How does it work?

Simply figure out the Qi Yuan Day—approximately 280 days prior to the birthdate or due date—and celebrate this day as when the life of the child actually began, or visit qiyuanday.com for an easy calculation. Put on your calendar the dates for those you would encourage, and as their Qi Yuan Day approaches, send them a note (find samples at qiyuanday.com) reminding them of or celebrating the day their life began. The Qi Yuan Day website will show you many ways to be further involved or to involve others in encouraging our children, society, and nations to choose life. The goal is to reduce abortions by helping people acquire a clearer and more certain understanding that human life does not begin on the day of birth but on the day of conception. Observance of Qi Yuan Day will educate girls and boys who will become moms and dads that the mothers are nurturing a separate life. And this will help turn the hearts of the mothers to their children.

Consider the final verse of the Hebrew scriptures prophesying the work of the coming Messiah, Wonderful Counselor: “He will turn the hearts of the fathers [and mothers] to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers [and mothers]; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse” (Mal. 4:5). Malachi reminds us that fathers particularly, not just mothers, have a duty to the child they have procreated. And their duty is ultimately to God. Young men surprised by fatherhood have been known to panic and to pressure the woman to abort their child. For a man, who does not carry the child, the decision to abort may be easier. Many abortions could be avoided if the father agrees to support the pregnancy. Qi Yuan Day will help men, even from boyhood, realize their children are living persons at conception. These fathers, as taught by Qi Yuan Day and the Holy Spirit of Jesus, will be more likely to become men—supporting their co-procreator of life in protecting and nourishing the life of their child by avoiding abortion and encouraging other options such as adoption, as God “turn[s] the hearts of the fathers to their children.”

Of course, God may impress you, dear reader, to do more than simply acknowledge Qi Yuan Day. Consider sending a Qi Yuan Day card to your pastor. Pastors, send them to the children in your congregation, those who attend your church camp or vacation Bible School. Parents and principals, this can be good and godly component of sex education for your children and students in public and private schools, as well as a yearly reminder to them that you care about them especially.

We know our Wonderful Counsel loves us throughout our whole lives, and even before our conception: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jer. 1:5).