We love to spotlight our volunteers to encourage them and encourage those who support this ministry. Cities4Life is literally a small army of loving volunteers who make many sacrifices to be a voice for the voiceless at the local abortion centers. Most of the wonderful counselors for Cities4Life tell us that God called them for some time before they finally heeded the call. This beautiful testimony by our sidewalk counselor, Marybeth, demonstrates how she knew where God would have her minister. We are grateful He sent her to us because she has been a powerful force for LIFE.
Her story in her own words:
Years ago, as a young married couple, my husband and I and our small children became familiar with the 40 Days for Life Campaign and prayed a few times in front of our local Planned Parenthood in Charlottesville, Va. I remember that something very deep began to stir in me but I was not fully aware of what I was feeling and didn’t know how pro active I could be being a mom of children and feeling overwhelmed with that alone. I don’t think I had the slightest comprehension of the horror of abortion at that time, but just knew that I felt a burden over babies being murdered in the womb.
Fast forward, a move to Charlotte when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and God connected me with a great doctor who came highly recommended. (Our house sold and we moved into a place within 2 weeks and I started chemo the week after that!) During chemo, I became very sick and had to stay in bed for a few weeks. At that time, I wasn’t feeling very spiritual per say but I did spend time resting and listening to His voice speak. And there is one thing that I heard the Lord speak to me as clear as a bell. I wrote it in my journal and never have forgotten. “Marybeth, I have called you to pray for abortion to come to an end”. I knew that if the only thing that I ever did in this life was pray for that, then I would fulfill my calling.
But God had and has so much more. I began to volunteer as a phone counselor for moms that called the pregnancy center after hours(which led to some neat phone calls!) and then somehow connected with Daniel at Cities4Life. (still not sure how but I think my sweet friend Carrie Barbour connected me). Even after training, our family did not actively participate due to time constraints and distance. (all excuses…lol)
Back in the fall, something inside me woke up and God impressed me so strongly that it was time to make a difference. Stop talking, get out of your comfort zone and do something! Babies are dying! Moms are hurting!
We carry the hope of this broken world inside of us……why keep it to ourselves ? As the burden grew, I began to minister and have continued once a week to go to the sidewalk in front of the busiest abortion center in the SE! I am so grateful for the ministry of Cities4Life. I really can’t put into words how thankful I am that God allowed me to meet these incredible brothers and sisters and to minister LIFE on the sidewalks of Charlotte. And, yes, my prayer will always be that one day abortion will come to an end and that it will be sooner than later.
God can use anyone who makes themselves available to be used by Him. Though all of our Cities4Life volunteers have their own unique giftings, none of us are anything more than willing vessels that God chooses to use. Are you willing to let the Lord use you to save lives? Maybe you can’t be a sidewalk counselor but you could support our volunteers by holding a sidewalk counseling team up in prayer. Or maybe you could support this ministry financially which helps to train and equip folks who can be on the frontlines. Just click one of the buttons below to get involved.