Students on more than 3,800 campuses in 29 countries participated in the annual pro-life event Oct. 19, said Bryan Kemper, president of Stand True Ministries, the sponsoring organization.
The event, held for the seventh consecutive year, gives young people the opportunity to identify with the victims of abortion by fulfilling a vow of silence for a day. Students wear red duct tape on their mouths and/or red armbands. They have informational handouts available to give those who ask about the observance.
A student wrote Kemper with the following report on the day of silence (the message is printed here as received):
"Today was a true blessing; I signed up my school yesterday and today me and my brother both had the duct tape on our mouths. Well this girl came up to me and said I was wasting my time that one would listen to me and all I did was nod and give her the paper, then she threw it at me when I walked away I saw her pick it up and put it in her pocket later that day I saw her but her eyes were puffy then she hugged me and said I was making a huge difference to a lot of girls and that she was scheduled for an abortion later this week and that she will cancel it. I feel happy to know that not even saying something made such a difference."
Compiled by Baptist Press Washington bureau chief Tom Strode.
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