Since 40 Days for Life is the featured organization of the week, I thought it fitting to share this story. I got this email from Shawn Carney the other day:
A visibly upset young woman and her mother had just
walked out of the abortion center where the 40 Days
for Life vigil is going on -- and walked right up to
one of the prayer volunteers.
She had been advised to have an abortion because she
had difficulties in her life.
After a short discussion, the two women seemed
interested in the offer of a free ultrasound at
a local pregnancy care center. But there were two
First of all, it was 8:30 in the morning -- and the
pregnancy center wouldn’t open til 9:00.
The volunteers decided to take the young woman and
her mom to breakfast; that would help them settle
down a bit, and it would let them wait until the
doors were open at the pregnancy center.
The second challenge seemed a bit more formidable.
While an ultrasound MACHINE was available, there
might not be an ultrasound TECHNICIAN available.
So they all went to the pregnancy center to wait --
Within the hour, another couple arrived at the
abortion center. They had been told to abort
their baby because of possible disabilities.
They had doubts about going through with it -- so
they, too, were offered a free ultrasound.
"Can you get us that ultrasound right now?" the
About the same time, yet another couple arrived for
an appointment. They had significant financial
challenges -- and they, too, had been encouraged to
abort. "And yes," said the volunteer, "couple number
three also wanted a free ultrasound."
Meanwhile, back at the pregnancy center, a car had
entered the parking lot. None of the volunteers
recognized the car. A woman got out. They didn't
recognize her, either.
She walked over and introduced herself. "I'm an
ultrasound tech and I have nothing to do today,"
"Do you know of anyone that could use my skills?"
"Seriously!" said the volunteer. "Just like that!"
Three young women saw ultrasound images of their
babies that day. And despite all the reasons each had
been encouraged to abort -- they each chose life for
Each of these mothers has a long road ahead and many
challenges to overcome. But they’ve taken a wonderful
first step. Please keep them in your prayers, and ask
Christ to guide them on their way.
"Before I knew the difficulties of this day, God had
planned for our needs to be met," said the 40 Days
for Life vigil participant. "Three couples who had
planned on ending their babies' lives today are still
pregnant tonight. Praise God!"
She added that the overwhelming feeling "is one of
both personal humility and awe for our God who did
so much today. What a blessing! We praise and honor
the Creator tonight. He has done marvelous things!"
Is this not the most amazing thing ever??? I absolutely LOVE it. The power of prayer is totally under-rated in our culture, and I'm no exception. Pray, pray, pray! Even if God hasn't called you to specifically work in the pro-life movement, but something else, could you still pray for this movement? Especially for the situations and the people involved? And this week, especially pray for the ministry of 40 Days for Life. It truly is one of the most amazing ministries out there for this cause!
Thanks so much for praying!