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Wednesday, Sept. 22, marks the beginning of 40 Days for Life. 40 Days for Life began in 2004 in College Station, Texas, and has spread throughout the world.
Jefferson County Right to Life is marking this 40 day period by placing memorial crosses on the lawn of Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1601 S. Main Street in Fairfield, “in memory of the lives lost through abortion,” the organization stated in a news release.
“40 Days for Life is a 40 day period of prayer, fasting, and peaceful community outreach to end abortion,” the organization said. “Since its inception, the lives of 19,198 babies have been saved from abortion, 112 abortion facilities have closed, and 221 abortion workers have had a conversion and quit their jobs. Prayer is powerful.”
The crosses will be placed at 5:30 p.m. Help is needed to erect the crosses. Volunteers are asked to wear gloves and bring a rubber mallet or a hammer. A short program will follow in the church and homemade ice cream will be provided in appreciation for those who attend.
40 Days for Life runs from Sept. 22 through Oct. 31. Over 550 cities will have prayer vigils, the closest one to Fairfield will be in front of the Emma Goldman Abortion Facility in Iowa City.
“Everyone is encouraged to pray peacefully in front of the facility and offer hope and help to anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy,” the organization stated.
For questions, call Karen Crossland at 641-919-9037.