I’ve been to hundreds of 40 Days for Life locations. While the peaceful nature of each vigil is similar, the logistics can be very different and very challenging.
Some places have it easier, if you will, with large public rights-of-way and great visibility. But in other places, participants have to stand far away. This allows little opportunity to be seen by the men and women entering the facility.
In those situations, we simply have to trust that despite the logistics, hope will find a way to reach those seeking abortions.
At the end of the day, the Holy Spirit is in charge — and can work through ANY circumstance to save a life. Here are some examples.
FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
Paula in Fort Myers reports the first baby saved from abortion – in the city’s third 40 Days for Life campaign.
“Our campaign location is a very difficult one to connect with women going in and out of Planned Parenthood,” she said. “Our sidewalk is along two of the busiest streets in Fort Myers with traffic zooming by at 45 miles an hour and Planned Parenthood tucked away 500 feet off the street.”
But prayer works. A woman pulled up in a car just to tell Maria, one of the prayer volunteers, that her daughter was scheduled to have an abortion – but did not go through with it because of the people praying outside. Maria said it was the fastest answer to prayer she has ever had!
“We are so delighted,” Paula said, “and praise God for his goodness.”
Dave in Manchester says he’s seen a good turnout at the 40 Days for Life vigil thus far – and he also believes he’s seen God’s handiwork.
“The Marie Stopes clinic is visibly less busy than it ever was, compared to the first campaign we did,” he said. This time he’s hoping to see an even larger turnout – and an even more profound impact on business at Marie Stopes.
There have also been visible blessings – three young women have changed their minds about abortion.
John in Manchester tells of one woman who arrived with a companion and took information from the volunteers on her way into the facility. It wasn’t long before they exited. “They left the clinic with big smiles,” he said, “saying they would not come back again.”
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LifeNews.com Note: Shawn Carney is the campaign director for the 40 Days for Life pro-life prayer campaign against abortion.