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Posted on 02/21/2012 10:35:11 PM PST by Salvation
40 Days for Life kicks off February 22 in 258 locations!
On February 22, the next 40 Days for Life campaign begins in 258 locations in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Spain. Sign up for campaign updates with the box at the upper right ... pray and fast for an end to abortion ... and see the list of locations to find -- and get involved -- in the campaign nearest you!
FIVE more abortion centers close following 40 Days for Life
On March 1, the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Storm Lake, Iowa will shut its doors. Just last fall, this location was the site of a 40 Days for Life vigil, coordinated by Sue Thayer who once cerved as manager of that very facility ... until she was fired! Be sure to see Sue's story.
Earlier, we received word from the Michigan attorney generals office that TWO abortion centers which have been sites of multiple 40 Days for Life campaigns in Lansing and Saginaw have been permanently CLOSED after they were found to be operating illegally. A judge ordered them shut down PERMANENTLY.
Then, it was announced that GYN Special Services Clinic, located in Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, would be closing its doors. Brian Gibson of Pro-Life Action Ministries, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in the Twin Cities area, describes the closure -- and the impact of 40 Days for Life -- in this short video. (on the site)
Finally, it was announced that an abortion center in Rockford, Illinois -- the site of three 40 Days for Life vigils as well as many years of constant prayer by faithful volunteers -- had closed its doors forever. In announcing the closure, the facility's owners said it was clear that the community no longer supported the abortion business.
With the closure of the Storm Lake Planned Parenthood center, this will now make 21 abortion centers that have shut down during or following 40 Days for Life campaigns outside their doors. To God be the glory, and congratulations to all the pro-life groups and individuals in these cities whose years of fervent prayers and faithful efforts have been rewarded!
What 40 Days for Life has witnessed (so far!)
There have now been nine coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns since 2007, mobilizing people of faith and conscience in 422 cities across the United States and Canada, plus communities in Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belize, Denmark, England, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico and Spain.
During these unified efforts, participants witnessed countless blessings from God:
After so many years of legalized abortion, many people of faith are experiencing a renewed sense of HOPE!
Take the leap of faith and get involved with 40 Days for Life
Have you been to pray at a 40 Days for Life vigil yet? You may ask, What do I do? or What sign should I bring? The answer is simple; the only sign you really need to bring is yourself, for you represent Gods love.
Concern about going to pray at the abortion facility is common and normal. 40 Days for Life campaign director Shawn Carney shared some thoughts at the national Students for Life conference.
Prayer and fasting
Before getting involved with the 40 Days for Life campaign, please remember that prayer and fasting are the foundation.
If there is no abortion facility in your town, praise God!
But wherever you are or whatever you're doing, you can pray to end abortion.
You can also pray for God's guidance for those involved in prayer vigils and pro-life action around the country. And please consider fasting. Some people are unable to fast from food for health reasons; that's understandable. Fasting simply involves renouncing an activity that can put a barrier between you and God. It could be television, the internet, chocolate, coffee, etc. You really can do without it. Take the time you usually spend in those activities and give it back to God.
To help guide your prayer, we have a 40-day series of devotionals that accompany the 40 Days for Life campaign. They are all posted for your convenience. You can still pray, even if a formal campaign is not currently being conducted. God will use your 40-day commitment to prayer in some way, in some fashion.
Specific prayer requests are also included in the 40 Days for Life e-mail updates. Please use the form on this page to receive these important messages.
The 40 Days for Life campaign is firmly rooted on a foundation of prayer and fasting. To help maintain focus on the Lord and stay in tune with His guidance, we have prepared a series of daily devotionals one for each of the 40 days of the spring 2012 campaign.
We fervently believe that prayer and fasting will end abortion, and your prayers are very much needed and appreciated. Please follow the links below to read and meditate upon these brief reflections.
Printable versions are available; please click the link at the bottom of each devotional.
The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in your community.
Those who are called to stand witness maintain a peaceful and educational presence.
This 24-hour-a-day presence send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion center and those who patronize the facility.
If you do not have an abortion facility or Planned Parenthood office in your town, you can still conduct 40 Days for Life. However, you will need to select a different location which has some strategic significance ... perhaps near city hall, a courthouse, or a highly visible intersection.
During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to every corner of your community. This can identify hundreds, or even thousands, of pro-life supporters.
A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out to every household in your town or city. Informational flyers are distributed in neighborhoods to raise awareness about the local crisis of abortion. Citizens are invited to sign a petition of support for the sanctity of human life, and people are given the opportunity to visibly show their support for 40 Days for Life by wearing wristbands, placing signs in their yards, or displaying bumper stickers on their vehicles.
These people can then be encouraged to pray and join in local pro-life efforts.
Church involvement begins by meeting with local pastors, other church leaders, and members of different congregations. The Body of Christ is invited to pray together and participate in 40 Days for Life, uniting in one focused mission that can save lives and make an eternal impact.
Media outreach is conducted through carefully targeted news stories, talk shows, editorials, and letters to the editor. This enables you to get the pro-life message out to many people who would never see the inside of a local church.
If your community has a college campus, many students can be impacted through an intense 40-day campus outreach. This can consist of on-campus activities such as flyer raids, sidewalk chalking, petition drives and table displays, as permitted.
Local leadership with 40 Days for Life
40 Days for Life is primarily a local campaign. Yes, there is a national team that provides information, resources and encouragement, but all campaigns are based at the local level. Each community knows best when it comes to countering the damage abortion has caused in each individual city and town.
No one is appointed as a local 40 Days for Life leader; in each community, someone must step up and accept the challenge.
The campaign is also a group effort. There needs to be a main coordinator, but there is a whole level of duties and responsibilities that must be filled in addition to the director's position:
A line from Scripture comes to mind: "Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will." Please pray for discernment and guidance. 40 Days for Life won't happen without somebody. "Somebody" could be you!
Day of Preparation - February 21
For Gods blessing upon the coming 40 Days for Life campaign.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land.
- 2 Chronicles 7:14
Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, if we expect God to hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The need for repentance has not been greater since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973. The number one cause of death in America is the needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates put the number of deaths at nearly 48 million.
And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women has at least one abortion by the age of 45 -- both non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the voice of Truth -- the church?
Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up the issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have been an unintentional accomplice to the millions of lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by abortion. We didn't want them to abort. We didn't mean for them to abort. But, because of our lack of knowledge, because of our fear, we have continued to stand by and do nothing. We, God's hands and feet in this dark and hurting world, have been unintentional, unknowledgeable accomplice, but an accomplice nonetheless."
May today mark the beginning of change within the church, as God's people, in unity, seek His forgiveness.
Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as God over life and the number of our days. But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over our sin. We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion from our land. Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of Christ we pray, amen.
40 Days for Life board of directors
Are you ready to be part of something BIG?
Are you ready to pray and fast, stand in peaceful vigil,
change hearts and minds — and save lives?
If so, it will require sacrifice ... but it will be
Tomorrow, you have the opportunity to join the largest
spring 40 Days for Life campaign in history, as it kicks
off in 258 cities across America and around the world!
Find the location nearest you:
When we conducted the first 40 Days for Life campaign
in College Station, Texas, back in 2004, if you had
told me that 40 Days for Life would spread around the
globe ... I wouldn’t have believed it.
We thought there would be ONE — and only one —
40 Days for Life campaign. EVER.
Thankfully, God’s plans were bigger than ours ... and
40 Days for Life has now been conducted in hundreds of
cities and towns across all 50 American states — and
thirteen other countries.
One of those countries where 40 Days for Life is making
a profound impact is England. This spring, there will
be four local campaigns conducted across Great Britain.
A few days ago, they flew 40 Days for Life national
director David Bereit and me “across the pond” to help
kick off campaigns in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
We were amazed to see how God has inspired thousands
of people across the UK to pray and fast, stand in
peaceful vigil and participate in community outreach ...
... and now YOU can see the big picture by watching this
brand-new 15-minute video of how 40 Days for Life is
positively impacting England:
As I said ... this is BIG. And you can be a part.
40 Days for Life is God’s work — but in order to make
this happen, He needs YOU!
We start tomorrow. Will you be there?
To find the closest 40 Days for Life campaign, and to
find out how you can get involved, go to:
Let’s get to work saving lives!
Day 1 - February 22
That we may use these 40 Days for Life to plead for God's mercy and grace upon all those involved in the sin of abortion.
Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly. Gather the people, notify the congregation. Assemble the elders; gather the children and the infants at the breast Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep and say, "Spare, O Lord, your people."
-- Joel 2:15-17
The toll of abortion cannot be measured. We hear estimates of almost 50 million innocent victims, but that's only one aspect of the harm that has unfolded in abortion's wake. There are also the mothers and fathers of these millions, as well as the grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives of the living shattered.
It's overwhelming and depressing, but even in the midst of such unfathomable darkness, the church teaches us to have hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that followed Christ's 40 days in the desert, but without Calvary there would have been no Resurrection - His victory over death that opened the gates of heaven to those who believe in and follow Him.
The psalmist encourages us to go humbly before God as we seek His will: "A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me Give me back the joy of your salvation and a willing spirit sustain in me O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise" (Psalm 51:12, 14, 17).
We are called to be God's messengers; or as the Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "We are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: be reconciled to God" (2 Corinthians 5:20). That is the true message to all we encounter at the abortion centers and in our communities who have been deceived by the Culture of Death. We don't bring condemnation; we bring God's good news.
Lord, we ask for the strength, courage, wisdom, determination and stamina to carry out this mission according to Your will. Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and proclaim Your truth, always doing so with a spirit of love and compassion, as was demonstrated to us by Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His name we pray, amen.
Communications Director, 40 Days for Life
I signed up for the one nearest here, Monday mornings. It’s a PP that doesn’t do abortions but does refer them. Say a prayer for me, I’m nervous!
Great job! Just walk back and forth in front of the place and pray. I usually just pray and/or say a Rosary for Life.
It’s Day 1 and 40 Days for Life is off to a fast start!
I have spoken at kickoff events in three cities. Our
national director, David Bereit is speaking in College
Station, Texas tonight to launch the 10th campaign
there since he and I led the first-ever 40 Days for
Life in 2004.
Be part of this 40-day journey! Just follow this link
to the list of 258 campaign locations and find the one
Let me tell you about a couple of the cities I’ve
visited, and add a quick story about another location.
Nikki in Pittsburgh has led previous campaigns, but she
noted an increased level of enthusiasm this spring. She
said volunteers already had 80 percent of the vigil hours
filled — BEFORE the campaign even started!
Hundreds of people attended the kickoff event at a local
Presbyterian church. Pastors and priests from several
different churches spoke, along with a woman who shared
her testimony about her abortion experience.
The event ended with a procession to Planned Parenthood’s
downtown Pittsburgh facility for a candlelight vigil.
To see some photos of the kickoff event in Pittsburgh —
and for a link to campaign coverage in the local newspaper
— please go to:
Amy and Renee in Cleveland have worked hard to get more
churches involved this spring. Grace Church, a large
evangelical congregation, offered to host Cleveland’s
Grace’s pastor led the opening prayer and talked about
how powerful 40 Days for Life has been in changing the
hearts of those who work in the abortion industry.
He also noted that it was a blessing to have so many
Evangelical, Catholic and Protestant Christians come
together to speak up for those who cannot speak for
Volunteers have already stepped forward to fill many
of the vigil hours. Amy and Renee even gave away free
handwarmers to everyone who committed to pray at least
five hours per week in the Cleveland cold.
The abortion center in Pensacola relocated recently
and just started taking appointments again about a week
ago. In preparation for the 40 Days for Life campaign,
volunteers have already been praying at the new site.
So far, there have been very few abortion appointments.
Workers are standing around outside the building with
nothing to do. One day, the abortionist left after only
Best of all, two babies were saved during the week prior
to the campaign!
“This is assurance that your prayer, fasting and vigil
have already called down all the powers of heaven upon
this re-opened place of death,” said one volunteer.
“And 40 Days for Life has not yet even begun! Wow! It
is so exciting, anticipating all the wonderful miracles
God has in store for this 40-day campaign.”
We’re off and running in Dayton, OH with nearly 30 prayer warriors standing on the sidewalks so far today. Thanks for posting this, Salvation!
Wow! Thirty people is a wonderful turnout!
Day 2 - February 23
May the King of the Universe, who entered this world as a helpless infant, give us the humility to be healed.
My power is made perfect in weakness.
--2 Corinthians 12:9
The great mystery of the Humility of God is very near and dear to the mission of those serving in pro life and in a special way, post abortion ministries across this nation. For those wounded by their participation in abortion, the door to healing often feels like crossing an abyss of great fear: fear of judgment, fear of being torn apart by the pain, by self hatred and rage at those who hurt and abandoned you, and manipulated you in your time of temptation. For men in particular, entering the unknown waters of emotional vulnerability, so necessary to healing calls for a different kind of courage that feels deceptively like weakness.
The door to healing is humility. It is born in the inability to no longer control the pain, to live with the consequences of that tragic decision to reject life. The hearts cries out, "I have committed a grave offense against my Creator and I am consumed by regret, grief and sorrow!"
During these forty days let us pray for all who have participated in abortion and with love call them to healing and reconciliation. With healing these women and men can become as John Paul II proclaimed in the Gospel of Life, "the most eloquent defenders of everyone's right to life."
Jesus proclaimed, "I am the Vine, you are the branches" (John 15:5). To bear the greatest fruit, the branches must be pruned. Each level of pruning of the vine requires a deeper level of humility so that we can abandon ourselves to His will. This is not a lofty theological concept as much as it is an earthy experience of pulling weeds, tilling rocky soil, pruning and healing the vines. "If a man wishes to come after me, he must deny his very self, take up his cross, and begin to follow in my footsteps" (Matthew 16:24).
Lord, during these forty days, we ask that with each day of this sacred vigil, everything in us that separates us from your perfect will would be pruned from our hearts and souls. In this blessed freedom may we experience a powerful anointing of your Holy Spirit. Filled with confidence and trust may we proclaim with the mother of Jesus, "Let it be done to me, according to your Word."
Executive Director, Rachels Vineyard Ministries
I’m home for a few days — but David Bereit, 40 Days
for Life’s national director, is on the road right now
Last night, David spoke at the record TENTH campaign
kickoff event in Bryan/College Station. He’s visiting
the 40 Days for Life location in McKinney, Texas today.
>From Bryan/College Station back in 2004, we’ve seen
God take 40 Days for Life to some far away (and some
very cold) places. Here are a couple of stories from
local campaigns facing challenging situations.
We refer to the current 40 Days for Life events as the
“spring” campaign. But don’t tell that to the folks in
Alaska! Anchorage has received more than 100 inches of
snowfall already this winter. And it isn’t over yet.
Haylee Shields, the local coordinator, sent before-and-
after photos showing the sidewalk in front of Planned
Parenthood — before and after some of the 8-foot
snowdrifts were plowed away.
All that snow has done nothing to deter the spirit of
the volunteers taking part in 40 Days for Life.
“We’re gearing up and getting excited for what could be
the best campaign we’ve ever had,” Haylee said.
“We have been spending time together in prayer, and we
are trusting the Lord to do great things as we follow
Yes, it’s cold. And yes, there’s a WHOLE LOT of snow.
But many are answering the call to take a public stand
against the evil of abortion.
“Please remember that we are the visible sign that the
church of God will not stand idly by while abortions
are being committed in our communities,” Haylee told
local volunteers. “You can make a difference in this
fight for life!”
To see some photos of the kickoff event — and the snow
— in Anchorage, please go to:
The Reno/Tahoe area has been faithfully involved in
nearly every coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign.
But they’d never gotten any media attention — until now.
This time, the campaign kickoff event generated several
reports from two local newspapers and one TV station.
The event featured testimony from a woman who’d had
three abortions when she was younger — including one
at the facility where the 40 Days for Life vigil is
taking place in Reno. “I have a responsibility to speak
the truth,” she said. “Every time we have the
opportunity to speak the truth, it’s a gift.”
This abortion center features a series of signs along
its fence, all of them designed to encourage prayer
volunteers to go home. One reads, “Protesters are
terrorists.” That’s one of the milder ones.
In the past, the abortionist has used a sound system
to blare out obscene music. He has also turned on a
sprinkler system during the prayer vigils. The
sprinklers have been pointed directly at the sidewalk
where the volunteers conduct their campaign.
But they will continue to stand and pray.
“We are going to pray for an end to abortion in our
country,” one local pastor told the crowd. “We are
going to appeal to the divine source to bring about a
change of hearts and minds of the people of this land.”
To see some photos of the Reno kickoff, please go to:
Day 3 - February 24
Pray for your local pregnancy help center: for those who answer calls from women considering abortion, those who provide ultrasounds, and those who personally help mothers prepare to parent or place for adoption.
Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
When a woman arrives at her local pregnancy help center, the hard work of "rescuing the weak" begins. They listen to her. What desperate circumstance is driving her? They act. A professional ultrasound and medical care is provided. They pray, "God use us." Then, they take up her burdens and work towards life. It is cross-bearing for the child-bearing.
Recently, I prayed for one volunteer who was working with one mother in her struggle. Here is what "rescue the weak" looked like in this one case:
Please keep praying against attack by the enemy. We are overwhelmed by seeing God's hand move in this situation and are so very thankful for the prayers lifted up by each one of you. God is good!
Father, we praise you for this one sister who gave herself, heart and soul, to rescue this one mother and baby. O may you empower the hundreds more today who are serving in our pregnancy help centers. Grant those answering calls, providing ultrasound and following up with a bold spirit of truth, love and perseverance.
Rev. John Ensor
Vice President, Heartbeat International
Every day new stories are written in this spiritual battle. It is a wonderful thing to be able to affect the outcomes in some small way through our prayers and our witnessing. I’m hopeful that others will come join the defense of the unborn wherever there is an abortion mill or wherever there is a need. Never underestimate what one single person (you) can contribute.
The 40 Days for Life kickoff off events this week
have helped generate a spirit of Christian unity ...
and media coverage, too!
Here are two great examples, including one from a
first-time campaign in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
The first 40 Days for Life campaign in Jacksonville,
North Carolina is already attracting a lot of attention
from pro-lifers, from the abortion centers owner,
from the police chief — and the media.
Local coordinator Elizabeth DeLong was quite clear in
her message that 40 Days for Life is a prayer vigil.
“We will be praying for Dr. Crist (the facility’s owner)
and for his patients,” she told reporters. “This will
The owner went on camera with a litany of pro-abortion
talking points, insisting that abortion is necessary in
cases of rape, incest and fetal deformity ... and also
insisting that his business is “not an abortion clinic”
because that’s only a small part of what he does.
“It is an abortion clinic,” Elizabeth responded. “They
do abortions there. We’re here to bring healing to our
city. We’re there to pray. We’re there to love the clients.”
The owner retorted, “They’re not going to turn anybody
around.” Let’s all pray that women in Jacksonville —
and everywhere — DO choose life for their children.
For a look at news coverage of the Jacksonville
campaign from WITN-TV, please go to:
Leaders of several faith communities got together to
begin the 40 Days for Life campaign in Bridgeport,
first gathering at a local church and then walking
to the abortion center, where the campaign vigil will
be conducted, for additional prayers and blessings.
Bishop William Lori of the Bridgeport Catholic diocese,
Rev. Christopher Leighton of St. Paul Episcopal Church
and Pastor Hector Muniz of Lighthouse Church all
provided moving words as more than 200 gathered to
launch the spring campaign.
“Through our concerted efforts,” said Christine in
Bridgeport, “we are praying that this will be another
clinic to close down during the 40 Days for Life.”
To see photos from the Bridgeport campaign, please go to:
I’m not able to tell you where this is happening, but
please keep these people in your prayers.
Volunteers have given some abortion facility workers
copies of the book “Unplanned” — Abby Johnson’s story
of how she witnessed an ultrasound abortion ... and
quit her job as director of the Planned Parenthood
abortion center in College Station, Texas.
It appears that several of these employees have read
the book — and have taken its message to heart.
Some have quit their jobs! More are thinking about it.
So please pray that those who have left the abortion
business may find new employment, and that others will
find the courage to follow them out the door.
Day 4 - February 25
Pray that we each will daily put on the full armor of God, so that we are strong in the Lord and the power of His might.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand.
- Ephesians 6:12-13
I am confounded to see how the battle over the issue of life is perceived more often in churches today as political rather than spiritual. Ironically, the enemy has used this twisted perception to silence many in the body of Christ. We must see the battle for what it is and if we are to be prepared to face the spiritual enemy on the issue of abortion, we must daily "put on" the armor God has given us:
Our armor is complete. We are ready to wage war, and the next verse tells us how, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit." (vs.18)
Dear Lord, as you lead us into the spiritual battle of abortion may we be reminded that the battle is truly Yours. We thank you for equipping us with Your armor. Lead us daily to put it on! Thank you for allowing us to serve under your command, and for hearing our requests for direction and protection. Thank you for the victory that is ours because of Your Son Jesus, amen.
40 Days for Life board of directors
Today, I’m speaking at a 40 Days for Life event in
College Park, Maryland — but I wanted to share some
exciting news about what’s happening 10,000 miles away.
Earlier this week, we sent you the video David Bereit
and I recorded in London. Today, we have a video from
Australia. We’ve never been to Australia, but this
short video shows how God is using 40 Days for Life
Down Under. Enjoy the video!
The campaign in Sydney kicked off with a procession to
the vigil site — the Pre-Term Foundation, the oldest
abortion facility in Sydney. An estimated 400 people
took part, including Bishop Terry Brady of the Catholic
“As in previous years, the procession saw its fair
share of hecklers,” reports one of the local team
leaders. “One lady began screaming and writing on the
ground with chalk in front of the facility, until a
sudden downpour of rain stopped her mid-sentence.”
“This Lent, we are going to Calvary, to take love where
there is no love, where innocence is crucified,” said
local coordinator Paul Hanrahan.
To see some photos of the Sydney campaign — along with
that video a local group produced — please go to:
40 Days for Life in Nevada’s capital city started with
a well-attended candlelight vigil. The volunteers will
be praying outside a new Planned Parenthood facility
for these 40 days.
The location is not far from Nevada’s legislature,
supreme court and governor’s mansion — “just a short
walk away,” said one of the Carson City leaders.
To see some photos of the Carson City event, please
This spring, Birmingham is holding its EIGHTH 40 Days
for Life campaign!
More than 100 people took part in the candlelight vigil
in front of the Planned Parenthood facility, launching
40 days of prayer and fasting. “We had four pastors
lead us in prayer. We sang in praise and heard
encouraging words from our local pregnancy resource
center director,” said Ed in Birmingham.
“Over these last four years of 40 Days for Life, we
have grown our pro-life participation greatly and
become more unified in all of our local projects as
we stand for life,” he said. “We left that evening
ready to start. Thanks be to God!”
To see some pictures of the Birmingham campaign,
please go to:
Day 5 - February 26
May God's justice sober our society, and may mercy triumph over judgment.
Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man's brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man's blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.
- Genesis 9:5-6
The value of every human being can hardly be seen more clearly than with this verse. God, the King of the universe, has created all human beings in his image, and declares forthrightly that shedding the blood of any individual will require the blood of the one who shed it. God's concern for human beings is not limited to any particular group. Indeed, his concern is universal, and includes male and female, young and old, born and unborn, disabled and able-bodied, the citizens of every nation on earth.
Abortion, the deliberate killing of the unborn, is the shedding of innocent blood. Surely the blood of millions upon millions of innocent children cries out to God. It is true that we live in an age of grace, and yet this passage (among many other texts which express similar sentiments) should give every thinking Christian pause.
Christians of all people, entrusted with the Word of God as we are, must take a stand. We must speak out. We must do all that we can to protect the innocent, to pursue justice, and to encourage the repentance of all those who bear responsibility for this great evil. Only in this manner can we hope to forestall the judgment that must otherwise surely come.
This passage should also be seen as an encouragement to educate and disciple our children and grandchildren about what it means to be human, and the responsibility that will become theirs in this ongoing struggle.
O Father, forgive us for our lack of courage and our want of compassion for the unborn and for those lost and hurt by abortion. Fill us anew with your Spirit. Renew our minds, strengthen us in righteousness, help us be people of salt and light within our nation. May every human being, from conception to natural death, be treated with the respect due those made in your image. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Rev. John Brown
Director, United Friends for Life (United Church of Christ)
It’s the Lords day, and fitting that we focus on prayer.
I also have a great TV clip from Hanover, Pennsylvania.
I visited Hanover last fall during their first-ever
40 Days for Life campaign. Planned Parenthood is located
on the town square in Hanover, where the vigil gets
attention from everyone. Enjoy the news story!
“Our campaign got off to a wonderful start,” said Dan
in Hanover. “Great weather — and Channel 27 out of
Harrisburg came down and interviewed Judy.”
Judy is Dan’s wife. Together, they lead the Hanover
campaign. The interview took place around lunchtime.
“We had a good showing of people there praying with
signs,” said one of the volunteers.
The Hanover vigil is taking place outside a Planned
Parenthood facility — but there’s no sign of any
Planned Parenthood spokesperson in the newscast.
For the “other side,” the reporter interviewed a
member of a local atheists’ society. He rattled on
about the imposition of a religious viewpoint.
Interestingly, in other locations, we’ve had atheists
stand in solidarity at some of the vigils! Obviously,
they weren’t there to pray, but to speak out against
abortion as a human rights violation.
For a link to the report on the Hanover campaign from
WHTM-TV, please go to:
A group of about 20 volunteers gathered to pray at the
40 Days for Life vigil site in Plattsburgh — outside
a Planned Parenthood facility.
“It was a beautiful prayer vigil,” said Nancy in
Plattsburgh. “Very peaceful, much grace abounded. We
were blessed to have a few dedicated souls who drove
over an hour to join us.”
We must put our trust in God, she said. “He tells us
to not be afraid; He is with us. And this work that we
do is for Him. Would you please consider coming out to
pray with us? Would you ask a friend to come along?
God will use our prayer to end abortion in Plattsburgh!”
To see some photos of the Plattsburgh campaign, please
“It’s still cold in this Canadian prairie city at this
time of year,” writes a 40 Days for Life blogger in
Calgary. “The weather is unpredictable — and yet ...
the call is so urgent.”
The annual abortion total in southern Alberta is nearly
5,000 — and the majority take place at the abortion
facility where Calgary’s 40 Days for Life vigil is
“We need to start caring,” the blogger said. “We need
to create opportunities for sharing truth. We need to
speak out, and gently, lovingly reach a broken world
to protect life.”
The 40-day vigil serves as “an opportunity to soften
hearts (our own and others) through prayer. It allows
us to plead with God for the hearts and minds of our
nation to be changed, and it allows us to engage in
this battle in the single most powerful way that we
can. Lets pray.”
To see some photos of children participating in the
40 Days for Life vigil in Calgary, please go to:
Day 6 - February 27
That those tempted to abort may understand that their child is already present, and already a real person.
And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
-- Luke 1:41-44
Jesus not only loves unborn children -- He was one himself!
Think about this for a moment.
We often hear people speak of a pregnant mother by saying, "She's expecting a child." Now if one is expecting a package, the package is not yet there. As reflected in our verse for today, however, this is not the case with the mother. Her gift is already there. The pregnant woman, a mother already, does not have a child "on the way," but has a child, already present and in full possession of his or her human rights, starting with the right to life.
Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own birth in Bethlehem. As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life
One abortion is one too many, of course. So it’s always
encouraging during a 40 Days for Life campaign when we
see local abortion numbers DECREASE dramatically.
After we did the first 40 Days for Life campaign in
Texas back in 2004, abortions dropped 28 percent in
our community that year.
As 40 Days for Life has spread to other cities, we’ve
seen similar results. Today, we start with an AMAZING
example where abortion numbers keep falling!
Trudy sent me a graph showing Jacksonville’s abortion
numbers over the past ten years. Abortions increased
from 2002 through 2006. Starting in 2007, however,
abortions have DECREASED every year.
What happened in 2007? Well, in the fall of that year,
Jacksonville held its first 40 Days for Life campaign.
Then in 2009, volunteers started Family for Life —
daily prayer at the abortion centers Monday through
Saturday ... more than 300 days of prayer every year!
In 2011, Jacksonville abortions reached a ten-year low.
The Jacksonville team has already sponsored several
events this campaign, including a Jericho march, in
which prayer volunteers marched back and forth between
two abortion facilities seven times.
To see the amazing chart of Jacksonville’s abortion
numbers, plus photos from the campaign, please go to:
The sound of the shofar kicked off the second 40 Days
for Life in Asheville. Mary Ann in Asheville said 100
people took part in the opening prayer vigil and
procession, led by representatives of Catholic,
Methodist, Presbyterian and home churches.
People sang hymns and heard inspirational messages
from a local pastor and a former abortion industry
employee. “Hearts were deeply touched,” Mary Ann said.
>From a very small start last fall, the Asheville effort
has now expanded. Many churches now have members of
their congregations signing up for prayer at the vigil,
the leaders have gotten information about the campaign
in a number of publications and team members have been
able to speak about 40 Days for Life at meetings of
various local organizations.
For photos of the Asheville campaign, please go to:
“God is moving big-time in Downey, California,” Tim
wrote in the 40 Days for Life blog.
“He is stirring the saints to come out of the pews
and onto the street to make a difference at the
Family Planning Associates abortion facility in
Downey,” he said.
Tim described how 40 college-age young adults stood
in prayer and worship from 9 pm to midnight recently,
and some of them were right back at the vigil outside
the abortion center at 7:30 the following morning.
In just the first few days, eight babies were spared
from abortion in Downey. “God is pouring out His
Spirit,” Tim wrote, “just as He said He would.”
Day 7 - February 28
Pray that the abortionists and all workers in abortion facilities would be troubled in their souls regarding their work and would seek truth.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.
-- Ephesians 4:31-32
We see the evil and oppression in the world, the arrogance of those who mock God, the millions of innocent lives destroyed because of the greed of a few. Our flesh tells us that we should take justice in our own hands, but instead of vengeance, the Lord calls us to love our enemy, to forgive others as we have been forgiven.
God loves the abortionist and the Planned Parenthood advocate just as much as He loves you. It breaks His heart to see them in bondage to sin and He is giving you this opportunity to introduce them to the Savior who sets the captive free.
Though you may not experience direct interaction with these souls, your presence will not go unnoticed. Your non-verbal communications speak volumes about the God you serve.
Forgiveness is an act of obedience to God (Colossians 3:13). Forgiveness is not condoning or overlooking the wrong behavior of others, but rather it is freeing ourselves so that God can work mightily through us to touch their hearts for Him. Let's join our hearts with His in recognizing that those in the abortion industry are not the enemy, but rather they are blinded by the enemy. God desires that we bring them the message of truth and hope found in Christ, but the messengers He will use are those willing to forgive.
Dearest God, You tell us in Proverbs that the foolish and the wicked lack wisdom and understanding. I pray you will trouble the souls of those in the abortion industry so that they hunger for truth and cry out for freedom. I pray that my life would reflect my redemption so others may see it and trust in You. In obedience to You, and by your grace, I choose to forgive others as you have forgiven me. In the name of Christ my Redeemer I pray, amen.
40 Days for Life board of directors
Day 8 - February 29
We pray for a renewal of our zeal to offer generous help to the unborn and their families.
If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant When they complained against me, What then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?
-- Job 31:13-15
The ground is level as we stand before God.
Job lived with an awe provoking sense of God's expectation of him, particularly regarding his obligation to care for the weak and needy. He knew that in God's economy everyone stands on level ground when it comes to our status as God's creatures. Because of that central truth, we must take care of each other.
Job also knew that he didn't deserve any of the good things God gave to him. Instead, those blessings came to Job from God's benevolent heart. As an extension of that knowledge, Job instinctively linked his obligation to be generous to others to God's kindness toward him.
As in Jesus' parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:23-35), Job knew that it is an egregious sin to deny to others what we enjoy ourselves. He actually calls down on his own head severe condemnation and even punishment should he fail to share with others out of his own abundance (see verses 16-23).
Proverbs 3:27 reads, "Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so." Some things are so obvious that we don't even need to pray except to ask of God forgiveness and the power to do what so obviously needs doing.
God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help. Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother's womb. Amen.
Rev. Rob Schenck
President, Faith and Action, and National Clergy Council
By now you may have heard the buzz — that Laura
Ingraham was enthusiastically promoting 40 Days for
Life to millions of people on the Fox News Channel’s
“Fox and Friends” program yesterday morning.
We NEVER imagined that kind of publicity and attention
when 40 Days for Life first began!
Today I have a very special video for you:
This spring’s 40 Days for Life marks the TENTH
nationally and internationally coordinated campaign
since this effort went from humble beginnings to
spread around the world.
To mark this occasion — national director David
Bereit went back to where it all began.
Most people don’t realize that with prayer, we can
change our world — even in the public right-of-way.
The public right-of-way in Bryan/College Station,
Texas is special. In fact, the local police once told
me it was officially the “most protested strip of
public right-of-way in America.”
I saw that as a huge compliment because I knew that the
people there were praying, and that made the difference.
For eight years — as volunteers on opposite sides of
the fence and then directors of opposing organizations
— I watched Abby Johnson drive to and from her office
at Planned Parenthood every day.
We prayed for her ... but never imagined the day when
she, the director of our Planned Parenthood, would
ever JOIN us in prayer on that public right-of-way as
a pro-life advocate.
Prayer makes the difference.
David Bereit went back and fired up the crowd at their
local kickoff event ... and it was captured on video:
Watch the video from the birthplace of 40 Days for
Life and you will:
* Learn breaking news about the unprecedented decline
in business that Planned Parenthood and the abortion
industry are experiencing RIGHT NOW
* Understand the urgency and vital importance of this
40TH YEAR of legal abortion in America
* Discover how YOUR participation in 40 Days for Life
this spring will make a profound, life-saving impact!
Whether you’re brand new to 40 Days for Life, or a
veteran of many campaigns, take the time to watch this
inspiring video TODAY:
If you don’t have a fast enough Internet connection
to watch video, we’ve also included the audio recording
that you can listen to online (even with a dial-up
connection) or download to your computer or iPod.
Day 9 - March 1
Pray that the post-abortive woman would be repentant, accept forgiveness, be healed and restored, and bring glory to God with her new life.
I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the Lord," and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
-- Psalm 32:5
Because abortion is legal in America, many have justified their choice. "If it's legal, it can't be wrong, right?" We now have an entire generation of men and women who have never known abortion to be illegal; a generation of people who have never been broken over their sin of abortion.
As a result, the consequences of unconfessed sin weigh on their souls, yet they have never connected the dots as to why their hearts are heavy. No wonder we have millions of women who are struggling with depression, addictions, eating disorders and more.
Post abortion syndrome is very real but recovery begins when the individual agrees with God as David confessed in Psalm 51:3-4, 14, "Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight - that You may be found just when You speak, and blameless when you Judge. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, the God of my salvation."
Brokenness is the key to accessing God's glorious mercy and healing. Christ came to heal the broken hearted and He is waiting with open arms to take the post-abortive woman on a glorious journey of healing and restoration if she will only run to Him.
God will not waste any sin we lay at His feet. Imagine millions of healed and restored post-abortive women like myself singing aloud of His righteousness and giving testimony of His love and forgiveness. What a day of rejoicing that will be!
Heavenly Father, you are our Healer. You have forgiven all my iniquities and removed my transgressions from me as far as the east is from the west. Guilt no longer has dominion in my life. Lord, we pray that post-abortive women across this nation will run to You to receive the gift of redemption and healing that comes from You only. In the name of our Savior we pray, amen.
40 Days for Life board of directors
Today our national director, David Bereit, and I leave
home at 4 a.m. to fly to Iowa, where not one but TWO
Planned Parenthood sites are CLOSING after one or more
40 Days for Life campaigns!
Their last day of business is TODAY and — all of the
40 Days for Life locations invited us to speak at the
(Look for the exciting details about these closures
and more from our trip in an e-mail in the days ahead.)
We often talk about heroes. To be a hero, you dont
have to do a big thing, or a great thing, or even
something that gets a lot of attention. You just have
to do the RIGHT thing.
And today, we have examples of 40 Days for Life heroes.
Connie in Orange County shared the story of a man who
lives about 10 miles from the 40 Days for Life vigil
site outside of Planned Parenthood. He rides his
bicycle to the vigil — every day — and remains in
silent prayer for 4 to 5 hours.
“What impressed me the most was that he comes on his
old bicycle that is giving him problems and sometimes
he has to stop several times to check on it,” she said.
“And he does this every day!”
To see a picture from the vigil in Orange County,
please go to:
At the 40 Days for Life vigil in Spring Valley,
volunteers are faithfully praying across from a
Planned Parenthood facility in weather that has been
cold and windy (”freezing for life,” said one of the
A man approached one of the prayer volunteers, wanting
to know why they were there. She told him it was their
calling to pray and be present for those in difficult
situations — crisis pregnancies. The man thanked her
for what she was doing.
Another passer-by then asked for directions to a medical
office — and also wanted to know what they were doing.
He was given the same answer — and invited to join the
vigil for an hour.
“We are called to be a voice for the most innocent
among us,” Eileen said. “For 40 days, we will be hope
for those who feel they have no choice. For nothing is
impossible with God!”
To see photos of the Spring Valley vigil, please go to:
A man, perhaps in his 70s, came to the sidewalk to join
the prayer vigil in Colorado Springs. One of the other
volunteers watched as he walked slowly back and forth
along the sidewalk, praying silently.
Finally, the volunteer asked how long hes been doing
this. He said he’s been coming for an hour every day
so far — and will be back for an hour every day each
of these 40 days.
“I told him he was a hero,” the volunteer said, “and
the man started to cry.”
He simply responded, “I believe in this,” as he turned
and continued to walk and pray.
“I prayed,” the volunteer said, “Lord, give us men
Day 10 - March 2
May those who hold life as trivial realize that we live because God wills it so.
Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this, in His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
-- Job 12:9-10
Job was a man acquainted with grief, trials and tribulation. He had everything taken from him, including his family. He endured sickness, ridicule and judgment from his friends. Everyone gave him advice about his situation, questioning his spirituality and his God. Job's circumstances were bad but he never loses faith. Why? Because "the hand of the Lord has made all life." Created by God, he knows his life has meaning and purpose, regardless of the circumstances.
In our present culture, we've lost that basic truth; every life is made and allowed to live by God's sovereign authority. As people who pride ourselves on our independence, we have a hard time acknowledging our dependence on God. From our creation, when we were knit together in our mother's womb to our last breath, God's word is clear that "in His hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind."
It's time for us as individuals, and as a society, to recognize that we exist by God's grace and turn back to Him, honoring His word and His teachings. Why? Because our world is full of Jobs, people who are dealing with trials and tribulations and hurting desperately. Job's response should be ours as well. Regardless of what we face (even an unplanned pregnancy) God in His wisdom and mercy will redeem it. How do I know? Job's friends who doubted God's sovereignty cry out to God asking for help, God instructs Job to pray for his friends and after he does, God restores all that Job had lost. In other words, because Job never lost faith and knew and trusted His Creator, the Lord blessed Job.
Thank you Father God for being the Creator of my life and every life. Please give me, and the society in which I live, an appreciation for your gift of life. Please help us set aside our pride and acknowledge that we need you. Show me how I can honor you today in response to all the blessings you bestow so freely. In the name of Jesus, amen.
President, Anglicans for Life
David Bereit, the 40 Days for Life national director,
and I are in Iowa today — celebrating the closure of
TWO Planned Parenthood abortion centers that have been
the sites of 40 Days for Life campaigns.
One of the reasons 40 Days for Life has such an impact
in communities is because of strong leadership from
I’ve seen a lot of courage this spring at kickoff
events I’ve spoken at, where pastors of Baptist,
Catholic, Presbyterian and many other Christian
churches shared the Word of God and challenged their
congregations to be part of 40 Days for Life.
Pastors don’t hear it enough, but we appreciate YOU!
Thanks for all you do on behalf of Gods children.
Nancy says “folks are taking notice” of the 40 Days for
Life campaigns in the Rio Grande Valley — “and the
campaign is still young.”
This is the second 40 Days for Life in which Harlingen
is participating. “Harlingen support is booming
compared to last time as we now have Brownsville, Port
Isabel and South Padre Island folks joining us.”
A particular boost came when Bishop Daniel Flores of
the local Catholic diocese went to pray at the vigil.
A number of people joined him — and so did the media.
A KGBT news crew interviewed both Bishop Flores ... AND
the abortion center’s owner. It was quite a contrast,
and brought quite a bit of attention to 40 Days for Life.
At a recent vigil, there were more than 100 people on
the sidewalks outside the abortion center. “By far,
our best ever,” said Patti, the local 40 Days for Life
coordinator. “God really blessed us with many new people
coming out for the first time,” she said.
“We had great support from passers-by, including a
young girl and her mother who brought freshly-made
empanadas,” Patti said. “Then a young man who lives
across the street and really appreciates what we’re
doing brought us five dozen fresh-baked bagels.”
To see a picture of the 40 Days for Life vigil in
Californias San Fernando Valley, please go to:
You don’t always get to see Gods hand in action. But
sometimes, He permits a glimpse.
A man walked up to Lynda in at the 40 Days for Life
vigil in Eugene and asked her if she wanted to meet
one of the women the volunteers had prayed for.
“I dropped everything and followed him to meet his
daughter and her two beautiful kids, she said. “Such
beautiful miracles — another testimony of answered prayer!”
Lynda said she just wanted to pass this blessing along
“for encouragement to others that prayers are being
heard and answered!”
Day 11 - March 3
Pray that people of faith will have their strength renewed even in the face of the violence of abortion.
The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent. They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness. I say to myself, "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait in silence for the saving help of the Lord.
The Book of Lamentations, a short book of only five chapters, contains some of the most poignant expressions of human grief. These verses are used in many Churches on Good Friday, since they can be seen to express a prophecy of the suffering of the Lord and the lamentation of his followers on that dark day.
But in the midst of his grief, Jeremiah writes the verses quoted above. "The favors of the Lord are not exhausted." It is a call to hope that no matter how much violence there is, life will prevail in the end.
Why does he say, however, that God's mercies are renewed each morning?
Because early in the morning, on the first day of the week, the women came to the tomb -- and they found that the events of that morning changed everything.
Christ's victory over death came in the morning, and therefore each day we can renew our confidence that life has the final victory.
Lord, look kindly on your people who weep and mourn amidst the vast devastation that abortion has brought upon our land. We cannot even count the children killed, and the mothers and fathers wounded.
We cannot measure the devastation and corruption abortion has brought upon the very fabric of our society. But we declare today that your favors have not been exhausted, your mercies have not been spent. They are renewed each morning.
Give us new strength today in the resurrection of Christ your Son, that we may bear effective witness to the victory of life! In His name we pray, amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life and President, National Pro-life Religious Council
Many prayers are being raised to end abortion all over this nation. If even one child is saved, every moment spent on the sidewalks outside these death chambers is more than worth it.
Absolutely. Some more stories from Shawn Carney:
There is a lot of darkness in the abortion industry.
One of the blessings of 40 Days for Life is that it
helps bring the light of Christ to places that prefer
to remain in the shadows.
Here are some stories from cities where His light
The 40 Days for Life team in Boise is in the middle of
its second campaign, and response so far is excellent.
“96 percent of our vigil hours are full,” said Karen.
She said one of the Boise campaign highlights is “the
bonding of an area-wide community of life” consisting
of 21 churches from various Christian denominations —
“churches that would not have come together except
through the 40 Days for Life vigil.”
At rallies and sign-up events, the leaders talked about
the local abortion totals — 1,572 annually in their
county alone, most of them performed at Planned
To show how many that is, the Boise team got a big jar
and filled it with 1,572 pieces of candy — one for
each abortion. “That really spoke volumes to everyone,”
To see photos from the Boise vigil, please go to:
“The Holy Spirit is definitely moving among us in
Everett,” said Scholastica, one of the local leaders.
“This is our ninth campaign — more people and more
churches are involved.”
One Saturday, 20 pro-abortion protesters arrived, so
vigil participants called others to come pray. These
demonstrators brought signs with messages such as,
“Honk if you love Planned Parenthood.”
About a dozen people continued to pray while all of
this was going on. “We were still outnumbered,”
Scholastica said, “but we were not discouraged.”
She said the prayer volunteers “went home with conviction
of the utmost urgency to pray not only for the end to
abortion but also for the conversion of the hearts in
our community — to see the truth that abortion is wrong.”
For a photo of the vigil in Everett, please go to:
A woman approached the 40 Days for Life volunteers in
Manassas and offered a small donation. The volunteers
were appreciative, but said they needed prayer rather
than financial assistance. They then explained in detail
why the vigil was necessary.
The woman was stunned. She told them she was from Egypt,
and she was shocked to learn that abortion was legal in
the United States. She then said she was a Christian and
that she wanted to join the prayer.
“The entire incident reminds us that when rational people
first learn about abortion,” said Mike in Manassas, “they
are repulsed by the concept of legally killing our unborn
children. Our citizens have been slowly desensitized and
it’s through our visible witness that we can be a stimulus
to wake people from their slumber.”
For pictures of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in
Manassas, please go to:
Day 12 - March 4
Pray to God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, to end abortion in America.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
-- Ephesians 3:20-21
God's power working in and through His people is unlimited and far beyond our comprehension when we submit to God's Word and Spirit. He receives glory when we are obedient to His calling and faithfully serve Him in His strength.
Consider God's hand of providence on this nation because of the faithfulness of a few who were totally committed to God and His truths. It is interesting to note the words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta: "Yours is the one great nation in all history which was founded on the precept of equal rights and respect for all humankind, for the poorest and weakest of us as well as the richest and strongest."
Mother Teresa, in addressing the Supreme Court of the United States said, "Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. I have no new teaching for America. I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world. Your nation was founded on the proposition very old as a moral precept, but startling and innovative as a political insight that human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and that it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect."
It is time to restore that dignity and respect. Our God is able. Are we willing to remain faithful until His work through us is done?
God Almighty, Who is powerful and willing to supply, our hearts cry in unison for You to restore dignity and respect to human life, not only in America, but around the world. Lord, may our hearts remain faithful to your calling, and may You begin Your transforming work with me. Keep me ever mindful that with You Lord, nothing is impossible; without You, I can do nothing. To You be glory forever and ever, Amen.
40 Days for Life board of directors
I just returned from events celebrating the closure of
two Planned Parenthood abortion centers in Iowa —
Since this spring’s campaign features peaceful vigils
at 121 Planned Parenthood facilities — almost half of
the total number of sites — there are few things you
probably should know.
For starters, Planned Parenthood is the leading
abortion chain in the United States, doing around
330,000 abortions EVERY year. They do this with while
taking in upwards of $400 million in YOUR tax money.
But Planned Parenthood is worried. Last year, for the
first time in 16 years, their abortion numbers went
DOWN. Fewer abortions equal fewer dollars. And Planned
Parenthood is a business.
For one thing, Planned Parenthood doesn’t want you to
know that it runs abortion centers. Their PR campaigns
focus on “women’s health.” That’s a reference to
abortion — but they avoid the actual word.
Nancy tells a typical story. A man approached her at
the 40 Days for Life vigil and asked what the prayer
volunteers were doing.
“He was shocked,” she said. “He didn’t know they did
abortions at Planned Parenthood.” The man then said
he would invite his pastor to come pray. Once he knew
what Planned Parenthood was really all about, it made
quite an impression.
Planned Parenthood created a media event to protest
proposed state legislation. The spot they picked was
outside the Planned Parenthood abortion center where
the 40 Days for Life vigil is under way. The media
arrived — and interviewed both pro-Planned Parenthood
demonstrators and 40 Days for Life vigil participants.
But immediately after reporters got their interviews,
the pro-abortion demonstrators packed up and left,
admitting this was a one-time-only appearance. That’s
fairly typical. When the cameras go away, so do they.
But the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers remained —
and will continue to be there.
To see some pictures of this event in Virginia Beach,
please go to:
We’ve already heard from campaigns like the one in
Columbia, where Planned Parenthood’s “pledge a picket”
campaign has already been launched — and that is a
good sign. It means business is off and they want you
to go home.
“Pledge a picket” asks Planned Parenthood supporters
to pledge money for each “picketer” (that’s you) on
its sidewalk. They try to say that YOU are raising
money for them. This, of course, is simply not true.
“Pledge a picket” is Planned Parenthood’s highest
award to an effective 40 Days for Life campaign,
so stay and keep praying!
The most popular Planned Parenthood talking point these
days is that abortion is only 3% of their total services.
This creative use of statistics understates the
importance of abortion to the bottom line. It treats
birth control prescriptions, HIV tests and abortion as
equal when counting the number of “services.”
Researchers who’ve studied Planned Parenthood’s own
reports estimate that abortion accounts for 40 to 50
percent of total clinic income. This is why Planned
Parenthood is so protective of abortion — and trying
relentlessly to increase the numbers.
Please keep these things in mind as you pray and fast
for an end to abortion.
Day 13 - March 5
We pray for the strength to love those who do not love us.
But the Lord said "You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in the night and perished in the night. And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left, and much livestock? Should I not be concerned about that great city?"
-- Jonah 4:10-11
God doesn't value people and things like we do. Jonah loved a shade tree more than an entire city of sinful people. We love our dogs more than a terrorist. We love our cars more than a beggar on the side of the road. And sometimes, we love our money more than a child growing in a desperate teenager's womb.
But God isn't like us. Genesis 1 tells us that humans were the capstone of God's creation. We were created on the sixth day after God had completed the land, the stars, the plants and the animals. Therefore, His love for us is greater than His love for a plant, an animal, or any other created thing. And the book of Jonah tells us that He loves even the most sinful people and seeks to bring them into His merciful arms. And it's a love that seeks to touch all of his created children: that desperate teenager, the baby growing in her womb, even tyrants and terrorists. So it's up to us to imitate God's merciful love by helping and praying for those who persecute us, and those who don't love us back.
Gracious God, loving our enemies seems like one of most difficult things you could ask of us. Please remind us that this is how you love and that if you ask it of us then you will give us the grace to do it. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lutherans for Life representative to the National Pro-life Religious Council
Day 14 - March 6
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.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
-- Matthew 11:28
"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.
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.
Rev. John Ensor
Vice President, Heartbeat International
Children are at stake in every abortion. And children
remind our culture of what we are losing in every
abortion — our innocence and our future.
If you’re wondering about bringing the kids to the
40 Days for Life vigil — yes! Please do — based on
the location, of course; parents should use their
best judgment. But children always remind people of
what this is all about.
That’s the theme of a short story that Bethany in
North Carolina posted on the 40 Days for Life blog.
Here’s what she wrote:
After I packed up my children, ages 2-and-a-half and 5,
and began driving to the clinic for my morning prayer
hour, I wondered if I should have made some sort of sign
to hold. It was spitting rain, so I hoped to park as
close as possible to the vigil site, in case I needed
to keep the children in the car.
By the time I got there, it had cleared enough that I
felt comfortable putting my children in the double
stroller. There were two other prayer volunteers on
site, including one who is a year-round sidewalk
We greeted each other and I parked the children on the
sidewalk across the street from the clinic.
The children and I and began to pray by singing very
softly: a couple decades of the rosary, “Jesus Loves
the Little Children,” “He’s Got the Whole World In His
Hands,” etc. And then I noticed something unusual.
In the middle of the parking lot stood one of the
volunteer escorts, instead of keeping post on the steps
like normal. She was an older woman, and I could tell
by her stance and the way she kept looking at me that
she was not happy about our presence. We just kept
praying and singing.
I saw the woman go back to the steps and speak to one
of the other escorts, and I had the distinct impression
that I was being ridiculed. About 10 minutes later, the
woman removed her escort vest and went to her car,
shaking her head my direction. I steeled myself for
a confrontation and prayed for wisdom.
Sure enough, the woman paused at the parking lot exit
with her window rolled down. “As a grandma,” the woman
said, “it breaks my heart to see those children out
here like that.” And then she drove off, without
giving me a chance to respond.
As I exchanged thoughts with the other prayer
volunteers, I occurred to me that the sign I had
belatedly wondered about making for my prayer hour
had already been made — my little children. They were
all the sign needed to speak for life!
Please pray for that clinic escort, that her heart
would break, not for children singing happily in the
drizzling rain, but for the countless babies dying
inside the abortion clinic.
Pray that she will acknowledge them as the persons
they already are, children who lead us to sing on their
behalf because they will likely not be given the chance.
Day 15 - March 7
Pray that we will not become defeated by the enemy's attacks but rather call on the name of the Lord who is on our side and our help in time of trouble.
What if the Lord had not been on our side when people attacked us? They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger. Praise the Lord, who did not let their teeth tear us apart! Our help is from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
-- Psalm 124:2,3,6,8
The enemy attacks in many ways, but one of his favorites is to slander us with hopes of tarnishing our reputation and character, and ultimately to defeat our good work for the Lord. It is interesting to note however that it is usually not the slander that causes harm to our testimony, but our response to the slander. Proverbs 24:10 says, "If you faint in the day of adversity your strength is small."
So if we are applying God's truths to our lives moment by moment, we are not swayed by the lies of the enemy and we will be strong.
Standing on the front lines, armed with God's truth, places you in the battlefield for the mind. As you are prepared to present words of love, for the sake of the unborn and for the distraught and confused women and men who are entering the abortion facilities, know that the enemy has prepared his forces to attack your mind.
Unkind words from a protester, or vicious lies in the local paper about who you are and what your mission is, can indeed be hurtful. But rather than give in to defeat, that is the time to shine for the Lord, standing firm, as you call on Him to defeat the enemy.
Remember the words of Romans 8:31, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" Let's stand strong for those who need us most.
Dear Lord, help us to ignore the verbal attacks of the enemy and instead turn to You, our refuge and strength. Help us to find shelter in the blessed promises and provisions of Your Word. Thank you that no enemy can defeat us, and we praise You knowing that nothing can separate us from Your love. In the name of Jesus, we come to You, amen.
40 Days for Life board of directors
When I was 19 years old, I heard five courageous women
give testimonies about how their abortions hurt them.
Their testimonies had a HUGE impact on me then — and
they still do today.
Abortion brings emotional and spiritual suffering that
can last for years — decades, even. Through 40 Days
for Life campaigns, we are hearing about many people
who are seeking Christ’s healing after abortion.
“She was a beautiful woman with large dark eyes that
spoke of deep hurt,” Abigail said, of the woman who
approached her at the 40 Days for Life vigil. “She
had been forced to have an abortion and, though it
was more than 20 years ago, she had never received
help or healing for the pain and void it left in her
heart and body.”
Abigail assured her that in Christ, she could find
peace. “It’s beautiful to watch a woman take the
first step to healing by breaking the silence and
shame of abortion and asking for help,” she said.
But that’s not the whole story. The woman told Abigail
that she had become pregnant again and was being
coerced into a second abortion. “But she knew she
couldn’t go through with it.”
She pointed to a young man and said, “That is my son”
— the child she did not abort. With him was his infant
daughter — her grandchild, who would have never been
born if shed had the second abortion.
“God continues to meet both the physical and spiritual
needs of His people,” Abigail said. “This is what HE
is doing in YOU when you sign up for a prayer slot!”
A volunteer tells of a man who went to pray at the
40 Days for Life vigil.
He shared a story with this volunteer about something
that had happened in his life many years ago. His
girlfriend had become pregnant — and he’d paid for
“He had kept his secret for years — until this very
day, when God called him to pray,” the volunteer said.
The man prayed at the vigil for several hours.
“Thanks be to God for the mercy and love he shows us
through his forgiveness,” the volunteer said. “The
grief this man poured out from his soul will always
be in my heart.”
A volunteer offered a “precious feet” pin to a woman
who was leaving Planned Parenthood. Her hands were
shaking, but she took it, asking what it was.
When the volunteer explained it’s what a baby’s feet
look like at 10 weeks into pregnancy, the woman began
She has five children, she explained. But she’d also
had an abortion and still suffers emotionally. Yet
here she was at Planned Parenthood, pondering another
Volunteers went into action. One offered information
about pro-life pregnancy and post-abortion resources,
while another assured the woman that choosing life for
her baby was God’s will.
“Later that day, she arrived at the pregnancy resource
center and got the help she needed,” said Lori in
Hayward. “We are humbled by the many blessings God has
given us this day. We pray God will continue to give us
the grace to accomplish all He expects of us.”
Day 16 - March 8
May the mystery of the Incarnation increase our zeal for defending life.
Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
-- Luke 1:30-33
"God has assumed Humanity, joining it with Divinity, and kindled in men's hearts new love of me." These words were written by a Roman poet in the Fourth Century. He spent his life finding ways to express the greatest mystery of the world: the incarnation, in which God became man.
Often the womb has been referred to as the "first home of the whole human race." It is the place where life begins, where our stories start. In the womb the great men and women of history began their magnificent march through life. In the womb Divinity met humanity, and God the Son was born into the world. As one of the Fathers of the early church, St. Leo the Great, declared, "Within her spotless womb Wisdom built itself a house and the Word became flesh."
Recently, I was at the hospital for the birth of my fourth grandchild. Looking through the nursery window at the rows of newly born babies, I began to think of the great stories that would be written about these tiny lives. During his visitation with the Virgin Mary, the angel prophesied to Mary about the life of her child. Here in this hospital, I pondered, what would he say about each of these? Would they meet the one who also came from His mother's womb to redeem the world and kindle our hearts afresh for God? I thanked God for each baby alive and prayed for each story yet to be written.
Heavenly Father, you have made the womb of each woman a very special place. Help us to hold fast to the sanctity of this first home of humanity, remembering the wonderful mystery, that God inhabited the womb of a young woman and came forth as the savior and deliverer of the world. We ask this in the Name of the one who came forth, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
National Pro-life Religious Council
Day 17 - March 9
May the Lord of Light and Life unite us, shine in us and through us to make a difference in the darkness.
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.
— Ephesians 5:8-13
For centuries physicists debated the nature of light. Two theories surfaced. The “corpuscular theory” maintained that light consisted of particles emitted from a light source. This explained some properties of light, but not all. The “wave theory” stated that light emitted from its source as waves. Again, this explained some properties of light but not all. So, the debate continued. Did light consist of particles or waves?
In the early twentieth century, Albert Einstein answered the question-”Yes!” (And you thought Einstein was complicated!) He showed that light consists of “particles,” little bundles of energy called “photons.” However, when all of these photons zip along together, they behave as a wave.
Sometimes pro-life Christians can feel like a photon, a little particle of light, and we wonder if we can possibly make a difference in a world of darkness and death. The Bible, however, never talks about a “child of light” only “children of light.” When Jesus said in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world,” “You” is plural. When you and I shine in the darkness, others shine with us. We are pro-life “photons” that form a wave of light that can and does make a difference in the darkness.
We are compelled to do so. Jesus hung and suffered on the darkness of the cross and paid the bloody price for our sins. Now the light of His empty tomb shines upon us through His Spirit cleansing us and declaring us “children of light.” But we are called to be more than “glow in the dark” children of light. We are to “walk as children of light” and take no part in the “unfruitful works of darkness.” But it does not stop with passive restraint. We “photons” are called to action, to “expose” the works of darkness.
40 Days for Life epitomizes this. Our prayer, witness, and truth spoken in love seeks to expose the darkness of death and bring others into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ. When we stand and pray, we never stand alone. The Light of the World is there and He joins you with your fellow “lights of the world.” The wave of light He produces shatters the darkness. It changes and saves lives. Shine on fellow photons!
Shine Jesus, shine in us and through us into the darkness and upon those struggling in the darkness that they might be drawn to the Light of Life. Amen.
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.
Fr. Terry Gensemer National Director, Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life
Day 19 - March 11
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 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 onto those who desperately need Your saving grace. In the name of Christ who is worthy, amen.
Carmen Pate 40 Days for Life board of directors
For many of you participating in 40 Days for Life,
there are times when, in worldly terms, it seems like
a thankless activity.
When we speak of the 5,200+ babies God has spared from
abortion during 40 Days for Life vigils, we usually add,
“that we know of.” There are instances where no one but
God knows the rest of the story.
Did a woman indeed reject abortion? Or did she just
go home, only to return another day ... or perhaps to
another abortion center?
Did she drive by, see you praying and keep going?
You may have helped saves lives you’ll never know about.
All you can do is pray ... and have faith that God’s
voice will get through. Mother Teresa said, “We are not
called to be successful. We are called to be faithful.”
One of the prayer volunteers in Michigan saw a couple
outside the abortion center one morning.
The man was loud and emotional, moving his arms as he
spoke. The woman was crying, wiping her eyes as she
tried to respond to him. The volunteer wondered if
perhaps the man was trying to talk the woman into
“something she was not in agreement with.”
The vigil participants — one of whom was kneeling —
prayed for the couple. Their animated discussion
continued for about 15 minutes. The couple got into a
car, kept talking for a while, and finally drove away.
No one knows what happened next — but at least this
day, the man and woman did not enter the abortion
facility. One of the volunteers did wonder if “praying
on our knees, in front of people going in for an
abortion, is the secret weapon that God wants us to use.”
As a volunteer arrived to pick up signs at the 40 Days
for Life vigil, a car with a young couple slowed down
as they approached the driveway.
“They looked at us,” said a vigil participant, “saw our
signs and continued past.” They turned around, drove by
again and then left without entering the abortion site.
“Please pray,” said the volunteer, “that if this was in
fact a couple considering abortion, that the Lord will
move their hearts to spare the life of their innocent
child, whom they will one day grow to love and cherish,
if they only give him or her a chance.”
Therese watched and prayed as a couple with a young
daughter entered Planned Parenthood — and stayed
inside for nearly an hour.
“We were praying for them and for all of the souls
entering the doors of Planned Parenthood,” she said.
As the family left the building, one of the counselors
offered them some literature, which they accepted.
“They seemed very interested and appreciative of what
he had to share,” Therese said. “It was evident to us
that the Holy Spirit was at work there on that sidewalk
right alongside us.”
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