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I spoke at the kickoff in Port Charlotte, Florida last night … while our North American outreach director, Steve Karlen, spoke in north Houston.
Here’s a quick report from Steve regarding the first of many visits he’s planning this campaign.
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS
The Little Rock kickoff was one to remember because it took place in pouring rain and a temperature of 35 degrees. When I learned that this event was moving forward rain or shine, I assumed that I’d be speaking to a group comprising the organizers and not one soul more. It turns out that more than 30 people showed up despite the miserable weather.
This group had a ton of energy and enthusiasm, and it was a very exciting event followed by an open house and tours of the pregnancy center across the street.
I learned that these folks are used to getting wet at the vigil site. The abortion facility installed sprinklers – but not for the landscaping. The sprinklers are on the top of their privacy fence, where they’re aimed right at the prayer volunteers!
SHREVEPORT / BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA
The kickoff for the Shreveport / Bossier City campaign was a very strong event, held at a large Baptist church. The rally featured a real cross section of Christianity, which was pretty cool to see.
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The evening included Bishop Michael Duca of the local Catholic diocese, as well as praise and worship music. I also had an opportunity to speak to the volunteers. I was joined by Melody Olson, who shared her story about being a post-abortive mother who learned that she is also an abortion survivor.
The photo below shows me on the left, Melody in the middle, and Shreveport / Bossier City’s local coordinator, Chris Davis, on the right.
Thanks to Steve Karlen for that report!
LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.