Tuesday, March 4, 2014

From 40 Days For Life: Another abortion center closes!

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,
Yesterday, I spoke at a 40 Days for Life kickoff event in Lakeland, Florida. Over the weekend, our national director, David Bereit, helped launch the campaign in Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Steve Karlen, our North American outreach coordinator, has visited Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee. And Robert Colquhoun, our international outreach coordinator, spoke in Cardiff, Wales.
Those are just a few of the 253 locations that start 40 Days for Life at a time when many Christians are entering the season of Lent ... to prepare their hearts for the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Sunday.
London, England
As we get ready to start this journey of prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil, I want to share big news ...
... the first international closure of an abortion location following 40 Days for Life vigils outside its doors!
This unprecedented closure is from the heart of London — at the BPAS abortion business in Bedford Square, where five campaigns have taken place.
You can watch a short video Robert Colquhoun made outside the former abortion facility by clicking the image below:
This now makes 45 abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils have taken place that are now totally shut down!
Lubbock, Texas
A new article from Baptist Press focuses on these closures. The report highlights the vigils at the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Lubbock, Texas and features an interview with the campaign's young 40 Days for Life leader, Krysten Haga.
You can find a link to the interview at:

If you've not taken part in 40 Days for Life before, I hope these stories show what can happen when you put your trust in God and step forward in faith.
The campaign runs from March 5 through April 13. Find the 40 Days for Life location nearest you by going to:
Click on the city's name, and then sign up to get involved however you can.
Deacon John, I'd like to personally invite you to join the journey – as we look forward to seeing what miraculous blessings God has in store!
As we prepare to start the campaign, here’s a special devotional from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.
Pre-kickoff intention
For God’s blessing upon the coming 40 Days for Life campaign.
"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sin and heal their land."
— 2 Chronicles 7:14
Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, we must humble ourselves, pray, seek His face, and turn from our wicked ways, if we expect God to hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. The need for repentance has not been greater since the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade in 1973.
The number one cause of death in America is the needless sacrifice of our children at the altar of convenience called abortion. Conservative estimates put the number of deaths at nearly 55 million.
And lest we think this is an issue outside the church walls, 43 percent of women obtaining abortions identify themselves as Protestant, and 27 percent identify themselves as Catholic. One in four women has at least one abortion by the age of 45 — both non-Christian and Christian alike. Where was the voice of Truth -- the church?
Mary Comm of In Our Midst Ministries, Inc. sums up the issue best as she writes, "We (the church) have been an unintentional accomplice to the millions of lives lost and to the multiplied millions of lives devastated by abortion. We didn't want them to abort. We didn't mean for them to abort. But, because of our lack of knowledge, because of our fear, we have continued to stand by and do nothing."
"We, God's hands and feet in this dark and hurting world, have been unintentional, unknowledgeable accomplice, but an accomplice nonetheless."
May today mark the beginning of change within the church, as God's people, in unity, seek His forgiveness.
Heavenly Father, we have turned our backs on you and your principles in your Word. We have allowed man to usurp Your role as God over life and the number of our days. But we come to you in brokenness and repentance over our sin.
We cry out for Your mercy and ask you to remove the scourge of abortion from our land.
Use us as your vessels, Lord, to bring the light of Your Truth to our nation once again. Because of Christ we pray, Amen.
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Let's pray, fast, and shape history together ... starting tomorrow!
For Life,
 Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life


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