New Podcast! Honoring the lives of Jon & Kortney

We have a new podcast up!  National Pro-Life Youth Podcast Episode 006!  On this episode we honor the lives of Jon Scharfenberger and Kortney Blythe Gordon.  Kortney died in a fatal car crash October 8th while Jon died on October 18th from injuries procured from that crash.  Both were  former Students for Life staffers.  Kortney was also a long time Rock For Life volunteer and at one time a full-time staffer as well.  Both died doing what they love – saving babies.

Erik and Kristan as well as guests Megan and Kierstin (pro-life college students) share stories of how Kortney and Jon made differences in people’s lives.  Make sure to help us honor Jon and Kortney’s lives by doing all that we can to save babies, help pregnant mother’s in need and also by encouraging and inspiring the next generation to end abortion in our lifetimes!

Click here to take a listen.

If you have any stories you would like to share about Jon or Kortney you can email them to or  Thanks.


Another friend of ours has passed away – please do what you can to help

I am really saddened to share the very unfortunate news that another one of our friends in the fight for life has passed away.  Jon Scharfenberger, Students for Life’s Pregnant on Campus Coordinator passed away Tuesday morning (October 18th) due to complications from the car crash that took the lives of Kortney Blythe Gordon, her preborn little girl Sophy Gordon as well as the driver of the other car.  Please pray for Jon’s family as well as the Students for Life staff.

If you are interested in attending a memorial service for Jon, his family will be receiving visitors at a viewing from 2:00 – 4:00pm and 7:00 – 9:00pm this Friday, October 21st, at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home in Warwick, New York at 17 Oakland Avenue.

Students for Life is accepting donations for Jon’s burial and memorial costs.  If you would like to make a donation to help out Jon’s family during this time of need click here.  Please prayerfully consider making a donation. Thank you.

A friend of ours is in critical condition – please pray

Earlier this week I informed you of the passing away of a former Rock For Life staffer and great friend Kortney Blythe Gordon and her preborn child, Sophy.  Thanks to everyone for your prayers, your words of support and encouragement and also your financial contributions.  Her husband, Ben and their families are deeply moved by all of this.  Students for Life announced that all of the funeral expenses have been paid for.  Praise God!

Unfortunately we still need your prayers.  Jon Scharfenberger, Students for Life’s Campus Support Coordinator and Pregnant on Campus Coordinator is in critical condition.  Jon was in the passenger seat of the vehicle Kortney was driving.  He has been showing some improvement recently but is still in bad shape.  Please keep him, his recovery and his family in your prayers.  Click here for the latest on his condition and check back there for updates.

I had the pleasure of meeting Jon while filming a promotion for the Pregnant on Campus initiative.  Jon is a bright young man with a strong future in the pro-life movement.  Let’s keep praying for a full recovery.

Tomorrow is Kortney & Sophys funeral service in Matthews, North Carolina from 11:30 -2:00 pm.  You can RSVP here.  There will also be a memorial service in Northern Virginia on Oct. 22nd.  Click here to RSVP.  Finally, there will be a prayer vigil at a Washington, DC Planned Parenthood abortion facility in honor of Kortney and Sophy this Saturday from 11:00 – 12:00 pm.  Kortney prayed and sidewalk counseled at this abortion facility often.  Click here to RSVP.

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