For pro-life organizations, our enemies would be the abortionists at the multiple abortion clinics and Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. Our enemies would be the people who donate money to these organizations to help them provide more abortions to women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Typically, we are conditioned to distance ourselves from our enemies and we want to see them fail. While this is true we also understand the need to pray for our enemies because the only way our enemies will change is by the power of Jesus who can change hearts and minds.
We are blessed to be part of the pro-life community that follows the work that we do to help women facing an unplanned pregnancy in their time of need. we are grateful that we can call on you for your prayers for your donations for your support of ICU Mobile as a pro-life organization. We know that when you pray for us you're also praying for the women that we see, you're praying for the babies whose lives can be saved, you're praying for the teams of people on the mobile units, the volunteers, and the administrative teams who make it possible to help women.
Now, we ask that you also pray for the abortionists. Pray that they will encounter the Holy Spirit. Pray they will be moved by something, someone or a situation that will make them see the humanity of the lives that they destroy. Pray that they would completely turn away from what they think they know, pray that they will turn away from the industry that brings them their very livelihood. Pray that they would join the pro-life movement to help educate about the danger of abortion for women, the reality of life that is lost, and the pain of loss at a woman endures when her baby is gone. Pray that they would be moved to bring attention to the abortion industry as a whole and that they would feel empowered to create a new livelihood by saving lives instead of taking them.
Does this seem overwhelming? Does this seem impractical? Does this seem impossible? We understand why you would feel that way. But we also know the truth. The truth of our powerful Savior who has never been overwhelmed and who is capable of doing things that we can only imagine or pray for. When God is for us, who can be against us?
We are asking you to add every abortionist to your prayer list. Pray the big and mighty prayers that only God can answer. Ask him to do the impossible in our eyes because through him anything is possible. When it seems too big or too difficult or too unlikely, take it to God and watch him work.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” - Matthew 5:43-45
Published on Monday, April 18, 2022 @ 4:17 PM EDT
The boots on the ground, the turning wheels, the ones on the front lines…these are the Pregnancy Center teams who show up every day for women and their babies. You likely have not seen what goes on in the day-to-day operations of a pregnancy center. The hope that fills them is palpable. Expectation that God will move is clear. Being a pregnancy center worker is not for the faint of heart. These individuals have passion, grit, and commitment that compels them to show up every day knowing that they can make a difference in the life of a woman in need.
While pregnancy centers are a place of acceptance, a place where women can learn about their pregnancy, about help available in the community, and encouragement for choosing life, there are many who want her to believe otherwise. There are many who paint pregnancy centers in a light of confusion and deception.
It's not enough for pro-abortion-minded people to fight to maintain legal abortions for women and to further "the my body my choice" argument. They want to destroy everything that has to do with encouraging and empowering women to receive support and have conversations with people who have their well-being in mind. They say we fear what we don't understand and it would seem there are so many who don't understand that an unplanned pregnancy is not the end of the world. The commitment of pro-abortion and pro-choice people to ensure that women have the opportunity to kill their unborn children is quite honestly impressive. They will pay millions of dollars, they will bribe, they will use their power to influence lawmakers, and they will incite violence outside of pregnancy centers and abortion clinics.
What's even more impressive to us, is that no matter what type of negativity that comes against pregnancy centers and pro-lifers, we remain peaceful, we remain prayerful, and we bootstrap and crowdfund and roll up our sleeves to work together for the sake of mothers and innocent babies.
This is why we must remain vigilant in our prayers for pregnancy centers. Pregnancy centers don't receive millions of dollars in donations, they don't receive the support of lawmakers, no one is steadfastly defending them in their day-to-day operations. Please pray unceasingly for pregnancy centers to receive the funding, the security, and the people in the right places so that they can be successful in saving lives. Let their success also be found in the beacon of light that they are for women who need them.
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” - Jeremiah 17:7-8
Published on Monday, April 18, 2022 @ 4:20 PM EDT
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge, my savior; you save me from violence. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. - 2 Samuel 22:3-4
God revealed this scripture as we considered the impact of Human Trafficking around the world. In America, it is, tragically, the central theme of the biggest stories coming out of the news today. It will continue to be revealed and the oppressors will face justice for their victims.
Our modern-day enemies are many with the top ringleaders of human trafficking being some of the most dangerous for every single human being. Women and young girls, men and young boys, even the unborn are at risk. Women are forced into abortions and those that aren’t…well, their babies become the next generation of victims hidden from the world.
For every care and concern, God has a promise. For every care and concern, let’s remember to turn to His word to learn what He says about it and how we should respond. Scripture clearly shows us that God saves us from violence and He saves us from our enemies. He acts through the people He has equipped on Earth to find and save His children. He saves through heart changes and through whispers in ears that are open to hearing His voice.
It’s an unbearable thought and because of that, it’s easier to turn away than face it, fight it, and defeat it. In 2 Samuel 22:3-4, we are reminded that God fights every battle on our behalf. The unseen and unheard victims, the unborn babies, the parents desperately waiting for word from their missing children can all seek shelter under the shield of God’s refuge. Let all of us send up this scripture as a prayer on behalf of those being held hostage. Never cease praying for the innocent.
This scripture refers to “the horn of my salvation” which is the victory of salvation. No enemy can take away the victory of salvation found in the Lord. He will save every single innocent life from the violence and oppression of their captors. He will do what He says.
Victory may not come immediately in physical form, but it is immediate for our souls and it is ours for eternity. Let that not be lost on us when we consider the plight of the present, urgent need to physically save these innocent victims and return them home to their families where they can begin to heal.
Let’s not rest our trust in God the way we do in man, with caution and disbelief that he will keep his word. God is the Great Overcomer showing time and again His strength, His power over evil, His steadfast love for His children, and His unwavering dedication to our salvation. He gave His son so we wouldn’t have to give up our sons and daughters. Pray your prayer with this scripture to end human trafficking and end violence and death upon our children.
Published on Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 3:53 PM EDT
“For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?"
2 Samuel 22:32
Samuel, a prophet and a judge in Israel, was uniquely called by God, even when he did not yet know the Lord. As we look to the first time the Lord called out to Samuel, he was lying down, resting, and he began hearing a voice calling out to him. Samuel thought it was Eli, and would present himself to Eli, saying “Here I am.” Yet Eli informed him that he was not calling for him. Samuel would then go back to lie down again, and would hear again, a voice calling him. Remember, Samuel did not yet know the voice of the Lord so he continued to think it was Eli who was calling him. By the third time of the Lord calling for Samuel, and Samuel going to Eli to ask what he needed from him, it was then that Eli instructed Samuel that it was the Lord calling him. Eli informed Samuel on how to respond to the Lord’s calling. So, Samuel went back to lie down again, and when he heard yet again the Lord calling for him, Samuel was able to reply with “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Isn't this story so relatable? How many times have we ignored the voice of the Lord, for the simple fact that we were not in tune with Him. Sometimes, we can miss the Lord’s voice if we are not making ourselves accessible and available to Him, through prayer and meditation. Life can become so busy, and full of distractions, that we can easily neglect our prayer-life, and neglect spending time with the Lord, listening for what He wants to say to us.
Clearly, Samuel made himself available after learning the voice of the Lord, and was able to fulfill his calling and purpose that God had set out before him. Samuel became a prophet and a judge in Israel, and that would not have come to pass if Samuel
continued living from a place of disbelief, and ignorance of the Lord. Samuel chose to recognize God’s calling as that of clear direction, and command. Samuel chose to lean into all that God had for him, and turned his attention to the Lord’s direction.
God is our rock… unchanging, steadfast, consistent. The Lord never gave up on Samuel! He never changed His calling over him, He was steadfast in His approach to Samuel, and He was consistent about calling out to Samuel until He had his attention.
The Lord is so patient with us, isn't He? He will not give up on us, and He will continue to gently press in until we hear Him, and obey. God is the rock above all else - providing strength in our weakness, stability in our insecurity, and clarity in our confusion. The strength of the Lord is like nothing else. When we are weak, He is strong, and He is there to fight for us. When we are feeling insecure, He is our stability where we find our very identity, which all security stems from. When we are confused by the world’s messages, He is our clarity, giving us a defined, clear direction that leads us and the world back to Him. If we simply offer ourselves as servants, like Samuel did, we will be able to confidently call the Lord our rock, and respond to God’s calling over our lives just like Samuel did, with a response of “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”
Published on Thursday, February 10, 2022 @ 3:56 PM EDT
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. - Psalm 68:5
God, in His holy dwelling, is displayed best when we, His beloved children, call Him Father. In His holy dwelling, God sees and loves widows, defending their status. Such comfort from this brief scripture, that during our modern-day concerns over single mothers and women abandoned due to illness, viruses, and diseases, God is present and active.
When a man chooses to walk away from the mother of his child and deny the baby, God is there. In the midst of the many ways pain and suffering can occur with the absence of a father, the promise held in this scripture is a source of peace. We’ve seen time and time again women find comfort when we share the Gospel and they realize that their Heavenly Father is her most reliable source of acceptance is a God who is always with her and loves her unconditionally.
When we recognize that although some of us may not have an earthly father, we all have our Heavenly Father. He is our good, good Father; He is always emotionally available to us, and He will never leave us or forsake us. God, in His holy dwelling, lifts His countenance and gives peace to His children.
We can honor God for His role as our Father by cultivating a relationship with Him. In the ideal father/child relationship, a father protects us and teaches us. A father gives us the freedom to make mistakes and picks us up when we fall. He encourages us to keep moving forward and become independent while knowing that he’s always there for us. God never fails at this kind of relationship.
May this be the prayer that is spoken over every person who experiences a fatherless walk of life. A prayer of hope, and of the everlasting love that is poured out by our one true Heavenly Father, who sees us and hears our cry. A prayer of gratitude that we can choose a Father that guides, instructs, loves, and finds deep joy in each of us.
Published on Friday, December 17, 2021 @ 10:20 AM EDT
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
He said, “Go and tell this people:
‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’
- Isaiah 6:8-9
Deep gratitude for the miracle of healing compelled Isaiah to say “Send me!” He was a prophet who predicted the impending birth of Jesus, our Savior. He was dedicated to the Lord and would volunteer to be the one to go out and send a message from God that would expose the rebellious nature of his nation.
It seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? God wants Isaiah to tell the people to listen, but not realize the truth, to look for signs of God, but avoid understanding. When Isaiah went out to tell the nation of God while also telling them to refuse understanding of Him, he would experience the very path Jesus would walk. He would gain an appreciation of the challenges God himself faces.
In essence, it was a warning that Isaiah would deliver to the people. Because of their rebellious nature, their demise would be their own doing because they would not believe in God’s ability to cleanse them, heal them, and bless them.
Praise God for the Bible! We’ve received the Word of the Lord and we don’t have to make the same mistakes. Of course, we all have a rebellious nature to some extent, but we know from the ones who have gone before us that God is for us and He made an unimaginable sacrifice for our souls.
In the modern-day version of Isaiah’s plight, we have volunteered to go. We have answered the call to protect the unborn, saying “Send me!” and we have gone and continue to go. We share the good news of Jesus knowing that some will listen and ignore, some will look for a different, earthly kind of savior, and some will say “yes” to the living God who saves. One yes is worth the response to our calling.
In what areas of God’s calling on your life are you responding with “Here I am! Send me!”?
Published on Friday, December 17, 2021 @ 10:15 AM EDT
Friends, it is not lost on us that it is challenging to be pro-life in today’s world. It can be frustrating; it can feel hopeless, and, honestly, it can be maddening.
We live in a fallen world where people feel more inclined to follow their feelings than hold up their values. Many are more consumed with making life easy when the “easy” route often holds more harm than good.
Generally, most people tend to steer away from faith-based arguments because - let’s face it - it almost feels like you can’t win. Ever. So, let’s take an approach that helps us stay true to our faith instead of winning an argument. When you can (lovingly) share your pro-life views, perhaps you’ll find that even if you don’t participate in a war, you’ve at least given the other side pause to hear you out.
- God doesn’t make mistakes. Every life is ordained and created by God, and every child conceived is on purpose. Even in the worst of situations, God has planned every life on purpose, for a purpose. The chances of getting pregnant in the best conditions are 15%-25%. Those chances aren’t all that high; throw in a stressful situation, and chances are significantly reduced. If a baby is conceived, God has a plan.
- A woman’s body is designed to actualize pregnancy. The hormonal changes and bodily changes a woman goes through during pregnancy were intended to progress throughout pregnancy. Cutting this process short exposes women to health issues later in life that could be avoided through actualizing the pregnancy. Even if a woman does not want to raise a child, she can save her health and baby through adoption. (And yes, miscarriage is different as this is a natural end of life that the woman’s body has prepared for versus the forced end of life.)
- Babies don’t ruin lives. They change lives. The most precious, innocent humans are motivators to do better, they’re joy-generators, and when given a chance, they change us for the better.
- Adoption allows women to continue living their lives. For nine months, they can enable the baby to develop while still working, going to school, pursuing their goals, and then, one day they give birth, and a couple of days later, they’re back to life as usual. A baby doesn’t have to die for a woman to have her own life.
- Resources abound for women with babies. Transportation, prenatal care, child care, living expenses, health care, clothing, food, and shelter are all available in every situation. There is always a way. From social service options to local non-profits, women can be surrounded by helpful, loving people who want to help. These are all messages that every woman and her baby are important, valued, and respected.
What it comes down to is showing love for both woman and child. We live this through our Gospel-centered interactions that allow us to share the love of Jesus and that we genuinely care for the life of every baby. A woman’s future is impacted dramatically by this decision.
Show empathy and provide solutions for women with unplanned pregnancies, and you’ll make a more positive impact on those willing to hear you out.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” - John 13:35
Do you feel called to give? Our Loving Life Initiative is bringing more mobile units into communities in need. https://www.icumobile.org/loving-life-initiative
Published on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 @ 11:59 AM EDT
You see the request for the donation. You’re pro-life, and you pray abortion will end in your lifetime, so it makes sense to provide financial support to organizations like ICU Mobile, who are working every day in communities like yours. So, why the hesitation to click that “Donate Now” button?
The biggest question most people ask is, “Where does the money go?” Great question and one you deserve the answer to when you’re trusting your hard-earned dollars to the stewardship of someone else. In your case, the question is more profound. You need to know how your donation truly saves a baby’s life.
Your donations are part of the ICU Mobile journey. We build and distribute the mobile units containing the pregnancy ultrasound machines operated by pregnancy centers across the country.
When you donate to ICU Mobile, you help us with the cost to build the mobile units - those large RVs that, on the outside, have our logo painted on them. The inside has been outfitted to be a place of respite where women facing an unplanned pregnancy are surrounded by people who care about her and her baby. Inside, we create a calm, welcoming environment where we can share truthful information with her. Your donation allows us to let her see, through ultrasound, the very real life of the baby growing inside her.
When you donate to ICU Mobile, you support an effort to bring vital services to women where they are. We don’t have to hope they’ll find a pregnancy center before they’re drawn in by Planned Parenthood. We can go to them. Mobile unit operators GO to areas that are in high need in their communities. We can be found in the grocery store parking lot, on the street outside a school, at the neighborhood park - doors open with a professional team waiting inside to give free services to every woman who steps on board.
When you donate to ICU (I see you) Mobile, you make ultrasound technology available that reveals life. This first look at life is a significant factor in her decision about her baby’s fate.
When you donate to ICU Mobile, you can save two lives. The physical life of the baby and the eternal life of the mother. The pregnancy centers that operate the mobile units in their communities are filled with teams of women who love Jesus and love the women they serve. Because of that love, they share the Gospel of Christ so that each woman has the opportunity to receive eternal life through a relationship with Jesus.
How does your donation impact the unborn? Your dollars go on a journey, but ultimately, they end up with the unborn getting the opportunity to be seen which is their best chance to be saved.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9
Published on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 @ 11:56 AM EDT
You turn things upside down,
as if the potter were thought to be like the clay!
Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,
“You did not make me”?
Can the pot say to the potter,
“You know nothing”? - Isaiah 29:16
These days, don’t we feel like shouting this very scripture from the rooftops? Not only was this true in the days of Jesus, but it also continues to this very day. There is nothing new under the sun….
Does it seem as though people are going to greater lengths to distance themselves from God? They deny Him as the Creator of the Universe and all life and things within it to the point where maybe it seems too overwhelming or hopeless to argue with them. We have good news! You don’t have to argue with them or convince them. You have the truth of scripture to share.
The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart; - Jeremiah 1:4-5
The “WORD of the LORD.” There is no higher authority. In scripture, Jeremiah shares with us that the Lord himself spoke to him. God knew every single one of us before He formed us in the womb. Rest in that for a moment. God said “Before I formed you....” There is nothing else we need to know. Every single life is planned and purposed by God himself. Sure, on Earth we see unplanned pregnancies happen all the time. But not one of them was a surprise to God. He planned every single one.
Next time you find yourself in the midst of the madness and you feel lost, find your way back to Jeremiah 1:4-5. Most references to this scripture only mention v. 5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” That is important. But the most important statement comes just before this in v. 4 where we draw our authority. “The word of the Lord came to me, saying….”
When God says it, there’s no need to argue to try to convince. You can declare the sanctity of life with the authority of God on your side.
Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand. - Isaiah 64:8
Help us preserve the sanctity of life by becoming a Loving Life Partner.
Published on Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 3:19 PM EDT
It can be a tough conversation to start with children, but pro-life education must begin at home. As a parent, you're the first person to teach your children about their value and worth as human beings. Every time you speak words of kindness or encouragement, every hug that lets them know they are loved unconditionally - these things matter more than you might realize. You're giving your child an example of what love looks like and how to act with respect for themselves and others.
Schools are rolling out the red carpet to welcome Planned Parenthood and their informational pieces that teach children about choice. At every turn, abortion as healthcare is the message that is being ingrained in young girls. Yes, children are so much younger when we need to start conversations with them around sex and relationships, and now, we must add abortion to the list.
It goes against human nature to reveal such evil to children, but if we, as pro-life Christians, don’t join the conversation, children will believe the abortion narrative and fail to question it. There is no magic age to start talking about your pro-life beliefs as a family. Only you know when they’re ready or when they may have been exposed to other messages. The important thing is that once you know, you must be quick to reveal the truth to them.
If your child is old enough to be exposed to news media around things like the Texas heartbeat bill, that can be a great launch point for conversation. Speaking about such victories from a place of love, kindness, and hope for future pro-life victories will begin to create open communication in your home around abortion issues. When you are willing to be bold enough to trust them with unsettling information, your children will feel more connected to you and feel more trust to start those conversations themselves.
The most effective way to teach your children about the dignity of human life is by modeling it. If you are a parent, then this means living out the pro-life message with both words and actions. Showing respect for all people, especially those who are vulnerable, is an important value in raising our children to be pro-life. It is also essential that parents educate themselves on abortion methods and terminology so they can speak intelligently about these topics with their kids.
Reminder: We are living in a time where “shout your abortion” is the norm. We must be bolder and louder on behalf of the unborn and we must start within our own families.
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. - Proverbs 22:6
Help us preserve the sanctity of life by becoming a Loving Life Partner.
Published on Saturday, September 25, 2021 @ 3:17 PM EDT
Every pro-life person believes that human life should be respected and valued. The issue we face as like-minded people is that we tend to keep our passion for the unborn compartmentalized. We’re lone rangers looking for places we can donate funds or we follow a pro-life organization on social media and maybe like their posts once in a while. When did we decide that it was better to go it alone?
When we include unity as a pro-life value, it changes the way we see life. We are all created in God's image, and because of that, each person has dignity and purpose. Unity says “we’re all in this together” and gives us bravery to act on our calling.
Through Focus on the Family’s SeeLife 2021 Event, we will unify for life. For one evening, like-minded people are coming together to declare the value of life, to praise the maker of life, and to show our country the peace and positivity that comes from these values. Through an ICU Mobile ultrasound, images of a preborn life will be shared for everyone to see that life in the womb is human, individual, and very alive.
Seeing life as a gift is not just about being pro-life; it’s about experiencing and sharing God’s grace for all of us. When a life is created at conception, that is one of the most frequent modern-day miracles. Perhaps because it happens often and is so commonplace, we’ve taken this miracle of life for granted. Let’s remember that life is a miracle and it’s an intentional act by our Creator who never makes mistakes.
These miracles deserve to be recognized and when you join with like-minded people to declare the miracle of life, you join this community - this pro-life movement - that works in unity to preserve the innocent lives of the unborn.
During SeeLife, when we all worship together through song, when we praise together through prayer, and when we learn together through the leaders who will share the current victories and challenges yet to be overcome, we will be more unified. Our unity will propel us to go out and be vocal, to be active, and to be brave enough to fight for lives like the growing baby we will see on that ultrasound screen.
So, how do you unify when you live across the country? Join the event virtually through this link:
How do you unify when you live right in Dallas but you’ve never done anything like this before? You arrive. You show up and brave the unknown. Like a child in the womb at birth, you leave your comfort zone, enter a whole new world, take a deep breath, and allow others to guide you in the moment. Visit https://www.focusonthefamily.com/see-life-dallas-2021/ and reserve your free ticket!
We’ll all be there for the same reason. To unify for the love of life.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. - 1 Corinthians 1:10
Published on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 1:00 PM EDT
Pro-life is a word that can be misunderstood, especially by those who are not Christian. It's essential to understand what pro-life means before we’re able to share why we are pro-life or what it means to be pro-life.
Is it enough to simply say you're against abortion? It takes a certain level of bravery for some people to say they’re against abortion. The immediate assumption is that if you’re pro-life you are against women having freedom to control their bodies, so the answer is “no.” We must be against abortion and for the empowerment of women. The answer is a woman’s greatest power lies in her ability to form another human being inside her and to give birth to that child. It’s both power and humanity at its best.
What does that call us to do as Christians? We have a responsibility to be bold enough to tell others that the power of God is greater than fear. The people most affected by abortion, those who will be living with its consequences for their entire lives, are women who receive messages from all sides about what they should do. Being the pro-life generation means wanting nothing more than loving women at their most significant time of need and empowering them to refuse a life of regret and trauma.
What does that mean for our lives and how we live them out every day? The pro-life movement is about love. Love for the unborn child who has no voice and cannot speak up for themselves. Love for each woman who needs support. When we protect life from conception to natural death, we love our neighbor as ourselves. We are saying that all lives have worth and deserve protection. We must speak up and be that voice in daily interaction, not just on the sidewalk outside of the abortion clinic. We must give financial support to organizations doing the work. We must be aware of our tone when we talk about abortion so that we speak from a place of love rather than judgment.
None of us are here by accident. Our existence has been planned, created, and ordained by our one true God. Scripture abounds with proof of this concept and it is essential we speak the truth of the Gospel. The pro-life generation wants to create a culture where every human being can thrive in dignity and respect because all life matters!
“The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” - Job 33:4
If you're interested in joining us as we share the good news of Jesus Christ with those who need Him most, please give generously to our Loving Life Initiative as we work to bring more mobile ministries to communities where we can help more women meet Christ and in turn save the lives of countless unborn babies. https://www.icumobile.org/loving-life-initiative
Published on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 12:50 PM EDT
It's a message that has been shared for centuries, but it is still the most powerful tool we have in this world to change hearts and minds. The Gospel brings hope into our lives when we are at our lowest, and even with all of the problems facing us today.
Imagine a young, pregnant, scared woman hearing this message:
“There is always hope because Jesus will never abandon you. He loves you so much more than anything else in this world could love you-and He will do whatever it takes to show His love for you through salvation through Him. Not only does He offer eternal life, but He also offers peace now and throughout eternity. He will walk right beside you for the rest of your life. He died for you so that you could live a blessed life receiving all of God’s best for you.”
The gospel is the best news in the world. We share this news with every woman who steps onto an ICU Mobile unit. When we say we are a mobile ministry, we live out this responsibility. It is our joy to tell women about the power of Jesus and how He can change their lives with one choice. At ICU Mobile, once a woman has chosen to follow Christ, there are no other choices she has to make.
Women facing an unexpected pregnancy, with no resources and perhaps no partner, feel like they are hopeless in this world, but Jesus Christ has given us the power to overcome darkness. We have the opportunity to show our love for Him by being an example of what He means to the women we serve. We can be hopeful when we know that God will always be there for us, even when things seem impossible during difficult times. Helping women see that nothing is impossible for God is the most impactful way to save her unborn baby.
God's word is powerful and it can save lives.
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” - 2 Cor. 5:20
Published on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 @ 12:46 PM EDT
One of the most important, and glaringly missing, aspects of unplanned pregnancy is mentoring and preparing men for fatherhood.
The fact is, women don’t have an easy escape like men do. A man literally just needs to walk away and he’s done. It’s far from fair and there is nothing that can be done about it. God gave each of us free will in any situation we face.
When we share the Gospel with the women who visit our mobile units and they make a decision for Christ, not only do we rejoice in their salvation but also in the new relationship they will develop with their Heavenly Father. So many women have father wounds and when they find themselves with an unplanned pregnancy, it digs that much deeper if their baby’s father has chosen to leave.
Boys must be raised up as men who stay, even when it’s difficult. Men must be offered resources to educate themselves on fatherhood, on responsibility, and on the permanency of a woman’s decision. They need mentors and examples of strong male leaders at home and in life. Innocent babies are paying the ultimate price for the lack of men who are willing to stand up for their children.
Until we see a shift in how men are encouraged to handle their role in an unplanned pregnancy, our priority is always on the women whose lives are changed when they meet their Heavenly Father. The Holy Spirit in them helps them to understand the realness of their Abba, Father.
Father’s Day can be bitter, bittersweet, or a wonderful celebration depending on our experience of our earthly fathers. But when one can receive and pursue a relationship with our Heavenly Father, it becomes a bond that cannot be broken under any circumstances. There are no limits or conditions placed on being adopted into the family of God. Hallelujah!
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” - Romans 8:15
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Published on Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 3:12 PM EDT
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”Matthew 19:14
Jesus said. As those of us in the pro-life movement search for the words that will impact others to recognize the value of life, have we forgotten these?
Jesus said. If those two words don’t move us to action, what will?
Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them. Every abortion hinders the little children from coming to Jesus in the way He commanded. Of course, preborn lives are worthy of saving simply because they are human lives and because they are perfectly made in the image of God. The impact seems a little more urgent in the words from the book of Matthew.
The words have always been in the Bible. Jesus said them and Matthew recorded them. Perhaps we’ve limited this important instruction to making sure we take our children to church, enroll them in Sunday school, and take them to bible camp.
From our standpoint, it’s much deeper than that. It’s a call to give all children the opportunity to come into relationship with Jesus and to not hinder them from that blessing. A child exists from the time of conception and therefore we must let that child form and be born and receive life so as to follow the command Jesus gave all of us. Our job is to make sure children can make their way to a life in Jesus.
The kingdom of Heaven belongs to the little children. Jesus said. Who are we to take it away from them? Every time an innocent life is taken, someone has made a decision for that child that is against Jesus’ command. We know that each life taken too soon, is with Jesus in Heaven. But those children were hindered from their life that God meant for them to live, to be born and to live according to His purpose.
When we incite the words of our living Savior into the pro-life narrative, we live out His commands and help others hear about Jesus who loves all the little children.
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Published on Thursday, June 17, 2021 @ 3:10 PM EDT
It's not easy to be pro-life. It's also not easy to be a woman with an unexpected pregnancy. There are myriad situations that can make it difficult to justify having a baby that wasn't planned.
Put yourself in her shoes for a moment. She just finished her first semester of college, she has a full-ride scholarship, she has a demanding schedule, and her boyfriend isn't exactly her boyfriend. He's simply a guy she’s been hanging out with for a couple weeks.
In her shoes, she's married to an abusive man with a drinking problem and no job. she has three kids already, and she isn't making ends meet so she’s paying for groceries with a credit card.
In her shoes, she's two years into her incredible career, living her dream life, and she never wanted to have children after enduring a childhood of neglect and feeling like she was never good enough. She's finally feeling good about her life, and herself for that matter, and this is the one thing that will ruin everything.
In your shoes, you probably dealt with hardships in life, but for reasons only you know, you were able to overcome and conquer the things that blocked your path to happiness and success in a healthy way. The difference between you and her could be one thing and it could be many things. What she needs right now in this moment, is to see or hear a message that moves her from desperation to hope. You see, some of us have an innate ability to understand that hope is available in any situation. Some of us have people we trust that we can tell our deepest secrets to or who will give us sound advice in a time of uncertainty. She may or may not have people or hope, and, if she does sometimes they're not enough.
You see, she's getting messages that are loud and empowering that remind her that she is a woman who can do anything, no one can tell her what to do, she can make her own choices.
This is the very reason we go out with a big, mobile ultrasound unit to meet her where she is, to speak hope into her, and to empower her and remind her that she is a woman who can do anything, that no one can tell her what to do, and she can make her own choices.
Nothing speaks louder to a woman than the image of the baby inside her, the sound of the heartbeat that signifies life, and the truth of the Gospel of Jesus that gives her immediate hope and freedom from desperation.
“Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” - James 5:11
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Published on Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 12:40 PM EDT
It’s common knowledge that women’s bodies were created in the most unique way that allows us to develop another human being within us. While many women cling to the hope of having children, there are others who don't have maternal instinct or who simply don't want to be a mom oftentimes due to a lack of nurturing from their own mother, life circumstances that instill fear, and concerns about whether or not they would be a good mother. Perhaps the reason is simply because the world we live in has become so scary that it's hard to imagine bringing a child into the situations we face today.
We believe it's important to state that being pro-life doesn't mean every woman should keep her baby in her care in spite of all circumstances. We believe that women were made to actualize the birth of their child which is the most healthy option whether the pregnancy is planned or unexpected. The birth of a child is a momentous occasion not only for women who give birth, but also for people who are unable to have children of their own or who just want to provide a loving and caring home for another child. There are so many people wanting and waiting to adopt a baby that abortion never needs to enter the conversation. Instead of presenting a pregnancy as a choice, instead of describing an unborn child as a choice, we can change the narrative and we can change the approach of how we speak to and about young women facing an unplanned pregnancy. We can encourage them that they are able to see the pregnancy through to birth and someone else can come in and take over if she doesn't feel equipped. Nine months of developing a life inside the womb is a small sacrifice for a woman to make if it means she can avoid a lifetime of trauma from the act of aborting her child. If we change the narrative we can prevent 60 years of trauma and emotional torture for millions of women in America.
There's so much focus in our current climate about equality, diversity, acceptance, kindness, love, and all of those positive movements seem to leave out the one most innocent group of people who can't ask for kindness, love, and acceptance. They are the only human beings that have done nothing wrong and yet they face the ultimate scrutiny and punishment for an act they didn’t participate in.
Let's stop seeing the unwanted unborn as a problem, as a burden, as a choice. The unwanted unborn is our responsibility. Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes that same village to save the child and give it life. If we only sit back and complain from our couches, or argue with family over our pro-life stance but we never take action to save even one life, then we lose the right to complain, we lose the right to argue.
None of us can afford to be idle in the fight to save unwanted, unborn children. Will you make a commitment today to do something? Whether you help change the narrative, volunteer, provide a donation, or pray without ceasing, every child that has yet to see the light of day needs you. We need a collective maternal instinct to protect and love the unborn and the women who carry them.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.” - Isaiah 49:15
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Published on Monday, May 17, 2021 @ 12:37 PM EDT
It feels like there’s really nothing more to say beyond the title. It says it all, doesn’t it?
God has blessed women to become moms in a variety of ways. Natural birth moms who have and raise their children, moms who gift barren parents with a child through adoption, moms who choose life after suffering previous abortions, moms who have lost their babies through miscarriage. At ICU Mobile, we have M.O.M.s (Mobile Operation Managers) who pour into their teams and their mobile ministry to ensure mothers everywhere hear the gospel and see their baby’s lives by ultrasound.
Every one of them superheroes. There is an unexplainable will, power, and ability behind a woman who has experienced motherhood on any level. When God equipped women to conceive children, He combined conception with supernatural abilities. Even in miscarriage, a woman becomes a mother at conception and even if a baby is lost during pregnancy, motherhood reigns within a woman’s soul.
By nature, she becomes more intuitive, fearless, and bold. There is nothing she won’t do to protect her family and she is capable of doing almost anything. When we see women considering abortion due to fear, insecurity, or lack of support, these are brought by the enemy and people in her life who are driven by the enemy. When we are able to visit with a woman on an ICU Mobile unit, show her the power her body holds to develop another human life, and pray encouragement and hope over her, it changes everything.
Unfortunately, this is the reality many women with an unplanned pregnancy are facing. The father threatens to leave, her family tells her how much harder her life will be if she has a baby, and every media outlet she’s on tells her it’s her body, her choice. They tell her that she’ll never have the life or career she envisioned. Her life will never be the same again if she has a baby. They tell her successful women are empowered by their ability to choose what’s right for them.
And they’re absolutely right. Her life will be hard with a baby. Babies don’t come with instructions for every situation. She’ll have a lot of learning to do and make sacrifices that she wouldn’t make otherwise. It is her body and her body was made to carry and give birth to new life. Her career? It’ll probably be better than she ever thought because she has a little human who relies on her and her will to do everything better than ever will keep her on a path to success.
Her life will be completely different. It will be filled with countless moments when her precious baby bursts into a smile and giggles when she walks into the room. She’ll get to experience the feeling of that tiny hand wrapped around her finger. She’ll have dance parties that can’t compare with any club she’s ever been to. Empowerment? What’s more empowering than forming and giving life to an entirely new human being?
Every mom is a superhero. We’re here to be a shield to the kryptonite of fear and doubt. ICU Mobile exists to show women every single day that they are capable of things beyond their imaginations through ultrasound. We are here to encourage them, speak life to them, and make sure they understand the power within them.
"God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns." - Psalm 46:5
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Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 10:06 PM EDT
A lot can happen in 3 days. A woman can visit an ICU Mobile unit and still leave planning to follow through with her abortion. As we continue to pray for her and she recalls our words and our prayers, she begins to change her mind as the Holy Spirit works through the Lord’s truth and love that we shared with her. We see these miracles all the time, just like we saw unexpected hope and new life in Christ.
Anytime a woman leaves an ICU Mobile unit without having changed her mind for life or Christ, as a team we can choose to feel despair or be faithful in hope. Because we were given new life in Christ, we carry new perspectives that allow us to trust in God’s faithfulness. Though she may not make a decision right then and there, we know that the Holy Spirit is always working. God doesn’t give a spirit of fear and yet, the enemy works within women to see their unplanned pregnancy as a fearful, desperate situation.
Think of Mary on that fateful Friday as she watched her son, Jesus, being raised up on the cross. His suffering was a mother’s worst nightmare. Helpless, she could only watch as her son was tortured and eventually died a slow death in front of many others who did nothing to help him. Can you imagine the fear and desperation she felt? He had raised the dead to life, but now he was dead. Gone. There was no hope of someone coming to his rescue to demand that he fill his lungs with breath.
He was placed in a tomb despite his promises to return, he was drained of life even though he said he was going to prepare a place for all of us. What a difficult time to feel any sense of hope for the future. And then, the third day changed everything and every one.
The people were unaware of anything but the death of Jesus. Once he was sealed away in that tomb, there was nothing left. No hope, no expectation, no vision of a new day. Yet, all it took was one look into the empty tomb for hearts to rise up in hope. The select few who were able to see Jesus before he ascended to Heaven were rapt with exultation knowing that their Lord truly was alive, breathing, and fulfilling His promises.
Can you see the parallels between Mary, mother of Jesus, and the women who face an unexpected pregnancy? A pregnancy test reveals the coming of something unknown that instills fear, desperation, and uncertainty. But then, through ultrasound, she sees her child. Alive, receiving sustenance from her very body, and that life allows hope to begin. She may walk away from us undecided, but the Holy Spirit has begun a work in her and we are faithful that He will lead her well. How blessed are we to know hope and to have the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives!
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. - Luke 1:46-55
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Published on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 @ 10:03 PM EDT
In the name of female empowerment, feminism, independence, individuality, and equality women are being convinced that being a mother is a sign of weakness. Pro-abortion feminists, along with pro-abortion men, have changed the narrative to convince women that giving birth to an unplanned child is a sign of weakness, of giving up, or even worse: not fair to the baby.
On the other hand, pro-life feminists understand that giving birth is the ultimate proof that women can do anything on their own. Sure, a man is required for the conception of a child, but beyond that, women are able to manage their lives, make decisions, have careers, and build multi-million dollar businesses - even with a baby on their hip.
Abby Johnson, Alveda King, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Michelle Malkin, Celine Dion, Patricia Heaton, Sarah Palin, and Candace Cameron Bure are all very successful pro-life advocates who have enjoyed success while also standing firm in their values. Even if you look at celebrities and female leaders who are pro-abortion, consider the number of these women who didn’t put off motherhood for their careers. Ever heard of Beyonce? How about Kim Kardashian or Angelina Jolie? All women who had babies right in the middle of their success and it didn’t change a thing for them. Tell us again how babies prevent women from achieving their goals.
The women who stand confidently as pro-life feminists share the same, truthful message. A woman doesn’t have to give up one thing in order to be successful. Even if, at her very core, a woman knows she is not capable of parenting a child or providing a safe and nurturing environment, adoption is an option for every woman.
Adoption is the ultimate feminist choice. It shows that a woman can honor her body’s ability to develop another human life, have the strength and bravery to give birth to that life, and make the difficult decision and action of offering her child over to someone who is not able to do what she did. Sacrifice? No. Celebration. Celebration of a woman’s strength and wisdom.
In a world where women like to know that they can do anything a man can do, let us remind them that not only can they do anything a man can do, but they can also do one thing a man cannot do: give life to a human being. Now that deserves celebration.
"She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong." - Proverbs 31:16-17
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Published on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 6:09 PM EDT
Recently, lawmakers in states like Florida and South Dakota have filed legislation that bans abortions based on a diagnosis of Down Syndrome during pregnancy.
It’s almost unbelievable that, in this decade, doctors continue to offer and encourage abortions to women when a fetal test reveals Down Syndrome in their preborn baby. Our country is filled with messages - to the point of demand - that all people be treated with equality and inclusivity, celebrating the diversity that makes us all a unique contributor to the landscape of America. Except, that only applies to certain groups and politicized categories of humanity. It is not equally applied to people with disabilities, developmental or acquired, seemingly because there isn’t enough adversity associated with them.
Rates of abortion of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome have heightened since a woman’s physician offers it as a solution to a problem. Even though the woman’s health isn’t at risk, it seems these doctors recommend abortion under the lie that it would save her from hardship or that it is the humane thing to do so that their child wouldn’t have to live a life of difficulty.
The truth is, that no one knows what life holds. A woman can be married and have a healthy baby and that baby could end up with a life-threatening illness later or an accident could happen. We would never consider disposing of a life that unexpectedly became altered, injured, or disabled.
Most families with a Down Syndrome child would tell you what a blessing they have been to their family. How they have helped them see what truly matters in life and that positivity changes everything. We’re so grateful for lawmakers who are finally answering the call to protect the lives of people who bring a diversity to our world who create for us a renewed way of viewing the world and the people in it. Doesn’t true diversity mean inclusivity for all? We believe so.
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. - 1 Cor. 14:26
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Published on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 @ 6:16 PM EDT
Jazmiere said yes to life. But she first struggled. Her self-talk held messages like, “What am I going to do with a baby? I really shouldn’t keep my baby. I didn’t want to bring another life into the world to struggle with me. I didn’t want to be that person.”
Her friend also told her she needed to have an abortion. The baby’s father didn’t want anything to do with the baby or the pregnancy. Jazmiere was nervous and uncertain. Emotionally, she was all over the place. It was a lot to handle for such a young woman. Her friend kept prompting her to get an abortion.
When she came onto the mobile unit, the team talked with Jazmiere. They showed Jazmiere her baby with the incredible gift of ultrasound and helped her to see how she could choose life. This was a transformation point for Jazmiere. She recognized that she could pull her life together, raise this little baby and move forward or potentially continue to spiral out of control.
She left that day with more hope, but still uncertain. The discussions she had with the women on the mobile unit made her hopeful that she could do this and that she would never be alone. She returned for her follow-up ultrasound a week later, the baby had grown and nearly doubled in size since she last saw her baby, and she heard the heartbeat again. She chose life for her baby!
She received vital classes and coaching on how to be a successful parent in a judgement-free zone full of love and guidance, leaving weekly with supplies for the baby on the way. A local church mothers’ group adopted Jazmiere, and threw a baby shower for her and when she heard they were doing this it brought her to tears. The mobile unit family even came to the labor and delivery to support Jazmiere so that she would feel a support network where people are faithful in keeping their word that she had never known.
Her walk with God has continued to grow as her child has become the best little gift she could have ever received. Her daughter, Cameron, is so indescribable and Jazmiere says, “My daughter saves me every day, she’s so happy, it’s so rewarding knowing that another life is good in your hands. She is the best thing that ever happened to me, she really is.”
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. - John 1:4
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Published on Sunday, February 21, 2021 @ 3:57 PM EDT
We’ve heard the saying time and again, “hate the sin, not the sinner.” As we encounter women who have been in the unimaginable position of terminating an unwanted pregnancy, we must keep in mind her eternal soul instead of leaving her as a loss, just like the life that was already taken. The baby being in Heaven means that our efforts should be directed to the mom who, too, is in need of eternal salvation.
Falling short of being a perfect person is something we’re all prone to, no matter the type of sin. As Christians, we know that in spite of our bad choices and behaviors, we have a place in Heaven because our Savior has taken the place of death for us. But what about the woman who, out of desperation and fear, was driven to a decision that can’t be erased. A decision that took a life. A choice that she was convinced was all hers.
What a burden! The pro-choice movement has fought for, and won, the ability for a woman to be empowered to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, to terminate a life. What they don’t tell her is that with such great power and independence comes a great burden to bear for the rest of her life.
Had she known the truth that abortion ends the life of a baby, and that loss, was at her own choosing, and that choice would leave an unfillable emptiness inside her, would she see it differently?
In the name of female empowerment, feminism, independence, individuality, and equality women are being convinced that abortion is the right thing to do. They’re not ready to be a mom, they have a career, they have too many kids already, they can’t do it. Interesting the discouragement behind the encouragement, isn’t it? If they were offering true empowerment, independence and equality, wouldn’t the message instead be that 9 months of pregnancy doesn’t stop a woman from having it all. Giving birth is the ultimate proof that women can do anything on their own. Having yet one more child than planned expands their leadership position.
Yet, these positive outcomes aren’t the outcomes that are desired by the pro-choice side. They thrive on fear, falsehoods, and dependence leading women to believe that they must listen to them and therefore, they gain control. Control over someone else’s body. My body, my choice is a lie. It’s their choice. A wolf dressed in the clothing of empowerment.
Let us speak words of life instead of words of condemnation to the woman who has already made a desperate choice. She has a long road ahead of her and she should know that she can do it through the power of Jesus Christ.
But I will not say anything about my needs, for I am able, wherever I am, to be dependent on myself. It is the same to me if I am looked down on or honoured; everywhere and in all things I have the secret of how to be full and how to go without food; how to have wealth and how to be in need. I am able to do all things through him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:11-13
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Published on Monday, February 8, 2021 @ 11:58 PM EDT
A few weeks ago, a beautiful yet burdened woman came onto the mobile unit. She wept from the beginning to the end of the short meeting. Through the course of the appointment she told of a secret abortion she had in the past and of her 7-year-old child who was born out of wedlock. She shared about her parents being ministers and the weight of expectation and disappointment she felt from them as well as her greater community.
She felt judgment wherever she was. Her sorrow was deep, and she continued to cry. She told us she didn’t want to have another secret abortion but she was terrified to tell her family that she was expecting once again. The conversation turned to Jesus as we spoke of His great love for her. We talked about how His love for her was greater than she could ever imagine and that He would never forsake her.
The appointment was heavy, but we sensed something changing in her. We scheduled an ultrasound for the following week. When she arrived for the ultrasound it was the same flow of constant tears. Her voice was fragile. She told us she still had not decided what to do. As the ultrasound started she got very quiet. When asked if she wanted pictures she responded very confidently, “Yes.” At the end of the ultrasound, we asked her how she was feeling. “Better,” she said strongly.
We sat down with her after the ultrasound to go over the report and it was as if we were talking to a different person. The tears had stopped and her voice was strong and clear. We spoke to her about churches and her affirmation was positive when we mentioned a church of her culture. She smiled as if that connection alone gave her such peace. She said she had planned to attend church there that previous weekend but had struggled with her morning sickness. We were so encouraged at the end of the appointment.
What a transformation during that ultrasound, a testimony to how beautiful that room can be. There is power in seeing God’s creation and gaining confidence in His purpose for all of His children. As she left, now smiling, she said this, “I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted, but this gave me a sense of purpose.” Praise the Lord, for she has great purpose indeed!
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
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Published on Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 12:10 PM EDT
To be honest, we never know how things will turn out with any of the women who board the mobile units. We have no way to anticipate her current state of mind and we have no way to know if we will impact her decision. Recently, we met a young woman who was abortion determined and yet we prayed trusting that God would somehow intervene.
DJ, just 18 years old, was determined to have an abortion. In fact, her stop at the ICU Mobile unit outside of the abortion facility was merely to get the qualifying ultrasound that would make her abortion checklist complete. She told the team that she was set on having an abortion. The mobile team overheard her as she angrily spoke on her phone to her unborn baby’s father who was in jail. The team was not sure if she was listening to what they were saying to her or if she was responding in angst to the difficult reality on the other end of the phone.
The mobile team was not optimistic about DJ choosing life as they witnessed her dismissive attitude and full-blown intention to terminate this pregnancy. They inquired why she was feeling this way. She spoke of the father being in jail, about a previous miscarriage and about how the abortion was absolutely what she wanted.
As the team performed the ultrasound, they prayed, as they knew she would see the reality and beauty of her little one in the womb. The ultrasound was vivid and the baby was merely nine weeks old. However, the mom remained unmoved. She was determined to abort that baby until she saw a tiny hand popping up on the screen, practically giving mom a little loving wave saying, “Mommy, hi! I’m right here!” Her calloused intentions instantly melted away and she said she did not know her baby was so big and she had no idea that her baby was so real. Because of the gift of ICU Mobile’s presence in Detroit, the gift of ultrasound and a glimpse of her baby saying hello, this mom changed her heart forever and went from planning to abort this sweet child to knowing her and wanting to protect her little life.
Truly, this was a God-ordained moment. DJ came to our mobile unit simply to check “ultrasound” off her list. During her time with us, her baby’s hand appeared and DJ was able to see her child’s life was worth protecting. The ultrasound gave DJ the gift of her baby’s life and a life of her own without regret. Praise God for His mighty miracles!
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalm 127:3
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Published on Monday, January 11, 2021 @ 12:09 PM EDT
When God breathed life into the idea of ICU Mobile into Sylvia Slifko’s heart, He made it clear that this ministry would accomplish two things: allowing women to see their baby and blessing women with the Gospel.
While the Slifko’s knew that lives would be saved and changed through this calling God placed in their lives, only God knew the real details about what was to come. From mobile units being deployed into more communities every year to thousands of babies given the chance at life and women dedicating their lives to Christ, but they couldn’t have anticipated the “extra mile” mobile unit teams would go for these women and their babies.
Our teams go beyond providing a service and a prayer. They develop trust, creating relationships that have become commonplace in ICU Mobile communities. Women return to the mobile units with their babies to share the joy of having a child instead of regret. In the true spirit of women helping women, individuals from our teams have taken their support from the mobile unit to the delivery room, coaching and holding the hands of women as they give life to the unborn.
Just as the King of the World was born to the fanfare of only those who understood the significance of His birth, ICU Mobile babies have the support and love of our teams who rally around each woman because they understand the significance of the birth of every baby.
Jesus was the most unexpected pregnancy. In spite of every factor against her, Mary chose life. She was an unmarried virgin, pregnant, scared, and undoubtedly confused. But the word of God delivered through angels gave her the strength and hope she needed to do what she was called to do. Praise God for her faith because her son changed every one of our lives.
As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” - Luke 11:27
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Published on Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 5:16 PM EDT
Our experience of 2020 has left many of us shaken, experiencing a turbulence we haven't quite seen before. As Christians, we may be better equipped to handle times of instability, stress, and uncertainty. Jesus promised He will always be with us, He walks alongside us in our daily lives, and the Holy Spirit guides us through a deep understanding that no matter our circumstances God is in control.
Consider the woman who receives news of an unexpected pregnancy. She is shocked, fearful, uncertain and lacking confidence that she'll be able to handle the situation she's been given. What a woman experiences in an unplanned pregnancy is a microcosm of what we have experienced in 2020. Imagine being a young single woman, without a support system, perhaps having lost her job because of the pandemic, and now she's pregnant and she feels she has nowhere to turn and feels completely hopeless.
Our commitment to sharing the gospel with these very women comes from a deep understanding that without God and without the Saving Grace of Jesus, and the guiding wisdom of the Holy Spirit, it is unfathomable how we can handle any crisis without anxiety of the unknown.
Without Jesus, there is no hope. Only when given the opportunity to meet Jesus and understand that true life change comes from a relationship with him, can we endure the turbulence that is certain to come at the most unexpected times. When we minister to the women we meet, it's just as important that we lead her to Christ as it is that we help her make a choice for life for her baby. Only when she understands how important her life is can she truly understand how vital the life is within her.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
- 1 Peter 5:10
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Published on Thursday, December 10, 2020 @ 4:43 PM EDT
As followers of Christ, we are consistently called to endure trials that we ultimately raise up in praise and worship to the Lord. There is no shortage of scripture about the hardships we will undoubtedly encounter in this life. At the same time, there is an abundance of promises of joy and expectation of giving thanks and praise to God for these tests.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7
This verse seems to be a perfect summary of this year for most of us. The portion that is so important is the reminder that “your faith [is] more precious than gold.” In this time of year when we reflect on the blessings that we are so thankful to experience, what a beautiful reminder that our faith in itself is a gift. A gift more precious than gold!
If there ever was a time that our faith would be tested, it is now. More importantly than whether we pass the test is whether we are seeking Jesus through it all. Are we praising Him? Are we lifting our hands in surrender as a sign of trust? Are we telling Him in our daily prayers that we are thankful for the ways He has grown our faith and our resilience through our trials?
When we choose a heart filled with thanksgiving and praise regardless of our circumstances, that’s when we realize just how valuable our faith is. Our faith that is more precious than gold.
All of us at the ICU Mobile ministry place our faith and praise in God as we continue to move into more communities across the country. We give thanks and praise for the ways Jesus has moved in the hearts of women who made decisions to follow Him after hearing the Gospel. We glorify the one true God who has blessed us with donors, affiliates, volunteers, and an operational team He has provided for the benefit of His unborn sons and daughters.
Through the trials, we are thankful for the calling God placed on us and we are incredibly grateful for the ways you help us fulfill our calling through your prayers and donations.
May you all be blessed during this time of thanksgiving and praise.
Published on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 1:59 PM EDT
What an incredible year 2020 has been. From Covid-19 and lockdowns, to a volatile political landscape and abortion options expanding to day-of-birth options, we’ve all persevered through the most unexpected times.
No matter what happened on the political or social scene, ICU Mobile continued to launch new mobile units with affiliates across the country, we continued our Loving Life Initiative, and we kept our hearts focused on sharing the Gospel with those we serve.
Our daily prayer meetings continue to be filled with desperate pleas for healing in our country, while we consistently petition the Lord for our ability to continue providing care for women facing unexpected pregnancy. Our donors have been heroes for us, our affiliates, and the babies that have been saved throughout this year.
Even with many of the mobiles operating at reduced hours due to the pandemic, your support continued to make an impact on our ability to help women. To be specific, we launched 5 new mobile units to affiliates in Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Michigan during 2020. After sharing the Gospel with women who thought there was no hope left, 49 of them made a decision for Christ and 947 chose life for their baby.
The enormous blessing behind these numbers is that, in fact, they’re not just numbers. There are people behind every single thing we do. The people never failed to show up, do the work, and be the voice for the unborn.
The numbers we need help with lie in the expenses to make it all happen. Your donation is needed in order for us to continue to bless women and protect the unborn from harm. We need you to partner with us in the way the best fits your ability and in the way God calls you.
You have options for giving:
- Become a Friend of the Fleet by setting up an automatic monthly donation which will be used for training and ministry.
- Support our Loving Life Initiative and help us increase the number of mobile units across the country.
- Make a one-time donation to be used as the ministry needs.
As you prayerfully enter a time of giving, we are praying for you, we appreciate your steadfast prayers for ICU Mobile, and we are committed to the continued service to women in need.
Published on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 @ 1:45 PM EDT
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
If you’d like to help ICU Mobile bring more hope into every community, please click here to donate.
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
If you’d like to save generations in the name of Christ, please click here to donate.
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
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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
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.
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