Earlier this month I had the privilege of conducting a sidewalk counseling training in Tyler, Texas. The event was very well received, and has already led to new volunteers taking to the street to try their hand at counseling.
Immediately after the talk to gentlemen in attendance came racing up to me to shake my hand. They were appreciative of the advice I passed along and how I empowered them to go further in their pro-life advocacy. They thanked me for giving them everything they need to proceed in this ministry.
Later a friend of mine in attendance claimed he was impressed how comprehensive my presentation was that morning. He thought it went very well and he was excited to see what fruits came from the event.
If you would like to learn how to sidewalk counsel outside abortion centers and abortion-referral centers, I am willing to travel to conduct the training elsewhere in the country, for anyone interested.
In Tyler, Texas, we have a goal of increasing the physical presence of sidewalk counseling and prayer volunteers outside the Planned Parenthood in Tyler year round. We have begun an organization dedicated to closing down the local Planned Parenthood in Tyler. We have volunteers in charge who are working step-by-step under the tutelage of Jim Sedlak, the National Director of Stop Planned Parenthood, an umbrella of American Life League. (ProLife365.com is an affiliate of American Life League.)
WHAT DOES THE SIDEWALK COUNSELING TRAINING CONTAIN?
Perhaps your heart is in it, but you feel intimidated by the prospect of being out there. What could you possibly say? What might happen? Ther a lot of unknowns; I know, I have been there, too. Don’t worry, help is available to make this easier for you. Help me help you.
The presentation I prepared equipped our volunteers with the words to say, the conduct to aim for, and the call to action to begin counseling from the sidewalk.
In the talk, I cover the following topics:
>Proof that sidewalk counseling is most definitely effective
>A discussion on why we need to be physically present
>Preparations to make before going to sidewalk counsel
>What to do upon showing up to the facility
>Strategies of conduct for sidewalk counseling outside abortion mills
>What to say when counseling at abortion mills
>How to be an effective counseling outside an abortion referral center
>What about using signs, statues or images?
>What to do if the police get called?
>Warnings to beware of while out there
>And much more, besides
Contact me today if you would like me come deliver a sidewalk counseling training for you!
MY EXPERIENCE AS A SIDEWALK COUNSELOR
I learned to sidewalk counsel in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2007. I counseled for a bit in the Detroit area for a bit before getting married and moving to Dallas, Texas with my wife. I counseled outside the then-seven abortion mills in Dallas for about six years. For one stretch I actually counseled outside those mills six days a week for six months in a row. I have also been counseling outside the Planned Parenthood abortion-referral center in Tyler, Texas for the last couple years.
Perhaps the greatest consolation I ever received in this ministry: I have met a child born from an abortion-minded mother who chose life and who had come to me for help outside an abortion mill in Dallas. I have helped counsel couples to choose life and have seen tremendous blessings on the counselors themselves for the efforts they give towards this ministry.
On the other hand, I also have had my life threatened, I have been physically assaulted, and I have had the cops called on me. The ministry often requires a lot of sacrifice. I would love an opportunity to share some of my stories with you.
WANT TO LEARN HOW TO COUNSEL YOURSELF AND TO GROW YOUR MINISTRY?
Willing to share the experience I have gained with a larger audience, I am willing to travel to conduct a sidewalk counseling training anywhere in the country.
Contact me today if you possess any of these desires:
>You want to learn how to be a sidewalk counselor
>You wish to establish and/or to grow your sidewalk counseling ministry
>You want to know what to say while trying to counsel outside an abortion center
>You wish for help for counseling outside an abortion referral center
>You want a sidewalk counseling training to be conducted in your town, diocese, or church
I am prepared and willing to share what I have learned as a sidewalk counselor with you, so let me know if you want me to come your way as a guest speaker.
Anyone wanting to learn to do this?
Anyone interested in a sidewalk counseling training?
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