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Alejandra* called the Tucson New Life Pregnancy Center asking about free pregnancy tests and if there was a place she could go for an abortion. The director attempted to calm her fears and explained that NLPC does not perform, refer or recommend abortions. During the phone call, the director learned that the young woman lived in Casa Grande. She explained that the New Life Pregnancy Center in Casa Grande would love to talk with her in person, go over other options and support her throughout her pregnancy and after.
The next day Alejandra visited the Casa Grande center and was very upset, close to hysterics. She sat down with the director and kept saying, “I can’t have this baby.” The director spent a long time talking with her, explaining the facts of abortion and the possibility of experiencing emotional trauma afterward. She also told her about the precious value of the life of the baby in her womb. When the young woman left the center, she said she would return the following day, but she didn’t come. The director prayed for her and asked others to join in praying for this young woman as well. Then she waited, hoping to hear from her again.
A few weeks passed and the young woman called to tell the director she decided to keep her baby! She came in later, and the center scheduled an ultrasound appointment. She glowed with joy the entire time – a huge difference from her first visit.
*name changed for privacy
Danielle* came for a free pregnancy test at the Wickenburg New Life Pregnancy Center and the following month received a free ultrasound. With news of another baby on the way, Danielle appeared uncertain and was not very excited upon seeing her little one on the ultrasound. Prior to these visits, Danielle had visited the center regularly for material assistance for her other child. But after the ultrasound, Danielle did not return.
An entire year passed by before Danielle returned to the New Life Pregnancy Center. She came to pick up diapers for her new baby, and excitedly told the staff about the miracle of her birth.
Danielle’s water broke at 20 weeks into her pregnancy. The doctor told her to go home and wait for a miscarriage. However, the baby lived and continued to grow. Then, the doctor advised her to have an abortion saying the baby would not survive anyway. But Danielle refused and the baby continued to grow. Finally, at 23 weeks pregnant, Danielle’s uterus became infected from the lack of amniotic fluid and tiny Esther* was born with lungs the size of lima beans. Miraculously, Esther survived after several months in the NICU. She is now happy and healthy!
Upon hearing her story, the center staff proclaimed with Danielle that little Esther is a miracle and a precious gift! God certainly has a purpose and a plan for her life. He holds all our lives in His hands!
*name changed for privacy
Kara* walked into the New Life Pregnancy Center hot, exhausted and emotionally in chaos. She had been gone several months having moved to live with family. But recently she was kicked out and returned to town to stay with a friend. Unfortunately, that friend also made her and her 10-month old baby leave because the baby was keeping her awake at night. Kara found another friend to stay with but was told she could only stay for a few weeks before she would need to find another place.
Kara came to the center for diapers, water and emotional support on her way to a job interview around the corner from the NLPC. She was upset because in the midst of all this transition she could not find her diploma or certificate of training she needed for this job. As she hurried off to her interview, the NLPC staff told her they would pray she gets the job she needed to provide for her and her baby.
A few days later, Kara returned to the NLPC for a free parenting class to earn points and “purchase” baby clothes from the center’s store. As she talked to the staff she let them know that she was offered the job! She would begin part-time and would move to full-time hours in six months. Before she left, one volunteer sat and prayed with her. The volunteer prayed that God would provide in the midst of Kara’s imminent homelessness and the struggle of needing money for an apartment but needing an apartment to hold her job.
As they prayed, the NLPC director called the local CAP office to see if there was any one-time, temporary assistance available for Kara. Although the CAP director said he could do very little he did know of a landlord in town who had a number of lower-priced rentals. He decided to come by the center to deliver some donated baby food and was able to “interview” Kara to learn more about her situation and see what he could do to help. As he left he seemed inclined to use his limited community funds to help her get settled in an apartment, as she seemed committed to being a good, hard-working parent.
After their conversation, Kara was greatly encouraged and allowed the staff to pray with her again, that God, who provided the job, would provide her own apartment too. Through a variety of life circumstances, clients, like Kara, often visit the New Life Pregnancy Center in times of crisis. Whether they are in need of material assistance, parenting classes or pregnancy tests, staff and volunteers have the privilege to point them to God as the ultimate provider for physical, spiritual and emotional needs.
Today there is rejoicing in heaven as a daughter finds her way to the Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus Christ!
Her story…a year and a half ago she left an abusive marriage. It had not been an easy transition for her and her four children ages 2 through 14. However, over the year she found a job, met a young man and began to date again. After several months she finally met his family. His parents did not approve of their relationships or the fact that she had four children from a previous marriage. The two decided it was best to end their relationship.
A few weeks later she visited the New Life Pregnancy Center for a free pregnancy test because she had missed a period. She had already contacted her ex-boyfriend to explain there could be a possibility she was pregnant. He immediately told her he did not care and did not want to be involved in any way with her or with a baby. He suggested the best thing would be if she would get an abortion. As she sat telling her story to the NLPC peer counselor, with tears rolling down her cheeks, she said, “I don’t know what I will do if I am pregnant.”
The pregnancy test was positive and it appeared she was about seven weeks into her pregnancy. The peer counselor showed her the seven-week fetal model. Holding the model in her hand she commented that she was catholic and knew having an abortion was wrong. But she also said she did not know how she could have another child in her current circumstances. She said she was undecided and needed time to process things, but allowed the peer counselor to pray over her and her unborn child for courage, strength and peace. She received referrals to a local pro-life doctor, WIC, counseling and other agencies would could provide her with help. She also received free diapers and clothes for her two-year-old and was invited to return to the center at any time for support and prayer.
Four months later she walked back into the pregnancy center – her beautiful round belly now seven months pregnant. She shared how even though the father of her baby insisted she have an abortion, she decided to keep the baby. The past few months had been difficult for her: a high risk pregnancy, losing her job as a result of her pregnancy, and having no support from the father. But she said she had qualified for AHCCCS and somehow in one way or another her basic needs were being met and she acknowledged it was God caring for her and her kids.
The peer counselor took this opportunity to ask a few spiritual questions and when it was clear she was open to the discussion, the peer counselor shared the Gospel. She attentively listened, and unlike the first time she visited the center, the most wonderful thing happened: she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior! Immediately the center staff welcomed her into her new faith, rejoicing with her and providing her with information on the local church.
Let us not forget that we are His arms and feet. Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow in His timing. To God be the Glory!