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Baby Showers: Just parties? Or are they more?

Jasmine and Victoria had never met, but they had a lot in common. Jasmine had three little boys and was pregnant with a baby girl. Victoria had three little girls and was pregnant with a baby boy. They lived two blocks from each other and they both visited Life Centers during their pregnancies.

Because they each already had three children, a fourth child would stretch their resources very thin. Both Jasmine and Victoria were concerned about their ability to care for a new baby. Both women chose life after visiting Life Centers, but how would they get the initial resources necessary to care for another infant?

Answer: a baby shower. Some women who come to Life Centers have a support system in place that will help them as they care for their babies. But other women, like Jasmine and Victoria, don’t have the type of community around them that is able to rally around and help with all the extra things a new baby requires.

In those instances, Life Centers often facilitates baby showers planned by volunteers to help bridge the gap. A Small Group from College Park Church was able to plan a combined shower for Jasmine and Victoria. Both women received many gifts for their babies—from Pack ‘n Plays and strollers to diapers and books.

And they received much more than baby gifts. One of the volunteers put it this way, “In the counseling room, we have a counselor-type relationship with these women. But at a baby shower, we are able to be friends and form transparent, open and deeper relationships.” The Small Group throwing the shower was able to pray with both the mothers and their babies’ fathers (who wanted to come too!), and also share with them about the Bible through a Bible game.

The grandmother of one of the unborn babies sent a text during the shower, “You all have truly blessed my family with your thoughtfulness. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Jasmine said she felt understood and not judged, and Victoria expressed thankfulness for the help and support.

Why baby showers? Because helping women choose life extends far beyond the counseling room. Baby showers are part of a greater effort to create a culture that values and celebrates life; that rallies around it and rejoices in it.

Are you interested in throwing a baby shower for a Life Centers mom? Click here for more information.

Jasmine opens a gift for her baby girl

Jasmine opens a gift for her baby girl.

Victoria admires an outfit for her baby boy

Victoria admires an outfit for her baby boy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Divine Appointment

A woman walked into one of our centers the other day looking sad and discouraged. She was there for baby supplies, but she also mentioned to a staff member that she doesn’t believe in God. If He existed, she said, the sad circumstances she was dealing with regarding a family member wouldn’t have happened.

It’s the million-dollar theological question. Why do bad things happen to good people? A theoretical answer wasn’t going to cut it.

It just so happened that a volunteer in the center that day had experienced the same set of life circumstances. She was able to share with the woman about how God’s love sustained her through the situation and how His faithfulness was revealed.

Coincidence?

We could call it a coincidence every time a client comes into a center with a problem and the perfect volunteer is ready to speak the exact truth needed in that exact moment. We could. But that would be totally outside the bounds of believability.

Instead, we call it what it truly is: a divine appointment.

Every day women walk into our centers, and every day it is not a coincidence. God is working. He is using the details of our stories to reach these women in their details, to show them that He is for them, that He loves them, that they are not alone. It is our privilege to watch Him as He creates beautiful appointments that are far from coincidental.

It’s not a coincidence that you are reading this blog, either. Will you consider joining us at Life Centers? We need more volunteers to be present in our centers, ready to participate in divine appointments. Your story matters, and God can use it to make a difference.

Click here to learn more about volunteering with Life Centers.

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A New Direction

Imagine you’re in a canoe, rowing with the current down a river. Imagine the current is strong and you’re not really doing much work to paddle toward the direction you’re headed.  

Now imagine you want to change directions. It takes quite an effort to even get the canoe pointed upstream. As you begin rowing, you find your progress is hampered by the current that is now flowing against you.

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It’s not easy to change direction in life, either. The direction you’re headed is probably full of difficulty and challenge and heartache, but how much more struggle would you encounter if you tried to change direction mid-stream? 

A woman came into one of our centers last week already knowing she was pregnant. She had had an abortion before, and when she came in she said, “I don’t want to do that again.” She told the staff she knew she wanted to have her baby and she couldn’t imagine having another abortion.  

It sounds like the same story you’ve heard before, but don’t miss the beauty here. She has made a choice. She has chosen to give her baby life. And she has made a change from her past. She has formed a new trajectory. 

That isn’t easy. Don’t misunderstand—there is nothing easy or simple about having an abortion, and it is an agonizing choice. But equally difficult is the choice to walk into one of our centers and make a different decision than the one you have made before.  

It’s our goal at Life Centers to make that decision for life as easy as possible. We are blessed in our centers to see this kind of life-change happen every day. Babies are saved, and their mothers’ lives are transformed.

Do you have an example of a time you changed directions in life? We’d love to hear about it! Please comment below.

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