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DAY 21: Praying in the snow at the mud den

March 25th, 2014 by admin

Thankfully, Steve Karlen, our North American outreach coordinator, packed warm clothing for his five campaign stops across the state of New York!

Today, he mentions the cold conditions that these campaigns have endured. But the weather has not deterred them from standing strong for the unborn.

In fact, courageously facing the cold can make your witness on the sidewalk even more profound … in the eyes of those driving by — and those entering the abortion facility.

Here’s Steve’s report.

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GOSHEN and NEWBURGH, NEW YORK
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I spoke at a joint event for the Goshen and Newburgh campaigns. Turnout was so good they ran out of parking places!

Planned Parenthood opened its Goshen facility in a spot that’s tucked away from the street. It was supposed to be isolated from vigils; but with the new construction, a public easement was set up, allowing people to stand and pray on land that was once – but is no longer – private property.

The campaign team had to clear out a big pile of snow so they’d have a place to stand. They call it their “mud den.”

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SYRACUSE, NEW YORK
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Two mothers – Jeanie and Shannon – lead the Syracuse campaign. Between them, they have 14 children … and, of course, very supportive husbands. But in spite of busy home lives, they knew they were called to lead this campaign.

I spoke at an awesome interdenominational candlelight vigil. Pastors from several faith communities participated, including one pastor who is doing pro-life work while he’s home for a break from his missionary work in Ecuador.

Yes, snow fell throughout the whole vigil. We were all freezing! That did not dampen enthusiasm at all.

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ITHACA, NEW YORK
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As with Syracuse, this was a great interdenominational effort with praise music and pastors from a number of churches leading prayer.

Mary Anne, the local director, and her team have been building a pro-life movement in Ithaca almost from scratch. She has done an incredibly inspirational job building relationships with churches across faith lines and with the local pregnancy center.

Planned Parenthood escorts even came outside during the event … and appeared to give great attention to our vigil.

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WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK
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White Plains is in the middle of its fourth 40 Days for Life campaign now. Their efforts have been highlighted by their persistence in very difficult weather. This event drew a bilingual crowd, as both English and Spanish speaking Christians took part. One bilingual volunteer offered to translate my talk for the Hispanic vigil participants!

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SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK
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The folks in Spring Valley reported that during the campaign, they’ve seen an unusually peaceful neighborhood — and less turmoil.

This is their 12th 40 Days for Life campaign. Over the years they have also seen the community become much less hostile to their presence. One volunteer told me that off-duty police officers even participate enthusiastically … and crime in the area actually goes down during the campaign.

Thanks again to Steve Karlen for today’s report!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: As always, if you have an interesting story about your 40 Days for Life campaign, please share it! You may add a reply below.

DAY 20: 211 lives saved – that we know of

March 24th, 2014 by admin

Here we are at the halfway point of our 40 Days for Life campaign … and God has really been generous with His blessings! So far, there have been 211 babies saved from abortion that we know of. And maybe more!

Here are a couple of stories about the impact of the peaceful, prayerful vigils.

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LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
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Deana and other 40 Days for Life participants in Little Rock watched as three couples arrived at the abortion center – and all left without having abortions.

The first couple arrived with a child. “They were told they couldn’t bring the child into the building,” Deana said. After a short time, they exited the side door of the abortion facility and left.

A second couple arrived – and was quickly met by a security guard who said they couldn’t bring the bag they were carrying inside. They left the bag in their car and went in. “Not long afterward, they were seen leaving,” Deana said. The young woman was in tears.

As a third couple then approached the building, volunteers noticed the woman had a bewildered look on her face. They weren’t inside very long. When they came out, the woman had that same wide-eyed look on. They also left the area and did not return.

“We pray that they chose life for these babies and find the support they need,” Deana said.

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TUCSON, ARIZONA
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Kaitlynn said as volunteers were praying outside the abortion center in Tucson, a young woman pulled up and parked – in the wrong lot. These parking spaces are very close to the vigil location, and “for that very reason, women are told not to park there.”

“She got out of the car and looked anxious,” Kaitlynn said. “She was 16 weeks pregnant and her boyfriend told her she had to get an abortion. After we informed her that no one could force her to have an abortion, we gave her information about the local pro-life pregnancy resource centers.”

After gladly reviewing her newfound options, the woman declared she would not follow through with the abortion. “A life was saved,” Kaitlynn said, “all because she chose the wrong parking lot!”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What great things are happening with the 40 Days for Life campaign in your community? Please share the good news below.

DAY 19: The Holy Spirit is at work!

March 23rd, 2014 by admin

There are 40 Days for Life campaigns near and far! And that means more travel for our international outreach director, Robert Colquhoun.

He’s already been to Croatia … and plans a visit to Russia to speak at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Moscow. The leader there, Arevik, is currently conducting the second campaign in Russia.

Here’s a look at a few things going on at 40 Days for Life campaigns in the United Kingdom and Africa.

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ABUJA, NIGERIA
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For her part, Arevik, the Moscow coordinator, just visited Kelechi, the local director in Abuja, Nigeria, and her team of volunteers. “I met her two years ago in London,” Arevik said. Kelechi was doing some work with a pro-life group there at the time.

London is also where both women learned about 40 Days for Life, which they have helped get started in their home nations.

In Nigeria, Arevik found herself on a different continent with a different culture – and a different climate. Robert says the temperature in Moscow was below freezing – but near 100 degrees (38 Celsius) in Abuja.

“I decided to use my time to support Kelechi,” Arevik said. “I want to write an article about Nigeria. Thank God for this time!”

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CARDIFF, WALES
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Clare, the local leader in Cardiff, sent along some photos of her vigil – which has a fairly constant presence of at least one pro-abortion demonstrator … and sometimes more, as was seen in a pro-abortion march near the vigil location.

A small, hand-painted sign was propped up next to a trash can, critical of 40 Days for Life for being “responsible for 44 safe and legal abortion clinics closed.” The sign was amended after we announced that four more abortion facilities where 40 Days for Life vigils had been conducted were closing.

Another sign posted nearby reads “stop harassment at health clinics.” Of course, there is no harassment at the 40 Days for Life vigil – only prayer.

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SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND
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“What an amazing week!” said Albert in Sheffield. “This week there were a total of 60 volunteers. Many hours of prayer … without a doubt the Holy Spirit is at work and achieving wonderful things!”

Albert noted the importance of having prayer volunteers on hand in the early morning, “as this is when many young mothers, partners and staff arrive to the clinic.”

The Sheffield team also offered advice that’s helpful for volunteers everywhere: Keep telling people about 40 Days for Life! “The fact that the campaign is known and talked about makes a big difference.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

DAY 18: Miracle after miracle in Milwaukee

March 22nd, 2014 by admin

You may know Milwaukee’s Dan Miller from the 40 Days for Life book. And if you’ve ever been to the vigil site in Milwaukee, you’ve seen Dan because you can’t miss him! He’s around 6 feet 7 … with a heart to match his size.

He’s the local 40 Days for Life leader … and he’s been used by God to witness many miracles on the sidewalk. Here’s an account of just a few … which include at least four babies saved from abortion! We’re also including some photos from the Milwaukee vigil.

As you’ll be able to see, Dan keeps very accurate records.

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
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“At 11:47 am, God showed us our first save,” Dan said. “The first thing about this couple that I noticed was their happy demeanor. We talked back and forth in Spanish – and the next thing you know they are telling me that they are keeping the baby. They looked so good with their decision to parent their child – they were absolutely glowing.”

At 12:24 pm, another couple walked out – and they also looked happy. “I noticed was her lipstick, which was like a sea-blue,” he said. “I used that as an ice-breaker – and the next thing you know, they are taking one of our gifts – and I’m blessing them and their baby.”

At 12:40 pm, three women walked out – and into a waiting cab. “There was something giddy about them,” Dan said, “and then we found out why. They told us that they were keeping their baby – before we had the chance to ask!”

At 12:46 pm, yet another mother talked about her decision to reject abortion. She said, “They tried to talk me into killing it – but I just couldn’t do it. This is my baby!”

Later in the day, Tony, a counselor, talked to another couple. “Tony said the father did not want the abortion – and was very concerned because the mother seemed to want an abortion in a huge way,” Dan said.

“When they came out – the father was smiling so wide – he seemed like a man on cloud nine. He did not look concerned any longer – he seemed happy and relieved,” he said. “Pray they don’t ever come back.”

Towards the end of the day, a man drove up with his window open and asked, “Are you making a difference here?” Dan said, “Yes – I think we are.” In the ongoing prayer effort in Milwaukee, 502 babies have been saved from abortion since August of 2010.

The man replied, “That’s fantastic! I see you guys all the time. I say a little prayer for you every time. I came down here thirteen years ago to have my baby aborted. In the end – we walked away from it. Here is a picture of my daughter, who was supposed to be aborted – isn’t she beautiful?”

“I want you to know,” Dan told the Milwaukee volunteers, “that your presence makes a difference.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: How has 40 Days for Life in your community affected you? Please let us know by posting a response below.

DAY 17: Making a difference that lasts forever

March 21st, 2014 by admin

At the end of the last 40 Days for Life campaign, I had the joy of seeing a 3-year-old girl, whose mom changed her mind and left her abortion appointment … after seeing the 40 Days for Life volunteers!

Seeing that beautiful girl and listening to her talk reminded me that the impact of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil goes far beyond the street corner, and far beyond the moment.

That impact is often generational. The baby saved today may grow up to have children … grandchildren … great grandchildren! And the child who sees and understands what’s at stake can also influence others – including their elders!

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MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
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Michelle in Montgomery said it was very cold and windy at the 40 Days for Life vigil, “but that didn’t stop us from praying for moms and babies!”

The volunteers were able to speak to a young woman, “who changed her mind and chose life for her baby! Our prayerful witness made a difference in their lives,” Michelle said, “forever!”

She sent along a picture of two very determined vigil participants, “who were unstoppable, even when clinic workers turned on the sprinkler.” And keep in mind it was already cold and windy!

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KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE
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It was cold and wet in Knoxville as well – but this was rain, not the mischief of the abortion center staff.

In this miserable weather, Paul, the local director, was setting up for the daily vigil around 6:50 on a Sunday morning – and the rain kept getting more intense. “I looked up and saw seven vehicles parked on Washington Avenue, and 15 people walking towards me.”

The people were members of the Hispanic Community of Holy Ghost Parish and they ended up covering the entire day. Pastors and church buses driving by gave thumbs-up and honked their horns … as did lots of others as well.

“They were joined by others through the day,” Paul said, “but their presence can only be described as truly inspirational.”

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McKINNEY, TEXAS
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Another Paul, the local coordinator in McKinney, is often asked, “What about all those cars that go by and don’t even pay attention to us?”

“We never know what thoughts or conversations may take place,” he said. But he recalled a story he had heard from a teacher during a campaign a couple of years ago.

This teacher had overheard a conversation at school – a discussion between a second grader and another teacher.

The young boy asked his teacher if she had seen the people on the corner outside Planned Parenthood. She said yes, they were “a bunch of protestors.” The second grader told her they were not protesting, they were praying – praying to save the lives of children.

“Yes,” said Paul, “our prayers go beyond this one corner and affect our community.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: If you have a story to share about your experiences during this 40 Days for Life, please respond below.

DAY 16: If it saves one baby, it’s worth it!

March 20th, 2014 by admin

Orlando is known for Walt Disney World and other entertainment attractions. But the city has its poor neighborhoods as well … and one of them is home to a large Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

I visited the Orlando campaign this week, where 150 people attended their mid-point event — including one woman who came to angrily protest the event … but ended up thanking us for being there.

That is just one of the moving stories from my visit to Orlando … and my stop in Springfield, Illinois.

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA
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Travel issues prevented me from arriving for the Orlando kickoff rally – so I rescheduled my visit. I was moved by the efforts of Irene, the local leader, and her team.

Attendees included the directors of three local pregnancy resource centers. There was music, prayer and joy – and Planned Parenthood staffers listened to the talks just a few yards away. One of the pregnancy centers had even brought an RV, fully equipped with an ultrasound machine!

I met a volunteer who brings her son, who has Down syndrome, to Planned Parenthood to pray weekly. She said, “He is such a powerful witness that every life is sacred, when so many want to disregard those with disabilities. When we come here to pray, it is like jumping into the water to save a drowning child. We are honored to do it. Where else can you save a life just by showing up and being a witness to God’s love?”

The event drew one counter-protester. But at the end of the evening, she came over and put down her sign, saying she had misjudged our intentions. She thought we were there to judge women. But she soon realized that the campaign is driven by love and compassion – and it saves lives.

Irene gave her some information and invited her to pray on the sidewalk. The woman had spoken to a member of the Knights of Columbus, whose explanation helped her realize that 40 Days for Life was something she could support. “If it saves one baby,” she said, “it is worth it!”

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SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS
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After speaking at a pregnancy center banquet, I went to visit the 40 Days for Life team in Springfield, Illinois. The Planned Parenthood center in Springfield does RU 486 abortions just a few blocks from the Abraham Lincoln presidential library.

I was inspired by the local leader, Andrea, who also works for Springfield Right to Life. “I’ve been involved in Right to Life for 30 years and 40 Days for Life is the most important thing we can be doing,” she said.

Andrea has led four campaigns in Springfield because “it puts prayer first — and that’s what we need.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: What’s new at 40 Days for Life in your community? Please share any blessings by replying below.

DAY 15: What better way to spend your time!

March 19th, 2014 by admin

Leading a 40 Days for Life campaign is hard. It takes courage, time and sacrifice. In every campaign, we see new leaders in new places take a leap of faith and bring this effort to their city — or country!

The Holy Spirit has taken 40 Days for Life to many new countries. Today, we highlight one of the two first-time campaigns in New Zealand, where 40 Days for Life is brand new, plus a campaign in Canada where there’s an additional international connection.

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WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
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The first 40 Days for Life vigil in New Zealand’s capital city is taking place in front of Wellington Regional Hospital. “I’m amazed how people are stepping up and praying to cover the full 12 hours,” said Clare, the local director in Wellington.

“We’ve had some encouragement and good things happening on the street,” she said. “Some people have queried what we are doing and then ended up praying with us.”

A couple traveling on a cruise ship were moored in Wellington just for one day – but they went to pray at the vigil. “What better way to spend our time in Wellington!” they said.

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OAKVILLE, ONTARIO
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Oakville is taking part in its seventh 40 Days for Life campaign, starting with what Louise, the local coordinator, called an “inspirational experience” – a candlelight kickoff with Bishop Douglas Crosby.

The Oakville vigil included a group of volunteers praying in Croatian! Last week, we looked at the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Zagreb, Croatia. That campaign heard about the Croatians in Oakville – and the picture of the Oakville vigil is now posted on the Zagreb team’s Facebook page!

Louise shared a note from a vigil participant, who was “overjoyed to witness so many faith-filled young adults, bearing the cold and praying together.” He said all those praying at the vigil set a great example. “Hopefully, it inspires and energizes others, as it did me!”

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Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Please share the good news! Stories about your own 40 Days for Life experiences are always welcome. You may post a response below.

DAY 14: Planned Parenthood cuts hours

March 18th, 2014 by admin

Today’s update is from Steve Karlen, our North American outreach director. Steve reports from the state of Washington, where he visited five 40 Days for Life locations – all in one day!

At one stop, he learned some very good news about a Planned Parenthood center that’s decreased its business hours … not once, but twice!

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EVERETT and MARYSVILLE, WASHINGTON
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I met with teams from both Everett and Marysville, where participants ranged in age from little tykes to senior citizens. And they’re making a big impact.

David, the Marysville coordinator, told me the Planned Parenthood there continues to cut the number of days it’s open. They’re down to three days a week now. It had been four days a week for the last year and a half … and five days a week before that.

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RENTON, WASHINGTON
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Christina, the director in Renton, introduced me to some of her best helpers. One woman at the vigil comes to pray three hours a day—all year round. It’s a challenging vigil location—a very busy street with lots of noise – and the abortion facility is set way back. We prayed together and sang Amazing Grace.

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FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON
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The Federal Way vigil is at a Planned Parenthood center in front of a strip mall. One business owner in the area has been quite hostile. The good news, however, is that the campaign is definitely growing. Lisa, the local leader, reports that abortions are down around 25% when they are out praying.

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VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON
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The Vancouver team shared stories about their vigil. They told of one man who drove up and said he can’t pass by without shedding tears. Another visitor thanked them because the prayer presence was responsible for her one-and-a-half-year-old baby not being aborted.

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BREMERTON, WASHINGTON
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I concluded my tour of Western Washington with a stop in Bremerton – a great visit with another very determined team of volunteers. Participation in this campaign, I was told, is especially strong this year.

At one of my stops—I won’t say which one to respect her privacy—a woman spoke to me. She talked about how much 40 Days for Life means to her, but couldn’t help but wonder. If people had been there praying years ago, she might not have had her abortion.

Please keep praying – your presence does make a difference!

Thanks to Steve Karlen for today’s update!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: How is God providing blessings for the 40 Days for Life campaign in your community? Please let everyone know by posting a reply below.

DAY 13: 142 lives spared from abortion

March 17th, 2014 by admin

St. Patrick’s Day should start with good news – and today we have plenty! So far during this campaign, we are aware of …

142 babies who, through your prayers and the Lord’s mercy, have been saved from abortion.

Praise God!

Here are more stories of lives permanently changed on the sidewalks outside the abortion centers.

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TEMPE, ARIZONA
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We’ve heard much good news from Tempe.

When prayer volunteers asked two young women if they wanted to talk, their answer was, “Yes. We heard you say you offer free ultrasounds.” Lisa in Tempe said the girls had become frustrated, as Planned Parenthood was running three hours behind schedule.

After the one who was considering abortion received information and a gift bag, she told Lisa she was going to keep her baby, “and went to one of our local pregnancy centers for genuine help.”

A mother and daughter pulled up to a volunteer holding a sign that said, “Pregnant? We can help.” As the mother got out of the car, the volunteer offered pro-life resources. She held out her hand, took the information without a word, got back in the car and drove away.

Two groups of women who were both there with friends scheduled for abortions came over and talked about options for their friends. They received literature and called their friends inside to talk to them. Both women left without having an abortion.

Lisa said, “Your continued prayers and witness will bring Christ to those who have become lost because of ‘choice.’”

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CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA
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In Cedar Rapids, a woman showed up early for her appointment at Planned Parenthood. “She was not pregnant,” Jim said, “and was going there for some other type of appointment.”

She told volunteers that she had come about a year ago, planning to have an abortion. But the sight of the people praying made her decide against it. She now has a 4-month-old daughter and is very happy.

“Although we suspect there were many other saves in the past,” Jim said, “this was the first confirmed one in Cedar Rapids. It makes us feel like the cold weather we had last spring was well worth it!”

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
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Rita tells us there were two babies saved in Boston on one day. “Sidewalk counsellors were joined by a large group of people praying and singing hymns,” she said, “and many were holding 40 Days for Life signs.”

Volunteers rejoiced when a woman came out of Planned Parenthood and said, “Your prayers have been answered. I’m not going to do it.” And then it happened again!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Good news from your 40 Days for Life campaign? Please share the information below.

DAY 12: It’s warmer Down Under!

March 16th, 2014 by admin

40 Days for Life is coast to coast in Australia! There are seven different cities that are currently conducting vigils.

The campaigns all have an air of familiarity to them, but there’s one slight difference. It’s a lot warmer than it is in many other campaign locations, since the seasons are different in the Southern Hemisphere.

So if you’re still dealing with winter in North America or Europe … I hope a few reports from Down Under will warm you up!

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PERTH, AUSTRALIA
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“We had another two turnarounds,” said Brad, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Perth. “Interestingly, one of them occurred as a direct result of defying the abortionist’s demands to stop handing out flyers offering support to at-risk women.”

About 30 minutes after delivering this ultimatum, the abortion facility lost a customer who took a brochure as she walked through the gate, slowed to the read it while approaching the door, then stopped, turned around and walked out.

Brad was able to talk about 40 Days for Life on a local radio station, Sonshine FM. You can listen to a short clip from that interview here (click the arrow to start):

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
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Bev sent pictures from the Canberra campaign – the first to be held in Australia’s national capital. It’s always a powerful statement when the vigil is conducted in a country’s capital city, and there are several currently going around the world.

In addition to Canberra, there are first-time 40 Days for Life campaigns in progress in the national capitals of Wellington, New Zealand and Zagreb, Croatia.

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TWEED HEADS, AUSTRALIA
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Tweed Heads is a community on Australia’s east coast, about an hour’s drive south from Brisbane, where another 40 Days for Life campaign is taking place.

Irene, the Tweed Heads coordinator, says prayer volunteers are amazed at the number of people who walk by the building every day and have no idea that abortions are done there.

There are signs that the vigil is having an effect. On the first day of the campaign, the abortion staff called the police. “They came, but went away satisfied that we weren’t going to cause problems,” Irene said. “There was the odd drive-by by police over the week, but nothing further has eventuated.”

There is also a physical change to the building itself. “Blinds have been placed at all the second story windows so patients are unable to see the prayers across the road,” Irene said, “and the huge sign that used to say ‘Options Clinic’ now simply says ‘Clinic,’ even though it’s still the Options Clinic.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

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.

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