I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,
that I have set before you life and death,
blessing and cursing:
choose life, that both you and your seed may live.
who lends his voice to the Christ,
must set before this morbid gathering,
in the most concrete way,
Life and Death.
~ Carl Bibeau
Sanctuary Ministries Update
Saturday, June 17th, 2006
Sidewalk Counselors: Allura, Marian and Dale, Gina, Mary Jo and Ben, Carolina, Myra, Ricardo, Dave and Paula, Carl, John, Meghan, 5 prayer warriors
Another crowd arrived to stand at the doors of Orlando Women’s Center to end the life of their wee ones. Our own Sidewalk Counselor, Carl Bibeau, describes it like this:
“The Deceiver is active in the death mill gathering, twisting the God-given emotions of those who would sacrifice their own offspring on the altar of economic upward mobility. As sidewalk counseling is a unique form of street evangelization, and as the logistics of Orlando Women's Center is a unique stage upon which sidewalk counselors have access, so a particular *moment* every morning affords a direct spiritual duel, choreographed for eyes to see and ears to hear. That *moment* lasts no more than five minutes. It begins with a satanic procession which, in effect, mocks the gathering process of the Faithful’s call to worship. Parents, holding their mute hostages within, gravitate with the focus being the front door of OWC. They assemble, facing that door, with their backs to those who witness to the Truth. The godly part of each individual who has come to kill, longs to hear that Truth. Their minds are attentive to the voice emanating from behind, despite their conscious effort to attend to *the opening of the door* which marks the end of the five minute window. It is during this time of heightened tension that the fundamental option must be laid out. The Christian, who lends his voice to the Christ, must set before this morbid gathering, in the most concrete way, life and death.
This is the unique “procession” we witness each day we arrive to witness to those who are perishing. Sometimes, even the seasoned counselors find themselves starring at all the backs, wondering what they can say to change the hearts of these lost people. Carl goes on to say,
“The Deceiver wishes to build his own community to deny the Truth. He bastardizes the group's affinity to reach out in social support. He twists their urge from within to protect their offspring, into *protecting* each other from the Truth. Instead of relying on a script or tract, the designated voice chosen by the Holy Spirit, must be scrupulously attentive to the action of the demonic community builders, and rely SOLELY on the promptings of that Holy Spirit to attract the beleaguered toward God's Community. Unlike other times in the ministerial day at OWC - where appeals can be isolated individual encounters with persons going to-and-from vehicles - or sermonizing can be directed to a general unseen congregation within - whoever is called to speak for the Lord must *SEE* with spiritual eyes, the battle as it unfolds in that unique 5 minute skirmish.”
And how do we, the voice for the Lord, prepare for this “skirmish”? Here Carl explains,
“I believe we must prepare by specifically praying beforehand for Total Individual Humility. We all have assessed the general distinction of our current calling before appearing for duty at the killing center, whether it be Prayer Warrior or Sidewalk Counselor. Prayer warriors, though not witnessing through speech, nonetheless must be attentive to the unfolding drama, and direct their prayers to where they are needed, in real time. Those counselors who will be lending their voices to Christ during *the moment* must subjugate their wills to the Holy Spirit. There is no room for pride or competition, for it is not the individual's utterances that change hearts. It is the Lord who saves. We serve the Lord by offering our voices as blank waveforms for His modulation. It is only when He directs the sequence of utterances, from possible multiple sources, that God's will is accomplished.Pray brethren, that our sacrifice of humility brings forth the Word that will make a difference in this world. We pray in the name of Jesus, the Christ, in unity with the Father, bidding the eloquence of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
PS...One baby saved (that we are aware of), 35 present for killing.
All for Him,
Equipping the saints in Orlando for works of ministry
I Thes 2:8