Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DAY 29: Small Towns And Abortion - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: Abortions don’t happen in the White House or the Supreme Court ... but in cities and towns, large and small. In fact, the abortion industry has often grown by moving into smaller communities.

Cobleskill, New York is a small town. It has around 5,000 people … stores and businesses … a regional state university campus … and a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. It’s the sort of place you might drive through and say, “Why does a nice town like this have an abortion center?”

It’s often because the abortion industry doesn’t have to ask permission to come to a town — and many times, they don’t even announce they’re coming.

But there’s a prayerful response to Planned Parenthood in Cobleskill ... and it has been anything but small.

Cobleskill, New York
“Planned Parenthood moved to their current location almost exactly two years ago and the prayer coverage for this campaign continues to grow,” said Patrick, the local leader in Cobleskill. Some of those people pray there every day. “It is so encouraging to see men and women ... pray so humbly for God’s mercy and grace to fall on the community of Cobleskill.”

Patrick said he almost gave into some negative thinking a few years ago – the idea that he didn’t know enough people in Cobleskill to put together a 40 Days for Life campaign. He admits that it isn’t always easy to stand and pray in public, “but God is honoring our willingness to humble ourselves before Him and before man.”

During this fifth 40 Days for Life vigil, Patrick has been sensing some changes around town. “There has been a noticeable shift in response to our presence outside of Planned Parenthood,” he said. “The shift is positive and having an impact on the local residents.”

The reaction of people driving by is also changing, with more people waving and smiling … with negative reactions diminishing to only a handful. “Just in the past couple of weeks I have received encouragement from several residents who stopped to talk and say they appreciate our public prayer.”

Patrick also thanked the pastor of a nearby church for allowing vigil participants to park there. The church provides a place to store campaign materials when they’re not in use.

“About one week into the campaign I was praying in front of Planned Parenthood while also enjoying my hot cup of coffee and the first car pulled up and parked in the parking lot,” Patrick said. “I knew it was an employee so I kept praying for the Holy Spirit to come in power.

He recognized the woman as someone he’d spoken to before, exchanging simple greetings of “Good morning!” or “Good night!”

“This time the Lord coordinated everything perfectly and I was able to introduce myself from across the street. She reciprocated with her name,” he said, “and we shook hands. God is moving in Cobleskill!

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