Abortion calls the Christian to be a witness — a witness to the abortion-minded women who are going in for an abortion.
In those moments when we feel our prayer efforts are having no impact, that’s usually when our witness of God’s love is entering the most unexpected hearts.
When you’re praying at a 40 Days for Life vigil, the women going in see you — and they know why you’re there. Your prayers and witness are powerful … so be ready when abortion minded-women respond.
Bryan in Canton re-emphasized the need for men to answer God’s call. He attended a men’s conference recently where that was the theme.
“We spoke about our call as men, as husbands, as fathers — a call to protect and defend,” he said. “It was quite powerful as we considered how God is calling us to live our lives.”
One thing in particular reminded him of a situation that 40 Days for Life volunteers face quite often — the pro-abortion taunt that men who oppose abortion hate women.
“Obviously, we know that is not true,” Bryan said.
At the conference, one of the speakers recalled a saying — “I’m a lover not a fighter.” And he pointed out the problems with that slogan.
“We are fighters precisely because we love,” Bryan explained. “We fight for the things we love. And in the case of 40 Days for Life … we care about women and girls, and we care about families. And that is why we fight. How will you answer the call today?”
Eileen in Beaumont recently witnessed some men who answered the call on what was otherwise a typical day on the job.
A truck from a heating and air conditioning contractor pulled up in front of the abortion center where the 40 Days for Life vigil is in progress. A couple of guys got out and saw the signs: “Pray to end abortion.”
“Do they do abortions in there?” asked one of the men. The volunteers responded, “Yes, they do!”
This man had not been aware of that. “We don’t do work for people who do abortions,” he said sharply, “and we will tell them so!”
With that, the two men went inside the abortion facility, came right back out, got in their truck and left.
“We want to encourage all businesses to be as brave as those folks,” Eileen said of the men who put principle above money. “Our world would be different if everyone took such a strong stand.”
ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA
One of the 40 Days for Life team members in St. Cloud shared a note from a woman who learned of 40 Days for Life for the first time right before the campaign started.
“I knew immediately that God was calling me to fast and pray for these 40 days,” she wrote. “I am very well known for my indulgence in chocolate and baked goods, and I knew God was challenging me.”
She found information on the 40 Days for Life web site about fasting being a form of physical prayer, and that gave her the words she needed to tell others about what she was doing.
She’s been offered goodies at family and work events – a salesman even brought in a cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory – but she has kept her fast. “God has given me the grace to explain to people that no, I’m not dieting. I’m participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign.”
Even someone who’s usually argumentative about abortion has accepted her explanation. “I rejoice,” she said, “knowing that I’m planting a seed of God’s love during this time by my witnessing through prayer and fasting.”
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Yours for Life,
40 Days for Life
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