Over the next 40 days, in 297 cities in 13 countries, there will be people standing outside their clinics. There will be people praying and loving women away from abortion. Tomorrow begins the launch of latest season of proving that love and prayer can end abortion.
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Widely successful, the 40 Days for Life campaigns mark “the beginning of the end of abortion.” This fall’s campaign runs from Sept. 24- Nov. 2, and it’s never too late to join the fight and help end abortion in your region.
It’s also successful. Campaign Director, Shawn Carney, notes that in the past 7 years of the national campaign:
“Through God’s grace, 40 Days for Life has seen these miracles over the past seven years:
8,973 lives spared from abortion (that we know of)
101 workers have changed their hearts and left the industry
57 abortion centers have shut their doors forever
12 additional abortion referral centers have also closed”
Starting Wednesday, those numbers will begin to rise as abortions fall. And it is all because some ordinary people join together in prayer and loving actions to help save lives of babies, give hope to women, and steer abortion workers to other jobs. Starting Wednesday, the decision by a few people to give up anywhere from an hour a week to many hours every week could literally help bring life where death may have existed.
The first 40 Days for Life started in Bryan/College Station, Texas just 10 years ago, as a local effort. That abortion clinic, the same one Abby Johnson walked out of to end her abortion career, is now closed. And it’s not the only one. By 2007, 40 Days for Life had become national in focus; now it’s international.
The profound success of 40 Days for Life is in its simple focus:
“40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. The mission of the campaign is to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion.”
And it’s for everyone who wants to get involved. The 40 Days for Life website will help you find a local location at which to participate. If you’re fortunate enough to be too far from an abortion facility to participate that way, you can still be involved by praying and fasting, and subscribing to updates to keep on top of the situation. You can post these updates on social media and help bring awareness and a testimony of love for those trapped in this industry. 40 Days for Life is a ministry that reaches out not only against the death of abortion for for the life of those involved.
It’s never too late to contact a local campaign and join the fight. Some local campaigns pray around the clock all 40 days, so there is always a time and need. Contact 40 Days for Life for more information, and become one of more than 625,000 volunteers who have helped save thousands of lives.