Solutions to common hurdles keeping you from being part of 40 Days for Life:

 

Problem: I’ve never done this before. I’m not sure what to expect.

Solution: Give us a call – 260.471.1849. We’re happy to give you the run down. Also check out what 40 Days says about their campaign: https://40daysforlife.com/mission/

 

Problem: I’m not sure where to go. 

Solution: Visit this site: www.ichooselife.org/participant-materials to check out the map which shows where to park and where to stand. If you have any further questions, give us a call at 260.471.1849.

 

Problem: Why are we even outside Planned Parenthood? They don’t do abortions at the Fort Wayne location.

Solution: And we are so glad they don’t! However, they are still Planned Parenthood and PP is the largest abortion provider in the US. In Indiana, PP performed 73% of the abortions that were done in 2016, according to the ISDH. So while our PP doesn’t do them, they refer to the 4 clinics in Indiana that do. PP also isn’t the great health care provider that they claim. According to their own reports, all of their services declined in 2016 except abortion.

 

Problem: I work all week and the only day I have off is Saturday and that’s my errand day. 

Solution: More power to you! Keep working hard and getting things done! Challenge yourself to make an hour gap in your errand running to talk to God and advocate for the unborn. Try plotting out your errands so that they take you past the 40 Days site in your area. Even if you can only stay a half hour, it makes a world of difference.

 

Problem: I don’t know how to pray for an hour! I’m not very good at praying.

Solution: You aren’t alone in this! Unfortunately not all church traditions focus on teaching their members how to pray. Thankfully, God designed us to be good at talking and talking to Him is exactly what praying is. Will your mind wander? For sure! Everyone’s does. Refocus, and keep going. Wondering what to talk to Him about? Spend a few minutes before you come and make a list. Use the prayer intentions that 40 Days publishes and that will be posted here once the campaign begins. Read a Bible passage and pray off of that. Like anything, praying gets easier with practice. 40 Days is the perfect place to practice praying.

 

Problem: I can’t stand for very long or walk very far.

Solution: That’s okay! Have a folding chair at home? Toss it in the trunk of your car and bring it with you! If you’re unable to carry a chair, ask someone from church to carpool with you and help you out. That person could drop you off and pick you up at the grassy area where we’ll be standing. 40 Days is about building community, you can do this in your personal life as well and help people be more active in this very worthy cause.

 

Problem: Bad weather is hard for me to go out in.

Solution: Pray from home! Prayer isn’t limited by your location. Sign up for a time and make a note, or let your coordinator know, that you’ll be praying from your home or your church because you’re physically unable to come to the 40 Days site. We’re still happy to have you joining with us, even if we can’t stand next to you while you’re doing it. Be careful though! The Devil is wily and will try to distract you, telling you that the hour of prayer at home doesn’t need to happen right now, is uninterruptible, or can be cut short. Don’t listen to those lies. If you sign up for an hour, complete the hour in good faith.

 

Problem: I’m too young.

Solution: False. There is no such thing. Many times the younger the witness, the louder it resounds with the people being witnessed to. Read Matthew 18:1-14, and 1 Timothy 4 especially verse 12 for encouragement.

 

Problem: It doesn’t make any difference if I’m out there or not. Why waste my time?

Solution: First, realize that this is a lie from the Father of Lies, Satan. James 5:16 says “16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” No matter how many people are standing out at the 40 Days site, your presence there makes a difference as do your prayers. We can’t see the opportunities God has planned for us in this life. Don’t miss one by believing the guy who is trying to tear you away from God’s love.

 

Problem: I’m worried about confrontation. Are people going to yell at me (and my kids)?

Solution: Probably not. 40 Days is a peaceful prayer vigil which doesn’t insight much negative feed back. This world is full of confrontation but not all confrontation is bad. If someone says something or makes a gesture that is rude, smile back and then continue on praying. Your peaceful presence and kind response might make them rethink their stance on abortion.