When I first came to the pregnancy center, I was really scared. Finding out that I was pregnant had happened so fast. When I came to my peer counselor for help, I was an emotional mess.
I wanted to look at adoption first. My peer counselor shared with me all of my options. I decided to keep my child.
As we talked, I also decided I wanted to rededicate my life to Christ. My peer counselor has been here for me and been a really good friend to me. We started doing a Bible study once a week, and I started going to church every Sunday.
She also invited me to the Celebration of Life Banquet. It really turned everything around for me. That night really changed my whole outlook.
After I chose life and rededicated my life to Christ, it was amazing. A church threw a baby shower for me. I didn’t even understand how I was receiving so much. I would have never been able to do this alone. God has given me everything I need and more. I talk to God every day.
I am so thankful for my son Richard. He is everything I prayed for. I am grateful to my peer counselor and the volunteers at Life Centers who continue to help me and have changed my life.
I decided to take a pregnancy test, and the results were positive. I was in shock and really didn’t know what to think. So I decided to look on the internet at different resources, and I read about a place called Life Centers.
I told [my peer counselor] why I was there… I explained this to her, and she was there to listen.
I knew I needed to get my life in order since I was going to be a mom, so the first step was finding a church home and restoring my relationship with God. When I had my mind made up with this, it seems as if blessings and favor just began to fall out of the sky. … So now I am working full time and taking 19 credit hours to graduate on time.
I can’t wait until [my son] is here so he can hear my testimony, and I can tell him all about you guys and how you helped me.
My whole body went numb and I was shaking. A positive test. How could this be? Is God punishing me? Will my boyfriend, Andres, stick by my side? How will God bless a baby conceived this way?
I had prayed for a negative test. A miscarriage. Anything. I did not want this baby. Not before marriage. Not now. I had just left full-time employment to focus on starting my master’s degree. My parents were both in ministry and would be devastated. I had no idea what to do.
But I felt surrounded by love and truth. Two women from Life Centers were at my side, showing me with great kindness the size of my four-week-old baby. They spoke clearly and gently about the Gospel – the Gospel I had embraced just a few years before – and how this baby was a gift. A gift from God (James 1:17) who was knit together in my womb so preciously and uniquely (Psalm 139).
I saw Jesus in these two women. I felt Him. Hearing God’s Word and feeling the love and acceptance at Life Centers made me confident that it would all be okay. I left the center knowing God would provide.
Now, Andres and I are married and blessed daily by our beautiful daughter, Natalia. I’m a student a IUPUI preparing for the physician’s assistance program. We attend church regularly and are involved in a small group. God has provided in every single way.
I am so thankful for Life Centers. The staff and volunteers truly cared for me when I needed it most.
By the time God led me to Life Centers, I had already gone through quite a bit. More than once I had tried to have an abortion, but God sent circumstances to prevent me from making my abortion appointments.
When I found out I was too far along in my pregnancy to get an abortion locally, my boyfriend insisted that I begin to look for abortion options outside of Indiana. But I felt as though God was intervening, and He began to change my heart. I told my boyfriend I was thinking about keeping the baby, and he responded by leaving me.
As the pregnancy progressed, I needed to be hospitalized. Everyone was telling me to abort, but God was speaking to me as well. One day, I remembered that the Bible said something about God taking care of the birds, and that He said that we were more important to Him than the birds. At that moment, I decided to give it all to God.
After I was out of the hospital, I visited Life Centers. I was eight months pregnant and just needed some help. Becky (my counselor) and I prayed for a pack-n-play. In less than a day, I not only had a pack-n-play but many other items. Later, I even got a couch! Becky continued to stay connected with me and visited me when my daughter, Harper, was born.
I still talk to Becky often and we have become good friends. Life Centers holds a special place in my heart because God used it to bless me when I called upon Him.
A “failed abortion.” That is what a client said she thought happened to her.
Several months ago, Clarissa* took a pregnancy test at home and it was positive. Her husband, Sam*, was adamant about not having any more kids. They had one son together. He told Clarissa he wanted her to have an abortion. Listening to her husband, she went to a clinic and was given the abortion pill. She took one pill at the center, and took a second pill the next day at home. Clarissa experienced some light bleeding and cramping, but said the experience, “wasn’t bad.”
Six weeks went by. Clarissa, Sam, and their 6-year-old son moved to the Indianapolis area from out of state. They both started new jobs and became very busy with their new life when Clarissa realized she never had a period after taking the abortion pills. She took another home pregnancy test- and it was positive. That’s when she came to Life Centers.
Clarissa and Amanda*, the Center Director, had a very in depth conversation which ended in prayer and tears. Amanda told her she needed to find an OB-GYN to determine how far along she was. When Clarissa left the center that day, Amanda had no idea what her choice would be. Would she keep the baby she tried to abort once already, or ultimately choose abortion?
Amanda followed up with Clarissa a few times and invited her back to the center for a Baby Bundle if she was parenting. To Amanda’s surprise, Clarissa came back to the center just a few weeks ago! She came in with her 6-year-old son and they shared they would be welcoming a baby girl to the family in March. The little boy beamed, and said he had “been praying for a little sister for a very long time.”
They brought Amanda a card and flowers. In the card Clarissa wrote, “Thank you is simply not enough to express my thanks. Your kindness brought me hope when I was in a very dark place. I will never forget the prayers you said for me and my family the day I showed up at your center. Those prayers have come to fruition. I would still love to go to church with you and feel utterly blessed our paths crossed.”
Clarissa’s husband, Sam, had a complete heart change and is eagerly anticipating the birth of his daughter. It turns out Clarissa’s “failed abortion” was actually the answer to a little boys’ prayer for a baby sister.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a pregnancy related decision, visit one of our centers for free services, accurate information and education, and a nonjudgmental ear to listen to your story.