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. 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.” 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 Read More »
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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.
Bryan Kemper Banned From Dayton Library After Confronting NARAL and Planned Parenthood Community Discussion
With spring time approaching, our missionary program is kicking into high gear. Right now, we have three fulltime pro-life missionaries living at the Stand True Missionary House and several more will be coming for the summer. The winter was harsh, and high heating bills and repairs have depleted our resources. We need your help to prepare the misionary house, fill the cupboards, repair the van and much more. We need your support today; housing, feeding, transporting and training our full time pro-life missionaries costs Stand True about $2,000 a month. They will be traveling across the country over the next 5 months, spreading the pro-life message and helping to build a culture of life. Stand True President, Bryan Kemper, will be the keynote speaker at Night Vision Festival in Colorado as well as a youth speaker at the National Right to Life Conference in New Orleans, LA. The Stand True Missionaries will be traveling with Bryan to these events as well as events in Chicago, IL, New York City, Charlotte, NC and many more. The missionaries will be setting up and manning pro-life booths at each event and lead street activism and outreaches. Every year, the Stand True mission team reaches hundrends of thousands of peole with the pro-life message and Gospel of Christ. We depend on you for support and prayer. Please make the most genorous donation you can today to make sure these amazing young pro-life warriors can reach as many people as possible with the truth. We have a couple spots left, applications being accepted now for the Summer Internship. Information and applicatipions here: http://www.standtrue.com/2015summerinternship/ Please support our work. The winter has been harsh on the bill here for housing and keep our missionaries warm. Your support gauruntees that our amazing pro-life missionaries can continue to do this important work. 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.
If you’ve never met someone, do they still exist? This is the premise of the short film, “If I Can’t See It,” released last week by Angelic Films in partnership with Stand True Pro-life Outreach, the youth outreach of Priests for Life. This film was made by teens in Charlotte, NC as a project of their film club, Angelic Films. The original story was formulated by Bryan Kemper and was put into writing by WNCU film student Emily Pressley after Kemper shared the idea with the club. Many of the teens involved with Angelic Films are also involved in pro-life work in Charlotte, NC. Zoe Griffin, a member of Angelic Films, has been featured in many national pro-life stories giving her testimony of regretting the loss of a sibling to abortion. Zoe has spoken at international pro-life conferences as well as represented Silent No More at the March for Life in Washington, DC. Stand True exists to educate, activate and equip young people to stand up and be a voice for life in this culture of death. It was a perfect fit to have a group of young people like Angelic Films take on this project. Stand True believes this is the generation that will abolish abortion and is excited to see young people use their time and talent to help build a culture of life. With a powerful combination of talent, purpose, and meaning this film is a short and concise delivery of what it means to be ALIVE. The film was debuted at the March for Life Youth Rally hosted by Stand True. Henry Hoyt, the film’s director, introduced the film and also led the members of Angelic Films in the March for Life where hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers descended on Washington, DC to demand the end of abortion. “I was moved and inspired by the film” said Stand True President, Bryan Kemper. “Seeing the passion and vision of these teens gives me strength and confidence moving forward towards our goal of the abolition of abortion.” Watching the March being led by youth, chanting “We are the pro-life generation,” it is easy to see why Stand True and Angelic Films are so confident that an end to the abortion holocaust is in sight.
A columnist for a British newspaper has suggested banning Priests for Life Youth Director Bryan Kemper from the United Kingdom. In a convoluted piece full of UPPERCASE OUTRAGE, Observer columnist Catherine Bennett talks about the British ban on self-described “seduction expert” Julien Blanc, and suggests some others who might abandon all hope of ever again setting foot on English soil. In assembling this list of “influential foreign women-haters,” Ms. Bennett writes: “There can be no welcome for visiting anti-abortion campaigners, of both sexes, who are hostile to the good health and independent agency of British women. If Mr. Blanc’s blandishments are officially abhorrent, then it is hard to justify further attempts by, say, the Ohio pro-lifer Bryan Kemper, to, in Blanc lingo HAVE GIRLS FLOCKING to his cause.” She is apparently referring to Kemper’s popularity among young pro-life Brits of both genders. At the invitation of the Society for the Protection of the Unborn, Kemper has spoken and trained youth at several youth conferences. Students who heard Kemper speak at a youth conference in Scotland later started the first- ever pro-life society at Cardiff University in Wales and have invited him to speak to the society three times. He also was part of the inaugural speaking tour for the U.K,’s “Alliance of Pro-life Students” organization started by students from Cardiff University. For Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, Ms. Bennett’s “Ban Bryan” campaign is proof that Kemper is changing hearts and minds in Britain. “If he weren’t so effective in his defense of the unborn, Ms. Bennett would never have heard of Bryan Kemper,” Father Pavone said. “English women are heeding his message, and the message of our wonderful pro-life colleagues and friends throughout Britain, and that scares pro-abortion ideologues there. Because of that, and because of the urgency of protecting the unborn, we will continue sending Bryan to Britain and to many other nations as well.” Kemper, meanwhile, is thrilled. “What an honor,” he said. “To think that a newspaper columnist is calling for me to be banned from an entire country tells me that I’m doing my job. As for her suggestions that I don’t care about women’s health, nothing could be further from the truth. Abortion is not health care, and women deserve better.” The original article is here - http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/23/julien-blanc-ban-just-martyrs-him
68 Year Old Man Kicked Out Of Planet Fitness For Wearing Pro-life T-shirt Despite Their Claim Of Being 100% Judgement Free
UPDATE: Planet Fitness released this statement to me a few minutes ago – “At Planet Fitness, we are committed to providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for everyone. The majority of Planet Fitness clubs, including this location in Orange City, FL, are owned and operated by individual franchisees. The dress code policy is enforced at the discretion of club staff and the local franchisee.” McCall Gosselin, Director of Public Relations I just got off the phone with Michael Amarosa, a 68 year-old man from Deltona, Florida who was recently kicked out of the local Planet Fitness for wearing a pro-life t-shirt to work out in. Michael has been going to Planet Fitness for three years and about two weeks ago was approached by one of the staff as he was working out. The staff member informed him that his shirt was offensive to someone and asked if he would be willing to change into a shirt she had in her hand. Michael said no and asked what would happen if he did not change his shirt. He was asked to leave. Now before I go on, lets look at the slogan for Planet Fitness: “Welcome to Planet Fitness. Home of the Judgement Free Zone®”. That’s right, Planet Fitness wants people to think they are a “judgement free zone” while casting judgement on Michael for a pro-life t-shirt. Michael’s shirt read, “abortion kills a person” and he thought that if he wore a less abrasive shirt that maybe they would not cast judgement on him. He was wrong. Michael came back the next day wearing a shirt that read, “pray to end abortion” and he was approached again and asked to leave. Michael told me how he was inspired by Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life who encourages people to be open with their pro-life beliefs. He wants to educate the public about abortion and thats why he wears his pro-life t-shirts. Michael is not yelling at people or trying to start debates in the gym, he simply works out and practices free speech with a t-shirt. I encouraged Michael and thanked him for his courage and told him that Stand True will be sending him a bunch of free pro-life t-shirts from our store at prolifeworld.com and told him about what happened recently when TLC censored the Duggar’s pro-life t-shirt on the show, 19 Kids and Counting. Anyone who knows me, knows I am just like Michael as I love to wear pro-life t-shirts everywhere I go. I have had the opportunity to witness to countless people because of them and I also wear them to the gym almost every day. We must be bold in our opposition to abortion and Michael has shown us courage with his stand. He is an inspiration to me and so many for his willingness to be a constant public witness for life and for the babies. I am in the process of contacting pro-life lawyers for Michael to help him fight Planet Read More »