What Schaefer Taught Us – Part 1

In God’s providence, Kim Bean from 40 Days for Life contacted us in mid-November 2012, asking if we would take over the leadership for the next 40 day prayer vigil coming up in February 2013. We met with her at the end of November to see what would be required. As we prayed about it in the following weeks, we decided if she would agree to co-lead the next campaign with us, we would do it.

She agreed and on a frigid, snowy Saturday morning in February, we layered up our clothes and our hearts and topped the hill on Schaefer Ave in Dearborn, getting that same sickening pit in our stomachs as when we watch Schindler’s List. The darkness of what went on within the concrete walls of that little white box of a building seemed to make the sun hide its face.

We knew the laws and we knew we’d follow Kim’s experienced lead.

Contrary to what the media will have you believe, pro-lifers aren’t a bunch of Bible-thumping, clinic-bombing, lunatics untouched or unaware of the complications of the issues surrounding the abortion debate. Many of them are people who go on the front lines to find people who need help and resources and seek to give whatever they can to help that expectant mom through this significant unplanned event in her life. Some are liasons equipped with all the information an expectant mom would need to know, able to refer her to medical facilities, or housing options, or utility funding. Others are out there to give what they can of their own possessions, their car, their house, their money, and their time not just for the sake of the baby but for the sake of the expectant moms and dads who are in desperate situations. And they aren’t just committed to these people for the 9 months of pregnancy. They are committed to making lasting relationships to help see them take healthy steps for their future. One family owned a nice bed and breakfast in an unscale area and offered the rooms to families needing housing.

Pro-lifers also aren’t ignorant that the people who work at these facilities need jobs to support themselves and their families. So relationships were built with them to see what their needs were and if we could help find them a job outside of the industry. One of the workers would wave to Kim and even crossed the sidewalk to hug her regularly before her shift started and thank her for her kindness and help. She wanted out but felt trapped.

Amazing commitment and love. Not judgment and condemnation. Where do you read these stories in the headlines?

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