July is coming to a close, meaning our Stand for Life Summer Tour is about halfway over! Since school let out, our team and students have been tabling at Christian musical festivals and conferences nationwide. We’ve already been at dozens of events! A few of our team members and students had some stories from the Tour that they’d like to share:
- “A woman came up to me and asked to share her testimony. She told me about an awful relationship she was in, some insecurities, and depression medications that led to some poor choices that resulted in an unplanned pregnancy and an abortion. She said she would never do it again. She found resources and went through a healing program. She cited Hebrews 10: 18-25 and also told me that she was able to purchase a gravestone for her preborn child and name him. She reminds herself everyday that she is forgiven and loved. It’s really hard still for her and very private for her (why I have no picture) but she told me the symptoms on our post-abortive resource card are exactly what she went through. I’m so thankful we can help women like her and support them in their healing journeys.”
- Sarah Minnich, Midwest Regional Coordinator for SFLA
- “The babies! Young kids love the models! Every time a young child picked one of our fetal models up so gently, I was reminded that children are innocent and automatically humanize the child in the womb. It’s adults and our culture who dehumanizes—it’s up to us to change our culture so adults are never surprised to see that a 12 week preborn child has so many features. It was so special to be a part of parents explaining the value of the preborn to their children and explaining to them “this is why we are pro-life” or encouraging their children to say “it’s a person”.
- Lily Hutkowski, Ohio & Indiana Regional Coordinator for SFLA
- “This summer I took a mission trip with Students for Life of America to go to California’s State Capitol and speak out against SB 24. To be honest, it was one of the most impactful trips that I have ever taken. Going on this trip helped me to understand just how strong our voices can really be in helping to protect the unborn and helping to change people’s minds about abortion. Before going on this trip, I didn’t feel very confident about being public with my pro-life advocacy. After this experience, however, I can certainly say that I feel more motivated than ever to do what it takes to make a difference in my community, state, and country to help facilitate a culture of life. If someone were to ask me if I would recommend going on a mission trip such as this, I would give them a strong and enthusiastic “Yes!”
- Amber Romero, Pro-Life Student in California
- BONUS STORY: This one actually took place at the end of last semester, at University of Nebraska Lincoln. Regional Coordinator Stephanie Lugo said, “There was a group tabling across from us and I went over to talk. The woman shared her story with me, saying that she doesn’t trust Planned Parenthood because she had a life-threatening disease they brushed off when she went in to ask about it. She was later hospitalized because the disease had just been dismissed. This is the note she left on our banner:”
So yes, we have had an awesome summer so far. School may be out, but the Pro-Life Generation doesn’t take a summer break. Stay tuned for more great encounters we have at Christian music festivals and conferences across the country!