First-hand accounts from JFA mentors and volunteers...
Empathy Opens the Door
JFA trainer Jon Wagner shares his conversation with “Eva,” a student whose pro-choice view stemmed from her experience in foster care. Notice how Jon invited Eva into the dialogue, starting with common ground rather than an argument. See also how “Trotting Out the Toddler” revealed that, if the unborn is a human being, abortion is not a compassionate solution to the difficulties surrounding unplanned pregnancy.
You Have to See Firsthand
As a college freshman, Julia held strong pro-life convictions, bolstered by her faith and her own scientific research. But Julia didn’t know what she could do to make a difference - until she observed a JFA outreach event on her campus. In this Impact Report, Julia shares how compelling it can be to witness a different kind of conversation about unintended pregnancy and abortion firsthand.
Americans are Weird!
And Why That’s Fantastic
In this conversation, a British student sees why something that seemed crazy to him at first, Americans discussing abortion, is actually not crazy at all. This is a beautiful model of how asking just a few open-hearted questions can help a person go from seeming completely closed to the pro-life position to actively engaging the question of whether the unborn are human beings with equal value to the rest of us.
“My Mom Wanted to Abort Me.”
In this conversation, JFA Trainer Jeremy Gorr saw first-hand how a personal story can help open a person’s mind and heart to change. We’re reminded that we can train Christians in good conversation skills and good arguments, but ultimately we depend completely on God and his work behind the scenes to change hearts and minds.
Worth the Interruption
In March, after teaching many of his high school students using JFA materials, Spencer Stewart brought twenty of them to our University of Kansas outreach event to watch JFA mentors in conversation and to give the students an opportunity to join in. In this Impact Report, Spencer and several of his students share about their experiences.
You Can’t Learn This in a Classroom
JFA training is not just theoretical. JFA volunteers are able to immediately put what they learn into practice alongside supportive JFA mentors. In these stories, you'll see how JFA mentors supported outreach volunteers at our March 2018 University of Kansas (KU) outreach, praying for them, modeling good dialogue, and participating with them in their first conversations.
A Living Room Conversation
JFA trainer Grace Fontenot shares a conversation she had with “Heidi,” a young woman she met, not during an outreach event, but in an everyday-life setting. This story is told in three parts, and covers the following topics: Part 1: Morality and Legality; Part 2: The Unborn - A Living, Human Organism; Part 3: Human Equality and Women’s Rights
Reaching Pro-Choice Christians
Why do we tend to think that most Christians are against abortion? Ann’s and Joanna’s experiences, described in this Impact Report, indicate that many Christians are more tolerant of abortion than we think. Ann is a JFA volunteer from four years ago and is currently studying in a university in Japan. Her story shows how one person can make a big difference in a community of Christians, kindling affection for all involved in unwanted pregnancy.
In the introduction to this Impact Report, Steve Wagner emphasizes that you can’t judge whether or not you’re successful in a conversation by looking at the results. So when we share stories where we do see some specific good result or moment of impact, we try to keep this reality in mind.
Stories like the ones shared here, from JFA staff members Susanna Buckley, Jeremy Gorr, and Rebecca Haschke, are simply a special grace from our loving Father. Let’s enjoy his work!
In this Impact Report, Susanna Buckley, intern from Virginia, shares a beautiful conversation from our recent Purdue University outreach. She saw God work through two well-placed questions to help a young woman make connections to her experience which surprised even her, convincing her that abortion is not a reasonable option for responding to suffering and difficulty.
In “Two Buckets,” Tammy Cook shares one concept that helps people who are reluctant to say abortion should not be legal because “I can’t tell others what to do.” Through the conversation, which Tammy shares in vivid detail, she also models a number of other important conversational tools, including trotting out a toddler, asking questions with an open heart, and using visual aids.
Lessons from a Conversation at Wichita State University
In this letter, JFA’s Director, Steve Wagner, shares three things that you can use to prepare for conversations: (1) In the third paragraph, he summarizes the case for the pro-life position in a memorable way. (2) He then shares an analogy that builds common ground about the difficulty of seeing early embryos as valuable, but also challenges listeners to let facts determine how they act towards the embryo. (3) Finally, he gives some perspective on how to judge whether or not a conversation is worthwhile.
A Lesson in Love
“Sam” was so rude at the start of his conversation with JFA trainer Rebecca Haschke that she nearly gave up talking to him altogether. Despite her inner frustration, she repeatedly made a choice to love him and was surprised by the conversation that followed. Because of Rebecca sought to understand him, found common ground with him, and humbly shared aspects of her own experience, Sam began to open up about his past. As you read, notice how choosing to love, even when it was difficult, provided an unexpected opportunity for healing to begin.
A New Advocate in Forty-Five Minutes
In this Impact Report, JFA Intern Grace Fontenot shares about Bryan, who she met when he was proclaiming his pro-choice views during a JFA outreach event. Several minutes later, after talking to Grace, Bryan started actively persuading his friend DJ to be pro-life.
Grace's story illustrates that anyone—using some simple tools, including questions, pictures, and a calm demeanor—can engage people in conversation and help them change their minds about abortion. This is especially true if the pro-life advocates work as a team.
A Popsicle Poll (and a Conversation)
In this Impact Report written by 20-year JFA veteran Tammy Cook, you get to see a model conversation unfold, nurtured through Tammy’s skillful choice of questions and information. You get to watch a student rethink his position on abortion, and you get to see the JFA poll table, a stalwart conversation tool we’ve used since 2001, in a new twist that JFA trainers Jon Wagner and Paul Kulas came up with during a late-night run to Walmart.
Small Decisions and Big Results
Turned down by a few people while conducting surveys on abortion, Grace and Clare could have just gone home. Instead, they decided to survey one more person.
Just weeks later, that person (Zachary Lee-Watts, pictured) was boldly defending unborn children at Oklahoma State University as a volunteer with Justice For All.
Read the whole story of how Zachary got from point A (pro-life in word) to point B (pro-life in deed) in this November 2016 Impact Report.
How JFA Helped Me Reach My Campus
In this Impact Report from August 2016, a recent UCLA alumnus named Meredith describes a conversation she had at JFA's new Stop and Think Exhibit at UCLA, and she also reflects on the whole experience with JFA.
Read this Impact Report to find out why Meredith said,
"I highly recommend [JFA] for every single pro-life group on college campuses."
Jamie: June 2016 Impact Report
It's true that some people leave Justice For All outreach events giving no indication that the experience has been helpful for healing from a past abortion, but thankfully, some with abortion in their past are able to begin to embrace healing at our events, even when abortion images are shown publicly.
In this June 2016 Impact Report by CK Wisner, you’ll see through her beautiful example how a compassionate, gentle, and skillful ambassador for Christ can play a vital role in a person’s process of healing from a past abortion.
"Brian" felt that because he had religious reasons for his point of view on abortion, he was disqualified from making a case that abortion should not be legal.
In JFA's May 2016 Conversations Letter, Rebecca Haschke describes in vidid detail how in just a few minutes, she helped him reconsider this sentiment. You can imitate her manner and her sequence of questions when you confront this sort of concern in conversations with friends and neighbors.
Confidence Creates Conversations
Like so many of us, Andrew did not often have conversations about abortion. He was pro-life, but he lacked confidence. Then he participated in the Justice For All (JFA) training program in Fall 2015.
In this Impact Report from March 2016, JFA trainer Jeremy Gorr reflects with Andrew on Andrew’s experience with JFA. Along the way, they illustrate how confidence is built little by little, through the right kinds of activities.
The Student Becomes the Trainer
In his first conversation of the day, Keawe Bridges built a bridge for a pro-life student who didn't know how to defend the unborn. Then, in another conversation with his pro-life friends and a pro-choice student, he was able to build a bridge for all of them at one time. This JFA Impact Report for November 2015, written by Joanna Wagner, includes both of these stories along with numbers that illustrate JFA's overall impact in 2015.
Reflection on the Justice For All Boulder Outreach - 2003
"This experience wasn't a highlight of my week, or even semester, but something I will treasure and remember for the rest of my life." When Ashley found herself in a small group of strangers at a Justice For All outreach event at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003, she found that the past she was ashamed of gave her a unique opportunity to share Christ's love with others and to experience Christ's love herself. Read about Ashley's amazing experience in her own words.
Can a Crowd Have a Conversation?
Navigating a one-on-one conversation about a controversial subject can be difficult. Now add nine more people with varying opinions. In JFA's September 2015 Conversations letter, JFA trainer Rebecca Haschke shares how a conversation with a crowd impacted a number of students at the University of Arizona.
Lightbulb in Los Angeles
In this Impact Report from 2015 CK describes specific decisions she made in the course of a conversation that helped a UCLA student, "Jenny," come to look at abortion differently.
Charity on the Metro
Our trainers tell this classic JFA story during presentations and seminars. In this Impact Report from 2015, you can also read the "story behind the story."
Miriam's Seminar Ends Up in the Abortion Clinic
A friend pulled Miriam out of bed one Saturday morning to take her to a pro-life training seminar JFA missionary Jon Wagner had arranged when he was a student at Azusa Pacific University. It was the first in a series of small steps that ultimately led to a big decision — right inside an abortion clinic. This Impact Report from 2013 has the story.
From Mum to Mom
This Impact Report from 2012 shares the story of two young parents we met in Colorado, "Gloria" and "Josh," as they were considering whether or not to continue parenting...and whether or not to tell anyone. Now, they are happy to share the story of their "William" with anyone who will listen.