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Erin* visited the Tempe New Life Pregnancy Center to receive peer counseling regarding her unplanned pregnancy. She shared that she had previously experienced an abortion and now her boyfriend was insisting she have another one with this pregnancy. But Erin said she did not know what to do with the guilt and emotional pain she already felt from her past. Sobbing, she said, “They were so nice to me [at the abortion provider] and told me that I would never even remember any of it afterwards. But I think about it every day!”
Erin gave the peer counselor permission to share with her how God could take away her guilt because of the sacrificial death of Jesus. They talked at length about how the penalty of sin could be washed away by His blood and that Jesus loves her so much He chose to die for her and remove her guilt. The peer counselor asked Erin if she was interested in committing her life to Christ to change the direction of her life and she said, “Yes, I would like to do that.” Erin prayed to receive the gift of salvation.
After she prayed, the peer counselor spent time with Erin to explain how God’s power was now available to help her and heal her from the pain of the abortion she had. Erin was invited to begin a Bible study at the center to help her healing process. She left the center with this study and her own New Testament Bible with her name and the date written inside to mark her decision to follow Christ. She plans to return regularly to the center to work through this Bible study with the staff for support. As she left, she smiled and said, “Now I have homework to do!”
We rejoice over Erin and her decision to trust in Jesus! We pray she finds strength as she begins her new walk with Christ. We also pray she is encouraged and strengthened as she begins her healing journey.
*name changed for privacy