Sidewalk Counseling Saves Lives

I received a very uplifting e-mail from Lynn Benz of La Grange, Illinois about her friend, Ellen, who just started sidewalk counseling this Lent. I hope it encourages our readers to get out there and sidewalk counsel. You can have a powerful impact. (Please remember to never counsel alone). Here it is:

Today Ellen and I went to the abortion clinic in Hinsdale to counsel the men and women going in, and to try to help them make a better choice than abortion. We decided to add Tuesday mornings in Lent along with Saturday mornings. (We have a good group that goes then also.) Last Tuesday we were able to witness a save. (A couple changing their minds and not having the abortion.) This week again, God gave us a great gift. There was a family, mother, father, another woman and a baby, in a car coming for an abortion. They were a family of Hindu faith. We talked for a very long time and when I thought they were leaving, they parked and started to go into the clinic. Right before they went in, they came over and the woman actually apologized for the fact that she was going to have the abortion. They were very sweet people and we were all so sad. We continued to try to reach them as they went into the building. A short time later, they came out of the clinic. They were smiling and told us they had changed their minds. All of us were crying and hugging. The woman kept saying, “I see God in you. God is talking to me through you.” All of us who go to clinic, know this is always the case. We know that all God asks us to do is show up and let him work through us. None of us believe we have the ability to save these lives, only to let God do it through us. He then gives us the gift of letting us witness the miracles that he performs. Imagine people of Hindu faith and Catholic faith having the same religious experience together. What a beautiful thing that is. We will never forget them and I don’t think they will forget us. When I got home, I found a paper on the counter that one of my kids is writing. It is about a man who survived the Holocaust name Elie Wiesel. The first line of the paper is a quote by him which reads, “To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all…”

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