Friday, February 19, 2016

DAY 10: “We Save More Babies In The Winter” - 40 Days for Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: This just in – it’s cold!

Well, it’s certainly cold for many 40 Days for Life locations where extreme temperatures are requiring lots of sacrifice and lots of clothes.

I’m reminded of what Brian Gibson, the leader in St. Paul Minnesota, said prior to a really chilly campaign in 2008:

“It’s not cold; it’s just inadequate clothing!”

 
40 Days for Life CEO David Bereit did a short audio interview with Brian before that campaign.
 
We’ve posted a portion of that interview that is still timely, especially if you’re in an area that experiences such frigid weather occasionally, but not on a regular basis.
 
 
In the interview, Brian shared a remarkable observation: “We save more babies during the winter than we do during the summer.”
 
He said when people see the sacrificial dedication of volunteers out praying in the cold and wind and snow, it shows how much you really care about the innocent lives that are on the line.
 
Now that’s something to think about the next time you think it might be too cold to pray!
 
(And if you’re in Australia, New Zealand or South Africa … I hope you’re enjoying summer!)
 
Ithaca, New York
 
 
There was snow on the ground when Mary Anne, the 40 Days for Life leader in Ithaca, left home on her way to the vigil site. When she arrived, there were a dozen people in prayer at what they call their “street chapel” outside Planned Parenthood.
 
“It was so touching to me to see that,” she said. She’s also seeing changing attitudes towards life in Ithaca, with more churches – and more pastors – taking part in the vigils. 
 
That in turn is impacting the community. “We saw that,” Mary Anne said, “with cars honking for life.”
 
Planned Parenthood now has two escorts instead of one. Still, she said, “This is Ithaca, a culturally diversity community coming together in unity, breaking through the barriers … we are all in this together.”
 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
 
Nikki in Pittsburgh says she was humbled that volunteers vowed to keep their commitments in extreme cold conditions – especially one particular shift manager.
 
“I sent her a text message around 9 am, asking if she wanted to reconsider closing early,” Nikki said, “and she texted me back that she is fine and would stay all day. Wow!
 
The cold weather may be helping to warm hearts.
 
Two passersby told vigil participants that they supported the “right” to abortion. One said she had never been able to discuss abortion so calmly and logically, and her talk with volunteers gave her something to think about. The other actually said he could be changing his mind on the issue.
 
“The most encouraging thing to happen today,” said another volunteer, “was that a couple who were about to enter Planned Parenthood noticed us praying.” They slowed down … turned around … and then left. “Thank God for this opportunity!”

Tags: DAY 10, “We Save More Babies In The Winter”, 40 Days for Life, 2016, Ithaca, New York, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
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