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40 Days for Life: Vision and Mission, February 13 - March 24, 2013 ^ | 02-12-13 | 40 Days for Life

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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40 Days for Life vigils bring Christians together -- but they can also attract a few people who don't see the vigil as a positive thing. At times, those in opposition may want to "share the sidewalk.”

When this happens, though, it lends the opportunity for those who disagree with us to see what the peaceful vigil is really about.


The 40 Days for Life vigil in Everett had some visitors – a pro-abortion group called Seattle Clinic Defense came out to protest the peaceful prayer presence.

The prayer volunteers knew the demonstrators were coming, so they turned out in great number. “We had a very large crowd of people with lots of balloons and tons of prayer going on,” one of them said.

Another prayer volunteer asked a group of about eight of them “what exactly they were protesting, since abortion on demand has been a legal reality for forty years (longer than the majority of the ‘clinic defenders’ have been alive )? Why should our prayers bother them? In my spirit I knew the real reason,” he said. “It is the shame and guilt that they are protesting.”

“One lady was yelling at us … then I spoke with her and told her my abortion story,” said yet another vigil participant, who’d had an abortion at this facility a number of years ago. “She ended up taking one of our balloons and hugging me and crying and left with lots more information about better services.”

Overall, she said, “today was a day for miracles … if only we could get this many people to come out every day ... it would be the end of Planned Parenthood in Everett!”


“It was the first time participating in something like this,” a new prayer volunteer wrote to the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Buffalo. This volunteer’s entire family had “a very positive experience” at the vigil, and “we are planning to tell our friends about it.”

The volunteer noted that where sin abounds, God's grace abounds more, and that was very evident during the peaceful singing and prayer liturgy.

“Please keep up the great work in organizing these events,” the volunteer wrote. “Our prayers are with you and all those in the pro-life movement. Before we left on Saturday, our 13-year-old daughter asked if we could come again … praise God! God bless you for all you do for the unborn and their mothers.”


Thanks for your prayers and kind comments about Dr. Royal Benson, who I asked you to pray for last week. Dr. Benson passed away on Tuesday with his family praying at his side.

May God -- and the many babies he spoke up for during his 56 years on earth -- welcome him to his eternal reward.

Dr. Benson was an OB-GYN and served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Life in Bryan / College Station, Texas, where 40 Days for Life began. He was instrumental in helping to expand 40 Days for Life beyond his home community.

He was a dear friend to me, David Bereit, and our wives. We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for getting us more involved in the pro-life movement.

He leaves behind a wife and daughter and they appreciate all of your prayers and comments over the past week. A true pro-life hero and man of God, may Dr. Royal Benson rest in peace.

51 posted on 03/02/2013 11:03:45 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 18, March 2, 2013

Fr. Terry Gensemer, National Director, Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life


May we absorb the truth that God is paying attention to us, and to each human life, personally and individually.


When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalm 8:3-9


How often we ignore the phrase, “stop and smell the roses” and instead submit to the all too “urgent” task at hand.

Is this tendency what keeps us, at least in part, from acknowledging that God’s care for His sacred creation is paramount in His own mind?

The Psalmist speaks of God’s handiwork:

the heavens, the work of his “fingers,” and then points to God’s masterpiece human life. He declares to us that God is mindful of us. God keeps His masterpiece in His thoughts.

God, the creator of the awe-inspiring heavens, is not distracted by the tasks before Him. He is not pulled away, as we might be, by thoughts of something “more important.” God is paying attention to and attending to His crowning glory, His masterpiece of creation, which cannot be duplicated or replaced, which surpasses the beauty of all other created things the human being.

There is no way to adequately describe how God feels about us as human beings.  There are no words to fully portray His love, compassion or desire to be in communion with us.  Perhaps, the closest we can come, is to contemplate the thoughts of a mother as she gazes for the first time at her newborn child. God cares for Life. We, as His followers, should take time to consider the life He has created and called upon us to love and protect.


Lord, you are the creator of all things.  Guide my thoughts to consider your creation in all of its majesty, beauty and holiness. Guide my heart especially to your creation of precious human life. Help me to comprehend how essential life is in your own heart. Teach me to appreciate, love and protect all human life through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

52 posted on 03/02/2013 11:11:03 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Today’s update almost sounds like a weather report. We have wind, blowing snow, freezing cold, hail and lightning – and finally, sunshine.

We pray that just as the sun will come, so will the end of abortion come. And we know it will!


“Artic temperatures, snow, wind, blowing snow have all challenged those having visited the vigil location,” said Brian in Montreal. “My heartfelt thanks goes to all who have braved these conditions, suffering numb toes and frozen finger tips.”

Each day has seen about 20 people praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil – more would be great, but Brian says “the weather dominated the proceedings.”

Still, there have been special prayer hours as part of the campaign. “Prayers were recited, meditations read, and hymns chanted,” he said, with extra thanks going to two members of an order of religious sisters who led the singing.

Prayer has continued after the end of the daily vigil – in church, where the warmth was no doubt welcome.


“It was an amazing day!” said one of the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers in McKinney.

“A guy came by around 2:30 and insisted that we have coffee and pastries, which he brought,” the vigil participant said. “He saw us out there and decided to come pray with us. He had no idea what 40 Days for Life was."

Not long after that, a woman with a camera came running up – insisting on taking a picture of the folks praying so she could send the photo to her daughter-in-law, who is considering having an abortion.

“She was quite distraught about it and we told her we will pray for her, which the four of us did right after she left,” the volunteer said. The woman said that finding the vigil was “a total God thing” -- that He had brought her there.

“Just when I was asking myself what difference are we making,” the prayer volunteer said, “God sends not one sign but two – how great is He? I am so inspired to press on and continue making a difference.”


Fran in Tallahassee was glad to see some sunshine return to the Sunshine State – praying in the rain is one thing, but being outside in a thunderstorm is another matter altogether. She passed along a note from a prayer volunteer that shows a true servant’s heart.

“She gave me permission to share this,” Fran said. “God is so good!”

“I just wanted to thank you for organizing the 40 Days for Life in Tallahassee,” this vigil participant said.

“My husband and I prayed from 5-6 this evening. I am 40 weeks pregnant today – our due date – and it was especially wonderful to be able to pray with 40 Days for Life on this day,” she wrote. “Because of the hail and lightning, we had to pray from our car. I hope that’s OK! We’ll try to sign up for another time closer to Easter after the baby is here.”

Now THAT’S answering God’s call to pray! (And yes, if there’s hail and lightning, it’s OK to pray in your car.)

53 posted on 03/02/2013 11:12:02 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 19, March 3, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors


Pray that when those representing Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups see volunteers for 40 Days for Life, they see ambassadors of Christ, and may each volunteer be consciously aware at all times of Whom we represent.


I ... beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness, and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.

Ephesians 4:1b-2


When Carol Everett, a former abortionist and post-abortive woman, was asked what turned her heart from death to life in Christ, she said, “It was unconditional love,” shown by a man who prayed daily for her in front of the abortion clinic where she worked.

He told Carol that “God had sent him” because there was someone in there that God wanted out. She left 27 days later and now serves as Christ’s ambassador to help others. We too have been sent by Christ as an ambassador to love unconditionally those God seeks to “get out” of their bondage and sin.

What a high calling it is -- much higher than any presidential appointment to another country.  In his book, Fishers of Men, Dr. Sumner Wemp describes what it means to be an ambassador of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings:

God has chosen us (John 15:16)

We are sent into a world that is not our home (1 Peter 2:11)

Our walk must match our talk (1 Timothy 3:7)

We must abide in Him for daily instruction (John 15:5)

Know our purpose -- to seek and to save that which is lost (Luke 19:10)

We are to reconcile others to God with His authority (Matthew 28:19-20)

Do not let kindness and truth leave you (Proverbs 3:3-4)

Our service is to be grounded and rooted in love (Ephesians 3:17)

Pray that we each will walk worthy of the calling with which we were called!


Dear Heavenly Father, we are humbled that you have called us and appointed us to be ambassadors of Christ in a world that is not our home.  We pray that your Holy Spirit will empower us to walk worthy of the calling.  We pray that Your unconditional love will flow through us to those who desperately need Your saving grace. In the name of Christ who is worthy, amen.

54 posted on 03/02/2013 8:23:31 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Just one item today – a report from Brad Taylor, the 40 Days for Life leader in Perth, on Australia’s west coast. Brad’s words show the challenges posed by abortion are worldwide; but so is Christ’s love and mercy.


It’s been an amazing start to this 40 Days for Life in Perth. Sometimes when we are on the very frontlines of the battle, we don’t hear all the encouraging news, or really comprehend the tremendous impact of our actions.

Many of us are aware of the strident opposition we have faced, not only to the conduct of the 40-day vigil at all (especially the first time), but in particular to the display of any sort of signage at the vigil site.

This is not surprising given how effective such signs are in conveying the truth about abortion and the alternatives available, and in dissuading women from making a choice they will later regret, at the last possible moment to do so. The signs we use are of course not gratuitous, but life affirming, offering real hope and free help to anyone who wants it.

The battle of the signs is one it seems we have to have - and win - every year, and this year has been no exception. Once again, senior police have stepped in to rule that we do in fact have the right to display life-affirming images and slogans outside a place of death.

The fact that this is so offensive to some in the community speaks much more to their values and agendas, than it does to any innate offensiveness contained in our G-rated images. How else could someone take offense at a sign offering free medical and financial assistance, crisis accommodation and other help to those members of our society who may be at that moment most in need?

Opposition comes in many forms. The opposition I personally hate the most is that passive, apathetic spirit that manifests itself so frequently in the Church in relation to critical issues such as abortion.

By contrast, copping some abuse yelled out the window of a passing car is a positive encouragement. I personally experienced no less than six such occurrences in one morning this week; the best one being a young man who stopped to berate me: “Why don’t you go and do something productive with your time instead of making young girls upset and stuff.”

I can’t say how encouraging this was for me, expletives and all, because this young man understood something that most of our fellow Christians have not: women are being hurt in that place, and it is our responsibility as fellow citizens to address the injustice. Sure, the young man hadn’t figured out the real nature of the injustice or the damage being done, but after allowing for that, his response was awesome. When the blinkers come off these men they will be powerful advocates for life.

As Jesus said in Revelation, I would rather you were hot or cold. It is a tremendous privilege to work with a team of prayer volunteers who truly are “hot” – moved by the things that move the heart of God, willing to put their own comfort and reputation at stake, and to take a stand in the public square. No matter the cost. It is a privilege to stand with you in prayer, and before the throne of God.

The fact is that your presence outside the abortion clinic, and your prayers, and your signs, are having a powerful effect. Pregnancy resource centres in the city are reporting significantly higher numbers of women accessing their services, and going on to choose life.

We don’t know their details; chances are as we stand outside the abortion centre through the heat of the day we are even unaware that anyone has even been affected; and yet lives are being saved through your commitment every day.


Thanks to Brad Taylor for some great insights from Down Under!

55 posted on 03/04/2013 10:37:41 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 20, March 4, 2013

Ernest Ohlhoff, Outreach Director, National Right to Life


We pray for humility in our work for God’s Kingdom.


Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:5-8


There is no limit to what we can accomplish when we don’t care who gets the credit.  Jesus Christ’s life on earth exemplifies a total submission to the will of the Father.  His humility, compassion, gentleness and thoughtfulness are reflected over and over again in the New Testament. 

He was God incarnate, yet He chose to be born to a humble, working class home.  How absurd it must have seemed to the rich and powerful that the Son of God, the Messiah, the one foretold by the prophets, the ‘King of the Jews’ was born and raised as a simple peasant.  During His thirty-three years on earth, He sought no riches, claimed no secular power and gathered no possessions.  His short time on earth changed more lives, softened more hearts, and gave hope to more people, than all the rich and powerful human ‘kings’ combined.  And, at the end of His life on earth, by dying on the cross, He opened the door to eternal life for those who heed his words and follow in his footsteps.


O Lord, help us follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  Let us humbly and diligently work to restore legal protection for the unborn, the disabled, the medically dependent and all innocent children of God whose lives are threatened.  Let us remember the old adage that “He can never lead who has not first learned to obey.”  And, Lord, grant us a peaceful heart as we labor in your name. Amen.


56 posted on 03/04/2013 10:43:46 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I just returned from a visit to the Memphis, Tennessee 40 Days for Life campaign and am getting ready for a trip to California, where there are currently 33 vigils -- the most of any US state!

40 Days for Life has spread to many places, as God took this effort from Texas to 481 cities. But there was one place I never imagined it would go -- the continent of Africa.

The first African campaign wrapped up in Uganda last November. This time, there are two on the continent -- Cape Town, South Africa and Abuja, Nigeria.

Don't miss these amazing details about the Nigerian campaign ... and some great pictures.


Abortion is supposed to be illegal in Nigeria, but Marie Stopes – one of the world’s largest abortion businesses – has entered the country under the guise of “family planning” and has already made inroads in 9 of Nigeria’s 36 states.

“I can testify that abortion is common and practiced quite secretly. Several factors such as poverty and shame of being a single parent give rise to this,” said Kelechi Anyaghara, one of the people who brought 40 Days for Life to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Kelechi became aware of 40 Days for Life after seeing it action in Milton Keynes, England, where she was working as a volunteer for a British pro-life organization. She then joined with others to launch the Save the Unborn Babies Pro-Life Initiative in Nigeria, which just started in December. From that effort, the 40 Days for Life campaign began.

She was in England recently, where she talked about the group’s work – and met with 40 Days for Life’s national director, David Bereit, as well as 40 Days for Life leaders from across the UK.

“I noticed a few others were getting tissues out as Kelechi told us of her work in Nigeria, holding as many as four church talks per day to hundreds of people hungry to hear about abortion, purity and contraception,” said Andy Burton, who directs the Milton Keynes campaign. “Kelechi has many stories to tell of babies being saved and mothers helped.”

“Our group was invited by Dominion City Church in Abuja for two days pro-life training for their church members,” Kelechi said. They also visited Out Station – a rural area – for another training session.

The pharmacist there meets many young pregnant women in his job who come seeking abortion. The message of rejecting abortion and embracing abstinence is greatly needed, he told her.

“He linked us to a pregnant lady seeking abortion,” Kelechi said. “The coordinator in Nigeria said he is still trying to discourage her from abortion -- and by God's grace, this will be our fourth saved baby if we succeed.”

The educational effort will also be moving into schools in the area. They’ve received an invitation from one secondary school and are hoping to be approved for other visits.

After a series of four presentations at one church, she noted that "their positive response was very overwhelming, which shows that Nigerians love life.”

I am humbled by all of this … and grateful to God for all he has done – and all He continues to do.

57 posted on 03/05/2013 9:36:55 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Dear Salvation,
Can we offer a general prayer to combat those campaigning for “reproductive rights and justice” which is really an all-out effort to “protect women’s fundamental right to choose” which is really a promotion of abortion? I think it would be good to add a general prayer towards advocates of that movement.

58 posted on 03/05/2013 9:44:56 PM PST by thecodont
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of course. Go for it.

59 posted on 03/05/2013 9:50:54 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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No prayer ever goes unanswered.

60 posted on 03/05/2013 9:51:29 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 22, March 6, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors


Pray for fathers who participated in the decision to abort their child, and for those who did not have a voice, that they would find freedom and healing in Christ.


If indeed you have heard Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 4: 21-23


According to the Guttmacher Institute, one-third of American women will have had an abortion by age 45. Seldom reported however is the fact that an equally significant number of men have played a role in terminating a pregnancy.  Some have participated through persuasion, or by providing the financial means for the abortion. Still others were against an abortion, but had no sway in the decision to terminate their child.  Only in recent years have we realized that men suffer from their loss, as more and more seek healing. Warren Williams, founder of Fathers and Brothers Ministries says he believes men are coming forward for help because God instilled in men a desire to be a protector of their lineage, a provider for their families, to be a husband and father.  Men are suffering and grieving the loss of their children, and though their grief may be expressed differently than that of a woman, it is grief nonetheless and they too need tender care and biblical counseling to  experience forgiveness and healing.

Intervention at the appropriate time in the decision-making process may spare both the young man and woman from the lifelong pain and trauma of abortion.  Biblical counseling for postabortive men and women is essential for them to heal and begin their life anew in Christ. 


Dear Heavenly Father, We pray for young men who participated in the termination of their child and are broken as You are over their loss.  Forgive their sin, Lord, and bring opportunity for healing and renewal of their minds in Christ Jesus.  For those suffering from an abortion they did not choose, restore their joy as they learn to forgive others and trust You with their future. In the name of Christ, who heals the brokenhearted, amen.

61 posted on 03/05/2013 9:51:57 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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In every 40 Days for Life campaign, at some point, people have all felt the same thing -- loneliness. Local leaders and volunteers alike can sometimes think, “Does anyone else care about this?”

Loneliness and discouragement are common temptations -- especially
when it comes to standing up to an injustice as great as abortion. That’s why sometimes the greatest motivation for a local 40 Days for Life campaign is ...

... another 40 Days for Life campaign!

Here’s an example.


“This is our 10th 40 Days for Life campaign,” said Maribeth in Sterling Heights. “We know we are making a difference in our community by the many passersby who stop to thank us or share their story of how abortion has affected their lives.”

“We use stories from the inspirational book by David Bereit and Shawn Carney in our many of our gatherings,” Maribeth explained. “Sue shared the story called ‘Invisible Answers’ [chapter 9, which focuses on Providence, Rhode Island and West Palm Beach, Florida] at our opening vigil.”

That chapter talks about not seeing the fruits of your labor right away. In a similar way, Maribeth said, “we, too, were blessed with moms coming back to show us … those smiling little faces who might not have been here if it were not for those dedicated prayer warriors.”

The volunteers in Sterling Heights will keep hoping for visible answers to their prayers, she said. “And we know that with God, all is possible!”


Wynette sent a picture from the midpoint rally of Sacramento’s 12th 40 Days for Life campaign. There was a celebration theme – yet another life had been spared from abortion. And … there’s turmoil at the abortion center.

“Right now, this abortion clinic is having a hard time trying to hire a new clinic manager,” she said. “Nine out of 25 employees have left in the past year … two women quit because they were pregnant and they are now new full-time mothers to their baby boys.”

This abortion business has four satellite facilities throughout northern California. They’re under investigation, Wynette said, “and had an ambulance called late Friday afternoon recently, after having done abortions all day long. Tensions are very high. Prayers continue.”


A woman walked up to prayer volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Baltimore’s Fullerton area – their first campaign – and demanded, "So, what do you do when your daughter is pregnant?"

As the volunteers listened, they discovered that the woman's daughter wanted her baby, but she was worried. How could she support herself, her daughter and her grandchild?

“These situations are all too common, and sometimes people feel trapped by their economic circumstances,” said Jody, the local campaign director. “Friends, family, coworkers all encourage women in situations like this to abort their unborn children. They are made to feel guilty if they choose life for their child and thus become a ‘burden’ to others.”

The volunteers were able to share information about a local pregnancy resource center. And then they asked this woman if they could pray with her.

“There were tears in her eyes as he finished praying,” Jody said. “She left hopeful and with a renewed sense of joyful anticipation for the birth of her first grandchild. Thank you for standing and praying and listening. Thank you all for the hope you are bringing.”

62 posted on 03/06/2013 8:46:03 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 23, March 7, 2013

Rev. J. Kirk van der Swaagh, Conservative Congregational Christian Conference


For the medical community, that the truth they know about the human body may become awe and wonder at the God who made it.


Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

Psalm 139:16


Human beings -- God’s tapestries.  Psalm 139 is a psalm that reveals the enormity and otherness of God. His divine attributes are on display: omniscience (2-4),  omnipresence (7-12), loving-kindness (17-18), justice (19-20), righteousness (23-24), and omnipotence.  Yet, when it came to express this last attribute, what example did the psalmist use – God’s creation of mountains, seas, or far-flung  galaxies? No, he used none of these. To express the wonder of God’s unparalleled creative power the writer mentions the fashioning of the human in the womb (14-16).

The Hebrew word used to express God’s forming of us in the womb, raqam, is the same term for needlework or embroidery.  In other words, we are a tapestry that displays God’s artistic mastery.  And, like the artist who knows his creation down to the last detail, God intimately knows us.

This reality provokes the writer to awe and wonder. He proclaims, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  What is true for this psalmist is true for each human being.Each is fashioned by God and known by him and we can proclaim on behalf ofeach, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”


Gracious God, help us to appreciate the wonder and beauty of Your creation.  Help us proclaim on behalf of every one of our fellow human beings, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  May the knowledge that we are intimately known by You shape our lives and actions. Amen.

63 posted on 03/06/2013 8:52:34 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Can you imagine abortions dropping 23% in YOUR community? How many lives would that be? That's what has happened in Jacksonville, Florida. But to make that possible, there was one thing that had to be overcome -- fear.


Prayer is the foundation of a 40 Days for Life campaign and that prayer helps us overcome our natural hesitation to participate in the vigils -- especially for the first time.

That’s what I talked about with volunteers in Jacksonville along with the unbelievable details about a mom who chose life for her handicapped baby.

I had the flu during this trip, but the folks in Florida took care of me and had a huge event ... with 10 local pastors in attendance!

Click the image below to watch my talk from the Jacksonville vigil:

You may also see the video by clicking here:

Then ... find one of the 261 campaign locations near you ... and remember that our Lord told us to "be not afraid."


The Planned Parenthood staff in San Mateo keeps trying to find something to complain about. They have no legitimate issues, but that isn’t stopping them from trying to find fault with the peaceful 40 Days for Life vigil on the public right-of-way outside.

“The police have come out at least four times, mostly called by Planned Parenthood and their escorts,” said Jessica in San Mateo.

“The most recent time a vigil volunteer had our lawyer on the phone and asked the police officer if he wished to speak with her,” she said. “He declined. He also finally acknowledged that we were doing nothing wrong and then he left.”


One thing we hear from many people is the simple fact that abortion facilities are just not pleasant places. Sure, they try to dress themselves up as “health care centers.” But that doesn’t hide what they do.

Christine in Bridgeport got some good news – and some insight – from the 40 Days for Life vigil.

The vigil participants talked to a woman who’d had an abortion appointment – but changed her mind after she had gone inside the building.

Christine said, “She walked out of the Summit Women’s Center and told volunteers that she would never go there again because it was disgusting!”

64 posted on 03/07/2013 8:00:14 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 24, March 8, 2013

Rev. Ben Sheldon, President Emeritus, Presbyterians Pro-life


That we may realize the generational impact of abortion.


Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer and Rebekah his wife conceived. The children struggled together within her, and she said,” If it is thus, why do I live?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples, born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the elder shall serve the younger.”

Genesis 25:21-23


What an answer to prayer!  Who dares to say that the unborn are not human, with distinct personality and character right from the moment of conception?  This account emphasizes the vitality and uniqueness of the twins who, because of Isaac’s prayer for his wife, were conceived in Rebekah’s womb.  When Rebekah was told by the Lord that the older would serve the younger twin, God already knew that Jacob and Esau would lead turbulent and conflicted lives. 

God knows us and knows all about us, including our personality and disposition long before we are actually born, indeed, from the moment we are conceived in our mother’s womb.  What a tragedy of gargantuan proportions that babies, planned and endowed by the Creator, with distinct and unique personalities and with, perhaps, a future and destiny intended for greatness, have their lives snuffed outby cruel abortionists before they ever see the light of day! May our prayers that the dreadful scourge of abortion in our land may vanish be as fervent as Isaac’s were for Rebekah


O, God, you formed us in our mother’s womb and planned a unique and special life and purpose for each of us, and we do thank you. Grant that we may pray and work for an end to abortion, especially in these 40 days, so that no unborn baby you have made may fail to achieve your divine intention for him or her because of intentional abortion.  We pray this for the sake of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

65 posted on 03/07/2013 8:05:11 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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It’s always a confirmation of the Holy Spirit’s work when we receive similar stories – or similar pictures – from campaigns a great distance apart. Coincidence? I think not!

Here are some examples of what I’m talking about.


We often invite people to go to the vigil to stand and pray. More and more, people arriving at the peaceful 40 Days for Life vigil feel led to KNEEL and pray. If there was ever a situation that cried out for pleading on bended knee before the Lord almighty, this is it. And faithful people are responding in a time-honored way.

The 40 Days for Life team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sent a photo of a woman who arrived at the vigil. She put her umbrella down on the sidewalk and knelt in prayer – for two solid hours.

“It was amazing to see the effect her witness had on the passers-by,” said Nikki in Pittsburgh. “It began to rain about an hour into her witness…but she never moved. Eventually, there was a dry spot all around her in the shape of her body, but the rest of the sidewalk was wet.”

At one point, a group of Planned Parenthood employees walked by as they went to lunch. They certainly noticed the woman on her knees. “It HAD to make an impact on their consciences when, an hour later, they returned to work and saw that she was STILL in the same position,” Nikki said.

The woman told Nikki that she really didn’t think she would be able to do it, but the Lord put it on her heart to try. “She said it wasn’t her doing it. She felt the power of the Holy Spirit sustaining her during the entire two hours.”

The 40 Days for Life team in El Paso, Texas also posted a photo. The weather was much better, but the scenario was quite similar. A young man arrived at the vigil. He put his backpack down next to the wall and knelt in prayer – on the gravel in the alley way – for more than an hour.

“He was radiating the love of Jesus,” said one of the prayer volunteers, “pouring his heart over to God for the mommies and their unborn babies. Praise God for teens like him! What an example!”


It's common for families to pray together at 40 Days for Life vigils. They often come with very young children … who really seem to take to the signs. Again here, we have pictures from two different cities – again, with very different weather conditions – but similar messages.

”Here is the photo of another persuasive messenger, who came to the sidewalk for the first time today,” said Wynette in Sacramento, California … noting that if “this little girl can saves lives, by the grace of God, surely you can too, by the power of prayer!“

The other young volunteer was appropriately bundled up for winter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the 40 Days for Life team has reported many blessings already during this campaign. As one of the leaders noted, “We start them young.”

66 posted on 03/09/2013 7:32:07 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 25, March 9, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors


That God will bless us with His gift of strength as we respond in obedience to His call.


Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, "surely we did not know this,” does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it?  And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?

Proverbs 24:11-12


In this age of technologically advanced communication, ignorance of human rights abuses is no excuse. We know there are persecuted Christians in China, there is genocide in Darfur, and there are babies aborted and women and families devastated right in our own communities.  “But I can’t save them all” you say. God isn’t asking you to. He has equipped each of us with time, talent, and treasure to do what we can when He provides the opportunity. 

He has given us His Holy Spirit to empower us as we abide in Him. He is asking us to be on His side in speaking out and protecting those who can’t protect themselves.  When we are obedient to His calling to get in on the work He is doing, we will experience intimacy with Him in a whole new way. 

Our faith will increase as we see God at work! You have responded to His call during this 40 Days for Life campaign.  Let your efforts be for His pleasure and His purposes. Pray without ceasing!


God Almighty, we pray for continued guidance and strength as we intercede on behalf of the young women and their babies who are stumbling to the slaughter.

Open the eyes of the mother’s heart to see her child as you do - a precious gift to be treasured.  Let her feel Your loving arms around her and may she be assured that you have a plan and a future for her and her child.  Give her reason not to enter the abortion clinic. Give her wisdom and discernment to find life options through a local pregnancy care center and may she boldly choose life. 

Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayer. Because of Your Son’s sacrifice we pray, amen.

67 posted on 03/09/2013 7:39:17 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From the Washington Times in the US to the BBC in the UK ... local and national 40 Days for Life leaders are getting huge exposure through secular media coverage.

These outlets help introduce 40 Days for Life to a new audience and share the fruit of what YOU are doing locally.

Here are two examples ... from the United States and Wales.


The Washington Times published an online commentary about 40 Days for Life that I wrote along with David Bereit, our national director.

This article refers to the HUGE campaign -- in 261 locations -- that is going on in this, the year that marks the 40th anniversary of legal abortion in the United States. The message we deliver is that "God is listening and He does hear us."

This was a tremendous opportunity to tell the online readers of a major publication about the campaign that is currently under way -- which is a huge plus as this site is read far beyond the Washington area.

Read the entire column in the Washington Times.


The first 40 Days for Life campaign in Wales is getting media attention -- a television report on ITV and a radio appearance on the BBC. Both news services interviewed pro-abortion spokespersons as well, who mischaracterized the vigils as "intimidation."

"We're having lots of conversations in the street and certainly raising awareness," said Clare in Cardiff, with "lots of listening to men and women with their stories of abortion experiences."

This campaign has also seen intense opposition in the streets -- including a group that organized a "pro-choice street party" in an attempt to disrupt the vigil. One volunteer said 40 Days for Life is raising awareness, though "I truly have never felt the brunt of so much hatred."

You can find a link to a short video clip, and listen to a 5-minute excerpt from the radio interview, at:

68 posted on 03/09/2013 7:41:58 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 26, March 10, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life


Pray that we fully recognize in the unborn child our brother, our sister, and we recommit ourselves to care for them.


Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground.”

Genesis 4:8-10


After Cain committed the first murder in human history, God asked him, “Where is your brother?” He replied by saying, “I don’t know.”

In 1973, the Supreme Court was asked the same question, and gave the same answer.  Unable to admit that the unborn children are our brothers and sisters, the Supreme Court said in its Roe v. Wade ruling, “We need not resolve the difficult question of when life begins.” Boil all that down to three words, and it’s, “I don’t know.”

The question, “Where is your brother?” will be asked at the final judgment.  Each person will answer it and be judged by it. May we be judged to have recognized and loved all our brothers and sisters, born and unborn.  By participating in the 40 Days for Life, we have been answering that question each day, going to where our brothers and sisters are killed, and proclaiming that we have a responsibility to them.

By all the pro-life work we will continue to do, we likewise answer that question which reaches from one end of human history to the other.


Father, today we hear your voice, and we respond to the question you ask each of us: “Where is your brother?”  We recognize in the unborn child our brother, our sister, and we recommit ourselves today to care for them. Yes, Father, you have entrusted us to the care of one another. We rejoice that you have given us the grace to respond.  As we work to renew our culture, we look forward to the great day of the coming of your Son, when every eye will see him, even of those who pierced him, and every knee shall bend, and every tongue confess, to the glory of God the Father, that Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen.

69 posted on 03/09/2013 9:10:37 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Today I have some great pictures from vigils across the country and across the pond ... including one from my visit to the new Planned Parenthood location in Memphis.


I had a chance to visit volunteers in Memphis, where about 75 people turned out in freezing drizzle for a candlelight vigil.

The location is a relatively new Planned Parenthood office. After a previous 40 Days for Life campaign, which was led by a very courageous 19-year-old woman named Devanie, Planned Parenthood lost their lease at their original location.

The lease was not renewed because of the unwanted attention that the peaceful vigil brought to the office building. Discover the legal threats the local campaign faced -- and be moved by the faith and ultimate victory that Devanie won -- in chapter 24 of the 40 Days for Life book.

Planned Parenthood can't be evicted from this building -- they own it. They don't use the whole place, though. Local team members in Memphis say they've heard talk about Planned Parenthood leasing space to the government.

Perhaps this can serve as a reminder to also pray for the defunding of Planned Parenthood. In one year alone, America's largest abortion chain took in $542 million in your tax money from federal, state and local sources.


Abortions in the Cedar Rapids area are down 37 percent since 40 Days for Life came to town in 2008.

Planned Parenthood obviously doesn’t like that. One of their employees quit a while back and told the local 40 Days for Life coordinator an interesting story.

She was told to drive to work, even though she lived across the street. They didn’t want her talking to any of the prayer volunteers – and they also didn’t want their parking lot to look empty.


Birmingham is one of ten locations holding 40 Days for Life vigils in the UK – it’s the fourth campaign in Birmingham. The picture shows Archbishop Bernard Longley leading prayer at the vigil site on a rainy day.

The 40 Days for Life team is supporting Birmingham’s March for Life today. It will feature prayer and testimonies at local church followed by a walk through the city, ending with a balloon release.


Matt in Dearborn says snow, biting wind and below-freezing temperatures doesn’t discourage prayer volunteers. How could it, when the blessings are so evident?

The abortion business has declined at the 40 Days for Life vigil site. A few years ago, this facility did about 25 abortions each week. Now, that number is down to around 10 … and the place is open fewer hours each week.

There is only the abortionist and two other employees now. Volunteers will continue to pray, and hope that God will use their peaceful efforts and close the facility for good.


Mary Anne in Ithaca says the 40 Days for Life vigil is having an excellent turnout of prayer volunteers – “including two ladies, 87 and 84. They are the bulwark of our strength,” she said. “If they can stand for two hours in the bitter cold and snow, what's wrong with us ‘youngsters’?”

She said the community is “finally feeling our presence and it is making an impact. Do you make a difference? Yes, you do!”

70 posted on 03/10/2013 8:31:04 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 27, March 11, 2013

Rev. Ben Sheldon, President Emeritus, Presbyterians for Life


We pray for the gift of openness to children.


God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.  And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

Genesis 1:27-28


God’s intention is that we multiply and fill the earth. One of the most pernicious lies that sociologists have foisted off on the public is that the earth is becoming overpopulated.  What kind of a sadistic god would create the earth and human creatures on it, only to have them literally reproduce themselves into oblivion?  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our divine Creator, has commanded us to multiply and fill the earth and far from letting the population get out of ontrol, He has, in fact given his human creatures a dominical role over all the lesser creatures. 

The “birth control” movement, which  had its beginnings with Margaret Sanger in the early years of the last century, has led, in many parts of the world, to a birthrate that is drastically below the normal replacement rate.  God’s Word assures us that children are a blessing, that they are a reward of faithfully trusting and serving God and that they are the crown of their parents’ old age.

The spread of the contraception mentality that has so permeated our culture is, undoubtedly, a factor in the ready acceptance of abortion. God’s commandment to multiply and fill the earth has never been withdrawn. May He help us to accept the gift of children and give him thanks for every baby who is born into the world. 


Father of mercy and grace, we thank you for the gift of our children. Grant that every fiber of our being may rejoice when a new baby, our own or any else’s, is born into the world. Help us to welcome them as we would welcome you, for  whenever a new baby is conceived, another life to bear your image and another voice to praise and worship you, is beginning. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.

71 posted on 03/10/2013 8:35:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I just returned from California and am ready to start the new week by sharing great news. So far during this campaign alone, there have been 319 babies saved from abortion -- that we know of.

This means that since 40 Days for Life began as a coordinated campaign in 2007, we are now aware of …


 7 THOUSAND BABIES that God has spared in answer to all of your many hours of prayer.

And this is undeniably God’s work … because sometimes, hearts and minds can be changed without anyone saying a word.


Two prayer volunteers noticed a white SUV in the abortion center’s parking lot. It had decals on the back indicating a mom, a dad and several kids. The out-of-state license suggested these people had come for a late-term abortion.

They noticed a man sitting in the parked SUV, but were never able to get his attention. So they prayed.

After some time, a woman left the building and got into the SUV. As they pulled out of the lot, said one of the vigil participants, “the driver was beaming and so was the woman sitting behind him. They had a baby who looked to be about one sitting in a car seat, which explained why he never left the vehicle. “

The volunteers asked if they’d changed their minds, and they both shouted, “Yes!” and thanked everyone for their prayerful presence outside the abortion facility.


Patti was at the 40 Days for Life vigil on what was sadly a fairly busy morning at the abortion center.

But as the volunteers stood on the sidewalk, “a car turned the corner slowly … a male driver with a young woman next to him, both watching us praying.”

They just pulled over to the curb and stayed there talking for a few minutes. After a while, they started the car, made a U-turn drove away.

“The young woman was crying and hiding her face from us as they drove past,” Patti said, “and we thanked God! A baby was saved due to peaceful prayer and witnessing!”


“I have some of the most amazing news that you will be so happy to hear,” said a grateful volunteer in Cleveland. “I am still shaking and occasionally bursting into tears of joy.”

This woman was holding a sign as she prayed – a sign with the message “Women regret abortion.”

She watched as a car with a young woman and two young men pulled out of the abortion center. One of the men nudged the woman, so she stopped and rolled down the window.

“She told me that she decided not to have an abortion,” the vigil participant said. “The look of pride on her face filled me with such joy. We really are making a difference!”

72 posted on 03/11/2013 10:06:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 28, March 12, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors


Pray that those standing in peaceful vigil will extend mercy and grace to others as they remember that Christ did not treat us as our sins deserve.


You have heard it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Matthew 5: 43-44


Perhaps it is obvious by now that not everyone thinks this campaign is a great idea! In fact, those on the front lines standing in peaceful vigil are perhaps being cursed and hated for what God has called you to do. Because we are all fallen creatures, our natural response may not be as Christ-like as we would hope it would be.  So, how do we keep our natural response in check, while allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to love, bless, do good, and pray for those who hate us or would do us harm?

Consider first the Holiness of God. It seems that sin has clouded our ability to think clearly about God’s nature. We simply don’t have a clue of how outraged God is by our sin, what an insult sin is to His person, or how sin fires the flames of His wrath. Praise God that He didn’t leave us in our depravity destined for His divine wrath!

Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sin, made us alive together with Christ; by grace you have been saved.”

Because of God’s mercy and grace towards us, we who receive Him receive eternal Hope. Those who curse you, hate you, spitefully mistreat you and persecute you need that same Hope.  That is the only way we can ever expect them to behave differently. Ask the Holy Spirit to love them -- through you -- so they are drawn to the Hope that is in you, that is Christ Jesus.


Heavenly Father, may we reflect your character of grace and kindness to those who hate us and curse us. Guard our hearts and our tongues as we respond in love to words and actions meant to rile us or cause us harm. Let others see the Hope that is Christ in all we say and do. In His precious name we pray, amen.

73 posted on 03/11/2013 10:15:59 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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The screen's all blurry. What's up with that?

Good work!

74 posted on 03/11/2013 10:19:59 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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God bless you!

Just think — 7000 babies saved — that’s the size of a little hamlet, right?

75 posted on 03/11/2013 10:24:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Yes it is. ;-)

76 posted on 03/11/2013 10:47:18 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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Anyone else here praying 33 days to morning glory?

77 posted on 03/12/2013 5:15:52 AM PDT by Mercat
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Great news/post! Thanks Salvation. Wake up bump & baby bump for men.

78 posted on 03/12/2013 1:49:44 PM PDT by PGalt
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One chapter in the new book, "40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done ... Imagine What He Can Do," focuses on the wildly successful growth of 40 Days for Life across the United Kingdom ... thanks in large part to the leadership of a young, proper British gentleman named Robert Colquhoun -- now our UK 40 Days for Life campaign director, and coordinator of international expansion.   

Get the book at: 

Since Robert launched the first 40 Days for Life in London in 2010, the campaign has rapidly spread across the United Kingdom, and is currently being held in ten different locations.

I recently traveled "across the pond" for whirlwind visits to these campaigns, and was deeply inspired by what God is doing through the faithful volunteers there. Shawn Carney asked me to share a quick report with you.


When I arrived at Heathrow airport in London, I was greeted by Robert, who briefed me on the crazy schedule he had planned for us. After meetings with pastors, prominent leaders and journalists, we visited three London-area campaigns.

First we visited Bedford Square. This 40 Days for Life is held outside a BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Services) abortion facility. When we arrived, one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers was talking with a pregnant mother who had arrived for an abortion. We later learned that she changed her mind and chose life for her baby.

Next we headed to the Whitfield Street vigil, across the street from a Marie Stopes abortion center. The vigil is held near university student housing, which provided interesting messaging from the students.

From there, we rode a cab in rush-hour traffic to Ealing. Our cab driver was so moved by our conversations about 40 Days for Life while en route to the vigil that he wouldn't let us pay for the ride.

We prayed with the volunteers outside that Marie Stopes abortion center. Then it was back to the heart of London for a 40 Days for Life book launch event.


The next morning, after a breakfast meeting in London, we drove north to Milton Keynes. We met with local campaign leaders before praying at their vigil directly outside of a BPAS abortion center in an office building. Many people stopped by the vigil to find out why we were there, providing wonderful ministry opportunities.


From there, we drove further north to Birmingham. At the vigil, we joined a handful of people praying there. Shortly before we arrived, there had been a vocal pro-abortion protest which had attempted to disrupt their efforts. The volunteers simply kept praying.

From there, we went to a local church for a meeting with the local 40 Days for Life leaders and key volunteers.


Next we traveled to Leamington Spa, in the heart of Shakespeare country. We joined the 40 Days for Life volunteers praying in frigid weather at the end of a long country drive leading to one of the largest BPAS abortion centers in the country.


Then we headed to the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Wales -- in the capital city of Cardiff. We joined the vigil in the heart of the city, outside a second-story BPAS abortion center. We prayed there for more than an hour, and the whole time, abortion advocates were protesting, chanting slogans and waving crude signs to taunt the 40 Days for Life people -- who just prayed more fervently. The contrast was a powerful sight. 


Next we drove to Southampton, where we joined the volunteers praying outside a local hospital that performs abortions.


From there, we drove to Brighton, on the southern coast of England. We had a rally at a local worship center to praise God for all that He has accomplished through 40 Days for Life around the world.

As Robert drove me back to London to board my plane for home, I marveled at how the sun never sets on 40 Days for Life during a campaign.

As I shared with volunteers at various vigils, "when you are out here praying and feel all alone, remember that people are lifting you up in prayer in 260 other cities around the world ... even as you are lifting them up in prayer."

Today, let's thank God for giving us a life-saving mission with a worldwide impact!


Then we headed to the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Wales -- in the capital city of Cardiff. We joined the vigil in the heart of the city, outside a second-story BPAS abortion center. We prayed there for more than an hour, and the whole time, abortion advocates were protesting, chanting slogans and waving crude signs to taunt the 40 Days for Life people -- who just prayed more fervently. The contrast was a powerful sight. 


Next we drove to Southampton, where we joined the volunteers praying outside a local hospital that performs abortions.


From there, we drove to Brighton, on the southern coast of England. We had a rally at a local worship center to praise God for all that He has accomplished through 40 Days for Life around the world.

As Robert drove me back to London to board my plane for home, I marveled at how the sun never sets on 40 Days for Life during a campaign.

As I shared with volunteers at various vigils, "when you are out here praying and feel all alone, remember that people are lifting you up in prayer in 260 other cities around the world ... even as you are lifting them up in prayer."

Today, let's thank God for giving us a life-saving mission with a worldwide impact!

79 posted on 03/12/2013 9:56:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 29, March 13, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life


We pray for the grace to be strong when others ridicule or oppose us.


Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:27


To stand up for what is right means we stand against what is wrong, and that means that those who love what is wrong will oppose us, just as they opposed Christ. Taking up the cross means we continue speaking and standing for the right even when that opposition comes.

We experience this, in particular, when we are out on the streets, where people are not expecting the pro-life message and where they did not go to hear it.  We must remember to never take the opposition personally. When people ridicule or yell at us, we might get a guilty feeling or be tempted to think we did something wrong. We did not.  The insults are not being hurled at us personally, but rather at the truth of what we are standing for, and at the demands of the moral law.

There are many who are trying to run away from those demands, or who have managed to tuck the abortion problem away into a distant corner of their minds where it can no longer disturb them.  By standing publicly for the cause of life, we have short-circuited that denial and frustrated those efforts to ignore the issue. Therefore, some will be angry, perhaps not fully realizing why. 


Lord, thank you for the grace of being pro-life, and of standing strong when others may ridicule or oppose me.  During this 40 Day campaign, may your peace fill my soul, especially when I may endure the opposition of others, and may I become more like your crucified and risen Son. Amen.

80 posted on 03/12/2013 10:01:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Babies saved … babies adopted … pastors participating … abortion center owners miffed.

Yes, those are things we hear about at 40 Days for Life vigils on a regular basis. But the blessings are REALLY flowing in one particular location that has experienced ALL of those things!


Volunteers in Lansing have shared the joyful news of lives spared from abortion – but there are many other ways their prayers have been answered during this campaign.

For one thing, there is active clergy involvement at the vigil. Pastor John Hayden of Columbia Road Baptist Church is one of the church leaders who take regular turns at the vigil, stopping by for an hour of prayer each week before heading off to his day’s work.

“He stops to pray and be a witness to hope,” said Cecelia in Lansing. He stands near a very busy corner, holding a “pray to end abortion sign.” He hasn’t counted cars yet, but just watching all the traffic, he estimates "we're reaching a thousand people an hour."

Pastor Hayden occasionally gets an earful from a passing motorist, but he greets that negativity with a positive response. "When drivers get angry and make comments from vehicles – mostly it's the men – I give them a thumbs-up."

About 50 people who gathered for a noontime prayer hour met Kathleen, a young mother, and her two young adopted sons – twin boys.

Kathleen and her family had been praying at a previous 40 Days for Life campaign (an abortion center that is now closed!) after she had lost a child through miscarriage.

Not long after that, a foster care agency asked her if she wanted twin brothers whose abortion-minded mother had changed her mind. She prayed about it and sensed that God was telling her to adopt the boys. So she did!

Rita, a member of the 40 Days for Life leadership team in Lansing (second from left in this photo), shared another adoption story – her own! Rita was adopted when she was three months old.

"I will be eternally grateful to my birth mom for letting me be a gift to a family who wanted me so much,” she said. “One of the pro-life signs that I've seen over the years reads: ‘Adoption – the loving option.’ It can be such a beautiful gift.”

Rita said if abortion had been legal at the time, she might not be here today.

As is often the case, the peaceful vigil is having an effect on the abortion center staff. A man who identified himself as the owner left the building and approached the people praying in the public right-of-way.

“I own the sidewalk,” he told the volunteers. “If you stand on the sidewalk, you have to keep moving. You may not put signs up in the grassy area. I own it.” He added – in rather crude terms – that if the vigil participants harassed his employees, he would throw them all off his property.

A quick call to the city attorney’s office confirmed that the sidewalk and the grassy area are public property, and there was no requirement to keep moving.

It sounds like just another abortion business that can’t wait for Day 40 to get here – and just another reason to keep a regular, continuing prayer presence on the public sidewalk for Day 41 and beyond!

81 posted on 03/13/2013 10:52:01 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 30, March 14, 2013

Rev. Clenard Childress, LEARN (Life Education and Resource Network)


Let us pray that pastors may not be distracted from the priority of caring for human lives.


In those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists, because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution.

Acts 6:1


More folks learning left some yearning.  It is the dawning of a new day. There is much excitement in Jerusalem. Many who dedicated themselves to the faith became disciples (the word disciple means “learner”). 

The unprecedented church growth was miraculous and undoubtedly brought much satisfaction to the new leadership.  The apostles, however, were about to experience growing pains in their master plan of evangelism.  Projects that engage the community, especially those that are evangelistic in nature, are high on the list of priorities for every duty-bound pastor. 

Church attendance is a constant concern for every pastor and often his or her worth is measured by it.  Unfortunately, just as the original twelve pastors in Acts, they can be so focused on getting people in that they inadvertently end up pushing somepeople out. Murmuring is a deplorable deterrent to a harmonious fellowship,yet God used it to get the disciples attention.  Those that needed daily attention due to their age and social status were being neglected.  This neglect of the Hellenist widows during the daily distribution of food was causing undue grief and needed to be corrected by the leadership. By God’s grace the problem was dealt with, but the lesson remains.  And during these 40 days, let us pray that today’s church not make the same mistake of forgetting the contributions of our seniors, or the needs of the weakest among us, the unborn.


Father, in the Church’s desire to engage our communities with the gospel let her not disengage from those who need their care and company the most.  Let us gain wisdom from those who have gone before us and cherish their experiences and perspectives. Help us to appreciate every soul in the body of Christ and minister properly to everybody.  Amen.

82 posted on 03/13/2013 10:59:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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As I have just returned from the mountain-top experience of visiting all six 40 Days for Life campaigns in Colorado over two and a half days, Shawn Carney asked me to share this quick report with you.


Upon landing at the airport, I went directly to the Focus on the Family campus where I met with members of their staff and recorded a radio interview. I then met with the local 40 Days for Life leadership team for a two-hour, no-holds-barred Q&A session where we discussed every aspect of growing and improving the effectiveness of local pro-life efforts.


We then headed out to a midpoint rally in front of a Planned Parenthood abortion center (which was just sued for allegedly forcing an abortion on a woman and then botching the abortion). Freezing temperatures combined with strong blowing wind and snow made for challenging conditions, but didn't daunt the dozens of faithful volunteers.

See for yourself in this very snowy video! Click the image below or go to


The next morning, local Catholic Bishop Michael Sheridan invited me in studio for a radio interview. It was a very moving discussion and Bishop Sheridan shared his enthusiasm about 40 Days for Life. The audio recording of the show was just posted online at:


Next up was a three-hour drive to Alamosa, population 8,682. After my GPS got me lost on dirt roads trying to get to their location, I finally joined a handful of prayer volunteers at the vigil in front of Planned Parenthood. After praying together, we visited the local pregnancy resource center to meet with and encourage their staff and volunteers.



From Alamosa, it was a five-hour drive to Denver. I arrived just in time for a candlelight prayer vigil and midpoint rally outside the mega Planned Parenthood abortion center -- shortly after an ambulance had to rush a woman from the facility to a nearby hospital.



Early the next morning, I headed north to Fort Collins, where we had a midpoint rally at a campus ministry before going to pray at their vigil outside Planned Parenthood.




Then I drove to Greeley, where I joined more than a dozen volunteers peacefully praying in the middle of the day outside another Planned Parenthood office. While we prayed, a car pulled up and the driver said she felt called to stop and give them a donation to support their important work. 



The final stop of my whirlwind tour was Boulder. We gathered for an hour of prayer outside of the Boulder Abortion Clinic (late-term abortionist Warren Hern proudly advertises that name on the building) before moving to a nearby church for a midpoint rally.

While praying with the faithful people of Colorado, I was deeply moved by their "mile-high" commitment to speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves -- even in the midst of challenging weather, persecution, and opposition. May we follow their inspiring example!

83 posted on 03/14/2013 9:21:25 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 31, March 15, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors


Pray for opportunities to share with an abortion-minded woman that the newness of life she is seeking is found only in Christ.


If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17


An unexpected pregnancy is perceived by many young women as the end of their life as they know it. News of an unexpected pregnancy pulls the rug from under her well laid plans. Sadly, these women may choose abortion as a matter of self- reservation, believing that an abortion will help return life to normal and give them opportunity to start anew.

They don’t see abortion as killing a child, but rather as saving their own life. Of  course, abortion will not bring the newness of life they are seeking, but instead will bring death to their child, lifelong regret, and unexpected possibly devastatingconsequences to their own life. 

Abortion will be the choice made if we don’t meet them at the crossroad betweenlife and death with a better way.  Almost without exception, these young women are looking for love, acceptance, and to be valued. In their efforts to have those needs met, they have become promiscuous. Most, if honest, will admit the needs were onlymet momentarily, if at all, during their brief encounter, and afterward the needs returned unmet. 

The truth is, only Christ loves them unconditionally with an everlasting love.  Only Christ will accept them as they are, and only Christ sees them for their true value in Him. He has a perfect plan for each woman and her child if only she will allow Christ to transform her life as she surrenders to Him. No, an unexpected pregnancy is not the end of life, but rather can be the beginning of two beautiful lives if God’s plan forthem is given opportunity to unfold.


Heavenly Father, you give us a new song, a new purpose, a new direction, a new perspective. You remind us that the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but Christ came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.

Give us boldness to share this Good News with those at the crossroads. May they choose life for their children and enjoy newness of life in You. Because of Christ we pray, amen.

84 posted on 03/14/2013 9:22:08 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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In the first days of a 40 Days for Life campaign, when abortion workers watch your peaceful presence outside their building, they do NOT like what they are seeing. They view us as enemies and a nuisance. Over time, however, they witness your prayers, love and compassion ... in the rain, snow or heat. Eventually, some begin to question the work they are doing.

Of the 76 workers who have had a change of heart and left their jobs, many have done so in the last two weeks of the campaign. This time, it's a first for an international 40 Days for Life campaign.

We’ve just learned that an abortion center worker in Sydney, Australia has quit her job and left for good!

This now makes 77 abortion employees who have decided that they cannot continue with their work and walked out during 40 Days for Life campaigns.



The Sydney team tells the story of a young woman who had moved to Australia from Nigeria two years ago. She was trained as a nurse assistant, and quickly became certified to work in her new home – and this was a good thing, as her family needed money.

She enrolled with an agency and was placed at various healthcare facilities. Recently, however, she was assigned to Preterm Foundation in the Sydney area. This woman did not know that Preterm Foundation was an abortion facility.

At first, she was asked to sterilize instruments. But then she was told to help with “procedures,” guiding an ultrasound wand as abortions were carried out.

That’s when she approached the 40 Days for Life prayer group. “She was desperate to leave. But she had been placed there by the agency and was convinced if she left that would be the last job they would ever find for her,” said Paul Hanrahan, one of the 40 Days for Life leaders.

She said that with only her husband’s factory job, there would not be enough money to pay the rent. However, with the promise of financial help from various pro-life sources, she went to church and prayed … and found the courage to quit her job.

This young woman says that once she finds a new position, she will tell the whole story of what it was like to work at an abortion center.


40 Days for Life volunteers in Orange County are becoming even more concerned about what’s going on inside the Planned Parenthood facility where their vigil is taking place.

The people praying on the sidewalk say it’s common to see women leaving in tears. They were watching when one woman was picked up after an abortion, with a sweatshirt over her head to hide her face.

Recently, though, they’ve seen something else – ambulances and emergency medical teams. It’s now happened four times.

The people praying on the sidewalk say an ambulance pulled up, and a woman was wheeled out of the abortion center. One of the volunteers say the woman looked in their direction, so they hope she realizes that they were praying for her – and her baby.

“Let us pray for these women and all women who are facing an unplanned pregnancy, and bring out to the light the malpractices that take place in our neighborhood under so-called safe, legal abortion,” said Alejandra in Orange County. “Please bring your cameras … and document these incidents if you witness them.”

85 posted on 03/15/2013 9:43:03 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 32, March 16, 2013

Rev. Paul Stallsworth, President, Lifewatch (United Methodist Church)


May we come to know that divine life, in relationship, creates human life.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

John 1:1-3


“In the beginning" was God. Always, before all times, there was God. This particular God -- the God of the Bible, the God of St. John’s Gospel -- is different from all other gods. This God is alive and full of life. This God is not the picture of deadness and death, aloneness and isolation.  This God is the picture of life, relationship, and unity. For within this God, within this one God, there are three divine persons who live, who love, and who work -- together. This is the glorious mystery of the Trinity. The Trinity means divine life. The Trinity means three, living Persons -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit -- who relate to each other.  The Trinity means mutual love and service among three Persons. 

The Word was always with God the Father.  This Word was, is, and will be the Trinity’s second person. The Word is also the Son of God or, as revealed in time, Jesus Christ. God the Father and God the Son live, love, and work for each other. As one, they create "all things" together: the Father creates all things, including all human life, through the Son. 

So the Father, through the Son, creates all human lives. The little one swimming in his mother’s womb, the infant smiling in his father’s arms, the child crying in pain in a hospital bed, the energetic teen running another mile, the old man gasping for his last breath -- all were created, at their beginning, by the Father through the Son. No exceptions.  Divine life creates human life. 


O God, may we always be quick to call you Father. And when we call you father, let your Spirit remind us that we, and all people, from their beginning to their last day, are your children. We praise you, Father, that you sent your Son to reveal to the  world that all people are His brothers and sisters, that all people are your children. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

86 posted on 03/15/2013 9:48:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I just returned from Connecticut, where I visited a 40 Days for Life campaign and spoke at a banquet for the pregnancy center just around the corner from the abortion facility.

There are many victories on the sidewalk. But there are also disappointments. The common thread, though, is that nothing can happen if we are not there for the women as they enter — and leave — the abortion center. 

Between 40 Days for Life campaigns and the thousands of pregnancy centers from coast to coast, you are giving women hope at the most important level — the local level.

Here are some examples of the right people being in the right place at the right time.



Major in Huntsville notes that it’s often difficult to reach women on their way into the abortion center because of the facility’s escorts, who do their best to prevent vigil participants from speaking to their clients.

One day recently, the escorts weren’t there – so the volunteers had a chance to talk to a woman outside. She thought she was pregnant, but was told she needed a blood test. The abortion facility only charged $25, while other medical providers wanted upwards of $100.

Major said the woman did not appear to be abortion minded, but going into the abortion center ”is simply taking a terrible risk with the baby's life as those folks would surely try to convince her that she was in a bad pregnancy.”

One of the vigil participants knows a pro-life doctor, so she called him for advice. The doctor quickly offered to write the order for a blood test – and to pay for it himself.

“Prayer works,” Major said. “It always works!”




Greenland's campaign has had a constant theme: snow! One storm alone dumped 30 inches. The volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil had to stay inside that day – but they didn’t stop praying – and they were back out with snow shovels soon afterward.

Jackie in Greenland tells of one volunteer. “She had an encounter with a young man who drives by the vigil site regularly. He told her he doesn't believe in her pro-life stance but he marveled at her perseverance,” she said.


“We are making a statement to the larger community, by our perseverance in praying outside the abortion center in all weather conditions,” said Jackie. “People are sacrificing their own comfort to save babies, and only God knows what effects this is having on other souls.”



“It was a bitterly cold day in the UK,” said Isabel in Birmingham. “The prayer volunteers stood shivering outside Calthorpe abortion clinic.”

They watched as a woman came out – perhaps the mother of a younger woman who had arrived for an abortion. She stopped next to the volunteers and simply said, “Well done! You've saved a life today!”

“No one noticed the cold anymore!” Isabel said.

That good news was tempered by what the volunteers saw next – a woman in a wheelchair being taken from the abortion center to her car.

“The fact that it was the clinic's wheelchair … led us to assume that she was suffering after having had an abortion,” Isabel said. “The battle continues.”

87 posted on 03/17/2013 10:33:12 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 33, March 17, 2013

Rev. John Ensor, vice president, Heartbeat International


As we pray for the end of abortion, let us pray for the expansion of the pregnancy help center movement worldwide.


The dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne.

Revelation 12:4-5


You don’t need to be a theological scholar to get the essential point of Revelation 12. Something BIG is afoot. It has something to do with the birth of Christ and the  children of God.

It involves a war in heaven, with powers and principalities beyond our expertise.  But the battles are fought here on earth. The crux of the matter centers around the babe of Bethlehem and the cross of Calvary.

It continues to unfold down through the ages, through us, the children of God, who put their faith in Christ and take up their cross and follow him.  We are waging a war of love against all things that destroy body and soul.  The intensity waxes and wanes, but like labor pains, they grow and culminate in new life.  The unleashing of legal abortion nearly 40 years ago stirred up prayer (lamentation really).   Many were then led to start pregnancy help centers and maternity homes.

Today there are over 3,000 such ministries that did not exist 40 years ago.  They reflect a movement of God on our watch: Christians driven to give their time and charity to end abortion one woman at a time.  Let’s pray this movement expands worldwide. Let’s pray for thousands more Christians to start, serve and support pregnancy help centers. 


O God, from generation to generation, you have called your people to be the very aroma of life amidst a culture of death. Now it is our turn.  Prepare me. Send me. Use me. I am eager to do my part.  Stir your people every where to take up this great work. 

88 posted on 03/17/2013 10:40:19 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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First of all, happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Being from the Bible belt prepared me for the pro-life movement where Catholics, Protestants and Evangelicals are united in prayer and action to defend life.

This unity is something we should be proud of ... and it is certainly something the abortion industry notices as we strengthen each other in our common faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

As a Catholic who grew up in east Texas, I know a good Baptist when I see one. Recently the Southern Baptist Convention did a huge story on 40 Days for Life and a great article on one amazing Baptist woman -- our friend Katherine Hearne.

Katherine has everything you could love about the south ... including her faith, courage and beautiful Carolina accent. Katherine and her friend, Andrea Hines, a Catholic, led 40 Days for Life campaigns in Charlotte since the beginning of this effort and as a result have helped save hundreds of lives.

See what God can do when we stand together for His children ... and be encouraged as you read these two articles from the Baptist Press along with media coverage from around the world.


One article is an interview with me and David Bereit, and it talks about how 40 Days for Life sprang from one hour of prayer around an old wooden table in College Station, Texas in 2004.



The other report focuses on Katherine Hearn and 40 Days for Life in Charlotte, North Carolina – even before the project’s coast-to-coast debut in 2007.

You can read about the successes of the Charlotte campaign in chapter 8 of the 40 Days for Life book … and there’s also a story about Australia’s campaigns in chapter 38. Speaking of Australia … let's head even farther south.




The Brisbane Catholic Leader profiled Brendan and Judy Wong, the couple who helped start Australia’s first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign … and are now directing their fifth campaign.

Brendan grew up in Australia, but Judy is from the United States. They met in Germany – at World Youth Day in 2005 when they both ended up in the same discussion group. The following year, they got married. 

Fast forward to 2008, when Judy’s mom in Pennsylvania mentioned something called 40 Days for Life that was spreading across America. It didn’t take long after that for 40 Days for Life to start spreading across Australia as well.




Although the New Hampshire Union-Leader characterized 40 Days for Life vigil participants as “demonstrators,” the campaign had a great opportunity to tell the community about their efforts.

Planned Parenthood’s spokesman gave the organization’s typical response: "These protest marathons are designed to intimidate the many patients who seek basic health care services from Planned Parenthood."

One of the volunteers held a poster with the message, “Look at the ultrasound.” That suggests Planned Parenthood’s main concern here – losing business.



The Idaho Statesman newspaper featured an account of Boise’s 40 Days for Life vigil.

"Our goal is to save babies and the only way we can do it is through prayer," said one of the Boise volunteers. "Sometimes this is hard," another participant said on a cold, windy morning. "But we just have to trust that when we show up, God shows up, and He's doing the work."

89 posted on 03/18/2013 9:43:57 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 34, March 18, 2013

Rev. Ben Sheldon, President Emeritus, Presbyterians Pro-life


We pray for the conversion of abortionists and all abortion advocates.


Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. Isaiah 1:16-17


God is just.  Inscribed around the inside of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC, are the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson: 

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.”

If the deist, Jefferson, knew in the depths of his being that God is just, how much more ought we Christians to reflect on this profound truth? The justice of God, like his holiness and his purity, encourages us to seek justice for all people.  It is the evil deeds and wrong, selfish attitudes of our modern society that have led to the cavalier acceptance of abortion and euthanasia. But, as Jefferson also said, “his justice will not sleep forever.”

God is calling us today to seek justice, to encourage the oppressed, and to defend the orphans and widows of our society.  It is a noble calling! It is one which every true believer, every God-fearing man and woman, should heed with no hesitation and no reluctance.  To follow the God of justice and truth is to stand unequivocally for the right to life of everyone, especially the unborn, the physically disabled, and the terminally ill.

God’s word through the prophet Isaiah is as relevant in today’s 21st century world as it was in Isaiah’s 8th century BC world. May God’s grace help us to defend the unborn’s right to life as well as that of the already born. 


O God, our heavenly Father, give us courage and wisdom as we seek to eradicate the evil in our society.  Help us to realize that your divine Spirit alone can change hearts and minds so that all your human creatures may enjoy the fullness of life you intended for them.  I pray this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

90 posted on 03/18/2013 9:55:34 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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As we roll into the final week of this 40 Days for Life campaign, we now know of 423 babies and mothers spared from abortion these past 33 days!

Here are three stories where mothers rejected abortion … and not a word was spoken on the sidewalk to any of the young women who chose life. It was all the power of prayer and God’s grace.


A group of people – including a number of children – were praying on the sidewalk outside the abortion center in Santa Maria.

A car stopped in the street right in front of them, and a young woman got out. She took a close look at the children and what they were doing, but she then looked away and walked towards the building.

As she opened the door and was just about to walk in, she stopped. She looked back at the children, and watched them again.

This time, she looked down … closed the door …. retraced her steps … and left!

“The children all saw this,” said Jim in Santa Maria, “and were assured that this turn-back likely saved this young woman from a horrible choice.”

The children’s prayers became even more fervent and joyous. Said Jim, “Such a rich blessing to see!”


There is no abortion clinic in Ketchikan. But that doesn’t mean abortion doesn’t touch this town of about 8,000 people in southeastern Alaska. There are women there who have abortions – they just travel someplace else to do it.

So, said Rob, one of the 40 Days for Life leaders, “we have been manning our vigil site since day one.”

“Supporters have brought us food and coffee as we battled inclement weather and our numbers, though small, are growing,” said Ken, one of the volunteers. “God will honor the prayers of His people!”

He’s not just saying that. There’s proof!

“Last week a local pastor reported that a young lady who had an appointment for an abortion had seen our signs at the vigil and had then canceled her appointment,” Rob said. “She chose life!”


Jeanie in Syracuse got a phone call from a young woman asking how abortion affects women. “I shared with her the possible side-effects and impact an abortion can have,” she said, and gave her a number of resources that might help.

The young woman was considering abortion, and everyone was telling her that abortion was no big deal – she should go through with it and get on with her life.

Jeanie shared the story with the 40 Days for Life team, and they all prayed.

Later that day, the young woman called back. She had gone for an ultrasound and saw her baby’s picture – and has changed her mind about abortion.

It was at this point that Jeanie finally asked how she had gotten her phone number. The woman had seen it on a 40 Days for Life flyer on a bulletin board at college. The flyer said, “Save lives!”

“Let the people praying know they are doing good out there," she told Jeanie. “Tell them they saved a baby girl!”

“God is so amazing,” Jeanie said. “It is through His abundant love and grace that this woman had a change of heart!”

91 posted on 03/18/2013 8:33:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 35, March 19, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors


Pray that all believers participating in 40 Days for Life will make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3).


And the glory which You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

John 17:22-23


Christ prayed that all those who would believe in Him would be united in single purpose and spirit, just as He and the Father were united.  I find it convicting to consider that those who would run to Jesus with their sins, seeking forgiveness, and falling in love with the Savior, often run from Christians today. Is it because they see division and dissension instead of unity and peace? 

No doubt Christ is pleased to see the body unified and praying together during these 40 days. This is exactly what we see when we read about the beginnings of the church. Both the unity and the prayer are conspicuous, along with the results of unified prayer. 

Acts 2:46-47 tells us, “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”

No doubt the enemy is disheartened to see the unity in prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil, and he will continuously try to disrupt the bond of peace among brothers and sisters in Christ.  Let us guard our hearts and minds, exhibiting the love of Christ that He so graciously gives us, so that those watching will see the love among us and know that He must love them too!


Heavenly Father, give us grace in every situation to work toward unity. With humility, gentleness, and patience, may we endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There are hurting men and women Lord at the crossroads of life and death who are looking for love and peace in their lives.

May they see Christ in us and be drawn to the abundant life that only He can give. It is in Christ’s precious name that we pray, amen.

92 posted on 03/18/2013 8:40:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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I’m in Baltimore today, speaking to a group of young 40 Days for Life volunteers. I just got back from a visit to Connecticut.



When I spoke at the Bridgeport vigil, I noticed that some of the abortion facility workers came out to listen to what I was saying.

Since we are in the last week of the campaign, I talked about how the abortion workers who leave their jobs during 40 Days for Life usually do so during the last part of the campaign.

I also shared how we are there for these workers ... and how our message to them is one of hope and love – two things they will not find inside an abortion facility.




Earlier during this campaign, I told you about a number of Planned Parenthood locations that were closing – including two in Iowa. A 40 Days for Life coordinator in Iowa now says other Planned Parenthood facilities are seeing a downturn in business – and cutting their hours of operation.

“Across Iowa, we've seen great results this spring,” said Jim in Cedar Rapids. “The Planned Parenthood abortion facility here quietly reduced their hours by 25 percent, which included remaining closed on Thursdays, after being open at least five days a week for many years.”

Jim said the center also cut its hours on Mondays and Fridays. “When Thursday came,” he said, “many clients encountered locked doors. They eventually saw the sign.”

Statewide, he said, about half of their sites have scaled back their hours – in addition to the two that closed last week. “Those closures cut over 45 more hours from their statewide hours,” Jim said. “This makes standing in the colder-than-usual weather worth it.”

The Sioux City facility, where 40 Days for Life vigils have been held in the past, was cut by 10 hours per week. “They also discontinued surgical abortions, due to the lack of an abortionist,” he said. “Medical abortions, likely via webcam, are still listed.”

Planned Parenthood in Red Oak, Iowa has also cut its hours and is now open two days each week instead of three. "Currently," said Rod, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator in Red Oak, "they are only open 11 hours per week."

“When God gets involved, the one thing you can count on is that He will keep changing the reason for closures and scaling back of hours,” Jim said. “He doesn't tend to use the same method twice in a row. It will cause the collapse of the abortion industry.”




Recently, I told you about the four times in recent weeks that ambulances were called to the Planned Parenthood center in Orange County, California where a 40 Days for Life vigil is under way outside.

There are reports of five ambulance calls at the Marie Stopes abortion center in London's Ealing section, where 40 Days for Life volunteers are praying.

A similar story now comes from Wilmington, Delaware – where four times in five weeks, volunteers have seen ambulances drive up to the Planned Parenthood abortion center … and drive away with women who were taken out of the building by paramedics.

This story has a twist. In the latest emergency call, a 40 Days for Life prayer volunteer – a 63-year-old grandmother – was using her phone to make a video recording of the ambulance.

While she was doing that, a woman (apparently not an employee) came out of the building, heading straight toward the vigil participant. This woman then shoved the volunteer to the sidewalk and took her phone.

The attacker got away – but police are trying to find her.

The volunteer received medical attention, but she said she’s okay. We're not sure about the four women who left this Planned Parenthood center by ambulance.

93 posted on 03/19/2013 10:29:36 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 36, March 20, 2013

Vera Faith Lord, Director, Alpha/Omega Life Ministry


Pray that those who have forgotten their purpose may discover it in God and therefore have the courage to choose life.


These all wait for you, that you may give them their food in due season, what you give them they gather in; you open your hand they are filled with good. You hide your face, they are troubled; you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. You send forth your Spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the earth.

Psalm 104:27-30


“I am a feather on the breath of God.

As the quote above portrays, we are upheld by the power and purpose of God. Our very existence on earth, from our body’s first breath to its last, when we leave it to return home, is our Father’s choice and happens only by His willing to do so.

He who created the universe also created that which is “me.” I do not “have” a soul I AM a soul, as well as a body. My entire purpose in this life is to find my way back to my Creator.


Beloved Father, remind us today that there is no truth but you.  Do not let us fall prey to the evil one’s lie that we may choose death. Remind us right now that you, who created all life, are in control of all life, and let us know right now that youwho  created all life, are in control of all life, and let us choose life always. 

Father, please let us hear your voice more today than yesterday.  Keep lighting the pathway home, for us and for all who participate in this 40 Days for Life campaign.  Father, we’re on our way. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.

94 posted on 03/19/2013 10:40:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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As a special time of prayer and fasting, 40 Days for Life “is the answer to a great problem in our country.”

Those words could be said about each of the 19 countries where 40 Days for Life vigils have taken place. But it’s particularly humbling to know that these thoughts are coming from Russia.

The speaker is Arevik Aivazova, the local campaign coordinator in Moscow.

Today’s entire report is an update on Russia’s first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign.




“Russia was the first country to legalize abortion, in 1920,” Arevik explained. “As a result, abortion still remains the primary method of family planning amongst most Russian women.” At 143 million, Russia’s population is less than half that of the United States. But the number of abortions is astounding.

“Officially, more than one million abortions take place in Russia annually,” Arevik said, “but this number excludes abortions in private clinics and medical abortions. Unofficially, the number of abortions in our country is more than six million a year. Now is the time to repent for the sins of past generations and stop abortion in Russia!”

Even though this is only Russia’s first 40 Days for Life effort, she said, “God's work is so clearly seen in people's lives.”



n addition to the vigil in Moscow, prayer is also taking place in two suburbs – Shchelkovo and Lyubertsy – as well as the St. Petersburg-area city of Vyborg.

"Our group prayed at abortion clinics,” said Elena Menchikova of Source of Life Church in Vyborg. “It was an unforgettable experience meeting with the women at the door step of abortion centers. God gave us words of prayer, which would not have happened if we had just prayed at the church and did not come in contact with these women."

The church was asked to pray for a young woman whose mother wanted to force her to have an abortion. Some church members visited the family and showed them a model of a 12-week baby. “Both mother and daughter broke into tears,” she said, “and the unborn baby was saved.”



The campaign's community outreach even opened the doors to prison ministry (shown above).

"We showed women in the prison a film, 'Life from the Beginning to Birth.' The film touched these women," Arevik said, "and the officers saw the need to serve the women with post-abortion syndrome."

Young and old alike are joining the effort. There’s a group of 350 bible school students who pray every morning for an end to abortion. There’s also a ministry called Elder Generation that is joining in prayer.

“Many of the elderly people cried,” said Tatiana Derr, one of the ministry’s leaders. “But God will not forsake those who have conceived … the babies will be safe. We’re praying for our grandchildren and for their future.”



We’ve talked about campaigns in cold-weather cities – and Moscow is certainly one of the coldest. “Given our climate, prayer on the street was the biggest challenge for us,” Arevik said. “The second half of February is traditionally the coldest time of the year.” It is not uncommon for the temperature to remain below freezing, day and night, for the entire month. Early March isn’t much warmer.

The vigil participants in Moscow are already looking forward to another opportunity to pray. This time, many were uncertain about attracting attention. “Considering the Russian mentality, people are just not used to seeing people pray on the streets.” But in the future, she said, “we will be bolder.”

95 posted on 03/20/2013 10:30:48 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 37, March 21, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life


We are the defenders of true freedom.  May our witness unveil the deception of the “pro-choice” slogan.


Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

2 Corinthians 3:17


Norma McCorvey (the former Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade) used to work at an abortion mill named “A Choice for Women.” She now realizes what a cruel irony that title was.  She saw first hand, just as pregnancy resource center counselors see, that women don’t get abortions because of freedom of choice, but rather because they feel they have no freedom and no choice.  They feel trapped, abandoned, desperate and afraid, and have been led to believe that abortion is their only option. 

As Frederica Mathewes-Green has written, no want wants an abortion like she wants a Porsche or an ice cream; rather, she wants it like an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg. 

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” That doesn’t mean that the Spirit allows us to do whatever we want or to decide for ourselves what’s right and wrong.  Rather, it means that the Spirit gives us the freedom to do what is right, the power to choose what is good, when we see it before us and yet feel pulled in the opposite direction. Liberty means that we no longer have to feel doomed to do what we know is wrong. 

We are the people of the Spirit of the Lord, and when we take action on behalf of life, especially by being present at abortion mills, we are acting on behalf of true freedom, and imparting to those who are in bondage the power to do what is right. 


Come, Holy Spirit. You are the Spirit of freedom, the source of all that is good, the power to do what is right. Fill us, and fill those who are in bondage today, feeling doomed to do what is wrong. Set them free, and help us to hasten them on the road to freedom, where your grace overcomes every temptation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

96 posted on 03/20/2013 10:39:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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We can see the finish line from here – so keep going! People are tired, weary … but aware that the need for prayer remains great. And if you haven’t been to a 40 Days for Life vigil yet, it isn’t too late. In fact, today would be a great day to start!

Find the location nearest you!


People have come to join the 40 Days for Life vigil from the nearby communities of Daly City, San Ramon and San Bruno – people who “responded YES to praying for the mommies and their babies,” as one team member put it – including mothers and their children … and a group of Catholic nuns.

Vigil participants are facing a new challenge, though, as one of the city supervisors wants to expand a bubble zone around abortion facilities from 8 feet to 25 feet – a move that could push the peaceful vigil farther away from the abortion center. The supervisor cited alleged harassment of Planned Parenthood clients in his call for changing the requirements.

"There's no harassment whatsoever," Ron Konopaski, the 40 Days for Life coordinator, told the San Francisco Chronicle“We're here to help the woman in any way we can and save the baby from being killed."

“We are working with Life Legal Defense Foundation,” one of the team leaders said, “but need your prayers and willingness to be present with us to stop this infringement of our constitutional rights.”


The number of faith communities taking part in 40 Days for Life continues to grow.

Caroline in St. Louis sent a link to this video of a prayer hour at the vigil organized by Lutherans for Life. Members of several area Lutheran churches gathered to pray and sing in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood.

To watch the short video (it's only around a minute long), click the image below or go to


“I went for the first time to a 40 Days for Life Campaign in Grand Rapids, Michigan,” said Mary, who wrote about her experiences on the 40 Days for Life blog. “There were only a handful of people there, but one man’s dedication was truly impressive.”

The sun was shining, but it was very cold with a strong west wind – “a day I’d rather be doing something else than stand and pray in front of an abortion clinic with my 14-year-old daughter,” she said.

The man she’s talking about took a day off from work to be there. He arrived at 6 that morning to fill a gap in the schedule. “He stayed til 6 pm – maybe longer,” Mary said. He did take a break from time to time – but only if he was sure other volunteers would man the vigil until he returned.

“You would have never guessed that this was his first time here,” Mary said, “and I’d bet it won’t be his last either. What an inspiration to us all – especially to my young daughter!”

97 posted on 03/22/2013 8:11:15 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 38, March 22, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life


Pray that we become vessels of hope to all around us, especially to those who minister in the pro-life movement.


On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”

Luke 24:1-5


This meditation, based on a sermon I once heard, is adapted for pro-life concerns.  It’s Friday. Jesus is on the cross. He has been killed by his enemies; he is off the scene. But that’s because it’s Friday.  Sunday’s comin’! 

It’s Friday. Abortionists continue their work 3,300 times a day, tearing off the arms and legs of little babies and crushing their heads. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday. Pro-abortion groups receive blood money from billionaires who are as deceived as they are. But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday. Liars attempt to speak for all women and hide the pain of abortion, and ignore the evidence of how it harms women, and call abortion a blessing. But that’s because it’s Friday.  Sunday’s comin’!

It’s Friday. People of hardened hearts guard the clinics and usher desperate women in to have their abortions, while keeping them from the pro-life people who want to give them hope.  But that’s because it’s Friday. Sunday’s comin’!

Hope does not mean that we ignore or minimize the evils around us. It means, rather, that we see the whole picture, which is that evil is conquered because of what happened one Sunday morning.  We are called to proclaim, celebrate, and serve that victory, waiting in joyful hope for Christ’s return and the full flowering of the Culture of Life!

Indeed, Sunday’s comin’!


Lord, fill your people with new hope.  Make us vessels of hope to all around us, especially to those who minister in the pro-life movement, that as we engage in the difficult work ahead, we may experience the peace and joy that come only from you and that nobody can take away from us. We ask this through Christ our Lord, amen.

98 posted on 03/22/2013 8:18:46 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Lots of people love the peaceful approach of 40 Days for Life and see how God has used this effort.

BUT ... it comes as no surprise to find out that not everybody is a fan.

There are people in the abortion industry who call this campaign “40 Days of Harassment.” No one is being harassed, of course (except maybe the prayer volunteers).

The truth is that peaceful prayer on the sidewalk is bad for business. So the pro-abortion side is doing whatever it can to minimize the impact … by twisting the truth.


There are a number of pro-abortion backlash efforts that have adopted the “40 days” theme. The worst of the lot is jointly sponsored by “Clergy for Choice” and the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Eureka, California.

This effort, “40 Days of Prayer to Keep Abortion Safe and Legal,” is really a mockery of 40 Days for Life – and frankly, of God. They use a collection of 40 daily prayer intentions – sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

But listen to some of the "Clergy for Choice" intentions:

  • Day 5: Today we pray for medical students who want to include abortion care in their practice.
  • Day 18: Today we pray for all the staff at abortion clinics around the nation. May they be daily confirmed in the sacred care that they offer women.
  • Day 27: Today we give thanks for abortion providers around the nation whose concern for women is the driving force in their lives.
  • Day 40: Today we give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal.

To respond to each of those “prayer” intentions:

  • Day 5: Fewer and fewer medical students are interested in abortion. Aging abortionists are retiring and not being replaced.
  • Day 18: Abortion -- the destruction of innocent children -- is considered "sacred care"? Unbelievable!
  • Day 27: The “driving force” for Planned Parenthood is money. There is no prestige in the abortion trade.
  • Day 40: Safe and legal? Based on numerous ambulance calls at abortion facilities, “safe” couldn’t be any farther from the truth. And of course, abortion is never “safe” for the baby.

Let’s all pray for all of those who’ve convinced themselves that abortion is a moral “choice” – and for all who are deluded into believing that lie.




In spite of all the shrill rhetoric … the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit can reach the minds, hearts and souls of even the people on the inside of the abortion centers.

“A woman stopped to tell vigil prayer volunteers (several Knights of Columbus men) that she used to work at the abortion center they were standing in front of,” said Jackie in Greenland, “and how after three months of working there, she just had to quit.”

The woman said the abortion facility was “a terrible place. Fourteen-year-old girls go there … and they are not helping them. Their parents aren't informed.”

She thanked the men several times for what they were doing … and then drove off.

She didn’t say when she had worked there, Jackie said, “but it brought to mind a clinic worker, who a few years ago during a 40 Days for Life campaign, had asked me and my prayer partner to pray for her as she was leaving the abortion center. Only God knows if this was the same worker.”

99 posted on 03/22/2013 8:20:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 40 Days for Life, Inc.

Devotional for Day 39, March 23, 2013

Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life board of directors


Pray that volunteers will replace exhaustion or discouragement with rejoicing over the miracles we have seen thus far, and enthusiastic service as God takes us on to victory!


In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:6-7


We have reason to rejoice when we consider the many babies whose lives have been saved during the 40 Days for Life campaign. Add to those lives, the women and men who have been spared from a devastating decision and now have opportunity to make a plan for their baby that is both life affirming and God honoring.  Whether directly, or indirectly, you have contributed to these testimonies of praise with your sacrificial service.

Perhaps you have been grieved by various trials during your commitment to 40 days.  The attacks of the enemy come in many forms -- difficulties in relationships, finances, health. Or maybe you are physically and mentally exhausted and haveeen marking off the days on your calendar, eagerly waiting for Day 40. 

Consider these trials in light of God’s plan for you.  The Apostle Paul understood the big picture when he said in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

This is our Hope and our victory. Let us rejoice in the opportunity to give that Hope to others in our path. 


Dear Heavenly Father, we sing to You a new song, for You have done marvelous things. Forgive us when we allow circumstances to defeat us. You give power to the faint and You increase strength in those who have no might.  We rest in You dear Lord, and ask You to empower us again for Your service as You work out Your plan for us and through us.

May You receive glory through our victory in Christ, in whose name we pray,amen.

100 posted on 03/23/2013 10:04:49 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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