>> Monday, March 16, 2009
A message from Shawn Carney, the National Campaign Director of 40 Days for Life:
"They closed for the day!"
It was a note from Elizabeth in Austin, Texas...
"The abortion clinic closed its doors Sunday," she said, "and didn't accept any clients for an entire
business day! This is the kind of clinic that does abortions on Sunday -- the Lord's day. But not this past weekend! Not only was the gate closed, but it was chained shut. Praise God!"
She added, "We are so evidently seeing the hand of God reaching down and acting through us as his peaceful instruments to help bring about the end of abortion."
Elizabeth says Austin is one of the most pro-abortion cities in Texas. "If the Holy Spirit can breathe life into such a pro-abortion community as Austin, there truly is hope for countless other cities across the country," she said. "Like Paul says in his letter to the Corinthians, keep pushing on to the end!"
Pam in Lincoln, Nebraska had similar good news. "For the first time this 40 Days for Life, Planned Parenthood was closed when we arrived this past Friday," she said. "They've been doing abortions three days a week, so this was a most welcome break. Praise God!"
As Elizabeth noted, "40 Days for Life is not just creating ripples in the pond, but huge waves!"
Those huge waves are extending far beyond the official 40-day vigils.
If you've followed 40 Days for Life, you may have read stories about Eddie and Teresa and the wonderful things that have happened in their community of Monterey, California during past campaigns.
Two of their Monterey volunteers, Shelby and Sandee, have been praying at a clinic in Salinas, which is about 20 minutes away. Though they're not conducting a full 40 Days for Life campaign, they've organized a weekday vigil there in parallel with 40 Days for Life and were prepared to continue every Monday through Friday until Easter.
But something happened -- something wonderful! A man walked up to Shelby at the prayer vigil. He said he was a doctor and was moving into that office. He said the abortion clinic had shut down.
"Wow! Oh my goodness!" said Teresa. "That facility has been open for 15 years. What a wonderful gift from God!" The prayer vigil will be moving to a new location, a nearby Planned Parenthood office where abortions are being performed.
This is what 40 Days for Life is all about.
People see the need. They feel the urgency. They get involved. And they give God the glory!
While this closure did not occur at the site of an official 40 Days for Life campaign, it serves as an example of what this effort can lead to in many other places -- and it gives us great hope!
Today's e-mail started with the sentence, "They closed for the day!"
With God's grace, we pray that a future e-mail will be about YOUR town, and will say, "They closed forever!"
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