Daniel and Courtney Parks, along with their six children (pictured here) have been faithful witnesses at the abortion mills here in Charlotte for several years now. Courtney is a nurse and Daniel often drives the Monroe Crisis Pregnancy Center RV and Ultrasound Unit to the abortion mill on Latrobe Drive. They have been such a blessing and an incredible inspiration to all of us standing in the gap on behalf of Jesus and His precious preborn children. This is Daniel’s report of what happened at Latrobe just a couple of weeks ago. To God be all the glory!
“Saturday February 22, 2014 is a day that we will remember for a long time. We encountered something that we’ve never encountered in all the years we have been ministering at the abortion mill on Latrobe Dr. in Charlotte, NC. When I arrived at the mill with the mobile ultrasound unit, Brother Flip had already met a woman named Faith. Faith explained that her daughter, who we’ll call ‘D’, was inside the abortion mill, she had changed her mind and was trying to have her decision reversed.
‘D’ was over 18 weeks pregnant and required a two day abortion procedure. She had come the day before, heart set on aborting the baby inside her, pulled into the driveway like so many other mothers whose hearts are set on murder, and gone inside to start the procedure. Little did she know God had other plans! Some faithful sidewalk ministers were there, one in particular, Kathy Smothers, who pleaded the case for this precious baby. ‘D’ resisted and went inside to begin the two day procedure by having laminaria inserted into her cervix to make way for the hired assassins implements of death the next day. Faith stayed outside with the other children while ‘D’ was inside, and Mrs. Kathy pled with her the whole time to help spare that baby’s life. Something Mrs. Kathy said to ‘D’ while they were leaving stuck in her mind and reached her heart. She asked ‘D’ to pray and ask the Lord what He would have her do. ‘D’ took this charge seriously, went home and prayed with a heavy but now soft heart. ‘D’ told us that while praying and asking the Lord what to do she felt the baby moving around and kicking, her heart completely shifted, AND SHE KNEW SHE COULDN’T END THIS LIFE INSIDE HER! Instead of a hardened heart set on death, she now had a softened heart set of life, desperate to save her little one.
“D” had come back early that next morning to see about having the procedure reversed and the laminaria removed. Her mom said she was told by clinic staff that the doctor had to see her and would take it out before she could leave. Knowing how deceptive the staff at this mill can be, we implored Faith to get ‘D’ out as soon as possible and let us help her. We didn’t want them to try and change her mind back or force the abortion on her. We told Faith to call the police if they wouldn’t let her leave. Faith assured us ‘D’s mind was made up, she wanted to fight for this baby and she would not let them complete the abortion. Finally after the abortionist, Ron Virmani, arrived ‘D’ came out. She was very upset, she said they were very mean and rude and she refused to let Virmani (click here to hear what Ron Virmani thinks of the babies he slaughters everyday) touch her!
Thankfully the mobile ultrasound unit was there, and while we desperately tried to reach our pro-life doctor, Dr. Matt Harrison, we were able to minister to her and show her the precious baby that was still safe inside her womb. After a few phone calls by some very resourceful sidewalk counselors, we were able to reach Dr. Harrison who was able to see ‘D’ right away. He met her at a local ER and removed the laminaria himself, SPARING THIS BABY’S LIFE!
We spoke with ‘D’ this past week and she couldn’t be more grateful that God put us in her path that day. She said that if no one had questioned her, or challenged her decision, if no one had spoken up for that baby, who knows what would have happened. And today, she still carries the baby safely in her womb!
It’s great to see in a situation like this and many others we’ve encountered, how the body of Christ is able to come together in the many facets of pro-life ministry to help those in need and rescue the perishing. This baby’s life was spared through the efforts of Operation Save America, Cities4Life, Monroe HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center, and Dr. Matt Harrison. All are just simple Christians following the command to go!”
Praise God for His work in using faithful Christians in our Life Network to work together to save this precious life! We are so thankful for the Parks family and for their sacrifice to be on the sidewalk and on the weekends to drive and man the Mobile RV Unit, which is a huge task. Won’t you join them and many others as there is a continued need for more laborers in this life-saving mission. More mamas need to experience the love of Christ and hear the truth of the Gospel outside of our local abortion mills. To find out how you can get involved in saving lives right here in our city contact Lisa Metzger at Lisa.Metzger@Cities4Life.org. Let’s lift ‘D’ and her little one up in our prayers- that the Lord would provide for them and use their lives and amazing testimony for His glory!