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DAY 40: 541 spared … how many more?

October 31st, 2010 by admin

It’s Day 40 — and I have great news to share! As of right now, we know of 541 babies — and their mothers — that God has spared from abortion.

That’s at least 3,352 since the first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign a mere three years ago. And who knows how many more that we’ll never hear about?

“The Everett Planned Parenthood is closed again,” wrote Ed, one of the local 40 Days for Life leaders in Everett, Washington. “It’s the third Friday closed this campaign!”

In Columbia, Missouri … the Planned Parenthood facility there hasn’t done abortions since August 9. Faithful volunteers are continuing the vigil …

… and Planned Parenthood doesn’t like it.

“We found out that Planned Parenthood in Kansas is watching us on video — over 100 miles away,” said Kathy in Columbia, “and they called in a ‘violation’ to the Columbia police station.”

The “violation”? There was a camera tripod sitting in Planned Parenthood’s driveway. “Soon two police cars showed up and they went in,” Kathy said.

It turns out the tripod belonged to a reporter who was working on a news story. The police quickly left when they found out what was really going on. “One officer has come out twice — and he’s not too happy with Planned Parenthood.”

And all this time … no abortions in Columbia!

And of course … no abortions AT ALL in Severna Park, Maryland … where an abortion facility CLOSED ITS DOORS FOREVER at the very beginning of this campaign!

Who knows how many lives have been saved in Columbia and Severna Park?

There have also been at least four abortion facility employees who have left their jobs during this 40 Days for Life campaign — possibly more. And others may be thinking about it.

And then there’s Anita’s van — a life-saver on wheels. It has “pray to end abortion” painted on the side, along with a pregnancy help center’s phone number and the 40 Days for Life web address.

Lives have been saved because of the information on the van — no one knows how many. But this pro-life mission was about to come to an end. The van was about to be repossessed.

Anita had no idea what would happen. So she prayed. She had to decide whether to pay her tithe … or the note on the van. She paid her tithe.

Anita didn’t know it, but one of her friends sent out an e-mail that explained the situation. And people started giving. Before long, there was enough to pay off the loan!

“This is not my van,” she said. “This van belongs first and foremost to God, and then to every single pro-life person out there.”

The van — and its message — will stay on the road. And who knows how many lives will be saved?

“Abortion will truly be finished one day,” Anita said. “I pray it is very soon. The walls of deception are crumbling as we speak. The truth is spreading — one heart at a time — and all of you have played a part in getting that message out. Thank you all so very much!”

Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life.

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DAY 40 INTENTION
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Let us keep our eyes fixed on the New Jerusalem, where death will be no more.

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SCRIPTURE
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He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

–Revelation 21:4-5

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REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone
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Every activity we undertake in defense of the sanctity of life is prophetic, inasmuch as it points to the day when “death will be no more.”

Every victory we have when an act of abortion is prevented is prophetic of that day when death itself will be definitively conquered.

Every triumph of grace in this world, whereby someone is brought to see the value of life and given the strength to welcome it, is a breaking into our history of that definitive future in which the old order of things will have passed, and all things will be made new.

As pro-life warriors, we must keep our eyes fixed on heaven, and our hearts secure in the hope that the day is coming when all evil will be conquered. It is the future that shapes the present; it is victory that informs the battle; it is the destination that determines the journey.

Daily, we are called to reflect on heaven. When we weep, we are to think of the day when every tear will be wiped away.

When we face the destructive power of death, we are to think of the day when death is swallowed up in victory.

When we labor against abortion, we are to think of the day when we will have the rest and peace of the final triumph of life.

Heaven is as real as earth, and its joys will be as real as our present sorrows.

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PRAYER
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Father, you are the God of hope. Your word fills us with the vision of the world to come, when every tear will be wiped away, and death will be no more. Father, how we need that hope, how we are strengthened by that vision!

Keep our hearts focused on heaven, and diligent in the labors of earth. As we struggle against the culture of death, root our souls in the assurance of victory. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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PRINTABLE DEVOTIONAL
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To download today’s devotional as a formatted, printable PDF to share with friends:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2010day40print.pdf

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For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: If you have good news to share from YOUR 40 Days for Life campaign, please leave a comment below!

34 Responses to “DAY 40: 541 spared … how many more?”

  1. Dave Mattozzi Says:

    Let us all pray for an end to abortion.

  2. Elizabeth Reres Says:

    Praise be to God for that van it is so good to see the message on it. Thank you. I pray that every could would have a van like it.

  3. Jean Kin Says:

    Thank You, God for Your grace and power living and present in 40 Days for Life. Today we head to Toledo, Ohio for the closing of 40 Days. We will be going with our son and daughter-in-law and their 4 children, who are going for the first time. The lasting vision is of all the children in 40DFL pictures is a memory I will hold as I continue to pray for victory over abortion.. Thank you for guiding us through this wonderful 40DFL experience. Bless you.

  4. Elle Says:

    Someday all you pro-life warriors will see the true fruits of your labor.
    May God continue to keep in our hearts the poorest of us all… the preborn babies. They can’t even pray while being slaughtered in their mother’s wombs.
    For all the saved babies and those that will be…Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

  5. Sue Bentley Says:

    Wonderful news of the 541 babes who have a chance at life now….PRAISE GOD FOR HE IS GOOD, HIS LOVE IS EVERLASTING!! It has been quiet a journey with so much more to come. Thank you Shawn and David and all in “40 days for Life” until the next campaign keep up your prayers as I know you all will. It is really great to be connected to so many other countries around our world for this most important cause… God bless all your efforts in the days ahead. Until we meet again. TO ALL THE MUMS AND DADS WHO CHOSE LIFE FOR THEIR BABIES…. THANK YOU, WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU ALL THAT WHATEVER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES MAY OUR LOVING GOD STRENGTHEN YOU AND PROVIDE THE HELP YOU NEED… PUTTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN YOUR PATH WHO CAN ASSIST YOU. BYE FOR NOW.

  6. Violet Vin Zant Says:

    40 Days For Life Event
    Please join Archbishop Nienstedt, Father Grabner and fellow parishioners for the closing prayer service of the Forty Days for Life on SUN., OCT. 31,at 3:00 p.m. at Regions Hospital, to end abortions there. A bus will be provided free of charge for the faithful of both parishes, leaving St. Augustine parking lot at 2:00 pm and leaving Holy Trinity south parking lot at 2:10 pm. The bus will return parishioners to these same parking lots following the one hour event. Make your presence seen and your prayers heard in this critical election time.
    Special thanks to the anonymous donor who provided funding for the bus.
    A major portion of Minnesotans are pro life! Praise God!!

  7. Anna Says:

    Exodus 23:7 ” Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty”.

    I Do Not Ask

    I do not ask for mighty words
    To leave the crowd impressed
    Lord, grant my life may ring so true
    My neighbors may be blessed

    Pansy 1986

  8. Deborah Garrison Says:

    Thank you Lord for all that you have done for us this 40 Days For Life!!! All the Glory, all the Honor and all the Praise are Yours!!! As Ed from Everett, WA has said that “the Planned Parenthood has been closed three times this 40 Days For Life Campaign” IT IS TRUE!!!. I happily report that the vigil site for Planned Parenthood located in Seattle is located on Madison Avenue, where it has been difficult to fill hours this campaign. I heard about the Everett site being closed on one Friday (even being an abortion day) so I began to believe that something “GOOD” was happening just below our feet where we stand faithfully day & night. I checked out their website, just after the third closure on the Madison Avenue vigil site, (on Saturday, October 23rd), to find out why they were closed on Friday. Sure enough, Ed of Everett, Washington, the Planned Parenthood of The Greater Northwest Health Centers, (with an “S”), were ALL CLOSED on Friday, October 22nd (including all the other Fridays). On Madison St. in Seattle, WA the Planned Parenthood’s Home site lists that site as their main administrative offices as well as their Office Of Policy for Washington. The Greater Northwest FOR THIS SITE includes Alaska, Washington (except Yakima, WA eastern area of WA) and Idaho. The Planned Parenthood website gives Seattle as their address/phone number for those regions.

    Can you just imagine the wonderful blessings that The Father is orchestrating even right now as we are all continuing to pray world wide this the last day of the Fall Campaign for 40 Days For Life?

    Hallelujah and a mighty Thank you to all of those who participated world wide this Fall. May The Lord God Almighty continue to Bless You and Yours, Peace & Love shall it be in HIS Grace, Amen!

  9. Vivian Elder / Chandler Says:

    I know Anita and her family, and I can personally attest to to their profound faith.
    Her husband John and their 8 children are a beautiful example to those of us in their parish and the pro life community. They have had some very difficult financial problems, yet they steadfastly rely on God’s providence with a very strong but humble faith. They are at Mass everyday and pray at the abortion clinic every chance they get. Anita’s dream is to open a pregnancy help facility.
    With her unfailing faith in God, I believe it will happen.

  10. Michael Ross Says:

    We know of at least 5 babies saved from abortion due to our “40 Days for Life” presence at the Her “Medical” Center in the city of Los Angeles. We have also seen pro-life Christians, with previously no experience in pro-life work, step up to become local leaders in a city where the Christian church is routinely silent in the face of evil. Following “40 Days for Life” we have already put plans in place to QUADRUPLE our presence at abortion mills in L.A. Thank God for “40 Days for Life” – with almost no press coverage – without controversy – this movement of God is very quietly winning the war against the unborn!

  11. Tori Grillo Says:

    Dear Shawn and all those actively and spiritually involved in “40 Days for Life”,

    It is Sunday, October 31st (Happy Halloween fellow Americans – Halloween is not celebrated in Germany). I am an American Citizen (from Middle Village, NY) who has been living and working in Germany over 10 years now, helping people learn English as well as working on translations from German into English. I am also assisting Thomas McKenna (St. Gianna’s Physician’s Guild) by translating information regarding the Guild, as well as the DVD from English into German.

    I miss America so very, very much and am looking forward to returning and when I do, I am especially looking forward to taking part in “40 Days for Life” in whatever state I will end up relocating to. I am also looking forward to visiting EWTN in Irondale, Alabama!!! I cannot tell you how inspirational and encouraging EWTN has been for me, since being able to get it on my Satellite Dish here in Germany. I thanked God daily for the longest time after receiving it back in 2007. It was truly a blessing and gift for me from God at that time, because a very dear and close friend of mine had just died! (There are definitely no coincidences – God knows exactly what He is doing!)

    I am grateful for the daily e-mails from Shawn, keeping us all posted regarding 40 Days for Life. From all of us who you have been e-mailing daily: Big beautiful smiles of thanks, loud cheers of encouragement and humble praise and gratitude to God for using Shawn and all the many volunteers (Priests, Religious and Lay) witnessing to God’s wonderful gift of life through their courage and great big hugs to all those children, teenagers and college students whose hearts God moved and compelled to act. God puts intentions on our hearts, no matter how young we are. If we keep our hearts, minds and ears ever open and in tune to His gentle tugs, by responding with love and compassion, God will send us more and more intentions. He is in need of humble servants, willing to act on His behalf. He will make His intentions known to us and He will provide us with all we need to serve Him. To all the children, teenagers and young adults who responded to the intention put on their hearts during the 40 Days for Life campaign – you are now officially a part of God’s service – welcome good and faithful servants! Keep up the wonderful work!!

    In addition to the many woman who decided not to destroy the child God had created and was forming in their wombs, because of your prayerful witness at the abortion mills, I was very much touched by the following entries. I am a person who has experienced so many, many direct signs (which I accept as blessings) from God in my lifetime, so that would explain why these brought tears of joy to my eyes as well as proof that God is well pleased with His good and faithful servants : -) God knows and will give us what we need to carry out His Divine Plan.

    In Christ Jesus,
    Tori Grillo
    (originally from Middle Village, Queens, NY, presently residing in Saarland, Germany)

  12. peg o'brien Says:

    My son is a priest who rides around with a “Pregnant? Need help?” bumper sticker on his car. People DO stop and jot down the number. As President of Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, he also has a super pro-active group of students who hold vigils at “the Garden of Hope,” a plot of land directly opposite “Reproductive Services” (abortion clinic), a piece of land bought and paid for by lay people and turned over to the Diocese. When my husband and I visited the Garden of Hope at the beginning of the 40 day campaign, not a single car was at the clinic which is usually at full capacity with many out-of-state license plates. It’s been a great 40 days…thank you everybody who did even the least little thing.

  13. Monika Says:

    Friday, October 22, 2010

    Dear Prolife Friends,

    I have an incredible story to tell you about what happened at the abortion mill on Thursday.

    Dale Korus, a gentleman from the Fremont area was with us at the abortion mill at the mill on Thursday representing his church for the 40 Days For Life campaign. This was the first time he had ever been to an abortion facility and I could tell that the experience very much affected him. He said that because of the poor showing from his church that he was going to be there for 16 of the 24 hours in order to fill in all the empty slots. I was very impressed by his devotion and we ended up talking for some time. I told him stories about saves we’ve had and he was very interested in sidewalk counseling. We talked about what a blessing it was to be able to take part in saving a baby’s life. He asked me all about it, what to say etc. I told him not to worry so much about the details, that half the battle was just showing up and God would do the rest. I gave him some literature and told him all about “A Woman’s Touch”, the pregnancy center across the street.

    It was an odd today in that the abortionist was there, but only one woman went in all morning. There were four of us in all and at one point we were all together, talking and praying together down on Mission Ave. At around 11:30 I noticed a white van drive curiously as if looking for an address. I thought they might possibly be coming here so I went back up to the front entrance on Bert Murphy, just in case they came back that way.

    While I was on Bert Murphy, a woman walked up to Monica from the gas across the street on Mission and asked if they were praying to stop abortion. Monica said “yes” and the woman replied, “That’s good” and told her about an hispanic man who approached her while she was pumping gas. While pointing his finger across to the mill, he asked her if that the place to get an abortion. She said she encouraged him strongly not to do it. She told him of a family member that had an abortion and has suffered from it for over thirty years. She said whatever you do, don’t make the mistake she did. At that point the man started to “tear up” and walked away. She told Monica that she had never stopped at that gas station before and it was God that directed her to do so now. The two of them then prayed for the man.

    Monica and Becky left shortly after, and since I didn’t see the van come back, and it was going on noon, I decided to go to Mass. But I was still a little nervous because, as I said, the abortionist was still there. So I asked Dale, since he was going to be there throughout the afternoon, if he would call me in the event that mothers started to come in and I’d return as quickly as I could. He readily agreed and we switched phone numbers.

    After Mass, I called to check on things and he told me an amazing turn of events. Shortly after I left an hispanic woman walked up to him, and asked him if he knew where the address was that was written on a sheet of paper. Realizing it was the abortion chamber, he told her about “A Woman’s Touch” and offered to take her up to there instead. She agreed and as they walked over to the center, her husband followed in the car and parked in the center’s lot.

    Because the woman spoke such poor English they called Audry Moulton, a wonderful prolife counselor who speaks fluent Spanish, and she came right down. In the meantime, they did a pregnancy test and she was indeed pregnant and very abortion minded. After talking with the woman for quite some time, Audry got her to agree to an ultrasound. She prayed hard hard for this woman and even managed to slip a rosary underneath her pillow on the ultrasound table. However, even after seeing the ultrasound, she still said she “needed” the abortion. Audry then talked to the husband, brought him in to see the ultrasound as well. After talking together, and seeing the heartbeat on the monitor, They decided against the abortion! They are very poor, however, and feel trapped, which is why they were seeking an abortion. Audry took their address and the Moulton family are planning to have them over for dinner on Saturday as well as stocking their refrigerator and cupboards with food. On Monday, Audry is planning to take them to Catholic Charities for assistance.

    Of course this was the same couple that we saw in the van, and the same man that the woman at the gas station spoke to and prayed for with Monica.

    This was a tremendous blessing in many ways. Here was Dale on his first outing to an abortion mill. Grieving at the low turnout of his church, he decides to fill the gap and stand in their place. He promised God he would stay all night, all by himself, at this modern Calvary, in order to pray and do penance for the abominations that take place there almost on a daily basis. And God blessed him for his faithfulness. Interestingly, He waited for the rest of us leave. He had a special plan for Dale and didn’t want us “old-timers” getting in the way.

    This is a perfect example of how God works. How He uses His people for His purposes. Here is a group of common folks, none with any special skills, working together, largly stumbling in the dark, trying to do God’s will. Some of these participants didn’t even know one another, such as the woman buying gas. But, all played some role in a grand plan orchestrated by the Creator of the Universe. They all participated, in one way or another, in a miracle as it unfolded before them. And all they had to do is say “yes Lord, use me”.

    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

  14. Monica Says:

    I am so touched with all the good news you sent me.

    There is not a day go by without praying the Rosaries and the Divine Mercy and at the holy hour, I asked our Lord to be with each one of you there at this 40 days for life. I am so grateful for all your continue support of this event.

    You are not just to end the abortions, but to stand up for a true Christian to do God’s will, to show the world in public that you are Christ followers.
    You are the light of the world.

    Thank you, thank you, and thank you !!

    May Jesus, Mary & Joseph be with you all; to protect you, guide you and
    bless you and your family always.

    Love in Christ,

    Monica

  15. Marilyn Cox, Nashville Says:

    Happy Vigil of All Saints Day to all who prayed for 40 Days for Life in Nashville and around the world! Over 500 holy people have come out to pray this year in Nashville. Because of all the prayer warriors in front of The Women’s Center, four babies’ lives were saved! Also, the center wasn’t open this week on Tuesday (usually a very busy day. Wednesday there were only three customers. The total number of women who came on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday used to be the number who would come just on one day, Saturday, a few years ago. God is answering our fervent prayers! Praise God!

    We’ve had many people who have stopped by to pray with us from the neighborhood. Yesterday there was a lady in a car who drove by twice, very upset that we were out in front of The Women’s Center. The Holy Spirit held her near the side of the road with a loving sidewalk counselor. Soon the counselor determined she was post-abortive. Lots of loving prayer went out to her. We gave her a Rachael’s Vineyard Retreat pamphlet. She truly was sorry that she judged us as being “protesters”. Helping one soul at a time – God’s plan is unfolding.

    Tonight at our closing with candlelight on the hill, then Holy Mass and reception at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, we will recognize many priests, religious, and laity for their participation this year. So many holy ones prayerfully begging God to close this Women’s Center.

    Thank you, Almighty God for allowing us to participate this year in 40 Days for Life. We will continue our prayerful presence as much as possible until next year.

  16. Margoot Says:

    Thankyou so much for all your prayers and those who have held vigil at abortion mills. I wish that I could have joined you and hope to in future. I hope also that there will be more 40 days for Life and maybe it will be possible to have the same intentions for advent time.
    Here in Scotland abortion is free on the NHS but many late abortions are done in London private clinics! It is difficult to keep vigil here as there may be laws against this practice if there ar posters displayed but I am not sure about this.
    Lord have mercy on us.

  17. Dawn DeCiccio Says:

    Praise be to God for all the babies saved and the hearts that have been changed! Let us pray that the next 30 Days for Life Campaign will be ever present in more and more towns and cities around the world outside hospitals and abortion facilities. We must always respect LIFE from conception to natural death. God Bless

  18. Aline Reynaud Says:

    The last 40 days for life campaign for 2010 has come to an end for us in London, but I am already looking forward to the next!

    I would like to share with you some memories of the campaign.

    The first thing that struck me was the involvement of so many young people: people like me in their 20s. I think it sends a powerful message, that young people care about life.

    But it also shows that the Church is young! It is not slowly dying as some like to say. The revival is real.

    The second thing that is worth noting is how powerful a witness it is to have children with us. I did notice that we faced the fiercest opposition when we had the children. They hate seing children!

    Yesterday (day 39) was the most eventful prayer vigil I had taken part in during the campaign. It all started with a mass celebrated by the Fransican Friars, followed by a procession to Marie Stopes, the abortion mill where the prayer vigils are held in London. The procession was lead by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.

    Soon after we arrived, the police were called and they stood in front of the clinic, rang the door bell, but the clininc was closed as it has been every Saturday during this campaign. One of our voluteers went to talk to them and finally they went back to their cars.

    While they were leaving, somebody asked them whether what we were doing was allowed, to which they replied it was. Then they left.

    By 2:00 pm, we were joined by protesters. They had a peaceful protest but were very active in leafleting. I noticed they were also successful as many people took their leaflets.

    When the Helpers left, one of the friars gave us a blessing at which the protesters ostensibly laught at, but we did not worry too much about it and kept on praying.

    A lot of peolpe told us to shut up with the strong language you can imagine. But it did not work and we kept praying.

    Finally, water was thrown at us, but it did not discourage us in the slightest.

    When I left the site, I remembered the Apostles leaving the Sanhedrin “glad to have had the honnour of suffering humiliation for the sake of the name” (Acts 5,41).

    Last, I must say that I really enjoyed receiving the news and prayer intentions every day. I have really felt in communion with the rest of the world. I enjoyed hearing of lives saved and how others were praying.

    I also enjoyed the way David Berett and Shawn Carney built up the excitement before the campaign: I think I watched all the videos that were available at that moment.

    The support they gave, especially the resource on praying and fasting was most welcome. May God bless them for all this good work.

  19. J. Hontucan Says:

    I praise God for Shawn Carney and the 40 days for Life event! Thank you for presenting God’s Word for us, as inspiration and reflection. May God continue to work through all born again Christians with prayer and thanksgiving, that the lost will become saved by the testimony of Jesus Christ, who desires “all people to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:5.

  20. Carol Says:

    God bless you, Anita. May your van be the moving message of life for every one who views it!

    In these last few minutes of this campaign I pray that the young man who beeped. saluted and finally shouted a few obscenities to me this morning will come to realize how precious his life and all life is and how very brave and precious his mother is.

  21. Cecilia Says:

    Lord,

    Thank You for giving us the grace to love those who don’t love us back.

    Thank You for making us worthy to suffer for You!

    Come Lord Jesus!

    We love You!

  22. Gabriela.Argentina Says:

    On this very last day of the campaign I just wanted to share with you the feeling of gratitude I have. Gratitude to you all because I felt I was part of a big family in which I was heard, understood and supported. But most of all, gratitude to the Lord because He has accepted our prayers and sacrifices and turned them into 541 (or more) lives saved. Abortion makes God feel very much hurt and we cannont permit that. Please, let’s go on praying so that the message of 40 Days for Life -which is exactly God´s message for Life- can continue spreading not only nationally but also internationally (Argentina? Germany? Why not?Let´s have big horizons!). God bless you all!

  23. ELizabeth Garibaldi Says:

    Thank you to all who participated in this vigil in large and small ways. Specia; thanks to our warriors in La Crosse and the surrounding areas.
    We are holding our wrap up event next Saturday at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall in La CRosse – please join us for a potluck and Pro-life WI speaker to guide us in what is next and how to keep the momentum going in bringing the pro-life message to our community. My “favorite” most memorable hour of prayer was on Thuesady this week, praying in the freezing rain and wind – when both Mary and Faith appeared to strengthen and encourage me – see the blog comments for Oct 27 from La Crosse for the full story.

  24. Pat Says:

    Hello All,
    “…Praise God from Whom all blessings flow…”

  25. Joan Albers Says:

    Thank you to David Bereit, Shawn Carney, and all leaders in the pro-life movement, especially the 40 Days for Life Prayer Crusade. I thank all who have been prayer warriors in front of abortions clinics and those who have prayed at home in unison with them. I know that God will bless you and guide you as you continue to work to end the terrible scourge of abortion in our country and throughout the world.
    God is truly at work in our country. We are blessed that you have answered His call “to do something about it.” As St. Paul said, “Without You, O Lord, we can do nothing, but in You, we can do all things.”
    Thank you all again.

  26. Patricia Mikkelson Says:

    As I attended my last Sunday 7am vigil this morning I just poured out my heart to God to help me really make a difference in not only stopping abortion but also creating a culture of life.

    I have been developing a vision for a community for 35 years, and it wasn’t until I participated in 40 Days for Life for the first time this fall–that I really got clear on what I wanted to focus on in this community.

    Part of the vision is that I have been inspired to develop a plan to train community organizers who will help unite pro-life groups in each region under one umbrella in order to be more effective. And to have a place where women who need a safe place to live during their pregnancy and even afterwards can live either alone or with their other family members You can read about my vision at http://www.patriciamikkelson.wordpress.com

    I feel so grateful to our local 40 days for life group here in Fayetteville Arkansas because they have worked so hard to keep this going–and they have given me and my family an opportunity to both participate and be inspired to work more extensively in the pro-life movement.

    Because of a gift from a 40 days for life leadership team member, my daughter who is homeschooled is going to add to her curriculum a book about pro life apologetics that will really enrich her education.

    Thank God and thank 40 Days for Life for helping all the unborn and giving us the opportunity to be a part of a wonderful movement.

  27. Esther Davis Says:

    Our God is a God of Miracles. He has surely proven that in all the 40 Days for Life campaigns, profoundly in this one. Let all who see hear, and all who hear take courage, for the battle is His, and one day we all can say, “We fought the good fight.” Thanks be to God! Amen…..

  28. Cindy Says:

    Hello all!

    There were many strong prayers and witnesses in this campaign….I had the blessing to go and pray at PP in STL, MO, USA twice…but prayed most evenings and Sunday’s in Chapel for the cause.

    I am so impressed by the faithful, peaceful, loving witness of our pro-life warriors this campaign. So many wonderful stories. I touched by Aline’s story from London….you are a true soldier of Christ to stand up to such difficulties with continued faithfulness. Keep up the Good Fight for God’s children.

    God Bless you all!!! David and Shawn…the Lord is with you……

  29. J. Angele Kuchukian Says:

    Today 3 of us at Main Line Coalition joined 40 Days for Life closing at West Chester in front of PP. We were about 30 prayer warriors. To my joy there was a Deacon from St. Charles Seminary and two IHM Sisters there to pray with us.

    I was able to witness along with many others who told their stories of their experiences this 7th of our 40 Day Campaigns. I was able to tell of the only success story that we know of from praying all these hours before Bryn Mawr, Paoli and Lankenau Hospitals. It was of the your woman who came to repentance for her abortion and on the fourth day she passed by us praying, she looked happier, gave me the the “good news” that she is going to do something for PRO LIFE!!! Praise God, and please pray for her.

    As the Fall Campaign just closed at midnight 2 minutes ago, I thank God for all the prayer warriors who helped us with hours of prayer, fasting and active witnessing before the hospitals.

    I regret that I did so little, and so many days and hours were unfulfilled. I give it over to the Mercy of God to make up in the Passion and Blood of the Lamb, what is missing from our faint-heartedness and weaknesses, and manifest through it, His Strength. Peace be with us all, and His Glory be sung forever. Thank you all for your encouragement, prayers and fidelity.

  30. J. Angele Kuchukian Says:

    I read in the book “Tortured for Christ” by Richard Wurmbrand that in the original Greek “martyr” means “witness”. He quotes St. Augustine as saying, “The cause, not the suffering, makes a genuine martyr.”

    In this case, we have all been somewhat martyrs for the cause of Jesus’ loved littlest ones, in that we bear their suffering in our hearts, bear the negative reproaches of some passing by, but remain hopeful, as negative gives way to many increased encouragements and wonderful stories of successes. Praise God. God is Great!!!

  31. Deb Estrada Says:

    Although I know that there is power in prayer and that God is our only hope, I wasn’t sure how much our prayers would really matter. This is our third 40 Days for Life and we stand on a busy corner in our small town of Sonora, CA fasting and praying for an end to abortion. We don’t have an abortion facillity in our county but the statistics for our county show that over 100 babies die every year from abortion. Two abortionists live in Sonora and arrange for Moms go to the valley to have their abortions. We just couldn’t stand by and let the evil of distroying lives continue. So, we prayed and encouraged others to pray and invited churches to join us and the numbers grew from four to fifty. God was working and we obeyed and He blessed. Prayer does matter and God encouraged us by letting us know about one Mom who changed her mind and chose to let her baby live! We must not give up! We must never give in until no more babies die and no more Moms cry. Generations of people are hanging in the balance and our prayers are needed to flood God’s throne of grace for the protection and preservation of their lives. Thank you, for the part you played in saving lives and thank you dear Jesus for giving us victory over death. Our prayers do matter! Aborion will end! Blessings for Life!

  32. Brian Walker Says:

    40 Days for Life Twin Cities concluded with nearly 500 in attendance! It has been a great run with new volunteers and “old” volunteers who had not been involved in the movement for some time. The Archbishop for the Twin Cities and a leading Evangelical Lutheran Churh pastor led a truly interdenominational service highliting the growing unity in the body to speak out for those who have no voice.

    We all have much to do, but do not loose the momentum:
    -Start a petition drive and express your displeasure with existing abortion facilities in your area.
    -Recruit volunteers who will sidewalk counsel YEAR ROUND! When they’re open we should be on the street. (It hit -25 below this year. If we could do it you can to)
    -VOTE…VOTE…VOTE
    -PRAY…PRAY…PRAY

  33. Joann Says:

    Thank God for the planning commitees at each site,for the last 40 days plus.The faithful prayer warriors.
    Happy Thankgiving,Merry Christmas.

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