From 40 Days for Life: SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, July 17

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Deacon John,

Our culture needs us to be channels of prayer and joy.

The reality of abortion — and the evil that drives it — can be overwhelming. We need to be prepared.

As we enter this first weekend of the campaign, it’s important to be ready for the work that lies ahead. The 40 Days for Life podcast is a great (and free) resource to help you along the way.

Here are three suggested episodes to get you started.

This is a spiritual battle. If prayer is not our foundation, we won’t make it. This episode can help:

#39: Charging your spiritual batteries

Do want to fast but love to eat? Me too! Are you new to fasting? If so, this episode discusses practical ways to fast and why fasting is so important in our culture:

#10: Fasting for an end to abortion

Have you been to a 40 Days for Life vigil yet? If not, you may be wondering what it will be like. Here’s the episode for you:

#6: What to expect at the peaceful vigil

Enjoy!

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Planned Parenthood seems to have a different strategy everywhere the 40 Days for Life UNITED bus tour goes. Thursday, they closed their doors and avoided us. Friday, they brought out protesters in New York.

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The presence of demonstrators at our first stop in Newburgh — with pink shirts and a big, pink “health care happens here” banner — only strengthened the resolve of the 40 Days for Life volunteers who joined us to pray.

One woman shared a moving testimony of her two abortions … and her intention to have a third, until illness prevented it. She kept that baby — and now has several grandchildren. Praise God!

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The Poughkeepsie team opened the campaign with a Jericho march. While they haven’t confirmed any saved babies yet, they have seen indications that their prayerful presence is turning potential clients away.

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Planned Parenthood in Albany called the police before we even arrived. Of course, our peaceful vigil was completely law-abiding, so that was that. Mary, a first-time 40 Days for Life leader, said that once she became aware of the abortion crisis, she had to stand up for life.

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Faithful prayer warriors in Schenectady quickly forgave us for missing our exit and arriving 20 minutes late. These folks have clearly won the hearts of their community. On a very busy street, we witnessed many supportive honks and waves as people drove past the 40 Days for Life vigil.

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When we arrived in Utica … so did the rain. But we still got a great welcome from faithful 40 Days for Life volunteers. This stop also featured speakers representing Silent No More and the Susan B. Anthony List.

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Syracuse is the home of the first Planned Parenthood abortion center in the United States — and the volunteers here want to ensure that what started in Syracuse ends in Syracuse. The sidewalk at Friday night’s rally was packed. Bishop Robert Cunningham opened with prayer — and even signed the bus!

Next up — Vermont and Maine.

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TODAY! Saturday, October 1

Sunday, October 2

Monday, October 3

See all upcoming tour stops at: 40daysunited.com

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Krizevci, Croatia

“Women openly testified that abortion leaves wounds that a mother feels even years afterward” … [more]

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Pictures, pictures, pictures!

Take a quick tour of the United States in these photos of 40 Days for Life vigils from Anchorage to Las Vegas to Savannah … [more]

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Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

— Luke 1:30-33

Heavenly Father, you have made the womb of each woman a very special place. Help us to hold fast to the sanctity of this first home of humanity, remembering the wonderful mystery, that God inhabited the womb of a young woman and came forth as the savior and deliverer of the world.

See today’s full devotional

Can’t get out to the vigil during the week? Why not go this weekend! There are 367 sites around the world.

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Shawn D. Carney

President, 40 Days for Life

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40 Days for Life 4112 E 29th St. Bryan, Texas 77802 United States (888) LIFE-316

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