Sunday, February 21, 2016

DAY 12: Be A Sign Of Mercy - 49 Days for Life -2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: Many moms turn around and choose life at an abortion facility ... but many more do not.

The reality is that your prayerful presence is the last sign of hope for the baby before the abortion ...

... and your presence is also the first sign of mercy to the woman after the abortion.

40 Days for Life is a campaign of love and mercy. In fact, typically 25% of all campaigns are led by women who have an abortion in their past.

While the baby’s life is in urgent need of saving, it can’t be forgotten that abortion has lifelong, negative effects on mothers, fathers and extended families.
 
 
In this short video, Robert Colquhoun, our international campaign director, notes, “You could be the person leading somebody to the very first step of healing through your listening, through your support and through your encouragement.”
 
You can see this quick video by clicking the image above ... or going to.
 
Cardiff, Wales

 
A 40 Days for Life campaign can indeed be a vehicle of forgiveness and healing.
 
Vigil participants in Cardiff say a man showed up to say he was sorry … for being one of the protesters who harassed prayer volunteers at an earlier vigil a couple of years ago.
 
He said he now realizes he’d been wrong … and is now trying to find his way to God.
 
The man said three of his children have been aborted, and his aggressive behavior was a reaction to the hurt he felt over those abortions.
 
He has since returned to the vigil site … stopping to speak to the current group of pro-abortion protesters. He is still in close contact with one of the women who comes to protest and shout abuse at the prayer volunteers, but was trying to dissuade her from coming.
 
This is a conversion story and an answer to prayer,” said one of the Cardiff volunteers. “We have directed him towards post-abortion counselling services. May God bless him and give him the courage to persevere down this road.”
 
St. Louis, Missouri
 
 
Two were people praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil in St. Louis when a middle-aged man pulled up at the adjacent stop light and rolled down his window. 
 
In a grateful voice, he called out, “Thank you for what you’re doing! God bless you!” The two thanked him for the kind words, but he had more to say.
 
“I brought a woman here once many years ago. It is one of the greatest regrets of my entire life.”

As he was about to drive away, the volunteers reminded him of God’s abundant mercy. The man thanked them again and drove away, a peaceful smile resting on his face.

“God’s mercy is new every day,” said Brian, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator in St. Louis, “and it is a mercy that is bigger than any of our hurts, worries or regrets. It is a mercy bigger, even, than the devastation of abortion. May our presence on the sidewalk continue to be an outward sign of the hopeful promise that unites us all in the Heart and mercy of God.”

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