Monday, October 22, 2007

Day 27: Audio report, more successes!

Over the last two days, our family has participated in
the Greenville, South Carolina 40 Days for Life and the
Charlotte, North Carolina campaign. We have met many
wonderful people engaged in heroic efforts.

As promised, I recorded interviews with campaign
leaders and volunteers (including a segment where my
9-year-old daughter Claire interviewed one volunteer at
the vigil in Charlotte.)

The inspiring 16-minute audio is posted online at:

God is continuing to make a lifesaving impact through
the faithfulness of 40 Days for Life volunteers all
across the country...


This morning, in the rain at 9:20 AM, a young girl left
with her parents before the abortionist came in. She
was weeping in the back seat as they drove out. She
couldn't have had any procedure since the abortionist
wasn't there yet. Praise to Jesus Christ that fervent
prayer is having an effect!

Then two more saves! Around 10:30 AM, two cars pulled
in within minutes of each other. Within 5 minutes, they
both came out with the mothers in the car and one
father smiled and waved!!!

At about 2pm, a 19 year old who is 14 weeks pregnant
was on her way into the clinic. She stopped to talk and
left after receiving some helpful pamphlets. Baby #4
saved today.


After 480 hours of uninterrupted prayer and Christian
witness, the people of 40 Days for Life in Olympia were
blessed with the most wonderful experience pro-lifers
can have, three saved pre-born lives!

On three occasions young women who came to Planned
Parenthood answered our outreach and were ministered to
by our sidewalk counselors. Our counselors spoke with
them and told them the truth about God's love and that
their unborn child was an expression of that love.

They were able to tell them about the assistance
available to them from many sources, including our
state's programs: medical coupons, low income housing,
food stamps, WIC, etc. and also that of some local
private organizations such as Pregnancy Aid and Shelter
Home for Pregnant Teens.

In the end, our prayers were answered and the
dark-side's icey fingers and tools lost out. PRAISE


Yesterday I spent several hours praying with others in
front of the abortion clinic for everyone who went in
for any reason. During the one hour this morning and
hour and a half this evening, I prayed with nine women,
three men, and ten children. We blocked no one, didn't
get in anyone's face, approached no one in the parking
lot, had no gruesome posters about the realities of
abortion to use as scare tactics, and we didn't shout
at anyone about anything.

The highlight of my day today was having a young woman
roll down her car window as they drove away from the
abortion clinic and saying with a smile on her face:
"Thanks for the brochure. We decided not to go through
with it."

I flashed her a huge smile and said, "Congratulations!"
I was so blessed to have this happen. I'm not sure who
gave her a brochure or when, since there weren't any
left there when I arrived.

Someone else had planted a seed, and I had been blessed
to hear that it had born fruit in the form of a child
who will live. It's true, we don't know what our words
and actions have and will bring about.

I think the most important outcome from all of this
will be more women knowing that God and those of us
there praying love them and their unborn children. We
aren't there to judge them or the workers in the
abortion clinic.

We're there to offer help and support so women feel
confident they'll have the physical, emotional,
spiritual, and financial resources necessary to keep an
unexpected child.

Another thing we hope is that those who do have an
abortion will experience healing in mind, body, and
spirit. We pray that this healing will be complete so
they will not end up among the majority of women who
have abortions and suffer from depression, become
suicidal, and be much more likely to have breast

Mother Teresa was right. If we judge people, we have no
time to love them.


One quick reminder -- tomorrow, October 23, students at
more than 4,200 schools will give up their voices for a
day in solidarity for children lost to abortion. Red
arm bands and duct tape will identify them as taking
part in the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity. Are you
willing to give up your voice for a day for those who
will never have a voice? Learn more at:

Here's today's devotional...

Daily Devotional by: Carmen Pate


Pray that we display an attitude of humility as we
stand in peaceful vigil, as we fast, as we knock on
doors in our communities. Though we proudly proclaim
Christ's truth, may our boasting be only in His grace.


"These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an
abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands
that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked
plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false
witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among
brethren." -- Proverbs 6:16-19


The Lord who made us knows us well. I can't help but
think that perhaps as He inspired these words, He knew
that our tendency might be to make the judgment call on
which sins should be labeled as detestable. He wants us
to be absolutely clear, however, that the sinfulness of
man encompasses much more than the external sins that
we easily identify.

Lest we assign a particular sin as that of an
abortionist, or a worker in an abortion facility, or an
abortion activist, the Holy Spirit insured that our sin
of pride would be listed first.

In this passage that speaks of eyes, tongue, hands,
heart, and feet we realize than every part of our being
is subject to the curse of sin.

We all need Jesus Christ who saved us from the penalty
of sin, saves us from the practice of sin as we abide
in Him, and will one day remove us from the presence of
sin. Praise His Holy name!

Proper self-esteem in a follower of Christ is a matter
of recognizing and confronting yourself in your
humanity, including the tendency to sin. It is also a
matter of embracing Jesus' work on the cross -- His
grace that covers a multitude of sins.

The Apostle Paul sums it up best in 2 Corinthians
10:17-18: "But he who glories let him glory in the
Lord. For not he who commends himself is approved, but
whom the Lord commends."


Dear Father, Guard my heart. Prick my conscience and
may I be receptive to your rebuke at any moment I drift
towards pride.

May I remember in fear and trembling that You cause the
proud to fall, but the humble You raise up. Lord, may I
never forget my true identity is in Christ and that
apart from Him I am nothing.

Only by His grace, I pray, AMEN.


Yours For Life,

David Bereit
National Campaign Director
3515-B Longmire #316
College Station, TX

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