Just 11 days left in this 40 Days for Life campaign! For me, it’s time for another road trip — and it’s a busy one. I’m stopping in Allentown, Pennsylvania this morning to meet, pray and speak at a 40 Days for Life event in front of the abortion facility there. Tomorrow, I head west and Friday it’s north — WAY north — to Calgary, Alberta.
Everyone who overcomes the natural fear of doing this for the first time finds out one thing that works at an abortion facility — PRAYER!
Here’s what I mean.
Last Saturday, a group had arranged for about 40 people from seven different churches to pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Flint.
It figured to be a busy day. “On a normal Saturday, there are about 5-12 clients who enter the clinic,” explained Tina in Flint.
They’re ALWAYS open on Saturday. “This clinic has been open on Mother’s Day weekend,” she said, “and even on Christmas Eve one year when it fell on a Saturday.”
But last Saturday, when these 40 people showed up at 7 in the morning to pray outside the abortion center, there was a sign on the door:
CLINIC CLOSED FOR THE DAY.
“We rejoiced and prayed together for about an hour and a half,” Tina said. “We are not sure of the reason for the closure … but we are grateful.”
PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY
The 40 Days for Life group in Plainfield is praying near an abortion facility located in an office building.
“Most people don’t know that there’s an abortion facility there,” said Katie in Plainfield. “It’s a block away from the high school, and there is also a pediatrician’s office located there.”
For instance, a man stopped by who was surprised to see the vigil. “He was shocked to learn that abortions were done in the building,” said Katie. However, the man was quick to tell her that sometimes abortions are necessary, as in the case of Down syndrome.
“I explained to him that my uncle had Downs, and that he was a blessing to our family,” she said.
The man then drove away, warning Katie to be careful, as he said Plainfield is a violent town — killings happen there.
As Katie stood and prayed outside the abortion center, she thought to herself, “They certainly do.”
Some 300 people attended a midpoint event for the 40 Days for Life campaign at a church in Napa. Afterward, about 60 of them walked about a mile to the Planned Parenthood facility.
“Their candles could be seen swaying and their songs and prayers heard blocks away,” said Margie in Napa. “It was a wondrous sight. Once at the clinic, prayer and song continued in Spanish and English.”
They were joined by a baby — a child saved from abortion during a previous 40 Days for Life campaign in Fairfield, California.
“It was just the perk we needed to carry us to the end of a successful campaign,” said Margie.
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.