Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAY 4: Inspiration in a Blizzard - 40 Days for Life - 2016

Shawn Carney, Campaign Director, 40 Days for Life: A few years ago, the president of NARAL (the largest abortion advocacy group) was shocked and discouraged to see so many young people at the March for Life in Washington DC.

When she later resigned her position, she noted her inability to get young people involved in the “pro-choice” movement.

It’s safe to say the opposite is true for the pro-life movement. I’m 33 years old ... and I often feel old at pro-life events and 40 Days for Life vigils!

Young people are not just part of the pro-life movement – they are often the majority. And they’re anything but passive about their pro-life stance.

School groups, church groups, families with small children – those are all frequent sights at the peaceful vigils outside abortion centers.

It’s not just the participants who are on the younger end of the scale – it’s often the leaders! Here’s an example of the young leader of one 40 Days for Life campaign who’s already a veteran.

Lansing, Michigan
Mary Tombelli is an 18-year-old student in the Lansing area ... and she says her decision to become the next 40 Days for Life campaign director came after spending 13 hours stuck in blizzard and log jam on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
On her return from the March for Life in Washington, DC, last month, she spent the time in prayer … and was moved to get out of her comfort zone and take a bigger role in the pro-life movement.
I’d like to encourage the young people of my generation to take a stand for life. I hope to do this by leading this campaign asking God to help us save women, men and children from the pain of abortion,” she said. “Through God’s grace and peaceful prayer, I believe each one of us can make a difference, and support the culture of life.”
Mary also serves as the leader of the Homeschoolers for Life group in Lansing.
San Luis Obispo, California
Volunteers in San Luis Obispo had extra reasons to pray more fervently outside Planned Parenthood this past week – it was one of the facility’s designated surgical abortion days.
As they prayed, they watched a young couple pull into an empty parking space near the corner. They sat in the car for a while, but then got out and continued talking as they stood next to the vehicle.
After a bit more discussion, they hugged … got back into the car … and drove away!
The volunteers are sure hopeful that their prayers were answered.
What is certain is that a young couple arrived at Planned Parenthood on an abortion day … but they didn’t stay. And that parking space was soon empty once again.
Bedford Heights, Ohio
Three volunteers were praying outside the Planned Parenthood facility in Bedford Heights, just before lunchtime. They’d been praying – and offering life-affirming information – for about an hour when two women stopped their car as they were leaving the parking lot.
One of the women looked at the vigil participants … smiled … and told them, “I’m keeping my baby!”
The volunteers offered additional details about the community organizations that would be available to assist her during and after her pregnancy. With that … the two joyful women drove away.

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