People in more than 1,500 cities in the U.S. and Canada will be
participating in this year's Life Chain event, holding up pro-life
signs along city streets and praying for an end to abortion.
National spokesman Royce Dunn says there is a
special focus on pastors this year.
"We just feel such a sense of urgency," Dunn shares. "We know
that the church can end the killing. We're searching really for a
message that can gain traction, that will better enable the church
to comprehend the awesomeness of its power, if only we would settle
into believing that and applying what God has graced to us."
The event spokesman points out that the Holocaust in Germany
during WWII killed more than six million Jews and others in
concentration camps, yet 55 million pre-born children have died in
abortuaries throughout the U.S. alone within the past 40 years or
"The holocaust in America is in multiples of the German
Holocaust, and we have yet to really discover the humanity of the
unborn child in America," Dunn contends. "We've discovered the
abortion issue, we understand it pretty well, but we've not yet
discovered the humanity of the child in large measure."
In Dunn's judgment, "The future of pro-life, as well as the
future of our nation, rests chiefly with the pulpits of our
nation." He believes the church must come to grips with "the
slaughter of the unborn" and adds that "it is unspeakable how we
live in shame."
On the first Sunday of every October, Life Chain invites
churches in North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk
and pray for 90 minutes while holding a pro-life sign with one of
its eight approved messages, including "Abortion kills children,"
"Jesus forgives and heals," "Adoption: The loving option," and
"Life -- The first inalienable right."