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Transformed by Family



If we look to the word of God for the definition of family, we see that family is described as the foundation of society. Families are called to care for and uplift one another in moments of strife or hardship. However, because of sin, we often distance ourselves from our families, much like Adam and Eve ran from God after eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. They were filled with shame and guilt. By concealing our secrets, we allow sin to fester and grow, which separates us from those who can speak life and encourage us to turn back to God and to the truth.

Julie came to the Monroeville center with her boyfriend and their one-year-old son. They were certain they wanted to terminate the pregnancy. Julie explained that there were too many obstacles: financial concerns, unemployment, lack of their own home, and not wanting more children. The staff tried to encourage the couple by explaining the various ways our ministry could provide support, but at that time, the couple seemed resolved in their decision.


Later, our team reached out again to ask if Julie would be willing to come back for another ultrasound. She agreed and came alone this time. Our team had another opportunity to talk with her, and through grace and love, Julie felt comfortable sharing that she felt pressured by her boyfriend and was struggling to cope. When asked if she had spoken to anyone else about the pregnancy, she expressed worry about telling her mom. Our team encouraged her to share the news with her mother. After a follow-up, Julie shared that she did tell her mom, who was excited about the news and wanted to come to the center with her for a third ultrasound. At this appointment, with the support and encouragement of her mother, Julie decided to choose life for her baby!


Julie and her boyfriend decided to end their romantic relationship, but he is open to having a second child. They have decided to co-parent their children together because that is what is best for their family. Currently, Julie is participating in our Life Support classes, which have been very encouraging and informative for her. Our staff also introduced Julie to the manager at The Nest, a



resale children’s boutique that offers quality, gently used clothes and baby gear at very affordable prices. Although there are still many unknowns for Julie, she is excited about the new life she is bringing into the world, thanks to the encouragement and support of her family. Additionally, with the help of Save Unborn Life, Julie received a grant to alleviate some of her financial concerns.


Julie’s testimony reminds us that family, or those closest to us, provide stability, comfort, and reassurance during difficult times. We praise God for placing people in our lives who can speak life over challenging situations, and we are grateful for our client services staff, who offered love and encouragement when Julie was unsure of what to do. Please continue to pray for this family, asking that God provides them with wisdom and guidance for navigating the future.


John 13 34-35


A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another

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