to Jesus!"
I was amazed!
Now the girl is still considering abortion but I encouraged them to pray about everything individually and together. She has a sonogram scheduled with us for this coming Thursday, so hopefully that will help change her mind completely.
Please join me in thanking God for what He is doing in their hearts and in continuing to pray for them as they try to sort things out.
Laura and I outside Dr Emily's recently:
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
After the wet morning I went to Queens where, for example, I had one client who came to have and abortion and left undecided and with an appointment for a sonogram for tomorrow. She didn´t wanted to think what she was about doing, but once I talked to her and explained the reality of it, she became emotional and many things on her mind changed. Lets see what happens tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
This Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the profession of first vows by the Sisters of Life. The Mass was beautiful - and each and every Sister seemed to be glowing with the Holy Spirit! At the reception, the kids were all running and playing around the grounds, having a great time. It was just so uplifting, and pro-life! (John 10:10)
On Thursday night, a couple of the interns went to and Off Broadway show with Chris, called 'Atomic'. The performers were incredible, and most of them had performed on Broadway - one guy had played Valjean in Les Mis!!
The show dealt with the morality surrounding the Manhattan Project, which resulted in the bombing of Hiroshima. It was interesting to note the genuine attempt to end the war and save lives ... By creating and atomic bomb and killing thousands of innocent people ... It reminded me of the abortion situation in the US and all over the world - people are trying to 'save women' but killing children and ruining countless other lives at the same time. Our duty to protect others cannot be morally fulfilled with the taking of other lives, it could be argued. The show certainly gave us a lot of think about.
On Friday, Laura and I were asked to speak for a few minutes each at an event called the 'Womens Equality Day Reformed'. We spoke about the internship we have been doing and our work. We were both quite nervous, but everyone was so kind to us, and so we managed. It was inspiring for us to listen to the stories of people living the prolife vocation in so many ways. Mums, wives, pastors, scientists, and politicians. We felt privileged to have been able to take part in the day. The honouree for this year was Eileen Slattery, wife of Chris. It was nice to hear more about her story and her contribution to the pro-life movement in New York.
At night, Laura and I went with Eileen to our first ever Opus Dei event, where we listened to meditations, had a talk, and spent some invaluable time in the chapel. A few pointers that stuck in my mind:
- The truth will set you free
- To be humble is to walk in truth
- Let it be done unto me according to thy word
- Blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall see God
- We need to de-clutter our minds in order to make room for God.
Saturday, August 9, 2014
When she chose to keep her child, she realized that she would have to talk to her parents as they were going to find out eventually. But she still felt burdened down and afraid that they might not be happy with her choice as it would interfere with her college plans. With my encouragement and the support of the child's father, she spoke with her parents.
The next day I received a text from this young mother that said, "My parents are not upset with me. They are happy. They said everything happens for a reason. And it won't affect my school because they will help me."
This client had been afraid of her parents, as so many of my clients have, and I encouraged her to talk to them as they wouldn't be upset with you for long, if at all. Through the Grace of God, she had the courage to conquer her fears and choose the right thing and be honest with herself and her family; and it set her free.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
After her tears subsided the first thing she said was how the due date did not interfere with school. Then she went on to explain how she knows her mother will be excited to have a grandchild. Her two biggest fears answered just like that. And all it took was just seeing the truth. I had hardly talked to her much yet to try and convince her otherwise, God did most of the heavy lifting (not that He doesn't usually) by showing her the simple truth.
Even though she has made her decision there are still a few bumps in the road that she will need to work out. But the child's father is excited about the future as well and they will be talking to her parents this evening. So, please keep her in prayer that she has a little help and encouragement to help her through to the end!