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Merry Christmas from NCLN!

 

Dear Friends,

 

Our staff at NCLN wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas. We are so incredibly blessed to be able to work with and for you as we support pro-life student leaders and share our life-affirming, life-saving message on university campuses. We have much to be thankful for and rejoice over as we celebrate this joyous season!
As we reflect on the meaning of the season, there is so much that affirms and encourages us in our pro-life ministry. We encourage you to take  couple minutes to read our Christmas reflection, written by our Western Campus Coordinator, Joanna.

GEARING UP FOR 2016!

 

To ensure you’re equipped to start off the new year, we have a variety of resources, campaigns, and events to help you impact your campus!

 

SPARC up your campus!

SPARC 

Our monthly SPARC outreach will continue, starting in January with a pro-life t-shirt day on January 28th (commemorating the 28th anniversary of the R. v. Mortgentaler decision that struck down all laws against abortion in Canada). Click here to download the Spring 2016 SPARC Calendar!

 

Order a Without Exception Tshirt!

 

Geared for Life T-Shirts

Check out our Geared for Life page and order a pro-life t-shirt! Wearing the t-shirt is a simple way to be a pro-life witness, and can lead to many fruitful conversations. Buy one by January 8th so you have a chance to receive it in time for our January SPARC event!

 

 

Responding to Physician Assisted Suicide in Canada

Our staff are working with LifeCanada on a campaign we can use on our campuses and in our communities to educate people about physician assisted suicide, and to move them to action as we support the vulnerable in our society. To kickstart the campaign, our NCLN Western Office will be co-hosting a workshop in Vancouver on Saturday January 30th. Stay tuned for further details.

 

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The QA Project

Need more resources to fuel your QA Project activism? Visit our Geared for Life page to order cards, pins, and stickers online!

We pray you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for all the amazing work you’ve done to bring more light and hope into this world.

Love,

Your NCLN Team

Merry Christmas

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Another Kind of Christmas Shoe

Another Kind of Christmas Shoe:

A reflection on the greatest gift that you and I have to offer

Written by Joanna Krawczynski, Western Campus Coordinator

 

A close friend of All photos courtesty of pixabay.commine does not like Christmas. For her, the sentimental songs and glittering gifts only offer promises that are never fulfilled. The radio sings about cozy companionship, twinkling storefronts proclaim dreams coming true… then we go straight from Winter Wonderland into the frenzy of Boxing Day, only to wind back up in our office chairs on Monday.

I’m also not a huge fan of dizzying store line-ups. I also get annoyed when Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree comes on the radio three times a day. As a Christian, Christmas carries a special significance for me that, in spite of my best intentions, sometimes slips into the shadow of preparations and celebrations.

Christmas is often conflated with gift-giving. And rightly so, except when giving is misunderstood to be about shiny ribbon and bloated stockings. When it comes to Christmas, we have a special opportunity to recognize the immeasurable value of another person by offering them the greatest gift we can give: the gift of self. In doing so, we are mirroring that first Christmas! Imagine: God loved us so much that He came to a tiny town and was born in a dirty stable to a teenage mom, to live a lPhoto courtesty of pixabay.comife totally dedicated to pouring Himself out for others.

Love is a gift that can never be wrapped – in anything besides swaddling clothes, that is. As Mother Teresa wrote, “Love to be real, it must cost—it must hurt—it must empty us of self.”

This reminds me of a Christmas tradition we recently adopted at home. One year, we decided to flip a small wooden folding table upside down and turn it into a hay-filled “manger” alongside our family Christmas tree. Gift-giving then took on a new twist: gifts for my family went under the tree, gifts for the Christ Child went under the manger.

The first year we did this, I put my dance shoes under the manger… after much hesitation. Finding gifts for Jesus was much harder than I thought it would be! To make matters more complicated, I decided to combine this with another tradition of ours: every year, we set an extra place at our table in case an unexpected stranger knocks at our door. That year, I thought it would be fun to also turn those gifts laid at the manger into a collection for the stranger, should he ever make an appearance.

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For some reason, giving things away made me realize how much I treasured them. I never imagined that my dance shoes (nothing fancy, just my worn sneakers!) would be something that I would have a hard time giving away. But there I was, shoes in hand, standing humbly before the manger, unable to bend down to give them away.

To me, those shoes represented my dream of one day having a dance team of my own. For me, to lay down my shoes was like laying down my dream and saying, “God – may this gift you’ve given me be used to bless someone else, even if that means I have to part with it.”

In the end, my shoes lay under the manger, undisturbed, as my family and I gathered around the table to feast, then jammed at the piano and danced together. As for me and my bare feet – I didn’t regret a moment of it.

Wherever you find yourself this Christmas, as you celebrate with friends, family, and maybe even strangers, may God’s amazing love for you be a reminder of the precious gift that your own life is. May your joy overflow and never run Photo courtesty of pixabay.comempty as you give of yourself in generous love for others.

This may cost you more than your shoes, but it is only in completely giving of ourselves that we can truly love others and be filled with the love we so deeply desire – a desire that neither dizzying line-ups nor jingling bells could ever hope to satisfy.

Merry Christmas and a blessed 2016, from all of us at NCLN!

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Youth Protecting Youth: All I Want for Christmas…

This post was written for Youth Protecting Youth by YPYExec. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

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by Kamilah Thorpe

We all know that giving gifts to those we love brings joy. Every Christmas parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles lavish the children in their lives with Christmas presents—small or big, expensive or inexpensive. Giving gifts is a sign of love.

I’ve experienced working in a toy store and had the pleasure of seeing many adults come in and pick out the perfect gift for a child, putting thought and affection—not to mention an economic investment—into their gift. The children who receive those gifts at Christmas are loved. They are wanted.

I ask myself why it is that some children are not.

Why is it that some children in the womb are awaited with joyful expectation while others are considered a curse to be rid of? Does the number of presents under the tree decide which child has worth and which child is worthless? Do wanted children have more of a right to life than those who are unwanted?

Abortion takes away the life of a child because that life is not wanted.

My wish this Christmas is that each child be loved regardless of the sacrifice it might take to give them a chance at life.

My wish this Christmas is that all children be wanted for who they are, regardless of the circumstances in which they come because every child is precious.


Read the comments at the Youth Protecting Youth website.

Support the work of NCLN this Christmas!

Kimberley Milousis, Founding Leader of Simply You, is giving you the opportunity to purchase Simply You’s exquisite selection of necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings* while also supporting National Campus Life Network.

25% of all sales between now and midnight on December 10th will go to National Campus Life Network to help us educate, network and support pro-life students on campuses across Canada. 

Simply You: A Canadian-based company offering ultra-chic jewelry handcrafted with elements such as freshwater pearls, glass cut crystals, cubic zirconia gemstones and semi-precious gemstones such as turquoise and jasper. Also available are sterling silver charms, charm bracelets and charm necklaces.

Pull out your Christmas list, start browsing online and checking off names! You’ll find many gift ideas for your wife, girlfriend, fiancé, sister, friends, daughter, mom … any lady in your life!

Order deadline: December 10th, midnight

How to order :

1. Browse online at www.kimberley.mysimplyyou.com & view the December Promotions

2. Confirm order one of THREE ways:

  • Checkout online using this code: 9200
  • Email the item information with 9200 in the title to Kimberley: kimberley.milousis@gmail.com.
  • Call Kimberley and mention NCLN: 647-896-3296.

Payment: Credit card or Email Money Transfer.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask Kimberley for recommendations or about how to order etc.

Visit Kimberley’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SimplyKimberley

Share this with your friends and family!

*ALL SIMPLY YOU JEWELRY IS LEAD-FREE, NICKEL-FREE, AND HYPO-ALLERGENIC.

 

Consider donating directly to NCLN as we prepare for an exciting new year!

 

 

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uOttawa Students For Life: uOSFL Christmas Social and Baby Shower

This post was written for uOttawa Students For Life by uOttawa Students For Life. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Come one, come all this Thursday, Dec. 8, starting at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of fun, food, games, and awesome people! Bring a treat to share and a gift for a mother and/or baby in need! If you don’t know what to get, here is a list of suggestions:

- baby clothes (birth to 24 months)
- diaper bags
- diapers
- maternity clothes
- bottles
- soothers
- baby toiletries (shampoo, soap, baby powder, zinc cream, brush, face cloths, towels, etc.)
- baby blankets

All items are being donated to First Place Options.

Please let us know if you are coming and what you are bringing for food by emailing uottawastudentsforlife@gmail.com (Event’s address will be provided in reply.) Come and celebrate life and Christmas!


Read the comments at the uOttawa Students For Life website.