As I write this message, I’m meeting with pro-lifers in Calgary, Alberta. I was invited here to speak at a conference focusing on the culture. It’s called Life 2011.
This fall, there are a record sixteen 40 Days for Life campaigns going on throughout Canada.
Since I’m currently outside the United States, let’s take a quick look at what’s happening in two NEW international campaigns — Argentina and Germany — as well as here in Canada.
“Everything is going great here,” writes Gabriela in Rosario. “We have over 400 people praying and fasting. They receive daily prayers and reflections — most of them translated into Spanish from the 40 Days for Life devotionals.”
She’s received countless messages from people who are taking part in the campaign. “Many have said this initiative has arrived as a blessing in our country.”
Gabriela said the vigil is working out well so far in this first-ever campaign in Argentina. “Many people in Rosario are getting to know that there is a group of citizens that defend human life from the moment of conception.”
As part of the community outreach, they have organized a couple of talks, inviting well-known professionals to speak about medical and legal aspects of abortion.
“You can’t imagine the positive impact 40 Days for Life is making, not only in Argentina but in many Latin American countries,” said Gabriela, noting that she has received inquiries from people in other nations.
Praying in front of an abortion center, said Tori in Germany, “was a wonderful witness and a couple of people passing by actually nodded their heads in the affirmative and smiled.”
The group took part in a pro-life march earlier this month. “There were a lot of people on the street and shopping in the city looking at our signs and amazed at how many young teenagers were marching. You could see the other young people on the street — taking notice of the young people who are openly showing their solidarity to the innocent babies losing their lives through abortion.”
Tori said the team is reminding people, “The Lord will provide; be not afraid. This is the message we want to relay to anyone facing a crisis pregnancy situation.”
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
The first 40 Days for Life campaign in British Columbia’s largest city is seen by the local leadership team as “a landmark event.”
They’ve sent along a few pictures of their vigil, which is taking place in front of the BC Women’s Health Centre, “night or day, rain or shine.” That’s exactly what the pictures show — groups from several churches in the Vancouver area, often carrying umbrellas.
They DID have a sunny day for their midpoint event, and were appreciative of the big crowd that turned out to support the 40 Days for Life campaign.
Here’s the link to today’s devotional:
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
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