Saturday, October 24, 2015

DAY 32: Be Counter-cultural - Prayer After Communism - 40 Days for Life - Fall 2015

Shawn Carney, 40 Days for Life: The culture of death can be overwhelming – especially when you see it globally. Abortion is not limited by borders.

As 40 Days for Life has spread throughout the world, there has been one requirement local leaders have courageously met – being counter-cultural.

Going against the culture today isn’t complicated; it’s simple.

It requires prayer, faith and a willingness to defend those whose lives are seen as a mere “choice” by the culture of death.

No matter where in the world, you are building a culture of life by being counter-cultural ... and you are not alone!

Today, we start with an inspirational report from a place that has come a long way to be able to stand and pray for the unborn.

Riga, Latvia

“There are many faithful Christians in the country,” said Robert Colquhoun, 40 Days for Life’s international outreach coordinator, “but pro-life activism is at a very early stage in Latvia’s post-communist era. Independence only came around 25 years ago.” He recently visited the 40 Days for Life campaign in Riga, Latvia’s capital.

Janis Lulle, the local coordinator, has pledged more public witness here for the future and recognizes where this campaign can grow. “For many,” Robert said, “the concept of public witness post-communism is a tricky one and certainly very counter cultural, against the national temperament.”

Latvia’s population is around 2 million, and there are around 5,000 abortions reported every year. “We had a prayer procession around the hospital,” Robert said, “and returned to the church where there is a memorial to unborn children outside.”

One volunteer spoke of her own abortion experience and desired to speak more about it publicly in future. “She said she wished she had known about our message,” he said, “as she was almost forced into abortion by doctors and family for medical reasons and wished she was stronger to reject their insistence. We prayed with her, and also recommended post-abortion healing and resources.”

Coyoacan, Mexico

Volunteers at the 40 Days for Life vigil in the Coyoacan area of Mexico’s federal district have noted definite changes at the abortion center.

Previously, the abortion business was open from 7 am to 7 pm daily. “Now they are closing for two and sometimes three days each week,” said Diana in Coyoacan. “They also have reduced their work hours to 9 am to 5 pm, which is four hours less per day.”

As part of their community outreach, the Coyoacan team hosted series of talks. “A doctor explained pregnancy, abortion and its consequences,” Diana said, “and another talk was about the history of abortion and the abortion agenda that governs its influence.”

One of the area pastors stressed the importance of life and the great love that God shows by creating us, noting that it is this same love that is the driving force of our humanity, and that dignifies us. Diana said “it was truly a beautiful celebration.”

“We know we’re having an impact when counter-protesters show up at our vigil site,” said one of the team members in Canada’s capital. “A few did … with their tired old slogans. They were gone by the time their lunch hour was up.”

Another volunteer noted the lack of creativity shown by the pro-abortion demonstrators, saying the slogans they used were “already old back in my mother’s time.”

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