The 40 Days for Life kickoff off events this week have helped generate a spirit of Christian unity … and media coverage, too!
Here are two great examples, including one from a first-time campaign in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
JACKSONVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA
The first 40 Days for Life campaign in Jacksonville, North Carolina is already attracting a lot of attention from pro-lifers, from the abortion center’s owner, from the police chief — and the media.
Here’s the report from WITN-TV (there’s a short commercial first):
Local coordinator Elizabeth DeLong was quite clear in her message that 40 Days for Life is a prayer vigil. “We will be praying for Dr. Crist (the facility’s owner) and for his patients,” she told reporters. “This will be peaceful.”
The owner went on camera with a litany of pro-abortion talking points, insisting that abortion is necessary in cases of rape, incest and fetal deformity … and also insisting that his business is not an “abortion clinic” because that’s only a small part of what he does.
“It is an abortion clinic,” Elizabeth responded. “They do abortions there. We’re here to bring healing to our city. We’re there to pray. We’re there to love the clients.”
The owner retorted, “They’re not going to turn anybody around.” Let’s all pray that women in Jacksonville — and everywhere — DO choose life for their children.
Leaders of several faith communities got together to begin the 40 Days for Life campaign in Bridgeport, first gathering at a local church and then walking to the abortion center, where the campaign vigil will be conducted, for additional prayers and blessings.
Bishop William Lori of the Bridgeport Catholic diocese, Rev. Christopher Leighton of St. Paul Episcopal Church and Pastor Hector Muniz of Lighthouse Church all provided moving words as more than 200 gathered to launch the spring campaign.
“Through our concerted efforts,” said Christine in Bridgeport, “we are praying that this will be another clinic to close down during the 40 Days for Life.”
SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST
I’m not able to tell you where this is happening, but please keep these people in your prayers.
Volunteers have given some abortion facility workers copies of the book “Unplanned” — Abby Johnson’s story of how she witnessed an ultrasound abortion … and quit her job as director of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in College Station, Texas.
It appears that several of these employees have read the book — and have taken its message to heart.
Some have quit their jobs! More are thinking about it. So please pray that those who have left the abortion business may find new employment, and that others will find the courage to follow them out the door.
LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.