Yes, I know a lot of people shudder when they hear those words. At the national level, there is often disdain for Christianity and everything Christians do. At the local level, however, it’s often a much different story.
40 Days for Life campaigns are finding local news organizations are willing to listen … and our local leaders have done a great job during this first week of the campaign to take full advantage.
Even when the the media doesn’t agree with us, they’re still providing a huge platform and enabling local leaders to spread the word about 40 Days for Life throughout the communities they serve.
See for yourself!
GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
Green Bay was part of the first 40 Days for Life campaign five years ago, and is now participating for the ninth time. Among the local media covering the opening day event was the Fox affiliate.
One of the local team members told the reporter, “We decided the best thing to do is just surround the buildings with prayer, with our prayer for those who are involved with abortion, those who are considering abortion, and hopefully to change their hearts and minds through a peaceful prayer vigil.”
The reporter asked for comment from the abortion facility’s staff, but no one wanted to talk.
For a link to the WLUK-TV coverage of the Green Bay vigil, please go to: http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3299
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND
Milton Keynes is about 45 miles northwest of London. The city is taking part in its first 40 Days for Life campaign, praying near a BPAS abortion facility. BPAS is one of the main abortion providers in Great Britain.
Local director Andy Burton recently had an opportunity to spread the word about the campaign on BBC Three Counties Radio. While he was able to talk about the vigil, the need for prayer and the nature of the BPAS abortion business, the host was intent on interrupting him and questioning him repeatedly about “hard case” scenarios such as rape and incest.
It was not an especially friendly interview. But more people in the area now know about 40 Days for Life.
To hear a 5-minute segment please go to: http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3299
This is the fourth 40 Days for Life effort in Saginaw. The opening day of this campaign saw a number of people come out to pray — including Bishop Joseph Cistone of the local Catholic diocese.
A news team from the local CBS affiliate was there to report on the vigil — and to interview Bishop Cistone.
“We believe in the power of God so we are interceding that God will do His work among our people,” he said, “that there would be an end to abortion and we would have a deeper respect for life at all its stages from conception to natural death.”
As for the “other side” of the story, here again, no one from the abortion center would go on camera.
For a link to the report from WNEM-TV, please go to: http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=3299
Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life…
DAY 4 INTENTION
We ask God that we may understand the concept of justice, as a gift he gives and as a responsibility that shapes our work.
Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! — Amos 5:24
REFLECTION by Fr. Frank Pavone, Priests for Life
Justice, a key theme of the Scriptures, is something God does and that we too must do.
When God intervenes to save his people when they are helpless and in slavery in Egypt, he “does justice.” He manifested his justice in the plagues that were sent upon Egypt, whereby Pharaoh was convinced that he must let the people go. Justice is manifested as, in awe and wonder, God’s people see the Red Sea open before them, allow them to pass without even getting their feet wet, and then close again to drown their powerful enemies.
God is a God of Justice; he rescues us when we cannot save ourselves. His justice, above all, is seen in Jesus Christ, who, when we could not save ourselves, rescued us from the kingdom of sin, Satan, death, and hell. The mighty work of Christ on the cross and in the resurrection is the perfect manifestation of God as the God of justice.
We, then, are to be the people of justice; we are to “do justice” by intervening to save the helpless in the name and by the power of the God who saves us who are helpless ourselves. That’s why we have a pro-life movement; that’s why we have a 40 Days for Life Campaign; that’s why saving the unborn is our business.
God of Justice, you heard the cry of your people when they were being oppressed in Egypt, and you proved yourself to be the God of justice, who rescues the helpless. You likewise rescued us from the kingdom of darkness, and brought us into the Kingdom of your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, who saves us from the power of Satan, sin, death, and hell.
Make us people of justice, ready to intervene to save the helpless. Indeed, as your prophets have announced, let justice roll on like a mighty river, to save all who are in need, especially the unborn. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.
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