Christ said those who follow Him could face persecution. And He was certainly right about that.
Whether it’s “pledge a picketer” efforts, media misrepresentations — or something altogether novel — we’re pretty much seeing it all during this campaign. The abortion business does not like 40 Days for Life.
What to do about it? Just keep praying! This is, after all, a spiritual battle. Here are a couple of stories about campaigns under attack. Please keep ALL of the 258 campaigns in your prayers.
The London 40 Days for Life coordinator, Robert Colquhoun, said, “We have been totally harangued by the media with lies and intimidation.”
Indeed, the campaign has been in the middle of a media firestorm. Newspapers have published stories about 40 Days for Life participants “harassing” women outside the abortion center where the London vigil is taking place. Of course, there was no such behavior in evidence.
Vigil participants were also accused of taking pictures of women entering the facility. Also not true — they had cameras to record the people who were directing their anger at the people praying.
One newspaper had a headline with the word “intimidation” in it — right above a photo of three people quietly praying, with their eyes cast down at the pavement. The photo spoke louder than the abortion center staff’s trumped-up accusations.
Robert appeared on BBC radio’s morning news along with Ann Furedi, the CEO of BPAS, which is England’s largest abortion chain.
Robert fielded a barrage of loaded questions from the interviewer with an air of calm confidence and outlined the 40 Days for Life mission — and the necessity of a peaceful prayer presence outside the abortion facility. An estimated 4 million listeners heard the interview.
To read — and listen to — the BBC story, please go to:
NEW ABORTION CENTER TACTIC
We’ve received reports from several locations that suggest the abortion centers are trying something new in their efforts to get 40 Days for Life prayer vigil participants to go home: fertilizer. And lots of it.
The idea, apparently, is to spread the stuff along the public right-of-way and generate a foul odor in the area where people are praying. In at least one of the locations, the sidewalk itself has been covered in awful-smelling fertilizer. A staff member said they’re just maintaining their landscaping.
Of course, fertilizer does help things grow. What’s growing on the concrete outside the abortion centers? The vigil!
“We have dedicated vigil people who will not let this keep them away from the vigil,” said one of the local leaders confronted with this tactic. “If they think this will make us go away, they are very wrong.”
“It did not deter us at all,” reports the coordinator of another campaign, “and now God has sent the rain for hours, which washed away the smell.”
Need a bit of positive encouragement? Then take two minutes to go watch a short video of the midpoint event for 40 Days for Life in Toronto and recall the words of Isaiah: “Here am I; send me.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
PS: What’s new with the 40 Days for Life campaign in your home town? Please share your updates by replying below.