Skip to comments.Largest 40 Days for Life ever! September 28 – November 6 (301 locations, 46 for the first time)
Posted on 09/22/2011 7:16:19 PM PDT by Salvation
Largest 40 Days for Life ever! September 28 November 6
301 locations will take part in the next 40 Days for Life campaign (and a few more may be added, as we're working out final details with a few more).
Take the leap of faith and get involved with 40 Days for Life
Have you been to pray at a 40 Days for Life vigil yet? You may ask, What do I do? or What sign should I bring? The answer is simple; the only sign you really need to bring is yourself, for you represent Gods love.
Concern about going to pray at the abortion facility is common and normal. 40 Days for Life campaign director Shawn Carney shared some thoughts at the national Students for Life conference.
What 40 Days for Life has witnessed (so far!)
There have now been eight coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns since 2007, mobilizing people of faith and conscience in 337 cities across all 50 of the United States plus communities in Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Georgia, Armenia and Belize.
During these unified efforts, participants witnessed countless blessings from God:
After so many years of legalized abortion, many people of faith are experiencing a renewed sense of HOPE!
How do you like some of those statistics?
Prayer and fasting
Before getting involved with the 40 Days for Life campaign, please remember that prayer and fasting are the foundation.
If there is no abortion facility in your town, praise God!
But wherever you are or whatever you're doing, you can pray to end abortion.
You can also pray for God's guidance for those involved in prayer vigils and pro-life action around the country. And please consider fasting. Some people are unable to fast from food for health reasons; that's understandable. Fasting simply involves renouncing an activity that can put a barrier between you and God. It could be television, the internet, chocolate, coffee, etc. You really can do without it. Take the time you usually spend in those activities and give it back to God.
To help guide your prayer, we have a 40-day series of devotionals that accompany the 40 Days for Life campaign. They are all posted for your convenience. You can still pray, even if a formal campaign is not currently being conducted. God will use your 40-day commitment to prayer in some way, in some fashion.
Specific prayer requests are also included in the 40 Days for Life e-mail updates. Please use the form on this page to receive these important messages.
The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community.
Those who are called to stand witness maintain a peaceful and educational presence.
This 24-hour-a-day presence send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion center and those who patronize the facility.
If you do not have an abortion facility or Planned Parenthood office in your town, you can still conduct 40 Days for Life. However, you will need to select a different location which has some strategic significance ... perhaps near city hall, a courthouse, or a highly visible intersection.
During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to every corner of your community. This can identify hundreds, or even thousands, of pro-life supporters.
A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out to every household in your town or city. Informational flyers are distributed in neighborhoods to raise awareness about the local crisis of abortion. Citizens are invited to sign a petition of support for the sanctity of human life, and people are given the opportunity to visibly show their support for 40 Days for Life by wearing wristbands, placing signs in their yards, or displaying bumper stickers on their vehicles.
These people can then be encouraged to pray and join in local pro-life efforts.
Church involvement begins by meeting with local pastors, other church leaders, and members of different congregations. The Body of Christ is invited to pray together and participate in 40 Days for Life, uniting in one focused mission that can save lives and make an eternal impact.
Media outreach is conducted through carefully targeted news stories, talk shows, editorials, and letters to the editor. This enables you to get the pro-life message out to many people who would never see the inside of a local church.
If your community has a college campus, many students can be impacted through an intense 40-day campus outreach. This can consist of on-campus activities such as flyer raids, sidewalk chalking, petition drives and table displays, as permitted.
The 40 Days for Life campaign is firmly rooted on a foundation of prayer and fasting. To help maintain focus on the Lord and stay in tune with His guidance, we have prepared a series of daily devotionals one for each of the 40 days of the campaign plus two bonus devotionals.
We fervently believe that prayer and fasting will end abortion, and your prayers are very much needed and appreciated. Please follow the links below to read and meditate upon these brief reflections.
Printable versions are available; please click the link at the bottom of each devotional.
You called? I’m present.
I forgot to ping you to the daily thread that I just put up.
The fall 40 Days for Life begins one week from today,
and it’s going to shatter all records!
>From next Wednesday, September 28, through November 6,
40-day campaigns of prayer and fasting, constant vigil
and community outreach will be held in ...
... 301 cities ...
... all across the United States (48 states plus the
District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) plus Canada,
England, Spain, Australia, Argentina and Germany.
Four dozen of these locations are launching their
FIRST-EVER 40 Days for Life campaigns.
And, as we all prepare to pray and fast, stand vigil
and conduct grassroots outreach together, there is
BREAKING NEWS that shows — with God’s abundant grace
and blessings — what could happen in YOUR community.
Since the last 40 Days for Life campaign ended, two
more abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils
have been conducted have shut their doors and CLOSED!
In PENSACOLA, FLORIDA, volunteers arriving to pray at
the abortion center found a sheriff’s notice on the
front door of the facility. Legal proceedings had
begun against the abortion business, and a judge
ordered the center CLOSED.
In FOREST GROVE, OREGON, the local 40 Days for Life
team confirmed that the owner of the abortion center
had CLOSED this facility — and one of his other
locations as well. Volunteers told me the signs are
down, the building is empty — and a phone call
confirmed the permanent closure.
This makes SIXTEEN abortion centers where 40 Days
for Life vigils have occurred that have SHUT DOWN.
To God be the glory!
If you’ve not taken part in 40 Days for Life before,
I hope this shows you what can happen when you put
your trust in God and step forward in faith.
Find the 40 Days for Life campaign nearest you — and
learn how you can help make a lifesaving difference in
your own community — by going to:
Look for your nearest location, click on that city name,
and then sign up to help however you can.
-——, I’m excited! And I’d like to invite you
to join us on this journey — and look forward to what
God has in store!
Expecting great things,
Our Pittsburgh flyer for the 40 Days campaign had a picture of my 4 year old praying in front of Pittsburgh’s Planned Parenthood. My dumb butt threw it away by accident! I hope I can find another one because I want to show my 86 year old great grandma who STILL makes it to the March for Life every January.
Anyway, we will be part of the campaign & I’ll let you know when we have a baby saved. We had 6 during the spring campaign.
Pray to end abortion.
Whoops. That should read my “grandma”. Not great grandma. She’s my daughter’s great grandma. We are all making a pilgrimage to Stockbridge next week for St Faustina’s feast day. 4 generations of us! I’m excited!
Day of Preparation - September 27
For God's blessing upon all participating in the fall 2011 40 Days for Life campaign.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.
-- 2 Chronicles 7:14
Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, if we expect God to hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The need for repentance has not been greater since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. The number one cause of death in America is the needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates put the number of deaths at nearly 48 million.
And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women has at least one abortion by the age of 45 -- both non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the voice of Truth -- the church?
Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up the issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have been an unintentional accomplice to the millions of lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by abortion. We didn't want them to abort. We didn't mean for them to abort. But, because of our lack of knowledge, because of our fear, we have continued to stand by and do nothing. We, God's hands and feet in this dark and hurting world, have been unintentional, unknowledgeable accomplice, but an accomplice nonetheless."
May today mark the beginning of change within the church, as God's people, in unity, seek His forgiveness.
Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as God over life and the number of our days. But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over our sin. We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion from our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of Christ we pray, amen.
Co-host, "Point of View" Talk Show
On the eve of the largest 40 Days for Life campaign
ever, I cannot wait to see what God has in store over
these next 40 days!
After speaking at the 40 Days for Life kickoff event
in Germantown, Maryland on Sunday night, I will be
heading out to meet our national director, David Bereit,
in Montana for a kickoff event there later this week.
The excitement has NEVER been higher going into a
This fall’s campaign is BIG. Let’s just look at the
* 301 locations taking part from September 28
to November 6
* hundreds and hundreds of church congregations
joining the campaign
* 48 NEW locations including Argentina, Puerto
Rico and Germany
* tens of thousands of people who will take part ...
and maybe more!
While those numbers are exciting, I really want to focus
on a small number — ONE ...
... and the one is ... YOU!
40 Days for Life makes a deep impression on each person
who takes part in the prayer, fasting and vigil.
That message comes through loud and clear in an article
Jennifer Fulwiler wrote recently for the National
Catholic Register online.
In her story, “What I Learned from Praying in Front of
an Abortion Clinic,” she wrote, “it ended up being a
powerful, eye-opening experience.”
Among other things, Jennifer noted that spiritual
warfare is real. “But I’ve rarely experienced it as
intensely as when I’ve been at a prayer vigil in front
of an abortion clinic.
“It’s not just the intense reactions we get or the
knowledge of the terrible things that go on just a few
yards away, but there’s an eerie, unmistakable feeling
in the air. You get the sense that youre truly on the
front lines of the war between good and evil.”
That’s a sobering thought. But it’s one to keep in mind
today as we prepare ourselves for what lies ahead.
I know I often go back to those wonderful numbers —
4,313 lives saved from abortion, 53 clinic workers whove
left the abortion industry, and 16 abortion centers that
have gone out of business after 40 Days for Life’s
peaceful prayer vigils were held in the public
right-of-way outside their doors.
But the important thing is what those numbers represent.
They represent God’s love and mercy — and the simple
fact that PRAYER WORKS.
Or as Jennifer put it in her article, “There is hardly
a better example of the power of prayer than the 40 Days
for Life campaign.”
She added, “I count the time I’ve spent as a 40 Days
for Life prayer warrior as one of the most important
things I’ve done recently — maybe ever.”
You may read Jennifer Fulwilers entire article at:
These next 40 days will be intense. So please take
some time today to listen for God’s still, small voice
— as we prepare to seek and follow His will in the
This is my personal invitation for you to get involved.
Here’s the link to all 301 locations — please find the
one nearest you and learn how you can help:
Day 1 - September 28
That we may use these 40 Days for Life to plead for God's mercy and grace upon all those involved in the sin of abortion.
Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the infants at the breast Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, "Spare, O Lord, your people."
-- Joel 2:15-17
The toll of abortion cannot be measured. We hear estimates of almost 50 million innocent victims, but that's only one aspect of the harm that has unfolded in abortion's wake. There are also the mothers and fathers of these millions, as well as the grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living shattered.
It's overwhelming and depressing, but even in the midst of such unfathomable darkness, the church teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that followed Christ's 40 days in the desert, but without Calvary there would have been no Resurrection - His victory over death that opened the gates of heaven to those who believe in and follow Him.
The psalmist encourages us to go humbly before God as we seek His will: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me Give me back the joy of your salvation and a willing spirit sustain in me O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise" (Psalm 51:12, 14, 17).
We are called to be God's messengers; or as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20). That is the true message to all we encounter at the abortion centers and in our communities who have been deceived by the Culture of Death. We don't bring condemnation; we bring God's good news.
Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom, determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will. Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth, always doing so with a spirit of love and compassion, as was demonstrated to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, amen.
Communications Director, 40 Days for Life
We’re off and running in Ohio! May God join His people together throughout the nation and beyond as we stand in obedience to His command to defend the unborn. And may He receive all the glory for every life spared or changed. Blessed is the Name of the Lord!
It’s just the first day of the 40 Days for Life
campaign ... and I’ve already got great news to share!
Let’s get right to it.
The 40 Days for Life team in Columbia holds its vigils
outside a Planned Parenthood center that is the only
abortion location between St. Louis and Kansas City.
Last Thursday — less than a week before the start of
the campaign — the abortionist quit!
This is not the first time this has happened. Planned
Parenthood in Columbia has gone through six different
abortionists during the past two and a half years —
and this facility has gone months at a time with NO
ABORTIONS — including times DURING 40 Days for Life
“Praise the Lord!” said Kathy in Columbia. “We know
that God will do many miracles these 40 days!”
Planned Parenthood is referring women to its facility
in St. Louis, so the prayers will continue in Columbia
— and in St. Louis as well.
To see a photo of the vigil in Columbia, please go to:
Rosario is one of two cities in Argentina taking part
in 40 Days for Life for the first time. “We have
worked hard in order to adapt it to our culture,”
said Gabriela in Rosario, “maintaining at the same
time the core elements.”
Argentineans are enthusiastic about praying and
fasting for an end to abortion, she said, “and I
think this will be THE key element of our first-time
For now, Gabriela said, the goal is to get the word
out. “And God is certainly helping us to achieve
Yesterday, I mentioned 301 locations for this campaign
— and the importance of another number ... ONE.
Right after I wrote that message, I got a campaign
update from Mary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The
subject of her 40 Days for Life e-mail? “The power
“David, when he went up against the giant Goliath,
was one of the least likely ones to stand a chance,”
Mary wrote. “But he had faith in God! He had five
smooth stones. And with God, it only took him ONE!”
The Sioux Falls update closes with an invitation,
which I now extend to YOU!
Do you want to make a difference to end abortion over
these next 40 days? Then ACT!
Join the vigil closest to you or call just one person
and ask them if they will join you during 40 Days for
Life. Invite others to get our e-mail updates by
signing up at:
... and please share this e-mail with your friends
Day 2 - September 29
Pray for those who work in the abortion industry, and for those who have repented of committing abortions and have resolved to defend life.
Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last. The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, "Surely this was a righteous man."
-- Luke 23:46-47
"Those of us who have participated in the killing of unborn children are the Centurions of today. We have dropped our swords against the unborn child. Now we must recognize the depth of our guilt and deal with the ramifications... To revitalize our humanity we need to forgive and be forgiven, to reconcile and be healed."
These words come from a brochure of the Society of Centurions, an organization for former abortion providers. These words convey in a beautiful and moving way what is happening across the nation as hundreds of abortionists and their staff members experience repentance, conversion, and healing.
How does this conversion begin? Dr. Philip Ney writes, "The factors that changed their opinion on performing abortions, in the following order of frequency, were: evidence of the infant's humanity, a spiritual experience, personal distress, evidence of the mother's distress, scientific articles, being accepted as a person, a personal relationship with a pro-lifer, pro-life pickets." (The Centurion's Pathway, p. 77).
The journey is not easy. But the Jesus who heals us calls us to face the truth of what we've done, make restitution where possible, and engage in the hard work of mending relationships. Let's pray for the Centurions; may their numbers increase!
Lord, we thank you for those who have repented of committing abortions and have resolved to defend life. We too repent and resolve. We repent of every instance in which fear has made us silent when we should have spoken. We repent of the ongoing bloodshed in our land, and for thinking that we can deprive the unborn of protection but keep it for ourselves. We resolve that we will advance the cause of righteous candidates for public office, and that we will be more afraid of offending you by our silence than of offending others by our speech. We resolve that we will proclaim your name to the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
have to say that the ENTHUSIASM I’m seeing and
hearing is really uplifting — and also humbling.
The dedication and prayers of so many — like you —
have made this the largest 40 Days for Life campaign
ever ... and prayer always sustain us through
adversity. Here are a few examples.
The people who arrived for the 40 Days for Life kickoff
event outside the abortion center in Fayetteville got
a bit of a surprise — a brand-new sprinkler system,
with the sprinkler heads pointed directly at the prayer
“The owner of the business complex turned the sprinklers
on as soon as we set up all our equipment,” said Tiffany
in Fayetteville. “And they kept the sprinklers on for
One co-owner spent the entire two hours “pacing and
walking up and down the parking lot, yelling at us and
telling the police to arrest us,” she said. “Needless
to say, the police officers were polite and explained
they could not arrest us.”
The prayer volunteers were then greeted with loud,
obscene music from inside the building. “We sang and
played worship music and lifted our voices to God,”
Tiffany explained. “Our God songs drowned out the
Through it all, the prayer volunteers refused to be
discouraged. “The bottom line — God triumphed,” she
said. “Praise the Lord!”
Bright and early on Day 1, a young woman stopped by
the 40 Days for Life vigil site in Toccoa and gave
Mary a great big hug.
“Please know that people are noticing what you are
doing,” the woman said. With tears in her eyes, she
showed Mary a picture of her son.
This young mom said she had been on her way to have
an abortion when her car broke down. She had to use
the money she had saved up for an abortion to get
her car fixed. Soon after, she decided to keep her
baby — and now was so very happy with her choice.
“She also agreed to stop back and sign up to join our
campaign,” said Mary. “We are looking forward to
seeing her again, and hope to be able to send more
stories like this.”
About 75 people came out for the 40 Days for Life
kickoff in Las Vegas. “The sun was hot,” said Linda,
one of the local leaders, “but many were willing to
brave the heat ... in support of the dignity of human
The event began with music — and the sound of the
shofar, the traditional ram’s horn. “Pastor Wally
Smith of House of Israel Fellowship proclaimed a
Bible passage and called us to bravely fight the
evil of abortion that occurs here in our city nearly
every day,” said Linda.
“Let’s stand ready to storm heaven with prayer,” she
said, “and then humbly await God’s will.”
To see a photo of the kickoff event in Las Vegas,
please go to:
Day 3 - September 30
We pray for God's gift of strength as we strive to protect human life during these 40 Days for Life.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
-- Matthew 6:25-26
Billions of dollars are spent each year on diet plans. But Jesus tells us to stop worrying so much about our bodies, and instead to trust in God's care for our physical needs.
What would happen if the people who had started on a low-carb diet this year had instead gone on a diet of heavenly food? For non-believers that diet would include trusting in Christ for their salvation, and for believers it would include a renewed prayer life, a new Bible study, or even a spiritual fast. This diet doesn't include giving up on certain kinds of foods. What this diet includes is giving up on anxiety by resting in the loving arms of Christ, trusting that He will provide.
Such a spiritual diet also frees us from our worries, and allows us to freely praise Him and serve others. "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?"
This promised provision teaches us the inestimable worth of our lives. He will not allow us to go without. This intimate knowledge and care for human life on the part of our gracious God is what motivates us to seek for the preservation of human life in all its stages.
Loving heavenly Father, help us to see the worth of all human beings by the way in which you provide for us. We would ask that you provide also the faith, grace and courage to enable us to protect that which is so precious to you. Through Christ our Lord, amen.
Lutherans for Life
Day 4 - October 1
We ask God that we may understand the concept of justice, as a gift he gives and as a responsibility that shapes our work.
Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
-- Amos 5:24
Justice, a key theme of the Scriptures, is something God does and that we too must do.
When God intervenes to save his people when they are helpless and in slavery in Egypt, he "does justice." He manifested his justice in the plagues that were sent upon Egypt, whereby Pharaoh was convinced that he must let the people go. Justice is manifested as, in awe and wonder, God's people see the Red Sea open before them, allow them to pass without even getting their feet wet, and then close again to drown their powerful enemies.
God is a God of Justice; he rescues us when we cannot save ourselves. His justice, above all, is seen in Jesus Christ, who, when we could not save ourselves, rescued us from the kingdom of sin, Satan, death, and hell. The mighty work of Christ on the cross and in the resurrection is the perfect manifestation of God as the God of justice.
We, then, are to be the people of justice; we are to "do justice" by intervening to save the helpless in the name and by the power of the God who saves us who are helpless ourselves. That's why we have a pro-life movement; that's why we have a 40 Days for Life Campaign; that's why saving the unborn is our business.
God of Justice, you heard the cry of your people when they were being oppressed in Egypt, and you proved yourself to be the God of justice, who rescues the helpless. You likewise rescued us from the kingdom of darkness, and brought us into the Kingdom of your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who saves us from the power of Satan, sin, death, and hell. Make us people of justice, ready to intervene to save the helpless. Indeed, as your prophets have announced, let justice roll on like a mighty river, to save all who are in need, especially the unborn. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
NEXT: Day 5
Day 5 - October 2
May the truth of the final judgment shape our thoughts, priorities, and choices here on earth.
The King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”
— Matthew 25:31-46
Caring for others is not optional.
Jesus’ picture of the final judgment concludes with this sobering word: the wicked, who failed to care for others in their various needs (e.g., the hungry, the thirsty, the aliens, the naked, the sick, the imprisoned) will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous who did seek to meet those needs will end up with him, enjoying eternal life.
We know that this was no parable! Jesus has given us fair warning! Everything in God’s Word points to the truth that compassionate concern and practical care for all people, especially for the poor, the destitute, the weak and needy is required of us, if indeed we hope to escape the punishment of the fire of hell.
And who are the poor and needy, if not helpless, unborn babies, as well as the aged and infirm at the other end of life? Surely the “least of these” embraces not only those at both ends of the continuum of life, but all others in between. Just how we, as Christ’s true followers, respond to his admonition “inasmuch as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me” will determine whether we enjoy eternal bliss in his presence or the bleak and dreadful reality of eternal punishment in hell. Nothing in God’s Word could be clearer!
Gracious and merciful Father, we gladly embrace your Word that counsels us to care for the least of your children, and we renew our dedication to defending the unborn and all whose right to life is compromised by our godless society’s selfish lack of concern. Free us from our own failures and sins so that we will be truly pro-life in every area of our lives. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Rev. Ben Sheldon
President Emeritus, Presbyterians Pro-Life
Thanks for these posts, Faith.
My conference on Military Chaplains — all the way from the Archbishop of the Military down to the Chaplains that go out into the field with their units/troops was fantastic. I learned so much.
The media likes 40 Days for Life — and we have the
abortion industry to thank.
No, I have not lost my mind just four days into the
Yes, I know at the national level, the media seems to
have an agenda that’s radically in favor of abortion.
But I’m seeing 40 Days for Life campaigns getting great
coverage — and a fair shake — in local media outlets.
This is typically because the abortion center staff
complains to the media — and tell the reporters and
producers that they’re under a “violent siege” or that
“extremist protesters are harassing patients.”
Of course, when the local media go to the vigil, they
find moms praying with small children. Or high school
students kneeling in prayer. Or businessmen praying on
their lunch hour. Or an elderly couple praying quietly.
When this happens, the local media, pro-life or not,
sees the vigil volunteers as the underdogs — and the
abortion center workers come off as intolerant.
The staff’s overreaction is the catalyst for 40 Days
for Life getting a fair treatment.
I just did a local media interview for a 40 Days for
Life campaign, and this never fails. Here are a few
The Fairfield Daily Republic reported on the local
40 Days for Life kickoff event — and included a
picture of Catholic Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento
leading the crowd of about 150 in prayer.
The opening vigil was held in front of a Planned
Parenthood facility. One volunteer told the reporter
that people would go there to pray “until they close
While the article quoted talking points from the
Planned Parenthood web site, no one from the
organization would speak to the reporter on the record.
In reference to the Planned Parenthood staff, another
volunteer said, “We are here to pray for them as well.
Were not here to finger-point.”
For a link to the full story from the Fairfield Daily
Republic, please go to:
KFDA-TV, the local CBS affiliate, covered the 40 Days
for Life kickoff in Amarillo — and gave a very
accurate description of the typical vigil: “There was
no yelling, no protesting and no arguing, just a
peaceful gathering of those fighting to end abortion.”
Local coordinator Stephanie Frausto noted that
abortions are not performed at the facility where the
vigil is held, but it’s often the first stop for
“So we are always here,” she said.
The reporter also noted, “While they prayed and sang
songs, several also shared their testimonies, because
they’re not just pushing to end abortion, but to also
heal those who have had one.”
To see the video from KFDA-TV, please go to:
Victoria’s first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign got
the attention of the Goldstream News Gazette, which
interviewed vigil participants outside a local
“We are praying for women and their unborn children,”
said volunteer Steve Weatherbe. “We are praying for
women to change their minds and to keep their babies.”
People praying are restricted by a 30-meter buffer
zone — that’s about 100 feet. But they did not let
that discourage them.
The reporter quoted a member of a local pro-abortion
group, who said she was “appalled it is going on for
40 days.” She predictably called the 40 Days for Life
“This is not a protest,” countered Weatherbe. “It’s
a prayer vigil.”
The only harassment anyone noted came in the form
of pro-abortion slogans that were spray-painted on
the sidewalk. Police are investigating the vandalism.
For a link to the full story from the Goldstream News
Gazette, please go to:
40 Days for Life is about being a light in the darkness.
Today is the first Lord’s Day of the campaign so let’s
pray we can continue to shine the light of Christ into
the areas of our communities that need it most — the
places where innocent lives are lost every week.
What do Flint, Montreal, Quebec and London all have
in common? They are all praying to end abortion at
those dark places in their communities. Take a look!
>From time to time, we talk about the fact that many
people don’t realize there’s an abortion facility in
their community. That’s probably the case in Flint.
Joe went to pray at the abortion center for the first
time as part of the current 40 Days for Life campaign.
“I wondered if I had the right place,” he said. “The
address was correct, but there was no other indication
that this was the place.”
So he got a bit closer to the building, and could then
see that this was indeed the vigil location. “I could
see the words ‘Women’s Health Clinic’ on the second
door just inside the first. Doesn’t seem like they
are real proud of the work they do there.”
This is one of the reasons the prayer vigil is so
important. The women with appointments and the abortion
center staff certainly need our prayers. But people
passing by also need to know what is going on — often
in secret — right in their own home towns.
Joe took a picture of the poorly-marked entrance. To
see it, please go to:
40 Days for Life is in 15 cities in Canada this fall —
the most ever — from coast to coast. Two of the
locations are in the province of Quebec, where French
is the primary language in most areas. This is the
sixth 40 Days for Life campaigns for Montreal, but the
first for the province’s capital city of Quebec.
The teams In Montreal and Quebec City have produced a
video to promote their efforts — with an English
version and a French version. They both show the spirit
of 40 Days for Life — in English, “pray for an end to
abortion,” and in French, “prions pour la fin de
To see the video preview of the two Quebec campaigns,
please go to:
Robert in London reports 40 Days for Life apparently
touched a nerve with a young woman on a bicycle. The
London campaign is taking place in Bedford Square — an
area he described as “genteel.”
For a brief period at lunchtime, however, that genteel
The woman repeatedly drove her bike into the 40 Days
for Life banners and boxes, Robert said, “overturning
them whilst shouting in a hysterically high-pitched
voice, ‘You are disgusting! Shame on you!’ All
attempts to calm her down were futile and she drove
off in a rage.”
Robert said he was reminded of the line attributed to
Ghandi: “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at
you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”
Here’s today’s devotional from Rev. Ben Sheldon,
president emeritus of Presbyterians Pro-Life...
May the truth of the final judgment shape our
thoughts, priorities, and choices here on earth.
The King will answer and say to them, “Assuredly, I
say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the
least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”
— Matthew 25:31-46
Caring for others is not optional.
Jesus’ picture of the final judgment concludes with
this sobering word: the wicked, who failed to care
for others in their various needs (e.g., the hungry,
the thirsty, the aliens, the naked, the sick, the
imprisoned) will go away into everlasting punishment,
but the righteous who did seek to meet those needs
will end up with him, enjoying eternal life.
We know that this was no parable! Jesus has given us
fair warning! Everything in God’s Word points to the
truth that compassionate concern and practical care
for all people, especially for the poor, the
destitute, the weak and needy is required of us, if
indeed we hope to escape the punishment of the fire
And who are the poor and needy, if not helpless,
unborn babies, as well as the aged and infirm at the
other end of life? Surely the “least of these”
embraces not only those at both ends of the continuum
of life, but all others in between.
Just how we, as Christ’s true followers, respond to
his admonition “inasmuch as you did it to the least
of these, you did it to me” will determine whether we
enjoy eternal bliss in his presence or the bleak and
dreadful reality of eternal punishment in hell.
Nothing in God’s Word could be clearer!
Gracious and merciful Father, we gladly embrace your
Word that counsels us to care for the least of your
children, and we renew our dedication to defending
the unborn and all whose right to life is compromised
by our godless society’s selfish lack of concern.
Free us from our own failures and sins so that we
will be truly pro-life in every area of our lives.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
To download today’s devotional as a formatted,
printable PDF to share with friends:
—————, have a blessed Sunday!
Day 6 - October 3
That knowing the shortness of life, all may value it more deeply.
Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.
-- Ecclesiastes 12:6-7
God is giver of all life. Short lived or long lived, human lives are lived out in this world. The metaphors for death are many. But their meaning is clear and singular: all will die. Even so, death is not the absolute end. It is not the end of the story. For as certainly as God gave life, at death the life or spirit that God gave returns to God.
By God, we are created. For God, we live our given days. To God, we return at the end of our earthly days. And with God, we live through eternity. Clearly, all along the way, this gracious, loving God is with us. No human life is random or alone. No human life was created without purpose. Not one human life is without destiny.
All human lives, acknowledged or not, are related to God -- from beginning, to end, throughout eternity. Therefore, in this world, all human lives are to be respected and protected, for their lives are signs of God's sovereignty.
O God, we too often try to live in ways that ignore our coming death. We forget that our days are numbered by You, that at the end of our days your judgment awaits, that You are the Lord of our destiny.
Help us to repent daily, and then to live each day in joyful obedience. Lead us to live in the light and promise of eternity. Prepare us to live fully and sacrificially. Prepare us to die faithfully and hopefully, so that we might live forever with You. Through Jesus Christ, who has gone before us, we trust and hope and love and pray. Amen.
Rev. Paul Stallsworth
President, Lifewatch (United Methodist Church)
On Monday mornings during 40 Days for Life campaigns,
we always like to start off the week with great news.
And today is no exception.
In response to your prayers and sacrifices, God has
answered with grace and mercy. There have been ...
... 38 babies — that we know of — spared from abortion
since this campaign started last Wednesday!
Here are just a few of the stories behind that number.
The first day of the 40 Days for Life vigil, three
mothers chose life for their babies!
In the words of the Dallas prayer coordinator, “There
was a steady powerful prayer presence non-stop as
people came ‘passing the baton.’ The prayer chain
Earlier in the week, nearly 300 people joined in the
nearby park to raise their voices in praise and worship
during the Dallas kickoff event.
Ramona Trevino shared her journey from Planned
Parenthood manager to pro-life witness. “Ramona’s
testimony lit up the night as a shining example of
what God’s people can do when they show up and put
their trust and faith in God almighty,” said
another member of the Dallas leadership team.
“Thank you to all those who have sacrificed, prayed,
fasted and come to the sidewalk for their little
brothers and sisters who are yet to be born. Thank
you, Holy Spirit, for moving hearts so miraculously
and so wonderfully.”
To see a photo of the Dallas vigil, please go to:
Syracuse also reported a life saved in the campaign’s
“On this very first day of our fall campaign, one of
our faithful prayer volunteers ministered to a woman
coming to Planned Parenthood,” said Jeanie in Syracuse.
The woman had come for an abortion. But following her
discussion with the 40 Days for Life volunteer, the
woman chose life for her baby and accepted an invitation
to go to a pro-life pregnancy care center.
“Praise God! To Him be the Glory!” said Jeanie. “May we
continue to be vessels of His love and mercy!”
We’ve posted a picture of the kickoff event in Syracuse.
You can see it at:
“We had a blockbuster first day,” said Major in
Huntsville. Prayer volunteers were at the clinic all
day — including 20 who joined a local pastor for prayer
early in the afternoon.
“That’s an excellent showing,” Major said, “but it
One of the counselors on the sidewalk struck up a
conversation with a woman who was thinking about
abortion. It turns out the woman was married and had
a son who was not quite two years old.
“The counselor was finally able to convince her to
keep her baby,” he said. “She accepted one of our
baby gifts. Her husband came and picked her up and
they left. Glory be to God! What a great first day!”
Day 7 - October 4
May we have a heart and a zeal to save the poor and release the oppressed.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
-- Luke 4:18-19
This passage is a very familiar one. It has been preached on many occasions, even made popular in books and songs. Though the quote is about Jesus, all Christians take this commission seriously as a directive on how to reach the world with the gospel. We, like our Savior, are to bring the good news to the poor, the broken hearted, those in captivity, those who cannot see, and the oppressed.
The commission given to us in this passage is clearly a charge to care for those for whom God cares the most. I wonder though, whom do we look for to be touched by the Holy Spirit as we go out into the world?
Who are the poor, if not those unborn children who have been abandoned by their parents before they ever leave the womb? Who are the broken hearted, if not those unborn children whose only example of love is having their mother take them to an abortion clinic to be destroyed, or the mother of a child who has been deceived by everyone around her into believing that what she is doing is best for her and her child? Who are the captives, if not those unborn children who are bound over to death by the "choice" of abortion? Who is more blind than an unborn child in the darkness of a womb that has become a waiting room for their death? And who is more oppressed than those unborn children whose oppression has been legitimized by their government, their church and even their family and loved ones.
Lord, You empower us with Your Spirit to do your will in the earth. Send us to the poorest, the most broken, the most captive, the most blind and the most oppressed in the world, the innocent pre-born children in their mother's wombs that are scheduled for destruction. Help us to bring them healing, liberty, sight and justice through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
Fr. Terry Gensemer
National Director, Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life
40 Days for Life national director David Bereit and I
are in the process of visiting 40 Days for Life
locations, and thats where we are — on the road again.
I was in Fort Collins, Colorado yesterday. Today and
tomorrow, David is scheduled to go to seven locations
And just recently, he and I were both able to visit
40 Days for Life participants in Helena, Montana.
Here are a few more highlights from local 40 Days for
At the kickoff event of the 40 Days for Life campaign
in Memphis, Stefanie met a young woman.
“She said she saw us on the sidewalk,” she said, “and
decided to walk on over.” The girl had been staying with
a family that lives right behind Planned Parenthood —
she had been kicked out of her home.
“I told her please do not enter that building,” Stefanie
said, pointing towards Planned Parenthood, “and that I
could take her to a pregnancy center.” She agreed to go.
“Thank God we were all out there in numbers for our
kick-off rally” she said. “She had fifty people praying
for her and the life of her baby!”
To see a picture from the kickoff event in Memphis,
please go to:
Wynette in Sacramento says the abortion center where
40 Days for Life vigils are held has done something
special for this fall’s campaign.
The facility’s owner has put up solid redwood fence
panels on their wrought iron gate.
“The original wrought iron fence allowed us frequent
access to women who were considering abortion, enabling
us to speak with them and offer them assistance,” she
said. “But apparently, the abortion business is not
really supportive of ‘choice’ as they do everything
they can to prevent women from changing their minds.”
The thing is, Wynette said, the power of prayer knows
A couple explained to vigil participants why they had
come to this abortion center.
“We already have a two-month-old baby at home and we
just can’t handle another one so soon,” said the young
mother. They had come the week before, but just couldnt
go through with the abortion and left.
“We came back today,” she said, “but they just told us
the doctor isn’t going to show up, so all appointments
have been canceled. We take this as a sign that maybe
we shouldn’t go through with the abortion.”
To see pictures of the big fence — and some of the
prayer team members in Sacramento — please go to:
“The Germantown 40 Days for Life is off to a great
start,” said Andrew, one of the local coordinators.
There is a special feature at the Germantown location —
a candlelight vigil every Sunday evening outside the
abortion center. The abortionist there is Leroy
Carhart, who travels from his home in Nebraska to
perform late-term abortions in Maryland.
“Carhart has regularly been coming on Sundays to
start the late-term abortion procedures,” Andrew
explained. “We would like to be there to pray for
these women, their babies, Carhart and his staff.
Thank you to everyone for coming out to pray so far.”
I echo that thank you — for YOU and for everyone
who has set aside time to pray for an end to abortion
during this 40 Days for Life campaign.
Day 8 - October 5
May the spirit and example of the Good Samaritan fill the hearts and minds of all our citizens.
Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So, too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?" The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
-- Luke 10:30-37
Here Jesus commands us to show mercy to the victims of the culture of violence and death.
But why did the priest and Levite fail to show mercy? Perhaps they feared that the robbers were hiding just around the next corner to attack them. They asked themselves, "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
The Samaritan, however, reversed the question, and asked, "If I don't stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
In working to save the unborn, let's not worry about what will happen to us if we act; let's worry about what will happen to the unborn if we don't.
Father, we are moved by the lesson of the Good Samaritan, who allowed compassion to influence him more than fear. Give us the same heart. Grant that we may never count the cost of standing up and speaking out for the unborn. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
Hear our prayers, Dear Lord, as we stand in defense of these precious innocents.
There is such incredible darkness at the places where
abortions are done.
In thinking about that darkness, I am reminded of
something Abby Johnson said. Abby was the director of
the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College
Station, Texas who quit her job two years ago and is
now sharing the pro-life message.
Abby recently wrote about some of the things she saw
while working in the abortion industry. She mentioned
how cold the staff was ... and said they even joked about
sending a welcome gift when the Coalition for Life, the
local pro-life group I worked with, moved next door to
They wanted to send us cookies shaped like babies.
And that was one of the milder examples of what passed
for humor behind the walls of an abortion facility.
Im hearing from 40 Days for Life coordinators, who are
telling of the darnkess they encounter at the abortion
centers. Here are some of their reports.
As the abortion center closed for the day, one of the
employees came out and threw eight small plastic babies
on the ground.
“I don’t know how long you people plan to be here,”
said the worker, “but this is how many we did today.”
“Our group remained silent,” said Ryan in Tuscaloosa.
“We watched the staff member leave, and prayed for
the eight babies and the staff.”
The local team decided it would be best to distribute
the plastic babies to vigil participants to carry as
a reminder to pray for all the unborn, especially the
eight from this particular day.
“We all deal with trials at our vigils,” Ryan said.
“We have faith that God is using us to do His work.
This trial and others are proof that God is at work
in these clinics.”
The team in Tuscaloosa sent a photo of the plastic
babies. To see it, please go to:
The 40 Days for Life campaign in Flagstaff started with
a rally in front of City Hall. For the most part, the
local coordinators reported a positive response from
the community — “cars honking, people waving and
smiling, giving our efforts thumbs-up.”
There was one guy, however, who was taken aback by
all of this. He drove by angrily — then went away
and came back with his own sign: “Honk if you hate
It also had an arrow on it. He stood right next to
the 40 Days for Life group, with the arrow pointing
in their direction.
A few of the participants tried to talk to him, “but
he was oblivious to any of our arguments.” So the group
simply continued to pray.
A sign in the window of the abortion center in Beaumont
announces the staffs reaction to the 40 Days for Life
vigil outside: “Pray against sidewalk bullies.”
There are interesting sights on the sidewalk, said
Eileen in Beaumont; but certainly no bullies. “A pastor
praying with his flock, with hushed murmurs of prayers; a
huge banner draped from chair to chair reading 40 Days
for Life; heads bowed in reverent contemplation.”
There’s a cure for the darkness; and it’s the light
There were no abortions on Thursday, Friday or Saturday
afternoons. “Praise Jesus!” Eileen said. “We prayed for
the abortion facility to close down. It hasn’t closed
down yet, but no abortions being done is still a hopeful
note for all of us to know.”
To see a picture of Beaumont’s vigil, please go to:
Day 9 - October 6
May we grow in joy, knowing we serve a living God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
-- John 1:14
The Word of God came to us in human form in Jesus Christ. Every time I contemplate this fact I get chills! And I think it is something that we, as Christians, tend to gloss over. I can only imagine how the first disciples felt when they were looking into the eyes of the one and only Almighty God who created them.
The first disciples developed a close relationship with Him as they daily walked and talked with Him. They ate with Him, prayed with Him and rested when He rested. As they listened to the Word of God, who was and is Jesus .they believed and "beheld His glory."
Today, this is something we can still do because we serve a living God. Remember, Jesus died on the cross but rose from the dead in victory! Jesus is every bit as real and alive for all of us as He was to the first disciples. He wants us to develop a close relationship with Him in the very same way. Jesus wants us to know Him personally. He wants us to walk with Him and talk with Him on a daily basis.
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for your love and saving grace in Christ Jesus. Help us to realize every day the great blessing we have in our Savior. I pray that we will rise every morning with excitement and zeal, looking forward to walking another day in your footsteps fully knowing that you continue to dwell among us. Amen.
President, National Black Pro-life Union
It’s everyone’s question during 40 Days for Life:
“How do I know my prayers are making a difference?”
Trust me. They ARE!
Know that your prayers — all of them, collectively
— are being heard and answered.
Mother Teresa said we are not called to be successful;
we are called to be faithful. Here are a few examples
of prayerful faithfulness bearing fruit.
The 40 Days for Life vigil in Halifax is in front of a
large hospital. “Our witness is simply our prayerful
presence on the public sidewalk to the hundreds of
people who walk past on their way to work or to school,”
said Julie in Halifax.
Just recently, Julie learned about something that took
place during last fall’s campaign.
A vigil participant’s son was at the nearby university
when a friend of his came into class — very upset. She
had just found out that she was pregnant. She also told
her friend that she was very angry with the people
praying for an end to abortion outside the hospital.
The young man quietly said, “My dad is one of those
“I don’t know whether this young woman was considering
an abortion,” Julie said. “What we do know is that she
carried her baby to term and has kept her child. My
sense is that this young man’s simple witness touched
this girl’s heart. And those she had perceived as her
enemy — those ‘zealous Christians praying in public’
— suddenly had a human face.”
We never know where our prayers are reaching, she said,
“but I feel sure that last year at this time, those
prayers affected this girl and helped her to make a
decision for life.”
To see pictures of the Halifax vigil, please go to:
One Fort Myers church put together a video for its web
site to encourage members of the parish to participate
in the community’s first 40 Days for Life campaign —
especially on the days this church has pledged to
cover the peaceful prayer vigil at the abortion center.
It’s worth a look — an example of what’s possible in
terms of getting more people to get out to the abortion
facilities and pray. It shows what happens at the vigil
— and what Christ can do when two or more are gathered
in His name.
To watch the video, please go to:
Can there be too much of a good thing? In the case of a
40 Days for Life event in Lawrenceville — maybe so!
Some young people were holding a sign along the sidewalk
with the message, “Honk if your mom chose life.”
Once they displayed that sign, the event turned into a
virtual festival of honking horns.
“We got so many honks of support it was sometimes hard
to hear our guest speaker’s talk,” said Kateri in
Lawrenceville. “But he was laughing about it afterwards,
because he was the one who urged the kids to hold that
To see a photo of the young people and their very
effective sign, please go to:
Day 10 - October 7
Pray for your local pregnancy help center: for those who answer calls from women considering abortion, those who provide ultrasounds, and those who personally help mothers prepare to parent or place for adoption.
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
When a woman arrives at her local pregnancy help center, the hard work of "rescuing the weak" begins. They listen to her. What desperate circumstance is driving her? They act. A professional ultrasound and medical care is provided. They pray, "God use us." Then, they take up her burdens and work towards life. It is cross-bearing for the child-bearing.
Recently, I prayed for one volunteer who was working with one mother in her struggle. Here is what "rescue the weak" looked like in this one case:
Please keep praying against attack by the enemy. We are overwhelmed by seeing God's hand move in this situation and are so very thankful for the prayers lifted up by each one of you. God is good!
Father, we praise you for this one sister who gave herself, heart and soul, to rescue this one mother and baby. O may you empower the hundreds more today who are serving in our pregnancy help centers. Grant those answering calls, providing ultrasound and following up with a bold spirit of truth, love and perseverance.
Rev. John Ensor
Vice President, Heartbeat International
“Hang in there!” is one way to say it. In Cincinnati,
the thought was “persevere.” In Puerto Rico, it was
“commitment.” In Pittsburgh, “stand faithfully.”
And really, to put it all together, we are all called
to make a commitment, stand faithfully and persevere in
our witness — and most of all, as Paul says, in prayer.
Here are few stories of those who are doing just that.
A rainy day greeted the 40 Days for Life team for the
campaign’s opening, “but, of course, we weren’t going
to let that stop us,” said Mary in Cincinnati. “By the
time we held our official opening prayer hour in the
early evening it was clear and dry.”
Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer of Cincinnati’s Catholic
archdiocese led prayer and spoke about the importance
of public witness to the sanctity of life.
He reminded vigil participants that even if you don’t
often see the fruits of your sacrifices and hear from
the mothers’ lips that their babies are going to be
saved, we need to persevere.
“You could feel the unity of all those present,”
To see photos from the Cincinnati 40 Days for Life
campaign, please go to:
“People in Puerto Rico are coming together, sharing
their gifts and talents, and committing to vigil hours,”
said Zulimar, the coordinator of Puerto Rico’s first
40 Days for Life campaign.
On the campaign’s first day, there was a pro-abortion
demonstration in front of the cathedral in San Juan
that got media attention. “We responded letting the
community know about the 40 Days for Life campaign and
encouraged all Christians to join the prayer vigil,”
The bishop of San Juan also responded, saying that
“more than this being a religious issue, it is a
matter of human rights. It is a matter of the most
fundamental right that a human being has: the right
The day ended with encouraging results as the abortionist
left early, closing the clinic for the day as vigil
participants — on their knees — prayed faithfully.
To see a picture from 40 Days for Life in Bayamon,
please go to:
Nikki sent me an e-mail about two of the volunteers at
the vigil in Pittsburgh, who are showing that 40 Days
for Life is blessed by both pro-life veterans and
newcomers praying outside the abortion facility.
There’s Bob, who “stands in front of Planned Parenthood,
holding his sign, every abortion day, and has been
doing it faithfully for almost 20 years. Rain, snow,
freezing cold or blistering heat — he is there.”
Nikki, the local coordinator, also mentioned Jessica,
who had signed up for a prayer time, but then e-mailed
to say she wasn’t really sure.
“I encouraged her that others would be there to welcome
her, and she came,” Nikki said. “She was very blessed
by the experience and said she will be back, and will
try to get a group from her church to come as well.”
To see photos from 40 Days for Life in Pittsburgh,
please go to:
A young girl was taken away in an ambulance yesterday after she spent time in the abortion mill. Abortion is a completely destructive choice for all concerned.
That must have been something else to witness. Did whoever brought her to the abortion mill seem concerned?
Do you have any follow-up on the ambulance run from your local TV, newspaper......or wait, they don’t cover things like that. <sarcams off/
Prayers for the poor girl and her family.
Day 11 - October 8
Pray that when those representing Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups see volunteers for 40 Days for Life, they see ambassadors of Christ, and may each volunteer be consciously aware at all times we represent Him.
I...beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness, and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.
-- Ephesians 4:1-2
When a former abortionist and post-abortive woman, Carol Everett, was asked what turned her heart from death to life in Christ, she replied, "It was unconditional love" shown by a man who prayed daily for her in front of the facility where she worked.
He told Carol that "God had sent him" because there was someone in there that God wanted out. She left 27 days later and now serves as Christ's ambassador to help others. We too have been sent by Christ as an ambassador to love unconditionally those God seeks to "get out" of their bondage and sin.
In his book, "Fishers of Men," Dr. Sumner Wemp describes what it means to be an ambassador of Christ, the King of Kings:
Dear Heavenly Father, we are humbled that you have called us and appointed us to be ambassadors of Christ in a world that is not our home. It is a calling much higher and grander than our finite minds can imagine.
We pray that your Holy Spirit will empower us to walk worthy of the calling. We pray that Your unconditional love will flow through us onto those who desperately need Your saving grace. In the name of Christ who is worthy, amen.
Co-host, "Point of View" Talk Show
No follow up yet. We are trying to get the 911 tapes.
We have a new video for you!
40 Days for Life’s national director, David Bereit,
was able to visit all of the 40 Days for Life campaign
locations in Montana recently. And I was able to join
him in Helena.
Over the past four years, David and I have collectively
been to more than 300 of the 40 Days for Life locations
— but have only spoken together at kickoff events
The first time was in 2004 during the first 40 Days for
Life campaign in Bryan/College Station, Texas. The
second time was last week in Helena, Montana.
We just posted video higlights online from the Helena
kickoff event. If you want to get a big shot in the arm
for this 40 Days for Life campaign, watch the inspiring
video right now by going to:
The 40 Days for Life campaign in Dayton got off to a
huge start, with about 250 people on hand for their
largest event ever.
The campaign even got some television coverage of their
kickoff, which included the release of 200 balloons —
one for each of the estimated 200 babies lost to
abortion each month at the facility where the Dayton
prayer vigil is taking place outside.
One of the group’s leaders told the reporter that
people of various faith backgrounds had come together
for 40 Days for Life, “praying to God for an end to
the scourge of abortion.”
Sometimes, people simply feel drawn to the 40 Days for
Life prayer vigil to share stories about themselves.
Three 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers were outside
the abortion center when a man walked up and asked what
they were doing. He had noticed the signs they had with
them: “Pray to end abortion” ... “Women regret abortion”
... and “Men regret lost fatherhood.”
One of the volunteers responded, “We’re here to raise
awareness about abortion and save the lives of the
unborn.” Another member of the prayer group shared a
“He stayed with us for the next two hours sharing, that
he and his wife had chosen life for their two boys when
they were just 15 and 17 years old and found themselves
in an unplanned pregnancy,” said Lynda in Eugene. “I am
sure he will be joining us again.”
Later the same day, a young man approached one of the
volunteers to say that his own mother had entered a
facility like this, but had walked out and chosen life
for him. Shortly after that, a woman came up to share
an almost identical story about her mother.
“God is so good,” said Lynda.
Day 12 - October 9
May the King of the Universe, who entered this world as a helpless infant, give us the humility to be healed.
My power is made perfect in weakness.
--2 Corinthians 12:9
The great mystery of the Humility of God is very near and dear to the mission of those serving in pro life and in a special way, post abortion ministries across this nation. For those wounded by their participation in abortion, the door to healing often feels like crossing an abyss of great fear: fear of judgment, fear of being torn apart by the pain, by self hatred and rage at those who hurt and abandoned you, and manipulated you in your time of temptation. For men in particular, entering the unknown waters of emotional vulnerability, so necessary to healing calls for a different kind of courage that feels deceptively like weakness.
The door to healing is humility. It is born in the inability to no longer control the pain, to live with the consequences of that tragic decision to reject life. The hearts cries out, "I have committed a grave offense against my Creator and I am consumed by regret, grief and sorrow!"
During these forty days let us pray for all who have participated in abortion and with love call them to healing and reconciliation. With healing these women and men can become as John Paul II proclaimed in the Gospel of Life, "the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life."
Jesus proclaimed, "I am the Vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5). To bear the greatest fruit, the branches must be pruned. Each level of pruning of the vine requires a deeper level of humility so that we can abandon ourselves to His will. This is not a lofty theological concept as much as it is an earthy experience of pulling weeds, tilling rocky soil, pruning and healing the vines. "If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and begin to follow in my footsteps" (Matthew 16:24).
Lord, during these forty days, we ask that with each day of this sacred vigil, everything in us that separates us from your perfect will would be pruned from our hearts and souls. In this blessed freedom may we experience a powerful anointing of your Holy Spirit. Filled with confidence and trust may we proclaim with the mother of Jesus, "Let it be done to me, according to your Word."
Executive Director, Rachels Vineyard Ministries
Your comments have been pouring in this fall!
At the end of these daily updates, I’ve asked people
to visit the 40 Days for Life blog and tell me a bit
about their own experiences — and many of you have
Some of you are in cities where campaigns are under
way while others are participating by praying and
fasting from far away — including Prague in the
I appreciate EVERYTHING you’re doing! Here are some
of the comments from the blog.
“David Bereit spoke to our little group in Saint Paul,
last night at 9:30,” wrote one person who was there for
this appearance by 40 Days for Life’s national director.
“He had, that day, traveled from southern Minnesota
(Rochester and Mankato), all the way up to Duluth and
Walker, then down to Alexandria, Saint Cloud and then
Saint Paul — encouraging folks at each stop.
“He looked fresh as a daisy and spoke so eloquently and
passionately to us for at least 20 minutes and he still
had plenty of voice. AWESOME! It would tire ME out for
the day, just going to Duluth and back!
“Thank you, David, and ALL who are out there, all who
are praying — wherever you are! Glory to God!”
“My mother and I were at the Planned Parenthood in
Whittier,” wrote Rosemary. “There were several young
girls being dropped off.”
As they watched one young woman leave following an
abortion, “our hearts were broken for a life lost and
our prayer became more fervent. We cried together as
we prayed yesterday’s daily devotional — so
beautifully moving and centering for this horrendous
task we must do.”
Suzanne is doing what she can, as “we don’t have the
numbers here in Prague in the Czech Republic to mount
a campaign at this time.”
“I know that my presence has made a difference already,
since I was approached by a policeman yesterday who
told me that my sign — ‘women do regret their
abortion’ — was offensive to a woman at the hospital
and I would have to leave the area,” she wrote.
“I have wondered whether my prayers and presence was
even being noticed in this country and obviously it
has. Perhaps I’ve also made other women think about
the risks of choosing abortion as a solution to their
“At first, I felt like Jonah being fed to the whale,”
Dennis said upon arriving for his first time to pray at
the 40 Days for Life vigil site. After a few minutes of
prayer, a woman got out of her car and went to join him.
“It was good to have her company.”
Some passersby offered honks of encouragement; a few
others offered rude gestures. Shortly afterward, it
started to rain. But Dennis continued to pray. “I was
completely absorbed in the moment.”
Said Dennis, “Not a bad day.”
Have you had a chance to take part in a peaceful
40 Days for Life prayer vigil yet? If not, heres
the link to the list of campaign locations:
Day 13 - October 10
For all fathers who are terrified of being fathers.
A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation.
-- Psalm 68:5
I had a friend many years ago who confided in me that he was terrified of being a father. He and his wife already had two children when this revelation came forth. "I never knew my father," he explained, "and I have no idea what a father is supposed to do." We continued to share about this, as well as pray together. He began to see he had a father's heart for his children. His biggest problem was not a limitation on love but not knowing how to act out this love.
One day we talked about the verse quoted at the top of this page. I shared that he did know his Father not his biological father but his Heavenly Father, who had rescued him from a life of destruction not many years before. "How did your Heavenly Father guide you?" I asked. He talked about the ways he had seen God's love offered to him and the way the Lord had used circumstances and the Scriptures to mold him and mature him. "Well, the Lord wants to do the same thing through you for your children. Be available to His love and available to your kids. You'll do fine."
How wonderful it is to know that God takes a personal interest in each of us, many times using His faithful people - the Church - as channels of this love. No one is fatherless who lives in the Lord. His fatherly care begins at the moment of our conception, as it is written, "you knit me together in my mother's womb" (Psalm 139:12), and continues to be poured upon us throughout our lives.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for caring about each of us so deeply. Help us to see and know you as our Father in heaven each and every day of our lives. Your loving hand also rests on every child today carried in its mother's womb. May they be born into this world and come to know fully and personally your endless love. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
National Pro-life Religious Council
Day 14 - October 11
Abortion is the great "no." May all of God's people have the freedom and grace to say "yes" to His marvelous plans.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed and in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.
-- Psalm 139:13-16
Unlike the rest of creation, we are capable of a personal relationship with God. Not only did God create us, but created us according to a plan devised from all eternity. No matter how far back we go in our imagination, there was never a time when God did not know each of us, in every detail of our being.
There was not a particular time when God decided to make us. The decision to make us has been in the mind of God from all eternity. All our days were written in His book.
To dare to say that a human being, developing in the womb, should not be born is as wrong as to say that a born person should not continue to grow and live. In each case, an attack on human life is an attack on the God who formed and made us. Jesus Christ is the great "yes" to the promises of God; abortion is the great "no."
Lord, I pray today for every unborn child. The beauty of the bodies and souls of these children flows from your hands and your eternal plan. Awaken in every human conscience a profound reverence for human life, and grant us grace to defend our smallest and most defenseless brothers and sisters, those still being formed in the secret places of their mothers' womb. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
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