Have you ever felt your prayer life is a little underwhelming? In the busyness of life, we can find ourselves praying those rote prayers, typically on behalf of others, with generalizations and obscure requests. While our God wants to be in the mix of the mundane and He wants to hear those requests that are part of everyday life, He also wants us to honor His power and might through the things we pray for.
We all have the big, specific requests that sometimes we don't recognize as a prayer request because it seems like something that we have to execute on, or we see it as out of our reach. When we let our minds go there, we don't make any attempt on our own behalf to ask God to make it happen for us. We have the big prayers of an end to abortion, that we would be able to pursue our religious liberties without resistance at every turn, and that we would find success and prosperity in a world where it seems like it's harder and harder to achieve our dreams.
God is there waiting for us to ask very specific, very big things of Him. He's told us through scripture that whatever we ask it will be ours. Obviously, that doesn't mean that everything we ask for is right for us and it doesn't mean that anything and everything is at our disposal. It means that when we take our requests and our desires to God in faith, we will receive answers to those prayers in line with God's plan for us. Yes, sometimes unanswered prayers are, in reality, answered prayers. But there isn't a prayer that God doesn't answer. He answers all of them it may just be with silence, it may be with withholding, it may be a delayed answer, and it may be an immediate answer.
When we commit to being faithful followers of Christ and understanding that God has our best interests at heart, it's in those moments we can trust that we can share our deepest and biggest dreams, goals, and plans with the God of the universe. When we take every desire to God in prayer, we can take comfort in knowing that if it is truly meant to be, He will make it happen. At ICU Mobile, a prayer request from a woman who wanted to reach out and help pregnant women has turned into a national alliance of mobile units in communities across the country. Pray big and big answers will follow.
In our quest to control our lives and the outcomes of our desires we can forget to take these to God. When we don't take these things to God, we leave Him out of our plans in our life. And we all know how that turns out. The plans for our life are not actually based on what we want, they’re based on what God has already laid out before us.
Even when we aren’t sure what to pray for, we can petition the Holy Spirit to lead us in prayer. We can remain silent and allow the leading of the Spirit to petition on our behalf. Our prayer life should be robust and intimate, as God designed it to be. If you have a mountain that needs to be moved, tell God.
Never underestimate God’s ability to work miracles and His presence in everything you do. He’s already there, He’s already laid the groundwork. He’s simply waiting for you to approach His throne and ask for His provision.
"And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." Mark 11:22-24
Published on Monday, October 5, 2020 @ 10:19 AM EDT
"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
In times like these, it’s easy to feel persecuted and to want to break under the pressure of the day. A pandemic, a high stress political landscape, environmental disasters, tensions within our country that ultimately result in tensions within our own families – all of these can very easily lead us into a place of frustration and even worse, abandoning our faith when all of it becomes too much to bear.
“My grace is sufficient for you…,” Jesus said. Oh, to fully understand and immerse ourselves into these six words. Sufficient grace. For you. Jesus has an abundance of favor, love and mercy with your name on it. Whatever the day brings, Jesus is right next to you offering you the best of his grace to build you up and bring you through to the other side.
“For my power is made perfect in weakness…,” Jesus said. When we feel defeated through all the insults, illness, and persecution by those who are supposed to love us, Jesus is there with all His might to build you up. Our weakness is the very thing that gives Him power. When we feel like we aren’t enough, haven’t done enough, and feel like we want to give up those are the times Jesus’ power is launching into action.
Rest in this, friends. Yes, we are called to the daily battle for our souls, but God has sent the ultimate warrior to fight with us. Our weakness perfects His power. Our humanity reveals the supernatural reign of God, the healing and newness we receive from His son, and the ability to build our faith through the Holy Spirit within us. We need the One True God and our current situation has revealed this in ways we’ve never before experienced.
Now is the time to share the good news of God’s grace and salvation. Imagine what you, as a Christian, have been going through recently. Now imagine someone who doesn’t know God experiencing all this year has handed us. Where is their hope and their strength? How do they look at their future and find any sense of calm or purpose? Not only has Jesus given us grace and mercy and strength to endure a season of uncertainty and despair, but He has also given us the call to share His grace with others.
Your salvation has yielded unimaginable benefits beyond everlasting life. Your salvation has given you hope in this life. When you have a friend like Jesus, you can be a friend like Jesus. His power gives you the strength to share His saving grace with others and they need it the same way you do.
Certainly, John 3:16 is where we start when we share the Gospel with others, but 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 is how we follow up to show the power and peace Jesus brings to our time on earth. This promise that illustrates His faithfulness and His deep understanding of the battles we face here. John 3:16 shows us how to receive salvation for eternal life through Christ. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 shows us how we benefit from salvation while we’re still in our earthly bodies.
Salvation is available to everyone, but the offer of salvation must be shared. Prayerfully submit yourself to sharing the power and grace of God.
Published on Monday, October 5, 2020 @ 10:17 AM EDT
Missions are important. Wherever in the world they take you, missions are ways we carry out our call to be the hands and feet of God. Our mission carries us out into the communities of cities across America where women face an unexpected pregnancy and believe that their only option is abortion. We take this call seriously and we will be consistent and relentless in our efforts as long as God continues to call us to this purpose.
One thing we know is that first our missions begin in our homes. If we do not first witness to our children, our spouses, our neighbors, we are missing the opportunity God put in front of us as the easiest and lowest hanging fruit. Not that it’s meant to be an easy catch but that if we neglect our family in sharing the gospel the rest will be for naught. You see, when we start in our own home field, we work with God to create a foundation and a safe place built on His love and His word. This means everything else we do is based on His truth. When we start each day from a point of truth - our home field - everything else we do upon departing from our home mission field is a natural extension of the foundation we’ve built. There can be no stronger calling than the one that is built on layers and layers of missions that eventually take us out into the world where God has planned for us.
But you’ve never been to the inner city, or Haiti, or Asia. It seems like everyone around you has gone on the God-ordained mission to serve people in need in other countries and other environments that have seen more difficulties than your own home field. Nonetheless, if God calls you no further than your front yard, then that is where He means for you to serve.
Not everyone is called to serve abroad. We must be obedient to God’s calling on our life, whatever and wherever that may be. And knowing that those callings can change in a moment’s time we must be agile and willing. If God has called you to minister on home field and that seems confusing to you, prayerfully consider which areas He might be calling you to step out of home base. Is He calling you to step out with your finances, with your prayer life, with mentoring? Stepping onto the mission field isn’t about setting foot on foreign land, it’s about doing the things God has revealed for you with joy and faith and trust that His mission for you is perfect and in His perfect will for you.
“For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.” - 1 Corinthians 16:9
Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 @ 8:35 PM EDT
A baby is God’s story. Each one created in His image to walk the earth sharing the love of Jesus, the fruit of the Holy Spirit and the light of God himself. God’s story lives on through each of us created in His image and this is precisely why each life should be protected at all costs.
Every life, from conception, is a testament to the one true Creator of the Universe who created life itself. A newborn baby is in itself the very hope of God. Untold joy and promise fills every inch of space around a newborn child because we know He will change lives. He may not hold the cure to cancer but he may set his mom or dad on a different path. He may bring a new view on life that his grandparent never before knew possible. He might impact a teacher with a kind smile and save the life of a friend who needed his special way of understanding them. Your life has a story, every life has a story. A life aborted is a story untold. A life untold is one less witness to the love of Christ.
Abortion takes life and it takes hope and it takes God’s work away from him. If we only have life because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, then how can we turn away our responsibility to save each life that can bear witness to His sacrifice and to His great love that everyone should have the opportunity to experience? When we live as though Christ is in us, we have a very unique experience to our lives. We see others from a spirit of love, we help with hands and feet that can’t help but be willing. We forgive, we forget, we put on new armor every day that clothes us in the loving spirit of a Savior who put every single one of us in this world before himself and died for us.
We will all fall short of truly being Christlike but if we come alongside women and minister to the story they carry within them, we can help to preserve the love of the original Creator through the birth of His creations.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
- Galatians 2:20
Published on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 @ 8:32 PM EDT
There are so many things your donations pay for, but the single most important result of your donation is hope. Hope can't be bought, but it is a tremendous outcome resulting from the services and products your dollars create.
A note about supporting ICU Mobile: We understand that we are currently in an important political season. There's a lot of competition for your dollars. Yes, we're asking for them, too.
We ask on behalf of the young woman pulling into the grocery store parking lot to buy a pregnancy test who instead steps onto a mobile unit parked in the lot. For the young couple who love each other but don't believe they have the means to take care of a baby. For all the hopeless girls ready to give in to abortion but in one last ditch effort hear the saving grace of Christ and receive the hope their Heavenly Father has for them.
We see these scenarios every day. Our affiliates have women who get behind the wheel of that mobile unit who drive into the places where they know a woman needs them. Teams of women show up every day and board those mobile units to offer pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and share in the life-altering moment a woman sees her baby for the first time. And they minister. They share the gospel, they share tears, they share in a moment that can forever change the trajectory of a woman's life. We ask you to dedicate your dollars to support that.
For so many, giving of financial support is a sacrifice. This is not lost on us. As a non-profit, we work every day to be good stewards of your sacrifice. We receive this blessings with gratitude and prayers over each of you. As you respond to the truth found in the word of the Living God, may you be joyful in giving and share the good news of our work with others.
"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." – Hebrews 13:16
Published on Friday, August 21, 2020 @ 12:07 PM EDT
We all have “what if” moments in life. Any given “what if” could lead to a positive or negative scenario. In some cases, “what if” could literally make the difference between life and death.
It did for me.
In retrospect, “what if” can take on a whole new meaning.
Some memories are indelible. Like the day my pregnancy test was positive. I had always been the good girl, the smart girl, an authority-pleasing overachiever ... this could not be happening!
My world came crashing down. I fell apart, crying for what felt like hours. When my tears finally subsided, I made an emergency call to a confidante and, of course, started crying again. She immediately knew the reason. She assured me she could help–she knew of a “good abortion clinic.” She could make the arrangements for me, and I could make it go away, keep it a secret and go on with my life as planned.
In my situation, the opportunities for intervention were extremely limited. All I did was walk to the store, take a test, and make a phone call. Then save money, plan a cover story, and go to the clinic. It was all too easy.
The irony was both palpable and painful several years ago, when I was the keynote speaker for a Pregnancy Center fundraiser near my alma mater. When I researched their history, I learned they had a Center right down the street. I never knew they were there. That heartbreaking reality stirs up a world of “what if” scenarios ...
What if there had been an ICU Mobile Unit parked across the street from campus the day I took that dreaded walk to the store to buy a pregnancy test?
What if someone had been there to offer comfort and support, so I wasn’t alone in that critical moment?
What if there had been an ICU Mobile Unit parked outside the clinic the day my boyfriend drove me there because we felt trapped into an abortion?
Hypothetically, it was unthinkable. We were both Christians, after all.
We believed abortion was wrong–an innocent child’s life should not be taken because of someone else’s “mistake.” It’s stunning how different things appear when a hypothetical becomes reality, and the mistake is your own. We were upper-middle-class kids with good grades, big ambitions, and parents we didn’t want to disappoint. A teen pregnancy was an existential identity crisis. And once-unthinkable actions suddenly become justifiable options in a crisis.
What if we had stepped into an ICU Mobile Unit, desperate for a way out of our perceived disaster, and someone had been there to intervene with truth? Despite our overwhelming emotions, the truth was: we weren’t trapped. Our lives were not over. In fact, God had good plans for our lives–all three of our lives.
What if we had listened ... and believed? It could have changed everything.
That is the life-changing, life-saving power of mobile units.
That is why this work is so vitally important! ICU Mobile equips pregnancy centers and clinics to go beyond their four walls, wherever and whenever the needs are greatest. Working through these partnerships, this ministry is able to serve women, save lives and share the Gospel throughout the country.
What if an ICU Mobile Unit had been there for me, just off-campus or outside the clinic, and I received an ultrasound?
I believe that would have changed everything.
The beating of that tiny heart would’ve been irrefutable evidence of the truth I already knew, but couldn’t admit: God had given this child life. How could I deceive myself into believing his child was my choice?
What if I had enough love and support to make the right choice–to choose life?
Far too many women have “what if” moments like mine. Revisiting them can become a form of self-condemnation, which can grow into depression, addiction, or any number of self-destructive issues. I’m indescribably grateful God led me to a post-abortion Bible study at a Pregnancy Center, where I could understand and grieve the loss of my child, fully receive God’s forgiveness, release my guilt and shame, break destructive patterns, and experience transformative freedom.
That’s the life-giving power of redemption. With redeemed hearts, revisiting even the darkest “what if” moments doesn’t lead to oppression, it instead galvanizes us into action. That’s the path I choose.
It’s a blessing to help pro-life ministries like ICU Mobile save and change more lives ... every time I share my story, I know it honors the life of my child. And I’m grateful for that. But it doesn’t diminish the loss.
What if you had the power to help save women, and men, from ever experiencing that loss? What if you could be there in their moment of crisis, offering hope, truth and life-changing love?
You do. You can. As you give to support ICU Mobile, and pray for those on the front lines, “what if” becomes “what is.” And anything is possible.
By Lauren Roman
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Published on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @ 1:56 PM EDT
News of Atheists turning to Christ doesn’t typically create much of a public stir. When God calls someone like Lee Strobel into his flock, God’s name goes up in lights. Not only did Lee abandon his atheist beginnings when he became a Christian, he wrote The Case for Christ, which reveals his journey to Christianity. The book was made into a movie and Lee took on speaking engagements and acting roles, and authored more books to reveal Christ for others.
Lee Strobel lives out the call to life as a Christ follower in a way that inspires us all to share our Savior. It wasn’t enough for him to receive the Gospel and go to church on Sundays. He knew within him that he must do more for the One who not only made him, but made Him for more. Lee went on to write many more books all for the glory of God.
As we explored speakers for our 2020 banquet, we recognized that Lee Strobel has a story like so many of us. Once lost in many ways, now standing on the solid foundation of Christ. As an organization that focuses on reaching women for Christ, we can learn much from Lee while we also bless him through sharing the work of our mobile units.
When we receive Christ, everything in our lives goes beyond accepting the invitation. We become transformed and we genuinely want others to experience the unconditional love, deep joy, and life-changing grace that can only be found in our Savior. Lee Strobel committed his life through his work to sharing the life saving gift He received and we are blessed that He has agreed to join us at our 2020 Fostering Life Together Banquet as our Keynote Speaker.
We would be honored to have you join us for an evening to celebrate life in Christ that leads to choosing life for so many women we reach every day. Please register here.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Published on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 @ 10:17 AM EDT
To truly be a force for change in the pro-life movement, we must become louder and bolder than the pro-abortion movement, and never stop praying over what we’ve been called to do. Planned Parenthood has successfully amassed billions of dollars and taken millions of lives due to their ability to rally their supporters who believe in what they do.
As the ICU Mobile Fund Development Manager, I am able to support a national effort to save the lives of babies. The way ICU Mobile approaches the pro-life initiative is not to remain still and stagnant, waiting for women to find them. Sylvia Slifko chose to question the standard model for reaching abortion-minded women. She prayed over a vision to go to the women who needed help and God sent helpers to her side to make His calling over her life a reality.
It is no longer enough to wait behind the counter for a young woman, who is facing so many pressures and so many obstacles to seek us out. Our call is to go to her so that her choice for life can be made on her own grounds and with people who are willing to show up where she is. It can be prohibitive for someone with limited resources to seek out and get to a pregnancy center. When transportation and funds are low and, perhaps, she has limited support, we can offer a glimmer of hope for her situation.
In the midst of the pro-life generation there is disruption and louder voices and more money on the other side. Let’s face it, the prospect of bringing a child into our current societal conditions isn’t exactly inspiring. We are able to share the hope of the God of the universe with women and that is the changemaker for us and for them. With God on our side, we know that our message of hope through new life is one that can take away the feeling of desperation. Women have the power to change the trajectory of the world.
God granted women the blessing of forming new life within our bodies, delivering humanity into being and raising them up into a new generation of Christ followers. When given the opportunity, this is the message we share. Their strength, their ability, their importance in sustaining a society in which we must have the hope of new life. And, they won’t do it alone. We will be the ones to walk alongside them, guiding them to the resources they need, praying over them, and loving both mother and child.
Every generation can be the pro-life generation. This is not stereotype that defines a set of people born at a certain time. Being pro-life withstands time and can be ingrained within all our hearts if we remain faithful, if we boldly speak out on the sanctity of life, and if we are willing to put our time and money into that which we believe. The pro-life generation should not be David to Planned Parenthood’s Goliath. It’s time for a role reversal. Your dollars become the stones we need to take down the giant threatening the lives of all generations.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” - 1 Samuel 17:45
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Published on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 7:49 PM EDT
For centuries, humans have been compelled to idolize celebrities of all kinds. Actors, producers, musicians, social media influencers, speakers, authors…we love them even though most often we don’t truly know them. With the rapid rise in actors as producers, the heart of their productions reveals more about their character than ever before.
With any documentary or series, do your homework to learn who is behind it and what their political agendas include. For example, the documentary “What the Health “is produced by Joaquin Phoenix and Keegan Kuhn. Both men are animal rights activists and Phoenix is also a supporter of PETA and has received awards for his work with them. It’s easy to see why he would create a documentary that aims to show how damaging to our health it is to eat meat.
Reese Witherspoon is one of America’s sweethearts who has played many roles about strong female characters that showcase a woman’s ability to change her circumstances and get what she wants. She’s a media darling. Women love her and respect her. She’s an actress, producer, entrepreneur, and even a mom. Now, she produces a show on Hulu that depicts her on-screen daughter’s abortion with Planned Parenthood’s brand proudly displayed in scenes witnessed by millions. Why? Because Witherspoon is pro-abortion. And her work shows it.
When we follow the careers and lives of celebrities, it’s natural to want to believe that they are just as good as the characters they play in movies. We hope that wholesome Elle Woods was created directly from the heart of Reese Witherspoon. That they are one and the same. And yet…
We must be diligent, guarding our minds by understanding what’s going on behind the curtains of the big screen. It’s not enough anymore to ask our kids “What is that movie rated?” before giving permission for them to see it. It’s no longer a question of PG or R. Now, we have to research it like a finals paper. Who is in it, what do they believe, how will their beliefs be woven into this piece of entertainment? It’s a tough time to be a Christian, a conservative, a believer in the sanctity of life.
Thankfully, not all is lost in Hollywood. We still have the likes of Chris Pratt, Kanye West, Benjamin Watson, Patricia Heaton, Tim Tebow, Justin Bieber and many others who are becoming brave enough to reveal their faith and their pro-life beliefs. Celebrities who will just as likely shout their support for life as the ones who will shout their abortions. Whether we like it or not, American celebrities have a strong impact on American minds. Choose carefully whom you will allow inside yours.
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. Galatians 4:8
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Published on Thursday, June 11, 2020 @ 9:12 AM EDT
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
One of the greatest gifts the world has ever known was the birth of Jesus Christ. His love covers all of our insecurities, our mistakes, our misdirection’s and guides us to beautiful rivers of acceptance and forgiveness. He willingly came into our brokenness and offered the sweet salve of peace and salvation through relationship with Him. He came to us. He knew we were in need and had a plan.
ICU Mobile has a plan. A plan for women who have questions about their pregnancies, women who need understanding and who need a friend. Acting as the hands and feet of Jesus on the wheels of their mercy medical units, they also come to our world; our places where we are in need. Working with a local pregnancy center in the area, ICU Mobile finds its way to us; they heed the call. They meet us where we are in our personal journeys without any judgment, no awkward silences or disappointing glances. Only love.
I was once like so many of the women that ICU Mobile serves. Although I didn’t have a surprise pregnancy, I did have a very unplanned parenting path that included me being marginalized overnight and an ex-husband in jail. I was so young and afraid. I was embarking on a life journey that I had no way to navigate. No compass to show me the direction to go. I felt like the world was coming at me like a tsunami, and I didn’t have any life jackets for us. I didn’t have a job, or any college education. I was looking at a life that seemed to be filled with uphill battles, struggles with my children’s father, and not being able to pay the bills. When I thought of my future, I was depressed and overwhelmed. I knew that there were services out there for women like me, but I had no idea how to find them. Honestly, I didn’t have any time to try to find them. I was so busy doing life and trying to make sure the pantry was stocked with mac and cheese and peanut butter. At night, I was so physically drained and emotionally depleted I could barely keep my eyes open. I didn’t think I would be able to handle this situation. How can I raise my children if I can’t even take care of myself?
It’s places like ICU Mobile that come and fill in the gaps. When you walk into a mobile unit, you won’t find a cold and impersonal atmosphere. You’ll find warmth of community and feel the support of relationship in a state-of-the-art capacity with certified physicians and nurses. ICU Mobile staff treats all clients with respect and dignity in their sensitive life circumstances. They understand and they are available to discuss your pregnancy questions (and provide ultrasounds), but also so many other topics that may be going through your mind. They have real answers. And, it’s not the type of answers that lead to more questions. It’s the type of answers that lead to solutions and creating a life plan that we can follow toward overcoming whatever may come our way. ICU Mobile can connect you to the organizations within your community that can support your needs from basic (like food and shelter) to more complex needs like long-term financial support and job placement. They are our advocates; they fight for us. We all need someone in our corner. I know, I did.
The name itself says it all: ICU Mobile literally means I SEE YOU. To be seen and accepted as we truly are is a beautiful thing. It tears down cultural, socioeconomic, and ethnicity walls. You are uniquely you. If you are uncertain about what to do with your pregnancy, and you want to be more than a number, more than just a face in a crowd, come be seen by ICU Mobile.
“You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” –A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Shannon is the author of The Bounce-Back Woman, Ignite, and Single Moms 101. Along with being an author and speaker, Shannon is a featured contributor of Keep the Faith radio. She also writes for Lifeway's HomeLife magazine and other various publications including as Crosswalk and iBelieve.com.
Published on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 @ 6:04 PM EDT
The culture of life and how we define it, our morals, our values, our decisions around what is right and wrong, is being attacked consistently and ruthlessly. The victims aren’t even aware they are victims and they become younger by the day.
Shows and movies on streaming services are more bold than prime time TV and theater movies. They push the envelope with violence, sex, and moral values. This push translates in product placement as well. Over the years we’ve grown used to and, likely, unaffected by the brand names we see in on-screen images. From soft drinks and athletic brands, to department stores and fashion, America’s corporate giants flood our TV and movie watching with their brands and they pay to make that happen. Just like with any other ad placement, business is given the opportunity to pay to have their brand seen and heard in front of millions.
Planned Parenthood has joined the circle of corporate giants who is paying to be seen by larger audiences. Abortion is becoming an act that is commonplace in storylines featuring young women – teenagers – who wish to hide pregnancy from their parents or simply “deal with this and move forward empowered.” Planned Parenthood is capitalizing on this trend and making sure they are the go-to, household name brand that is chosen by teens and young women across the country.
We’re no longer being lured to choose one brand of running shoes over another. We’re subliminally sold on choosing Planned Parenthood as our abortion provider of choice over the local abortion clinic. We can no longer simply shake our heads at these bold actions and bold messages.
Our ministry is focused on saving two lives. The life of the unborn child and the eternal life of the woman facing the most desperate time of her life. We would be ecstatic of we could place the ICU Mobile name on the biggest screens with the biggest celebrity names all over the country to widen the impact of our multi-faceted life-saving efforts. And yet, that’s not where we want to be. We want to be on the streets, in the neighborhoods, in the most accessible places where every woman facing an unplanned pregnancy can find us. We want to see her face-to-face and offer a kind smile, gently hold her hands while we pray with her, and see the light in her eyes when she experiences the indescribable gift of Christ and a choice for life for both her and her baby.
To us, product placement means an ICU Mobile unit in every community. To women everywhere, we want every mobile unit to be a clear and bold message of hope.
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3
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Published on Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 11:51 AM EDT
For a Time Such as This
A new season is upon all of us and it’s foreign in every way. Our office is at home, we have become teachers to our children, our meetings are 100% done by video conferencing, we are with our spouses 24/7, perhaps income has been cut in half, confusion abounds over whether we should actually make a trip to the grocery store or order them to be delivered.
The phrase “normal routines” went out the window weeks ago. Whatever stressors we had before COVID-19 are now amplified and multiplied as we shelter in place, practice social distancing, and wash our hands more than ever in the history of our lives.
Whether you feel the stress or not, it’s likely there. Some of us wear our hearts on our sleeves and it doesn’t take much for us and others to see the anxiety. Others of us internalize our anxiety and stress responses, allowing them to build up without knowing it. We feel fine, but we’re not. This is a time to reflect on the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Each of us needs to engage in stress relief measures on a daily basis. Make it part of your routine. If you don’t have a routine, implement one. That’s the first step to less stress. If you’re teaching your children, extend them and yourself a little extra grace during this time. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be rigid. Relax, do the best you can, and recognize this too shall pass. The fruits of the Holy Spirit apply to every activity we do. With each item on your to-do list, consider which fruit of the Spirit can be applied.
If you can manage it, take a short walk each day. Start each day with a scripture that you can meditate on when things get stressful. End each day by journaling what went well and what you’d like to improve on for tomorrow. Try to eat as healthy as possible and let the sunlight into your home.
It’s imperative to give children the opportunity to share their thoughts about things, too. Their world has also turned upside down and they will need a way to manage stress. Outside time for them, times of rest and doing activities they enjoy will help immensely.
Rest and grace are paramount to this season we are in, as they are the two things that will re-set our responses to others and replenish our energy stores. Undoubtedly, there is wisdom in scripture that will help us in many ways. These one-word “fruits” plant seeds within us that will strengthen us season after season.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Published on Sunday, April 19, 2020 @ 4:30 PM EDT
If there is one scripture that has been repeated, painted on signs, engraved on jewelry, posted on highway billboards, it’s John 3:16. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
It is the very foundation of Christian faith that is offered to those considering salvation through Jesus Christ, and it is filled with hope. Hope that “whoever” means me. Hope that eternal life is a gift I can receive, too. Hope that the one true God who loves the world also loves me. When we see words emblazoned in many places and repeated throughout so many outlets, it could get watered down, become less impactful.
We are here to tell you that this one sentence is an everlasting promise from the one true God who knows you and loves you. Yes, He knows you. It’s been said that it’s easier to love someone than to trust someone. So many of us love God, love Jesus, love the Holy Spirit within us, but it’s a little harder to place trust in the triune God.
John 3:16 is a statement of love that requires us to trust it. Trust isn’t a two way street in a relationship with God. He doesn’t have to trust us to make the relationship work. Thank goodness because we wouldn’t last long! But when you can read the promise within John 3:16 and then fully place your trust in that promise by believing in Him, the result is life changing.
Those words aren’t a marketing slogan to promote the Bible or Christianity. They are a promise that you can trust and stand on for eternity. Let this promise not be reduced in its strength and authority because you’ve seen it or heard it so many times.
Whether you’re a lifelong Christian, or not quite convinced about the invitation to follow Jesus, be encouraged by this: God didn’t have to sacrifice His son. He’s the God of everything that has ever been and ever will be. He doesn’t have to do anything. Yet, He sent us His son as our Savior, to take our place in answering to Him for our sins, and He wants us to spend eternity with Him.
He wants us to spend eternity with Him so He knew He had to send a Savior for our sakes. We couldn’t be trusted to atone for our sins so His son took our place. That, friends, is how much God loves you. He knows we are not perfect and He loves us. He knows us and He loves us.
All He asks in return is that we believe. The invitation for salvation is for you and your response can be offered anytime.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
Published on Sunday, April 5, 2020 @ 4:24 PM EDT
We’re in an especially pressing time right now that requires the pro-life community to be willing to be brave enough to speak up about what we believe. But as pro-humans, we must be ready to grab the baton when our turn comes to continue the race.
During an election year, the abortion issue is often the most heated one to be discussed, debated and discarded among politicians and people across the country. Since the issue of life is so deeply rooted among conservative Christians, it can be difficult to change the narrative from one of a woman’s autonomy to one of humanity.
Take comfort in this: both science and God are on your side. When you are given the opportunity to talk with others about abortion, reproductive rights, and the rights of the unborn, the conversation doesn’t need to invoke anxiety or aversion. Yes, it’s hard to be the only one in the room who is pro-life. Hands start sweating at the very thought of sharing your values and beliefs. But when the pro-life argument is based on facts, it’s much easier to keep emotions at bay. Life begins at conception. All life is created perfectly by God. He does not make mistakes.
The abortion issue is a humanity issue. It’s not an issue of sexuality, race, gender, or income - everyone can be pro-life. Women don’t have to raise a child if they’re not ready due to shame, family issues, career or education. That’s why God has sent so many people ready to adopt and provide a loving home for a child conceived unexpectedly. In 9 months, every single woman can be back to life as usual. The same can’t be said for women who choose abortion. Abortion becomes a life sentence of guilt, emotional torment, and often, depression. There is no taking it back.
But what about instances of rape? Pro-choice, pro-abortion people will challenge you on this. And it’s tempting to acquiesce and agree that might be the one situation where abortion is “okay.” But stand firm, friend. A woman who has been a victim of sexual assault should never be encouraged to endure yet another violent act on her body. Make no mistake, abortion is violence. It involves paralyzing, maiming, and tearing apart a human body that is living inside that same woman. Encourage a peaceful resolution to a horrific act of violence. Pregnancy and birth can offer a woman a time of healing and redemption, the power to create good out of evil, and control over what her future life will hold. That is empowerment and feminism at its best.
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. - Proverbs 31:8-9
Please prayerfully consider a financial gift as we go out into communities, day after day, to help women choose life. Please click here to support ICU Mobile.
Published on Sunday, March 15, 2020 @ 4:22 PM EDT
It’s a limiting belief to think that women who dedicate their lives to raising children are less than. While every woman’s name won’t be in lights or heralded for every innovation, she will be known and go down in history for her legacy, however small that may be.
When people become famous, their bio includes their personal life, where they came from, who raised them. Who provided them the nurturing and opportunity to follow their calling and live out their gifts that are shared with the world? Parents are part of that creation of history and none of it would happen without a woman who chose to bring a life into the world.
Whether in sports, entrepreneurship, politics, or education, the woman behind those successes is credited with making it happen. No, not every woman is a perfect picture of mothering, but if she gave life, she gave opportunity. When a woman chooses life, she offers breath to a person who was given the chance to go into the world and make an impact.
History-makers aren’t always the ones in the spotlight, and sometimes it can take decades to learn what kind of an impact someone will have in this life. Therefore, we should never doubt, assume, or wave-off how or when any one of us just might be part of big moments in history.
Melissa Ohden, an abortion survivor, explains it perfectly, “My family is living testament to the intergenerational impact of abortion. If that abortion attempt had succeeded in ending my life, then my daughter, Olivia, would have never entered this world. My husband would have never had a wife. My adoptive parents would have never had a daughter. My brother and sister would have never had a sibling. And now my biological family would never have had me in their life. The list could go on and on. Abortion truly has a ripple effect. No one remains untouched.”
Melissa is now a strong and impactful voice for life. She is living proof of what a person can become and how they can impact history if given the chance at life. God had big plans for her and He pulled her out of the death sentence that was waiting for her. All praise to Him because we can’t imagine a world without her!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11
Would you like to impact history through a financial gift to help women choose life? Please click here to support ICU Mobile.
Published on Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 4:19 PM EDT
The product we offer is a printed photo. It’s the core of what we do on ICU mobile units. We have services like pregnancy tests, but the product we want every woman to walk away with is a picture. The photo is free but the image on it is priceless.
Organizations have a why, and a how, and a what, and our what happens to be the very first image a woman will see of the beautiful life inside her. Our what has the ability to change an abortion-minded woman to life-focused woman. With that image, she’s given new understanding, new reality, and a new hope.
A little hope is often all we need when faced with situations that seem insurmountable. When she can be surrounded by people who can help her see there is help then she can think clearly to make the ultimate life-changing decision. When surrounded by empowering people, she feels empowered! We’ve seen the transformation happen right before our eyes and it’s life-changing for everyone.
Seeing an image of her baby in the womb presents the perfect time for us to share the love of God with her. The new life she carries represents the new life she has through Jesus. Together, mom and baby are set on an adventure like no other. The kind of adventure that only God can write and carry them through. There is no other hope like this - the kind that reaches to the depths of your soul and carries your spirit to heights unimaginable!
Help deliver that kind of hope through your support of our ministry. Help us to never cease sharing this good news!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Feeling led to support the mission of mobile ultrasound? We invite you to visit our secure donation page at https://www.icumobile.org/donate. Your financial support is an answered prayer to our team and encouragement to the women we serve.
Published on Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 4:17 PM EDT
Referring to women who face an unexpected pregnancy as desperate, confused, and lost is so commonplace in the pro-life movement. They are not meant to be disparaging but to convey an understanding of the feelings they must be facing in their situation.
Those words don’t define the woman, they describe a moment in time that we hope to alleviate through our work. Beyond feeling desperate or confused, every woman deserves to be seen as valued and treated with love and respect.
Haven’t we all experienced moments in our lives when things didn’t go as planned or we felt weak and confused? Those moments don’t make us any less worthy of love. In fact, that’s when we all need the most outpouring of support so that we know we aren’t alone. Anytime we receive unexpected news that has the power to change the course of our lives we turn to those who love us.
Reality is that there are so many women who don’t have people they can turn to with news of an unplanned pregnancy. Somehow along the way, shame has become associated with it. If not married, if not trying to conceive, if too young, if too career-oriented, if she’s still in school, if too old, if she has “too many kids” already, if Christian, if strong-willed, if irresponsible, if too responsible to let this happen...there are so many reasons we justify our judgment of a pregnant woman.
No one else has to face such scrutiny as that of the pregnant, unwed woman. Because we can all see that telling bump and then we see no ring on her finger to accompany it. We can’t see the impending divorce of the man who coaches the track team, we can’t see the alcoholic tendencies of the mom in the pickup line as school, and we can’t see the pornography addiction of the teen in the church choir. So we can’t judge them because what they’ve done isn’t carried in or on their bodies. But the pregnant woman can’t hide her “mistake” unless she aborts it. As we would with all those other people in seemingly desperate and lost situations, let’s reach out to the pregnant woman with love and a true spirit of support.
On an ICU Mobile unit, judgment is not welcome. We see that look in a woman’s eyes that we’ve seen so many times before and we think of two things. First, to show her love and second, to introduce her to the love of God. When we do these two things, we know that whatever fear or confusion she came to us with, she will leave with hope.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor. 13:13
Feeling led to support the mission of mobile ultrasound? We invite you to visit our secure donation page at https://www.icumobile.org/donate. Your financial support is an answered prayer to our team and encouragement to the women we serve.
Published on Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 4:14 PM EDT
The statistics are staggering and we will go where we are needed the most right now in our country. Florida, California, and the East Coast have the highest numbers of vulnerable and abortion-minded women and we need to reach them.
- California (157,000 Abortions/year)
- Florida (76,000 Abortions/year)
- The East Coast (257,000 abortions/year)
ICU Mobile has resolved and committed to moving a minimum of 3 units into each of these areas over the next 3 to 5 years. We would love and appreciate you to join us in this effort. We’ll do all the work – customizing mobile units, recruiting excellent professionals to deliver care, and training volunteers to provide the most caring guidance and prayer for women in their time of need. We need your help in one area: finances. With this big goal comes expenses that will be incurred. Whether you can offer a one-time donation or even better, commit to a recurring monthly donation, we appreciate any financial support you are able and willing to provide to us.
Your monetary support for our ministry isn’t about the mobile unit. It’s about the innocent babies who will be seen by their abortion-minded mothers through ultrasound, it’s about the truth that will be shared with those women as they see their baby for the first time, and it’s about the gospel of the saving grace of God who loves them and who will never leave them in their time of need.
We will share all year long about our Loving Life initiative, the progress we make, and the needs we are seeing by fulfilling our resolution. For us, this isn’t an idea we created that we’ll give up on in a month. This is no Monday morning diet. This is what we do. This is our calling. This is our ministry to which God called us and we will carry out for as long as He directs us to. In 2020, God has called us into new areas of our nation, and has entrusted us to do so with diligence and by calling on others to join us and help us. You are part of God’s plan for furthering our mission. Your prayerful and financial support propel us forward and strengthen us as we carry out our mission.
Loving Unborn Life and Loving Life Eternal: https://www.icumobile.org/loving-life-initiative
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Published on Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 12:19 PM EDT
“On this day, National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, we mourn the lives cut short, and the tremendous promise lost, as a result of abortion. As a Nation, we must resolve to protect innocent human life at every stage.” – President Donald Trump
President Trump made this statement in his Proclamation in 2019, and it’s incredible to think of all the ways we’ve seen victories and defeats in the fight for life over the past year. Our country is blessed to have a president who believes in the sanctity of life and who proclaims a day set aside for acknowledging the need for protection of unborn babies.
We are constantly reminded of the individuals, groups, and evil that work against us around the clock. The very fact that we have the freedom to create a mobile medical unit through which we provide pregnancy services and ministry is a testament to the greatness of our nation, but even more so, to the greatness of our God.
When Sylvia Slifko founded ICU Mobile in 2003, she had responded to call from God to go meet women right where they are to provide them the opportunity to see their child in the womb.
“It took nine months, not a coincidence in my mind or heart, for the first ICU Mobile to develop – truly a gift from God. We believe God has great plans for ICU Mobile and we want to be ready and willing vessels through which He fulfills His plans,” Sylvia has shared.
Opposition to abortion is one of the greatest stances to assert in the world today. As more countries are legalizing abortion and states are extending limitless access to abortion, it’s not enough to be simply against abortion. We must oppose it, we must be more than pro-life, we must fight for life. The very way every innocent child of abortion fights against the weapons used against them, we must fight for them before they have to fight for their life.
ICU Mobile has deployed weapons in the form of mobile medical units, ultrasound technology, and people who are willing to be brave enough share the gospel with women they’ve never met before. Our calling to fulfill the vision God provided to Sylvia Slifko is one we are honored to say “yes” to protecting human life at every stage.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. – Psalm 127:3-4
Loving Unborn Life and Loving Life Eternal: https://www.icumobile.org/loving-life-initiative
Published on Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 12:14 PM EDT
At Christmas time, we delight in our celebrations, our gifts and our time with family. It’s the one time of year when there seems to be a little more joy in the air. While we tend to our meal planning, our shopping and our festive parties, let’s also tend to the women who may not be feeling the joy of the season.
Loving women facing an unplanned pregnancy is a beautiful way to honor Jesus during our celebration of his birth. For women who do not know Him, this is not a time to rejoice nor is it a time of peace in their world. As we become more mindful of the uncertainty and fear that weigh on a woman’s heart when she is pregnant and alone, we can better appreciate the predicament of Mary when she learned that she would bear a son and that she would call him Jesus.
A woman who is alone facing a desperate situation likely isn’t seeing her baby as a gift or a miracle or a blessing. It is our calling to show the love of God to her and make sure she knows she is not alone, nor will she be judged because of her baby. If given the opportunity, we must surround these women with love and acceptance, sharing with them the forgiveness of God and assuring them that Jesus gave His life for her just as much as everyone else.
Maybe you don’t know a woman in this situation so you’re not sure how you can make a difference in this area. Do it through a genuine, kind smile when you see her at the store. Volunteer an afternoon at a women’s shelter and offer a listening ear and an empathetic heart. Take some cards to a pregnancy center with messages of love and acceptance to be given to the women who visit for help.
Most importantly of all, remember these women in your prayers. Gift them that valuable place in your heart when you are calling out to God for blessings and assurances. Prayer is powerful and God has all the power. He answers our prayers. All we have to do is be faithful.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Published on Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 5:10 PM EDT
The uncertainty. Not only was Mary pregnant, but she had become pregnant without intercourse. Not only was she pregnant, but the baby was not conceived with the man she was meant to marry. Not only was Mary pregnant, but she was told her child would be the Savior of the world.
Can you imagine? Not only the uncertainty, but the confusion and the fear and the panic. This young woman, promised in marriage to Joseph, was pregnant and afraid and yet she said “yes.” She said “yes” to God. She said “yes” to carrying out a plan that was never hers. Mary said “yes” to giving life to a baby that was, in all ways, unexpected.
If there ever was a time in the history of man that a woman would consider her options, it could have happened with Mary. Nothing made sense and yet she answered the call. She didn’t ask for it, she didn’t know how she would handle it, and she didn’t even really know the father of this child. And yet, she nurtured the baby in her womb, she journeyed to the place he was to be born, and she gave birth under the most unlikely of circumstances. When everything seemed to be against her, she continued on to the birth of her son – God’s son – and the blessings began to overflow.
Angels sang over her, visitors came bearing gifts of gold and luxurious healing oils, people she’d never met were praying for her from afar. Her willing heart brought her to this point of unending joy that would cover the earth for eternity.
The significance of one woman choosing this particular life is incredible. What if she had exercised a choice that would have ended the life of the one man who could guarantee our place in Heaven? What if Mary had made the powerful choice to take away our forgiveness? What if Mary, this young teen woman, had stopped the beating heart of our Savior? And there was nothing anyone could do about it.
Every baby deserves life. All of us deserve the chance to have a person born that has within them the knowledge of the cure for cancer, or the ability to create solutions to so many of our earthly problems. Every baby brings unexpected blessings of praying people who care and gifts that cannot be seen. Angels sing praises over every baby and joy will be felt by everyone whose life is touched by a new life. Planned or unexpected, every child is a miracle and blessing to be celebrated.
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
Published on Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 5:08 PM EDT