by MARK MITCHELSON
A worldwide campaign aimed at protecting mothers and babies began on Ash Wednesday and continues until Palm Sunday in Auckland and Wellington.
Family Life spokesperson Michelle Kaufman said the fruit of those vigils showed just what can happen when people humble themselves in prayer.
“Worldwide, more than 9699 lives have been saved; 107 abortion workers have quit and 60 abortion facilities have closed their doors,” she said.
Family Life International NZ sponsors the vigils.
Mrs Kaufman added that a pleasing aspect of last year’s vigils was the times people stopped to talk with those praying, wanting to know more and sharing their stories of how abortion has affected them.
40 Days for Life is not a political campaign, nor a protest. The vigil is aimed at converting hearts and minds.
The vigils are held outside Wellington Hospital and across the road from the Auckland Medical Aid Centre (AMAC) from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday and midday to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Dame Colleen Bayer, the National Director of Family Life International NZ, said that she asks that all people of goodwill who wish to see the end of abortion donate at least one hour of their time to publicly pray for that to be achieved.
Each participant must sign a statement of peace, pledging peaceful conduct.
For those who cannot make the vigils, Ms Kaufman asked that they offer their lenten fasts and sufferings for success.
More information: fli.org.nz/40daysforlife or 09 629 4361