Our Stomping Ground

*Originally published on Bound4LIFE.com

Sieges/ Rumbles
Regular Silent Siege is always the 3rd Saturday of the Month from 9-11 am. Extra sieges are added occasionally, including April 5th from 7am-7pm when we are joining with 40 Days for Life. Check our facebook page for more information about the location and how to sign up. Right now we siege the 8th circuit Court House at 111 10th street in St. Louis. We also siege a Planned Parenthood facility and another abortion facility in metro Illinois (The Hope Clinic). Rumble Every second Tuesday of the Month from 8-10pm at the Gateway House of Prayer.

Chapter Leaders
Jeremy and Melissa Jacobs

Our Journey
Being pro-life intercessors has been quite a journey with the Lord for Melissa and Jeremy. Melissa has always LOVED children but for many years felt that abortion was necessary in some circumstances. As the Lord blessed Melissa and Jeremy with children, He was also slowly and gently transforming their hearts to see children the way He sees them.

Melissa and Jeremy attended The Call Nashville on 07-07-07 and it was a turning point in their family and marriage and ignited a fire of intercession in their hearts. They left that gathering with a burning desire to see the ending of abortion in America and to join a Silent Siege in St. Louis. They felt sure that someone in their hometown was leading Bound4LIFE and conducting sieges. When they got home and discovered there was not an organized chapter they felt the Lord nudging them to be the leaders. They now feel they have been given a mandate from the Lord to pray and that they will see the ending of abortion in their lifetime.

Why join Bound4LIFE?
Bound4LIFE is one of the easiest ways to make a difference in the pro-life movement. It may not seem like it because we don’t do some of the community activism that is so visible. We attack the culture of death right at it’s source. We are not fighting a battle against flesh and blood but against the very spirit of death that has taken hold of our nation. The fight for life, is a spiritual battle and the only way to defeat it is through prayer. We love and support what other pro-life ministries are doing and believe they are serving a vital aspect of reaching those in crisis, however if you are nervous about talking to people about abortion or not sure you would know what to say, Bound4LIFE is a perfect fit. You don’t have to talk to anyone if you don’t feel lead, you just pray. If you love babies and you love Jesus, Bound4LIFE is a perfect way to step into the pro-life movement! Join us in prayer! It’s easy.

Bound4LIFE Testimonies
We were praying outside the Planned Parenthood clinic one Saturday a few years ago at about 10:30am. All the sidewalk counselors had left for the day because most of the abortions are scheduled for early in the morning. I don’t usually talk to the ladies when we siege the clinic, but this time was different. I saw a woman sitting in an SUV right in front of where I was standing. My heart was drawn to her and I felt the Lord nudging me to go talk to her. She was sitting in her car crying and talking on the phone, her door was slightly open and she looked as if she was conflicted about if she should get out or not.

I didn’t know what to say and to this day I can’t remember exactly what I said, as I took the tape off my mouth and walked toward the fence I prayed and asked God to give me the words to speak. I called out to her told her I understood how she felt as I’ve had several unexpected pregnancies myself. I stood there and I waited. Eventually the woman came to the fence I told her she didn’t have to go through with it and that God has a plan for her baby. I told her we could get her help and handed her a brochure I had from a local crisis pregnancy center. She told me she just couldn’t do it, she couldn’t go through with it. I asked her if I could pray with her. We prayed I gave her my phone number and told her to call me anytime if she needed anything. She thanked us for being there got in her SUV and left the clinic parking lot.

That is one life saved from death. This is not a typical occurrence at sieges, though. Mostly when we siege the abortion facility there are many sidewalk counselors calling out to the women and we don’t want to get in their way. In the 6 years that Bound4LIFE St. Louis has been sieging there have only been a handful of times like this where someone from our group has taken the tape off to talk to a woman considering abortion. However I know there have been many times when lives have been saved just by our presence. The sidewalk counselors have told us on several occasions when they talked with a woman who left the clinic and canceled her abortion that when they spoke with her all she could say was, “I just couldn’t get the image of those people with the tape on their mouth out of my mind.”

The Final Word
Tape may not seem like much, but it’s the weak things that God uses to make a big difference. It’s the humble stand of the few who are silent, but speak volumes in the Heavenlies. God is the creator of life and He says children are a gift, a treasure, arrows, and a heritage. Praying for life is so easy to do because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that when we pray we are partnering with God’s heart.

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