The photo and story below were originally posted by Exposures, "a photojournalism initiative created to share the stories we all have about abortion and its impact on our lives."
Pray for Recent & Upcoming Events:
Pray for our trainers as they prepare Christians to create conversations with those who tolerate abortion as a solution. Pray that our volunteers gain confidence through listening to our trainers in conversation and starting their own conversations. Pray that each person we meet during outreach develops new affection for all involved in unwanted pregnancy.
- Jan. 22 (Overland Park, KS): Workshop at Countryside Baptist Church
- Feb. 3 (Austin, TX): Seminar at For the City Center
- Feb. 11 (Tokyo, Japan - via skype): Interactive Workshop for Tokyo Christian University students
Featured Resource for Equipping Yourself:
In “We Don’t Deserve This” (JFA’s Jan. 2018 Impact Report), Susanna shared a story of a conversation about spina bifida. See these resources to prepare for conversations about deformity and abortion:
- JFA’s Original Exhibit Brochure (Page 4, pictured right) refers to Samuel Armas, a boy with spina bifida who received a surgery in utero. Review the story and download the image.
- Read dialogue tips. (Pages 160-162 of JFA’s Interactive Guide)
- How many babies diagnosed in utero with spina bifida and Down syndrome are aborted? Two articles discuss this.
Featured Conversation Starter:
Share Joanna Bai’s recent post, “Eliminating Disabilities or the People Who Have Them?” to start a conversation in a natural way about unborn children diagnosed with disabilities in the womb. The post features a video news story on Iceland’s treatment of unborn children with Down syndrome, gives links to helpful commentary, and asks a question to start the conversation.
Sanctity of Life Sunday - 2018
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When Kim told her friend Amanda that she was pregnant and planning to get an abortion, Amanda didn’t know what to do – except pray. The very next day, when Amanda saw Justice For All volunteers holding an outreach on her campus, she wondered if it might be the answer to her prayers. So when one of her classes that day was canceled, she spent most of that class hour receiving a crash-course in learning how to talk about abortion from Catherine Wurts (JFA Trainer from 2009-2017). Then she again prayed.
Later that same afternoon Amanda shared the JFA Exhibit Brochure (which contains photos of unborn children before and after abortion) with her friend Kim. After talking with Amanda and seeing abortion in the JFA Exhibit Brochure, Kim said,
“I realized that getting an abortion would be worse for my baby than the bad situation I’m in with my boyfriend.”
So many people like Kim are all around us. As Christ-followers, how can we be the hands and feet of Christ to our vulnerable neighbors, those facing unwanted pregnancy (or who will face this in their future) and those in danger in the womb?
Justice For All is committed to coming alongside churches in their discipleship work, specifically preparing Christians to respond to unwanted pregnancy. JFA is here to help you turn the abortion debate into a dialogue in your everyday life, in a way that can change hearts and minds. You can pray for, prepare for, and create heart-changing conversations like the one I mentioned above. Here are just a few resources to help you and your local church get started:
Learn at Home Program
JFA’s "Learn at Home" program gives busy moms, dads, and professionals something they can do in just one hour (four 15-minute exercises) to learn to dialogue about abortion in a way that changes hearts and minds.
Guide for Students and Clubs
JFA’s guide for pro-life students and clubs (“Conversations Change Campuses”) is full of free resources and helps students to prioritize pro-life activities that actually make a difference. It also includes step-by-step instructions for creating a small outreach event with a big impact.
JFA’s monthly resource bulletins provide practical ways for you to pray for conversations about abortion and prepare for conversations of your own. A blog post written with pro-choice people in mind is included each month to help you start conversations in a more natural, less-awkward way.
Explore All Resources
Explore JFA's online educational resources, including statistics, explanations from scientists and philosophers, dialogue examples, video, and much more.
Links to Help During and After Dialogue
This page provides quick links on topics ranging from abortion-related statistics, to locating a local pregnancy resource center, to finding post-abortion care. Don't miss the See Baby Pregnancy Guide app (under "EHD Apps"), which includes video of the unborn in the womb, week-by-week, on your smartphone for free.
Training Events & Mission Trips
At JFA’s core is a mentor-led training program called “Abortion: From Debate to Dialogue” which includes a seminar (Seat Work) and an outreach event (Feet Work) at a college campus. This complete training experience is the best JFA has to offer when it comes to preparing Christians to change hearts and minds in their communities.