Annual 40 Days for Life Vigil set

Walker is one of five Minnesota cities to host an upcoming international pro-life prayer vigil.

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The Walker Area 40 Days for Life Committee is putting the finishing touches on plans for this year’s non-denominational prayer vigil Sept 25 – Nov. 5 at the 40 Days for Life Prayer House on Minnesota Avenue in Walker. Vigil Leader Hannah Smith of Walker, center, holds a campaign sign. Other committee members are Buck Danielson, Walker (left); Norris Kowalke, Akeley; Steve Cashman, Walker; Cindy Grim, Laporte; Judy Wagar, Whipholt; Smith; Carol and Scott Gustafson, Walker; John Warren, Walker; Carol and Marv Hartneck, Hackensack. Submitted photo

WALKER -- The 2019 Walker area’s 12th annual 40 Days for Life prayer campaign will begin Sept. 25 and conclude Nov. 3.

This international pro-life prayer vigil brings people together from many denominations to pray and fast for an end to abortion.

This year, 40 Days for Life vigils are planned in more than 500 cities worldwide in the desire to save lives of babies who die through abortion -- over a million per year in the U.S. alone, the press release stated. In Minnesota, Walker joins five other cities -- Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester and Mankato -- in conducting a 40 Days for Life vigil.

The Walker area prayer vigil will once again be located on the south side of Minnesota Avenue (615 Highway 371 just west of Subway) in a unique Prayer House open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during each of the 40 days. For the second straight year, Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters is providing an ice-fishing house to serve as the 40 Days Prayer House.

Area churches are being asked to encourage their members to devote one hour of presence and prayer in the Prayer House one or two days a week, or whatever their schedule might allow. Schedule a prayer hour online at, click on the Walker campaign and fill in the information. Or just stop in and sign up for a time slot on the schedule. For additional help, email


An additional feature this year of the Walker 40 Days for Life campaign is a weekly showing of “Unplanned” at the Walker Bay Theater each Thursday evening at 7 p.m. The dates are Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 23, and 31. There is no cost to attend.

According to the press release, campaign leader Hannah Smith stated, “We encourage our teenagers and young adults to see this true-life, motivational film; however, it is rated R and while parents are not required to attend with their teen, we want them to be aware of the rating.”

Smith said, “Our campaign encourages people to stop by the Prayer House – even if only for a few minutes of reflection and prayer – and be a visible encouragement to the public to support an end to the evil of abortion. Our goal is to have our 40 Days for Life Prayer House utilized for prayer every hour, 12 hours a day, for 40 days. And feel free to honk your horn as you drive by!”

For more information about 40 Days for Life, contact Smith or any member of the 40 Days for Life Committee by emailing or “friend” us on Facebook at Walker 40 Days for Life.

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