RESCUE ROCHESTER Standing for Life in
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REPORT FROM JERRY CRAWFORD
States of Refuge: Jackson Hole, Wyoming (12 days – 9 states – 4,482 miles) Tuesday May 8, 2012 Rev. Mike Warren and I left Rochester about 1:00 pm for the 4 1/2 hour drive to Tom Raddell’s house in Cleveland, Ohio. We were treated to good food and warm hospitality. Wednesday May 9, 5:05 am (Cleveland) Four of us; Mike, Tom, Pastor Dale Henkel and I all pile into Tom’s Toyota Tundra, hauling the trailer full of huge signs and the erector set used to build the display. Our goal for the day is the Motel 6 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 15 hours of driving away, and Tom doesn’t stop much! Thursday May 10 (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) After an early breakfast we “scout” the town for about three hours, then pick up the permit issued for setting up the display in a park the next day. At 10:45 am we each bring one of the 4’ x 8’ signs to the Planned Parenthood across from Roosevelt High School. This PP is the last known abortion clinic in the whole state. It was very windy and often a struggle to keep from being blown into the street with the big signs (32 square feet of wind resistance). More than two hours – no clients in PP – two kids from the school come to talk with Mike Warren and help hold his sign. We were all encouraged by Bob, the manager of the adjoining apartment complex. There was a day care facility and a Christian High School, all in this same area. The Word and Warfare team had prepared the way for us the week before. After lunch locally, we were back for school dismissal at 2:45. Dale and I had somewhat smaller (but still very big) signs by PP, while Mike and Tom were on the sidewalk in front of the school. We all passed out some literature, and “180” DVDs. Mike and Tom got to talk with the school principal, some kids and the police. I had an extensive conversation with a young post abortive woman who stopped. Friday May 11 (Sioux Falls) Again we were at Roosevelt High School for arrival. We all had opportunity to talk with police again. After a break and more recon (local college?), we went back to Planned Parenthood. We decided that the park we had the permit for was not suitable for our purpose, so, after checking out of the hotel we went to Lincoln High School for dismissal time; then on the road again. We arrived in Wall, SD about 7:00 pm. We had seen ads for Wall Drug for hundreds of miles, but they closed at 7:00 pm. Saturday May 12 (Wall, South Dakota) Tom “graciously” allowed us 30 minutes at Wall Drug Store before hitting the road. We added a three hour detour to Mt. Rushmore, since we were so close. It was very impressive. We arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming about 4:30 pm. After an early dinner we toured the town and our permit location for setting up the display on Monday. Sunday May 13 (Cheyenne, Wyoming) Day of rest. Tom and Mike went to mass, I did laundry and packed. We had to change hotels (same city). Mike sent emails to the local media regarding the Monday events. We got word from our team in Jackson that the church hosting our nightly rallies had uninvited us! We connected with John, driver of a Truth Truck (large delivery truck with huge pro-life pictures). Monday May 14 (Cheyenne) From 8:00 to 10:00 am we set up the display. Mostly 4’ x 8’ picture signs linked and stacked. We had about 100 feet of street frontage, many with another sign attached above. Then another interior display with a length of about 20 feet of vertical signs. This was all on the property of the Wyoming Supreme Court. We were greeted by the property manager who was very helpful. We were directly across the street from the State Capitol Building. While the only remaining abortion clinic is 450 miles away (Jackson), we passed thru Cheyenne, the seat of government for the state. We met a Christian Rabbi who interacts with the governor daily and promised to urge him to view the display. We also met the Superintendent of Schools for the whole state. She was quite impressed with the display and thanked us for coming. A man with her (staffer?) said that our display “pushed him over the edge.” He said the superintendent had been prodding him for years to run for office, and that he is going to do it this year. We gave out a lot of literature and “180” DVDs. One newspaper reporter showed up, and just as we were beginning to tear down, about 4:00 pm., a limo went by with the back window part way down. Maybe the governor? Tuesday May 15 (Cheyenne) We had a beautiful scenic drive thru the Grand Teton Mountains on our way to Jackson Hole. At 9,000 feet it was 70 degrees with snow on the ground. Lots of antelope and a few buffalo. We got there about 3:30 pm. Just enough time to check in, get some dinner, and be at the Wort Hotel for the 6:00pm meeting. Rusty Thomas got an emergency call that night that his son Elijah (17) had some serious medical issues that Drs. couldn’t figure out. Rusty flew out the next morning. By this time the four of us had already been on the road for seven days, “worked” three full days and logged 2,200 miles on the truck. The event was to start in the morning. Wednesday May 16 (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) Usual 6:00 am meeting in parking lot of our motel (marching orders for the day). Most were dispatched to the high school. We were assigned to the middle school. The grade school, located between the two, didn’t start until 1 1/2 hours later, long after we were gone elsewhere. We talked with police, school administration, and received comments from parents (mostly negative). Time for a quick breakfast. The first day I ordered the legendry cinnamon bun, about 8” in diameter and covered with cream cheese frosting. I sent Terry a picture of it. At 9:00 am the four of us were at the Elk Park in downtown to set up the display for the day. We were met by a number of police, about two each, who told us what we could and couldn’t do. Wednesday, the first day, they gave us permission for everything we asked. Although we did have a permit, we actually set up on the sidewalk outside the park, on two sides of the main entrance. Each day after we were more restricted to the point that the last day they actually measured to see that we were in compliance with the permit. Even so, we had much good interaction with most of the officers we encountered at the park every day. While we were at the park the rest of the group was at the strip mall housing the medical office of Dr. Brent Blue, the last known abortionist in Wyoming. Last year he had two partners in his practice, this year there is only one. In addition there were five teams reading the entire Bible, out loud, over the city (Word and Warfare). This had already been done this year at the other four states with one remaining abortion clinic (North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Arkansas). His Word will not return void! Tear down about 4:00 pm., quick dinner and nightly rally, about 6:30 – 9:30 pm. This was the pattern for the week. Thursday May 17 (Jackson) Our display was a front page picture in the local newspaper. There were three incidents the first day, all involving locals not being civil, compassionate, and loving (the theme of opposing locals). One was a student driving toward our people and swerving at the last moment, another was two girls who spray painted one of the Truth Trucks. At the schools there was police tape everywhere and new parking restrictions, but the result was better positioning for us with less harassment from school officials. There were some positive responses from parents at the schools and many locals who were supportive at the park. We had to set up inside the park and only one side, but they posted new short term No Parking signs so that we had more exposure than before. While we are mostly vilified for showing graphic pictures everywhere, there is always at least one incident where parents take advantage of a teaching moment. Mike gave me five minutes of his speaking time. Thankfully it was at the end of a very long day, so I don’t think anyone even remembers anything I said other than “I am not a preacher and I can tell time.” I was the only one to finish within my allotted time. Each succeeding day was colder with rain late Thursday afternoon and most of Friday. There was actually thick frost on the windshield at 4:30 Saturday morning. Friday May 18 (Jackson) Had to get tire fixed after school outreach. Rained all day until about 20 minutes before a 2:00 pm Memorial Ceremony at the park. Rev. Mike was the main speaker. All said it was one the best messages ever. Tom got a call that his son (18) was taken to the hospital with a concussion. He was home by the next morning. My Rescue and China friend Cal Zastrow gave a powerful message that night. Saturday May 19 (Jackson) We were on our way home by 5:15 am. The Book of Revelation, the completion of the Word and Warfare event, was read in the park on Saturday (during the local Elk Fest). Sunday there was a presence outside some churches that have no problem with killing unborn babies. We drove all morning, afternoon, and all night Saturday. We continued to drive into the morning Sunday. Tom was determined to be home for his daughter’s First Communion at 11:00 am Sunday. We arrived at his house about 10:50! Within half an hour Mike and I were on the road again. I arrived home about 4:15 pm. Your prayers and God’s favor carried us all the way! 12 days, 9 states, and 4,482 miles. Respectfully submitted – Jerr
Sioux Falls The Life Link team arrived in Sioux Falls may 9th Wed. Eve after a 15 hour journey from Cleveland. Mike Warren and Jerry Crawford of Rescue Rochester met up with Tom and Dale in Cleveland then made the journey west. In Sioux Falls we were given a permit to set up the display in Sherman Park, but after seeing the park, the lack of foot traffic, and the lack of vehicle traffic decided not st up the Justice for the Unborn Display but rather go to the Planned Parenthood center located across the 4 lane avenue from Roosevelt High School. There 2 young men met us from Roosevelt. Josh and George's first word were, "Do you know Rev. Thomas and Coach Dave? Your visit there touched these young men they stood with us and gave up there lunch break to hold signs and be a witness to their school mates and to the city on that busy road. We met and saw a couple drive into Planned Parenthood and attempted to reach them. We saw the medical waste truck drive in. we were there until lunch time and determined to go back as school to stand on the school side of the road and distribute The Abortion Violation and 180.com DVD's. The school principal came out accompanied by the Police Resource Office to let us know that the sidewalk was our limit. We were able to converse with a few students and hold the graphic images of aborted babies and bear witness to the truth to the police and the school principal. The next day we were able to again stand at the gates of the school as the students were coming in, declare truth to the students and administrators at Roosevelt High School and the Lincoln High School across town. Here we met two young ladies who need our witness and God only knows whether they embraced the truth or not.
MAY 13th, 2012 Cheyenne, Wyoming: On to Cheyenne on Monday May 13th we set up the complete Justice display on the Wyoming State Supreme Court's front lawn facing the state capital building. We had some divine appointments. A messianic Jewish minister, who prays with the state legislators and the governor, said he would take the message in and invite the governor to see the display. A limo did drive by that afternoon, possibly the governor. But the Wyoming State Assistant Superintendent of School stopped at the display. She was moved emotionally, looked, studied the display and thanked us for coming to the state and showing this. She met with Tom and the team and said it was needed. She wanted to know about States of Refuge, who we were and again thanked us. She took the 180.com DVD the Abortion Violation and said she would pass them on after she viewed them . The man with her said that the display changed his life. It appears viewing the display convinced him that it was time to get involved. He was going to enter the arena to fight for righteousness and run for office. Both were very moved by the display and the testimonies and preaching at the gates of the state capital. Another man saw the display and stated he would seek to get financial help for States of Refuge and recruit friend to join us in Jackson, WY this Sat.The local paper came by to interview us and take picture of the display, God added to us the grace and anointing needed to sow the word and now we wait to see the fruits.
May 19th and 20th
Jackson Hole, Wyoming :Dear Friends,If you would like, click on the link to get a report regarding the last two days of activity in Jackson Hole Wyoming. At the time of these events Jerry and I as well as the Life Link team with Tom Raddell were in the middle of a 33 hour truck and
trailer ride back from the scene on a week of intense and fruitful ministry.In the next week I will try to relate the
highlights of our 12 day trip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Cheyenne, Wyoming and Jackson, Wyoming. Blessings.Click here or copy and paste into your browser... http://www.operationsaveamerica.org/2012/05/24/heres-whats-going-on-in-jackson-hole/ It was privilege to stand and speak and show the truth on this tour with States of Refuge and Life Link. Respectfully Submitted, Rev. Mike Warren