Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Douglas, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Sioux Falls, was alone at the vigil on Day 1 when a car pulled up … and a woman walked over.

“Seeing my pro-life sign,” he said, “she asked if it was okay for her to pray also.”

The woman said she had five children and her husband was pro-life. “She’d never heard of 40 Days for Life, but she’d passed the Planned Parenthood facility many times, and always felt compelled to pray.”

Douglas told her that this was a good day for her very first time of sidewalk prayer, since it was also the first hour of the first day of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil … and now she was the first volunteer.

“She then knelt down in the snow and prayed for about 15 minutes,” he said. “What a joyous encounter!”

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.