by Melody Durrett,Founder, Linn-Benton Community College
What’s it like to go to a National Students for Life Conference? Will I really get anything out of it? Maybe you’re asking yourself questions like these as you think about registering for one of SFLA’s National Conferences in January.
Short answer: it’s awesome!
I have been lucky enough to attend two SFLA conferences and both have been major turning points for me in my journey as a pro-life activist – the first for me personally and the second one as a serious catalyst for our Students for Life club members at my college.
Prior to attending my first SFLA conference, I had worked with my friend to start a pro-life club at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. Things were going well but our club was lacking direction and leaders with adequate leadership skills. I was passionate for Life but I was a little bit secretly ashamed to be known as pro-life, and I was absolutely scared to death to call myself anti-abortion.
At the East Coast National Conference, I attended the student Leadership Summit. One thing I remember clearly was walking away from that with a new-found truth that I was adamantly anti-abortion, and because of the nature of what abortion is, there is no reason to be ashamed of that. I also remember, after hearing so many national leaders speak, feeling an absolutely overwhelming sense of being blessed to be a part of ending abortion-the single greatest human rights issue of my day. I was also incredibly inspired and equipped to walk away from that conference all the way in D.C., go across the nation, back to my home in Oregon and inspire others in my club, where we as a group created huge goals of inspiring our entire campus to be pro-life!
The second time I went to the West Coast National Conference in San Francisco, I was able to go with seven of our club members. This time we heard the president of a pro-life club in New Mexico speak about how the Pregnant on Campus Initiative had transformed the culture on her campus. I was inspired after hearing her speak and after having a discussion with the other club members I learned that they had all felt a similar burden that our campus NEEDED to join the ranks of the Pregnant on Campus Initiative. So we decided to start standing out on campus every week, same day, same time, simply offering resources and reaching out to pregnant women on our campus. One of them, who is in school to become a nurse, is now considering an internship with a medical center that stations themselves across from Planned Parenthoods and offers women real help!
The two SFLA conferences I attended are two of the biggest blessings on my life! It is the most encouraging and awe-inspiring thing to meet hundreds, and stand with even thousands of other students my age who all have the mission of ending abortion and to know that we all face the same hardships on our college campuses.
The SFLA National Conference has become a “must attend” event of the year for our pro-life club!
I hope you can join me at the SFLA National Conference this year!
Simply go to www.SFLALive.org and register today! The conferences sell out fast so be sure to sign up and secure your spot. We can’t wait to see you.