Are you interested in getting involved with a pro-life ministry in your area? The first step is to Google local abortion clinics and make a list of one you want to visit. Go out on a Saturday morning (the busiest day for most mills) planning to just pray. This is a great way to make a connection with your local pro-life community.
Afraid of going alone? Check out THIS SITEto find local pro-lifers to meet at the clinics. Be careful if you are going alone, though. Consider asking your husband to go out with you the first time, just to get a feel for things and to check it out. Children, as long as they are well-behaved, are a welcome sight at the clinic, as mothers can see these little ones before they enter the mill to kill their own children. A favorite “line” from those on the mic is, “The only difference between these babies out here on the sidewalk and your baby inside of you is TIME.”
Annalise with literature while sidewalk counseling
Our family uses homemade posters…the kids can take turns holding them. Annalise and I hand out pamphlets. On Saturday (when we have a sound system) the men take turns speaking, praying and reading Scripture on the amp system. Our kids have also spoken, read Scripture and have sung over the amp system, but they mainly hold homemade signs and speak back to the abortionist as he enters and accuses us of “child abuse”, saying that they “have no minds and cannot think for themselves” (the nerve!). I get so proud of my kiddos when they respond with, “We’re out here because YOU’RE abusing children!” Out of the mouths of babes….LOVE the boldness and proclaiming of truth…and the passion from such young children! I usually bring SUGAR for the little ones…Judah, mainly, but Ellie gets one now and again. Lollipops work great and I have like a bag of 360 from Sam’s for JUST such an occasion. That has worked out WELL (and sticky) for us! They really enjoy the treat, as well, and it helps to keep them content. For breaks, I also walk them up and down either of the sidewalks while I pray (Annalise and I take turns handing out pamphlets at the driveway). All of mine, even as young as Ellie will even join me in prayer, saying their own sweet little thoughts.
Let me just say….this type of ministry is SPIRITUAL WARFARE! You will be very aware of this if you’re at all in tune with the Holy Spirit. I believe that this is a GREAT family ministry, which can be a great tool for the ENTIRE family’s spiritual growth. I just can’t put it into words! I know our kids have shown such spiritual maturity through this ministry….absolutely humbling and AMAZING! In fact, Kaitlyn (10) said, “I never knew how real Satan and his demonic attacks were until we started going out to the clinic.” After going just once (at their continual requests, mind you), they ALL beg me every week to go at least twice…we try to go every Friday and at least one Saturday month.
Annalise with a baby that whose mother CHOSE LIFE!
If you have older children (I’d say 8 and up, but we start at 4) you should really consider explaining spiritual warfare to those kiddos (fiery darts of the enemy hurled toward the children of God, yelling from the women or pro-death escorts who are hurt and/or angry, etc.). That would be best to cover ahead of time so they are not taken by surprise as to why adults are so hateful and mean. Mark has even been floored at how obviously demonic the other side is, as well as the older kids. This is, to me, a TRUE missionary-type experience, complete with demonic activity! At the clinic we go to, the “body guards/escorts” are literal thugs who play jazz music (which is fine…no lyrics, sounds pleasing) and then horrible rap music if you make them mad by kissing your babies head or smiling at them (how dare we!). It’s so obvious how our children’s mere presence and our love for our children causes them to “boil over” with hate. On Saturdays, we have an amp system that covers the lyrics and music really well, but on Fridays….WHEW! Our kids just sing praise music to the TOP of their lungs so that they can’t hear the HORRIBLE lyrics. I get so proud of them when they do that.
Another important thing to remember is that each clinic has a different atmosphere, so my scene might be different from yours. It’s best not to have any expectations.
All the children with a mother who chose life for her baby! She came back to thank us and introduce us to her baby girl (also pictured above with Annalise)!
Two weeks before:
Check out various pro-life literature sellers and consider purchasing some material to use with mothers, as well as a little 12 weeks old fetus to show the mother. This small purchase can mean a lot! HERE is a great site.
Connect with any pro-lifers you have met and set a date/time for ministry.
Pray about making this a long term ministry, as well as a FAMILY ministry….dads and children are needed at the mills, as well!
Once you’ve established that you would like to continue ministering at your local clinic, set dates that you will attend each month (once a week, twice a month, etc.) and mark them down so that you are committed to those days.
Talk to your children on their age level about abortion. Be as specific as you feel that they can handle for their ages. Explain why you are going and why people are needed to help.
The day before:
Gather your homemade/bought signs and literature in something that can be transported easily
Go over important fetal development dates so that they are fresh in your head in case you have the opportunity to counsel a mother
Pray for the mother’s hearts, the father’s hearts and even the clinic workers’ hearts to be softened!
The day of:
Gather literaure, water bottles, sunscreen and treats for the children
If you are a sidewalk counselor, do not wear t-shirts with messages, but instead have a “put together” appearance…no sunglasses, so you can make eye contact. SMILE!
Pray with all who are going with you! Pray for softened hearts, open ears and eyes and for a changed heart of the abortionist. Continue the attitude of prayer throughout the day!
Make sure to “debrief” with the family that afternoon or evening, so that everyone can “digest” what happened that day.
Above all, I can say that this is a TRUE ministry that can be done as a family unit! It takes preparation, sacrifice and dedication, just like any other ministry. It is a hard ministry, as the successes are fewer than you initially anticipate. But above all, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9