40 Days for Life vigils have drawn participation from all walks of life...
...young and old, women and men, life-long pro-lifers and Planned Parenthood escorts!
That's the case in Memphis, Tennessee where a former abortion facility escort now stands vigil with the local 40 Days for Life campaign!
Your prayers on the sidewalk are unifying Christians of many different backgrounds, all coming together with a common goal of serving God and defending life.
Recently, a homeless man approached one of the Memphis vigil participants.
"I saw you out here and I wanted to pray with you," he said, telling volunteers of his vision that Planned Parenthood will be replaced by a legitimate medical facility.
With 8 babies saved in Memphis this fall, perhaps that vision will soon become a reality!
A woman drove up to the Canton 40 Days for Life vigil and told prayer warriors to open the back door of her car.
When they did, they found "a pudgy little guy with a cute smile."
Last year, the mother decided to have an abortion--but she couldn't stop thinking about people praying on the sidewalk. She changed her mind and left the facility.
Vigil participants tearfully hugged the proud mom before saying goodbye.
The scene repeated itself days later when a motorist stopped at the red light and exhorted the campaign volunteers to keep up the good work. "You saved my son's life," she said, pointing to the back seat. "Your signs make a difference."
Buffalo, New York
The vigil in Buffalo is held in front of a facility that delivers live children in the front--and aborts babies in the back.
Recently, a worker exited the building to criticize the vigil participants. "A woman just had a baby," she said. "She is nursing, and your praying is bothering her."
Delphine, who leads the campaign, was doubtful that their prayers could even be heard through the brick walls and glass block windows. Perhaps the new mother was just troubled by the idea of welcoming her bundle of joy in a facility that aborts her little one's peers.
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
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.