Meet up this week or next?

Dear Friend of Life,

As most of you know, next week will be the 45th anniversary of the Roe vs. WadeSupreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. Since then,60 million precious lives have been lost to so-called “safe and legal choice.”

Throughout the next couple weeks, members of our National Team will be traveling to pro-life events across the country in order to stand for LIFE and share our life-saving program …and we would love to see you, if possible!

If you will be near any of these events, please stop by and say hello!  Here is where we’ll be…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.

Thursday, January 18

March for Life EXPO — 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Renaissance D.C. Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

The SAFL National Team will have a table at the event.

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Law of Life Summit — 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Renaissance D.C. Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

SAFL Executive Director, Lauren Muzyka, will be speaking at the event.

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Friday, January 19

March for Life EXPO — 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Renaissance D.C. Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

The SAFL National Team will have a table at the event.

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March for Life Rally & March  Rally at 12 Noon; March at 1:00 p.m.

National Mall – 12th Street
Washington, D.C.

SAFL National Team members, Lauren Muzyka, Bethany Mistretta, Susan O’Neill, and Carie Capps will be in attendance.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Saturday, January 27

Walk for Life West Coast Info Faire  11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco, CA

The SAFL National Team will have a table at the event.

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Walk for Life West Coast Rally & Walk  Rally at 12:30 p.m.; Walk at 1:30 p.m.

Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco, CA

SAFL National Team members, Carie Capps and Christina Faucett, will be in attendance at the event.

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Sunday, January 28

Students for Life of America (West Coast) Conference  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

St. Mary’s Event Center
1111 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA

The SAFL National Team will have a table at the event.

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Our team is going to promote these events on social media every step of the way, so be sure to follow us especially on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for our latest (sometimes LIVE!) updates at these events!  Be sure to also check out our favorite hashtags in social media: #sidewalkadvocacy#lovethemboth, and #lovesaveslives!

We also humbly ask that you keep our team — and all participants — in your prayers throughout these events for safe travels, favorable weather conditions, and opportunities to share this life-saving message and program!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
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EXCITING NEWS: New Year …New Locations!

Dear Friend of Life,

Happy New Year!  Some EXCITING news…

Please give a warm PRO-LIFE welcome to our BRAND NEW Sidewalk Advocates for Life locations!  The following cities have just started (or will start soon) their sidewalk advocacy program, peacefully offering loving, life-affirming alternatives to women and men entering their local abortion facility…

  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Coral Springs, FL
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Ft. Lauderdale Beach, FL
  • Golden Glades (North), FL
  • Golden Glades (South), FL
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Katy (West), TX
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Kissimmee, FL
  • Miami Beach (Northeast), FL
  • Miami Beach (Southeast), FL
  • Miami Beach (West), FL
  • Miami Lakes, FL
  • Miramar, FL
  • Oakland Park (East), FL
  • Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Plantation, FL
  • San Antonio (North), TX
  • Savannah, GA
  • Tamarac, FL
  • Tampa (Northwest), FL
  • Wichita, KS

These locations join our existing locations who are continuing their program!

Total, we are currently at 147 participating locations!  Praise God!
If you live near one of these locations, we invite you to consider attending a local training and becoming a Sidewalk Advocate, offering loving, life-affirming alternatives to women and men entering the local abortion facility.  The spirit is peaceful and the effectiveness of this method is undeniable, simply because it’s based in sharing the love of Christ!

Details on how to get involved in your local Sidewalk Advocates for Lifeprogram are found in the LOCATIONS tab on our main website:http://sidewalkadvocates.org/locations/ — click on your closest location and see contact info for the local program.  (Note: We are still in the process of uploading all these locations to the web; if you do not see your location, check back in a few days!)

What if you don’t have a location near you?

Consider bringing a Sidewalk Advocates for Life sidewalk advocacy program to your local community very soon!  Applications will re-open February 1-28 at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply.

Let us know if you have any questions!  In the meantime, we ask you to keep all of our new and existing locations in your prayers, that many lives continue to be saved and many hearts transformed by the grace and power of God’s love!

It is our prayer that no abortion facility in America and beyond goes without peaceful, loving, well-trained sidewalk counselors.  Thank you, friends, for joining us in this incredibly important mission to save lives and end abortion through the power of love!

Blessings,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. – Also, THANK YOU for helping us achieve GOAL in our end-of-the-year financial campaign!  We are so grateful to enter 2018 with the resources needed to take our life-saving program to the next level!  WE APPRECIATE YOU!

A very Merry Christmas to you!

Dear Friend of Life:

We’re just a day away from one of the greatest times of the year, and we are reminded what a gift the Father has given us.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

It is a joyous time of year when Christians all around the world celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior.  We are reminded of the love our Lord has for us: that He chose to come to us in human form, born to a young mother willing to accept the blessing the Lord gave her, and sacrificed Himself for us.

We take this reminder with us as our Sidewalk Advocates continue to head out to abortion facilities all over the world in order to “meet others where they’re at” and love mothers-in-crisis into a decision for LIFE.  Whatever challenge a woman may be facing that brings her to an abortion facility, we are there to stand in the gap, speak words of peace into her life, and let her know that her life and the life within her is precious.

We remind her that we are with her, and God is with her.  She is not alone.

Frequently it is that quiet, peaceful outreach presence on the sidewalk that is a game-changer: a simple conversation that brings love and hope to a woman who otherwise feels her life has just turned upside down.

When God’s people pray, show up, and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through them, hearts and minds are changed …and lives are saved.

This Christmas season, we will be praising God for all He has done through your sacrificial support in the past 3.5 years…

  • 2,711 babies saved
  • 849 hopefuls
  • 291 turnaways
  • 49 workers who have left the business
  • 11 facilities that have closed their doors for good
  • countless conversations about chastity, pro-life healthcare alternatives and post-abortion healing

And we praise God for the gift of YOU, our dear partners in this great mission!

Thank you again for all of the prayers and support you give Sidewalk Advocates for Life as we seek to save lives, impact eternal souls, and end abortion through the power of love on the sidewalk at abortion facilities all around the United States and beyond!

From our National Team — Lauren, Bethany, Susan, Carie, Christina, Jenna, Nate & Jeff — as well as our Board of Directors — Juan, Elissa, Michael & Chris …have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

In His Love, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
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P.S. — Our end-of-the-year financial campaign is running until January 1, and we are currently short of goal.  If your heart is moved by this work, would you consider a gift of $10, $25, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or more to help us close the gap?  You can make a tax-deductible gift of support here:sidewalkadvocates.org/donate …thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  We appreciate you!  Merry Christmas!

DEVOTIONAL (November 23 – December 31, 2017): “The World Turned Upside Down”

by Christina Faucett, Program Administrator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” – Luke 1:26-33

Reflection: The world was saved by an unplanned pregnancy. I know it’s a bit cliché, but this is the season for remembering those things we have heard a hundred times before. We should remember how messy it was: an unwed mother, a father who wasn’t really the baby’s father – whom everyone must have considered either a sinner or a fool – a birth in a stable surrounded by animals and strangers, fleeing to a foreign country in terror in the middle of the night. It’s not the way any of us would choose to start a family, but it’s the way God choose to bring us into His.

It wasn’t really unplanned, of course. It had been planned from before the beginning of the world. It was foretold in the Garden of Eden: “[H]e will crush your head, and you will strike his heel,” (Genesis 3:15). But to everyone but God it must have been surprising. In the words of one of my favorite Christmas songs: such a strange way to save the world.

The birth of Christ turned the world upside down, starting with the lives of two ordinary small-town people. Two people willing to have their lives upended for the sake of a baby they were told would save his people from their sins.

For most women, the news that they are going to have a child isn’t brought by angels. For many, the news isn’t joy-bringing, but fear-instilling. Their life is about to change dramatically. No one is going to tell the man they love in a dream that he shouldn’t abandon them. No one is bringing gold to the birthing suite to pay the hospital bill. They may feel just as alone and scared as Mary must have felt in a strange town with no family and friends to support her. But the same truth the angel told Mary is true for all women: the Lord is with you. God may have made the lives of the Holy Family more chaotic than they planned, but He also provided for them every step of the way. He used everyone from poor shepherds to rich kings to do it.

Faith Challenge: We may be neither kings nor shepherds. No angelic choir or strange star may guide our path, but we can still heed the voice of the Lord when He calls us to help the single mother, to encourage the poor father, to take in the stranger, or simply to come and marvel at the newborn baby. Life is unpredictable and often scary. Things don’t go the way we planned. But God is always there, whether in the form of an angelic message, or a simple manger in which to rest our head.

A baby — saved from abortion — who will be born the day after Christmas…

Dear Friend of Life:

Susan on our National Team recently paid a visit, as she so often does, to one of our locations-in-need, Stamford, CT, who was dealing with great persecution on the sidewalk. 

While there that early summer morning, A COUPLE CHOSE LIFE!  Susan and the Stamford Sidewalk Advocates offered to take the family out for lunch to further encourage them and make a plan as to how they could make things work and welcome their second child with God’s joy!

Fast forward a couple of months. They got married!  Sidewalk Advocates for Life assisted them in moving into a new apartment, helped dad get a job, and got them connected with legal counsel to answer some questions.

This past Fall, Susan and the Sidewalk Advocates had the honor of throwing a baby shower for their BABY BOY due in December. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, every single item on their baby registry was purchased.  There is nothing they are going to need for baby!

At the baby shower, Susan met mom’s grandmother  yes, the grand-grandmother of this baby boy  who prayed and fasted that someone would show up and convince her not to go through with it!  She even went so far as to sleep on the floor for several days as part of her fasting, offering it all up for her granddaughter and great-grandchild!  What an amazing, faithful lady.

Even though Susan doesn’t speak Spanish, they found a way to keep in touch regularly.  Mom tells Susan that she is her angel and that her entire family was saved that day.  

Susan was asked by Mom to be present for birth of her little boy!  She plans to wake up at 1:30 am on December 26, drive from Virginia to Connecticut, and suit up for the c-section at 11:00 am!  She was also asked to pick out his middle name, and Susan and her husband were invited to be his Godparents!

Such love.  Such trust.  Such a transformation from the sidewalk that day through the power of LOVE.  What a profound blessing. (We are so grateful to Tom, Noelle, and their team of Sidewalk Advocates in Stamford who said YES to God through this ministry and have chosen to persevere through many challenges on the sidewalk to realize this victory and so many others in their community!)

Friends, in short, THIS IS THE TYPE OF SIDEWALK ADVOCATE we are working to put in front of abortion facilities all over the country: Loving, peaceful, resourceful, trustworthy, and effective.

So many abortion facilities across our land don’t have advocates to redirect abortion-minded women and families to real help and hope.  We are the only organization working to cover all uncovered facilities as soon as possible!  So many communities are in need of our comprehensive training, tools, and support, but they don’t have the funds to cover their training materials.

To start and run a Sidewalk Advocates for Life location for one year, it’s about $400.  We never turn anyone away from this program… but that’s because until this point, your generous support has ensured our ministry can cover those materials if needed.

Right now, we are in our end-of-the-year campaign to keep our life-saving ministry going and growing in 2018, and we are EXACTLY $20,900 short of goal …andDEADLINE is TONIGHT at 11:59 pm CST.

If you are excited about the 2,711 BABIES SAVED FROM ABORTION in just 3.5 years, would you help us with an emergency gift today?

Here’s where you can make a life-saving, tax-deductible financial gift of any amount to give us a boost towards the finish line: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

If we don’t make this goal — or come extremely close — something in our life-saving program will have to be cut …and with so much going right, we shudder to consider that.

LOVE is truly ending abortion, one mother, one family at a time: Help us achieve our goal to put advocates in front of every abortion facility in America and beyond to save more lives and end abortion!  Thank you all for supporting Sidewalk Advocates for Life and being a part of this incredible, life-saving journey with us!

We appreciate you!
Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka, Esq.
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. – We are in our end-of-the-year campaign to keep our life-saving ministry going and growing, and we are EXACTLY $20,900 short …and DEADLINE is TONIGHT at 11:59 pm CST.  If you are excited about the 2,711 babies saved in just 3.5 years, would you help us with a gift today?  Make an emergency, tax-deductible financial gift of any amount: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate …and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support!

BREAKING: Over 2,500 Reasons to Give Today!!

Dear Friends:

Once again, our hearts are overwhelmed by JOY — we have EXCITING, BREAKING NEWS for you!

Sidewalk Advocates for Life has now witnessed OVER 2,500 LIVES SAVED from abortion!!  Your prayers and support have made this monumental victory for LIFE possible, and we are so grateful!!

To God be the Glory  great things he is doing through YOU!!

Watch this quick video summary, below, with incredible footage from THREE abortion facility closure celebrations in Sidewalk Advocates for Life + pictures of Sidewalk Advocates across the country  praise God!  ENJOY this beautiful celebration for LIFE!

But we don’t want to stop here: There are more abortion facilities across our land that don’t have peaceful, loving advocates to offer abortion-bound women and men help and hope.  We’re working to cover every uncovered abortion facility in the country because we know how much it devastates the abortion industry, saves lives, and gradually ends abortion.

YOU can be part of the solution this holiday season.

Today is GIVING TUESDAY, an opportunity to give to your favorite charities after the busy shopping season.

Help Sidewalk Advocates for Life experience the MIRACULOUS in 2018: Make a LIFE-SAVING, TAX-DEDUCTIBLE gift of support in our end-of-the-year financial campaign today at sidewalkadvocates.org/donate  and help this great work grow well into the future!

Also, if you’d like to make your gift in memory or honor of loved one for Christmas, go to sidewalkadvocates.org/christmas.

(Soon after you make your gift, watch one of the figures LIGHT UP on our homepage at sidewalkadvocates.org! Our prayer is that every single figure would light up byFriday, December 15 to enable this ministry to be fully-funded, poised to provide more vital, life-saving training, tools, and support to all of our existing and new locations in 2018.)

Once again, the direct link to make a gift is sidewalkadvocates.org/donate.

Thank you ahead of time for your sacrifice — we love and appreciate you, our dear partners in this great mission to END ABORTION through the power of LOVE!

Happy Advent and Merry Christmas!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director & Sidewalk Advocates for Life National

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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2,600 Reasons to Give Thanks!

Dear Friend of Life:

As we approach Thanksgiving, we wanted to share with you some EXCITING NEWS!

Thanks to YOUR prayers and support, we have now seen almost 2,600 BABIES SAVED FROM ABORTION through this ministry!

That also means 2,600 women spared from the pain and regret of abortion; 2,600 families whose family trees have been forever changed. 

This also doesn’t include the 47 abortion workers who have left the businessdue to the help and witness of a Sidewalk Advocate, 11 facility closures, and a multitude of other blessings through God’s amazing grace!

This is all thanks to people like you saying “YES” to God’s call to being a peaceful Sidewalk Advocate in front of the local abortion facility, a Prayer Partner, and / or a financial supporter of this great mission to end abortion through the power of love and peaceful outreach!

Know that as we gather with family and friends today in a spirit of thanks tomorrow, YOU will be on our hearts and in our prayers, as well!

THANK YOU!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Grateful for His Redeeming Love,

The Sidewalk Advocates for Life National Team & Board of Directors

Lauren Muzyka, Esq., Executive Director
Bethany Mistretta, National Program Manager
Susan O’Neill, Eastern Program Coordinator
Carie Capps, Western Program Coordinator
Christina Faucett, Program Administrator
Nate Robertson, Outreach Coordinator
Jeff Reedy, Shipping Coordinator

Juan Rosas, Board President
Elissa Graves, Esq., Board Secretary
Michael Acquilano, J.D., Board Treasurer
Dr. Chris Neumann, Board Member

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DEVOTIONAL (November 22, 2017): “Give Thanks”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life (with contributions from Chantel Poisel)

Verses: “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known His deeds among the people.” — 1 Chronicles 16:8 (KJV)

Reflection: This week, many of us in the U.S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving, a time of celebration with family and friends where we share a meal and count our blessings to give thanks for all the Lord has done!  We have so much to be thankful for!

This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to “give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.” Thank Him for all he has done in your life and in the lives of your loved ones. Thank Him for the 2,600 lives that have been spared from abortion, for those families that have been forever changed for the better, and for the eternal souls that have been impacted through this ministry.  Make known His deeds among the people: Share those blessings with those around you and people you meet so they can rejoice, too, and know what an amazing God we serve!

Let us pray: Dear Lord, we come to you in humble thanks, first and foremost for your son, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. Thank you for your Word, so we may learn and know the truth about life, you, and your plan of salvation for our lives.  Thank you for your abundant love and your grace and mercy!

Lord, we thank you for the 2,600 lives that have been spared from abortion and for the those that have been forever changed as they’ve come to know you. Thank you for each person who has answered your call to be a Sidewalk Advocate, Prayer Partner, or financial supporter of this ministry.  Thank you for our Board and National Team and their families who make so many sacrifices to run this ministry in order to serve and shine your light to those they meet.  Thank you for this ministry where we can, by your grace, impact lives and souls for all of eternity.

We have nothing without you, Lord, and as we count our blessings and all that you have done for us, through us, and with those around us, we give our heartfelt thanks and praise to you.  AMEN!

She was bleeding on the sidewalk…

Regarding the story below, some have let us know that our slightly vague description — to try to avoid identifying details — may have led to some confusion as to why she was sent to the local pregnancy center vs. the Emergency Room.  In short, this woman wasn’t bleeding so hard that she needed immediate, emergency medical attention, but our understanding was that this was like a heavy period.  Our Sidewalk Advocate did their due diligence in calling ahead to the pregnancy center (with the client present) to describe the situation to them, and they said that they could absolutely help or provide a referral, if needed.  This is a CareNet pregnancy center that is well-respected and has a nurse on staff as they also provide some limited medical services.  If the young woman needed emergency attention, knowing this center, they would have redirected our Sidewalk Advocate to send her to the ER (or no doubt, we’re confident the Sidewalk Advocate would have likely sent her there instead anyway).  We hope this clarification helps you know that we seek to provide the best referral for each client at the abortion facility who comes across our path!  Thank you!

Dear Friend of Life:

Just the other day, a story came in that really helps us remember just how monumentally important it is to have loving, well-trained Advocates in front of every abortion facility in America.

One of our Sidewalk Advocates was in front of the abortion facility, reaching out to abortion-minded women, when a young woman walked up, ready to enter Planned Parenthood.

The Advocate reached out to her, offering alternatives to abortion, and the young woman explained that she was on the copper IUD  used for birth control and emergency contraception within five days of unprotected intercourse (in other words, it can cause an early abortion)  and was bleeding.  

Being well-informed on the abortifacient properties of the device, our Advocate admonished her to get to the local pregnancy center where they could do a pregnancy test and sonogram as she might be pregnant and in danger of miscarriage.  If needed, the pregnancy center could get her in to see a doctor right away.

The young woman did a 180 and took her business to the pregnancy center instead for life-affirming, woman-affirming help!  (Please pray for her, that if she is pregnant, her baby is okay and she will continue to choose life!)

This story is one of thousands now that we’ve collected in the past 3.5 years of ministry where we’ve been able to meet the needs of women entering a Planned Parenthood / abortion / abortion-referral center with quality, pro-life healthcare alternatives, thereby pulling thousands upon thousands of dollars away in business from the abortion industry!

We at Sidewalk Advocates for Life don’t just help the abortion-minded client, but every eternal soul who crosses our path.  No doubt, if we want to see an end to abortion, we have to know how to pull all business away from that facility — and truly, it’s easy to do because abortion or abortion-referral facilities don’t offer comprehensive healthcare for women.  Our offer of free or reduced-rate care at a community health center down the street is quite often all that is needed encourage someone to go elsewhere — but of course, we have to be able to intelligently address her situation and know where help is available so we can be at the ready to erase a ton of business for the abortion industry …so that’s exactly what we teach in our training!  (Note that we do not make referrals for artificial birth control, but empower unmarried women to choose chastity and married women to consider a fertility-awareness-based model that doesn’t have the possibility of acting as an abortifacient.)

The other day, I asked my dear friend, former abortion worker, Jewels Green (who has since become a Christian and travels the country sharing her story), “Knowing what you went through as a young woman who had an abortion  and having worked in the abortion industry  what does the perfect sidewalk counselor look like?”

She said to me, “Loving, compassionate, peaceful, and well-informed.”

Indeed, that’s the type of Sidewalk Advocate we’re aiming to produce all over the country!
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Want to help women and save lives? 

Knowing how busy you are, we developed a simple, time-tested, research-proven sidewalk advocacy training program, so you can be successful in reaching out to all entering your local Planned Parenthood (or other abortion center) 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.  Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this winter are NOW OPEN through November: Fill out our 5-minute application (where you pledge to be peaceful, prayerful and law-abiding) 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 build and grow!

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!)

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please drop us a line atinfo@sidewalkadvocates.org!

Praying for you!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
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P.S.  Just 15 more days remaining to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this winter!  Apply now at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

DEVOTIONAL (November 15 – 30, 2017): “Sharing the Truth in Love”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s):  “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.  Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.  From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”  — Eph 4: 14-16

Reflection: Sometimes, because we speak earnestly about being “peaceful, loving, compassionate” Sidewalk Advocates, some might be tempted to think that we are doormats on the sidewalk who never say tough things about abortion!

It’s very true that we believe “people-skills” — knowing God created us, subject to our human condition, attracted to love — are essential on the sidewalk.  Indeed, I’m sure you can guess that we don’t win a life-saving conversation with a woman if we are ugly, confrontational, and shouting her head off!

Still, once we make contact and offer love and help and begin to assess the situation and her needs, we might need to be more direct with her about what abortion is and how it will affect her and her child.  (In the same way, if she is servicing that Planned Parenthood for something else like birth control, an unmarried woman needs to hear the glory of chastity — or an unmarried woman needs to hear about Natural Family Planning as an alternative to her abortifacient drug.)  Still, because the abortion facility has told her that we are “angry protesters” and warns them to stay away from us, we must go out of our way to be the opposite of that image so we have an opportunity to share that truth in love.

Additionally, research, testimony, and experience tell us that she doesn’t want us to “stay stuck” on the plight of abortion, but she needs to hear the “resurrection”: How she can do this, and how we pledge to walk with her as long as she needs us.

Faith Challenge: The next time you are conversing with someone about abortion, ask the Holy Spirit to give you proper discernment to know what the person on the receiving end needs: A listening ear?  Understanding and compassion?  Or is it time to  in love — share some tougher words?

YOU can help END ABORTION in your community….

Dear Friend of Life:
People sometimes become discouraged when faced with the problem of abortion intheir own community.  It can feel like a real David and Goliath battle.

One of the questions we receive most often 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 we’ve witnessed repeatedly, by the grace of God, how 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 ready-made tools and full-time 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!)

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) 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 build and grow!

Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this winter are NOW OPEN through November 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 PERSON’S YES to completely change the efforts for LIFE in a town or city!

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please 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

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — So exciting! Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to yourcommunity this winter are NOW OPEN through November at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

A mom who chose life — and the grandmother who saved her grandson

Dear Friend of Life:

As an advisor on the National Team for half of our sidewalk advocacy locations around the globe, I recently paid a visit, as I so often do, to one of our locations-in-need, Stamford, CT, who was dealing with some persecution on the sidewalk.  My goal was to help them navigate some legal questions with our attorney in tow and be an encouragement to their amazing team.

I will never forget that early June morning.  Tom, one of the co-leaders, stopped a vehicle coming into the abortion facility.

The first thing I noticed was the Uber sticker. The windows in the back were tinted, but I could see that Tom was speaking to whomever was in the backseat.

Another vehicle was approaching so the Uber pulled into the parking area.  A young couple and a little girl got out of the vehicle and headed into the abortion facility. Tom called out to the man, asking him to please come and speak to us, letting him know we would help them.  Instead, they went inside.

Across the street, a group of prayer warriors had gathered and were praying.  More women began arriving.  It was looking to be a busy morning, but I couldn’t get that couple with the little girl out of my mind.  I bowed my head and prayed they would come and speak with us.

When I raised my head, I saw the abortion facility’s door open …and out came the cutest little girl in a pink jacket.  A young man following close behind, scooped her up in his arms, and they came into the parking lot.  Tom and I began to wave them over with smiles on our faces.

We realized we needed a translator because dad only spoke Spanish. Thanks be to God, two of the prayer warriors across the street spoke Spanish and one was a trained Sidewalk Advocate! We quickly got them over to translate for us.

We learned that this couple had what seemed like the entire world against them. They didn’t have money for rent that was coming due, dad had not been able to find a job, they already had a small child to care for, and they were both worried.  I let dad know how even though these problems loomed large right now, they were temporary and could be changed  but what was going to happen if mom didn’t come out, that would be irrevocable.

At this point, we had dad texting mom inside the facility, asking her to come see what we had to say.  Soon he had her on the phone and we were passing it around, each of the Sidewalk Advocates speaking words of encouragement to her.  

Over my shoulder, I noticed the prayer warriors had re-positioned themselves directly across the street from us and were fervently praying for our outreach to this young couple.  I could feel the strength of their prayers covering us.

After what seemed like an eternity, I saw mom emerge from the doors of Planned Parenthood. Once she stepped onto the sidewalk, I threw my arms around her and whispered in her ear that she was doing the right thing. I could tell we still had some convincing to do, but she was here!

After explaining how we could help, I suggested they let us take them out to lunch. They agreed, and we all went out for pizza  yes, the family and all of the Stamford, CT Sidewalk Advocates!  By the time our meal was over, I saw completely different people than the ones that arrived in the Uber that morning. For the first time, they had let themselves entertain the idea of having their precious child. I could see them physically beginning to relax and even smile.

Before we parted ways that day, we put some money in dad’s hands to show him we meant it when we said we would help.  Tears immediately sprang to his eyes.  We exchanged hugs and promised to be in touch, filling each of their needs, one by one — which we did!

Fast forward a couple of months. They got married!  Sidewalk Advocates for Lifeassisted them in moving into a new apartment, helped dad get a job, and got them connected with legal counsel to answer some questions.

Just this past weekend, I had the honor of throwing a baby shower for their BABY BOY due in December. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, every single item on their baby registry was purchased.  There is nothing they are going to need for baby!

At the baby shower, I met mom’s grandmother  yes, the grand-grandmother of this baby boy  and grandma shared with me something incredibly powerful.  She said that when she heard her granddaughter had made an appointment for an abortion (besides trying to encourage a decision for life with her words, of course), she prayed and fasted that someone would show up and convince her not to go through with it!  She even went so far as to sleep on the floor for several days as part of her fasting, offering it all up for her granddaughter and great-grandchild.  When I met her at the shower, she was overflowing with gratitude and joy  even though I couldn’t understand anything she was saying in Spanish!  What an amazing lady.

I also found out more details regarding that day and mom’s scheduled abortion appointment: When they had arrived, it was their second time there; they had already been there once and were completely sold out on following through.  Mom had already filled out the paperwork, and she was in line for her abortion with 8-9 other women.  She had been so close to going through with it, but it was the sincerity of our love and tears (and, no doubt, prayers) that caused them to reconsider.

Even though I don’t speak Spanish, Mom and I have figured out a way to keep in touch regularly.  She tells me that I am her angel God sent and that her entire family was saved that day.  I have even been asked to attend the baby’s birth!  What an honor.  (I’m looking forward to that “I’m in labor!” phone call this December!)

But I tell her it is me who is blessed to have had the privilege of being a vessel for the Holy Spirit that day, working as a team with our amazing Sidewalk Advocates in Stamford.  Indeed, I was honored to be one of many who played a part in God’s perfect plan to convict their hearts on the sidewalk.  I am so grateful to Tom, Noelle, and their team of Sidewalk Advocates who said YES to God through this ministry and have chosen to persevere through many challenges on the sidewalk!

Love IS truly ending abortion, one mother, one family at a time.  Thank you all for supporting Sidewalk Advocates for Life and being a part of this incredible, life-saving journey with us!

Blessings in Christ,

Susan O’Neill
Eastern Program Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

susan@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (September 1 – November 15, 2017): “Celebrating God’s Goodness”

by Jeff Reedy, Shipping Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s): “And Mary said, ‘My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For He has looked on the humble state of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed. For the mighty One has done great things for me. And holy is His name.'” – Luke 1:46-49

Reflection: How easy it is to take for granted all of the great things He has done for us. He gives us so much to be thankful for every day of our lives. So how can we learn to appreciate His blessings in our lives and not take them for granted?

The answer is also in Mary’s song of praise. He looks upon our humble state. When we learn humility, we learn to see our lives as they really are. Not regretting the past, not fearing the future, but living in the present, where God meets us and gives us so many blessings. Humility is not thinking less of ourselves, but thinking more about Him and what He has done for us. It’s learning not to be envious of what He’s done for others, because when we focus on Him, He puts His love in our hearts, and we can genuinely be happy for our friends who are also blessed.

Faith Challenge: As we humbly realize what great goods we’ve been given, let’s remember to pray for those who need our help and prayers. For mothers who face poverty and think that abortion is their only answer. For fathers to be real fathers and to take care of mothers and their children. And let’s be grateful for all of the times that He has answered our prayers — as we trust He will do in the future, again and again.

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

Dear Friend of Life:

GLORY TO GOD!!

An abortion facility in Harrisburg, PA — another abortion facility where there has been a Sidewalk Advocates for Life outreach presence — has shut its doors for good!!

This facility had an astonishing 44 pages of health and safety violations, discovered earlier this year.

Unbelievable.

More details here: http://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2017/09/troubled-harrisburg-pennsylvania-abortion-facility-closes/#.WcEiMbKGPIU

We’d like to thank Becky and her team of Sidewalk Advocates and prayer volunteers under the local ministry, Undefeated Courage, for their perseverance in service of mothers-in-crisis and their preborn children!!

Here’s what Becky, the valiant leader, shared with us…

“Today, we rejoice and are praising God, for He heard our cries from heaven and He answered! Hillcrest Women’s Medical Center, Harrisburg’s long-term abortion facility that has been providing abortions since 1976, has been prayed CLOSED for good! Hallelujah! The folks from Undefeated Courage, which sponsored Sidewalk Advocates for Life-Harrisburg, PA, has held peaceful, prayerful vigil there almost every hour that the center was open since September 15, 2014. Since then, at least 79 women were open to our loving offers of help and support and turned away from abortion. We thank you, SAFL, for your thorough and professional scripture-based training; groups like us are changing the dynamics at abortion facilities all around the world!  Love changes hearts and welcomes LIFE!”

Thank YOU, Becky!!
People often become discouraged when faced with the problem of abortion in their backyard.  In fact, one of the questions we receive most often is whether a peaceful, prayerful outreach presence at the local abortion facility really can make a difference.
But Becky and her team’s prayerful, persevering outreach presence shows that you can not only make a difference, but END ABORTION IN YOUR COMMUNITY through God’s amazing grace!

Friend, we know God doesn’t want to stop here!  Sidewalk Advocates for Lifeis the only organization seeking to cover all uncovered abortion facilities around the nation with peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy — because we know how effective it is!

We’re in the midst of our Fall campaign to raise desperately-needed funds to not only keep this work going, but growing in order to impact more eternal souls and save more lives from abortion.  Will you join us today with a gift of $25, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or more so that we can take this work to the next level?  And because of a $40,000 matching fund challenge from a generous group of donors, everything you give right now is INSTANTLY DOUBLED!  Truly, we don’t survive without generous people like you!

Whatever sacrifice you can make, we are so grateful: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

Thank you for rejoicing with us today and keeping this LIFE-SAVING mission going! 

We look forward to sharing more good news very soon!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org