The largest 40 Days for Life campaign ever starts tomorrow in 316 locations … with more than 40 brand-new cities, including Kampala, Uganda!
Today I am in chilly Ohio, where I spoke at a kickoff event for the Toledo 40 Days for Life campaign before heading to St. Paul, Minnesota tomorrow.
Since returning from Australia, our national director, David Bereit, has already helped to kick off local campaigns in New Hampshire, Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia. Tomorrow he will be in Fort Worth, Texas, launching their 40 Days for Life before heading on to Kansas City.
Five years ago, when 40 Days for Life was first launched as a national effort, David and I were hoping 20 cities would take part. But God put that campaign in 89 cities.
In these five years, YOUR faith in God has been the difference. Your faith is the reason this humble effort spread to an overall total of 440 cities …
… from 1,000 volunteers in Texas to 525,000 worldwide …
… from a few churches to 15,000 …
… and from one country to 15 around the globe.
Over those five years, you’ve sacrificed and persevered through rain, snow, heat … and a shout or two from those who did not agree with you.
But God has worked miracles …
… miracles of babies joining the peaceful vigils outside the places they were schedule to be aborted …
… workers who joined and even led the very campaigns they were trained to despise …
… and with abortion facilities closing their doors.
As inspiring as these results are for us as we move forward, they mean very little to the woman scheduled for an abortion this week. Over these 40 days, we once again have an opportunity to pray and fast — and to be a witness to the hope and love of Christ.
And PRAYER does come first.
You’ll be getting messages from me each of the 40 days with a quick campaign update and a daily devotional.
On this day before the campaign begins, I’d also like to recommend an article about the 69 abortion workers who have left their jobs after 40 Days for Life vigils were held in the public right-of-way outside their buildings.
In this new article, Abby Johnson, the former director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in College Station, Texas (the very place that 40 Days for Life began), comments on the love she received from vigil participants.
“They had always told me, ‘If you ever want to leave, we’ll be here for you.’” she said. “I decided to put them to the test. I broke down and told them, ‘I know what I’ve been doing is wrong, and I want out.’ They just looked at me and said, ‘We’re here to help you.’”
You can read the full article in the National Catholic Register.
A prayerful foundation is the key for bringing a “what would Jesus do” attitude to the vigil. This is the attitude that has helped mothers choose life for their babies — and helped clinic employees like Abby Johnson change their hearts and leave the abortion business.
This is my personal invitation for you to get involved. Here’s the link to all 316 locations — please find the one nearest you and learn how you can help.
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
Let’s pray and fast — and await God’s blessings together — starting tomorrow!
40 Days for Life