Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 31: Valet Parking, Anyone? - 40 Days for Life

by Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: So what does valet parking have to do with saving lives? More than you might expect!

You’ll find out in a moment ... in a story that shows how creative God can be when using your presence at a 40 Days for Life vigil.

You may wonder what you’ll say if someone approaches you to ask for help. But Christ told us that’s when the Holy Spirit will step in … so be not afraid!

Charleston, South Carolina
John, a 40 Days for Life volunteer, was praying outside the abortion center when a client stopped to ask him if he was the valet parking attendant. "No,” he said, “but I’d like to talk to you before you go in there!”

The woman took him up on his offer and explained that she already had two children and she wasn’t sure she could handle a third. John talked to her, reassured her, and told her about the nearby pregnancy center that could help her with all of her concerns.

The woman went into the abortion center and returned 30 or 40 minutes later, proudly showing John her ultrasound and telling him that she had decided to keep her baby. John sent her on her way with the contact information for the pregnancy center.

“This is our fifth save in Charleston so far this campaign and we are excited to see how the Lord uses the smallest opportunities to start conversations and open the hearts of these women to choose life,” said one of the local leaders. “Valet parking, anyone?”

Schenectady, New York
You don’t always hear about it, but be assured that when 40 Days for Life comes to your community, it creates an impact that often goes far beyond the sidewalk in front of the abortion center.

The local leaders in Schenectady have seen signs that the prayer presence outside Planned Parenthood can be multiplied — influencing the community ... and saving babies.

Two volunteers were praying at the vigil when a woman came up to tell how she personally had convinced three young women to change their minds about abortion – and one of them is having twins.

When she talked to the young women, she told them about “those people who are praying by Planned Parenthood” – people who were praying for these women and their babies.

On another occasion, a 40 Days for Life volunteer overheard an animated conversation about abortion … about a block down the street from the vigil site. One of the women involved in the discussion was telling the others that abortion is evil, “and that’s why people are out there praying.”

Larry, one of the Schenectady team members said, “Praise God that our presence and prayers are saving babies … even if it is through someone else!”

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