Well, here we are … the final day of the first 40 Days for Life campaign of 2011. And what an amazing campaign it has been with a record 247 locations! But that’s not the milestone.
So far during this campaign, we are aware of … 483 babies who have been saved from abortion. (And reports from local teams will still be coming in for the next week or so. So we hope and pray that number will continue to grow.) But that’s not the milestone.
Since 40 Days for Life started these coordinated campaigns in September of 2007, we now know of more than four thousand babies spared from abortion! And yes, THAT is the milestone! The current total is 4,082!
4,082 people is a lot of folks! If you’ve ever heard of Centerville, Tennessee or Lathrop, Missouri — those are towns whose populations are around 4,082. Through your prayers, God has spared enough human beings to fill a whole town. Wow!!!
The abortion industry REALLY doesn’t like 40 Days for Life! Here’s what I mean. A mom and her three daughters were praying at the vigil when the abortionist angrily approached them, cursing at them and shouting, “You’re going to hell!”
The mother was astonished. When she was able to get a word in, she responded, “YOU’RE killing babies in there!”
“Yeah?” replied the abortionist. “AND I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!”
After that shocking display, she took her daughters into the nearby pregnancy resource center. This story takes the mask off “choice” and is a sobering reminder of the evil were are fighting in the abortion industry. Please keep praying!
FROM THE 40 DAYS FOR LIFE BLOG
Emily wrote that she and a friend had a similar experience. While they were praying quietly, a woman came storming out of the abortion center, ran up to them and started screaming, practically in their faces.
“You can’t be here! This is illegal,” she said. “You’re breaking the law! You’re protesters! This is illegal!”
Well, obviously, it was not illegal. When the woman finally stopped yelling and began walking back to the building, Emily’s friend said, “God bless you, ma’am.” The woman turned around to scream once more: “He already does! And YOU work for the DEVIL!”
“This experience left me more determined than ever that our presence outside the abortion clinic is not only a good idea, but an absolute necessity,” Emily said.
Abortion centers are places of death, despair, anger and hatred — “epicenters of evil,” she called them. “Although I don’t usually feel like I’m making a difference by being there, just because I can’t see any physical evidence,” said Emily, “I now know that by simply being present, we are helping to counter that evil with love, peace, truth and light!”
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA
Of course, there are many joyful things happening at 40 Days for Life vigils, too! It was a busy day at the abortion center in South Bend where volunteers pray. As the group prayed, they watched as a young woman walked out of the facility and headed towards the cars. But then she went back inside – then came out again. The group took note, but just kept praying.
She went back inside once more — and then came out a third time. This time, however, she got in her car and drove up alongside the people praying. In her left hand, she held a stack of money. In her right hand, she held an ultrasound image. She leaned out the window and announced, “I didn’t do it!”
“You could feel the peace and joy of God surrounding that young mother,” said Sally in South Bend. “We were all so moved. God is good!”
Yes, He is!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you have done to make this monumental campaign such an amazing success. You all inspire me!
LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion. He is the director of the Coalition for Life.