I’m just back from speaking to a HUGE crowd at the 40 Days for Life kickoff in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Their vigil moved to a new site for 2012 — a Planned Parenthood location. That’s because last year, the site where the volunteers had been praying previously STOPPED DOING ABORTIONS!

In this short video report, local leader Brian Gibson outlines 40 Days for Life’s focus on prayer for SEVEN campaigns … and Regions Hospital’s decision to get out of the abortion business.


DOVER, DELAWARE

The kickoff events I attend may draw hundreds, but the vigils themselves usually see just a few people at a time. Passersby may shrug and say, “There’s not much to it, is there?”

But as you know … there’s more going on than meets the eye!

“Small but mighty” is the subject line on a picture the Dover team e-mailed me. It shows a few people at the peaceful vigil on public grounds outside Planned Parenthood during Dover’s ninth 40 Days for Life campaign.

As Jesus told us in Matthew 18:20, “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in their midst.”


FINLAND

Even if by chance you are outside the abortion center by yourself, you are certainly not alone. There are others also standing vigil, at every hour of each of these 40 days, at some place around the world

“Here in Finland, we don’t have 40 Days for Life yet,” wrote someone only identified as Foreigner, “but at least one person is praying over the daily devotionals with you and following your blog.”

Foreigner describes a country where any sort of physical punishment for children is forbidden. “But abortion (most before 12 weeks by drugs) is seen as something so normal that there aren’t even done in separate abortion facilities, but in every hospital, even in maternity wards, in every health center, by almost every doctor and nurse.”

Foreigner held her own one-person candlelight prayer vigil outside a hospital on Day 1 as two women came out. One was wearing a nightgown and robe. An abortion patient, Foreigner wondered? If so, “I hope and pray God will help them see what they have done, so they can be saved and healed, and save others from making the horrible ‘choice.’”


FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA

The abortion center in Fort Lauderdale was closed on Wednesday — it may have been because of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day known as the Day of Atonement. “But we made an impact as we stood and prayed,” said John.

One driver saw their signs, stopped and called out through her open window. She wanted to know if abortion was okay in cases of incest. John’s wife had a 20-minute conversation with her and made some headway in explaining why abortion is always wrong.

“Standing and praying at the abortion center brings the buried issue of abortion to the surface,” John said, “and that can lead to changed minds – and changed hearts.”

If you haven’t joined the vigil yet, he added, please do so! Here’s the link to the list of locations.

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.