In May of 2018, Students for Life of America launched our international program. There was no better way to commence our international outreach than to be in the center of one of the most historical moments in the LIFE movement: Ireland’s referendum.
As International Programs Director, I was honored to lead a group of students to Dublin, Ireland the week of their referendum. At this time, the people of Ireland were voting to either repeal the 8th amendment or keep it. This amendment protected the lives of the preborn in Ireland and protected the women of Ireland from the devastation of abortion. Voting to repeal this amendment would make abortion legal in Ireland, thus removing themselves as the beacon of hope that we, as Americans in the pro-life movement, strive to imitate.
Each student who was interested in going on SFLA’s first international mission trip had to fill out an application and participate in a phone interview. In this phone interview, I asked a series of questions. The primary one was simply, “Why do you want to go to Ireland?” I received mostly the same answer: “To take my passion for the pro-life movement to another country.” This is exactly what each SFLA international mission trip is about; to take the compassion, fire, and enthusiasm that our student leaders bring to their campus every day and bring it to another country with hope that it intensifies their passion to continue changing their campus culture back home.
After beginning with SFLA, it became evident to me that Students for Life is looked to as an example in the international pro-life movement. I had no idea the impact we’ve had overseas until stepping into the International Director role. I am so encouraged by the support SFLA receives from other countries; their groups want to follow our example to end abortion in their country as well. I truly believe in order to abolish abortion in our lifetime, it will take us locking arms with our neighbors in other countries.
So it is with great excitement that I get to announce:
SFLA IS GOING TO AUSTRALIA!!
I am thrilled to announce our partnership with LifeChoice Australia for this trip! They are changing hearts and minds over there every single day to value the life of the preborn. For one week, we will be partnering with their group and leaders to combine the passion and momentum of our students and theirs on college campuses around Sydney. LifeChoice has given us the opportunity to bring one of our campus tours to their campuses to engage in conversations to change minds and encourage students to value preborn babies in Australia.
Because of the structure of Australia’s academic calendar, this mission trip will be during Spring Break for some college campuses here. If you are interested in going on SFLA’s Australia Mission Trip, here is the process to apply*:
- Fill out the application here by October 1, 2018
- Phone interviews will begin October 8, 2018
- 8-10 students will be accepted by October 31, 2018
*Must be 18 or older to apply. Details on fundraising and what expenses will be covered will be discussed prior to the phone interview.
Dates of Travel: March 8-16, 2019
Training and Instruction Day: March 10, 2019
Campus Outreach: March 11-15, 2019