When people hear about babies saved from abortion, it motivates them to trust God — and participate in 40 Days for Life. After all, how often do you have an opportunity to literally help save a life just by peacefully praying?
Orange County, California
Prayer volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Orange County were caught by surprise as the doors of the abortion center flew open and a frightened young
woman literally ran out as fast as she could … barefoot!
A young man came out looking for her. The barefoot runner was his girlfriend, and she was there for an abortion.
Eventually, she was found nearby, and vigil participants offered to get her something to eat. When they sat down to their meal, the young woman told her story. She was six months pregnant and was already on the table at the abortion center. She had an IV and was in the process of being sedated. But she was still alert enough to realize she simply couldn’t go through with it.
“God’s grace poured into her heart,” said one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers. The young woman found the strength and courage to remove the needle from her arm, to quickly get dressed (except for her shoes!) and run out to safety.
“Our prayers from outside helped her get that courage to leave the table and run away,” said the volunteer. “I realized how important our role is.”
40 Days for Life participants in Houston say the campaign has been quite eventful already. There’s a mobile pro-life pregnancy counseling center in Houston, and it is often parked outside Planned Parenthood’s huge abortion facility.
Women arriving for appointments at Planned Parenthood are offered assistance in this vehicle, and volunteers say many of these women are willing and eager to listen.
“This was possible through the grace of God,” said one volunteer, “even with several Planned Parenthood escorts on the scene.”
Two abortion-minded women visited the mobile center. One of those two made a huge turn around after seeing her unborn child on the ultrasound image and chose life. The other simply said she would think about it, so she was given information about pro-life resources. Please keep her in your prayers.
One of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Milwaukee watched as a couple pulled into the parking lot at the abortion center. The woman got out and walked into the
building while the man remained at the wheel of his truck. So one vigil participant walked over and struck up a conversation. Eventually, the volunteer started talking about his dad, who was born during the Depression, less than nine months after his grandparents got married.
“I couldn’t think of a worse time to have to worry about feeding another mouth,” he said, “but my grandparents did the right thing.”
The driver then opened his door and said, “OK, then I’m going in. I’ll talk to her.” He came out later, but shrugged his shoulders and said, “I tried, but she ain’t with it.”
But the prayer volunteer encouraged him, “Go back and try again. You have nothing to lose!”
The man went back inside again, and finally the couple came out together — smiling — and got back into their vehicle.
“We didn’t get it!” he said. “Amen!” said the 40 Days for Life volunteer. “Amen!” replied the guy in the truck.
London is back for its second campaign, and Cheltenham is along for its first. The London campaign continues to have a strong reach into the international community, and more nations may be joining 40 Days for Life in the future — with help from Robert, the campaign coordinator in London.
Robert sent along a link to a short video promoting 40 Days for Life in London. I’ve watched this several times and it’s downright amazing. This video is directed at a specific community in England’s capital, and the on-screen information is presented in their native language — POLISH!
The 40 Days for Life coordinators in Spain have jumped into this project with a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and hard work. The first inquiry we received mentioned the possibility of a campaign in Madrid. As the months went by and the word spread, that has grown to TEN different cities!
40 Days for Life in Spain now has its own national team and its own web site — and people are answering the call to pray and fast for an end to abortion.
Georgia was once part of the Soviet Union, and abortion continues to be a major concern there. Please keep this campaign in your prayers; not only does it have great potential to save lives (one baby saved already!), it also has the potential to foster greater unity in the Body of Christ.
“Every denomination that exists in Tbilisi is participating,” said Carolyn, who is coordinating this first-ever campaign in Georgia. “This is truly
Carolyn sent some photos from the vigil in front of Parliament in Tbilisi, which is Georgia’s capital. I don’t understand the words — and I certainly can’t read the language. They use a totally different alphabet. But Carolyn says the signs read “choose life” and “abortion stops a beating heart.”
That sounds quite familiar, doesn’t it? It shows that abortion is a worldwide problem — and that God has a worldwide answer.
There are six cities Down Under for this 40 Days for Life campaign — the most yet in Australia. And it isn’t springtime there. This campaign begins in the
final days of summer, rolling into early autumn. The kickoff in Sydney was quite an event — and we have the video!