I’ll be visiting the maternity home for the first time to get a better glimpse of what it is all about. I can’t wait to see the place, meet the expecting moms, learn about their stories, the way they live at the home-and also to introduce Micah and Ellie to this ministry as they will be coming along as well. One thing the director has made very clear is that my children are very welcome at the home which is so nice and I’m sure having them with me will make me seem more approachable to the moms there as they will see that I am a young mom as well.
If you think about it, please pray it would become clear to me how to wisely involve myself in this work where my children are concerned. While I definitely see it as a very valuable experience for them as well as for me, I would never want to put their safety in jeopardy. For example, depending on how “tough” the women really are since most come from unstable backgrounds, I may only want to have them over on Saturdays when Rick is home as well just in case. Yet, I do not want to jump to conclusions and am confident God will show me a way as He cares so much about these women and their babies. I know there is a way to wisely open up our home to them.
To be continued…
All Ages, Please Apply – “In reality, it is of great benefit to a pregnancy center to have a multi-generational volunteer force and staff. It means that a variety of options are available when God, in His sovereignty, makes divine appointments at our centers. If our staff members are in touch with each other, they can refer clients to a different volunteer who might better match up with the perceived needs.“
The Decline of the Maternity Home – “The typical resident of today’s maternity home is a young (usually teen) single woman who has probably faced some serious challenges in her life. Many come from chaotic family backgrounds and many have been abused, often sexually. Their time in the maternity home may be the most stable period in their lives. The challenge for maternity homes is to give them the services needed for a successful transition to parenting (if they choose to keep their babies) and independent living.”
Reaching the Post-Modern, Abortion-Minded Client – “In the 1950s, if you were counseling an abortion-minded woman, you would probably appeal to her sense of morality. Abortion is illegal. Abortion kills your baby. Simply put, abortion is wrong. Much has changed in five decades. Now, abortion is not only legal, but also staunchly protected by the nation’s highest courts. Whether or not abortion is wrong simply depends on your religious preference or political leanings.“