From the beginning, we have endeavored to lead our Bakersfield 40 day prayer vigils in a way which focused on the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only solution to abortion. From our LifeVigil prayer booklets, our yard signs, our vigil radio broadcasts, our Bible reading schedule, to the Bibles we handed out on the sidewalks, we hoped to always maintain the focus on our Lord and Savior, and the Word of God.
As we welcomed all Bible-believing Christians who would agree to abide by our simple statement of peace, we were blessed with many opportunities to labor alongside those who worship and pray in ways which differ from our own traditions. Even if we sometimes struggled with our friends’ prayers, we considered this diversity to be a reflection of the beauty of the Body of Christ, while we prayed for God to guide us all into closer alignment with His will.
Regrettably, we have only received a fraction of the commitments necessary to plan another continuous 40 day vigil, and having found it necessary to vacate the former LifeHouse building at 25th and H, plans for this year’s vigil became even more challenging than usual. Nevertheless, our local Catholic friends (primarily from Our Lady of Guadalupe) are moving forward with plans to schedule prayers outside the FPA abortion chamber at 25th & H during most of the hours from February 26 through April 5. To join in this effort, contact Lupita Morelos at 661-703-6936.
FPA is no longer the only abortion chamber in Bakersfield, as Planned Parenthood (2633 16th St.) is reportedly now committing surgical abortions in addition to chemical abortions. So we encourage any Christians who find it difficult to join in the Catholic prayer schedule to make serious efforts to pray and intercede at one of these local abortion chambers at any time of the day or night.
We remain hopeful that God will motivate more people to commit to help with a future vigil (at FPA and/or Planned Parenthood), so that we will have future opportunities to unite all Christians in more continuous 40 day prayer vigils outside our local abortion chambers, as we continue to believe that one day God will remove the scourge of abortion from Bakersfield (and our state and nation) forever.
Can you stand and pray with us for 90 minutes today (Sunday, October 20)? Join Christians from various denominations from 2 to 3:30 pm along Highway 178 in downtown Bakersfield.
Some are concerned about construction and road closures in the area, but we will not allow these problems to stop the Life Chain! While 23rd Street may be jammed because of the construction, only one block might be closed (between E and F Streets). Nevertheless, the resulting traffic jam will likely give many motorists an opportunity to reflect upon our signs, or even to join us in prayer as they pass by, asking God to lead us to end all abortions in our community and nation and to protect every mother and child.
If a meeting location was announced during your worship services, please go to the specific location designated for your congregation. Otherwise, come to the corner of 24th and H Streets. Resources will be available at this location, including pro-life T-shirts, literature, and books. Free bumper stickers will also be available (one per family, while supplies last). Continue reading →
Will you commit to pray with us to end abortion in 2019? The best opportunity for a 40 day round-the-clock vigil will be March 6-April 14. Invest just 5-10 minutes today to answer our brief survey at https://aytm.com/rfVncVQ (if you have not already done so).
The late-night/early-morning hours (midnight to 6 am) are especially important, because our goal is a non-stop vigil!
“Life Chain is a solemn assembly and a prayerful one,” emphasized Life Chain founder Royce Dunn. “It is a time to seek God’s forgiveness and to allow Him to minister to our hearts and minds as we stand on our local sidewalk to minister against the gravest evil to afflict our nation.” Ministries such as the national 40 Days for Life movement started as local Life Chains, so this is not intended to be just one brief event, but to be an important opportunity with long term potential to mobilize Christians to end abortion.
The Life Chain is also designed as a model of Christian unity, amidst the diverse cultures embodied by various participating congregations.
This also serves as an opportunity to motivate more people to participate in ongoing prayer and ministry throughout the year, such as future 40 day LifeVigils, so please encourage new people to join you at the Life Chain, sharing this page on social media and offering rides to others who worship with you.
If a specific location has been announced at your worship service, please be sure to start at that location (otherwise, start at the corner of 24th and H). But please don’t stay there — avoid standing in groups, because this tends to result in conversations which distract from the Life Chain’s purpose. To facilitate more of a prayer focus and to maximize the public impact of this gathering, we ask Life Chain participants to space themselves at least 30 feet apart whenever possible (of course, parents should remain near their young children at all times).
To maintain a spirit of unity across over two miles of sidewalks, worship music will be available to all (contact us for details using the form below). Please consider bringing a portable radio or a boom box, or parking your vehicle in an area where others can hear the radio. For details on how to listen to our Life Chain program on your radio or phone, look at the LifeVigil page on Facebook on Sunday afternoon.
We still need many Life Chain volunteers who will help us maximize the effectiveness of this important prayer effort. Please complete the form below to tell us how you can help, or contact Tim at 661-412-2291.
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For the first time in over a decade, we have withdrawn our goals for an unbroken prayer vigil outside Bakersfield’s only abortion business during the 40 days of Lent. Nevertheless, we do look forward to seeing many people praying outside the FPA abortion chamber during Lent, primarily during daylight hours.
We always encourage people to pray outside this place of death, anytime they can, day or night. Prayer is essential, but many experiences have taught us the advantages of a true vigil. A true vigil is more than one person praying: it is a cooperative effort to form a continuous unbroken chain of prayer, especially during the hours of darkness. We had worked harder on planning this LifeVigil than any of our past vigils, but without full cooperation from some key individuals, we decided that it would be better to postpone having a complete unbroken vigil until later in the year. That was a very frustrating decision, because at this time when the FPA abortion business is having trouble finding an abortionist to come to Bakersfield, we had hoped to redouble our efforts, not to retreat.
But we don’t see this as a defeat; on the contrary, it is an opportunity to refocus our efforts. Upon some reflection, we realized that God could have ordained these circumstances for a good purpose. If we scheduled the next unbroken 40 day LifeVigil to begin on May 2, our prayers could be most focused during the strategic time leading up to the primary election in June (where abortion is of course likely to be a major concern for voters, and where key decisions will be made impacting the future of mothers and children both locally and throughout the nation).
So, even as people pray on these sidewalks during Lent, we will continue to ask everyone to commit to praying with us during the next continuous 40 day LifeVigil, whenever that vigil may occur. A non-stop 40 day vigil requires significant commitment, so we will continue our efforts to “count the cost,” seeking to determine how many people will plan to cover a portion of the next vigil. If we cannot receive enough commitments soon, we may regretfully find it necessary to delay the start of the next vigil to the summer, or even later.