Leaders of the “40 Days for Life” prayer event have claimed that their efforts have saved some 490 babies from abortion. The event is said to have caused mothers from 354 locations around the world to change their mind and keep their children, according to LifeNews. The stories that continue to pour in are both heartbreaking and hopeful.
One woman told participants of a prayer vigil held outside a Cincinnati Planned Parenthood abortion center that she was pregnant and a Christian.
“She’d had an abortion before and said she would never do that again,” a volunteer told LifeNews, “but she didn’t know what else to do. So she scheduled an abortion … and paid the deposit.”
But when the woman spotted people praying, she immediately sensed that God was speaking to her. She decided not to go through with the termination and marched into the Planned Parenthood center to retrieve her deposit. According to LifeNews, volunteers then walked with her to a pregnancy help center, where she welcomed and given “life-affirming options.”
Mary, the leader of the Cincinnati prayer vigil, said that while the woman clearly knew deep down that killing her baby was wrong, that had it not been for the presence of these Christians on the scene, “she might not have known there was any place that could help her … and may have rescheduled the abortion.”
Reports are still coming in … but local 40 Days for Life leaders tell us that as of now, they’re aware of 490 babies in 354 locations around the world whose mothers have rejected abortion and chosen life! In many cases, all it took was the simple act of showing up to pray on…. pic.twitter.com/iCwIdPXDPL
— 40 Days for Life (@40daysforlife) March 26, 2018
Another story of a saved life came out of Boston. As the team prayed, a woman strolled out of a Planned Parenthood clinic and straight over to the volunteers.
“She was beaming, radiant with joy,” recalled one of the vigil participants, “and just had to share her good news that she was keeping her child and not going to have an abortion!”
God Almighty, You alone are worthy of our praise and worship. Having accepted Your Son's sacrifice on my behalf, I in turn present my body to you as a living sacrifice. I pray that you would use me as your vessel to rescue others who are perishing. pic.twitter.com/UgPwGVgpAL
— 40 Days for Life (@40daysforlife) March 22, 2018
The woman reportedly got into a car that had arrived to pick her up, but continued to thank the team for their efforts.
“I am trying to give you a sense of her joy,” the volunteer added. “I do think her decision to keep her child was in some very real way an answer to all of our prayers and prayerful presence.”