Over these last 48 hours, the Bereit family has been to four more 40 Days for Life locations: in Vallejo, Napa, Sacramento, and Lake Tahoe, California (I know — it’s a tough job, but somebody has to visit these beautiful places…)
Here are some short audio interviews with each of the local 40 Days for Life leaders who shared amazing and inspirational stories of how God has been working through their efforts as well as photos of the heroic people we’ve met during these stops:
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Vallejo, CA 40 Days for Life
Napa, CA 40 Days for Life
Sacramento, CA 40 Days for Life
Reno/Tahoe 40 Days for Life
In addition to the inspiring people we’ve met, we’ve also learned that a little star treatment can help work miracles!
John Anthony is helping lead the 40 Days for Life vigil at Family Planning Associates, the busiest abortion facility in Los Angeles. He knew Saturday would be a difficult day, and was praying as many volunteers as possible would be on hand to stand witness.
Those prayers were answered — and then some — with the arrival of actor Eduardo Verastegui, the star of the movie Bella, and several of his friends.
“Eduardo arrived a little after 8 am and did not stop counseling, praying and encouraging women to choose life for their babies — with love, tenderness, humility and compassion — until a little after noon,” John Anthony said. “God is good — five babies were saved that morning!”
But that isn’t the end of the story. John Anthony said it wasn’t just abortion-minded mothers that caught Eduardo’s attention. “The day had a dramatic ending when eight nurses from the clinic came outside to meet Eduardo!” He spoke with the nurses and gave them copies of his new Spanish language pro-life video, “Dura Realidad.”
“Please pray for these precious turnarounds,” John Anthony asked, “and for the conversion of all clinic workers and for Eduardo — what a courageous witness and backer of courageous words with action!”
Here’s a photo of Eduardo at that 40 Days for Life outside the abortion center on Saturday morning:
Eduardo Verastegui (center) at 40 Days for Life
In Los Angeles, lives were saved because a well-known actor answered the Holy Spirit’s call…
…That same day in Little Rock, lives were saved because no one showed up!
Marti says that at the abortion facility in Arkansas’ capital city — one of only two remaining abortion centers in the state — Saturday is usually the deadliest day of the week. But not this week.
“We had quite a surprise on Saturday,” Marti reports, “the clinic never opened. Quite a few of us assembled to pray and it was so odd and so wonderful to see the hours tick by and have no staff or women arriving.”
The clinic’s parking lot was empty. The typical Saturday finds it full. But this Saturday, no one arrived to open the building. No appointments were kept. No abortionist arrived. No babies died!
“We don’t know the reason it did not open, but regardless of the official reason, we are claiming it as an answered prayer,” said Marti. “Clearly, babies’ lives were saved that day. I truly believe that some of the women that would have had an abortion on Saturday will change their minds and not schedule an abortion.”
“Thank you for all that you are doing to bring 40 Days for Life to 179 cities,” she added. “We have truly been blessed in Little Rock, Arkansas.”
Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Terry Gensemer, the National Director of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life…
DAY 7 INTENTION:
May we have a heart and a zeal to save the poor and release the oppressed.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
– Luke 4:18-19
REFLECTION by Fr. Terry Gensemer:
This passage is a very familiar one. It has been preached on many occasions, even made popular in books and songs. Though the quote is about Jesus, all Christians take this commission seriously as a directive on how to reach the world with the gospel.
We, like our Savior, are to bring the good news to the poor, the broken hearted, those in captivity, those who cannot see, and the oppressed.
The commission given to us in this passage is clearly a charge to care for those for whom God cares the most. I wonder though, whom do we look for to be touched by the Holy Spirit as we go out into the world?
Who are the poor, if not those unborn children who have been abandoned by their parents before they ever leave the womb?
Who are the broken hearted, if not those unborn children whose only example of love is having their mother take them to an abortion clinic to be destroyed, or the mother of a child who has been deceived by everyone around her into believing that what she is doing is best for her and her child?
Who are the captives, if not those unborn children who are bound over to death by the “choice” of abortion?
Who is more blind than an unborn child in the darkness of a womb that has become a waiting room for their death?
And who is more oppressed than those unborn children whose oppression has been legitimized by their government, their church and even their family and loved ones?
Lord, You empower us with Your Spirit to do your will in the earth. Send us to the poorest, the most broken, the most captive, the most blind and the most oppressed in the world, the innocent pre-born children in their mother’s wombs that are scheduled for destruction. Help us to bring them healing, liberty, sight and justice through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
We are now one week into 40 Days for Life, and God is already making a powerful impact. Let’s commit to do even more — and save even more lives — in week two!
Yours for Life,
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life