The day to day work of the mobile ministry team is not always joyful, but, today, we had a very special assignment. We delivered gifts and toys to the family of a newborn baby boy. Baby C is a direct result of our mobile ministry. He is the first documented baby born who was saved from abortion because of the mobile unit.
Baby C’s mother was referred to us by her OB doctor. Although she lives in a different town, we were able to meet her in the mobile unit near to her workplace. When she came on board the unit, she was certain abortion was her only option. After receiving information and support including a free ultrasound of her 7 ½ week old baby and seeing his little heart beating, she realized she wanted nothing more than to protect and care for her baby.
As we held and kissed Baby C, today, and hugged his mother, she repeated over and over, “I’m so thankful I had him.” She admitted that early on she had not wanted him, but now, she can’t imagine life without him. She said he has impacted her entire family for the better.
If you are interested in volunteering on our mobile unit, please call the Center 252.446.2273.
There are numerous reasons why I am eager and enthusiastic about supporting Your Choice Pregnancy Resource Center. Put simply, Jesus loves saving lives. Through compassionate care, many of the men and women are choosing life for their child, and they are choosing eternal life through Christ. Thank God for a ministry that is holistic in helping people physically and spiritually.
Teenage pregnancies have been reduced, and the sanctity of marriage is being protected. In addition to mothers, the Center reaches out to fathers by counseling and listening to them. They understand the mother’s decision often hinges on the support of the father. Thank God that the Center’s work doesn’t stop at the birth of the child. They support the mother and child up to a year after birth.
As a business owner, I think it’s my responsibility to support organizations that enhance the quality of life for our local community.
God is working mightily at Your Choice Pregnancy Resource Center. Will you join Him?
Business Owner & Board Member
A man with dreadlocks and a thick Jamaican accent pulled up to our mobile unit, and asked if he could make an appointment for his girlfriend to get an abortion. He had typed “abortion clinic” in his GPS, and it led him to our mobile unit! (The abortion facility is actually across the street.)
We explained that we did not do abortions, but we could give him information on abortion risks and procedures, and we could offer his girlfriend a free ultrasound. We made an appointment to meet them two days later.
Disappointingly, the couple did not show at their appointed time. As we were packing to leave, he called and said they were on the way. When they finally arrived, the father of the baby – who was the one adamant about having the abortion – had to be at work, so we met with the mother, alone. She listened attentively to everything that was shared. On the ultrasound, she could clearly see her very active little baby. She shared that she did not want to have an abortion, but the father was insistent, so she would be calling an abortion facility.
We called to check up on her, today, to see how she was doing. She shared with us that the father was no longer in the picture, and she would be keeping her baby! We were able to connect her with the pregnancy center in her area for on-going support.
Who can fathom the ways of God? The man who was intent on aborting his child was instead used by God to save him or her. In this instance, at least, the G really did stand for God!
Staff Spotlight is Shining on Delphine Martin
Delphine is the first person you see when you come into or call the Center. Her official title is Client Services Specialist, but she wears many hats and, as she puts it, “rides on the wings of flexibility.” When she is not working she enjoys flower gardening, spending time with her family including taking care of her mom. You will also find her studying and reading God’s Word along with praying and worshiping. Delphine first learned about the Center when a co-worker suggested they take the volunteer training. She felt this was a good fit because she loved helping young people and considered herself a people person. The rest is history as she has now been a part of the Center for over 18 years! When asked what she enjoyed most about the Center she responded, “knowing that God can use me in such a small way to share a smile, hope and encouragement to those who come into the Center; whether it’s a client or someone just needing information.” Delphine encourages anyone interested in volunteering to seek God and pray about what area He would have them serve and then to schedule an appointment with our Client Services Director to get more information about the Center, its mission and purpose. We asked her if she could have any superpower, what it would be. She responded, “To share the Word of God with boldness to everyone and not be ashamed that Jesus Christ is Lord.” She is challenged each day to remember that she may not be able to help everyone, but is thankful for the divine appointments that God graciously provides to be there for the ones He does send her way.
Did you know:
…that Delphine once wanted to be a nun
……that her dream car is a black corvette
………that she and her husband, Michael, dreamed of opening a home for needy children
Plumb line #5 Partnering with the Church to fulfill the Great Commission
Although the focus of our ministry is equipping women, men and students to make life-affirming choices in regards to their reproductive and sexual health, we know that our ultimate calling and service is to introduce them to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Your Choice Pregnancy Resource Center is a para-church ministry, which means that we serve alongside the Church in fulfilling our Lord’s command to make disciples.
We are one avenue in which believers can use their gifts to evangelize our community. We are happy to assist the local church in training its members in how to share the gospel and providing opportunities to tangibly show the love of Jesus.
The Church has been commissioned by the Lord to make disciples, baptize and teach. Discipleship is difficult and long-term; it must be intentional. Discipleship of our clients who receive Christ is vital to their success in making life-style changes and creating Christian families. Discipleship empowers our clients to live the abundant life that Jesus promises.
Plumb line # 4 Empowering not enabling our clients
At Your Choice Pregnancy Resource Center, our mission is empowering women, men and families who are in crisis due to an unplanned pregnancy or disease through the Christian ministry of compassionate care.
We want to empower clients to make wise and healthy decisions, not enable them to continue down a destructive life-path. Our volunteer advocates help clients think through their current circumstances and how to move forward in a positive way.
Clients must earn vouchers in order to shop our Abundant Life Baby Boutique. Vouchers are earned by attending classes. We offer prenatal and parenting classes, abstinence support classes, life-skills classes, and Bible studies. As opposed to handouts, parents feel empowered when they earn the opportunity to purchase items their babies need.
Plumb line #3
Teaching Sexual Integrity and Promoting Marriage
True2You and all of our sexual integrity curricula help us reach students before an unplanned pregnancy can occur. Our programs present abstinence as the only 100 percent effective way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Students and clients are encouraged to consider the beauty and safety of sex within a committed marriage relationship.
However, if an unplanned pregnancy does occur, we provide our clients with factual information on all their pregnancy options. Should they choose to place their baby for adoption, we will refer them to a reputable adoption agency. Should they choose to parent, we will walk beside them during their pregnancy and provide them with resources and services they need. Our Learn2Earn classes will equip clients for life after pregnancy as well.
Regrettably, some of our clients will choose abortion. Should they make this choice, we offer support for healing through abortion recovery.
One of our sexual integrity teaching points is renewed virginity. A commitment can be made even after becoming sexually active to remain abstinent until marriage. Clients can participate in one-to-one abstinent support sessions and Bible studies to help them maintain their commitment.
Plumb line #2: Serving as Pro [Abundant] Life
Pro-life ministries are often criticized for only caring about saving a baby’s life without addressing the real-life struggles of the parents facing an unplanned pregnancy. However, our first client is the mother. Not only do we pray diligently that she will choose life for her baby, but that she will also find eternal life in Christ. We never force anything on anyone, but if we are given permission, we will share the gospel message.
Jesus Christ said, “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” We are concerned with spiritual life as well as physical life. Our holistic approach to ministry addresses the material, emotional and spiritual needs of each person who comes to us for help. We celebrate motherhood, fatherhood, and marriage. The abundant life of Jesus Christ is at the heart of every service we provide.
Plumb line #1: Making abortion unnecessary and unthinkable
Plumbline #1: Anyone thinking about having an abortion believes it is necessary, and there are no other or better choices. By sharing accurate information on all pregnancy options, as well as, the procedures and risks of abortion, we enable those who come to us for help to make life-affirming choices that are right for them. Abortion becomes unthinkable for most of our clients after they learn about fetal development and what happens during an abortion. Through our free limited ultrasound, she can be introduced to the tiny person growing inside of her.
Whether our client chooses to parent her child or make the very difficult and sacrificial choice of placing her child for adoption, we will support her. Should she choose adoption, we have a number of adoption agencies to which we can refer her. The agencies we work with stay with the mother throughout her pregnancy and delivery.
If our client chooses to parent her child, we offer many prenatal and parenting classes. We also have retired labor and delivery nurses who teach childbirth and breast feeding classes. Any class or bible study attended earns the client vouchers that she can use to purchase maternity and baby items in our Abundant Joy Baby Boutique. Our clients can stay with us for up to one year after the baby is born. We also have a plethora of agencies, support groups and churches to which we can refer our clients should they need further help. We do everything possible to make abortion an unnecessary choice for clients.
What is a Plumb Line?
A plumb line is an ancient tool dating back to biblical times used to determine vertical accuracy. Every organization needs standards that will test its direction and motive to ensure alignment with the organization’s vision, focus and purpose. Every organization needs plumb lines. At Your Choice Pregnancy Resource Center, our plumb lines are the interests of Jesus Christ. Every service and ministry must serve to glorify God, advance His kingdom, and show His love to others.
We are beginning a blog series to help our ministry partners and others better understand who we are, what we do, and why we do it. We’ll begin by sharing the mission, focus and purpose undergirding the ministry of Your Choice PRC (pregnancy resource center); then we will lay our plumb lines.
Our Mission: Empowering women, men and families who are in crisis due to an unplanned pregnancy or disease through the Christian ministry of compassionate care.
Our Focus: Equipping women, men and students to make life-affirming choices in regards to their reproductive and sexual health.
Our Reason: All human life is holy, because every person is created by God in His image.