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Volunteers make ministry possible…

Volunteers make ministry possible…

Passionate, dedicated, Jesus loving volunteers make ministry at Pregnancy Resources possible. Every year, one volunteer is highlighted for how they offer the love and compassion of Jesus Christ in a truly unique way. This year’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year has been connected with Pregnancy Resources since our earliest days. Since 1991, she has served as a volunteer, a staff member, and now a volunteer again. She has helped shape and lead ministry with gentle grace. We are thrilled to name Kathy Nagle the 2020 Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Kathy has served alongside all three Executive Directors at Pregnancy Resources – and here are a few words from each of us…

“Kathy Nagle has served Christ in so many ways as a part of Pregnancy Resources. Whatever the task that was needed, she was willing to serve the Lord by doing it. The most powerful part of her calling has been to serve Post-Abortive women. Many women have learned of the love and forgiveness Christ has for the post-abortive because of Kathy. These women didn’t know how to experience the forgiveness of Jesus because they didn’t know how to forgive themselves. Kathy faithfully led each group of women through a healing program that never failed to change lives and bring women into a deeper walk with Christ. Words cannot express what an honor it was to serve with her. Congratulations Kathy and thank you for all you do.” CJ Payne Executive Director 1990 – 2010

“No one deserves volunteer of the year more than Kathy Nagle! She was my first excellent Administrative Assistant until she retired and has been a fantastic volunteer ever since. Her commitment to the ministry from its earliest days as a volunteer and then staff member has been phenomenal. Her flexibility and support through all the various changes has been admirable; she is truly a Godly example!”  Susan Skoglund Executive Director 2010 – 2019

“Kathy was the first person I met at Pregnancy Resources. When I started volunteering in 2009, Kathy made me feel welcomed and she assured me that God had a purpose for me in this ministry. She is one of the most genuine and encouraging women I have ever known. Kathy still teaches me today how to lead well with compassion and grace.”
Trisha Wilson Executive Director 2019 – Current

 

Thirty & Fabulous

THIRTY AND FABULOUS! June 18th, 2020 marks Pregnancy Resources’ 30th Anniversary of life-affirming, Biblically-based, evangelical care in the Quad Cities. It was the summer of 1989 when God called two women who had been personally impacted by the pain of abortion to open a crisis pregnancy center in the Quad Cities. Not long after, a little blue house in Rock Island was purchased. Folding chairs were arranged in a circle and passionate dreaming, planning, and praying began. We have grown a lot in our FIRST THIRTY YEARS, yet Pregnancy Resources has remained faithful to this unwavering vision and passionate prayer:

Unplanned pregnancies and abortions will decrease as we offer biblically-based, holistic, life-affirming services, and ongoing care.

This we know for sure: when we pray a God-sized prayer – we should expect a God-sized answer. In our FIRST THIRTY YEARS God has answered in amazing ways:

  • One small center has grown into 2 thriving spacious locations
  • Mobile Medical Care is now available for those who cannot come to us
  • More than 27,546 moms and dads have received personalized care
  • More than 82,055 unique center visits have been facilitated
  • Over 6,186 life affirming ultrasounds have been provided
  • 91% of women receiving an ultrasound have chosen life for their child
  • 61,061 students have participated in an abstinence-based sexual integrity program

I believe that God has equally amazing things in store for our NEXT THIRTY YEARS. Our bright and
God-inspired future includes:

  • Expanding our medical team. We will grow and develop our Nurses Team so that a nurse is on-site and medical care is available when the centers are open.
  • Expanding our ministry reach with the Mobile Medical Unit. We will add locations where clients are the most susceptible to the pro-death message of our culture.
  • Expanding our ministry impact by adding Saturday Center Services for abortion-vulnerable moms and dads. These services will include pregnancy testing, limited ultrasounds, ongoing support,
    parenting classes, and material assistance.

This is a GOD-SIZED DREAM. This dream requires both the growth of our ministry team (volunteers and staff) and a long-term increase in sustained financial support. This is not a dream we can accomplish on our own. It will require God’s divine provision and your partnership. It has always been YOUR investment that has made this life-affirming ministry possible. God has richly honored and blessed YOUR prayers, YOUR volunteer time, and YOUR sacrificial financial support. I am excited to witness how God inspires you to  partner and invest in this God-Sized Dream.

Trisha Wilson, Executive Director

 

It’s Complicated…Part 1 Poverty and Partnership

It’s Complicated…Part 1 Poverty and Partnership

It’s Complicated…Part 1 Poverty and Partnership

Have you ever heard a person describe their life or relationship as “Complicated?” Alania* came to the Center with a complicated story: jobless because of COVID, pregnant, parenting two children she struggled to feed, homeless, and currently in an abusive relationship. She wept loudly as she met with the nurse and received an ultrasound.  Alania had a plan, and this baby would be her 3rd abortion.
Alania’s story is multifaceted and deeply layered. Her struggle didn’t begin with the contemplation of a third abortion. She is doing the best she can. Alania is trying to survive based on what relational and societal rules she understands, with the skills, resources, and coping strategies she’s been modeled.  Alania is
facing poverty and has little hope.

Poverty is the degree to which an individual does without resources. Sadly, many of our patients (both women and men) experience situational OR generational poverty at some point in their life. Situational poverty can be caused by an unexpected death, by an unforeseen job loss, or even by a worldwide health pandemic like COVID-19. Situational poverty throws families into survival mode; with little or no warning, these moms and dads are suddenly unable to meet the family’s most basic needs.

Generational poverty occurs when two or more concurrent generations have lived in a state of depleted resources with little or no healthy external support systems in place. There is frequently an absence of modeled healthy relationships. Life is often experienced as movement from one crisis to another. For people living in this reality, it can be difficult to imagine a healthy or positive life change even though they may be dissatisfied and long for a better future. With both situational and generational poverty, feelings of powerlessness are not uncommon. When faced with an unplanned or complicated pregnancy, this “powerless” mindset can foster the false belief that abortion is the right answer.

YET THERE IS HOPE! When a mom or a dad walks into Pregnancy Resources, they are consistently nurtured and encouraged to envision a different future. This is a place where clients can be introduced to a different way, a different reality, and a different type of hope-filled possibility. It is here that clients hear “your past, your family, and your current situation do not define you – Jesus defines you – and there is always hope”.

This type of ministry is possible because of your partnership, your prayers, and your care and concern. Every day, you help moms and dads dream and plan for a new, healthier reality for themselves and their babies. Today we celebrate the mom who changed her mind when she saw her baby’s heart beating on the screen and we celebrate the father who learned how to better advocate for his wife during her complicated pregnancy.

Together, every day, we are bringing help and hope, to moms, dads, and babies one relationship at a time.

Liz Ryan
Outreach and Events

*Name changed for privacy

 

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