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Early in June a young woman, Alice*, visited the Avondale New Life Pregnancy Center for a free pregnancy test. As she talked with the peer counselor she shared that she and her husband had separated due to an unsafe, abusive relationship. She said they had sought counseling, but issues seemed to get worse so now she and her son were staying with friends. Alice felt her situation was already too difficult and explained she was considering abortion if the pregnancy test results were positive. Before leaving the counseling room to proceed with the test, the peer counselor and Alice prayed together and trusted God with the results.
The pregnancy test was positive and, after telling Alice, the peer counselor prayed for words to say and felt God told her to listen and not say anything right away. Obediently, the peer counselor sat in silence allowing Alice to process the test result. When she finally spoke, Alice said she felt overwhelmed and began explaining the reasons why she didn't think she should keep the baby. As the peer counselor listened she realized everything seemed to come down to the problems in her marriage and wanting to finish her degree. The peer counselor pointed out her observation to Alice. After thinking for a moment, Alice agreed. She said when she stepped back to think about it she realized there weren't too many obstacles in her life but she still needed to figure things out.
The peer counselor reassured her that she had time to figure out her situation and asked her not to make a quick decision based on fear or worry, especially one like abortion that she can't take back. Alice listened and acknowledged the wisdom the peer counselor shared. As they continued talking, Alice admitted she didn't really want to have an abortion but just felt overwhelmed. The peer counselor had the opportunity to share the gospel with her, pray with her for her whole situation, and encouraged her to seek God during this time. We are trusting God to provide Alice with peace and assurance that she can carry this baby to term, and praying she would feel His love for her and His presence in her life.
Ariana* contacted the New Life Pregnancy Center through the website. Her contact form simply stated: “Life after abortion – I need help.” With a feeling of urgency, a staff member called Ariana but only reached her voicemail. She left a message inviting Ariana to return her call whenever she was available.
A few days later Ariana called and told the staff member she had an abortion one week prior and was regretting her decision. Ariana explained how her mom was being supportive and was helping her find resources like New Life Pregnancy Center. Her mom had suggested that Ariana call and talk to someone.
For the next 45 minutes, while on her lunch break at work, Ariana talked with the staff member. She said after her abortion she realized what she had done was wrong but now she didn’t know what to do. She hadn’t expected to feel such deep sadness and was not sure how to handle it. Her friends who had abortions did not feel sad afterward, and her doctor did not prepare her for any emotional effects that could take place after her abortion.
The staff member listened and prayed continually for wisdom to know what to say and how to say words of encouragement to Ariana. She was able to share verses from the Bible describing God’s peace, forgiveness and hope. She told Ariana that God still has a plan for her life regardless of the choices she’s made. God was not finished with her life. Additionally she was able to explain to Ariana how the sadness she felt was something many women experienced after an abortion and she wasn’t alone in her situation. She encouraged Ariana to visit the local NLPC and nearby church to receive extra support and meet women who would surround her with love and encouragement.
Ariana repeatedly thanked the staff member for listening, relieved to hear that other women experience the same emotions she was feeling. She allowed the staff member to pray with her and was grateful. Women need to hear there is hope and forgiveness found in Jesus. Praise the Lord that Ariana reached out for help. Pray other women who find themselves hurting would do the same so they may discover the healing found in Jesus alone.
*Client name has been changed to respect privacy
One mom of triplets visits the Tucson NLPC regularly for monthly material assistance. During one recent visit she asked if anyone was available to talk with her because she was feeling overwhelmed with life. One of the volunteers sat with her and the two really connected. The mom shared that even though she is married, she often feels very lonely raising her three babies. She left encouraged and agreed to meet monthly with this volunteer for peer counseling and a Bible study.
Another client visited the Snowflake NLPC. She has two older children who suffer from bladder control problems and often receives free diapers from the pregnancy center. Recently she came in to share a praise report: her daughter was staying dry at night! She was so excited and the staff was able to rejoice with her in this milestone.
A pregnant mother visited the Avondale NLPC. She was almost four weeks pregnant and was concerned she was miscarrying. The director explained that the center is not a medical clinic and referred her to a doctor who would be able to help her. But before she left the director asked if she could pray with her. As they were talking, another client and volunteer came in. Together all four women prayed for this mother and her baby.
We praise the Lord for these opportunities to encourage, celebrate with, and pray with clients! The women and families that visit the New Life Pregnancy Centers come from a variety of circumstances and backgrounds. But one thing they all have in common is their need to experience the hope and care that Jesus provides. It’s our hope that women, like these three moms, will come to know the pregnancy center as a place where they will experience this hope and encouragement.
The Tempe New Life Pregnancy Center serves clients from all over the world, many of whom travel to the area for school. The director, Debbie Gillmore, recently shared this story of how one international client received exactly what she needed at the perfect time:
“It is very difficult to say good-bye to clients who leave to return to their own countries on the other side of the planet. Our client came to us originally for a pregnancy test, attended Parenting Class faithfully during her entire pregnancy, accepted Christ as Savior after a Bible study, and was now standing in the center, her newborn in her arms and her husband beside her. After asking permission to pray for their safe journey home, the director and volunteers gathered in a circle and prayed for God’s blessing on this beautiful family. As we prayed, the door of the center opened and closed. When we looked up, a friend of the ministry said, “I can’t believe that you’re here! I wanted to say good-bye before you left and here you are!”
Our friend was at the center at that moment because her husband had given her an ultimatum that morning: “If you don’t take those strollers and other stuff to New Life Pregnancy Center today, I’m calling Goodwill to come pick them up!” So she quickly packed up all of the items and drove to the center where she then discovered the family to whom she had been ministering during the time they were here in the U.S.
Our client was delighted to see her again and as we talked, we discovered that the only piece of equipment that they still needed for the baby was a stroller. That’s when we found out that the car seat the baby was sitting in was an exact match to one of the strollers our friend had just donated! We enjoyed showing them how the car seat locks into the stroller and they were happy when we explained how to “gate-check” the stroller at the door of the aircraft and they would not be charged for another piece of luggage. Our client used the last Baby Bucks she had earned through NLPC Parenting Classes to buy a stroller to take to the other side of the world!”