?Taking part in this mission has and continues to be a real blessing in so very many ways,? said one of the prayer volunteers in Twickenham.

?I am now used to the occasional verbal abuse ? and I always ask the Holy Spirit to let me know when I should respond and when I should prayerfully ignore.?

This participant was in ?ignore? mode when a young woman came by to berate the very idea of a prayer vigil in front of an abortion center ? that what they were doing was ?wrong.? As the volunteer continued to pray quietly, the woman?s level of anger only got higher.


So the volunteer switched from ?ignore? to ?engage.?

?It turned out that she was angry because a friend of hers had an abortion here and ended up in a mental institution. She herself had a stillbirth. I promised to pray for them both and I assured her God will help.?

Her anger subsided. She shook the volunteer?s hand and said she regretted ?having a go at me.?

The vigil participant explained what they do ? why they do it ? and the many positive outcomes of their powerful on-the-spot witness.

This same volunteer also had a conversation with a young man on the pavement whose girlfriend was inside having an abortion. They talked ? and the young man was told that it is always possible to turn to God in repentance.

?I could write a book about the vigil blessings to others ? and to me.?



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.