Pro-life group 40 Days for Life, which seeks to end abortion through 40 days of prayer, fasting, peaceful vigil and community outreach announced Thursday that it's moving its headquarters into the former Planned Parenthood abortion center in Bryan/College Station, Texas, where 6,400 children died.
The move is particularly significant for the organization because it was outside this same facility where the international 40 Days for Life movement began 10 years ago.
"More than 6,400 children lost their lives in this building, but God is making 'all things new.' What was once a place of death and despair is now going to be a place of life and hope. We are excited to start using this location to aid the rapid worldwide growth of 40 Days for Life, and to help other cities become abortion-free," said the movement's campaign director, Shawn Carney, in a release Thursday. "This news shows what God can accomplish when His people pray."
The release noted that a memorial service will be held for the children aborted inside the building, and the property's black iron perimeter fence is expected to be torn down as part of renovations.
Along with using the facility to help stop abortions in more communities, the 40 Days for Life building will house Hope Pregnancy Center, which is an affiliate of CareNet.
"The partnership between the two organizations demonstrates the close relationship between 40 Days for Life and life-saving pregnancy resource centers," explained Carney.
Since the group's inception in 2004, 40 Days for Life is now in 559 cities across all 50 states. It's also active in 27 nations and pulls on the collective power of more than 625,000 volunteers.