BIG 80’s HAIR — and Saving Lives from Abortion!

Dear Friend of Life:

Big 80’s hair.  Sad women looking out a rain-splattered window.  Hokey subtitles. Sometimes too scientific… sometimes not scientific at all.  Too much information for a woman-in-crisis.

As our National Team has looked at literature we’d recommend that Sidewalk Advocates hand out on the sidewalk, at times it’s been tough.  

Some of the literature is outdated so much that the hairstyles hearken back to a 1980’s music video  ha!  and we worry we won’t reach the heart of a young, millennial woman.

Other literature can give off a sentiment that we don’t mean to convey at all, reinforcing her sadness or overwhelming her with too much information.

Of course, it’s not our intention to disparage any particular pamphlet.  And some literature as of late is trending in the right direction, seeking to be more modern, colorful, inviting, and hopeful.

But at times, we’re really struggling to find something that has everything.

Why is all this monumentally important on the sidewalk?

One thing that we share in our training is that literature is your greatest ally on the sidewalk as it will speak for you when you can no longer speak to the client.  It can reinforce the message of life in a powerful, visual way as she hears the concern in your voice and sees it demonstrated through your loving demeanor.

To share one story of how I witnessed this on the sidewalk: I remember one cold winter morning in Dallas when I was on the sidewalk with my partner, John; we were standing near the entrance of an abortion facility, peacefully reaching out. Suddenly, a pickup truck turned the corner and started to drive towards us.  As the truck came more into view, we saw a middle-aged man driving with a middle-aged woman in the front seat — and we figured, naturally, she was the one seeking an abortion.  I did a roll-down-your-window sign with a big smile and held out the literature.  Yet, it became apparent that he wasn’t ready to talk: He slowed down, but didn’t stop the car; instead, he held out his hand to accept the literature.  The couple then drove into the parking lot of the abortion facility, and we saw the man sit there and read through the literature …and big tears suddenly started to spill onto his face.  Meanwhile, a young teenage girl sat up in the backseat …she had been hiding from us, and we began to figure out that the man was actually the grandfather of this precious child in danger of abortion.  After he began to cry, he rolled down the window, and made a motion for me to come to the car to talk!  I told him, I’m so sorry!  I can’t cross the line …but you can come to us!  Long story short, they got out of the car, talked to us, and made a solid decision for life!

There was no doubt in my mind that the literature had saved this precious baby’s life!  (Note: The pamphlet I had used — called “We’re Here for You” — is actually produced by Pro-Life Action Ministries, and it’s trending in the direction of all I hope literature on the sidewalk to be!)

I could share dozens of other stories where literature made all the difference in our outreach and literally helped save lives.

It hit me at one point: If this is what represents us… if this is what reinforces the message of life… if this is the only thing they may read when they are getting ready to make a life or death decision… shouldn’t we use the best design, layout, and information possible, doing our best to convey love, hope, and help?

And yet, a crisis pregnancy is not the only situation we encounter on the sidewalk! We are, at times, reaching out to women who are taking abortifacient drugs (like Plan B or Ella or a hormonal contraceptive that may cause an early abortion), planting seeds for chastity, deterring healthcare business from the abortion facility, giving out post-abortion healing literature …and more!

Not only do we want to start more LIFE-SAVING sidewalk advocacy locations and keep our mission going, but our Sidewalk Advocates on the front lines each and every day must be equipped with literature for every situation they may encounter on the sidewalk, knowing that the literature may go with her into the abortion facility / Planned Parenthood office …and may go home with her while she considers her decision.

Friend, we need your help!  Today, we begin our 10-day Summer Financial Campaign to raise desperately-needed funds to not only keep our LIFE-SAVING work going, but raise what’s needed to ensure our people on the front lines have the literature they need to be as successful as possible!

Will you help with a gift of $10, $25, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or more to see this project  and our LIFE-SAVING mission  through to victory?

Go here to make a tax-deductible gift of support and HELP SAVE MORE LIVES: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

Our mission does not survive without your support!  Thank you for giving whatever the Lord puts on your heart today so together, with God’s grace, we can see more lives saved!

Again, please help us get to where we need to be to aid abortion-bound women and men in the best way possible: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

Thank you for whatever you can give today.  We appreciate your partnership in this great mission to end abortion through the power of love and peaceful outreach more than I can put into words!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (July 1 – 15, 2017): “Upheld and Strengthened”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Reflection: Sometimes, the truth of the violence of abortion overwhelms us.

When we hear the testimony of a woman who has experience abortion or listened to a former worker talk about the sad and obvious taking of human life inside the abortion facility, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the evident darkness so many have experienced.

Yet, His word tells us that He has conquered sin and darkness overwhelmingly, and He will completely heal us if we but turn to Him.  He promises to strengthen us in this battle, renew and refresh us, and “make all things new” (cf. Rev 21:5) through the power of his passion, death, and resurrection.

His love and grace truly makes all things new.

Faith Challenge: Pray for the healing of all those who have experience abortion personally in one way or another.

PICTURES: Pro-Woman! And Showered with LOVE!

Dear Friend of Life:

We have been humbly blessed by the almost constant stream of praise reports that have poured in over the past three years — stories of how a woman changed her mind in front of the abortion facility and chose life for her child — as well as pictures of some of the precious babies that have been born!

We can say with great confidence: God is answering your prayers every day!

Why are we seeing such an amazing response to our offers of hope and love to women-in-crisis?

First and foremost, all of this is only by the grace of God.

It is the Holy Spirit who really changes hearts and minds — we just seek to make ourselves as available as possible and plant seeds.  All credit goes to Him.  We are privileged to play a small part in what He is doing by being obedient to His call to be His hands and feet.

One reason we witness a lot of women accepting our invite to talk at the abortion facility is, no doubt, because we aim to approach them in great love, avoiding any language or demeanor that may be interpreted as “judgmental.”  While we know abortion is always wrong, we also know that women are being fed a great lie by Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry that abortion isn’t really harmful to themselves or their preborn children and will solve their problems.

In order to have the opportunity to untangle these great falsehoods, we must present ourselves as much like a safe person — not an angry protester — as possible. Once she knows we truly care for her and we are there to offer her real help and hope in perhaps what she perceives to be a very scary situation, she is more likely to be receptive to discussion regarding her preborn child and God.

To share one example of how we seek to be pro-woman… 

One of our Sidewalk Advocates in Alabama, Bonnie, offered a woman, M, help and hope at her local abortion facility a few weeks ago.  M was confused on what to do, feeling pressure from family members to abort her third child.  At Bonnie’s encouragement, M left the abortion facility that day to “think about it,” giving Bonnie her phone number.  Bonnie followed up with our National Team, asking for help in showing M that she had a family in faith who would be there every step of the way.

When a couple of us called M, we re-emphasized all that Bonnie said, talked through her situation, and offered life-affirming solutions for all she was facing.  At that moment, M chose LIFE!  Still, with all the pressure from family in the background, she was still abortion-vulnerable.

We quickly sent M a care package / blessing bag to show her we were serious about our offer of help (see picture below).  The gift card covered basics her family desperately needed, and the rest of the gifts no doubt spoke messages of self-care.
M messaged us in tears, so blown away by the representation of love and support! She met with Bonnie once again, and her decision for LIFE became even more solid.  In short, because M was shown that she was, indeed, not alone, she felt like she could stand up to her family and protect her child.

In fact, many of our Sidewalk Advocates use a smaller version of this on the sidewalk — known as a “blessing bag” — along with literature from the local pregnancy center describing all the help available.  The gift shows our pro-woman attitude and often opens the door to conversation!

Another way we love mothers-in-crisis is through a baby shower!

Kathy and her team of Sidewalk Advocates in Columbia, MO, recently reached out to a mom on the sidewalk who was then 14 weeks pregnant. They focused on whatever perceived crisis was in mom’s life, and then, offered to shower her with LOVE!  

She chose life, and Kathy and her team — through the gift of a baby shower — met her concrete needs.

Thanks to the woman-oriented approach, these courageous Sidewalk Advocates were able to celebrate the birth of baby Jarel — a beautiful child made in the image and likeness of God Almighty!

Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson says that the one thing Planned Parenthood cannot destroy is the mother-child bond.  Mother and child go together.  The irony is that when we truly seek to help the mother, the baby will often “come right along” with her.  Once she sees real solutions to her problems, it is natural for reconsider the life of her child!

It’s the reason that we not only share via social media the hashtag#sidewalkadvocacy, but #lovethemboth as well!

Know that your support and prayers help make this work possible. Thank you so much for making stories like this a reality — and now, almost a daily occurrence!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — Would you like to get trained as a Sidewalk Advocate? Find a location near you: sidewalkadvocates.org/locations.

P.P.S. — Want to help this work to continue? Make a tax-deductible donation at sidewalkadvocates.org/donate!

DEVOTIONAL (June 1 – 30, 2017): “Love in Action”

by Chantel Poisel, Communications Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” – Romans 12:9 (NIV)

Reflection: Most of us agree that abortion is evil.  It is the taking of a human life made in the image and likeness of God.  We are justified in hating abortion, as we are to hate what is evil.

Let’s not overlook the second part of this verse, however, or confuse hating evil for hating people.  The Lord created each and every person in His image and likeness which is to say we are inherently precious to Him and valuable.  He desires a personal relationship with all of us.

We are called to cling to what is good.  What could be greater than love?

Faith Challenge: This month, I want to challenge each of us to not only cling to love, but to sincerely put that love into action.

The next time you are having a conversation about abortion, try sharing from a position of love instead of anger.  When speaking to a woman considering abortion, sincerely love her as Christ loves her.  Offer her a blessing bag as a token of love and hope.  When speaking with abortion workers feeling trapped in the abortion industry, show them love and share news of abortionworker.com.

Pray that the Lord softens our own hearts so we can put His love in action in order totruly reach others.

PICTURES: TWO Precious Babies Saved from Abortion!

Dear Friend of Life:

Sidewalk Advocates in over 110 locations across our country and world sacrifice countless hours standing on the sidewalk in front of abortion facilities each week, offering hope and help to women-in-crisis through the power of love and peaceful outreach. Blistering hot sun or freezing snow, they pray to reach as many hearts as possible.

Sometimes, it’s not easy. Some locations deal with folks who mock them, shout at them, and try to prevent them from speaking to the women entering the abortion facility.  Despite any challenges they may face, our Sidewalk Advocates persevere for love of their preborn brothers and sisters — children they may never meet (though, sometimes, they do!).

The question they are most frequently asked?  Is it worth it?

Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?


To see Baby Kevin (pictured above), saved from abortion: YES, it is worth it!

And for Baby Cameron (pictured below), saved from abortion: YES, it is worth it!

To share one of these miraculous stories: This precious little boy, Cameron, was saved from abortion by God’s grace on December 3rd when three members of our national team were on the sidewalk together, praying and peacefully reaching out…and mom and dad said YES to the offer of help and chose life!!

It was a constant continuum of support as we had to keep encouraging mom to choose life throughout her pregnancy …and she courageously did so every step of the way.

So yes, every challenge, every moment spent on the sidewalk is worth it — if it can save the life of even one of these precious babies, made in the image and likeness of God.

Either way, we know that no time on the sidewalk is wasted: God is using us in ways unseen, at times, to plant seeds in the hearts of those at the abortion facility or those passing by.  Sometimes we witness those seeds blossom to evident victories on the sidewalk, and sometimes we look forward to the full realization of that impact once we are with Him.

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 current Sidewalk Advocates for Life location near you (to get trained) at sidewalkadvocates.org/locations.

2. Feel called to bring SAFL’s peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy program to YOUR local community this summer?  Applications are open now until May 31 at 11:59 pm CST!

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 Kevin and Cameron!

In Christ, for Life,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (May 15 – 31, 2017): “Free to Serve”

by Jeff Reedy, Shipping Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John15:13

Reflection: A great man once said, “Let us sacrifice our today so that our children may have a better tomorrow.”

Due to the sacrifice of so many faithful followers of Christ, much has happened in the fight against the horrors of abortion. More and more abortion facilities are closing. Babies’ lives are being saved every day, and moms’ hearts are being changed so that they can live with the decisions they’re making because it’s the right decision. Abortion workers are leaving the industry and finding other things to do with their time and energy: some are even joining the pro-life movement and helping end abortion!

Jesus reminded us to lay up treasures in heaven, where there are no moths and there is no rust. And what better treasures can we hope to lay up than the lives of innocent babies, saved from abortion? There is no greater love, Jesus says, than to lay down our lives for our friends. And we can lay down our lives not just once, but day after day for decades, praying for ministries that are helping to make a real and lasting change in the lives of mothers and babies all over the world.

Faith Challenge: Spend time in prayer every day this month, asking God to save babies and put an end to abortion.  Let’s lay down our lives, just a few minutes of our day, in intercession for the most innocent among us.

YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!!

Dear Friend of Life:

YOU MADE IT HAPPEN!!

We are so grateful to all of you who invested in Sidewalk Advocates for Life‘s $45,000 matching fund challenge to help keep our ministry going strong this year!

With just a little bit to go until deadline last night, TWO precious ministry friends came forward and told us they’d cover the difference if anything was left. What a miracle!!

Thanks to all of you, we ended up with $1,230 remaining — which was still like missing out on almost $2,500 of vital, matching funds, so we definitely didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to close the gap — and both of these donors are splitting the difference to ensure we get the full match!!

In short, we are SO THANKFUL as the Lord continues to provide for this LIFE-SAVING work through YOU!!

Now, we are looking forward to getting started on our project to cover every uncovered abortion facility in the U.S. with a peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy presence!  (Please keep this HUGE, LIFE-SAVING effort in your prayers!)

From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you again — and praise the Lord!!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings in Christ,
Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

PICTURE: ANOTHER ABORTION FACILITY CLOSED!!

Dear Friend of Life:

I have some amazing news for you this morning!

But first — because so many of you are asking how we did — I wanted to give you an update regarding our Spring financial campaign, along with the$45,000 matching fund we were gifted. The bad news is that, unfortunately, we fell short of our matching fund goal by about $20,000 at deadline, Tuesday night.

The good news — praise God! — is that our matching fund donors believe so much in what we’re doing that they have given their blessing to a 1-week extension so that we have a chance to cross the finish line in our Spring campaign and ensure this ministry has what it needs to keep going and growing!

The new deadline to make our matching fund goal is 11:59 pm CST onThursday, April 20!

Again, without making this goal, our work won’t survive this year. We MUST cross the finish line!

If you are excited about what God is doing to end abortion through the power of love and peaceful outreach in Sidewalk Advocates for Lifeand the almost 1,700 babies saved from abortion, the 43 abortion workers who have left, the 6 facility closures, and so many other blessings will you help us and make your most generous gift today?

Here’s where you can make an emergency gift of support: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

If you have already given to the matching fund — THANK YOU! Your sacrifice has gotten us MUCH closer to the finish line!

The good news is that with your support, we’ve made up gaps like this in the past!  But it’s clear that we will not make it without your help and sacrifice!

Thank you for making the gift that God puts on your heart today!  Once again, here’s where you can go to help: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

Now back to the exciting update…

Sidewalk Advocates spend countless hours, days, and even years reaching out to women-in-crisis on the sidewalk with hope and love.

Sometimes they are rewarded with the knowledge that the woman they spoke with chose life for her child. Occasionally, that abortion worker they’ve been kind to asks for help to leave the abortion industry, and they’re able to refer them to Abby Johnson’s abortion worker ministry, And Then There Were None. More often than not, they don’t always know the impact their sacrifice has on those they meet.

Sometimes, the abortion facility is busier than ever, and women come and go without telling them if they changed their minds.

At times, access can be difficult and all our volunteers can do is pray that abortion will end in their community.

Today, let me remind you there is power in steadfast prayer and peaceful outreach!  Our Sidewalk Advocates in Bossier City, LA, gave us exciting news when an abortion facility employee came out and told them a day in the recent past was their “last day.”

While patiently waiting to verify the facility actually closed, we received the following photo, evidencing closure!

From our Program Director, Chris, in Bossier City…

We are absolutely thrilled that no more abortions will be occurring at this facility.  This means that about 1,000 babies per year will be saved!

The excitement level on the sidewalk is unreal.  We are so glad to witness what God is doing through peaceful prayer and loving advocacy. 

We have been standing in prayer ardently for many years outside this facility. We could sense a level of discord from the workers who talked to us. They would complain about a bad working environment and asked us to pray for them. So pray we did. We referred them to Abby Johnson’s ministry. And each year, there would be almost a completely new staff with many new faces, most of which would be gone the next year.

The Shreveport-Bossier area has unfortunately become the abortion capital of Louisiana because the two facilities perform more abortions than Baton Rouge or New Orleans. With the closing of this facility, we can shed that dubious distinction and usher in a new era with a new motto, “One down, one more to go!”

Thank you, Chris, and all Sidewalk Advocates in Bossier City!  Our prayers will continue for your team as you focus on the one remaining abortion facility in Shreveport and work toward an abortion-free community!

This could happen in YOUR community!

Here are a few ways you can get involved…

1. Consider becoming a trained Sidewalk Advocate. To find the location nearest you, visit sidewalkadvocates.org/locations.  Attend the next training and learn how to become a Sidewalk Advocate and peacefully and effectively reach out to women in love on the sidewalk — or become a prayer partner on the sidewalk in support of the ministry!

2. Bring our life-saving program to your community! If there is not a Sidewalk Advocates for Life training 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 May 1- 31at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply.  Questions before applying?  Email us atinfo@sidewalkadvocates.org!

3. Give 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 become a financial partner 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) atsidewalkadvocates.org/donate  and everything is doubled right now due to our matching fund!

The 1,670 lives — that we know of — have been saved from abortion by the grace of God, working through faithful people who have said YES to reaching out to abortion-minded women and men with love and compassion.  Additionally,43 abortion clinic workers have forever left their jobs thanks to the witness of people just like you.

You have made these miracles possible through all your support!

Thank you again for supporting this ministry with your prayers, time, talent and treasure. God is moving through His people, and lives are being saved! This wouldn’t be possible without people like you saying, “YES” and partnering with us in this great work.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you!

Blessings in Christ,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — A quick, URGENT reminder!  Our Spring Financial Campaign ended yesterday, and we’re currently short of our goal!  Go here to make an emergency, life-saving gift of support, so this work may continue:sidewalkadvocates.org/donate …thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support!

BREAKING: Our 3rd birthday — and HUGE plans!

Dear Friend of Life:

I have some BIG NEWS to share with you, but first…

My heart is so full!  Today is our THIRD ANNIVERSARY on the sidewalk!  Thanks be to God for all He’s done the past few years through your prayers and support!

On April 1, 2014, our first wave of locations — 22, to be exact — hit the sidewalk in front of their local abortion or abortion-referral facility, offering loving alternatives to abortion-minded women and men.

As the days passed, I remember thinking how wonderful it would be if we hit “this milestone” or “that milestone” in a certain amount of time.

In short, the Lord blew away our preconceived notions of victory …and blessed us with so much more!

It’s so exciting to now tell you that  in just 36 months  we are celebrating…

  • 106 LIFE-SAVING locations — besides the U.S., that includes locations in Puerto Rico, Canada, Australia, Guatemala, Ireland, Romania, Cameroon, Nigeria, Fiji, and Vanuatu  …and growing!
  • 1,660 babies saved — including several sets of twins!  On average, we see 1-2 precious preborn children saved every day!
  • 230 turnaways — those who took us up on the free pregnancy test or sonogram at the local pregnancy center (without knowing whether or not they were pregnant)
  • 454 hopefuls — those who left “to think about it,” armed with life-saving literature and a referral to the local pregnancy center; we continue to pray that they choose life!  (Indeed, we have confirmed that some of these “hopefuls” have become saves!)
  • 43 abortion workers who have left due to the witness of the Sidewalk Advocates with a referral to And Then There Were None abortion worker ministry
  • Thousands upon thousands of dollars redirected away from the abortion industry as our Sidewalk Advocates have offered a more life-affirming, low or no cost healthcare alternative to every client possible
  • 5 abortion facility closures while we continue to receive reports of long-time abortion facilities cutting their hours or teetering on the edge of closure!

What God has done in the past three years is nothing short of amazing to Him be the glory!

We also give our thanks to YOU, our dear partners in this great mission — those who have volunteered on the sidewalks to reach out to women-in-crisis with love and hope, and those of you who have supported this ministry with your prayers, time, and treasure!

You’ve made a profound, life-saving difference!  We look forward to seeing what He will do through YOU next!

And speaking of “what’s next”…

The other night on our webcast, we made a HUGE announcement about what’s next in our organization …and I want to share that EXCITING NEWS with you right now.

In short, in the months to come, we are going to be working hard to coverevery uncovered abortion facility in the United States with peaceful, loving Sidewalk Advocates.  We have a list of every abortion facility in the country, and we now have an idea of which ones don’t have a peaceful, prayerful outreach presence of some sort.  It’s our goal to travel to that area, meet with pro-life contacts on the ground, and get a sidewalk advocacy program started so we can help save more lives from abortion than ever before!

Knowing that former abortion providers have told us that peaceful, prayerful sidewalk counseling (or “sidewalk advocacy” as we call it) was the activity that most devastated their business, we knew that if we wanted abortion to end, this needed to be our ultimate goal: No uncovered abortion facility in the United States and beyond.

Make no mistake: This is HUGE …and it’s going to rock the abortion industry.

Friend, will you partner with us to see this huge, life-saving plan come together?  In celebration of our 3rd anniversary, would you make at least a $30 gift — just $10 for each year we’ve been on the sidewalk, working to save lives? (Because of our matching fund challenge through Tuesday, April 11, your gift will instantly double to $60!)

Here’s the link to our secure, online giving site where you can make a LIFE-SAVING gift of support: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

From the bottom of my heart — on behalf of our Board of Directors, National Team, leaders and Sidewalk Advocates — thank you for all you’ve done to make these victories the past few years possible, saying “YES” to the call the Lord has placed on your heart to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves”!

We love and appreciate YOU!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — Spread the word!  We’re going to be working to cover EVERY UNCOVERED ABORTION facility in the country with peaceful, loving Sidewalk Advocates every hour of business!  In support of this plan and in celebration of our 3rd anniversary today, would you make at least a $30 gift  just $10 for each year we’ve been on the sidewalk, working to save lives? (And because of our matching fund challenge, your gift will instantly double to $60!)  THANK YOU for your consideration and support!

DEVOTIONAL (March 22 – April 9, 2017): “Overjoyed”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” — Philippians 4:4

“But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You.” — Psalm 5:11

“Jesus replied: ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.  At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready…’” — Luke 14:16-17

Reflection: Here we are, three years after our beginnings on the sidewalk: Giving God praise for a multitude of victories after a group of people took a leap of faith and launched Sidewalk Advocates for Life!

When the idea of SAFL was put on our hearts, we had no idea what this leap of faith might bring — but that’s the fun part with God!  He tugs …and we respond, many times, without any preview of what that leap might bring.

And yet, here we are a few years later, rewarded and rejoicing in almost 1,700 precious babies saved, 43 workers who have left the business, 5 facility closures by God’s amazing grace — along with so many other amazing blessings!

Psalm 5:11 and Luke 14:16-17 tells us, in essence, that we who rejoice in Him — in his ultimate victory over sin and death — should take that JOY, exult and trust in Him, and run to follow wherever He leads so we may partake of the many blessings He wants to give us.  He always has good things in store!

How many times have we been invited to the feast and missed out because we were afraid or refused to say YES?  And yet, we know that God will never invite us somewhere where he cannot transform, bless, and bring victory.

There is more work to do: More soil to till, more harvest to reap!  Together, let’s move forward in faith, expectantly waiting to see what other blessings God wants to bring us through this ministry!

Call to Action: As a part of our family and community of faith, please join us in a prayer of thanksgiving for all He’s done.  Our grateful heart opens us to new, amazing blessings in the future!

Then, please consider a gift of $30 to the life-saving ministry of Sidewalk Advocates for Life to help this work continue — just $10 every year we’ve been on the sidewalk!  (And it will double due to our matching fund challenge!)

You can make a financial gift of any amount at the secure giving link HERE: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

THANK YOU for being on this exciting, life-saving journey with us!

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.

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!

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!