“We live in different times.” It’s something we hear a lot, and it’s true. The world is different than when Pregnancy Resources opened our doors in 1990. As times have changed, the ministry has grown and adapted while affirming life choices. Three locations, limited ultrasound care, mobile medical care, abortion pill reversal, post-abortion care, and male mentorship are all examples of how Pregnancy Resources has adapted to the needs of our community. Our clients have changed, too. Today’s clients are older and face more complicated issues. They are stuck in the culture of “anything goes” and “live in the moment.” Sexual activity outside of marriage is typical, single pregnancy is normal, and abortion is seen as “acceptable.”
Two recent examples come to mind. Sami* has been coming to Pregnancy Resources since she was in high school. Now in her 20’s, Sami has several children with the same man. Tragically, domestic violence, infidelity, and drugs played a role in destroying this family. Now Sami is dating a woman and pregnant with another baby who will grow up without a father. Sadly, this young woman’s dreams of an “intact family” have been shattered. She’s given up on the traditional family roles. While not considering abortion, this woman expresses a different kind of hopelessness. Pray the gospel shared with her will take root.
Another client, Lola*, has several children, all by different men. Each guy stayed a while then left when things got tough. Lola decided she’s better off without a man. She’s shut out the world and is focused on raising her children and working to support them. Lola believes in God but believes that she can only rely on herself. Lola, and others like her have “given up” on knowing a man who will support and love them in the way God intended. Many believe that men simply will not stay to be involved or provide support for the family. Pray that these women will come to know how much God loves them. Pray that these children will find healthy male role models to emulate. Pray that our male volunteers will have opportunities to mentor some of these young men despite great opposition. We know that God designed a different way for families. Daily we testify to God’s better way.
Annetta Cooper, Client Services Director & Davenport Center Director