Interesting Image
 

DAY 11: God is doing amazing things!

March 15th, 2014 by admin

We’re rolling into another weekend – and another excellent opportunity to go out to the closest 40 Days for Life vigil!

If you’ve never taken part before, I’d like to officially invite you to do so. Yes, it does involve stepping out of your comfort zone and overcoming the natural fear of doing something different. But it’s stepping out in FAITH! You can do it!

Check for the location of the nearest 40 Days for Life campaign and pray for an end to abortion!

Here are some stories from just a few of the 253 communities taking part.

——————————————————-
MOBILE, ALABAMA
——————————————————-

Abortions are done on Fridays at the Planned Parenthood facility in Mobile. “So we have scheduled a prayer service led by a different local church each Friday during 40 Days for Life,” said Dan, the local coordinator.

The photo shows the first of this series of Friday services, a Mass that was offered on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood.

“We have had a good start to the campaign,” Dan said. “We have three saves reported that we know of.”

——————————————————-
BRIGHTON, MICHIGAN
——————————————————-

“Sixteen of us were at the vigil today,” said Janelle, who came with other members of her church to pray at the 40 Days for Life location in Brighton. “God is doing amazing things!”

Tom, the local coordinator in Brighton, was thankful to see Janelle and her friends. They arrived a little late, he said, but understood that “it just took a little longer to get everyone into the Richfield Church van!”

He said the 16 people at the weekday vigil “was a record for sure.” Tom met the group and explained a bit about 40 Days for Life and its history, both internationally at the Planned Parenthood center in Brighton.

Janelle said, “We were blessed to be involved today.” Tom responded, “Ditto Janelle, from all of us in Brighton!”

——————————————————-
CINCINNATI, OHIO
——————————————————-

The Cincinnati campaign held a belated kickoff rally – the first one they scheduled was postponed because of icy weather.

Theresa in Cincinnati said there are some days when she’s worried that no one will be there, but has been pleasantly surprised to find 10 or more people who simply decided to come to the sidewalk outside the abortion center to pray.

People walking by are expressing their support, and the team is hearing sometimes months later that lives have been saved. “Let us give thanks and humbly open our eyes and hearts to the graces that are taking place throughout the globe,” Theresa said. “Our presence makes a difference.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

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: Extraordinary sacrifices

March 14th, 2014 by admin

Even in a vocal, pro-abortion cultural climate, a 40 Days for Life campaign can thrive. But it takes sacrifice from the participants.

This is especially true in places where volunteers endure persecution almost every day.

This week, Steve Karlen – the North American outreach director for 40 Days for Life – visited the three campaigns in Oregon. There he witnessed the faith and courage of those who aren’t afraid to be voices for the unborn … no matter what obstacles they face.

Here is Steve’s report.

——————————————————-
SALEM, OREGON
——————————————————-

It’s a very prayerful, very enthusiastic group in Salem.

There are two volunteers, Tammi and Lori, who take 12-hour prayer shifts at the vigil. TWELVE hours! I asked them about their extraordinary sacrifices, but they seemed just too humble to offer many details.

The volunteers in Salem told me about unusual happenings they witnessed at Planned Parenthood.

They saw an older man bring a pre-teen girl in for an appointment. After a while, they left. But later that day, the same man arrived – with another pre-teen girl. While it appeared rather suspicious, the police told the prayer team there was nothing for them to do.

——————————————————-
BEAVERTON, OREGON
——————————————————-

We had a great time of offering encouragement to the volunteers in Beaverton. Some of the vigil participants here are saddened at times because they live in a pro-abortion community.

It didn’t take long for me to understand what they were talking about. Some teenagers even walked by and heckled us and praised the devil.

I reminded the Beaverton team that Jesus didn’t start out with big numbers … and that our persistence in the face of long odds is a prayer itself.

The Planned Parenthood center in Beaverton offered a sure sign that the campaign is making a difference. They’re doing a “pledge-a-picketer” campaign. That’s where they ask their supporters to donate money for everyone who comes to pray on the sidewalk. They had a less-than-impressive $37 per prayer volunteer committed.

——————————————————-
EUGENE, OREGON
——————————————————-

I arrived to meet a very upbeat crowd in Eugene, where they’d set up a tent with signs, balloons and a sign-up area in the parking lot across from a huge Planned Parenthood mega-center.

Lynda, the local leader arrived with her pastor. Pastor Steve opened our time of prayer. We were joined by members of Marist High School’s pro-life group.

It was really an exciting visit to Oregon!

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

DAY 9: Leaving for an ultrasound

March 13th, 2014 by admin

It’s cold in many 40 Days for Life locations during this second week of the campaign! But that’s not stopping the prayers outside one really cold Planned Parenthood center.

Before I share that story, here is a beautiful report about a saved baby that shows the power of prayer on the sidewalks … and the value of easily available ultrasounds offered by pro-life pregnancy centers.

——————————————————-
BALTIMORE / FULLERTON, MARYLAND
——————————————————-

The third 40 Days for Life campaign is now under way outside Whole Women’s Health in Baltimore’s Fullerton section. Jody, the local director, wrote to say she was excited to share magnificent news.

“A baby’s life was saved,” she said, “thanks to the faithful, prayerful presence on the sidewalk!”

A young woman and her friend had arrived at the abortion center – and walked past the people quietly praying on the sidewalk. After a while, the two women came out to talk. The one who was thinking about abortion said the atmosphere inside the building was cold.

Her friend pointed to the life-affirming signs the volunteers were carrying and noted, “You can’t ignore that.”

With that, the two women left – on their way to a pro-life pregnancy center for an ultrasound exam. “I know that you are praising God with us right now,” Jody said.

——————————————————-
SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK
——————————————————-

“What joy there is in freezing for life!” Those words came from Eileen in Spring Valley, who added that “prayer power is surrounding Planned Parenthood.”

Temperatures were in the single digits as Spring Valley started its twelfth campaign, but prayer vigil participants were able to “stand tall knowing the truth: life is precious and each one of us is called to defend and protect the most innocent among us.”

The volunteers were warmed by God’s promise of protection in Psalm 91 – that God, in whom we trust, will be our refuge and our fortress.

——————————————————-
EL PASO, TEXAS
——————————————————-

Volunteers arrived Saturday for what they thought would be a heart-wrenching day on the sidewalk, but there was unexpected good news – there would be no abortions that day!

But Gaby in El Paso says there was still non-stop prayer at the 40 Days for Life vigil. “Knights on Bikes showed up,” she said. These Knights of Columbus “prayed with all their hearts to end abortion.”

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 the 40 Days for Life campaign in your town, please leave a comment below.

DAY 8: Breaking the language barrier

March 12th, 2014 by admin

Little did we know that God would ever take 40 Days for Life international! Now, under the leadership and courage of Robert Colquhoun, this campaign is breaking language barriers and, through God’s grace, saving lives.

Here’s a report from Robert, who is based in London and serves as our international outreach director. He recently got a first-hand look at the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in Croatia.

——————————————————-
ZAGREB, CROATIA
——————————————————-

I was really blessed to visit Zagreb for Thursday and Friday last week, and was amazed by their campaign. The video above shows the determination and courage of many individuals in their community who are committed to their campaign.

In four minutes, the video shows the power of 40 Days for Life. The majority is in Croatian, of course (with the exception of a brief portion around the one minute mark where they interviewed me), but you don’t need to speak the language to see the faith and the passion of the people who came to pray.

Ante, the local coordinator who is featured in the video, is an impressive leader. He is assisted by a large and well-organised main committee.

Croatia, which was formerly part of Yugoslavia, has a population of 4 million. There is a big opportunity for growth for pro-life groups in the country

——————————————————-
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
——————————————————-

Birmingham is a well established campaign, in its sixth incarnation this time – and they are doing great work.

Archbishop Bernard Longley came to the first day of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Birmingham to lead an hour of prayer. He had prayed at the vigil last year as well – and in fact there was a turnaround while he was there.

As the archbishop left, a car drew up with a woman and her child. The woman asked Isabel, the local leader, what was going on. “So I spent a long time explaining why we were there and how we helped women who were suffering after abortions to find healing,” Isabel said

The woman listened intently, and tears welled up in her eyes as she said, “I just wish you’d been here four years ago. Things would be different then.” Fortunately, the volunteers were able to direct her to post-abortion care.

[Thanks again to Robert Colquhoun for today’s report!]

Here’s the link to today’s devotional

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: Bringing light into the darkness

March 11th, 2014 by admin

Abortion facilities are dark places … their rooms are filled, not with hope and relief, but with despair and loneliness.

For the first days of this campaign, we’ve talked about how the light has broken through the darkness at abortion centers – and, as a result, babies scheduled to be aborted have been saved.

But the darkness is real and can’t be ignored … especially at one of the most notorious late-term abortion facilities in America, which is where we begin today.

——————————————————-
GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND
——————————————————-

Last week, an ambulance was called to bring a woman from late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart’s facility to the hospital.

“This is the fourth patient that we know of sent to the hospital in the past 13 months,” said Andrew in Germantown. “And as we know, tragically one of these patients passed away last year after the abortion of her 33-week-old child.”

Andrew asked for prayers for this latest victim’s “physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Pray that this tragedy will be used to help bring an end to the abortions performed in Germantown.”

——————————————————-
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND
——————————————————-

John saw a similar scene unfold in Manchester. “A paramedic car and an ambulance were called at the clinic, presumably to take a client to hospital for emergency treatment.”

But there were also signs of hope. A woman who was two months pregnant took pro-life information from prayer volunteers on her way inside. “She came out after a while, saying she had decided to keep her baby,” John said.

——————————————————-
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
——————————————————-

Praying outside an abortion clinic isn’t easy. But it’s necessary. “Today was a very hard day at our site,” said Nancy in Phoenix. “I counted 14 women going in this morning, ranging from teenagers to a woman in her forties.”

Parishioners from Mater Misericordiae Mission filled every hour of their 12-hour vigil, which did give Nancy encouragement. “Although we had no turnarounds to report,” she said, “I pray that our presence at Family Planning Associates bears much fruit.”

——————————————————-
SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
——————————————————-

Finally, Paula in Savannah sent a picture of an evening vigil. Around 50 people turned out, including three members of the clergy, for prayer that ended with the singing of Amazing Grace.

“We lit candles,” she said, “and declared that we would be the light of the Lord Jesus Christ in the darkness on 34th Street in Savannah!”

Amen!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

DAY 6: 44 lives saved from abortion – already!

March 10th, 2014 by admin

It wasn’t long into this campaign before we got word of the first turnaround outside an abortion center. And so far, we have reports of 44 babies saved from abortion – that we know of!

It takes faith and courage to pray and stand witness in front of an abortion facility. Some say it is a waste of time – but I beg to differ … and so do the moms who turn around at the last moment. God has not forgotten them … and neither should we.

Here’s what I mean.

——————————————————-
NORRISTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA
——————————————————-

David Bereit, 40 Days for Life’s national director, fired up the crowd of more than 150 people at the kickoff of the Norristown campaign, just outside of Philadelphia.

In addition to launching the inaugural campaign in Norristown, many people came from nearby Collegeville to celebrate the closure of the local Planned Parenthood abortion center in their community following twelve 40 Days for Life campaigns outside its doors.

Little did the participants know they’d be celebrating again just days later.

“Praise God!” began the excited note from Victoria in Norristown. “Our first day – of the first-ever 40 Days for Life in Norristown – and our first baby saved!”

A couple of hours later, she let us know about even more blessings – two more babies had been spared from abortion. Victoria’s reaction? “I’m so excited!”

——————————————————-
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
——————————————————-

The 40 Days for Life team saw miracles unfold on Day 1 in Charlotte. “We had four saves today!” said John, the local coordinator. “We now have an ultrasound van with a registered nurse every day. Praise God!”

John said the peaceful vigil outside the abortion facility has had a great turnout so far, “including pastoral staff from Stonebridge PCA Church, who have begun a pro-life awareness program.”

——————————————————-
LANSING, MICHIGAN
——————————————————-

There was more good news from Lansing – no abortions! The facility was unexpectedly closed.

Cecilia, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Lansing, had an opportunity to talk to a woman outside who said she wanted an abortion. “She allowed me to sit in her car and pray with her. It’s cold here!”

Cecilia prayed with her while the young woman cried softly. “She is a student and works part time — and is overwhelmed. ‘It’s going to be okay,’ I told her.” She shared pregnancy resource information with the student and encouraged her to schedule an ultrasound. “And she did!”

Please join the Lansing team in praying for this young woman – and her baby.

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Is this your first time taking part in 40 Days for Life and praying at an abortion facility? What were your impressions? Please leave a comment below.

DAY 5: Unity!

March 9th, 2014 by admin

One of the joys of 40 Days for Life is seeing so many different Christians united to end abortion. As a Catholic from the bible belt of East Texas, I’ve often seen Evangelical and Protestant Christians on fire to save lives from abortion and help women in need.

During a 40 Days for Life campaign, we see that unity far and wide – whether it’s in a nice, warm church in Florida … or a bitterly cold sidewalk in British Columbia.

——————————————————-
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLORIDA
——————————————————-

The unity theme was really evident in Port Charlotte, where I had an opportunity to speak at their kickoff event. People from various faith communities came together to hear inspirational speakers and launch the campaign. The Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical Christians who gathered in a Baptist church were fired up by Katie, the local leader.

Katie is a young mother of three. She and her husband, Matthew, are deeply involved at their church … but they stepped up to lead the Port Charlotte 40 Days for Life campaign. After the rally, we went out to visit the abortion facility where the local vigil is being held.

I heard that the abortionist is growing more and more irritated at the peaceful presence. He even stopped at the vigil on his day off to harass the volunteers praying!

——————————————————-
PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA
——————————————————-

“God bless from the cold white north!” said Tony, who is leading the first-ever campaign in Prince George, a Canadian town that’s about a 10-hour drive north from Vancouver

“I’m sending pictures of the group of us braving the cold weather at the kickoff event,” he said. Joe, the first volunteer to arrive, showed up at 6 am and stayed for three hours. “The temperature was -23C,” Tony said. That’s about -10F. Other first-day prayer volunteers included the area’s Catholic bishop.

“I was amazed at the response of the passing cars,” Tony added. “Many honks of appreciation.”

A woman arrived, seemingly from out of nowhere, to offer hot chocolate to the people praying outside the local hospital. She also expressed her gratitude to the volunteers standing in the freezing cold to pray for an end to abortion.

“A worker indirectly involved with abortion at our hospital even asked if he could join us,” Tony said. “What a great experience 40 Days for Life is!”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Have you received any special blessings as a result of your 40 Days for Life participation? If so, please share them below.

DAY 4: Last sign of hope … first sign of mercy

March 8th, 2014 by admin

As we head into the first weekend of 40 Days for Life, let’s recall that Saturday is often the busiest day of the week at abortion businesses.

You need to be there … because you’re the last sign of Christ’s hope for the women entering those buildings … and the first sign of His mercy when they’re on their way out after an abortion. Your prayers are so important!

Here’s the list of 253 locations. Please find the one nearest you!

As you know, the 40 Days for Life national team has been on the road this week – and that includes our national director, David Bereit. Here’s David’s report from some of the places he’s visited.

——————————————————-
BOISE AND MERIDIAN, IDAHO
——————————————————-

The 40 Days for Life kickoff rally in Boise was held at Bishop Kelly High
School, and was attended by more than 100 local volunteers. In addition to hearing from me, the program included energetic high school and college students who encouraged the attendees to get even more active in pro-life activities.

The following morning, our local leader, Nancy, and her husband, Clint, took me out to pray at both area vigils — one in Boise …

… and the other in nearby Meridian.

We then visited three local pregnancy centers to thank them for their vital work, and to continue building a strong partnership between them and 40 Days for Life.

——————————————————-
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
——————————————————-

Next it was a quick flight to Salt Lake City. While our local leader, James, and I were heading to the vigil site, we met a lady who asked us what we were doing … before she broke down in tears and shared her story of being coerced into an abortion seven years ago.

Though we encouraged her to seek healing, and pointed her toward resources that could help, her raw pain underscored the critical importance of our prayers and work.

The candlelight kickoff rally outside the Salt Lake City Planned Parenthood abortion center drew nearly 100 people.

It was a great blessing to meet so many dedicated people across Idaho and Utah — from a wide variety of faith backgrounds — united in their commitment to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves!

Thanks again to David Bereit 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 a story to share about the blessings of 40 Days for Life, please post a reply below.

DAY 3: THREE more abortion centers — CLOSED!

March 7th, 2014 by admin

Now isn’t that some great news?

Reports have been rolling in from Texas – the state where 40 Days for Life began – that abortion facilities are shutting down left and right.

The latest closures include three businesses where faithful 40 Days for Life volunteers have prayed on the sidewalks outside for years.

Plus – there’s another abortion center where volunteers are very hopeful that the business they’re praying in front of will soon join the list. Here are the details.

——————————————————-
BEAUMONT, McALLEN AND HARLINGEN, TEXAS
——————————————————-

The three businesses closing are Whole Woman’s Health in Beaumont and McAllen, along with Reproductive Services in Harlingen.

The team in Beaumont had just started their ninth 40 Days for Life vigil. “God is so good,” said Eileen in Beaumont, who thanked many volunteers for their hard work and leadership. “Should we have a party now?”

Yes! A celebration of the Lord’s victory would definitely be in order.

McAllen’s team was just beginning their eighth campaign. And five 40 Days for Life vigils have been held at the abortion facility in Harlingen.

Danny Anderson of Pregnancy Testing Centers of the Valley sent me a picture from Harlingen — that’s him standing next to the real estate sign outside the closed abortion center. His reaction to the news? “Praise God!”

The public awareness and prayers have hurt the abortion business … along with the tireless work of many pro-lifers working on legislation. A new Texas law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in order to offer abortions. And it seems many of the hospitals just aren’t interested in granting those privileges!

Praise God indeed!

——————————————————-
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
——————————————————-

40 Days for Life campaign number 12 got under way with a candlelight kickoff in Birmingham … and one big difference from their earlier vigils.

“This Planned Parenthood has not had its front door unlocked for customers for over two months,” said Ed in Birmingham. There is an occasional lone employee, but never any clients. The last abortion performed there was in late December.

“Since their web site says that their services have ‘slowed’ and lists only a contact number with no hours of operation,” Ed said, “we continue our 40 Days for Life vigil in thanksgiving for each day they remain closed — and in prayerful petition for a permanent closure announcement.”

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: Have a story to share of how you’ve seen God working through 40 Days for Life? Post a reply below.

DAY 2: One less Planned Parenthood abortion center

March 6th, 2014 by admin

A cold start across much of the United States — weather delays forced me to miss Monday’s kickoff event in Orlando. I finally got to Florida – in time for other campaign events. More on that in a bit.

First, I can’t wait to share with you the news of a tremendous setback for Planned Parenthood!

——————————————————-
COLUMBIA, MISSOURI
——————————————————-

Kathy had wanted to deliver the huge news at Columbia’s kickoff rally on Sunday – but the ice and snow were just too much, so she had to settle for email.

For volunteers who’ve prayed outside the local abortion center for years, her message was both a big victory and an answered prayer: “Columbia Planned Parenthood cannot do abortions in their facility!”

Kathy had learned that Planned Parenthood no longer had a license for abortions in Columbia and had been removed from the state listing of abortion facilities. Planned Parenthood quietly changed its web site to show that it now offers only abortion referrals.

“The big giant has admitted its downgrade,” Kathy said. “Please join us in thanking God for His mighty blessing, a blessing which came after nine 40 Days for Life prayer vigils. Wow!”

The only licensed abortion center in all of Missouri now is Planned Parenthood in St. Louis – where, of course, there’s a 40 Days for Life vigil now under way.

The vigil will continue in Columbia as well. Babies are still being saved there – thanks to God’s mercy … and the prayers of the volunteers on the sidewalk.

——————————————————-
LAKELAND, FLORIDA
——————————————————-

After my flight was delayed and then re-routed to Tampa, I jumped in a rental car to try to catch the last half of the kickoff event in Lakeland. As I got there late, I was so excited to still see 80 volunteers at 8:30 pm, holding candles and keeping vigil on the dark sidewalk in front of the abortion facility.

The community has really come together with the leadership of Maryanne and her husband, Rick. Leaders of other ministries … including the Diocese of Orlando, Couples for Christ, and the local pregnancy center that’s not far from the abortion facility … were all there to kick off the campaign.

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.

For life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

40 Days for Life is proudly powered by WordPress
Pure WP Theme by Celestial Star
Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS).