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40 Days for Life -- March 3 through April 13 -- Pray to End Abortion
40DaysforLife.com ^ | 03-04-14 | 40DaysforLife.com

Posted on 03/04/2014 9:31:00 PM PST by Salvation

These communities are officially participating in the March 5 -
April 13 campaign. Click the city nearest you and get involved!

Alabama


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Alaska


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Auckland

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Russia


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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; prayer; prolife
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1 posted on 03/04/2014 9:31:00 PM PST by Salvation
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To: Salvation

and Ride Girls and Boys. Prayers Said!


2 posted on 03/04/2014 9:33:50 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Salvation

I completely get it.
Do you know how to share pages?


3 posted on 03/04/2014 9:35:22 PM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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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.

Prayer and fasting

 

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.

Peaceful vigil

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.

Community outreach

 

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 03/04/2014 9:44:34 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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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 this first campaign of 2014.

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 03/04/2014 9:58:41 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Preparation, March 4, 2014

Carmen Pate, Alliance Ministries

 

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 Isra- el, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wick- ed 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 out- side the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 per- cent 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 mil- lions of lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by abor- tion. We didn’t want them to abort. We didn’t mean for them to abort. But, be- cause of our lack of knowledge, be- cause 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 uninten- tional, 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.


6 posted on 03/04/2014 10:07:48 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

40 Days for Life Ping!


7 posted on 03/04/2014 10:08:45 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Dear -——

Yesterday, I spoke at a 40 Days for Life kickoff event in Lakeland, Florida. Over the weekend, our national director, David Bereit, helped launch the campaign in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Steve Karlen, our North American outreach coordinator, has visited Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee. And Robert Colquhoun, our international outreach coordinator, spoke in Cardiff, Wales.

Those are just a few of the 253 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.

London, England

As we get ready to start this journey of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil, I want to share big news ...

... the first international closure of an abortion location following 40 Days for Life vigils outside its doors!

This unprecedented closure is from the heart of London — at the BPAS abortion business in Bedford Square, where five campaigns have taken place.

You can watch a short video Robert Colquhoun made outside the former abortion facility by clicking the image below:

Or go to: http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=5281

This now makes 45 abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils have taken place that are now totally shut down!

Lubbock, Texas

A new article from Baptist Press focuses on these closures. The report highlights the vigils at the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Lubbock, Texas and features an interview with the campaign’s young 40 Days for Life leader, Krysten Haga.

You can find a link to the interview at:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=5281

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

The campaign runs from March 5 through April 13. Find the 40 Days for Life location nearest you by going to:

http://40daysforlife.com/location

Click on the city’s name, and then sign up to get involved however you can.

-——, I’d like to personally invite you to join the journey – as we look forward to seeing what miraculous blessings God has in store!


8 posted on 03/04/2014 10:15:34 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Amen.


9 posted on 03/04/2014 10:19:11 PM PST by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Faith

It’s Day 1! And 40 Days for Life is already off to a big start. Your 40-day journey starts today ... no matter where you live!

There are 253 campaign locations — find the closest one ... sign up ... and help end abortion in your community:

http://40daysforlife.com/location

I spoke at the kickoff in Port Charlotte, Florida last night ... while our North American outreach director, Steve Karlen, spoke in north Houston.

Here’s a quick report from Steve regarding the first of many visits he’s planning this campaign.

Little Rock, Arkansas

The Little Rock kickoff was one to remember because it took place in pouring rain and a temperature of 35 degrees. When I learned that this event was moving forward rain or shine, I assumed that I’d be speaking to a group comprising the organizers and not one soul more. It turns out that more than 30 people showed up despite the miserable weather.

This group had a ton of energy and enthusiasm, and it was a very exciting event ... followed by an open house and tours of the pregnancy center across the street.

I learned that these folks are used to getting wet at the vigil site. The abortion facility installed sprinklers — but not for the landscaping. The sprinklers are on top of their privacy fence, where they’re aimed right at the prayer volunteers!

Shreveport / Bossier City, Louisiana

The kickoff for the Shreveport / Bossier City campaign was a very strong event, held at a large Baptist church. The rally featured a real cross section of Christianity, which was pretty cool to see.

The evening included Bishop Michael Duca of the local Catholic diocese, as well as praise and worship music. I also had an opportunity to speak to the volunteers. I was joined by Melody Olson, who shared her story about being a post-abortive mother who learned that she is also an abortion survivor.

The photo below shows me on the left, Melody in the middle, and Shreveport / Bossier City’s local coordinator, Chris Davis, on the right.

Thanks to Steve Karlen for that report!


10 posted on 03/05/2014 9:27:19 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

AWESOME! We are up and running in Ohio. Urging all to come out and pray at the location nearest you.


11 posted on 03/05/2014 11:57:51 AM PST by Faith
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Devotional for Day 1, March 5, 2014 David Brandao, Communications Director, 40 Days for Life

 

Intention: That we may use these 40 Days for Life p- on all those involved in the sin of abor- tion.

 

Scripture: Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the peo- ple, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the the ministers of the Lord, weep and  —Joel 2:15-17

 

Reflection: The toll of abortion cannot be meas- ured. We hear estimates of almost 55 million in one aspect of the harm that has unfold- the mothers and fathers of these mil- lions, as well as the grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living shattered.  even in the midst of such unfathomable darkness, the church teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that — 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 fol- low Him.  

The psalmist encourages us to go hum- bly before God as we seek His will:  A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within salvation and a willing spirit sustain my mouth shall proclaim your praise (Psalm 51:12-17). 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 en- counter at the abortion centers and in our communities who have been de- ceived by the Culture of Death. We     

 

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.


12 posted on 03/05/2014 8:57:43 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Faith

A cold start across much of the United States — weather delays forced me to miss Monday’s kickoff event in Orlando. I finally got to Florida in time for other campaign events. More on that in a bit.
 
First, I can’t wait to share with you the news of a tremendous setback for Planned Parenthood!
 
Columbia, Missouri

 

 

Kathy had wanted to deliver the huge news at Columbia’s kickoff rally on Sunday. But the ice and snow were just too much, so she had to settle for email.
 
For volunteers who’ve prayed outside the local abortion center for years, her message was both a big victory and an answered prayer: “Columbia Planned Parenthood cannot do abortions in their facility!”
 
Kathy had learned that Planned Parenthood no longer had a license for abortions in Columbia and had been removed from the state listing of abortion facilities. Planned Parenthood quietly changed its web site to show that it now offers only abortion referrals.
 
“The big giant has admitted its downgrade,” Kathy said. “Please join us in thanking God for His mighty blessing, a blessing which came after nine 40 Days for Life prayer vigils. Wow!”
 
The only licensed abortion center in all of Missouri now is Planned Parenthood in St. Louis — where, of course, there’s a 40 Days for Life vigil now under way.
 
The vigil will continue in Columbia as well. Babies are still being saved there, thanks to God’s mercy ... and the prayers of the volunteers on the sidewalk.
 
Lakeland, Florida

 

 

After my flight was delayed and then re-routed to Tampa, I jumped in a rental car to try to catch the last half of the kickoff event in Lakeland. As I got there late, I was so excited to still see 80 volunteers at 8:30 pm, holding candles and keeping vigil on the dark sidewalk in front of the abortion facility.
 
The community has really come together with the leadership of Maryanne and her husband, Rick. Leaders of other ministries … including the Diocese of Orlando, Couples for Christ, and the local pregnancy center that’s not far from the abortion facility … were all there to kick off the campaign.


13 posted on 03/06/2014 4:38:31 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 2, March 6, 2014

Kevin Burke, Executive Director, Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries

 

Intention: May the King of the Universe, who en- tered 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 of- ten 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 un- known 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 com- mitted 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.”


14 posted on 03/06/2014 11:16:54 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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We put flyers re: 40 Days for Life in our Church, as well as announcing the nearest city having the 40 days, in the church bulletin.


15 posted on 03/07/2014 1:11:38 AM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun; Faith

Now isn’t that some great news to wake up to?

Reports have been rolling in from Texas — the state where 40 Days for Life began — that abortion facilities are shutting down left and right.

The latest closures include three businesses where faithful 40 Days for Life volunteers have prayed on the sidewalks outside for years.

Plus — there’s another abortion center where volunteers are very hopeful that the business they’re praying in front of will soon join the list.

 

Here are the details.

Beaumont, McAllen and Harlingen, Texas


The three businesses closing are Whole Woman’s Health in Beaumont and McAllen, along with Reproductive Services in Harlingen.

 

The team in Beaumont had just started their ninth 40 Days for Life vigil. “God is so good,” said Eileen in Beaumont, who thanked many volunteers for their hard work and leadership. “Should we have a party now?”

Yes! A celebration of the Lord's victory would definitely be in order.

McAllen’s team was just beginning their eighth campaign. And five 40 Days for Life vigils have been held at the abortion facility in Harlingen.

 

Danny Anderson of Pregnancy Testing Centers of the Valley sent me this picture from Harlingen — that's him standing next to the real estate sign outside the closed abortion center. His reaction to the news? “Praise God!”

The public awareness and prayers have hurt the abortion business ... along with the tireless work of many pro-lifers working on legislation. A new Texas law requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in order to offer abortions. And it seems many of the hospitals just aren’t interested in granting those privileges!

Praise God indeed!

Birmingham, Alabama

 

40 Days for Life campaign number 12 got under way with a candlelight kickoff in Birmingham ... and one big difference from their earlier vigils.

“This Planned Parenthood has not had its front door unlocked for customers for over two months,” said Ed in Birmingham. There is an occasional lone employee, but never any clients. The last abortion performed there was in late December.  

“Since their web site says that their services have ‘slowed’ and lists only a contact number with no hours of operation,” Ed said, “we continue our 40 Days for Life vigil in thanksgiving for each day they remain closed — and in prayerful petition for a permanent closure announcement.”


16 posted on 03/07/2014 8:44:03 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

I pray that more death chambers will shut down in Ohio!!!!!


17 posted on 03/07/2014 1:43:41 PM PST by Faith
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“Reports have been rolling in from Texas — the state where 40 Days for Life began — that abortion facilities are shutting down left and right. ..”

Thank you dear God!

Someone told me that a Planned Parenthood that I pray, and give public witness to, is having financial difficulty, and pro-lifers have been praying there for years. I hope it shuts down as well.


18 posted on 03/07/2014 8:00:09 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

God is pro-life and he seems to be answering in his time.


19 posted on 03/07/2014 9:01:00 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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As we head into the first weekend of 40 Days for Life, let’s recall that Saturday is often the busiest day of the week at abortion businesses.

You need to be there … because you’re the last sign of Christ’s hope for the women entering those buildings … and the first sign of His mercy when they’re on their way out after an abortion. Your prayers are so important!

Here’s the list of locations. Please find the one nearest you!

http://40daysforlife.com/location

As you know, the 40 Days for Life national team has been on the road this week – and that includes our national director, David Bereit. Here’s David’s report from some of the places he’s visited.

 

Boise and Meridian, Idaho

 

The 40 Days for Life kickoff rally in Boise was held at Bishop Kelly High School, and was attended by more than 100 local volunteers. In addition to hearing from me, the program included energetic high school and college students who encouraged the attendees to get even more active in pro-life activities.

The following morning, our local leader, Nancy, and her husband, Clint, took me out to pray at both area vigils — one in Boise ...

 

 

... and the other in nearby Meridian.

 

 

We then visited three local pregnancy centers to thank them for their vital work, and to continue building a strong partnership between them and 40 Days for Life.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Next it was a quick flight to Salt Lake City. While our local leader, James, and I were heading to the vigil site, we met a lady who asked us what we were doing … before she broke down in tears and shared her story of being coerced into an abortion seven years ago.

 

Though we encouraged her to seek healing, and pointed her toward resources that could help, her raw pain underscored the critical importance of our prayers and work.

 

 

The candlelight kickoff rally outside the Salt Lake City Planned Parenthood abortion center drew nearly 100 people.

 

It was a great blessing to meet so many dedicated people across Idaho and Utah — from a wide variety of faith backgrounds — united in their commitment to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves!

Thanks again to David Bereit for today's report!


20 posted on 03/08/2014 9:44:16 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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One of the joys of 40 Days for Life is seeing so many different Christians united to end abortion. As a Catholic from the bible belt of East Texas, I’ve often seen Evangelical and Protestant Christians on fire to save lives from abortion and help women in need.

During a 40 Days for Life campaign, we see that unity far and wide – whether it’s in a nice, warm church in Florida … or a bitterly cold sidewalk in British Columbia.

Port Charlotte, Florida

 

 

The unity theme was really evident in Port Charlotte, where I had an opportunity to speak at their kickoff event. People from various faith communities came together to hear inspirational speakers and launch the campaign. The Catholic, Protestant and Evangelical Christians who gathered in a Baptist church were fired up by Katie, the local leader.

 

 

Katie is a young mother of three. She and her husband, Matthew, are deeply involved at their church … but they stepped up to lead the Port Charlotte 40 Days for Life campaign. After the rally, we went out to visit the abortion facility where the local vigil is being held.

I heard that the abortionist is growing more and more irritated at the peaceful presence. He even stopped at the vigil on his day off to harass the volunteers praying!

Prince George, British Columbia

 

 

“God bless from the cold white north!” said Tony, who is leading the first-ever campaign in Prince George, a Canadian town that’s about a 10-hour drive north from Vancouver

“I’m sending pictures of the group of us braving the cold weather at the kickoff event,” he said. Joe, the first volunteer to arrive, showed up at 6 am and stayed for three hours. “The temperature was -23C,” Tony said. That’s about -10F. Other first-day prayer volunteers included the area’s Catholic bishop.

 



“I was amazed at the response of the passing cars,” Tony added. “Many honks of appreciation.”

A woman arrived, seemingly from out of nowhere, to offer hot chocolate to the people praying outside the local hospital. She also expressed her gratitude to the volunteers standing in the freezing cold to pray for an end to abortion.

“A worker indirectly involved with abortion at our hospital even asked if he could join us,” Tony said. “What a great experience 40 Days for Life is!”


21 posted on 03/09/2014 6:14:40 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 5

March 9, 2014

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life 

Intention: May God’s people understand that the Lazarus of the 21st Century is the un- born child, and respond accordingly.

Scripture: There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.  The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abra- ham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abra- ham far away, with Lazarus by his side.  So he called to him, “Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.” But Abraham replied, “Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony.      

“And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.” —Luke 16:19-31

Reflection: The rich man did not go to hell because he was rich. He went to hell because he ignored the other man. He thought that because Lazarus had less that he was worth less. He failed to recognize that Lazarus was his brother. Lazarus was waiting at the door of the rich man for scraps of food; the Lazarus of our day, the unborn child, is waiting at the door of the womb for birth itself. God does not only prohibit aborting the unborn; he prohibits ignoring them. 

Prayer: Father, I thank you for the life that I possess, and for the birth that you granted me. I hear the cries of the Laz- arus of our day; I see them sitting at the door. Grant that I may never ignore them, and that through this 40 Days campaign, I may stir many others to pay attention to them as well. Through Christ our Lord, amen. 


22 posted on 03/09/2014 9:38:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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It wasn't long into this campaign before we got word of the first turnaround outside an abortion center. And so far, we have reports of ...
 
... 44 babies saved from abortion – that we know of!



It takes faith and courage to pray and stand witness in front of an abortion facility. Some say it is a waste of time — but I beg to differ ... and so do the moms who turn around at the last moment. God has not forgotten them … and neither should we!

Here’s what I mean.

Norristown, Pennsylvania

 

 

David Bereit, 40 Days for Life’s national director, fired up the crowd of more than 150 people at the kickoff of the Norristown campaign, just outside of Philadelphia.

In addition to launching the inaugural campaign in Norristown, many people came from nearby Collegeville to celebrate the closure of the local Planned Parenthood abortion center in their community following twelve 40 Days for Life campaigns outside its doors.

 


Little did the participants know they’d be celebrating again just days later.

 

“Praise God!” began the excited note from Victoria in Norristown. “Our first day – of the first-ever 40 Days for Life in Norristown – and our first baby saved!

A couple of hours later, she let us know about even more blessings – two more babies had been spared from abortion. Victoria’s reaction? “I’m so excited!”

Charlotte, North Carolina

The 40 Days for Life team saw miracles unfold on Day 1 in Charlotte. “We had four saves today!” said John, the local coordinator. “We now have an ultrasound van with a registered nurse every day. Praise God!

John said the peaceful vigil outside the abortion facility has had a great turnout so far, “including pastoral staff from Stonebridge PCA Church, who have begun a pro-life awareness program.”

Lansing, Michigan

 


There was more good news from Lansing – no abortions! The facility was unexpectedly closed.

Cecilia, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Lansing, had an opportunity to talk to a woman outside who said she wanted an abortion. “She allowed me to sit in her car and pray with her. It's cold here!

 

 

Cecilia prayed with her while the young woman cried softly. “She is a student and works part time — and is overwhelmed. ‘It’s going to be okay,’ I told her.” She shared pregnancy resource information with the student and encouraged her to schedule an ultrasound. “And she did!

Please join the Lansing team in praying for this young woman – and her baby.

 


23 posted on 03/10/2014 8:30:16 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 6, March 10, 2014

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life 

Intention: That those tempted to abort may un- derstand that their child is already pre- sent, 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 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 preg- t-      

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         child, already present and in full pos- session 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 eve- ry 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.


24 posted on 03/10/2014 9:53:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thanks I am not far from Austin.


25 posted on 03/10/2014 10:10:00 PM PDT by redleghunter
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This ministry grew from College Station Texas to around the world. Amazing story.


26 posted on 03/11/2014 5:43:53 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Abortion facilities are dark places ... their rooms are filled, not with hope and relief, but with despair and loneliness.

For the first days of this campaign, we’ve talked about how the light has broken through the darkness at abortion centers – and, as a result, babies scheduled to be aborted have been saved.

But the darkness is real and can’t be ignored ... especially at one of the most notorious late-term abortion facilities in America, which is where we begin today.

Germantown, Maryland

Last week, an ambulance was called to bring a woman from late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart’s facility to the hospital.

“This is the fourth patient that we know of sent to the hospital in the past 13 months,” said Andrew in Germantown. “And as we know, tragically one of these patients passed away last year after the abortion of her 33-week-old child.”

Andrew asked for prayers for this latest victim’s “physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Pray that this tragedy will be used to help bring an end to the abortions performed in Germantown.”

Manchester, England

John saw a similar scene unfold in Manchester. “A paramedic car and an ambulance were called at the clinic, presumably to take a client to hospital for emergency treatment.”

But there were also signs of hope. A woman who was two months pregnant took pro-life information from prayer volunteers on her way inside. “She came out after a while, saying she had decided to keep her baby,” John said.

Phoenix, Arizona

Praying outside an abortion clinic isn’t easy. But it’s necessary. “Today was a very hard day at our site,” said Nancy in Phoenix. “I counted 14 women going in this morning, ranging from teenagers to a woman in her forties.”

Parishioners from Mater Misericordiae Mission filled every hour of their 12-hour vigil, which did give Nancy encouragement. “Although we had no turnarounds to report,” she said, “I pray that our presence at Family Planning Associates bears much fruit.”

Savannah, Georgia

Finally, Paula in Savannah sent a picture of an evening vigil. Around 50 people turned out, including three members of the clergy, for prayer that ended with the singing of Amazing Grace.

“We lit candles,” she said, “and declared that we would be the light of the Lord Jesus Christ in the darkness on 34th Street in Savannah!”

Amen!


27 posted on 03/11/2014 5:45:17 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Please access pictures at the blog at 40 Days for Life.


28 posted on 03/11/2014 5:45:50 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Please access pictures at the blog at 40 Days for Life.


29 posted on 03/11/2014 5:48:18 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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This happened during the 40 Days in 2013 in Tri-Cities, Tennessee....

Standing on the street with a cold wind blowing, did not seem to be anything happening in the blue building, feeling a bit sorry for myself, wanting to get warm.

Then

A dark haired young woman approached me from the convenience store parking lot. I said, “Hello.” She spoke not a word, but extended a hand to shake. She silently looked into my eyes, then handed me a note.

“24 years ago my mother went to a place like this because she thought she was too young and she couldn’t financially take care of me. She saw people like you and stated crying and drove away. 9 months later, she had me. I want to thank you all for what you do and what you stand for. Because of people like you, I’m alive. 2 weeks ago I saved a 3 year old from getting hit by a truck. If I hadn’t pulled him away he would have died. So in a way people like you saved his life too. Keep it up. Pass it along. God bless you all and God bless America.”

Suddenly, I did not feel the cold.


30 posted on 03/11/2014 6:06:19 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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What a wonderful testimony. Did you send it in to 40 Days at the time?


31 posted on 03/11/2014 6:12:17 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I gave it to our local coordinator. I am not sure if she sent it along.

It confirms the point that we will never know, this side of eternity, what has resulted from a simple act of obedience.


32 posted on 03/11/2014 6:19:56 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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Devotional for Day 7, March 11, 2014

Carmen Pate, Alliance Ministries

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 in- stead 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 pres-  

ence will not go unnoticed. Your non- verbal 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 re- demption so others may see it and trust in You. In obedience to You, and by your grace, I choose to forgive oth- ers as you have forgiven me. In the name of Christ I pray, amen.


33 posted on 03/11/2014 8:38:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Little did we know that God would ever take 40 Days for Life international! Now, under the leadership and courage of Robert Colquhoun, this campaign is breaking language barriers and, through God's grace, saving lives.
 
Here’s a report from Robert, who is based in London and serves as our international outreach director. He recently got a first-hand look at the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in Croatia.

 

 Zagreb, Croatia 

 

 

I was really blessed to visit Zagreb for Thursday and Friday last week, and was amazed by their campaign. The following video shows the determination and courage of many individuals in their community who are committed to their campaign.

 

In four minutes, the video shows the power of 40 Days for Life. The majority is in Croatian, of course (with the exception of a brief portion around the one minute mark where they interviewed me), but you don’t need to speak the language to see the faith and the passion of the people who came to pray.

 

Click on the image below to watch the video:

 

 

Or you may go to:

 

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=5400

 

Ante, the local coordinator who is featured in the video, is an impressive leader. He is assisted by a large and well-organised main committee.

 

 

Croatia, which was formerly part of Yugoslavia, has a population of 4 million. There is a big opportunity for growth for pro-life groups in the country. 

 

Birmingham, England

 

Birmingham is a well-established campaign, in its sixth incarnation this time — and they are doing great work.

 

Archbishop Bernard Longley came to the first day of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Birmingham to lead an hour of prayer. He had prayed at the vigil last year as well – and in fact there was a turnaround while he was there.

 

 

 

As the archbishop left, a car drew up with a woman and her child. The woman asked Isabel, the local leader, what was going on. “So I spent a long time explaining why we were there and how we helped women who were suffering after abortions to find healing,” Isabel said

 

The woman listened intently, and tears welled up in her eyes as she said, “I just wish you'd been here four years ago. Things would be different then.” Fortunately, the volunteers were able to direct her to post-abortion care.

 

Thanks again to Robert Colquhoun for today’s report!


34 posted on 03/12/2014 11:07:50 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 8, March 12, 2014

Rev. Rob Schenck, President, Faith and Action 

Intention: We pray for a renewal of our zeal to of- fer generous help to the unborn and their families.

Scripture: If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant when they com- plained 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, particular- ly 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 sta- tus 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.


35 posted on 03/12/2014 11:09:10 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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It’s cold in many 40 Days for Life locations during this second week of the campaign! But that’s not stopping the prayers outside one really cold Planned Parenthood center.

 

Before I share that story, here is a beautiful report about a saved baby that shows the power of prayer on the sidewalks … and the value of easily available ultrasounds offered by pro-life pregnancy centers.

 

Baltimore / Fullerton, Maryland

 



 

The third 40 Days for Life campaign is now under way outside Whole Women’s Health in Baltimore’s Fullerton section. Jody, the local director, wrote to say she was excited to share magnificent news.

 

“A baby’s life was saved,” she said, “thanks to the faithful, prayerful presence on the sidewalk!”

 

A young woman and her friend had arrived at the abortion center — and walked past the people quietly praying on the sidewalk. After a while, the two women came out to talk. The one who was thinking about abortion said the atmosphere inside the building was cold.

 

Her friend pointed to the life-affirming signs the volunteers were carrying and noted, “You can’t ignore that.”

 

With that, the two women left — on their way to a pro-life pregnancy center for an ultrasound exam. “I know that you are praising God with us right now,” Jody said.

 

Spring Valley, New York

 

 

“What joy there is in freezing for life!” Those words came from Eileen in Spring Valley, who added that “prayer power is surrounding Planned Parenthood.”

 

Temperatures were in the single digits as Spring Valley started its twelfth campaign, but prayer vigil participants were able to “stand tall knowing the truth: life is precious and each one of us is called to defend and protect the most innocent among us.”

 

 

The volunteers were warmed by God’s promise of protection in Psalm 91 — that God, in whom we trust, will be our refuge and our fortress.

 

El Paso, Texas



Volunteers arrived Saturday for what they thought would be a heart-wrenching day on the sidewalk, but there was unexpected good news — there would be no abortions that day!

 

 

But Gaby in El Paso says there was still non-stop prayer at the 40 Days for Life vigil. “Knights on Bikes showed up,” she said. These Knights of Columbus “prayed with all their hearts to end abortion.”


36 posted on 03/13/2014 5:55:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thanks for the posts. I pray that every FReeper gets involved in 40 Days for Life.


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Devotional for Day 9, March 13, 2014

Carmen Pate, Alliance Ministries

Intention: Pray that the post-abortive woman would be repentant, accept for- giveness, be healed and restored, and bring glory to God with her new life.

Scripture: I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity  have not hidden.  said,  will confess my transgressions to the ord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. —Psalm 32:5

Reflection: Because abortion is legal in America, many have ustified their choice. “f it’s legal, it can’t be wrong, right” We now have an entire generation of men and women who have never known abor- tion 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-, , “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 glo- rious 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 my- self 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.


38 posted on 03/13/2014 10:46:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From my neck of the woods -- the most unchurched state in the Union.

Even in a vocal, pro-abortion cultural climate, a 40 Days for Life campaign can thrive. But it takes sacrifice from the participants. This is especially true in places where volunteers endure persecution almost every day.

 

This week, Steve Karlen – the North American outreach director for 40 Days for Life – visited the three campaigns in Oregon. There he witnessed the faith and courage of those who aren’t afraid to be voices for the unborn … no matter what obstacles they face.

 

Here is Steve’s report.

 

Salem, Oregon

 

 

It’s a very prayerful, very enthusiastic group in Salem.

 

There are two volunteers, Tammi and Lori, who take 12-hour prayer shifts at the vigil. Twelve hours! I asked them about their extraordinary sacrifices, but they seemed just too humble to offer many details.

 

 

 

The volunteers in Salem told me about unusual happenings they witnessed at Planned Parenthood.

 

They saw an older man bring a pre-teen girl in for an appointment. After a while, they left. But later that day, the same man arrived – with another pre-teen girl. While it appeared rather suspicious, the police told the prayer team there was nothing for them to do.

 

Beaverton, Oregon

 

 

We had a great time of offering encouragement to the volunteers in Beaverton. Some of the vigil participants here are saddened at times because they live in a pro-abortion community.

 

It didn’t take long for me to understand what they were talking about. Some teenagers even walked by and heckled us and praised the devil.

 

I reminded the Beaverton team that Jesus didn’t start out with big numbers … and that our persistence in the face of long odds is a prayer itself.

 

 

The Planned Parenthood center in Beaverton offered a sure sign that the campaign is making a difference. They’re doing a “pledge-a-picketer” campaign. That’s where they ask their supporters to donate money for everyone who comes to pray on the sidewalk. They had a less-than-impressive $37 per prayer volunteer committed.

 

Eugene, Oregon

 

 

I arrived to meet a very upbeat crowd in Eugene, where they’d set up a tent with signs, balloons and a sign-up area in the parking lot across from a huge Planned Parenthood mega-center.

 

Lynda, the local leader arrived with her pastor. Pastor Steve opened our time of prayer. We were joined by members of Marist High School’s pro-life group.

 

 

It was really an exciting visit to Oregon!

 

Thanks again to Steve Karlen for today’s report.

 


39 posted on 03/14/2014 9:42:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 10, March 14, 2014

Georgette Forney, Anglicans for Life

Intention: May those who hold life as trivial real- ize 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 every- thing 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, regard- less of the circumstances. In our present culture, we’ve lost that basic truth; every life is made and al- lowed 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 be- stow freely. In the name of Jesus, amen.


40 posted on 03/14/2014 9:48:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Go to the blog site for the photos

We’re rolling into another weekend – and another excellent opportunity to go out to the closest 40 Days for Life vigil!

If you’ve never taken part before, I’d like to officially invite you to do so. Yes, it does involve stepping out of your comfort zone and overcoming the natural fear of doing something different. But it’s stepping out in faith! You can do it!


Check for the location of the nearest 40 Days for Life campaign and pray for an end to abortion!

Here are some stories from just a few of the 253 communities taking part.

Mobile, Alabama

 

 

Abortions are done on Fridays at the Planned Parenthood facility in Mobile. “So we have scheduled a prayer service led by a different local church each Friday during 40 Days for Life,” said Dan, the local coordinator.

The photo shows the first of this series of Friday services, a Mass that was offered on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood.

“We have had a good start to the campaign,” Dan said. “We have three saves reported that we know of.”

Brighton, Michigan

 

“Sixteen of us were at the vigil today,” said Janelle, who came with other members of her church to pray at the 40 Days for Life location in Brighton. “God is doing amazing things!”

Tom, the local coordinator in Brighton, was thankful to see Janelle and her friends. They arrived a little late, he said, but understood that “it just took a little longer to get everyone into the Richfield Church van!”

He said the 16 people at the weekday vigil “was a record for sure.” Tom met the group and explained a bit about 40 Days for Life and its history, both internationally at the Planned Parenthood center in Brighton.

Janelle said, “We were blessed to be involved today.” Tom responded, “Ditto Janelle, from all of us in Brighton!”

Cincinnati, Ohio

 

The Cincinnati campaign held a belated kickoff rally – the first one they scheduled was postponed because of icy weather.

Theresa in Cincinnati said she has often been pleasantly surprised to find 10 or more people who simply decided to come to the sidewalk outside the abortion center to pray.

People walking by are expressing their support, and the team is hearing sometimes months later that lives have been saved. “Let us give thanks and humbly open our eyes and hearts to the graces that are taking place throughout the globe,” Theresa said. “Our presence makes a difference.”


41 posted on 03/15/2014 8:40:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 11, March 15, 2014

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 church- es 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 every- thing. 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 up- on 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.


42 posted on 03/15/2014 8:46:14 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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40 Days for Life is coast to coast in Australia! There are seven different cities that are currently conducting vigils.

The campaigns all have an air of familiarity to them, but there’s one slight difference. It’s a lot warmer than it is in many other campaign locations, since the seasons are different in the Southern Hemisphere.

So if you’re still dealing with winter in North America or Europe ... I hope a few reports from Down Under will warm you up!

Perth, Australia

“We had another two turnarounds,” said Brad, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Perth. “Interestingly, one of them occurred as a direct result of defying the abortionist’s demands to stop handing out flyers offering support to at-risk women.”

About 30 minutes after delivering this ultimatum, the abortion facility lost a customer who took a brochure as she walked through the gate, slowed to the read it while approaching the door, then stopped, turned around and walked out.

Brad was able to talk about 40 Days for Life on a local radio station. You can listen to a clip from that interview here:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=5466


Canberra, Australia

 


Bev sent a picture from the Canberra campaign – the first to be held in Australia’s national capital. It’s always a powerful statement when the vigil is conducted in a country’s capital city, and there are several currently going around the world.

 

In addition to Canberra, there are first-time 40 Days for Life campaigns in progress in the national capitals of Wellington, New Zealand and Zagreb, Croatia.

Tweed Heads, Australia

Tweed Heads is a community on Australia’s east coast, about an hour’s drive south from Brisbane, where another 40 Days for Life campaign is taking place.

Irene, the Tweed Heads coordinator, says prayer volunteers are amazed at the number of people who walk by the building every day and have no idea that abortions are done there.

There are signs that the vigil is having an effect. On the first day of the campaign, the abortion staff called the police. “They came, but went away satisfied that we weren’t going to cause problems,” Irene said. “There was the odd drive-by by police over the week, but nothing further has eventuated.”

There is also a physical change to the building itself. “Blinds have been placed at all the second story windows so patients are unable to see the prayers across the road,” Irene said, “and the huge sign that used to say ‘Options Clinic’ now simply says ‘Clinic,’ even though it’s still the Options Clinic.”

 


43 posted on 03/16/2014 12:28:24 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 12,

March 16, 2014

 

Carmen Pate, Alliance Ministries 

Intention: Pray to God who is able to do immeas- urably 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 genera- tions, 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, noth- ing is impossible; without You, I can do nothing. To You be glory forever and ever, amen.


44 posted on 03/16/2014 9:30:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Pictures at the 40 Days for Life blog.

St. Patrick’s Day should start with good news – and today we have plenty! So far during this campaign, we are aware of …

142 babies who, through your prayers and the Lord’s mercy, have been saved from abortion.

Praise God!

Here are more stories of lives permanently changed on the sidewalks outside the abortion centers.

Tempe, Arizona

 

We’ve heard much good news from Tempe.

When prayer volunteers asked two young women if they wanted to talk, their answer was, “Yes. We heard you say you offer free ultrasounds.” Lisa in Tempe said the girls had become frustrated, as Planned Parenthood was running three hours behind schedule.

After the one who was considering abortion received information and a gift bag, she told Lisa she was going to keep her baby, “and went to one of our local pregnancy centers for genuine help.”


A mother and daughter pulled up to a volunteer holding a sign that said, “Pregnant? We can help.” As the mother got out of the car, the volunteer offered pro-life resources. She held out her hand, took the information without a word, got back in the car and drove away.

Two groups of women who were both there with friends scheduled for abortions came over and talked about options for their friends. They received literature and called their friends inside to talk to them. Both women left without having an abortion.

Lisa said, “Your continued prayers and witness will bring Christ to those who have become lost because of ‘choice.’”

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

In Cedar Rapids, a woman showed up early for her appointment at Planned Parenthood. “She was not pregnant,” Jim said, “and was going there for some other type of appointment.”

She told volunteers that she had come about a year ago, planning to have an abortion. But the sight of the people praying made her decide against it. She now has a 4-month-old daughter and is very happy.

“Although we suspect there were many other saves in the past,” Jim said, “this was the first confirmed one in Cedar Rapids. It makes us feel like the cold weather we had last spring was well worth it!

Boston, Massachusetts

 

Rita tells us there were two babies saved in Boston on one day. “Sidewalk counsellors were joined by a large group of people praying and singing hymns,” she said, “and many were holding 40 Days for Life signs.”

Volunteers rejoiced when a woman came out of Planned Parenthood and said, “Your prayers have been answered. I’m not going to do it.” And then a short time later, it happened again!


45 posted on 03/17/2014 9:28:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 13, March 17, 2014

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 la- bored, 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 per- sons 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.


46 posted on 03/17/2014 9:33:18 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Photos available at the blog.

Today's update is from Steve Karlen, our North American outreach director. Steve reports from the state of Washington, where he visited five 40 Days for Life locations — all in one day!

At one stop, he learned some very good news about a Planned Parenthood center that’s decreased its business hours ... not once, but twice!

 

Everett and Marysville, Washington


 

I met with teams from both Everett and Marysville, where participants ranged in age from little tykes to senior citizens. And they’re making a big impact.

David, the Marysville coordinator, told me the Planned Parenthood there continues to cut the number of days it’s open. They’re down to three days a week now. It had been four days a week for the last year and a half … and five days a week before that.

Renton, Washington

 

 

Christina, the director in Renton, introduced me to some of her best helpers. One woman at the vigil comes to pray three hours a day — all year round. It’s a challenging vigil location — a very busy street with lots of noise — and the abortion facility is set way back. We prayed together and sang Amazing Grace.

Federal Way, Washington

 

 

The Federal Way vigil is at a Planned Parenthood center in front of a strip mall. One business owner in the area has been quite hostile. The good news, however, is that the campaign is definitely growing. Lisa, the local leader, reports that abortions are down around 25% when they are out praying.

Vancouver, Washington

 

 

The Vancouver team shared stories about their vigil. They told of one man who drove up and said he can’t pass by without shedding tears. Another visitor thanked them because the prayer presence was responsible for her one-and-a-half-year-old baby not being aborted.

Bremerton, Washington

 

 

I concluded my tour of Western Washington with a stop in Bremerton — a great visit with another very determined team of volunteers. Participation in this campaign, I was told, is especially strong this year.

At one of my stops — I won’t say which one to respect her privacy — a woman spoke to me. She talked about how much 40 Days for Life means to her, but couldn’t help but wonder. If people had been there praying years ago, she might not have had her abortion.

Please keep praying — your presence does make a difference!

Thanks to Steve Karlen for today’s update!


47 posted on 03/18/2014 9:22:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 14, March 18, 2014

Rev. John Ensor, President, PassionLife 

Intention: Pray for the mothers going into preg- nancy help centers.  The personal care, the free ultrasound, the ongoing practi- cal 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 .” he 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.


48 posted on 03/18/2014 9:29:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Leading a 40 Days for Life campaign is hard. It takes courage, time and sacrifice. In every campaign, we see new leaders in new places take a leap of faith and bring this effort to their city — or country!

 

The Holy Spirit has taken 40 Days for Life to many new countries. Today, we highlight one of the two first-time campaigns in New Zealand, where 40 Days for Life is brand new, plus a campaign in Canada where there’s an additional international connection.

Wellington, New Zealand

 

 

The first 40 Days for Life vigil in New Zealand’s capital city is taking place in front of Wellington Regional Hospital. “I’m amazed how people are stepping up and praying to cover the full 12 hours,” said Clare, the local director in Wellington.

“We’ve had some encouragement and good things happening on the street,” she said. “Some people have queried what we are doing and then ended up praying with us.”

A couple traveling on a cruise ship were moored in Wellington just for one day – but they went to pray at the vigil. “What better way to spend our time in Wellington!” they said.

Oakville, Ontario

 

 

Oakville is taking part in its seventh 40 Days for Life campaign, starting with what Louise, the local coordinator, called an “inspirational experience” – a candlelight kickoff with Bishop Douglas Crosby.

The Oakville vigil included a group of volunteers praying in Croatian! Last week, we looked at the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Zagreb, Croatia. That campaign heard about the Croatians in Canada – and the picture of the Oakville vigil is now posted on the Zagreb team’s Facebook page!

Louise shared a note from a vigil participant, who was “overjoyed to witness so many faith-filled young adults, bearing the cold and praying together.” He said all those praying at the vigil set a great example. “Hopefully, it inspires and energizes others, as it did me!”


49 posted on 03/19/2014 11:17:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 15, March 19, 2014

Carmen Pate, Alliance Ministries 

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.


50 posted on 03/19/2014 11:25:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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