Thursday, October 30, 2014

From 40 Days For Life: DAY 37: Too American?

40 Days for Life
Dear Deacon John,
When Robert Colquhoun first brought 40 Days for Life to his home country of England in 2010, he had no idea what God had in store for him. Robert actually moved to London to lead that first campaign ... and has since seen 40 Days for Life spread throughout the UK.

He has debated the head of the largest abortion provider in England on national radio. He has also seen a huge response from national media including The Guardian, the BBC and The Daily Telegraph.

After dozens of peaceful campaigns, lives saved and an abortion facility closing in London, some of Robert's critics in England still don’t know what to make of 40 Days for Life ... so they resort to labeling it “too American” for Britain.

This is comical for Robert, who is very clear that he speaks the Queen’s English. Today we see how prayer can go anywhere. Robert’s efforts to spread 40 Days for Life across England — and beyond — show that we must rescue those being led to the slaughter ... regardless of our nationality. 
London, England

This is the second 40 Days for Life vigil outside the BPAS abortion facility in London’s Twickenham area. Thus far, nine babies have been spared from abortion. Still … Justyna, the local leader, said they’re praying for other mothers and babies who remain at risk.

One couple arrived at BPAS, determined to have an abortion because of their financial situation, but “they didn’t want to believe that we offer help.”

Another young woman is feeling extreme pressure from her boyfriend, who’s insisting on abortion. A third woman is eight weeks pregnant, very confused and not sure what to do.

Finally, there was a woman who is pregnant with twins. “She couldn’t go through with it, but they rebooked her abortion appointment. She is an alcoholic and scared to death to have her babies, because social services will take them away.”

In the midst of all of this, people have been arriving at BPAS for job interviews. “We spoke to few people who were going in,” Justyna said. “Please pray that God will give them better jobs.”
Hallam, England

Robert met volunteers in Hallam and thanked them for joining thousands of people around the world praying and fasting for an end to abortion. He noted that this collective witness is very powerful.

Bernadette in Hallam said Bishop Ralph Heskett was scheduled to pray at the vigil, and she is pleased that he is supporting the campaign.

“We completed an outreach at Sheffield University Chaplaincy,” she added. “We shared testimonies with the students and told them about our campaign. Let’s pray that these young people will take their active place in the pro-life movement.”
Leeds, England

The third 40 Days for Life campaign in Leeds is currently underway. In Leeds, Robert met with Chris, the local leader there, and other volunteers. The vigil in Leeds takes place in front of a Marie Stopes abortion facility. Marie Stopes and BPAS are the two leading abortion businesses in the UK.
Riga, Latvia

Riga is the capital city of Latvia – a nation on the Baltic Sea that shares a border with Russia. Latvia is a country of 2 million … and there are 7,000 abortions there every year. The first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in that nation is now taking place.

While in Riga, Robert met with Janis Lulle, the campaign leader there, along with the rest of his team. He also met Archbishop Zbignev Stankevics, who is an abortion survivor himself.

Prayer walks have been conducted around the hospital in Riga, and the campaign has received excellent media coverage.

Here’s today’s devotional from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.
Day 37 intention

Pray that we will each submit ourselves this day as a living sacrifice to God, giving all that we have in us for those being sacrificed on the altar of convenience.

I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

— Romans 12:1

Since all things are for His glory, we are to offer ourselves for that purpose. This of course is in sharp contrast to those who are being swayed by the enemy to sacrifice their babies on the altar of convenience, rather than choosing to surrender their all, including their unborn child, to the Lord for His purposes.

A career, education goals, or even a boyfriend can unknowingly become an idol for some young women. In their minds, abortion is a convenient way to “rid themselves” of an obstacle in the way of their “worship.”

In light of the sacrifice Christ made on our behalf, and the fruit of God’s mercies on our lives, we owe God our highest form of praise and worship. Presenting our bodies as living sacrifices is therefore reasonable service.

We were made to worship God and God alone. The enemy who seeks worship for himself distorts God's truth regarding worship, sacrifice, idols and children.

As you have given of yourself to rescue those who are perishing — the young woman and her child — you are worshiping God in the truest sense of the word.

May your example lead an abortion minded client to turn from her idols to worship the one true God, sparing her child from the altar of convenience, and sparing herself from a lifetime of regret.

God Almighty, You alone are worthy of our praise and worship. Having accepted Your Son's sacrifice on my behalf, I in turn present my body to you as a living sacrifice. Thank you for deeming me holy and acceptable because of Christ's shed blood for me.

I pray that you would use me as your vessel to rescue others who are perishing. Through Christ who is Our Glory, Amen.
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For Life,
 Shawn Carney
Campaign Director
40 Days for Life