Thursday, October 9, 2014

DAY 16: "I Have My Son Because Of You" - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: A 40 Days for Life campaign gives one more chance. One more chance for the mom ... and one last chance for the baby.

Some women and men take that last chance and save their child from abortion. But of course, some don't. The ones who do are grateful for your willingness to pray ... and to offer that one last chance.

Here are a few examples.

St. Louis, Missouri
“I want to tell you something,” said a woman who drove up to the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil and rolled down her window. “I want you all to know that you are making a difference.

After the 40 Days for Life volunteer thanked her for the kind words, the woman asked, “Can I show you something?” It was a photo on her phone – a happy 7-month-old baby boy.

By this time, the woman was in tears. “This is my fourth child.”

She then went on to explain how she was planning an abortion because she didn’t think she could take on the responsibility of another child. “But because you all were here, I changed my mind. I have my son because of you.”

Grand Rapids, Michigan
It’s amazing,” said Lisa, the local 40 Days for Life director in Michigan, who shared the story of one mom who changed her mind about abortion.

“She had gone to the clinic already – for more than one abortion appointment with this pregnancy – and each time did not go through with the abortion,” Lisa said. “But she kept coming back.

When she arrived for yet another appointment, she said she felt God nudging her towards the sidewalk counselors. Instead of going into the abortion facility, she went instead to the nearby pregnancy help center for an ultrasound.

“Thanks be to God,” Lisa said, “she chose life for her baby!

She faces a number of challenges – including financial ones – but life-affirming ministries are now helping her.

Lisa also noted her appreciation for the boys’ soccer team from Central Catholic High School, who took time to pray at the vigil.

Virginia Beach, Virginia
On a recent day during this 40 Days for Life campaign, members of seven different churches prayed outside Planned Parenthood in Virginia Beach.

While they prayed, a young woman walked over and asked if anyone had a Bible. She and her husband already had a one-year-old … and wondered if they could take care of another baby.

“They had scheduled an abortion,” said one of the volunteers, “but when they drove into Planned Parenthood, they realized they didn't belong there.”

The young woman spoke to a priest who was with the group praying, and he reassured her that God would watch over them and that she was making the right decision.

“I can't help but wonder what would have happened if there had not been people standing on the sidewalk praying,” said Louantha, the local coordinator in Virginia Beach. “Your prayers and presence really do make a big difference.

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