Thursday, January 07, 2010

40 Days For LIFE

Last night I went to a friends house who's entire family is really involved in something called 40 Days For Life. My eyes were opened to what is really going on out there in our world and backyard. I had no idea that women were getting abortions at such alarming rates. I had no idea that late term abortions were even legal. Women who are visibly pregnant are going into planned parenthood facilities and given a pill that causes them to go into labor. They then deliver a baby that could be 26 weeks and when it comes out they give it no medical care to save it. Without oxygen and medical care these babies can't survive. So they are placed to the side and wait to die. Some stay alive an entire nurses shift. My heart was saddened and disturbed.

The Mission of 40 Days For Life, is "to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with a purpose of repentance, to seek God's favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of LIFE, thus bringing an end to abortion in America."

For 40 days they have different people go outside an abortion facility, in hopes to change girls minds. Since this 40 days campaign started in 2004, 2,168 babies have been spared, 5 abortion clinics have closed following 40 days, and 26 abortion workers have quit.

The stories I heard last night were so encouraging. They have seen girls change their minds. Girls walk in with their moms, and return later saying because of the people outside she couldn't go through with it. Most of these girls already have some sort of doubt in their mind, and with people being there in support of Life, they change their minds.

This isn't just for the Life of that little baby God created. This is for the women/girls who are thinking about and may have the abortion. Many of these women will suffer great depression over this decision if they go through with it. Some even suicidal. Sometimes it's immediate, sometimes it's later in life. But there is a high probability of post-trauma. We don't want these women to have to go through this. And if they do, we want them to know that by God's grace, they are forgiven.

You don't carry signs, you don't chant, you don't even have to talk to them. You simply just have to drive there, get out of your car, stand around the facility, and then go home. Just being there makes a big impact.

This February, I will join many in my area and do just that. We say we are pro-life and don't believe in abortion. But if millions of lives are being taken every year, us just saying we're pro-life isn't making much of an impact. We need to get out there, and do something about it. We need to inform others what is really going on.

I had no idea.

If you would like to participate in one of the 40 days, or would like information about the 40 Days of Life campaign, please let me know.


ashley said...

Wow, that is so sad that someone would let a baby at 26 weeks die when the baby really has a chance at living with medical intervention! It really makes my heart just sick, especially since my little girl was born at 28 weeks & is a happy & healthy child! What a neat missional opportunity, I would love to help!

Kristyn said...

It is truly so sad!!!! And it makes me sick that our President is okay with these type of abortions! I would love info on that and I would love to help!

Michael said...

Thank you Lacey!

Honeyman 4 said...

Well said Lacey!

"If not you, then who? If not now, then when?"

Kelly Marler said...

Lacey,I think it is so wonderful that this is so important to you. I will pray that you and those around you will influence at least one, hopefully more, to think twice about what they are doing. This subject has been weighing heavy on my heart for a while now as well. Funny thing- not even 5 minutes ago I sent a request to a nearby Christian Center to help with this exact same life trials/situations. I am hoping to hear back soon!! I will let you know what comes of it!!

The Guess Family said...

Good for you! I will pray that lives are changed throughout this. I knew the numbers were asounding. Focus on the Family has a great ministry that offers unltrasounds to women who are about to choose abortion. Someday, when my girls are all in school, I would love to volunteer at the Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Emily said...

Hey, where's my comment? Did you delete it? Ha ha, maybe it didn't go through. Anyway, I just said thanks for inviting me to the meeting! I'm so glad I went and so glad that we are doing this together. I can't wait to see the impact this has for everyone, and I pray lives are saved and changed! God is so good!