The following information comes from a brochure produced by: 40 Days for Life Inc. and Heritage House ’76. 919 S. Main Street. Snowflake, AZ 85937. Bulletin-type brochures are available by calling 1-800-858-3040 (no. 9938FD) or by going to: www.hh76.com/40days.
40 Days of Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program:
- Prayer and fasting
- Prayer vigil
- Community outreach
40 Days of Life takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequence of abortion in their own neighbourhoods, for their own friends and family. It puts into action a desire to cooperate with God in the carrying out of His plan for the end of abortion in North America.
The 40-day campaign parallels biblical history, where God used 40-day periods to transform individuals, communities, and the entire world. From Noah in the flood to Moses on the mountain to the disciples after Christ’s resurrection, it is clear that God sees the transformative value of His people accepting and meeting a 40-day challenge.
Prayer and Fasting: Christ said demons can be driven out only by prayer and fasting. The two go hand-in-hand. Prayer keeps us rooted in the fact that it is our desire to carry out God’s will. Fasting is not a Christian diet; it is form of physical prayer. You can fast from food, TV, alcohol, … anything that hinders your relationship with God.
Prayer vigil: The most visible component of 40 Days for Life is a prayer vigil outside a place where children are aborted. It is a prayerful witness to the clinic’s patients and employees, and to the entire community, that evil is on our midst and with God’s help, it will be defeated.
Community Outreach: During 40 Days of Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to the community through a focused, grassroots educational effort. A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out. Informational flyers raise awareness about abortion. This outreach can include church involvement, media contact, and campus outreach.
Being involved in the campaign against abortion is vital. The first step that everyone can take is to begin with prayer and fasting. To receive prayer requests during the campaign via email, visit us online at www.40daysforlife.com.
You can also be involved by attending a prayer vigil outside an abortion facility in or near your community. The prayer vigil is a peaceful and educational presence. Those who are called to stand to witness during the vigil send a powerful message to the community about the tragic reality of abortion. It also serves as a call to repentance for those who work at the abortion centre and those who patronize the facility. To find a location where a prayer vigil is occurring go to www.40daysforlife.com.
Finally, you (and your congregation) can be involved in community outreach. During 40 Days for Life, the pro-life message is proactively taken to every corner of your community. A door-to-door petition and education drive reaches out to every household in your town or city. Go to www.40daysforlife.com to learn how you can help in community outreach.
If you live in the Edmonton area, you can get more information by contacting April Madden at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting: www.40daysforlife.com/edmonton. The next campaign is February 22-April 1, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you live outside of Edmonton and desire more information, visit: www.40daysforlife.com.