Today we focus on people who are not famous — and probably never will be. Far away from the spotlights of our celebrity-driven culture, they’re regular people, humbly doing the little things — and often, doing them with enormous courage.
They’re the heart of 40 Days for Life … and they deserve a big THANK YOU … ALL of you!
FORT WAYNE, INDIANA
I recently spoke at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Fort Wayne — one of SEVEN campaigns in the Hoosier state.
At the vigil, a woman walked up … gave me a hug … and shared that she had an abortion years ago. She knew she needed healing when she got involved with 40 Days for Life in 2010.
“After coming out here and praying,” she said, “I got connected to local post-abortion healing along with the Silent No More awareness campaign. I shared my story for the first time at the 40 Days for Life vigil site.”
I told her, “Thank you for your courage.” It reminded me that it was the powerful testimonies of women who’d had abortions that had really drawn me into the pro-life movement when I was in college.
SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA
Ginny in Santa Cruz is thankful for everyone who’s been praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil — but she noted a couple of people who go the extra mile.
One is Rae Ellen, whom she described as a real trouper. Rae Ellen uses a wheel chair. “For the last three years, she has come down almost every Saturday to pray outside of Planned Parenthood. For all four of our 40 Days for Life campaigns, she has come down 5 or 6 days a week — even in the rain.”
Ginny also mentioned Bob, another volunteer who uses a wheelchair. He’s a regular at the vigil outside Planned Parenthood every Saturday. Bob has been a bit under the weather of late, so “please pray for him,” she said. “All the babies need this powerful prayer warrior back again.”
Kathy in Columbia sent a picture of students from St. Joseph Cathedral School in Jefferson City who visited the 40 Days for Life vigil. “The children came to pray,” she said, “and pray they did!”
Kathy also mentioned a woman who had visited Planned Parenthood more than a year ago. She wanted to have a baby, and figured a place called “Planned Parenthood” could help her. She told them she wanted to get pregnant. They told her to come back when she did.
“Well,” Kathy said, “she still hasn’t gotten pregnant. And when she went in this time, they told her they don’t help with things like that. So we are still trying to figure out what ‘Planned Parenthood’ actually means.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
PS: What small victories have you witnessed with 40 Days for Life in your city? Please share the good news by replying below.