Even four months later, we are still seeing the positive effects of our 2022 Celebration of Life banquet with Tim Tebow.
A 13 year-old boy, named Josiah, attended the banquet with his mom this past October. Being a huge fan of Tim Tebow, we were able to arrange for Josiah to meet Tim and even get a picture taken with the two-time national champion and Heisman Trophy winner. Josiah knows Tim’s story well of how doctors encouraged his mom, Pamela Tebow, to abort Tim because the pregnancy was threatening her own life. Thankfully, she and Tim both lived to tell the tale.
So inspired by the night of the banquet, and by Tebow’s powerful speech, Josiah donated his Christmas money to Life Centers. His mom tells us, “He didn’t even hesitate who he wanted to donate his money to!” We received a card with money inside from Josiah. (Pictured right)
We are completely moved by Josiah’s generous heart and encouraged by the actions of this young man.
This is monumental. The authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives. Supreme Court Justice Alito said, “Roe was egregiously wrong and on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided.” The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion, and thankfully the 50 years of injustice for the unborn is OVER.
Thank you to our supporters, who have unwaveringly backed Life Centers for the last 40 years. Please continue to pray for the ministry and for our six pregnancy centers. We need your fervent prayers of protection now that this decision has been made official. We have seen several pregnancy resource centers across our nation come under attack. Please pray for the safety of our staff and volunteers. Thank you for standing with us. Pregnancy centers are needed now more than ever.
A center director called our Downtown Center to see if we had any extra toys for a 3-year-old girl. A client had just called to make an appointment and also asked if we had any toys we could give her for her daughter’s birthday. The mother didn’t have much she could give her daughter. Unfortunately, we really didn’t have many, if any, toys at the time, but we offered to provide her with some extra books and a cute stuffed animal.
Not even an hour later, a volunteers’ husband from the Downtown Center calls the center and says he’s outside with something to drop off. We walked outside thinking he’s got a car load of donations, and he hands us one toy. It’s a brand new toy for girls ages 3 and up. That’s all he had. He drove all the way to the center just to give us that toy right before we closed.
We were able to provide our client with a brand new toy that she can give to her daughter for her birthday. God truly provides exactly what we need, at the exact time, and it is remarkable to witness that so clearly in our centers!
11 weeks pregnant. That’s how far along Alisha* was when she came into our center. She was undecided on what to do with her pregnancy, and considering abortion.
After it was determined that she was 11 weeks pregnant, her Client Advocate showed her a picture of what an 11 week old baby looks like. Alisha instantly started crying and said, “It has feet and legs- that is a baby! That isn’t just a glob of tissue!” After they talked more, Alisha’s Client Advocate reassured her and said “God will be with you and help you.”
An ultrasound was scheduled for the following Monday. Alisha asked her Client Advocate to join her during the ultrasound exam. During the ultrasound, Alisha was amazed at how big and active her baby was. Earlier that morning, she received a job offer that would allow her to stay at home. Alisha looked at her advocate with tears in her eyes and said, “You told me that God had my back and He does,and I can do this.”
Megan* came in for a pregnancy test. At the beginning of her peer-counseling session, she revealed to the center director that she had an abortion just one month ago. We were unable to provide Megan with a pregnancy test because her abortion was too recent. We require 10 weeks to have passed after an abortion or miscarriage to administer a pregnancy test. “I’m not considering abortion again if I’m pregnant,” Megan said.
“I just need to know because I took the abortion pill.” She got the pill from an abortion provider. “They lied to me. They told me it was just going to be like a bad period, but it was the worst experience of my life. It was traumatizing.” Megan went back to the abortion clinic for her follow up appointment and they gave her another pregnancy test to ensure the pill “worked.” The test was inconclusive and they sent her away. They did not refer her to further medical care. That’s when she came to us.
The director referred her to one of our ministry partners, a medical clinic, and urged her to see a doctor right away since her pregnancy test at the abortion clinic was inconclusive.
A week later, the director called Megan to follow up with her. They had a great conversation. Megan went to the doctor and everything was fine. She was not pregnant. “Thank you so much for checking on me. I am so grateful you called.” She explained that no one forced her to make the decision to take the abortion pill, but she wished she hadn’t. “I wish I would’ve trusted God would take care of me. I’m going to spend the rest of my life discouraging anyone from doing what I did.”
Unfortunately, Megan’s story is all too common. There are so many misconceptions and withheld information about the abortion pill when it is sold to women. Megan’s viewpoint on what abortion actually is completely changed after she took that pill. She understands now that it was a loss of human life, and she is dedicated to making sure more women understand what the abortion pill does in hopes that they won’t make the same decision.
*Client’s name has been changed.
Fortunately, there is a resource available to women who take the abortion pill but regret it. We refer our clients to the Abortion Pill Reversal hotline when it is appropriate. Keep this number handy so that you can give hope to a mother, and life to a preborn child.