Thursday, February 11, 2016

DAY 2: What to expect at the vigil - 40 days for Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: There are many emotions involved when you pray at a peaceful 40 Days for Life vigil. So what are some of the realistic – and unrealistic – expectations when you go?

We address that topic head on – and highlight a surprise development about media stereotypes of pro-life Christians – in our newest 40 Days for Life podcast.

You can download the episode or subscribe here to the podcast.

If you’ve prayed at the vigil, you know it’s not a protest.

It is quiet. It is peaceful. And, more importantly, it is not about us or our experience while being out there. It is about being our Lord’s hands and feet at a place where many people arrive because they’ve simply lost hope.

That was the motivation that led one group of local leaders to overcome fear ... and courageously bring the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign to the land of Robin Hood.

Nottingham, England

On my recent trip to Great Britain, I visited Nottingham, where John Edwards and Alan Horgan are leading a very promising first-time effort. The vigil takes place outside a hospital.
The local leaders noted there are more than 3,000 abortions annually in the Nottingham area, with the vast majority covered by the National Health Service. A study committee found that “sometimes care and treatment wasn’t delivered effectively,” and “not all patients were offered counseling.”
Bishop Patrick McKinney is supporting the campaign. “Pray always with compassion and gentleness to God for each person who enters and leaves the clinic,” he wrote, “and for all those who work there, that their hearts and outlook towards the aborting of babies might change.
Barranquilla, Colombia
Barranquilla is one of 12 locations where 40 Days for Life vigils are taking place in Colombia.
“The clock strikes 12:00 am!” one of the Barranquilla team members wrote on Facebook early yesterday morning. “From here on out, it’s 40 days of prayer to put an end to abortion in our country.”
The campaign began with prayer at a local church. “Thank you, Lord, as we worship you before we begin,” one volunteer prayed. “Thank you, Lord, for the gift of life. Thank you for instilling in our city this initiative.”
Leaders invited more people to get involved. “Join us and save moms and babies. You can be a hero!
Eureka, California
Eureka just kicked off the community’s fourth 40 Days for Life campaign. Leaders made sure that vigil participants let an important fact sink in – they’re praying in unity with believers in 273 cities around the world.
“There is power in prayer,” said one of the Eureka volunteers, “and that sounds like a lot of power! You don’t want to miss being a part of this powerful work of God!”

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