Monday 8/20/2001, in Canoga Park, I was at an abortion center, but it
apparently was not an abortion day.
On Thursday 8/23/2001, in Mission Hills, there was one driveaway. Two women
stopped their car in the driveway and accepted literature. They never went
into the building, they just drove away. PTL.
TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL? On Saturday 8/25/2001, in Mission Hills, there was one
save. "Jolene", 17, stopped her car in the driveway to accept literature.
She acknowledged she was there for abortion. I asked her why, and she
started to cry. So I suggested she park her car and then come talk with me.
So she did. Jolene changed her mind, and she left without going into the
building. What is unusual about Jolene is how freely she has expressed
gratitude for the fact that I was there for her. We exchanged phone
numbers, and Jolene expressed a strong desire to see me again.
Later that afternoon, Jolene called me. She told me that she had returned
to the abortion center ... [uh oh, I thought] ... to find me, but I wasnt
there ...[whew!]. Jolene said she told a friend how she had gone for an
abortion and some woman was there for her and helped her change her mind,
then Jolene went back to find the woman, and the woman was gone. Jolene and
her friend were speculating that I might be an angel. I assured Jolene that
I am a regular person, not an angel.
Jolene and I got together today and shared a meal. Jolene told me that she
has a pregnant friend who was about to have an abortion, and Jolene talked
her out of it, saying: "We can be pregnant together, and then your child
can be friends with my child." This demonstrates the "one saved/many
saved" phenomenon: Once a woman has been persuaded to forego abortion, she
will persuade others to do the same.
Jolene said: "It was a beautiful thing that you were there for me." Sadly,
most women going for an abortion find no one outside the abortion center
offering life-affirming alternatives. Why don't more people take the time
to be there for women like Jolene?
Rose Mary Leon