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Hailey* visited the New Life Pregnancy Center to pick up diapers and clothing for her children. When the director asked her how she was, Hailey admitted she wasn’t doing well and felt life was really difficult. The director asked her what she meant and she explained how she didn’t feel loved by anyone in her life and felt she wasn’t valuable. Hailey explained that since childhood she had struggled with feeling abandoned and was looking for someone to love her. She said she was angry with God that she had had to suffer abandonment, abuse and neglect.
As the director listened to Hailey, she felt God prompt her to tell Hailey about His unconditional love and grace. The director began to explain to Hailey that the pain she had experienced were consequences of living in a broken, sinful world. She explained to Hailey that the love she was searching for – perfect, fulfilling love – could only come from God. No other love would be perfect because of sin. She assured Hailey that God loves perfectly and will never leave her or let her down.
Hailey listened to all of this and as the director shared the Gospel with her, Hailey chose to give her life to Christ. We praise God for Hailey’s faith! Pray for her as she begins this new relationship with Christ, that she would find healing and support as she learns who true identity in Christ.
*name changed for privacy
Kelly* visited the New Life Pregnancy Center for a free pregnancy test. When the test was positive, she stated she wanted to have an abortion. The center staff talked with Kelly, explaining the truth about life in the womb and encouraging her to choose a positive option for her baby like parenting or placing her child for adoption. She agreed to come to the center the following day for a free ultrasound, however, upon arriving she was disoriented and left undecided about her pregnancy.
Months went by until Kelly returned to the center for another free pregnancy test. The staff immediately recognized her and asked how she had been since her last visit. She replied that she was in a much better place now, sober and in a stable relationship. However, she stated she regretted deciding to have an abortion in the fall. Kelly began to cry and said it was the biggest regret of her life. Tearfully, she shared how she kept thinking, “This is wrong, this is not natural, I should not be doing this,” but pushed those thoughts away and went through with the abortion.
Kelly knew she was pregnant again and hoped to receive another free ultrasound from New Life Pregnancy Center. She said she would never have another abortion after her experience and was very excited about this baby. She thanked the staff for being supportive of her, and for offering care without judgment so that she felt safe returning to the center even after her abortion. The staff was able to talk with Kelly about God’s merciful forgiveness and the freedom he could provide her. She thanked the staff and they prayed together.
A few weeks later, Kelly returned to the center with her boyfriend for the ultrasound. The ultrasound technician was amazed and said the baby performed like nothing she had seen before! At 12 weeks, the baby was lifting his head and moving around nonstop! Kelly and her boyfriend were overjoyed to see this new baby, and tearfully thanked the center for all the help she received.
Erin* visited the Tempe New Life Pregnancy Center to receive peer counseling regarding her unplanned pregnancy. She shared that she had previously experienced an abortion and now her boyfriend was insisting she have another one with this pregnancy. But Erin said she did not know what to do with the guilt and emotional pain she already felt from her past. Sobbing, she said, “They were so nice to me [at the abortion provider] and told me that I would never even remember any of it afterwards. But I think about it every day!”
Erin gave the peer counselor permission to share with her how God could take away her guilt because of the sacrificial death of Jesus. They talked at length about how the penalty of sin could be washed away by His blood and that Jesus loves her so much He chose to die for her and remove her guilt. The peer counselor asked Erin if she was interested in committing her life to Christ to change the direction of her life and she said, “Yes, I would like to do that.” Erin prayed to receive the gift of salvation.
After she prayed, the peer counselor spent time with Erin to explain how God’s power was now available to help her and heal her from the pain of the abortion she had. Erin was invited to begin a Bible study at the center to help her healing process. She left the center with this study and her own New Testament Bible with her name and the date written inside to mark her decision to follow Christ. She plans to return regularly to the center to work through this Bible study with the staff for support. As she left, she smiled and said, “Now I have homework to do!”
We rejoice over Erin and her decision to trust in Jesus! We pray she finds strength as she begins her new walk with Christ. We also pray she is encouraged and strengthened as she begins her healing journey.
Tina* visited the Wickenburg New Life Pregnancy Center regularly for classes for about six months after she moved to town for work and a new start in life. The center staff soon discovered Tina was a Christian. Little by little, she shared her story with the staff. She knew the Lord, but had wandered away from the truth after becoming involved in an unhealthy relationship. When she found out she was pregnant, her boyfriend left her and Tina found herself on her own.
Pregnant and alone, Tina realized that God’s amazing strength was what she needed. She returned to Him and began to work hard to provide for her and her baby boy. She loves her son and is dedicated to seeing he has what he needs. She diligently works to support them with their own home and food. She attends the pregnancy center for parenting classes in order to earn diapers, clothes and toys, and also earned a brand new crib for her son.
Tina recently began going through a Bible study at the center specifically for single moms and has been encouraged and helped by the grace and wisdom shared through the study. She is humble and faithful to wait on God’s timing for her life – even though it means struggling right now. Tina says she “learned the hard way” that God does know what is best for her. She sees how He has proven Himself as her provider and healer. She strives each day to be thankful for all she and her son do have.
What joy to see how God can work powerfully in and through even the most difficult circumstances! Tina is a beautiful, strong woman in the Lord and her son is a sweet and happy boy. When the world tried to break and shame her, Jesus was her strength and her healer.