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Deacon John,

God uses little actions to save lives.

He did it recently in Houston, Texas where a baby was just saved from an abortion … and all it took to change a young woman’s mind was seeing one prayer volunteer holding a sign.

The sign read: “Pray to end abortion.”

“However,” said one of the Houston leaders, “we don’t always see results right away.”

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Houston, Texas

It is often family members who relentlessly pressure their younger relatives to have abortions. One young woman came to Houston’s giant Planned Parenthood abortion facility with her aunt because her mother was totally against the abortion.

A sidewalk counselor warned the young woman that abortion can cause lasting damage to a woman’s body. The aunt responded that abortion had not hurt her.

At this point, the volunteer turned to the aunt … and talked about post-abortion healing programs in which mothers are encouraged to name their aborted babies.

The aunt responded: “All ten of them?”

The two women eventually walked away. But a week later, the younger woman spoke to the counselors at the mobile pregnancy help center parked outside Planned Parenthood.

She did not want an abortion … but she did want their help.

“Please keep all of the pregnant mothers and their unborn babies in your prayers,” said the Houston team member, “especially those who are considering abortion.”

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Santa Teresa, New Mexico

One of the 40 Days for Life vigil participants in Santa Teresa said that while she was praying, a couple pulled up outside the abortion facility.

But they didn’t get out of their car. They just sat there talking. While they remained in the car, the volunteer prayed fervently for them. Imagine her joy when after about ten minutes, the driver started the engine – and they backed up and drove away without ever getting out of the vehicle.

“While we can’t be 100% certain this was indeed a save,” said one of the Santa Teresa team members, “it very likely is, as this is a common response when there is a peaceful, prayerful witness of 40 Days for Life volunteer praying in front of an abortion facility.”

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

At the 40 Days for Life vigil outside the abortion center in Milwaukee, it was sunny but bitter cold.

“I’ve always thought it the coldest spot in Milwaukee,” said one of the team members, “but your prayers warmed the hearts of four women who did not keep their appointments to abort and chose life instead!”

While the abortion center’s escorts were busy telling a couple they didn’t need to talk to the vigil participants, one of the volunteers asked the couple if they’d been able to see their ultrasound. They said “yes.”

“Then I asked if they were going to keep their baby … and they said ‘yes!’ I told them free help was available at the pregnancy care center if they needed it. Praise God! Baby saved!”

One of the abortion facility workers made fun of two of elderly vigil participants who use canes to help them walk. “He must have known deep down how effective their prayers are,” said the team member. “Keep your prayers coming, everyone!”

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Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.

— Isaiah 1:16-17

O God, our heavenly Father, give us courage and wisdom as we seek to eradicate the evil in our society.

Help us to realize that your divine Spirit alone can change hearts and minds so that all your human creatures may enjoy the fullness of life you intended for them.

See today’s full devotional

For life,

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Shawn Carney

President, 40 Days for Life

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