Hang out this week?

Dear Friend of Life,

As you know, next week marks the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.  Since 1973, over 61 million innocent lives have been lost to abortion — the leading cause of death in the world.

But truly, the tide is changing …and because people like you have ‘stood up and shown up,’ there’s no question we’ve hit an unstoppable acceleration in the battle for LIFE! 

To help keep the life-saving momentum going, members of our National Team will be traveling to pro-life events across the country over the next couple of weeks in order to stand for LIFE, discuss best practices with fellow leaders, and share our life-saving sidewalk advocacy program with attendees …and we would love to see you!

If you’ll be near any of these events, please stop by and say hello!  We will have our exclusive merchandise for sale, including our top-selling “Make Unborn Babies Great Again” tees, hats, and marching signs!  (Many #MUBGA items sold out last year, so come get some before they’re gone!)

Here is where we’ll be…


WASHINGTON, D.C.

Thursday, January 17

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

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

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


Law of Life Summit — 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

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

SAFL Executive Director, Lauren Muzyka, will be speaking at the event, and other SAFL team members will be in attendance.


Friday, January 18

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

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

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


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

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

SAFL National Team members, Lauren Muzyka, Bethany Mistretta, Susan O’Neill, Christina Faucett, and Nate Robertson will be in attendance.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Saturday, January 26

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

Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco, CA

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


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

Civic Center Plaza
San Francisco, CA

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


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

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

Please note that because our team will be travelling to these events, our online store is currently not shipping new orders until February 4th. We appreciate your patience and understanding and hope you can stop by our booth at one of these events to purchase your ‘sidewalk swag’!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

Abby Johnson + 300 participants + YOU = AMAZING!

Dear Friend of Life:

READY …SET …GO!

If you’re with a pro-life, pro-family organization, sponsorships for the Second Annual Save Lives on the Sidewalk National Pro-Life Conference with Abby Johnson are now OPEN at sidewalkadvocates.org/sponsorship!
To secure your sponsorship, click on the link and fill out the sponsorship page; we’ll check availability, and once approved, a member of our team will respond back via email with the payment link.
Again, here’s the DIRECT SPONSORSHIP PAGE LINK: sidewalkadvocates.org/sponsorship

We look forward to partnering with you in this great event to help save more lives and end abortion through the power of His love!

Questions?  Drop me a line back!  Thanks so much!

In Christ,

Bethany Mistretta
National Program Manager
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

bethany@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (January 1 – January 31, 2019): “The Laborers Are Few”

by Christina Faucett, Program Administrator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s): “After this, the Lord appointed 72 others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'”

– Luke 10:1-2

Reflection: It seems odd to think that God needs us for anything. He is God, after all. He can do all things. He made us, and to Him, we are like the dust of the earth or the clay in His hands. Without Him we could not live. And yet, that is what he says to us over and over again: “I need you. I need you to come forward, choose me, step out in faith.” God can do great things in us and through us, but He wants us to participate. As Paul says in Ephesians, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Jesus points to that reality here: A harvest is waiting to be reaped – but where are the workers? Without workers in a farmer’s field, the grapes rot on the vine, the grain molds in the field. And without workers in the spiritual field souls perish in the darkness. God has planted many seeds in the hearts of those all around us: Will we reap what He has sown? Or will we remain blind to the harvest all around us, focusing only on our own measly patch of dirt?

Faith Challenge: Will you do the good works God has created you to do? Will you do it even if the work means standing in the rain tirelessly, day after day, fingers numb, and legs sore? If you are willing to take on this tedious work, Jesus has a promise for you – with His help, you will reap the rewards! The reward is the Bread of Life.

CLOSED: Another abortion facility …GONE!!

Dear Friend of Life:

What amazing news to end 2018: Our 14th abortion facility has CLOSED! Just before the clock struck 2019, our wonderful team of Sidewalk Advocates in San Antonio, TX, received the best Christmas present ever: News that prayer and peaceful outreach in the battle for LIFE had won again, and one of their abortion facilities was shutting its doors for good! 

Led by Susan and Kellie, the team had been working diligently this year to build 100% coverage at not just one, but all three abortion centers in San Antonio.  Their plan was simple: Utilize proven sidewalk advocacy strategies to encourage women to check out the mobile ultrasound unit (on site whenever possible), and ensure a smooth hand off to Eddie and his team at “A Woman’s Haven” pregnancy resource center for life-affirming care, tailored to her needs.

In the midst of simply loving and helping each mother-in-crisis before them, they were rewarded with the news that Whole Woman’s Health in San Antonio was closing for good at the end of the year!

The San Antonio team at last year’s First Annual “Save Lives on the Sidewalk National Pro-Life Conference”

Here’s what co-leader, Susan, had to say when we rejoiced with them and noted what ‘rockstars’ they are…

“We are not THE rockstars!  We have a team of rockstars, and of course, only with God was this possible at all!  Thank you, Sidewalk Advocates for Life, for all that you do to empower all of us on the sidewalk in front of an abortion clinic. It is with your encouragement, example and training that we are all brave and knowledgeable to combat the evil present there. It truly is a spiritual battle, but not only that, it is a physical, mental and emotional challenge. …But so worth it. On to the next one! (Truly,) the MOST underserved area where a woman is experiencing a crisis pregnancy is at the sidewalk in front of an abortion clinic. Praise God for the gift of being called to (this team) and to …be a spectator witnessing daily miracles.”

What miracles will you be part of in 2019?  If you want to see how God can use you this year, you can find a Sidewalk Advocates for Life location nearest you and get trained as a SidewalkAdvocate: sidewalkadvocates.org/location …or consider starting your own by going to sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!  And if you can’t join us on the sidewalk, you can help this great work grow by signing up for a monthly gift of $25 or more at sidewalkadvocates.org/donate!

Let’s keep the life-saving momentum going: Please join us however you can in this great mission to save lives and end abortion through the power of His love …and together, let’s look forward to another miraculous year for His glory!

In Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DOUBLE the number of babies saved this year!!

Dear Friend of Life:

I remember having a moment before the clock struck midnight last year, wondering what 2018 would hold for our ministry in Sidewalk Advocates for Life.

We knew that when we showed up at abortion facilities and put ourselves at His disposal, pledging to be His hands and feet to mothers-in-crisis, MIRACLES HAPPENED

But I never dreamed we’d see the number of BABIES SAVED DOUBLE in one year!!

Glory to God!!

In one year’s time, here’s exactly what we witnessed…

  • the number of babies saved went from about 2,600 to 5,300
  • over 600 additional women, termed “hopefuls,” told us they were leaving the abortion facility to seriously consider choosing life
  • we helped 12 more eternal souls leave the abortion business through the love of Christ, referring them to And Then There Were None abortion worker ministry
  • 2 more facilities with a Sidewalk Advocates for Life presence closed their doors for good

…and MORE!

Meanwhile, we’re finishing up our new Spanish training and support program, our updated basic English training, a new library of literature (to help every type of client who crosses our path), new tools for our Sidewalk Advocates …and MORE!

In short, there’s no doubt that your prayers and financial support of this ministry have made a PROFOUND difference in the battle for LIFE!!

As I sit here just days before a new year, I cannot help but wonder what God has in store. I can tell you that in prayer  truly, with everything in me  I feel like 2019 is going to be a pivotal year for us and for the pro-life movement.  A wave of culture change is getting ready to explode — and frankly, that explains the spiritual battle swirling around us!

I wanted to humbly ask if you’d join me in doing three things…

1. PRAY.  Please pray that God will lead, guide, protect, and bless us for His Glory — that we would see more lives saved, more facilities close, and more eternal souls impacted than ever before.  This is why we do what we do!

2. SUPPORT.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for the many sacrifices you made to keep our mission going strong in 2018.  As you may know, we are the only organization with the professed goal of covering every uncovered abortion facility in the U.S. and beyond with peaceful, loving advocates every hour of business so no mother goes without knowledge of real help and hope.  If you haven’t made a year-end gift yet (or you have a little more to give) and you can help us start 2019 positioned for strong growth, you can go tosidewalkadvocates.org/donate (if made before Monday night, it will count as a tax-deductible donation for 2018)!

3. SPREAD THE WORD. A movie about the journey of Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson from pro-abortion to pro-life, Unplanned, will hit theaters this March!  We’ve seen clips of the movie, and we know it’s going to ROCK the culture.  Please pray for the movie and Abby & her family, follow the movie on social media, and see if you feel called to do something to spread the word!

You have no idea how much I look forward to writing you a year from now, proclaiming what God has done through YOU once again!    

Thank you again for joining us in this great mission to save lives and end abortion through the most powerful weapon we have: His love.

Happy New Year!

Expectant & Hopeful,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (December 15 – 31, 2018): “The World Turned Upside Down”

by Christina Faucett, Program Administrator, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very Merry Christmas to you!

Dear Friend of Life:

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

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

We are reminded of the love Our Lord has for us: that He chose to come to us in human form, born to a young mother willing to accept the blessing the Lord gave her, and sacrificed Himself for us.

We take that sacrificial love with us as we head out to abortion facilities around the globe, meeting mothers-in-crisis where they’re at, seeking to love them into a decision for LIFE.

Whatever challenge a woman may be facing, we are there to stand in the gap, speak words of peace into her life, and let her know that her life and the life within her is precious. 

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

It is often that peaceful outreach presence on the sidewalk that is a game-changer: a simple conversation that brings hope to a woman who otherwise feels her life has just been turned upside down.

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

This Christmas season, we will be praising God for all He has done through your sacrificial support the past 4.5 years…

  • 5,307 babies saved
  • 1,482 hopefuls
  • 453 turnaways
  • 59 workers who have left the business
  • 13 facilities that have closed their doors for good
  • countless conversations about chastity, pro-life healthcare alternatives and post-abortion healing

And we praise God for the gift of YOU, our dear partners in this great mission! Thank you again for all of the prayers and support you give Sidewalk Advocates for Life as we seek to save lives, impact eternal souls, and end abortion through the power of His love!

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

Blessings,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (November 15 – December 15, 2018): “When the World Hates You”

By Jeff Reedy, Store Manager, Sidewalk Advocates for Life

Verse(s): “Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”

– 1 John 3:13-16

Reflection: John tells us not to be surprised when the world hates us.

He got this from Jesus, of course, who said the same thing in John 15:18. And it’s true today just as it was at the time he wrote it.

The world especially hates when we point out what it right and wrong. Which is sad because we point out these things, not to make them feel bad (or, at least, that shouldn’t be our motivation) or to make ourselves look better, but in order to help people to live good, full, vibrant, abundant lives. But they don’t want to hear it, partially because it means they have to change and admit they’re wrong — two things people hate doing. But partially because they have been lied to by the “spirits of the age” against whom we are truly fighting.

So, keep this in mind: Don’t be surprised when the world hates you. It’s GOING to. We KNOW it will. Be prepared for it. Go in knowing that it will happen.

And love them anyway. You never know whose soul will be saved because you were prepared to love them anyway.

Faith Challenge: Pray for all those who hate us and the pro-life movement. They are hurting. Know this His love is enough to win them from hate to healing, peace, and love.

I accidentally gave the abortionist a Blessing Bag…

Dear Friend of Life:

While very recently visiting one of our locations in the Southeast, I accidentally gave the abortionist a Blessing Bag.  

Of course, looking back, I don’t think it was so much an “accident” as a divine seed the Lord wanted me to plant.  Truly, the entire visit, I was reminded again how the Lord works in mysterious and wonderful ways when we answer His call, show up, and put our faith into action.

Here’s what happened…

Early Friday morning, I arrived to meet our local leader at the designated location. It was an empty building on a large lot which was across the street from the abortion facility. The owner had given us permission to park there. It was perfect and had ample space for the Stork Bus mobile ultrasound unit that would be arriving soon to receive any woman we sent their way for a life-saving sonogram!

As I began to unload my supplies, I caught the distinct smell of propane gas. This was especially odd given the open-air environment. Then, I heard a hissing sound. The lot was beside a church badly in need of repair. At the far end of the lot sat a 500-gallon propane tank that was spewing propane into the air.

I immediately alerted our local leader and called 911. The Stork Bus arrived, and we directed them safely down the street to a gas station, lest we lose a very expensive and vital tool to a fiery explosion! The 911 operator instructed us to leave our cars and evacuate the area until the Fire Department arrived. We quickly shifted our focus and started reaching out to the women beginning to arrive for their abortion appointments.

Our local leader and I each positioned ourselves at one of the two entrances for the facility. A short time later, I saw a worker exit and approach our leader who was waving me over.

As I walked over, I overheard the worker saying not to cross a certain spot on the pavement, that we could stand by the road all day long and get ourselves killed if we wanted to but not to cross the property line. With a big smile, I assured her we had no intention of trespassing and we would remain peaceful and law-abiding. Then, I said we would also be there to pray for or with her and that if she ever decided that she wanted to leave the industry …at which point she cut me off abruptly.

The worker then stated she would NEVER quit because her mother had died 55 years earlier on a table, giving birth to a baby she had no business having, and she was making sure women had that choice.

I immediately saw the pain she carried from this loss and how it had been a driving force for her.

I remember telling her how sorry I was for what had happened and how much God loved her and that she deserved so much more. I asked her if I could give her a gift …and she happily accepted a worker Blessing Bag. 

I think I detected a little twinkle of happiness in her eyes. We said we would be praying for each other, and she returned inside.

Once alone, our leader informed me that I had not just been speaking to a clinic worker…but to the abortionist herself!   I had no idea! 

Our leader expressed her gratitude at being able to watch that interaction. She told me that what impressed her most was the genuine love she saw me give the worker. What a blessing that I got to have that exchange — the abortionist at that! — and give her a goody bag made with love, prayers, and information to And Then There Were None!

Now, we know even better how to pray for this individual after she shared some of her personal story with us. Wow, God! 

By this time the Fire Department was finished and needed to speak with me since I had phoned in the emergency. The fireman said it was lucky I had discovered the leak: Apparently, someone had cut and stolen the copper pipe to sell for a little cash — and they could have killed themselves or others. I am so thankful it was resolved, and nobody was injured.

The Stork Bus was able to return, and we continued to speak with women and provide life-saving information!

Many divine appointments await us when we give our YES to His call. Just a little of our time and effort can produce miracles beyond our earthly understanding. We never know how God will use us when we are called to bring light to the darkness.

Won’t you say YES today?  Find a Sidewalk Advocates for Life location nearest you and get trained as a Sidewalk Advocate: sidewalkadvocates.org/location …or consider starting your own by going to sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!  And if you can’t join us on the sidewalk, you can help this great work grow by signing up for a monthly gift of $25 or more at sidewalkadvocates.org/donate!

Please join us in this great mission to save lives and end abortion through the power of His love!

In Christ,

Susan O’Neill
National Program Coordinator
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEVOTIONAL (October 9- November 15, 2018): “Saving the Lost”

by Jeff Grabosky, National LIFE Runners Team

(originally appeared at liferunners.org)

Verse(s): “For the Son of Man has come to seek and save what was lost.” – Luke 19:10

Reflection: Zacchaeus was a wealthy tax collector, a person rejected by the people due to the nature of his business.  Jesus seeks out Zacchaeus as well as all sinners and the lost.  There are times in my life when I was counted among the lost.  We can take confidence in knowing Jesus is always seeking us out and all we have to do is open our hearts to Him.  We are called to be Jesus to others, and in the same way He reached out to us, we should reach out to those who may be lost.  We should especially reach out in any way we can to those who may be considering an abortion and to post-abortion women.  In doing so, we allow Jesus to work through us in bringing the lost back to Him.

Faith Challenge:  Pray for all those who didn’t choose life or abortion workers, knowing Christ’s grace and abundant healing is available to anyone who asks for it.