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Christ mas comes to the Santa Parade
 November 2004

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Proclaimers along the parade route

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Proclaimers along Santa parade

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 Small Victories along parade route

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Ryan Goski & Trish Wallis

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City Clerk Judy Whittaker aka Mrs. Claus

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Praying after parade with pregnant save

Christ mas comes to the Santa Parade

In Granite City, Illinois.

Belleville News Democrat Article Silent protest greets Santa parade
The headline read,"Silent protest greets the Santa Parade".

        The annual santa parade was getting underway, as proclaimers began arriving to stand along the parade with pro-life signs and scripture representing the children who wouldn’t be attending this holiday event because this city supports the local American Family Extermination camp otherwise known as Hope(less) abortion mill. The momentum built up since the Labor Day "Drugs, Democrats & Dismemberment welcome to Granite City" parade where Baby Malachi wowed the democratic politicians, city officials, and union members represented. Granitonians were suffering the aftershocks of the truth of the serial killer amidst their fine city. The police were called to the abortion mill earlier in the day, and we were warned, "They were waiting for us." Psalm 37:32 "The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives;"

        Two abortion mill employees followed us wanting to see the Christians thrown to the lions basically; Trish Wallis and Ryan Goski. They told us how much Granite City hated us and wanted a piece of us, we replied, "That’s par for the course when you stand with Christ.." "Is it gonna get violent?" "Probably, it’s to be expected Ryan, we’ve been hit, cursed, and spit on.. such is the life of a believer." "Can we watch?" "Sure, you can help hold a banner,". "No thanks..we’ll just watch." And they spread out a blanket on the ground and did just that.

        A reporter interviewed us. Read "Silent protest greets Santa Parade"~BND 11-21-04 "Since this is celebrating the Christ child, we're celebrating children." ~Angela Michael We held signs which read "JESUS",.. "America, Jesus died for you,".. Pretty baby pictures,.. "Defend the unborn,".. "Children are a gift from God,".. and some proclaimers passed out tracts to the parade-goers.

        As the parade participants marched in front of us, you could feel the hate, we heard comments such as, "They shouldn’t be here,".. "We hate you," ..one lady gave us the Jesus # one finger.. Some waved back, some said, "We like those signs better." "God bless you." Some just smiled. Others like Judy Whittaker, the city clerk who tore up our parade application back in October, tried to hide her face. She was dressed as Mrs. Claus.

        We were blessed with two young mothers that were at the parade who acknowledge us for being there and helping to save their babies from Hope abortion mill. As saints stood along the parade route praying and asking God to touch their hearts, most in the parade were hardening their hearts. Philippians 3:19 "Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach.." It didn’t matter what kind of signs we held, it was Who we represented, JESUS.. If Santa Claus himself stood with us, Granite City would hate him.. "All those who hate me, love death." ~Proverbs 8:36 Holy Family Catholic Church showed us the most displeasure. As they passed us, they sang a little louder and looked straight ahead. Jeremiah 5:27-28 "They have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek."

        Granite City Warrior Cheerleaders finished their cheer and walked by us, and proclaimers began cheering, ‘J-E-S-U-S..Jesus, He’s the only way! Turn to Him today..Yeah!" The most troublesome part of this whole parade, was the fact that here in America, Granite City, Illinois was celebrating Christmas, and we haven’t given thanks yet for our rich heritage or the history,.. Thanksgiving Day. Poor Squanto must be turning in his grave! The Theft of Thanksgiving was alive and well in our nation.

        As the parade ended, we gathered for prayer and resolved to keep shining the light in a world full of darkness. John 1:4 "In Him was life and the life was the light of men." We prayed with a mother who was 7 months pregnant and waiting for the bus, she and her unborn son were saved from Hope(less) a few weeks ago and she shared her tearful testimony of how thankful she was to see us and the graphic signs that day. We helped her with some groceries and one of the proclaimers gave her a ride home.

        One of the devil’s greatest tools is complacency. The more we move the battle onto the streets, the more the Lord reveals to us, this is a war of good vs evil. The battle will not be won in climate controlled buildings. The devil not only has Granite City by the tail, he has it by its throat. Power and money is the standard in this doomed town. There seems to be a covenant between Hope Clinic and the churches in Granite City and most Granitonians, "You don’t bother us and we won’t bother you." "..and my people love it this way." Jeremiah 5:31 Satan is not worried about most churches, they’re not a threat. He’s not going after most crisis pregnancy centers or political pro-life ministries. You don’t read about Illinois Federation Right to Life or the National Right to Life being sued. Who’s the devil coming after? He is coming after the gospel of Jesus Christ and all those who are living it out in the streets. That’s why no one who truly represents the true gospel will be in the world, those who stand for Christ, unadulterated,.. however, will be crucified.

        "Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets." Luke 6:22-23

Be encouraged~ Angela

To support and encourage Daniel and Angela please contact them - 
smallvictories@juno.com (email), 618-654-5800 (phone), 
or write them; Small Victories P.O. Box 143 Highland, IL 62249.