Embracing the Journey in 2021…Trisha Wilson, Executive Director
It’s true that 2020 was not what any of us expected. Yet, in the midst of shifting realities – the steadfastness of God remained, and your faithful support made life-saving ministry possible. In our two Centers and on the Mobile Medical Unit, over 4,000 unique center visits occurred, 772 pregnancy tests were performed, 501 life-affirming ultrasounds were provided, and more than 1,002 parenting class sessions were facilitated. The number of Dads who were mentored and/or ministered to at Pregnancy Resources increased by almost 100% in 2020 – even with COVID restrictions and protocols in place!
The next 12 months are sure to bring change, challenge, and opportunity, and your urban missionaries here at Pregnancy Resources are ready and prepared to meet the needs of those who walk through our doors. After 30 years of ministry, we know this: An unplanned pregnancy can make a mom or dad’s journey seem uncertain. Their steps may falter as life can hang in the balance. With your help, Pregnancy Resources is blessed to journey with parents facing uncertainty by offering life-honoring and medically accurate information regarding their pregnancy and the life of their unborn child. Moms and Dads find hope at Pregnancy Resources every day, and as a Pregnancy Resources Partner, you are a part of this journey too. Here are four ways that you can Embrace this Journey:
Empower the Journey – Participate in the 2021 Baby Bottle Boomerang Campaign and raise money one quarter, one dollar, and one check at a time. These funds empower Pregnancy Resources to join moms and dads in their moment of crisis with compassion, hope, and help.
Rejoice in the Journey – Gather together with us in-person or virtually for Pregnancy Resources 2021 Spring Fundraising Banquet. We will hear current testimonies, honor victories, and lean into what God is calling us to next.
Walk the Journey – Lace up your shoes and meet us at the park on September 11, 2021, for the Pregnancy Resources Walk for Life.
Join the Journey – consider attending PRC 101 Training to learn more about becoming a part of the PRC volunteer team. This three-day informational course will be offered in March, June, and October. It will cover topics that include: honoring the value of life womb to tomb, bridging generational and cultural divides for more impactful communication and ministry, navigating trauma and grief, and ministering to a post-abortive culture.
Together we can journey with the most abortion-vulnerable among us and offer hope and help in the name of Jesus Christ.
I recently completed the Forgiven and Set Free Bible Study. I cannot begin to tell you what a momentous experience this was. First, I never ever expected or wanted to participate in a study where I would be expected to bare my soul regarding my abortion experience. I had buried it deep within the confines of my heart and expected to carry the pain of it to my grave. The Lord had other plans! I came to this study not fully in agreement that anything would change in my heart. I came not expecting to find the love and freedom that I did.
From the first meeting, I felt completely loved and safe to begin the journey to forgiveness and healing. The facilitators went above and beyond to foster an environment of trust and love at the same time pushing when we needed that push to go deeper. I can say that after carrying the shame, guilt, and regret of my abortion experience, for the first time in my life, I can honestly say I am forgiven and mean it. I truly learned how much God loves me and has forgiven me. I also was able to completely release my child to God, knowing that he is safe, healed, and whole.
The memorial night was one of the most sacred times of my life. In that ceremony, we were able to grieve the loss of the child we had aborted. Up until then, there was never a place to grieve. We celebrated those children as gifts from God. Their lives mattered, and now they are safe with God.
I am forever grateful for this study. I am a changed life because of it.
In His love,
A Woman who is Forgiven and Free
Recently, a 15-year-old arrived with her non-English speaking mom for an ultrasound. Alina*
was very quiet, pleasant, and easily maintained eye contact. Alina calmly stated that she wanted to have an abortion and explained that she “has many things she wants to do and raising a baby would change all that.” Both her parents and the father of the baby said they would support her, whatever she chose to do. Alina was left alone to make one of the biggest and possibly most devastating decisions of her life and she is still just a child herself. We briefly talked about adoption, but Alina stated that she would “never be able to go through with an adoption”.
My heart sank. Not knowing what to say next, I quietly prayed to myself.
I started the ultrasound, and we began to glimpse what was happening in her womb. Alina’s mom joined us, and Alina translated our conversation into her mom’s native dialect. A very tiny baby with a very tiny heartbeat flickering on the screen showed up. I carefully explained when the heart starts beating, what the size of this baby is equivalent to in size (a small raisin), and other fetal development facts. There was little reaction from Alina or her mom. Nothing. No emotional responses at all.
At that moment, it seemed like the images of her child and the information I shared had not made a difference. As we wrapped up the appointment, I gently asked if the ultrasound had influenced her stated plan to abort. Alina emphatically but pleasantly answered “No.” Another follow-up ultrasound was offered at a time when the father of the baby could also be present. She didn’t give me an answer but did allow me to close our time together in prayer. All I could think was, “Ok, God, it’s all you. I didn’t seem to make much of a difference.”
Time slowly passed. Phone calls were left unanswered and messages were not returned. The team continued to pray for God’s powerful intervention on behalf of this young mom and her unborn child. Finally, after several weeks, a phone call from one of our nurses was answered! Alina was thrilled to share that her parents had a change of heart, they were now embracing the pregnancy, and she was excited to continue the pregnancy and raise her child.
I was reminded of an important truth that day: we can never underestimate the impact that ultrasound has on a person, no matter how bleak the situation appears. God can work in all circumstances, and everyday hearts are being changed and lives are being saved.
By Carey Eberhart, RN, Nurse Director
*Name changed for privacy