Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
From 40 Days For Life: DAY 39: Sad Saturdays
It's Saturday -- the day when many abortions are done.
It can be difficult ... but you are united with others in 340 cities in 30 countries
As we close out the largest spring 40 days for Life campaign ever, make a
difference by going out to pray -- and be inspired by this 40 Days for
Life podcast episode, "You are not alone."
When you go to pray ... remember there are people joining you from all around the world. Here are a few examples.
Robert Colquhoun, 40 Days for Life's international campaign director,
said the team in Frankfurt has faced a number of challenges during this
"They have been attacked by feminists and Satanists," he said after a
visit to Frankfurt, "but have built a strong community feeling around
the campaign and also a sense of solidarity. God has provided them with
plenty of results -- an amazing number of people who have come to pray."
Robert said that Tomislav, the local leader, has run a good campaign in Frankfurt with the Croatian community in the city.
"They are praying outside Profamilia -- a referral centre for
abortions," he said. "Abortion counselling is mandatory in Germany. The
prayers are clearly having an impact at the vigil, and their presence
has generated a huge response."
"It's not always just about the turnarounds," said Paul, the 40 Days for Life leader in Sydney.
"The Christian witness in the public domain makes a bigger impact on
many people than we may realise," he said. For instance, the number of
women entering the abortion facility has been "noticeably lower during
this 40 Days for Life."
There have been vigils in Sydney before, but this is the first at this location.
"We haven't found out about or seen any turnarounds so far in this
campaign," Paul said, "however, there have been some amazing about-face
moments from passersby and neighbours."
He cited the example of a couple of "regulars who would abuse us and
mock us almost every occasion, who have, during 40 Days for Life,
stopped and spoken to me …. and are now coming up regularly and speaking
in friendly terms, including shaking hands. How many lives and more
importantly, souls, have been saved? Only Almighty God knows the
The strongest aspect of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Abuja is the community outreach effort -- particularly in the schools.
It's a key element in helping to encourage an even stronger culture of life in Nigeria.
"It was our second visit to one school," said Kelechi, the local
coordinator, "and when we asked the students again the reasons they
should abstain from sex until marriage, many hands went up and they
answered correctly and confidently … which gladdened our hearts that our
first visit to them is not forgotten."
Kelechi said the students and teachers "greatly appreciated our visit, as you can see from their pictures."
She was able to deliver donated books that will support weekly group
study sessions on morality education … and students were encouraged to
follow the suggestions in a publication on the top ten reasons to wait
this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be,
you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your
faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is
tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the
revelation of Jesus Christ.
— 1 Peter 1:6-7
Dear Heavenly Father, we sing to You a new song, for You have done
marvelous things. Forgive us when we allow circumstances to defeat us.
You give power to the faint and You increase strength in those who have
no might. We rest in You dear Lord, and ask You to empower us again for
Your service as You work out Your plan for us and through us.