Knocking on Windows

This is taken from an email blast sent out by. Dr. Monique Ruberu

I was blessed to spend some time at 12th and locust this afternoon.
As I stood there praying I saw a Lyft car pull up… the girl was in the front seat. I saw her lean into the driver and saw him try to pacify her as she wept.
I approached the car and gently tapped on the window… she lowered the shutter and I introduced myself and told them that I wanted to help them…in the conversation, she shared with me that her name was N___, He was K___, she was 7 weeks pregnant and they appreciated the resources…

When she wasn’t willing to talk anymore I resumed prayer on the sidewalk. Eventually, she put on a mask and gloves and went into the abortion center. I reminded her that she could step off the table even at the last minute.
after she went in I returned to the car…
I had a great chat with the father of this child. We spoke about how his role as a father was to protect, to love. To honor…not to allow someone else to harm his child or his girlfriend.
I told him that if this child would be allowed to live… he or she could be his best friend in the future… he or she may be the one that is there when everyone else has left him… I asked him to please stand up for this child… his flesh and blood … because he is the only one that has the power to change her mind.
he agreed with everything, he even looked up the Levatino abortion procedure videos to share with her… he promised to keep me posted…

but I haven’t heard anything… so I leave this in God’s hands… I trust that Our amazing God can move hearts and change minds.
The beautiful thing about praying alone out there today was that there were no escorts… according to those who have been present daily this is the new COVID norm…

So as 40 days come to an end, there are some of you who are young and healthy… I would ask you to consider returning by yourself for an empty hour on the sidewalk. If you need a mask I will find one for you.  The killing continues, and we have the opportunity to one by one safely witness and pray.
if you are immunocompromised or older – please stay at home…

nobody should go without a mask.
the supporting prayer for those out there on the front lines is imperative. PLEASE continue to pray during your committed hours.
please let me know if you want to be added to the sidewalk servant mailing list for emails after the 40 days close.
God bless you,

please pray for N, K and baby!
dr Monique

Denied Sacraments; Not Access to Abortion. Catholic Bishops, Speak Up

By now, many Catholic bishops have made one of the hardest decisions to ever come in the midst of the pandemic. That decision was to suspend the celebration of mass and live stream masses until the pandemic passes. Catholics are not thrilled over this decision. They are deprived of receiving the Eucharist. However, many are encouraged to make a spiritual communion. In the midst of it, one brave pastor held a Sunday service. He paid the price as he was arrested.

As Lent is drawing to a close and one of the most pivotal times of the church’s calendar approaches, it seems many pro-lifers are being challenged even more. 40 Days for Life campaigns are canceled now due to the rapid spread of the virus as we cannot have 10 people or more outside of abortion facilities in the midst of physical distancing (the correct term as opposed to social distancing). No palms this year, witnessing new Catholics coming to the faith on Easter Sunday, not even families gathering for mass together and receive the blessing of the Easter Holy Water.

Meanwhile, across many states, Planned Parenthood facilities remain open as they are deemed “essential”. Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck the Schmuck Schumer were looking out for Planned Parenthood when it came to stimulus money without a care for the average American out of work. Even many doctors are up in arms about many states’ decisions to leave them open. Time and time again, the abortion industry is using events like the pandemic to put profit ahead of actual care.

At the same time, the Catholic bishops have been silent. It has helped the oppressors. Our bishops can do better. Where are they? They all come together to close the church’s door and improvise mass celebrations to the virtual world. Catholics can’t receive the sacraments. No weddings. No funerals. Churches are open for worship only. Many Catholics are seeing this as a way to forget the 3rd commandment, yet they are encouraged to view the mass on the internet. Sadly many are not doing so.

CALL TO ACTION

I am calling on all people of faith to come together, call their representative and ask their officials to close the abortion facilities.

If you are in good health and are prepared, go and be physically present outside of abortion facilities. Bring resources with you.

Offer your next Holy Hour or prayer meeting (physically or virtually) for an end to abortion.

Take a photo of your pro-life sign and tag the location of the Planned Parenthood facility on your next social media post (Facebook and Instagram).  Remind women that they are amazing, strong, and beautiful. You have help.

Post-pro-life messages on your church’s billboard and bulletin.

Use social media to spread the pro-life message. Be ready for a backlash. Respond with love.

This pandemic can bring the best and worst out of everyone. Let this bring out the best in every pro-lifer.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice”  Proverbs 31: 8-9

 

Wanna Break Cabin Fever? Take a Leap of Faith and Pray Outside of Abortion Facilities

The headliner might be a bit misleading. However, two brave men decided to continue praying outside of abortion facilities in the Philadelphia area, despite the stay at home order from elected officials.

The suggestion does come with some parameters.

  1. Do not come within two feet of patients entering the facility or escorts (if any decide to be out there)
  2. Be sure to be courteous and respectful to police and people coming and going on the sidewalk
  3. Be peaceful
  4. Bring love
  5. Stay safe and well
  6. Treat this like 40 Days for Life is still going on.
  7. Pray in small groups of less than ten
  8. If you are ill, pray from home

Remember, God has appeared to many people to do his will. You should do his, not the will of man.

“Never underestimate the spirit of God working through you, with you, and despite you.” Archbishop Nelson Perez

A word from the front line

During this time of stay at home, there have been some who have still chosen to go out and be present outside these places…

Here is a report from Pat…

“In 4 hours yesterday, there were 3 girls who went in for abortion” I was able to get info into all of their hands because there were no escorts… the police were also present for 2 of the hours and one of them spoke of Isiah and that God finally has our attention.
two girls showed up for abortions as walk-ins but they were not allowed in.
Lee trip showed up (the abortionist) I asked him what it is that he needs to quit this job… he responded that I don’t have it… I responded that all he needs is Jesus…

it was lonely out there at first… but now it is peaceful… the prayer of all the other people really keeps me going… knowing that every hour I am out there someone is praying for me and for these women… ITS HUGE…

so my dear friends… I’m not asking you to go out to the front lines but I am begging you…

PLEASE help me keep this prayer vigil going strong…

let me know if you have a daily commitment to pray further than what I had on the 1st week of prayer… if you intended to pray daily going forward please remind me…

im listing all of the hours out there for this week and I hope that everyone commits to at least one hour in this week to pray for Pat and Gerry, to pray for the workers, to pray for the centers…

today pat and Gerry are at 777… please pray for their safety…

hour(number of people)

there are a lot of zeros at the moment for (#of people) please help me wipe that out..

Saturday: 8(1),9(1),10(1),11(2),12(1),1(0),4(0),5(1),7(2)

Sunday: offer your mass fir this cause

monday:7(1),8(1),9(0),10(0),11(0),12(0),1(0),2(1),3(2),4(0),5(0),6(0),7(1)

tuesday: 7(0),8(0),9(0),10(0),11(0),12(0),1(0),2(1),3(2),4(0),5(0),6(0),7(0)

wed:7(0),8(0),9(0),10(0),11(0),12(0),1(0),2(1),3(2),4(0),5(0),6(0)7(0)

thurs: 7(0),8(0),9(0),10(0),11(0),12(0),1(0),2(0),3(0),4(0),5(0),6(0),7(0)

friday: 7(0),8(0),9(0),10(0),11(0),12(0),1(0),2(0),3(0),4(0),5(0,6(0)7(0)

Reflection for the Annunciation

Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom, there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Reflection

The passage above offers us a crucial message that we must convey to moms who will be in Mary’s position. At first, Mary was afraid when she was given the news. However, she gave her “yes” to be the mother of Jesus Christ.

You see, we may be afraid to take the same leap. However, we are called to say yes to God’s will for us. When we say “yes” to life, like Mary did, we unleash the plan God has for us and the child in the mother’s womb.

Say yes to life. It will change yours.

Word from Appletree

The following is from an email blast sent out by Dr.Monique Ruberu

Hey, guys, I got this report from one of our prayer warriors Diane who has spent several hours praying out there recently
This morning a woman walked into 777; turned around, exited the building, and began talking to us.  She wanted information from us regarding a pregnancy test;  she is unsure if she is pregnant.  I gave her one of our bags and was also able to get her an appointment for next Tuesday at Amnion Pregnancy Center (where I volunteer). At  Amnion she will get a free pregnancy test and ultrasound. She also is in need of housing; currently, she lives with her dad and her 3-year-old daughter. Please keep Nikenya in your prayers.

Another girl who was picking up a friend from 777 requested one of our bags.

I was able to speak with 3 different Uber drivers today.  Assuming they were with the women they dropped off, I began telling them about other options besides abortion and how much we love and care for them.  Surprisingly they listened politely to everything I had to say before telling me they were just the drivers.  One even thanked me for what we do and said, “God bless you!”

Guys, I know this is a scary time… I would not recommend going down in big groups, taking public transport or putting yourself in harms way… if you are elderly or immunocompromised stay at home and pray from there… if you have a car feel free to go down By yourself, stand away from people and hold a sign.

We are all praying that these places close like every other business until then I’ll keep sharing stories with you guys and if you feel called to go please do…

here are the uncovered hours…

Thurs 3/19 12th and locust: 10,12,1,2,3

777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,1,2

Friday 3/20: 12th and lo: 9,10,11,12,2,4,5

777: 8,9,10,12,1,2

Sat 3/21: 777 : 8am

American Idol Contestant Amber Fiedler Shares Amazing Story of Choosing Adoption Over Abortion

The following is an article from LifeNews.com writer Dave Andrusko

Over the years I’ve written several stories about American Idol, which returned on ABC in March 2018 after a two-year hiatus. Most of the singers grew up in church and in addition to their memorable songs, their stories of perseverance and endurance in face of life’s inevitable trials and tribulations always inspired me.

This year’s crop is exceptional and after missing the first couple of episodes I am now glued to the television screen on Sunday nights.

As it happens, I did not see Sofia Schuster perform. She sang her song “My Body My Choice” for the three judges which she had previously sung at a Planned Parenthood Benefit. It includes such original lyrics as “My body my choice/ It’s not up to the boys/ Nobody should have to go against what’s in their heart/ And no one has the right to tear their dignity apart.”

Etc.

I only heard about her today and could find only a few seconds of her singing. Her voice is fine and, having made the first cut, who knows how far she will go.

But then there is Amber Fiedler, a 23-year-old woman from Idaho, who, when she auditioned a few weeks ago, was 38 weeks pregnant. Katy Perry, one of three judges–Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan are the other two–asked her at the time if she knew the baby’s sex—a girl—and what name she had picked out.

Amber hadn’t. She was placing her for adoption.

“How did you come to that?” Perry asked

“My mom was a user most of my life,” Amber responded. “So my grandma is the one that raised me. The last few years I was going out and drinking a bunch. I was getting caught up in life. With this pregnancy, I’ve learned who I was as a person. I’ve had time to sit and think, and looking at the big picture of life, there are days where I don’t even have $20 in my pocket. If I’m not ready to be a mom, why would I put her through that, you know?”

The family she had chosen for her baby will be able to “give her everything she wants.”

“I’m not going to be able to do that,” she said. “I’m hoping that she’s gonna understand I am trying to choose the best for her.”

After the judges gave Amber her “ticket” to Hollywood, Perry said, “Maybe you’re not ready to be a mom, but you are ready to be an American Idol.” Then (thanks here to People magazine)

“Do you hear that, baby?” Fiedler asked her belly, before reuniting with her ecstatic family outside the doors of the audition room.

As Fiedler’s family embraced her, she said, “I fulfilled my dream today by getting a golden ticket. My dream for the baby is that she lives a beautiful and happy life with the life that I have chosen for her, and I know she’s gonna.”

I saw her perform Sunday night at the “Hollywood” stage of American Idol. She had given birth just three weeks before. She told the judges it was

“such a beautiful moment when she came out and just seeing the adoptive mom hold her. it felt good, it felt right , it felt peaceful.  And I am really happy about my decision. The adoptive family named her, they named her Norma Rose They chose Rose because of my red hair. She’s really going to bring light to a lot of people’s lives. I mean she’s brought a lot of light to mine.”

Before she announced her song choice, they cut away to an earlier interview where she said,

It is a weird thing going through all this. I never would have thought that this would be my life. But I have a really good feeling that I am really am going to help people and help girls go through what I  went through.

She told the judges that she was going to sing “Rise Up,” Andra Day’s incredibly powerful song from 2015.

And then a cutaway to where Amber says, “All for her.”

Elsewhere Amber says, “The baby saved me, she really did.”

You can listen to Amber’s story and her magnificent voice here.

LifeNews.com Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.

The True Colors of Planned Parenthood; Witness from a prayer warrior

From an email blast sent out by Dr. Monqieu Ruberu. 

Dear friends,

Today one of our prayer participants saw the true colors of planned parenthood in a 15 minute period of time…

a young girl stumbled out of the front doors… crying in pain she slumped over and vomited into a bag… nobody followed her… nobody from the clinic put their arm around her and comforted her… the prayer warrior asked if he could help but she refused assistance from him…

moments later the Brinks armored guard van pulls up… the man from the armored car jumps off and goes into Planned Parenthood… he comes out with a bag full of money and heads straight to his vehicle without a second glance at the crying girl on the bench…the sight must be so common for him…

the abortions continue… despite the fact that elective surgeries all over the town have been canceled … surgical abortions and abortion pill abortions are continuing…

guys I know… taking public transport is risky… so don’t take the train or the bus… but if you live nearby, if you have your own car, if you have a good mask, please consider being there in prayer… if you don’t feel comfortable nobody will fault you… pray hard at home and fast a little extra for this cause… but if you can go and stay 6 feet away from others and just hold a sign that says “it’s not too late we want to help you – text 484-451-8104 or call 267-239-0753” or “we can reverse your abortion pill – abortionpillreversal.com” feel free to wear a mask… whatever makes you feel comfortable.
please help if you can:

wed 3/18: 777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

thurs 3/19: 12th and loc: 12,1,2,3

777 appletree: 1,2

fri 3/20: 12th and loc: 9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4

Brave Pastor, Brave Flock

An email blast from Dr. Monique Ruberu

Have you ever noticed that the poorest of the poor are frequently the most generous… they willingly share what little they have without asking for anything in return…

They are blessed.., they are being the hands and feet of Jesus…

Many of us come from big church communities with beautiful sanctuaries, lovely padded pews, collection baskets that are filled at multiple masses or services… People come to church driving expensive cars and when a request is made to give one hour of their time to spend praying outside of abortion Centers we are lucky to get 3 volunteers… everyone else looks away or looks at the floor as they pass us by…

Yet in the depths of Philly, there is a beautiful small but growing community of Christians… Ones that serve and give until it hurts… and then they give more. I’m speaking of Pastor Curtis and the members of the Philadelphia Ekklesia church… I visited them last year, They worship in rented space from a stained window factory, they worship on foldable chairs, and they give everything they have.
their prayers and worship are beautiful.. and they are led by a Truly pro-life pastor. Pastor Curtis prays outside of 12th and locust every Monday. Every Saturday he prays with his children outside of the downtown abortion Centers again. His community makes many of the blessing bags you hand out while praying outside, they come as a church to fill the vigil, and they even throw baby showers for moms that have chosen life.
Their church is not wealthy in terms of dollars and cents, but they are SO wealthy in terms of love, compassion, service, generosity, kindness and doing God’s work.
May we all try to be more like Pastor Curtis as his church!!!

please join us in filling these hours:

Thursday 3/12: 12th and locust 8,9

Friday 3/13: 777 appletree: 11,1

Tues 3/17: 12th and locust 8,11,1,2,3

Tues 3/17: 777 appletree: 1,2

Wed 3/18: 777 appletree 9,10,11,12,1,2

Encounter with 6 Clients

This was from an email blast sent out yesterday by Dr. Monique Ruberu

Dear friends,

I wanted to share an encounter that our dear friend Marlene who leads the Hope Pregnancy Center sponsored by Greater Exodus Church shared with me… She has a total of 6 clients today!!!

6 couples that were looking for help on their path… 6 babies whose moms were trying to determine if they would allow them the gift of life… and every time Marlene met with them she was so open to God… His guidance, His word… the impression He placed on her heart as to how to best minister to the child He brought to her…

a young high school girl sat in front of Marlene… she didn’t appear like the overly studious type but instantly the Lord impressed upon Marlene that she was a good student…

Marlene asked her, “You’re a good student aren’t you” and the girl quietly replied, “yes”… “What are your grades like?” “Straight A’s”

Marlene instantly knew to continue trusting in the Lord within this conversation… The girl came in already resigned to have an abortion.. she came for the free pregnancy test to solidify her plan…

Marlene invited her and the father to sit with her… she explained that they are ALREADY parents, they are already a Man and Woman… acting like the baby isn’t real or their child isn’t going to make it so… they need to talk to her mother… share the truth and make decisions based on the facts…

she then had them read a card out loud… she had the young father read 6 points about adoption and the young mother read 6 points about abortion… this is what it sounded like :

Him: your pregnancy ends with giving life

Her: Your pregnancy ends with death

him: you can feel good about your choice

her: You may feel guilt and shame about your choice

him: You will remember giving birth

her; You will remember taking life

him: You will have plenty of time to plan you and your baby’s future

her: Abortion is final you will have no time to go back on this decision.
Him: You can hold, name and love your baby

her: You will never know or treasure your baby

him: You can have continued contact with your child and know how he or she is growing and developing

her: You will miss the opportunity to see your child grow and develop

After they read through this together out loud… Marlene turned to the young father… she said, you obviously care about her… do you want her to go through everything that comes with abortion… he responded, “No, and I don’t want my child to be killed”

Marlene prayed with them both… she signed them both up for an ultrasound a few days later, please please pray that this young couple returns to see their child

Please pray for Marlene and all the other Pregnancy Help Centers that care for the men and women we so desire to minister to.
please fill these hours tomorrow and maybe you can be the one who sends the next person to the centers for help!!!

Tuesday 3/10: 12th and locust : 3,4

Wed 3/11: 777 appletree 12,1

thursday 3/12: 777 appletree: Tom Stevens CEO of the pro life union will be out there.. go pray with him at 11,12,1

friday 3/13: 777 appletree: come pray with Bernadette at 11, or fill an empty hour at 12,1,2

mon 3/16: 12th and locust: 9,10,11,12,1,2,4

God bless you all!!

dr Monique