You know the incredible impact that 40 Days for Life had throughout America this fall...
...And thanks to your feedback and input, 2008 has the potential to be much bigger and have even greater impact!
Based on the survey responses of 744 people from across the country -- and more than 60 NEW cities that have already told us they want to do a 40 Days for Life campaign in 2008 -- two important conclusions became evident:
1.) Those who just led a 40 Days for Life campaign
overwhelmingly want to do it again, but want to wait
until next fall
2.) Those who have not yet conducted a 40 Days for Life
campaign overwhelmingly want to conduct a campaign,
and they want to do it this spring
Here's the bottom line -- there will be TWO nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns for 2008, and their dates will be:
* SPRING: February 6 - March 16
* FALL: September 24 - November 2
(NOTE: We strongly recommend that most communities only do one 40 Days for Life campaign in a year, or you will run the risk of burning your people out and diminishing the impact of this focused effort.)
Registrations for the Spring campaign will begin TOMORROW, Wednesday, December 12, at 9 PM Eastern (8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific).
The Spring campaign registrations will close next Thursday, December 20. We will be unable to accept any more community registrations for the Spring campaign after the 20th to allow the needed preparation and training time for the registered cities.
Over the coming days, we'll answer a few of the most frequently asked questions about 40 Days for Life (out of the hundreds we've received) and help you to determine how this initiative can make a lifesaving impact in your community in the coming year.
For detailed information about 40 Days for Life and what you need to consider before conducting a local campaign, you can download the 35-page 2008 Campaign Overview Report (PDF):
Listen to the audio recording of the conference call where the 2008 plans were announced:
Read endorsements of 40 Days for Life from prominent national pro-life leaders:
Review case studies of communities that conducted successful 40 Days for Life campaigns:
2008 is going to be an amazing year, and we can't wait to see what God has in store for America!
Yours for Life,
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life
Planned Parenthood surprises 40 Days for Life
Well, at the time I'm writing this, there's just over three hours until registrations begin for the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign (that takes place from February 6 - March 16).
As you can imagine, things are really crazy here!
We've been scrambling to prepare everything for the launch of the next wave of nationwide 40 Days for Life campaigns...
...And Planned Parenthood has just given us an early Christmas gift!
Minutes ago I received an e-mail broadcast sent to abortion advocates across the country from Planned Parenthood's national president, Cecile Richards.
In the message, she characterizes 40 Days for Life campaigns as "unprecedented assaults on Planned Parenthood".
Richards states, "from the anti-choice hardliners who badgered local officials to try to shut down our new clinic in Aurora, to the '40 Days for Life' protesters who picketed clinics across the country this fall -- we are seeing an escalating level of threats to our clinics... So far, thanks to the actions of people like you, we've overcome these attacks. But to meet the challenge of the coming year, we will certainly need your help."
Wow -- the largest abortion chain in America is clearly feeling the pressure from your focused prayer and fasting. It must be time to turn up the heat even more!
(This was, after all, the FOURTH mass e-mail the organization has sent out about 40 Days for Life since September... And I don't believe it's any coincidence that her message was sent out on the same day when you have the opportunity to join the next wave of 40 Days for Life campaigns this coming Spring!)
Back to registrations...
I wrote a letter for you that explains everything you are going to get by joining the February 6 - March 16 campaign.
It took a lot longer to write this letter than I thought it would -- primarily because there's so much I needed to tell you about everything we're going to do to help your campaign succeed.
But I have to warn you... I ended up with a really long letter.
Please forgive the length. I know that many of you have studied the materials we gave you and already know that you want to register immediately... If that is your situation, then just skip down to the bottom, and click the big button to begin your registration process.
On the other hand, I know that some of you really want to know everything that's involved. If that's you, then I think we did a pretty good job of describing all the various components of the 40 Days for Life campaign.
If you fall into this latter category, there is one thing I want to stress... Registrations will be open for eight days -- until next Thursday, December 20 -- so don't feel too frenzied while reading the letter.
Take your time to go through the whole letter. In fact, it might be easier for you to print the whole thing out and read it on paper. Check out everything before you make your decision.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR REGISTERING:
Barring any last-minute technical difficulties, we plan to open the doors for registrations at exactly 9:00 PM Eastern time tonight.
I'll be sending you the direct link to the letter in just a few hours, but I knew I wouldn't have time to explain everything then, so that's why I sent you this advance "heads-up."
That's all I've got time for right now.
I'm excited to see what God has in store for America -- and for Planned Parenthood :-) -- this coming Spring as 40 Days for Life continues to gain momentum!
National Campaign Director
40 Days for Life