The man who has been my friend and colleague for many years, David Bereit, is stepping aside from his role as CEO of 40 Days for Life.

David and his family have made many sacrifices for 40 Days for Life, especially when we were in the early days of seeing God spread this campaign. He has been praying and discerning this decision for a while ... and we'll be excited to see how God will use him in his next project.

Please watch the short video above from David and me.

Here are some thoughts David shared about his years with 40 Days for Life ... and the future:


Serving 40 Days for Life has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. With God's help, I invested my best efforts into this ministry over the last decade. Now, I'm excited to see the new heights it will achieve under Shawn's leadership.

40 Days for Life has a wonderful board, committed staff, and dedicated local leaders around the globe who will ensure the continued growth and ongoing success of its mission.

For the last year and a half, I've been feeling God stirring my heart to take on new challenges and launch a brand new project. My wife, Margaret, and I are excited to now spend a brief season praying, planning, and making preparations to launch this new endeavor, which will be announced soon at

Though my season on staff has come to a joy-filled end, I love 40 Days for Life and will continue to pray for, and participate in, 40 Days for Life campaigns and the pro-life movement.

Please join me in thanking David for his leadership and friendship ... and please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Meanwhile, God continues to grow 40 Days for Life and applications to lead campaigns next spring are pouring in -- including a first-time campaign in Rome!

Over the next few weeks, we will continue to send out materials to help you discern your role in ending abortion where you live.

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.