Canadian pro-life woman lifts up the cross on faith journey through province of New Brunswick
NEW BRUNSWICK, July 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A pro-life woman is walking with a 12-foot high cross on her shoulder on a tour of the Canadian province of New Brunswick to witness to her Christian faith.
“Every single day, people stop,” said Michelle Aubie in an interview. “Sometimes, I have up to 25 people talking with me. I talk to them about the message of the cross.
“I’m not here to judge people,” said the 32-year-old. “I’m here to let them know God loves them unconditionally.”
Although baptised and raised Catholic, Aubie said she never truly believed in Jesus Christ as a child. When she reached adulthood, the anxieties of the world weighed her down and she turned to recreational drugs, consuming them heavily for about five years.
“I smoked a lot of marijuana because it would numb me and cover up my anxieties,” she said. “I smoked from the time I woke up to the time I went to bed.”
She wandered, eventually winding up in Marathon, Florida. There, she lived unemployed and homeless in the hull of an old sailboat with no mast docked at the quay. She now describes her faith in those days as being an occultist mix of Far Eastern religions and other philosophies.
A homeless, Christian man became her boyfriend. The two often argued about the faith.
Then, one day, while the couple was walking to a church for free meal, Aubie underwent a transformative experience.
“Suddenly … I’m in the middle of arguing with him … and I had a revelation that what he was telling me was true. It was a real miracle for me and I was overcome with joy. I started dancing on the side of the road,” she said.
She returned to her hometown and started to feel a stirring that God wanted her to witness to the faith with a large cross in that small northern New Brunswick city. Her family resisted. But a Christian man who had made such a cross and who was then very sick offered it to her.
She gladly accepted.
Last year, Aubie was a regular sight with her cross at the public fountain in downtown Bathurst.
That’s when she again began to feel the stirrings of the Holy Spirit, this time calling her to take that cross on a tour around the province. It’s a trek of more than 1,000 km.
It hasn’t been easy.
“For the first three weeks, I had a lot of blisters on my feet,” said Aubie.
Those blisters, though, have hardened. The pain in her shoulders and neck from carrying the cross during the first few days was alleviated with a bit of foam padding attached to the cross.
Throughout her journey, people have stepped forward to help Aubie with her basic needs. She attributes that to God’s Providence.
“I was intending to sleep in my van along the way but the Lord has opened up Christian homes,” she said. “The camping gear? This week was the first time I’ve had to open it up.
“It’s amazing. He has literally provided everything.”
Aubie does not shy away from her pro-life beliefs.
“Life is life. The Lord says we should not murder,” she said. “We do not have the right to take someone’s life.”
During her Cross Walk 2018: Jesus for New Brunswick tour, though, no-one has brought up abortion or any of the other hot button social issues with her, including same-sex marriage or homosexuality.
“The people that the Lord has drawn to that cross, the Holy Spirit has already been working in their hearts,” she said. “Until we take time to develop our relationship with the Lord, we can’t know what we’re supposed to do for others. He wants us to be alive in our lives.”
Her advice to others? Read the Bible.
“Most people’s problem is that they don’t know God,” she said.
In New Brunswick, the mercury hit 33 Celsius in early July. The road has been hot. Aubie still has a long stretch ahead of her before reaching the provincial capital, let alone the walk back home.
But she has only one request. It’s for prayers.
“Pray for me that I will stay focused,” she said. “With my eyes upon Jesus and be humble.”