The first-ever 40 Days for Life vigil in Christchurch takes place across the road from the main entrance to a hospital.

?We had an encouraging conversation with a group of longboarders,? wrote Daniel, the local coordinator. ?It was an assuring sign that our presence is being felt. Although they left not in full agreement, it was a chance to witness to Christ and his love on behalf of the unborn and in support of their mothers and families.?


The volunteers spoke to a young nurse, who was quite excited about 40 Days for Life. She said a group of nurses pray every day inside the hospital and they really wish they could join the vigil. ?It was a huge blessing and source of encouragement,? Daniel said.

One lady stopped on her bicycle and shouted, ?What about helping people in poverty?? The group pointed out how ministries such as the John Paul II Centre help all those who come through their doors, including those who another child would be a financial burden. The prayer continued and the lady moved off on her bike with food for thought.


?We?ve been getting good little comments here and there,? he said, ?and although these little things might seems like drops in the ocean, they are all signs of light in our community and the more we bring our prayers into places of darkness, the more that darkness will be dispelled and all things can be revealed for what they really are.?



With 40 Days for Life, David wears many hats. Prior to joining the 40 Days for Life team, he was an award-winning radio and TV journalist. He has also served as a board member for a pregnancy help center and as publications director for a major national pro-life organization.