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?
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
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!”
IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH
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.
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!