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DAY 13: 101 lives spared — and counting!

Monday, March 21st, 2011

It’s always great to start your Monday with good news, so here it is:

So far, we are aware of at least 101 lives saved from abortion during this 40 Days for Life campaign — that we know of!

Here are just a few of the blessings that God has provided in answer to your prayers!

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COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND
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A tall man and a visibly pregnant woman walked up to the abortion center, only to find the door was locked.

“It’s closed,” said a 40 Days for Life vigil participant, “but I have information on free pregnancy help.”

The woman took information on fetal development, but the couple walked around to the back of the building to try another door. It, too, was locked. So they sat on the steps and looked through the brochure they were given.

Eventually, the building opened, and the couple went in.

Two hours later, they came out — to get more information. “Can I ask you a personal question?” the volunteer said to the woman. “Were you thinking about getting an abortion?”

“Yes, I was thinking about it. But now I’m not going to get one,” she answered.

What changed her mind? “That booklet,” she said. “I didn’t know the baby looked like that and was that size.”

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BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
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A woman walked out of the abortion center, saying she needed a bite to eat. “But it was obvious she was reconsidering,” said Kathy, one of the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers.

It turns out that the woman decided not to go through with her abortion — and she phoned her boyfriend to come pick her up.

“This is the second time she has made an appointment to abort this child and not followed through,” said Kathy. “She really needs our prayer support in particular for the financial problems facing the family. But at least she will not have to deal with the guilt.”

As she left, she expressed her gratitude — and so did her boyfriend. Said Kathy, “God is good and merciful.”

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MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE
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There are many, many situations where your prayers are still needed.

40 Days for Life volunteers were able to speak to a woman who had arrived for an RU-486 abortion.

“She sat in her car quite a while, counting money,” said Betty in Manchester, “but it was obvious she was reluctant to go in.”

After speaking to her for a while, Betty invited her to visit a pregnancy resource center for an ultrasound. This woman is eight weeks pregnant and she has two children. Her husband is insisting on an abortion that she does not want.

“She cried all night and begged God to give her a sign,” Betty said. “When she saw pro-lifers praying, she knew that was His reply. Please pray that her husband has a change of heart.”

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CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS
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Outside the abortion center, 40 Days for Life vigil participants were able to talk with a couple — but couldn’t convince them to turn away. As they walked in, the volunteers resumed their prayers.

A short time later, they came out of the building. The young woman raised her hands in the air and said, “I didn’t do it!”

“They were so happy,” said one of the volunteers, “and they begged us to pray for them.

“Prayers — and the vigil — work,” she said. “Amen!”

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How many more lives will be saved over the next 27 days of this campaign thanks to your prayers and faithfulness?

I can’t wait to find out!

Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

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DAY 12: See for yourself!

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Happy Sunday!

I really enjoy seeing pictures from 40 Days for Life locations — and I thought you might enjoy seeing them, too.

So here’s a bit of information and pictures from just a few of the cities participating in the current 40 Days for Life campaign that have sent us photos.

See for yourself what’s going at each community!

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GREENLAND, NEW HAMPSHIRE
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It’s cold in New Hampshire. “As you can see, the ground is still snow covered,” said Jackie, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator. “The temperature was hovering around freezing, but there was lots of enthusiasm from these dedicated individuals.”

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LAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA
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There are encouraging stories coming from Lawrenceville.


A woman walked from the Planned Parenthood parking lot to ask a volunteers, “Do you really offer free help?”

It turned out that she was there with her daughter who was seeking an abortion.

After talking with the volunteer for a few minutes about fetal development and post-abortion syndrome — and where to go for free help — the woman asked for information to take inside the abortion center for her daughter to look at.

That’s all we know at this point. So please keep this family in your prayers, that this young woman will choose life for her unborn child!

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
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The 40 Days for Life volunteers in Old Town Chicago sent some pictures of late night/early morning vigil participants, some of whom were “treated” to a cold rain during their prayer times outside a Planned Parenthood center on North LaSalle Boulevard.


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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
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The 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in Milwaukee had a bit of a different look recently — balloons! Yellow balloons with the word “life” printed on them.

Dan, the local coordinator in Milwaukee, said the idea came from a YouTube video, where a pro-life youth group showed up at a “pro-choice” rally with similar balloons. Needless to say, the abortion advocates were rather surprised.


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MANASSAS, VIRGINIA
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The abortion center in Manassas is tucked into a small office park — but that office park’s entrance is on one of the city’s main roads.

LOTS of people drive by all day long, so LOTS of people in Manassas now know about 40 Days for Life!

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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO
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The 40 Days for Life team in Colorado Springs thanked Father Bill Carmody for coming to the sidewalk to pray with them at their vigil site.

The volunteers in Colorado Springs had one quick story to tell — but no picture, unfortunately.

They were surprised when SIX police cars suddenly appeared on the scene last week.

Someone had called in a trespassing complaint — but they had confused a memorial service going on outside a nearby rehab center with the 40 Days for Life group.

Same purpose — prayer — but different folks and a different location. Both events were quite legal.

The officers said “never mind,” got back in their patrol cars, and the vigil continued.

Never a dull moment!

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: If you have stories to share about your own involvement in this 40 Days for Life campaign, please respond below.

DAY 11: Keep praying!

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

It is about that time of the campaign … the time when the abortion facility workers are starting to get a little agitated at — well — YOUR prayers.

It usually happens about 10 days into a 40 Days for Life campaign.

I know it may be surprising, but not everyone likes having a prayer vigil outside of their workplace. That’s okay, because we’ve seen the power of those prayers convert the hearts of many, at one time or another, frustrated abortion center workers.

Here are a few examples of clinic worker agitation…

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ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS
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The abortion center in Rockford that is the site of the 40 Days for Life vigil is a notorious location well known in pro-life circles for its extreme attitude — and vulgar signs posted in the windows.

Pro-lifers operate a mobile pregnancy care center near the Rockford vigil site — and the abortion facility’s staff and their friends are most assuredly not happy.

According to one 40 Days for Life volunteer, the abortion center staff “did all they could to stop mothers from using the mobile ultrasound … even blocking access to the door to the motorhome by placing a sign from a local pawn shop in front of it so it could only open a few inches. Because of the power of prayer and the witness of Christians, they failed.”

The local team made a short video showing the mobile ultrasound van — and a small group praying on the other side of the street outside the abortion center.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA
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Business is most assuredly off at Planned Parenthood in Virginia Beach.

“Tuesday is a regularly scheduled abortion day at Planned Parenthood,” said Marcia, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator in Virginia Beach. “Normally, they do 10-15 abortions on Tuesday mornings. This Tuesday, that number was down to seven.”

“I was at Planned Parenthood by myself from 5 to 6,” added Charlie in Virginia Beach.

“About 5:45 a young couple stopped as they were driving out from the parking lot, rolled down the window, and told me that they had decided to keep their baby,” he said. “I congratulated them, and told them about Life Ministries.”

“That’s a major praise!” said Marcia.

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NAPLES, FLORIDA
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It looks like the staff is getting nervous at Planned Parenthood in Naples, where faithful volunteers are praying outside during 40 Days for Life prayer vigils.

One of the area’s TV stations received a complaint that the people on the sidewalk were “harassing” Planned Parenthood’s clients. So they sent out a news crew.

The reporter interviewed the woman who said she was harassed.

The reporter also talked to a couple of 40 Days for Life vigil participants, who were flabbergasted at the idea that peacefully praying on the sidewalk could ever be viewed as harassment.

I was in Naples just a few weeks ago and met these sweet women — and that’s exactly what you’ll see in the video.

The volunteers did a GREAT job of presenting the truth!

To see the report — and the video — from WINK-TV, please go to:

http://tinyurl.com/4mgeqz8

The words of Jesus come to mind. “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you (falsely) because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven” (Matthew 5:11-12).

Keep praying!

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Has overcoming challenges been one of the blessings at your 40 Days for Life campaign? If you have any good news to share, please comment below.

DAY 10: “We didn’t give up”

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Abortion thrives on despair.

The despair of women often leads them to believe that abortion is their only solution. The despair of clinic workers helps convince them they are doing a good thing and trying to help women. Even the despair of the Christian may lead to the hopelessness of believing that abortion will never end.

Well, in 247 cities right now, your prayer presence is crushing despair and bringing hope!

The constant theme of all the stories that I hear from local 40 Days for Life teams is that we should never, never, NEVER give up!

Even if the situation appears hopeless, God is always listening.

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GRANITE CITY, ILLINOIS
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A young woman got out of a car that had a Christian fish pin on it … determined to keep her abortion appointment at the facility where the 40 Days for Life vigil is taking place.

A counselor tried to talk to her, but she just offered a crude gesture, hissed at the prayer volunteers and walked in.

“We didn’t give up,” said Angela, the local 40 Days for life coordinator. “We kept praying.”

An hour later, she came out to smoke a cigarette and saw members of a Bound 4 Life youth group who were praying at the vigil.

“What are they doing?” the young woman asked.

Angela answered, “They are praying for your baby.” The young woman flipped her cigarette towards Angela and went back inside.

Another hour passed — another hour of constant prayer, particularly for this young women.

She then came out again and literally ran — weeping — into the arms of the youth group members.

“Thank you for being here!” she cried.

“I didn’t do it!”

Then the full story came out. Her father was pressuring her to abort — even though, she said, he claimed to be a Christian. Her mother said she would not help raise another baby as she already had a 3-year-old at home.

The young woman feared her father would put her and her child out on the streets for not going through with the abortion.

“We told her of our resources and how we could help her to find shelter and get back on her feet,” Angela said. “She hugged us again and thanked the group for being there.”

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HELENA, MONTANA
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One of the Helena 40 Days for Life volunteers tells of a young woman considering abortion. Fortunately, this young woman’s co-worker realized there was an opportunity to minister to her.

The co-worker invited her to the 40 Days for Life kickoff — which she attended. At the kick-off event, she picked up a card for a local clinic pregnancy resource center and gave the people there a call.

“We’re told that she received an ultrasound and made the decision to keep the baby,” said Ben in Helena. “We will continue to check in on her and provide assistance as needed.”

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NORTH SEATTLE, WASHINGTON
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Two people were praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil when they were politely interrupted by a woman who wanted to give them cookies — cookies that her daughter was selling for her scout group.

“I know you probably think you can’t make a difference, just standing on a street corner praying about abortion,” she said, “but I’m here to tell you, you can!”

Ten years ago, the woman had an abortion scheduled. But when she arrived, “two people just like you were praying quietly on the street corner outside. Because of them, I didn’t go through with it. Today I have a beautiful daughter who’s alive because of those people who chose to pray.”

What more can I say? Please keep praying!

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What’s the latest news about 40 Days for Life in your community? If you have stories to tell, please respond below.

DAY 9: A few good men

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Let’s not kid ourselves. Women are the heart and soul of the pro-life movement.

My wife got me involved by taking me out to pray at Planned Parenthood way back when we were dating. David Bereit, our national director, also got involved in pro-life work through the example of his wife.

This week, the call for more men to stand and pray came from one of the local 40 Days for Life coordinators after a bully got vocal with a woman who was praying at the vigil.

This is just one example of how important it is for men to get more involved in the campaign — and what a difference it can make when men decide to man-up and take Christ to the front lines of our culture war.

So thanks to all the men who are taking part in 40 Days for Life! (And the women too, of course!!!)

Oh, by the way — today is the day everyone gets to be Irish. Congratulations!

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WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS
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One of the volunteers got involved in 40 Days for Life after his wife asked him to pray.

He’d always been pro-life, he said, but “I have always kept my mouth shut.” After all, he’s a guy, and we’re always told that abortion is a “women’s issue.”

Then he visited the 40 Days for Life web site and did a lot of reading. “I cried more than once,” he said, “for the unborn, for their moms and for my inactivity in the past. I asked God to forgive me for being silent these last 40 years. I was wrong to keep quiet. I will not be quiet any longer.”

This volunteer now has a plan. “I am going to fast as often as I physically can,” he said. “I will pray every day. I will ask others to pray.”

Thanks, he said, “to you all for standing up, speaking up and doing something positive for the little ones.”

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FORT COLLINS, COLORADO
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This is the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Fort Collins, and new volunteers are excited to have the opportunity to pray for an end to abortion.

“No matter how many rude gestures and remarks we got, we also received waves of support, honks of approval, even a friendly hello from a mom who slowed down enough for her two toddlers to see us,” said Maria, one of the vigil participants.

“It was truly a rewarding evening, knowing we have made an impact.”

Speaking of men joining the campaign, a local Knights of Columbus council prayed together at the Fort Collins vigil. I can’t say enough about the Knights and the strong, faithful support they continue to show for 40 Days for Life!

Here are the Knights of Columbus in Fort Collins:

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ANCHORAGE, ALASKA
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Haylee, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Anchorage, says she has a couple of items guaranteed to motivate you even further.

One young man stood and prayed at the vigil for seven hours. “And some of that time he was all alone,” she said. “That shows determination and commitment!”

Then there was a team of men who covered midnight to 7 a.m. “The temperature fell to -4 and yet they stayed out there praying to God and putting action to their beliefs,” Haylee said. “Praise the Lord!”

Here’s a photo of another group of 40 Days for Life volunteers praying in the cold, in the snow, in the dark, in Anchorage, Alaska:

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: If you have stories to share about the 40 Days for Life campaign in your town, please leave a comment below.

DAY 8: Great media coverage

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Local media outlets have been all over 40 Days for Life campaigns since we kicked off in 247 cities just last Wednesday …

… and we’ve seen great — and positive — coverage of YOUR campaigns!

Here are just a few examples:

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LANSING, MICHIGAN
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Chris Veneklase of the 40 Days for Life team in Lansing had an opportunity to talk about the campaign on Tony Conley’s morning program on WILS-AM. It’s a secular station that also features nationally syndicated hosts such as Laura Ingraham.

Things got very personal – and quite moving – when it came to a discussion of the overwhelming number of abortions that are recommended when doctors discover that a child in the womb has Down syndrome.

Tony Conley said he tried to get a representative of Planned Parenthood to come on the program. But no one was interested.

Listen to the audio online (it’s powerful!) (click arrow to start):

Download MP3 (right-click to save file to your computer):

Tony Conley Morning Show 3/11/11

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MODESTO, CALIFORNIA
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This marks the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Modesto, and the local team was featured in a story in the local newspaper, the Modesto Bee.

It’s not a political or noisy protest, said local coordinator Mark Jeffords.
“It’s a Christian prayer vigil, definitely not a protest,” he said. “We’re trying to raise public awareness. There won’t be any shouting.”

Mark emphasized that the campaign is “also are trying to reach out to the women. We want to tell them about the Modesto Pregnancy Center. They also have services for women. I hope the women realize there’s a person in their bodies who is coming into the world and also understand that they’re not alone.”

To see the full story in the Modesto Bee, please go to:

http://tinyurl.com/4psm3ec

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LAFAYETTE, INDIANA
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The first-time 40 Days for Life campaign in Lafayette got the attention of the Journal and Courier locally.

In this case, a Planned Parenthood representative DID speak to the reporter, rattling off the standard line about vigil participants “harassing patients.”

The newspaper also included a picture, which proved to be worth more than a thousand Planned Parenthood talking points. The picture shows two people quietly praying on the sidewalk – no “harassment” whatsoever!

“We’re simply there praying,” said Lafayette campaign coordinator Judy Watson. “How could anybody not want that?”

To see the Lafayette Journal and Courier story – and the picture – please go to:

http://tinyurl.com/4f96e7l

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TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA
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As part of their community outreach, the 40 Days for Life team in Tallahassee participated in a memorial service for aborted babies at a local cemetery – and WCTV, the local CBS affiliate, reported on the event.

The station interviewed local coordinator Chris Moleski for the report. She said that 40 Days for Life “is a campaign that has been developed to give people an opportunity to bring about an end to abortion through prayer, fasting and community outreach.”

To see the WCTV story – including the video of the news report – please go to:

http://tinyurl.com/4j6sw4f

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: If you have good news to report about 40 Days for Life in your community, please post a comment below.

DAY 7: Humble yourself and pray

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

40 Days for Life is a call to sacrifice.

During these 40 days, many of you sacrifice food, time, sleep, television and other comforts. This of course sounds good but can be VERY hard (especially when you’re tired, hungry — and college basketball is on).

But these detachments help us to reflect on what is eternal and everlasting — God’s love!

And it’s most gratifying to know that people just like you are going out of their way to pray, fast — and sacrifice — on behalf of God’s innocent children.

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KITCHENER, ONTARIO
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You may be familiar with 2 Chronicles 7:14, the scripture verse in which God tells us, “humble yourselves and pray.” It’s central to the 40 Days for Life message. A 40 Days for Life volunteer in this Canadian city learned that it was possible to both show humility – and to be a sign to others.

The volunteer arrived at the vigil site to stand and pray. Passersby barely seemed to notice. But “after a while, I felt convicted to kneel in prayer.”

At first, there was fear of looking stupid, small and weak. But the fear soon melted. A short time later, this vigil participant looked up and began to notice the reactions of people driving by.

“It was very different now. I can best describe their facial expressions as stunned, surprised and intensely watching — sincerely amazed at what they were seeing. I realized it was jarring for them to see someone worshiping and appealing to God in such a public, humbling manner.”

The world views humbling oneself as a position of weakness. “Yet, by placing myself in a position of weakness, it became a position of strength: strength to witness; strength to pray more fervently; strength to stir the human heart.”

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA
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The call to humble prayer is also being heard in Orlando, where the 40 Days for Life vigil is taking place outside a facility where late-term abortions are performed.

On a recent day, it is estimated that more than 30 abortions took place – well into the evening. Vigil participants say the atmosphere at this place is most disturbing.

“A peaceful prayer presence is so very needed,” said one 40 Days for Life participant. “Silent peaceful prayer is so necessary at the unhappiest place on earth.”

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CANTON, OHIO
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David Bereit, the national director of 40 Days for Life, often asks people to consider this: “Many of us have worked jobs where we’ve put in 40 hours a week; why not try to put in 40 hours at the vigil over the course of 40 Days for Life?”

Daphne in Canton has responded to that call to sacrifice. “I am challenging you to something that I have challenged myself to during the 40 Days for Life campaign — to pray for 40 hours. I am calling it the 40 Hour Challenge,” she said. “I am inviting all of you to embrace the Cross and take up the 40 Hour Challenge.”

What to pray for? Daphne suggests praying for 40 Days for Life, for the campaign’s local and national leaders, for everyone making the sacrifice to pray at the abortion centers, for all those pondering abortion and all those affected by abortion. “The list goes on and on,” she said.

Just in case you haven’t checked the list of 247 locations where 40 Days for Life vigils are going on TODAY, please go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/location.cfm

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Any miracles at your 40 Days for Life vigil? Please share them with everyone by posting a comment below.

DAY 6: 35 saved already!

Monday, March 14th, 2011

When people hear about babies saved from abortion, it motivates them to trust God — and participate in 40 Days for Life.

After all, how often do you have an opportunity to literally help save a life just by peacefully praying?

It’s already happened in this campaign …

… 35 times (that we know of)!

Here are just a few of the miracles that God has already granted.

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ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
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Prayer volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Orange County were caught by surprise as the doors of the abortion center flew open and a frightened young woman literally ran out as fast as she could — barefoot!

A young man came out looking for her. The barefoot runner was his girlfriend, and she was there for an abortion.

Eventually, she was found nearby, and vigil participants offered to get her something to eat. When they sat down to their meal, the young woman told her story.

She was six months pregnant and was already on the table at the abortion center. She had an IV and was in the process of being sedated. But she was still alert enough to realize …

.. she simply couldn’t go through with it.

“God’s grace poured into her heart,” said one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers. The young woman found the strength and courage to remove the needle from her arm, to quickly get dressed (except for her shoes!) and run out to safety.

“Our prayers from outside helped her get that courage to leave the table and run away,” said the volunteer. “I realized how important our role is.”

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HOUSTON, TEXAS
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40 Days for Life participants in Houston say the campaign has been quite eventful already.

There’s a mobile pro-life pregnancy counseling center in Houston, and it is often parked outside Planned Parenthood’s huge abortion facility.

Women arriving for appointments at Planned Parenthood are offered assistance in this vehicle, volunteers say many of these women are willing and eager to listen.

“This was possible through the grace of God,” said onee volunteer, “even with several Planned Parenthood escorts on the scene.”

Two abortion-minded women visited the mobile center. One of those two made a huge turn around after seeing her unborn child on the ultrasound image and chose life.

The other simply said she would think about it, so she was given information about pro-life resources. Please keep her in your prayers.

Here are photos of 40 Days for Life vigil participants praying next to the entrance of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Houston:


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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
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One of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Milwaukee watched as a couple pulled into the parking lot at the abortion center. The woman got out and walked into the building while the man remained at the wheel of his truck. So the volunteer walked over and struck up a conversation.

Eventually, the volunteer started talking about his dad, who was born during the Depression, less than nine months after his grandparents got married.

“I couldn’t think of a worse time to have to worry about feeding another mouth,” he said, “but my grandparents did the right thing.”

The driver then opened his door and said, “OK, then I’m going in. I’ll talk to her.”

He came out later, but shrugged his shoulders and said, “I tried, but she ain’t with it.”

But the prayer volunteer encouraged him, “Go back and try again. You have nothing to lose!”

The man went back inside again, and finally the couple came out together — smiling — and got back into their vehicle.

“We didn’t get it!” he said.

“Amen!” said the 40 Days for Life volunteer.

“Amen!” replied the guy in the truck.

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What great things are happening with 40 Days for Life in YOUR community? Please share your stories by posting a response below.

DAY 5: In any language

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

When the first nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign was being planned in 2007, we hoped for 20 cities, honestly. Of course, we weren’t thinking big enough.

In September 2007, the first 40 Days for Life campaign launched in 89 cities. And it’s now grown to 247 cities!

Then, when we thought this would ONLY be a campaign for the United States …

… well, we were wrong again! We’re in nine countries this campaign.

Here’s a quick world tour of some of our 32 international vigil locations:

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ENGLAND
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London is back for its second campaign, and Cheltenham is along for its first.

The London campaign continues to have a strong reach into the international community, and more nations may be joining 40 Days for Life in the future — with help from Robert, the campaign coordinator in London.

Robert sent along a link to a video promoting 40 Days for Life in London.

I’ve watched this several times and it’s downright amazing.

This video is directed at a specific community in England’s capital, and the on-screen information is presented in their native language — POLISH!

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SPAIN
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The 40 Days for Life coordinators in Spain have jumped into this project with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and hard work.

The first inquiry we received mentioned the possibility of a campaign in Madrid. As the months went by and the word spread, that has grown to TEN different cities!

40 Days for Life in Spain now has its own national team and its own web site — and people are answering the call to pray and fast for an end to abortion.

Here are photos of the 40 Days for Life campaigns in Madrid, Segovia and Puerto de Santa Maria:



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GEORGIA
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Georgia was once part of the Soviet Union, and abortion continues to be a major concern there. Please keep this campaign in your prayers; not only does it have great potential to save lives (one baby saved already!), it also has the potential to foster greater unity in the Body of Christ.

“Every denomination that exists in Tbilisi is participating,” said Carolyn, who is coordinating this first-ever campaign in Georgia. “This is truly unprecedented!”

Carolyn sent some photos from the vigil in front of Parliament in Tbilisi, which is Georgia’s capital.

I don’t understand the words — and I certainly can’t read the language. They use a totally different alphabet. But Carolyn says the signs read “choose life” (the large banner) and “abortion stops a beating heart.”

That sounds quite familiar, doesn’t it? It shows that abortion is a worldwide problem — and that God has a worldwide answer.


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AUSTRALIA
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There are six cities Down Under for this 40 Days for Life campaign — the most yet in Australia. And it isn’t springtime there. This campaign begins in the final days of summer, rolling into early autumn.

The kickoff in Sydney was quite an event — and we have the video!

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

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DAY 4: “We are costing them money!”

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

There’s no better way to put it. As far as abortion centers are concerned, 40 Days for Life is just bad for business.

While this is not the main reason that we pray outside abortion facilities, it does show that when women choose life, it affects one thing the abortion industry really cares about — money!

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AUGUSTA, MAINE
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“Three years ago, when we did our first 40 Days for Life prayer vigil,” said Janet in Augusta, “Family Planning Association of Maine hung a banner with a comic strip type character with the words ‘defend the truth.’ ”

This facility has used a high-profile — but ineffective — program called “pledge-a-picket.” The idea is to get pro-abortion donors to pledge a certain amount of money for each person praying outside the building.

Recently, she said, they spent big money on a new surveillance system. “They’ve focused some of their resources on us. We are costing them money.”

The Augusta campaign was featured this week on WABI-TV in Maine.

The reporter interviewed a spokeswoman for the abortion center, who complained of demonstrators “harassing” their clients. The video then showed a couple of volunteers against a background of snow — bundled up on a cold Maine day — quietly praying for an end to abortion.

Here’s a photo from the WABI-TV news story. Click the picture to read the TV report — and watch the video:

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
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A record crowd of 120 turned out for the kickoff of the fifth 40 Days for Life campaign in Syracuse.

Coordinators noted that the Planned Parenthood facility in Syracuse was the first freestanding abortion center in the United States.

It opened for business on July 2, 1970 — 40 years ago (abortion was legal in New York prior to the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling).

“We are thrilled to be here and do God’s work and bring His light and love and mercy to this darkest corner of our city,” Jeannie, one of the coordinators, told the crowd.

“We’re uniting in prayer and fasting with 247 cities,” she said. “That’s tens of thousands of people praying and fasting. And we’re expectant that God will do great things for us.”

Here are photos of the 40 Days for Life kickoff in Syracuse:


Saturdays are often “procedure days” at abortion centers. In plain English, that means Saturday is the deadliest day of the week for innocent unborn children.

Please consider joining a 40 Days for Life vigil today. Who knows? Your prayers may help save a baby.

All you have to do is show up and pray. God will handle the rest!

To find the nearest 40 Days for Life campaign, please go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/location.cfm

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Yours for Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Even as we pray and stand for innocent life during this 40 Days for Life, please also pray for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan which caused devastating loss of life — that they may have God’s strength in the difficult days ahead.

PPS: As always, if you have a story to share about the blessings of 40 Days for Life, please post a reply below.

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