Things are getting very busy as we head into the last stretch of this 40 Days for Life campaign … and I have a lot to share today.
We have reports of two prayer events featuring youth groups in Texas … great words of encouragement from a 40 Days for Life location in New England … and a bonus link to a fresh interview with 40 Days for Life national director David Bereit!
FOR LIFE AND LIBERTY
David Bereit was interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez, who serves as editor-at-large of National Review Online.
“When it comes to ending abortion,” David said in the interview, “we recognize that ‘with man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.’ We ask God, the author of life, to change hearts and minds, to save lives and to impact eternal souls — and He has responded in a profound way.”
Click to read the full interview.
Lauren Muzyka of the 40 Days for Life national team had an opportunity to pray with young people from Salt Church and St. Ignatius Loyola outside Planned Parenthood’s abortion megaplex in Houston.
“The youth prayed intently in a circle while cars were going in and out of the abortion center parking lot,” she said. “It was so inspiring to see these young people have a heart for their unborn brothers and sisters as well as the women in crisis.”
It impressed Lauren that they were “so joyful and thankful to be out there and part of this ministry. Their youth minister told me they kept asking when they could come back and pray.”
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
“We had a successful youth hour with the pro-life clubs from Atonement Academy and John Paul II High School and a few members from the University of Texas at San Antonio, St. Mary’s University and Northwest Vista groups,” said Matt in San Antonio. “We filled the sidewalk on both sides of the street!”
Matt said vigil participants stress the importance of being charitable “to anyone and everyone you encounter on the sidewalk, even if the emotions are high and even if they disagree with your views or faith. The loving, peaceful, charitable example that you show speaks much louder than your words.”
GREENLAND, NEW HAMPSHIRE
This is the seventh campaign in Greenland … but this time around, prayer volunteers are noticing more positive responses than ever before.
“People are stopping to thank the prayer volunteers on the sidewalk for what they are doing,” said Jackie, the local campaign coordinator, “and are sharing their own stories about how abortion has affected them.”
One day recently, a truck pulled up to the curb and the driver got out. “Thank you for what you’re doing here,” he said. He told the volunteers that many years ago, he and his girlfriend had considered abortion … but decided against it. He now has a 38-year-old daughter.
Twenty years later, that daughter thought about having an abortion … and she also decided to keep her baby. That baby is the man’s 18-year-old grandson. As he got back into his truck, he called out to vigil participants, “God bless you all!”
“The Holy Spirit is definitely working powerfully!” Jackie said.
Here’s the link to today’s devotional
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
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