Supporters of a 40-week pro-life march that has been ongoing outside a Charlotte abortion clinic are preparing for the rally’s highlight on Saturday called Love Life Charlotte.
Organizers for the event say that as many as 7,000 people will participate in the 1.3-mile prayer walk that will circle around A Preferred Women’s Health Center of Charlotte.
The prayer walk is the culmination of a 40-week “Journey of Hope” campaign where more than 100 area churches marched in prayer walks around the clinic. Pastors also preached on some Sunday mornings at the clinic and participants fasted in prayer on Wednesdays.
"The great thing about this is it is not a single event. It is week after week of churches coming together in the public square," Love Life Charlotte founder and Charlotte-based businessman Justin Reeder told The Christian Post on Wednesday.
"That is not happening for the most part anywhere across denominational lines. They are not coming to see a headline speaker or a band, they are going to a dark place in our city that for the most part, nobody was going to for years. It's John 17 being played out in our city week after week."
Reeder said in the two years since the organization launched, it has helped some 800 families reconsider their plans for abortion.
"Our frontlines ministry teams were there to counsel them and get them on the mobile unit and show them a free ultrasound and connect them with mentors and getting them connected to our partner churches," Reeder said.
Reeder, the Benham brothers, sons of Pastor Flip Benham, and other local pastors and business leaders will speak at Saturday’s prayer walk.
"We got Episcopalians standing arm-in-arm with Baptists, who are next to charismatics, who are next to Presbyterians," Benham said. "Just hearing these pastors talk about the incredible unity that we have had is very humbling."
Photo courtesy: Veronica Neffinger
Publication date: December 1, 2017
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.