PICTURE: Beautiful Baby Girl Saved from Abortion!

Dear Friend of Life:

Before we share some over-the-moon exciting news, I want to take a moment, simply, to say THANK YOU.

Words cannot express how truly grateful we are for each one of you who participate in this ministry — whether you are a financial supporter, prayer supporter, or you serve as a trained Sidewalk Advocate, lovingly reaching out to women-in-crisis in front of abortion facilities across the country.  Each of you sacrifice in a multitude of ways, helping us to stand in the gap for those who are broken and confused, giving their children a chance at life.

Truly, we see every day the fruit of your efforts!  Through Sidewalk Advocates peacefully reaching out to women in front of abortion facilities across the country and world, we have now witnessed well over 1,600 children (that we know of) spared from abortion …a mother and family saved from a lifetime of regret …little boys and little girls made in the image and likeness of God who almost became another statistic, but were saved because God worked throughsomeone who was there.

This time around, we’d love to introduce you to baby Riley, saved when God worked through Sidewalk Advocates in Michigan…

From our Sidewalk Advocate, Leandra, who helped Riley’s mom choose life…“…coming face to face with a beautiful baby girl whose life was almost snuffed out by abortion was in my top 5 miraculous things I’ve witnessed.

I can never put into words the feeling of holding this little one who almost wasn’t here. Looking into her beautiful big brown eyes, caressing her soft black hair, holding her perfectly formed tiny fingers. I had an unspoken bond with her. God knew I’d meet her one day, and I love her so much. The courage and strength of her mother, who gave her life even though it wasn’t ideal, but now beams with joy and love for her daughter.”

Thank you, Leandra!

We don’t always get to meet a child that was spared from abortion.  However, when we look upon the sweet face of Riley, created in the image and likeness of God Almighty, we know that He eventually shows us how our prayers and perseverance make a life-saving difference, even if the victory goes unseen at times.

Know that your prayers, financial support, and presence are making a profound difference!

Want to join us on the sidewalk?  Here are two great options…

1. Find a Sidewalk Advocates for Life location near you atsidewalkadvocates.org/locations.

2. Feel called to bring SAFL’s peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy program to your local community this Spring?  Applications will open again in May, but you can submit your application early!

Every one of us has a role to play in ending abortion — whether we are a donor, trained Sidewalk Advocate (or peaceful sidewalk counselor), or prayer volunteer.  Thank you for saying “YES” to the call the Lord has placed on your heart, and for the role you play in saving precious children like sweet Riley!

In Christ, for Life,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (March 1 – 21, 2017): “Free to Serve”

by Chantel Poisel, Communications Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” — Galatians 5:13-14

Reflection: Wow.  We are called to be free!  What a beautiful, and sobering thought that is.

The Lord has given us the free choice to decide what paths we will take, who we will serve, how we will spend our time, how we will spend our talents, and how we will spend our treasure.

In this passage, we are being encouraged to choose to use that freedom to serve one another in love — give others our time, be that shoulder to cry on, offer up our talents and our treasure to support our brothers and sisters in their time of need.  Love them as ourselves.

What better way to do that than by being or aiding the hands and feet of Christ in front of the darkest place where a child’s chance for free choice is being taken away?

Get trained as a Sidewalk Advocate and learn how to peacefully and lovingly reach out to women-in-crisis.

Become a prayer volunteer, standing on the sidewalk, praying for all who pass by, praying for all who enter those dark doors, and praying for those who are reaching out in love to those-in-crisis.

Join us in partnership as a donor, sacrificing everything from supplies for training events, literature to be handed out on the sidewalk, water for those volunteers donating their time, and your treasure to support all of these efforts to save every life possible by the grace of God!

Today, I challenge you to exercise your free choice and choose to serve one another in whatever capacity the Lord calls you to!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you for the sacrifice you gave on the cross. We thank you for your grace and love that you continually pour out upon us. We thank you for the gifts you give us, including this gift of free choice. Help us to use the gifts you give us wisely. Help us to love our brothers and sisters as ourselves, and to freely give to others of our time, our talents, and our treasure. Help us to shine your light in the darkest of places, and to reach out in love with hope to those in crisis. Help us to better serve you by serving those we meet, and by showing your love to each and every one.

Lord, we give you praise and thanks for the blessings you have given each one of us, and the blessings you have revealed through this ministry. We thank you for the lives that have been saved, the women who have been helped, and for those who have been pointed toward you. Help us to continue being your hands and feet so that more may come to know you in a more personal way. Amen.

BI-WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL (February 14 – 28, 2017): “The Answer is Love”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “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 lead 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, even if just for 15 minutes.  Consider getting trained as a Sidewalk Advocate!  See sidewalkadvocates.org/locationsfor the location nearest YOU!

Help an Abortion Worker Leave the Business!

Dear Friend of Life:

Just over a week ago, Norma McCorvey — previously known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark abortion case, Roe v. Wade — passed away at the age of 69.  She was laid to rest just this past weekend in the Houston area, surrounded by family and friends.

Even though she was the woman seeking a legal abortion in the case, ironically, she never had an abortion; her child was placed in a loving home through the gift of adoption.

Following the ruling in Roe, she, unfortunately, ended up working in the abortion industry. But as my friend Shawn Carney of 40 Days for Life notes, it was whileshe was working at an abortion center that she experienced her conversion.  Norma eventually rejected abortion and became a stanch pro-life advocate and follower of Christ.  She later operated a small ministry called Roe No More.

It was the power of love, prayer, and peaceful outreach that won her over to the our side of the fence.

Interestingly, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the entire abortion industry seemed virtually silent as news of her passing made its way quickly into the mainstream media.  Why?  After all, wasn’t this their poster child for abortion rights?

In truth, the conversion of Norma McCorvey is bad publicity for the abortion industry.  And that goes for the multitude of others who once worked to promote and sell abortion, came to the light of truth, and now, work to save lives — amazing advocates like Abby Johnson, Catherine Adair, Ramona Treviño, Sue Thayer, Jewels Green, and many others.

The abortion industry thrives in darkness.  Former workers are their Achilles Heel because they reveal what goes on behind closed doors each and every day.

I’m proud to work in a ministry that is not only there for abortion-bound women and men, but the workers, too.  After all, while we are there to save lives, we are also there to plant seeds to save souls.  I cannot think of any more worthy endeavor than rescuing someone from the culture of death and witnessing to the new, abundant life waiting for them in Jesus Christ.

On the sidewalk, we refer all the workers we encounter to Abby Johnson’s abortion worker ministry, And Then There Were None, who are experts in helping workers leave the business without fear of exploitation.  When a worker wants to leave, they provide free financial, spiritual, and legal help during their transition. (See more at abortionworker.com.)  Since their inception, ATTWN has helped over 300 workers leave the business… and here’s the amazing thing: Over 70% of the workers coming to them say that they received info on ATTWN from someone on the sidewalk!

Since Sidewalk Advocates for Life began 2.5 years ago, 40 workers have left with the help of a Sidewalk Advocate!

Here’s a few tips we’ve gathered from Abby and her team that we utilize to help a worker out of the business…

1. Understand that while we know abortion is terribly wrong and no one should be working in the abortion business, so many workers have abortions in their past and are hurting; no doubt, many are trying to justify their past choice through their work.  Understand that you are a sinner in a need of God’s grace, too, and the best way to start is with love.

2. Don’t immediately challenge a worker on why they are working there.  Instead, start with a simple opening like, “Hi, how are you!  I’m (name) with the peaceful sidewalk ministry.  I’ll be out here praying for all the clients and workers inside!  Anything I can pray for today?”

3. Aim to build a relationship over time — don’t overwhelm them with 20 questions all at once, but be friendly, kind, and invite a conversation from time to time.  Periodically, mention abortionworker.com (you can either whisper the website or give abortion worker literature from ATTWN).

4. Begin and end dialogue with a smile.  Just like with an abortion-minded client, be a safe place for a worker, too.

As always, if we can be a resource for you as you seek to love abortion workers out of the industry, please let us know!

Even as I write this, Sidewalk Advocates are building relationships with abortion workers all over the globe in an effort to love them out of the business.  Please join me in a prayer today that we can add many, many more abortion workers to that 40 — and see many beautiful, glorious conversion stories like Norma McCorvey for an end to abortion and God’s glory!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

BI-WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL (February 14 – 28, 2017): “The Answer is Love”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “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 lead 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, even if just for 15 minutes.  Consider getting trained as a Sidewalk Advocate!  See sidewalkadvocates.org/locationsfor the location nearest YOU!

BI-WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL (February 1 – 14, 2017): “We are the Children of God”

by Jeff Reedy, Shipping Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “See what great love God has lavished on us, that we might be called the children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” — 1 John 3:1

Reflection: There is so much packed into this one verse in regards to our lives in the pro-life movement, isn’t there?

God has lavished His love on us — not just those of us who happen to have been born, but on the unborn as well. He calls all of us His children as those made in His image and likeness. And in response to that great love comes an obligation and a privilege: to defend the lives of those whom He loves who are most vulnerable and at risk: the unborn.

Let’s show God how much we love Him by taking care of those who need our help so desperately. And the last sentence really hits home, too: The world doesn’t know Him. It is languishing in its despair and the emptiness that comes when He isn’t in our lives.

Let us be patient with those who hate us — they need love, they need kindness, and they need Jesus. Let’s remember not to take it personally when the world hates us — it hated Him, too! But take heart… He has overcome the world.

Faith Challenge: In what new way can we reach out and love those who don’t understand why we’re pro-life? How can we shine the love that God has lavished on us into their lives?

PICTURES: THREE More Precious Babies Spared from Abortion!

Dear Friend of Life:

At times, it is very easy to become overwhelmed by the fact that 59 million children have lost their lives to abortion since Roe vs. Wade was handed down by the Supreme Court.

In the United States, a child loses his or her life to abortion about every 2 minutes. How can your heart not break when you think of all of these children who have been lost?

Still, as people of great hope in Christ, we know the amazing opportunities God has given us to turn the tide and save lives by being present to mothers-in-crisis!

Through Sidewalk Advocates peacefully and lovingly reaching out to women in front of abortion facilities across the country and world, we have now witnessed over 1,575 children (that we know of) spared from abortion …their mothers and families saved from a lifetime of regret …little boys and little girls made in the image and likeness of God who almost became another statistic, but were saved because God worked through someone who was there.

Some of those children were very recently born — praise God!

First, meet baby Zyliee, saved when God worked through Sidewalk Advocates in Florida…

This next picture is baby Ka’mare, helped by Sidewalk Advocates in Florida…

And here we have baby Chance, aided by Sidewalk Advocates in Michigan…

Chance was given his name because his mom took a “Chance” on him… and look at her reward!

Little girls and boys just like Zyliee, Ka’mare, and Chance are alive today because people were willing to say “YES” to God’s calling to be present where abortions are taking place.  They went through SAFL’s comprehensive sidewalk advocacy training program and learned how to peacefully and effectively reach out with their words to women-in-crisis and offer them real, concrete help.

As our Program Director in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sara, recently said: “Thank you for teaching me how to help the broken people who come to (Planned Parenthood), so God and I could save their babies’ lives and their own.”

Here’s something to think about: These are just three of the almost 1,600 precious children saved in just over 2.5 years!  To God be the Glory — great things He is doing through your prayers, efforts and support!

Many times, our Sidewalk Advocates have no idea what impact they had that day on the sidewalk.  However, when we look upon the sweet faces of these children, created in the image and likeness of God Almighty, we know that He eventually shows us how our prayers and perseverance make a life-saving difference, even if the victory goes unseen at times.

Want to join us on the sidewalk?  Here are two great options…

1. Find a Sidewalk Advocates for Life location near you atsidewalkadvocates.org/locations.

2. Feel called to bring SAFL’s peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy program to your local community this Spring? Applications are now open through February 28You can apply here: sidewalkadvocates.org/apply.

Every single person has a role to play in ending abortion — whether you are a trained Sidewalk Advocate (or peaceful sidewalk counselor), prayer volunteer, or financial supporter — and your action makes a difference in the lives of children like these, changing a family tree and the world forever.

Thank you for your “YES” to whatever the Lord has called you to do to end abortion!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

BI-WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL (February 1 – 14, 2017): “We are the Children of God”

by Jeff Reedy, Shipping Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “See what great love God has lavished on us, that we might be called the children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” — 1 John 3:1

Reflection: There is so much packed into this one verse in regards to our lives in the pro-life movement, isn’t there?

God has lavished His love on us — not just those of us who happen to have been born, but on the unborn as well. He calls all of us His children as those made in His image and likeness. And in response to that great love comes an obligation and a privilege: to defend the lives of those whom He loves who are most vulnerable and at risk: the unborn.

Let’s show God how much we love Him by taking care of those who need our help so desperately. And the last sentence really hits home, too: The world doesn’t know Him. It is languishing in its despair and the emptiness that comes when He isn’t in our lives.

Let us be patient with those who hate us — they need love, they need kindness, and they need Jesus. Let’s remember not to take it personally when the world hates us — it hated Him, too! But take heart… He has overcome the world.

Faith Challenge: In what new way can we reach out and love those who don’t understand why we’re pro-life? How can we shine the love that God has lavished on us into their lives?

Ready to SAVE LIVES? Applications are now OPEN!

Dear Friend of Life:

Applications are now OPEN!  If you feel called to bring this peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy program through Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your local community this Spring, applications will be open through February 28!

APPLY NOW: sidewalkadvocates.org/apply

See more of our heart for the sidewalk!  Watch this amazing story of a mother who chose life!

“Lizanne’s Story”: http://vimeo.com/85324470

Still have questions?  No problem!

Our advice is to FIRST start with prayer.  What is the Lord calling you to do?  Are we in need of a peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding sidewalk advocacy training …as well as tools and support to sustain a local program?  (Note: The wonderful thing about our program is that we not only TRAIN you, but we give you flyer templates, bulletin announcements, promotional videos, more training primers …and so much more!  We give you everything you need to be successful and make it easy for you!)

We have folks join us who have never been on the sidewalk before — all the way up to those who have been on the sidewalk for 30+ years!  Wherever you are, we’d love to be a blessing to you!

SECOND, wherever you find yourself, we encourage you to gather more information.  Feel free to learn more at sidewalkadvocates.org!  (And be sure to read our FAQs, too!)

Again, just a reminder that applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your town or city this Spring will be open through February 28!

APPLY NOW: sidewalkadvocates.org/apply

It is our prayer that no abortion facility in America and beyond goes without peaceful, loving, well-trained sidewalk counselors.

In the meantime, if you have any questions about our program, please message us at info@sidewalkadvocates.org!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. – If you feel called to bring a peaceful, prayerful, woman-oriented sidewalk advocacy (otherwise known as “sidewalk counseling”) program to your local community this Spring, you can apply atsidewalkadvocates.org/apply!  And be sure to check out “Lizanne’s Story” and see more of who we are and our heart for this ministry on the sidewalk!

CLOSED: THREE ABORTION FACILITIES!

Dear Friend of Life,

Members of our national team recently gathered in Washington D.C. and marched arm-in-arm with hundreds of thousands of our pro-life friends in the March for Life.  We shared our life-saving program with hundreds of interested pro-life advocates at the March for Life Expo; we relished an incredible time of fellowship with the pro-life community.  We witnessed the energy our new presidential administration— who is showing a strong pro-life stance, thankfully — brought to the masses.

God is good!

And while in D.C., we received incredible news!

Many of you have spent countless hours praying and / or peacefully reaching out on the sidewalk for an end to abortion. Here’s a reminder that God hears your prayers! 

We are here to tell you not about ONE or TWO but THREE abortion facilitiesthat have closed recently through the prayers and efforts of Sidewalk Advocates, YOU, and other community members who have answered God’s call to stand up for our preborn brothers and sisters!

Mark of Coalition for LifeLas Cruces sent us this picture of the Whole Women’s Health abortion facility in Las Cruces, NM, letting us know that God has heard the prayers of Sidewalk Advocates, 40 Days for Life prayer volunteers and other community members!

I will let Mark tell the story in his own words…

As of January 25, 2017, all signage on the former “Whole Woman’s Health” abortion facility has been removed, their office emptied, and their Texas-based call center confirms that their Las Cruces location has been CLOSED! 

We have been continuing to investigate this closure further to ensure that it is permanent, and not a relocation or change of abortion providers, but at this point we are sufficiently comfortable announcing that our mission has been accomplished!

First… all praise and glory to God! We will soon be organizing and announcing an opportunity for all of us to come together in prayers of thanksgiving and celebration of God’s goodness and mercy, so stay tuned!

Second… thank you! I have no doubt in my mind that this is God’s work in direct response to YOU and the persistent and earnest prayers, fasting, and sacrifice of this incredible community of the Crosses.

Third… we are not going away!  Not only will we be continuing to monitor the situation, but part of our planning from the very beginning has been to not only see abortion end in Las Cruces, but to then continue to build up the local culture of life so that it never comes back to our community!

Can we get an AMEN!?!  

But good news doesn’t stop there…

Here I am pictured with Amanda, our leader in Key West, FL, a year ago!

Amanda had been working hard over the past year to get the Sidewalk Advocates for Life training and support program set up in her community.

Being on an island, the logistics have been a bit difficult as they don’t currently have any pregnancy resource centers to refer women to. 

But NOTHING is too big for our God!

Amanda was so excited to share with us the news that THE ONLY TWO abortion providers on the island completely stopped doing abortions and closed their abortion business!  (Women are now being referred for abortion to the mainland, which is a few hours away.)

Praise God!

Just like the team in Las Cruces, the work in Key West has only just begun as they are now working to establish a permanent pregnancy resource center and fill the needs of women-in-crisis with life-affirming alternatives!

In short, that makes THREE MORE abortion facilities closed for good!TWO MORE communities that are now abortion-free with a greater opportunity to offer REAL help to women in crisis pregnancies!

This all happened because someone was willing to step up and say, “Lord, use me to do your work.”

We cannot praise Him enough for the work He has done!

Would you like to see your abortion facility shut down through the power of prayer and peaceful outreach?

Here are FOUR ways to allow the Lord to use you…

1. PRAY AND ASK GOD WHAT TO DO: Never underestimate the power of prayer — God hears every prayer!  Then, have a time of silence to listen for an answer.

2. BECOME A SIDEWALK ADVOCATE: To find the location nearest you, visitsidewalkadvocates.org/locations.  Attend the next training and learn how to become a Sidewalk Advocate to reach out to women in love on the sidewalk — or to become a prayer partner on the sidewalk in support of the ministry!

3. BRING SAFL TO YOUR COMMUNITY: If there is not a Sidewalk Advocates for Life program currently in your community, prayerfully discern if you — or someone you know — may be called to bring this life-saving program to your city.  Applications will be open February 1- 29!  You can apply here when ready:sidewalkadvocates.org/apply.  Questions before applying?  Email us atinfo@sidewalkadvocates.org!

4. DONATE TO THIS LIFE-SAVING WORK  AND ENSURE IT CONTINUES:Some of you cannot get out to the sidewalk right now due to your particular vocation or station in life, and we understand that.  Your call might be to be a supporter who partners with us in this great work to ensure it continues well into the future!  You can make a life-saving financial gift of support (one-time or monthly) at sidewalkadvocates.org/donate.

The 1,561 lives — that we know of — have been saved from abortion by the grace of God, working through faithful people reaching out to women-in-crisis with love and compassion.  Additionally, 38 abortion clinic workers have forever left their jobs thanks to the witness of people just like you.

All this  and more  in the 2.5 years that Sidewalk Advocates for Life has been on the sidewalk, due to our YES to Him!  We look forward to all that lies ahead!

Thank you for supporting this ministry with your prayers, time, talent and treasure. We are so blessed and honored to have your support, knowing we cannot do it without your partnership!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — A quick, urgent reminder!  This is the LAST DAY of our winter financial campaign, and we’re currently short!  Go here to make an emergency life-saving gift of support, so this work may continue through 2017!:sidewalkadvocates.org/donate …thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support!

He was sitting in a wheelchair on the sidewalk…

Dear Friend of Life:

As you may know, some members of our National Team just got back from events surrounding the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco — one of the top networking opportunities to spread our life-saving sidewalk advocacy program — and as you read this, we’re now on our way to events surrounding the Washington D.C. March for Life to do the same!  (Thank you for your continued prayers as we work to spread this life-saving program!)

When we go to these events, we pray for divine appointments to share the program.  We ask the Lord to put us at His disposal that we may be His hands and feet as we give witness to the beauty of every human life.  Sometimes, those opportunities come in ways we never expect.

This is what took place just two days ago…

“What’s your name?” I asked.

“Eric,” he said.

He was sitting in a wheelchair outside the coffee shop where I’d just had breakfast, surrounded by trash bags with all of his possessions. He had a hat on with a light jacket — okay, but I’m sure he was chilly in the midst of the rainy, 50 degree San Francisco weather.

He was huddled under a tree with a large book in his lap. It looked to be the Bible. There was nothing threatening about him.

I had already given him two packages of breakfast crackers (from my flight a few days ago) and a bottle of water, and I had already said, “bless you!” and started to walk away, waiting for my Uber back to my hotel.

But his sweet demeanor burdened my heart to do more.  It hurt not to do more.

I was shuffling through my bag as much as I could to find anything else I had. I found two KIND bars and handed them to him.

“Eric, I’m Lauren,” I said. “I’ll pray for you! God bless you!”

“Thank you, Lauren! Okay! God bless you!” …he put the food next to his wheelchair and went back to reading his Scripture.

“Am I doing enough?” I thought.

That was it. The floodgates opened.

I tried to hold back tears as I walked away and tried to find a clear spot on the side of the road where my Uber could pull in. But the tears just kept coming.

All the brokenness I had witnessed on the streets of San Francisco the past few days had reached a high point. The drugs in the air… the (very apparently) mentally ill… the angry, disgusting, vile signs at the Women’s March where I saw 5-year old little girls marching in pink boots with no idea they were promoting the taking of innocent human life in the womb…

I remembered being out on the streets of San Francisco yesterday as folks were gathering for the Women’s March. A very young little girl and her mother paused right in front of me when the little one figured out one of her boots was untied. I smiled at them.

“I like your pink boots, sweetie,” I said, wanting to make a human connection even though I was wearing a pro-life sweatshirt.

Her mom smiled at me. “Sank you,” she had said so innocently.

My heart hurt.

So there I was, suburbia Lauren, standing in the middle of San Francisco, furiously wiping tears and telling myself that I was going to get a really weird Uber passenger rating if I didn’t figure out how to shut it off.

I kept looking at Eric — just down the street a few hundred feet now — and noting that it was lightly starting to rain again. I kept thinking his head might get soaked if he didn’t find a way to cover himself better.

I had my hands in my pretty-royal-blue-$5-Old-Navy-Black-Friday-deal-fleece-jacket…

“I have a bad cold. I need to take care of myself… but he’s going to get wet… I can take it off and put it around him… I can step under the awning… the Uber’s almost here… but I need to take care of myself for D.C…,” the wrestling began.

I decided to check my pockets and make sure nothing was there in case I decided to give it to him as an added layer. But I saw him reach around his head and pull a hoodie over his head, and I realized he had something and was okay.

I said a prayer for him. My Uber pulled up and I looked down, hiding my red face as I got in the car.

“Sorry, have some allergies…” I said (which was also true!).

“That’s okay… we all do!” the driver said.

We pulled away back towards the hotel and my heart hurt.  I realized I would be heading back home to Texas soon — a state with comparatively great economic prosperity.  A nice, warm home in Dallas suburbia with a big fluffy couch, two sweet kitties, an amazing husband I don’t always deserve, and lots of friends and family.

It’s tough being a woman. I sometimes fantasize about going out into the streets, passing out food and spending time with homeless people. But I worry for my safety (and constantly think of what my husband wants me to do on these trips), knowing I also have this other work in the pro-life movement.

I realized that I had met as Mother Teresa had so perfectly put it “Jesus in the distressing disguise of the poor.”

I wished with all my heart I could do more. 

I’m now brainstorming ways we can concretely help the poor more as we naturally come across them, traveling across country to give trainings and set up sidewalk advocacy locations.  As Sidewalk Advocates on the streets in not-so-great areas of town, many of us naturally find ourselves in personal ministry to the homeless and hungry outside abortion facilities in between outreach to abortion-bound clients.

It’s just a natural part of being the hands and feet of Christ to every soul who crosses our path.

Handing Eric food and water just a couple of days ago feels like such a drop in the ocean of such immense need in that very peace-deprived city.  It’s not an unfamiliar feeling when reaching out to abortion-minded clients at an abortion facility, as well.

But as I had that thought — waiting for my shuttle to the airport — an old quote hit me…

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” Mother Teresa

And yet, when I think about what God has done in the past 2.5 years through your support since we began — almost 1,600 babies saved, 38 workers who have left, 400 hopefuls, and a host of other amazing blessings — I’m overwhelmed with gratefulness, seeing “every drop of good” adding up faster than we ever imagined, revealing a profound impact, as we give witness to the glory of every precious human life.

May Eric be our inspiration to challenge ourselves to give God  and those made in His image and likeness — our best.

Friend, thank you for all you do to support this ministry as we all seek to be the pro-life hands and feet of Jesus to every human life that crosses our path!  And thank you for those continued prayers while we spread news of our life-saving program in Washington D.C.!
Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. —  A quick, VITAL update: 8 days to go in our Winter financial campaign, and we’re still short of what we need to survive this year!  Can you help with a financial gift of just $10, $25, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 to get us closer to victory?  Go here to make a life-saving, tax-deductible donation:sidewalkadvocates.org/donate.  (Watch our progress on our homepage atsidewalkadvocates.org.)  And thank you from the bottom of my heart for your consideration and help to ensure this ministry continues well into the future!

DEVOTIONAL (January 15 – 31, 2017): “Stand Firm”

by Chantel Poisel, Communications Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Reflection: We all have moments where we wonder if all of our time and sacrifice on the sidewalk is worth it. We don’t always receive confirmation that what we are doing is having a positive impact.

In this passage, Paul is admonishing us to stand firm and to always give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord. In our pro-life work, we need to not give up and persevere in sharing the truth. We must continue showing up on the sidewalk and reaching out to women-in-crisis with truth and love!

And we aren’t to be passive about it: While we are peaceful on the sidewalk as we reach out to abortion-minded clients, we are to “give ourselves fully” – with our best effort and our whole hearts. We shouldn’t be aggressive on the sidewalk, but bold in love and reaching out to all.

Sometimes, that takes a lot. We may receive persecution when we speak with those who disagree with our message. It is sometimes a hardship to stand on the sidewalk every month, every week or every day.

However, Paul assures us that our labor in the Lord is not in vain. There is worth to what we are doing when we are doing it for the Lord — seeds are being planted every time we go out, and we never know what amazing victories will suddenly blossom!

Faith Challenge: Stand firm! Keep pressing on in this work. Do not give up! We might never meet a child that was saved from our efforts. We may never receive earthly recognition for our sacrifices. But we are assured that if we are doing it for the Lord, it is worth it, and there are — at the very least — victories that go unseen that will reveal themselves in Heaven.

So therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and let nothing move you!

PICTURE: BABY SAVED – and How to Save Lives in YOUR Community!

Dear Friend of Life,

As many of you know, it isn’t always easy sacrificing our time on the sidewalk in front of our local abortion facility.

Our message of hope is sometimes rejected and we might even be persecuted while we are doing our best to share the love of Christ with all we meet.  At times, we may not always know the outcome of our interactions with those we encounter on the sidewalk.

That’s why we are so excited every time we get an email saying, “A baby has been saved!”

The encouragement of knowing that a life has been saved is so rewarding!  Even better than hearing about a life that has been saved, is seeing that beautiful baby once they have been born.

Our staff was moved to tears when we received the following photo of a precious child, made in the image and likeness of God, who was spared from abortion when his mother spoke with a Sidewalk Advocate.

We couldn’t wait to share this with all of you!  Meet Baby William . . . 

This is why we do what we do.  Many times, our Sidewalk Advocates have no idea what impact they had that day on the sidewalk …and yet, many times — after perhaps some perseverance, as well — God shows them how their YES has made a heart-changing, life-saving impact!

In just 2 years of ministry, there have been almost 1,600 lives saved from abortion — that we know of!  To God be the Glory!

Are you called to be the hands and feet of Christ outside your local abortion facility, offering life-affirming alternative to abortion-bound women and men?  Would you like to learn how to peacefully and effectively help save lives, right in the community where you live?

If so, we’d love to be a blessing to YOU!  Here is what our sidewalk advocacy training program provides for you and your community…

  • Comprehensive, 4-hour sidewalk advocacy training
  • Opportunity for comprehensive, in-person training
  • BRAND NEW online, advanced sidewalk advocacy training
  • BRAND NEW Spanish training and support program
  • Role Play (practice) program — coming 3rd quarter 2017!
  • Professional training workbooks
  • Online forums with ready-made tools to support your program
  • Monthly Q&A calls with our national team and experts in the pro-life movement
  • Full-time staff support
  • Free legal support from a network of pro-life attorneys
  • Identification with a national organization that is peaceful, prayerful, law-abiding and effective!

Applications to bring this life-saving program to your local community this Spring are open February 1 – 28!

When ready, fill out our 5-minute application here:sidewalkadvocates.org/apply ...and we will then setup a brief phone interview with you to explain the program and answer any questions you may have. (And if the application fee is a problem, simply drop us a line at info@sidewalkadvocates.org, and we’re happy to still work with you!)

As always, please contact us at info@sidewalkadvocates.org if you have any questions about the application process or our program!  And please let us know how we can best serve you going forward!

Thanks and God bless,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (January 15 – 31, 2017): “Stand Firm”

by Chantel Poisel, Communications Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)

Reflection: We all have moments where we wonder if all of our time and sacrifice on the sidewalk is worth it. We don’t always receive confirmation that what we are doing is having a positive impact.

In this passage, Paul is admonishing us to stand firm and to always give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord. In our pro-life work, we need to not give up and persevere in sharing the truth. We must continue showing up on the sidewalk and reaching out to women-in-crisis with truth and love!

And we aren’t to be passive about it: While we are peaceful on the sidewalk as we reach out to abortion-minded clients, we are to “give ourselves fully” – with our best effort and our whole hearts. We shouldn’t be aggressive on the sidewalk, but bold in love and reaching out to all.

Sometimes, that takes a lot. We may receive persecution when we speak with those who disagree with our message. It is sometimes a hardship to stand on the sidewalk every month, every week or every day.

However, Paul assures us that our labor in the Lord is not in vain. There is worth to what we are doing when we are doing it for the Lord — seeds are being planted every time we go out, and we never know what amazing victories will suddenly blossom!

Faith Challenge: Stand firm! Keep pressing on in this work. Do not give up! We might never meet a child that was saved from our efforts. We may never receive earthly recognition for our sacrifices. But we are assured that if we are doing it for the Lord, it is worth it, and there are — at the very least — victories that go unseen that will reveal themselves in Heaven.

So therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and let nothing move you!