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40 Days for Life runs [September 25] through November 3 in 306 cities
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Posted on 09/25/2013 7:55:50 PM PDT by Salvation

40 Days for Life runs through November 3 in 306 cities

Today [September 24] ... we launch a new campaign -- and a new video that shows just what God can do over these next 40 days. In this short video, you'll meet people whose lives are forever changed ... because of faithful, prayerful volunteers ... during 40 Days for Life.

There are two former Planned Parenthood managers -- and a woman who chose life for her baby, simply because there were people outside the abortion center who were specifically praying for her and her child. Hear their amazing stories in this short video ... then email this page everyone you know so they can find out for themselves just what 40 Days for Life is all about!

Find the 40 Days for Life location nearest you. Click on the city name -- and sign up to get involved!

 

HUGE news about the place 40 Days for Life started: CLOSING!

 

If you've followed 40 Days for Life for any length of time, you know that this worldwide movement began in Bryan/College Station, Texas. Planned Parenthood even labeled Bryan/College Station as "the most anti-choice place" in the nation.

The local Planned Parenthood abortion center there has had more 40 Days for Life vigils outside its doors than any other place in the world ... and that is the the place where Abby Johnson, the director of that facility, experienced a conversion, quit her job and joined the pro-life movement. That facility just announced it is CLOSING ... [more]

 

Four more abortion centers confirmed CLOSED

Since the last 40 Days for Life ended in March, four more abortion centers which were sites of 40 Days for Life campaigns have CLOSED their doors!

 

Shortly after the campaign, volunteers learned that a late-term abortion facility in Sacramento, California ... where multiple 40 Days for Life prayer vigils had been held outside ... had gone out of business.

Just a few weeks later, a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Kenwood, Washington - where two 40 Days for Life vigils have been held outside - announced its permanent closure. Then an abortion center in Toledo, Ohio ... that had seen SIX 40 Days for Life vigils in the public right-of-way outside ... turned out the lights and locked the doors. And then it was a Fairfax, Virginia abortion facility ... where TEN 40 Days for Life campaigns were held.

All four of them are CLOSED. To God be the glory! That now makes 37 abortion facilities ... where people of faith have prayed and fasted outside during 40 Days for Life vigils ... that have shut down.

 

"I knew having an abortion would scar me forever"

 

"The morning after I found out I was pregnant, I started realizing what bringing a child into this world would mean for ME and MY life and MY future.

"I wasn't thinking about the life being created inside of me. I started thinking about abortion.

"I have always been pro-choice, and most of the people in my life are as well. When I told the father, he said he could not have a baby - but he would pay for the abortion. When I started telling other people about my situation, most said I would be insane to have the baby. Logically, I felt like they were right ..."



TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues; Prayer
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; prayerprolife
Video at the site. I tried to get the url, but couldn't seem to grab it.
1 posted on 09/25/2013 7:55:51 PM PDT by Salvation
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The 40 Days for Life campaign is firmly rooted on a foundation of prayer and fasting. To help maintain focus on the Lord and stay in tune with His guidance, we have prepared a series of daily devotionals — one for each of the 40 days of the spring 2013 campaign.

We fervently believe that prayer and fasting will end abortion, and your prayers are very much needed and appreciated. Please follow the links below to read and meditate upon these brief reflections.

Printable versions are available; please click the link at the bottom of each devotional.


2 posted on 09/25/2013 8:06:29 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Preparation, September 24, 2013

Carmen Pate, Truth in Action Ministries

Intention:

For God’s blessing upon the coming 40

Days for Life campaign.

Scripture:

If My people who are called by My

name will humble themselves, and

pray and seek My face, and turn from

their wicked ways, then I will hear

from heaven, and forgive their sin and

heal their land. — 2 Chronicles 7:14

Reflection:

Not unlike God’s chosen people of Israel,

we must humble ourselves, pray,

seek His face, and turn from our wicked

ways, if we expect God to hear from

heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our

land. The need for repentance has not

been greater since the Supreme Court

decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973.

The number one cause of death in

America is the needless sacrifice of our

children at the altar of convenience

called abortion. Conservative estimates

put the number of deaths at nearly 48

million.

And lest we think this is an issue outside

the church walls, 43 percent of

women obtaining abortions identify

themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent

identify themselves as Catholic.

One in four women has at least one

abortion by the age of 45 – both non-

Christian and Christian alike. Where

was the voice of Truth – the church?

Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries,

Inc. sums up the issue best as she

writes, “We (the church) have been an

unintentional accomplice to the millions

of lives lost and to the multiplied

millions of lives devastated by abortion.

We didn’t want them to abort. We

didn’t mean for them to abort. But, because

of our lack of knowledge, because

of our fear, we have continued to

stand by and do nothing.

“We, God’s hands and feet in this dark

and hurting world, have been unintentional,

unknowledgeable accomplice,

but an accomplice nonetheless.”

May today mark the beginning of

change within the church, as God’s

people, in unity, seek His forgiveness.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we have turned our

backs on you and your principles in

your Word. We have allowed man to

usurp Your role as God over life and

the number of our days.

But we come to you in brokenness and

repentance over our sin.

We cry out for Your mercy and ask you

to remove the scourge of abortion from

our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord,

to bring the light of Your Truth to our

nation once again. Because of Christ we

pray, amen


3 posted on 09/25/2013 8:12:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 1, September 25, 2013

David Brandao, Communications Director, 40 Days for Life

Intention:

That we may use these 40 Days for Life

to plead for God’s mercy and grace upon

all those involved in the sin of abortion.

Scripture:

Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a

fast, call an assembly. Gather the people,

notify the congregation. Assemble

the elders; gather the children and the

infants at the breast… Let the priests,

the ministers of the Lord, weep and

say, "Spare, O Lord, your people.”

—Joel 2:15-17

Reflection:

The toll of abortion cannot be measured.

We hear estimates of almost 50

million innocent victims, but that’s only

one aspect of the harm that has unfolded

in abortion’s wake. There are also

the mothers and fathers of these millions,

as well as the grandparents,

brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles,

cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives

of the living shattered.

It’s overwhelming and depressing, but

even in the midst of such unfathomable

darkness, the church teaches us to have

hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that

followed Christ’s 40 days in the desert,

but without Calvary there would have

been no Resurrection – His victory

over death that opened the gates of

heaven to those who believe in and follow

Him.

The psalmist encourages us to go humbly

before God as we seek His will:

A clean heart create for me, O God,

and a steadfast spirit renew within

me… Give me back the joy of your

salvation and a willing spirit sustain

in me… O Lord, open my lips, and

my mouth shall proclaim your

praise (Psalm 51:12-17).

We are called to be God’s messengers;

or as the Apostle Paul wrote:

We are ambassadors for Christ, as if

God were appealing through us. We

implore you on behalf of Christ: be

reconciled to God (2 Corinthians

5:20).

That is the true message to all we encounter

at the abortion centers and in

our communities who have been deceived

by the Culture of Death. We

don’t bring condemnation; we bring

God’s good news.

Prayer:

Lord, we ask for the strength, courage,

wisdom, determination and stamina to

carry out this mission according to

Your will.

Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and

proclaim Your truth, always doing so

with a spirit of love and compassion, as

was demonstrated to us through the

work of Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His

name we pray, amen.


4 posted on 09/25/2013 8:14:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Prayer Ping for everyone! Be pro-life! Go out and be a part of a peaceful demonstation at a Planned Parenthood site.


5 posted on 09/25/2013 8:16:38 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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We’re on it. My wife is the vigil coordinator for Baltimore.


6 posted on 09/25/2013 8:29:46 PM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillife.com)
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Outstanding!


7 posted on 09/25/2013 9:08:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Part of it here in NW Arkansas!


8 posted on 09/25/2013 9:09:51 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (Ephesians 6:12 becomes more real to me with each news cycle.)
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Way to go!


9 posted on 09/25/2013 9:15:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Thus far, we’ve seen 83 abortion facility employees have conversions and leave their jobs during 40 Days for Life campaigns.

You heard from two of them — who not only left but then joined the vigil — in the video we sent yesterday. If you missed it (or just want to see it again), watch it and share with friends. Here’s the link:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=4655

I can’t say where, of course … but we’ve heard that abortion workers have already reached out to prayer volunteers on Day 1 so keep them in your prayers!

For these 40 days, we pray for the babies, the men and women seeking abortion — and yes — the workers in the abortion centers. Those prayers will go on day or night … rain or shine … on four continents.

Columbia, Missouri

The darkness of the night provided a solemn setting for the opening candlelight vigil in Columbia.

This location is a Planned Parenthood center that once offered abortions — but has not been able to keep an abortionist on staff. There have been no abortions here for 15 months. Prayer volunteers are hoping to see the day when this facility goes out of business.

White Plains, New York

It was sunny for the kickoff rally in White Plains. “We had a good turnout,” said Gerald. “Praise God!”

He noted with sadness that 2,257 abortions took place in the area in 2011, the most recent year reported. But “there is some good news here … the abortion numbers are declining year over year.”

Port Charlotte, Florida

It was not so sunny in Port Charlotte, where their 40 Days for Life campaign started out in the rain. They’ve had lots of rain — even flooding lately.

But after the vigil began, the rain was replaced by a rainbow. “Praise God for the wonderful sign,” said Stephanie in Port Charlotte.


10 posted on 09/26/2013 7:44:06 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: To Hell With Poverty; cyclotic; Faith

You can sign up for the emails and get all the pictures. I can’t seem to get the imgs to put them on the thread.


11 posted on 09/26/2013 7:45:11 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: To Hell With Poverty; cyclotic; Faith

Oryou can check Shawn’s blog on the site.

http://www.40daysforlife.com/blog/


12 posted on 09/26/2013 7:47:50 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 2, September 26, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Intention:

Pray for those who work in the abortion

industry, and for those who have

repented of committing abortions and

have resolved to defend life.

Scripture:

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father,

into your hands I commit my spirit.”

When he had said this, he breathed

his last. The centurion, seeing what had

happened, praised God and said, “Surely

this was a righteous man.”

—Luke 23:46-47

Reflection:

“Those of us who have participated in

the killing of unborn children are the

Centurions of today. We have dropped

our swords against the unborn child.

Now we must recognize the depth of

our guilt and deal with the ramifications...

To revitalize our humanity we

need to forgive and be forgiven, to reconcile

and be healed.”

These words come from a brochure of

the Society of Centurions, an organization

for former abortion providers.

These words convey in a beautiful and

moving way what is happening across

the nation as hundreds of abortionists

and their staff members experience repentance,

conversion, and healing.

How does this conversion begin? Dr.

Philip Ney writes, “The factors that

changed their opinion on performing

abortions, in the following order of frequency,

were: evidence of the infant’s

humanity, a spiritual experience, personal

distress, evidence of the mother’s

distress, scientific articles, being accepted

as a person, a personal relationship

with a pro-lifer, pro-life pickets.”

(The Centurion’s Pathway, p. 77).

The journey is not easy. But the Jesus

who heals us calls us to face the truth

of what we’ve done, make restitution

where possible, and engage in the hard

work of mending relationships. Let’s

pray for the Centurions; may their

numbers increase!

Prayer:

Lord, we thank you for those who have

repented of committing abortions and

have resolved to defend life. We too

repent and resolve. We repent of every

instance in which fear has made us silent

when we should have spoken.

We repent of the ongoing bloodshed in

our land, and for thinking that we can

deprive the unborn of protection but

keep it for ourselves.

We resolve that we will advance the

cause of righteous candidates for public

office, and that we will be more

afraid of offending you by our silence

than of offending others by our speech.

We resolve that we will proclaim your

name to the nations, through Jesus

Christ our Lord, amen.


13 posted on 09/26/2013 7:51:15 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

We’re up and running in Dayton, Ohio. We had our kick-off rally two weeks early. Big rally this Sunday as well. To God be the glory!


14 posted on 09/26/2013 11:12:37 AM PDT by Faith
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To: Faith

Wonderful!


15 posted on 09/26/2013 8:11:42 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 3, September 27, 2013

Dennis DiMauro, Lutherans for Life

Intention:

We pray for God’s gift of strength as we

strive to protect human life during these

40 Days for Life.

Scripture:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry

about your life, what you will eat or

drink; or about your body, what you

will wear. Is not life more important

than food, and the body more important

than clothes? Look at the birds

of the air; they do not sow or reap or

store away in barns, and yet your

heavenly Father feeds them. Are you

not much more valuable than they?

—Matthew 6:25-26

Reflection:

Billions of dollars are spent each year

on diet plans. But Jesus tells us to stop

worrying so much about our bodies,

and instead to trust in God’s care for

our physical needs

What would happen if the people who

had started on a low-carb diet this year

had instead gone on a diet of heavenly

food? For non-believers that diet would

include trusting in Christ for their salvation,

and for believers it would include

a renewed prayer life, a new Bible

study, or even a spiritual fast.

This diet doesn’t include giving up on

certain kinds of foods. What this diet

includes is giving up on anxiety by resting

in the loving arms of Christ, trusting

that He will provide. Such a spiritual

diet also frees us from our worries,

and allows us to freely praise Him and

serve others. Christ’s words bear repeating:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry

about your life, what you will eat or

drink; or about your body, what

you will wear. Is not life more important

than food, and the body

more important than clothes? Look

at the birds of the air; they do not

sow or reap or store away in barns,

and yet your heavenly Father feeds

them. Are you not much more valuable

than they?

This promised provision teaches us the

inestimable worth of our lives. He will

not allow us to go without. This intimate

knowledge and care for human

life on the part of our gracious God is

what motivates us to seek for the

preservation of human life in all its

stages.

Prayer:

Loving heavenly Father, help us to see

the worth of all human beings by the

way in which you provide for us. We

would ask that you provide also the

faith, grace and courage to enable us to

protect that which is so precious to you.

Through Christ our Lord, Amen


16 posted on 09/26/2013 8:16:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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DAY 3: I’m hooked

September 27th, 2013 by admin

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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA
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I just wrapped up a great visit to Pittsburgh, helping kick off their 40 Days for Life campaign. Here I am at the opening event with Nikki Bruni, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator.

Around 125 people turned out to hear the great praise-and-worship band, Intent … along with Georgette Forney, co-founder the of Silent No More Awareness group. The vigil location is on a busy downtown street.

If you’ve never had a chance to actually pray at a 40 Days for Life vigil — here’s your invitation! The first step is to find the nearest location.

And if you need a bit of encouragement, here’s one first-time prayer volunteer who’s now energized and ready to do even more!

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PENSACOLA, FLORIDA
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“I’m hooked!” was the reaction of a young mom who had just finished her first-ever prayer hours at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Pensacola.

“I feel like I’m actually doing something to end abortion,” she added. “It’s great to do something … instead of just talking about abortion.”

She said she would commit to as many days of prayer at the abortion center as possible.

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ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
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Ethel tells me the first 40 Days for Life campaign in the Atlantic City area is off to a great start — and the blessings are obvious, even when the abortion facility is closed.

“We had so many cars and trucks beeping and waving,” she said. There was also the young woman who drove up to ask for help.

“She was 9 weeks pregnant and considering and abortion,” Ethel explained. The volunteers offered God’s love — and information about how she could find assistance. The woman said she would return for more prayer … but she had to get home, where she has four other children.

Please keep this woman — and the many others just like her — in your prayers.


17 posted on 09/27/2013 6:55:26 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 4, September 28, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Intention:

We ask God that we may understand

the concept of justice, as a gift he gives

and as a responsibility that shapes our

work.

Scripture:

Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness

like a never-failing stream!

—Amos 5:24

Reflection:

Justice, a key theme of the Scriptures, is

something God does and that we too

must do.

When God intervenes to save his people

when they are helpless and in slavery

in Egypt, he “does justice.”

He manifested his justice in the plagues

that were sent upon Egypt, whereby

Pharaoh was convinced that he must

let the people go.

Justice is manifested as, in awe and

wonder, God’s people see the Red Sea

open before them, allow them to pass

without even getting their feet wet, and

then close again to drown their powerful

enemies.

God is a God of Justice; he rescues us

when we cannot save ourselves.

His justice, above all, is seen in Jesus

Christ, who, when we could not save

ourselves, rescued us from the kingdom

of sin, Satan, death, and hell.

The mighty work of Christ on the cross

and in the resurrection is the perfect

manifestation of God as the God of justice.

We, then, are to be the people of

justice; we are to “do justice” by intervening

to save the helpless in the name

and by the power of the God who saves

us who are helpless ourselves.

That’s why we have a pro-life movement;

that’s why we have a 40 Days for

Life Campaign; that’s why saving the

unborn is our business.

Prayer:

Loving heavenly Father, help us to see

the worth of all human beings by the

way in which you provide for us.

We would ask that you provide also the

faith, grace and courage to enable us to

protect that which is so precious to

you. Through Christ our Lord, amen.


18 posted on 09/27/2013 9:56:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Faith; All

DAY 4: Off and running

September 28th, 2013 by admin

Today, I speak at the Central California Walk for Life — an event that 40 Days for Life volunteers helped organize. More than 1,000 people are expected to pray at an abortion facility and then march. I’m looking forward to a very inspiring day!

I’m turning the rest of today’s report over to our national director, David Bereit, as he describes his whirlwind visits across two Southern states in the first 24 hours of this campaign:

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BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA
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Upon arriving in Birmingham, I met with numerous local pro-life leaders, as well as EWTN radio show hosts Jim and Joy Pinto, at a local pregnancy center. Then we all headed out to join the big crowd of excited volunteers at the local 40 Days for Life kickoff event.

It was raining until minutes before the event, when the rain stopped and the sky cleared. Many clergy were in attendance, including the retired Catholic bishop of Birmingham, David Foley, as well as Charismatic Episcopal Church Bishop Chuck Pierce.

The event was a top story on the local television news.

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TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA
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After the rally, I drove an hour to Tuscaloosa, where a Knights of Columbus hall was packed with local pro-lifers and students from the University of Alabama for breakfast and to kick off their 40 Days for Life campaign — which is being directed by a dynamic college student named Claire.

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MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
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Next, I drove two hours to Montgomery, where a large group from numerous different churches gathered across the street from a facility that has been aborting children in Alabama’s capital city for 30 years. It was amazing to meet local volunteers from many different faith traditions all working together for a common cause!

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COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
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From Montgomery, I drove 90 minutes and across the state line to Columbus, Georgia — also in a different time zone! I prayed with the group of volunteers and shared encouraging stories of some of the earliest victories that have already been happening during this campaign.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA
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Then it was a two-hour drive to Atlanta, where I met with many local and state pro-life leaders for a brief dinner before going out to a large kickoff rally outside a notorious late-term abortion center.

Once again, I was blessed to see tremendous diversity at this event — people from different churches, races and backgrounds, all standing arm in arm to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”

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MARIETTA, GEORGIA
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The day ended with a 30-minute drive to Marietta, a suburb of Atlanta, where the 40 Days for Life vigil is being held outside an office park that houses a large abortion business.

More than 100 joyful people were gathered in the dark along the very busy road with candles. Nearly half of them were Spanish speaking! Fortunately, the local leader and others were able to translate the message of hope to all attendees.

In just the first 24 hours of this campaign, I drove 408 miles with stops in 6 cities to meet hundreds of amazing people with ONE focused mission — ending abortion. I have GREAT hope for our future!

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Thanks to David Bereit for all that good news!


19 posted on 09/28/2013 11:32:26 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 5, September 29, 2013

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

Intention:

May the truth of the final judgment

shape our thoughts, priorities, and

choices here on earth.

Scripture:

The King will answer and say to them,

“Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as

you did it to one of the least of these

my brethren, you did it to me.”

—Matthew 25:31-46

Reflection:

Jesus’ picture of the final judgment

concludes with this sobering word: the

wicked, who failed to care for others in

their various needs (the hungry, the

thirsty, the aliens, the naked, the sick,

the imprisoned) will go away into everlasting

punishment, but the righteous

who did seek to meet those needs will

end up with him, enjoying eternal life.

We know that this was no mere parable!

Jesus has given us fair warning!

Everything in God’s Word points to the

truth that compassionate concern and

practical care for all people, especially

for the poor, the destitute, the weak

and needy is required of us, if indeed

we hope to escape the punishment of

the fire of hell.

And who are the poor and needy, if not

helpless, unborn babies, as well as the

aged and infirm at the other end of life?

Surely the “least of these” embraces not

only those at both ends of the continuum

of life, but all others in between.

Just how we, as Christ’s true followers,

respond to his admonition “inasmuch

as you did it to the least of these, you

did it to me” will determine whether

we enjoy eternal bliss in his presence

or the bleak and dreadful reality of

eternal punishment in hell.

Caring for others is not optional. Nothing

in God’s Word could be clearer!

Prayer:

Gracious and merciful Father, we gladly

embrace your Word, in which you

counsel us to care for the least of your

children.

We renew our dedication to defending

the unborn and all whose right to life is

compromised by our godless society’s

selfish lack of concern.

Free us from our own failures and sins

so that we will be truly pro-life in every

area of our lives. Through Jesus Christ

our Lord. Amen.


20 posted on 09/28/2013 9:33:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Faith; All

DAY 5: Message to “the sign people”

September 29th, 2013 by admin

Just one item today – but a powerful one. Here’s a letter that a young woman left at a 40 Days for Life vigil site – simply addressed to “the sign people.”

If this doesn’t show the importance of your peaceful witness outside the abortion centers . . . I don’t know what does!

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TO THE SIGN PEOPLE
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My friend had left me the use of her apartment as she was away … perfect because it was right where the clinic was!

The next day, I saw you people lining up with signs … I watched from the window every day and all day you were there! Different folks each time.

I had this idea in my head that abortion picketers were extremists … no “normal” person would do that sort of thing. Yet you did not look extreme … more ordinary.

Tuesday was my pre-procedure appointment. Used the wrong entrance and had to walk past you. So what, I thought. Who cares? They don’t know me or where I am going. As I walked past (hurriedly!), my legs felt like they weighed a ton. What was going on? Are these people intimidating me? Do I need to feel ashamed as I walk past? The receptionist told me to “ignore them” when I asked about you.

Every day I watched you. One day I thought for sure no one would be there. Weather forecast was calling for severe winds and rain. There in the afternoon, amid strong winds which were blowing the signs over the head and onto the grass, you stood. Three or four together. All day!

The next day I took a walk and followed you in the direction where everyone seemed to go. It was a church. After everyone left, I went inside and saw all the signs, flyer. Impressive set-up, I thought. They seem organized in their purpose!

On Friday was my scheduled appointment for my procedure. I was suddenly terrified of what was to be. My heart was almost beating out of my chest.

My boyfriend, who had promised to come the day before, did not show up to take me. Said he was tied up and that ultimately it was my choice to have it that day or wait til next week. My choice. But he’s not there to hold my hand! Lots of weighing pros and cons.

Anyhow, I want to let you know that I decided to keep my baby. The boyfriend is still a distance away but maybe he needs time to come around and see the big picture.

The reason I decided to leave you this note is to tell you that what you did was good. I felt I owed it to you for all the days you stood there in hope that others would take notice. I noticed – and in turn it gave me hope that others I know would also care to “stand for me.”


21 posted on 09/29/2013 10:53:27 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 6, September 30, 2013

Rev. Paul Stallsworth, Lifewatch (United Methodist Church)

Intention:

That knowing the shortness of life, all may value it more deeply.

Scripture:

Remember your Creator before the silver

cord is loosed, or the golden bowl

is broken, or the pitcher shattered at

the fountain, or the wheel broken at

the well.

Then the dust will return to the earth

as it was, and the spirit will return to

God who gave it.

—Ecclesiastes 12:6-7

Reflection:

God is giver of all life. Short lived or long lived, human lives are lived out in this world.  The metaphors for death are many. But their meaning is clear and singular: all will die. Even so, death is not the absolute end. It is not the end of the story.

For as certainly as God gave life, at death the life or spirit that God gave returns to God.  By God, we are created. For God, we live our given days. To God, we return at the end of our earthly days. And with God, we live through eternity.  Clearly, all along the way, this gracious, loving God is with us. No human life is random or alone. No human life was created without purpose. Not one human life is without destiny.  All human lives, acknowledged or not, are related to God -- from beginning, to end, throughout eternity.  Therefore, in this world, all human lives are to be respected and protected, for their lives are signs of God’s sovereignty.

Prayer:

O God, we too often try to live in ways

that ignore our coming death. We forget

that our days are numbered by You,

that at the end of our days your judgment

awaits, that You are the Lord of

our destiny.

Help us to repent daily, and then to live

each day in joyful obedience. Lead us to

live in the light and promise of eternity.

Prepare us to live fully and sacrificially.

Prepare us to die faithfully and hopefully,

so that we might live forever with

You. Through Jesus Christ, who has

gone before us, we trust and hope and

love and pray. Amen.


22 posted on 09/29/2013 7:58:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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DAY 6: 36 babies saved!

September 30th, 2013 by admin

If you need a reason to look forward to Mondays, this is it! Mondays are the days we update all the reports of babies spared from abortion during your 40 Days for Life vigils.

Thus far during this 40 Days for Life campaign, we have reports of 36 babies saved … that we know of!

Here are just a few of those stories.

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
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Dan noticed a young mom he had recognized from earlier in the day, sitting on the doorsteps. “I asked her if she was going to be OK,” he said. She responded, “What did you tell my boyfriend?” Dan told her, “Probably what I tell them all – go inside and get her out of there! The time is NOW to save your baby’s life!” The woman looked surprised. “Seriously? That’s all you said? Somehow, you lit him up. And it worked. He talked me out of it.”

“I was dumbstruck; but not for long,” Dan said. “I told her about the free help across the street. She said she would check it out”

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ABREPO, GHANA
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Edward is leading the 40 Days for Life vigil in Ghana. “God has been good to us,” he said.

“I received a phone call from a lady around 2:57 am on September 26,” he said. The message: “’I have decided to keep my pregnancy if there is HOPE!”

“After the first day, one baby saved,” Edward said. “Amen!”

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ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
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Brian in St. Louis says one of the prayer volunteers approached a young woman as she was pulling into Planned Parenthood, and offered to take her across the street to Thrive’s mobile medical unit.

Patricia, the volunteer – who gives credit to the Holy Spirit for this turnaround – said the woman was surprised but grateful for the alternate opportunity provided by Thrive.

“Sometimes,” Brian said, “all it takes are the prayers of some faithful volunteers and a brochure to help women realize that there ARE other options besides the abortion agenda of Planned Parenthood.”


23 posted on 09/30/2013 8:31:08 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 7, October 1, 2013

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

Intention:

May we have a heart and a zeal to save

the poor and release the oppressed.

Scripture:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because

He has anointed Me to preach the

gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to

heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim

liberty to the captives and recovery of

sight to the blind, to set at liberty those

who are oppressed.

—Luke 4:18-19

Reflection:

This passage is a very familiar one. It has been preached on many occasions, even made popular in books and songs.  Though the quote is about Jesus, all Christians take this commission seriously as a directive on how to reach the world with the gospel.  We, like our Savior, are to bring the good news to the poor, the broken hearted, those in captivity, those who cannot see, and the oppressed. 

The commission given to us in this passage is clearly a charge to care for those for whom God cares the most. I wonder though, whom do we look for to be touched by the Holy Spirit as we go out into the world?  Who are the poor, if not those unborn children who have been abandoned by their parents before they ever leave the womb? Who are the broken hearted, if not those unborn children whose only example of love is having their mother take them to an abortion clinic to be destroyed, or the mother of a child who has been deceived by everyone around her into believing that what she is doing is best for her and her child?  Who are the captives, if not those unborn children who are bound over to death by the “choice” of abortion?  Who is more blind than an unborn child in the darkness of a womb that has become a waiting room for their death?  And who is more oppressed than those unborn children whose oppression has been legitimized by their government, their church and even their family and loved ones.

Prayer:

Lord, You empower us with Your Spirit

to do your will in the earth.

Send us to the poorest, the most broken,

the most captive, the most blind

and the most oppressed in the world,

the innocent pre-born children in their

mother’s wombs that are scheduled for

destruction.

Help us to bring them healing, liberty,

sight and justice through Jesus Christ

our Lord, Amen.


24 posted on 09/30/2013 10:24:55 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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DAY 7: “Let’s get off and join them”

October 1st, 2013 by admin

It’s now a week that this campaign has been under way in 306 cities in ten countries on four continents.

Even with all of those locations, you probably participate in the one closest to you. But some travelers have visited vigils in other cites — and some, even vigils in other countries!

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MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
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Stephanie in Memphis says their 40 Days for Life vigil got off to a great start – boosted by some visitors from Australia.

She said a man on a bus waved at the prayer volunteers – which isn’t unusual. But a few minutes later, she saw that same man and a companion approaching on foot.

“He said he knew as soon as he saw us,” she said, “that he and his traveling partner had to get off and come and pray with us. So they got off at the next bus stop and walked all the way back.”

Michael and his friend Terese are both from Australia and have taken part in 40 Days for Life at home. As the bus drove past Planned Parenthood, they saw the people praying outside.

“Within ten seconds, we said ‘let’s get off and join them,’” Michael told her. “It was the Holy Spirit.”

“You know sometimes people don’t appreciate the gift of life,” Therese said. When she saw the group praying, she said, “What a great job these people are doing. It’s hard work.”

Not long afterward, word reached the volunteers that a young mom had rejected abortion.

Stephanie said, “I stand in awe and in amazement of how God uses us on the sidewalk!”

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SARASOTA, FLORIDA
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A group of more than 60 helped launch the 40 Days for Life vigil in Sarasota, praying in front of the largest Planned Parenthood abortion center in Florida – a building that also serves as Planned Parenthood’s state and regional headquarters.

The opening event was a show of Christian unity, with six members of the clergy from different faith communities sharing reflections and leading prayers.


25 posted on 10/01/2013 3:25:30 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 8, October 2, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Intention:

May the spirit and example of the Good Samaritan fill the hearts and minds of all our citizens.

Scripture:

Jesus said: “A man was going down

from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell

into the hands of robbers. They

stripped him of his clothes, beat him

and went away, leaving him half dead.

A priest happened to be going down

the same road, and when he saw the

man, he passed by on the other side.

“So, too, a Levite, when he came to the

place and saw him, passed by on the

other side.

“But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came

where the man was; and when he saw

him, he took pity on him. He went to

him and bandaged his wounds, pouring

on oil and wine. Then he put the man

on his own donkey, took him to an inn

and took care of him. The next day he

took out two silver coins and gave them

to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he

said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse

you for any extra expense you

may have.’

“Which of these three do you think was

a neighbor to the man who fell into the

hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one

who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him,

“Go and do likewise.”

—Luke 10:30-37

Reflection:

Here Jesus commands us to show mercy to the victims of the culture of violence and death. But why did the priest and Levite fail to show mercy? Perhaps they feared that the robbers were hiding just around the next corner to attack them. They asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”  The Samaritan, however, reversed the question, and asked, “If I don’t stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” In working to save the unborn, let’s not worry about what will happen to us if we act; let’s worry about what will happen to the unborn if we don’t.

Prayer:

Father, we are moved by the lesson of

the Good Samaritan, who allowed

compassion to influence him more than

fear. Give us the same heart. Grant that

we may never count the cost of standing

up and speaking out for the unborn.

We pray through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


26 posted on 10/01/2013 9:09:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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DAY 8: One week, two California trips

October 2nd, 2013 by admin

Last week, I started off with campaign rallies in California on Sunday … and then spoke at events in Texas and Pittsburgh before heading back to California for another kickoff event and a march this past Saturday. Here’s a quick look at my second California visit of the week.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA
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Why two trips to California? Well, it’s not only a big state … it’s a big state for 40 Days for Life as well. There are 38 California campaigns going on right now – more than any other US state.

I visited the 40 Days for Life vigil site in San Luis Obispo … and took part in a march to Planned Parenthood led by Bishop Richard Garcia of the Catholic diocese of Monterey.

Bishop Garcia led the people in prayer and asked God’s blessing over those who gathered – and over Planned Parenthood as well.

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FLINT, MICHIGAN
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In many of the communities where 40 Days for Life vigils are held, people aren’t aware that there’s an abortion facility in their neighborhood. That’s the case in Flint.

“The clinic is only labeled with an address,” said Tina. “That’s why many do not know about it. Our peaceful witness during the vigil is helping change that.” People who’ve driven by and seen volunteers praying have now signed up to be part of 40 Days for Life.

The abortion center is so well hidden that even a local pastor who lives right down the road had no idea it was there until he was invited to lead prayer at the vigil.

“We are required to stand across a parking lot and cannot get any closer to the clinic,” Tina said. But in the past year, they have still had five mothers that they know of choose life at this clinic – including one with twins.


27 posted on 10/02/2013 9:43:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Sorry, everyone, my computer went down. I’m back.


28 posted on 10/09/2013 6:31:06 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 9, October 3, 2013

Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union

Intention:

May we grow in joy, knowing we serve a living God.

Scripture:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt

among us, and we beheld His glory, the

glory as of the only begotten of the Father,

full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

Reflection:

The Word of God came to us in human form in Jesus Christ. Every time I contemplatethis fact I get chills! And I think it is something that we, as Christians, tend to gloss over.  I can only imagine how the first disciples felt when they were looking into the eyes of the one and only Almighty God who created them.  The first disciples developed a close relationship with Him as they daily walked and talked with Him.  They ate with Him, prayed with Him and rested when He rested.  As they listened to the Word of God, who was and is Jesus, they believed and “beheld His glory.”  Today, this is something we can still do because we serve a living God. Remember, Jesus died on the cross but rose from the dead in victory!  Jesus is every bit as real and alive for all of us as He was to the first disciples. 

He wants us to develop a close relationship with Him in the very same way. Jesus wants us to know Him personally.  He wants us to walk with Him and talk with Him on a daily basis.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I thank you for your

love and saving grace in Christ Jesus.

Help us to realize every day the great

blessing we have in our Savior.

I pray that we will rise every morning

with excitement and zeal, looking forward

to walking another day in your

footsteps fully knowing that you continue

to dwell among us. Amen.


29 posted on 10/09/2013 6:31:26 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Devotional for Day 16, October 10, 2013

Rev. John Ensor, President, PassionLife

Intention:

Pray for the mothers going into pregnancy

help centers. The personal care,

the free ultrasound, the ongoing practical

help is designed to deliver them

from those who profit in shedding innocent

blood.

Scripture:

Come to me, all who labor and are

heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

—Matthew 11:28

Reflection:

“You have twins. That will be another $350.” She did not speak English. But she finally understood that they were telling her to go get more money and return for her abortion.  She had already given them her rent money. But they were not about to give her a two-for-one deal. They told her to get dressed and return with more cash.  A couple, who was praying outside, comforted her. They brought her to their local pregnancy help center.  The staff quickly saw that her personal circumstances were so desperate, and immediate, that they would need direct and ongoing help from local Christians and churches. They started making calls.

 

Then they did the ultrasound. It showed there was only one baby, not two. This abandoned, immigrant, powerless mother was being exploited. She would do whatever she was told. Who would know? Who would care?  God calls us to “Rescue the weak and the needy; and deliver them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:4).  When you provide an alternative to abortion you are not only rescuing innocent babies, you are delivering mothers from the wicked: those who profit in the shedding of innocent blood. Pray for those who rescue and deliver daily at your local pregnancy help center.

Prayer:

Father, hear our prayer!

Snatch desperate mothers from the

fire. Bring them out of our abortion

businesses and into our pregnancy

help centers. Deliver them from evil.

Use us to help them chose life and see

your hand of provision.


30 posted on 10/09/2013 10:55:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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©2013 — 40 Days for Life, Inc. www.40daysforlife.com

Devotional for Day 17, October 11, 2013

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director, Priests for Life

Intention:

May all understand more deeply that

the pro-life message is rooted in two

basic truths of life:

1) There is a God

2) He isn’t me

Scripture:

And the Lord God formed man of the

dust of the ground, and breathed into

his nostrils the breath of life; and man

became a living being.

Genesis 2:7

Reflection:

From the beginning of the Bible until the end, the theme is echoed that God alone has dominion over human life.  He made it; shared it; died to save it; will raise it up forever.  The act of creation described in Genesis 2:7, and earlier in Genesis 1:26-27, is a sovereign act. God did not have to do it, and would have been happy forever without us. Yet without our asking for it or earning it, God brought us out of nothingness and into life, and sustains our existence at every moment.  And He does so in Christ: “For by Him all things were created…in Him all things exist” (Colossians 1:16-17).  “You are not your own,” Paul declares in 1 Corinthians 6. God alone owns us.

While He entrusts us to the care of one another, He does not allow any human being to own another.  A Southern California abortionist, James McMahon, once explained how he justified killing children after 20 weeks gestation by the process known as partial-birth abortion.  He did not deny that this was a child, but rather asked, “Who owns the child?  It’s got to be the mother.”

The struggle over abortion is really a struggle over the dominion of God.  The Christian individual, and the Christian Church, cannot sit idly by when others declare that God is not God.

Prayer:

Lord, we are yours. Thank you for

breathing into us the breath of life.

Thank you for claiming us as your own.

May our words and actions in defense

of human life proclaim to all the world

that you alone are Lord of life and

death, Lord of our freedom and of our

choices.

We pray in Jesus’ name, amen.


31 posted on 10/10/2013 10:22:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Here’s an interesting 40 Days for Life story, which tells about two pro-life buildings surrounding Planned Parenthood:

http://wnyt.com/article/stories/s3200811.shtml#.Um328ntzPF4.twitter

Read the lame comments following the article from PP supporters.


32 posted on 10/27/2013 11:09:46 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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I’m undertaking to post all the blog entries. We’ll see how far I get today.


33 posted on 11/02/2013 10:36:10 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 9

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?paged=4


34 posted on 11/02/2013 10:47:17 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Days 10-19


35 posted on 11/02/2013 10:49:15 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Days 10-19
http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?paged=3


36 posted on 11/02/2013 10:49:31 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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… 135 babies have been saved from abortion – that we know of!

Oct. 13th


37 posted on 11/02/2013 10:52:49 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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There’s one thing you can say about praying and fasting for an end to abortion. It works! So far during this 40 Days for Life campaign, we are aware of 213 babies who have been saved from abortion!

October 14

I think the previous date was a week earlier.


38 posted on 11/02/2013 10:54:57 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Day 20-29

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?paged=2


39 posted on 11/02/2013 10:56:02 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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DAY 27: 311 saved — that we know of


40 posted on 11/02/2013 11:01:45 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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DAY 34: 371 babies – and mothers – spared!


41 posted on 11/02/2013 11:07:48 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Days 30 — 39 (and soon to be the last day — Day 40)

http://www.40daysforlife.com/blog/


42 posted on 11/02/2013 11:09:33 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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