Sieges are held at the currently closed for renovation Birmingham Planned Parenthood (though they have not reopened or performed abortions since last December!) On certain occasions we travel to another Alabama abortion center to pray.
Upcoming Siege dates:
July 26th 9-11am
August 23rd 9-11am
September 20th 9-11am
October 18th 9-11am
November 15th 9-11am
December 6th 9-11am
We also always have “sacred hour” on Thursdays during the 12-1pm lunch hour. We ask people to pray for the end of abortion from wherever they are, fasting lunch or just praying as they take their lunch, or if they want they can travel to the Planned Parenthood to pray as I often do.
Natalie and Matthew Brumfield
I was leading a Jr. High and High school girl’s small group on purity for a couple of years when they wanted to know more about building a prayer life. I told them if they wanted, I would teach the next small group on intercession. I taught them how to spend time with God in prayer, and also how to be used by God to pray for acts of justice.
We called the group “Authentic” because the vision for the group was to live a life of authenticity before the Lord by talking with Him, partnering with Him in intercession, and then taking action in the world. I told our girls we must be willing to be the answer to our own prayers.
We tackled some social justice issues along with the ending of abortion. The first time I prayed at an abortion center was with my Dad when I was 7 years old, so I was excited to take the girls to pray at an abortion center as well. I knew of Bound4LIFE and checked to see if we had a chapter in our area. It turned out that we did, but they were no longer holding sieges. I begged the couple to do just one more siege for my girls but they asked that I meet with them to talk instead. I was not prepared for why they wanted to meet with me.
They had been praying for someone to come along and lead the chapter in their stead. I told them I would need to bring that before the Lord for at least two weeks or so before I could give them an answer. During that time I remember telling the Lord that “I don’t know what I’m doing. If You want me to do this then You’ll have to teach me how.” I had a dream where the voice of the Lord told me, “If you read the book of Ezekiel, you will understand.” I was confused but began to read the book of Ezekiel. Then one day, I looked online about how Bound4LIFE began–all the verses were from Ezekiel! I was amazed that God had showed me the scriptural foundation of how and why we run prayer sieges. The next confirmation I received was on the night I had dinner with the couple. They asked me why I had a passion for the ending of abortion and I told them my history of prayer for the unborn with my dad and the dream that God had given me which I knew was about ending abortion. The wife began to cry as I recounted the dream. She looked at her overwhelmed husband as he said, “The Lord gave me the same dream when I took on Bound4LIFE Birmingham.” I knew for sure God was calling me into this ministry.
That was in 2008 and I have been more honored than any servant in His house that He would trust me with such ministry of His heart. I get to build a wall of prayer that seeks His justice, mercy, love and redemption for the unborn, women, men, and abortion center doctors and workers.
Why join Bound4LIFE?
Two reasons I believe you should partner with a local Bound4LIFE chapter in praying for the unborn:
2. There is no larger holocaust in the world right now than our slaughtered babies. Worldwide there are approximately 125,000 abortions per day That becomes an estimated 40-50 million abortions every year worldwide. Christ followers must be in intercession for its end. We must stand in the gap on behalf of our nations for the killing of our children to end.
We have such a wide range of testimonies from people deciding to leave the abortion center and choose life, to people seeing us pray and come up and receive Christ, to people at the apartments/businesses across the street being prayed for and encouraged. However, there is one story in particular that always stays with me. A man and a woman went into the clinic together while we were in a season of a 40 day fast. I knew the Holy Spirit was working on the man as he was looking at me so intensely as he walked into the clinic. To sum up the day, he ended up coming out of the clinic and I was able to pray for him. He wanted his baby but the mother did not. We agreed in prayer for the life of his baby. We exchanged information and I told him we would be praying that his baby would live and she would choose life. A few weeks later, I received this email:
“I remember the day I saw an angel… she had red tape covering her mouth screaming:LIFE!!!! God’s eyes were upon me when she looked at me. I was fighting my guilty conscience. I felt her eyes breaking through the ice of my fear. Not with condemnation, but with a spiritual voice, whispered to my heart…there is hope… God help me please!? I can’t do this! But I’m doing it. There is grace and forgiveness so abundantly you said… Hey Angel Natalie! God is the awesome, only one to be called God. The God that listens and saves us when we cry out loud to Him. I know this would make you so happy: the abortion was scheduled for the Tuesday after we talked and prayed, I did not talk to her at all those days, I just prayed and asked the Lord to put His hand on this because I was defeated and had given up. Monday Night I tried to talk to her and see if she still wanted to [have the abortion]. I didn’t get an answer then and I thought, “Miracle!” I didn’t try anymore, but last Friday I got a message from her saying that the baby was fine! She went to the doctor and had an [ultrasound] and she was sorry for the wrong approach she took on the situation. Hey Angel! I need more of your prayers to be able to provide for her and the baby even more than I have to do or give. I’m still a little scared about my selfish dreams being endangered by this situation, but I know the Lord’s right hand is on mine. Shalom, shalom. Thank you! God is using you in such an awesome way, you were born for such a time as this– “For the Lamb of God is in our midst.”*
*E-mail edited for clarity