The loving witness of your presence on the sidewalk has the power to transcend language barriers.
"No English, sorry," replied a Planned Parenthood client when Maureen in Marietta, Georgia, offered information on free health care.
But Maureen was not deterred. "We were determined to show compassion," she said.
With some help from Google Translate and her husband's rudimentary Spanish, Maureen learned that the woman needed a pregnancy test.
While Maureen and her husband struggled through the conversation, other vigil participants got to work, scheduling an immediate appointment at the local pregnancy center, coordinating drivers to provide transportation there, and even getting a bilingual team member, Catalina, on the phone to talk with the woman.
"Catalina's voice was so warm and soothing," Maureen recalled. "It was an immediate comfort to us too!"