Dear Friend of Life:
Sidewalk Advocates in over 147 locations across our country and world sacrifice countless hours standing on the sidewalk in front of abortion facilities each week, offering hope and help to women-in-crisis through the power of love and peaceful outreach. Blistering hot sun or an avalanche of snow, they pray to reach as many hearts as possible.
Sometimes, it’s not easy. Some locations deal with folks who mock them, shout at them, and try to prevent them from speaking to the women entering the abortion facility. Despite any challenges they may face, our Sidewalk Advocates persevere for love of their preborn brothers and sisters — children they may never meet (though, sometimes, they do!).
The question they are most frequently asked? Is it worth it?
Well, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
To see this precious baby, saved from abortion: YES, it is worth it!
And for Baby Israel (pictured below on left with mom on right), saved from abortion: YES, it is worth it!
And for Baby Madisyn (pictured below), saved from abortion: YES, it is worth it!
Most of the time, sidewalk advocacy is done on the sidewalk, then there are times it’s done virtually! After seeing a Facebook post from a young, pregnant mom with twins asking for help, Tricia used her sidewalk advocacy skills to get her connected with the local resources!
EXCITEMENT: The twins were born February 1! Tricia, one of our Sidewalk Advocates, shares the account below…
“So many of you have been following the story of my brave, new friend who — despite abuse from the father, abandonment from some family, homelessness and high pressures to abort — chose life for her precious twins. They were born yesterday at 1:52 pm. Mom and babies couldn’t be better.
Many have you have done amazing things to help her. Her situation now is that she has her own home, she is done with dad and he is in jail for a long time, she is in regular contact with her local pregnancy center which will help for at least 2 years, she takes parenting classes and has a support system for her own well being, her family members who tried to force abortion on her have softened hearts and are loving on her babies now, strangers (many of you) have helped her with baby supplies, she has been put in touch with resources and is learning to navigate them until she can work full time again, [and] her blanket business is making a little money for her (some of you have bought blankets).
This mommy is EMPOWERED, and she wants you to know that she is so grateful for your prayers, letters of encouragement, and for those who helped with material things. I can’t wait to see what great things they will do. For now she is just enjoying these little faces. Hope you do, too!!! Brantley, 4.13, boy on the left and Oakley, 3.14, girl on the right. A little small but they are eating well…”
So yes, every challenge, every moment spent on the sidewalk is worth it —if it can save the life of even one of these precious babies, made in the image and likeness of God.
Either way, we know that no time on the sidewalk is wasted: God is using us in ways unseen, at times, to plant seeds in the hearts of those at the abortion facility or those passing by. Sometimes we witness those seeds blossom to evident victories on the sidewalk, and sometimes we look forward to the full realization of that impact once we are with Him.
Know that your prayers, financial support, and presence are making a profound difference!
Want to join us on the sidewalk? Here are two great options…
1. Find a current Sidewalk Advocates for Life location near you (to get trained) at sidewalkadvocates.org/locations.
2. Feel called to bring SAFL’s peaceful, prayerful sidewalk advocacy program to YOUR local community this spring? Applications are open until 11:59 pm CST TONIGHT!
Every one of us has a role to play in ending abortion — whether we are a donor, trained Sidewalk Advocate (or peaceful sidewalk counselor), or prayer volunteer. Thank you for saying “YES” to the call the Lord has placed on your heart and for the role you play in saving these precious children!
In Christ, for Life,
National Program Manager
Sidewalk Advocates for Life