Have you ever had an Idea and not acted on it? Have you ever had a dream and just forgotten about it? Have you ever thought to yourself: I am just one person, how can I actually effect change in this world?
In the spring of 2004, a student from McNeese State University asked me, “What can I do to work with other students around the country, in solidarity, to help end abortion?”
I hear things like that all the time from the students I speak to. “What can I do? I have ideas, but I don’t know what to do with them. Can I really make a difference? I’m just one person.”
When this student asked me, a spark went off in my head.
I replied, “What if we got students to not only act in solidarity with others, but also with the children that are dying every day?” As soon as I said it, I knew God had set something in motion inside of me.
The idea developed into what is know today as the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity. The premise of this day is to give up our voices in solidarity with those who have no voice and raise awareness with our silence about the abortion holocaust.
You may be asking yourself, why be silent if we want to be a voice? The silence actually causes such a huge stir on campus that abortion becomes the most talked about subject for days. It is also a solidarity event so we can spend time in prayer for those we are standing in solidarity with; the children in the womb.
When I started this event I was one person working from the basement of my home with a computer, a web site, and a small e-mail list that I had been collecting for a few months. I wasn’t really sure what could be accomplished with that, but I offered it to God and started sending out emails.
Now, something that started its first year as just a few thousand students from 300 campuses has grown into a world-wide outpouring of love and action. The Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity is in it’s 9th year, and every year we have students from thousands of campuses in dozens of countries stand together in solidarity. We have heard of hundreds of girls who have cancelled abortions because of this day every year.
Hearts are being changed, babies are being saved, and women are being spared the trauma of post-abortive pain. People are coming together in unity to promote a culture of life. Personhood is being restored on campuses across the nation.
I really cannot take any credit for the success of this movement. It is only God who grants us the power to do this. I was one person who listened to God and, through Him, acted on the vision He gave me.
If you have an idea, a vision or dream, don’t be afraid to stand up and let your voice be heard. Don’t doubt what you can accomplish with Christ. Don’t think that because you are just one person you can’t make a difference.
“I have a dream”–a statement powerfully spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and yet so much more than just words. He did not cower in the face of adversity. He spoke those words with passion and conviction. He challenged the world to stand up for the rights and equality of all men.
I, too, have a dream. I, too, will not cower in the face of adversity. I believe that, through Christ, we can restore personhood to the most innocent of our brothers and sisters: the children in the womb.
Today, 4000 of my generation will be silenced.
Today 4000 of my brothers and sisters lives will be ended simply because of their age.
Today, I will stand up and share my dream, my idea, and my vision with the world.
Will you stand with me?
Go to http://www.silentday.org to register and be a voice on Oct 18th for those who never have one.
Get the official shirt for the 2012 event at http://www.prolifeworld.com
For Christ I stand,
Founder – Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity
President of Stand True &
Director of Youth Outreach for Priests for Life