March for Life Europe to Become a Historical and Significant Pro-Life Event
by Bryan Kemper
March 26, 2010
LifeNews.com Note: Bryan Kemper is the president of Stand True Ministries, a pro-life group that reaches out to youth and young adults. He is the author of a new book, Social Justice Begins In The Womb.
Brussels, Belgium (LifeNews.com) — I am in a small office right around the corner from the European Union Headquarters with a handful of students who are frantically working to organize the first ever March for Life Europe. These students are all volunteers who have dedicated months of their lives to shine the light of truth and life here in Brussels.
I came with a small team from Stand True and Survivors to speak and work to make this March for Life a success. Our team is out on the streets right now with a high school student from Brussels passing out fliers and posters, talking to the youth in parks and train stations. They are walking up to groups of youth anywhere they can find them, sharing the message of life and inviting them to the March.
We started our journey at the Third Annual Student Pro-life Conference in Scotland where we were able to hear amazing pro-life talks and connect with pro-life youth from around the world. We were present to promote the Survivors Pro-life Summer Camp and the Stand True Summer Mission Trip.
We were so amazed by the passion of these young people and their desire to get more active in pro-life work. They asked tons of questions about how to get things started and how to motivate youth in their hometowns. One of the students who stood out to us was a young German woman called Martina. She comes from an area where there are just a handful of active pro-lifers and wants to desperately to see more action at home. We invited Martina to come to Survivors Camp and the Stand True Mission Trip this summer to get trained and equipped for this work. We are excited that Martina will also be joining us here in Brussels on Sunday.
During some of the meal times we sat and talked with large groups of students, encouraging them to continue to take a stand. I had so many amazing conversations with students and received a bunch of invitations to come and speak around Europe.
We arrived by train in Brussels this morning and were met by Elizabeth and Michel at the train station. After dropping off our bags, we got right to work. As we were walking to the office, Elizabeth told us how 20 years ago the King of Belgium refused to sign a law allowing abortion, resulting in him being ousted from power. Since then child killing has flooded Belgium, as it has most of Europe.
There is no real budget for this March, the speakers and workers are not being paid. We bought our own tickets here from the Youth Conference in Scotland and have been blessed with a wonderful host home to stay in for free. On Sunday I will be speaking at the March for Life, encouraging them as we join in this historic event.
I am also traveling to Antwerp to speak to a few hundred members of the Christian Party. We will be addressing the importance of taking a stand for life and being actively involved. When we return on Saturday night, we will be finishing all the final touches for the March on Sunday and hopefully getting a couple hours of sleep.
On Sunday morning we begin with prayer and church before the March and then leave to the center of town where we have no idea what kind of opposition we will face. We are confident that God will move here in Brussels and His people will be a loud and compassionate voice for Him and the babies.
I hope all of you will be praying for us over the next few days and especially on Sunday. Please pray for a successful March and for the Truth to be boldly poured out over Brussels and all of Europe.
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