40 Days for Life often feels like a sprint — but it’s really a marathon!
Marathons take discipline … and often it can be hard to tell if you’re really getting anywhere. As we enter the last quarter of this effort, many campaigns are just now seeing the impact they have had over these past few weeks.
It takes a steady, faith-filled, Christ-like mind to stay the course and not get distracted. As the Apostle Paul put it, “Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).
These campaign stories illustrate that point.
Trudy reports that the 40 Days for Life campaign is going very well — and that’s no surprise. But this campaign is different. The volunteers in Jacksonville are praying in front of a vacant building.
“Our pro-life presence in front of an empty facility, whose owner, Planned Parenthood, plans to abort babies in this building, delivers our message to passersby better than an ad in the local newspaper,” Trudy said.
“If you really want a treat, join us at 1:45 pm any day, Monday through Friday, to see all of the school buses lined up on the street in front of the new Planned Parenthood,” she said. “Children, with their arms hanging out the windows, joyfully wave to us when they see our display of banners.”
Traffic often slows in front of this location. One woman called out from her car, “I didn’t have an abortion. I kept my baby!” The volunteers responded, “God bless you!” The man in the car behind her heard all of this and added, “I don’t believe in abortion either!”
Pray that Planned Parenthood never opens an abortion center in this location!
Faithful prayer volunteers continue to bring the pro-life message to the street in front of Planned Parenthood in Pittsburgh — despite a couple of area businesses that would like to see them leave.
One store owner has even posted a sign for the past two campaigns, calling them hypocrites. “He needs prayers,” said one participant.
Another volunteer told of “a heartbreaking scene that was observed when a woman walked out of the Planned Parenthood strongly stating to a young woman behind her (her daughter?) ‘I don’t care what you want.’ Please pray for them.”
Nikki sent some photos from the vigil. In one, you can see a mobile ultrasound unit parked across the street from Planned Parenthood. “One girl went into it for sure instead of going in to Planned Parenthood,” Nikki said, “but we don’t know the details yet of what happened after she got on board.”
Lisa in Phoenix is thankful for the many volunteers who “continue to stand witness through many difficult situations in Phoenix.” They will keep praying at this site even after the 40 days are complete.
“The community has become more aware of the evil surrounding their neighborhood,” she said. “People are sharing stories of healing and reaching out to those in need. Local churches have taken on full vigil days to witness and pray.”
Vigil participants watch every day as women come and go. “From my years praying on the sidewalk of abortion clinics,” a volunteer said, “this is the first time where the girls are so sedated they have no tears … but this is a battle God will win. Continue to be His voice for the voiceless.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
40 Days for Life
PS: Are you a first-time participant in 40 Days for Life? If so, I’d love to hear about what you’ve experienced. Please leave a comment below.