Missionaries for Life are summer interns who rotate between Students for Life of America headquarters, Care Net, Susan B. Anthony List, and member offices in the House of Representatives. They are some of the brightest student pro-life leaders and we look forward to training them and watching them grow as activists every year.
This year we are so excited to have a great group of nine students for the summer – they are the pro-life generation, ready to abolish abortion in this lifetime!
Meet our missionaries below:
Katie Young is one semester away from graduating with a B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University in Irvine, California. Until June 25, 2013, abortion wasn’t on her radar. Then Wendy Davis filibustered the abortion ban in Austin, Texas, just thirty minutes from where Katie lives, and she realized it was time to do something. Since then, Katie has trained and volunteered as a sidewalk counselor, co-coordinated a 40 Days for Life campaign, and founded the pro-life club at Concordia – Irvine. Being a Missionary for Life seemed like the next step, and working full-time to end abortion will hopefully come after that.
Rachel is the Chapter Co-Founder and President of Indiana Wesleyan University Students for Life while she is completing her Strategic Communication and Leadership degree. She was a 2013 Wilberforce Fellow and participated in our #Stand4Life Bus Tour in Austin, TX. She applied to be a Missionary for Life because she feels called to serve full-time in pro-life ministry after graduation in some way and feels she will get a better understanding of what it is like to work full-time to abolish abortion within the internship.
Sean recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in history, specializing in U.S. history with a strong interest in social movements. As an officer in the University of Michigan Students for Life club, he sought to bring the pro-life message onto a very pro-choice campus. The group fought against an extremely biased university that brought the now infamous exhibit “4000 Years for Choice” to campus that proclaimed “abortion is pro-life, pro-family, moral, and good” and “abortion is a gift from God.”
After having spent a great deal of time studying pro-life arguments extensively, he cannot imagine doing anything but working full-time to abolish abortion. He is excited to learn from the amazing staff at SFLA!
Nick Bell is an upcoming senior majoring in Public Relations at Mississippi State University. He is the president of MSU Students For Life. He got involved in the pro-life movement during his freshman year of college when a personhood bill failed to pass in MS. He attended and graduated from Summit Ministries in the summer of 2012. He credits Summit as the birth of his pro-life activism. Nick is encouraged daily in his human rights efforts by his family, friends, mentors, and church family.
He looks forward to learning more as a Missionary For Life this summer and as a 2014 Wilberforce Fellow.
Sarah has always felt a passion for the pro-life movement, starting back in 7th grade, when upon learning what abortion was, she sped home to write a poem to convey to others how unimaginable it is that our world and our country allow this atrocity. Her active college involvement, however, began while spending this past summer at Casa Teresa, a home for homeless pregnant women. Her time there, living in community with the women, showed her the faces and stories of the women faced with crisis pregnancies. Sarah took on a leadership role in Notre Dame’s Right to Life club as a Commissioner and has established a relationship between the club and Hannah’s House, a local maternity home. Her majors in Political Science and Theology, along with a minor in Catholic Social Tradition have given her ample opportunity to take classes such as the immersion course, Gospel of Life. Sarah is expecting big things from the Missionaries for Life program!
Melody wants to be a part of SFLA’s mission of changing this generation’s ideas about abortion and challenging the lies they’ve all been told- by the media, in their schools, and by Planned Parenthood. Melody helped start the very active pro-life group at Linn Benton Community College where she is working on getting her Associates of Arts degree. She is delighted to spend her summer serving alongside Students for Life, finding her niche in the pro-life movement, and ultimately saving lives and changing minds!
Keri Landeche is a current senior at Franciscan University seeking a degree in Business Marketing. Keri grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana where she was raised in a culturally pro-life environment. However, it was not until she attended Franciscan that she saw other people her own age passionate about the pro-life movement and actively involved. This sparked an interest in her to learn more and seek ways to participate in this movement as well. During her time at Franciscan, she has learned much about herself, her faith, and the sanctity of life through being an RA on campus and involved in Students for Life and Women’s Ministry. Keri is thrilled to be a Missionary for Life this summer, and is grateful for this opportunity to work alongside other passionate young adults to abolish abortion.
Ellen Shannon is a rising senior at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). She is studying speech-language pathology and plans to apply her degree to work with disabled infants and children to help them realize their full potential. Ellen grew up attending local pro-life events with her family but really put her convictions into action as a member of IPFW’s Students for Life group, where she has helped with numerous pro-life activist events and to develop an educational pro-life curriculum for a department on her campus. Now, Ellen is delighted to be a part of the 2014 Missionaries for Life program, knowing it will help her find her place in the pro-life movement and develop her skills to more effectively advocate for the preborn.
Lauren Elizabeth de Leon
Lauren de Leon just graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in political science and public relations. She was involved in College Republicans, Public Relations Society of America, Kappa Delta Sorority, and spent some time volunteering at Coalition for Life in her hometown of St. Louis. She also spent the last summer working for a congressman on Capitol Hill. Lauren is looking forward to spending another summer in DC, working in the movement to abolish abortion.
We look forward to another outstanding summer with our Missionaries!