Almost exactly 16 years ago to the day, I was at a very similar place in my life. And I held a meeting at my parish in Aggieland – St. Mary’s Catholic Center. Just like we did this past Sunday. With some of the same people, some of the same faces in the audience. And the same nerves rattling my stomach. Sixteen years ago, Planned Parenthood had just announced that they were building our community’s first abortion clinic. And we were determined to do all we could to protect women and babies from the lies, pain and death that would take place inside.
We were starting something new then, something one-of-a-kind. Something that we hoped would do great things – but we didn’t quite know what that would look like. All we knew that God was our stronghold and would make of it what He willed.
It was the first day of the Coalition for Life, and St. Mary’s church was full of community members – eager to be involved, to give of their time and talents and prayers. Eager to be a voice for the unborn and women in need.
We were a ragtag group, with passion and a hazy vision of what could be. And sometimes that’s ALL God needs to do something amazing! Little did we know of all the good that would come to our community and beyond, across the world, as a result of that meeting 16 years ago.
And here we are now, coming together again to start another grand adventure in Aggieland. Once Abby Johnson and I were on opposite sides of that iron fence at Planned Parenthood in Bryan TX, but today we are here together and asking you to join us in a new mission.
Now that Planned Parenthood has closed, I know that many of you, like me, have wondered “What now!? What can I do now? I want to do something here, in our community to help women, babies and families, but what can I do?”
We’ve wondered, we’ve prayed, we’ve waited. And now we have an answer.
We are at the beginning of something new – Guiding Star Brazos Valley!
Once again, we are one-of-a-kind, doing something in Bryan/College Station that hasn’t been done before. We are eager to do good in our community, to help those who are most helpless and in need of love. To be a truly Pro-Life, Pro-Woman presence. And we know that God will guide this effort and make of it what he wills, with his blessing.
What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, is a very unique opportunity. After 16 years of fighting Planned Parenthood in our community, we are now RID of them!
BUT WOMEN STILL ARE IN CRISIS PREGNANCY AND STILL CONSIDER ABORTION AS AN OPTION. WOMEN STILL NEED TO BE SERVED.
We have an opportunity…