I just got off the phone with Shawn Carney on our national team who is in the midst of 40 Days for Life visits to New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
He also just returned from visits to Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska.
Shawn gave me an electrifying report on what he is experiencing at all these sites, and fortunately I was able to audio record the call so I could share it with you.
During this 17-minute high-energy update, you will also hear a deeply touching story of something that happened to Shawn earlier today related to a special needs child and the Special Olympics. Powerful.
Before doing anything else, take a quick listen to Shawn’s amazing update…
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Since well before this fall’s 40 Days for Life campaign began, I’ve been saying this is a critical time for the United States.
It seems it is also a critical time for the entire world, judging by the fact that two local campaigns are under way in Canada, and I am receiving notes of support from all around the globe.
Here are just a few…
There is much pro-life fervor evident in Latin America. Monica in Mexico City sent greetings and thanks to everyone participating in 40 Days for Life, asking God to “bless this campaign and all people involved. You have my prayers with all of you!”
“I live in Guatemala,” wrote Geraldine, “but I am so grateful for the 40 Days for Life campaign. I will be accompanying you in prayer.” Geraldine notes that a number of nations in Latin America are being pressed to legalize abortion. “Mexico has already begun falling into it, and Ecuador is faced with the approval of its pro-abortion constitutional amendment. But God has raised up soldiers to fight in Christ’s name all over the world.”
In Puerto Rico, Brunhilda has been praying and fasting. “We have also spread the word among Christians from different churches and they joined us in our prayers to end abortions,” she wrote. “Keep going and God bless you all!”
There are signs of hope in Europe. Gabriella wrote to salute her 81-year-old mother, who taught religion in Hungary for many years. “We started praying and fasting together for 40 Days for Life,” she said, “and now she is organizing two praying groups in Budapest.”
And there is breaking news coming out of Northern Ireland. We had received numerous requests for prayer for this country, where 40 Days for Life vigils were conducted in the spring. Abortion is not legal in Northern Ireland, however there was an aggressive effort to extend the United Kingdom’s abortion law to Northern Ireland to legalize the barbaric practice.
Eric Scheidler, the leader of the current 40 Days for Life campaign in Aurora, Illinois was there on the ground in Northern Ireland with Bernadette Smyth, the leader of the previous 40 Days for Life campaign, who organized a massive rally in Belfast on Saturday.
Following the rally, Eric e-mailed me this report:
“Victory in Northern Ireland! The U.K. Parliament in Westminster chose NOT to impose abortion on Northern Ireland. They could see that such a move would endanger the fragile political situation there.”
In the Pacific region, many of the cultural indicators Americans are concerned with are also being noted in New Zealand, where Sue Rowe has been working to organize a 40 Days for Life effort.
“All these pointers have brought abortion back into the public’s attention,” she told the New Zealand Catholic newspaper. “With all these things tying together, now is the time.”
“Thank you so much for allowing me this opportunity to be involved in 40 Days for Life,” said Fe in the Philippines. “God is so good! I know and I trust that with this worldwide effort, abortion will finally end in America and throughout the world!”
Isn’t it amazing what God has done with the tiny seeds that were planted just four short years ago with the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Texas?
Here’s today’s devotional from Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh, Pastor, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference…
DAY 31 INTENTION:
For the medical community, that the truth they know about the human body may become awe and wonder at the God who made it.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
REFLECTION by Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh:
Human beings — God’s tapestries.
Psalm 139 is a psalm that reveals the enormity and otherness of God. His divine attributes are on display: omniscience (2-4), omnipresence (7-12), loving-kindness (17-18), justice (19-20), righteousness (23-24), and omnipotence. Yet, when it came to express this last attribute, what example did the psalmist use – God’s creation of mountains, seas, or far-flung galaxies? No, he used none of these. To express the wonder of God’s unparalleled creative power the writer mentions the fashioning of the human in the womb (14-16).
The Hebrew word used to express God’s forming of us in the womb, raqam, is the same term for needlework or embroidery. In other words, we are a tapestry that displays God’s artistic mastery. And, like the artist who knows his creation down to the last detail, God intimately knows us. This reality provokes the writer to awe and wonder. He proclaims, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
What is true for this psalmist is true for each human being. Each is fashioned by God and known by him and we can proclaim on behalf of each, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”
Gracious God, help us to appreciate the wonder and beauty of Your creation. Help us proclaim on behalf of every one of our fellow human beings, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” May the knowledge that we are intimately known by You shape our lives and actions. Amen.
Today’s 40 Days for Life devotional can also be downloaded at: http://40daysforlife.com/docs/fall2008day31print.pdf
Yours for Life,
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life