July 2008 Newsletter

Posted By on August 14, 2008

What is 40 Days for Life


Vision and Mission – 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion in America. 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, to seek 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.


Why 40 days? – God has used the period of 40 days throughout history to bring about major transformation…


Noah experienced transformation during 40 days of rain

Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai

David was transformed by Goliath’s 40 day challenge

Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40 days of strength from one meal

Nineveh was transformed when God gave the city 40 days to remain faithful

Jesus was transformed and empowered by 40 days in the desert

The disciples were transformed after spending 40 days with Jesus following His resurrection


Just think of the transformation God could accomplish when individuals and communities across America unite together for 40 days of prayer and fasting, pulling out all the stops to end the violence of abortion. How many mothers and babies will be saved from abortion? For more information email www.40daysforlife.com.





After years of legal haggling, an eighteen hour mandatory informed consent law went into effect in Indiana in the fall of 2003. Within weeks, the nearby abortion clinic answered by asking for a $100 non-refundable deposit from their clients, seeking abortions, payable at the time of the state-mandated counseling session. Faithful sidewalk counselors outside the clinic learned about this new development when a young client approached them one morning and stated that she had to go through with her decision to abort because she couldn’t afford to have a baby and she had already given them (the clinic) the $100.Within a few months the Women’s Care Center opened next door to the clinic and immediately Cathie Humbarger, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Educational Trust Fund, put together a list of individuals and families who had volunteered to provide the $100 refund from their own resources to any client who had a change of heart. By May of 2004 the WCC in cooperation; with the generous people of Allen County gave their first refund and since then we have given 18-20more such refunds. When a client comes into the Women’s Care Center and we learn that they have given the deposit but have decided against the abortion we contact Cathie and within a few days we have $100 cash to give to the often struggling family. We ask for a receipt or some proof of payment of the deposit and we make sure that mom and baby are safe before returning the money. This has become a very important facet in counseling as well. Clients facing this terrible decision are compelled to think about the seriousness of the issue when they understand that a total stranger would be willing to help them and their child in this way.


THE 5MINUTE PROLIFE Making the Case for Life…Like it’s Never Been Heard Before


Issue #1 – How to Defend Your Pro-Life Views in 5 Minutes or Less by Scott Klusendorf.


Suppose that you have just five minutes to graciously defend your pro-life beliefs with friends or classmates. Can you do it with rational arguments? What should you say? And how can you simplify the abortion issue for those who think it’s hopelessly complex? The answers to these questions can be found at the “Life Training Institute” website LTI@lifetraininginstitute.org or you can call 260/432-9189.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

August 25thMeet with Emmanuel Church Council


September 24thForty Days for Life campaign begins, more info in the August newsletter.


October 5th at 2:00 p.m.Memorial for those aborted in our area at the Catholic Cemetery on Lake Avenue.


October 12th, 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Pancake and Sausage Breakfast


October 13thAllen County right to Life Banquet with speaker U.S. Representative Mike Pence, report from U.S. Representative Mark Souder, and hosted by Indiana State Senator David Long. Call 432-9189 for more information and registration.

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