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DAY 28: Across the pond

March 12th, 2013 by admin

One chapter in the new book, “40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done … Imagine What He Can Do,” focuses on the wildly successful growth of 40 Days for Life across the United Kingdom … thanks in large part to the leadership of a young, proper British gentleman named Robert Colquhoun — now our UK 40 Days for Life campaign director, and coordinator of international expansion.

(Get the book at: http://40daysforlife.com/book.)

Since Robert launched the first 40 Days for Life in London in 2010, the campaign has rapidly spread across the United Kingdom, and is currently being held in ten different locations.

I recently traveled “across the pond” for whirlwind visits to these campaigns, and was deeply inspired by what God is doing through the faithful volunteers there. Shawn Carney asked me to share a quick report with you.

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LONDON, ENGLAND
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When I arrived at Heathrow airport in London, I was greeted by Robert, who briefed me on the crazy schedule he had planned for us. After meetings with pastors, prominent leaders and journalists, we visited three London-area campaigns.

First we visited Bedford Square. This 40 Days for Life is held outside a BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Services) abortion facility. When we arrived, one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers was talking with a pregnant mother who had arrived for an abortion. We later learned that she changed her mind and chose life for her baby.

Next we headed to the Whitfield Street vigil, across the street from a Marie Stopes abortion center. The vigil is held near university student housing, which provided interesting messaging from the students.

From there, we rode a cab in rush-hour traffic to Ealing. Our cab driver was so moved by our conversations about 40 Days for Life while en route to the vigil that he wouldn’t let us pay for the ride.

We prayed with the volunteers outside that Marie Stopes abortion center. Then it was back to the heart of London for a 40 Days for Life book launch event.

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MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND
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The next morning, after a breakfast meeting in London, we drove north to Milton Keynes. We met with local campaign leaders before praying at their vigil directly outside of a BPAS abortion center in an office building. Many people stopped by the vigil to find out why we were there, providing wonderful ministry opportunities.

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
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From there, we drove further north to Birmingham. At the vigil, we joined a handful of people praying there. Shortly before we arrived, there had been a vocal pro-abortion protest which had attempted to disrupt their efforts. The volunteers simply kept praying.

From there, we went to a local church for a meeting with the local 40 Days for Life leaders and key volunteers.

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LEAMINGTON SPA, ENGLAND
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Next we traveled to Leamington Spa, in the heart of Shakespeare country. We joined the 40 Days for Life volunteers praying in frigid weather at the end of a long country drive leading to one of the largest BPAS abortion centers in the country.

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CARDIFF, WALES
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Then we headed to the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Wales — in the capital city of Cardiff. We joined the vigil in the heart of the city, outside a second-story BPAS abortion center. We prayed there for more than an hour, and the whole time, abortion advocates were protesting, chanting slogans and waving crude signs to taunt the 40 Days for Life people — who just prayed more fervently. The contrast was a powerful sight.

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND
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Next we drove to Southampton, where we joined the volunteers praying outside a local hospital that performs abortions.

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BRIGHTON, ENGLAND
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From there, we drove to Brighton, on the southern coast of England. We had a rally at a local worship center to praise God for all that He has accomplished through 40 Days for Life around the world.

As Robert drove me back to London to board my plane for home, I marveled at how the sun never sets on 40 Days for Life during a campaign.

As I shared with volunteers at various vigils, “when you are out here praying and feel all alone, remember that people are lifting you up in prayer in 260 other cities around the world … even as you are lifting them up in prayer.”

Today, let’s thank God for giving us a life-saving mission with a worldwide impact!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

In Christ,

David Bereit
National Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What’s new with the 40 Days for Life campaign in your home town? Please share your updates by replying below.

4 Responses to “DAY 28: Across the pond”

  1. Dave Mattozzi Says:

    Let us all pray for an end to abortion. God Bless.

  2. Elizabeth Says:

    Amen, may the Holy Spirit inspire the abortionists to have a change of minds and hearts to do the will of God and say NO to killing babies No More abortions ever. Thank you all in England and Wales for your courage and perservance. We are praying with you for your safety Love to all Elizabeth

  3. Linda Says:

    Dear David and Shaun, I’m sure you receive lots of photos to go on your blog but I thought you might enjoy this one:
    http://40daysforlifeterrace.blogspot.ca/2013/03/day-twenty-eight.html

    These are members of a local parish youth group (with some of their younger siblings) that give up an hour of their free time every Sunday to pray at our hospital. Whenever I see them I always think of Proverbs 22:6 — “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
    Linda

  4. Beth Schurman Says:

    Today’s Devotional has really spoken to me! Wow! It was about this time of year 32 years ago that I was taken, Yes, taken, to San Francisco to have my abortion. I was manipulated into making the choice. And I did, I made that awful choice that scarred me for the rest of my non-Chritstian life. During the joke counceling session I was asked why I wanted my abortion and my reply was because my boyfriend and his mother do not want this baby. I also said I was going to Hell anyway because when I was even younger I had an abortion so whats to save me now? At that time there were Nuns actually in the waiting room, I think their presence was supposed to help us make the choice for life. It had the opposite effect on me. Since the Nuns were not talking they were just there, in the waiting room, probably praying, I was not open to feeling remorse.
    So, Thank You for being more than JUST THERE! Thank you for praying and holding signs, Thank you for smiling and being ready to help! and I pray that other young women and men will now feel the remorse before they actually go through with it because of your OPEN Prayer.
    Also, Thank You for giving me a place to pray that will make a difference!

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