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DAY 22: Invisible answers

March 6th, 2013 by admin

In every 40 Days for Life campaign, at some point, people have all felt the same thing — loneliness. Local leaders and volunteers alike can sometimes think, “Does anyone else care about this?”

Loneliness and discouragement are common temptations — especially
when it comes to standing up to an injustice as great as abortion. That’s why sometimes the greatest motivation for a local 40 Days for Life campaign is … another 40 Days for Life campaign!

Here’s an example.

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STERLING HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN
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“This is our 10th 40 Days for Life campaign,” said Maribeth in Sterling Heights. “We know we are making a difference in our community by the many passersby who stop to thank us or share their story of how abortion has affected their lives.”

“We use stories from the inspirational book by David Bereit and Shawn Carney in our many of our gatherings,” Maribeth explained. “Sue shared the story called ‘Invisible Answers’ [chapter 9, which focuses on Providence, Rhode Island and West Palm Beach, Florida] at our opening vigil.”

That chapter talks about not seeing the fruits of your labor right away. In a similar way, Maribeth said, “we, too, were blessed with moms coming back to show us … those smiling little faces who might not have been here if it were not for those dedicated prayer warriors.”

The volunteers in Sterling Heights will keep hoping for visible answers to their prayers, she said. “And we know that with God, all is possible!”

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SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA
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Wynette sent a picture from the midpoint rally of Sacramento’s 12th 40 Days for Life campaign. There was a celebration theme – yet another life had been spared from abortion. And … there’s turmoil at the abortion center.

“Right now, this abortion clinic is having a hard time trying to hire a new clinic manager,” she said. “Nine out of 25 employees have left in the past year … two women quit because they were pregnant and they are now new full-time mothers to their baby boys.”

This abortion business has four satellite facilities throughout northern California. They’re under investigation, Wynette said, “and had an ambulance called late Friday afternoon recently, after having done abortions all day long. Tensions are very high. Prayers continue.”

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
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A woman walked up to prayer volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Baltimore’s Fullerton area – their first campaign – and demanded, “So, what do you do when your daughter is pregnant?”

As the volunteers listened, they discovered that the woman’s daughter wanted her baby, but she was worried. How could she support herself, her daughter and her grandchild?

“These situations are all too common, and sometimes people feel trapped by their economic circumstances,” said Jody, the local campaign director. “Friends, family, coworkers all encourage women in situations like this to abort their unborn children. They are made to feel guilty if they choose life for their child and thus become a ‘burden’ to others.”

The volunteers were able to share information about a local pregnancy resource center. And then they asked this woman if they could pray with her.

“There were tears in her eyes as he finished praying,” Jody said. “She left hopeful and with a renewed sense of joyful anticipation for the birth of her first grandchild. Thank you for standing and praying and listening. Thank you all for the hope you are bringing.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Please share any news of your local community’s 40 Days for Life campaign by posting a reply below.

5 Responses to “DAY 22: Invisible answers”

  1. Anna Says:

    Father, today we pray that the eyes and hearts of our nation would be opened to see that the injustice of abortion affects all of us. It is a human rights issue. It destroys not only the life of these unborn babies, it destroys the mother, the father, and the very foundation of the family. The pain experienced by this loss is slowly destroying our nation.

    Under God’s law each one of us is valued equally. Every human being is endowed by God with the right to life. He has designed each one of us and prepared a plan for our life. Help us as individuals, and as a nation to return to being a nation that brings honor to you by honoring the life that you created.

    Father, we know that no one has the right to take the life of another innocent human being, yet our nation continues on in denial of this horribly greivous sin against You and against humanity.

    May 2013 be the year that our nation repents and turns from the shedding of innocent blood. We ask that this curse be removed from our nation and the “right to life” be restored to all children in the United States of America. We ask these things in the name of your precious Son who shed His blood and died on the cross that we might all have abundant life. Amen.

  2. Carol Washington Says:

    I am so proud to, alone with my Pastor, Bishop D.L. Bradley, and the Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Faith Church famiily for our constant participation in each campaign. We continue to adopt day 39 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    God bless Meribeth and Sue I love you both and you are forever in my prayers, as are each and every prayer warrior. We are united for LIFE!!!!!!!!!

  3. Elizabeth Says:

    AMEN! GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND KEEP YOU SAFE, WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU.

  4. Christi Says:

    Today was the first time my 12 year old son participated in prayer outside our local abortion clinic in Ohio. He chose to wear a sign that said, “We Choose Life”. As he walked up the sidewalk, a car with four or five older teens pulled up and yelled, “We choose life, too” and gave him a thumbs up. He waved at them and then he looked back at me and said, “Did you hear that, mom? That was awesome.” Thanks for the daily posts from all around our country, our world. They help keep me focused on what is most important in this world…loving others through prayer and compassion.

  5. nina Says:

    Last night my husband and I were praying because I was going out to american family pannina abortion center in Dearborn Michigan. He was praying that swomeone would change their mind and run out of the clinic before it was too late. That is exactly what happened. A muslim women said that her husband was forcing her to have an abortion because they had 4 children already and if she did not, he was going to leave her. We were praying and fasting Tuesday like my husband and I always do and today, Wednesday, that is exactly what happened. She said she changed her mind and came out of the clinic with her baby alive and well! Praise the Lord, it encouraged us so much!

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