Today I’ll be speaking at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Mobile, Alabama … where the Planned Parenthood abortion facility is across from a local pregnancy center that offers loving alternatives. We usually start the work week with some encouraging stories. Why not end it the same way?
There are challenges, obstacles and lots of sacrifices that go along with conducting a 40 Days for Life campaign. But the Lord’s abundant blessings make it all worthwhile.
Here are just a few examples.
Elizabeth in Madison says it looks like Planned Parenthood is starting to get irritated. For one thing, a pregnancy help center has opened right across the street — and women are taking note.
Planned Parenthood even put up a sign that says “health center entrance” next to their driveway, suggesting that women were going to the pregnancy help center by mistake.
Planned Parenthood also called the police because one of the vigil participants, a disabled veteran, was sitting in a lawn chair in the public right-of-way. Elizabeth said it appeared that “the police were annoyed by the call and supportive of his right to be there. So praise God for the persecution!”
DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS
About 60 people attended a prayer service at the 40 Days for Life vigil site in Downers Grove, hearing from a local pastor as well as a representative of Silent No More, who spoke of the pain and heartbreak of abortion … and the forgiveness and healing available from God.
“We filled the time with music, prayer and scripture,” said one of the volunteers, “calling for God’s mercy and love to strengthen our resolve and soften hearts.”
CHESTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
“I just got the confirmation that one of the women who left Planned Parenthood with our free pregnancy test/ultrasound coupon went to the pregnancy health center and has decided to keep her baby,” said Paulette in Chester County.
“This is the first baby of this campaign that we are definitely sure has been saved,” she said. “We are all so blessed in Chester County’s 40 Days for Life.”
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“Our success is showing in the reaction of the clinic, which has turned their sprinklers on us, provided parking lot escorts, and even hired ‘pro-choice’ protesters,” said Chris in Shreveport. “Despite the challenges, we remain undeterred.”
Prior to the start of this campaign, the Shreveport-Bossier team started a sidewalk counseling initiative. That effort has helped encourage eight mothers to choose life for their babies.
“Some of us have been praying outside that abortion center every month for twelve years,” Chris said. “We have witnessed only a few saves in over a decade of faithful prayer. While we firmly believe that God answers our prayers mostly without us ever knowing it, now He is starting to show us and it is glorious!”
Volunteers noted one woman in particular who came to the abortion center, hesitant and unsure about even going in. She told Brittany, one of the counselors, that she was pregnant with her third child. But after talking about the abortion with Brittany, she said, “I don’t want to go through with it.”
Brittany witnessed her first save as she saw this woman get in her car and drive off without making an appointment. She said afterwards, “It’s a great day to save a life!”
LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.