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DAY 3: Small but mighty

September 28th, 2012 by admin

I’m just back from speaking to a HUGE crowd at the 40 Days for Life kickoff in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Their vigil moved to a new site for 2012 — a Planned Parenthood location. That’s because last year, the site where the volunteers had been praying previously STOPPED DOING ABORTIONS!

In this short video report, local leader Brian Gibson outlines 40 Days for Life’s focus on prayer for SEVEN campaigns … and Regions Hospital’s decision to get out of the abortion business.


The kickoff events I attend may draw hundreds, but the vigils themselves usually see just a few people at a time. Passersby may shrug and say, “There’s not much to it, is there?”

But as you know … there’s more going on than meets the eye!

“Small but mighty” is the subject line on a picture the Dover team e-mailed me. It shows a few people at the peaceful vigil on public grounds outside Planned Parenthood during Dover’s ninth 40 Days for Life campaign.

As Jesus told us in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in their midst.”


Even if by chance you are outside the abortion center by yourself, you are certainly not alone. There are others also standing vigil, at every hour of each of these 40 days, at some place around the world

“Here in Finland, we don’t have 40 Days for Life yet,” wrote someone only identified as Foreigner, “but at least one person is praying over the daily devotionals with you and following your blog.”

Foreigner describes a country where any sort of physical punishment for children is forbidden. “But abortion (most before 12 weeks by drugs) is seen as something so normal that there aren’t even done in separate abortion facilities, but in every hospital, even in maternity wards, in every health center, by almost every doctor and nurse.”

Foreigner held her own one-person candlelight prayer vigil outside a hospital on Day 1 as two women came out. One was wearing a nightgown and robe. An abortion patient, Foreigner wondered? If so, “I hope and pray God will help them see what they have done, so they can be saved and healed, and save others from making the horrible ‘choice.’”


The abortion center in Fort Lauderdale was closed on Wednesday — it may have been because of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day known as the Day of Atonement. “But we made an impact as we stood and prayed,” said John.

One driver saw their signs, stopped and called out through her open window. She wanted to know if abortion was okay in cases of incest. John’s wife had a 20-minute conversation with her and made some headway in explaining why abortion is always wrong.

“Standing and praying at the abortion center brings the buried issue of abortion to the surface,” John said, “and that can lead to changed minds – and changed hearts.”

If you haven’t joined the vigil yet, he added, please do so! Here’s the link to the list of locations.

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Please let me know what’s new in your local 40 Days for Life campaign! You may leave a comment below.

12 Responses to “DAY 3: Small but mighty”

  1. Jess Says:

    Praise God for what He’s doing and for the 26 lives saved so far!!

    (Where can I get one of those signs?)

  2. Lisa W Says:

    As a victim of incest, there were times I thought I might be pregnant. I myself was conceived out of wedlock 11 years before Roe v Wade. I was a stauch and active supporter of abortion rights when my own father was sexually abusing me. When I contemplated the options, I could never imagine willingly killing the child that was innocent, even though, at that time, I believed the rhetoric that this was my personal choice and it should never be mposed on another. The hope filled message and presence of the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers is healing many who have been devastated by abortion. It was prayer and the message of God’s love that brought me 27 years ago to the belief that life should be celebrated not destroyed. I have participated in several 40 Days for Life campaigns. It is a privilege to extend the love of God to those staggering toward death.
    Gratefully yours in Christ,
    Lisa W.

  3. Sr Mary Dolores Moes Says:

    Today is a beautiful day. As we prayed the prayer for today we thought of all praying with us in so many places. What a great gift!!!
    United we stand. Our center was closed today. Good news! We see some changes. Praise be God. Thank you Mary, angels and all the saints.

  4. Tammy Says:

    Those of you that have stood in the gap for the lost and lonely who feel that they have no other choice but to end the life of the child inside of them…I applaud you and pray for you to be steadfast and sure in your conviction that life isn’t ours to give or take.
    I had 2 abortions in my lifetime before becoming a christian, I rejoice that my Lord and savior forgave me for taking innocent life, but the regret will never go away.

    I would never have had an abortion if it hadn’t been legal.

    Women who have abortions are damaged physically, spritually, and emotionally, and without God (Jesus’s) healing power they won’t get better and may continue to have the next, and the next, while continuing to harden their hearts to the point of destruction.
    Thank you all for taking up your crosses and laying down your time to help those 2 souls, the mother and the child, that are in danger of destruction.
    May the Lord richly bless you all as you stand for life!

  5. kathy bondick Says:

    i sooo need to be a part of this!! tomorrow i will go to planned parenthood in cinti. ohio. and hope to see someone else there too. In Jesus’ name i pray i can make a difference and help in the fight against abortion. thank you


    I thank you all for your fervent prayers, I felt led to pray at the garbage dump. The stink was beyond description ,bloody paper towels on the ground. Increase of flies all around us. I just know that God saw ( Gen. 16:13-14 ). His Word will accomplish His will against mudering babies. We stand in agreement ,Deut.30:19-”….. now choose life…”. In His service with love Anna Louise

  7. Cindy Says:

    Lisa… I wish I could like your message. God bless you for finding hope and peace after such a sad experience. You and your family are in my prayers.

  8. Diane Seville Says:

    Hi all,
    This is Victorville in the High Desert of California. Our Planned Parenthood just started construction on their newly purchased site the day before the campaign so we are praying in front of an empty building. Therefore, our pray is that it never opens and that those cities who’s mills are still going will close down. My friend, another Diane, and I have been praying at the site everyday at 4:00 p.m. since the start of the campaign, and we plan to go at the same time for the full 40 days. Pray that others will join us. God Bless you all.

  9. Margie of Sacramento Says:

    ” In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
    I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
    for you have heard the words of my mouth;
    in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
    I will worship at your holy temple
    and give thanks to your name.”

    No matter if there are few or many, we have our angels with us in this time of trial and prayer as we testify that there is a Father in heaven, a Creator who made us in His image. It was a bright, sunny, hot day in Sacramento as I joined the 40 Days for Life vigil outside a very active abortion center today. It seems a group of student volunteers from Sierra College were “taking charge” of the clinic’s perimeter. I was busy passing out blessed rosaries and rosary pamphlets to whomever I could. It was an abortion day. Always a sad time. No one is happy to see these women come and go. I am reminded that we need to solicit prayer partners to pray for us while we are out at the clinic. Forgot to do so today, but will do so in the future. As I left, one of our women was sitting in a chair at the end of the sidewalk apologizing for her need to sit down. I mentioned to her, “Hey, God the Father sits on His throne in heaven. You are His daughter. It’s okay.” Pray for us in Sacramento that we can effectively witness to the women and possibly shut down this clinic for good.

  10. Cami Murphy Says:

    Thank you, Lisa, for your courageous message of hope, and for choosing life in the face of evil. I believe that your message will save lives and souls. God bless you.

  11. Cathy Says:

    I will be participating in my first prayer vigil tomorrow in Ft Lauderdale. I have extended the invitation to lots of others, most of whom did not even respond back! I do believe that sometimes God calls us to stand alone for what we believe. I pray, though, that as Christians we will not continue to sit back and allow the murder of millions more. I pray for an end to this horrific act! Father forgive us…


    Please click on ; ( info. on FB>) on Monday and Thursday from 1:00-3:00 pm .Hosts are Juda Meyers and Pam Caylor ,You will hear life testimonies from those who survived abortions, who were impregnated by rapist . Need yr. kleenex . God is so good. We had 3 shows and already almost 1900 listeners. PTL . Deut. 30:19. Thank you for all yr. paryers ,they are fragrance to our triune God,2 Cor.2:14-16.

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