Above photo: Rev. Brian Walker, right, leads the Twin Cities Fall 40 Days Closing Vigil on November 5, 2017.
by Rev. Brian Walker
Ten years ago, Pro-Life Action Ministries began organizing 40 Days for Life Twin Cities. It was my first assignment as the new Program Director. Over 10 years, 40 Days for Life Twin Cities has had hundreds of participants representing various denominations. It has been a whirlwind of activity and it’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years. Thank you to all participants who have prayed, fasted, handed out literature and hung thousands of door tags, all to uphold the sanctity of life and end abortion in the Twin Cities. A special thanks to all of the faithful pastors, and ministry and community leaders who have spoken out from the pulpit and led their congregations onto the sidewalk with enthusiasm and humility.
There were numerous highlights over the past 10 years, but two stand out: babies saved as a result of participants peacefully praying and sidewalk counseling on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood (including five this fall!), and the closing of the late-term abortion unit housed in HealthPartners’ Regions Hospital at the end of the 40 Days for Life Twin Cities Fall 2011 campaign.
Fast forward to Fall 2017 as we wrapped up 40 Days for Life Twin Cities. This fall we featured our popular ADOPT-A-DAY program where a church or organization “adopts” a day and schedules two or more participants per hour praying outside Planned Parenthood throughout the day. Twenty of the 40 days were adopted and this year there was an unusually wide age range, from older, seasoned 40 Days veterans to newborns strapped to mom’s back! Praise God, five babies were saved from death at Planned Parenthood during this campaign!
New churches just “showed up” and a group of young mothers did the same as a result of group prayer the previous day. It’s a good sign that groups are taking the initiative and coming out to pray. Well, maybe one more highlight — for the first time my church participated and another member of our men’s group and I shared a 12-hour shift praying in front of Planned Parenthood.