Thursday, October 26, 2017

From 40 Days For Life: DAY 30: Best for last


It's always exciting to attend a prayer rally at a 40 Days for Life vigil site.
You will hear enthusiastic speakers and reports about what is happening locally and around the world. And sometimes you will actually witness a baby saved from abortion!
That is exactly what happened at the end of a rally that 40 Days for Life board member Tibor Baksy visited in North Carolina. It's an amazing story!

Fayetteville, North Carolina

A beautiful morning got even better when a couple at the Fayetteville 40 Days for Life rally shared their story of adopting a baby whose mother had once contemplated abortion.
It was truly a love story, made possible by the prayers of volunteers and the grace and mercy of God.
A short time later, "we were at the end of the rally, and our deacon was closing with prayer," said Karinna, the Fayetteville coordinator. "He finished and asked if we could stay a little longer since a lady was reaching out to a client and she was starting to walk over."
A young woman with an abortion appointment, who was there with her mother, spoke to the volunteers – who learned that the mother was against the abortion. Still, both women eventually walked into Planned Parenthood.
"I asked a volunteer what happens normally in a situation like this and she told me Planned Parenthood is very persuasive once the mothers go inside," said Tibor (on the right in the photo above).
Karinna said the deacon, Tibor and a number of others knelt in prayer.
"After about 20 minutes, the young woman returned to say she had chosen life for the baby," Tibor said. "We were elated and emotional. The power of prayer is amazing!"
"It was God's work. Only He could have reached her heart," Karinna said. "God deserves all the glory."
"My drive home took five hours and during that time I said many prayers of thanks, shed some tears and reflected on a beautiful morning where the grace of God was so visibly evident," said Tibor.
"I am grateful to God for the volunteers, for His calling me to this ministry and for all the gifts He continues to bestow."

Riyom, Nigeria

The community outreach portion of the 40 Days for Life campaign in Riyom continues to touch many people in the region.
Jummai, the local coordinator, also had some very good news to share about a young woman who "chose life for her baby despite the challenge she is facing."
This young woman, who has a two-year-old daughter, had become pregnant as the result of an assault by a man who has since fled the area. "She lives on money she makes working on people's farms," Jummai said.
The volunteers have helped this woman find good medical care.
During this campaign, Jummai has been able to share the pro-life message and the story of 40 Days for Life at various churches and conferences in the area, as well as at a town hall meeting.
And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy."
—Luke 1:41-44
Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own birth in Bethlehem. As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life.
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Shawn Carney
President, 40 Days for Life
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