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DAY 2: Early challenges

February 22nd, 2012 by admin

I’m home for a few days — but David Bereit, 40 Days for Life’s national director, is on the road right now in Texas.

Last night, David spoke at the record TENTH campaign kickoff event in Bryan/College Station. He’s visiting the 40 Days for Life location in McKinney, Texas today.

From Bryan/College Station back in 2004, we’ve seen God take 40 Days for Life to some far away (and some very cold) places. Here are a couple of stories from local campaigns facing challenging situations.


We refer to the current 40 Days for Life events as the “spring” campaign. But don’t tell that to the folks in Alaska! Anchorage has received more than 100 inches of snowfall already this winter. And it isn’t over yet.

Haylee Shields, the local coordinator, sent before-and-after photos showing the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood — before and after some of the 8-foot snowdrifts were plowed away.

All that snow has done nothing to deter the spirit of the volunteers taking part in 40 Days for Life.

“We’re gearing up and getting excited for what could be the best campaign we’ve ever had,” Haylee said.

“We have been spending time together in prayer, and we are trusting the Lord to do great things as we follow His will.”

Yes, it’s cold. And yes, there’s a WHOLE LOT of snow. But many are answering the call to take a public stand against the evil of abortion.

“Please remember that we are the visible sign that the church of God will not stand idly by while abortions are being committed in our communities,” Haylee told local volunteers. “You can make a difference in this fight for life!”


The Reno/Tahoe area has been faithfully involved in nearly every coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign. But they’d never gotten any media attention — until now.

This time, the campaign kickoff event generated several reports from two local newspapers and one TV station.

The event featured testimony from a woman who’d had three abortions when she was younger — including one at the facility where the 40 Days for Life vigil is taking place in Reno. “I have a responsibility to speak the truth,” she said. “Every time we have the opportunity to speak the truth, it’s a gift.”

This abortion center features a series of signs along its fence, all of them designed to encourage prayer volunteers to go home. One reads, “Protesters are terrorists.” That’s one of the milder ones.

In the past, the abortionist has used a sound system to blare out obscene music. He has also turned on a sprinkler system during the prayer vigils. The sprinklers have been pointed directly at the sidewalk where the volunteers conduct their campaign.

But they will continue to stand and pray.

“We are going to pray for an end to abortion in our country,” one local pastor told the crowd. “We are going to appeal to the divine source to bring about a change of hearts and minds of the people of this land.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Is the 40 Days for Life campaign in your city getting off to a fast start? Please share any stories about the local campaign by leaving a comment below.

24 Responses to “DAY 2: Early challenges”

  1. Patricia Says:

    What a wonderful sight those pro life workers are! May God continue to
    give us His grace to fight the good fight of faith and overcome this terrible
    tragedy of abortion in our land and around the world, to end this horrible
    crime of murder of innocents.

  2. Other Grandpa Says:

    Shawn, TV coverage last night in Dallas. Keep up the good work.

  3. Fintan Wade Says:

    The fight against to cold and abortion in the same time is quit heroic! I pray for you all my dear brothers in sisiters in Christ! Keep up the good work for the Lord and for the unborn.

  4. Sr. Emiliana Says:

    My fifth and sixth graders have again made their charts and signed up for days to pray and fast for an end to abortion in solidarity with those who keep vigil.
    We are fortunate to have Abby Johnson booked to come speak in our parish next Monday, Feb. 27. She will speak in the evening and also to the students during the day. Though we always prayed for an end to abortion, some of our students really got fired up when they heard her testimony when she quit Planned Parenthood. May God bless her for her pro-life work and all those who brave the difficulties of keeping vigil. Our senior class does that each year in Houston a 100+ mile trip.

  5. Janet Nichols Says:

    The Spring Vigil 2012 starts our seventh consecutive 40 Days for Life Vigl in Wausau, WI. Our prayers are very dedicated, one has volunteered one hour, 7-8:00 am Monday through Friday for the last few vigils. Yesterday, while we were praying the executivve director of Family Planning Health Services walked past us to work. I greeted him with a Good Morning, his reply was, this isn’t necessary, while shaking his head and continue to walk past us. We pray for all.

  6. Margie Says:

    Greetings to all the faithful ones, saints of God who gather across the nation in the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign from Sacramento,CA. How long, O Lord? How long? As I watch one of the clinic directors who has grown old along with me in this battle, I think and pray for her that she may be saved. Open her eyes, Lord. Let us work together for conversions of minds, conversions of hearts this 40 Days. We are fortunate to enjoy mild and balmy weather but a few snowdrifts might be just what could deter an abortion bound woman from entering a clinic. Perhaps a rainstorm might drench our parched soil while helping an inbound mother to think twice about her destination. Nevertheless, the battle belongs to the Lord and I am happy to see my fellow Sacramento pro lifers respond to the challenge with prayer, with signs, with courage, with a peaceful presence.

  7. Cindy Says:

    How awesome to worship our great God by listening to “You Alone Can Rescue” by Matt Redman as I prayer walked outside the clinic this morning. Keep lifting up your eyes and prayers to the giver of life!

  8. Ella Mae Hedgepeth Says:

    Midway through our 40 Days for Life opening rally in Goshen, NY, a woman passing by in her car turned around and joined us. There were tears in her eyes. Later she revealed that she has suffered for years due to her abortion. She has wanted to become involved in something pro-lfe, perhaps a crisis pregnancy center. We are giving her resources for abortion healing and how to get involved in pro-life activities in our area.

  9. Jeanette Koron Says:

    Did you notice that the Alaskan 40 DFL takes place on 40th Place? :-)

  10. lm Says:

    God Bless our Alaskan Sisters and Brothers….your are true warriers for the Sacred Heart of Jesus….and a source of inspiration!

  11. Bernelle Goodwin Says:

    I praise the Lord for all you wonderful pray-ers, even in the cold and snow. There is no barrier to God hearing us cry out to save the unborn and their families.

  12. Annette Vrab Says:

    I will continue to pray my abortion prayer and fast 2 days a week after dinner instead of eating snacks.

    Annette Vrab

  13. Tillie Bryan Says:

    Today at Planned Parenthood in Merrillville, In. (Lake County) five of us were
    praying on the hill facing the facility when a young couple left the building crying and the young man named Ryan walked up to me and gave me a hug
    saying they had changed their mind. It was the most awe inspiring moment of my pro life journey. Today a baby was spared from death and all because
    of our faithful witness to life. Prayer can change hardened hearts.
    Thank you Lord Jesus for the grace we received today and please help this
    young couple who have made the right choice to come to a living relationship with you. Amen

  14. Rachel Rogers Says:

    I really hope that the same success happens for Manchester as it does for everywhere. There were a great many visitors to the marie stopes clinic today. Thank goodness for all of the prayer vigil volunteers. I thought that I would be on my own. The co-ordinators for Manchester really inspired and invigorated me to approach people with leaflets. May I never be brought down by the pro-choice movement and please pray that I will be able to answer to all the challenges eloquently and faithfully, should they arise.

  15. Dave Mattozzi Says:

    Let us all pray for an end to abortion.

  16. Betty Scranton Says:

    We are one of the smaller towns and started our first 40 DFL campaign with a party of one. We’ve recently seen people adding their names to the site schedule every day. We had 7 the first day, yesterday! We are also fortunate to enjoy high visibility from the Interstate, the frontage road, the mall and nearby schools; all a captive audience!

    We especially appreciate the many prayers from in state and out of state!
    We want this to be an encouragement for other small areas; you can build momentum with just one choosing to stand for life!

  17. Laura Says:

    I’m very proud of of all the volunteers enduring several difficulties but remaining faithful to the cause. You are in my prayers.

  18. Monica Donovan Says:

    I am touched by your spirit. I do think of you all when I am infront of
    the tabernacle; begging God to hear our prayers. Your sacrifices are
    up in Heaven. Your reward is great in Heaven. Many lives will be saves because of your tender loving hearts. Thank you, thank you for being there for us.

    May our Lord continue to bless you and protect you always.

  19. Patricia McGovern Says:

    Thank you Father God for all who pray to end abortion in the USA and around the world. Thank you for all the babies and parents that will be saved during this 40 Days for life. Please send your grace and conversion to many with hardened hearts. As we pray please give us your graces of love, peace and mercy toward all those we come in contact with. I ask this in the name of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

  20. Ellen Staniszewski Says:

    Pictures on Ash Wednesday at Berwyn Heights (College Park) Clinic in Maryland.

    Had a large turnout for the initial day.

  21. Rose Vosburgh Says:

    God bless you, Betty, for reminding us of the power of just one committed person. That one plus the Holy Spirit is very powerful indeed. May God bless the campaign in your small city and may there be many more who will join you in the days ahead.

  22. Jan Metz Says:

    Thank God for dedicated people who pray constantly to end the scourge of abortion which is ruining our nation. We pray at our local Planned Parenthood office here in Southern Calif every third Saturday to awaken the community to
    the evils that are in our midst and to bring support to individuals who are suffering because they have succumbed to an abortion.

  23. Janet Says:

    I hope, believe, and trust that abortion will end in this country and throughout the world because we are calling out to all mighty God in fasting and penitence as he has instructed us in scripture. Too many babies have died, too many women wounded, and too many families have been torn apart. Our society has become hardened and violent against the weaker members because we have allowed this blood shed and crimes against the helpless. I know that the country will experience rebirth when the killing of the unborn is eradicated. May God bless all the 40 Days for Life participants and make our efforts fruitful.

  24. cary ortega Says:

    God Bless all prayer warriors. What a boost of the love of God for his children. we are in South Florida praying for the unborn babies and for the miracle to put an end to abortion and allow the plan of God to shine upon us. Got God? PRAY. God Bless all!

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