How Could I Stay Silent?


Our sidewalk counselors who volunteer with Cities4Life are all very different but they universally share a common response to their first few times on the sidewalk: I can’t do this.

Lauren, the volunteer we spotlight in this post, describes that initial sense of sorrow and inadequacy. She also provides the only antidote to how to overcome when we are unable in our own power to succeed. We are blessed by Lauren and know you will be too as you hear her heart for ministry to the unborn.

Cities4Life Volunteer Lauren
Lauren (left) and Lori (right)

Upon my first visit to Latrobe drive, all I could think was “I can’t do this. I’m not cut out for this. This is too much.” Having just had my daughter a few months prior, I could not help but remember the way she felt moving inside my womb as I heartbreakingly watched countless other mothers enter the clinic. Knowing what would soon happen, it was almost too much to bear. 

Nevertheless, I found myself back on Latrobe Drive a week later. I simply could not allow my fear and insecurity to justify turning a blind eye to what I saw.  The spiritual warfare that happens on those sidewalks is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. The spiritual blindness and strong deception so many men and women are under left me stunned. How could I stay silent?

God has taught me much on Latrobe Drive. If you don’t feel bold enough, strong enough, or articulate enough for this ministry, you’re in good company. These last several months I have come to appreciate with greater faith: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (1 Corinthians 12:9). It is His gospel, not my gifting, that will break the hard hearts of those I meet on those sidewalks. Compelled by this gospel, I return again and again, weak as I am, glorying in His power. 

I long for the day when these weekly trips to Latrobe Drive will cease. I pray for the day when this sidewalk ministry will no longer be necessary. But until that day comes, it is a distinct privilege and sacred obligation to serve as a voice of hope for men and women in desperate need of the hope found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

As a ministry we are privileged to have wonderful volunteers like Lauren reaching out in love and compassion toward these babies and moms. Will you commit to praying for our volunteers on a weekly basis? Would you also consider supporting this ministry with either a one-time or monthly gift? Maybe you feel called to be a volunteer yourself. We’d love to have you join us in any way you feel called. Just click one of the links below.

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