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
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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

HUGE, BREAKING NEWS: OVER 2,000 BABIES SAVED FROM ABORTION!!

Dear Friend of Life:

WE HAVE HUGE NEWS!!

We at Sidewalk Advocates for Life just got word that we’re now celebrating OVER 2,000 PRECIOUS BABIES SAVED FROM ABORTION since we started on the sidewalk just over 3 years ago!!  (See video announcement, below.)

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!

When marking a victory like this, inevitably, folks ask…

What are the top tips and strategies you can share that help to save more lives from abortion?

And if I can’t get out to the sidewalk, how can I be a part of this life-saving mission?

No doubt, that’s an essential discussion we in the pro-life movement should be having!

In response, we at Sidewalk Advocates for Life invite you to JOIN US for a FREE, ONE-HOUR, ONE-TIME webcast event, GAME-CHANGER, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 9 pm EST / 8 pm CST / 7 pm MST / 6 pm PST, where you’ll learn…

– THREE KEYS TO OUTREACH that are helping advocates gain more life-saving conversations on the sidewalk than ever before…

– ONE SIMPLE TOOL THAT HAS BEEN A LITERAL GAME-CHANGER, convincing many women to change their minds and choose life while headed into the abortion facility…

– THREE HUGE ANNOUNCEMENTS that will share groundbreaking strategic plans to mobilize more people and help save more lives…

– And HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF ENDING ABORTION right in your town or city!

Spots are limited, so be sure to secure yours now at:  sidewalkadvocates.org/webcast


HUGE, BREAKING NEWS: OVER 2,000 PRECIOUS BABIES SAVED FROM ABORTION!!

Thanks again for all your support!  We cannot wait to share with you the new, upcoming, groundbreaking strategic plans that we believe will HELP SAVE MORE LIVES FROM ABORTION than ever before!

Talk to you Tuesday night!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
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No regrets… right?!

Dear Friend of Life:

Even after 17 years of being a sidewalk counselor, there’s a temptation to play it small.  

Sometimes, you can feel like a clown on the sidewalk, waving with a big smile and calling those sitting in an abortion facility parking lot over to talk.  (Keep in mind that due to the set up of an abortion facility, you might be pushed back from the entrance many feet since we can only stand on the public sidewalk — or risk trespass — so the smile and wave is a HUGE asset!)  At times, you’re tempted to do a smaller wave …and just let go if they don’t see you or don’t initially respond.  

Don’t get me wrong: You should not harass people — that’s bad people skills and is ultimately self-defeating.  But there IS a difference between a timid smile and tiny wave vs. a big wave, a few projected words of love, and invite where you really put yourself out there.  And you must have the confidence to try again in a bit if they initially refuse — I cannot tell you how many times I won a life-saving conversation with some loving persistence!

I remember recently being on the sidewalk with two members of our National Team in Tampa, FL.  I prayed I wouldn’t play it small.  No regrets …right?!

Right after I prayed that prayer to be humble enough to really put myself out there — even if I got rejected  our team witnessed TWO WOMEN choose life!

It’s the same with deciding whether or not to take that leap of faith and try Sidewalk Advocates for Life.

It can seem so intimidating to even think about reaching out to abortion-minded women and men at your local facility.  And we get that.  But one think that we teach in the training is that it doesn’t depend on YOU, it depends on God and those who must respond to His grace.  People make choices.  You can do everything “right”: you can throw the “sidewalk advocacy training manual” at them …and still, they might choose abortion.

After 17 years of doing this, I still experience many couples who are so hardened to help and hope, they reject my offer.  But they’re not rejecting me.  It’s not my fault.  They are simply not choosing to accept the rescue ship God has sent at that moment.

But nothing is lost in the Kingdom of God.  I keep in mind that even if they ultimately choose abortion, the Lord has allowed me to plant seeds that may ultimately save their soul.  If I have been loving and peaceful (even if I was straight-forward and firm!) in my interactions with them, they will remember that moment and give it a second …third …tenth thought where they might finally decide to start anew and give themselves to Him.

They will never forget that moment, so it’s so important we be someone we are proud to be on the sidewalk.

Don’t get me wrong: Quality training is essential. We must resign ourselves to becoming the most well-trained Sidewalk Advocates that we can possibly be, prepared for just about any situation that we may experience, as we know that God works through the ordinary.

Well, knowing how busy you are, we’ve done the hard work for you.  We’ve put together a quality training, tools, and support program so that you can be ready to make a difference for life in the community right where you live!

Won’t you give it a shot?  No regrets …right?!

Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to YOUR town or city close TODAY at 11:59 pm CST!  If you’re ready to take the leap of faith and give our program a try, go to sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

After that, we’ll set up a brief phone call with a couple members of our national team to review all that you get in the program, and you can ask as many questions as you want.  Once approved, we ship you all the training materials, and we walk with you— still answering your questions, of course — as you build your team of Sidewalk Advocates at your local abortion facility!

Either way, here’s our promise to you: Give it a try for a few months, and if you discern this ministry is not a good fit, no problem — no pressure whatsoever from us to continue.  BUT JUST A WARNING: Most folks who “gave it a try” were hooked after a couple weeks!

Again, here’s the link to our 5-minute application to get started: sidewalkadvocates.org/apply

Hope to talk to you soon!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

P.S. — JUST A QUICK REMINDER: If you and your community would be blessed by comprehensive sidewalk advocacy training, tools, and support, applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this Fall CLOSE TONIGHT at 11:59 pm CST at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

She was sobbing about her abortion on the sidewalk…

Dear Friend of Life:

Just two weeks ago, Bethany (on our National Team) and I were on the sidewalk, blessing and supporting one of our sidewalk advocacy teams in Jacksonville, FL, and reaching out to mothers-in-crisis at the abortion facility.

The day before at another facility, we had just experienced two lives saved — if not three.  (Please pray for them!)

I remembered bowing my head to pray on the sidewalk …and suddenly, feeling like a miracle was coming.  I thought, no doubt, another baby was going to be saved.

At this particular time on the sidewalk, we seemed to be witnessing women leave after receiving the “abortion pill” or a “chemical abortion” — which consists of a two-pill regimen.  (We got there later in the afternoon after facilitating a training in the community, so unfortunately, we missed them on the way in.)  Our leader had let us know that this facility really only did chemical abortion, more so than surgical, because it was fast and made Planned Parenthood more money.

So, we watched women walk out with a paper bag in their hand, likely containing the second pill; of course, we worked to flag them down to offer them help through abortionpillreversal.com.  As we made more and more contact with clients, we found out that the paper bag sometimes contained birth control rather than what we feared.  (Of course, we talked to them about the beauty of chastity — or gave married women solutions through a fertility-based awareness model that respected life!)

At one point, I saw a car pull into the parking lot and slowly, make its way to the middle.  It pulled into a spot right in front of an opening in the foliage on the sidewalk — because of that, I was able to easily smile, wave, and invite the driver, a beautiful young woman, into a conversation.

I reached out and told her about our free services at the local pregnancy center, then asked if she was in need of a pregnancy test and sonogram. She politely said no and said she was going in for STD testing.

I called over our local leader, lowered my voice, and asked our leader where she could go for reduced rate or free STD testing (so she didn’t have to give Planned Parenthood her business). As our leader was pulling up the info to the local community health center, I mentioned that, of course, she wouldn’t want to give her business to an abortion facility and we could help with a lower or no cost referral.

When I mentioned that, her hand went to her face, and I realized she was tearing up. I just knew…

“Honey, you’ve been through it, huh?  Oh, I’m so sorry.  Are you okay?”

Big tears just spilling onto her face…

I asked, “Can I give you a hug?”

She hugged me… and just started sobbing on my shoulder.

“I’m so sorry for your loss.  It’s okay.  I know you probably went through with it because you didn’t know what else to do.  It’s okay.”

I pulled back… “Hon, let me give this to you.  I want you to know that God wills your healing and restoration.  (I pulled out a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat brochure.)  I want you to call this number and they’ll let you know where the nearest healing retreat is.  You can grieve that loss and give that to the Lord.  You are beautiful.  You deserve that.”

We talked about her church, finding people there who were following the Lord, and choosing chastity to further protect herself.

I gave her my phone number and told her to message me anytime and let me know how she liked the healing retreat. We exchanged another hug.

She went back to her car and sat there for awhile… and left without even going into Planned Parenthood, waving as she went out.

God did indeed work a miracle.

One of the hallmarks of our training program is that we’re not just there for the abortion-minded client.  Of course, that’s primarily why we go to the abortion facility …but knowing countless other eternal souls will cross our path on the sidewalk, we want to ensure we are equipped to give them a life-affirming alternative to whatever need brings them there.

Sometimes we meet a client who is going in for a pregnancy test — and we can send them to a life-affirming pregnancy resource center instead.  Sometimes it’s a young, unmarried woman in a troubling relationship who is seeking birth control and has never heard of the idea of waiting for marriage and respecting herself.  Sometimes it’s a client who just needs a well-woman exam and hasn’t been lovingly challenged to take her business elsewhere (and yes, we do that research in each community and show her a pro-life alternative where she can find a cheaper well-woman exam)!

And sometimes, it’s someone who is going in for something else, but suddenly opens her heart to you about her past abortion, giving you an incredible opportunity to share hope and healing in Christ.

The point is that no matter who the client is, we have a way to fill the need elsewhere, thereby pulling thousands upon thousands of dollars away from the abortion industry… and even more importantly, we have a chance to plant vital, eternal seeds in that person’s life through God’s grace.

Well… we’d love to invite YOU to “be the miracle” for a woman-in-crisis!

There are TWO KEY WAYS you can make a difference…

1. If you and your community would be blessed by comprehensive sidewalk advocacy training, tools, and support, applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this Fall are open for just three more days through August 31 at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

If you have any questions about our program, please drop us a line at info@sidewalkadvocates.org, and we’d love to be of service!

2. If you cannot get to the sidewalk yourself, consider partnering with us in this great work and making a life-saving, financial gift today at sidewalkadvocates.org/donate!

Thank you so much for all of the prayers and precious treasure you’ve invested in this ministry — you make miraculous moments on the sidewalk possible!  We are so incredibly grateful!

Praying for your discernment!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL(AUGUST 21 – 31, 2017): “CELEBRATING THE GIFTS IN OTHERS”

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s): “Or are you envious because I am generous? So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” – Matthew 15b-16

Reflection: If we’re being totally honest, we’ve all felt a twinge of jealousy before… Someone else seems better at their job than we do.  Someone else gets recognized for their accomplishments more than we do.  Another sidewalk counselor is celebrating yet another victory on the sidewalk while we’re in a season of struggle.  Another organization gets the attention we were hoping to draw to a project we just launched.

And yet, the Lord doesn’t see it that way.  In the Kingdom of God, everything sacrificed and offered to Him, big and small, challenge or no challenge, is valuable and precious.  You have gifts and talents someone else doesn’t.  Seasons of life give us more of an opportunity to share at times than others.  And if our ultimate goal is to glorify God and give all the attention to Him where possible, it doesn’t really matter.  As long as we are utilizing the gifts, talents and time He has given to us – letting all be done in love – it is even more pleasing to Him!

And perhaps another’s success is the Holy Spirit whispering to us a challenge: Go run after and cultivate the gifts and dreams I’ve given you.

Meanwhile as we grow and seek His Will, God reassures us: Don’t focus on someone else, focus on what I can do through you.  And celebrate any victory — whether worked through us or someone else — as a victory for Him.

Faith Challenge: Pray for the gift of humility, and thank God for His many blessings.

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

People often become discouraged when faced with the problem of abortion.  One of the questions we receive most often is if a peaceful, prayerful outreach presence at the local abortion facility can really make a difference.

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, our leader in Shreveport / Bossier City, LA, helped shut down an abortion facility in his community: https://vimeo.com/228442943

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!)

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

Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this Fall are NOW OPEN through August 31 at sidewalkadvocates.org/applyStill 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!  (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

DEVOTIONAL (AUGUST 1 – 21, 2017): “FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM”

by Jeff Reedy, Shipping Coordinator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s):“For we know that God works everything for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

Reflection:

The world seems to be in a tumult of scary news at times:  Political upheaval.  Police officers gunned down. Terrorist acts.

And yet, we know that God works everything for our good. Everything!  No matter who is in the Oval Office …no matter what laws get passed in our nation. God works everything for good under Nero just as He does under Constantine. If we but turn to Him, we can trust that He will work everything out in the end.

An example of this comes immediately to mind: It’s such a beautiful thing to see a baby spared from abortion and given the opportunity for a full and happy life. It makes people wonder, what can I do to help save babies like this?

Well, that brings us to our second example: Sidewalk Advocates for Life has applications open this month!  You can learn how to bring this peaceful, lawful, incredibly effective program to your town or city and build a team of trained Sidewalk Advocates in front of your local abortion facility.

Ever wondered what you can do to make a difference in the world? To be part of God “working everything for our good?” Here’s your chance to be part of the solution!

Faith Challenge:

Pray for God to work everything for good in our country and to begin with us, perhaps by bringing SAFL to YOUR area!

COULD THIS HAPPEN IN YOUR CITY?

Dear Friend of Life:

Ever felt discouraged when it comes to the problem of abortion?

Wondering if a peaceful, prayerful outreach presence at your local abortion facility can really make a difference?

What if you have terrible access — due to the set up of the public right-of-way  to clients?  Can you still see miracles in that difficult situation?

The Sidewalk Advocates of Winter Haven, Florida, asked those very questions at one point, too.

When they first signed up for Sidewalk Advocates for Life, Amy and her team in Winter Haven were frustrated because the public right-of-way in front of their local abortion facility put them far away from the front door on a busy highway.  To top it off: the shopping center where the Planned Parenthood was located also had a movie theater, so it was incredibly hard to figure out who was going to the abortion facility and who wasn’t!

The good news is that they resigned not to give up and asked for help: A couple members of our national team went to Winter Haven and looked at their set-up and offered suggestions that helped change the game.

But you know what else changed the game?  Their perseverance in prayer and presence even when they weren’t seeing dramatic saves or other really evident victories.  They just kept believing that God was working through them and that He was working behind the scenes to eventually show them how their efforts would pay off.

Finally — after persevering for 18 months every week and offering everyone loving alternatives to abortion and Planned Parenthood — they watched their 22-23 year old abortion facility lose business and ultimately, CLOSE! 

Here’s the VIDEO summary of their inspirational journey from frustration to victory: https://vimeo.com/169359648

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!)

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

Applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your community this Fall are NOW OPEN August 1 – 31 at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

Still have questions?  No problem!

Our advice is to FIRST start with prayer: Am I called to bring peaceful sidewalk advocacy to our community?  Keep in mind: 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!  (And be sure to read our FAQs, too!)

Again, a reminder that applications to bring Sidewalk Advocates for Life to your town or city this Fall are open August 1 – 31 at  sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

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!

Blessings in Christ,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (JULY 15 – 31, 2017): “CHILDREN ARE A GIFT FROM THE LORD”

by Jenna Scott, Program Administrator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s):

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.” — Psalm 127:3 (NASV)

Reflection:

Children are a gift from the Lord!  We know that as part of the pro-life community, but how do we show it?

It is easy to put on the pro-life hat and say that we are for ending abortion. We can — and should — be a witness for life in front of abortion facilities. But are we called to do more to affirm the truth that children are a blessing from the Lord?

We are pro-life not just when we go to the sidewalk, but also in how we live our daily lives. We have an opportunity to be a witness for life when we go to the grocery store, church, or make our daily commute. When we see a mother struggling with her children in the grocery store line, we can be a source of support when we step aside and let her check out first. When we go to church and the family is trying to hear God’s Word with a fussy baby, don’t encourage the family to leave — smile and affirm their valiant efforts.  If you take public transportation, offer the pregnant woman your seat.

When we show the world we care and support children and their parents in our day-to-day actions, we are showing the world what it truly means to be pro-life. And it may be those random acts of kindness that stick with someone when they encounter an unexpected pregnancy of their own.

Let Us Pray:

Lord, help us remember that children are a blessing every day throughout our day. Help us find ways to be kind and show love towards children and parents. Let our compassion and love for life spill over into everything that we do so that we may proclaim your truth with our actions and not just our words. Amen.

VIDEO: Why Important To Be PEACEFUL, PRAYERFUL, LAW-ABIDING At The Abortion Facility…

Dear Friend of Life,

Please check out the important video message from our Executive Director, Lauren Muzyka, HERE: https://vimeo.com/227140574

Here’s the message from Lauren that accompanied the video when first shared via social media…

On May 13, 2017, a group called Operation Save America (OSA) held a “sit in” and blocked the doors to the Louisville abortion facility, leading to their arrest… the same group is back in Louisville this week.

Because our mission is to help others effectively save lives at abortion facilities all over the globe, we wanted to provide clarity and leadership as to why this approach is harmful and can have a grave chilling effect on prayer and peaceful outreach on the sidewalk and a subsequent deleterious effect on lives saved.

In this video, we explain why  along with the vast majority of the pro-life movement  we have chosen to be peaceful, prayerful, and law-abiding.

Here is the text of our FULL STATEMENT on these important sidewalk values: sidewalkadvocates.org/statement

Please share with your friends, and let’s affirm our commitment to be safe, calm, peaceful people on the sidewalk for abortion-bound women who may be in world of chaos and confusion, giving us a chance to truly reach their hearts.

Blessings,
Lauren Muzyka, Esq.
Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

with the SAFL Board of Directors and National Team

#sidewalkadvocacy #lovethemboth

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Again, don’t forget to check out our FULL STATEMENT on these important sidewalk values at sidewalkadvocates.org/statement.

I also want to be clear that our intention is not to attack a group. We are simply sharing concerns about the approach because this is national news and the media is trying to say non-law-abiding activity IS the pro-life movement; we wanted to be clear that we — along with the vast majority of the pro-life movement — do not fit this definition.

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions!

In Christ, for Life,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

 

 

ANNOUNCING OUR BRAND NEW LOCATIONS!

Dear Friend of Life,

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…

  • Bronx (East), NY
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Ft. Myers, FL
  • Memphis, TN
  • Raleigh, NC
  • San Diego, CA
  • Santa Teresa, NM
  • Tampa (Northeast), FL
  • Waco, TX
  • York, PA
These locations join our existing locations who are continuing their program!

Total, we are currently at 115 participating locations!  Praise God!

If you live near one of these locations, you might 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 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 August 1-31 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 transform hearts, save lives, and end abortion!

Blessings,

Chantel Poisel
Communications Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

chantel@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

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

Dear Friend of Life:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why is all this monumentally important on the sidewalk?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

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

by Lauren Muzyka, Executive Director, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

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

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

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

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

His love and grace truly makes all things new.

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