As Center Director, I have the privilege of training all new volunteers before they serve at First Choice for Women. During the training sessions I enjoy hearing the various reasons participants feel led to volunteer at a pregnancy resource center.
For some, it is to give back to their community, or to make the most of their retirement years. For many, it is the desire to impact the Pro Life Movement in a non-political way. Most attendees share about how God has been “tugging at their hearts” for some time to get involved until they ultimately said “YES, LORD”!
Finally there are the courageous volunteers like Janet Powers, who know all too well the life and death decisions our clients are facing. As someone who has experienced an abortion herself, Janet wanted to “make a difference” in the lives of women considering abortion – giving them the hope and support they need to make a life-affirming decision. Janet was given that opportunity when Amber* walked through our door.
Amber* is 19 years old and was considering abortion because of her plans to go to college in the fall. She was excited to start her studies and did not want an unplanned pregnancy to interfere with her schooling. After discussing all of her options information, including the procedures and risks of abortion, Janet shared her own abortion story. Amber was thoughtful as Janet explained the regret she feels every day and her journey toward post-abortion healing. Then Amber said “I had never considered the emotional or relational effects of abortion. Thank you for your honesty.” Amber left the center undecided, but when she returned for an ultrasound, she had decided to carry and parent her baby!
We praise God for volunteers like Janet who embrace the redeeming grace of Jesus, encouraging other women to do the same.