40 Days for Life Campaign Bringing Together All Christians

National   |   Shawn Carney   |   Mar 2, 2012   |   11:34AM   |   Washington, DC

David Bereit, the 40 Days for Life national director, and I are in Iowa today — celebrating the closure of TWO Planned Parenthood abortion centers that have been the sites of 40 Days for Life campaigns.

One of the reasons 40 Days for Life has such an impact in communities is because of strong leadership from local pastors.

I’ve seen a lot of courage this spring at kickoff events I’ve spoken at, where pastors of Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian and many other Christian churches shared the Word of God and challenged their congregations to be part of 40 Days for Life.

Pastors don’t hear it enough, but we appreciate YOU! Thanks for all you do on behalf of God’s children.


Nancy says “folks are taking notice” of the 40 Days for Life campaigns in the Rio Grande Valley — “and the campaign is still young.”

This is the second 40 Days for Life in which Harlingen is participating. “Harlingen support is booming compared to last time as we now have Brownsville, Port Isabel and South Padre Island folks joining us.”

A particular boost came when Bishop Daniel Flores of the local Catholic diocese went to pray at the vigil. A number of people joined him — and so did the media.

A KGBT news crew interviewed both Bishop Flores … AND the abortion center’s owner. It was quite a contrast, and brought quite a bit of attention to 40 Days for Life.


At a recent vigil, there were more than 100 people on the sidewalks outside the abortion center. “By far, our best ever,” said Patti, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator. “God really blessed us with many new people coming out for the first time,” she said.

“We had great support from passers-by, including a young girl and her mother who brought freshly-made empanadas,” Patti said. “Then a young man who lives across the street and really appreciates what we’re doing brought us five dozen fresh-baked bagels.”


You don’t always get to see God’s hand in action. But sometimes, He permits a glimpse.

A man walked up to Lynda in at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Eugene and asked her if she wanted to meet one of the women the volunteers had prayed for.

“I dropped everything and followed him to meet his daughter and her two beautiful kids,” she said. “Such beautiful miracles — another testimony of answered prayer!”

Lynda said she just wanted to pass this blessing along “for encouragement to others that prayers are being heard and answered!”

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.