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Deacon John,

We hear it all the time — 40 Days for Life isn’t always easy. But it is simple.

That’s because the foundation is prayer … and just the sight of people standing in silent prayer makes an impact.

You may not be saying a word aloud — but the voice of God can be heard.

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Thousands of mothers have chosen life for their babies … just because they saw people praying.

Abortion workers have quit their jobs … because of a regular, peaceful witness.

And the conversations that occur on the street show us that when we we show up and pray … good things happen.

And it doesn’t matter where you are … as seen in today’s reports!

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Every event on the UNITED tour has provided opportunities for fellowship and mutual encouragement.

That’s important … because most of the time a vigil is covered by one or two volunteers and it’s easy to feel isolated. Sometimes we can even be tempted to wonder whether our presence makes an impact. But there’s one group that never doubts your impact: the abortion industry.

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That’s why in Toledo, Ohio, abortion supporters came out to protest our vigil — even blaring satanic “music” to try to drown out our prayers. It didn’t work.

These desperation tactics only draw additional negative attention to the abortion center, strengthen the resolve of 40 Days for Life volunteers … and increase the prayers for more converted hearts.

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Abortion supporters often justify the barbaric practice by saying women who obtain abortions do so thoughtfully and only after serious consideration.

The abortion industry’s response to the UNITED tour in Southfield, Michigan didn’t match the rhetoric. Abortion escorts blared rock music and danced in the parking lot to try to drown out our visit.

The truly compassionate approach comes from the volunteers on the sidewalk, who offer women in need real choice. At the Southfield visit, ours wasn’t the only bus in town. A mobile ultrasound unit was also on site and helped save nine babies just in the last month.

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The state rally in Ann Arbor marked city number 40 on our tour. The campaign here reports one saved baby so far this campaign. At our Michigan stops, we got to see six different campaign leaders, volunteers from all over the state … and even a participant from Canada!

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Without a doubt, one of the most moving moments of the UNITED tour came at the rally in Indianapolis when we met Larelle — one of the nearly 12,000 children saved from abortion through 40 Days for Life.

Larelle is the first baby saved at a 40 Days for Life vigil that I had personally met. Larelle’s hand print now adorns the bus as we head on to our 16th state!

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See all upcoming tour stops at: 40daysunited.com

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Cape Town, South Africa

More than 175 people came to pray outside — twice the crowd expected. “We opted to put the day in God’s hands” … [more]

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Llanelli, Wales

“You always pray with conviction for us, the ladies and the babies inside the clinic,” a Marie Stopes worker said … [more]

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My power is made perfect in weakness.

–2 Corinthians 12:9

Lord, during these forty days, we ask that with each day of this sacred vigil, everything in us that separates us from your perfect will would be pruned from our hearts and souls. In this blessed freedom may we experience a powerful anointing of your Holy Spirit.

See today’s full devotional

For life,

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Shawn D. Carney

President, 40 Days for Life

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