October 5, 2012 (40DaysforLife.com) - Nothing is more powerful in saving lives than prayer and fasting. But in addition to that, 40 Days for Life campaigns are adding something else â€” texting!
Of the thousands of moms that have chosen life during these campaigns, some have actually sent text messages to the volunteers outside the abortion center, telling them of their last-minute decisions to keep their babies â€” and thanking them for being there.
I just got a note about how at least one 40 Days for Life location is using text messaging BEFORE women even enter the abortion facility to help save lives â€¦ and frustrate Planned Parenthood.
Many Planned Parenthood abortion centers force clients to turn off their phones because the phones supposedly interfere with their equipment. Eileen in Indianapolis says itâ€™s more likely that the phones interfere with their business.
â€śPerhaps itâ€™s because they might communicate with someone,â€ť Eileen said, â€śwho might persuade them to leave and not have an abortion.â€ť
Prayer volunteers are now holding a sign next to Planned Parenthoodâ€™s driveway that says, â€śPregnant? Confused? Txt choiceâ€ť â€” and it shows a text number. A woman who texts to that number will be put in touch with a counselor.
Thereâ€™s also a code on the sign that a smart phone can read. The code leads to a web page that gives information on contacting a counselor. (The number is blurred because this service is only active in the Indianapolis area.) â€śThank God for wonderful volunteers and creative ways to continue our ministry,â€ť Eileen said. â€śWe are trying to be as wise as a serpent and as gentle as a dove.â€ť
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Bobbie is helping to coordinate Eastonâ€™s first 40 Days for Life campaign. Her efforts must be working. A Planned Parenthood staffer came out to the sidewalk to tell her to go home.
â€śI calmly explained what we were doing and that we had permission to assemble through November 4,â€ť Bobbie said. The staff member insisted that they donâ€™t do abortions at that location.
â€śBut, you do refer [for abortion] and we are praying for you and the staff, the clients and babies,â€ť Bobbie responded. The woman said she needed no prayer and marched off. â€śSo I quietly prayed for her!â€ť
The campaign hasnâ€™t been easy. â€śWe are struggling,â€ť she said, â€śbut the benefits and results of the vigil are amazing.â€ť
It was a rainy day in Houston, but the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood was filled with people praying. The inconvenient weather did not deter them. But it did seem to have a big impact on Planned Parenthoodâ€™s escorts.
Around 8:30 that rainy morning, the escorts got in their cars and left â€” and did not return. In fact, the escorts just havenâ€™t been around much â€” â€śthe first time in the twelve campaigns we have organized in Houston that they have not opposed us with escorts,â€ť said a 40 Days for Life team member.
The Houston team also tells of a woman who talked to volunteers after her Planned Parenthood appointment. Her pregnancy test was positive. But after she told the Planned Parenthood staff she wasnâ€™t interested in an abortion, she was told they couldnâ€™t help her.
â€śThat surprised her,â€ť said a 40 Days for Life leader, â€śbut not us.â€ť
One of the volunteers in Houston has posted a video showing some of the people standing vigil outside the Planned Parenthood building, which is one of the largest abortion centers in North America.