I often reflect on Mother’s Day about all of the children who have been saved after their mothers came to PDHC. I think of these babies as “spiritual children” and I hope you do too. I think of the ancient Hebrew midwives who refused to follow Pharoah’s order to kill baby boys. These children lived because of what the midwives did, or rather refused to do, and the same is true today.
Children are alive today because their mothers and fathers received help at PDHC. It’s a humbling and, at times, an overwhelming task, but I am so grateful to be a part of it. Together, you and I are a part of God’s great plan to rescue. What a wonderful Father we have! He rescues, He redeems, He restores and He uses us to accomplish His purpose. We see all of this and more happen every day at PDHC. We know how important life is to God because He is the Creator of life. What a blessing it is to celebrate life together and honor mothers and fathers, both the natural and the spiritual.
We celebrate you during this time between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Thank you for all of the ways that you care for and provide for children not your own. When you pray for a mother who is making a pregnancy decision or give so a new mom and dad might receive education and resources, or volunteer at PDHC, you are providing for families and children. Whole churches do this by including PDHC in their mission’s budget or hosting a baby bottle campaign. Families can do this together by participating in this summer’s Walk for Life! What a great way to teach your children to respect life. Golfers, we still have a few spots open at next week’s Golf for Life event at Scioto Reserve. These are fun ways to support life and family but they make an eternal difference!
You can find more information about ways to be involved by clicking here www.supportpdhc.org, or I would love to hear from you! You can email me directly at email@example.com or call me at 614-888-8774 ext. 6121. I would be more than happy to meet or get you connected.
P.S. Have you seen our 2017 Annual Report? Click here to read all about 2017 Impact and learn about our 2018-2019 Initiatives!
Last week I received news that a pro-abortion comedian had completely castigated the work of pregnancy centers on his daily late-night show. I wish I could say I was surprised, but this is nothing new. Once again, pregnancy centers were accused of using trickery and misinformation to prevent women from accessing abortion.
One of the critiques we hear time and time again is that pregnancy centers locate next to abortion clinics to sway women to choose life. Call me guilty.
It’s amazing to me that this is even an accusation. Location is a commonly used and effective strategy to compete for customers. When was the last time you heard McDonald’s complain that Wendy’s moved in across the street, or that a Marathon is next to BP, or that Key Bank is next to Fifth Third?
Pregnancy centers do often locate close to abortion providers and here’s why – we want to reach more women who can benefit from our services. We offer a better product than our competitors. We offer hope and life! When the world is telling a woman all the reasons why she can’t have a baby and follow all her dreams, we are showing her how she can. Most women choose abortion because they feel they are out of choices. It is a choice cultivated by an abortion industry that diminishes the capabilities of women and the lives of children for profit. Instead, pregnancy centers around the country, like PDHC, provide compassionate care and practical support.
People walk into PDHC and stay because our services are the highest quality at the lowest price (FREE!) and we are staffed with helpful, knowledgeable, sincere people. PDHC is consistently highly-rated by women who use our services –
* 97% say they received the help and referrals they needed,
* 95% say that because of their visit they feel more confident and empowered to take their next steps, and
* 96% would recommend PDHC to a friend.
Every woman deserves support during an unexpected pregnancy. We want women to receive all of the support and encouragement they need, so we make help visible and accessible. We want her to find PDHC, especially when she is on her way to the abortion clinic.
PDHC has empowered individuals to make healthy life choices since 1981. Together, we save and change lives.
I just read about a 9-year-old boy who shot and killed his 13-year-old sister over a video game controller. His sister’s life for a video game controller? We all want to see an end to the callous disregard of human life that is so pervasive in our society.
The whole thing makes you wonder – what happened? how did we get here?
Various factors have been blamed as the cause – mental illness, lack of gun control, loss of Christian values in our nation. One factor I’ve rarely heard mentioned is the link between this violence and abortion. We live in a country where it has been legal for 45 years to take the lives of those who are most vulnerable among us. If this is ok, what isn’t?
Disregard for life is reflected in devaluing others in big and small ways every day. The old and the infirmed are cast aside and those with special needs are viewed as less than worthy of life. Iceland’s recent proclamation that they’ve eradicated Down syndrome is really boasting that they have successfully exterminated pre-born babies diagnosed with Down syndrome. How grievous is that?
Through the years, I’ve always been struck by the heroes who stand strong in the protection of others despite danger. People like the ancient Israelite midwives who refused to obey Pharaoh in his edict to destroy infant boys. Oskar Schindler who rescued 1,200 Jews from extermination in Nazi Germany or Saint Damien of Molokai who sacrificed his own life while serving a leper colony in the 1800’s.
Those of us who value life still risk ridicule and persecution from those bent on destruction. Yet, we stand together with saints of old and proclaim that human life is exactly what God’s Word says it is – Fearfully and Wonderfully Made!
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
It’s here! The month for love. Some people look forward to flowers and chocolates and for some it’s a painful reminder of their loneliness. One thing is certain. Our culture has become completely confused on the true meaning of love. We see it every day on the faces of the women and men we serve and in youth across our community.
Many people mistake lust for love or are concerned only with love for themselves. Some believe they are unlovable. My heart aches to think of all those in our society who don’t know true love. They’ve been broken and beaten by life’s circumstances. They may be jaded by the lack of a father, drug addiction, abuse or other unimaginable tragedies. It’s hard for them to know and believe in the love of Our Father, but He leads them to us.
PDHC has an incredible opportunity to minister to the broken and hurting. Together, we can introduce them to true love, the love of a good and Holy Father who made them and knows them. His eye is upon them. None of their cares or sorrows are unknown to Him. And we, who have been called according to His purpose, have the privilege to serve the least of these. It’s the greatest commandment manifested, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39.
That’s why I am asking you to join me in sharing the love with the women and families who come to PDHC during the month of February. When PDHC comes alongside a single mom or a family with compassionate care and practical resources, that’s what we’re doing, loving our neighbors. Click here to “Share the Love”. Donate critical support while sending a message to someone you love. Let’s show our community just how great our Father’s love is for them.
What a year! We are so grateful for your partnership in 2017! Families received the care they needed to choose life and at least 1,160 babies were born after their mothers received help at PDHC! Our number of client visits increased by over 12% from 2016 and many of those were repeat visits. This means families returned to PDHC for ongoing help and hope through parenting classes and resource programs. We taught nearly 10,000 students in schools about healthy relationships, life goals and sexual integrity. Women and men received hope and healing through PDHC’s abortion recovery program.
Thank YOU! We are so happy to celebrate this good news with you. We know it is through your prayers, giving and service that PDHC’s ministry is possible.
Yet, my heart is heavy over the great need that still exists. We like to talk about families empowered and babies born at PDHC. What we don’t talk about as much are the lives lost and women devastated. Despite our best efforts and the collective efforts of the prolife community abortion is still all to often the “go to” answer for people facing an unexpected or challenging pregnancy.
2018 marks the 45th year of abortion on demand in the U.S. You may be shocked to learn that over 60 million lives have been lost since the Roe v. Wade decision on January 22, 1973. We rejoice that abortion rates have consistently gone down, but our most recent reports show Franklin County had 3,158 abortions and Fairfield County had 149. The loss of these lives and the damage to families and our society is something I think we are barely able to comprehend. Although this loss is so difficult to fathom, I understand why it is happening.
We see it everyday on the news and in our centers and in schools. People are devalued and as a result they devalue others. They don’t realize that they have been made in the image of God. They don’t know that God has a unique plan and purpose for them. They lack the hope and faith that believes in a God that is always with them and enables them to overcome. Instead, they know despair. Which is why it is so important that PDHC and the community of life continue to reach more people each and every day! We are a voice for life in the wilderness where people are so often led astray.
Please pray with me for wisdom as PDHC follows God’s call to serve more people for life in 2018. We sought Him and created a plan to increase service in our pregnancy centers by 20% over the next two years, but we know He is able to do abundantly more than all we ask or imagine!
PDHC is honored to serve alongside a tremendous community of life in central Ohio. No one can do this alone. The battle for life is too great. Together, we are making an impact in our community! Thank you for your commitment to life and family.
God bless you,