From The Director’s Heart
Today I received another phone call regarding the possible reversal of Roe v Wade, and questions regarding the possible defunding of abortions at Planned Parenthood. The pro-life community has long awaited such a major decision.
Such a conversation cannot and does not occur without the further consideration of pregnancy centers; their purpose and services for individuals and families facing an unplanned pregnancy. As we consider the role of pregnancy centers, we have historically done so from the position of their importance in presenting the value of every pre-born child.
Having served with the ministry of Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center, located in the heart of Downtown Reading, I realize the vast variety of services provided are critical for individuals and families facing and unplanned pregnancy as well as those who are currently parenting. The services provided by Mercy CCPC are far reaching: beyond the scope of providing a pregnancy test.
When a pregnancy test is negative, the volunteers at Mercy provide information, guidance, and instruction – helping the client to consider the value of making healthy decisions. Rather than continue to put themselves at risk for another pregnancy, and/or sexually transmitted diseases, the choice can be made to abstain, waiting until marriage.
Should a pregnancy test be positive, the volunteers encourage the client to participate in the parenting education available at Mercy. Adoption may or may not be considered. The client may decide to parent and yet, she has NO IDEA what is involved, how to take care of this little one she will soon give birth to, and she might have little or no help. The parenting education program offered by Mercy provides very basic and vital information and tools for soon-to-be moms and dads.
Maternity/infant/toddler clothing, and baby supplies (such as diapers, formula, wipes, and baby shampoo) are all basic needs families find helpful as they prepare for and parent their child/ren. Basics – parenting education and supplies – all critical and yet so often taken for granted by the average person.
There is, however, one major service; one vital role that Mercy addresses above all else. The spiritual need of individuals and families entering our doors, receiving services, being seen by volunteers and staff of Mercy are presented with, not just material supplies, the heart and life changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Prayer is offered, Bibles and Daily Breads are given. Clients receive contact information for a local Bible believing church where they can attend and grow in their understanding of God’s Word. Mercy is a ministry – offering Mercy in time of need, Grace for each day, and Hope for the future.
So, when asked the question, “will there still be a need for Mercy CCPC if or when Roe v Wade is overturned?” My answer is a resounding, “YES, MORE THAN EVER! The ministry of Mercy CCPC is vital and critical – it is a matter of life and death – not only physically, but spiritually.
Should you have any questions about the on-going ministry of Mercy Community Crisis Pregnancy Center or would like to schedule a tour, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610.376.0995