40 Days for Life – Lives are Depending on It

Andrew Koch at a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Antonio

Andrew Koch at a Planned Parenthood clinic in San Antonio

It was about 2 weeks ago, I was at a discipleship breakfast when a older young man challenged all of us and specifically me. He asked us the question if any of the men there had been to a abortion clinic to pray ever. Some had been but the end result was that most of us had never ever been once. It was at that point he brought up 40 days for Life and what would be happening a in a few weeks. I felt a need to go as a person attempting to address culture it was my duty to show up at least once.  It was on Wednesday night February the 13th that I went to the Planned Parenthood clinic in San Antonio and for the first time I was emerged into a battle.  A spiritual battle and physical battle over the lives of unborn babies. I was sobered by the dull atmosphere from the blue sign and white illuminated text of death that shown as dusk came. When I first arrived I saw a handful of faithful Catholics and people from the church I attend. That night was pretty big for them because our church moved the prayer meeting to the clinic that particular night and approximately 30 people were there. It was warfare but only a skirmish.

I felt convicted by what I saw, I had recently attended the San Antonio Independent Film Festival and watched many documentaries about abortion and the war on babies. The theme that was in these social commentaries was that it has been only  the Catholic church that has been active in fighting for life. I dearly appreciate these faithful Catholics and how they are willing to sacrifice so much for babies. I went again today on Saturday with a few others I got to come and found about 6 Catholics that had been there most of the day praying with their Rosaries. The entire time only two people showed up that were not Catholic. I say this not to put down the the Catholics, but to send a wake up call to all Evangelical Christians that they are sleeping and allowing genocide to happen on their watch. They say in San Antonio 23% of pregnancies end in abortion.  That is 1% higher then the national average. There are several Mega-churches in the area  and if we had a fraction of those members out on a regular basis the presence and outcome would dramatically change. one of my favorite quotes is commonly attributed to Edmond Burke who said “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ” We as Christians need get out and stand for what we believe. We will be held responsible for what we did and didn’t do. We need the church to wake up.

What am I asking you to do?  If you would just being willing to sacrifice one hour of your time during the 40 Days to just pray and stand for life outside one of these places of death. The Catholics are getting old and we need young people and people to fight for truth in society. I plan to be out at my local clinic as much as I can. I ask you to join me. 40 days for Life has been going on since 2008. They have closed the doors of clinics and where once stood a place of murder now stands a Korean Bible Church. Great things can happen if we only take the step of faith and just be there. Lives are depending on it. You can find more information about 40 Days for Life here. You can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get updates on abortion and issues in general here.

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4 thoughts on “40 Days for Life – Lives are Depending on It

  1. Wonderful words ~ thank you! I’m not sure I agree with the part about ‘Catholics getting old’ 🙂 There are many young Catholics actively engaged in the pro-life movement, but we need more young people of all faiths on the sidewalks of these death mills. It is the younger generation (born since Roe v. Wade) who have suffered the loss of their brothers & sisters by the millions, and who are now aggressively being courted by PP to keep their abortion numbers and the accompanying profits up. I believe it is your generation whose peaceful prayerful presence on the sidewalk can have the greatest direct impact on those abortion-minded women (and men) who seek the ‘services’ of abortion providers. God bless you!

  2. Thank you so much for writing this! I attend what you would probably consider to be one of the “mega churches in the area. I have been active in the prolife movement since I saw Ray Comfort’s 180 movie in the fall of 2011. Since then I have tried to get my church involved and it has been so discouraging to come up against the opposition from my church that I have. It’s so awesome to see more young, like minded evangelicals get involved here in San Antonio! You’re an answer to prayer and I hope I get to meet you out there some time!

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