On average, there are 3,300 abortions EVERY DAY in the United States — but that daily number goes up on Saturdays, the busiest day of the week at many abortion centers.
As we near the midpoint of this campaign, today — Saturday — is an excellent day to participate in 40 Days for Life. Click this link to find the location nearest you:
When you pray at the vigil, you realize two things:
- The abortionist doesn’t want us out there.
- Christ does.
Here’s what I mean …
Feminist Women’s Health Center is a second-trimester abortion center where women come from neighboring states for abortions. The staff is used to people praying outside every week. “But they get particularly nervous when 40 Days for Life rolls around,” said Lauren in Atlanta, “as they know our numbers jump exponentially.”
On one day recently, two women changed their minds. One was 17 weeks pregnant; the other was 22. “These women were met with love and acceptance from the moment they drove onto the clinic property and it was this love that drew them to us,” Lauren said. Volunteers assured them they would not abandon them, but would walk with them through their pregnancies.
One of the women responded by text, “I’m just glad to have some support. Thank you!”
The abortion center has lined the right-of-way, where the volunteers can legally stand, with prickly yucca plants in an obvious attempt to deter them. Lauren sent photographic proof that the plan is not working.
“We had eleven prayer warriors from all over Atlanta in front of the clinic this morning,” she said. “We just figure it’s a sign that we are frustrating the clinic and if God wants us to put up with the yucca plants, so be it.”
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
One of the volunteers in Fort Worth, a youth director at a local church, wrote on the 40 Days for Life blog about recruiting new people to pray at the vigil.
One Saturday morning, a woman she invited to the vigil arrived with her daughter. It was cold and drizzling, but they prayed for an hour. “I could tell she and her daughter were very moved,” said the volunteer.
The following Saturday, the same woman returned — this time, with her husband. “Wow, there are a lot less cars than last week,” she said. “She knew something had happened from last week to this week,” the youth director observed. Fewer cars means fewer abortions.
Later, this woman gave a short testimony to a group at church — and now there are about half a dozen others who promised to pray at the vigil the next weekend.
“God is so good,” said the youth director. “I know we have saved some lives. Praise be to God!”
“I am still in awe of our awesome God,” a prayer volunteer in Mankato wrote on the 40 Days for Life blog. “I had never been involved with this campaign before, and I didn’t know what to expect.”
While praying at the vigil, “I was overwhelmed with the presence of the Holy Spirit that morning, and wept in worship of the Lord.” People drove by, yelling negative comments, honking their horns and expressing support for Planned Parenthood. But she just continued to pray quietly.
“I watched at least 15 people come and go in the time I was there,” she wrote. “I don’t know what they were there for, but God does, and it was an honor to pray for each of them. I encourage anyone who can go, even for just one hour, to be a voice for the unborn. It will change your life.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
40 Days for Life
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