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DAY 4: The gospel on the 6 o’clock news

September 29th, 2012 by admin

The media.

Yes, I know a lot of people shudder when they hear those words. At the national level, there is often disdain for Christianity and everything Christians do. At the local level, however, it’s often a different story.

40 Days for Life campaigns are finding local news organizations are willing to listen … and our local leaders have done a great job during this first week of the campaign to take full advantage.

Even when the the media doesn’t agree with us, they’re still providing a huge platform and enabling local leaders to spread the word about 40 Days for Life throughout the communities they serve.

See for yourself!

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GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
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Green Bay was part of the first 40 Days for Life campaign five years ago, and is now participating for the ninth time. Among the local media covering the opening day event was WLUK-TV, the local Fox affiliate.

One of the local team members told the reporter, “We decided the best thing to do is just surround the buildings with prayer, with our prayer for those who are involved with abortion, those who are considering abortion, and hopefully to change their hearts and minds through a peaceful prayer vigil.”

The reporter asked for comment from the abortion facility’s staff, but no one wanted to talk.

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MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND
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Milton Keynes is about 45 miles northwest of London. The city is taking part in its first 40 Days for Life campaign, praying near a BPAS abortion facility. BPAS is one of the main abortion chains in Great Britain.

Local coordinator Andy Burton recently had an opportunity to spread the word about the campaign on BBC Three Counties Radio. While he was able to talk about the vigil, the need for prayer and the nature of the BPAS abortion business, the host was intent on interrupting him and questioning him repeatedly about “hard case” scenarios such as rape and incest.

It was not an especially friendly interview. But more people in the area now know about 40 Days for Life.

To hear a 5-minute segment of that interview, click the arrow:

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SAGINAW, MICHIGAN
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This is the fourth 40 Days for Life effort in Saginaw. The opening day of this campaign saw a number of people come out to pray – including Bishop Joseph Cistone of the local Catholic diocese.

A news team from WNEM-TV, the local CBS affiliate, was there to report on the vigil – and to interview Bishop Cistone.

“We believe in the power of God so we are interceding that God will do His work among our people,” he said, “that there would be an end to abortion and we would have a deeper respect for life at all its stages from conception to natural death.”

As for the “other side” of the story, here again, no one from the abortion center would go on camera.

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: How is 40 Days for Life touching lives in your community? Please leave a comment below.

11 Responses to “DAY 4: The gospel on the 6 o’clock news”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Before I became Catholic in 2010, and while in college at a very liberal school, I never understood people’s passion for pro-life. God has done a lot in my life in the past couple of years, and really opened my eyes. Today, I plan on participating in the 40 Days mission by standing outside Planned Parenthood with my beautiful 10 month old baby girl, rain or shine. Looking into her eyes , I cringe at the thought that there is even an option for her to never have been born!
    All of you that volunteer and pray every day for this campaign, God bless you for helping save lives!!

  2. Nancy Says:

    Andy Burton in London did a fabulous job with the interview.
    God was right beside him during that time. Keep up your great work for our children.
    Wish we could have had our 40Days but not enough people signed up to try to save the children here in Plattsburgh, NY. That is shameful!

  3. Juliane Bertagne Says:

    Brilliant interview from the Milton Keynes representative! The interviewer kept interrupting him, inserting his own opinion, and seeming quite exercised at the end of the segment, but Andy kept his cool and reiterated that every baby has a right to life. May God bless every 40 Days’ participant but especially those in countries such as England that are very complacent about the horror of abortion. It is a government-protected right there and the effort of 40 Days is so important.

  4. Cielo Says:

    I drove by one of the clinics here in San Antonio, I was so excited to see them! I honked and waved, I’m looking forward to sign up soon!

  5. theodore ray trahan Says:

    After more than thirty years, we need to represent those women, who even though raped were courageous enough to keep their child and have happy endings.

  6. Wynette Sills Says:

    Nancy, even if you didn’t have “enough people signed up”, please do it anyway. Organize what few people you have to go and pray, inviting others to join you! Although it won’t be a formal 40 Days, I’m sure by God’s grace, lives will be saved and awareness will be raised in your community, perhaps even giving you the momentum to register fully next spring. Blessings!

  7. Mary Ellen Cote Says:

    Andy Burton did a wonderful job. He said it so well – that the truth is often not palatable. But, the truth is the truth. I think it is so easy to be pro choice (pro death) when you are already born and are not in danger of dying. Just think of yourself at the merciless hands of a serial killer and tell me what would you think. Would you think – hey, stop, I want to live?
    That is what our little babies in the womb think when the instrument of abortion is aimed at them. Save our babies – pray pray and pray some more.

  8. Mary Ellen Cote Says:

    Nancy – just make your own sign and go out there and pray. Remember Nineva. God saved the city for one righteous person.

  9. Margo Says:

    I went to my first 40 days for Life event last night in Beaverton Oregon. It was very touching. I met people there with a heart for the Lord and who loved the unborn babies. It was eery for me to stand in front of a Planned Parenthood building, knowing what murder and dismemberment was going on at any moment within it’s walls. It looked like any other building in a tree-lined street… but I knew better. Our prayers and signs caused a lot of people driving by to either give us the finger, shake their heads in disgust, or rev up their engines in support… we never knew what to expect, but one thing is for sure: our voices sang out in prayer and praises to our God, who is abundantly able and will close this killing center down someday. Amen!

  10. Esther Davis Says:

    I have participated in our local 40 Days for Life in the past 3 years, but am unable to do so this time, due to some ageing health problems. But, know that with all my heart and soul, that I am with all of you spiritually, and praying and fasting with you. Someday soon, God will answer our prayers and efforts to stop abortion and all the other related life issues in His own way and time. Our job is to do our best, and let Him do the rest.

  11. Colleen R. Says:

    I just want to remind you that Green Bay was the third city in the world to hold a 40 Days for Life vigil in spring 2006. That is more than six years ago, BEFORE the beginning of what is now the national/international world wide organization it has become since 2007. I was not directly involved with the organization of that first Green Bay event. In fact, I was only able to assist in commiting my parish with a neigboring parish to cover 12 consecutive hours in prayer on June 6, 2006. However, I was a very good friend of a woman who really dedicated a lot of time and effort to make that event occur. I just would like to see that reflected when Green Bay is mentioned, out of gratitude to that first Green Bay 40 Days for Life team. Thank you.

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