by Leslie Hatcher, Center Director
Sharing the hope found in Jesus is at the very heart of what we do every day at First Choice for Women. Although we may never know the outcome of a spiritual conversation, we know that we are to be obedient and “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” ~ Mark 16:15. That includes those whom God brings to First Choice.
Sowing Seeds for a Future Harvest
We had been working with Sally for about a month. Pregnant and scared, Sally felt her only option was abortion. Already a single mother, she feared her family’s reaction to yet another unplanned pregnancy. Although the crisis pregnancy was the main reason she contacted us, the conversation quickly progressed to the topic of forgiveness.
Does God listen to my prayers? I’m not entirely sure that I believe in God. Do you think there comes a time that God doesn’t forgive you anymore? I don’t think God forgives me anymore. So would God hate me if I have the abortion knowing it’s the wrong thing to do? BIG QUESTIONS. As we talked I tried to help her see the truth about God’s existence and His forgiveness. That He created the life growing inside of her, regardless of the circumstances of its conception.
Sally was very suspicious of “Christians”. She felt judged by people in the church because of hurtful encounters in her past. After suggesting she read the book of John and get to know Jesus again, I encouraged her to find a loving church where she could learn and grow with a group of believers. Although her baby’s life may still be in jeopardy, my hope is that the truths shared with her, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, her soul will be saved. Please pray for this young woman as she decides the fate of her unborn baby and her future in eternity.
Standing on the Promises of God
Then there’s Ann, a sweet Christian BSU student who called the Care Line at 2 am needing to talk to someone. She could not sleep because of the conviction of sexual impurity. Crying, she explained the circumstances and described the guilt that was keeping her awake. She had repented and asked for forgiveness, but still had no peace. We prayed together asking God to confirm in her heart His forgiveness. Sharing Bible verses on God’s promise of forgiveness, we ended our conversation with her promising to search the scriptures for verses on God’s faithfulness and claim them as her own.
The Power of Prayer
A young married couple who desperately wanted to be pregnant, were faced with yet another negative pregnancy test. We held hands and prayed together for God’s will in their lives. They left encouraged and determined to trust God with their future child.
In Word and in Deed
At First Choice we believe it is important to weave the Gospel in all that we do. To show His love and grace in word and in deed. Recently, this approach led to a young Parent Care client wanting to know more about Jesus! Guided by her mentor, they began a Bible study on the Gospel of John. We rejoice in this young woman’s desire to know the Lord, and are thankful that we can be used for His glory!
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through Him.” ~ Colossians 3:17
Whether in one of our two Bible studies, in the counseling room, in the Parent Care room, or 24 hours a day on the CareLine, we stand ready and willing to be used by the Holy Spirit. Please pray for the staff and volunteers of First Choice as we daily look for opportunities to share the gospel with our clients.