Tracey in Mount Vernon, Washington, met a man who had been involved in five previous abortions. His fiancée was pregnant, and they were considering aborting this baby too.

"But it's not alive," the man explained. "It's just a fetus."

Tracey gave him a model of an unborn child and described the science of prenatal development. "Are you saying I murdered five babies?" the man responded.

Tracey gently explained that, yes, he had participated in the deaths of five children--but that God is abundantly merciful.

Until recently, the man had been an atheist, but a near-death experience changed that.

Tracey asked whether, during his near-death experience, he met his babies in heaven. The man replied that he didn't go to heaven. He had gone to hell and "felt the fire"--and he didn't want to go back... he accepted Jesus, prayed with Tracey, and returned home to talk with his fiancée about alternatives to abortion.

Repeat abortions aren't uncommon. In fact, about half of all abortions are repeat abortions.

But nobody is beyond the reach of God's grace. Sometimes, all it takes is somebody standing in front of an abortion facility to offer hope.

You can be that instrument of the Lord's inexhaustible mercy. Find your local 40 Days for Life vigil and sign up to pray for more hearts to be touched:

Atlanta, Georgia

Anybody who argues that pro-lifers only care about babies until birth has never met longtime Atlanta 40 Days for Life leader Margarita.

She and her team continue to help provide for the material needs of the families they empower to choose life YEARS after they meet in front of the Atlanta abortion facility where they stand vigil.

40 Days for Life participants are helping one family that chose life get back on their feet by getting them a new apartment.

"Praising God that through SUCH generous donors, He provided!" Margarita beamed.

Novi Sad, Serbia

Adrian in Novi Sad said the local campaign is going well--and steadily growing. "We're praying a lot and very happy to be here!" he said.

While praying at an abortion center isn't easy, pro-lifers certainly want to be there more than the women coming for abortions.

Adrian and his team continue to reach out into the community to bring forth more prayer warriors--including with a robust presence on social media.

My power is made perfect in weakness.

--2 Corinthians 12:9

Lord, during these forty days, we ask that with each day of this sacred vigil, everything in us that separates us from your perfect will would be pruned from our hearts and souls. In this blessed freedom may we experience a powerful anointing of your Holy Spirit.

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Shawn Carney, President/CEO

In addition to co-founding 40 Days for Life, Shawn is one of the most sought-after pro-life speakers, addressing audiences coast-to-coast and internationally. He has executive produced award-winning pro-life documentaries. Shawn co-authored the #1 top-rated Christian book: 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done ... Imagine What He Can Do and also wrote The Beginning of the End of Abortion.