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I was blessed to be able to attend the international 40 Days for Life Leadership Symposium in Phoenix last month with two wonderful team members, Beth Svirbel and Judy Stump.
We were so inspired to be with hundreds of other team members from campaigns all around the nation and from other countries as well! Here is a group photo of all of us:
We met up with Krunoslav, a friend I met last summer from the Croatia 40 Days for Life team. He had traveled all the way from Croatia by himself for the conference! It was such a joy to see him again!
We were inspired to hear motivating talks from other local and national leaders, including: Elissa Graves of Alliance Defending Freedom ; Alison Centofante of Live Action Ministries ; Sue Thayer, Former Planned Parenthood Director – turned 40 Days for Life local leader ; Rev. Brian Walker and Brian Gibson of Pro Life Action Ministries, along with many others!
We were able to talk with other team members from cities all around our nation and our world, and were blessed to realize that we aren’t fighting this battle alone! There are many dedicated people all around the world fighting this battle for life, and putting Christ first. We are united in our love for HIM!
We enjoyed the Christian fellowship of our fellow pro life brothers and sisters, and were informed and inspired by all the speakers…but I have to say that there were two highlights that were particular moving for me:
- As we were gathered together for Friday night’s gala event, a “surprise letter” was put up on the screen. We noticed that the letterhead was from the White House…and the letter began with the words, “Melania and I extend our greeting to those attending the 40 Days for Life bi-annual leadership conference in Phoenix AZ.” At that point, I think my jaw hit the floor. It was a letter from our nation’s PRESIDENT…addressed to US!!! He encouraged us in this battle by writing a letter to us! I kept trying to close my mouth…but it continued to gape. I looked around the table and saw the same expression on everyone else’s face as well. I saw others wiping tears from their eyes, as I was doing the same. “WOW”, is all I can say about that.
- Sue Thayer’s personal testimony of her conversion, from being a Planned Parenthood clinic director, to becoming a 40 Days for Life local leader, and then having her Planned Parenthood clinic close following her first campaign was just amazingly inspiring! She was funny and real and honest…and it gave me hope that if it can happen to her, then it can happen to any of the clinic workers! Nothing is impossible with God!
We came away from this conference inspired and ready to begin our fall campaign (Sept. 26 – Nov. 4). We are ready to pray and fast and witness on the sidewalk for 40 days…but we need your help!!! It is time to begin getting the vigil schedule filled! Please let me know if you can sign up to pray for a certain time block…either once during the 40 days, or once a week during the 40 days! Email me at email@example.com if you can help. Together, we can do this!
P.S. I have to share this photo of my newly born grand-babies, Nora and Jensen! They were considerate enough to be born BEFORE the symposium, so that I was able to attend! They are such sweet little things, and are a reminder of how precious life really is:
National Day of Remembrance is Saturday, Sept. 8th!
Memorial Service for Aborted Children at St. Paul Cathedral
On Saturday, September 8, pro-life Americans throughout the country will gather at the gravesites of aborted babies and other memorial sites dedicated in their honor for the sixth annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.
Solemn vigils will be held at these sites to commemorate the more than 59 million children who have lost their lives to legal abortion since 1973, and to remind our society of the humanity of the unborn child. Please join us for the memorial service at the Cathedral:
When: Saturday, September 8, following the noon mass
Where: In front of the memorial for the unborn at the corner of Craig and Fifth Ave.
More Info: Contact Mark Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Together let us remember the victims of abortion and pray for a final end to this injustice in our land during the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children.