Commentary by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life
September 27, 2010 (40DaysforLife.com) - The subject line of today’s message no doubt got your attention. It’s the one thing everybody always wants to know — “How many babies have been saved?”
As of the time I’m posting this, the total is indeed …
44 … that we know of.
We always add “that we know of” because no one other than God Himself knows exactly how many lives He has spared in response to your prayers and fasting.
With that in mind, here are some wonderfully encouraging reports from local 40 Days for Life campaign coordinators:
Friday is an abortion day at Planned Parenthood in Everett, the site of a 40 Days for Life vigil.
This past Friday, however, the abortion total at this facility was ZERO!
The place was CLOSED!
That was most unusual. No one really knows why. And no one knows for sure how many lives may have been saved. Women whose appointments were rescheduled now have more time to think — and reflect on what it is that they were about to do.
TWO women rejected abortions on the first day of the campaign in Birmingham.
One young woman went into the Planned Parenthood center — and turned right around and left within 15 minutes. She spoke to one of the volunteers and followed her to the pro-life pregnancy center nearby, where she decided to keep her baby.
Later, a couple took information from a volunteer, but entered the Planned Parenthood building and stayed for hours. It didn’t look good. But finally they walked out — with huge smiles — and told the people praying they canceled the abortion.
While several people were praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil, a young woman drove out of the abortion center and pulled up to the volunteers. She rolled down her window and told them she had changed her mind.
“Our prayers and presence make a difference,” said one of the volunteers. “Christians of different faith backgrounds coming together for the same purpose! What a witness!”
Early one morning, several 40 Days for Life vigil participants watched — and prayed — as a woman entered Planned Parenthood.
They kept praying, hoping for a miracle.
After a while, the young woman exited the abortion center, turned towards the prayer volunteers … and gave them a big thumbs-up.
“Be encouraged,” said Mary in Chico. “We most often do not see the results, but know that each and every prayer is touching someone.”
I couldn’t have said it any better!