The Rev. David Young conceded that things sometimes look hopeless.
Cold, gray days like yesterday can even magnify that emotion.
But standing on Kennedy Square, Young and more than 100 local pro-life supporterss defied the notion.
Prior to the start of the 22nd annual Lawrence County Life Chains, the pastor of Prevailing Word World Outreach prefaced his opening prayer by reminding his audience that “There was a time in Israel’s history when man thought they could not be delivered from bondage. There was a time when man thought that the children of Israel would never cross over the Red Sea.
“There was a time when man thought that Sarah would never have a child. There was a time when it was thought that a virgin would not be able to bring forth birth. And there is a time today when men think that Roe vs. Wade (the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion) cannot be overturned. But the things that are impossible with man — how many believe are possible with God?”
A resounding confirmation met Young’s query, and he went on to pray that God would change America’s “culture of death” into a “culture of life” and that God “would touch the hearts and minds of young people and old people and people of all colors and all faiths that they would respect that unborn child.”
The Rev. Kris Kauffman of Family Worship Center echoed Young’s thoughts, praying “that we remember the breath that we have and that we continue to remember and would fight for those that haven’t taken a breath yet. Give us strength to be a witness to those that are out there with choices.”
After the prayers and songs by Ted “T.R.” Walker, participants fanned out along Jefferson Street, as far north as the city municipal building, to pray and display signs bearing pro-life messages for an hour. It was a scene repeated in New Wilmington (where 25 people turned out) and Ellwood City (55) and 1,500 communities across the country.
Pastors who were scheduled to lead pre-event prayer in Ellwood City were the Rev. Father John Schmidt, St. Elias the Prophet Orthodox Church; the Rev. Cliff Reynolds, Word Alive; the Rev. David McQuaid, First Baptist; the Rev. David Childs, Park Gate Baptist; the Rev. Matthew Bupp, Christian Assembly; and the Rev. Father Camillus Njoku, Holy Redeemer.
In New Wilmington, prayer was to be offered by Pastor John Bailey, New Life Baptist, and Pastors Rob and Mickey Cypher, Victory Christian Center. Juleah Ewing of Victory Christian and John and Ellen Richey of New Life were to sing.
The Life Chains are sponsored by the local chapter of People Concerned for the Unborn Child, which will have a spaghetti dinner from noon to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Mary, Mother of Hope Parish Center, corner of North and Beaver streets.
Adult tickets are $10. Children under 12 will be admitted for $4, and those under 3 are free. Proceeds benefit local pro-life projects and pregnancy care centers.
To purchase tickets, call (724) 652-6338 or (724) 658-8662, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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