by Pam Neighbor 2/19/15 - ‘40 Days for Life’ is a God honoring approach to restoring a culture of life by seeking God and His power through prayer, fasting, peaceful public vigil and community outreach. We pray to promote the cause of life and to end abortion and the culture of death. Today is the beginning of the Spring campaign of ’40 Days for Life’. It goes from February 18th through March 29th. Each group will be uniting with hundreds of other cities and communities. for a peaceful, prayerful, prolife outreach.
Since its inception nationally in 2006, the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign has generated measurable lifesaving results in every community where it has been experienced. It has grown into the largest mobilized prolife prayer effort.
539 cities have participated – now in 24 countries
625,000 people have participated
16,500 churches have been represented
9.873 children have been confirmed spared from abortion
59 abortion clinics have been closed completely (2 of them in Washington state)
107 abortion workers have quit their jobs due to changed hearts.
This coordinated prayer effort involves people from...
By Tim Taylor: Gene Balk of the Seattle Times wrote "End of the Nuclear Family? Not in Seattle" on December 28, 2014. This article provides a statistical analysis of the apparent resurgence of the traditional family. It is obvious this was written from a secular view. However, I find it very encouraging as Seattle was rated as the number one city out of the top 50 cities in America for the greatest number of two parent homes for children under the age of 18.
With the attack that's been mounted on traditional marriage I personally find this very encouraging. In the article they attempt to imply that homosexual marriage (which is actually an oxymoron) contributes to the results but finally conclude they are unable to do that.
One of the reasons I got excited about this article is it highlights one of the important benefits of two parent homes. It is economically better for everyone.
Combine that with Charisma Magazines article from June 25, 2014 Church Divorce Rate Really Not Higher than Secular Society and we begin to see a different picture emerge from the narrative than has been presented over the last number of years. A Harvard researcher, Shaunti Feldhahn, devoted 8 years to studying the topic of divorce in America and found the divorce rate is far below the 50% that has been presented. Her conclusion was the average is more like 31% and those who attend church are much further below that number.
Glory to God! Our prayer (includes not only 1Church1Day but all the churches and ministries who have prayed for decades) for a decreasing divorce rate and decrease in single parent homes is being answered.
Click here for Washington State Decrees and prayer targets the 1Church1Day strategy uses.
by Pam Neighbor
On Thursdays I pray with a small group of men and women. It is an ecumenical group that includes a variety of denominations. We pray for babies, children, parents, and grandparents. We pray for medical doctors, government officials and just laws. We pray for salvation, healing, truth, and much more. We pray together for two hours using scripture, prayers, and hymns.
What would you think if I told you that that this same group is not praying in a church or home, but is a pro-life group that prays outside an abortion facility? Would your picture of my little prayer group suddenly be different?
Now instead of envisioning us praying scriptures and hymns, you might envision tension, confrontation, antagonism, ugly signs waving in the direction of the facility, and passersby being accosted. But you would be wrong.
I am a part of “40 Days For Life” in Tacoma, Washington and have prayed outside of abortion facilities with this group since the local effort began in 2006. 40 Days for Life is “a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion.” Unfortunately, in the minds of most people, pro-life means protest. Even most Christians see us as protesters. Despite the truth of our activities, most people who see us or hear about what we do assume there is something other than quiet prayer going on.
How did our culture get so skewed in our perspective of people who pray? And why is it that believers who take a stand for life are thought of so poorly, even within the Christian community?
The proponents of abortion long ago dismissed the moral and Biblical heritage of life and birth as they had been understood for millennia. They took abortion and reframed it entirely. A once illegal, immoral, and evil practice of death and infanticide became legal, acceptable, and even fashionable. To ensure that the life of a real, living baby didn’t become an issue, it was described as “tissue.” Christians who believed in the sanctity of life were characterized as antiquated, out-of-touch, critical, condemning, and stupid. Abortion was given the label “pro-choice” and women were now “free” to do as they wished without constraint. More recently, abortion has been called “safe healthcare for women.” If you don’t agree, you are labeled part of a “war on women.”
Most people, including churches, have accepted this reframing hook, line, and sinker. Those who don’t are marginalized, and many have quit objecting. Churches are mostly silent. For decades, high schools, colleges and universities have been cranking out pro-abortion graduates at an astounding rate. The pro-abortion mentality has permeated the culture, going deep into the education, legal, medical, business, nonprofit, and media spheres to further promote abortion. Anyone who disagrees with these cultural leaders is maligned as trying to stop a societal good.
The influence of the pro-abortion culture has even permeated the Church. Christians are conditioned to see prayer warriors as protesters. Even pastors have joined this delusion! Many leaders have been swayed to believe in abortion. Others know the truth behind groups like 40 Days for Life, but are afraid to join us out of fear that they will be maligned along with us. Other pastors are fearful of disunity in uninformed congregations, which can threaten or result in reduced numbers and dollars for the church. Still others believe that onsite prayer vigils corrupt the pro-life effort and make it harder to rally people to the cause.
There are a few (but growing) brave and supportive pastors who stand behind the pro-life effort. They spread the news about 40 Days for Life in their churches, encourage prayer in the church and out at the abortion site, and even show up to pray themselves as leaders. These leaders, and all who pray with us, are making a difference.
We pray for many reasons that I hope to discuss in future articles. However, understand this. From 2006 to 2013 there was a 27% decline in abortions done in Pierce County, where Tacoma is located. (This statistic agrees with other county metrics.) There are at least 1000 known babies alive because of the efforts of 40 Days for Life in Tacoma. We pray, and many times lives are saved.
This is why we go to abortion facilities—to save lives.
To find out more about 40 Days for Life and how you can join the prayer effort to save lives, visit 40daysforlife.com.
By Tim Taylor: Years ago my wife had a conversation with a person at her work in Eugene Oregon. They were pro-abortion and also an environmentalist. As I recall they were passionate about saving whales, global warming etc., very liberal as well as active in politics. They frequently posted their literature and wore their campaign buttons. A conversation began because Brenda was asked about the black ribbon she wore with a number on it. When she told them it represented the number of children murdered through abortion every week they were greatly offended wanting her to take it off. (I always marveled at the double standard because they frequently wore their campaign buttons for candidates and causes).
She posed a scenario wherein they expressed their support for the law that protected whales. She went on to describe another law protecting turtle eggs and then asked if they agreed with that as well. They did!
Brenda said something to the effect that, "you believe we ought to protect unborn turtles but you support abortion that kills unborn babies." "Does that make sense to you? Aren't people more important than animals? Their response, "I never thought of it that way." They were blind. They could not see the hypocrisy.
It was the picture of these these bumper stickers from OnlineForLife.org and that reminded me of Brenda's story.
You know the Bible says in Proverbs 12:10 that the righteous man regards the life of his animal. I believe in being a good steward of our planet and resources, but I think people are a higher priority.
It is a sin in our nation that we have laws that devalue life to such a point that almost a million children's lives are destroyed every year while our government protects unborn animals with threats of prison and hefty fines while funding abortion through organizations such as Planned Parenthood. The hypocrisy is amazing and our nation reaps the fruit of murdering a whole generation of children.
Lord, I pray for a change of heart and a change of laws in this nation such that the life of the un-born would be more valued than that of an eagle or a turtle. Creation cries .... save the baby humans!