As we enter the final three days of this 40 Days for Life campaign … I have one question: Have you prayed at a peaceful vigil yet?
If you haven’t gone to pray outside an abortion facility … do not think it is too late. With three days left, NOW is the time to take a leap of faith and join the thousands who have participated.
Check the list of 316 locations, find the one nearest you — and help make a difference.
As we head into the closing weekend, please pray for the 40 Days for Life local leaders who have invested so much time and energy over the past few months to make these local efforts possible.
“Let us finish strongly!” said one of the Kitchener volunteers. “Hurricane Sandy will not dissuade us from giving a voice to the pre-born!” Yes, this massive storm’s impact was even felt in Canada earlier this week … and we continue to pray for all of those who’ve been impacted by wind, rain, flood and snow.
“Kitchener is not the typical site,” this local campaign leader said, “as we have very little interaction with the public.” The vigil is conducted on the roadside, outside the hospital property where abortions take place.
Still, the Kitchener team understands that the volunteers are part of an international campaign that will see hundreds of babies saved — and hundreds of mothers spared the anguish of abortion.
Chaplain Pete, the local coordinator, visited Kenmore Community Church, which will be the location of the campaign’s closing event. The pastor introduced him to the congregation, and said he’d be available after the service if people wanted to find out more about 40 Days for Life.
“A grandma introduced herself and her daughter, telling me their Planned Parenthood story,” he said.
Five years ago, the daughter — described as a “rebellious teen” — suspected she was pregnant. Her mother took her to Planned Parenthood for a pregnancy test. When they arrived, Planned Parenthood said the cost would be $50 — cash.
They didn’t have the $50, so they went to the pro-life pregnancy help center next door, where the test was free.
“They were treated with kindness and care,” said Chaplain Pete. “Needless to say, no abortion took place.” Now, he’s looking forward to a chance to meet this child, “and invite three generations to join us in our celebration of life event. I can hardly wait!”
“The Lord has blessed us with many babies saved at the Family Planning Associates abortion center,” said Patti in Downey, “with Sunday being the most ever with four changes of heart!”
Three of the mothers who changed their minds did so after an angry employee stormed out of the building — four different times — to yell at vigil participants to “get away from here and stop judging people.”
She then called police, who arrived and went inside to talk. “It all worked for the good,” Patti said, “and we learned to be in prayer and stay calm in the face of harsh anger.”
The 40 Days for Life campaign is making a huge difference “because so many people driving and walking by tell us they never knew there was an abortion clinic there,” she said. “May the Lord be glorified in the closing of this blight of a business in our city … in His perfect time.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
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