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DAY 30: Mile-high commitment

March 14th, 2013 by admin

As I have just returned from the mountain-top experience of visiting all six 40 Days for Life campaigns in Colorado over two and a half days, Shawn Carney asked me to share this quick report with you.

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COLORADO SPRINGS
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Upon landing at the airport, I went directly to the Focus on the Family campus where I met with members of their staff and recorded a radio interview. I then met with the local 40 Days for Life leadership team for a two-hour, no-holds-barred Q&A session where we discussed every aspect of growing and improving the effectiveness of local pro-life efforts.

We then headed out to a midpoint rally in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion center (which was just sued for allegedly forcing an abortion on a woman and then botching the abortion). Freezing temperatures combined with strong blowing wind and snow made for challenging conditions, but didn’t daunt the dozens of faithful volunteers.

See for yourself in this very snowy video:

The next morning, local Catholic Bishop Michael Sheridan invited me in studio for a radio interview. It was a very moving discussion and Bishop Sheridan shared his enthusiasm about 40 Days for Life.

To hear that interview, click the arrow:

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ALAMOSA
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Next up was a three-hour drive to Alamosa, population 8,682. After my GPS got me lost on dirt roads trying to get to their location, I finally joined a handful of prayer volunteers at the vigil in front of Planned Parenthood. After praying together, we visited the local pregnancy resource center to meet with and encourage their staff and volunteers.

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DENVER
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From Alamosa, it was a five-hour drive to Denver. I arrived just in time for a candlelight prayer vigil and midpoint rally outside the mega Planned Parenthood abortion center — shortly after an ambulance had to rush a woman from the facility to a nearby hospital.

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FORT COLLINS
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Early the next morning, I headed north to Fort Collins, where we had a midpoint rally at a campus ministry before going to pray at their vigil outside Planned Parenthood.

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GREELEY
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Then I drove to Greeley, where I joined more than a dozen volunteers peacefully praying in the middle of the day outside another Planned Parenthood office. While we prayed, a car pulled up and the driver said she felt called to stop and give them a donation to support their important work.

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BOULDER
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The final stop of my whirlwind tour was Boulder. We gathered for an hour of prayer outside of the Boulder Abortion Clinic (late-term abortionist Warren Hern proudly advertises that name on the building) before moving to a nearby church for a midpoint rally.

While praying with the faithful people of Colorado, I was deeply moved by their “mile-high” commitment to speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves — even in the midst of challenging weather, persecution, and opposition. May we follow their inspiring example!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

In Christ,

David Bereit
National Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What’s new with 40 Days for Life in your community? Please share your story by replying below.

10 Responses to “DAY 30: Mile-high commitment”

  1. Barry Says:

    On Saturday I was praying and holding a sign outside the late term abortion mill in Germantown, MD when three twenty somethings, one guy and two girls, walked past me. As the guy walked past he spat in my direction to let me know what he thought of my sign. My first thought was to drop my sign and punch his lights out but I quickly realized this would probably not help the cause. Instead I said nothing and prayed for him as I believed there must have been some connection to abortion in his past.
    As my hour came to an end no one had shown up so I decided to stay until someone came. It was now about 45 minutes after this guy had spat towards me and who do I see coming back towards me but these three folks. Now I am really praying that God will help me control my temper and this guy walks up and we have the following conversation:
    Him: I don’t agree with your sign but I shouldn’t have spat towards you and I want to apologize for that.
    Me: I walked towards and raised my hand to shake his and said, “It took a lot of courage for you to come back and I appreciate your apology.”
    Him: I decided to come back and apologize because you didn’t react when I spat towards you.
    We then proceeded to have a wonderful discussion about life, God, heaven and he told me about many of the horrible things he had been through in his life. There were so many bad things that I really didn’t know what to say and then I believe the Holy Spirit took over and I just said, “Killing unborn babies will never remove the anger and hurt you feel for what you have been through; only the love of God will give you the Peace and Joy you seek.”
    At this point they said they had to get going and they walked away. I don’t know if I changed their minds but I believe that God has started them thinking and He certainly taught me to control my temper and always respond in love which is a hard lesson to learn for me.

  2. Carol Fox Says:

    The video clip was amazing! The witness of those people standing in that snowstorm, David giving them stories to encourage the people to keep them going, to help them to encourage others to give of themselves and to encourage them to continue to give of themselves/to “inconvenience” themselves to demonstrate a reason for a good cause.
    God Bless everyone at “40 Days for Life”.

  3. Annmarie Says:

    Wow Barry – thank you SO much for sharing that encounter you had at Germantown. May the Lord give me strength not to react and instead to pray for those who insult me. Truly an amazing story of God’s grace at work in that young man through your willingness to stand there and be the body of Christ on earth.

  4. Jo Van Says:

    A miraculous prayer during difficult confrontations:

    ‘Come Holy Spirit, speak to their hearts. Heal their past, be with us now.’ Amen.

  5. Martha Kersey Says:

    Thank you for this wonderful , encouraging report it has made realize I must keep praying and submitting the results to Jesus..and keep ASKING my friends and loved ones to pray too..God Bless you faithful ones .

  6. Victor Galipi Says:

    Barry, praise and thanks be to God for enabling you to make the correct and courageous response to this young man. May The Lord continue to work in him and the young ladies that they may choose life and advocate for life, and may The Lord bless you as you courageously advocate for life as well.

    Carol, the video clip was amazing, as was the audio interview with David and Bishop Sheridan. Inspiring stories and statistics.

    This pro-life ministry could get discouraging at times. I have spent a lot of prayer time alone at Planned Parenthood in Chapel Hill NC, and now I won’t even be able to make it tomorrow unless God intervenes because I have a whopper of a bug of some kind. I have been sharing from 40 Days for Life and other pro-life groups on Facebook, and a group I had just been invited to has already banned me because of my speaking out for the unborn, their mothers and their families.

    It was great to hear that in the USA we are down from over 2100 abortion mills to six hundred and sixty something and that during 40 Days for Life campaigns there are 74% no shows at abortion centers.

    In my circle I face either a lot of pro-abortionists who oppose me or pro-lifers who remain silent. It is good to be reminded of the bigger picture, and it does inspire me to do more.

    Thank you 40 Days for Life!

  7. Imelda Buckley Says:

    The videos were amazing, inspiring!

  8. Imelda Buckley Says:

    I guess it was a video and a radio broadcast. I was so animated by the radio broadcast that I didn’t think of the difference :)

  9. Mary O'Brien-kautz Says:

    What a life giving Video & Broadcast I have been a Pro lifer my whole life; however so many times I felt that I stood alone. 40 days for Life brings so much hope. I have been sitting here the last few hours looking at EWTN & all the wonderful coverage of our new Pope Francis. I think he will bring many to be Pro Life. I was particularly touched by so many enthusiastic, intelligent Christ like young people ready to bring the Gospel to the world & stand up for life in all stages. There has been a terrible assault on life, precious life for so many years now. Truth will prevail! 40 Days for Life thank you for your prayer & leadership & courage. Mary

  10. James M Laud Sr Says:

    We will be having a Jericho March on Saturday, March 23rd in Merrillville Indiana. We will start at the Diocese of Gary Pastoral Center at 9292 Broadway at 10:30 am and march to the Planned Parenthood office at 8645 Connecticut Street where about 30 abortions are performed each week. There, we will march around the building seven times. All are welcome to join us.

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