CLOSED: THREE ABORTION FACILITIES!

Dear Friend of Life,

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

God is good!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Can we get an AMEN!?!  

But good news doesn’t stop there…

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

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

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

But NOTHING is too big for our God!

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

Praise God!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

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

He was sitting in a wheelchair on the sidewalk…

Dear Friend of Life:

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

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

This is what took place just two days ago…

“What’s your name?” I asked.

“Eric,” he said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Am I doing enough?” I thought.

That was it. The floodgates opened.

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

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

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

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

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

My heart hurt.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wished with all my heart I could do more. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

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

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

Dear Friend of Life,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks and God bless,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

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

by Chantel Poisel, Communications Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcing our BRAND NEW Locations!

Dear Friend of Life,

Please give a warm PRO-LIFE welcome to our BRAND NEW SidewalkAdvocates for Life locations!

The following cities started their sidewalk advocacy program around January 1st, peacefully offering loving, life-affirming alternatives to women and men entering their local abortion facility…

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Clearlake, CA
  • Johnstown, PA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles (Santa Monica), CA
  • Mission Hills, CA
  • Montclair, NJ
  • Pomona, CA
  • Wareham, MA

…and international location: Buea, Cameroon!

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

Total, we are currently at 103 participating Sidewalk Advocates for Life locations!  Praise God!

If you live near one of these locations, you might consider attending a local training and becoming an active Sidewalk Advocate, offering loving, life-affirming alternatives to women and men entering the abortion center.  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 Life program 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!  Be sure to visit our website for more details: www.sidewalkadvocates.org.

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 transform hearts, save lives and end abortion!

Blessings,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — Many of you have asked for an update in our Winter financial campaign to keep our ministry going and growing.  We’re currently at 33% of goal — with the hope that we can cross the finish line as soon as possible as we earnestly work to cover every abortion facility with a peaceful, effective sidewalk advocacyprogram. Will you help us with a gift of $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 to keep this life-saving work afloat? (Sidewalk Advocates for Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so any financial gift you make is tax-deductible!)  We humbly ask for your help and partnership so we can reach our goal for this great mission: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate …THANK YOU!

Stay posted on our progress on our homepage at sidewalkadvocates.org!  Thanks again so much!

DEVOTIONAL (January 1 – January 14, 2017): “The New Has Come”

by Jenna Scott, Program Administrator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” — 2 Corinthians 5:17

Reflection: Now is the time of year that everyone is making New Years’ resolutions. We are all looking for ways to better ourselves — lose weight, be more financially responsible, volunteer more… the list goes on and on.

But it is important that the most important change that could ever happen is belonging to Christ. We became new and we became His. This is not to say that we don’t have our own struggles to work through still, but it means that Christ has already conquered our biggest faults through His blood on the cross. Our old selves and old ways we once held onto have been made new through Christ.

So when we make our resolutions, let’s make them in a way that honors God and is ordered towards claiming that new self Christ has already claimed with his new creation.

Let us pray: Lord, as we enter a new year, help us remember to put you first this year. Help guide us towards bettering ourselves in service of your Kingdom. Show us the way to help protect and serve those who need us the most. Give us the words to minister to the women-in-crisis. Help us spend this new year with our focus on you.

Thank you, Lord, for all the gifts you have already given us, including the beauty of your new creation through our relationship with you. Help us make the most of our gifts by using them in a way that glorifies you and serves your people. Amen.

A MUST READ: Message from a mom who chose LIFE…

Dear Friend of Life,

Yesterday, our Program Manager, Bethany, messaged me: Can you take a quick call?  You want to hear this! 🙂

I called her back, knowing this work brings us no shortage of interesting stories!

She said, “Okay, let me read you something… Hello, Lauren, this is A, we met when you were outside of the abortion clinic in Tampa, FL…

I gasped.  “Oh my goodness!” I said, tears springing to my eyes.

I instantly went back to that morning on the sidewalk — just a few weeks ago — when I was visiting Florida and a couple of us on the National Team, along with a fellow Sidewalk Advocate, went to the local abortion facility to peacefully and prayerfully reach out to clients.

This was the second young woman who had turned away from the abortion facility that morning; she had obviously utilized the phone number on the Blessing Bag we had given her to reach back out via text (connected to Bethany’s phone).

Bethany chuckled and kept going, “…I just want to let you know, thank you so much for altering my decision about keeping my baby, things are going to be a little ruff, but I’m willing to make things happen for my baby.  I’m due (late Spring) and …very excited to meet him!!!

“That’s so great!  I’m so glad she reached out!” I exclaimed.

I also realized that God had answered her prayers in another way: She had two little girls at home, and some of the family with her that morning let us know that they were also trying to sway her into a decision for life because “this might be her boy.”

When I heard the end of her message “very excited to meet HIM” I suddenly realized that an ultrasound no doubt confirmed she was having a boy ...and she could have, quite possibly, aborted the gift of her only son.

I asked Bethany to forward me the text, and I wrote her back: “Hi, A!  This is Lauren… I am so excited to hear from you!!  And we are so proud of you!!  You made such a wonderful, courageous decision for your little boy!!  Is there anything you need?  We’d be happy to help any way we can!!  We love you!!”

“P.S. — Call or text anytime. :)”

About 30 minutes later, she wrote back to say that she was doing well, she had everything she needed for the time being, and again, she felt like we “were a huge help” in sorting through everything that morning.

We traded a few more texts, offering to connect her with another ministry in the area, if helpful, and throw her a baby shower!  The good news is that she took us up on the baby shower since she had nothing for a little boy.

We’re now planning a baby shower for early Spring!  What a gift to celebrate the life of this little boy and his mother who chose life!

This is what it means to be the hands and feet of Jesus: standing in the gap for mothers and fathers, speaking words of peace and love and life into their lives, especially when the culture and the abortion industry has lied to them and told them that abortion will solve their problems.  

Consider this: Former abortion providers have told us that peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy was the activity that most devastated their business!  And it’s not a wonder!  Prayer, love and the offer of free services at the local pregnancy center — it’s all so powerful!

Can you imagine the life-saving impact if we could build a team of peaceful, prayerful advocates in front of every abortion facility in the U.S. and beyond?

This is our dream.  

In just 2.5 years of ministry, we’ve grown to cover about 15% of U.S. abortion facilities (101 locations, total) and witnessed almost 1,600 precious babies saved, 38 workers who have left the business, 2 facility closures and a host of other blessings!

What God is doing is nothing short of amazing!

Friend, we’re in the final days of our end-of-the-year campaign to raise desperately-needed funds to keep our ministry going and growing in 2017 …and we’re short right now.  Will you partner with us in this effort at $10, $25, $100, $500, $1,000 or more to ensure that no abortion facility in the country goes without peaceful, loving sidewalk counselors every hour of business?  

We’re working hard, seeing where we can get coverage as soon as possible at every abortion facility in the country, to be the hands and feet of Christ and ensure that as many lives are saved from abortion as possible!

Will you partner with us and help us build new sidewalk advocacy teams across the country in 2017?

Once again, here’s where you can make a LIFE-SAVING, tax-deductible gift of support: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

Be sure to keep posted on our progress at sidewalkadvocates.org!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you again so much for joining us in this great movement to transform hearts, save lives, and end abortion through the power of God’s great love and peaceful outreach!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — We’re in the final days of our end-of-the-year financial campaign!  We humbly ask for your help in building LIFE-SAVING sidewalk advocacy teams across the country and beyond: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your help and partnership — we appreciate you!

PICTURE: A joyous scene at the abortion facility…

Dear Friend of Life,

Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words.

As you may remember from our last email, we mentioned that a couple of us on the national team were recently in Florida for a statewide training and meeting with our leaders.  While there, we decided to meet up at a local abortion facility one morning with one of our dedicated Sidewalk Advocates, Nate, and lovingly and peacefully reach out to abortion-minded clients.

In short, it was an incredible morning!  Three woman chose life and we had the pleasure of personally walking two of those women over to the pregnancy center just next store to the abortion facility.

Earlier in the morning, I remembered bowing my head in prayer and asking God for boldness in reaching out, that we would get out of the way, and He would work through me and our team.

The very next woman we spoke to chose life!

I can tell you that after almost 17 years of being on the sidewalk, it never gets old when someone agrees to leave the abortion facility and instead, take you up on the free services at a pro-life, pro-woman pregnancy center.

The woman came around the fence and she and I began to walk together over to the center.  Little did I know that my fellow national team member, Bethany, was snapping a quick picture from behind (in order to protect the identity of the woman) to remember that beautiful, Holy Spirit-filled moment.

This picture is powerful for so many reasons.

It’s a beautiful thing to visually behold the beginning of this young woman’s YES to LIFE …but what also struck me was this: when I started to walk the young woman next store, our fellow Sidewalk Advocate, Nate, bowed his head in prayer and was praying earnestly for her as we sought to lovingly hand her off to the pregnancy center.

As you note, Bethany (who took the picture) was on one side of the driveway, and Nate was on the other.  (We were on public right-of-way, tucked away from traffic on the main road, as we sought to be law-abiding.)  Both were dressed in a reflector vest not only for safety, but to give themselves more instant recognition as someone with training and authority.  I had stationed myself at the fence to catch clients who didn’t stop at the driveway for whatever reason.

Nate held another tool we talk about in our training: a blessing bag.  A blessing bag is a bag of store-bought goodies with literature attached on the inside or outside to let a woman know we deeply care about her and her precarious situation.  When we hand these out at an abortion facility, people often instantly see that we mean no harm and truly want to help them and their child.

In short, when you behold this picture, you see the fruit of prayer, training, teamwork and a winning strategy all working together at the abortion facility!

This is the dream for every community in America and beyond.

Former abortion providers have told us that peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy was the activity that most devastated their business: Can you imagine the life-saving impact if we could build one of these well-organized teams in front of every abortion facility in the country and around the world?

In just 2.5 years of ministry, we’ve grown to cover 13% of U.S. abortion facilities (101 locations, total) and witnessed almost 1,600 precious babies saved, 37 workers who have left the business, 2 facility closures and a host of other blessings!

What God is doing is nothing short of amazing!

Right now, we’re in our end-of-the-year campaign to raise desperately-needed funds to keep our ministry going and growing in 2017 …and we’re short right now. Will you partner with us in this effort at $10, $25, $100, $500, $1,000 or more to ensure that no abortion facility in the country goes without peaceful, loving sidewalk counselors every hour of business?  

We’re working hard, seeing where we can get coverage as soon as possible at every abortion facility in the country to ensure that as many lives are saved from abortion as possible!

To that end, I thank you so much for joining us in this great movement to transform hearts, save lives and end abortion through the power of God’s great love and peaceful outreach!

Once again, here’s where you can make a LIFE-SAVING, tax-deductible gift of support: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

Be sure to keep posted on our progress at sidewalkadvocates.org!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your partnership in the greatest human rights movement in the history of the world!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — We’re in the middle of our end-of-the-year financial campaign, and if more people don’t give, we won’t survive!  We humbly ask for your help to keep this life-saving work going: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate …THANK YOU so much for your consideration!

DEVOTIONAL (December 14 – December 31, 2016): “Come to the Throne of Grace”

by Chantel Poisel, Communications Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” — Hebrews 4:16

Reflection: Today’s email shares a story of three Sidewalk Advocates praying and reaching out in love to women-in-crisis on the sidewalk in front of an abortion facility. The photo shows a man praying, and our Executive Director, Lauren, walking with a woman, escorting her to a pregnancy center next door.

This photo embraces the spirit of this verse.

We can come boldly to the throne of grace — through prayer. We may, then, obtain mercy for our shortcomings. We will then find grace to help in times of need — grace for ourselves to know how to help, and grace for those we are trying to help.

This verse reminds us that it all starts in prayer — by coming boldly, purposefully, to the throne of grace. Every time we are present on the sidewalk, we must start in prayer. It prepares our hearts and fills us with grace that we can then share with those we encounter.

We never walk alone. When we come to the thrown of grace, we invite the Holy Spirit in and He walks with us. Those who are covering us in prayer are walking with us.

Just like Lauren is walking with the woman in the photo to a place where she can receive real help, the Lord walks with us each step of the way — if we allow Him.

Let us pray: Dear Lord, Thank you for your overflowing mercy and grace!

Prepare our hearts as we go out to the sidewalks to minister to those in need of help. Thank you for the reminder that the first step is always coming to you, to your throne of grace. Thank you for your presence, and the reminder that we never walk alone.

Help us to show your mercy and grace to the men and women we encounter, and allow us to come alongside them with encouragement in the right direction as we strive to follow your example and love them to a better place.

Through your mercy and grace, help us to help those-in-need. Help us to honor you through the work we do, that you may be glorified in all things. Amen.

The secret’s out! The BEST Christmas gift is…

Dear Friend of Life:

As we celebrate the Advent season, looking expectantly to Christmas and celebrating the birth of our Savior, we wanted to share with you another amazing variety of praise reports

  • Two of our national team members went to the sidewalk on Saturday with another Sidewalk Advocate in Tampa, FL, and there were THREE woman who chose LIFE!  Praise God!
  • Aside from these three lives saved, we received reports of at least FOUR MORE babies saved around the country!
  • Last night, I got a text from our Program Director, Laura, in Louisville, KY: another baby was born to a mother who chose life a few months ago …and we’ll be sharing the picture of this precious baby boy very soon!

In short, the GOOD NEWS keeps coming!  It’s just a reminder to us that when God’s people answer the call to be His hands and feet, seeking to love women and men in crisis, miracles happen.

We are in the season of miracles!  We celebrate the fact that Our God came to show us the way of love, to redeem us and lead us back to Himself.  In the same way, in every client we reach out to and seek to help, we see the pattern of Our Lord’s love.

Keep in mind: They rejected Him, so many times, we will be rejected, too.  But we trust that — in every interaction — essential seeds have been planted that He will water and use to bring that person back to life some day.

We want to thank YOU, our partners in this great work, for all that you do to keep this ministry going and growing!  Indeed, this work doesn’t happen but for the Lord working through generous hearts like YOURS!

As we anticipate Christmas, we wanted to give you an opportunity to honor someone who has been an inspiration to you in the battle for life.  As of this past week, we just launched our Christmas gift campaign where you can make a gift in someone’s honor or memory —  and give the BEST GIFT to others: the gift of LIFE!

Make a Christmas gift at sidewalkadvocates.org/ChristmasGift …and your gift will be featured on our new Christmas 2016 Honor Wall at sidewalkadvocates.org/Christmas2016!

Note that with about every $25 donated, we are seeing a life saved from abortion!

My husband and I made a financial gift in honor of my mother who passed away about 22 months ago.  My mom loved the work of Sidewalk Advocates for Life and often teared up when I told her about a baby saved.  I often think of the monumental sacrifices she made as my mother, and the incredible lessons she taught me about the sanctity of human life.

I couldn’t think of any better way to honor her than make a Christmas gift in her memory to this work so that other children may be saved from abortion.

This is one of my favorite pictures of us from my childhood!  I look at this and I’m reminded of her kind, loving and generous heart.  Her heart was so sensitive to the plight of women and children that, at times, she would tear up and wonder how our country could allow something like abortion.

This is only my second Christmas without her, so it’s not going to be easy.  My mom was an abundant gift-giver — she LOVED watching your face light up when you opened up a present from her — and Christmas was her absolute favorite time of year.  Still, I’m so grateful the Lord allowed her to be here for 30+ years of my life, and I’m going to do all that I can to honor her memory and her great love.

I often whisper, Mom, I’m going to go end abortion for you.  I’m resolving at this time of year to sacrifice what I can of my time, talent and treasure to put myself more at the disposal of what He is doing to end abortion.  

I’m so grateful for all the miracles along the way and those who have inspired us to keep up the good fight.  Join me in making a Christmas gift in memory or honor of a loved one who has inspired you at sidewalkadvocates.org/ChristmasGift …and we’ll share your gift at sidewalkadvocates.org/Christmas2016!  (Note: You’ll also get emailed a beautiful card you can send to your loved one(s), letting them know about your gift!)

Thank you for being a part of the greatest work on earth!  Happy Advent!

In His Love,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (December 1 – December 13, 2016): “Seeking the Lost”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verses: “Jesus said to his disciples: ‘What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.'” — Matthew 18:12-14

Reflection: I think back to our time on the sidewalk in Tampa this past Saturday — and the victory of THREE precious babies saved!

As we sought to reach out to every client, we utilized something called a “Blessing Bag”: a bag of store-bought goodies that showed the client we cared and wanted to help. On the front of the bag was a note + coupon for a free pregnancy test and sonogram.

As we called out to each client, lovingly, across the parking lot or spoke to them through the fence, we got laser-focused on each person, letting them know that we loved them, we cared for them, and we had real help for them. The two women that we had the pleasure of walking over to the pregnancy center teared up when we told them they could do this — they were strong enough, and we’d help them figure out a plan where they could continue with their plans and be a hero for their child.

I often reflect on these verses, knowing God doesn’t want anyone to be lost. As we go to the sidewalk to be His hands and feet, we pour ourselves out in that spirit, praying and advocated for them and their children. And even if we are rejected, we have faith that He will use that love to plant seeds in their life, and these seeds may be used to save their souls later.

Let us pray: Dear Lord, Thank you for your abundant love, and for your grace and mercy!

We pray for all the clients who did choose life this past week …and we lift up to you those who didn’t. We pray that you would help them to be healed and come to know you and the abundant life you offer them. We pray they come to see the amazing gift of life you offer through your son, Jesus Christ.

Thank you for each person who has answered your call to be a Sidewalk Advocate, prayer partner or financial supporter of this ministry — indeed, the great army of light you are raising up to end abortion!

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.

Arson Can’t Stop Love

Dear Friend of Life:

Last Wednesday, Project Defending Life, a pro-life pregnancy center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was broken into; the perpetrator set fire to the chapel and a room containing pro-life literature, thus, destroying this life-saving facility.

Our local Sidewalk Advocates for Life team in Albuquerque (ABQ) were hit hard with the news because they worked closely with Project Defending Life.  They referred women from ABQ’s local abortion facilities to the center and stored their literature and material there, most of which was destroyed in the fire.

The FBI is investigating the case as arson and a possible hate crime. You can learn more about this incident from multiple news sources, including our friends at LifeSiteNews and LifeNews.

Why would anyone do such a hateful thing to a loving and peaceful ministry?

Because they are effective and winning the battle for life.

ABQ is the late-term abortion capital of the country, performing abortions through all nine months of pregnancy. The peaceful and loving Sidewalk Advocates have had great success in reaching out to abortion-bound women, partnering with Project Defending Life to get women the real help they need so they can make life-affirming choices for their families.

Some may think that all is lost in this case …but arson can’t stop love.

The pro-life community in ABQ — and all of us across the country — are coming together in prayer and support.  PDL has resolved to continue assisting the fifteen clients currently in their care, as well as many more in need of their services.  Recently, 100 people came out for a prayer rally to pray and show support for their ministry.  Groups like Students for Life of America are helping find a mobile unit to station outside ABQ’s abortion facilities until the facility is restored.  Our organization is standing in the wings, ready to replenish materials for our Sidewalk Advocates as needed.

We humbly ask that you pray for our Sidewalk Advocates, and all of the pro-life volunteers in ABQ, as they work to restore their facility and replace what is lost.  They are working hard to get up and running again so they can continue helping women and families in need.  It is wonderful to see how the community is coming together, but we know that prayer is greatly needed and appreciated as they rebuild!

Please keep all of our Sidewalk Advocates across the country and around the world in prayer as they face many challenges on a daily basis. While we know the reward is worth it — whether we see it this side of Heaven or not — we also know that it isn’t easy. We believe prayer changes things: Please help us to build a constant, unbroken chain of prayer in the battle for life!

While we may be in different geographical locations, we can all come together in unity through prayer to support one another, and to pray for an end to abortion.

Thanks and God Bless,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — Many of you have asked for an update in our end-of-the-year financial campaign to keep our ministry going and growing.  We’re currently at 27% of goal — with the hope that we can cross the finish line as soon as possible as we earnestly work to cover every abortion facility with a peaceful, effective sidewalk advocacy program. Will you help us with a gift of $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000, $5,000 or $10,000 to keep this life-saving work afloat? (Sidewalk Advocates for Life is a 501c3 non-profit organization, so any financial gift you make is tax-deductible!)  We humbly ask for your help and partnership so we can reach our goal for this great mission: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate ...THANK YOU!

Stay posted on our progress on our homepage at sidewalkadvocates.org!  Thanks so much for all your support!

BIG THINGS COMING in 2017…

Dear Friend of Life:

There’s a question that’s been haunting me lately.

“Lauren, are you giving everything?”

This question came from a pro-life leader who pulled me aside recently.  Knowing we had already witnessed miraculous things in our short 2.5 year history — many babies saved, workers who have left the business, facility closures, and so many other blessings — he shared his conviction that God had much bigger plans for our mission to end abortion through the power of great love and peaceful outreach.

But for it to happen, he admonished me to be unafraid to take everything to the next level.

In the days and weeks that followed, I have often taken that question to prayer.  At times, it’s brought me to tears because I’m convinced that while God is not asking me to workharder, he is asking me to use the best of what I’ve been given to put into action His plan to win hearts and minds through the greatest tool we have: LOVE.

I truly believe that the local abortion facility is perhaps the greatest place in need of God’s transformational LOVE.

So, as our team anticipates the holidays and looks forward to the blessings of 2017 —and with a pro-life government who’s positioned to defund Planned Parenthood among many other things!I have to tell you: there are big things planned for 2017.

Former abortion providers tell us that peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy was the activity that most devastated their business.  Knowing that this is a key to ending abortion — and utilizing a comprehensive list of every abortion facility in the United States — we will be working earnestly to establish a peaceful sidewalk advocacy presence at every abortion facility in the country in order to help save more lives than ever before!

This is where I’m asking you for help: I’m all in.  With the help of God’s grace, I’m ready to end abortion as soon as possible and put myself out of a job.  And I’m humbly asking you to join me in this great mission!

There are two ways that you can help put into action these life-saving plans…

1. Have a call on your heart to help abortion-minded women in your community consider LIFE?  If you would be blessed by peaceful, comprehensive sidewalk advocacy (or “sidewalk counseling”) training, tools and support, consider bringing Sidewalk Advocates for Life to YOUR town or city!  Applications are now open through November 30 at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply.  (Questions? Drop us a line at info@sidewalkadvocates.org!)

2. In order to set up new sidewalk advocacy locations, we’ll need the resources to visit an area of the country and get multiple sites started at once!  Even though our training program is one of the greatest bargains out there (just $150 to get started!), so many pro-life volunteers are struggling and don’t have the means to cover it …but they’re ready to help save lives.  Additionally, on the ground, we must be prepared to cover a need of an abortion-vulnerable mother who has an urgency that isn’t able to be covered by the local pregnancy center — something we’ve named our “Mommy-Help Fund.”

To take this work to the next level, we launched our end-of-the-year financial campaign a few weeks ago, and we’re now at 25% of our overall goal.

We’re praying we cross the finish line sooner rather than later so we can get started on these new, life-saving plans!

Will you go “all in” with us and make a tax-deductible, one-time gift or gift of monthly support?:  sidewalkadvocates.org/donate


Also, some of you have asked for our mailing address to send in a financial gift. Those can be sent to:

           Sidewalk Advocates for Life
           906 W. McDermott Dr. #116-209

Allen, TX 75013

Friend, this is a critical moment in our ability to move forward in fact, we cannot do so without your help and I pray that you respond generously.

As we move forward in partnership, together, to end abortion, this is my promise to you: Every dollar you invest into Sidewalk Advocates for Life will be used to rapidly expand this life-saving program and save as many lives as possible from abortion.

Friend, please keep this work in your prayers, and please count on our prayers for you!  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support!

 

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

#VoteProLife Tomorrow + TWO WAYS to Save Lives!

Dear Friend of Life,

I think it’s safe to say we’re all a little battle-weary after a very long, tumultuous election season!  Tomorrow, America heads to the polls to choose the 45th President of the United States …and we want to remind everyone that, due to the possibility of FOUR available Supreme Court seats in the next few years, the trajectory of abortion for the next 60+ years and millions of unborn lives are on the line!

Tomorrow, during Election Day, our team is holding a #VoteProLife Tweetfest (on Twitter, of course), and we’d love to invite you to participate as a way to remind people that there is no greater issue than the death of 59 million children and millions of hurting women and families in abortion.  Simply write a thought on Twitter and add #VoteProLife to your thought and you’ll be part of the conversation!

No matter what happens, our work to transform hearts, save lives, and end abortion through the power of God’s love and peaceful outreach will still be monumentally important: the outcome of the election will likely determine whether we are swimming upstream or downstream.  However, it could be that —depending on the plans of the next presidential administration this work becomes our only means to end abortion.  Attorneys associated with our ministry will be watching the landscape very closely in the years to come.  Right now, our hope is that pro-life voters will take advantage of the opportunity to stack every card in our favor.

In the meantime, we wanted to let you know of TWO WAYS to help save lives NOW…

1. We’re in the middle of a NEW application period!  If you’ve contemplated bringing Sidewalk Advocates for Life’s peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy program to your town or city, perhaps the time is NOW!  It takes just 5 minutes to apply at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply; then, we’ll set up a short phone call to explain what’s included in the program and answer your questions …and you’ll get access to all of our training, tools and full-time support!  What do you have to lose?  Give it a try for a few months!  You might just help save a LIFE!

2. We’re in the middle of our end-of-the-year financial campaign to raise desperately-needed funds to keep our ministry going and growing …and we’re currently $13,000 short of what we need to make our matching fund challenge!  (As you may’ve seen, we were gifted a $30,000 matching fund gift from a generous group of donors, and we don’t want to leave any of this generosity sitting on the table!)  We’re currently raising funds to translate our entire training, tools and support program into Spanish + creating a Mommy-Help Fund to cover the needs of abortion-vulnerable women that are not covered by their local pregnancy center as a way to encourage a decision for LIFE!

Every day, we’re broadcasting LIVE from our Facebook page and thanking those who give every 24 hours!  Make a financial gift of support, and we’ll thank you ON AIR! (CLICK THIS POST TO GET CONNECTED AND SEE THE LATEST VIDEO!)

Please help us see victory!  Make your LIFE-SAVING, tax-deductible gift here:sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

Thanks to YOU — and many others who support our life-saving work — we’ve witnessed 1,500 babies saved, 2 facility closures, 37 workers who have left the business and many other miracles thus far in just over two years!  Can you imagine how hard we would hit the abortion industry if we were able to expand this life-saving mission to all those who desperately needed the training and support?

If God is weighing on your heart to make a tax-deductible, one-time gift or gift of monthly support, go to: sidewalkadvocates.org/donate

Thank you again for all your support and your incredible witness for the cause of LIFE!  Together, let’s be in prayer for our nation as America heads to the polls tomorrow to vote in a new presidential administration!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org