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The room where Dr. Spencer committed abortions.  Picture from “The Angel of Ashland: Practicing Compassion and Tempting Fate” book.

The room where Dr. Spencer committed abortions. Picture from “The Angel of Ashland: Practicing Compassion and Tempting Fate” book.

In 2017 the Transformation Prayer Network prayer team traveled through Northeast Pennsylvania praying at various strategic spiritual locations. One location that came across their radar was an abandoned house in Ashland, Pennsylvania. The property had been neglected and abandoned for many years before the prayer team's arrival. Prior to the prayer team going out, the Holy Spirit led people on the team to research Northeast Pennsylvania, including this property. What they found shocked everyone.

Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer, the man behind the abortion clinic.

Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer, the man behind the abortion clinic.

From the early 1920s until the late 1960s around 100,000 abortions had been committed by a doctor by the name of Dr. Spencer in the house in Ashland, Pennsylvania. They also found that a biography had been written on the life of Dr. Spencer called “The Angel of Ashland”. The team prayed at the house in April 2017 that the property would shift into the Kingdom of God. The property was verbally donated to the intercession team within about five weeks and settlement took place in September of 2017.

The property has now shifted from an unrighteous past to a righteous future. The heart of the team is to turn the property into a ministry center for the healing of hurting women and families. A place to show God’s mercy to those who have suffered hurt, pain, and trauma. On Friday, September 29th a regional intercession team went to the purchased property and dedicated it to the Lord Jesus Christ through worship, prayer, the taking of communion, and releasing decrees and declarations filled with life and restoration.

The Mercy House of Ashland property (the row home with the green ivy) not long after it had been donated.

The Mercy House of Ashland property (the row home with the green ivy) not long after it had been donated.

Currently, the Mercy House of Ashland property has entered the restoration phase. The restoration of this property is a symbol of hope and healing of a town and a region. It is a hopeful sign, that if God can redeem and turn around this property, then God can redeem and turn around the entire region too.