Wednesday, October 7, 2015

DAY 15: We Can't Do This Alone - 40 Days for Life - Fall 2015

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: The one message our Lord makes clear during a 40 Days for Life campaign is this: “Apart from me you can do nothing” – John 15:5.

If you are participating – or even considering going out to pray at an abortion facility – you are correct to think, “I can’t do this.”

You’re right. You can’t! But God can – and will – work through you.

There are often obstacles that our human eyes see very clearly – like the location of the abortion center. But there are other obstacles we can’t see that are more powerful ... like discouragement.

Sometimes it’s our own feeling of inadequacy or despair ... but our feelings come and go while God’s faithfulness endures all of the trails and tribulations. Here’s how He’s doing it:

Buffalo, New York

The 40 Days for Life team in Buffalo reports two babies saved from abortion … including one amazing story that certainly cannot be a coincidence.

Two prayer volunteers met with a young woman outside the abortion center.

She’s about 20 years old and was 11 weeks pregnant … and she told them when she was inside, the abortion procedure was about to begin. The staff had set up an IV, but for some reason it just wasn’t working. So they had to start over and try again.

When they were trying for the second time to administer the IV, the woman called out, “Stop, stop, stop!”

So they did – and she left the building!

Volunteers were able to give her information about the local pregnancy outreach center as well as additional resources. She took the material … smiled … and waved goodbye.

Tallahassee, Florida
“Sometimes when I'm the only person in front of the abortion clinic praying,” said a 40 Days for Life team member in Tallahassee, “I wonder if there is any point in doing this.”

>It’s not unusual to feel this way. You’re one person. You’re just offering your small sacrifice. What can you do? But keep in mind where this doubt comes from. It does not come from the Lord!

“I need to remember that Christ calls us to persevere in the face of doubt, difficulty, and even persecution,” the volunteer said. “If only one child is saved, then all the effort is worth it.”

It has already been worth it – four times over!< The director of a local pregnancy help center has reported that four expectant mothers had come to them after deciding not to have their abortions, because of the people praying in front of the abortion facility. Said the Tallahassee team member, “Please give thanks to Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Memphis, Tennessee

Kathy in Memphis knew it was going to be a great 40 Days for Life campaign when it all started with prayer from six area pastors at their kickoff event.

Abortions are done on Tuesdays … so she spread the word to volunteers that as young women approached Planned Parenthood, especially on Tuesdays, to simply ask them, “Can I pray with you?”

>One woman smiled and said, “Hey! I’ve changed my mind! I’m not getting an abortion and I’m keeping my baby.” Kathy said another went into Planned Parenthood, but then came out we went to the life-affirming pregnancy help center next door. “She was so grateful … and keeping her baby!”

Tags: Day 15, Forty Days for Life, Fall 2015, We can't do this alone, Buffalo, New York, Tallahassee, Florida, Memphis, Tennessee
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