Northeast Philly Pro-Life Group Hosted Sidewalk Servant Training on July 27th

About 30 people turned out last Saturday for the Sidewalk Servant Training to learn how to reach women who are entering abortion centers in a loving, compassionate way.  Among them at least three were new to the movement and came to learn what they could do to help.

I spoke to one woman who told me that while driving by the Planned Parenthood on Comly Road going to work each day, she was so moved by the people praying and witnessing outside of this facility that she vowed to join them when she retired.  She was most inspired by Dave & Betty Maier who have been faithful prayer witnesses and sidewalk counselors since this place first opened as the Northeast Women’s Center back in the 80’s.

Tom Stevens, President and CEO of the Pro-Life Union of Greater Philadelphia opened by telling us that the purpose of this training is to get more people to witness and pray outside of the abortion facilities in our area,  and to educate us on the best way to offer help to women who are contemplating abortions.  He mentioned that Planned Parenthood’s message is ‘there would be no healthcare for women if they didn’t exist‘.

We all know that this is not true and that most of what Planned Parenthood does is abortions.  Our purpose as Sidewalk Servants is  to let these mothers know that we can offer them real counseling and true help to get them through this difficult time in their lives.

Tom introduced Dr. Monique Ruberu,  an OB/GYN and one of the few Napro Technology trained doctors in the Southeast Pennsylvania area.

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Dr. Ruberu, an experienced pro-life speaker both locally and nationally,  gave us practical tips to use.  The training was brief, but packed with plenty of good information, covering from what to say to these mothers; how to act while witnessing, medical facts about abortion (see link below for the Sidewalk Servants website), and even what to wear.

She explained in detail the various abortion methods used by Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities.  She emphasized that it’s not necessary for us to commit this to memory, but we all should have an idea of just what goes on in these various centers and know where to send these women if they choose to continue with their pregnancies.

Dr. Ruberu has put together what she calls ‘Blessing Bags’ to give to women who are looking to abort.  These bags contain information for these mothers on where to obtain help as well as some candy and prayer cards.  It is a way to let them know that they are not alone and there are people out there to support them.

Our training ended with a trip to the Comly Road Planned Parenthood where we applied what we had just learned.

You can find more information on becoming a Sidewalk Servant by visiting their website  using this link.  To view the educational videos from Sidewalk Servants use this link.  

Below are some pictures of Saturday’s event and well as useful tips and facts Dr. Ruberu gave us to use. I have taken the liberty to make some changes to accommodate those who live in other areas.

Practical Tips for Sidewalk Servants
Sidewalk Servants Comly Road

 

 

 

 

 

Recap on Daily Vigils, Weekly Sidewalk Servants Sign-Up

Deb was at 777 appletree last Saturday praying to end abortion and handing out blessing bags… A young Spanish speaking girl approached the building. Deb spoke to her in Spanish and offered her help. The girl expressed that she would rather get help than end her pregnancy. Deb contacted the Community Women’s Center instantly and set her up for an appointment on Monday. Then she picked her up on Monday and took her to the appointment. At the appointment, this beautiful girl was loved and supported, and now she is definitely choosing life. If Deb was not there… if that hour was empty… if that young girl never encountered her and never learned about the help available… she would likely be mourning instead of rejoicing and preparing for her child.

You make the difference! Please be there to pray and offer help to these women and babies who need us… Let’s fill every hour this week! let us know if you need instructions before you go.

We will make sure that there are resources available, and if you have any questions at all before you go contact us for instructions.
Invite your friends to check out the “sidewalk servant quick start” videos on Youtube and google sidewalkservantsphilly.com to find our website for more resources.

please help us fill this weeks hours in downtown philly:

Tuesday 5/14 12th and locust:8,9,10,11,1,2,3

Tuesday 5/14: 777 appletree: 11,2

Wed 5/15: 12th and loc: 11,1,2,4

wed 5/15: 777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

Thurs 5/16: 12th and locust: 8,11,12,1,2,3,4

Thurs 5/16: 777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

Friday 5/17: 12th and locust:8,9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4

Friday 5/17: 777 appletree: 9,10,12,1,2

Sat 5/18: 12th and locust:11, 12,1,2

Sat 5/18: 777 appletree: 1,2

Save outside PWC on Good Friday

Dr. Monique Ruberu has shared about a baby being saved on Good Friday. She shares from the firsthand account of a new sidewalk servant that participated for the first time.

Christine is one of our newer sidewalk servants… like many of us she doesn’t like being there alone… but look what happens when we overcome our fears…

I was signed for this morning at Appletree but I realized no one was signed up for after 12.  So I decided to stay until I needed to leave to get to church this afternoon.
I have a very hard time approaching women to offer them resources, especially when I am alone.  Much of the time outside of the clinic, I pray.  Frankly, I am afraid.  Today, I asked the Holy Spirit to guide me and help me know what to say.
A car pulled off to the side of Appletree with a mother, a father and a toddler. The mother got out.  She paced the entrance of the clinic a few times.  I decided to approach her.  I said, “Excuse me, Miss. I noticed you have walked back and forth a few times.  Can I offer you some resources? There are people who can help you if you are in a difficult situation.”  She took the bag without saying anything and walked away from myself, the clinic, and her car and headed towards 8th Street. Thinking maybe she was using a Sid entrance to the clinic, I resumed prayer.  To my surprise she crossed 8th street, continuing away from the clinic and her family.
About 10 minutes later she came back and returned to the car.  The father of the baby was standing outside of the car with the other toddler. They were out of earshot but the mother went up to him and showed him one the unfolded Pro-Life pamphlets in our bag, pointing to it, showing him the contents.  They got in their car.
The car didn’t move for about 5 minutes. Maybe they were still weighing their options.  Maybe they were calling one of the numbers in the pamphlet.  I watched and prayed fervently that they would decide to leave.
Finally, they pulled away! I continue to pray for that family that they choose life and are given the resources and support that they need.
When we show up and pray hearts and minds are moved, people leave…
please join us in week 4 of the sidewalk servant rotation…
here are the hours we need to cover :
monday 4/22:
12th and  locust : 9,10,11, 12,1,2,4
tues 4/23:
12th and L: 8,9,10,11,1,2,3,4
777: 11,2
wed 4/24:
12th and l: 10,11,12,1,2,3,4
777: 8,9,10,11,12,2
thurs 4/25:
12th and l: 8,9,11,12,1,2,3,4
777: 8,12,1,2
fri 4/26:
12th and l: 9,10,11,12,1,2,3,4
777: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2
Sat 4/27:
12th and l: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2
777: 11,12,1,2

Who Can You Bring?

Over the weekend, Dr. Monique Ruberu continues to issue a call to action to everyone in the Philadelphia area and its surrounding suburbs to participate in the sidewalk servant campaigns that fill the void between 40 Days for Life Vigils.

If we look around in our friend circles, family circles, work circles, prayer groups, book clubs, kids sports teams, etc, etc I guarantee you every one of us can pick out at least 1 or two people that we could ask to join us in covering an hour outside the abortion centers.

Maybe you could first invite them to see “unplanned” with you… then when they are maximally motivated to provide them with the opportunity to join you in an hour of prayer.

Maybe your friends have already seen the movie… and they are just waiting for someone to invite them… can that someone be YOU?

If you are on this list, at some point in the past several years you have volunteered at least 1 hour of your time… now that you KNOW the importance of being out there, and you have experienced what it is like.. you have the power to share that with others.

An amazing prayer warrior Tammi McCarthy approached me after watching the Gosnell Movie last night… She said “My children love hearing stories about how people went out of their way to help the Jewish people during that genocide… how they would feed them, hide them, smuggle them out of the detainment camps… One day when my grandchildren ask me what I did during the genocide of abortion, I want to be able to assure them that I was there on the front lines… praying for and offering help to every one of those mothers. ”

She went on to say that her daughter came to pray with her at the abortion center, she asked if they kill babies there every day and Tammi told her “yes”…she responded with such wisdom… “WHY AREN’T WE HERE EVERY DAY THEN???”

Tammi has decided to cover the hours of 9-12 twice a month with her family. This is such a huge help and really reduces the burden on Pat and myself to fill these hours. I am so grateful.

SO we will do everything in our power to continue the coverage… to continue covering every hour that these places are open..  87 hours a week… that’s all it is to cover every hour downtown where 10,000 babies are killed each year.  87 people to cover 1 hour each, or 44 people to cover 2 hours each …  we have several hundred people on this list, and in Philadelphia, there are thousands of prolifers who are not engaged in this yet… but YOU can invite them.

Please help us fill the remainder of the upcoming week and consider taking a spot weekly, bi-weekly or monthly.

Monday 4/15: 12th and locust: 9,10,12,1,2,4

Tuesday 4/16:

12th and loc: 8,9,10,11,1,2,3

777 appletree: 2

Wed 4/17:

12th and loc: 11, 1,2,4

777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

Thurs 4/18:

12th and loc: 11,12,1,2,3,4

777 appletree: 8,10,2

Fri 4/19:

12th and loc: covered =)

777: 12,2

Sat 4/20: covered at both locations =)

For more information regarding sidewalk servants or to start one in your area, visit here: Sidewalk Servants

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Baby Saved By Abortion Pill Reversal Hotline; Plead for Help During Sidewalk Servants

The following is an email sent out by Dr. Monique Ruberu on April 11th. Please consider taking part in the sidewalk servants campaign that will fill the void between the ending of the Lenten 40 Days for Life Campaign to the beginning of the Fall Campaign in September.

Yesterday people were praying at Planned Parenthood and a young woman entered inside around 1 pm. She had her appointment after waiting for hours, and at approximately 4:30 she took the 1st abortion pill. She went home passing by the prayer warriors who had been fervently pleading for the life of her and her child. Upon reaching her home she was overcome with a sense of sadness and guilt. God had moved her heart.

She hadn’t taken any resources from the women out there… but she turned to Google to see if she could undo this wrong. Ans she found the abortion pill reversal hotline. We have started the process of reversal. Please pray for this mom and sweet child.

The reversal I mentioned to all of you that was done with the abortion injection is doing well PRAISE GOD!!! We had an ultrasound a few days ago and the sweet baby is growing and has a strong heartbeat!!

One of our prayer warriors was praying outside of 777 Appletree. A man wearing a septa uniform approached her and said: ” Thank you for being here!” He handed her $80.00 and said: “I know you can make good use of this money, please use it to continue this work.”

Guys Saturday is our last day of 40 days.

The official sidewalk servants sign up genius is up and running so the sidewalk servants from last year have already received the 1st request for the 1st week (week 3 of the month).

If you want to continue to help us out at least once a month, please do alert us and we will add you to the list. If you didn’t get the sign-up genius email YOU are NOT on the list and need to let us know to add you.

Here are the hours that we need to be filled for next week.

let us know if you would just like to pray on that one hour or if you would like to pray during that time every month, every week, or twice a month.

Monday 4/15:

12th and locust: 9,10,11,12,1,2,4

Tuesday 4/16:

12th and locust: 8,9,10,11, 1,2,3

777 appletree:2

Wed 4/17:

12th and locust: 11,1,2,4

777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,2

Thursday4/18:

12th and locust: 9,11,12,1,2,3,4

777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

Friday 4/19:

12th and locust: 10,11,12,1,2,3,4

777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

Saturday 4/20:

12th and locust: 8,9,10

777 appletree: WE ARE COVERED

Please consider covering a few hours with your friends and family…. this is so important.

If you have taken the abortion pill, you have 72 hours to change your mind. Visit abortionpillreversal.com for ways to help reverse the harmful effects of the pill.

Abortion Facility Hours in Greater Philadelphia Area

It is no question that half the abortions that happen in Pennsylvania are in Philadelphia. You are needed to pray in front of these “chop shops”.

Philadelphia Women’s Center

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6,000 babies are killed at the largest non-Planned Parenthood affiliate in the city of Philadelphia. This facility is located at 777 Appletree between Chinatown and Old City. The facility itself sits on the 7th floor of the eight-story pictured above. The sad part is that five floors below it is a daycare center. The facility is open from 6:30 AM to 5:00PM (Tuesday through Saturday). They only do surgical and chemical abortions. A weekly vigil is Saturday from 6:30 AM to 10 AM.

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Peter Rawson from A Baby’s Breath prays outside of the gates of hell during 40 Days

Planned Parenthood has two facilities in Philadelphia. One is in the heart of Center City on the corner of 12th and Locust Street. 3,500 babies were killed last year, making it the second most in Philadelphia. Their hours are 7:30AM to 5PM Mondays through Saturdays. Mondays and Tuesdays are counseling days. Abortions are done between Wednesdays and Saturdays. There’s a 3rd Saturday vigil with Helper’s of God’s Precious Infants on the 3rd Saturday of every month with 7:45 AM mass at St. John the Evangelist located on 13th Street below Market Street.

Northeast PP

In the far northeast of Philadelphia, there’s another Planned Parenthood on the edge of the facility. Lowly maintained. It is located at 2751 Comly Road. Their hours are:

Mon Closed Tues 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wed 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Thurs Closed Fri 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sat 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sun Closed.

There’s a 1st Saturday mass at ST. Katharine of Siena on Frankford Avenue near Holy Family University at 8AM. Vigil at the facility immediately follows it.

West Chester PP

In West Chester, PA, a forty-minute ride from Philadelphia, Planned Parenthood does abortion. Location is 8 South Wayne Street. The hours are:

Mon 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wed 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

Planned Parenthood Northeast Philadelphia- Castor Avenue

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Another Planned Parenthood is in the Northeast section of Philadelphia. This is a referral center. Their hours are:

Mon 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tues 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Fri 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sat 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sun Closed

Warminster, PA (Bucks County)

Mon 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tues 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wed 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Fri by appointment only

Warminster PP

Planned Parenthood-Upper Darby 7200 Chestnut Street Upper Darby, PA 19082

Upper Darby PP

Mon 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Thurs 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fri 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sun Closed

Planned Parenthood Media

PP Media

Mon 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tues 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun Closed

 

A Praise Report

A few weeks ago, Mary Jo was at 777 providing prayer, love, and resources to all those entering the building and passing by.  A woman came up to her and wanted to give her a “Praise Report”. Mary Jo said, “What?” and the woman repeated, “A Praise Report”

The woman then went on to say that her granddaughter became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion because she couldn’t handle it…

She told her granddaughter that “WE don’t do that…” but the granddaughter still wanted to go ahead with the procedure.

She came with her granddaughter and they went upstairs. The granddaughter watched the film and changed her mind. She decided she didn’t want to do it after all.

She said that day there were a lot of ladies out there praying, and they all prayed together.   The Grandmother then went on to say, “I just want you to know that your being here makes a difference, and whenever I’m in town and I see someone here I come over and tell them.”

She also said that the granddaughter is doing fine, she is very excited about the little baby girl who is due in May.

This occurred 3 weeks before our current vigil started during the sidewalk servants outreach that occurs between the 40 days.

Please remember the wise and beautiful words of this Grandmother. Our presence does matter. Our prayers do make a difference, and most of all our LOVE can change hearts and minds.

Please help us continue to save lives by covering these hours

if you meet a turn away out there always try and get their info so we can support them with a baby shower and we can walk with them if they desire.

Help fill these hours:

Friday 3/15:

12th and locust:4

Monday 3/18:

12th and locust: 2,3

Tuesday 3/19:

12th and locust:9,11,12,1,2,3,4

777 appletree: 12,1,2 (1st timer has signed up need prayer partner for these 3 hours)

Wed 3/20:

12th and locust: 2,3,4

777 appletree: 12

Thursday 3/21:

777 appletree: 12,1,2

Friday 3/22:

777 appletree: 8,9,10,11,12,1,2

Visit here: 40 Days Sign Up

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