Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DAY 36: Here Come The Protesters - 40 Days for Life

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Only a few 40 Days for Life locations are "blessed" with active opposition. However, when it does happen, it really isn't a surprise. After all, Christ did alert us to the prospects of persecution when we act in His name.

Here are a few instances in which 40 Days for Life volunteers are responding to protesters ... with grace and love.

Columbia, Missouri: It appeared that Planned Parenthood was trying to organize a protest that would coincide with a 40 Days for Life rally on the sidewalk outside. But it didn't exactly work out the way they'd hoped.
There's a fairly regular protester in Columbia. She arrived right at the start of the 5 pm event and started to make phone calls.

"Very quickly," said Kathy in Columbia, "Planned Parenthood workers were sent out with signs to stand in a place across the driveway from us."

As soon as the hour ended, the Planned Parenthood protesters left the sidewalk and gathered for their group picture. And then they left.

The 40 Days for Life event that was going on at the same time was a totally different story. "I've got to tell you," Kathy said, "having the young people on the sidewalk was one of the best parts of the rally. The sight of all of our dear friends ... was something I will always cherish.”

Halifax, Nova Scotia: A few demonstrators from the "Womyn's Centre" at a local university turned out to protest the 40 Days for Life vigil in Halifax.

"Thankfully, the protesters were civil and polite," said Julie, the 40 Days for Life leader in Halifax, "and the police cooperated by coming to survey the scene as things were getting underway. The protesters stayed for about four hours, and each hour we had more people praying than there were protesters."

The 40 Days for Life vigil continued with prayer for the babies ... the mothers ... and yes, the protesters. "God can change hearts," Julie said, "even of the most hardened protester."

Dallas, Texas: The Dallas vigil was visited by around 15 pro-abortion protesters. "We have a great relationship with the police," said Lauren in Dallas, "so they asked the protesters to stay on the sidewalk across the busy road from the vigil site."
The protesters shouted at the teens who were praying outside the abortion center during a Dallas campaign youth day event. But Lauren said group leaders were able to use the distraction as a teaching moment.

"In addition, several of our folks went to talk to the protesters," she said, "and I really pray they were able to plant some seeds."

Here's today's devotional from Dr. James I. Lamb, executive director of Lutherans for Life.

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