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40 Days for Life: Vision and Mission, February 13 - March 24, 2013
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Posted on 02/12/2013 3:26:33 PM PST by Salvation

 
 

Vision and mission

40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.

The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.

The 40 Days for Life campaign

40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:

40 Days for Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion.

The 40-day campaign tracks Biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities ... and the entire world. From Noah in the flood to Moses on the mountain to the disciples after Christ's resurrection, it is clear that God sees the transformative value of His people accepting and meeting a 40-day challenge.



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Kickoff Days yesterday and today -- starts tomorrow on the First Day of Lent, Ash Wednesday.
1 posted on 02/12/2013 3:26:43 PM PST by Salvation
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Prayer and fasting

 40 Days for Life in Calgary, Alberta

Want to end abortion? If you do, the first thing you must do is pray.

Prayer is at the center of 40 Days for Life.

During each campaign, we are calling on prayer warriors across the nation ... and around the world ... to fall on their knees before the Lord, asking Him to hear our plea and heal our land.

Christ told us some demons can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. The two go hand in hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God's will. Fasting is a sacrifice that helps us reach beyond our own limitations with God's help.

Pray outside an abortion facility. Pray at church. Pray at work. Pray in the car. Pray at home with your family.

Each day during 40 Days for Life, individuals, churches, families and groups will be asked to join together in prayer for a specific request so the entire Body of Christ can unite around a common focus.

These specific prayer requests will seek God's help for:

  • Women who are at risk of having an abortion
  • Innocent children who are at risk of perishing
  • Men and women who carry the pain of a past abortion experience
  • Workers at Planned Parenthood facilities and abortion centers
  • Local, regional, and national leaders
  • Revival and renewal in our churches
  • Repentance and healing throughout our nation

People of faith are also invited to fast throughout 40 Days for Life. Christ said there are demons that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. A fast is not a Christian diet; it is a powerful means of drawing closer to God by blocking out distractions.

Fast from certain foods. Fast from television. Fast from apathy and indifference. Fast from whatever it is that separates you from God.

We believe that when God’s people fast with a broken, repentant and contrite spirit, our heavenly Father will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world.

 


2 posted on 02/12/2013 3:28:09 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Peaceful vigil40 Days for Life in <strong>San Fernando, California</strong>

The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a focused, 40-day, non-stop, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a single Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community.

It is a peaceful and educational presence. Those who are called to stand witness during 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.


3 posted on 02/12/2013 3:29:35 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Community outreach

 40 Days for Life in Reno, Nevada

During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is taken proactively to every corner of your community. Media outreach is conducted through carefully targeted news stories, talk shows, editorials and opinion pieces.

This enables you to get the pro-life message out to many people who would never see the inside of a local church.

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.

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.

This one activity alone can help a community rapidly identify hundreds, or even thousands, of pro-life supporters during the 40 days. These people can then be encouraged to pray and join local pro-life efforts.

If your community has a college campus, many students can be impacted through an intense 40-day campus outreach. This can consist of flyer raids, public witness, petition drives, table displays, and much more.


4 posted on 02/12/2013 3:30:55 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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 40 Days for Life in Greensboro, North Carolina

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 spring 2012 campaign.

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.


5 posted on 02/12/2013 4:05:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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6 posted on 02/12/2013 4:07:46 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Preparation, February 12, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors

Intention:

For God’s blessing upon the coming 40

Days for Life campaign.

Scripture:

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

Reflection:

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 v. 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 55

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.

Prayer:

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.


7 posted on 02/12/2013 4:57:21 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Disappointing that the Daily Devotionals have gone to a pdf format.


8 posted on 02/12/2013 8:06:19 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Dear ,

Yesterday, I spoke at the Jacksonville, Florida 40 Days
for Life kickoff rally and received an exciting report
from their local campaign leaders.

Since 2007 — when they began holding 40 Days for Life
campaigns there — abortion numbers in Jacksonville have
dropped by a staggering 23%, going down every single year:

* 2006 - 8,528
* 2007 - 8,437 (when 40 Days for Life started there)
* 2008 - 7,987
* 2009 - 7,294
* 2010 - 7,113
* 2011 - 6,876
* 2012 - 6,547 (these numbers were just reported)

Now, 6,547 abortions is still a tragic loss of life.
But since 40 Days for Life began in Jacksonville,
abortion numbers have fallen by almost 2,000 a year
— to God be the glory!!

As we launch a new campaign in 261 locations, imagine
what God will do in YOUR city!

One way to get the most out of this 40 Days for Life
campaign is to read one chapter each day from the
brand-new book, “40 Days for Life: Discover What God
Has Done ... Imagine What He Can Do”:

http://40daysforlife.com/book (lowest online price!)

This inspiring book was designed for your use during a
40 Days for Life campaign and is exceeding expectations
from the thousands who have already read it.

But don’t take my word for it! One reader said:

“This is a truly inspirational and heart-warming
book from cover to cover. The stories are so
touching and the short scriptures so perfect for
the stories they follow. I had doubted that the
book could live up to the praise that was heaped
on it, but it far exceeded expectations. Anyone
who could read this book without being deeply
touched does not have a heart.”

That’s just one of the 125+ five-star reviews posted on
Amazon.com — which announced the new book as a “Hot New
Release” and listed it as one of their best-selling
Christian books.

Read more of the reviews from real readers at:

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But you can actually get the book for a lower price at:

http://40daysforlife.com/book

You’ll read about:

* Hearts and minds changed
* Lives saved
* Abortion facilities closing down
* Abortion workers experiencing conversions

Now, let’s look forward to what God has in store for the
largest spring 40 Days for Life campaign EVER!

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

PS: If you’d prefer to get the new book in case lots of
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10 posted on 02/12/2013 8:24:25 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I’m on the road again today, after speaking at 40 Days
for Life kickoff events in Jacksonville and Pensacola,
Florida. The campaign officially starts TOMORROW ...
so NOW is the time for us all to make a decision.

40 Days for Life is merely an invitation. This campaign
cannot happen without a response to that invitation from
people like you. And that leaves just one question:

What will God do over these next 40 days in your
community ... and will you be part of it?

It is our hope that you will join hundreds of thousands
of others who have taken this journey of prayer and
fasting ... peaceful vigil ... and community outreach.

There are 261 locations in all, so please follow this
link and get involved in the closest campaign:

http://40daysforlife.com/location

Thousands of abortions are scheduled across the nation
and around the world — tomorrow ... and the next
day ... and the next. There is something we all can
do. We can pray and stand vigil.

Over these past few weeks, our local leaders have been
filling schedules with volunteers who will be a witness
to hope on the sidewalks.

Will you join them?

http://40daysforlife.com/location

These prayer vigils work ... as seen in Aurora,
Illinois, where an ex-Planned Parenthood employee
spoke — and a baby was saved — all at a 40 Days
for Life kickoff event!


AURORA, ILLINOIS

The local leaders in Aurora said they were “amazed
and humbled” at their kickoff rally on a very chilly
morning as they listened to one particular guest
share her testimony — former Planned Parenthood
manager Ramona Trevino!

Ramona had a change of heart and quit her job at a
Planned Parenthood facility in Texas after a single
40 Days for Life campaign was held outside of her
office just two years ago!

They couldn’t have asked for a better start. During
the event, one of the sidewalk counselors told the
group that a woman they had spoken to had decided
not to go into the abortion center after all.

She had changed her mind!

“We will only triumph over the evil of abortion by
changing hearts,” said one of the volunteers, “which
we can only do by a loving, peaceful approach.”

To see the photos of the Aurora kickoff, please go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/


TEMPE, ARIZONA

The abortion industry is responding aggressively to
the threat to their profits. The vigil in Tempe will
be held outside a Planned Parenthood facility that
has increased its hours of operation by 40% ... and
has apparently added additional abortion days to its
weekly schedule.

“Now is the time to bring a cloud of witness,” said
Lisa in Tempe. “We need to lift up our prayers and
put all our trust in Jesus.” If more people stand
witness, others will see this display of faith —
and they in turn will join the vigil as well.

“I pray that God will call you to take at least one
hour for each week of this campaign,” she said. “One
hour, once a week, for 40 days can save lives ...
and souls.”


11 posted on 02/12/2013 8:26:08 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Can you spare an hour to pray in front of a Planned Parenthood or other abortion facility during the 40 Days for Life that starts tomorrow on Ash Wednesday?


12 posted on 02/12/2013 8:29:55 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I took it upon myself to look into this for our right to life group here in Gallia Co., Ohio. We had our monthly meeting last night, and I presented the information I had gathered and suggested Columbus for our destination (closest abortion clinic to us—2 hours away one way!).

My suggestion was enthusiastically received, and now I am going to check into coming up with a time frame that would be feasible for many of our group to travel up to Columbus during the 40 Days campaign. My daughter (almost 15) has volunteered to go with us. She recently went with me to Washington for the March for Life and has been inspired to do more.

For many of us, making this trip is not easy due to distance (I guess not having an abortion clinic nearby is a plus if you think about it), but I am considering it part of my Lenten journey towards pushing myself out of my comfort zone in a spiritual sense.


13 posted on 02/13/2013 6:29:50 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (How long till my Arkansas drawl fades into the twang of southeast Ohio?)
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God bless you and your daughter and all the other pray-ers abundantly.


14 posted on 02/13/2013 6:55:10 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 1, February 13, 2013

David Brandao, Communications Director, 40 Days for Life

Intention:

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.

Scripture:

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

Reflection:

The toll of abortion cannot be measured.

We hear estimates of almost 55

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 51:12-17).

We are called to be God’s messengers;

or as the Apostle Paul wrote:

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.

Prayer:

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 through the

work of Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His

name we pray, amen.


15 posted on 02/13/2013 6:56:30 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Last night, I spoke at a kickoff event near Houston ...
and David Bereit, our national director, spoke at an
opening rally in Fairfax, Virginia.

Those are just two of the 261 locations that start
40 Days for Life at a time when many Christians are
entering the season of Lent to prepare their hearts
for the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.

Just recently, I told you about a city where the
abortion center, where faithful volunteers had intended
to peacefully pray for 40 days, had CLOSED and gone out
of business.

Well, we just confirmed that it happened AGAIN!!!

This time, prayer volunteers in Greensboro, North
Carolina were getting ready for their second peaceful
vigil outside the Woman’s Choice abortion facility. But
now, those plans have changed.

This abortion center has also SHUT ITS DOORS and
is not relocating!

“All glory to God!” said one of those volunteers. “All
the furniture is gone,” she said. “They left like a
thief in the night.”

This now makes TWENTY-EIGHT abortion centers where
40 Days for Life vigils have taken place that are
now totally shut down.

There’s a second abortion facility in Greensboro,
so the local 40 Days for Life team is quickly making
plans to move their peaceful vigil to the public right
of way outside that business.

“All praise and thanks to Christ our King for this
great gift,” the Greensboro team announced. “Come and
pray with us at our new location!”

If you’ve not taken part in 40 Days for Life before,
I hope this shows what can happen when you put your
trust in God and step forward in faith.

Find the 40 Days for Life campaign nearest you by
going to:

http://40daysforlife.com/location

Look for your nearest location, click on that city’s
name, and then sign up to get involved however you can.

Karen, I’d like to invite you to join the
journey — and look forward to seeing what additional
blessings God has in store!


16 posted on 02/13/2013 6:57:31 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thank you for this wonderful posting, Salvation. We are up and running here in Dayton, Ohio and had a good steady group of prayer warriors in front of the abortion facility today. May God hear every prayer that is lifted up during these 40 days and beyond, and may there be lives saved as well as lives changed. God bless!


17 posted on 02/13/2013 7:11:01 PM PST by Faith
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Amen to your prayer.


18 posted on 02/14/2013 8:08:50 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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After just the first day of this 40 Days for Life
campaign, many locations are reporting record turnouts
for their opening events ...

... and babies SAVED from abortion!

Here’s a story of a life spared from abortion at a
40 Days for Life kickoff ...


ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

More than 500 people — including families with their
children — came to stand and pray outside Planned
Parenthood as part of the Orange County kickoff.

“As the prayer ended, we witnessed the first baby
saved of this 40 Days for Life 2013 campaign,” said
Alejandra in Orange County. “A woman came out of
Planned Parenthood and as we approached her, she
told us that she couldn’t abort her baby. She had
tears in her eyes. All glory to God!”

The prayer volunteers learned that the woman was in
her seventh week of pregnancy. She has four other
children and thought her family didn’t have sufficient
resources to care for the new baby.

“We reassured her that this life was precious and
wanted by God — and that we would be there for her
and help her,” Alejandra said. “With God, everything
is possible.”

To see some photos of the Orange County kickoff event,
please go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3894


LANSING, MICHIGAN

A record turnout of more than 170 at the 40 Days for
Life kickoff event showed the local pro-life effort
is going strong. As was the case in California,
there was a strong family presence.

“Collaboration is what we need to focus on,” said
Cecilia Tombelli, the local campaign director. “Alone,
we will not succeed. But with God — and by working
together — we will.”

A representative of Right to Life of Michigan shared
encouraging news. Five Michigan abortion centers
have closed in the past 15 months, including a
facility in Lansing — a closure that followed a
three-year prayer effort.


FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA

David Bereit, 40 Days for Life’s national director,
helped kick off the tenth campaign in Fairfax — a
community in Northern Virginia, not far from
Washington, DC.

At an event near the abortion center where the
peaceful vigil will be held, David encouraged the
volunteers to accept a challenge — 40 hours of
prayer at the vigil over the next 40 days.

“Many of us put in 40 hours a week — or more — at
work. Students put in around 40 hours a week on their
schooling,” he said, “and we do that every week! Why
can’t we make the sacrifice of coming out to pray
40 hours over these 40 days? It could be one hour
every day — or two hours every other day. We know
the need for prayer — here outside the abortion
facility — is great.”

Here’s the link to the list of cities. Click on the
one nearest you — and sign up for the vigil:

http://40daysforlife.com/location

To see a picture of the Fairfax rally, please go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3894


19 posted on 02/14/2013 8:09:50 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 2, February 14, 2013

Kevin Burke, Executive Director, Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries

Intention:

May the King of the Universe, who entered

this world as a helpless infant,

give us the humility to be healed.

Scripture:

My power is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Reflection:

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).

Prayer:

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.”


20 posted on 02/14/2013 8:52:33 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 3, February 15, 2013

Rev. John Ensor, Vice President, Heartbeat International

Intention:

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.

Scripture:

Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver

them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 82:4

Reflection:

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:

Aug 3: She made an appointment

for Thursday to get an

abortion and while she feels terrible

about it, she also feels like

she has no choice. Pray that her

heart is changed!

Aug 10: She is 12 weeks along

but missed her appointment.

She had some good conversations

with people at the pregnancy

center. She is now considering

adoption.

Aug 13: Things are down again.

She now has an abortion scheduled

for Monday. Pray!

Aug 17: Missed appointment!

God is working in her life.

Sept 1: We’ve hit another rocky

period. She has an abortion

scheduled for tomorrow. She

found out today that her parents

are planning a trip to visit

her and she is panicking.

Sept 15: Missed third appointment.

But feels like she has no

choice. Please pray today.

Sept 20: She fears her parents

but has agreed to another ultrasound

(a breakthrough).

Sept 22: I was there with her

for her ultrasound. She saw her

baby moving and made the realization

that she wants to carry

her baby.

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!

Prayer:

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.


21 posted on 02/14/2013 8:54:22 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Today’s email is different from most of our emails.

In chapter 36 of the new 40 Days for Life book
(http://www.40daysforlife.com/book ), I write about
the notorious abortionist LeRoy Carhart.

In that chapter, I tell about Carhart’s aggressive
late-term abortion business, my interesting
experience with him on an airplane ... and the
inspiring story of 40 Days for Life volunteers
responding to his new late-term abortion facility
in Germantown, Maryland.

What is not in the book, however, is what happened
last week.


GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND

Every abortion ends a life. An abortion that took
place right before this campaign began ended two.

Germantown has just started its fifth 40 Days for
Life vigil outside a facility where Leroy Carhart
travels each week to perform late-term abortions.

According to several reports, Jennifer Morbelli
arrived in at the abortion center in Germantown on
February 3. She was a 29-year-old teacher from
White Plains, New York. She was also 33 weeks
pregnant ... and had named her child Madison.

The reports state that Madison was being welcomed
into the family — the family had set up an online
gift register of requested baby items. But then,
Jennifer was told her child had significant physical
anomalies and she was advised to have an abortion.

Because of the very late stage of the pregnancy,
the abortion was a multi-day procedure. She arrived
at the abortion center each day, four days in a row
... and each day, sidewalk counselors say she looked
progressively weaker.

Finally, on February 7, she was taken to a hospital
emergency room early in the morning ... but the
doctors could not save her. At 10 am, she was
pronounced dead.

Even the Washington Post reported on this story,
noting that Maryland’s chief medical officer and the
local police are investigating Jennifer’s death ...
at the same time when Maryland’s attorney general has
just launched a criminal investigation of Carhart on
an unrelated matter — primarily related to illegal
dumping, possibly of human fetal remains.

Michael Martelli, a 40 Days for Life leader who serves
as director of the Maryland Coalition for Life, is
calling on the state to close the abortion center and
to suspend or revoke Carhart’s medical license. For
now, the business remains open.

The volunteers in Germantown will have much to pray
about over these 40 days. Yet there is always hope.

David Bereit, 40 Days for Life’s national director,
attended the 40 Days for Life kickoff event in
Germantown last fall — and met a baby who had been
spared from abortion at Carhart’s facility.

The mother showed up for her abortion appointment,
but the building was not yet open. As people prayed
on the sidewalk as part of 40 Days for Life, one of
the volunteers asked the woman if she needed help.

They directed her to the pro-life pregnancy resource
center across the street, where she was told about
the many support services available and encouraged
to keep her baby.

She did — and at the Germantown rally, she said it
was because the morning she had been scheduled for
an abortion, she was surrounded by love — love from
the 40 Days for Life volunteers and love from the
pregnancy center workers.

God’s love can overcome even the most profound
darkness. Let us continue to pray for His mercy.


22 posted on 02/16/2013 9:15:01 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 4, February 16, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors

Intention:

Pray that we each will daily put on the

full armor of God, so that we are strong

in the Lord and the power of His might.

Scripture:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and

blood, but against principalities,

against powers, against the rulers of

the darkness of this age, against spiritual

hosts of wickedness in the heavenly

places. Therefore, take up the

whole armor of God, that you may be

able to withstand in the evil day and

having done all, to stand.

Ephesians 6:12-13

Reflection:

I am confounded to see how the battle

over the issue of life is perceived more

often in churches today as political rather

than spiritual. Ironically, the enemy

has used this twisted perception to

silence many in the body of Christ. We

must see the battle for what it is and

we must daily “put on” the armor God

has given us:

Gird your waist with Truth (vs.

14) Commit your emotions to

believe truth and to speak truth,

regardless of the repercussions.

Put on the breastplate of Righteousness

(vs. 14) It will protect

our hearts the innermost

springs of our beings from all

unrighteousness so evident in

this fallen world.

Shod your feet with the preparation

of the Gospel of Peace.

(vs. 15) Preparation is vital if

we are to be effective in God’s

work.

Taking the shield of faith (vs.

16) The Accuser will instill

doubt, fear, and guilt. Faith

acts as an invisible shield that

deflects such false accusations.

Taking the Helmet of salvation

(vs. 17) A helmet protects the

head, the brain and in turn our

mind and thoughts. Satan hopes

we will set aside divine

revelation for human reasoning.

Taking the sword of the Spirit

(vs. 17) The Word of God, the

only offensive weapon in this

armor, was used by the Lord Jesus

against Satan. The living

Word is powerful and effective.

Our armor is complete. We are ready to

wage war, and the next verse tells us

how, “Praying always with all prayer

and supplication in the spirit.” (vs. 18)

Prayer:

Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual

battle of abortion may we be reminded

that the battle is truly Yours.

Thank you for hearing our requests for

direction and protection. Thank you for

the victory that is ours because of Your

Son Jesus, amen.


23 posted on 02/16/2013 9:18:58 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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This week marked the beginning of 40 Days for Life
vigils in many places. But one particular location
has inspired many.

Five years ago, I couldn’t have predicted 40 Days for
Life going beyond the United States. But it did!

Even as God has taken this campaign to other
countries, I would have never imagined that Moscow
would ever launch 40 Days for Life. But on Wednesday
of this week, that’s exactly what happened.

The international reach of 40 Days for Life keeps
growing, with 24 locations outside the United States
this time, including the first-ever sites in Wales,
Nigeria and South Africa in addition to Russia.

There are 261 locations in all. So please follow this
link and get involved in the closest campaign:

http://40daysforlife.com/location

Here’s a look at just a few of the countries hosting
40 Days for Life.


MOSCOW, RUSSIA

Pastors and their congregations from seven different
churches in Moscow have each agreed to take one day
a week to pray at the vigil. They’ve also opened up
their churches for people who wish to pray.

“I see a great grace for this campaign,” said Arevik,
the campaign coordinator. “I have met a lot of young
and talented persons from my church whom I didn’t
know before. They are writing about abortion ... and
care about human life.”

According to a report released recently, the number
of abortions in Russia exceeds the number of births.

“It is so painful to hear from women that had abortions
before they met Jesus,” Arevik said. “Russia needs to
be healed from this spiritual disease.”

Please keep this campaign — and this entire nation —
in your prayers these next 40 days.


AUSTRALIA

There are seven 40 Days for Life campaigns in progress
in Australia (where it is currently summertime),
stretching from coast to coast. It may be halfway
around the world from the United States, but the
problems are the same ... and so are the answers.

“I have been moved by the prayerfulness and commitment
of the hundreds of people involved giving witness to
Christ’s love, with many being young adults,” said
Bishop Julian Porteous of Sydney, one of many
Australian religious leaders commending the 40 Days
for Life mission.

“In light of the rising attacks on life, faith and
family,” he said, “this loving witness is needed
all the more.”

The Australian team has produced an excellent video.
I really recommend that you take a look! The message
applies ... wherever you’re praying and fasting for
an end to abortion.

To see the video from Australia, go to:
http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3926


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

“The first day in Cape Town was exciting and long,”
said Colette, the local coordinator. “This morning
there were lots of teenagers going to school and
taking pamphlets and asking questions. We got a
very positive response from the community.”

The prayer volunteers did receive a few negative
comments, but Colette said it was nothing to
worry about.

“We have stood at this abortion centre before,”
she said, “but what I have noticed today was that
the number of clients has declined.” On this
particular day at the Marie Stopes facility, there
were only four clients.

“The clinic got very upset with us and wanted us
to move,” Colette said, “but we had a permit with
us that stated we will be there till 24 March.”

To see a photo of the vigil in Cape Town, go to:
http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3926


24 posted on 02/16/2013 9:20:14 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 5, February 17, 2013

Rev. John Brown, Director, United Friends for Life (United Church of Christ)

Intention:

May God’s justice sober our society;

may mercy triumph over judgment.

Scripture:

Surely for your lifeblood I will demand

a reckoning; from the hand of every

beast I will require it, and from the

hand of man. From the hand of every

man's brother I will require the life of

man. Whoever sheds man's blood, by

man his blood shall be shed; for in the

image of God He made man.

Genesis 9:5-6

Reflection:

The value of every human being can

hardly be seen more clearly than with

this verse. God, the King of the universe,

has created all human beings in

his image, and declares forthrightly

that shedding the blood of any individual

will require the blood of the one

who shed it.

God's concern for human beings is not

limited to any particular group. Indeed,

his concern is universal, and includes

male and female, young and old,

born and unborn, disabled and ablebodied,

the citizens of every nation on

earth.

Abortion, the deliberate killing of the

unborn, is the shedding of innocent

blood. Surely the blood of millions upon

millions of innocent children cries

out to God. It is true that we live in an

age of grace, and yet this passage

(among many other texts which express

similar sentiments) should give

every thinking Christian pause.

Christians of all people, entrusted with

the Word of God as we are, must take a

stand. We must speak out. We must do

all that we can to protect the innocent,

to pursue justice, and to encourage the

repentance of all those who bear responsibility

for this great evil.

Only in this manner can we hope to

forestall the judgment that must otherwise

surely come.

This passage should also be seen as an

encouragement to educate and disciple

our children and grandchildren about

what it means to be human, and the responsibility

that will become theirs in

this ongoing struggle.

Prayer:

O Father, forgive us for our lack of

courage and our want of compassion

for the unborn and for those lost and

hurt by abortion. Fill us anew with

your Spirit.

Renew our minds, strengthen us in

righteousness, help us be people of salt

and light within our nation.

May every human being, from conception

to natural death, be treated with

the respect due those made in your image.

We ask this in the name of Jesus

Christ. Amen.


25 posted on 02/16/2013 8:45:42 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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It was just last month that I heard the annual
grumbling about the way the national media ignored
the March for Life — when “only” about half a million
pro-life people gathered in Washington, DC.

But when you compare national and local media, it’s
like night and day. And this means MANY people are
hearing about 40 Days for Life for the first time.

The secular media usually expects a 40 Days for Life
vigil to be filled with angry Christians. When the
local reporters arrive, however, they see the real
story — which is quite different from the
stereotype. This often results in excellent — and
fair — media coverage.

Here are just a few examples:


ST. CLOUD, MINNESOTA

The 40 Days for Life campaign was covered in the
St. Cloud Times this week. “This is a first for us
and a major breakthrough in people finding out
about 40 Days For Life,” said Judy in St. Cloud.

“Our focus is prayer,” Jan, a prayer volunteer, told
the reporter. “This is one way to witness to the
public how we feel about building a culture of life.
I believe very strongly in life, and I believe
abortion should be ended,” she said.

She invited people to join the vigil — but to come
prepared, since there was snow in the forecast with
temperatures promising to dip well below freezing.

For a link to the St. Cloud Times report — including
a video featuring Jan — please go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3940


BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA

Birmingham’s Fox affiliate, WBRC-TV, interviewed Ed
Carrick, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator.

The reporter noted that “this is going to be a
peaceful movement with no yelling or screaming. They
simply want to offer alternatives to abortions.”

Ed talked about his experiences when he first began
praying outside the local abortion center.

“I watched as the women come out; they were pretty
much devastated,” he said. “Some were in pain. They
were definitely at a loss for why they were there
and what’s happening to them.

“And I guess to see the pain and suffering in their
face, I said I would really like to do something
about this, so I kept coming.”

Ed added that churches in the Birmingham community
have raised money to fund pro-life pregnancy centers
so clients can be supported financially, spiritually,
emotionally and medically.

For a link to the WBRC-TV report, go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3940


BRIGHTON, ENGLAND

The Brighton campaign received coverage in a local
newspaper, The Argus.

Caroline Hubert, the Brighton campaign coordinator,
told the reporter that society is in the midst of an
abortion crisis.

The paper interviewed an abortion center spokesman
who complained that vigil participants “intimidated”
clients. The photo accompanying the article shows a
young woman, smiling and holding 40 Days for Life
pamphlets.

“There is no intimidation,” Caroline said. “It’s
peaceful — and any person who is taking part has
to sign a statement of peace. We’re there to pray,
we’re not there for anything else.”

She noted that there were 4,000 abortions in the
Brighton and Hove area each year. That equals more
than two classrooms of schoolchildren ... aborted
every WEEK.

For a link to the coverage of the Brighton campaign
in The Argus, go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3940


26 posted on 02/17/2013 7:14:21 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 6, February 18, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Intention:

That those tempted to abort may understand

that their child is already present,

and already a real person.

Scripture:

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard

the greeting of Mary that the babe

leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was

filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she

spoke out with a loud voice and said,

“Blessed are you among women, and

blessed is the fruit of your womb! But

why is this granted to me, that the

mother of my Lord should come to me?

For indeed, as soon as the voice of your

greeting sounded in my ears, the babe

leaped in my womb for joy.

Luke 1:41-44

Reflection:

Jesus not only loves unborn children

He was one himself!

Think about this for a moment.

We often hear people speak of a pregnant

mother by saying, “She’s expecting

a child.”

Now if one is expecting a package, the

package is not yet there.

As reflected in our verse for today,

however, this is not the case with the

mother.

Her gift is already there. The pregnant

woman, a mother already, does not

have a child “on the way,” but has a

child, already present and in full possession

of his or her human rights,

starting with the right to life.

Prayer:

Jesus, open my eyes to your presence

in the life of every child. Open my heart

to joy in the birth of every child, a birth

that reflects the joy of your own birth

in Bethlehem.

As you shared life in the womb of Mary,

so now send your protection upon every

child still in the womb, and grant to

their mothers the strength and joy that

comes from welcoming the gift of life.

We pray through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


27 posted on 02/17/2013 8:29:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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DAY 6: 47 lives saved already

February 18th, 2013
 
It’s the first Monday of this 40 Days for Life.

And Monday is the day when we report to you on lives that have been saved from abortion thus far during this campaign … but first I have a special surprise for you!

You can instantly download the “Day 6″ chapter of the brand-new 40 Days for Life book (in PDF format) — FREE!

The chapter tells the riveting story of a life saved from abortion at the last possible second — and is the chapter about which we’ve received the most positive feedback. It will bless the start of your week!

Every life saved through 40 Days for Life is due to two things:

  1. The grace of God
  2. The faithfulness of His people

And the “Day 6″ chapter reveals that powerfully. Enjoy!

Now, here’s the report on some of the 47 lives saved thus far — that we know of — during this campaign.

—————————————————–
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
—————————————————–

“Through your prayers and the efforts of people just like you on the sidewalk we’ve seen three women leave the Planned Parenthood abortion facility today, not getting abortions,” said Brian, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in St. Louis — and that happened just in the first few hours of Day 1!

“One young couple walked right past the prayer volunteers and sidewalk counselor, but just 10 minutes later they walked out looking for some help,” he said. A counselor took a few minutes with them and found out she was pregnant. The young woman was, however, open to other options.

Brian said the counselor “was able to escort this young couple over to our friends at the mobile medical center right across the street to receive all the help they needed to choose life.”

—————————————————–
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA
—————————————————–

Terri in Bakersfield shared the story of a young woman who drove more than an hour — by herself — for an RU-486 abortion.

The woman speaks Spanish — but Terri only knows a few words in the language. Thankfully, among the prayer volunteers were several who are fluent in Spanish and quickly offered to help.

The volunteers were able to tell the woman that they loved her — and loved her baby. “At first, she was stone faced,” Terri said, “but when one of the prayer ladies started crying, tears ran down her face!”

A few minutes later, a family with two small children introduced themselves to the young woman, “which melted her heart even more!”

The volunteers were able to offer assistance — baby gifts, gas money … and even the possibility of a place for her to live — “and a lot of hugs,” Terri added. “She left thanking us with a big smile and a grateful heart.”

—————————————————–
PENSACOLA, FLORIDA
—————————————————–

The day before the campaign started, Ernie in Pensacola received a new report of abortion numbers for Escambia County, the county in which Pensacola is located.

“The number of abortions continues to decline,” he said. In 2006 — the year before 40 Days for Life started — Escambia County recorded 2,659 abortions. The 2012 total was 1,645 — more than 1,000 fewer abortions each year!

“Through your faithful witness, prayer, fasting and the grace of God, we have observed a 38% drop in the number of abortions in Pensacola since the start of 40 Days for Life,” Ernie said. “Praise be to God!”

For Life,

Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life


28 posted on 02/21/2013 6:04:15 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 7, February 19, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors

Intention:

Pray that the abortionists and all

workers in abortion facilities would be

troubled in their souls regarding their

work and would seek truth.

Scripture:

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger,

and clamor, and evil speaking, be put

away from you, with all malice. And be

kind one to another, tenderhearted,

forgiving one another, even as God for

Christ s sake has forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:31-32

Reflection:

We see the evil and oppression in the

world, the arrogance of those who

mock God, the millions of innocent

lives destroyed because of the greed of

a few. Our flesh tells us that we should

take justice in our own hands, but instead

of vengeance, the Lord calls us to

love our enemy, to forgive others as we

have been forgiven.

God loves the abortionist and the

Planned Parenthood advocate just as

much as He loves you.

It breaks His heart to see them in

bondage to sin and He is giving you this

opportunity to introduce them to the

Savior who sets the captive free.

Though you may not experience direct

interaction with these souls, your presence

will not go unnoticed. Your nonverbal

communications speak volumes

about the God you serve.

Forgiveness is an act of obedience to

God (Colossians 3:13). Forgiveness is

not condoning or overlooking the

wrong behavior of others, but rather it

is freeing ourselves so that

God can work mightily through us to

touch their hearts for Him. Let’s join

our hearts with His in recognizing that

those in the abortion industry are not

the enemy, but rather they are blinded

by the enemy.

God desires that we bring them the

message of truth and hope found in

Christ, but the messengers He will use

are those willing to forgive.

Prayer:

Dearest God, You tell us in Proverbs

that the foolish and the wicked lack

wisdom and understanding. I pray you

will trouble the souls of those in the

abortion industry so that they hunger

for truth and cry out for freedom.

I pray that my life would reflect my redemption

so others may see it and

trust in You. In obedience to You, and

by your grace, I choose to forgive others

as you have forgiven me. In the

name of Christ I pray, amen.


29 posted on 02/21/2013 11:56:01 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Planned Parenthood — which received $538 MILLION of
your tax dollars, and performed 333,964 abortions in
one year alone — operates the largest abortion
facility in the western hemisphere in Houston.

Of the 261 communities participating in this 40 Days
for Life campaign, 127 of them are holding their
peaceful vigils in the public right-of-way next to
facilities run by Planned Parenthood, the biggest
abortion chain in the United States ...

... including the one deep in the heart of Texas
that I just visited.


HOUSTON, TEXAS

The 40 Days for Life vigil takes place outside of
this monster-sized, 78,000 square foot building. As
I explained in the new “40 Days for Life” book,
Planned Parenthood secretly used a different name
to buy this massive former bank building and turn
it into a late-term abortion facility.

What they underestimated was the size of the pro-
life response.

The location makes it very difficult to place a
pregnancy center nearby to offer free alternatives,
so Christine Melchor, the local 40 Days for Life
leader and the director of the Houston Coalition
for Life, went to work.

Christine and her team had a pregnancy center put
on wheels in a large, state-of-the-art bus —
equipped with a nurse and ultrasound machine!

To see this huge late-term abortion facility and a
picture of Christine in the mobile pregnancy center,
where hundreds of lives have been saved from
abortion, go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3973

Christine is a dedicated pro-life hero ... and her
story in chapter 32 of the 40 Days for Life book
shows what can happen when we trust God — even
when the largest abortion facility in North America
comes to our community.

If you haven’t picked it up already, you can get the
book at http://40daysforlife.com/book


RIO RANCHO, NEW MEXICO

“Wow!” said Jen in Rio Rancho, a community which is
conducting its first 40 Days for Life campaign.

“We have been able to attract some attention while
standing up for life,” she said. Many people are just
curious. And the reactions from passers-by? “Both
positive and not-so-positive.”

Jen spoke to a young woman outside, telling her about
Planned Parenthood’s abortion numbers and taxpayer
funding. The woman said she didn’t believe in abortion,
but was there for other healthcare purposes.

“I encouraged her to seek the services of an OB/GYN
rather than give any money to Planned Parenthood,”
Jen explained. “She was thankful for the information.”

Jen said she appreciates everyone who has stepped out
of their comfort zone to pray at the vigil. “As we
shine His light in this dark culture, there will
always be a backlash. I am so proud of everyone
for standing firm.”


30 posted on 02/21/2013 11:56:48 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 8, February 20, 2013

Rev. Rob Schenck, President, Faith and Action

Intention:

We pray for a renewal of our zeal to offer

generous help to the unborn and

their families.

Scripture:

If I have despised the cause of my male

or female servant when they complained

against me, what then shall I do

when God rises up? When He punishes,

how shall I answer Him? Did not He

who made me in the womb make

them? Did not the same One fashion us

in the womb?

Job 31:13-15

Reflection:

The ground is level as we stand before

God.

Job lived with an awe provoking sense

of God’s expectation of him, particularly

regarding his obligation to care for

the weak and needy. He knew that in

God’s economy everyone stands on

level ground when it comes to our status

as God’s creatures. Because of that

central truth, we must take care of each

other.

Job also knew that he didn’t deserve

any of the good things God gave to him.

Instead, those blessings came to Job

from God’s benevolent heart.

As an extension of that knowledge, Job

instinctively linked his obligation to be

generous to others to God’s kindness

toward him.

As in Jesus’ parable of the unmerciful

servant (Matthew 18:23-35), Job knew

that it is an egregious sin to deny to

others what we enjoy ourselves.

He actually calls down on his own head

severe condemnation and even punishment

should he fail to share with

others out of his own abundance (see

verses 16-23).

Proverbs 3:27 reads, “Withhold not

good from them to whom it is due,

when it is in the power of your hand to

do so.” Some things are so obvious that

we don’t even need to pray except to

ask of God forgiveness and the power

to do what so obviously needs doing.

Prayer:

God, forgive us when we try to explain

away the obligation we have to help

others who need help. Enable us to not

devalue them because they are in the

circumstance that they are in, but to

see them for what they are, those, who

like us, were formed by your hand in

their mother’s womb. Amen.


31 posted on 02/21/2013 11:59:45 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The first time I was invited to pray outside of an
abortion facility, I didn’t really want to do it.

Like me, many people’s initial reaction is to find
the most heartfelt and sincere excuse. However, when
we overcome that first natural hesitation and just
do it, we don’t regret it. And it’s never what we
thought it would be like.

When you pray outside an abortion facility at a
40 Days for Life vigil, you may affect women going
into the building ... the people driving by ... the
people who work there.

But there’s one other person your prayer experience
can affect — YOU!

Here are just a few examples from the sidewalk.


CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA

“Today I prayed for three hours in front of the
Planned Parenthood in Chapel Hill,” a volunteer wrote
on the 40 Days for Life blog. “The steady stream of
people going in and out, the sometimes packed parking
lot, other people walking in from nearby parking lots
and streets, was heartbreaking.”

People outside the building generally ignored him,
he said — except for two men holding babies. Whenever
he looked their way, he could tell they had been
looking at them. But they would quickly glance away,
trying to avoid making eye contact. Why were they
there? What were they thinking?

The volunteer just continued to pray. “I prayed for
babies to be saved, for mothers and family members to
have a change of heart and find real help elsewhere,
for workers to be convicted and quit” — anything to
stop what was going on inside.

“I prayed with a small stone cross in my hand, the
word ‘hope’ written on it,” he said. “I pray that
those considering abortion will find real hope, real
help and real life in Christ.”


SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA

Another volunteer, praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil
in Sacramento, was also seeking signs of hope.

“The clinic faces two streets,” she wrote in a 40 Days
for Life blog posting. “One is a very busy — Alta
Arden Way — with many cars whizzing by in both
directions. The other is Wright Street, which is a
far more quiet street. Our opportunity to witness is
greater on the Wright Street.”

As she and others were praying together, they
noticed the abortion center’s sign was in “utter
disrepair. I hoped that it meant that as the clinic
was losing business and ... that this battered sign
meant hope that soon no preborn babies would lose
their lives at this location.”


KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

“It was an abortion day in Kalamazoo,” a third prayer
volunteer wrote. “I was new to the sidewalk.”

She had prayed at home during several campaigns, but
she said the daily 40 Days for Life emails — plus
God’s prompting — convinced her she had to do more.

As she and several others prayed outside Planned
Parenthood, a large truck pulled up and a man got
out. “He thanked us for being there and for praying,”
she said. “He explained that his oldest child was
aborted. All these years later he still carried that
pain and loss. He lived the tragedy.”

He thanked the volunteers again, then drove away.

“If I had any doubts of my need to be there, they
were instantly gone,” she wrote. “God sent the
guy in the big truck to tell me that my presence
mattered. God keeps showing me that our presence
on the sidewalk matters.”


32 posted on 02/22/2013 12:01:46 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 9, February 21, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors

Intention:

Pray that the post-abortive woman

would be repentant, accept forgiveness,

be healed and restored, and

bring glory to God with her new life.

Scripture:

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my

iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will

confess my transgressions to the Lord,’

and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

Psalm 32:5

Reflection:

Because abortion is legal in America,

many have justified their choice. “If it’s

legal, it can’t be wrong, right?” We now

have an entire generation of men and

women who have never known abortion

to be illegal; a generation of people

who have never been broken over their

sin of abortion.

As a result, the consequences of unconfessed

sin weigh on their souls, yet they

have never connected the dots as to

why their hearts are heavy. No wonder

we have millions of women who are

struggling with depression, addictions,

eating disorders and more.

Post abortion syndrome is very real

but recovery begins when the individual

agrees with God as David confessed

in Psalm 51:3-4, 14, “Against You, You

only, have I sinned, and done this evil

in Your sight that You may be found

just when You speak, and blameless

when you Judge. Deliver me from the

guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of

my salvation.”

Brokenness is the key to accessing

God’s glorious mercy and healing.

Christ came to heal the broken hearted

and He is waiting with open arms to

take the post-abortive woman on a glorious

journey of healing and restoration

if she will only run to Him.

God will not waste any sin we lay at His

feet. Imagine millions of healed and restored

post-abortive women like myself

singing aloud of His righteousness

and giving testimony of His love and

forgiveness. What a day of rejoicing

that will be!

Prayer:

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.


33 posted on 02/22/2013 12:03:38 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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We have gotten a lot of emails asking, “What kind of
impact is the 40 Days for Life book having?”

Most importantly, the feedback has been very moving
from everyone — from those who’ve had abortions ...
to volunteers ... to people who had never before
heard of 40 Days for Life and are now getting involved
in a pro-life activity for the first time.

A recent report from Amazon.com displayed YOUR
enthusiasm for the new book. It’s currently listed
as top-rated in five categories…

* Christian Living: #2
* Christianity: #2
* Religion & Spirituality: #3
* Non-fiction: #4
* ALL Kindle e-books: #5

The success of the book continues to inspire hearts
and send a strong message to the abortion industry.
To build upon this momentum, you can do a few things:

1. Participate in your local campaign
2. Get the book from major book outlets or at:
http://40daysforlife.com/book
3. Call your local bookstores and ask them to
carry the book

The book reveals what can happen through prayer when
there is both hope and mercy in the most unexpected
places –- the sidewalks outside abortion facilities.

Today’s devotional focuses on mercy ... as do these
stories from the sidewalk.


FORT COLLNS, COLORADO

“What do you get out of this?”

The question, from a young man smoking a cigarette
outside the Planned Parenthood building, was directed
at the volunteers who offered him an information card.

“We do not get anything,” replied Scott, one of the
volunteers. “We are here to help you.”

So the man told his story. He has a two-year-old
daughter ... but his wife was inside for an abortion.
“Everyone should have a choice,” the man insisted —
throughout all nine months of pregnancy.

As the two men continued to talk, the young father said,
“I have seen other protesters, but you are different.”

The man finally took the card Scott had offered him —
it includes information about post-abortive help.

“When his wife came over to get him,” said Linda in
Fort Collins, “her eyes revealed the pain in her soul.
It is this pain that we so much pray to prevent from
happening.”


ROCHESTER, MINNESOTA

Paula shared some thoughts after arriving back home
after prayer in front of Planned Parenthood.

“The temperature says 12 degrees, but it feels like
-3,” she said. “Cold fingers, cold nose, cold toes
— but nothing is as cold and numb as what is
happening behind closed doors.”

More babies died. More women were permanently
scarred. “And the world seemingly, unknowingly,
continues on ... rushing by in traffic, shopping,
eating, exercising and working right in close
proximity to the destruction.”

Paula said it breaks her heart to see the women’s
faces when they come out of those doors — changed
forever. “Lord, I pray they find healing someday,”
she said. “When will this destruction of life come
to an end?”


CANTON, OHIO

“Sometimes I get frustrated and wonder why I go to
Planned Parenthood,” said Linda in Canton. “It is
like, what have I accomplished? Then God, in His
great wisdom, gives me a clue.”

Linda was praying with two other volunteers when one
began telling a personal story about an abortion
experience. “We could see the pain in their eyes,”
she said. “Although many years have passed, the pain
was still there, the loss remained.”

Linda had just been praying — and trying to keep her
feet warm. “And then a person shared a part of their
past — and I was there to reach out and hug a fellow
pro-lifer in need of understanding.”

She felt that God put the three of them there together
that day to fulfill His plan. “What is God’s plan for
you this week?”


34 posted on 02/22/2013 12:04:30 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 10, February 22, 2013

Georgette Forney, Anglicans for Life

Intention:

May those who hold life as trivial realize

that we live because God wills it so.

Scripture:

Who among all these does not know

that the hand of the Lord has done this,

in His hand is the life of every creature

and the breath of all mankind.

Job 12:9-10

Reflection:

Job was a man acquainted with grief,

trials and tribulation. He had everything

taken from him, including his

family. He endured sickness, ridicule

and judgment from his friends.

Everyone gave him advice about his

situation, questioning his spirituality

and his God. Job’s circumstances were

bad but he never loses faith. Why? Because

“the hand of the Lord has made

all life.” Created by God, he knows his

life has meaning and purpose, regardless

of the circumstances.

In our present culture, we’ve lost that

basic truth; every life is made and allowed

to live by God’s sovereign authority.

As people who pride ourselves

on our independence, we have a hard

time acknowledging our dependence

on God.

From our creation, when we were knit

together in our mother’s womb to our

last breath, God’s word is clear that “in

His hand is the life of every creature

and the breath of all mankind.”

It’s time for us as individuals, and as a

society, to recognize that we exist by

God’s grace and turn back to Him, honoring

His word and His teachings.

Why? Because our world is full of Jobs,

people who are dealing with trials and

tribulations and hurting desperately.

Job’s response should be ours as well.

Regardless of what we face (even an

unplanned pregnancy) God in His wisdom

and mercy will redeem it.

How do I know? Job’s friends who

doubted God’s sovereignty cry out to

God asking for help, God instructs Job

to pray for his friends and after he

does, God restores all that Job had lost.

In other words, because Job never lost

faith and knew and trusted His Creator,

the Lord blessed Job.

Prayer:

Thank you Father God for being the

Creator of my life and every life. Please

give me, and the society in which I live,

an appreciation for your gift of life.

Please help us set aside our pride and

acknowledge that we need you.

Show me how I can honor you today in

response to all the blessings you bestow

freely. In the name of Jesus, amen.


35 posted on 02/22/2013 12:07:23 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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In yesterday’s message, I talked about prayer
volunteers being the first sign of mercy a woman
sees after an abortion. But it is also true that
on the sidewalks outside the abortion centers,
you’re the last sign of hope for the women going
in for an abortion.

In many cases, you’re the ONLY sign of hope. And
sometimes, that one sign is all that is needed.


ATTLEBORO, MASSACHUSETTS

“On the second day of our 10th campaign in Attleboro,
a young couple left the abortion clinic and drove
across the street to where a group of our vigil
volunteers were praying,” said Ron in Attleboro.

The couple said, “Thank you! We didn’t do it” — and
drove happily away.

“Since Massachusetts laws allow for a large buffer
zone near the clinic, we have little opportunity to
engage with those who come to the clinic considering
abortion,” Ron explained.

“Those present were surprised and deeply overjoyed at
the news. This save is a blessing on our campaign and
we continue to pray for many more in the days ahead.”


MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Trudi in Melbourne reports that on the first day of
the campaign, prayer volunteers were able to help a
young mother choose life. If she had come to the
abortion center the day before, there would have
been no one praying outside at that hour.

Two days later, another young mother left looking very
upset. “She was comforted at the gate by a counselor,”
Trudi said. “Again, this was in the afternoon when no
one is normally present to offer help. She was six
months pregnant and the abortionist would not do late
term abortions.”

She was too scared to tell her mother. She had been
pregnant once before, and her mother insisted on an
abortion. “Miraculously,” Trudi said, “the father
saved that baby at the eleventh hour.” The mother who
demanded an abortion is now the loving grandmother of
a 2-year-old boy.

“But the miracles continue,” she said. The abortion
center counselor DID NOT direct her to a late term
abortion facility, but to a pro-life pregnancy help
agency. “Unbelievable!”

The 40 Days for Life team is looking for a place for
the young woman to stay. She is still too scared to
tell her mother.


URGENT PERSONAL PRAYER REQUEST

Before today’s devotional, I have an urgent prayer
request for a friend — someone who was instrumental
in getting 40 Days for Life started. His name is
Dr. Royal Benson, and he is fighting for his life
at this moment.

For the last 13 years, Royal has served on the board
of directors (ten of those years as chairman of the
board) of the Coalition for Life, the organization
in Bryan/College Station, Texas where 40 Days for Life
began. His support and enthusiasm were instrumental in
launching the first local campaign, and he helped with
the expansion of 40 Days for Life to a national, and
then international, effort.

He is a gifted OB-GYN, and was doctor to my wife and
David Bereit’s wife. He delivered David’s son and
three of my children when we lived in Texas. He is
also a dear friend of Abby Johnson and her husband
Doug, and delivered their baby boy last summer.

Dr. Benson is only 56 years old and is battling a
serious respiratory crisis and is in ICU on a
ventilator. Please pray for strength for this
pro-life hero and dear friend, his wife, and his
daughter during their difficult time.


36 posted on 02/23/2013 11:56:13 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/religion/2987896/posts?page=36#36

Prayers for Dr. Benson


37 posted on 02/23/2013 11:58:42 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 11, February 23, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Intention:

Pray that people of faith will have their

strength renewed even in the face of

the violence of abortion.

Scripture:

The favors of the Lord are not exhausted,

his mercies are not spent. They are

renewed each morning, so great is his

faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord

is my portion; therefore I will wait for

him.” The Lord is good to those whose

hope is in him, to the one who seeks

him; it is good to wait in silence for the

saving help of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:22-26

Reflection:

The Book of Lamentations, a short

book of only five chapters, contains

some of the most poignant expressions

of human grief.

These verses are used in many churches

on Good Friday, since they can be

seen to express a prophecy of the suffering

of the Lord and the lamentation

of his followers on that dark day. But in

the midst of his grief, Jeremiah writes

the verses quoted above. “The favors of

the Lord are not exhausted.” It is a call

to hope that no matter how much violence

there is, life will prevail in the

end.

Why does he say, however, that God’s

mercies are renewed each morning?

Because early in the morning, on the

first day of the week, the women came

to the tomb -- and they found that the

events of that morning changed everything.

Christ’s victory over death came in the

morning, and therefore each day we

can renew our confidence that life has

the final victory.

Prayer:

Lord, look kindly on your people who

weep and mourn amidst the vast devastation

that abortion has brought upon

our land. We cannot even count the

children killed, and the mothers and fathers

wounded.

We cannot measure the devastation

and corruption abortion has brought

upon the very fabric of our society. But

we declare today that your favors have

not been exhausted, your mercies have

not been spent. They are renewed each

morning.

Give us new strength today, in the resurrection

of Christ your Son, that we

may bear effective witness to the victory

of life! In His name we pray, amen.


38 posted on 02/23/2013 12:02:50 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thank you to everyone who has come out to pray at
40 Days for Life vigils. If you haven’t had a chance
yet, why not go out today?

Saturdays are the busiest days of the week at many
abortion centers. Perhaps the Lord is calling YOU to
step out in faith today.

Here’s the link to the 261 campaign locations. To find
the one nearest you, go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/location

Recently, I was in Florida and Texas, where they had
one thing they don’t have at many of those 261
locations — warm weather!

In fact, in many cities it’s downright cold. Here are
some thoughts — and links to pictures — from people
enduring cold weather with warm hearts.


CINCINNATI, OHIO

It was “ever so cold” when volunteers bundled up and
gathered together for a nighttime prayer vigil outside
Planned Parenthood with Bishop Joseph Binzer.

“We give thanks to all who’ve been able to tolerate
the cold and join us in prayer throughout the
campaign,” said Theresa in Cincinnati. “Thanks to
all who’ve answered the call to stand united in
prayer to end abortion.”

To see pictures of cold-but-faithful volunteers in
Cincinnati, go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=4026


WHITE PLAINS, NEW YORK

Gerald thanked “over 30 hardy pro-lifers fired up
White Plains despite the chilly weather. Thank you
for showing up and witnessing to the dignity of
human life. You are making a difference!”

To see a picture of the volunteers in White Plains
— in the snow — go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=4026


ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

Haylee prayed at the 40 Days for Life in Anchorage ...
concerned not with the cold, but by what she witnessed:
“Young women, in a continual stream, entered the doors
with sad faces and left missing the soul of their
child they carried in with them.”

She prayed for those young women, but also that more
“men and women of courage” would answer God’s call to
join the vigil.

“My prayer is that the place of darkness might be
turned to light, from despair to hope, from brokenness
to wholeness, and from death to life,” she said.

“My prayer is also that Christ will convict the
hearts of His Church to stand in the gap for the
unborn. Don’t let another woman enter that facility
without having someone there praying for her!”


SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA

“I saw one person praying out in front of Planned
Parenthood the other day,” said Pastor Matt Haag in
Sioux Falls, “and my first thought was I wish there
were more! But in all reality, God is there even if
no one is out praying. And perhaps when I see no one
there, God is actually calling me!

“I pray that you are called to take a stand, to see
God at work first hand. Please join us praying to
end abortion!”


39 posted on 02/23/2013 12:04:00 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 12, February 24, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors

Intention:

Pray to God who is able to do immeasurably

more than all we ask or imagine,

to end abortion.

Scripture:

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly

abundantly above all that we ask

or think, according to the power that

works in us, to Him be glory in the

church by Christ Jesus to all generations,

forever and ever. Amen.

-- Ephesians 3:20-21

Reflection:

God’s power working in and through

His people is unlimited and far beyond

our comprehension when we submit to

God’s Word and Spirit. He receives glory

when we are obedient to His calling

and faithfully serve Him in His

strength.

Consider God’s hand of providence on

this nation because of the faithfulness

of a few who were totally committed to

God and His truths. It is interesting to

note the words of Mother Teresa of

Calcutta: “Yours is the one great nation

in all history which was founded on the

precept of equal rights and respect for

all humankind, for the poorest and

weakest of us as well as the richest and

strongest.”

Mother Teresa, in addressing the Supreme

Court of the United States said,

“Human rights are not a privilege conferred

by government. They are every

human being’s entitlement by virtue of

his humanity. I have no new teaching

for America. I seek only to recall you to

faithfulness to what you once taught

the world. Your nation was founded on

the proposition very old as a moral

precept, but startling and innovative as

a political insight that human life is a

gift of immeasurable worth, and that it

deserves, always and everywhere, to

be treated with the utmost dignity and

respect.”

It is time to restore that dignity and respect.

Our God is able. Are we willing to

remain faithful until His work through

us is done?

Prayer:

God Almighty, Who is powerful and

willing to supply, our hearts cry in

unison for You to restore dignity and

respect to human life, not only in

America, but around the world.

Lord, may our hearts remain faithful to

your calling, and may You begin Your

transforming work with me. Keep me

ever mindful that with You Lord, nothing

is impossible; without You, I can do

nothing. To You be glory forever and

ever, amen.


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As hard as it may seem to believe, the number of
abortion centers open on Sunday is increasing. So ...
the need for prayer is increasing as well.

Even at locations that are closed on Sundays, God
is providing blessings for those who answer the call
to pray and fast for an end to abortion — and cover
these places with prayer on the Lord’s Day.

Here’s an example from one of those campaigns.


HANOVER, PENNSYLVANIA

“Sundays have typically been a hard day to fill on
the vigil calendar,” said Chris in Hanover.

As last weekend approached, there were prayer times
with no volunteers. So she sent out invitations by
email and posted information on Facebook. That helped
draw in a few volunteers, but there were still hours
where no one had signed up.

On Saturday, a local newspaper, the Evening Sun,
featured a story about the campaign. Chris hoped
that would draw more volunteers. But when she left
for church on Sunday morning, the midday and
afternoon hours were still not covered.

“At that point there wasn’t much more I could do, so
I just asked God to please touch someone’s heart to
come and be at the vigil during the missing hours,”
she said. “And God provides!”

When she got home, she learned that people had made
commitments to go out and pray. “So now on our first
Sunday of the campaign, with temperatures barely
reaching 29 degrees and wind factors making it feel
like 15 degrees, we finally had all our hours covered.”

At one point that afternoon, there were TEN people
praying in front of Planned Parenthood. And God didn’t
just provide volunteers; He provided testimonies about
choosing life.

A family participating in the vigil told of their
daughter’s pregnancy. Because of a physical condition,
there was concern that she could not survive the
delivery. Doctors encouraged abortion — advice that
the young woman soundly rejected.

“Today, 14 years later,” Chris said, “both mother
and daughter are well. Praise God!”

Later, a couple arrived at the vigil site. The woman
got out of the car, bringing hot chocolate and coffee
to the prayer volunteers. She also told her story.

Eight years ago, she had an abortion. “She said that
if people like us were standing out and showing their
care and concern then as we are now, she is sure she
would not have had the abortion,” Chris said. “But
she knows God has forgiven her, and she is now
blessed with three small children who were along in
the car with her husband.”

As the volunteers thanked them for stopping, the
woman’s husband assured them that “God is watching
over you.”

Chris was reminded of something her grandchildren
had learned at vacation bible school:

God is great ... all the time!
All the time ... God is great!

“And boy, does it express the feelings for this past
weekend!” she said. “God loves us, He provides for us,
He hears and answers us — all the time!”


41 posted on 02/25/2013 8:49:04 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 13, February 25, 2013

Dennis DiMauro, Lutherans for Life

Intention:

We pray for the strength to love those

who do not love us.

Scripture:

But the Lord said “You have had pity on

the plant for which you have not labored,

nor made it grow, which came

up in the night and perished in the

night. And should I not pity Nineveh,

that great city, in which are more than

one hundred and twenty thousand persons

who cannot discern between their

right hand and their left, and much

livestock? Should I not be concerned

about that great city?”

Jonah 4:10-11

Reflection:

God doesn’t value people and things

like we do. Jonah loved a shade tree

more than an entire city of sinful people.

We love our dogs more than a terrorist.

We love our cars more than a

beggar on the side of the road. And

sometimes, we love our money more

than a child growing in a desperate

teenager’s womb. But God isn’t like us.

Genesis 1 tells us that humans were the

capstone of God's creation.

We were created on the sixth day after

God had completed the land, the

stars, the plants and the animals.

Therefore, His love for us is greater

than His love for a plant, an animal, or

any other created thing.

And the book of Jonah tells us that He

loves even the most sinful people and

seeks to bring them into His merciful

arms. And it’s a love that seeks to touch

all of his created children: that desperate

teenager, the baby growing in her

womb, even tyrants and terrorists.

So it’s up to us to imitate God's merciful

love by helping and praying for those

who persecute us, and those who don’t

love us back.

Prayer:

Gracious God, loving our enemies

seems like one of most difficult things

you could ask of us.

Please remind us that this is how you

love and that if you ask it of us then

you will give us the grace to do it. This

we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.


42 posted on 02/25/2013 8:50:24 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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On Monday mornings during the campaign, we start the
week with the best news I can think of.
 
During this 40 Days for Life campaign, God is answering
prayers. So far, there have been ...
 
... 142 babies saved from abortion -- that we know of!
 
 
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TACOMA, WASHINGTON
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"Your prayers were answered as a young mother was
leaving Planned Parenthood," said John in Tacoma.
"She stopped in the driveway to talk with the sidewalk
counselor."
 
The young woman explained that she had decided not
to go through with the abortion. "Her boyfriend and
all parents were pressuring her to abort and she was
going to, but she explained that she had been in a
Christian school and knew that it was wrong so she
was changing her mind," John said.
 
He noted another day recently when Planned Parenthood
closed early -- and no one is sure why. "Two young
girls called across the parking lot to ask if we
knew why it was closed," he said.

"I noticed a white sheet of paper on the door and
asked them what it said. They replied that it just
said Planned Parenthood was closed." The prayer
volunteers gave the girls directions to a pro-life
pregnancy center.
 
 
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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
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A volunteer in Pittsburgh spent a good while talking
to a young girl and her boyfriend. "I gave her the
list of places to go for help and two other items.
Finally she hugged me and told me that she would
not have the abortion."
 
She and her boyfriend continued to hang around and
talk for quite a while. They left the area, but then
returned to eat lunch at a sandwich shop nearby.
 
"Each time she saw me she waved to me," the volunteer
said. "Please pray for her to keep her promise not to
abort. The guy was very quiet, but I could sense that
he was not really happy about how things turned out,
so he might try to pressure her."


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FOREVER GRATEFUL
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Here's a personal thank-you note a 40 Days for Life
team recently received:

"I wanted to thank you all for the 40 Days for Life.
My sister has been having a really hard time in her
life and then found out she was pregnant. She made a
hard decision that I was against -- to have an abortion.

"I tried everything to talk her out of it and she said
she felt like she didn't have any other options ... She
was scared about going through another pregnancy and
also raising another baby.

"She went to the clinic yesterday and when she pulled
up everyone was out there with signs and their own
children and it made her think about the decision she
had made to have an abortion and about the two little
girls she had at home.

"I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for
the time and effort you put in to saving lives and I
wanted to let you know you saved a life yesterday and
I am forever grateful."



43 posted on 02/25/2013 8:54:19 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 14, February 26, 2013

Rev. John Ensor, Vice President, Heartbeat International

Intention:

Pray for the mothers going into pregnancy

help centers. The personal care,

the free ultrasound, the ongoing practical

help is designed to deliver them

from those who profit in shedding innocent

blood.

Scripture:

Come to me, all who labor and are

heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28

Reflection:

“You have twins. That will be another

$350.” She did not speak English. But

she finally understood that they were

telling her to go get more money and

return for her abortion.

She had already given them her rent

money. But they were not about to

give her a two-for-one deal. They told

her to get dressed and return with

more cash.

A couple, who was praying outside,

comforted her. They brought her to

their local pregnancy help center.

The staff quickly saw that her personal

circumstances were so desperate, and

immediate, that they would need direct

and ongoing help from local Christians

and churches. They started making

calls.

Then they did the ultrasound. It

showed there was only one baby, not

two. This abandoned, immigrant, powerless

mother was being exploited. She

would do whatever she was told. Who

would know? Who would care?

God calls us to “Rescue the weak and

the needy; and deliver them from the

hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:4).

When you provide an alternative to

abortion you are not only rescuing innocent

babies, you are delivering

mothers from the wicked: those who

profit in the shedding of innocent

blood. Pray for those who rescue and

deliver daily at your local pregnancy

help center.

Prayer:

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.


44 posted on 02/25/2013 9:32:30 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The U.S. Marines have traditionally put out the call
for “a few good men.” Good men in many cities are
responding to the call to pray and fast.

Many of the local 40 Days for Life vigils have active
and retired military men and women participating. We
even have a few retired colonels that lead local
campaigns. Their commitment to service and country is
inspiring. When you attend the vigil at one location
— you just may be joining the navy on the sidewalks!


ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND

A woman in Annapolis left a note on the 40 Days for
Life blog describing her husband’s prayer time at
the vigil.

It was cold and rainy. When he got there he was alone.
But he was there to pray, so that’s what he did.

After a while, two young men walked up and asked if
he was praying. Yes, he said, so they asked if they
could join him. They did — with one of them even
kneeling on the sidewalk in the rain. A third young
man soon came to pray with the others.

The first prayer volunteer asked if the three were
from a nearby church that is heavily involved in
the campaign. No, they told him — they were all
from the U.S. Naval Academy.

“Those midshipmen are real men,” said the volunteer’s
wife. “What a contrast to the ‘men’ in so many of the
young women’s lives, who feel compelled to seek
abortion for lack of support.”

Stories like this, she said, and the many others we
share, are certainly “good news in a darkened world.”


AUSTIN, TEXAS

Heather in Austin shared some good news about the
40 Days for Life vigil there.

Two prayer volunteers watched as a young couple
entered the abortion center — and then left after
being inside for only about half an hour.

The woman seemed a bit reluctant to introduce herself,
but the man encouraged her to speak. She shared the
news that they had decided not to go through with the
abortion ... and then hugged one of the volunteers.

The couple walked back to their truck and kissed each
other. Prayer volunteers were in tears by this point.

The very next day, another couple walked out of the
abortion center — smiling! The young man told one of
the volunteers, “We have had a change of heart, and
we’re not going to go through with the procedure.”

To see a picture of the Austin 40 Days for Life vigil,
go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=4070


COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA

It was cold and raining in Columbia, but that didn’t
keep eight people from standing in prayer at the
40 Days for Life vigil as the Planned Parenthood
abortion center opened for the day.

A while later, the prayer team noticed a young couple.
They had been waiting in their car for some time —
debating whether or not to go in.

One of the men who was praying walked over and gave
the young man information about pro-life pregnancy
resources ... and the couple drove off.

Later in the day, the young man returned, looking for
the guy he had talked to earlier — but that man had
completed his prayer time and gone home.

The couple asked the volunteers to deliver a message
to him — they’d made an appointment at the pro-life
pregnancy center and would not be having an abortion!

To see photos of the 40 Days for Life vigil in
Columbia, go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=4070


45 posted on 02/26/2013 8:52:45 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 15, February 27, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors

Intention:

Pray that we will not become defeated

by the enemy’s attacks but rather call

on the name of the Lord who is on our

side and our help in time of trouble.

Scripture:

What if the Lord had not been on our

side when people attacked us? They

would have swallowed us alive in their

burning anger. Praise the Lord, who

did not let their teeth tear us apart! Our

help is from the Lord, who made heaven

and earth.

Psalm 124:2,3,6,8

Reflection:

The enemy attacks in many ways, but

one of his favorites is to slander us

with hopes of tarnishing our reputation

and character, and ultimately to defeat

our good work for the Lord.

It is interesting to note however that it

is usually not the slander that causes

harm to our testimony, but our response

to the slander. Proverbs 24:10

says, “If you faint in the day of adversity

your strength is small.”

If we are applying God’s truths to our

lives moment by moment, we are not

swayed by the lies of the enemy and we

will be strong. Standing on the front

lines, armed with God’s truth, places

you in the battlefield for the mind.

As you are prepared to present words

of love, for the sake of the unborn and

for the distraught and confused women

and men who are entering the abortion

facilities, know that the enemy has

prepared his forces to attack your

mind.

Unkind words from a protester, or vicious

lies in the local paper about who

you are and what your mission is, can

indeed be hurtful.

But rather than give in to defeat, that is

the time to shine for the Lord, standing

firm, as you call on Him to defeat the

enemy.

Remember the words of Romans 8:31,

“If God is for us, who can be against

us?” Let’s stand strong for those who

need us most.

Prayer:

Dear Lord, help us to ignore the verbal

attacks of the enemy and instead turn

to You, our refuge and strength.

Help us to find shelter in the blessed

promises and provisions of Your Word.

Thank you that no enemy can defeat us,

and we praise You knowing that nothing

can separate us from Your love. In

the name of Jesus, we come to You,

amen.


46 posted on 02/26/2013 8:53:52 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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There’s a theme that ties together today’s update -- God hears your prayer ... and He answers.

Here’s what I mean….

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EUGENE, OREGON
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“I want to spread some very awesome news!!!”

That’s the email I received from Lynda in Eugene – complete with all three exclamation marks. The Bours Health Center – the abortion facility where faithful volunteers have prayed during EIGHT 40 Days for Life campaigns – has shut its doors.

Vigil participants watched as signs, drapes and banners came down. Later that day, “we rejoiced, praising the Lord and hugging and high-fiving during our 40 Days for Life meeting,” Lynda said.

The center’s web site announces its closing – and refers any potential clients to a Planned Parenthood facility in town. So, the Eugene team is planning to move its prayer vigil – to Planned Parenthood!

“God bless!” Lynda said. “And share the good news!!!”

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PLANNED PARENTHOOD CLOSURES
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One year ago this Friday, our national director David Bereit and I boarded a plane for Iowa – where it was quite frigid.

We were on our way to Storm Lake, Iowa – where a former Planned Parenthood manager, who was forced out of her job after 17 years, had prayed long and hard before deciding to do the unthinkable ...

… she led a 40 Days for Life campaign outside her former workplace!

As a result of this prayerful campaign and her leadership, Planned Parenthood was forced to close that location on March 1, 2012. The closure was an embarrassment for Planned Parenthood, which tried its best to downplay the impact of this courageous former worker.

Their plan was to just send their clients to their center down the road in Spencer, Iowa.

Not quite a full year after closing the Storm Lake facility, Planned Parenthood just announced they are now closing that location in Spencer!

In fact, Planned Parenthood has just announced its intention to close six of its facilities – Spencer plus another location in Iowa, as well as four others in Wisconsin.

These are not locations where 40 Days for Life vigils have taken place, but it’s certainly good news. It’s a huge blessing … and proof – to me and many faithful volunteers – that prayer is effective.

There have been numerous 40 Days for Life campaigns in both of these states, and these closures show momentum is continuing to build – momentum directly related to this movement of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.

The former worker in Storm Lake is Sue Thayer. She is now a leading voice against the controversial new procedure known as webcam abortions, where an abortionist in one location “examines” a client over the internet before pressing a button that dispenses the abortion pill for the woman in a distant facility.

Sue’s courage and this controversial new abortion technique both challenge us to do more.

Her journey shows what God has done and acts as an invitation to us. Sue’s invitation to trust God is featured in Chapter 37 of the 40 Days for Life book.

http://40daysforlife.com/book


47 posted on 02/27/2013 7:22:45 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 16, February 28, 2013

Randolph Sly, National Pro-life Religious Council

Intention:

May the mystery of the Incarnation increase

our zeal for defending life.

Scripture:

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor

with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a

Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son

of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there

will be no end.”

Luke 1:30-33

Reflection:

“God has assumed Humanity, joining it with Divinity, and kindled in men’s

hearts new love of me.” These words were written by a Roman poet in the

Fourth Century. He spent his life finding ways to express the greatest mystery

of the world: the incarnation, in which God became man.

The womb has been referred to as the “first home of the whole human race.”

It is the place where life begins, where our stories start. In the womb the great

men and women of history began their magnificent march through life. In the

womb Divinity met humanity, and God the Son was born into the world.

As one of the Fathers of the early church, St. Leo the Great, declared,

“Within her spotless womb Wisdom built itself a house and the Word became

flesh.”

Recently, I was at the hospital for the birth of my fourth grandchild. Looking

through the nursery window at the rows of newly born babies, I began to

think of the great stories that would be written about these tiny lives.

During his visitation with the Virgin Mary, the angel prophesied to Mary

about the life of her child. Here in this hospital, I pondered, what would he

say about each of these? Would they meet the one who also came from His

mother’s womb to redeem the world and kindle our hearts afresh for God? I

thanked God for each baby alive and prayed for each story yet to be written.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, you have made the womb of each woman a very special place. Help us to hold fast to the sanctity of this first home of humanity, remembering the wonderful mystery, that God inhabited the womb of a young woman and came forth as the savior and deliverer of the world. We ask this in the Name of the one who came forth, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


48 posted on 02/27/2013 7:28:42 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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When you peacefully pray outside an abortion center … your presence there matters.

When we pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil, we all yearn to be there when a baby is saved from abortion. Sometimes, we get to see it happen. On occasion, two babies are saved in one day. In one local campaign, though … THREE babies were saved recently on the same day!

It’s just a reminder that God can work through us … in what can, at times, feel like a hopeless effort.


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COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
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“We had never had three babies saved in one day!” said Rachael in Columbus. “Praise the Lord!”

The first took place when a woman pulled in right next to where one of the prayer volunteers was standing. It didn’t take long for her to show the woman that there were far better options for both her and her baby.

A bit later, a volunteer noticed a woman sitting alone in a red SUV. The woman explained she was waiting for her sister, who was in for an abortion. And she herself was a single mom – pregnant and considering abortion.

The volunteers prayed. The woman in the truck never went into the building – and her sister came out. She didn’t have the abortion.

Later, a man told prayer volunteers he was there with his ex-wife, who was pregnant with another man’s child. Abortion was a possibility – but he admitted that she might consider adoption.

The volunteers directed him to a local group that could help. So he went into the abortion center and came out with his ex-wife. No abortion!


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FORT WAYNE, INDIANA
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“Thursday is the only day they do abortions here in Fort Wayne,” said Evelyn, “but the customers come in for counseling on Mondays and Tuesdays as well, so we have worked hard to get an even larger presence on those days.”

The Fort Wayne team has a tent where people can gather to pray. Just recently, students from a local school arrived by bus to join the vigil.

“Despite the cold they bundled up and prayed at the site and their presence was a wonderful reminder of the youth that are stepping up to try and end this blight of our time,” Evelyn said.

The group has a display of crosses that represent the number of abortions for each day. “We have been told that some of the cars driving by who cannot stop often look to see how many crosses are out and say a prayer,” she said. “Thanks for all you do and keep up the good work!”


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TEMPE, ARIZONA
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Lisa in Tempe recalled the verse, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you"   (James 4:8).

“The last two days on the sidewalk have done exactly that,” she said. Two churches took full days at the vigil and three different ministries each took multiple hours.

“We have seen people reach out for information, ask questions and request prayers,” she said. “We praise and glorify God for sending these prayer warriors to be the light to those in darkness.”

Lisa is thankful for “all who felt the call to stand witness and … show the love and passion so many have for our unborn sisters, brothers and their parents. Continue to pray for all involved in the abortion industry.”


49 posted on 02/28/2013 9:44:09 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 17, March 1, 2013

Dr. Jim Lamb, Executive Director, Lutherans for Life

Intention:

May the Lord of Light and Life unite us, shine in us and through us to make a difference in the darkness.

Scripture:

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as

children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and

true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful

works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Ephesians 5:8-11

Reflection:

For centuries physicists debated the nature of light. Two theories surfaced. The “corpuscular theory” maintained that light consisted of particles emitted from a light source. This explained some properties of light, but not all. The “wave theory” stated that light emitted from its source as waves. 

Again, this explained some properties of light but not all. So, the debate continued.

Did light consist of particles or waves? 

In the early twentieth century, Albert Einstein answered the question—“Yes!” (Andyou thought Einstein was complicated!)

He showed that light consists of “particles,” little bundles of energy called “photons.” However, when all of these photons zip along together, they behave as a wave.  Sometimes pro-life Christians can feel like a photon, a little particle of light, and we wonder if we can possibly make a difference in a world of darkness and death.

The Bible, however, never talks about a “child of light” only “children of light.”  When Jesus said in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world,” “You” is plural.  When you and I shine in the darkness, others shine with us. We are pro-life “photons” that form a wave of light that can and does make a difference in the  darkness.

We are compelled to do so. Jesus hung and suffered on the darkness of the cross and paid the bloody price for our sins. Now the light of His empty tomb shines upon us through His Spirit cleansing us and declaring us “children of light.”

But we are called to be more than “glow in the dark” children of light. We are to walk as children of light” and take no part in the “unfruitful works of darkness.” But it does not stop with passive restraint. We “photons” are called to action, to “expose” the works of darkness.

40 Days for Life epitomizes this. Our prayer, witness, and truth spoken in love seeks to expose the darkness of death and bring others into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ. When we stand and pray, we never stand alone. The Light of the World is  here and He joins you with your fellow “lights of the world.” The wave of light He produces shatters the darkness. It changes and saves lives. Shine on fellow photons!

Prayer:

Shine Jesus, shine in us and through us into the darkness and upon those struggling in the darkness that they might be drawn to the Light of Life. Amen.


50 posted on 02/28/2013 9:55:31 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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