Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“Sometimes, when we’re praying on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, we might wonder whether we’re having any effect,” said one of the Pittsburgh volunteers. “Well … we had a save today!”

During this vigil participant’s final prayer shift of the campaign, God showed in a real way what that effect is, through His love and grace.

Three volunteers were praying on the sidewalk when a young woman emerged from Planned Parenthood — alone, holding an ultrasound picture.

She walked up and said, “I went in for an abortion today, but decided not to. The people in there are not of God.”

She went on to say that she already had a little one at home. She was crying … and soon the volunteers were tearing up as well. She took information about local pregnancy resources … hugged the vigil participants … and went home.

Not long afterward, a passerby stopped to say, “Because of you being here, I learned the truth.”

“Our presence does make a difference,” the volunteer said, “even if we can’t see it all the time.”

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Written by
David Brandao, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.