Saturday morning my husband and I went to the Founders abortion facility on East Broad to sidewalk counsel with Tricia and her prayer partners from St. Patrick Parish. You never know who you'll get to meet on the sidewalk. Saturday as I stood in the alleyway behind Founders I had a breif chat with one of the abortion workers.
"I used to in a clinic like this one," I said. "I don't work there anymore."
"I guess not, since you're standing back there!" she said.
I introduced myself and asked her name. "Nancy," she told me.
Oh how I remember those days working at the abortion facility, mistrusting everyone on the "outside" and expecting the worst from them at any moment. I wonder where I'd be today if it weren't for those "crazy pro-lifers" on the sidewalk. They didn't know my name, but I'm sure that they prayed for my anyway.
Well, I know Nancy's name now, and I'm praying for her. I hope you will, too. Along with Nancy, will you please pray for these other men and women we spoke with on Saturday morning?
A young woman who came by herself. She entered the abortion facility and came out about 20 minutes later and left. She was crying when she left and Tricia was able to share with her that we were there because we love her and want to help her. Tricia gave her some information about Women's Care Center, the pregnancy resource center just a few blocks down the street and offered to go to the center with her. "I need to think about it," she said. She left alone, but with the message of hope and love and information about a place she can turn to for help. Please pray that she takes the message to heart and goes to Women's Care Center.
A young couple who I spoke with before they went into the abortion facility. "I have to go, I have an appointment." She was clearly upset and looked like she was about to break down. She received the information I offered her, but she wouldn't stay and talk with me. She and young man with her went into Founders. Please pray for this young couple as the crisis they were hoping to avoid with the abortion will only give way to more and new crisis in the days and years to come.
The Columbus police office, Officer Smith, who is one of two officers hired to provide off-duty security on Saturdays. We spoke about security issues at the facility and about his thoughts on abortion. We spoke in detail about abortion and the "exception" case of rape. Please pray for Officer Smith that he will remember and think about this conversation. I look forward to continuing this conversation with him in the weeks to come.