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DAY 26: 2 weeks, 15 cities, 7,200 miles, 1 mission

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Since 40 Days for Life began as a national — and then international — movement, our leadership team has always felt that if we were going to ask you to stand up for life through participation in 40 Days for Life, the least we could do is come out to the streets and stand with you.

As a result, Shawn and I have visited more than 300 cities over these last four years, and we consider it a great blessing to meet many of you, encourage you and THANK YOU for your faithful involvement in this mission.

Yes, the non-stop travel, shortage of sleep, fast food meals and long hours of driving and flying takes a toll (especially on our amazingly supportive families back home) but we are honored and humbled to stand with you, hear your stories and pray with you.

Here’s a short summary of what I’ve been blessed to experience over just these last two weeks (be sure to click the link to see the pictures of the dedicated people in each of these locations.

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ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA
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Upon arriving at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport, I drove 1.5 hours to ROCHESTER, where the 40 Days for Life is being held outside a Planned Parenthood center that recently began performing telemed RU-486 abortions by webcam — putting women’s lives at risk for the sake of expanding profits. A TV news crew was there, helping to raise awareness in the community.

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MANKATO, MINNESOTA
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Then, I drove 2 hours to MANKATO, to join the 40 Days for Life team in prayer outside a Planned Parenthood abortion referral center. The lunchtime gathering drew a big crowd of enthusiastic prayer warriors, and a TV station interviewed me and reported on the gathering.

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DULUTH, MINNESOTA
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Early the next morning, I began the three hour drive to DULUTH. Despite my 9 AM arrival time at the start of the work and school day, they had a wonderful crowd of pro-lifers on the sidewalk outside the independent abortion center. Three of the four local television stations and the local newspaper covered the gathering.

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WALKER, MINNESOTA
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I then drove 2.5 hours to WALKER, a town of about 1,000 people that has had more than 1,400 people participate in their 40 Days for Life!

Yes, people have come from many miles away to join this campaign, which is being held outside their county courthouse. Though there’s no local abortion center, these prayer warriors feel called to be intercessors for those participating in 40 Days for Life campaigns around the world.

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ALEXANDRIA, MINNESOTA
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From Walker, I drove 2.5 hours to ALEXANDRIA. I pulled up and saw the crowd praying outside Planned Parenthood — and heard a commotion from across the street.

A lone man was yelling at the Christians through a bullhorn, trying to mock and antagonize them. The believers did not respond to his anger. I joined them in praying — not only for an end to abortion, but also for all those who have been negatively impacted by abortion. A reporter documented everything for the local newspaper.

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ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA
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From there, it was a 1.5 hour drive to ST. CLOUD, where I joined a big group of people gathered outside the local Planned Parenthood at dusk.

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TWIN CITIES, MINNESOTA
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Then I headed 1.5 hours east for the last stop of the day — at 9 PM in MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, where the 40 Days for Life is being held outside a hospital where abortions are performed. What a joy to pray in the dark with the amazing folks there!

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BURLINGTON, VERMONT
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The next day, I was on a 6 AM flight to Burlington, Vermont. The visit allowed me the chance to pray with 40 Days for Life folks outside the Planned Parenthood abortion center, across from the University of Vermont.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
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Next, I was off to Michigan, where I joined a big crowd of people at the GRAND RAPIDS 40 Days for Life. They shared with me the story (reported earlier in this campaign by Shawn) about the three lives that had been saved there the week before, and how this campaign has profoundly impacted their city.

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EASTPOINTE, MICHIGAN
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Early the next morning, I started driving across Michigan. I arrived in EASTPOINTE, joined the 40 Days for Life volunteers and pregnancy center workers in prayer and watched the dedicated sidewalk counselors reaching out to offer help to women going in for abortions.

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STERLING HEIGHTS, MICHIGAN
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Then I drove to STERLING HEIGHTS, joining a circle of people praying fervently, even as drivers passing by yelled obscenities at them. They only prayed more.

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SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN
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From there, I drove to SOUTHFIELD, and joined young families, elderly people, seminarians and professionals who were praying outside an independently owned abortion facility. Little did we know that shortly thereafter a FOR SALE sign would be posted at that abortion center!

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN
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The day ended with a late dinner for all the 40 Days for Life leaders from the greater Detroit area. It was a beautiful time of networking, encouragement and prayer.

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ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN
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Early the next morning I drove to ANN ARBOR to pray with the 40 Days for Life participants. It was a cold, windy day and prayers were especially needed as abortions were being performed. God bless the sidewalk counselors who were reaching out to women, trying to prevent them from making a tragic abortion decision.

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FT. MYERS, FLORIDA
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Next I was off to Florida. I flew into FT. MYERS and headed out to the 40 Days for Life outside the local Planned Parenthood abortion center. This is the first 40 Days for Life conducted in Ft. Myers, and the campaign has been amazing.

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NAPLES, FLORIDA
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From there, we drove down to NAPLES, and joined more than 75 dedicated people outside a Planned Parenthood that started doing abortions two years ago.

As I spoke to the prayer volunteers about the many Planned Parenthood workers who have had conversions during 40 Days for Life campaigns, the abortion center director was standing mere yards away — listening to every word. Pray that some seed fell on fertile ground!

All in all, I traveled 7,200 miles over these last couple weeks, visiting 15 cities and meeting thousands of people with one focused mission — END ABORTION.

I’m honored to be laboring side by side with you in the Lord’s harvest field!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day26print.pdf

For Life,

David Bereit
National Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Prayer DOES change things! What changes have you seen through your 40 Days for Life campaign? Please leave a comment below.

DAY 25: Heartbreaking and encouraging

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves requires effort.

At times, it’s downright hard. But it’s also necessary. And prayer sustains us. Here are some examples from Alberta, Colorado and Michigan.

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CALGARY, ALBERTA
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“It’s both heartbreaking and encouraging.” So said one of the volunteers in Calgary, who is praying for an end to abortion.

“We stood on the street corner where we are allowed to stand and prayed, silently and aloud,” she wrote in the local 40 Days for Life blog.

The blog also notes that the vigil is restricted in Calgary because of a court order. They can only stand across the street from the abortion center, and the number of people praying at any one time is limited.

“We watched young women go in — several alone,” she said. And she cried.

“It’s not just the abortions that represent brokenness but the loss of family, the loss of parents who will stand up for their children and protect them, the loss of men and women who will stand by their training and protect life instead of taking it away.”

When this can go on across the country, she said, society is broken. “I will continue to pray and continue to go.”

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FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
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Fort Collins is in the midst of its second 40 Days for Life campaign. “This is a growing, grassroots pro-life effort,” said Linda in Fort Collins.

I was able to meet Linda and the 40 Days for Life team in Fort Collins recently. The vigil is across the street from Colorado State University.

The first campaign drew a lot of negative attention. Not so this time.

“Also, there are about 30 churches involved at some level — and five have the big 40 Days for Life banner proudly displayed on their buildings for all to see,” she said.

The campaign is getting a big boost from a nearby Catholic church “whose new pastor has opened his heart and arms and that of the parish to the 40 Days for Life.”

This church is hosting 40 Days for Life events — and they’ve set aside space for what they’re calling the 40 Days Café. Coffee and other drinks are available – and a nearby restaurant has donated food for breakfast and lunch.

“This has been a very great blessing for all concerned,” Linda said.

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
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Lisa from Grand Rapids sent me a note about Pete, a 10-year-old who’s come up with his own unique concept of fasting for 40 Days for Life.

During this campaign, Pete’s mom said he is fasting … from warm baths! From Day 1 through Day 40, it’s only cold water for Pete.

“I was speechless,” his mom said. She has been fasting from chocolate. “Here I am whining inside about my chocolate withdrawal — and my 10-year-old is taking cold baths for an offering!”

Lisa said, “Clearly, Pete can teach us all something about fasting!”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day25print.pdf

Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

DAY 24: ‘God will sustain me’

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Just over the past week — during my 40 Days for Life visits to Louisiana, Arizona and Pennsylvania — one word keeps coming to mind: SACRIFICE … YOUR sacrifice!

Every 40 Days for Life vigil is a little different. But they all have something in common: the prayer and sacrifice of the volunteers participating.

They come by the hundreds … and they also come one at a time. But they all come for the same reason — to pray for an end to abortion.

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SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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The 300 people who circled the block around Planned Parenthood represented one of the largest crowds ever at this 40 Days for Life vigil location. Bishop Frank Dewane led the group as they prayed and sang hymns.

About 200 of the participants walked half a mile from the respect life youth conference they were attending.

Also taking part in this event was Abby Johnson, the former director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan, Texas, who had quit her job during the 40 Days for Life campaign two years ago.

This Planned Parenthood location is a three-story building that serves as regional headquarters for a 15-county section of Florida.

Just the day before, three mothers chose life for their babies as people prayed outside this facility.

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FORT WAYNE, INDIANA
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Students from three schools joined the 40 Days for Life vigil in Fort Wayne recently. As one of the schools is just a mile away, a large group of students walked to the abortion center.

“They carried handmade crosses as well as sharing the burden of carrying a full size cross and stopping at intervals to lead the group in prayers along the way,” said Evelyn in Fort Wayne.

It was raining when they started their walk, but the showers quickly ended and did not return until later in the day.

“It is hard to explain the impact of seeing the kids on such a dreary, foggy day in their matching pro-life shirts, marching down a very busy street on their way to the clinic,” Evelyn said.

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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
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A number of parishioners from St. Joseph Church in Richmond joined the 40 Days for Life vigil last weekend, praying on the sidewalk in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion center for about two hours.

While the large groups certainly get noticed, the prayer makes a difference even when it’s only one person.

One Richmond volunteer wrote of praying alone one day. “I had a very heavy heart during my prayer time,” she said. “I felt that abortions were actually being performed during that time frame.”

She watched as women arrived. Some were just dropped off and left to enter alone.

“The darkness I felt at that building yesterday was so great that I had a hard time sleeping last night, but I know God will sustain me next week when I return to pray,” she said. “May God continue to bless all the participants in this 40 Days for Life.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day24print.pdf

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Good news to report about your 40 Days for Life experiences? Please share it by leaving a comment below.

DAY 23: Keep smiling

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Many people think there can be nothing more depressing than praying in front of an abortion facility.

I admit it. On the surface, it sounds glum — and we’ve talked about the darkness. But, because of prayer, there is also great peace and joy at a place that otherwise has no peace and has no joy.

Here are a few examples of how Christ’s light and peace are shining at 40 Days for Life vigils.

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
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“A girl yelled at me for just standing there on the sidewalk, because she said I didn’t understand these women’s situations,” said Stefanie in Memphis. “I just smiled … and said I would love to talk to her.”

To Stefanie’s surprise, the girl got into a conversation with her.

“She told me it was not a baby at two weeks,” Stefanie said. “I explained to her the baby has distinct DNA like no other person. But if I had not just kept smiling and being sweet to her, she would have driven off.”

Later, a woman and two men showed up with a homemade sign that suggested God had no place in a discussion of abortion. Women could choose whatever they want, the woman said.

“So obviously we are bothering them by being out there,” Stefanie said. She tried to talk to them, but they just got angry and walked into Planned Parenthood. Stefanie just kept smiling.

She said one of the other prayer volunteers “feels that these people heard what they needed to hear — and we had planted a seed.”

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GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA
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Steve in Glendale says the 40 Days for Life campaign has had to deal with temperatures near 100 degrees. “But that has not stopped us from being present to stand for the preborn and the women that are harmed by abortion.”

He says there have been many blessings.

Business owners have brought cold water for the prayer volunteers. Then a woman stopped by and promised to be back later with something special. She returned with a 5-liter water bottle, a bag of ice, a pitcher and cups — which were most welcome.

At the vigil, Steve met nine women from a prayer group. “They met us at the unity rally,” he said, “and we were blessed by their powerful witness to the local community.”

Steve said, “I want you to experience these blessings as well. To do so, just come out and pray for an hour. It’s that simple.”

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
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“If you have been out on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood,” said Michele in Colorado Springs, “you know what a beautiful and majestic sight the mountains are.” She could stand there for a very long time praising God in the wonders and beauty of His creation.

Sometimes, though, she wonders, “How can such peace and such horror live so close together? The horror of Planned Parenthood just attacks your very soul, trying to take away all peace and hope as it steals the peace and hope of those going in. So you vow never to give up.”

Someday, she said, “I know the view will be restored to what God’s creation should be. And I hope for that day!”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day23print.pdf

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Have you had to overcome hesitation to step out and pray at a 40 Days for Life vigil? If you have, please leave a comment below.

DAY 22: Who’s impacted most?

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

I’m in the middle of a quick two-day trip to Pennsylvania. I was able to meet the 40 Days for Life team in Hanover yesterday afternoon … and this morning, I’m looking forward to a stop at the vigil site in Harrisburg.

I’m getting flooded with great stories about the FOUR groups impacted by a 40 Days for Life vigil:

  • women pondering abortion
  • the people who run the abortion centers
  • the people who drive by the vigils
  • and all of YOU who are praying and fasting

Here’s a quick summary:

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MARIETTA, GEORGIA
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“This was a first for me — to pray aloud on a public sidewalk,” said Mike, one of the prayer volunteers in Marietta. But with other members of the Knights of Columbus present, “I found a peace in the unity we share in our common prayer.”

He quickly saw the value of prayer in front of the abortion center. “It brings our petitions in sharper focus and gives greater meaning to the charitable act of praying for others.”

At one point, a mother and son drove by and smiled at them — then turned around and came back. They told the volunteers they didn’t have time to stop, but they would pray — “right now!”

“Please prayerfully consider coming,” Mike asked, “and joining our peaceful effort. Together, we can help inspire a prayerful change in our community — one or two beating hearts at a time!”

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FORT PIERCE, FLORIDA
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About 30 people attended a 40 Days for Life event outside the abortion center in Fort Pierce. “The next morning,” said Jim in Fort Pierce, “one of the clients left without having an abortion.”

A week later, the clinic didn’t open as usual. “That rarely happens,” he said. “We attribute that to all of the prayer and fasting during 40 Days for Life.”

On a normal Saturday, there would have been between five and ten abortions. “But there were none,” said Jim. “Thank God!”

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TOLEDO, OHIO
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A young woman was on her way to the abortion center when one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers asked to talk to her. She doesn’t really know why this woman agreed to talk — but she did.

The young woman said she hadn’t decided on abortion — but she hadn’t ruled it out, either. She was at the facility that day for an ultrasound.

That gave the volunteer an opening. Why not go to a pro-life center for an ultrasound instead, she asked — and save the money?

The young woman responded, “Then what?”

The volunteer answered that they would then call one of the local Christian agencies “to discuss the options that will save the lives of you and your baby.”

The woman agreed — and called the adoption service to set up an appointment.

One of the workers in the adoptions office wrote back to the 40 Days for Life coordinator and said, “Prayer changes things!”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day22print.pdf

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Please share the good news about 40 Days for Life in your community! You may leave a comment below.

DAY 21: Thank you for being there

Monday, October 17th, 2011

As this 40 Days for Life campaign continues, one thing is clear — prayer outside the abortion center touches consciences.

Sometimes, the reaction is anger. Sometimes, it’s tears.

The peaceful prayer presence disrupts the comfort that the abortion industry depends on in order to survive in a community.

Your prayers and presence give hope to the women entering the facility, call passers-by to action and remind the workers in that facility of the evil reality of their work.

More than anything else, it shows that people DO understand what abortion is all about — even if they don’t always want to admit it. But they know.

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McALLEN, TEXAS
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Nancy in McAllen, Texas has seen first hand that the 40 Days for Life vigil is having an impact. There’s a big, new sign over the abortion center’s door:

“Good women have abortions.”

(There’s a similar sign at this abortion chain’s location in Beaumont, Texas — which is also a 40 Days for Life vigil site.)

“What’s up with that?” Nancy asked. “No one — at any time — has said anything or held any sign up that said women are bad.”

So they continue to pray — that women will make good decisions.

And it’s working!

A woman pulled up to the traffic light at the corner and rolled down her window. “You saved my grandbaby!” she called out. “Thank you!”

About two weeks ago, a volunteer spoke with her daughter and shared pro-life information. “She decided to keep her baby,” said the woman in the car. “Thank you for being there!”

“And THAT,” said Nancy, “is why we are here.”

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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
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A woman approached the vigil participants in Winnipeg. She said she wanted to talk. “I saw the immense pain, hurt and shame that she was carrying,” said one of the volunteers.

All of a sudden, the woman broke into tears and said, “I had an abortion and it’s killing me inside … it haunts me every day. I know what I did was so wrong. I just didn’t know what else to do.”

“Tears were now pouring down her face and I felt compelled to extend my hand to comfort her. That’s when she just gave me the biggest hug as she cried on my shoulders,” said the 40 Days for Life volunteer.

The woman was offered information about Rachel’s Vineyard retreats for healing after abortion — and the vigil participants promised to pray for her and her child.

“You have no idea how brave and courageous you are,” the woman responded. “To stand here and offer help and love is the most courageous thing anyone can do.”

As for the volunteers, they realized they’d been blessed — that they were present when this woman began to set herself free from guilt and take her first steps toward healing and freedom.

“It affirmed that our presence there is much needed,” said the prayer team member, “and that God will use every single person in the most powerful of ways.”

She felt honored to be part of that woman’s life.

“I ask you all to pray for this woman,” she said, “as well for all the other women who are living lives of quiet desperation and shame.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day21print.pdf

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Please keep the stories coming! If something great is happening with your 40 Days for Life campaign, please leave a comment below.

DAY 20: 229 saved from abortion

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Today marks the midpoint of this 40 Days for Life campaign. The blessings are more than we can count!

One thing we HAVE been able to count is the number of turnarounds reported by local campaign teams.

So far, there have been …

… 229 babies saved from abortion — that we know of!

Let’s go straight to a few of these amazing stories.

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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
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As two volunteers began praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil were praying, a woman drove up and started yelling at them.

“You’re not helping anything,” she screamed. “These women need someone to care for them, not harass them.”

One of the volunteers tried to explain the vigil, but the woman wasn’t interested. She just shouted some more — and drove off.

That was a bit unsettling, but the pair continued to pray — specifically for the young woman they were watching. She was sitting with her mother in a parked car.

Neither woman got out of the car. About 20 minutes later, they started the engine and headed towards the exit.

One of the volunteers walked in their direction and asked them if they needed help.

The young woman said she had arrived for an abortion. “But because of you on the sidewalk, I’m not going to go through with it.”

What a testimony to this volunteer’s commitment to stick with it even in the face of persecution!

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CHERRY HILL, NEW JERSEY
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The 40 Days for Life team in Cherry Hill reports nine turnarounds so far this campaign.

One woman arrived for an abortion had several children and faced some serious financial challenges. But she changed her mind when she saw an ultrasound image.

TWINS!

Volunteers also spoke to three young women who were heading towards the abortion center. One was there for an abortion.

The vigil participant told her that judging from their expressions, it was obvious that this was a sad day. This volunteer told the group that they needed to be aware of all the help that’s available.

With that, the young woman stood in the driveway for a while — talking to her friends. She never went inside the abortion facility. The three friends left — all looking very much happier.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS
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Pro-lifers in Houston are blessed with a mobile clinic that can often be found parked outside the huge Planned Parenthood abortion center.

Volunteers recently spoke to a man on the sidewalk, who told them his wife had gone into Planned Parenthood for an abortion. After a short discussion, he called his wife and asked her to come outside to the mobile clinic.

She left Planned Parenthood, but seemed reluctant to enter the mobile clinic — until she was offered a free ultrasound.

“We were able to show her on the ultrasound her unborn child with its heart just beating away,” said one of the volunteers. “Her attitude immediately changed and she began to smile. She left our bus with proof of pregnancy, doctor referrals and a beautiful baby blanket.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day20print.pdf

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Heard any good stories about 40 Days for Life activities in your community? I hope so! Please share the good news by leaving a comment below.

DAY 19: I will never be the same

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

For today’s 40 Days for Life update, I’m turning to YOU!

Here are some comments posted on the 40 Days for Life blog that speak once again of the impact of the non-stop prayer vigil — on individuals, on communities — and on the volunteers themselves.

Thank you for ALL you’re doing by praying and fasting for an end to abortion.

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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE
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“The closer I got to actually doing it, the more I wanted to turn back due to fear,” wrote one first-time vigil participant. “As soon as I arrived at the facility and was welcomed by God’s church … a sense of peace came over me. I knew I was right where I belonged.”

A woman walked up and thanked the prayer team for being there. “She had just gotten back from a doctor’s appointment elsewhere. Although she and her husband have a child, they have not been able to conceive for seven years.”

The volunteers asked if they could pray with the woman. “We all circled closely to her and after praying, this young woman left with teary eyes — and I will never be the same. Praise God!”

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COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND
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A volunteer wrote that passersby often say, “I didn’t know they did abortions here.”

“People are usually shocked and not happy that there is an abortion clinic they never knew about right in their neighborhood,” she wrote.

“This alone is a powerful reason to keep a prayer presence so that people will know that abortions are being done and spread the word. Women will now have pause — because everyone knows that it is really an abortion clinic.”

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SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA
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A young man stopped by one morning while the facility was closed and asked what was going on.

“I explained about 40 Days for Life and that we are a prayer vigil praying for babies’ lives to be saved,” wrote a prayer volunteer. She told him of how — 40 years ago — she considered having an abortion herself. But “God was able to convict me that abortion is wrong and that I couldn’t do it.”

The young man then said his own mother had thought about aborting him!

“I said I was so happy that his mother wasn’t aborted because then he wouldn’t be here talking to me today! He looked like he hadn’t thought of that before. Keep praying, even when the doors are closed because everyone who sees us there praying can be touched. God is sending answers before we even finish praying!”

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MARIETTA, GEORGIA
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“This is the first 40 Days for Life in which my hour is at a time when they are closed,” wrote a vigil participant. “At first I wondered how much good I was doing, but the Lord reassured me of the power of prayer to overcome the hold Satan has on these places and to reach the hearts of all involved or living nearby.”

She recalled the story of a young woman who had driven by one day when there was just one person praying. She had an abortion appointment — but when she saw that person praying, she changed her mind.

“We never know who’s driving by at any time of day and how their hearts might be changed. Thank you for 40 Days for Life!”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day19print.pdf

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Share the news from your city’s 40 Days for Life campaign! Please leave a comment below.

DAY 18: More good media news

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Yesterday I was at the Flagstaff, Arizona 40 Days for Life campaign — where they have been getting excellent coverage from local media.

In fact, 40 Days for Life continues to get great media coverage from local newspapers and TV stations.

These reports are getting the word out to people who otherwise might not know about the campaign — and who might not even know that abortion is such a serious problem in their own home towns.

Here’s a rundown of several of those stories.

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LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
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Mary Pate, the 40 Days for Life coordinator for Little Rock, was part of a lengthy live report aired by KHTV, the local CBS affiliate.

She called 40 Days for Life a peaceful attempt to change people’s hearts and minds.

“There are many victims to abortion, it’s not just the child,” she said. “Women are hurt by abortion as well and we feel like that once women learn that there are alternatives to abortion when they are in a crisis situation, they will make a better decision.”

Mary also countered the pro-abortion argument that abortion is healthcare. “It’s not a simple procedure and the pain doesn’t end the day they leave the abortion clinic,” she said. “There could be a lifetime of pain and regret and guilt.”

Here’s the video from KHTV (there’s a short commercial first):

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LUFKIN, TEXAS
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Local coordinator Michelle Reynolds was quoted in a Lufkin News story about 40 Days for Life.

“I’m a normal person just like everyone else, but I’ve seen the effects of abortion — my friends, my past experiences with Planned Parenthood and myself — they bring them to a clinic to get help and they’re not getting the help that is needed. I’ve seen the hurt they can cause,” she said.

Rev. Mark O’Neill, pastor of Lufkin’s Covenant Presbyterian Church, told the reporter, “Planned Parenthood is the largest provider in the country. We want to pray here and pray that the Lord would have mercy on our country and cause people to see abortion is the taking of another human life.”

Here’s a link to the Lufkin News article:

http://tinyurl.com/3hr4s9v

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FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA
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The Flagstaff Daily Sun spoke to Sam Copeland, who heads up the local 40 Days for Life campaign, at their vigil location outside Planned Parenthood.

“It’s a spiritual issue. It’s not a political battle,” Sam said. “It’s peaceful.”

He said for the most part, participants are members of local evangelical Christian churches. They would like to see Planned Parenthood stop performing abortions — and in the case of locations that do not actually perform abortions, to stop referring women to other locations that do.

To see the Flagstaff Daily Sun coverage, go to:

http://tinyurl.com/3bowldf

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day18print.pdf

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Has 40 Days for Life affected you? If it has, please leave a comment below.

DAY 17: A fast start

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

I’m on the road again!

Louisiana is a special place — and when they decide to do something, they go full force … be it gumbo or anything else.

Yesterday, I got to meet and pray with the 40 Days for Life team in Shreveport. I’ve also heard great things about the first-time campaign in Baton Rouge.

Everywhere I go — and every time I check my e-mail — I keep hearing great stories about local campaigns.

Here are just a few.

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BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
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The first 40 Days for Life campaign in Baton Rouge got off to a fast start with 300 people attending an interfaith prayer service.

On the campaign’s second day, three women with abortion appointments changed their minds while a group of women prayed with their children at the vigil outside the
abortion center.

Then there was a day when the facility did not see any clients — on a day of the week when they typically see about two dozen.

Charlotte in Baton Rouge is amazed by the number of people participating who have never prayed at an abortion facility before.

“Each person that we have talked with has found it to be a powerful, transformative experience,” she said. “The reality of seeing the building and knowing that abortions take place there instills a deeper conviction to help pray for an end to abortion.”

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ITHACA, NEW YORK
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A building in Ithaca appears to be “a lovely blue Victorian house,” said Mary Anne, the local campaign coordinator. Inside, however, it’s a facility that provides abortions up to 13 weeks.

“All the prayer volunteers on our team have declared this is definitely a life-changing experience and they are all glad they got involved,” she said.

Mary Anne said evidence of spiritual warfare is growing. Passersby can’t resist offering opinions about the vigil.

One shouted, “I don’t have any kids and I NEVER want any!”

A second person called out, “You people can’t proselytize in public! You can’t force your beliefs on others. Planned Parenthood doesn’t force their beliefs on you!”

As one vigil volunteer said, prayers are more effective when people stand together outside the abortion facility than when they pray alone in the comfort of their homes.

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
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It rained all day in Jacksonville last Saturday — except during the procession sponsored by the local 40 Days for Life team.

They prayed at one abortion center — then walked to a second abortion facility for more prayer.

“Hundreds of devout pro-lifers faced the wet day and trusted Him who is in charge of the weather,” said Trudy in Jacksonville, “and clergy of all faiths prayed to Him to rid our city of abortion.”

She reports the parking lots at both abortion centers were all but empty — unusual for a Saturday.

Here’s the link to today’s devotional:

http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2011day17print.pdf

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What are people in your community saying about 40 Days for Life? Please leave a comment below.

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