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DAY 41: We’re not finished

November 4th, 2012 by admin

At the end of this record-breaking 40 Days for Life campaign, we praise God for 608 babies saved from abortion — that we know of! Many campaigns are still compiling their reports, so that number will likely keep growing.

While it’s important to take a deep breath and recharge our batteries after 40 days of prayer and hard work, if you’re in the United States, there’s something vitally important you still MUST do.

Tuesday, November 6 is election day. Voting is not only a civil responsibility but also a part of our Christian witness. Christ calls us to proclaim the gospel … and that call extends to our witness in the voting booth.

It is NOT an accident that record numbers of people have been praying and fasting for the cause of life in the lead-up to our most important election in decades.

Make a commitment today to:

  • PRAY … for our country, the candidates, your fellow voters — since everything depends on God — and vote as if everything depends on you. Let’s especially storm heaven today with the prayer Jesus taught us:

    Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

  • DISCERN … which candidates will most respect the fundamental right to life of all persons, and vote accordingly. While there may not be a “perfect” candidate on the ballot, those who choose not to vote are passing up a critical opportunity to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves — innocent children in the womb.
  • VOTE … and encourage every other pro-life person you know to join you in voting for life.

This is a crucial election that will determine the fate of millions of pre-born children … as well as the environment we will be conducing our pro-life work in during the next four years.

If for any reason you’re unable to make it to the polls tomorrow, there may still be time to cast an early vote or an absentee ballot TODAY!

Let’s pull out all the stops NOW to ensure that we don’t wake up Wednesday morning wishing we had done more.

This 40 Days for Life campaign has continued to build a foundation for ending abortion in America — and around the world:

  • Record numbers of people are joining the pro-life ranks — including many young people.
  • Business is down at many abortion facilities.

  • Workers continue to quit the abortion industry.

  • And lives continue to be saved … thanks to YOU! Your prayers and participation make a difference.

Now … we MUST continue pressing forward — with relentless energy!

On that note, I ask you to mark your calendar for the evening of next MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12. Save that date.

We’ll have more good news about the campaign that just ended — and more GREAT news about what’s coming next!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What’s next for you? For your community’s 40 Days for Life effort? Please share your story by leaving a comment below.

10 Responses to “DAY 41: We’re not finished”

  1. Louise LaRocque Says:

    40 Days for Life came to Winnipeg in the spring of 2009 and organizers managed to cover the hours with only 60 participants. Since that first campaign, Winnipeg has had Fall campaigns in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and the number of participants has grown to nearly 400!

    On Day 38, Friday, November 2nd, Winnipeg received a special visitor. Abby Johnson had been invited to speak at a pro life banquet yet she asked to be taken to the 40 Days for Life location as soon as her flight arrived. She stayed for an hour on this cold afternoon with temperatures hovering around the freezing point. She spoke to the vigil volunteers who had gathered to meet her and joined them in prayer in front of the Women’s Hospital where abortions are committed.

    Winnipeg participants have noticed that on days of adverse weather conditions, God gives the most graces and shows them what the Holy Spirit can do. One particularly cold, windy, rainy day, two religious sisters, praying at the 40 Days for Life site, were approached by a mother who brought coffee for them and told them she had been able to adopt a child because his young mother had chosen life for him when she saw people praying at this location.

    On Day 40, as Winnipeg closed the 2012 40 Days for Life event, approximately 75 vigilers were in attendance. Roses were laid on the steps of the hospital in remembrance of the preborn babies who had died there. Pink and blue balloons, representing the souls of aborted children, were released into the air by children who had come out with their parents.

  2. Barbara Johnson Says:

    How does one get a 40 Days for Life event in a community?

    Each campaign is grass roots and community-based. The national organization does not determine where they are located. Local people and local groups apply to host a campaign in their own community. We will begin taking applications for the first 2013 campaign some time in December. Please watch your e-mail — and this web site — for the dates applications will open. Thanks and God bless!


  3. Ann Niermeyer Says:

    Last night we completed our campaign with a candlelight vigil of prayer and song and remembering the blessings of this 40 Days for Life. So many people came that we ran out of candles. We also committed to fast and pray for one more day….today….and break our fast after we vote tomorrow. God bless America. We also had several participants decide that they want to continue to come to pray, so we will continue to offer hours of prayer each week at the Planned Parenthood site. This campaign the invitation for people to serve as church liaisons made a big difference. One pastor, after a visit with his church liaison, was inspired to hold an all night prayer vigil at his church ending with a liturgy for LIFE the next morning. He also coordinated with the Knights of Columbus to hold a dinner with all of the proceeds going to the local pregnancy resource center. The Holy Spirit has done great things for us.

  4. Joan Albers Says:

    I want to thank all those who have made this 40 Days for Life possible: David Bereit and Shawn Carney, all of the prayer captains and the prayer warriors who have prayed so diligently on behalf of unborn babies. I praise and thank the Holy Spirit for the guidance all involved in this wonderful prayer campaign in our country and throughout the world. May we all continue to pray for the abolition of this terrible atrocity; many of us cannot go to an abortion clinic, but we can continue to pray at home. God bless!
    Joan Albers

  5. Kevin Williams Says:

    A lady found out I was going to go to a late term abortion clinic to pray and she said: “If anybody turns back and chooses life let me know, will you?” My response to that is always: “I will but I believe by far the majority of the souls who choose life are only known in eternity. Abby Johnson spoke at a Students for Life event here a while back and said that 50% of the appointments for abortions at Planned Parenthood are “No Shows” but if people are out front praying that number becomes 75%! Hallelujah!
    Something else I like to share is that on about my fifth trip to Pray at the “Hood” it was an extremely quiet day unlike the previous times when there was always something exciting to share about with others. As I drove away I said: “Well Lord this was an “Uneventful” day at Planned Parenthood. He instantly and lovingly reproved me with these words: “NOTHING could be further from the truth!” Praise His Holy Name!
    Over time I have come to realize that our presence there affects MANY things that are eternal and impact our selves our society and the world.
    Before I started Pro life activity my knowledge of The Lord and His word seemed to be primarily in my mind and secondarily in my heart. Now I can say emphatically that it has moved down 12 inches and is now primarily in my heart! But more than that the Lord has opened my Spiritual eyes, ears, heart and mind to Spiritual truths that I was never aware of previously.
    Along with our presence making our community more aware of the evil of abortion our presence and prayers have a leavening affect on society as a whole. We help salt it and preserve it from utter putrification and destruction by standing in this huge gap that our generation and our courts have allowed by sanctioning modern day Child Sacrifice. The prophet Ezekiel could have been standing in front of a killing center when he spoke God’s words: “Her Princes in her midst are like ravening wolves, to shed blood, to destroy people, to get dishonest gain…so I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land that I should not destroy it: but I found no one…” Ezekiel 22:27, 30-31 The next statement the prophet declares is God’s wrath and judgment on the land because of the lack of an intercessor. I feel so honored and privileged to be a part of 40 Days For Life and what is so obviously a move of God. May we all pray that we succeed and turn away God’s wrath and open the door to His Blessing and stop the killing of these precious children, God’s Children who he wants to send into the world.

  6. Dave Mattozzi Says:

    Let us pray that pro life leaders are elected on 11/6. God Bless!

  7. chris wingate Says:

    i enjoyed very much praying the Rosary and Hope through Our Blessed Mother’s intercession, our goal will be accomplished.

  8. Laura Says:

    I would add fast to your list of things to do. We are told by Jesus that some evils are only casted out by prayer and fasting. I ask everyone in the pro-life movement to fast for the evil of abortion to be casted out from govt. tomorrow.

  9. Pat McCutchen Says:

    Thank you to everyone who directed, lead and participated in the Campaign. Also, it is so wonderful to know as it was stated that record numbers are joining the pro-life ranks including many young people. It was a blessing and I’m already looking forward to the next one. May we all keep praying and sharing the love of Jesus Christ and taking a stand for the beautiful gift of life that God Almighty has given us. I have no doubt that those who decided not to have an abortion will impact the future decisions of others and that many more babies will be saved. To God be the glory!

  10. Elizabeth Rippee Says:

    I wasn’t able to attend any of the prayer vigils, one of my young sons had surgery and had to have a catheter in place for over 3 weeks. During the times that it was really hard for him when he was having long, drawn-out bladder spasms, I would just hold on to him and remind him to offer up what he was going through so that even more babies would be saved during this campaign. Every day I would give him updates on the number of babies saved in part through his prayers and sacrifices. We weren’t there physically, but we were with you spiritually.
    Just a thought. My parents run ads from Michigan Right to Life in an area of the West Coast during the winter months. They also put up pro-life ads on the busses in their city. They have had young girls call them for help who have been literally traveling on their way to go and have an abortion! They were inspired to do this after they spoke to a woman who was running the same ads in a Southern State. I had a chance to speak to her as well. She shared with me that before they started running the ads, their local pro-life center was seeing around 8 to 10 girls a week. Now, after several years of running these beautiful ready-made ads, they were up to over 100 girls a week coming in for help! Plus, after running the ads for a few years, she could see that her state was starting to elect pro-life candidates after a long streak of only electing pro-abortion people. I know that I’m one person, but perhaps during the times between the vigils we could run some of these ads across the country or at least in key states. I know that I ran them before the presidential election in 2004 in another Western State. Before that, once a year, our state’s Right to Life office would call and do surveys to determine what people in that state considered themselves prolife, and which didn’t. The numbers were always 51% pro”choice”, 49% pro-life. They did the survey after I had been able to run the ads, and one of the office workers told me that for the first time, 51% of the people now considered themselves pro-life! This was after only having a budget of around $1200. I had asked the state office if I could have people make tax-deductible donations to their education fund and then we used those funds to run the ads. (I think that is why I was able to raise so much money – I was able to get big donations from just a few key people)Again, just a thought but maybe if we start getting donations we could start running these ads in key states such as Ohio and Florida and in the bigger cities too, like Philadelphia and Seattle where there are a lot of people who if they had a change of heart could literally change our country by electing in people who have a heart for the unborn.

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