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Why We Do What We Do

Since joining the Life Centers team over a year ago, I have had some very interesting conversations with our supporters, staff, church leadership, volunteers, and others in our community who are not very familiar with Life Centers.  It is not unusual to hear from these groups, “I didn’t realize Life Centers did so much, all at no cost to the client”.  The conversation often swerves in to the question, “Why do you do this”?  It’s a question I love to answer. 

I recently came across a verse in Romans 5:19 from the King James Version: “For as by one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous”. I found this scripture reference hitting right at the heart of why we do what we do. Our staff and the loyal service of our volunteers heed a calling to be obedient in their service for the Kingdom, just like Christ was obedient to God as written in Romans 5.  Daily, our staff and volunteers are meeting with clients right here in our community that are facing pregnancy decisions. We share with that client the message of hope through Christ. We equip them with information about adoption. We provide resources and options to get them plugged in to a church or refer them to one of our many ministry partners to assist them in their spiritual journey. We do this out of obedience to our core mission, and to adhere to the calling each and every one of us has in our heart to serve in this ministry. 

We do what we do because we acknowledge that every human life begins at conception and is worthy of protection.  Our ministry goes beyond protecting the unborn. We also minister to post-abortive men and women. Scripture says that all have sinned and through Christ Jesus have been extended forgiveness and grace. Because of this, our Grace Ministry, God’s Real Acceptance, Compassion, and Encouragement (G.R.A.C.E.) is a post-abortion recovery and support group for those who have experienced the hurt of an abortion. Life Centers walks participants through a confidential journey of recovery in an intimate, supportive group with others who are moving toward freedom and healing. Hundreds upon hundreds of women and men, have gone through this program and many are now serving in our centers in a number of different capacities.

I hope you can understand a little better why I love answering the question on why we do what we do. The prayers and financial support we receive from donors and churches armus with the tools and resources needed on the front lines of life with compassion, and we are eternally grateful for this support.
 
– Tom Shevlot, Executive Director

 

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