The coronavirus has definitely affected how easily we can talk to women coming to the abortion center. We are careful to abide by the CDC social distancing requirements, as well as stringent hand sanitizing, and care to keep our information germ free. However, the abortion center has been packed with patients, likely fueled by increased uncertainty and fear. We feel our presence is more critical now than ever.
Our team was calling out and sharing the Gospel with a woman who had stepped out of the abortion center for a few moments. As she listened to the truths of God’s Word about the precious life of her unborn child, she peered closely at a sign that one of the Cities4Life Counselors held. “Your baby is precious to God. We can help.”
Almost as though a string were tied to her linking her to the counselor offering hope, the young lady slowly began to move off the porch. Our entire team paused, watching her and praying. Step by step, as though walking through concrete, the young woman moved towards us. One counselor said it was like the Holy Spirit had a hook in this woman and was reeling her out of the murky pool of despair. Spiritual warfare was raging in front of our eyes as she slowly walked across the expanse of grass that separated her from our counselors. Each step appeared to be a painful struggle, as though another force was holding her back. She crossed finally through the barricade of foliage and stood before us.
“We can help you,” our counselor said. “Tell us your story.”
The woman became teary-eyed and said when she returned home if she didn’t abort, she had already been told she would be kicked out. “I have no choice,” she said, “I will be homeless.”
Instantly, two of our counselors got on the phone contacting the people necessary to set up immediate housing. They immediately found a maternity home ready and able to take this woman, and one of the board members spoke with the young lady right away. There was a protocol to have her enter the home because of coronavirus but even with the new restrictions, she was able to enter the home by that weekend.
The counselors continued to share Cities4Life programs and resources, instantly addressing each obstacle the woman raised. Housing, counseling, food, job search, medical care, and emotional/spiritual support. The woman said, “I never wanted to abort…but I didn’t know what to do.”
With that, she agreed to get an ultrasound and chose LIFE!
“I’m not going to do it,” she said.
Our C4L team surrounded her (at the socially acceptable distance) and gave her handmade baby blankets and knitted hats, as well as a small bag of baby supplies. And a Bible. As we handed her the gifts, carefully remaining 6 feet apart, she burst into tears.
They shared the truth of God and the Gospel. We talked about how her life choices that disregarded God had led her to this terrible place. She agreed. She told them she had been praying. She knew God would never have her abort her child and recognized He was the one who had created that precious baby. Also, she now believed that He was the one who had brought her to us so that her life could be forever changed.
What if we hadn’t been there? I know we ask that question a lot, but when a mother chooses life at that last desperate place, it is quite often because Cites4Life was there offering hope and help. If we hadn’t been there, would the cycle of destruction in her life have continued? Your financial support helps make sure our teams can be there to shine the light of the Gospel in these very dark places. Please consider a donation today.