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Saturday, February 12, 2011

40 Days for Life- March 9 to April 22, 2011

Below is the announcement for the 40 Days of Life in Midland Texas. I'll be part of this again & would encourage you to come join us. Mike Philliber
What is it?
As some of you know, “40 Days for Life” is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to entreat God’s power through prayer, fasting and peaceful vigils outside abortion clinics all across America for (roughly) the 40 days prior to Easter. The mission of the campaign 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 the purpose of repentance and seeking 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. This is a national effort and we here in Midland have registered with the national group and therefore have our own web address:

How did it start?
The origin of “40 Days” began in 2007 in College Station at Texas A&M, and it was during a “40 Days” campaign in the fall of 2009 that Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson left her job at the Bryan PP facility and went to the Coalition for Life office (the originators of “40 Days”) for help (I strongly recommend her book “Unplanned” for all those active or contemplating becoming active in the prolife effort). The website details many victories won during “40 Days” campaigns.

When is it in Midland?
We in Midland have participated in several “40 Days” campaigns in the past and The Life Center has reported that the number of women they see during “40 Days” increases, due to the prayers and efforts of those outside PP who engage potential PP clients in discussion and hand them factual literature on various topics. While the national campaign is 24-7 coverage outside abortion facilities for 40 consecutive days beginning March 9, we locally will maintain a presence from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday (PP’s business hours) from March 9 (Ash Wednesday) to Good Friday (April 22).

What do I do?
We ask that individuals make a one-hour commitment between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM one weekday each week during this period to pray outside Planned Parenthood’s abortion facility at the corner of Ft. Worth and Texas streets in Midland. For example, if you commit to 9 AM to 10 AM on Monday, you would go to the Ft. Worth/Texas intersection area on March 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11 and 18 for that one-hour period. Many simply pray outside the facility, some hold signs visible by passers-by and some engage potential clients in conversation and hand out literature about alternatives. You may sign up for a one-hour time slot via the website or by emailing or calling me.

How do I find out more?
We will hold 30-minute informational sessions (from 6:30 PM to 7 PM) on Monday March 7 at St. Stephens (4601 Neely in Midland) and on Tuesday March 8 at San Miguel (formerly Our Lady of San Juan, 1008 W. New Jersey), or you may call or email me.

Why should I do this?
Last year, PP took the lives of 1,300 unborn children at their Midland facility, grossing about $750,000 in the process. Although PP is a tax-exempt organization, they are very focused on the bottom line; as Abby Johnson’s former boss told her, “Non-profit is a tax status, not a business status”. PPs close when they are no longer profitable, so by reducing the number of clients patronizing PP, their revenue decreases; redirecting their clientele to the Life Center in Midland during “40 Days” is a big step in eradicating PP from our community. If you don’t want PP in the Permian Basin, now is your chance to do something about it.

Michael Banschbach
Coordinator, ProLife Midland
432-686-7097 (fax)

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