40 DAYS FOR LIFE campaign

As we come to the sad anniversary of 9/11 and as awful as that is, we must also consider that every day is like a 9/11 in terms of lives lost only this time it is unborn Americans among whom about 4000 die each day. Here is one effort to end abortion. It is called 40 Days for Life and this is a national effort. This is an ecumenical effort.

 

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40 Days for Life: the Groundbreaking Pro-Life Campaign that Gets RESULTS!

This fall, 89 cities in 33 states across the nation will unite for a unique pro-life campaign called 40 Days for Life — an intensive effort designed to raise awareness, save lives, bring healing, and prepare America for the beginning of the end of abortion. The campaign will be conducted simultaneously in all locations from September 26 – November 4.

There are three components to 40 Days for Life…

1. Prayer and Fasting

Want to end abortion? First you pray. Prayer is at the center of 40 Days for Life. During the September 26 – November 4 campaign, we are calling on people of faith across the nation to fall on their knees before the Lord, asking Him to hear our plea and heal our land. Pray at church. Pray outside an abortion facility. Pray at work. Pray in the car. Pray at home with your family. Pray!

People of faith are also invited to fast throughout 40 Days for Life. Christ said there are some demons that can only be driven out by prayer and fasting. A fast is not a Christian diet; it is a powerful means of drawing closer to God by blocking out distractions. Fast from food. Fast from television. Fast from e-mail. Fast from apathy and indifference. Fast from whatever it is that separates you from God. We believe that when God's people pray and fast with a broken, repentant, and contrite spirit, our heavenly Father will hear from heaven and heal our lives, our churches, our communities, our nation, and our world.

2. Peaceful Vigil

The visible, public centerpiece of 40 Days for Life is a 40-day-long prayer vigil outside a Planned Parenthood center or other abortion facility in each community. The prayer vigil is a peaceful and educational presence that sends a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion center and those who patronize the facility. In many locations, the vigil will be conducted 24 hours a day for each of the 40 days.

3. Community Outreach

During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to every possible corner of a community through a focused, grassroots educational effort. A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out to households throughout a neighborhood or city. Informational flyers raise awareness about the local crisis of abortion. Citizens are invited to sign a petition of support for the sanctity of human life, and people are given the opportunity to visibly show their support for 40 Days for Life. Additional outreach activites can include church involvement, media contact, and campus outreach.

Why 40 Days? Throughout Biblical history, God has used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities and nations… Noah was transformed by 40 days of rain; Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai; David was transformed by Goliath's 40 day challenge; Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40 days of strength from one meal. Nineveh was transformed when God gave the city 40 days to remain faithful Jesus was empowered by 40 days in the desert The Disciples were transformed by 40 days with Jesus following His resurrection Imagine the transformation God could accomplish in America this fall when individuals and communities unite together for 40 days of prayer and fasting, pulling out all the stops to end the violence of abortion… You can be a part of that transformation by taking action today!

Benefits of Participating By participating in a 40 Days for Life campaign you could help: Reduce abortion rates — by 15%… 20%… 25%… Or more! Recruit and mobilize hundreds — even thousands — of new people into effective, life-saving efforts. Lead post-abortive women — and men — into proven and effective healing programs Develop dynamic new leaders to increase the future impact of pro-life efforts. Build church coalitions in an historic display of Christian unity and action Generate enormous buzz by getting prominent news coverage. Increase local financial support for pro-life efforts. Spotlight the sanctity of human life as a crucial issue in upcoming elections. All of these results have actually been realized in other communities, and — with God's help — could happen in participating cities this fall.

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  • Guest

    So far two bishops and one cardinal have given their endorsements to the mighty effort. Everyone that I have contacted have been very enthusiastic about wanting to help and use their skills to make this campaign happen.

    Pray that others will see the good in this work and join their clergy brothers in getting the word out to their flock so that from coast to coast, we will beg the gates of heaven to do away with the Hounds of Hell.

    "Do not try to please everybody. Try to please God , the angels, and the saints. These are your public. If you are afraid of other people's opinion, you should not have become Christian." St John Vianney

  • Guest

    Ave Maria!

    Amazing reports are flooding in from all across the
    > > nation about the start of 40 Days for Life.
    > >
    > > Kickoff events drew crowds ranging from several dozen
    > > to several hundred people, and peaceful vigils
    > > commenced outside abortion facilities and Planned
    > > Parenthood offices in more than 80 cities today.
    > >
    > > We're also hearing reports from people in many other
    > > cities and towns that are experiencing dramatic new
    > > levels of pro-life involvement as people are joining in
    > > solidarity with 40 Days for Life.
    > >
    > > I am with my amazing wife Margaret, my 9-year-old
    > > daughter Claire, and 5-year-old son Patrick in Green
    > > Bay, Wisconsin, where we are joining the local 40 Days
    > > for Life campaign shortly.
    > >
    > > Earlier today, we stopped in Grand Chute, Wisconsin, to
    > > encourage the dedicated group that is holding down the
    > > vigil outside of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility
    > > that currently can't find an abortionist. The believers
    > > there are praying fervently during these 40 days that
    > > an abortionist is never found for that office!
    > >
    > > Between fielding radio and newspaper interviews all day
    > > today, I was deeply inspired by the thought of YOU…
    > > the faithful people across the country united together
    > > in one common purpose: ending the tragedy of abortion!
    > >
    > > God bless you for your prayers and participation in
    > > this history-making endeavor!
    > >
    > > Here's your devotional for DAY 1…
    > >
    > > *******************************************************
    > > 40 DAYS FOR LIFE: DAY 1, SEPTEMBER 26
    > > Daily Devotional by: Carmen Pate
    > > *******************************************************
    > >
    > > SCRIPTURE:
    > >
    > > "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
    > >
    > > REFLECTION:
    > >
    > > God was responding to Solomon's prayer for the people
    > > of Israel, during the dedication of the newly built
    > > temple. The people of Israel had repeatedly turned from
    > > God and each time, God would turn them over to an
    > > enemy.
    > >
    > > The people would cry out to the Lord and God would
    > > deliver them, only to see them turn away from Him once
    > > again. This cycle was repeated over and over,
    > > demonstrating the amazing mercy of Our Lord on each
    > > occasion. (See 2 Chronicles 6: 36-40)
    > >
    > > Not unlike God's chosen people of Israel, the body of
    > > Christ, which is His church, 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 47 million in America
    > > alone.
    > >
    > > And lest we think this is an issue outside the church
    > > walls, 43% of women obtaining abortions identify
    > > themselves as Protestant, and 27% 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.
    > >
    > > PRAYER:
    > >
    > > Heavenly Father, as our sovereign and powerful Creator,
    > > You have blessed this nation because of our Founding
    > > Fathers intentional plan to worship You alone.
    > >
    > > 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. You are
    > > justified in removing your hedge of protection and
    > > turning us over to our decadence.
    > >
    > > 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
    > >
    > > *******************************************************
    > > 
    >
    > > Your Brother In Christ,
    > >
    > > David Bereit
    > > National Campaign Director
    > > 40 Days for Life

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