David Bereit, director of 40 Days for Life, will be coming to Australia for a ‘Life Breakthru Tour’ from 21 August – 3 September 2012. Prayer is powerful. Prayer changes things. Jesus said in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you.” Just like St Stephen’s prayers opened the door for the Apostle Paul to be converted, so David Bereit’s prayers were a catalyst in the conversion of Abby Johnson.
David Bereit and his team from 40 Days for Life prayed for Abby Johnson who went from abortion clinic director for Planned Parenthood in Texas to one of the leading prolife voices in the USA. Abby’s story is probably one of the most amazing prolife conversion stories of the 21st century.
Shawn Carney, cofounder of 40 Days for Life, shared the story of the miracle of prayer surrounding Abby Johnson’s conversion in her book called ‘unPLANNED’. www.unplannedthebook.com Shawn said, “At that moment, Abby... I knew that you had been God’s plan all along… I thought of David Bereit praying his heart out for this place and convincing me to give up law school to take over for him. David didn’t have two nickels to rub together but he prayed. And he showed up. I thought of the day we came up with the forty-day vigil idea and how we prayed so hard that God would change lives through it… Abby, all those prayers went up, and God answered those prayers through your story.”
Abby Johnson, whose story has now been made into a documentary, also expresses her appreciation to David Bereit and his family in her book. “I guess I could thank David for this whole 40 Days for Life movement, but even that would not be enough. David, your mentorship and friendship mean more than I can express. You took me into your “family” when I felt so lost and deserted and helped me feel like I belonged again. Your encouragement and support have been some of the greatest gifts I have received. Your whole family is such a blessing to me and my family.”
David Bereit is the cofounder of 40 Days for Life, a groundbreaking prolife initiative that has mobilised more than half a million people in 440 cities across all 50 American states and fourteen countries over the last five years. 40 Days for Life is a focused prolife campaign working to end abortion through prayer and fasting, peaceful vigils outside abortion facilities, and grassroots outreach and education in local communities. Through 40 Days for Life’s efforts, 5,928 children have been saved from abortion, 69 abortion workers have had conversions and left the abortion industry, and 23 abortion centres have gone out of business. As a result David has featured extensively on American TV, print and radio. David is married to Margaret, and they reside in Virginia USA with their two children, Claire and Patrick.
David is coming to Australia with his family to share the story of ‘40 Days for Life’ and promote a ‘Life Breakthru’ in 2013 through the National Day of Prayer and Fasting on 10 February 2013 and the 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting from 13 February – 24 March 2013. www.nationaldayofprayer.com.au David will also share how prayer and fasting can change mindsets. The majority of Americans now are prolife. This is a miracle of answered prayer. God can do the same in Australia!
For more information or to arrange a media interview please phone:
Sonja Couroupis – Life Network: 0428 313 931
Kirsten Jack – Embrace: 0421 047 864
Warwick Marsh – National Day of Prayer and Fasting: 0418 225 212