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Life Chain

Oct. 1, 2017 will be the 30th annual Life Chain event. NUFL has actively supported the Life Chain for many of those years and we invite you to join us at this year’s event at 2 p.m. along 72nd and Dodge Streets, from Memorial Park to 90th Street.

A Brief LIFE CHAIN History

The first LIFE CHAIN, born through prayer, was built in 1987 by Please Let Me Live, Inc., a small but aggressive pro-life ministry in Yuba City, CA. Half of the churches of Yuba and Sutter Counties occupied Marysville, with 2,500 Christian soldiers holding “Abortion Kills Children” signs on both sides of the street.

The event was a time of self-evaluation and of thanksgiving for God’s invincible Church. It was also a revealing witness to many thousands of motorists. “I felt God’s presence,” was a typical Life Chainer’s response. “It was good to stand for righteousness,” remarked others.

The LIFE CHAIN elevated the Life ministry to high respectability in Yuba-Sutter by helping to unite churches and to inform the local press, law enforcement, public officials, and the area citizenry about the unconscionable killing of pre-born children. Today, after several local LIFE CHAINS, timely picketing, and the comprehensive distribution of pro-life literature, only an occasional (and questionable) therapeutic abortion is performed in Yuba-Sutter.

In September 1989, 101 churches in Bakersfield, California built the second LIFE CHAIN with 7,500 participants. Soon other California cities followed, including Riverside (95 churches and 6,000 life defenders); Orange County (205 churches and 17,000 defenders); Fresno (140 churches and 10,000 defenders); San Diego (320 churches and 28,000 defenders) and Sacramento (200 churches and 16,500 defenders).

By February 1991, about 170 chains had been built nationwide in over 40 states and in other nations. Hundreds of thousands of Americans participated in chains and millions of motorists observed them.

As a result of Life Chains, many mothers have decided not to abort their child. “I couldn’t get the ‘Abortion Kills Children’ message out of my mind,” has been a common response.

On National Life Chain Sunday, Oct. 6, 1991, there were 373 chains built throughout our nation, with 771,000 Life Chainers in attendance. On National Life Chain Sunday, Oct. 4, 1992, more than 800 U.S. cities and towns held chains, with a combined participation of 975,000. In Canada, 97 Chains had 80,000 participants.
National Life Chain Sundays 1993 and 1994 saw over 900 chains built in America and Canada. Attendance was not counted due to emphasis being placed on prayer and trust in God.

We thank our Savior for His glorious, all-powerful Church and for its response to the Life Chain ministry.