There is a REALLY BIG announcement at the end of this message — that you won’t want to miss — but first I have to share the breaking news…
Just when you think it can’t get any better, it does!
I stand today in wonder at the awesome power of God, as one miracle follows on the heels of another miracle, which follows on the heels of yet another!
Here’s the latest …
For at least 25 years, there’s been an abortion facility at 6700 North 9th Avenue in Pensacola, Florida. But last Friday — Day 38 of the fall 40 Days for Life campaign — as people prayed outside, the clinic CLOSED ITS DOORS and shut down!
The local 40 Days for Life team didn’t even realize it at the time. Ernie Cyr, the Pensacola coordinator, heard reports that law enforcement officers went into the clinic on Friday to serve some legal papers, but no one really knew what was going on.
Then on Monday, a simple legal notice appeared in the fine-print section of the local newspaper: “As of October 30th, 2009, The Community Health Center of Pensacola will be terminating its practice.”
Ernie’s two-word response? “Praise God!”
A local TV news team did some digging, and last night their top story reported what they discovered. The clinic operated a lab, and that lab required a state license. The owners had a license at one time, but the news report documented that it expired 413 days ago. And that’s something state investigators became aware of only recently.
The clinic was given a choice: pay a huge fine or close down. The fine is $1,000 a day — for each of the 413 days the lab was without a license — which came to a whopping $413,000!
The clinic could not come up with the money … and was left with only one choice: CLOSE.
State officials told WEAR-TV that they had offered the abortion facility a reduced fine as part of a settlement agreement — but they never received a response. The abortion center staff would not talk with the TV reporters for comment, but the legal notice in the newspaper certainly suggests that the closure is permanent.
God works in mysterious — and wonderful — ways!
Here’s the WEAR-TV news report:
Now, I do have to tell you that this clinic had been the target of senseless violence in the past — a bombing in 1984 and two murders in 1994.
Because of that, many of the pro-life people in Pensacola quit coming out and opted to pray for the unborn at home or at church — or avoided pro-life efforts completely.
Although some stalwart Christian witnesses kept up their heroic efforts through the years, prayer presence at this clinic had drastically diminished because of the things that had happened.
Bottom line: the violence did not stop the abortions.
And, it drove away the very people who could have been part of the solution to the abortion crisis.
But God had other plans. A young couple named Ernie and Mary Beth moved to Pensacola and were not fully aware of the past history of the area. They heard about 40 Days for Life during a “Being Human” episode on EWTN and decided to conduct a local campaign — and then another, and then another.
It hasn’t always been easy, but throughout the three local 40 Days for Life campaigns over these last two years, Ernie and Mary Beth Cyr have seen more and more people coming back out to pray at the clinic, PEACEFULLY asking God to end abortion there.
And He did!
The TV news story reported the observable facts about a Florida health agency that took action against an unlicensed facility — but it also featured Ernie saying, “It’s just a complete joy and what a blessing for our community to have this facility close.”
During the news report, Bernadette Ensley — a University of West Florida student, and head of UWF’s Students for Life group — said it best: “For this to up and close the last weekend of 40 Days for Life is really shocking and great!”
Here are some of the Pensacola 40 Days for Life team members in front of the now-closed abortion center:
This now makes FIVE abortion centers CLOSED — facilities where people came to pray outside for an end to abortion during 40 Days for Life.
Praise God indeed, for answering your prayers and the prayers of thousands of others!
*** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ***
Today’s amazing news makes me even more excited to announce that this coming Monday, November 9, you are invited to participate in a live teleconference and webcast where you will:
* Learn about the comprehensive results from this fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign — the impact is even bigger than you think!
* Meet Abby Johnson, former director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in the community where 40 Days for Life began, who will be on the call live to share more about her amazing conversion — and the power of prayer
* Hear the incredible story of the closure of the Pensacola abortion facility directly from Ernie and Mary Beth Cyr
* Discover the BIG NEWS about what’s next for this nationwide movement
* And some additional surprises!
Here are the details:
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
WHAT: 40 Days for Life “BELIEVE” Teleconference and Webcast Announcement
DATE: Monday, November 9
TIME: 9 PM Eastern / 8 PM Central / 7 PM Mountain / 6 PM Pacific
FORMAT: Simulcast! (Attend via phone or webcast — it’s your choice)
TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT, GO TO:
With the BIG plans that will be revealed during the event, we believe that this next year could be the most exciting time the pro-life movement has seen in years …
… But we’ll also be totally transparent with you about the significant challenges that must be overcome if this effort is to realize its full potential …
… And how YOU can help make a life-saving impact during this crucial next year.
Register now at:
I can’t wait to share the breaking news with you next Monday night!
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