FROM JULY 3, 2010....
What a breath of fresh air to be able to hold a child who was scheduled to die! What a relief to be able to embrace a woman who had planned to enter a place of death, but chose otherwise! What a sweet blessing to be able to see the fruit of your labor right before your eyes!
Today, as a number of us stood outside the Charlotte area abortion mill praying and sidewalk counseling, a new mother stopped by to thank us for helping to save her precious little one-month-old, Victoria! We were all able to hold this precious little one and hug on this dear mother who had chosen life for her child. Our eight children, among other children present, have spent countless hours loving and praying for mothers and babies from a distance. This morning they were able to see, touch and hold this sweet creation of God. We were all able to see first-hand God’s wondrous works made possible through the oftentimes thankless volunteer work of countless men, women and children on the pro-life front lines.
Months earlier, a battle of epic proportions had been fought. This young mom turned, not once, but three times from A Preferred Women’s Health Center as she struggled with the decision of whether or not to undergo an abortion. Each time she approached the abortion mill, she encountered one or more pro-life counselors, and she eventually made a life-changing decision to allow her child to live and grow within her womb and experience life. The struggle she faced was one between death and life; defeat and victory. In the end, the Lord softened her heart and used sidewalk counselors to help her make the choice she knew was right. Because of the willingness of those who continually go out to the abortion mills, facing opposition, hostility and rejection, victory was won and death was defeated in Jesus’ name!
Little Victoria, whose name means “conqueror” and “victory,” swallowed up death and proclaimed victory when her mother allowed her to experience LIFE, as her Creator God intended! Just as the Lord promised in Isaiah 25:8, that death would be swallowed up in victory, so God allowed Baby Victoria’s scheduled demise to be conquere when Victoria entered this world because of her mother’s brave choice for life. Life was chosen; death was swallowed up in victory.
Yes, women make a decision for life every day in America, because their hearts are softened by Jesus’ touch. Yes, each day new lives are saved from the abortionist’s grasp of death because of souls who make the sacrifice to stand for Jesus and His Truth. However, this story is different because we were able to meet one of the precious babies who we work so hard to save. This story is different because one mother took the time to thank us for being there to assist her in making the right decision to give life to her baby. What a great reward for us to have experienced! We have been so blessed!