Wednesday, October 24, 2012

40 Days for Life: DAY 29: Be His voice for the voiceless

Dear Deacon,

40 Days for Life often feels like a sprint -- but

it's really a marathon!

Marathons take discipline ... and often it can be

hard to tell if you're really getting anywhere. As
we enter the last quarter of this effort, many
campaigns are just now seeing the impact they have
had over these past few weeks.

It takes a steady, faith-filled, Christ-like mind

to stay the course and not get distracted. As the
Apostle Paul put it, "Run so as to win. Every athlete
exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win
a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one"
(1 Corinthians 9:24-25).

These campaign stories illustrate that point.



Trudy reports that the 40 Days for Life campaign is

going very well -- and that's no surprise. But this
campaign is different. The volunteers in Jacksonville
are praying in front of a vacant building.

"Our pro-life presence in front of an empty facility,

whose owner, Planned Parenthood, plans to abort
babies in this building, delivers our message to
passersby better than an ad in the local newspaper,"
Trudy said.

"If you really want a treat, join us at 1:45 pm any

day, Monday through Friday, to see all of the school
buses lined up on the street in front of the new
Planned Parenthood," she said. "Children, with their
arms hanging out the windows, joyfully wave to us
when they see our display of banners."

Traffic often slows in front of this location. One

woman called out from her car, "I didn't have an
abortion. I kept my baby!" The volunteers responded,
"God bless you!" The man in the car behind her heard
all of this and added, "I don't believe in abortion

Pray that Planned Parenthood never opens an abortion

center in this location!

To see pictures of the vigil in front of the future

Planned Parenthood location in Jacksonville, go to:



Faithful prayer volunteers continue to bring the

pro-life message to the street in front of Planned
Parenthood in Pittsburgh -- despite a couple of area
businesses that would like to see them leave.

One store owner has even posted a sign for the past

two campaigns, calling them hypocrites. "He needs
prayers," said one participant.

Another volunteer told of "a heartbreaking scene that

was observed when a woman walked out of the Planned
Parenthood strongly stating to a young woman behind
her (her daughter?) 'I don't care what you want.'
Please pray for them."

Nikki sent some photos from the vigil. In one, you

can see a mobile ultrasound unit parked across the
street from Planned Parenthood. "One girl went into
it for sure instead of going in to Planned Parenthood,"
Nikki said, "but we don't know the details yet of what
happened after she got on board."

To see the pictures of 40 Days for Life in Pittsburgh,

go to:



Lisa in Phoenix is thankful for the many volunteers

who "continue to stand witness through many difficult
situations in Phoenix." They will keep praying at
this site even after the 40 days are complete.

"The community has become more aware of the evil

surrounding their neighborhood," she said. "People
are sharing stories of healing and reaching out to
those in need. Local churches have taken on full
vigil days to witness and pray."

Vigil participants watch every day as women come and

go. "From my years praying on the sidewalk of abortion
clinics," a volunteer said, "this is the first time
where the girls are so sedated they have no tears ...
but this is a battle God will win. Continue to be His
voice for the voiceless."

To see a photos of the prayer vigil in Phoenix, go to:

Here's today's devotional from Carmen Pate, a member

of the 40 Days for Life board of directors.



Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing

over the transgressions of the remnant of His
heritage? He does not retain His anger forever,
because He delights in mercy. He will again have
compassion on us; and will subdue our iniquities.



"Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the

evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do
evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the
oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the

-- Micah 7:18-19


REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, 40 Days for Life

Micah had been sent to declare God's judgment and

call the people of Judah to repentance. The people
had become spiritually and ethically corrupt.

Prosperity had hardened the rich, the poor were

oppressed and the heirs to David's throne were
practicing abominations and idolatry.

Is it not easy to see the parallels of God's people

in Micah's day and God's people today in America?

Through Micah, God corrected His people by demanding

justice, not burnt offerings and sacrifice. He told
them to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their

In speaking of Old Testament stories of God's people

turning from God to sin and idolatry, Paul wrote in 1
Corinthians 10: 11, "Now all these things happened to
them as examples, and they were written for our
admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have

Many biblical scholars believe God has removed His

hedge of protection around our nation in response to
our sins of immorality and abortion. Let us cry out
in repentance for His mercy once again. And may we
honor His faithfulness by doing justly, loving mercy,
and walking humbly with our God.



Heavenly Father, eternal, changeless, and faithful

Lord, we recognize that we are in need of forgiveness
as a nation, for turning our hearts away from you.
Hear our prayer of repentance Lord and cleanse us
from all unrighteousness. We praise you for your
tender mercies and your compassion that never fails.

Lord, it is only by Your grace that we can live lives

that are just, and merciful. May Your Holy Spirit
enable us to walk humbly in Your presence and may You
be pleased to restore America so that a generation
not yet born may praise you. In the name of Christ
Jesus, who has done great things for us, Amen.



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For Life,

Shawn Carney

Campaign Director
40 Days for Life

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