Have I mentioned lately that this is the largest 40 Days for Life campaign ever?
With 247 locations participating the stories are coming in from around the world — literally!
Today, let’s take a look at some of the communities taking part in 40 Days for Life for the first time. It takes a lot of faith to bring this effort to a community and lead it, especially for the first time. And yet the blessings continue to pour in.
Take a look for yourself!
COBLESKILL, NEW YORK
A group of teens has become a regular sight on Thursday nights in Cobleskill, which is hosting its first 40 Days for Life campaign. The vigil location is near the busiest corner in town, with a popular restaurant and movie theater nearby.
“It is inspiring not only watching the teens pray for the unborn in below freezing temperatures in Upstate New York,” said Pat in Cobleskill, “but to be able to watch the impact they have on all those who drive and walk past.”
Windsor is hosting its first 40 Days for Life campaign – and has already reported that at least one baby has been spared from abortion!
From Windsor also comes one of the best letters to the editor we’ve ever seen in support of 40 Days for Life. It was written by Jim Armaly and published in the Windsor Star.
Jim called his first experience with 40 Days for Life “an eye-opener because I had not realized the venom and rudeness of the pro-abortion faction.”
While he was praying, he noted obscenities, rude gestures, drivers who passed very close to the curb.
“From all of this, therefore, I can only conclude that they are not really pro-choice at all,” he wrote. “How can they be if they don’t respect our choice to silently pray and ask others to pray?”
A young woman accused him – respectfully, he noted – of trying to force people to not abort.
“Doesn’t ‘force’ imply to most of us something physical?” he asked. “But the signs simply ask people to pray. Isn’t this definitely a non-violent request?”
For those of us who do pray, he said, “we know that prayer is a force to be reckoned with but in an entirely different sense. Makes me wonder if they somehow know that.”
Will he go out again? “I plan to. There just may be more unexpected experiences for me.”
To read the entire letter, please go to: Windsor Star
There are six campaigns in progress in Australia right now, covering the nation from coast to coast.
Brad Taylor, the local coordinator of the initial campaign in Perth, has posted a video inviting folks in Western Australia to get involved in 40 Days for Life. Some of the statistics he mentions are specific to his city, state and nation, but the message applies everywhere that abortion on demand is legally permitted.
Watch the video! You’ll be inspired to keep going for the rest of these 40 days – and beyond – by Brad’s optimistic call to action: “Let’s make abortion history!”
If you haven’t been to pray at a 40 Days for Life vigil yet, we still have 17 more days! To find the location nearest you, please go to:
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Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
PS: Today is Terri’s Day — the 6th anniversary of the death of Terri Schiavo, who died after nutrition and hydration were cut off, against the wishes of her family. It’s a day to recall her story, and to pray that all would recognize the value and dignity of all human life. Today’s devotional certainly fits; we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” — from the child in the womb to those nearing the end of this life — and anyone society deems inconvenient. There’s more information about Terri’s Day at:
PPS: If you have stories of how praying during this 40 Days for Life campaign has impacted your life, I’d love to hear your comments. Post them as a reply below.