Tuesday, September 05, 2006

3 + 21

Today is the first day of the 21-Days. We began last night at midnight, and we'll end at midnight on the 25th. We've called the entire state of South Dakota to 21 days of prayer and fasting for the ending of abortion. Our tent will be set up today at 6300 W 41st Street in Sioux Falls. Stay tuned for pictures. I'll try to get some kind of gallery up on the web so everyone can see what's happening. We finished the three days of Life Light on Sunday evening and took yesterday off for R&R. It rained for much of beginning of the festival, and the entire place was a mud bog. Our signage didn't get delivered on time so we were a little hard to find. But many people joined us in our tent for intercession which ran nonstop all day for the three days. What a surprise for wandering folks to drift in our tent and find Jason Upton on our little stage. Will Ford also joined us for entire time. Thank you Will. Ron Luce popped into our tent unexpectedly on Saturday night too. We got to pray for him and all he is doing to mobilize America.

We sieged on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Friday was limited to the few in our group plus a few local residents. It rained the entire day. Saturday was interesting though. The festival locked down until 2PM because of the mud, so we rallied as many as possible to the wall. It was amazing. Approximately 337 people stood in silent prayer with LIFE tape on their mouths. There was a hush in the air as cars slowed on the 5 lanes in front of us as they passed by. It was visually stunning, and I believe the Bound4LIFE message has gripped the hearts of Sioux Falls. Our team was pretty tired yesterday, and I assumed not many locals would join us for yet another siege. But oh how I was wrong. Nearly 140 people fasted lunch on Labor Day and stood in silent prayer again. Early in the stand a man drove by and yelled out his window, "Go home!" I could hear in his voice that he had seen us there before. Maybe he had seen us already on Saturday, or perhaps he saw us the day before that or the other three Saturdays. The point is nobody's going home. We'll be there again today, tomorrow and the next day. I invite everyone in and around Sioux Falls to join us from 11-1 in front of Planned Parenthood at 6511 W 41st Street. We'll siege everyday until we leave for Pierre.


Julia Schlenker said...

Can't make it out there, but we are standing with you in spirit. Thank you for allowing us to share in this time of fasting and praying with you. Keep us updated.

lydia said...

hey matt,
just wanted to drop you a note and let you guys know i miss you all... beth and i are fasting and praying here with you, and keeping your family in our prayers. let the kids know i miss them too, :)

Jackson Bohlender said...

You guys are awesome.

I want to be with you guys right now!