This week marked the beginning of 40 Days for Life vigils in many places. But one particular location has inspired many. Five years ago, I couldn’t have predicted 40 Days for Life going beyond the United States. But it did!
Even as God has taken this campaign to other countries, I would have never imagined that Moscow would ever launch 40 Days for Life. But on Wednesday of this week, that’s exactly what happened.
The international reach of 40 Days for Life keeps growing, with 24 locations outside the United States this time, including the first-ever sites in Wales, Nigeria and South Africa in addition to Russia.
There are 261 locations in all. So please get involved in the closest campaign.
Here’s a look at just a few of the countries hosting 40 Days for Life.
Pastors and their congregations from seven different churches in Moscow have each agreed to take one day a week to pray at the vigil. They’ve also opened up their churches for people who wish to pray.
“I see a great grace for this campaign,” said Arevik, the campaign coordinator. “I have met a lot of young and talented persons from my church whom I didn’t know before. They are writing about abortion … and care about human life.”
According to a report released recently, the number of abortions in Russia exceeds the number of live births.
“It is so painful to hear from women that had abortions before they met Jesus,” Arevik said. “Russia needs to be healed from this spiritual disease.”
Please keep this campaign — and this entire nation — in your prayers these next 40 days.
There are seven 40 Days for Life campaigns in progress in Australia (where it is currently summertime), stretching from coast to coast. It may be halfway around the world from the United States, but the problems are the same … and so are the answers.
“I have been moved by the prayerfulness and commitment of the hundreds of people involved giving witness to Christ’s love, with many being young adults,” said Bishop Julian Porteous of Sydney, one of many Australian religious leaders commending the 40 Days for Life mission.
“In light of the rising attacks on life, faith and family,” he said, “this loving witness is needed all the more.”
The Australian team produced the excellent video posted above. I really recommend that you take a look! The message applies … wherever you’re praying and fasting for an end to abortion.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
“The first day in Cape Town was exciting and long,” said Colette, the local coordinator. “This morning there were lots of teenagers going to school and taking pamphlets and asking questions. We got a very positive response from the community.”
The prayer volunteers did receive a few negative comments, but Colette said it was nothing to worry about.
“We have stood at this abortion centre before,” she said, “but what I have noticed today was that the number of clients has declined.” On this particular day at the Marie Stopes facility, there were only four clients.
“The clinic got very upset with us and wanted us to move,” Colette said, “but we had a permit with us that stated we will be there till 24 March.”
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
40 Days for Life
PS: As always, if you have a story to share about the blessings of 40 Days for Life, please post a reply below.