Sunday, March 23, 2014

40 Days For Life: DAY 19: The Holy Spirit is at work!

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,
There are 40 Days for Life campaigns near and far! And that means more travel for our international outreach director, Robert Colquhoun.

He’s already been to Croatia … and plans a visit to Russia to speak at the 40 Days for Life vigil in Moscow. The leader there, Arevik, is currently conducting the second campaign in Russia.

Here’s a look at a few things going on at 40 Days for Life campaigns in the United Kingdom and Africa.

Abuja, Nigeria

For her part, Arevik, the Moscow coordinator, just visited Kelechi, the local director in Abuja, Nigeria, and her team of volunteers. “I met her two years ago in London,” Arevik said. Kelechi was doing some work with a pro-life group there at the time.

London is also where both women learned about 40 Days for Life, which they have helped get started in their home nations.

In Nigeria, Arevik found herself on a different continent with a different culture – and a different climate. Robert says the temperature in Moscow was below freezing – but near 100 degrees (38 Celsius) in Abuja.

“I decided to use my time to support Kelechi,” Arevik said. “I want to write an article about Nigeria. Thank God for this time!

Cardiff, Wales

Clare, the local leader in Cardiff, sent along some photos of her vigil – which has a fairly constant presence of at least one pro-abortion demonstrator … and sometimes more, as was seen in a pro-abortion march near the vigil location.

A small, hand-painted sign was propped up next to a trash can, critical of 40 Days for Life for being responsible for 44 safe and legal abortion clinics closed.” The sign was amended after we announced that four more abortion facilities where 40 Days for Life vigils had been conducted were closing.

Another sign posted nearby reads “stop harassment at health clinics.” Of course, there is no harassment at the 40 Days for Life vigil – only prayer.

Sheffield, England

“What an amazing week!” said Albert in Sheffield. “This week there were a total of 60 volunteers. Many hours of prayer … without a doubt the Holy Spirit is at work and achieving wonderful things!

Albert noted the importance of having prayer volunteers on hand in the early morning, “as this is when many young mothers, partners and staff arrive to the clinic.”

The Sheffield team also offered advice that’s helpful for volunteers everywhere: Keep telling people about 40 Days for Life! “The fact that the campaign is known and talked about makes a big difference.” 
Today's devotional is from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.

Day 19 intention

Pray that when those representing Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups see volunteers for 40 Days for Life, they see ambassadors of Christ, and may each volunteer be consciously aware at all times of Whom we represent.


I beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness, and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.

— Ephesians 4:1b-2

Reflection by Carmen Pate

When Carol Everett, a former abortionist and post-abortive woman, was asked what turned her heart from death to life in Christ, she said, "Unconditional love," shown by a man who prayed daily for her in front of the abortion clinic where she worked.

He told Carol that "God had sent him" because there was someone in there that God wanted out.

She left 27 days later and now serves as Christ's ambassador to help others.

We too have been sent by Christ as an ambassador to love unconditionally those God seeks to "get out" of their bondage and sin.

What a high calling it is — much higher than any presidential appointment to another country.

In his book, Fishers of Men, Dr. Sumner Wemp describes what it means to be an ambassador of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings:

 • God has chosen us (John 15:16)

  We are sent into a world that is not our home (1 Peter 2:11)

  Our walk must match our talk (1 Timothy 3:7)

  We must abide in Him for daily instruction (John 15:5)

  Know our purpose — to seek and to save that which is lost (Luke 19:10)

  We are to reconcile others to God with His authority (Matthew 28:19-20)

  Do not let kindness and truth leave you (Proverbs 3:3-4)

  Our service is to be grounded and rooted in love (Ephesians 3:17)

Pray that we each will walk worthy of the calling with which we were called!


Dear Heavenly Father, we are humbled that you have called us and appointed us to be ambassadors of Christ in a world that is not our home.

We pray that your Holy Spirit will empower us to walk worthy of the calling. We pray that Your unconditional love will flow through us to those who desperately need Your saving grace.

In the name of Christ who is worthy, Amen.

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May this Lord's day be filled with blessings for you and all of your loved ones, Deacon John!
For Life,
 Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life
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