As we head into the final stretch of the campaign, we are starting to see abortion workers give up on their stereotypes … of YOU.
Weeks into the campaign, all the labels are finally set aside. The workers begin to question what they are doing … and why it is wrong. This has already led to three workers having a change of heart during this campaign!
Some employees come to the conclusion that they can no longer justify working at an abortion center — and experience the great freedom that comes with leaving.
Others, however, just get mad — and take it out on the people peacefully praying outside. Through their actions, they begin to show how troubled and discontented they really are.
As vigil participants, we know that it is best to not respond and not get upset … but to continue to pray for these people and show the love of Christ. When they ARE ready to leave, they will remember the love you showed them.
Here are a few examples of how 40 Days for Life prayer teams have, in the face of anger, responded with Christ’s love.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
Planned Parenthood called the police again. It seems that two women stopped by the 40 Days for Life vigil to thank people for their prayers and assistance — and they parked in Planned Parenthood’s lot.
One of the women just wanted to encourage volunteers, since she was adopted — and had adopted a child herself. She was grateful that neither she nor her daughter had become victims of the abortion industry.
The other woman had been a Planned Parenthood client who changed her mind and chose life for her child, who is now a few months old. She stopped by to update the volunteers and let them know that she was getting assistance from local ministries.
In addition to calling the police, agitated Planned Parenthood staffers came out, took pictures and confronted the women. When the police arrived, they helped settle things down … and they understood that the two women had no idea that simply parking on Planned Parenthood’s property would create such tumult.
The volunteers asked for prayer for the two women — as well as prayer for the conversion of the Planned Parenthood staff.
A month into the campaign, the abortion center staff in Austin is still trying to find a legal reason that might disrupt the 40 Days for Life vigil.
“They claim that we are breaking city ordinances by having our signs on a display,” said one of the Austin volunteers, “which we are not. And we’ve proved that a million times before.”
“I like when the police drive by and smile with a wave,” said another volunteer. “The smile is a nice way of saying, keep up the good work.”
The slogan is familiar: “Keep abortion safe and legal.”
“This is one of many rants we hear while we have been praying at Bread and Roses [yes, that’s the name of the abortion center] during these 40 Days for Life,” said Jazmin in Gainesville. “It is yet another example of the irony and deceit which surrounds abortion.”
Abortion, obviously, is not “safe” for the baby — and there are physical, spiritual and emotional risks for the mother as well. As for “legal,” that certainly isn’t the same as “moral.” Morality is constant; laws can be changed.
Jazmin said she is convinced “these angry rants of passersby are the dead consciences of our community being stirred out of their stupor. May our continued presence during the remainder of these 40 Days for Life stir the hearts of those in our city to seek and find the truth regarding the sanctity of human life.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
40 Days for Life
PS: As always, if you have news to report from your community’s 40 Days for Life effort, please let everyone know! You may leave a comment below.