I was in frigid Green Bay, Wisconsin yesterday for a closing event that included a march outside the hospital that does abortions in that city.
It’s a cause for rejoicing when 40 Days for Life volunteers learn that no abortions are scheduling during a day the facility is usually open – or even for a whole week. Or even longer in at least one case.
One location that had no abortions this week was a notorious late-term facility in Maryland.
“Two more lives were spared from abortion,” said Andrew in Germantown. “Praise God!”
He also noted that abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who works at the facility where the 40 Days for Life vigil is conducted on the sidewalk outside, had not been seen. “So, no abortions at all this week in Germantown,” he said. “What a great way to end our campaign!”
Vigil participants say they’ve noticed that a particular abortion center employee has not been seen at work in more than four weeks. “Please pray,” Andrew said, “that she no longer works at Germantown Reproductive Health Services and has found employment outside of the abortion industry.”
There have been no abortions in 40 weeks at the Planned Parenthood location in Columbia where volunteers pray in the public right-of-way outside. Planned Parenthood simply hasn’t been able to find anyone to do abortions there!
“How awesome is our God and what wondrous signs He gives us,” said Kathy in Columbia.
She also mentioned a man who stopped to speak with one of the volunteers. “He said 23 years ago, he encouraged his girlfriend to have an abortion. She refused. The baby was born by C-section. He held his baby as he cried. He could not believe that he had wanted her to abort his own child.”
The man gave the volunteer a donation – two dollars. It may have been his lunch money.
“This man has such a priceless treasure — a child — and he gave us his widow’s mite,” Kathy said. “People ask us why we stand on the sidewalk. I think you know why.”
Cecelia in Lansing shares the story of Ken, who noticed no one had signed up to pray one evening between 6 and 8. The Michigan State basketball game against Big Ten rival Indiana was going on – but he chose instead to go pray.
At the end of his two hours, two young women drove up.
“Is there where they do abortions?” the driver said. “Are you thinking about having an abortion?” Ken replied. “Yes,” she said. “Do you know what they do with the fetuses?”
“That’s when I told her that we raise alpacas,” Ken said. “Well, we raise them for breeding and when we find out one is bred we celebrate. And the mother protects the alpaca carefully. If she loses one, she goes there and stands in the same spot to grieve.
He said a quick prayer to the Holy Spirit and showed the woman a flyer showing stages of the baby’s growth and when the heartbeat begins.
She started to cry. As tears were streaming down, “I gave her the phone numbers of the various pregnancy clinics,” Ken said. “I told her that something so precious and valuable as a baby alpaca doesn’t compare at all with a child.”
To ensure that this 40 Days for Life finishes strong, if there is any way you can carve out one extra hour this weekend to go pray outside the nearest abortion facility … it could make a world of difference.
Who knows? God might even use you to help save a life!
Here’s the link to today’s devotional.
Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
PS: Have you prayed at an abortion facility for the first time during this 40 Days for Life campaign? If so, please share your experiences by responding below.