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I’m boarding a plane to visit the 40 Days for Life campaign in Rockland County, New York — and later tonight, I’m speaking at a pregnancy center event.

This location is a great example of collaboration because the pregnancy resource center is across the street from the Planned Parenthood abortion facility and they work closely with the 40 Days for Life volunteers to help women find loving alternatives.

This is the second location for 40 Days for Life in Rockland County — the first abortion facility CLOSED after a 40 Days for Life campaign a few years back!

Praying in front of an abortion center makes a difference — in New York or anywhere else. Like most people, I was a bit fearful the first time I did it. But that fear is no match for the peace and hope that prayer brings to what seems like a hopeless situation.

If you have never done it, now is the time! But don’t take my word for it — here are some personal prayer experiences that vigil participants shared on the 40 Days for Life blog.

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RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
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One volunteer wrote about his first time as a 40 Days for Life participant at the Raleigh vigil. During his 90 minutes of prayer, he watched people come and go. “The thing that struck me the most was how everyone who went in and came out was trying very hard not to look at me,” he said.

He watched as a worker came out with letters to put in the mail. “She had to walk by me to get to the mailbox. The whole time to the mailbox and back … she walked with her head down and turned away.”

He said that workers and clients alike didn’t look angry, and didn’t look like they were trying to ignore him. No, he said, “they looked ashamed.”

He prayed that all these people would come to know Jesus, that they would “turn from the very thought” of aborting babies and become advocates for life. “I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I hope to get back to pray … during this 40 Days for Life campaign.”

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LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
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Another writer said that as she prayed during the 40 Days for Life vigil at a Long Beach Planned Parenthood location, she also handed out information about pro-life pregnancy resources in the area.

“Most took the info from me because I wore a smile,” she said, “and couldn’t look mean if I tried to!”

One woman in particular left a strong impression. “She got out of her car right in front of the front door, and she looked as if she had been crying, she was so distraught,” the volunteer said. “She wouldn’t talk to me or take my info — but went into the building.”

The woman was still inside two hours later when this vigil participant left. “The hopelessness and devastation on her face I will never forget. I prayed for her and her baby, that she would change her mind as God spoke to her heart.”

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
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Two women were praying outside the abortion facility in Melbourne when a young couple drove up. They got out of their car quickly — and walked hurriedly towards the building.

As they reached the door, “the young woman looked back at us,” one of the volunteers said. “We lifted the intensity of our prayer. About 15-20 minutes later, they came out again.”

She said the man was very angry and spoke to the woman rather aggressively. They got into their car and drove off. It appeared the man was all in favor of abortion, but the woman was not.

“We have been praying for them ever since,” she said. “Please continue to pray for this young couple. May 40 Days for Life be successful in ending abortion around the world!”

The 40 Days for Life team in Melbourne has put together a short but powerful video about the local campaign. It’s sure to be impressive wherever you’re watching!

Here’s the link to today’s devotional.