Testimony of Rachel's Park Memorial
A Baby's Cry
"And He said, 'What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground (Genesis 4:10).'"
Hello, my name is Rusty Lee Thomas, assistant to Flip Benham with Operation Save America. The following testimony that is written for your consideration, I commit before God is true. It is given solely for the glory of God and to reveal to men, both believer and unbeliever alike, that the God of Heaven still moves in mysterious and miraculous ways to fulfill His will in the earth. A few months ago in the summer of 2000, my family and I drove to our church, Church on the Rock located at 4720 N. 19th St. in Waco TX. While I was working in the office, my wife and children remained outside playing on the playground. All of a sudden, a strange occurrence took place. One of my children ran in to tell me, "Daddy, we keep hearing the sound of a baby crying!" All of my children heard it and my wife heard it several times, so I went out to investigate. Sure enough, when I approached the playground, I distinctly heard the cry of a baby. It was clear the tiny infant was in pain, distressed and in need of immediate help. The sound was coming from the lower area of the Church's property.
Diligently I began to search, but to know avail. I then ran inside the church and called the police. When the police and the media arrived, we again searched throughout the wooded area and even drove around the surrounding neighborhood in a great effort to find something even remotely associated with a cry of a tiny hurting baby. We could not find anyone or anything that was the source of this disturbing, haunting cry. I couldn't understand it, nor even try to explain it. The only suggestions the police offered were, "Perhaps the sound was coming from a daycare center close by or a child crying in the neighborhood." The problem with their suggestions was that the cry we heard didn't come from a child, it was clearly the sound of a tiny distressed baby.
Though this experience was strange and eerie, to say the least, as the months passed by, we didn't pay it much mind, that is, until recently. The Lord laid on my heart a vision to create a Memorial to the Unborn called Rachel's Park Memorial. The inspiration for the park is based upon the Scripture in Jeremiah 31 where Rachel is weeping for her children, who were no more (Jeremiah 31:15). When I approached my pastor, John Wachsmann, about the idea, we agreed that it should be a permanent site. Of course, at the time, we never made the connection between the cry of the hurting baby and our proposed permanent site for Rachel's Park Memorial.
That all changed a few days later, when at our regular Wed. night service, on Dec. 6th, 2000, two member of our church, Larry and Govina Thompson had a similar experience. They both heard the voice of a baby crying exactly at the place we had previously heard it. Larry diligently searched the parking lot while Govina approached my wife with great concern saying, "Liz, count all your children. Larry and I just heard the sound of a baby crying near your van." My wife immediately made a diligent search and all of our children were present and accounted for. Govina then rushed to the different nurseries to make sure all the other children from our church were there and that none had slipped outside where the sound of the crying was heard. None were missing. Coincidentally, our van just happened to be parked near the site that we initially heard the haunting cry months earlier.
Today, Dec. 7th, in the year of our Lord, 2000, I was made fully aware of the startling manifestation of the second time a cry of a baby was being heard directly from the proposed site for a Cemetery of the Innocents and the Memorial for the Unborn. When the connection was made the power of God and His anointing absolutely overwhelmed me. I broke and cried uncontrollably for quite sometime.
A few days later, my good friend, Pastor Ronnie Holmes invited me, to preach at Church of the Open Door in Waco. It was there that another testimony of this haunting cry came to light. As I was sharing the story of Rachel's Park Memorial and the unknown baby's cry, the pastor's wife, Kim began to sob. Afterward she shared with us that she experienced a very similar incident right outside her home in the country a few days before. She had heard the cry of a baby and had walked out onto her porch to investigate. She walked around her yard and yet could not discover the source of the baby nor its cry for help. Obviously, our testimony coupled with her experience broke her heart and made her weep.
Needless to say, a great awe has come upon us as we realize that the ground set aside for the consecration of Rachel's Park Memorial had already been hallowed for this purpose by the cry of a baby long before we ever even conceived the vision. A cry from a missing, hurting baby that we believe says, "Remember me and what you have done to me and what you have left undone."
The last confirmation from the Lord to build RPM, came from a portion of a script I had written approximately 10 years prior to these events taking place. It is from a play called, "Truth on Trial...a cry for justice." This play was used to prepare the way of the Lord for Operation Rescue to storm the gates at the Republican National Convention in Houston, TX. 1992. This particular scene is a man giving his defense in court of why he risked arrest at an abortion clinic to peaceably intervene to rescue the lives of unborn children.
"Being a veteran of a war, I consider myself a man with both feet firmly planted on the ground. I've seen the stark realities of life and have tried to maintain a level head in the midst of it. I don't consider myself super-spiritual, although I have a deep abiding faith in God. I guess what I 'm trying to say is, I'm not spooky spiritual. I'm not prone to dreams or visions, I don't hear voices. I'm just a construction worker who one day did hear a voice. Let me somehow explain....
There's a park that I walk to, and near the park is a cemetery. Anyway, one day as I was leaving the park, I felt compelled to walk around this cemetery. All the while I had this strange sensation that I was being led somewhere. All of a sudden, I tripped over something. As I parted the grass to see what I had tripped over, I came face to face with a grave marker that simply read "Baby." That's all that was inscribed on the grave, no name, no dates, no epitaph....just "Baby." As I began to ponder all this, all of a sudden I heard a baby cry. It was so real to me that I turned to see if someone was there. Nothing. I was all alone with this grave marker. I couldn't believe what was happening to me. I'm just a construction worker. What started out to be one baby crying, increased to five, to ten, then hundreds possibly thousands, even millions, all crying and I could hear them."
The Lord through many signs and wonders has made it abundantly clear this mission of Rachel's Park Memorial must be established. Prayerfully, this testimony, along with the vision of this monumental, Christian, Pro-life ministry will spread to each state of the Union in Jesus' Holy Name!
IN KING JESUS' SERVICE,
Rusty Lee Thomas