Day Five: Battle for souls
Thursday, July 17, 2003
Pastor Benham gave the group marching orders at 6.30 a.m. Holding up a copy of today's Independent Tribune newspaper, he pointed out the headline which read, "BATTLE FOR SOULS." This was a front page article about Operation Save America (OSA) that included quotes from Scripture.
After prayer, Christians fanned out across the city proclaiming Jesus is Lord.
OSA missionaries held signs and banners on overpasses, preached and witnessed at The Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, and brought the Gospel of Life to two abortuaries.
One of these was the "Family Reproductive Health Clinic." This misnamed killing center is located on Hebron Street. Bob Dill, who faithfully stands for life outside this place, explained how God led him here. After his former place of service went out of business he asked the Lord to tell him whether he should continue on the streets, and if so where? God took him to 2 Samuel 2:1:
"And it came about afterwards that David inquired of the Lord, saying shall I go up to one of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said to him, "Go up." So David said, "Where shall I go?" And He said, "To Hebron."
Since that time, Bob has been standing at the end of the driveway each killing day quietly loving his neighbor as himself.
At 10:30 a.m. everyone regrouped at Marshall Park downtown. First Baptist Church provided parking and cold water for the troops. Phil Anderson, assistant pastor, was out at the Hebron mill earlier in the day. He said that he wanted to see for himself what really happens when Operation Rescue goes to an abortion clinic.
A memorial service was held for two little children whose lives were taken from them at 15 weeks and 18 week's gestation. Deborah and Sarah rested in two little white coffins under a protective canopy as men of God called out, pleading for repentance. A few people paused to look but most people just passed by, going about their activities of daily living, unconcerned about what was set before them. It takes a village to kill a child.