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Sanctity of Human Life Campaign With Moody Radio

For the second year in a row, Life Centers partnered with Moody Radio for Sanctity of Human Life Month. We do this to bring awareness to this important issue and save more babies from abortion.

Moody Radio allows Life Centers to reach more people about the lifesaving work we do in our centers every day. With their generosity, we are able to celebrate life and proclaim its value with thousands of listeners all over the state of Indiana.

This year, nearly $30,000 was raised during our Sanctity of Human Life campaign with Moody Radio.

Life Centers was live on Moody Radio on Thursday, January 17. Executive Director Tom Shevlot spoke on air about the work Life Centers is doing in the Indianapolis community. Liz Canales, a former Life Centers’ client, shared her testimony and experience with Life Centers on air. Her story is incredibly powerful; you can find it here.

While we were live on air, we raised money for ultrasound exams. While free to our clients, ultrasound exams cost the ministry $100 each. Eight out of ten women who receive a free ultrasound exam from Life Centers choose life for their baby. Often times when a woman is undecided about keeping her baby, seeing the life growing inside her and hearing the heartbeat can confirm her choice to keep her baby. 

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A Not-So-Chance Encounter

While one of our staff members, Teresa, was out to dinner the other night, she asked her waitress about her tattoo. The waitress opened the floodgates and began to tell Teresa a personal story about an unplanned pregnancy she had when she was 16 years old.

Teresa asked the waitress, Katie, if she had ever thought about volunteering at Life Centers since her story is so similar to many of the young girls who walk into our centers daily. Then, Katie realized Teresa worked for the same group of pregnancy resource centers that had helped her years ago during her unplanned pregnancy! Katie was floored. She started to cry, and hugged Teresa.

Katie then told Teresa more about her story and mentioned she had actually spoke at one of our Walk + Run for Life events years ago about her experience with our ministry. Katie went on about how helpful we were to her and how she loves what we do.

Here it is 16 years later, and Katie is still in awe of how greatly some strangers helped her and loved on her when she was in a scary, anxious place in her life.

Katie and the baby’s father have now been married for 15 years!

It is a chance encounter for a current staff member to meet someone who was a client at one of our centers years ago, and then to speak with them about their experience- even more of a rare chance encounter. Or was it?

Earlier that day during a staff meeting, Teresa prayed that God would allow us to see more of the fruits of our labor and His labor. She praised Him for allowing us to be a part of these LIFE decisions and prayed that He would bless us by letting us witness moms that have chosen life for their babies.

Teresa’s “chance encounter” was an answer to the prayer she had prayed that very same day. Teresa witnessed firsthand a mom who chose life for her baby after she visited one of our centers 16 years ago.

Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

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Giving Tuesday Huge Success

Giving Tuesday, which was on November 27th this year, is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season.

This year, Life Centers raised money for ultrasound exams on Giving Tuesday. One ultrasound exam costs the ministry $100, but they are free to our clients. By the end of this year, we will have provided at least 150 free ultrasound exams, which is why our goal for Giving Tuesday was to raise $15,000.

We exceeded our goal. We are overwhelmed by the response we received on Giving Tuesday. As you may know, we had two donors who collectively matched every donation we received on Giving Tuesday up to $25,000. We received $34,790 in donations, totaling $59,790 with the generosity of our matching donors!

You might be wondering why we chose ultrasound exams to raise money for. Ultrasounds are a vital piece of our ministry. Often times, an ultrasound can be the deciding factor in our clients choosing life for their babies. Below are just a few of the comments clients have made after receiving an ultrasound exam at one of our centers:

“Hearing the heartbeat melted my heart, it made me want to parent my baby.”

“The ultrasound made me feel like a mother already.”

“My baby is bigger than I thought!”

“Seeing my baby on the ultrasound made me happier about being pregnant.”

As you can see, ultrasounds are vital to save babies from abortion. Some clients come into the ultrasound room undecided about what they are going to do with the life growing inside of them. More times than not, they leave choosing life and wanting to parent their babies.

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God Creates Paths Through Wilderness And Rivers Through Dry Wasteland

When something unexpected happens, it can be difficult to see the good in the situation. It is human nature to want to try to control every aspect of our lives, but God often has a different plan for us than we have for ourselves. At these times, we strive to remember that God’s timing is never wrong and to accept the unexpected.

This was the case for Lydia.* Lydia came to one of our centers with her aunt and her boyfriend. Her aunt told a peer counselor that she was afraid her niece was considering abortion. After Lydia started talking with the peer counselor, she confirmed that she did want to abort because she had just moved here from Puerto Rice to finish school. She mentioned if she did abort, it would be with the pill. Lydia was starting classes this fall and didn’t want a baby to interrupt or prevent her from going to school. After all, Lydia had moved to the United States to fulfill her dreams.

It was hard for Lydia to see past the situation she was currently in. In her mind, having a baby and attending school at the same time wasn’t possible.

During the counseling session, the peer counselor reviewed materials with Lydia on all of her options. When the counselor asked Lydia if she thought her boyfriend would want to abort the baby, Lydia said he would not agree. Lydia started to cry, telling the peer counselor that she was a believer in Jesus Christ and she knew it would be wrong to abort her baby. They went over a resource list so Lydia could see that there were people who were willing to help her and her baby if she decided to carry her child.

When the session was coming to an end, the peer counselor asked Lydia if abortion was still an option, and Lydia said no. She requested her boyfriend come back to the counseling room so she could tell him that she was pregnant. He was so excited and was very pleased to hear that abortion was not an option for Lydia anymore.

Lydia is still going to attend classes this fall.

Even during the unexpected, God can make a way. It can be so hard for us to see that sometimes, and that is why it is so important to surround ourselves with and talk to other Christians who can help us see the path God is creating for us.

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19

 

*Name has been changed

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Diapers Lead To A Closer Walk With God

“We get this amazing opportunity to have extended relationships with clients and pour into them over and over and over again because of physical items we can offer.” – Associate Center Director

Some of the women who come to our centers aren’t pregnant. They’re not even worried they might be pregnant. These women come to our centers for support services.

We are able to help many more men and women and share the gospel with them all because we can offer them diapers or clothing for their babies. Support services is a huge piece of our ministry. It includes providing material resources to men and women who need help with supplies for their children. We can offer diapers, wipes, bottles, clothing, and even some furniture.

It may seem like we are just giving away baby stuff, but in reality we are doing so much more. We are showing God’s love. We are sharing the gospel with each person who seeks support services, and by doing so we are changing people’s lives.

Kiera has been coming to us for support service items since 2014. Every time she has visited, the counselor who assisted her, has kept detailed notes of Kiera’s spiritual journey. Because of the support services we offer, Kiera continues to come back to receive not only the items she needs, but spiritual guidance and prayer, as well.

 

Here is a timeline of Kiera’s spiritual journey that we helped guide her through over the years as she came to our center:

  • 2014- “Kiera doesn’t think she has given her life to Christ yet, but she is on her way.”
  • March 2015- “She came for more items. Kiera says she now prays and reads the Bible.”
  • June 2015- “We had a long discussion about God, His redemption and restoration, and healing.”
  • September 2015- “Kiera isn’t attending one specific church. She was given a church referral list.”
  • 2016- “Our discussion was about God’s plans and purposes for Kiera’s life and receiving his grace.”
  • 2017- “Kiera expressed a desire to grow in her faith and desires to continue down a path of faith and better choices.”
  • February 2018- “Kiera said that she was against trying church because of “being judged.” I shared the gospel with her again, and reminded her of God’s great love for her. She was open to considering Christ.”
  • May 2018- “Kiera is still not in church because of judgment and had many questions about the need to be rededicated. The conversation revolved around assurance of salvation and she was given a “How To Find God” Bible.”
  • August 2018- “Kiera was seen and has been attending a church. She understands the gospel partially but not grace. Kiera prayed her own prayer of salvation and was given a “12 weeks with God” Bible study.”

On our exit surveys, these are all of Kiera’s responses to the question: “What was most helpful about your visit today?”

Not being judged, someone who can listen to you.
That we talk about having a closer walk with God.
Before I left the lady that prayed with me help me feel at peace and human.

Notice how not ONE of her responses about what was the most helpful about her visit to our center included receiving material support items? Which she did receive, every single time. It wasn’t the clothing, the diapers, or the wipes we gave her that kept her coming back. Kiera longed to know God. It’s evident in her spiritual journey over the course of the 4 years she came to us, and each time she got closer to knowing God and understanding his grace- eventually joining a church!

Kiera’s journey is an amazing reminder of how we are able to transform lives because of something as simple as diapers and clothing. These material items are a gateway to a relationship with Jesus Christ and changing lives for the better.

Note: Client’s name has been changed for privacy reasons.

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