Dear Fellow Warrior for LIFE:
As many of you know, this past spring offered no Chicago 40 Days for Life effort. This was only due to the fact that Chicago was blessed with a tremendous victory. The previous effort at the former Family Planning Associates abortion center on Milwaukee Avenue closed down right before the eyes of the Vision 2020 REVIVE-365 sidewalk counsel team! It should be noted that this all occurred during a time when many would not leave their homes, and churches were still partially, or even fully closed, in some cases. In fact, the year-round efforts at FPA were NEVER halted. Not even during the spring of 2020. Not even when churches were sadly, fully closed. These points are important because they reinforce what we already know from scripture. God wants bold and unrelenting witness. Yes, even when some physical risk is inevitable (a highly counter-cultural view).
The interim since this closure has been used to grow and galvanize our year-round sidewalk counsel mission (REVIVE-365), and reevaluate the Chicago abortion industry. Sadly, there are new abortion centers opening regularly, with no regular organized efforts at each one to offer moms life-affirming options that the profit-driven and demonic abortion industry won’t.
The fall 2021 Chicago 40 Days for Life effort will be held at the American Women’s Medical Center abortion clinic located at 3140 N. Irving Park Road. Maybe you’re wondering why this site was selected among the ten plus that could have been chosen. I’d like to answer that question here. However, I cannot. I learned during the last campaign at FPA that the abortion industry spies on pro-life efforts, like this one. They’d love to learn how they can combat our efforts to expose and take down their profit-driven and government-subsidized business. They’d love to barricade themselves behind a layer of secrecy, so that their profits can remain indefinitely secure. Help me NOT let that happen.
As the vigil leader, I want to encourage you to not only come to the Chicago 40 Days for Life vigil site, but also bring someone with you. Bring your family, and yes, your children. How will our children fight for the unborn if they are not trained to do so? Was it any easier for multitudes of children who have lived in the midst of genocide than it is for our children to pray at an abortion center? I don’t think so.
Consider covering a full day of the 40 days with other pro-life people at your church (12 hours/12 people = 2 people at a time covering 2-hour shifts). Consider inviting your pastor to come to the vigil? Many brave members of the clergy have come to abortion vigils. It makes a tremendous statement when they do AND HELPS TO REPAIR THE DAMAGE DONE BY CLERGY WHO ARE IGNORING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AND SUPPORTING UNGODLY MARRIAGE AND A HOST OF OTHER ANTI-LIFE ACTS. Consider joining the REVIVE-365 team and counseling moms on the sidewalk. It is hard to think of a better way to serve the Lord than to aid moms and dads in their salvation and save the life of a precious child moments before an abortion procedure. If you are interested in joining this mission, please write to Joe@vision2020il.org.
If you cannot assist with this mission on the ground level; the sidewalk. Then please commit to daily prayer and regular fasting. Not sure how to fast? Try skipping your meals on Friday up until dinner time. If you can’t jump into that type of fast yet, then perhaps skip lunch or breakfast on Fridays. Fasting can also include avoiding the internet, or the news (not that it’s really news anyways), or some other simple form or entertainment. Replace that time with prayer for the moms and dads considering abortion. Need some motivation? Try revisiting the most cataclysmic Friday in human history by meditating on the crucifix for 10 minutes each Friday.
Remember, the reason why we, as people who believe in the sacredness of life, do what we do. The babies deserve to live, the moms and dads need life-affirming options, the abortion workers need conversion, and above all, God deserves it! God bless you, and I hope to see you on the sidewalk!
Yours in the enduring battle,