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.