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:

Worried Mother

We are often asked what are the best words to say to a mother walking into an abortion facility? It’s often a heart-felt greeting or a welcoming smile that catches their attention and draws them to you. This past Friday, as a young mother began her walk into the abortion facility, she noticed one of our sidewalk advocates offering her information about local resources. With some hesitation, she took this information and as he handed it to her he told her that Jesus loves her and her little baby. She continued walking to the entrance of the abortion facility. As she was being told by the security guards that her cell phone was not allowed in the building, another sidewalk advocate greeted her with a welcoming smile and a gentle invitation to speak with him. She waved back and smiled. This sidewalk advocate once again smiled, waved, and encouraged her to speak with him and she did!

As she approached the sidewalk advocate, he introduced himself to her. She said her name as well. The sidewalk advocate then proceeded to ask her if she was at the facility for a follow-up or for a procedure. She stated that she was there to have an abortion, but she she really did not know what she was going to do yet. She was trying to figure things out. Through conversation the sidewalk advocate learned that she had an ultrasound in the abortion facility was to be 9 weeks along. The conversation continued and she mentioned that she had a two year old daughter, a job, and that she was not married but had a boyfriend. She said that no one knew she was there and if her boyfriend knew that she was pregnant, he would not want her to go to the abortion facility. The discussion continued and the fact that her boyfriend would not want the abortion was focused on as a positive that perhaps she could consider talking to him and perhaps he would be supportive of her and the baby. If this were not the case the sidewalk advocate mentioned that there is support all over our community to help her, beginning with the wonderful pregnancy resource centers in our area. These centers, can not only assist at no cost, with diapers, formula, counseling, and assistance but would even help her with any needs she may have for clothing, toys, etc., for her two year old daughter. We offered to set up an appointment with a local pregnancy resource center and go there with her. She seemed interested, but unwilling to commit. We asked if she was a person of faith, and this was a turning point. (For most this is a point that women don’t want to touch on) however, for this woman this was a turning point. When asked if she had a faith background, she said YES, and this is why I am still not sure if I should do this or not. A true sign that prayer, the mercy of God, and our presence as a sign of Christ’s love was working in this woman’s heart. We talked about how the evil one, the deceiver wants her to be hurt and wants her baby to be hurt and that God wants life for them both. As she was open to prayer, we asked if she would like to pray with us. Five of us held hands with her and one sidewalk advocate began to pray over her. The mother began to cry, especially when we prayed that she would know that regardless of how her family might negatively react to her baby, she might know that she has the love and support of a family in Christ that is here right now for her and will continue to be here for her for life. We talked about the beautiful baby showers that we hold for moms, and asked if we could hold one for her. She was excited to hear this and smiled. We exchanged telephone numbers with her and told her that we love her and that we do not want to see her hurt. She then said she needed to get her money back and walked into the abortion facility again. The sidewalk advocates, encouraged her to stay strong and that we would be praying with her as she re-entered the building. Over two hours passed, because the abortion facility made her wait until all other clients were seen, she finally emerged from the abortion facility with her money back and most importantly with her baby still alive! However, she was left with one more hurdle before she was able to leave the abortion facility parking lot. Her car would not start. One of the sidewalk advocates who had originally talked to her upon arriving offered his booster cables which the security guards used to charge her battery. This provided an excellent opportunity for the security guards to witness our kindness to them and the mothers we serve.

As the mother we helped returned the booster cables, she thanked the sidewalk advocate. She then headed away from the abortion facility in Pensacola. On Friday in Pensacola, love, mercy, gentleness, and kindness touched this mother’s heart. To be a sidewalk advocate, you don’t need to have a memorized statement, you just need to come with love. You just need to be willing to love these mothers right where they are at, to cry with them, to let them know that they are not alone, and let them know that THERE IS HOPE.

Please continue to pray for this mother and us as we continue to help her! If you are interested in becoming a sidewalk advocate, please e-mail the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life at http://[email protected]

Day 41 And Beyond

Closing March Fall 2015

On Sunday, we closed the 15th 40 Days for Life campaign in Pensacola with a Jericho March. Miraculously the pouring rain stopped long enough to complete our closing event. At the end of the march, we called on Jesus to end abortion in our town. That’s what we have done for 40 Days as we prayed, for 40 Days as we fasted, for 40 Days as we peacefully vigiled, we called on God to end abortion in our town and around the world. Over these past 40 Days, because of your efforts and God’s grace, we were able to witness six (6) mothers choose life in Pensacola. Thank you, God!

So where do we go from here? Over the next few weeks the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life will be sending out information related to how you can continue to be involved with local pro-life efforts. Sadly, abortions continue to take place each week in Pensacola, so our peaceful, prayerful, woman-centered, Christ-centered efforts should not stop on Day 40. Our efforts must continue beyond day 40, each Thursday (7:30 AM to 4 PM) and Friday (5 AM to 12 PM) in Pensacola. Will you pledge with me to continue to go and pray in front of the local abortion facility at 6115 Village Oaks Drive in Pensacola? A peaceful, prayerful, presence is absolutely pivotal to overturning Roe v. Wade in our town. Each time a mother chooses life in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility, the abortion facility is defunded and life wins. Let’s continue to live our lives as saints, to bring life where there is death, to bring hope where there is despair, to bring love where there is hate. How we live our lives matters, and through God’s grace, may we, be His example of love and mercy, in front of a place that needs it most.

From 40 Days for Life National: During the past 40 days, many babies were so close to becoming mere statistics in the eyes of the world.

But because of your faith … and willingness to stand vigil as a witness to God’s love for those babies and their mothers … many of those children are alive this Monday morning.

We are still compiling reports … but so far, we know of …

… 543 babies who have been spared from abortion during this campaign!

That makes a total of 10,874 lives saved during 40 Days for Life campaigns … from 2007 until now.

Praise God!

Here are a few of their stories.

Richmond, Virginia

“We had two babies saved at Planned Parenthood in Richmond,” said Ann, the local coordinator.

“A lady gave me a thumbs-up as she pulled into the Planned Parenthood parking lot,” said one of the volunteers.

“She turned around in their lot and came to me with her window down,” he said. “She said our prayers saved her grandchild – her daughter decided to not abort. She was very emotional with happy tears. Glory be to God!”

Ann said the vigil is continuing to attract more people. One morning, four men showed up to pray – men the “regulars” didn’t recognize. “At least two of them were pastors,” they said. “They prayed without stopping for the whole hour – powerful prayer.”

One prayed, “I had no idea it was like this. I’m sorry Lord, forgive me – I didn’t know.”

“It was such a blessing,” Ann said. “I am so grateful to God. I’m happy to see us finishing strong!”

Las Vegas, Nevada

“We definitely had one saved baby last week,” said one of the 40 Days for Life volunteers in Las Vegas.

A couple left the abortion facility parking lot and stopped to talk to vigil participants … who told them about the nearby pregnancy help center where they’d be offered life-affirming options. They spent two hours talking to the counselors there – and never went back to the abortion business.

“One life saved,” the volunteer added, “is certainly worth all the effort!”

Hollywood, Florida

A young woman, arriving by bus, stopped to talk to one of the 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers. She had seen someone outside the abortion center with a sign advertising free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds.

The vigil participant told her those services were available at the pregnancy help center nearby – and he even offered to drive her there! The counselors at the center gave her the information she really needed.

“It was a beautiful thing,” one of the volunteers said. “I cried all the way home. One just never knows what can happen if you stand on the sidewalk and pray!”

As a bonus … here is one final 40 Days for Life devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

Day 41 intention

Pray that the witness of 40 Days for Life bears abundant fruit, and that we begin again each day to storm the gates of hell until God welcomes us into the gates of heaven.


He will wipe every tear from their eyes. On this rock I will build my church; the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

— Matthew 16:18

Reflection from Fr. Frank Pavone

When we read this verse, we usually think that the Lord is promising that the church, which is His Body, will withstand all the attacks launched against it.

Of course, that is true. But when we think about it more carefully, we realize that in a battle, the gates do not run out into the battlefield to attack the enemy. Rather, they stand still to defend the city from the enemy attacking it.

So when the Lord says that the gates of hell will not prevail against the church, who is doing the attacking?

It is the church storming the gates!

The church, all of God’s people in Christ, is called to take the offensive, to run into enemy territory, and to gain ground for Jesus Christ.

We do not wait for an invitation; we already have a command.

We prepare, but we do not wait for circumstances to be perfect; we already have one who has gone before us.

During these 40 days, we have stormed the gates. We have taken the offensive. We have pushed forward the boundaries of the kingdom. And we must keep doing so, in numerous ways.

Indeed, the gates of hell will not prevail. The gates of falsehood will flee in the presence of truth. The gates of sin will melt in the presence of grace. The gates of death will fall in the presence of the church, the People of Life!


Father, we praise you. We have heard the voice of your Son, and therefore we can make our voices heard.

We have done battle with the power of evil, and therefore we can have compassion on those still within its grip. We have been freed from the kingdom of darkness, and therefore we can bear witness to your Kingdom of Light.

May the witness of all your people through these 40 Days for Life bear abundant fruit, and may we begin again each day to storm the gates of hell until You welcome us into the gates of heaven.

We pray in the victorious name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

40 DFL Church Yard Signs Outreach Fall 2015

From 40 Days for Life National, Day 40

As we reach the end of this 40 Days for Life campaign, all I can really say is thank you!

Through your prayers, fasting and peaceful presence, there are babies alive today who were scheduled to be aborted. You made the difference … and God has blessed your efforts!

It hasn’t been easy … but the reality is that the pro-life movement has more momentum now than at any time in history. Meanwhile, the public perception of the abortion industry is at an all-time low.

The prayers and dedication of you and so many others makes this time in history the beginning of the end of abortion.

In the face of what goes on in abortion centers around the world – even though it requires us getting out of our comfort zones – one person does make a difference.

Rochester, Minnesota

The Planned Parenthood abortion facility doesn’t stop doing abortions just because it’s raining and windy outside. The enemy is still out to steal, kill and destroy regardless of the weather conditions.

Sometimes we are called to go out and be a light in the darkness even when it’s uncomfortable for us. Ministry isn’t always comfortable. Most often times it stretches us out of our comfort zone.

The bitter cold rain has my fingers numb, my nose frozen and dripping, my eyes watering, and my shoes and jeans are no longer dry and comfortable. But the life of a child … the life of a mother and the life of a father … is far more important than my comfort.

While I was standing here praying, a man and a woman sat facing me in their parked car in front of Planned Parenthood. She was crying and he was just staring at me and the other woman praying with me.

They sat there for ten minutes. They never got out of the car … and eventually left, pulling out of the parking lot.

Who knows? A life just might have been saved today! I may never know that this side of heaven, but what I do know is that it’s important to be obedient to the call of God to be a light in the darkness sharing the truth.

Abortion hurts. And there is help … and there is a better way!

From Paula, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Rochester.

Houston, Texas

One person has so much power to affect the lives around them both in offering strength and in moments of weakness!

We were told of a child who was going to be born and die soon after birth. Abortionists had told the parents to “terminate.” The father worked with children in a disciplinary public school; his heart of compassion and his wife didn’t hesitate in defense of their own child.

The students were told about the baby’s situation. On the day of the baby’s birth, the substitute teacher recommended that everyone pause for a moment of silence for the teacher’s wife and baby. To the substitute’s surprise, the troubled kids all around the room folded their hands in prayer and bowed their heads.

That little baby, in his short life, helped bring about a moment of compassion, a moment when these kids who had been kicked out of schools around town because of major problems took a moment to turn to God.

Intrinsic human dignity is separate and beyond our strengths and our weakness.

You – one person – can help be that voice for the unborn who have no voice and for the women to afraid to speak out!

From the 40 Days for Life team in Houston.

Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

Day 40 intention

Let us keep our eyes fixed on the New Jerusalem, where death will be no more.


He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

—Revelation 21:4-5


Every activity we undertake in defense of the sanctity of life is prophetic, inasmuch as it points to the day when “death will be no more.”

Every victory we have when an act of abortion is prevented is prophetic of that day when death itself will be definitively conquered.

Every triumph of grace in this world, whereby someone is brought to see the value of life and given the strength to welcome it, is a breaking into our history of that definitive future in which the old order of things will have passed, and all things will be made new.

As pro-life warriors, we must keep our eyes fixed on heaven, and our hearts secure in the hope that the day is coming when all evil will be conquered. It is the future that shapes the present; it is victory that informs the battle; it is the destination that determines the journey.

Daily, we are called to reflect on heaven. When we weep, we are to think of the day when every tear will be wiped away.

When we face the destructive power of death, we are to think of the day when death is swallowed up in victory.

When we labor against abortion, we are to think of the day when we will have the rest and peace of the final triumph of life.

Heaven is as real as earth, and its joys will be as real as our present sorrows.


Father, you are the God of hope. Your word fills us with the vision of the world to come, when every tear will be wiped away, and death will be no more. Father, how we need that hope, how we are strengthened by that vision!

Keep our hearts focused on heaven, and diligent in the labors of earth. As we struggle against the culture of death, root our souls in the assurance of victory. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Babies helping babies

These were the words spoken by a young lady who was offered help and prayers from one of many young mothers participating in 40 Days for Life this fall with their children. She stated, “When I offered help and prayers to one of the young ladies getting in her car, she responded, “Take those kids home!” She further noted, “Bringing kids out there (to the abortion facility) has an significant effect on people.”

Even though, the young lady appeared to go through with an abortion, please pray for her, we couldn’t agree more, that children witnessing to mothers in front of an abortion facility is a very powerful testimony to the beauty of life. This young lady, was able to visibly encounter love and kindness from these young mothers and their children this day in Pensacola.

Also, don’t forget about the “Jericho March” on Sunday afternoon (November 1) at 2 PM in front of the American Family Planning abortion facility at 6115 Village Oaks Drive in Pensacola. We will read from Joshua 6, march seven (7) times in prayerful silence, and call on Jesus to end abortion in Pensacola. At the completion of the march we will talk about ways we can continue the momentum beyond 40 days, how you can remain involved in the local pro-life movement.

Here is today’s devotional is from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.

Day 39 intention

Pray that volunteers will replace exhaustion or discouragement with rejoicing over the miracles we have seen thus far, and enthusiastic service as God takes us on to victory!


In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

— 1 Peter 1:6-7

Reflection from Carmen Pate

We have reason to rejoice when we consider the many babies whose lives have been saved during the 40 Days for Life campaign.

Add to those lives, the women and men who have been spared from a devastating decision and now have opportunity to make a plan for their baby that is both life affirming and God honoring.

Whether directly, or indirectly, you have contributed to these testimonies of praise with your sacrificial service.

Perhaps you have been grieved by various trials during your commitment to 40 days.

The attacks of the enemy come in many forms — difficulties in relationships, finances, health.

Or maybe you are physically and mentally exhausted and have been marking off the days on your calendar, eagerly waiting for Day 40.

Consider these trials in light of God’s plan for you.

The Apostle Paul understood the big picture when he said in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

This is our Hope and our victory. Let us rejoice in the opportunity to give that Hope to others in our path.


Dear Heavenly Father, we sing to You a new song, for You have done marvelous things. Forgive us when we allow circumstances to defeat us. You give power to the faint and You increase strength in those who have no might.

We rest in You, dear Lord, and ask You to empower us again for Your service as You work out Your plan for us and through us.

May You receive glory through our victory in Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.

Jericho March Picture

Today’s prayer intention needs no further explanation. This is an excellent prayer to say when going to stand in front of the abortion facility. May we take to heart the words of this prayer, for it is at the core of this ministry of hope, healing, love, and mercy.


Heavenly Father, may we reflect your character of grace and kindness to those who hate us and curse us.

Guard our hearts and our tongues as we respond in love to words and actions meant to rile us or cause us harm.

Let others see the Hope that is Christ in all we say and do. In His precious name we pray, Amen.

From 40 Days for Life national, Day 38 blog post

Lives are saved from abortion when we pray – and work – together.

40 Days for Life campaigns have seen this at the local level, as we work closely with pregnancy help centers that offer free medical services and materials to those considering abortion.

Being ready with that information outside the abortion facility can make all the difference when women and men realize they do have a choice other than abortion.

It doesn’t hurt that pregnancy centers outnumber abortion providers 5 to 1!

We are thankful for all of them, as we have seen God use them to save babies who were scheduled to be aborted.

Cincinnati, Ohio

One of the prayer volunteers called out to a woman who was walking towards the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Cincinnati. “Please don’t go in there!” she pleaded, and invited the woman over to talk.

She stopped … and turned around. She told the volunteer that she was there for a “consultation” appointment prior to an abortion.

After she and the volunteer talked for a while, the woman agreed to go to the pregnancy help center – it’s only a few blocks away.

As she continued to talk, the 40 Days for Life participants learned that she was a student … and afraid of how her parents would react to her pregnancy. She thought she was about 17 weeks pregnant.

When the pregnancy center completed the ultrasound … it turns out she was more like 31 weeks pregnant. At that stage, Planned Parenthood would not have done an abortion – but they would have likely referred her to another center that might.

But after counselors explained things – and showed her the ultrasound image – she changed her mind.

She then told her parents and her boyfriend – and they’re all being very supportive.

“Our advocate is in contact with the young woman and has already gathered clothing and other materials for her,” said Mary, the 40 Days for Life coordinator in Cincinnati. “When the baby is born, I’m hoping we’ll get to see a picture of him!”

Sarasota, Florida

40 Days for Life volunteers outside Planned Parenthood in Sarasota spoke with a woman who said she had prayed that her daughter would not get an abortion … but still, she accompanied the young woman inside.

When they came out a short time later, however, the daughter was holding an ultrasound image … telling the vigil participants she had changed her mind about having an abortion.

One week later, another woman who was leaving Planned Parenthood stopped and talked to one of the volunteers, who asked her why she was there.

This woman told a very similar story. She was going to have an abortion … but changed her mind when she saw the ultrasound image of her baby.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Today’s devotional is from Carmen Pate of Alliance Ministries.

Day 38 intention

Pray that those standing in peaceful vigil will extend mercy and grace to others as they remember that Christ did not treat us as our sins deserve.


“You have heard it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”

— Matthew 5:43-44

Reflection from Carmen Pate

Perhaps it is obvious by now that not everyone thinks this campaign is a great idea! In fact, those on the front lines standing in peaceful vigil are perhaps being cursed and hated for what God has called you to do.

Because we are all fallen creatures, our natural response may not be as Christ-like as we would hope it would be.

So, how do we keep our natural response in check, while allowing the Holy Spirit to empower us to love, bless, do good, and pray for those who hate us or would do us harm?

Consider first the Holiness of God.

It seems that sin has clouded our ability to think clearly about God’s nature. We simply don’t have a clue of how outraged God is by our sin, what an insult sin is to His person, or how sin fires the flames of His wrath.

Praise God that He didn’t leave us in our depravity destined for His divine wrath!

Ephesians 2:4-5 says, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in sin, made us alive together with Christ; by grace you have been saved.”

Because of God’s mercy and grace towards us, we who receive Him receive eternal Hope.

Those who curse you, hate you, spitefully mistreat you and persecute you need that same Hope.

That is the only way we can ever expect them to behave differently.

Ask the Holy Spirit to love them — through you — so they are drawn to the Hope that is in you, that is Christ Jesus.


Heavenly Father, may we reflect your character of grace and kindness to those who hate us and curse us.

Guard our hearts and our tongues as we respond in love to words and actions meant to rile us or cause us harm.

Let others see the Hope that is Christ in all we say and do. In His precious name we pray, Amen.

Josie picture with baby

Written by Erin C., Lead Blogger for the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life

After five years of serving on the sidewalk, Nicaraguan native Josie has seen her fair share of men and women, young and old, pull up to the abortion clinic on Village Oaks Drive in Pensacola, Florida. Each of them come from far and wide with their own unique background, life experience, and story; yet, all share one common thread: Their burning need for love. It is through the acknowledgment of this universal need that drives Josie’s weekly attendance on the sidewalk and fuels her ceaseless efforts to help those wounded and fearful hearts that come to the America Family Planning facility to seek a “quick-fix” that has lasting and crippling effects.

As a Pensacola store owner, Josie was driving around handing out fliers to promote her business when she first pulled up to the facility. Ignorant of the abortion services provided for their patients, Josie was surprised to see a young family of seven beautifully singing, “Jesus loves the little babies, all the babies of the world,” outside of the business that she was about to approach. Immediately she became curious of their presence and purpose at this center and discovered why this couple and all of their children were sweetly singing to the guards and patrons outside. She, being passionately pro-life but new to public advocation for life, thought, “If a child could do it, what about me?” It was in this moment that Christ had presented an invitation to serve Him and those in need, and she gracefully responded.

Through her yes and faithfulness to this ministry, Josie has cared for countless men and women that have come to the facility. One instance in particular, making use of her fluency in Spanish, Josie ministered to a young lady from Panama who had convinced herself that this abortion was her only option. It took two hours of convincing her and her boyfriend that they were loved by God, but once accomplished, Josie was able to get them the support, both emotionally and financially, that they so desperately needed. After holding their precious baby girl in her arms, Josie wept at the evidence of God’s gift of life and love through this unrepeatable and beautiful child. Without Josie’s faithfulness to Christ’s beckoning of service on the sidewalk, many men and women would not have had the opportunity to experience His love and healing that is offered in each of their lives.

Like many who accept the way of Christ, we also must acknowledge the accompanying cross that must be carried on the walk and as Josie can attest, on the sidewalk outside of the abortion facility. “There are times when you get ignored, cussed at, and even threatened by those at the center awaiting their appointments. But, when you continue to love them and [by your presence] demonstrate that you are there for them, you can witness their hearts change.” One woman, after leaving her tearful boyfriend in the car, went inside and followed through with her abortion. When she slowly approached the vehicle, hunched in pain from the procedure, she realized that her boyfriend had intentionally locked her out of the car. In this vulnerable moment, when all women desire to be loved, feel safe, and supported, she found herself weak, alone, and wanting. It was in this time of brokenness that Josie beckoned for this woman by saying, “Little girl, I’ll take you home.” Immediately the woman came bounding over to Josie, was wrapped in her arms, and wept uncontrollably as she finally was able to receive the tangible love for which she longed.
Commonly, most people believe that Pro-lifers are only interested in saving babies and do not concern themselves with the women carrying them. As evidenced by faithful Christians like Josie, our love does not stop when the beating heart of a child ceases. Sidewalk advocates are focused on bringing Christ’s healing love to any and all that consider an abortion, have previously received an abortion, and/or those who have in some way been affected by that choice. Josie is yet another example of faith in action, of a woman taking a stand, and desiring to reach out to our wounded brothers and sisters who will only prolong and perpetuate their pain by choosing to terminate their pregnancies. She has personally witnessed the aching faces of those exiting the facility, heard the cries of those regretting their procedures, and seen how, over time, those same women have attempted to counsel others against making similar mistakes. Conversely, she has also witnessed the joy of women who reconsidered as they were given baby showers (hosted by Josie’s community), experienced a community of support and love, and looked into the eyes of their child as they breast fed for the first time.

Being an instrument for Christ on the sidewalk is not glamorous, but is glorious. This love-giving ministry has a role that can be filled by a variety of personalities and cultural backgrounds and only requires an individual willing to give their hearts and their yes in service to all they encounter. Josie reminds us that the need is great and that just by deciding to show up, Christ will provide all of the strength that you need to assist those present. We must not grow weary in doing what is right (Galatians 6:9), unite our sufferings to the One who paid it all, and join our brothers and sisters on the sidewalk to witness Christ’s merciful love in action as it is freely given to His broken children considering abortions.

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

For more information on being trained as a Sidewalk Advocate or to learn more about being involved with the Emerald Coast Coalition for Life please visit, https://www.eccfl.org/

40 DFL Church Yard Signs Outreach Fall 2015

Jericho March Fall 2015

Please take a moment to watch this video from David Bereit, National Director of 40 Days for Life. May this video inspire everyone to get involved in 40 Days for Life, as well as continue to be involved in local pro-life efforts. Just one hour of your time in front of the abortion facility in Pensacola, can save lives.

The video highlights my family’s just-completed whirlwind trip all across Croatia (our fastest-growing international location) to support their 40 Days for Life campaigns in 20 cities. As we discovered, this Eastern European nation is ROCKING 40 Days for Life!

But the video does so much more than just tell the story of Croatia’s involvement in 40 Days for Life.

It shows the heart of this movement in which you and I are blessed to participate.

It demonstrates how God hears and answers prayers.

It illustrates the hope YOU are providing for the entire world.

And best of all—it features a beautiful surprise at the end … that you’ll just have to watch to experience. WARNING: have a tissue box nearby!

Take 7 minutes to watch and be inspired by this video now.

Before sharing this video with you, I sent it to several people for feedback, and here were a few of the responses …

“FANTASTIC!!! I was crying tears of joy by the end of the video – extremely touching and real!”

“Amazing video … direct, inspiring, and beautiful end with a flourish :-)”

“This is awesome, and I can’t wait for the world to see it.”

“This is beautiful!! The people in Croatia seem so full of love in their heart for life. Can’t beat an ending like this one for sure. Tears of joy!”

Eliminate the Crisis not the child

Devotional for Day 34, October 26, 2015

Rev. Paul Stallsworth, President, Lifewatch (United Methodist Church)

Intention: May we come to know that divine life, in relationship, creates human life.

Scripture: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. —John 1:1-3

Reflection: “In the beginning” was God. Always, before all times, there was God. This particular God — the God of the Bible, the God of St. John’s Gospel — is different from all other gods. This God is alive and full of life. This God is not the picture of deadness and death, aloneness and isolation. This God is the picture of life, relationship, and unity. For within this God, within this one God, there are three divine persons who live, who love, and who work — together. This is the glorious mystery of the Trinity. The Trinity means divine life. The Trinity means three, living Persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — who relate to each other. The Trinity means mutual love and service among three Persons. The Word was always with God the Father. This Word was, is, and will be the Trinity’s second person. The Word is also the Son of God or, as revealed in time, Jesus Christ. God the Father and God the Son live, love, and work for each other. As one, they create “all things” together: the Father creates all things, including all human life, through the Son. So the Father, through the Son, creates all human lives. The little one swimming in his mother’s womb, the infant smiling in his father’s arms, the child crying in pain in a hospital bed, the energetic teen running another mile, the old man gasping for his last breath — all were created, at their beginning, by the Father through the Son. No exceptions. Divine life creates human life.

Prayer: O God, may we always be quick to call you Father. And when we call you father, let your Spirit remind us that we, and all people, from their beginning to their last day, are your children. We praise you, Father, that you sent your Son to reveal to the world that all people are His brothers and sisters, that all people are your children. Through Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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Here’s today’s devotional from Fr. Terry Gensemer, National Director of the Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life.


May we absorb the truth that God is paying attention to us, and to each human life, personally and individually.


When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.

— Psalm 8:3-9


How often we ignore the phrase, “stop and smell the roses” and instead submit to the all-too-urgent task at hand. Is this tendency what keeps us, at least in part, from acknowledging that God’s care for His sacred creation is paramount in His own mind?

The Psalmist speaks of God’s handiwork: the heavens, the work of his “fingers,” and then points to God’s masterpiece – human life. He declares to us that God is mindful of us. God keeps His masterpiece in His thoughts.

God, the creator of the awe-inspiring heavens, is not distracted by the tasks before Him. He is not pulled away, as we might be, by thoughts of something “more important.”

God is paying attention to and attending to His crowning glory, His masterpiece of creation, which cannot be duplicated or replaced, which surpasses the beauty of all other created things – the human being.

There is no way to adequately describe how God feels about us as human beings. There are no words to fully portray His love, compassion or desire to be in communion with us.

Perhaps, the closest we can come, is to contemplate the thoughts of a mother as she gazes for the first time at her newborn child. God cares for Life.

We, as His followers, should take time to consider the life He has created and called upon us to love and protect.


Lord, you are the creator of all things. Guide my thoughts to consider your creation in all of its majesty, beauty and holiness. Guide my heart especially to your creation of precious human life.

Help me to comprehend how essential life is in your own heart. Teach me to appreciate, love and protect all human life through your son, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.