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DAY 21: 40 Days for Life campaign in Africa

March 5th, 2013 by admin

I just returned from a visit to the Memphis, Tennessee 40 Days for Life campaign and am getting ready for a trip to California, where there are currently 33 vigils — the most of any US state!

40 Days for Life has spread to many places, as God took this effort from Texas to 481 cities. But there was one place I never imagined it would go — the continent of Africa.

The first African campaign wrapped up in Uganda last November. This time, there are two on the continent — Cape Town, South Africa and Abuja, Nigeria.

Don’t miss these amazing details about the Nigerian campaign … plus some pictures!


Abortion is supposed to be illegal in Nigeria, but Marie Stopes – one of the world’s largest abortion businesses – has entered the country under the guise of “family planning” and has already made inroads in 9 of Nigeria’s 36 states.

“I can testify that abortion is common and practiced quite secretly. Several factors such as poverty and shame of being a single parent give rise to this,” said Kelechi Anyaghara, one of the people who brought 40 Days for Life to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Kelechi became aware of 40 Days for Life after seeing it action in Milton Keynes, England, where she was working as a volunteer for a British pro-life organization. She then joined with others to launch the Save the Unborn Babies Pro-Life Initiative in Nigeria, which just started in December. From that effort, the 40 Days for Life campaign began.

She was in England recently, where she talked about the group’s work – and met with 40 Days for Life’s national director, David Bereit, as well as 40 Days for Life leaders from across the UK.

“I noticed a few others were getting tissues out as Kelechi told us of her work in Nigeria, holding as many as four church talks per day to hundreds of people hungry to hear about abortion, purity and contraception,” said Andy Burton, who directs the Milton Keynes campaign. “Kelechi has many stories to tell of babies being saved and mothers helped.”

“Our group was invited by Dominion City Church in Abuja for two days pro-life training for their church members,” Kelechi said. They also visited Out Station – a rural area – for another training session.

The pharmacist there meets many young pregnant women in his job who come seeking abortion. The message of rejecting abortion and embracing abstinence is greatly needed, he told her.

“He linked us to a pregnant lady seeking abortion,” Kelechi said. “The coordinator in Nigeria said he is still trying to discourage her from abortion — and by God’s grace, this will be our fourth saved baby if we succeed.”

The educational effort will also be moving into schools in the area. They’ve received an invitation from one secondary school and are hoping to be approved for other visits.

After a series of four presentations at one church, she noted that ‘’their positive response was very overwhelming, which shows that Nigerians love life.”

I am humbled by all of this … and grateful to God for all he has done – and all He continues to do.

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: As always, if you have an interesting story about your 40 Days for Life campaign, please share it! You may add a reply below.

7 Responses to “DAY 21: 40 Days for Life campaign in Africa”

  1. Virginia Says:

    How can I get in touch with Kelechi? My dream is to start an NGO that fights the growing tide of abortion in Africa and helps single mothers and their children. It is imperative that I contact her!

    Contact information for the Abuja campaign is available at


  2. Terese Brown Says:

    40 Days For Life, Napa, Ca.
    On Tuesday evenings, Stations of the Cross is held outside of the local Planned Parenthood in our town during this 40 Days For Life campaign. Tonight, the Planned Parenthood escort decided to try and distract our group by reading Dr. Seuss books out loud nearby. She tried her best to drown us out, but it didn’t work. She ended up leaving in her car as we were still gathered outside praying the Stations of the Cross and as our candles burned ever so brightly in the wind of the night.

  3. Rev. Brian Walker Says:

    WOW!!! I cannot believe how 40 Days has exploded in Africa. This is great and I know Africa is well known for the spreading of the good news from evangelist to evangelist.

    Next year the number can easily triple. Thanks Shawn and David and staff for all the hard work.

  4. Francesco Says:

    Come si apre il cuore attraverso la preghiera e’ il nostro coraggio
    Di attivarci con esempio,umiltà,dialogo Pacifico nella difesa della vita.
    Vedere le storie di ogni giorno e i miracoli che succedono
    Di salvezza grazie alla grazia di Dio mi rende più forte e più attivo nella preghiera quotidiana nella
    Salvezza delle anime e dei fratelli vicino..
    Grazie di cuore e che dio benedica ogni nostro passo si questa terra…

  5. Joanne Says:

    I am so grateful to see 40 days for life extending itself to Africa!! What a blessing it is to see. Thank you Sean and David for all that you do and for starting such a beautiful organization. God will truly bless you for all of your love and efforts.

  6. Irene Says:

    To the pro choice crowd, I would suggest, of course women have a choice. Many have a choice whether to fall pregnant or not. And even those who did not have this choice, they still have a choice whether to keep their baby or adopt the baby out. We are certainly not taking away a woman’s choice by promoting life. We are simply helping her make healthy and wise choices.

  7. Anne Robertson Says:

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    Nigerian Woman Writes To Melinda Gates: We Don’t Need Your Contraception— by uhuns: 10:07pm On Aug 22, 2012
    $4.6 billion dollars can indeed be your legacy to Africa and other poor parts of the world. But let it be a legacy that leads life, love and laughter into the world in need.

    I see this $4.6 billion buying us misery. I see it buying us unfaithful husbands. I see it buying us streets devoid of the innocent chatter of children. I see it buying us disease and untimely death. I see it buying us a retirement without the tender loving care of our children. Please Melinda, listen to the heart-felt cry of an African woman and mercifully channel your funds to pay for what we REALLY need.

    CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) – This letter,offered below, was written by Obianuju Ekeocha, a 32-year-old Nigerian woman. For the past six years she has been living and working as a biomedical scientist in Canterbury, England. Most of her family and many friends still live in Nigeria.

    She is active in her parish and says she is grateful to God for the graces she receives as she serves the Church.

    She praises Catholic radio in America, specifically the programs of Teresa Tomeo and Al Kresta, for keeping her “informed and inspired in all the things that ‘matter most,’” and for providing her with a Catholic world view.

    She said she was inspired to write an open letter to Melinda Gates after learning of Gates’ move to inject $4.6 billion worth of contraceptive drugs and devices into her homeland.

    “The worst part is that no one in Africa (meaning the average African woman or man) knows that Melinda is about to bequeath us her ‘legacy’ which can and most probably will stifle love and life in our continent,” she said.

    She is hoping Melinda Gates will hear her “as the voice of the African woman.”
    Re: Nigerian Woman Writes To Melinda Gates: We Don’t Need Your Contraception— by uhuns: 10:12pm On Aug 22, 2012

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    Please Explain Romans 7:15-24 (NIV) / This Is Why People Are Put Off Christians – Hypocrisy / HAPPI BDAY TO ME

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