Day 16: Bad weather can save lives

When the weather turns ugly, it’s easy to decide NOT to join your local 40 Days for Life vigil.

But the sacrifice is a powerful witness–one that inspires more women to choose life than when when the weather is nice.

Volunteers in El Paso, Texas prayed through the rain while kneeling. One expectant mother left the abortion facility to tell vigil participants that an old lady–“like an angel”–suddenly appeared and told her to go home. The young mom decided to keep her baby!

“No one recalled seeing an old lady enter the facility yesterday,” said Mark, the local leader. “Could she be right?”

We can’t say for sure whether an angel entered that abortion center this week. But one thing is certain: a pre-born baby just moments away from death in an abortion facility is alive and well in El Paso.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Inclement weather in Milwaukee helped Dan and Tony confirm a saved baby at their vigil site.

Aggressive abortion facility escorts typically make it difficult to engage women entering and exiting the abortion facility.

However, with all the abortion center clients rushing to get out of the rain, the harried atmosphere created confusion. At one point, all four escorts converged upon a single client–leaving Dan free to talk to another expectant mother without interference.

“How’s the baby?” Dan asked.

“Baby is good,” the mother responded. “I changed my mind. I’m not doing THAT to my baby…Life might throw some crazy things at my baby, but it ain’t gonna be from me having no abortion!”

Dan directed the woman to the pregnancy center across the street before saying goodbye.

Zagreb, Croatia


The 40 Days for Life team helped save Nika from abortion in 2016, and she was born on the first day of Zagreb’s fall campaign that year.

Having just celebrated her second birthday, She is one of 56 children saved from abortion in Croatia…that we know of!

Vigil participants continue to play a role in Nika’s life–including by taking her to the Vatican, where she was blessed by Pope Francis!

Scripture and Prayer

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28

Father, hear our prayer! Snatch desperate mothers from the fire. Bring them out of our abortion businesses and into our pregnancy help centers. Deliver them from evil. Use us to help them chose life and see your hand of provision.

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