October 16, 2017
A small band of Church of the Resurrection members regularly pray outside an abortion facility in Glen Ellyn. We refer to it as a "peaceful, prayerful presence on behalf of the unborn and their mothers and fathers." Often people ask, "But does this prayerful presence really do any good?" Of course we often don't see how God is answering our prayers, but here's one story of a specific, and we think miraculous, answer to our prayers.
Usually when we pray at the abortion facility, clients try to park as far away from us as possible. This time was different. The abortion facility’s “escorts” (whose job it is to rush clients past anyone who might offer to help them find an alternative to an abortion) had already gone home for the day. A young couple parked their car in front of us. The woman inside had been crying, and the man beside her appeared frustrated. Praying that Jesus would give them the courage to leave this place, I handed them a brochure from CareNet, a crisis pregnancy center located right across the street. I explained that CareNet helps provide food, clothing, and shelter for women in crisis pregnancies. On the brochure I jotted down the name of Church of the Resurrection and a number where they could find more help.
Instead of the usual, “No thanks, we’re not interested,” the young man replied, “We already have two kids. We can’t afford a third.” In these moments, the Holy Spirit helps us answer. “I have three children,” I replied, “and I can’t imagine life without my third. She is a joy to me, and I know you will love your third child just as much as you love your first two.”
Sometimes there is great drama, as a couple may become angry or just indifferent and march straight inside the abortion facility. There have been times in similar situations when a couple might talk for half an hour before deciding whether to go in or drive away. After a few minutes of discussion, the young man said they had decided not to have an abortion. Praise God they left that day, three people in their car, and not just two. I pray that they have contacted CareNet and found the help they need to support their growing family. Please pray for them. I cannot say for certain that they did not change their mind later and return on a different day. I do know that in His mercy God puts us in the places where He wants us to be to help others who need to hear His Word. By His power alone, may we be willing to go when He calls us.
February 22, 2016
Every Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 8 AM a few people from Church of the Resurrection go to the Aanchor abortion clinic in Glen Ellyn to pray, try to talk to the women going in, and tell them about other options including CareNet (right across the street). One of the members of the Sanctity of Life Team recently wrote, "Praying outside the abortion clinic means we can be there to help if a mom has a last minute change of heart (a Carenet clinic is open across the parking lot during times the clinic is open). Sometimes seeing people praying outside the clinic can be a deterrent from customers going in. And finally, when I am there, it stops abortion from being abstract in my mind. I see these desperate, confused moms, and I think about the tiny baby growing inside their wombs and I know I can't become discouraged. I need to keep praying for these moms and babies, and our government, until abortion is illegal and all women know there are other choices."
Church of the Resurrection member Darcie Dezell wrote the following reflection after her first time praying outside the clinic:
"Krista Scheidt and I went to the Aanchor abortion clinic early on a Saturday morning. We bundled up, got some tea, and parked in front of a business a few doors down from the clinic. I really wasn't sure what to expect. What I found was around 15 people quietly standing on the parkway in front of the clinic. They were entirely respectful of the men and women coming to the clinic, and simply called out to the women with a message of care, love, and resources, encouraging them to keep their babies.
I was surprised by how 'not weird' it all felt. We simply stood there praying for the women, the babies, the doctors, the boyfriends and husbands. I felt a strong sense of witnessing; that my standing in front of this clinic was a way to give witness of God's love and purpose in the world, and a way to honor the humanity of these babies. I also knew that I was, in many ways, a witness to evil. And simply my presence in the face of evil was God-honoring and powerful. It was a moving experience and, I pray, an effective and worshipping one."