The biggest 40 Days for Life campaign in the history of the prayerful pro-life event starts Wednesday, as pro-life advocates in hundreds of cities across the U.S. and around the world take prayer and peaceful signs to abortion centers.
“Are you ready to be part of something big?” asks Shawn Carney, the director of the campaign. “Are you ready to pray and fast, stand in peaceful vigil, change hearts and minds — and save lives? If so, it will require sacrifice … but it will be worth it.”
Carney says he is still surprised by the success of the pro-life event.
“When we conducted the first 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas, back in 2004, if you had told me that 40 Days for Life would spread around the globe … I wouldn’t have believed it,” he said. “We thought there would be one — and only one — 40 Days for Life campaign. Ever. Thankfully, God’s plans were bigger than ours … and 40 Days for Life has now been conducted in hundreds of cities and towns across all 50 American states — and thirteen other countries.”
Carney said Great Britain is one of the foreign locations where the pro-life event is making an impact.
“One of those countries where 40 Days for Life is making a profound impact is England. This spring, there will be four local campaigns conducted across Great Britain,” he said. “A few days ago, they flew 40 Days for Life national director David Bereit and me “across the pond” to help kick off campaigns in London, Birmingham and Manchester. We were amazed to see how God has inspired thousands of people across the UK to pray and fast, stand in peaceful vigil and participate in community outreach.”
From Wednesday, February 22, through Sunday, April 1, 40-day campaigns of prayer and fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach will be held in 258 cities all across the United States (44 states and the District of Columbia) plus Canada, Australia, England, Ireland and Spain
Twenty of these locations are launching their first-ever 40 Days for Life campaigns.
The pro-life campaign has had a tremendous effect, Carney said, because it has resulted in the closing of abortion facilities.
“As we prepare our hearts for this campaign, there is some big news. Since the last 40 Days for Life campaign ended, four more abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils have been conducted have shut their doors and closed and a fifth is scheduled to lock its doors forever on March 1,” he said. “This will make 21 abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils have occurred that have shut down.”
“If you’ve not taken part in 40 Days for Life before, I hope this shows you what can happen when you put your trust in God and step forward in faith,” Carney concludes. “Find the 40 Days for Life campaign nearest you and learn how you can help make a life-saving difference in your own community.”