First of all today, please know that everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy remains in our prayers. Some 40 Days for Life prayer vigils have been suspended because of the weather, so please check with your local campaign coordinators before heading out to pray.
At the end of this week, 46 cities will be completing their first-ever 40 Days for Life campaigns. But whether a city is conducting its first campaign or its tenth, there are profound effects on the people praying … the people they’re praying for … and the entire community.
Prayers are being answered! Here are some examples.
BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
“So far, we’ve been very blessed with eight babies saved,” the Baton Rouge team reported. There also seems to be less activity inside the abortion center since the 40 Days for Life vigil has been under way.
“The Delta abortion facility has only seen patients two times each week for the last two weeks, which is a big change,” said Charlotte in Baton Rouge. “The new abortionist had been, at times, coming up to four times per week.”
She also shared the good news that a pro-life pregnancy center is opening next door to the abortion facility, “hopefully with an ultrasound machine in place very soon.”
This is the second 40 Days for Life campaign in Baton Rouge. Charlotte said people are boldly stepping forward in ways the community has never seen before.
Tina, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator in Dubuque, became worried about the people at the vigil when a huge rainstorm broke out, so she drove by to check on the volunteers outside Planned Parenthood to see if they should take shelter.
But no one wanted to leave. “They had umbrellas,” she said, “and they were soaked. But despite that, they had great big smiles on their faces.”
A bit later, one of the soaking wet volunteers stopped off at the local right to life office to drop off a donation — the profits from a garage sale she had held the previous weekend.
“The prayer at the clinic has been such a great blessing, not just on those going into the clinic, but also to those on the front line and those passing by us on the street,” Tina said. “We are so grateful to have this wonderful event in our city and by God’s grace, we are praying for the clinic to close quickly.”
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Ed in Birmingham says this city’s ninth 40 Days for Life campaign has seen “some very interesting days.”
As always, there are days where just a few people are praying at any one time — but there was one day when a local church adopted every hour and the sidewalk was full.
This was a day when Planned Parenthood expected a high number of clients for their pre-abortion visit. “Alabama has a 24-hour waiting period,” Ed explained, “and before 8:00 am, they began to arrive. But on this day, God showed us His grace.”
It seems a number of the women were willing to talk to the pro-life volunteers — and even to accompany them to the nearby pregnancy help center.
“Before lunch, we delivered six women away from Planned Parenthood and to a chance at choosing life. When the day was done, four of those women chose life for their child,” he said. “Thanks be to God!”
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.