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Another Baby Saved At Abortion Mill and a Special Note From Father Frank Pavone

A Special Note From Father Frank Pavone

Dear Friends,

One of the greatest blessings God has given to our Priests for Life ministry is our Youth Outreach program, Stand True, headed by Bryan Kemper.

Bryan and I are writing to you today to make sure you are aware of the life-saving work that Stand True is doing, particularly through our summer interns who are with us now.

We need your help to give them the training they need, not only to save lives this summer, but to attend national conferences at which they will learn pro-life skills and build relationships that will last a lifetime within the movement.

So many interns who were with us in the past, and in whom Stand True nurtured the seeds of pro-life activism, have gone on to positions of leadership and service in the pro-life movement.  Kate Bryan, for instance, now works for Professor Robby George at the American Principles Project, and Brandi Swindell has started Stanton Health Care, specializing in unexpected pregnancy care.

Priests for Life is one of the only pro-life groups which, though not a students’ organization, has a full-time youth outreach director and a full-blown youth outreach program.

And it is succeeding only because people like you are stepping up and helping through your prayers and by your kind donations. We are asking for both today. Please take a moment to read Bryan’s message, and please be generous!

Sincerely,

Fr. Frank Pavone

National Director

A Mom Came Out of the Abortion Mill Yesterday; She Cancelled Her Abortion and Chose Life For Her Baby.

Praise God as we got to see a mom come out of the abortion mill yesterday morning and decide to cancel her abortion and choose life for her baby. What an amazing start to the summer for Stand True and our courageous pro-life missionaries.

Will you help us keep our amazing pro-life missionaries on the road this summer?  Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

This week the Stand True Summer Mission Team began taking their training on the road as some of the team headed to California to join the Survivors Pro-life Boot Camp and the rest are ministering at the abortion mill in Dayton, Ohio.

While most of the team is in Ohio this week, Kimberlee and myself flew to California to help train over 60 young pro-life warriors and lead them in activism on the streets.  I led them in social media training, teaching them how to use social media to spread the pro-life message around the world.

On the streets in front of the abortion mill, I was live streaming one of the young girls from Survivors as she pleaded with moms who were sitting in the lobby waiting to have their babies killed. It was the beautiful words and spirit of this young woman that prompted one mom to come down and talk to us. Now her baby will live.

See a video of this young pro-life woman pleading with moms here - https://youtu.be/Rr62XDmvjt0

We are only three weeks into the summer and we have seen two babies who have been saved by our work, and we still have two months to go. I am confident that we will see many more examples of the fruits of our labor, and continue to plants seed along the way this summer.

We need your support to continue this urgent work. In two weeks, we load the van and start driving thousands of miles as we take the pro-life message across America. We will be heading down to New Orleans, North Carolina, New York, New Hampshire, Michigan and much more.

Please help us fill up the gas tank, the literature tubs and feed the missionaries on the road. Your donation today will save lives. Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

For the voiceless,

Bryan Kemper

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Meet A Baby Saved By The Work Of Stand True Missionaries

Just days into the summer internship, our Stand True Pro-life Missionaries got to meet a baby that was saved because of the work of past teams.

We had just started our sidewalk chalking outreach at the Strawberry Festival in Troy, Ohio when I saw a family walking toward us. They waved to me and told me that they saw me on the news earlier this week. I had been on the news for fighting against the City of Troy, who is trying to silence our pro-life presence. The family then told me to keep up the great work and pointed to their kids and said, “They are alive today because of you”.

The father used to live next to my family and would see all the pro-life work we did around town. He would see the Stand True missionaries at our house and all over town. He often asked questions about the work we did and about the graphics on our van.

One day, he came to me in a panic because his grilfriend was planning on getting an abortion, and he did not know what to do or say to her. I was able to talk to both of them and give them pro-life literature. We all prayed hard for this couple and their baby. Three babies later, this couple was standing with our missionaries, thanking us for their family and telling us to never stop what we are doing.

What an amazing first outreach for these dedicated pro-life warrriors who have given up their whole summer to stand up and be a voice for the babies! We need to make sure that we can keep this pro-life missionary team on the road all summer; they are changing the culture and saving lives.

This summer, the team will travel thousands of miles as they take the pro-life message and our activism to New Orleans, Colordado, California, Illinois, North Carolina, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsyvania and beyond. We need your support to continue to feed, house and transport these missionaries all summer.

We need your help TODAY! Please support the work of Stand True and our amazing pro-life missionaries. Please donate $25, $50, $100, or $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation to abolish abortion. If you can donate, please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

Meet the 2015 Team Here – http://www.standtrue.com/2015missionteam

Thank you, and God bless you,

Bryan Kemper

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Meet the 2015 Stand True Pro-life Outreach Missionary Team and Outreach Schedule

Meet the 2015 Stand True Pro-life Outreach Missionaries

Please commit to praying for our team members and outreach this summer.

 

 

 

These full time pro-life missionaries rely on support from from you to make this summer of outreach and training possible.  Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

Here is the schedule for the mission team; please keep this so you can pray for them over the summer.

June 1 Team arrives in Troy

June 2 – 5 Training in Troy, OH

June 5 Grill Out at Stand True Courtyard

June 6-7 Strawberry Festival Outreach Troy, OH (Life Development Display and Street Outreach)

June 8 Day off

June 9 Abortion Clinic Training

June 10 – 13 Abortion Clinic Outreach/Social Media Projects

June 13 Troy Pool Day

June 14 Day off

June 15 -16 Office/Social Media Project Days

June 17-19 Abortion Clinic Outreach/Activism

June 20 – 21 Days Off

June 22 – 26 Abortion Clinic Outreach/Social Media Projects

June 27 – 28 Days off

June 29 – July 3 Abortion Clinic Outreach/Social Media Projects

July 4-5 Off

July 6 Prep for NRLC

July 7 Drive to New Orleans

July 8 Arrive in New Orleans

July 9 – 11 NRLC 2015 in New Orleans (Bryan Kemper Speaks / Stand True Booth)

July 12 Drive to Charlotte, NC

July 13 White Water Center Day in Charlotte, NC

July 14 Pro-life Activism in Charlotte, NC with EPIC

July 15 Drive to Troy, OH

July 16 – 17 Unload/Cleaning Days

July 18 -19 Days Off

July 20 – 22 Clinic Outreach/Social Media Projects

July 23 Drive to Chicago

July 24 – 25 National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium in Chicago

July 26 Drive to Troy

July 27 – 31 Retreat in MI

August 1 Day Off

August 2 Drive to NYC

August 3 Activism in NYC/Afternoon off in NYC

August 4 – 5 Training at PFL

August 6-8 Soulfest, Gilford, New Hampshire (Stand True Booth)

August 9 – 10 Drive to Troy, OH

August 11 -13 Unpack, Clean and Debrief

August 14 Go Home

We need your help TODAY! Please support the work of Stand True and our amazing Pro-life Missionaries. Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

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Why I hate exceptions in pro-life laws but understand why I must support bills like the Pain-Capable Act.

This has got to be one of the most divisive aspects in the pro-life movement, to the point of causing serious infighting amongst friends. I have been called evil, faithless, a compromiser, and even the enemy of God. All of this because I am willing to support legislation that I believe is a positive step toward my end goal: the total abolition of all abortion.

First, I want to address the fact that every single bill I have ever seen introduced nationally or on a state level has or is an exception. The mere fact that the Pain Capable Act only bans abortions after 20-weeks makes that bill an exception in and of itself.

One of the biggest fights right now is between people who refuse to support the HR36 (Pain Capable Act) because it has the rape exception. I agree that it should not have a rape exception. On that same line, it should not have a 20-week exception either; it should just ban all abortions across the board.

I have been in the battle to end abortion since the late 80s, and I hate the fact that I am still fighting. I want nothing more in this world then to see an end of child killing in my lifetime. I will continue to fight until my dying breath if that is what it takes.

Most of us in the fight full-time understand this frustration. We often plead with churches and fellow Christians to rise up with us and demand an end to abortion. In the same way that I can’t understand how Christians were silent during the Nazi Holocaust, and how Christians took part in the slave trade, I cannot understand why Christians remain apathetic to abortion.

I know that if every single person who called themselves a believer in Christ would stand up and walk to the local abortion mill in their town, they could shut them down. I know if we all stood in unity and demanded the reversal of Roe v. Wade, we could see that happen. I know that through Christ, we can accomplish this.

I also know that I will not simply wait for that to happen; I must act daily to do everything that I can to save as many babies as I can until God’s people wake up. With every day that goes by, we lose another 3,500 innocent babies to this evil holocaust that has gripped our nation for over 40 years.

I have heard people say that every time a law is passed with an exception, that we are throwing those babies ‘under the bus’. However, we can’t throw a baby under the bus that is already under the bus. Abortion is legal throughout all nine months of pregnancy, and so those babies are already sentenced to die. What we can do is pull as many babies out from under the bus as we can, until the bus is no longer there.

I hate exceptions. I hate ALL exceptions. I hate that we even have to talk about saving as many babies as we can, but they will die if we don’t. We make choices every day in our pro-life activism that will leave some babies out. We choose which days we will go to the abortion mill to pray and plead with moms and which days we sit in the office and get other work done. We choose which abortion mill we will go to and which one we will not.

I know that I can only take steps towards the goal: the total abolition of abortion. I know that not every step I take will be the most popular with those who also fight this fight. I know that sometimes my steps in one direction will mean that I am not saving every baby in another direction, but I must always be taking steps.

I also know that as St. Paul said in his letter to the Philippians, “ I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”(Phil 4:13) I know that when we, as the body of Christ, come together and realize this truth, we will bring an end to abortion and so much more.  I will never stop calling on Christians to take up the call to embrace this and to “Love your neighbor as yourself”. (Mark 12:31) I will never waiver on the command to “rescue those being led away to slaughter, stop those staggering towards death.” (Proverbs 24:11)

This week, we do not have a comprehensive bill that will wipe out the evil of abortion before Congress. We don’t even have a bill that would wipe out the majority of abortions. In fact, this is a small step that will save a small number of babies’ lives. But it will, in fact, save babies’ lives. It will also cause many to pause, as they realize the truth that babies in the womb feel pain, because they are just that: babies.

Yesterday, I was walking to lunch in my small town of Troy, OH and I noticed that the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, who represents my district, was eating lunch at a local café. I got the chance to thank him for getting this bill to the floor for a vote this week. I also encouraged him to stand boldly for life, and explained how important it is that we bring an end to abortion.  While I thanked him now, I will not stop holding the flames to the feet of our leaders to make sure that we don’t stop there, or anywhere, until every single baby is protected.

Bryan Kemper

Please support the work of Stand True and our amazing Pro-life Missionaries. Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

 

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We have a major CRISIS right now.

I will keep this short and to the point: WE NEED YOUR HELP!

I was about to sit down and write a letter explaining how critical our financial situation is right now when I got a phone call from the City of Troy. They were calling to warn me that a major leak had sprung under our missionary house, and water was coming out of the side. Our plumber crawled under the house and found a major pipe burst and had to shut down our water. Tomorrow he will have to completely tear up the bathroom floor to get to the pipes and make the repairs.

On top of the repairs to the pipe and the new flooring we will have to buy for the bathroom, we have much more to do to get ready for our missionaries’ arrival. We have three full time missionaries right now and several more arriving in just a few weeks and we have less than $300 in our account.

We need your help TODAY! Please support the work of Stand True and our amazing Pro-life Missionaries. Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

Here is the schedule for the mission team; please keep this so you can pray for them over the summer.

June 1 Team arrives in Troy

June 2 – 5 Training in Troy, OH

June 5 Grill Out at Stand True Courtyard

June 6-7 Strawberry Festival Outreach Troy, OH

June 8 Day off

June 9 Abortion Clinic Training

June 10 – 13 Abortion Clinic Outreach/Social Media Projects

June 13 Troy Pool Day

June 14 Day off

June 15 -16 Office/Social Media Project Days

June 17-19 Abortion Clinic Outreach/Activism

June 20 – 21 Days Off

June 22 – 26 Abortion Clinic Outreach/Social Media Projects

June 27 – 28 Days off

June 29 – July 3 Abortion Clinic Outreach/Social Media Projects

July 4-5 Off

July 6 Prep for NRLC

July 7 Drive to New Orleans

July 8 Arrive in New Orleans

July 9 – 11 NRLC 2015 in New Orleans

July 12 Drive to Charlotte, NC

July 13 White Water Center Day in Charlotte, NC

July 14 Pro-life Activism in Charlotte, NC with EPIC

July 15 Drive to Troy, OH

July 16 – 17 Unload/Cleaning Days

July 18 -19 Days Off

July 20 – 22 Clinic Outreach/Social Media Projects

July 23 Drive to Chicago

July 24 – 25 National Sidewalk Counseling Symposium in Chicago

July 26 Drive to Troy

July 27 – 31 Retreat in MI

August 1 Day Off

August 2 Drive to NYC

August 3 Activism in NYC/Afternoon off in NYC

August 4 – 5 Training at PFL

August 6-8 Soulfest, Gilford, New Hampshire

August 9 – 10 Drive to Troy, OH

August 11 -13 Unpack, Clean and Debrief

August 14 Go Home

We need your help TODAY! Please support the work of Stand True and our amazing Pro-life Missionaries. Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

Bryan Kemper

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Abortion Enslaves Women and Denies Them True Equal Rights.

I recently released a small statement about how abortion is oppressive to women; a couple of people asked me how I can find abortion to be oppressive if it is their free choice, so I decided to expand on my thought.

Here is the original quote that spawned the questions I received: “The abolition of abortion is the only true path to equal rights for all women. Abortion is a violent, destructive cycle of oppression against mothers. How can we truly call women “free” when this evil is welcomed into our society?”

Abortion is oppressive because it is a mechanism that allows men to be free of responsibility; they now have an easy out when a woman becomes pregnant. The problem is that it is only easy for the man; he simply must come up with the money and his part is over.  The woman however is the one who must walk into that clinic and undergo a violent and invasive procedure as her pre-born child is dismembered and torn from her body.

It is a so-called “choice” that lies to women and tells them their own child is nothing more than an inconvenience and a parasite. Pregnancy is not a sickness or condition that needs to be fixed, it is the state of being with child.  When a woman is pregnant she is not pregnant with a “potential human being”, she is pregnant with an actual human being in the earliest stages of that human’s development cycle.

par·a·site  noun

an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.

In the very definition of a parasite you see it is an organism of another species. A child in the womb is the offspring of the mother carrying that child; another word for offspring is fetus, which is more commonly used to refer to the child. The mother’s body is not merely a host but actually is designed to nurture and protect that child until birth; any attack on that child is an unnatural and violent act.

Abortion is a lie that tells women to sacrifice their own child and then robs them of one of the most of one of the most amazing parts of being a woman, motherhood. The bond between mother and child is such a special connection; abortion destroys that bond and denies the mother and child of their relationship.

“Sweeter even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them.”

- Susan B. Anthony, Founding Feminist 1889

Abortion enslaves women to a world where men can dominate and control them so the man can be free. It is sad that men have been able to turn the argument around and make women think it is about their freedom when it is about men not having to be men and raise and support their child. Men scare women into thinking abortion is their only option and as a man I am disgusted by the oppression other men have put on them by pushing women to kill their own children.

I have sat outside abortion facilities for over 20 years watching men as they push women in the doors, ignoring the tears and obvious distress. Others will drop them off in front of the clinic and proceed then park on the street eating fast food, smoking and talking on the phone while the woman is alone inside the abortion clinic. I have watched fathers take their own daughters and granddaughters into the abortion clinic because they are more concerned about perceived shame than the life of their own grandchild.

I know not all women who go into abortion clinics are there because a man is pressuring them. Many of them are there because a man did not step up in any way.  Many of them are there because a men and society have told women that having a baby outside of wedlock will hold them back in life. Many are there because our churches have failed to provide a safe, loving environment for women who are pregnant and need help and support.

Whatever the reason is, the fact remains that abortion is an unnatural response to one of nature’s most precious gifts to women. Abortion is does not affirm women, it reduces their pregnancy to a disease that needs a cure. Abortion does not free women; it holds them in bondage to a society that teaches women that killing their child is a form of love and mercy.

I would say that the true freedom of a woman is the freedom to be a mother without shame, without scrutiny and without men pressuring them to “fix it” or “get it taken care of”. The beauty of motherhood and childbirth should be celebrated and looked at as one of the greatest achievements of womanhood. The last time I checked, there is not a man on earth who can even come close to this achievement.

So I will repeat my statement and stand by it:”The abolition of abortion is the only true path to equal rights for all women. Abortion is a violent, destructive cycle of oppression against mothers. How can we truly call women “free” when this evil is welcomed into our society?”

If you have been hurt by abortion and would like someone to talk to, please contact Rachel’s Vineyard at: www.rachelsvineyard.org or www.silentnomoreawareness.org

Note: I am not saying that all men are like this and I know that many men fight for the rights of their children to live; I am merely commenting on lies of modern day feminism that tell women they need abortion to be truly free.

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

Please support the work of Stand True and our amazing Pro-life Missionaries. We need your help TODAY! Please donate $25, $50, $100, $500 and help Stand True continue to educate, activate and equip this generation. If you can donate please do so at https://give.cornerstone.cc/Stand+True.

Donations can also be mailed to Stand True – PO Box 890 – Troy, OH 45373 or call 937-570-0671 to donate by phone.

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The Story Of How God Inspired The Launch Of 40 Days For Life, Bound4Life and Stand True’s, Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity Simultaneously.

Without Planning It, Grassroots Pro-Life Prayer Groups Launched at Same Time – Say Leaders in First Joint Interview

Ten years ago, a burning desire to be a voice for the unborn was ignited in three leaders – in Texas, Virginia and Colorado. Having known each other for years, they rarely see one another aside from national pro-life gatherings. What would happen if we started a dialogue together?

For the first time, David Bereit of 40 Days for Life, Matt Lockett of Bound4LIFE and Bryan Kemper of Stand True share their common yet distinct experiences – and reveal a striking timeline of how public prayer advocacy has thrived in the grassroots pro-life movement.

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Marisa Kwaning discusses pro-life prayer with David Bereit and Matt Lockett (Photo: Josh Shepherd)

A Son’s Prayer in the Hospital

Summer of 2004 found David Bereit (pronounced BE-right) frustrated in College Station, Texas. A local Planned Parenthood abortion center had just reached a death toll of 2,000.

“We had been trying everything we knew how to do,” Bereit says. “While we saw some small pro-life successes, for the most part the abortion numbers just kept going up.” He and a few other people did the only thing they felt was left – gather around a table and pray for an hour. 

Bereit shares, “The night before that prayer time, a friend from church pulled me aside and said: ‘If we really believe these children dying are made in God’s image, why aren’t we acting like it?’ he implored. ‘If we’re serious, why wouldn’t we go to that place [abortion centers], stand in the gap and intercede on behalf of these mothers and children?’”

“That conversation was germinating in me the next day during that hour of prayer,” says Bereit, noting how God placed the 40-days timeframe on their hearts that day along with other particulars. “The first local 40 Days for Life campaign was from September 1 thru October 10, 2004.”

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People in prayer at the first 40 Days for Life campaign in College Station, TX (Photo Courtesy of 40 Days for Life)

“Many 40 Days leaders haven’t even heard this second part,” says Bereit, national director of 40 Days for Life. “Years later, after the first national campaign, the same friend called me – amazed at how God used this idea.”

“Then he said, ‘Shortly before that dinner at your house, we found out my dad was dying of cancer. I went to the hospital and my dad wanted to pray about the ending of abortion. The reason why? Years before, he had gotten a girl pregnant out of wedlock, he had been scared, he pressured her to schedule an abortion… but she stood him up on the day of the appointment. He got so angry at her then. Yet eventually they ended up getting married.’“

“Laying on that hospital bed, his dad told him, ‘Son, that woman was your mother and that child I wanted to throw away to cover up my sin was you.’ The man who suggested the idea of what became 40 Days for Life was himself an abortion survivor,” Bereit concludes.

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Photo for illustration purposes: Lee Haywood / Flickr

With 252 cities involved this past spring, 40 Days for Life recently celebrated 10,000 babies saved through on-site prayer at abortion centers. David Bereit and his wife now reside in northern Virginia, where he provides leadership to this growing movement.

For Ad Agency Graphic Artist, One Dream Changes His Life

“There’s something very interesting about Fall 2004,” Matt Lockett of Bound4LIFE observes before sharing his story. Living in Denver at the time, he worked as creative director at an ad agency while serving as a youth pastor.

“I had been a Christian for most of my life – but, I’m ashamed to say, I didn’t care much about abortion,” Lockett begins. “In my mind, it was a side issue that some crazy people like to make a big stink about. Then in September 2004, I had a dream.”

Matt Lockett
Matt Lockett tells of Bound4LIFE’s founding (Photo: Josh Shepherd)

“I saw young people praying day and night for the ending of abortion. And in my dream, there was a man named Lou Engle. I didn’t know of anyone named Lou Engle at that point, yet it was one of those weird experiences that I couldn’t get away from,” says Lockett.

“When I found out that Lou Engle really exists, I tracked down a phone number. When I call and share my dream, one of his team tells me, ‘You’ve just dreamt what the Lord has sent us to do. We are going to Washington, DC to pray for the ending of abortion. You should come and check it out, maybe God will have something for you there.’”

Lockett had this conversation with Engle’s team in mid-September 2004, as they were traveling from Colorado Springs to Washington in prayer for the elections. Then another critical dream occurred.

“One young man was on an extended fast, and he had a dream,” shares Lockett. “He saw the streets of DC filled with young people who had tape over their mouths. In the dream, he zooms down from above and he’s in front of the Supreme Court. He sees the word LIFE is written on the tape over their mouths.” The team ended up doing the dream in front of the Supreme Court, the first “silent siege” followed by thousands more since that day.

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Lou Engle and team pray outside the Supreme Court in 2004 (Photo Courtesy of Bound4LIFE)

Lockett took Engle up on the invitation to Washington, DC a few months later. “God radically changed my life and my viewpoint,” he shares. “He called my wife, four children and me to be missionaries to the nation’s capital. I ended up quitting my job in Denver; we sold our belongings in a garage sale and moved to DC. That was 10 years ago.”

Months into this new missionary experience, Lockett emerged as the director of Bound4LIFE and Justice House of Prayer DC – located a few blocks from the Supreme Court and the Capitol. Lockett states, “Our assignment progressed from praying for the 2004 elections, to believing for a shifting of the Supreme Court – to an ongoing assignment to pray for the courts and America, from the nation’s capital.”

Musician Brings Punk Rock Roots to Activist Calling

Bryan Kemper, a tattooed and energetic leader, joins our dialogue via Skype from his home base in Dayton, Ohio. Following his early years in the Christian rock scene, Kemper was floored by one person’s question: If you believe abortion is murder, why are you not doing something about it?

“From one desperate prayer, when I was facing a job transition, Stand True started in Virginia. Our mission is to educate, activate and equip young people to be a voice – because we believe this is the generation that will abolish abortion,” he asserts.

“Adults come up to me sometimes and ask, ‘Do you think we can ever end abortion?’ I always say: ‘How big is your God? Because my God is bigger than Roe v. Wade.’”

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Bryan Kemper prays at OneVoiceDC on January 21, 2015 (Photo: Aaron Wong)

Kemper reveals how one well-known Stand True outreach began. “I remember I was driving back from speaking at McNeese State University in Louisiana with a student, and he asked, ‘What can we do with other students around the country to take a stand?’ Right then, I had the vision of the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.”

What if students went silent, in solidarity with the children being silenced by abortion? he thought. High school and college students across the nation could stay in silent prayer all day.

“A few weeks later, I was speaking in Washington, DC at an event,” he continues. “Five minutes into my talk, a group of about 20 young people walked into the back of the room and just stood there. I thought they were there to protest me, because they were all wearing this red duct tape on their mouths.”

What is this? But it wasn’t a protest, it was the Bound4LIFE group who had heard about the talk. One of them told me what the red duct tape was afterward. This is the coolest thing ever, I thought,” Kemper recalls.

Life Tape - Silent Siege - US Capitol
Photo Courtesy of Bound4LIFE

“The next day I went down to the Supreme Court, and Lou Engle was there. I asked him, ‘Hey, we’re doing this Silent Day event, can we promote the Life Tape?’ He was like, ‘Oh yeah, totally.’ So I always tell people who ask, ‘Stand True didn’t start the Life Tape idea, we just borrowed it.’ We helped make Life Tape popular, because Silent Day went big when it launched.”

“That first year we thought, Maybe 100 campuses will do this? Six hundred campuses signed up in 2004. It was amazing! Now every year in October, several thousand campuses participate – this fall will be the 11th year. It’s young people deciding to be silent in solidarity and spend the day in prayer.”

Kemper recounts one story of Silent Day’s impact. “One young woman, getting ready for school, walked downstairs wearing Life Tape. Her mother asked, ‘What are you doing? Why do you have tape on your mouth?’ She took the tape off and explained to her mom what she had decided to do that day.”

“Her mom broke down and said, ‘I’m scheduled for an abortion this week. I’m pregnant, Honey.’ That young woman was able to save her sibling’s life.”

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Photo for illustration purposes: Sandeep Patil / Flickr

Kemper summarizes what drives Stand True: “Things like that have happened so often. The years I’ve done this is worth it for even one of those stories. And I know you, Matt and David, have those stories too.”

Right Mission, Right Place, Right Time

“The timing is so wild,” notices Kemper. ”I never realized how close it was to the start of Bound4LIFE that those kids wearing Life Tape came to the Stand True pro-life rally. It must’ve been within the first few days.”

David Bereit jumps in: “And our first fall campaign was going on right then. We were intentionally doing it in a season leading up to an election. When is there a more important time to be praying and fasting?”

“There in College Station, Texas, I was getting news updates about both of your group’s activities during those 40 days,” Bereit recalls. “I was hearing about Bound4LIFE, about the first Pro-Life Silent Day of Solidarity, and I was massively encouraged. It showed me, Wow, God is moving on this. I was sharing the news with other people, though I didn’t realize it was the beginning for both of you.”

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Bryan Kemper in Dayton, OH joins the interview via Skype (Photo: Josh Shepherd)

With each focused on prayer and advocacy for the ending of abortion, the three groups reach a diverse spectrum of people: from youth on the fringes, to a broad scope of evangelical and Catholic believers who recognize how upholding the value of life is fundamental to their faith.

“There was something in the air at that moment,” muses Matt Lockett. “It’s a profound thing, and it’s beyond just the three groups here. All of this pro-life prayer outreach started gelling together during Fall 2004. So many things happened, shifted or took a turn – and here we are a decade later.”

“It’s all coming full-circle now,” Bereit notes.

Kemper sums up the feeling in the room: “I don’t believe there are any coincidences.”

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Former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson with David Bereit (Photo Courtesy of 40 Days for Life)

Watch for more excerpts from this joint interview, as the three leaders compare group strategies and share how they keep the right focus in handling a contentious issue in our culture.

About Marisa Lengor Kwaning

Marisa Lengor Kwaning is a writer, editor and health policy analyst who resides in Washington, D.C. She has worked in public health, disaster management, as well as foreign and domestic health policy. She earned a Masters degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and currently consults at Final Draft:Writing Services.

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Silly Songs With Pro-Abortion Activists – F#*K The Suburbs And Kill The Unborn

Today I joined our good friends, Created Equal, on the campus of The Ohio State University for a pro-life outreach. We exposed the truth of what abortion really is by showing photographs and video of the victims of abortion. We were also distributing literature and having conversations with students, many of whom seemed eager to ask questions.

I have several good conversations as well as several, lets just say, less then intelligent ones as well. I was actually thanked by several students, who identified themselves as pro-choice, for having civil and intelligent conversations with them. One of them even told some of the more radical pro-abortion protesters that they were not helping their side by being so belligerent.

Towards the end of the day, one pro-abortion activists broke out his guitar and started to serenade everyone; I hesitate to call it singing. Some of his more memorable lyrics were: “F#*k the suburbs and kill your unborn”, “Not every human ever born is always going to have a place” and “Most people alive today have not earned the status of human”.

Needless to say, this young man needs prayer. Here is a video collection of three of his songs, (although they all sound the same). Warning – graphic language and ludicrous lyrics.

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University of Hawaii Conducting Government Trials on Teenage Girls Reminiscent of Nazi Experiments

The University of Hawaii is conducting government trials on girls as young as 14-years-old to see if the drug Oxytocin will help prevent heavy bleeding during an abortion. Not only are they preforming abortions on teenage girls, but they are giving some of them placebos instead of Oxytocin and endangering them further.

The purpose of these tests as listed on the National Institute of Health’s Government Trials website reads:Currently, there is very little research to identify ways to decrease blood loss during D&E (dilation and evacuation) procedures. The objective is to determine whether routine use of intravenous oxytocin will improve bleeding outcomes at the time of D&E at 18-24-weeks gestation. To evaluate the hypothesis, investigators will perform a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. The patient will be followed until discharged from the postoperative care unit during which time patient satisfaction, pain score and postoperative bleeding will be assessed.Reading the government website about these trials brought back memories of the day I walked the grounds of Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland and saw remnants of the abominable tests that the Nazis performed on the Jews. To think that our government is now involved in such insanity sends chills down my spine; they have allowed America’s daughters to become lab rats for the abortion industry. As a father of a teenage daughter, I cringe to think that a university and our government can conduct these kinds of dangerous experiments on my 14-year-old daughter and do it without parental consent or knowledge of the experiment.

The very nature of these trials is further evidence of the dangers of abortion, as we have seen with the recent deaths of young women like Tonya Reaves, Lakisha Wilson and so many more. Just read through the list of women who are being killed by so called “safe and legal” abortions at http://www.safeandlegal.com. Not only does abortion kill an innocent human baby, but it endangers women.
In her book,Recall Abortion, Janet Morana explores the dangers of abortion and what it does to women. Janet clearly shows us that we don’t need tests to try and make this barbaric practice safer, we need to protect women and babies by abolishing abortion altogether.

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Where were you when the battle raged? Remembering my time in Florida with Terri Schiavo’s family 10 years ago today.

For twenty-four years I have been involved with pro-life work in one way or another. Over thosetwenty-four years I have talked to thousands of people about their involvement, why they got involved, how they got involved and what motivates them to continue. We have talked about what happened in 1973 and where were all the Christians when Roe vs. Wade was passed. We would wonder why Christians would ignore human rights and own slaves in the time of the Dred Scott decision. We would tell stories about the few brave Christians that hid Jews during the Holocaust and proclaim that if it were we in those times we would have been a voice. If we were around in those days we would have risked all to save an innocent life; that is what we said, at least.

Ten years ago a young woman in Florida who was handicapped began an agonizing and painful journey towards death. Her husband, who had once made a vow to love and honor her through good times and bad, murdered her on national television. Her husband, who had already broken his vows to her by living with another woman and fathering children with her, went to court to have his wife starved and dehydrated to death. Terri Schiavo held onto life and fought for 13 days before finally dying on Thursday, March 31, 2005.

When I arrived in Florida one week before her death I expected to see thousands and thousands of Christians in front of the hospice praying, singing and crying out for Terri. I expected to see all those people who said, “I would have been there to stand up if I were around in the times of Roe vs. Wade or during the Holocaust.” I was sadly disappointed.

I walked up and saw maybe 150 people at most — some of them familiar faces from the pro-life movement, some of them just wanting to be on TV. I started to walk around and ask where people were from and most of them were from out of town; it was hard to find anyone from the Tampa area there to stand up for Terri. For years I wondered where the Christians were when Roe vs. Wade was passed, and now I had the answer.

I spent the first day walking around the crowd praying with people, talking about what could be done and simply being there in solidarity with our sister as she was dying. When I arrived the second day I talked to Terri’s sister whom I had met in Washington, DC, in January, when I volunteered my services to the family. I was asked to help guard the family and escort them around as everyone was swarming them.

I spent a lot of time just sitting with them and listening to stories about Terri and her life growing up. Her dad told a story about when Terri ran over a cat and how upset she was over this poor little cat. The friends shared beautiful stories and memories that I will treasure forever.

During this time we also spent a lot of time in prayer, with many different Christian leaders and friends. Everyone would be talking about a possible option and then someone would just stop and say, “Let’s pray.” There was more spontaneous prayer than I had ever seen. I would walk among the people there in support and see small groups up and down the street praying, singing hymns and just reading the Scriptures out loud. There may not have been a large group there, but they were dedicated and focused on prayer.

I spent a lot of time walking the family through the media circus to and from the hospice trying to give them a little privacy. I would walk Terri’s dad through the crowd every night as he thanked all the supporters for being there for Terri.

I talked to many of the behind-the-scenes media people who were obviously shaken by this tragedy. I saw people from all different walks of life and political and religious backgrounds taking a stand. There were many non-Christian people there in support of Terri, and dozens of handicapped people from a group called Not Dead Yet. I even spent time in prayer with the Rev. Jesse Jackson as he came to help the family and speak out for Terri. I never in a million years would have believed that I would sit in a room praying with Randal Terry, Jesse Jackson and Sean Hannity.

Each night at about 11:00 PM I would leave the hospice area and go get something to eat and try to catch up on some computer work and grab a few hours of sleep. I talked to a lot of people at different restaurants that would ask us what was really happening there. One night Terri’s brother, Bobby, came out to eat with us. When he left, the people there asked us questions and wanted to know the truth about the whole situation; they were shocked when they got the true facts about Terri.

On Wednesday night I went to the hotel and was especially saddened as we were reaching 13 days. My friend Will and I sat in the pool at the hotel at 2:00 AM discussing the past week and what else could have been done. I finally got to sleep at about 3:00 AM. Early the next morning, I was awoken by Will telling me that Terri had died.

We quickly packed our bags and went to the car to drive over to the hospice a few blocks away. As I got into the car it really began to hit me what had just happened and I started to cry. I picked up my cell phone and called my wife and children; I just needed to hear their voices and tell them I loved them.

I got to the hospice and stood guard outside the room the family was in to give them some privacy. The room was tucked in behind all the major media trucks and production areas. I watched as many of the media producers and reporters were fighting back tears. I watched reporters hugging the family and giving condolences; they were truly touched by Terri’s family. Many of the media that I had gotten to know expressed their grief to me, some of them on-air personalities who were affected greatly.

After the family was done making their statements for the day, I made my rounds to offer my condolences and say my goodbyes. I told the family about all the Stand True supporters and family that had asked me to send their best wishes and prayers. I thanked them for their strength and resolve in the fight for Terri’s life. I let them know that we at Stand True will never let Terri’s name die and that we will continue the fight for life and others like Terri.

I will never forget and I will never stop telling her story - http://www.terrisfight.org

Also read Father Frank Pavone’s memory of his time with Terri - http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/mar/30/frank-pavone-terri-schiavos-inconvenient-life/

For Christ I stand,

Bryan Kemper

 

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