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Pray with JFA (June) - Current Projects

Pray for More Advocates and More Conversations Through All of JFA’s Projects:

Here are a few of our projects and needs for which you can pray specifically this month:

  • JFA Trainers Raising Support: All of JFA’s trainers are working to raise additional support during the summer. Pray that we can successfully connect with many people.

Kaitlyn Donihue  (left) recently accepted a position to work for JFA in Michigan.

Kaitlyn Donihue (left) recently accepted a position to work for JFA in Michigan.

Susanna Buckley  (middle) recently accepted a position to work for JFA in Washington D.C.

Susanna Buckley (middle) recently accepted a position to work for JFA in Washington D.C.

Teach Kids with Our New K-4 Lesson Plan

**Yes, this is the same resource we’ve been proud to highlight for the past two months! It’s that important!**

Whether you teach kids at home, in a church Sunday School, or in a traditional school environment, be one of the first to download and teach “The Baby’s Heart Beats Like Mine” lesson plan to students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Then give us feedback. During the lesson, K-4 students identify with unborn babies through a series of experiences, including feeling their own heartbeats, seeing the unborn baby in the womb, naming similarities they share with unborn babies, making a bracelet that reminds them of when the heart begins to beat, and narrating what they learned to their parents. (“Sign Up” to access this “Member Only” content. That’s free!)

Start Conversations with Our New K-4 Lesson Plan

**Yes, this is the same resource we’ve been proud to highlight for the past two months! It’s that important!**

JFA developed our new K-4 Lesson Plan (click here to read a brief description) partly to “drive interest” in discussions about unborn children within churches and other communities. Here’s how we envision that working: You download the lesson plan and teach any group of K-4 kids (or you can teach just one!). During the lesson, students practice sharing what they’ve learned with their parents, and then take home a bracelet and a “Student and Parent Handout” to facilitate those conversations about the unborn child. We anticipate this will not only create conversations among parents and students but also among parents and teachers and others in the community! Help us test this idea to see if it will work.


Pray with JFA (May)

UCLA - May 21, 2019
See more photos from last week’s JFA events at UCLA, below.

Pray for Changed Hearts and Saved Lives:

I was in the plane last week traveling to our recent events in Los Angeles. The man sitting next to me, on his own without any provocation from me, brought up the recent Alabama law that banned abortion outright. He saw it as unconscionably “extreme.” This law in Alabama and similar laws in Georgia and other states are getting the conversation about abortion and unborn children started all around us. Let’s pray for JFA’s training events as we prepare Christians to be ready for these opportunities. Let’s pray God will use our outreach events to strengthen courage in all of us to speak up. - Steve Wagner, Executive Director

  • Mar. 17-19 (Durango, CO): Seminar & Outreach Events with Master Plan Ministries

  • Mar. 23-26 (Albuquerque, NM): Seminars & Outreach Events near/at University of New Mexico (UNM)

  • Mar. 31-April 2 (Lawrence, KS): Seminar & Outreach Events at/near University of Kansas (KU)

  • April 15, 24 (Fairfax, VA): Outreach Events at George Mason University (GMU)

  • April 23-25 (OK and TX): Outreach Events at Oklahoma State University (OSU) & University of North Texas (UNT)

  • May 18-22 (Los Angeles Area, CA): Seminars & Outreach Events near/at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

UCLA - May 2019
(Pictured - right: Kaitlyn Donihue, JFA Intern)

UCLA - May 2019
(Pictured - middle: Steve Wagner, Executive Director)

UCLA - May 2019 (Pictured - right: Tammy Cook, JFA Trainer)

UCLA - May 2019
(Pictured - right: Tammy Cook, JFA Trainer)

UCLA - May 2019
(Pictured - left: Rebekah Dyer, JFA Fellow)

Pray for Rylei and Students Like Her

Pray with JFA (April):

This month, when Jeremy Gorr showed up in Phoenix to teach a seminar, he was met with a surprise: Rylei, a high school student he helped train in 2017 and 2018 in Colorado, was now a student at Arizona State University and eager to become active changing hearts and minds at ASU. Jeremy’s letter, “Growing Up with Justice For All” tells Rylei’s story. Please pray for Rylei’s conversations at ASU, and pray that God would continue to help Rylei, JFA alumni like her, and JFA’s training team, as all of us speak up this month for forgotten women and children.

We’ve recently conducted outreach events at Univ. of Kansas (4/1-2), Univ. of Northern Colorado (4/8-9), George Mason Univ. in Fairfax, VA (4/15, 4/24), Oklahoma State Univ. (4/23) and Univ. of North Texas (4/24-25). We’re looking forward to seminar and outreach events at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA on May 19-22. Please join us or pray for us!

Outreach with Cowboys for Life at Oklahoma State University - April 23, 2019

Teach Kids with Our New K-4 Lesson Plan

JFA just released a lesson plan for K-4 elementary school students called, “The Baby’s Heart Beats Like Mine.” Whether you teach kids at home, in a church Sunday School, or in a traditional school environment, be one of the first to try this lesson and give us feedback. During the lesson, K-4 students identify with unborn babies through a series of experiences, including feeling their own heartbeat, seeing the unborn baby in the womb, naming similarities they share with unborn babies, making a bracelet that reminds them of when the heart begins to beat, and narrating what they learned to their parents.

(You’re required to “Sign Up” to access this “Member Only” content. That’s free!)

(Note: This resource was our “Featured Resource” for April 2019 and May 2019.)

Start Conversations with Our New K-4 Lesson Plan

JFA developed our new K-4 Lesson Plan (click here to read a brief description) partly to “drive interest” in discussions about unborn children within churches and other communities. Here’s how we envision that working: You download the lesson plan and teach any group of K-4 kids (or you can teach just one!). During the lesson, students practice sharing what they’ve learned with their parents, and then take home a bracelet and a “Student and Parent Handout” to facilitate those conversations about the unborn child. We anticipate this will not only create conversations among parents and students but also among parents and teachers and others in the community! Help us test this idea to see if it will work.


Pray with JFA (March)

Pray for Recent and Upcoming Events (Partial List):

JFA Outreach Event at Fort Lewis College - March 18, 2019

In March, JFA staff members were busy leading events in six states (TX, KS, GA, NE, CO, and NM)! As we continue on into April, please pray for good weather during our outreach events to facilitate good conversations. Pray for the health of our trainers that they might keep active in the field. Pray for each person we train and each person with whom we converse at outreach, that God will kindle new affection in their hearts for women in distress and for the smallest humans on earth. — Steve Wagner, Executive Director

  • Mar. 3 (Houston, TX): Interactive Seminar — University of Houston (UH)

  • Mar. 11 (Norfolk, NE): Interactive Seminar — Norfolk Catholic High School

  • Mar. 8-13 (Atlanta Area, GA): Seminars and Outreach Events near/at Kennesaw State University (KSU)

  • Mar. 17-19 (Durango, CO): Seminar & Outreach Events near/at Fort Lewis College

  • Mar. 23-26 (Albuquerque, NM): Seminars & Outreach Events near/at University of New Mexico (UNM)

  • Mar. 26 (Baltimore, MD): Outreach Event and Evening Forum at Johns Hopkins University

  • Mar. 31-Apr.2 (Lawrence, KS): Seminar and Outreach Events near/at University of Kansas (KU)

  • Apr. 4-7 (CO): Interactive Seminars in Denver, Fort Collins, Littleton, & Greeley

  • March/April/May: Seminars & Outreach Events in MD, AZ, & CA

Resource for March - "Empathy Opens the Door"

FEATURED RESOURCE FOR EQUIPPING YOURSELF:

In “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.

Over 20 Conversation Starters on the Blog!

Since the advent of JFA’s Loving Every Human Being with JFA monthly resource bulletin, we’ve posted over 20 unique conversation starters to the JFA Blog and our @7conversations Twitter page, including video of our dialogue artists in action, trending news stories, and more. The goal of every JFA conversation starter is to help an average pro-life advocate to create a conversation about abortion in a natural, less awkward way. If you haven’t yet done so, choose one and open up a dialogue with a friend or co-worker. We’d love to hear how it goes!

Pray with JFA (February)

Pray for Recent and Upcoming Events (Partial List):

“I am very proud of JFA’s trainers who have been active recently leading workshops and outreach events completely on their own. We’ve listed below some of our recent and upcoming events to give you a sense of what’s happening, but please see the calendar link below for a complete list with more specifics. Let’s keep praying that God would use these events to change hearts and save lives!” - Steve Wagner, Executive Director

Julia (front/center, with backpack) observes conversations at a 2017 JFA outreach event at UNM during her first semester on campus. Read Julia’s reflection on that event and how it impacted her life in  this month’s Impact Report “You Have to See Firsthand.”  Julia later participated in JFA events at UNM in 2018. JFA will be returning again to UNM for seminar and outreach events this spring.

Julia (front/center, with backpack) observes conversations at a 2017 JFA outreach event at UNM during her first semester on campus. Read Julia’s reflection on that event and how it impacted her life in this month’s Impact Report “You Have to See Firsthand.” Julia later participated in JFA events at UNM in 2018. JFA will be returning again to UNM for seminar and outreach events this spring.

  • Jan. 27-29 (South Dakota): Workshop & Outreach Events — South Dakota State University (SDSU) — Paul Kulas

  • Feb. 13-16 (Louisiana): Various Workshop & Outreach Events near/at University of Louisiana at Lafayette — Grace Fontenot

  • Feb. 23 (Wichita, KS): Outreach Event — Wichita State Univ.

  • Mar. 3 (Houston, TX): Interactive Seminar — University of Houston (UH)

  • Mar. 10 (Kennesaw, GA): Interactive Seminar — Kennesaw State University (KSU)

  • Mar. 23-26 (Albuquerque, NM): Seminars & Outreach Events near/at University of New Mexico (UNM)

  • Mar. 31-Apr.2 (Lawrence, KS): Seminar and Outreach Events near/at University of Kansas (KU)

  • April (TBD): Seminars & Outreach Events in Colorado and Arizona

  • February/March/April (KS, NE, OK, TX, NM, VA): More Individual Events Led by Tammy Cook, Rebecca Hotovy, Jon Wagner, Jeremy Gorr, and Steve Wagner

Resource for February - "Watch this Conversation" (Outreach Video)

FEATURED RESOURCE FOR EQUIPPING YOURSELF:

JFA trainer Rebecca Hotovy talks with a student named Julia at Colorado State University in a video JFA just posted. Prepare for your own conversations by watching Rebecca share the Equal Rights Argument (Part 1), graciously challenge the idea that legalized abortion aligns with feminism (Part 2), ask key clarification questions related to women’s rights and bodily autonomy (Part 3), and offer evidence for the biological humanity of the unborn (Part 4).

Conversation Starter for February - Video: Dialogue with Julia

Use the outreach video recently posted at the JFA blog in order to start your own conversation in a natural way. In it, JFA trainer Rebecca Hotovy talks with a pro-choice student named Julia at Colorado State University. (See the description of the video in the image caption below. The four video clips containing the dialogue play automatically via a playlist at the links below.) Why not share this footage with a friend and ask, “Have you ever been a part of a conversation about unintended pregnancy and abortion like this one?”

Prepare for your own conversations by watching Rebecca share the Equal Rights Argument (Part 1), graciously challenge the idea that legalized abortion aligns with feminism (Part 2), ask key clarification questions related to women’s rights and bodily autonomy (Part 3), and offer evidence for the biological humanity of the unborn (Part 4).

Prepare for your own conversations by watching Rebecca share the Equal Rights Argument (Part 1), graciously challenge the idea that legalized abortion aligns with feminism (Part 2), ask key clarification questions related to women’s rights and bodily autonomy (Part 3), and offer evidence for the biological humanity of the unborn (Part 4).

Pray with JFA (January)

Pray for Our 2019 Events:

Pray for wisdom as we plan events in the following places this year. Pray that many Christians would have the courage to be “weird” (in the good sense Grace Fontenot described in a recent newsletter), joining us in our aim to create thousands of loving conversations. Pray that God would use those conversations to change many hearts and minds.

  • AR: Fayetteville

  • AZ: Phoenix, Tucson

  • CA: Los Angeles Area

  • CO: Denver, Fort Collins

  • GA: Kennesaw, Atlanta Area


  • OK: Oklahoma City

  • SD: Brookings

  • TX: Dallas, Denton, Austin, Houston

  • VA/MD/DC: Various Cities

  • KS: Manhattan, Lawrence, Wichita


  • LA: Lafayette

  • MI: Lansing

  • MO: Springfield

  • NE: Norfolk

  • NM: Albuquerque

University of Oklahoma (OU) - October 2018

Resource for January - "Americans Are Weird!"

Featured Resource For Equipping Yourself:

Grace Fontenot described a conversation she had at Colorado State University in the fall in a recent letter, “Americans Are Weird!” And Why That’s Fantastic. Her conversation 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. Along the way, Grace helped a British student see why something that seemed crazy to him at first, Americans discussing abortion, is actually not crazy at all. Some of our trainers have latched onto a phrase at certain points in our history: “Don’t be weird.” By that they mean, “Don’t add unnecessary weirdness to a message that seems inherently weird to many people.” Grace clarifies in this letter that there is definitely one type of weirdness we should not be afraid of exhibiting — the weirdness of working to create respectful conversations about unborn children.