Maria H. Lewis believes "it's very important to talk to middle school students."
Her enthusiasm was shared by the middle-schoolers. "They wanted to come back, and bring their friends," she said.
The Brentwood group is the first of four she plans to start with. Students will meet monthly with a leader, and do projects twice a year. She has plans to take the program to the East Coast, and they don't stop there.
Lewis' organization, which she started Feb. 8, 2011, describes itself as a pro-life, youth-led organization.
She shies away from taking credit for the movement. "It's all God," she said. "I just took one step forward."
Pro-lifers of the Mystical Rose give talks, counsel women and empower young people to action in the pro-life movement.
Topics for the talks include an introductory "What is Abortion? What is Life?" followed by "It Just Takes One Year to Save a Generation" and "Abortion and Politics," covering religious freedom issues.
Last August, the organization coordinated a conference in San Francisco. Plans are underway for the 2014 conference, which will be held in late September in San Francisco.
In the meantime, Pro-lifers of the Mystical Rose will be at the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco on Jan. 25. Its members will have a table at the Info Faire before the rally and walk. They will also participate in the walk. You'll recognize them by their distinctive dress.
The young women wear purple dresses; the young men wear black slacks, purple shirts and ties.
Purple, you might say, is their color. They mourn for the lost members of their generation. But they also have hope, that through efforts like theirs, abortion will end.
"With Christ the Light," she said, "there is always hope."
The three green leaves on their logo signify the Trinity, she said, and the rose is for "our mother Mary."
The counseling of women and men facing crisis pregnancies has touched Lewis' heart. "It breaks my heart to see these women and men facing these big crises in their lives," she said. Their pro-life approach is simple. "We're going to help you with absolute love," she said. "We can love them to love their baby into this world."
In developing the middle school program, she hopes to help young people from reaching crisis points in their own lives. As the students share the issues they face, she's hoping to give them the tools to defend their values.
This is an opportune time in their lives, she said. "Once they were innocent, and they get indoctrinated by society's evils," she said. "We want to preserve their innocence."
She wants her young students to know the right way is not just because parents say so, or their pastor says so, but because "we believe it ourselves."
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