“We have a sad situation on our hands,” said Carol Siedenburg, the campaign coordinator for the Reno/Tahoe chapter of 40 Days for Life. “Many women think they have one choice for an unexpected pregnancy: abortion. We’re here to show them that they have other choices. There are other safe means for both them and the child, so they could connect with humanity with their child and don’t regret getting rid of a child that they don’t know.”
The cost for the feast is $15 per person and it includes a selection of soups. For those fasting, a clear broth will be served. The feast is open to the public and is an all-ages event. Several guest speakers from the Truckee Meadows community will speak and will be available to answer questions on site.
“The organization has been running since 2007. Since then, there have been feasts in 14 different countries and in every state of the nation,” said Siedenburg.
Twice a year, 40 Days for Life holds an event, bringing anti-abortion awareness to the community. The feast kicks off the 40-day fast and is held during Lent, from Ash Wednesday until Palm Friday.
“The feast is non-denominational,” said Siedenburg. “We want to bring different Christians and churches together. We’re not limiting everything to one group of Christians. We have the attitude that when we all unite and work together, then we can bring forth change and make a positive difference. We all believe that all things are possible through Christ. Because of this, we focus our mission on prayer and bringing ourselves together in front the body of Christ.”
40 Days for Life is also using this event to raise money for its group and other pro-life organizations around northern Nevada.
“We’d like to bring on a person full-time so we can have a more formal presence in the community,” said Siedenburg. “The Reno Crisis Pregnancy Center and the Carson City Community Crisis Center, as well as several other groups, will be on site to help. They will be able to provide local resources to pregnant young women who are abortion vulnerable but also for those who seek to become parents, either naturally, through adoption, or through fostering children in need. I believe firmly that we all need to come together. We’re not going to end abortion by ourselves. Plus, the different organizations will be able to fundraise for themselves as well.”
Guests will eat, pray and be able to mingle with other members of the pro-life community.
“We’re about prayer, fasting, holding a peaceful vigil and community outreach,” said Siedenburg. “This is not a protest. We have no desire to instill anyone with terror. We’re not terrorists. We’re prayerful and peaceful, as well as lawful. We work with the police and don’t break any laws. We use the power of prayer and fasting.”
Siedenburg recounts her own experience with abortion, realizing her own were mistakes.
“Women are made to believe that having an abortion will solve all your pregnancy problems,” said Siedenburg. “You think that you can go on with life like always but you were pregnant and will always be a mother. Abortions are not the better situation. Other women need to know the truth before they buy into the lie.”
For more information about the Fasters Feast banquet, call (775) 410-7729.