Well, the largest 40 Days for Life campaign ever is history — for now!
What an amazing 40-day journey we’ve been on, as 247 cities in nine countries prayed, fasted, stood vigil, and conducted outreach to end abortion.
Thanks to YOU for responding to the Holy Spirit this spring! These efforts have been richly blessed.
I just got home late last night from speaking at the closing event in Germantown, Maryland. Before that, I was in Los Angeles, California at a closing rally.
The L.A. rally lasted into the night. It was too dark for my video camera — but I do have the audio from that event for you.
As you listen to the audio recording, you’ll hear the incredible story about how 40 Days for Life began for me personally this spring …
… and the HUGE blessing in how it ended for me — meeting a baby saved from abortion during previous campaigns in Orange, California!
To listen to the talk online, click the arrow to start the player:
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I hope you get lots of encouragement as we all discern how to move forward from here!
40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that recognizes abortion as a local problem … and you have shown the willingness to act on your faith to be the local solution.
Many cities that have conducted 40 Days for Life campaigns have asked “What’s next?”
Here are some of the things going on in just a few of the cities that just wrapped up 40 Days for Life:
The Alexandria team recognizes that prayer at the abortion center can’t stop. The local coordinators are launching an effort to have people praying on the sidewalks at least on the days that abortions are performed. It’s a proven fact that this prayer presence can change minds.
Local leaders in Lawrenceville have noted a decline in activity at Planned Parenthood – fewer customers obviously means fewer abortions. They know that means they can’t stop. There are also plans to network with other Georgia campaigns to increase opportunities for sidewalk counseling.
The Beaumont campaign used its closing rally to invite volunteers to keep praying at the abortion center – and more. “We are more determined than ever for the formation of a permanent group in our area for an ongoing prayer group to diligently pray daily against abortion,” said Eileen in Beaumont.
In a posting on the 40 Days for Life blog, Rae summed up this time of discernment very clearly.
“Our campaign has been marked by a growing awareness that abortion is not a problem in a vacuum, but a product of the despair and hopelessness that is a way of life where Christ is not known,” Rae wrote.
The women and men entering the abortion center all lacked hope. “We are finding ourselves more dedicated than ever to being Christ for the world, here where life and death are as palpable as on the streets of Jerusalem when Jesus carried His cross and walked through the clueless crowds towards His death.”
Rae said the group found, to their surprise, “that trying to save the babies has led us to a more intimate relationship with Christ and a thirst for helping Him in His saving mission to the world.”
And that’s exactly why we carry on. We’ll have much more to say in the weeks and months ahead, but for now we’ll take a break from daily e-mail so we, too, can refresh, recharge and renew.
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There’s no way I can really express the appreciation I have for everything you’ve done during this campaign — your prayers, your participation, your persistence.
You provide tremendous HOPE for our future!
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
PS: Any additional stories from 40 Days for Life in your community? Please respond below.