I’m back home after a visit with the 40 Days for Life team in Mobile, Alabama. As I mentioned yesterday, a pregnancy help center moved in across the street to help women get loving alternatives.
Pregnancy centers often drive the abortion industry crazy. The abortion business tries to position itself as a mainstream healthcare service. But as anyone who’s ever prayed outside one of those facilities is aware, that is certainly not the case.
A small group was praying outside the abortion center in Eugene when an ambulance pulled up. It wasn’t long before a woman was brought out, put in the ambulance and taken away.
“We have prayed for her and know that she is in the Lord’s hands for healing and recovery,” said Lynda in Eugene. “Again, ‘legal’ does not mean ’safe.’”
That same afternoon, a woman pulled into the parking lot — her car was facing a “choose life” sign. As she sat in her car, a child got out … hesitated … then got back in. The woman put her car in reverse and drove away. A changed heart? Please pray that it is!
The abortion facility usually opens at 9 o’clock. The next day, it didn’t open til 1 pm. According to Lynda, “business has slowed down since 40 Days for Life kicked off. Thanks to prayer and His presence, we are seeing change!”
ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Adelaide is a long way from Eugene — but these two 40 Days for Life locations have noticed the exact same thing about the impact of their vigils. “During our 40 Days for Life campaign,” said one of the Adelaide volunteers, “we know that business drops off significantly at the Pregnancy Advisory Centre.”
It’s important — wherever you happen to be — to pray for abortion to end. “However,” this volunteer said, “when there are numbers of people praying at the vigil site, we have found the results of our prayers to be much more fruitful than if we just pray elsewhere, away from the site.”
Georgiana Pinwill from the Adelaide team had a great opportunity recently to promote the campaign on the radio with Jayne Lochert of 107.9 Life FM. Here’s a short clip from their chat:
There was an emergency call at the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Charlottesville. The local police quickly arrived, along with a special state police van. It seems a “suspicious box” had been discovered along the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood — which is where the 40 Days for Life vigil is currently underway.
The rapid law enforcement response got the attention of one of the local radio stations, which mentioned it on their newscast.
It didn’t take long for all the excitement to fizzle out. When the police opened the “suspicious box,” they found a Bible and some candles … apparently left outside by a late-night prayer volunteer.
40 Days for Life’s national director, David Bereit, spoke at Charlottesville’s midpoint rally, sharing good news about the campaign with about 60 people. He encouraged volunteers to press on with even greater vigor and commitment.
It had been a rainy day, but by the time the event started, the skies had cleared and a rainbow appeared in the sky — “God’s promise of good things to come,” as one volunteer put it.
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
PS: Have you seen signs of encouragement from your local 40 Days for Life campaign? If so, please leave a comment below.