Thank you so much for your stance on life. It is truly an honor to work alongside folks like you in this much needed and very rewarding cause. This cause is what motivated my blog today. The cause of life and abortion is the defining issue of our generation. In the past few months we have seen a number of videos detailing the devastating truth of abortion. This devastating truth only confirms our need to stand. We will stand with grace, love, and conviction. We will open our doors for those that are being attacked and preyed upon. We will offer a sanctuary for those in crisis, those that are post-abortive, and those that wish to walk away from abortion clinics around the world.

This is why I believe we need to join together in prayer. Prayer for our country, for patients, for medical clinic staffs, for our leaders, for our kids, for abortion clinics, and ultimately for a transformation of hearts of people everywhere. We must lock arms and call out to the One that we know can make an impact. We must call out to the Author of life. The One that is engaged and involved in our work and cause every single day. We must call out to our God as we seek guidance.

It is this truth that motivated the staff at HOPE to act. We act everyday as we serve the community God has placed us in, but we also want to act with much needed and very intentional prayer. This is why we have labeled the week of October 11th “Life Matters”. We seek to join with partners, medical clinics, churches, pro-lifers, and anyone else that would like to join us in prayer this week. Why this week? We chose this particular week because Planned Parenthood was founded on October 16, 1916. We didn’t want to pick an arbitrary date, instead, we wanted our focused prayer time to be specific and what better time than when the largest abortion clinic in our country celebrates its birthday?

As we were preparing for “Life Matters” we were prayerfully seeking out Scripture for encouragement and guidance on this endeavor. We were led clearly to Joshua and the fall of the walls of Jericho. The verses found in chapter six are absolutely amazing. Watching what God did through the work of His people in just seven days is truly awe-inspiring. This is why we have made “Life Matters” a seven day pray initiative. We know that God does great work when His people are consistent, intentional, obedient, and faithful in their prayers.

Our goal is not to take the city, state, or country back. Our goal is to pray fervently for seven days and watch as God moves. Our goal is for the world to see that life matters and we must stand. Our goal is for our whispers to become shouts as we boldly proclaim the truth. Our goal is to see unity among medical clinics, partners, and churches as we seek to celebrate life and our God.

I am excited to see what God has planned for this very important week of prayer. I am excited to see partners all across the world uniting in one voice for those that do not have a voice. Please join us in this work. Join us the week of October 11th as we come together in prayer. Join us as we pray specifically and intentionally for life. I would also invite you to make a donation of $20 to HOPE to receive our new Life Matters t-shirt. This donation and your support will assist us in getting the word out as we boldly proclaim that Life Matters.

Life is being devalued more and more every single day. This is disheartening, but there is still much we can do to change this current trajectory. There is much to do, and it all must start with us on our knees crying out to the Father. I pray you would join us and I look forward to partnering with you and standing for life…every life!

posted by Andrew Wood, Executive Director of Hope Resource Center