Day 40 – Finishing the race with People of God, Life Runners & Ascension Catholic Church

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race” 2 Timothy 4:7

Today, our vigil participants continued fighting the good fight and successfully finished the campaign. Read about how prayer warriors from People of God, Life Runners & Ascension Catholic church contributed to this success.

Early morning shift manager, Lindsay, wrote:

This morning was a VERY cold, raw day on the sidewalk, but the shadowy cold outside of the Planned Parenthood building was quickly filled with warmth by the burning inferno of faith by the People of God, an ecumenical charismatic prayer group of all Christian denominations throughout the Pittsburgh area (  I knew I was in for a treat when the incredibly talented musician Pat brought along his guitar.  The unified prayer group of Protestants and Catholics would sing together a contemporary song of worship (or a classic hymn like Amazing Grace) and/or read the Gospels or a Psalm, and then as moved by the Spirit, expressions of gratitude and worship to the Lord were fervently exalted. Sometimes, instead of formal prayers or Scripture Readings, petitions for respect for life and the end of abortion would pour freely from the hearts and lips of the prayers.  I don’t know if this is the correct terminology, but I described their profound expressions of gratitude and worship later to my husband as “Holy utterances”.  Whatever the correct Christian terminology is, one thing that is for certain, is that the Holy Spirit was dynamically present in His People of God!  People of God had the entire day covered with prayers for Life, and abundantly so. Throughout the four hours, we often had 8 or more at a time praying for Life, singing, worshiping, and not only proclaiming but exclaiming the Good News!

Day 40 People of God shift 1
Day 40 People of God share the Truth

The song-filled charismatic presence of People of God in Pittsburgh really drew positive attention to the 40 Days for Life campaign, and I have to say that I was very warmed, humbled, and grateful for the opportunity to pray for Life alongside the People of God.  If more unified Christians prayed with the purity and fervor of the People of God, I feel certain that our immoral culture of death would convert quickly to embrace the life-sustaining ways of God, and instead of crying out to God to save His Babies, we would instead be crying out to God “Holy utterances” of gratitude, psalm and praise!

Rose managed the second shift and Life Runners provided the prayer witness.  Rose wrote:

“I had a very blessed time during my shift today.  My time with the People of God Church was particularly memorable.  They shared a powerful time of prayer together.  I am also happy to report that Runners for Life, the Church of the Ascension, some of the Thimons family, and others joined me today.  This was the most people I’ve ever had come to the vigil during my shift!  I could see so much enthusiasm and conviction in these fellow Christians.  It was a wonderful time– even though it was cold– and it was such a blessing.”

Ascension Catholic Church in Ingram closed our 40 day vigil by adopting the last shift.  Here are some photos of their valiant group of prayer warriors:

Tom, Emily, Fr. Brian, Judi and Chuch from Ascension Church
Lindy, John and Anna from Ascension
Day 40 Jim, Cathy, and Vigil participant from St Gregory in Zellienopole


Day 40 Vigil participants from Ascension

More pictures and stories will be posted as they become available.

God Bless,

Dr. Timothy Fahrenholz

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