For those that attended the 40 Days for Life Kick-Off in Pensacola, they were able to hear April’s testimony.  April, for the first time publicly shared the pain and grief she experienced after her abortion. She also spoke about the healing from Jesus Christ she received during her recent Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. Her emotional testimony did not leave a dry eye in the building after she read a letter to her son, her son she lost to abortion at the age of 19.

This past Tuesday was the first time April stood in front of the abortion facility in Pensacola on an abortion day. From 6 AM until 12 noon she stood, at times during a major rainstorm, with a sign that read, “In 1995, I made a mistake. Don’t make the same mistake. I miss my baby.” God used April this past Tuesday, as she humbled herself in prayer, to tug at the hearts and minds of three women. On a Tuesday, a day that has typically been one of the busiest abortion days over the past few months in Pensacola, hearts and minds were being changed this by the grace of God through April’s witness.

One of the turn-a-rounds occurred when April was able to interact with a friend of a young woman who was scheduled to have an abortion. April found out the young woman lived in the same county she did. She was able to speak with the young mother through her friend and provide her information regarding the wonderful pregnancy help center available to her. The young mother had no idea that she had other alternatives available to her, she felt she had “no choice.” April replied, “I thought the same thing too when I was nineteen and I ultimately made the wrong choice.” As the women drove away, April was able to hand a business card to the local pregnancy help center. April offered the young mother words of encouragement, “You can do this. You are stronger than you think.”

The witness of a post-abortive parent standing in front of an abortion facility is one of the most undeniably powerful witnesses to the truth that abortion hurts men and women. Thank you, April for your courage. We LOVE you!

One of the other change of hearts, occurred when a couple praying in front of the abortion facility recognized a couple from a local church. They were able to speak with them and provide them information about help available to them. After they prayed together, the couple drove away. Praise be to God!

In addition to these three miracles on Tuesday, one of the mothers who chose life during last fall’s 40 Days for Life in Pensacola, came out to pray with us. She wanted to say thank you to everyone for their support. She wanted to witness to the mothers at the abortion facility, that there is real help accessible to them.

Then to top it all off, yesterday, we had an abortion facility worker QUIT their job. She drove by the vigil participants, rolled down her window, and proclaimed, “Wahoo! I just quit!”

Wow! We are off to an amazing start in Pensacola. In just eight (8) days we have witnessed four mothers choose life (one save this past Friday) and one abortion facility worker quit. All glory and honor goes to God! Thank you to all those that have come out to pray, especially West Florida Baptist, which covered 12 hours this past Tuesday! We have 33 more days to go. We need you to keep coming out to pray. Hearts and minds are being changed. Through God’s grace and your prayerful witness, Pensacola will soon be abortion free!

This afternoon in Pensacola a group of young women prayed in front of the 9th Avenue, American Family Planning abortion facility. What you are about to read is a testimony to the impact of peaceful, public witness. We tell folks that we must always remember that we are often the only church, the only bible, or the only Jesus some people may ever meet and because of that we MUST ALWAYS be merciful and loving. This is how 40 Days for Life is helping change the face of pro-life.

I hope this testimony of this young woman will inspire YOU to go and give as much time as you can between now and April 17th. Thursday and Friday are abortion days in Pensacola at American Family Planning and it is Lent and what better way to incorporate the three components of Lent, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving (the act of giving ones time to those in need). Right now I want to challenge as many people out there to give 40 hours of peaceful, public witness. Between now and April 17th, I hope this story below will motivate many of you to give 40 hours of peaceful, prayerful, public witness in front of Pensacola’s two abortion facilities. Can you imagine the impact you will make?

Here is today’s powerful testimony from a group of young women that said they believe in the infinite power of God’s mercy through peaceful, prayerful, public witness.

I just wanted to let you guys know that today at 1:30PM I got a chance to represent 40 Days for Life to a post-abortive woman. I first saw her like you and I see most angry pro-choicers, flying by yelling and screaming and throwing the middle finger.  I had just finished the rosary and for some reason I was especially keen to this one car. I noticed them turn around out of the corner of my eye and then see what appeared to be the same car in the pull-out area of the parking lot next door hollering again. I felt the impulse to go over to talk to them, completely aware that I may just be thinking my last thoughts – they could run me over, shoot me – who knows what…

When I arrived, there were two young women in the car smoking. I asked them if they were alright. They said, “What makes you think you can come out here and judge people and hold up your abortion posters and make people feel bad?’ I asked her if she could pull over to a parking space so we could talk because I was afraid of being run over. She did, and before I could answer her questions she unloaded her experience of having had an abortion at this same abortion clinic (American Family Planning).  As she spoke I noticed how young she was, must have been in her early twenties, she was beautiful but sadly very lost too.

Once she realized I wasn’t there to attack her and that I really cared to listen to what she had to say, she softened up – was no longer on defense. She had an abortion here when she was 17. She said she remembers crying, but that she did not regret it. She told me how her friend has three children and doesn’t have the opportunities to go out like she does. She told me she remembered people yelling she was going to hell.

I could tell that deep down inside she did regret her abortion, but wasn’t ready to admit it to herself. Why else would she be so disturbed by me and two other women kneeling and praying, holding up “Pray for an end to abortion” and a picture of our Lady of Fatima? You could tell she really had thought about her abortion and had to make up an excuse to deal with that bad memory by juxtaposing her free lifestyle with her friend who was “tied down.” I felt really sorry for her.

I told her that I was sorry about her abortion and that I was part of 40 Days for Life – we offer help to mothers and do not judge or condemn them. I told her I was sorry about the judgmental words she received. I invited her to come and talk to us again since she was giving me the cue she was leaving… I think she will think again about her views on abortion – I don’t think she will be pro-choice forever either. Her heart was softened by my care for her, listening, and explanation about our true sentiments and motives. It was a planted seed. It wasn’t a major “win” like a saved life or an immediate conversion. She didn’t leave herself wide open to hear all I could have shared – but that little hole she did open up for me allowed that one seed to go in.

I will continue to pray for her as we should all pray for abortionists, post-abortive men and women, and all who support abortion in any way – they need God’s grace of healing, they need God’s mercy ministered to them visibly through us.

Amen! Thank you for your story. This is why we stand in prayer and we hope to always represent Christ’s love and mercy. What a beautiful day for Jesus!

For healing after abortion please go to Rachel’s Vineyard or Silent No More.

You are not alone and the pro-life community loves you!

What an amazing day!  Today we witnessed 5 mom’s choose life at the American Family Planning abortion facility.  Vigil participants were able to talk to these mom’s.

The first mom said, ” I can’t go through with it, I’m keeping my baby.”

The next woman was walking into the abortion clinic with a friend, we smiled at her and said, “Good Morning.” She smiled back and waved. Minutes later we saw her walk away from the abortion facility and one prayer vigil participant talked to her and said, “Are you keeping your baby?”  She responded, “YES I AM.”  We  offered her information about local pregnancy resource centers and she said she was from Mississippi.  We gave her the 1-800-395-HELP so that she could find out about local help in her area, and she said, “Thank You,” and walked to her car smiling.  She waved at the prayer vigil participants as she left, with a big smile on her face.

Next we had a young man in his twenties who approached the vigil participants and said, “I don’t want her to go through with it either. I am with you guys. I don’t believe in abortion.” One prayer vigil participant asked if she could pray with him. He agreed and she prayed with him for the strength to get his friend out. He walked toward his car, then toward the abortion facility. He met up with another prayer vigil participant who handed him local pregnancy resource center information, and told him that the center was right down the street and would be open in a couple of hours. She told him that she is a volunteer there and that this would be a wonderful place to get his friend the real help she needs. He took the information and brought it to her in the waiting room of the abortion facility . Moments later as he walked away from the building, she walked out the door and hollered out to him to get the car. He pulled the car around and the two drove away choosing life.

Later, there was a woman walking down the sidewalk in front of the abortion facility, she talked to a sidewalk counselor, he handed her a brochure on pregnancy help and said to her, “Can we offer you some help.” She said, “I’m okay, I’m not going through with this at all, my baby is safe.”

The last woman was with her boyfriend and they had gone in and out of the abortion facility several times, deciding whether to go through the abortion or not. Finally they decided to keep their baby! Praise God!

This was a blessed day! The power of God’s hand at work with our peaceful, prayerful presence.

In addition we had a tremendous turn-out at the American Family Planning prayer vigil. There was a large group from Holy Name Parish in Niceville and they were so filled with the Holy Spirit! (See Pictures) Thank you Holy Name and all the beautiful prayer vigil participants for your peaceful, prayerful presence at AFP today.

At Pensacola’s second abortion facility the AMS of Pensacola, we are so pleased to report, that although one baby dying from abortion is a tragedy, they were remarkably slow for business today. They performed about half of the number of abortions than usual. PRAISE GOD! Thank you prayer vigil participants for your presence at AMS today! PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY FOR HIS WONDERFUL WORKS!

Please keep these families in your prayers as they choose life for their babies! Jesus, Lord and Savior, protect and defend these lives who you have redeemed by your precious blood!

 

 

As this 40 Days for Life campaign continues, the need
for prayer for an end to abortion grows clearer each
day — as does the need to pray for healing for those
whose lives have been turned upside down because of
their experiences with the pain caused by abortion.

Lynda said that through her efforts with 40 Days for
Life, she often meets both women and men “who come to
confess an earlier and much regretted decision to have
an abortion.”

She had one person tell her, “I always wonder what my
daughter’s sister would look like.”

“It’s so sad,” she said. “There are so many broken
hearts; so much emptiness. There was a person who came
to me in tears saying how sorry she was about her
decision so many years ago. We must continue to pray.”

Nancy’s story is typical of what many 40 Days for Life
vigil participants are hearing.

“I was pregnant — but not by the man I had lived with
for the previous years,” she said. An older friend —
whom she considered wiser and more experienced —
recommended abortion. “No one spoke for the life of
my preborn.”

Nancy is one of the millions who regret their
abortions. Thankfully, she found healing in Christ.

The message that healing is indeed possible is part
of the 40 Days for Life witness at many of the vigils.

There’s a photo of the 40 Days for Life vigil in
Everett, Washington that illustrates that. Prayer
volunteers are carrying signs from the Silent No More
Awareness Campaign (http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org)
that read, “Women do regret abortion” and “Men regret
lost fatherhood.”

To see the picture, go to:

http://40daysforlife.com/blog/?p=846

“Praying in front of Planned Parenthood has drawn me
closer to the cross than I’ve ever been before in my
life,” wrote Julie. “Twenty years ago, I had an abortion.
I never knew the power of prayer until now.”

For years, she said, the pain, shame and all that goes
with it had been buried deep within her. “This year,
God called me to 40 Days for Life and I was listening.”

She broke down while praying at the vigil. Two days
later, “I made a complete confession and turned my
life over to God, completely.

“I know I still have a long way to go in healing,”
Julie said, “but I can’t express what it feels like
to be forgiven. Thank you for your encouragement and
thanks to all of the participants of 40 Days for Life.
I could not have done this alone.”

“I was in the same situation some 30 years ago,”
explained Alicia. “I was filled with such unimaginable
guilt.” It took years for her to finally listen to God
and actually accept His forgiveness — and forgive
herself.

“I thank God that this beautiful ministry exists,” she
said, “and will continue until the end of abortion
comes to pass.”

Today’s devotional is from Carmen Pate, a member of
the 40 Days for Life board of directors.

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DAY 35 INTENTION
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Pray that all believers participating in this 40 Days
for Life campaign will make every effort to keep the
unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace
(Ephesians 4:3).

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SCRIPTURE
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And the glory which You gave Me, I have given them,
that they may be one just as We are one: I in them,
and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one,
and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and
have loved them as You have loved Me.

— John 17:22-23

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REFLECTION by Carmen Pate, Point of View
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Christ prayed that all those who would believe in Him
would be united in single purpose and spirit, just as
He and the Father were united.

I find it convicting to consider that those who would
run to Jesus with their sins, seeking forgiveness, and
falling in love with the Savior, often run from
Christians today.

Is it because they see division and dissension instead
of unity and peace?

No doubt Christ is pleased to see the body unified and
praying together during these 40 days.

This is exactly what we see when we read about the
beginnings of the church. Both the unity and the
prayer are conspicuous, along with the results of
unified prayer.

Acts 2:46-47 tells us, “So continuing daily with one
accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to
house, they ate their food with gladness and
simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor
with all the people. And the Lord added to the church
daily those who were being saved.”

No doubt the enemy is disheartened to see the unity in
prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil, and he will
continuously try to disrupt the bond of peace among
brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let us guard our hearts and minds, exhibiting the love
of Christ that He so graciously gives us, so that
those watching will see the love among us and know
that He must love them too!

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PRAYER
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Heavenly Father, give us grace in every situation to
work toward unity. With humility, gentleness, and
patience, may we endeavor to keep the unity of the
Spirit in the bond of peace.

There are hurting men and women Lord at the crossroads
of life and death who are looking for love and peace
in their lives.

May they see Christ in us and be drawn to the abundant
life that only He can give. It is in Christ’s precious
name that we pray, Amen.

Today, PRAISE GOD, we can report that three babies were saved from abortion and their mom’s and dad’s were spared from a life of regret after abortion!  One prayer vigil participant reported that a couple came out of the abortion facility and gave a thumbs up and smiled saying, ” We’re keeping our baby!”  THANK YOU JESUS!                                                   Please watch the following video and it will remind you just why they DON’T allow cell phones in the abortion facility. One reason why WE MUST STAND VIGIL and we must BE THAT CALL!

This is the last full week of 40 Days for Life.  If you live in the Pensacola area, have you gone to pray in front of AMS of Pensacola?  Make every effort this week to go out and stand vigil for life.  You will be glad you did.

Here is a posting from one of our vigil participants that was part of the day 25 national 40 Days for Life update.

Joe in Pensacola, Florida shared a similar story on his blog. It was a Saturday, and the abortion facility was packed when he and his 10-year-old son went to pray at the 40 Days for Life vigil.

“I try to use events like this to teach him, but I didn’t have to say too much,” he said. His son understood what was happening.

“He connected the abortions with his 2-year old sister, Anna. He said that our family would be a sad family if
Anna had been aborted, because she brings so much joy,” Joe said. “All I could do was agree with him.”

This past Saturday, March 13, was a very windy day in Pensacola.  The special intention for the day was for the mothers and fathers, that they choose life.  Many did.  A total of 5 saves were witnessed on Saturday.  Many of the regular vigil participants also recognized that there were not as many abortions taking place as usual.  The parking lot by 9 AM is always full, said one 40 DFL participant.  Today the parking lot is half full.

One dramatic event unfolded during the fourth witnessed save.  A group of women drove up and got out of their car.  One of the women turned to us and said, “Why do you have children out here?”  I replied, “They are here praying for you and to remind everyone that children are a wonderful gift.”  She stomped away.  One minute later, one of the women from this group drove away very angry.  The others from the first car came out the front door with a woman inside the abortion facility.  Anyone that comes out the front door has NOT had an abortion. The same woman that questioned the presence of the children stated, “Why don’t you get these kids away from here?”  I replied, “We love you!  We are here praying for you and your friends.”  As they drove by, the young woman in the back of the car, who was inside the abortion facility, gave us a big thumbs up outside her open window.  She chose life!

This spring my four children, who have been with us every day during all four 40 Days for Life campaigns in Pensacola, have begun to understand the importance of prayer in front of the abortion facility.  My two oldest (8 and 6) have really been praying a lot this spring with us.  My children are the ones the woman was referring to.  I believe my children were used by the Holy Spirit, to change this woman’s mind.  Children do have a tremendous impact on the mothers and fathers that enter abortion facilities.  Thank you God for the wonderful gifts you have given me in my life, my wonderful children and wife.  I am so proud of them all!

What a miraculous day it was to see so many lives saved this past Saturday in Pensacola.  God is so good!

A young woman walked up to the 40 Days for Life vigil outside an abortion center in Austin, Texas recently. She signed up to join the others in prayer … and then immediately sat down on the sidewalk and started to cry. One of the volunteers stopped praying for a moment to approach the young woman, whom she had never met before, and asked her if she needed a hug. This volunteer assumed that the thought of what was going on inside the abortion facility had simply overcome this woman and brought her to tears. But that wasn’t the case. To her surprise, she found out this young woman was crying for another reason. “I’m pregnant right now and don’t want to be,” she said. “I’ve already had four abortions. She said she didn’t have an abortion scheduled. “But I keep feeling this huge temptation to just go to an abortion clinic, pay my $400 and get it over with. I came to the sidewalk to pray, and to be around people who are like-minded as I am.” The young woman told one of the sidewalk counselors that she was twelve weeks into her pregnancy. She had already been to a pregnancy resource center, but was still a mess emotionally. She had become a Christian, she said. “But with this pregnancy, I just feel so depressed. I’m living in a women’s shelter, and the last thing I want right now is to be pregnant.” The sidewalk counselor took her to dinner, and they sat and talked for hours. “As they developed a long- term plan to get this young woman the help she needs,” said Elizabeth McClung, the local 40 Days for Life coordinator in Austin, “she said something that should serve as an encouragement to every single pro-lifer who has ever thought about going to pray at an abortion facility.” “If you guys weren’t out there praying,” this woman said, “I would have pulled up to the facility, sat in my car for hours on end — and ended up going inside for a fifth abortion. Since you were on the sidewalk praying, I knew I could find comfort and support there, so I went there to cry instead. Thank you for being there.” “Her story is the perfect example as to why we not only pray from home and from church, but we also go pray at the very places where lives are being hurt and taken,” Elizabeth said. She is now on a path to healing from her previous abortions, finding a job and taking her pregnancy one day at a time. And, Elizabeth said, “She is not going to have another abortion!” Please pray for her, and for all who are desperate to break out of that cycle of abortion.

This past Saturday, the prayer vigil participants witnessed four miracles.  Four women chose life!  One of the prayer vigil participants, approached a vehicle at 6:30 AM in one of the local business parking lots.  He briefly spoke with the two women inside this vehicle.  He handed them a brochure about abortion alternatives and what abortion does to women.  Two hours later the women drove past us, giving us the thumbs up and pointing that she kept her baby!

What would have happened if the prayer vigil participant had not been there to hand these women this information?

This demonstrates the absolute necessity of peaceful, prayerful, community witness.  We do not have a lot of hours covered this week, so I hope everyone on this e-mail list that lives in and around Pensacola will take the time to pray in front of AMS of Pensacola!  Lives are depending upon you!  Over the next few weeks, speak with your pastor and ask him to join you.  Speak about 40 Days for Life at your prayer group or Bible study and get as many people to go with you to pray in front of AMS of Pensacola!

This past Saturday, abortion day in Pensacola, our prayer intention for that day was for the conversion of everyone that works at AMS of Pensacola.  As the day progressed, you could visibly see that something was changing in the outlook of some of these workers.  There was a sense that some of them were beginning to realize that we are there for them.  We are truly there to pray for them.  They are surprised to hear that someone is praying for them.  God is truly chipping away at their hearts!  That is why it is so important for us to be there each and every day!  Our peaceful, prayerful presence DOES make a difference!  Be not afraid and go and pray!  As one prayer vigil participant wrote last week, he stated,  “Thank you for allowing me to be part of this (40 Days for Life).”  He had never participated in 40 Days for Life until this spring campaign, and he now understands how vitally important it is to pray in front of the AMS of Pensacola. He is scheduled to pray two hours a week in front of AMS of Pensacola.