Archive for 2018

Heather’s Story

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.

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Failed Abortion Was Little Boys’ Answered Prayer For Baby Sister

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.

*Names have been changed.

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Saving More Lives Means Celebrating More Birthdays

In the final days of our Sanctity of Human Life campaign with Moody Radio, we were live on their morning show today from 6:00am until 9:00am. Listeners were encouraged to call in to make a donation, as we had volunteers and staff members standing by to take their phone call and enter their gift. Executive Director Tom Shevlot, staff members, and volunteers all shared the importance of Baby Bundles and ultrasounds to our ministry. These are two tools we provide at no cost to our clients to encourage them to choose life. For Life Centers, it costs $60 to assemble a Baby Bundle, and $100 to cover the cost of one ultrasound exam.

There were many people who called in to donate this morning with their own story of either abortion or adoption. This prompted them to want to give money to go toward an ultrasound exam or a Baby Bundle (or both) in hopes of changing someone’s life for the better.

One caller in particular really stood out. Melissa* called in to donate $600 as a birthday gift to herself! She explained that 60 years ago, her grandmother made an appointment for her mother to have an abortion. Melissa was the baby who was to be aborted. Her mother chose not to go to the appointment solely out of defiance toward her grandmother. There wasn’t any other reasoning or motive behind not going to the appointment; she simply wanted to do the opposite of what her mother had wanted her to do and as a result, she had the baby. When Melissa was only 2 months old, her mother realized how difficult it was to care for a new baby and decided she couldn’t do it.

Melissa’s grandmother, who scheduled the appointment for her granddaughter to be aborted, ended up being the woman who raised her.

Growing up, Melissa accepted the belief that many abortion agencies teach: that every baby should be a wanted baby or they should be aborted. Throughout her college years, she supported abortion agencies and donated to them. As Melissa grew older, her beliefs changed. She now realizes the value of life and is a supporter of Life Centers. Melissa donated to Life Centers today to celebrate her own life, and her gift will be used to bring more lives into the world so they can celebrate their birthdays, too.

If you would like to donate to the Life Centers and Moody Radio Sanctity of Human Life campaign, visit https://lifecenters.com/sanctity-of-human-life/. You can designate your donation to go toward a Baby Bundle or an ultrasound exam.

*Name has been changed.


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Socks For Christmas

In December, our centers provide Christmas gifts to those clients who need help giving their children presents. Our volunteers graciously “adopt” families and buy the kids Christmas gifts.

The week before Christmas, Jamie*, a Center Director, called Taylor*, one of her clients, to tell her she could come pick up the wrapped gifts she had for her children. Taylor, the mom of four kids, was excited to come pick up the gifts and told Jamie she would be there by the end of the day.

Taylor walked into the center later that day with her two oldest boys, ages 6 and 9, trailing behind her. When they were all gathered together in the counseling room, Jamie shared with Taylor that the Lord has provided for her and her precious children and that he will continue to provide.

They were politely gathering their gifts wrapped neatly in red and green wrapping paper, when Jamie thought about the “sock tub” they had in their support services room. The sock tub is exactly that; A plastic tub holding various sizes of socks for kids. Jamie started collecting socks for the boys to take home.

You might think, “Socks, for a Christmas gift? Do kids really want socks?”

When she brought the socks back to the counseling room, Taylor saw the them and to Jamie’s surprise, immediately told her two boys to put them on.

When they sat down and began to roll up their pant legs, Jamie noticed neither of the boys had socks on. (Keep in mind, its December and very cold outside.) As the older boy struggled putting a size 5 sock on his size 10 foot, Jamie went back to the tub and luckily found a large pair of socks at the very bottom of the tub. The 9-year-old boy smiled when he took the socks from her and put them on his feet. It was obvious the boys were so grateful for a simple pair of socks, because they had none or very few pairs.

When the three of them left that afternoon, I can’t help but think those two little boys were just as excited about getting socks as they were about getting neatly wrapped packages in red and green wrapping paper.

*Names have been changed.

Are you interested in donating baby or kids clothing? We could always use support service items! For a list of our urgent needs, visit https://lifecenters.com/give/items/.

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