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!
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
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.
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND
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:
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.
40 Days for Life
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