LifeNews.com is reporting on the milestone reached by the popular prayer campaigns that are held in cities around the U.S. for 40 days in the fall and spring. The campaign scheduled to take place from September 27 to November 5 will kick off with a record number of cities participating.
“Just three weeks from tomorrow, we will kick off the largest 40 Days for Life campaign ever in 375 cities,” said Shawn Carney of 40 Days for Life. “There is frustration right now as the struggle to defund Planned Parenthood of their $500 million in taxpayer money continues. That is a fight we will continue to help with. But you can defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers — immediately — where you live.”
“When we witness the love and joy of Christ and a mom turns away, we defund the abortion industry. And more than that … we offer hope to a woman and life to her baby who came so close to losing it,” Carney said.
40 Days for Life began in 2004 as a local effort by four members of the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life in Bryan-College Station, Texas. A Planned Parenthood clinic had just opened in their town and they met around a table to pray for guidance about how to counter this new assault on life. During that hour, they felt drawn to the timeframe of 40 days, which has its roots in so many episodes in the Bible when the faithful gathered to pray and fast for God’s intervention. They set up a plan to conduct a peaceful prayer vigil outside the clinic which would be accompanied by fasting and community outreach which would last for 960 hours around the clock.
At first, it was just a few people in their area, but eventually, the effort began to grow as more and more pro-life organizations adopted the 40 Day model and put it into practice in their own towns and cities. By 2007, 40 Days for Life had become a national effort and by 2014 it had grown to include cities in 25 countries.
You can participate in this historic event by clicking here and either finding a group in your area or to add yet another city to the growing list by starting your own campaign.
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