Originally posted in LifeSiteNews.Com
This year Ash Wednesday isn’t just the first day of the Christian penitential season of Lent, it is also the beginning of the largest ever 40 Days for Life campaign.
The massively successful international pro-life effort is set to launch in a record-breaking 258 locations in the United States, Canada, England, Australia and Spain.
The peaceful campaign unites pro-life advocates around the globe in 40 days of prayer and fasting, constant vigil in front of hundreds of abortion clinics, and community outreach.
Campaign Director Shawn Carney said yesterday that he was stunned by the advances that the 40 Days for Life campaign has made in the past seven year.
“When we conducted the first 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, Texas, back in 2004, if you had told me that 40 Days for Life would spread around the globe … I wouldn’t have believed it,” wrote Carney on the 40 Days for Life blog.
“We thought there would be ONE — and only one — 40 Days for Life campaign. EVER.”
“Thankfully, God’s plans were bigger than ours.”
In the past seven years hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates have joined the campaign, thousands of babies have been saved from abortion, and numerous abortion facilities have been shut down.
Carney said that participating in the campaign “will require sacrifice,” but added, “it will be worth it.”
“40 Days for Life is God’s work — but in order to make this happen, He needs YOU!” he said. “We start tomorrow. Will you be there?”
Watch the UK campaign video: