40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign Motivating Pro-Life Advocates in Several States

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 23, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign Motivating Pro-Life Advocates in Several States

by Shawn Carney
September 23, 2010

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.

Reports from opening events at local 40 Days for Life campaigns are rolling in … WOW!

Not only is this the biggest campaign ever, but more and more people are getting involved in local efforts from the very start!

Here are just a few examples …


One of the speakers at the Indianapolis kickoff talked about embracing the crosses that come with praying at an abortion center for 40 days.

The people attending the event had an opportunity to sacrifice their personal comfort almost immediately: a two-and-a-half mile walk to the local Planned Parenthood abortion center — in a rainstorm!

"The Holy Spirit must have been at work," said Joseph, one of the coordinators.

"The best part of the experience was being led by the high schoolers," said Mary, who took part in the walk. "I believe that the sight of our group marching in the pouring rain with our banner and signs was quite compelling as thousands of people drove past us. Let’s pray for the most successful 40 Days for Life ever!"

Click here to see a photo of prayer volunteers in Indianapolis processing with their umbrellas:



It didn’t rain in Arizona; it was just HOT! By the time the candlelight vigil began at the 6 pm Glendale kickoff event, it had "cooled off" to 108 degrees.

Still, several dozen turned out for the first-ever 40 Days for Life vigil at the Planned Parenthood center in Glendale.

Click here a photo of the candlelight event:



The team in Fairfax decided to try something new to get the word out about their local campaign. They set up a booth at a Christian music festival in their area — an opportunity to reach out to a huge crowd with the 40 Days for Life message.

It worked! At least 100 people signed up to pray at the Fairfax 40 Days for Life vigil.

"This project was part of our mission to saturate our culture with the pro-life message," said Jonathan, the Fairfax coordinator.

"It pays to go around and ask people to sign up for 40 Days for Life," he said. "It pays to be bold and tell people the truth."

Click here to see a photo of the Fairfax 40 Days for Life booth at the Awakening Festival:


Those are just a few of the many, many encouraging stories that are flooding in already. I’ll have more to share tomorrow.

THANK YOU to everyone who’s answering the call to pray and fast!

We had a GREAT kickoff event Tuesday in Fayetteville, Arkansas … and I met a lot of wonderful people on Wednesday at three stops in Wisconsin. Today, I’ll be making another Wisconsin visit, as I’m heading to the 40 Days for Life vigil site in Milwaukee.

David Bereit, our national 40 Days for Life director, reports great turnouts of enthusiastic volunteers at kickoff events where he’s spoken in Orlando, Florida, as well as Dallas and Conroe, Texas. Next he’s heading to Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota where he’ll visit the local 40 Days for Life site.

Where will you be praying today?

Here’s the link to the list, just in case you haven’t
signed up yet:



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