This month marks the two-year anniversary of the launch of Equal Rights Institute. I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished.
We spoke to 1,455 people in 18 speeches and seven all-day seminars. We published 35 new articles to our blog, which were ready by 38,269 people, mainly visiting our site from America, Russia, Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and Australia!
Here are a few of my favorite memories from the last year:
Successfully shooting 31 videos for our online course in three days.
Finding out that a Students for Life club had an awards ceremony that they named “The Brahmdie Awards.”
Training the Students for Life clubs in West Michigan, the most prepared students we’ve ever trained.
Getting to know Rachel Crawford, and formally offering her a job.
Receiving the Defender of Life Award from Students for Life of America.
Teaching Tim how to do basic video editing so that I could focus my time on other tasks like preparing for our move to Charlotte.
Watching Timothy’s fiancee Bethany have amazing conversations at UC Davis.
It was her first outreach and she was pretty nervous, but I think she had more conversations than we did! People couldn’t stop coming up to her and having lengthy, productive conversations with her about abortion. She rocked that outreach.
Being nominated for the 2016 John Maxwell Leadership Award, and reading the comments from people who’ve been influenced by me.
Getting text messages from Jacob Nels every time he’s involved with saving a baby outside his local abortion clinic.
(Be looking for a series of articles on sidewalk counseling tips from Jacob in the next few months!)
Finally, I’d like to thank the people who so generously have supported us this last year. I know it sounds like a cliché, but we seriously could not have done any of this without you.
I’ve spoken with a few people who have been watching closely, wondering if ERI would last. By God’s grace, the future of ERI has never looked brighter! A great deal of the last year has been about laying the foundation for year three. This year our reach and impact will dramatically increase as we publish our online course, begin a podcast, and speak for both Students for Life national conferences and 14 of their Leadership Summits!
We’ll be training thousands of college students, and we need your help. The summer months are notoriously bad for fundraising, but it’s our birthday, and I’d like to ask you to invest in the work we’re doing to train pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly, and argue persuasively. Thank you so much!