After just the first day of this 40 Days for Life campaign, many locations are reporting record turnouts for their opening events — and babies SAVED from abortion!

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ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA
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More than 500 people – including families with their children – came to stand and pray outside Planned Parenthood as part of the Orange County kickoff.

“As the prayer ended, we witnessed the first baby saved of this 40 Days for Life 2013 campaign,” said Alejandra in Orange County. “A woman came out of Planned Parenthood and as we approached her, she told us that she couldn’t abort her baby. She had tears in her eyes. All glory to God!”

The prayer volunteers learned that the woman was in her seventh week of pregnancy. She has four other children and thought her family didn’t have sufficient resources to care for the new baby.

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“We reassured her that this life was precious and wanted by God – and that we would be there for her and help her,” Alejandra said. “With God, everything is possible.”

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LANSING, MICHIGAN
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A record turnout of more than 170 at the 40 Days for Life kickoff event showed the local pro-life effort is going strong. As was the case in California, there was a strong family presence.

“Collaboration is what we need to focus on,” said Cecilia Tombelli, the local campaign director. “Alone we will not succeed. But with God – and by working together – we will.”

A representative of Right to Life of Michigan shared encouraging news. Five Michigan abortion centers have closed in the past 15 months, including a facility in Lansing – a closure that followed a three-year prayer effort.

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FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA
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David Bereit, 40 Days for Life’s national director, helped kick off the tenth campaign in Fairfax – a community in Northern Virginia, not far from Washington, DC.

At an event near the abortion center where the peaceful vigil will be held, David encouraged the volunteers to accept a challenge – 40 hours of prayer at the vigil over the next 40 days.

“Many of us put in 40 hours a week – or more – at work. Students put in around 40 hours a week on their schooling,” he said, “and we do that every week! Why can’t we make the sacrifice of coming out to pray 40 hours over these 40 days? It could be one hour every day – or two hours every other day. We know the need for prayer – here outside the abortion center – is great.”

Here’s the list of cities where 40 Days for Life is taking place. Click on the one nearest you – and sign up for the vigil!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.