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DAY 7: Challenged to do more

October 2nd, 2012 by admin

As the first full week of this 40 Days for Life campaign comes to an end, we’ve already seen many blessings … and we expect God to send more. The one question local campaign leaders are asking is: Can YOU do more?


The 40 Days for Life team in St. Louis is expanding their efforts this campaign, including for the first time some overnight coverage for their peaceful vigil.

“The power of prayer lives outside of time and space,” said Brian Westbrook, the local coordinator. “When we are standing on the sidewalk praying at night, the woman who is about to go to the abortion facility the next day is staying up all night worried because she feels she has no other choice but to abort.”

He added that prayers often help to comfort and empower these women to carry their children to term.

“Abortion is a serious matter,” Brian said, “and we are showing our community that we are willing to step out of our comfort zone to stand up for the truth and change our local culture to END abortion, not just reduce it.”


Wynette in Sacramento tells me that Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays have always been very busy abortion days at the location where 40 Days for Life vigils are held. But she just found out last week that they are now completely closed on Saturdays!

“Dozens of children have lost their lives each Saturday at this location for years in our community,” she said, “but due to reduced demand for abortion, an attempt by the abortion business to cut costs, and the loss of several key veteran abortion staff members, the business is now closed on Saturdays, which is an encouraging answer to prayer!”

Wynette also says she personally witnessed the answer to other prayers. “I was present when a car pulled over at the corner and the young woman said, ‘I changed my mind and didn’t have my abortion!’ Praise God!”


Finally, I’d like to share a story without giving names or locations.

One of our local teams tells the story of a couple who pledged their lives together “in sickness and in health.” Now one of them has cancer.

For the next seven weeks, virtually coinciding with 40 Days for Life prayer campaign, they will be traveling past the vigil site en route to the hospital for chemo. They’ve decided that every day after the cancer treatment, they will stop by the vigil site to pray.

“They are not people who want adulations for what they are doing,” said one local team member. “They prefer anonymity. We are inspired by this couple — and challenged to do more. Much more!”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What’s going on with 40 Days for Life in your community? Please leave a comment below and let me know!

11 Responses to “DAY 7: Challenged to do more”

  1. Therese Silberman Says:

    Thank you for all you do. I am new to 40 days for life.
    I think the vigil through the night is an excellent idea. I wake often during the night and although I cannot attend a night vigil at this time I can certainly pray for God’s intervention in my city in regard to Abortion when I
    lie awake during the night. I will pray for the enlightenment of
    hearts and minds that are blinded to the truth about what Abortion,
    what it does to children and what it does to their parents.
    I will pray for God’s mercy and peace to descend on those mothers
    who feel lost and alone so that they might make a right choice for the life of their child and for themselves. I will pray for those who are involved in
    performing or providing abortions. I will pray for our nation to wake up to the truth of what we are allowing to take place in our country behind closed doors.

  2. Chaplain Pete Says:

    Kenmore has had some marvelous experiences in community outreach efforts. A Russian immagrant say our booth and asked if we would pray for healing for his aches and pains. Of course we would. We were all encouraged by the communion of our fellowship. Yesterday, Monday, a 20 year old man stopped by. He was wearing a Nike shirt. I asked him if he knew what Nike meant. It struck up a whole conversation that ended up with him taking some literature with a parting comment, “I will check you out on the internet.” Our group was privilideged to pray for this young man as well.

    Chaplain Pete

  3. Elizabeth Rippee Says:

    Thank you so much for the encouraging emails! I really appreciate the babies saved daily upodate. I waswondering if you could also include under that tally how many clinics that have been closed along with a tally of the number of days that clinics are now closed? That would be so inspirational! May God continue to bless all that you are doing to save His precious unborn and their Mothers Fathers and families!

  4. mary tegtmeyer Says:

    Last night was sleepless but I offered it all up for the women who are scheduled for today to kill there babies that they will turn back .

  5. Margot Loza Says:

    I think it is beautiful and awesome that as cristians we all come together no mattter our demoniation to save the lives of our small fragile neighbors. I just want to thank everybody for the love that I have seen in this event. We are helping these unborn babies but in the process we also help ourselves. So thank you.

  6. Margie Says:

    Today is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels feast day in our church. Let us remember that all of us on earth have been assigned a guardian angel. Think of the guardian angels assigned to men and women involved in the abortion industry. How sad they must be! What a challenge to open the blinded eyes of the souls of their charges! Each woman going in for an abortion also is accompanied by her own guardian angel and the guardian angel of her unborn child. The pro life community has an angelic host of angels at work with us in this spiritual battle for the lives of the unborn children and the souls of all involved.

    Today, and every day, let us appeal to the angels who guard and guide us. Let there be peace in our land. Peace knowing unborn children are safe and secure and not threatened with violence. Amen.

  7. Monique Potvin Says:

    Today october 2, as I was praying in front of the abortuary on Bank Street in Ottawa, a gentleman approached me and told me that our prayers “were having an effect”. He gave me his card and told me he was Leon Benoit, a federal Conservative M.P. who was a member of a Commons caucus working to further the pro-life agenda. He told me that he was sad that Motion??? had been rejected, but that there was still hope because a British Columbia M.P. named Marc Warawa was in the process of introducing a new motion to end “sex-selective” abortions and that the debate on this new motion should start sometime before Christmas. He added that since all three parties had proclaimed that they were against this type of abortion, the new motion would surely be approved. He then left me.

  8. Dave Mattozzi Says:

    Let us all pray for an end to abortion.

  9. dymphna Says:

    Thank,s for the goodwork yet again that ye are all doing,in the refflection the parents that have abandoned their children it makes me angry,because like me i wanted to have my child 90 percent or more of womebnare pushed and corceied in to unwanted abortions,some people do not know what the are talking about,like there was a priest in my parish a few years ago and he says woman that have abortions,he made me so furious in saying this.

  10. Mary Bergin Says:

    October13th Mass at St.Philip and James Church North Charles Street Baltimore, Md and Rosary walk to near by abortion clinic. First and third Saturday of the month 7am Mass St. Alphansus and prayers in front of Planned Parenthood Baltimore City

  11. Charlene Carney Says:

    God has been on duty every time I show up for my hour of vigil. When I get to my post I pray for God’s intervention in possible plans for an abortion, and for those driving by to have their hearts opened up to God’s plan for this world and how it’s supposed to work, suddenly MANY people will drive by on an otherwise nearly deserted street, people in agreement will smile or wave, others won’t even look at me, so I know they feel the conviction in their hearts. There is a voting location cross corner from where I’m standing and I will frequently walk to that end of the sidewalk to give anyone looking a chance to read my sign, then I pray they vote for the child.
    I really love doing this, it makes me see the long term reaction to putting this message out. Thanks for the opportunity.
    P.S. This is my first year of doing this.

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