As I walked into the crisis pregnancy center where I volunteered for the first time, I could feel the presence of God guiding me to serve there.
The psalmist’s declaration in God’s Word was on my mind and still is today: “For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well” (Psalm 139:13-14).
I was not aware of the impact that volunteering at a crisis pregnancy center would have on my life as a Christian. God used these verses to lead me to pray for the women in crisis; He gave me an urgency to share the Gospel with them; and He gave me an unmeasurable love for the unborn. The experience of helping women who were trying to problem-solve without considering God’s will, God’s Word and possible post-abortion consequences has changed the way I minister to women. I am more sensitized about their need of Christ, more compassionate, more aware of their needs, less judgmental and compelled to help them.
There is no doubt that life is precious to the Lord. Giving the unborn a chance to live by guiding the mother into a relationship with Christ often results in the mother’s salvation and also saves the precious life of the child.
Women who are in desperate need of help during an unwanted pregnancy, including Christians, often do not know what to do about their situation. Most of them are unfamiliar with abortion procedures and the gruesome details they entail. Some are not aware of the resources, support and guidance available to them when they decide to keep a child or give the child up for adoption.
At the crisis pregnancy center, I was able to share the pain of a woman who wanted a child and had suffered a miscarriage. Another had tried for years and was disappointed to find out she only thought that she was pregnant but was not. I also experienced the heartache of witnessing the resolve of a woman who insisted on an abortion because she did not value her child. I was able to share the Gospel with women who had had a previous pregnancy and wanted another child as well as women who had abortions before they were Christians and were pregnant but uncertain about their future.
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Source: Baptist Press