From Runners to Forerunners: The Gaddite Stand

In case you haven’t noticed, the ground is shaking here in St. Louis. The time for intercessors to arise in our region is NOW. The time for the warring tribe of Gad to take their place on the front lines has arrived.

More than once in our region’s history we’ve avoided the difficult battles. In 1820 while trying to maintain a “balance” the Missouri Compromise was minted. At a Jordan River moment in our nation’s history, we looked and saw that the giants were too frightening to battle with. Again in the 1960’s, while most other major metropolitan areas had race riots, St. Louis was one of only a handful that had none. After wandering a while longer, we find ourselves again facing a Jordan River crossing in history and we must fearlessly face down the giants of the land. We are presented once again in our region an opportunity to fight for justice, what will we do?

In Numbers 32 the leaders of the tribe of Gad and Ruben have a meeting with Moses and ask him to allow them to have the land on the near side of the Jordan River. Moses, remembering the last time they were ready to cross the Jordan 40 years prior, and not wanting to wander in the wilderness for another 40 years confronts them saying in verses 7-9:

“Now why will you discourage the heard of the children of Israel from going over in the land which the Lord has given them? Thus your fathers did when I sent them away from Kadesh Barnea to see the land. For when they went up to the Valley of Eshcol and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, so that they did not go into the land which the Lord had given them.” (NKJV)

Recognizing their previous cowardice and lack of faith in the promises of the Lord, the two tribes vow to lead the charge in battle and fight on the front lines for the land designated for the other tribes before returning to receive their own land inheritance, saying in verses 17-18:

“but we ourselves will be armed, ready to go before the children of Israel until we have brought them to their place; and our little ones will dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land. We will not return to our homes until every one of the children of Israel has received his inheritance.”

After conquering the Promised Land, the tribe of Gad became well known as a tribe of fearless warriors.

On January 13 the cases for Arkansas’ 12 week abortion ban and North Dakota’s 6 week abortion ban will be before the Eight Circuit Court here in St. Louis. Some legal experts have labeled these as the most significant cases on abortion since Roe v Wade itself. So here we are again at the banks of the Jordan River, are we willing to war in prayer for justice to be established in our nation or will we declare the “the timing isn’t right”, or “the Supreme Court isn’t stacked right”, or other giants are just too formidable? It is the time for the tribe of Gad to arise and fight. We will war in prayer for the inheritance of our sister states Arkansas and North Dakota on the front lines at the eighth circuit court here in St. Louis.

We will be holding a Silent Siege from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on January 13 outside of the Eighth Circuit Court building at 111 10th St. while the cases are heard inside. We are asking all who can join us, to come join our Gaddite Stand as we fight for the inheritance of our sister states.

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.

Every Life is Beautiful

*Originally published on Bound4LIFE.com

Today I got to hold two babies. One of them was so tiny she looked like one of my daughter’s baby dolls. She has the sweetest nose, and she kept cracking these little smiles. Her twin brother was equally adorable. These babies are even more remarkable because one was given a deadly diagnosis in utero. The sweet baby girl was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. A selective abortion was presented to the parents. Many babies with Trisomy 18 don’t live long. In this case the parents chose life.

I went to the store to pick up a gift for the babies and it was the hardest baby gift I have ever bought. How do you give a gift to the parents of a tiny baby when no one is sure how long she will be here on this earth? What kind of gift is appropriate in this situation? How do you honor her life and her brother’s without seeming like one is more valuable than the other?  I searched the baby section at the store and prayed that God would lead me to the gift that would bring comfort to the parents. I also thought, “What would I want as a gift if I were in this situation?”

My husband and I talked before I went to the store and he made a remark that really stuck with me as I searched. He said, “I guess we don’t really want to give them an outfit.” I get why he said it, he was thinking of the parents and didn’t want to give them something that would bring pain if she didn’t live long. As I stood there I thought if I had a baby and no one was sure how long he/she would live, I actually would want something to remember them by. I would want an outfit or a little hat, something that I could set aside and look back on to touch and remember that life, and how beautiful it was even though it was short.

A few years ago I went through a pretty difficult miscarriage. The hardest part for me even after the emotional and physical healing was the absence of a reminder. The ultrasound screen was turned away from me; I didn’t even get to see my child.  It’s hard to explain in words the emptiness my arms experienced after that. Now three years later I still remember that precious child in my heart, but have nothing tangible to remind me that I am a mother of seven children, not six. I long for something, a picture or a footprint, anything to remind me of that life.

We went to the hospital to bring comfort to the parents but also to love on the precious babies. I wasn’t sure what to expect. We had been told she would be born with some physical deformities so I was prepared for that. What I was not prepared for was just how beautiful she is. I fell in love with that sweet baby girl. Even her little cry and her squeaks and grunts were like music. The fact that she survived after birth and she is able to suck formula from a bottle is more than anyone was expecting. Even at 2 days old she has outlived any expectations doctors had for her.  Can you imagine?  To be only 2 days old and already have exceeded everything that your parents and doctors thought you would be able to accomplish.  What a great life to have the privilege of living.

I cannot imagine this world without these children, the ones with physical limitations, or mental limitations. Are they the easiest children to care for? Probably not, but the reward for welcoming them is huge! Jesus said to welcome the little children and to let them come to Him. I don’t believe he was referring only to those born in perfect health. Every life is wonderfully and fearfully made. God does not make mistakes. If I know anything it’s that welcoming those who are created differently only enriches our own lives and makes our society better.  They are gifts that so many would say should just be aborted. Statistically 90% of all babies diagnosed with Down syndrome prenatally are aborted; some estimates say it’s even higher for babies diagnosed with trisomy 18. This is a tragedy! What could we learn about pure love if our culture shifted to embrace these special children?

Every life has value and a purpose. The length of a life lived is NOT what determines its value.