Tonight we have an opportunity to help support life in the Flathead Valley. The Hope Pregnancy Ministry is having their “Ten Years of Hope” A Fundraising Event. The mission of the Hope Pregnancy Ministry is…
“To honor Christ by eliminating abortion
through life affirming education
They do this by providing women with other choices besides abortion to help mothers with an unplanned pregnancy. Here’s a story from their lastest newsletter…
Ten years ago, Hope Pregnancy Ministries was founded with the vision of changing the life of a woman as she experiences the diffi culty of an unplanned pregnancy. A miracle happens when a woman chooses life and rejects the notion of abortion, simply because she was educated about the choices before her. At Clear Choice Clinic, we are blessed to have this opportunity on a daily basis. To see a young woman come though our door, and hear her heartbreak as she contemplates the diffi cult decision before her is an honor and a privilege. The sense of responsibility is tremendous because we realize that we may only have one chance to affect her life. One hour. One chance. One God.
Two weeks ago, “Tami” was a high school student who found herself pregnant, alone and scared. She and her boyfriend “Kevin” hadn’t told anyone, especially their parents, and had decided that they could not continue the pregnancy…they had too much to lose. Having decided to have an abortion, Tami and Kevin did what most kids do…they got on the internet. After a short search, they found the Clear Choice Clinic website and called for an appointment. The next day, Tami and Kevin arrived…scared and adamant about needing an abortion, but willing to learn about other options. They visited with a volunteer Patient Advocate, where they poured out their fears and doubts. They were given written information about the choices confronting them, and wise counsel from a loving, nonjudgmental spirit. When it was time for the ultrasound, Tami and Kevin agreed, “just to see how far along” they were. This, after all, is critical information when planning an abortion. As the image came to life on the screen, and a 9 ½ week baby became obvious, there were small smiles, followed by awkward silence. This was the baby they had chosen to abort. Before Tami and Kevin left, the nurse invited them back for a second ultrasound, explaining that they had time before they needed to make a decision, and that it would be wise to be sure that the pregnancy was still viable before they had an abortion. They agreed. Tami had the next two weeks to ponder the reality of the life inside her. Two weeks later when Tami walked through the door, this time with her mother, it was apparent that something had changed. During the ultrasound, Tami announced that she and Kevin had decided to keep the baby. When asked what had changed, she said, “Before I saw the ultrasound, the baby didn’t seem real…I thought I could just have an abortion and it would go away. Then I saw the ultrasound and it became real. When I saw it, I knew I wanted to keep it.”
Tami went on to say that she and Kevin were getting married in two weeks…they wanted their baby to share their last name, and they were ready to move forward with their lives…as a family.
Tami left us with a hug, and a promise to bring her baby to see us after its birth; we left Tami with tools to cope with tomorrow, hope for the future, and a little taste of Jesus. One hour. One chance. One God. Amen.
What better way to spend an evening?