Friday, November 13, 2009
A Day in the Life of a Pregnancy Care Center by Sue Ellen Doenier
Editor's Note: This article is the first of four to be posted on the Pro-Life Tribe blog over the next few weeks. The articles have been excerpted from Life Matters, a quarterly church bulletin insert available athttp://bfl.org/Files/LifeMatters93print.pdf. The Baptists for Life Organization invites you to copy the pdf. file for use in your own churches.
A day in the life of a
Pregnancy Care Center
…begins with prayer. Patience, wisdom, love, and courage are requested for their thoughts and actions as well as for the clients God will guide through their doors. Only God knows who they are about to meet.
One client may be a nervous 16-year-old girl who is relieved to hear she has a negative pregnancy test. When her advisor explains to her the risks of sexual promiscuity and the blessings of God’s design for marriage, the conversation turns to spiritual issues and she hears the gospel for the first time. She is curious and asks questions.
Another client receives a positive pregnancy test and reports that she is going to get an abortion. After the physical, emotional, and spiritual dangers of abortion are presented to her, she agrees to watch a video showing the development of the baby in its first three months. As her understanding is opened, she breaks down and explains that she really didn’t want an abortion but felt unready to care for a child. The advisor shares information about the center’s Earn While You Learn (EWYL) program and the client enrolls.
Some clients are referred to the center’s EWYL program through a pediatrician’s office or health clinic. A volunteer explains how they can earn points to buy necessary baby items by attending parenting classes; keeping doctor appointments; attending church or completing Bible studies; watching videos on fetal development, child care, and healthy lifestyle; learning to live responsibly. When conversations turn toward spiritual truth, often it’s revealed that a believing family member, friend, or co-worker has been witnessing to the client and the advisor is given the privilege of leading an open heart to salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Baptists for Life is not a PCC – we’re a support organization for PCCs worldwide, producing materials, doing trainings, and serving as a bridge between PCCs and churches through our prayer calendar and by speaking in churches to raise awareness about the fundamental significance of pro-life ministry. Partners in Ministry is a service of Baptists for Life to pregnancy care centers. We host an annual training conference. Our ministry is also involved in end-of-life issues through our LIFT (Loving In Final Transition) ministry, providing training to caregivers of the terminally or chronically ill. Our website is www.bfl.org.