BREAKING: First Annual “Save Lives on the Sidewalk” National Conference with Abby Johnson!

Dear Friend of Life:

We have an EXCITING, BREAKING ANNOUNCEMENT!

Are YOU…

…someone who wants to HELP SAVE MORE LIVES and END ABORTION through the power of love in your community?

…someone who has been regularly in engaged in sidewalk counseling in front of your local abortion facility for years, but curious how to more quickly and effectively offer help to mothers in a really short amount of time — or navigate around difficult abortion center escorts and other workers?

…someone who’s never done this before, but wondering if this is for you — or someone who simply wants to know how to help a friend facing an unexpected pregnancy?

JOIN US for the FIRST ANNUAL “Save Lives on the Sidewalk” National Pro-Life Conference, October 19-21, in the Dallas, TX area — with a special abortion worker outreach training by Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson!

– WHAT TO EXPECT:

  1. Top, effective, cutting-edge sidewalk outreach techniques known to help save lives from around the nation — and why they’re working
  2. How you can witness a turnaround at the abortion facility in about 15 seconds
  3. Special cases at the abortion facility — and how to confidently navigate them
  4. A comprehensive abortion worker outreach training + effectively navigating difficult situations with workers, led, in person, by Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson
  5. How to effectively recruit and sustain your local program
  6. Unparalleled inspiration and fellowship with other pro-lifers from around the nation

– WHERE: Dallas / Ft. Worth Marriott Airport Hotel, 8440 Freeport Pkwy, Irving, TX

  • free shuttle to / from DFW Airport
  • free wi-fi
  • 3 restaurants on site (*even though all meals are covered with your registration fee)
  • comfortable facilities + high traveler rating

***Discount Room Block: Limited discount rooms under “Sidewalk Advocates for Life” room block at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Marriott Airport Hotel. Call 1-800-228-9290 and mention the Sidewalk Advocates for Life Oct. 2018 group to get the block rate. You do have the option to share a room with a friend!

– WHEN: Friday evening, October 19 – Sunday afternoon (early), October 21, 2018 (*exact start / end time to be announced soon)

– WHY: Former abortion providers have told us that sidewalk advocacy was the activity that most devastated their business.  Planned Parenthood has said that when there is a peaceful outreach presence in front of their facilities, the cancellation rate can go as high as 75%!  No doubt, sidewalk advocacy — being present at the scene to give abortion-bound women and men real help and hope in order to help save lives — is an essential part to ending abortion through God’s grace.  This one-time event will help supply any pro-life individual with the tools they need to start or take their existing outreach to the next level!

– REGISTER:

  • $99 – Super Early Bird Special (before August 1)
  • $109 – Early Bird Special (August 1 – August 31)
  • $119 – Regular Conference Fee (September 1 – October 15)

DIRECT LINK TO REGISTER: sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

The registration fee covers conference materials, ALL MEALS from Fridaynight through Sunday lunch*, and shuttle to / from DFW Airport.

(*NOTE: Friday and Saturday night dinner are heavy appetizers such that the hotel has guaranteed you can easily create a meal.  However, should you need to supplement, the hotel has three restaurants on site.)

Questions?  Please drop us a line back!

We look forward to seeing you there!

In Christ, for Life,

Bethany Mistretta
National Program Manager
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

bethany@sidewalkadvocates.org
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DEVOTIONAL (June 15 – June 30, 2018): “The Answer is Love”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

(originally published at liferunners.org)

Verse(s): “It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.  This I command you:  love one another.”

– John 15:16-17

Reflection: Many debate in the pro-life movement about the best tactic for ending abortion.  Is it more political prowess?  Media connections?  The greatest advertising campaign — or even pooling the greatest amount of money or resources?

While these things can aid the battle for life, we must recognize that Jesus has already answered this question: It is LOVE.  Love is what led Christ to the cross to redeem all sin and death, and Love raised Him from the dead.  Love is what heals relationships, transforms broken hearts, and gives us the ability to persevere and do what’s right.

At the end of the day, the abortion decision rests with a mother — we recognize that she doesn’t have a moral right to take the life of her preborn child, but unfortunately, she does have the legal option to do so.  Maybe the boyfriend left her, the family is pressuring her and she sees all of her future plans crumbling before her eyes; ironically, she may feel she has NO choice.  The world keeps telling her that for $500, her biggest problem will be solved.

When we head out to the sidewalk to pray and love these mothers through faith-in-action, miracles can happen.  In all of my time as a sidewalk counselor, I have never seen a mother change her mind because of a mere political or philosophical argument.  But I can tell you about the countless number of times I’ve witnessed lives saved and hearts transformed because a peaceful person on the sidewalk was willing to pray and offer love and assistance without judgment to that mother-in-crisis.

We are called to bring His love and light out to the sidewalk, knowing that He can work miracles through us, if we let Him.

Faith Challenge: Grab a friend and go out to an abortion facility this week and peacefully pray on the public right-of-way, even if just for 15 minutes.  Also, consider getting trained as a Sidewalk Advocate!  Find your nearest location HERE: http://sidewalkadvocates.org/locations/  Contact the Program Director(s), and ask when the next training will be!

MAJOR FIREWORKS: The Supreme Court, the Sidewalk — and YOU

Dear Friend of Life:

It appears the fireworks have started early.

As you may know, last week, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he was retiring this summer from the Supreme Court …and the “fireworks” in government, media, and among our friends and family took off! 

Why the hurrah?

Kennedy has long been seen as the “swing vote” among the nine justices.  On many cases, he has been the deciding factor — including the life issue.

So, when Kennedy announced his retirement, everyone realized that if President Trump sticks to his word to appoint justices who interpret the Constitution in a “conservative” manner — meaning they don’t read or add “abortion rights” into the Constitution or related — the “swing vote” could now be replaced by a solid, conservative judge who could overturn Roe v. Wade!

The pro-life movement is now keeping vigil for victory in this regard.  But I want to caution all to remember that this is more than crossing our fingers that the right justice gets seated in the coming weeks  YOU have played a very special role, thus far, in this turn of events, and you still have an essential role to play in what happens next.

Let me explain it this way…

When I was a law student at Ave Maria School of Law, I attended a talk by a very well-respected professor on abortion jurisprudence — in other words, he explained the history of the abortion decisions in the U.S. and why and how they were decided.

He said something that still echoes in my mind and heart today…

“Law follows culture.  Yes, one pours into (influences) the other …but as much as we’d like to pretend that judges are independent in their decision-making, they are still human, and we influence the make-up of the courts.  Look at the Supreme Court  there’s been many 5-4 split decisions that reflect the battle in the culture.  If we keep doing the work of changing hearts and minds, then, we have the hope that culture will influence law, and Roe can and will be overturned.”

That was powerful for me.  I realized that this is more than crossing our fingers that we get the right judge — this opportunity is before us because we have lovingly influenced hearts and minds, people elect the President and U.S. Senators who choose judges, and judges are still human.

I was reminded of this in a special way at the Pro-Life Women’s Conferencea couple weeks ago.

We had the great honor of leading a panel on the main stage regarding sidewalkadvocacy + a session on messaging for the sidewalk, etc.  The theme of the conference was “Pro-Life is Pro-Love”…

…the theme and program attracted about 500 ‘on fire’ women for life who wanted to make a difference and end abortion.  And the message that we could change hearts and minds through the power of love was powerfully present indeed, we see that it has become the new, attractive “battle cry” of the movement!  It was always there, but perhaps it can be argued that we’re doing a better job of articulating it.

So, what does that mean for us NOW?

1. We need to keep doing what we’re doing TODAY!  Regardless of what takes place in Washington, D.C., abortion-bound women still need us to be there at abortion facilities to offer real help and hope.  Even when Roe is overturned, it doesn’t automatically outlaw abortion across the country — it just “sends the issue back to the states.”  (Meaning, abortion is no longer a federal issue, but a state issue where states can decide their abortion law.)  Some states already have abortion illegal on the books.  Others may immediately pass a law banning abortion after Roe is overturned.  But in other states, it will become an intense battle.

We’ll have to be ready to work state-by-state.

Even then, I’ve seen pro-abortion advocates start to plan transportation systems to get women abortions in other states!  Someday, we might be moving sidewalkoutreach to these sites to give women help and hope!  In other words, we will still have work to do!

2. We need to pray and fast for the right person to take Justice Kennedy’s place.  Pro-abortion forces are already putting pressure on the “swing votes” in the U.S. Senate — because, again, the Senate must confirm President Trump’s pick.  Because people know what’s at stake, pro-abortion hysteria is all over social media.

As Erin Brownback said, “We have made sexual liberty such an idol… we are willing to sacrifice children to it.”

A spiritual battle is playing out before our eyes, and we have a role to influence it through the power of prayer!

3. There’s a good chance this justice will be confirmed before midterm elections this Fall, but make no mistake: Other seats on the Supreme Court might become available in the next few years.  Elections matter.  Get involved in helping elect good, pro-life legislators.  We need more pro-life U.S. Senators and beyond to pass life-affirming laws and confirm reputable judges.

Law follows culture, but one still influences the other!  Let’s persevere in this good work, pray, and keep vigil!

Lord, help us in this battle for life!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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A story only God could write…

Dear Friend of Life:

As a college student at Texas A&M University, I remember going out about once a week to pray and sidewalk counsel in front of the local Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aggieland.  Our pro-life community regularly prayed for the clients, the workers, and for an end to abortion in our little college town.

Among those I prayed for was an abortion worker named Abby Johnson, a fellow student only a year older than me.  As I was praying and sidewalk counseling outside her facility, Abby was rising through the ranks at that local Planned Parenthood; as many of you know, she eventually took over as the center’s Director, and — rumor had it — she was being groomed for a larger corporate position.

Towards the end of my time at Texas A&M, a project called 40 Days for Life was initiated by my friends, David Bereit and Shawn Carney, who led the local activist organization in Aggieland, the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life.  They were frustrated with the abortion numbers in our little college town, and they prayed about what to do to make more of an impact.  After a time of prayer, God gave them a plan: The goal was to cover the abortion facility with prayer volunteers for 40 days straight  all day, all night  knowing that periods of 40 days had brought about transformations in God’s people throughout biblical history.  I have fond memories of going out to the abortion facility to cover late night prayer hours with friends from church  including my friend, Peter, who is now my husband  during that first 40 Days for Life campaign!

At the end of that first campaign, David figured out that the abortion rate had dropped in Aggieland by 28%!  Meanwhile, as things had become more peaceful, prayerful, and purposeful on our side of the fence in front of Planned Parenthood, women were coming to us more and more often to ask for help.  Watching this transformation, I became sold on the peaceful, prayerful approach.

After that first campaign, the initiative began to spread across the country, and I went off to law school.  In the middle of my time in law school  and after 5 more40 Days for Life campaigns in Aggieland  we got word that the center’s Director, Abby Johnson, had left and sought refuge in the pro-life community.  She had been won over to Christ by the constant prayer and love from people on the sidewalk  indeed, our prayers had been answered more profoundly than we could have ever imagined!

After winning a legal battle where Planned Parenthood tried to silence her and prevent her from speaking about her experiences while there, Abby went on to become, perhaps, the most sought-after speaker in the pro-life movement today.  She also went on to start And Then There Were None abortion worker ministry to help other workers leave the business.  Yes, she had the option to lead a quiet life after her time at Planned Parenthood, but instead, she answered a special call to ‘speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.’ Not too long after she left, the abortion facility in Aggieland shut its doors forever!

I’m proud, today, to call Abby a very dear friend.  And in two days, I fly out with part of our National Team to the 3rd annual Pro-Life Women’s Conference one of our top networking events of the year  where they expect close to 500 woman in attendance …and started by Abby!  

How amazing is it to attend a pro-life conference started by a former Planned Parenthood Director who was prayed for so earnestly for years? Only God could write such a story.

I look forward to what else the Lord will do in the years to come through the power of prayer and peaceful outreach!  Meanwhile, we covet your prayers for our time there this weekend: That it will lead to more life-saving sidewalk advocacy locations for His Glory!  Thank you, dear friends!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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DEVOTIONAL (June 1-15, 2018): “First of All”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s):

“One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him,
‘Which is the first of all the commandments?’
Jesus replied, ‘The first is this:
Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind,
and with all your strength.
The second is this:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.'”

– Mark 12:28-31

Reflection: Loving our neighbor — sounds great on paper! But in real life, especially on the sidewalk?

We’re so tempted — based on our righteous anger about abortion — to forget to love our neighbors as ourselves…

– The woman walking into the abortion facility, confused, scared, and misled
– The boyfriend who washes his hands of his involvement in the abortion
– The abortion worker, working in the industry due to pain from past abortions
– Clergy and community who seemingly don’t care that there’s an abortion facility right down the road from them

…and so many others who cross our path in this great battle for life.

Yes, we can be righteously angry that they “condone” this great act of evil in some way, but the Lord calls us, first, to love them, knowing that they might be misled by their own pain. When we resolve to start with love, the Holy Spirit can more aptly guide us because our hearts are open to His love.

Perhaps we start with a smile and an invitation to talk. Of course, it doesn’t mean that, at some point, we may not say something to convict their hearts as the Lord directs, but it means that we start, first, with love.

Faith Challenge: Pray for all those who anger you, and ask the Lord to give you a great love for each one.

Ireland …and Waco, TX

Dear Friend of Life:

It’s so hard to believe that Ireland, once a great pro-life country, voted just a couple of weeks ago to abolish their 8th Amendment that protected the lives of unborn children, and by extension, their mothers.

In the months leading up to the May 25th vote, Irish people of faith and conscience furiously campaigned across the Emerald Isle to save the country from the effects of legalized abortion.  As they did so, they worked against the pro-abortion “Yes on 8” campaign, funded by billions of dollars that poured in from liberal billionaires like George Soros, the abortion industry around the globe, and so many more dark forces.

Even though this measure lost, the pro-life people of Ireland should be commended for their incredible work …and we should be reminded that there’s still great hope.

My prayer in recent days has been that Ireland would see great leaders of faith and conscience rise up and lead it back to its roots.  And second, I was reminded of this: The world watches the United States, especially in the pro-life movement.  There’s great hope that if we do our job in ending abortion here at home, other countries will be inspired to do the same.

A perfect example of this is found in Waco, Texas.

Last week — right after the sad news out of Ireland — Jeff and I from the National Team drove from the Dallas area to visit with Deborah, Nancy, and their team in Waco to be a blessing and see what their operations were like on the ground.  Deborah and Nancy not only ran Sidewalk Advocates for Life-Waco, but the local Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center along with Care Net‘s mobile ultrasound bus and maternity home, among other programs.  We also had the pleasure, ironically, of meeting Aine (pronounced, “ON-ya”) from Ireland who had relocated to the U.S. in the 90s — an amazing prayer warrior and Sidewalk Advocate!

Hands down, it was one of the best systems I’ve ever seen.  From the sidewalk to their pregnancy center, they were literally making the local Planned Parenthood obsolete, in a sense, since they were finding ways to cover any need a woman might bring to the abortion facility and beyond.  

After being on the sidewalk with them for hours and touring their state-of-the-art maternity home, ultrasound bus, support center, and more… I realized that this was the dream for every community, and it was gradually ending abortion in their community.

As further evidence, while we were on the sidewalk that day, two pregnant women chose to turn away from Planned Parenthood and accept our help on the ultrasound bus!

I realized, then, that in the aftermath of Ireland, our job is to do our part in ending abortion here in the United States so that we pave a way and inspire others to end abortion in their home country.  We might not be able to fly over to Ireland often to do the hard work in creating systems of support to render the abortion industry customer-less, but we can help profoundly as we lead by example.

May we follow Waco’s example and end abortion by praying and doing our part to serve women-in-need!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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CLOSED: The amazing VIDEO story of Las Cruces, NM …and how you can help END ABORTION!

Dear Friend of Life:

Whenever we think about abortion in our hometown, sometimes, we’re overwhelmed.  We might feel a pull to get to our local abortion facility to help save lives, but often, we don’t even know where to begin.

What has worked well for others?  What doesn’t work?  Does a systematic plan matter?  Are other cities really seeing fruit from a prayer presence + outreach to abortion-minded moms on the sidewalk?

The community in Las Cruces, New Mexico asked those same questions when they received the devastating news that an abortion facility was opening in their community.

So, they did THREE KEY THINGS:  They prayed.  They talked to other cities + national groups where things appeared to be going well on the sidewalk.  And through God’s grace and that research, they made a plan for their community.

After running after that plan with everything in their heart for many months, they finally got the news: Their abortion facility was CLOSED!
Watch the 7-minute inspirational video story HERE: https://vimeo.com/256161836

Want to help save lives and close your local abortion facility? 

Knowing how busy you are, we developed a simple, research-proven sidewalk advocacy training program  along with tools and support  so you can be successful in reaching out to abortion-minded women and men through God’s amazing grace!  (Yes, we were created for busy people who want to make a difference!)

All you do is fill out a 5-minute application (where you pledge to be peaceful, prayerful and law-abiding), agree to a short phone conversation so we can answer your initial questions, and once approved, we ship you everything you need to quickly build a team of Sidewalk Advocates.  Then, we walk with you, answering your questions and troubleshooting challenges as you build and grow.

Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this summer are OPEN FOR TWO MORE DAYS through May 31at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

Questions?  Check out How it Works HERE: http://sidewalkadvocates.org/about/how-it-works/

…or drop us a line at info@sidewalkadvocates.org, and we’d love to be of service!  

Praying for your discernment!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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URGENT PRAYER ALERT: Save the 8th!

Dear Friend of Life:

On May 25th, we’re all Irish.

It’s currently 9:30 pm in Ireland as I type this, and we are on the brink of the most important vote Ireland has ever seen in its entire history.

The people of Ireland will soon vote on a referendum to defend or abolish their 8th Amendment that protects the lives of unborn children, and by extension, their mothers.

People of faith and conscience in Ireland have been furiously campaigning across the Emerald Isle to save the country from the effects of legalized abortion.  As they do so, they work against the pro-abortion “Yes on 8” campaign, funded by billions of dollars that have poured in from liberal billionaires like George Soros, the abortion industry around the globe, and so many more dark forces.

Will you pause with me right now, and pray (and consider fasting in some way over the next 24 hours) for the Irish people: That their hearts might be moved to #Savethe8th and save prospectively millions of Irish lives in the years to come?

Here’s one beautiful prayer by Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life

God of Life,
You have conquered death
Through the death and Resurrection
Of your Son, Jesus Christ,
And you have made us the People of Life.
You have blessed the great land of Ireland
With the beauty of the Catholic Faith
And with the commitment to defend
The lives of the most defenseless children.
Lord, we ask you today
To protect that commitment.
Keep the people of Ireland safe
From the destructive power of abortion.
Preserve them from the lie
That abortion is ever a benefit to anyone.
Protect the 8th Amendment
From those who want to remove it.
Send the Holy Spirit
And bring Ireland a New Pentecost,
That just as the Holy Spirit is our Advocate
So we may always be advocates
For the weakest among us,
The children yet unborn.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Jesus, we give you Ireland!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (May 8 – 31, 2018): “Do Not Give Up”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s): “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

Reflection: We hope to be “lucky” — in other words, successful — in all our endeavors concerning work, life, and love.  But is it luck that leads to true success in this life?

The Scriptures point us to a different model when it comes to success:  It’s one that perseveres in faith, hope, and love.  When we face challenges in the Christian life, we don’t hope against hope — we are told that we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  And as we persevere, everything we do should be covered in prayer which is the ultimate power source for the Christian life.

In that way, we cooperate with God’s grace which is abundantly available to us as believers.  God does His part — and He admonishes us to do ours.  Let’s pray, work and persevere — and then, we’ll no doubt be “lucky.”

Faith Challenge: What challenges are you facing today — whether on the sidewalk or in your personal life?  Are you submitting those in prayer to the Lord and asking for His guidance?  Then, are you doing the part that He is asking you to do to see victory in that challenge?

ANOTHER ABORTION FACILITY: CLOSED! Here’s the amazing VIDEO story!

Dear Friend of Life:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”  Galatians 6:9Ever prayed and worked so hard for something, but wondered if it would really happen?

The pro-life community of Harrisburg, PA wondered, too. The local abortion facility, Hillcrest, had been there for generations, taking the lives of 150,000+ innocent children while racking up an astonishing 44 pages of health and safety violations. They wondered if their prayers would be answered in their lifetime to witness the facility close.

Becky of Undefeated Courage — also the Director of Rachel’s Vineyard for Central PA— decided to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to their community to help bring more structure to their loving outreach to abortion-minded women at the facility. Starting in the Fall of 2014, Becky and her team of Sidewalk Advocates — alongside the prayers of Kathy and 40 Days for Life-Harrisburg and countless others —built almost a constant presence at the facility…

…and in the Fall of 2017, they received the news that their prayers had been answered!! To God be the Glory!!

Watch the 3-minute inspirational video story HERE:

Please keep in your prayers all those who lost preborn children at this facility — we know God can heal them and bring them peace and freedom!  Please also continue to pray for Becky and her team as they now cover the next two nearest facilities in prayer and peaceful outreach!

Want to help save lives and close your local abortion facility? 

Knowing how busy you are, we developed a simple, research-proven sidewalk advocacy training program  along with tools and support  so you can be successful in reaching out to abortion-minded women and men through God’s amazing grace!  (Yes, we were created for busy people who want to make a difference!)

All you do is fill out a 5-minute application (where you pledge to be peaceful, prayerful and law-abiding), agree to a short phone conversation so we can answer your initial questions, and once approved, we ship you everything you need to quickly build a team of Sidewalk Advocates.  Then, we walk with you, answering your questions and troubleshooting challenges as you build and grow.

Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this summar are NOW OPEN through May 31 at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

Questions?  Check out How it Works HERE: http://sidewalkadvocates.org/about/how-it-works/

…or drop us a line at info@sidewalkadvocates.org, and we’d love to be of service!  

Don’t give up, friends!  God is moving, and we are seeing the beginning of the end of abortion!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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