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Receiving Hope, Choosing Life

All client names have been changed to protect confidentiality.

This story is told by Priscilla Chapman, a client advocate in our Irving center.

Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come. He will come and save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. (Isaiah 35:3-6)

It’s a Thursday afternoon, and I’ve just arrived at MCPC in Irving. As we prepare for the afternoon, I grab the hands of the precious ladies that I’m privileged to work with. We approach the throne of grace to ask our Sovereign Lord to give us His favor, anointing, and wisdom for the hours that lay ahead of us. As we beckon Him to love through us, we recognize that our wise Creator is already at work in our midst by drawing and pursuing the hearts of the individuals that will walk through our doors. The Author of life is for us. While the young ladies who come to MCPC may see the baby inside them as an unwelcome surprise, it is by no means a surprise or a mistake to the Creator of life.

“Jane, are you ready?” I ask with a smile. As Jane finds a seat in a counseling room, we begin. I ask questions to get to know her, and we discuss the series of events that have led her to this possible pregnancy. She’s nervous and a bit closed off at first. She seems to be apprehensive about her parent’s reaction to telling them of her pregnancy. “They’ll be so disappointed” she says again and again. As questions are asked and grace is communicated, she begins to seem more at peace and continues to open up. I’m grateful as I begin to see God already softening her heart.

While Jane watches a video about making an informed decision about her pregnancy, I run the test. Positive. I pray fervently for God to give her a love for her baby as I gather information and references that apply to her situation. The video has ended and I make my way back into the counseling room. “Jane, your test came back positive”. I search her eyes and ask her how she is. Tears come streaming down her cheeks. Through her tears, she tells me that she has no idea what she’s going to do. “Jane, do you believe that God creates life?” She nods. “Then you believe that God created your baby. He loves that little life growing inside of you. And even if you don’t, He has a plan for your baby’s life.” Jane smiles for the first time during our session.

We begin to discuss her options. I give her information about abortion, adoption and parenting. I share with her about the negatives of abortion and encourage her to think about the life that awaits her baby. I define adoption as at times the hardest and yet best way to love a baby by offering a life that is not within the capability of some Moms to give. Adoption does take a sacrificial love. We also discuss parenting and what that would look like in her situation. We talk realistically about the difficulties, while I continue to remind her that no situation is too big for God.

As we talk, God continues to move in our midst, stirring Jane’s heart and giving me His words. We talked in depth about abstinence and the joys of waiting, about how God gives mercy and second chances. She talks about the things she regrets and the changes that she longs to make, changes that she’s just beginning to realize need to be made. We discuss what a walk with Jesus looks like and how the decisions that we make either draw us closer to Him or distance us from Him. We keep coming back to a beautiful gift called grace.

Before she leaves, I ask her if I can pray for her. “Please do,” she responds gratefully. “Can I hug you?” she sweetly asks. My heart is overjoyed and stands amazed at how God so mightily worked in our midst. Jane decided to carry her baby to term and parent her child. When I talked to her several days later, she said her parents had responded more graciously than she had expected and they told her they were going to support her in this season. “Look what God can do,” I said with excitement and a smile. I asked Jane if we could keep in touch during her pregnancy and she said she would like that.

Jane is one of many girls that come through our doors at MCPC. Sometimes, like with Jane, the growth and change of heart are evident – even in the short hour you have together. Other times, you see little to no softening of a girl’s heart but you faithfully plant seeds and trust a faithful God to bring the growth. Volunteering at MCPC is an adventure, a privilege, a joy, a challenge and a fulfillment of Jesus’ words in Luke 6:38: “..give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over..”.

I believe MCPC brings joy to the heart of the Father. God, as the Author of life, loves the precious lives that are being formed in the womb. They are precious and valuable in His sight. MCPC joins hands with the unborn in the fight for life, with confidence that the Maker of heaven and earth is on our side.