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

Dear Friend of Life:

We have an EXCITING, BREAKING ANNOUNCEMENT!

Are YOU…

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

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

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

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

– WHAT TO EXPECT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

– REGISTER:

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

DIRECT LINK TO REGISTER: sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

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

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

Questions?  Please drop us a line back!

We look forward to seeing you there!

In Christ, for Life,

Bethany Mistretta
National Program Manager
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

bethany@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

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

Dear Friend of Life:

It appears the fireworks have started early.

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

Why the hurrah?

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

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

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

Let me explain it this way…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, what does that mean for us NOW?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lord, help us in this battle for life!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

A story only God could write…

Dear Friend of Life:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

Ireland …and Waco, TX

Dear Friend of Life:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

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

Dear Friend of Life:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Praying for your discernment!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

URGENT PRAYER ALERT: Save the 8th!

Dear Friend of Life:

On May 25th, we’re all Irish.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus, we give you Ireland!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

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

Dear Friend of Life:

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

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

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

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

Watch the 3-minute inspirational video story HERE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

Make Unborn Babies Great Again! Our BRAND NEW online store is OPEN!

Dear Friend of Life:

It is with great excitement that we announce the opening of our BRAND NEW ONLINE STORE, featuring Sidewalk Advocate for Life and Make Unborn Babies Great Again (#MUBGA) pro-life apparel, signage, and more! 

We couldn’t be more excited!

But first, we wanted to share with you how the creative slogan, Make Unborn Babies Great Again, came to be…

THE STORY OF “MAKE UNBORN BABIES GREAT AGAIN!”

It all started at the March for Life 2017 in Washington D.C….

We at Sidewalk Advocates for Life were joking around, and suddenly, the slogan, “Make Unborn Babies Great Again!” hit us!  While our ministry is strictly non-partisan, of course, we knew it was a keen play off of a presidential campaign slogan that would generate a lot of attention for the pro-life cause.

Sure enough, even just writing the slogan on the back of other signs, people from all over the place were coming up to us at the March, asking to take their picture with the signs.

We knew we were onto something!

Lauren and Bethany at the March for Life 2017

Fast forward to 2018…

We knew it was time to test the slogan further by putting it on a professional sign forMarch for Life 2018!

In short, it went viral!  We only made 150 of them, and yet, the signs showed up in The Washington PostBreitbartThe Daily Signal, and more! We started to get a flood of inquiries regarding how to purchase the sign or related apparel!

After the March for Life, we knew it was time to make this line of apparel as a way to further spread the message of life, knowing it would also be a way to spread news of sidewalk advocacy and what the Lord is doing to save lives on sidewalks outside of abortion centers, peacefully and prayerfully.

Above: Members of the SAFL National Team at March for Life 2018

Above: Front cover picture, Breitbart NewsMarch for Life 2018

As of this morning, you can now GET THE GEAR and JOIN THE MOVEMENT to “Make Unborn Babies Great Again!”  along with our best-selling Sidewalk Advocates for Life logo apparel  and support our life-saving ministry!

DIRECT LINK TO SHOP NOW: sidewalkadvocates.org/store

You’ll be able to purchase…

  • The exclusive #MUBGA tee
  • The exclusive #MUBGA hats — red and navy
  • The exclusive #MUGBA yard signs (which also double as marching / rally signs)
  • Sidewalk Advocates for Life logo tees — light blue, royal blue, navy, and irish green
  • Sidewalk Advocates for Life logo crewneck sweatshirts — royal blue and irish green
  • Sidewalk Advocates for Life logo hoodies — royal blue
  • Sidewalk Advocates for Life logo caps — khaki and navy
  • Our best-selling item at March for Life 2018: the Love Saves Lives tee!

Be among the first to sport the gear!  Be a witness and easily start a pro-life conversation with family, friends …and even strangers!  

***NOTE: We do expect the #MUBGA gear to SELL OUT in the early days of our store opening!  Order yours today — before it’s on backorder — at sidewalkadvocates.org/store!

Also, we invite you to email us at info@sidewalkadvocates.org with a picture of yourself holding a #MUBGA sign or in a #MUBGA t-shirt or hat, and you might see it posted in social media!

Thanks for having some fun with us — but most importantly, we hope it brings greater attention to the cause or encourages someone to get involved in the greatest human rights movement in the history of the world!

In Christ, for Life,

Bethany Mistretta
National Program Manager
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

bethany@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

Socialized Medicine, the Spiritual Battle …and YOU

Dear Friend of Life:

It’s never a dull moment in the battle to save lives and end abortion.

Even though it’s not directly related to sidewalk advocacy, I was reminded, yet again, of the spiritual battle — as we all seek to build a culture of life — while reflecting this morning on the story of Alfie Evans.

As you may know, Alfie was a 23-month old baby in the UK with a rare degenerative neurological condition who was denied the opportunity by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and the socialist healthcare system in Britain — over the cries of his parents — to be flown to Rome, Italy, to receive proper medical care and experimental treatment.

Instead, the hospital held him hostage, removed life-support without his parents’ consent, and waited over 28 hours after yanking life-support to feed him.

As his father said after they finally started feeding his son, “…It’s disgusting how he’s being treated.  Not even an animal would be treated like this.  He’s proving them wrong.  It’s time to give him some grace and dignity and let him go home or to Italy.”

Despite being granted Italian citizenship and the opportunity to live longer or witness a miracle in his condition through Italy’s help, Alfie passed away nine days ago, five days after Alder Hey pulled life-support.  Ultimately, Alfie and his parents received victory as Alfie entered into eternal life with Christ.

Still, I remember being so angry as this story was developing… How could this happen?  How could parents be stripped of their God-given right to protect their son and do everything possible to give him a chance to experience a miracle — and one that may have been literally waiting for him in Italy?

As my friend, Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said, “And here is the fatal flaw of socialized medicine; someone else, other than the patient or the family, determines when a life no longer has value. A bureaucrat or a judge determines who gets to live and who gets to die. We have enough recorded history to know that letting a small group people determine which lives have value and which do not is a standard we want to avoid.” (Read more here: http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/01/can-we-admit-socialized-medicine-isnt-pro-life/)

Michael Tanner, writing for the Cato Institute, reflected, “Europeans are now learning some hard facts of life about socialized medicine: there’s no such thing as a free lunch. The question is whether Congress will learn from Europe’s mistakes as it takes the next steps in reforming the American health care system.”

We in America are called to learn from this situation.  It was a reminder to me, personally, to continue pray and stay on our toes — or we could see another Alfie situation develop soon, clothed in false compassion.

I was also reminded that this disrespect for human life  again, clothed in false compassion for a mother-in-crisis  reflected the spiritual battle we see every day on the sidewalk, and that’s why I posted this on social media and reminded everyone to remember to pray for our Sidewalk Advocates on the front lines each and every day…

At times, our National Team and Sidewalk Advocates witness division in the pro-life movement, health scares, persecution from passersby or local police, pro-abortion protesters and escorts who try to interfere with outreach, and more.  While we celebrate the 4,000 babies saved in this ministry thus far, we’re often reminded that we are in a true battle for lives and souls, and someone doesn’t like what we’re doing— and there’s nothing more he would love than to discourage us or get us to quit!

This is why we provide full-time staff support to our 147 locations around the globe  because without spiritual, strategic, and legal support, the best of pro-life advocates might be tempted to give up.  Recently, Susan and Nate on our National Team visited two locations that were dealing with very difficult abortion center escorts; these escorts kept trying to get between Sidewalk Advocates and clients, steal their literature, or yell at clients not to stop and take information.  Thankfully, Susan and Nate, leaning on the power of prayer, were able to give Sidewalk Advocates effective tips to still reach abortion-minded clients!

Through your prayers and support, we’re able to persevere through the difficult times on the sidewalk and troubleshoot the inevitable challenges that come up so that we can witness victory.  When you read this, will you join us in prayer for our people on the front lines and for an end to abortion?  And please know you are in our prayers, as well!

Thank you, dear friends — we appreciate your prayers and support more than you know!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. – By the way, INCREDIBLE NEWS!  We made goal in our Spring Matching Fund Campaign last week, praise God!  We cannot thank you enough for your sacrifice, dear friends, and for allowing us to update you via social media and email as we worked hard to ensure that we had the resources to continue this mission strong.  We are now able to move full steam ahead on all the life-saving plans we announced at the beginning of the campaign!  To God be the Glory!  Thank you for being part of our family and team we appreciate you!

ANNOUNCEMENT: YOU can help END ABORTION in your community!

Dear Friend of Life:

People sometimes become discouraged when faced with the problem of abortion in their own community.  It can feel like a real David and Goliath battle.

One of the most popular questions we receive is if a peaceful, prayerful outreach presence at an abortion facility can really make a difference.

Well… not only can it make a difference, but as we’ve witnessed repeatedly: by the grace of God, it can END ABORTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY!

Watch this inspiring video of how Chris, a dad and local businessman, helped shut down an abortion facility in his community: https://vimeo.com/22844294

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

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

It only takes two easy steps to get started…

1. Fill out our 5-minute application (where you pledge to be peaceful, prayerful and law-abiding while running the program in your community) at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply.

2. Agree to a short phone conversation so we can answer your questions!

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Once approved, we ship you everything you need to quickly build a team of Sidewalk Advocates.  Then, we walk with you, answering your questions and troubleshooting challenges as you grow!

And here’s the best part: You can go at the pace that’s most comfortable for YOU and your busy life!

Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this summer are NOW OPEN through the month of May at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

Still have questions?  No problem!

Our advice is to FIRST start with prayer: Am I called to bring sidewalk advocacy to our community?  Keep in mind that we have folks join us who have never been on the sidewalk all the way up to those who have been on the sidewalk for 30+ years!  (So many love the blessing of knowing that everything — the training, tools and support — is all ready when you are!)  Wherever you are in this journey, we’d love to be a blessing to you and your community!

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

Remember: All it takes is ONE YES to completely change the efforts for LIFE in a town or city!

Again, here’s the link to get started: sidewalkadvocates.org/apply

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please drop us a line atinfo@sidewalkadvocates.org, and we’d love to be of service!

Praying for your discernment!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. —  SO EXCITING!  Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this summer are NOW OPEN through May at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!