Q: Does Prayer and Fasting really work?

A: Yes it does!

40 Days for Life does indeed work through the intercession of our Lord, Christ Jesus!
Just take a look at these numbers:

From the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life in Pensacola:

A 29-year-old mother was rushed by ambulance to the hospital on February 19, 2015 for uncontrollable bleeding resulting from an abortion at the American Family Planning abortion facility in Pensacola, FL.

Below is a partial transcript of the 911 call:

  • 911 Operator: What is your location?
  • Clinic Worker: 6115 Village Oaks Dr. (American Family Planning abortion facility)
  • 911 Operator: Which room are we coming to?
  • Clinic Worker: The back room.
  • 911 Operator: What happened?
  • Clinic Worker: We are here an abortion clinic and we started a procedure (abortion) and the patient started bleeding and she is bleeding REAL HEAVY now and we can’t stop the bleeding.

Abortion is NEVER safe.

Please join us in praying for this woman.

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We have seen this here in Pensacola. Between 2006, the year before the first 40 Days for Life campaign in the fall of 2007 and 2013, in Pensacola we have witnessed a 44% drop in the number of abortions through the efforts of the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life. Praise the Lord! When people stand peacefully and pray in front of our local abortion facility, the number of abortions each week drop substantially. Will you stand peacefully and pray in front of Pensacola’s last remaining abortion facility at 6115 Village Oaks Drive? Will you take the call to stand and speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves? Will you bring the LOVE of Christ to the darkest place in our town? Sign up for your hours to pray at www.40daysforlifepensacola.com

From the 40 Days for Life national website, www.40daysforlife.com
When we held the first-ever 40 Days for Life campaign in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas back in 2004, local abortion numbers dropped by 28%.

God used those 40 days of prayer, fasting and 24-hour vigil in that community to bring 1,000 people into the pro-life movement for the very first time.

That was just the beginning. After much prayer and persistence … that Planned Parenthood facility closed its doors. Today, that building serves as the location for our international headquarters.

Prayer transformed that community … and it can transform your community.

That facility is just one of 60 abortion centers that have closed following 40 Days for Life campaigns outside their doors. These closures do not happen overnight. But they do show the power of prayer.

Could your city be the next to become abortion-free?

Spring Valley, New York

“Even though the sacrifice is great,” said Eileen, the local coordinator in Spring Valley, “there is great joy in saying yes to God’s will.”

The first week of this 40 Days for Life campaign has been quite cold, but volunteers have gathered to pray each day – generally standing in the snow – across from the Planned Parenthood center. There is much at stake here.

Eileen said there has been a steady decline in the number of abortions in Rockland County, where Spring Valley is located. In 2006, the year before 40 Days for Life started, the county recorded 704 abortions. By 2012, that number had been cut in half … to 351.

Of course, Eileen said, “one abortion is too many and we have much more work to do. But we are witnessing the direct result of prayer power!”

Greenville, South Carolina

The 40 Days for Life team in Greenville says so far, this campaign has been “amazing” … as unusually cold weather has swept into the area.

Right before their big weekend event, a driver leaving the abortion center stopped to deliver a message to the people praying – a woman who had come for an abortion changed her mind.

Then during their rally, they learned that two more babies had been saved the day before.

“Our prayers and sacrifices – especially braving this extremely cold weather – are being honored by God,” said one of the volunteers. “Praise the Lord for all his blessings!”

Overland Park, Kansas

Add Overland Park to the list of cities where volunteers have described the first week of the campaign as “very cold.”

But Wendy, the local leader, said “single digits could not dampen the spirits of the faithful who gathered on the sidewalk outside the Center for Women’s Health abortion facility … and there is much excitement and enthusiasm.”

Volunteers are praying on the public sidewalks surrounding the abortion center. Wendy says by their presence, they are “proclaiming faith that God is taking the ground and that abortion will end here.”

Today’s devotional is from Rev. Rob Schenck, president of Faith and Action.

Day 8 intention

We pray for a renewal of our zeal to offer generous help to the unborn and their families.

Scripture

If I have despised the cause of my male or female servant when they complained against me, what then shall I do when God rises up? When He punishes, how shall I answer Him? Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?

— Job 31:13-15

Reflection by Rev. Rob Schenck

The ground is level as we stand before God.

Job lived with an awe provoking sense of God’s expectation of him, particularly regarding his obligation to care for the weak and needy.

He knew that in God’s economy everyone stands on level ground when it comes to our status as God’s creatures. Because of that central truth, we must take care of each other.

Job also knew that he didn’t deserve any of the good things God gave to him. Instead, those blessings came to Job from God’s benevolent heart.

As an extension of that knowledge, Job instinctively linked his obligation to be generous to others to God’s kindness toward him.

As in Jesus’ parable of the unmerciful servant (Matthew 18:23-35), Job knew that it is an egregious sin to deny to others what we enjoy ourselves.

He actually calls down on his own head severe condemnation and even punishment should he fail to share with others out of his own abundance (see verses 16-23).

Proverbs 3:27 reads, “Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.” Some things are so obvious that we don’t even need to pray except to ask of God forgiveness and the power to do what so obviously needs doing.

Prayer

God, forgive us when we try to explain away the obligation we have to help others who need help.

Enable us to not devalue them because they are in the circumstance that they are in, but to see them for what they are, those, who like us, were formed by your hand in their mother’s womb. Amen.

Happy Monday, Pensacola pro-lifers!
We have received some questions regarding the vigil hours and location so we wanted to clarify. The stand and pray location (vigil site) is in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility at 6115 Village Oaks Drive in Pensacola. We are asking individuals, groups, churches, etc., to stand and peacefully pray from 7 AM to 7 PM each day through March 29th. To sign up for vigil hours online please go to http://40daysforlifepensacola.com/scheduler.php?logout=1

Another question we have been asked is regarding the days abortions take place in Pensacola. Abortions take place on Thursdays and Fridays. On Thursdays things begin around 6:30 AM and continue through 4 PM (most Thursdays). Sometimes, abortions are done through 7 PM. On Fridays, mothers begin to arrive at 5 AM, but we encourage people to come around 7 AM to 12 PM as the best hours to lovingly reach out to mothers, fathers, and workers. Please continue to pray for this campaign here in Pensacola and for the 251 other campaigns around the world.

Below is from the 40 Days for Life National website…

Great news to start the week! Through the first weekend of this 40 Days for Life campaign, our local teams have reported …

… 26 babies saved from abortion – that we know of!

Praise God!

Every one of these lives represents answered prayers – your prayers!

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Volunteers spoke to a mother leaving the Planned Parenthood facility in Norristown. “She had a pregnancy test,” said Rita, the local coordinator, “and is going to keep her baby!”

It was Day 1 of the campaign – Ash Wednesday – and the counselor who spoke to the woman said she was leaving Planned Parenthood … and heading straight to church.

“The Norristown Planned Parenthood is very, very busy,” Rita said. “It was a dangerously bitter cold day today … God bless the faithful prayer warriors who have such warm and loving hearts.”

Montgomery, Alabama

On Day 1 of the campaign, volunteers watched – and prayed – as 20 women arrived for appointments at the abortion center in Montgomery. They knew it would be challenging. Wednesday is abortion day.

The volunteers did have some joyful news to report. Two mothers changed their minds and chose life for their babies. Michelle, the local leader, said “What an awesome way to begin 40 Days for Life!”

“May God continue to bless our efforts to love the moms and their preborn children,” Michelle said, “and bring hope to the hopeless.”

Houston, Texas

The Houston Coalition for Life operates a mobile pregnancy help center on the street outside the city’s huge Planned Parenthood abortion mega-center. While they are able to connect with many women, the sad truth is that others insist on keeping their appointments for abortions.

Volunteers spoke to a woman who came from out of town to have an abortion … so her family wouldn’t know about it. “She was extremely upset, but unwilling to come to the bus and didn’t want to change her mind,” said one of the local leaders. “She will probably be suffering a lot tonight.”

A second young woman saw the ultrasound of her baby, but is still thinking about abortion. She has had more than one previous abortion.

However, a third woman who was considering abortion was willing to listen. She is older, and has a number of children. After seeing her child on the sonogram, she is now planning to have her baby.

Please keep all of these women in your prayers.

“God uses our visual witness to save lives,” said one of the volunteers. “Come be a part of this union of prayer and action … working toward an end to abortion!”

Today’s devotional is from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

Day 6 intention

Pray that those tempted to abort may understand that their child is already present, and already a real person.

Scripture

And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”

— Luke 1:41-44

Reflection from Fr. Frank Pavone

Jesus not only loves unborn children – He was one himself!

Think about this for a moment.

We often hear people speak of a pregnant mother by saying, “She’s expecting a child.”

Now if one is expecting a package, the package is not yet there.

As reflected in our verse for today, however, this is not the case with the mother.

Her gift is already there.

The pregnant woman, a mother already, does not have a child “on the way,” but has a child, already present and in full possession of his or her human rights, starting with the right to life.

Prayer

Jesus, open my eyes to your presence in the life of every child. Open my heart to joy in the birth of every child, a birth that reflects the joy of your own birth in Bethlehem.

As you shared life in the womb of Mary, so now send your protection upon every child still in the womb, and grant to their mothers the strength and joy that comes from welcoming the gift of life. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Abortion knows no borders. It will go anywhere … and the same goes for 40 Days for Life!

Volunteers in 19 countries are participating in the current campaign, including three nations that are on the list for the first time: Ethiopia, Romania and Slovenia.

Robert Colquhoun, the international outreach coordinator for 40 Days for Life, first witnessed the campaign during a trip to Canada. When he returned home to England, he organized the first British vigil … and has since helped 40 Days for Life spread in four continents.

Leading a campaign is hard work … and there can be unique challenges in different parts of the world. Here’s a look at two new vigil locations where faith has led the way.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Romania

Julia, the local leader of the first 40 Days for Life campaign in Romania, said the kickoff rally drew representatives from Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant faith communities.

“The Greek Catholic bishop attended the whole event, including our short vigil at the abortion facility, which is also the second largest maternity hospital in the city,” she said. The bishop read from John 17:13-21 and offered his blessing.

Julia said one of the priests who attended the kickoff serves as a chaplain at the hospital, and often visits the women in the abortion area to offer counseling and prayer. He and his wife signed up to pray four hours a week at the vigil.

“Three major local media outlets covered the event, including a live interview on the 6 pm news,” she said. “We were in shock to see how optimistic they were about the message and this movement.”

Julia had expected negativity from the media, but that hasn’t been the case. “Another media outlet,” she said, “specifically asked that we arrange to have a big group present for the filming in order to have a strong and convincing message.”

The campaign has already received commitments from 200 volunteers. “Some teachers will be attending with their whole classes, either during or after school hours,” she said.

Julia and her team anticipate 40 Days for Life growing in Romania. “Already, Bucharest and five other cities are looking to join the next campaign!”

Day 2: Your challenge

Below are images from last night’s 40 Days for Life Candlelight vigil in Pensacola as we kicked off Pensacola’s 14th 40 Days for Life campaign! Thank you to everyone who braved the cold last night!

The local leaders CHALLENGED everyone to do the following during the next 40 Days as we pray, fast, and peacefully vigil to end abortion.
1. Pray at least one hour per week or MORE in front of the abortion facility at 6115 Village Oaks Drive in Pensacola over the next 40 Days
Sign up for your hour(s) today at http://40daysforlifepensacola.com/scheduler.php
2. Invite at least one person to pray with you in front of the abortion facility
3. Attend at least 1 hour of adoration per week to pray for the end of abortion
4. Read your Bible at least 1 hour per day or 1 hour per week reflecting upon the sacredness of all human life
5. Pray each day at home for the end of abortion
6. Attend at least one daily Mass in addition to Sunday, to pray for the end of abortion
We pray that as a society, as a community, we are willing to humble ourselves on our knees and pray to our Heavenly Father asking Him to heal our land from the pain and suffering of abortion. May we be the light of Christ’s love over the next 40 Days to mothers, their unborn children, fathers, clinic workers, the abortionist, and post-abortive mothers and fathers. May we together as a community serve those who are in greatest need in front of Pensacola’s last remaining abortion facility. May we bring LOVE, HOPE, HEALING, and MERCY to the darkest place in our community. Jesus we TRUST in you and we are up to the challenge over the next 40 Days to stand up for those who can’t speak for themselves in love. May this next 40 Days be the beginning of the end of abortion in Pensacola!
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JOIN 40 DAYS FOR LIFE PENSACOLA FOR A CANDLELIGHT OPENING VIGIL TONIGHT 6:30PM in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility.

Devotional for Day 1, February 18, 2015
David Brandao, Communications Director, 40 Days for Life
Intention:
That we may use these 40 Days for Life
to plead for God’s mercy and grace upon
all those involved in the sin of abortion.
Scripture:
Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a
fast, call an assembly. Gather the people,
notify the congregation. Assemble
the elders; gather the children and the
infants at the breast… Let the priests,
the ministers of the Lord, weep and
say, “Spare, O Lord, your people.”
—Joel 2:15-17
Reflection:
The toll of abortion cannot be measured.
We hear estimates of almost 55
million innocent victims, but that’s only
one aspect of the harm that has unfolded
in abortion’s wake. There are also
the mothers and fathers of these millions,
as well as the grandparents,
brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles,
cousins. Unborn lives destroyed. Lives
of the living shattered.
It’s overwhelming and depressing, but
even in the midst of such unfathomable
darkness, the church teaches us to have
hope. Yes, it was indeed Calvary that
followed Christ’s 40 days in the desert,
but without Calvary there would have
been no Resurrection – His victory
over death that opened the gates of
heaven to those who believe in and follow
Him.
The psalmist encourages us to go humbly
before God as we seek His will:
A clean heart create for me, O God,
and a steadfast spirit renew within
me… Give me back the joy of your
salvation and a willing spirit sustain
in me… O Lord, open my lips, and
my mouth shall proclaim your
praise (Psalm 51:12-17).
We are called to be God’s messengers;
or as the Apostle Paul wrote:
We are ambassadors for Christ, as if
God were appealing through us. We
implore you on behalf of Christ: be
reconciled to God (2 Corinthians
5:20).
That is the true message to all we encounter
at the abortion centers and in
our communities who have been deceived
by the Culture of Death. We
don’t bring condemnation; we bring
God’s good news.
Prayer:
Lord, we ask for the strength, courage,
wisdom, determination and stamina to
carry out this mission according to
Your will.
Guide us, we pray, as we go forth and
proclaim Your truth, always doing so
with a spirit of love and compassion, as
was demonstrated to us through the
work of Your Son, Jesus Christ. In His
name we pray, amen.

Abortion Reversal

In the Middle of the Abortion Killing Her Baby She Changed Her Mind, Miraculously Gabriel Survived
NATIONAL LESLIE PALMA FEB 17, 2015 | 5:31PM WASHINGTON, DC

Andrea Minichini’s son, Gabriel, is one of 78 babies born since the first abortion pill reversal was performed in 2007. Another 49 women are still pregnant with babies saved from medical abortion.

At a press conference at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 in the Zenger Room at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Ms. Minichini will tell the story of how progesterone injections saved Gabriel’s life after she had taken the first of two abortion pills, and then had a change of heart.

The press conference is being sponsored by Priests for Life and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetrician-Gynecologists to call attention to the life-saving procedure and to a new “RU-486 Reversal Kit” now available to physicians.

Dr. Matt Harrison, medical advisor to Priests for Life, did the first reversal in 2007 – relying on prayer and a deep understanding of the way mifepristone works. In 2012, Drs. George Delgado and Mary Davenport published a study in the Annals of Pharmacology, outlining a reversal protocol developed by Dr. Delgado.

Since then, 223 reversals have been attempted, with 127 babies already born or on their way.

All three physicians – Dr. Harrison, Dr. Delgado and Dr. Davenport – will make presentations at the press conference, along with AAPLOG President Dr. Donna Harrison, Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, and incoming AAPLOG President, Dr. J. Paul Gray.

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Noting that one-quarter of abortions now performed before eight weeks are medical abortions, Father Pavone said it’s vital for mothers and doctors across the country to know that reversals are not only possible but often successful.

Last year, Ms. Minichini sat in a Planned Parenthood exam room in New Jersey knowing she didn’t really want to swallow the deadly pill in her hand.

The doctor chided her that the pill was expensive and would melt if she didn’t take it soon. This doctor – who had never seen her before – repeated what she and her boyfriend had already told themselves, that this was not the right time for a baby.

She swallowed the pill and went home with a second pill, misoprostol, that she was to take 24 hours later.

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“I waited the 24 hours, and then I went to the emergency room,” she said. She was desperate to find a way to save her baby. Hospital personnel said her baby would be born “deformed” if she didn’t complete the abortion. She called two ob-gyn doctors, including her own, but neither could help her.

By then she had started to bleed and had slight cramping. She thought it was too late, but a Google search led her to a story about a woman in California who had a child after a reversal. That story led her to a 24-hour hotline (877-558-0333), and the nurse at the hotline connected her to a doctor in Clark, N.J. The doctor gave her progesterone injections to counteract the mifepristone, and monitored her throughout the pregnancy.

Gabriel David was born Dec. 31, 2014, two days before his due date and weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds, 9 ounces.

“Abortion supporters like to say that women who choose abortion have made well thought-out decisions. The reality, however, is that those going into abortion facilities are filled with doubt and ambivalence,” Father Pavone said. “It’s important for those who take the deadly RU-486 drug to know that there is time to save the baby if they have a change of heart. And it’s important that doctors know this simple protocol is available.”

Mothers and doctors looking for more information may go to www.AbortionPillReversal.com

Here is a video featuring one of the beautiful children spared from abortion during 40 Days for Life in Pensacola. The next 40 Days for Life campaign begins on Wednesday, February 18th and continues through Sunday, March 29th. Join us as we pray, fast, peacefully vigil and love mothers back to life. Last year 53 mothers were spared from the pain of abortion and chose to save the life of their child through the grace of God and the peaceful, prayerful efforts of Pensacola’s sidewalk advocates. Schedule your time to pray at www.40daysforlifepensacola.com

JOIN THE MILLIONS AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED AND SAVED LIVES DURING 40 DAYS FOR LIFE go to www.40daysforlifepensacola.com SIGN UP TODAY!

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Miracles will abound when you sign up with your vigil hours and join 40 Days for Life during this 2015 spring campaign! Experience has shown us that during these 40 Days, the impact of prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil saves lives at an astounding rate. Be part of this action of the Holy Spirit! To sign up for your vigil hours go to the vigil scheduler tab at www.40daysforlifepensacola.com! Share this information on social media. Spread the word. 40 Days for Life goes LIVE in Pensacola on Wednesday, February 18th! More exciting details to follow!

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