URGENT: Your prayers are needed RIGHT NOW…

Dear Friend of Life:

I know your time is precious, so I’ll make this super quick.

YOUR PRAYERS ARE NEEDED RIGHT NOW  and in the days to come.

The hearing to confirm Judge Kavanaugh  the very judge who could easily become THE Supreme Court vote to overturn the landmark abortion case,Roe v. Wade  has started with unbelievable protest and fiery objections.

As Fox News just reported, “The Supreme Court confirmation hearing turned into a political spectacle within moments, as top Democrats tried to overtake the session with a rapid-fire string of objections, and protesters screamed from the audience.”

Even as I write this, there is more yelling echoing throughout the room.

MORE HERE: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/09/04/brett-kavanaugh-hearing-interrupted-by-democratic-senators-protests.html

Please join us in prayer for these hearings to proceed without any more interruption— and for the balance of the Supreme Court to be won back over to the Constitution and LIFE for the good of our great country.

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

CLOSED: The amazing VIDEO story of Las Cruces, NM …and how you can help END ABORTION!

Dear Friend of Life:

Whenever we think about abortion in our hometown, sometimes, we’re overwhelmed.  We might feel a pull to get to our local abortion facility to help save lives, but often, we don’t even know where to begin.  Or maybe we’ve been doing it for awhile …but we’re curious to know what other tips and strategies we can integrate into our outreach to perhaps win more life-saving conversations on the sidewalk.

What has worked well for others?  What doesn’t work?  Does a systematic plan matter?  Are other cities really seeing fruit from a prayer presence + outreach to abortion-minded moms on the sidewalk?

The community in Las Cruces, New Mexico asked those same questions when they received the devastating news that an abortion facility was opening in their community.

So, they did THREE KEY THINGS:  They prayed.  They talked to other cities + national groups where things appeared to be going well on the sidewalk.  And through God’s grace and that research, they made a plan for their community.

After running after that plan with everything in their heart for many months, they finally got the news: Their abortion facility was CLOSED!
Watch the 7-minute inspirational video story HERE: https://vimeo.com/256161836

Want to help save lives and close your local abortion facility? 

Knowing how busy you are, we developed a simple, research-proven sidewalk advocacy training program  along with tools and 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 initial 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 OPEN FOR TWO MORE DAYS through August 31 at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

Questions?  Check out How it Works HERE: http://sidewalkadvocates.org/about/how-it-works/

…or drop us a line at info@sidewalkadvocates.org, and we’d love to be of service!  

We hope to have the pleasure of serving you!  Praying for your discernment!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

The POWER of ONE PERSON — and a REFLECTOR VEST…

Dear Friend of Life:

I hesitate to share too much in this email because I’m sure we have pro-abortion folks who are monitoring our listserve!  So, I’ll keep it general… but I’m so excited.

As we continue to collaborate with our program advisors, we are starting to integrate more “psychology of influence” techniques into our sidewalk outreach at locations across the country — and we’re witnessing stunning, life-saving results! 

More cars are stopping …more women are turning around in the driveway to head to the pregnancy center …and meanwhile, workers are shocked by the effectiveness, but they are ALSO more receptive to our offer of help to leave the industry!

IT REALLY IS A GAME-CHANGER.

So, what’s the big change?

While, again, I won’t go into everything, I’ll say this: It begins with ONE PERSON in a reflector vest.  

I’m not kidding.

We are tempted to think that in order to divert more women to the pregnancy center, we need huge teams of people on the sidewalk.  And don’t get me wrong: The goal IS to work up to 100% coverage so we can touch each and every eternal soul entering that abortion facility.

But on any given morning, to accomplish the goal of being present to women-in-need and really filling those needs, you need just ONE PERSON at the driveway (as long as the driveway is on public property) in a reflector vest — noting, for example, the “psychology of influence” principle that people in uniforms tend to get their requests met more — and ONE PARTNER on the other side of the driveway or at the fence to catch cars from the other side or reach out to those who didn’t take your offer of help as they were coming in.  (In other words, one person reaching out at a time, but always there in twos for safety and reflecting the Gospel mandate.)

When the Sidewalk Advocate stops the car, they present themselves in a loving, professional manner and are taught how to offer the FREE help at the local pregnancy resource center very quickly in the most attractive way possible.  And some women really do turnaround right then and there and head to the pregnancy center. 

If they don’t accept our help right away, Sidewalk Advocates are taught how to continue the conversation to hopefully still encourage a decision for life.

This is EXACTLY what happened when I visited Sioux Falls, SD a couple weeks ago to be a support to our team on the ground.

Our valiant leader, Sara, and her family lead our local program there, and they’ve done an incredible job incorporating some of these techniques into their outreach.

For our morning on the sidewalk, Sara was already ready in her pick reflector vest!

Their biggest obstacle was knowing who was going RIGHT to Planned Parenthood(on the right side of the office complex) or who was going LEFT towards the coffee shop or Pizza Hut.  When cars were pulling in, you couldn’t tell.

So, we told Sara and the team: Stop EVERYONE  the risk is far too great NOT to. 

When we stopped the car, we introduced ourselves: “Hi, there, I’m Sara with (insert a pro-woman name for your group or, if the pregnancy center allows, say you are with them)…Are you by chance going to Planned Parenthood today?”  If you have a smile on your face and keep it cool, 99% of the time, they will tell you.  (And if they get uneasy about the question, you treat them like a Planned Parenthood client!)

Then, it’s offering the FREE help at the local pregnancy center.  If they tell you they aren’t going there for “that,” you can ask them to share what service they are seeking that day “to point them to free help in town” (note: If it’s artificial birth control, because of it’s likely abortifacient nature and other concerns, we either share the beauty of chastity with unmarried women OR, with married women, a form of Natural Family Planning that’s 98-99% use effective).  Again, most of the time, they’ll tell you exactly what they are going in for.

If they said they were going to grab coffee or pizza, we simply told them that we were offering the free help at the local pregnancy center for anyone in need — and we handed them our pamphlet while saying, “here’s some info if you know anyone who might need help.” Almost 100% of the time, the driver took our pamphlet.  BOOM.  Quick evangelization and informing the public within seconds.

The most trying moment was when the coffee shop manager arrived for his shift, late morning  oh, they had warned me about him!  (Apparently, every single time our Advocates are out there, he comes over to harass them about our inviting cars to take info in the driveway.)  He pulled in, parked, and came marching over… FURIOUS.

“You can’t do that!  You can’t stop cars in the driveway…”

“Hi, there, what’s your name?”  I said as I stuck out my hand.

He shook my hand… then, went off on us.

I calmly reassured him that I was an attorney myself, we knew our rights, we were permitted to invite cars to briefly stop in the driveway for about 10-15 seconds to take info, our attorney had already spoken to their local police, and we’d appreciate him respecting our First Amendment Rights.  I informed him that he wasn’t unlike many property owners who were upset they had to share a parking lot with Planned Parenthood …and my advice was to get out.

He was rude and insistent that we could just let the car park and waive the client over —and if not, he’d call the police.

Sara brought up, “You KNEW before you moved in that we were here, first.”

I finally got much more direct, and I told him — pointing to Planned Parenthood with some real fire in my belly — that as long as children were dying in that building, we’d be here, inviting cars to stop, because that was the best point of access. “If you’re more concerned about selling a cup of coffee than the children dying in that building, you’ve got your priorities messed up.”

He furiously marched back to his car, threatening to call the police and pretending to tape us on his phone.

“Go ahead, sir, we’ve already worked this out with the local police,”  I reassured him.

Maybe he was mad because we stopped almost EVERY car coming into the shopping center that day.  And just before he marched over, a couple who had listened to our offer of help on the way in had driven back towards us to “talk” some more (after sitting in their car for 20 minutes, reading our pamphlet) …and chose our help at the pregnancy center instead.  PRAISE GOD!!

Never underestimate the power of ONE PERSON — and yes, a partner to have their back —in a reflector vest, waving, with a big smile and a simple offer of help.

And please pray for that coffee shop manager.  He’s experiencing the “constructive tension” that’s needed for a conversion of heart  and for abortion to end.

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

DEADLINE: TONIGHT! Your last chance… and TWO opportunities to SAVE LIVES!

Dear Friend of Life:

I know your time is precious, so I’ll make this quick!

There are TWO opportunities you have to HELP SAVE LIVES…

1. It’s YOUR LAST CHANCE to register for the Save Lives on the Sidewalk” National Pro-Life Conference with Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson, October 19-21 in Dallas, and snag the Super Early Bird discount registration rate before it ends at 11:59 pm CST TONIGHT!  (REMEMBER: You’re getting an amazing deal!  All meals are covered and you get a FREE shuttle to / from DFW International Airport!  You can also take advantage of the discount room block — and perhaps share a room with a friend to keep costs down!)

DETAILS / REGISTRATION HERE: sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  1. Top, effective, cutting-edge sidewalk outreach techniques known to help save lives from around the nation — and why they’re working
  2. How you can witness a turnaround at the abortion facility in about 15 seconds
  3. Special cases at the abortion facility —- and how to confidently navigate them
  4. A comprehensive abortion worker outreach training + effectively navigating difficult situations with workers, led, in person, by Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson
  5. How to effectively recruit and sustain your local program
  6. Unparalleled inspiration and fellowship with other pro-lifers from around the nation

Questions?  Drop us a line at info@sidewalkadvocates.org!

We look forward to seeing you in Dallas this October!
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2. We have NEW life-saving locations …and there might be one near you!

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…

  • Bedford Heights, OH
  • Catonsville, MD
  • Columbus, OH
  • Fort Myers (South), FL
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Macon, GA
  • Toledo, OH
  • Winston-Salem, NC

These locations join our existing locations who are continuing their program!  Please keep them in your prayers!

Total, we are currently at 153 participating locations!  Praise God!
If you live near one of these locations, we invite you to consider attending a local training and becoming a Sidewalk Advocate, offering loving, life-affirming alternatives to women and men entering the local abortion facility.

Details on how to get involved in your local Sidewalk Advocates for Life program are found in the LOCATIONS tab on our main website: https://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: Applications are NOW OPEN at sidewalkadvocates.org/apply!

It is our prayer that no abortion facility in America and beyond goes without peaceful, loving, well-trained sidewalk counselors.  We hope you’ll consider joining in this incredibly important mission to save lives and end abortion through the power of His love!

Blessings,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

Grab a pro-life friend, take a break, and BE INSPIRED in Dallas this Fall…

Dear Friend of Life:

Life can be so crazy sometimes.

The kids… the laundry… taking care of pets… fixing cars that just broke down… the chores …the seemingly never-ending TO-DO list!

Sometimes, you just need excuse to get away and find that time to nurture or grow one of your passions and callings with others — to see how you can be involved in the greatest human rights movement in the history of the world: namely, SAVING LIVES AND ENDING ABORTION.

JOIN US for the FIRST ANNUAL “Save Lives on the Sidewalk” National Pro-Life Conference, October 19-21, in the Dallas, TX area with Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson!

REGISTER NOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION RATE: sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

– WHAT TO EXPECT:

  1. Top, effective, cutting-edge sidewalk outreach techniques known to help save lives from around the nation — and why they’re working
  2. How you can witness a turnaround at the abortion facility in about 15 seconds
  3. Special cases at the abortion facility — and how to confidently navigate them
  4. A comprehensive abortion worker outreach training + effectively navigating difficult situations with workers, led, in person, by Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson
  5. How to effectively recruit and sustain your local program
  6. Unparalleled inspiration and fellowship with other pro-lifers from around the nation

– WHERE: Dallas / Ft. Worth Marriott Airport Hotel, 8840 Freeport Pkwy, Irving, TX

  • free shuttle to / from Dallas / Ft. Worth International Airport
  • free wi-fi
  • 3 restaurants on site (*even though all meals are covered with your registration fee)
  • comfortable facilities + high traveler rating

***DISCOUNT ROOM BLOCK: Limited discount rooms under “Sidewalk Advocates for Life” room block at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Marriott Airport Hotel. Call 1-800-228-9290 and mention the Sidewalk Advocates for Life Oct. 2018 group to get the block rate. You do have the option to share a room with a friend!

 WHEN: Friday evening, October 19 – Sunday afternoon (early), October 21, 2018 (*exact start / end time to be announced soon)

– WHY: Former abortion providers have told us that sidewalk advocacy was the activity that most devastated their business.  Planned Parenthood has said that when there is a peaceful outreach presence in front of their facilities, the cancellation rate can go as high as 75%!  No doubt, sidewalk advocacy  being present at the scene to give abortion-bound women and men real help and hope in order to help save lives  is an essential part to ending abortion through God’s grace.  This one-time event will help supply any pro-life individual with the tools they need to start or take their existing outreach to the next level!

– REGISTER NOW: sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

  • $99 – Super Early Bird Special (before August 1)
  • $109 – Early Bird Special (August 1 – August 31)
  • $119 – Regular Conference Fee (September 1 – October 15)

The registration fee covers conference materials, ALL MEALS from Fridaynight through Sunday lunch*, and shuttle to / from DFW Airport.

(***NOTE: Friday and Saturday night dinner are heavy appetizers such that the hotel has guaranteed you can easily create a meal.  However, should you need to supplement, the hotel has three restaurants on site.)

REGISTER NOW TO GET THE DISCOUNTED RATE:sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

Questions?  Please drop us a line back!

We look forward to seeing you in Dallas!

In Christ, for Life,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

lauren@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

Shop …and SAVE LIVES NOW!

Dear Friend of Life:

Have you heard about our BRAND NEW “PRO-LIFE APPAREL” online store, including our fun line of Make Unborn Babies Great Again (#MUBGA) tees, signage, and more?

We couldn’t be more excited!

Get the gear and join the movement  and support our life-saving ministry!

DIRECT LINK TO SHOP NOW: sidewalkadvocates.org/store

You’ll be able to purchase…

  • The exclusive #MUBGA tee
  • The exclusive #MUBGA hats — red and navy
  • The exclusive #MUGBA yard signs (which also double as marching / rally signs)
  • Sidewalk Advocates for Life logo tees — light blue, royal blue, navy, and irish green
  • Sidewalk Advocates for Life logo crewneck sweatshirts — royal blue and irish green
  • Sidewalk Advocates for Life logo hoodies — royal blue
  • Sidewalk Advocates for Life logo caps — khaki and navy
  • Our best-selling item at March for Life 2018: the Love Saves Lives tee!

Be a witness and easily start a pro-life conversation with family, friends …and even strangers!  

Also, we invite you to email us at info@sidewalkadvocates.org with a picture of yourself in one of the tees, sweatshirts, or hats …and you might see it posted in social media!

Thanks for having some fun with us — but most importantly, we hope it brings greater attention to the cause or encourages someone to get involved in the greatest human rights movement in the history of the world!

In Christ, for Life,

Bethany Mistretta
National Program Manager
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

bethany@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

BREAKING: First Annual “Save Lives on the Sidewalk” National Conference with Abby Johnson!

Dear Friend of Life:

We have an EXCITING, BREAKING ANNOUNCEMENT!

Are YOU…

…someone who wants to HELP SAVE MORE LIVES and END ABORTION through the power of love in your community?

…someone who has been regularly in engaged in sidewalk counseling in front of your local abortion facility for years, but curious how to more quickly and effectively offer help to mothers in a really short amount of time — or navigate around difficult abortion center escorts and other workers?

…someone who’s never done this before, but wondering if this is for you — or someone who simply wants to know how to help a friend facing an unexpected pregnancy?

JOIN US for the FIRST ANNUAL “Save Lives on the Sidewalk” National Pro-Life Conference, October 19-21, in the Dallas, TX area — with a special abortion worker outreach training by Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson!

– WHAT TO EXPECT:

  1. Top, effective, cutting-edge sidewalk outreach techniques known to help save lives from around the nation — and why they’re working
  2. How you can witness a turnaround at the abortion facility in about 15 seconds
  3. Special cases at the abortion facility — and how to confidently navigate them
  4. A comprehensive abortion worker outreach training + effectively navigating difficult situations with workers, led, in person, by Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson
  5. How to effectively recruit and sustain your local program
  6. Unparalleled inspiration and fellowship with other pro-lifers from around the nation

– WHERE: Dallas / Ft. Worth Marriott Airport Hotel, 8440 Freeport Pkwy, Irving, TX

  • free shuttle to / from DFW Airport
  • free wi-fi
  • 3 restaurants on site (*even though all meals are covered with your registration fee)
  • comfortable facilities + high traveler rating

***Discount Room Block: Limited discount rooms under “Sidewalk Advocates for Life” room block at the Dallas/Ft. Worth Marriott Airport Hotel. Call 1-800-228-9290 and mention the Sidewalk Advocates for Life Oct. 2018 group to get the block rate. You do have the option to share a room with a friend!

– WHEN: Friday evening, October 19 – Sunday afternoon (early), October 21, 2018 (*exact start / end time to be announced soon)

– WHY: Former abortion providers have told us that sidewalk advocacy was the activity that most devastated their business.  Planned Parenthood has said that when there is a peaceful outreach presence in front of their facilities, the cancellation rate can go as high as 75%!  No doubt, sidewalk advocacy — being present at the scene to give abortion-bound women and men real help and hope in order to help save lives — is an essential part to ending abortion through God’s grace.  This one-time event will help supply any pro-life individual with the tools they need to start or take their existing outreach to the next level!

– REGISTER:

  • $99 – Super Early Bird Special (before August 1)
  • $109 – Early Bird Special (August 1 – August 31)
  • $119 – Regular Conference Fee (September 1 – October 15)

DIRECT LINK TO REGISTER: sidewalkadvocates.org/conference

The registration fee covers conference materials, ALL MEALS from Fridaynight through Sunday lunch*, and shuttle to / from DFW Airport.

(*NOTE: Friday and Saturday night dinner are heavy appetizers such that the hotel has guaranteed you can easily create a meal.  However, should you need to supplement, the hotel has three restaurants on site.)

Questions?  Please drop us a line back!

We look forward to seeing you there!

In Christ, for Life,

Bethany Mistretta
National Program Manager
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

bethany@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

MAJOR FIREWORKS: The Supreme Court, the Sidewalk — and YOU

Dear Friend of Life:

It appears the fireworks have started early.

As you may know, last week, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced that he was retiring this summer from the Supreme Court …and the “fireworks” in government, media, and among our friends and family took off! 

Why the hurrah?

Kennedy has long been seen as the “swing vote” among the nine justices.  On many cases, he has been the deciding factor — including the life issue.

So, when Kennedy announced his retirement, everyone realized that if President Trump sticks to his word to appoint justices who interpret the Constitution in a “conservative” manner — meaning they don’t read or add “abortion rights” into the Constitution or related — the “swing vote” could now be replaced by a solid, conservative judge who could overturn Roe v. Wade!

The pro-life movement is now keeping vigil for victory in this regard.  But I want to caution all to remember that this is more than crossing our fingers that the right justice gets seated in the coming weeks  YOU have played a very special role, thus far, in this turn of events, and you still have an essential role to play in what happens next.

Let me explain it this way…

When I was a law student at Ave Maria School of Law, I attended a talk by a very well-respected professor on abortion jurisprudence — in other words, he explained the history of the abortion decisions in the U.S. and why and how they were decided.

He said something that still echoes in my mind and heart today…

“Law follows culture.  Yes, one pours into (influences) the other …but as much as we’d like to pretend that judges are independent in their decision-making, they are still human, and we influence the make-up of the courts.  Look at the Supreme Court  there’s been many 5-4 split decisions that reflect the battle in the culture.  If we keep doing the work of changing hearts and minds, then, we have the hope that culture will influence law, and Roe can and will be overturned.”

That was powerful for me.  I realized that this is more than crossing our fingers that we get the right judge — this opportunity is before us because we have lovingly influenced hearts and minds, people elect the President and U.S. Senators who choose judges, and judges are still human.

I was reminded of this in a special way at the Pro-Life Women’s Conferencea couple weeks ago.

We had the great honor of leading a panel on the main stage regarding sidewalkadvocacy + a session on messaging for the sidewalk, etc.  The theme of the conference was “Pro-Life is Pro-Love”…

…the theme and program attracted about 500 ‘on fire’ women for life who wanted to make a difference and end abortion.  And the message that we could change hearts and minds through the power of love was powerfully present indeed, we see that it has become the new, attractive “battle cry” of the movement!  It was always there, but perhaps it can be argued that we’re doing a better job of articulating it.

So, what does that mean for us NOW?

1. We need to keep doing what we’re doing TODAY!  Regardless of what takes place in Washington, D.C., abortion-bound women still need us to be there at abortion facilities to offer real help and hope.  Even when Roe is overturned, it doesn’t automatically outlaw abortion across the country — it just “sends the issue back to the states.”  (Meaning, abortion is no longer a federal issue, but a state issue where states can decide their abortion law.)  Some states already have abortion illegal on the books.  Others may immediately pass a law banning abortion after Roe is overturned.  But in other states, it will become an intense battle.

We’ll have to be ready to work state-by-state.

Even then, I’ve seen pro-abortion advocates start to plan transportation systems to get women abortions in other states!  Someday, we might be moving sidewalkoutreach to these sites to give women help and hope!  In other words, we will still have work to do!

2. We need to pray and fast for the right person to take Justice Kennedy’s place.  Pro-abortion forces are already putting pressure on the “swing votes” in the U.S. Senate — because, again, the Senate must confirm President Trump’s pick.  Because people know what’s at stake, pro-abortion hysteria is all over social media.

As Erin Brownback said, “We have made sexual liberty such an idol… we are willing to sacrifice children to it.”

A spiritual battle is playing out before our eyes, and we have a role to influence it through the power of prayer!

3. There’s a good chance this justice will be confirmed before midterm elections this Fall, but make no mistake: Other seats on the Supreme Court might become available in the next few years.  Elections matter.  Get involved in helping elect good, pro-life legislators.  We need more pro-life U.S. Senators and beyond to pass life-affirming laws and confirm reputable judges.

Law follows culture, but one still influences the other!  Let’s persevere in this good work, pray, and keep vigil!

Lord, help us in this battle for life!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
sidewalkadvocates.org

A story only God could write…

Dear Friend of Life:

As a college student at Texas A&M University, I remember going out about once a week to pray and sidewalk counsel in front of the local Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Aggieland.  Our pro-life community regularly prayed for the clients, the workers, and for an end to abortion in our little college town.

Among those I prayed for was an abortion worker named Abby Johnson, a fellow student only a year older than me.  As I was praying and sidewalk counseling outside her facility, Abby was rising through the ranks at that local Planned Parenthood; as many of you know, she eventually took over as the center’s Director, and — rumor had it — she was being groomed for a larger corporate position.

Towards the end of my time at Texas A&M, a project called 40 Days for Life was initiated by my friends, David Bereit and Shawn Carney, who led the local activist organization in Aggieland, the Brazos Valley Coalition for Life.  They were frustrated with the abortion numbers in our little college town, and they prayed about what to do to make more of an impact.  After a time of prayer, God gave them a plan: The goal was to cover the abortion facility with prayer volunteers for 40 days straight  all day, all night  knowing that periods of 40 days had brought about transformations in God’s people throughout biblical history.  I have fond memories of going out to the abortion facility to cover late night prayer hours with friends from church  including my friend, Peter, who is now my husband  during that first 40 Days for Life campaign!

At the end of that first campaign, David figured out that the abortion rate had dropped in Aggieland by 28%!  Meanwhile, as things had become more peaceful, prayerful, and purposeful on our side of the fence in front of Planned Parenthood, women were coming to us more and more often to ask for help.  Watching this transformation, I became sold on the peaceful, prayerful approach.

After that first campaign, the initiative began to spread across the country, and I went off to law school.  In the middle of my time in law school  and after 5 more40 Days for Life campaigns in Aggieland  we got word that the center’s Director, Abby Johnson, had left and sought refuge in the pro-life community.  She had been won over to Christ by the constant prayer and love from people on the sidewalk  indeed, our prayers had been answered more profoundly than we could have ever imagined!

After winning a legal battle where Planned Parenthood tried to silence her and prevent her from speaking about her experiences while there, Abby went on to become, perhaps, the most sought-after speaker in the pro-life movement today.  She also went on to start And Then There Were None abortion worker ministry to help other workers leave the business.  Yes, she had the option to lead a quiet life after her time at Planned Parenthood, but instead, she answered a special call to ‘speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.’ Not too long after she left, the abortion facility in Aggieland shut its doors forever!

I’m proud, today, to call Abby a very dear friend.  And in two days, I fly out with part of our National Team to the 3rd annual Pro-Life Women’s Conference one of our top networking events of the year  where they expect close to 500 woman in attendance …and started by Abby!  

How amazing is it to attend a pro-life conference started by a former Planned Parenthood Director who was prayed for so earnestly for years? Only God could write such a story.

I look forward to what else the Lord will do in the years to come through the power of prayer and peaceful outreach!  Meanwhile, we covet your prayers for our time there this weekend: That it will lead to more life-saving sidewalk advocacy locations for His Glory!  Thank you, dear friends!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

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Ireland …and Waco, TX

Dear Friend of Life:

It’s so hard to believe that Ireland, once a great pro-life country, voted just a couple of weeks ago to abolish their 8th Amendment that protected the lives of unborn children, and by extension, their mothers.

In the months leading up to the May 25th vote, Irish people of faith and conscience furiously campaigned across the Emerald Isle to save the country from the effects of legalized abortion.  As they did so, they worked against the pro-abortion “Yes on 8” campaign, funded by billions of dollars that poured in from liberal billionaires like George Soros, the abortion industry around the globe, and so many more dark forces.

Even though this measure lost, the pro-life people of Ireland should be commended for their incredible work …and we should be reminded that there’s still great hope.

My prayer in recent days has been that Ireland would see great leaders of faith and conscience rise up and lead it back to its roots.  And second, I was reminded of this: The world watches the United States, especially in the pro-life movement.  There’s great hope that if we do our job in ending abortion here at home, other countries will be inspired to do the same.

A perfect example of this is found in Waco, Texas.

Last week — right after the sad news out of Ireland — Jeff and I from the National Team drove from the Dallas area to visit with Deborah, Nancy, and their team in Waco to be a blessing and see what their operations were like on the ground.  Deborah and Nancy not only ran Sidewalk Advocates for Life-Waco, but the local Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center along with Care Net‘s mobile ultrasound bus and maternity home, among other programs.  We also had the pleasure, ironically, of meeting Aine (pronounced, “ON-ya”) from Ireland who had relocated to the U.S. in the 90s — an amazing prayer warrior and Sidewalk Advocate!

Hands down, it was one of the best systems I’ve ever seen.  From the sidewalk to their pregnancy center, they were literally making the local Planned Parenthood obsolete, in a sense, since they were finding ways to cover any need a woman might bring to the abortion facility and beyond.  

After being on the sidewalk with them for hours and touring their state-of-the-art maternity home, ultrasound bus, support center, and more… I realized that this was the dream for every community, and it was gradually ending abortion in their community.

As further evidence, while we were on the sidewalk that day, two pregnant women chose to turn away from Planned Parenthood and accept our help on the ultrasound bus!

I realized, then, that in the aftermath of Ireland, our job is to do our part in ending abortion here in the United States so that we pave a way and inspire others to end abortion in their home country.  We might not be able to fly over to Ireland often to do the hard work in creating systems of support to render the abortion industry customer-less, but we can help profoundly as we lead by example.

May we follow Waco’s example and end abortion by praying and doing our part to serve women-in-need!

Blessings in Christ,

Lauren Muzyka
Executive Director
Sidewalk Advocates for Life

info@sidewalkadvocates.org
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