I have just completed a three day training coarse called Equipped To Serve. We learned tools for counseling in crisis situations, we learned to see through the lens of an abortion vulnerable/minded woman, and we learned that one in three women have had an abortion! There is no profile for this woman - she can be any race, religion, age, or socioeconomic status. She can be you… or she can be me. When Christians talk about the sanctity of life, does their speech condemn or threaten? Do we use words that could forever harm or push away 1 in 3 women? Yes, all to often. We need to be educated and aware and compassionate for these women. Please recognize that God’s love is unconditional. He desires that all should come to know and accept Jesus… even the 1 (in 3 women who have chosen abortion). God went after the one, leaving the 99. Be sensitive whenever you are speaking about Life. Please know that she could be hurting inside, carrying guilt or shame that only Christ can heal. She may have repressed her past and your rash comment could trigger her delicate balance. She needs a compassionate Christian to come along side her and display for her the unconditional love of our Savior! If you are reading this and have experienced abortion or are considering having an abortion, people are ready to love you and help you. Please call 1(800)395-HELP.
I have so much love for women and the unborn… being at Alternatives for my internship has given me the confidence to speak truth in love! Alternatives is an organization that has built a foundation on the example of Christ to meet women in unplanned pregnancy in an effective, loving way! I am so blessed to be here and to be learning from amazing women of God that have dedicated their lives to serving this ministry!
1) For my sister Becki, as she prepares for Xavier’s birth on 11/18 (pictured above)
2) For the volunteers (+ me) as they continue training to counsel our clients.
3) For the Lord to guide those in need of our services to one of our 6 offices.
4) For faithful financial support so that I can continue my internship at APC in 2011.