Referring to women who face an unexpected pregnancy as desperate, confused, and lost is so commonplace in the pro-life movement. They are not meant to be disparaging but to convey an understanding of the feelings they must be facing in their situation.
Those words don’t define the woman, they describe a moment in time that we hope to alleviate through our work. Beyond feeling desperate or confused, every woman deserves to be seen as valued and treated with love and respect.
Haven’t we all experienced moments in our lives when things didn’t go as planned or we felt weak and confused? Those moments don’t make us any less worthy of love. In fact, that’s when we all need the most outpouring of support so that we know we aren’t alone. Anytime we receive unexpected news that has the power to change the course of our lives we turn to those who love us.
Reality is that there are so many women who don’t have people they can turn to with news of an unplanned pregnancy. Somehow along the way, shame has become associated with it. If not married, if not trying to conceive, if too young, if too career-oriented, if she’s still in school, if too old, if she has “too many kids” already, if Christian, if strong-willed, if irresponsible, if too responsible to let this happen...there are so many reasons we justify our judgment of a pregnant woman.
No one else has to face such scrutiny as that of the pregnant, unwed woman. Because we can all see that telling bump and then we see no ring on her finger to accompany it. We can’t see the impending divorce of the man who coaches the track team, we can’t see the alcoholic tendencies of the mom in the pickup line as school, and we can’t see the pornography addiction of the teen in the church choir. So we can’t judge them because what they’ve done isn’t carried in or on their bodies. But the pregnant woman can’t hide her “mistake” unless she aborts it. As we would with all those other people in seemingly desperate and lost situations, let’s reach out to the pregnant woman with love and a true spirit of support.
On an ICU Mobile unit, judgment is not welcome. We see that look in a woman’s eyes that we’ve seen so many times before and we think of two things. First, to show her love and second, to introduce her to the love of God. When we do these two things, we know that whatever fear or confusion she came to us with, she will leave with hope.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor. 13:13
Feeling led to support the mission of mobile ultrasound? We invite you to visit our secure donation page at https://www.icumobile.org/donate. Your financial support is an answered prayer to our team and encouragement to the women we serve.
Published on Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 4:14 PM EDT
The statistics are staggering and we will go where we are needed the most right now in our country. Florida, California, and the East Coast have the highest numbers of vulnerable and abortion-minded women and we need to reach them.
- California (157,000 Abortions/year)
- Florida (76,000 Abortions/year)
- The East Coast (257,000 abortions/year)
ICU Mobile has resolved and committed to moving a minimum of 3 units into each of these areas over the next 3 to 5 years. We would love and appreciate you to join us in this effort. We’ll do all the work – customizing mobile units, recruiting excellent professionals to deliver care, and training volunteers to provide the most caring guidance and prayer for women in their time of need. We need your help in one area: finances. With this big goal comes expenses that will be incurred. Whether you can offer a one-time donation or even better, commit to a recurring monthly donation, we appreciate any financial support you are able and willing to provide to us.
Your monetary support for our ministry isn’t about the mobile unit. It’s about the innocent babies who will be seen by their abortion-minded mothers through ultrasound, it’s about the truth that will be shared with those women as they see their baby for the first time, and it’s about the gospel of the saving grace of God who loves them and who will never leave them in their time of need.
We will share all year long about our Loving Life initiative, the progress we make, and the needs we are seeing by fulfilling our resolution. For us, this isn’t an idea we created that we’ll give up on in a month. This is no Monday morning diet. This is what we do. This is our calling. This is our ministry to which God called us and we will carry out for as long as He directs us to. In 2020, God has called us into new areas of our nation, and has entrusted us to do so with diligence and by calling on others to join us and help us. You are part of God’s plan for furthering our mission. Your prayerful and financial support propel us forward and strengthen us as we carry out our mission.
Loving Unborn Life and Loving Life Eternal: https://www.icumobile.org/loving-life-initiative
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
Published on Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 12:19 PM EDT
“On this day, National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, we mourn the lives cut short, and the tremendous promise lost, as a result of abortion. As a Nation, we must resolve to protect innocent human life at every stage.” – President Donald Trump
President Trump made this statement in his Proclamation in 2019, and it’s incredible to think of all the ways we’ve seen victories and defeats in the fight for life over the past year. Our country is blessed to have a president who believes in the sanctity of life and who proclaims a day set aside for acknowledging the need for protection of unborn babies.
We are constantly reminded of the individuals, groups, and evil that work against us around the clock. The very fact that we have the freedom to create a mobile medical unit through which we provide pregnancy services and ministry is a testament to the greatness of our nation, but even more so, to the greatness of our God.
When Sylvia Slifko founded ICU Mobile in 2003, she had responded to call from God to go meet women right where they are to provide them the opportunity to see their child in the womb.
“It took nine months, not a coincidence in my mind or heart, for the first ICU Mobile to develop – truly a gift from God. We believe God has great plans for ICU Mobile and we want to be ready and willing vessels through which He fulfills His plans,” Sylvia has shared.
Opposition to abortion is one of the greatest stances to assert in the world today. As more countries are legalizing abortion and states are extending limitless access to abortion, it’s not enough to be simply against abortion. We must oppose it, we must be more than pro-life, we must fight for life. The very way every innocent child of abortion fights against the weapons used against them, we must fight for them before they have to fight for their life.
ICU Mobile has deployed weapons in the form of mobile medical units, ultrasound technology, and people who are willing to be brave enough share the gospel with women they’ve never met before. Our calling to fulfill the vision God provided to Sylvia Slifko is one we are honored to say “yes” to protecting human life at every stage.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. – Psalm 127:3-4
Loving Unborn Life and Loving Life Eternal: https://www.icumobile.org/loving-life-initiative
Published on Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 12:14 PM EDT
At Christmas time, we delight in our celebrations, our gifts and our time with family. It’s the one time of year when there seems to be a little more joy in the air. While we tend to our meal planning, our shopping and our festive parties, let’s also tend to the women who may not be feeling the joy of the season.
Loving women facing an unplanned pregnancy is a beautiful way to honor Jesus during our celebration of his birth. For women who do not know Him, this is not a time to rejoice nor is it a time of peace in their world. As we become more mindful of the uncertainty and fear that weigh on a woman’s heart when she is pregnant and alone, we can better appreciate the predicament of Mary when she learned that she would bear a son and that she would call him Jesus.
A woman who is alone facing a desperate situation likely isn’t seeing her baby as a gift or a miracle or a blessing. It is our calling to show the love of God to her and make sure she knows she is not alone, nor will she be judged because of her baby. If given the opportunity, we must surround these women with love and acceptance, sharing with them the forgiveness of God and assuring them that Jesus gave His life for her just as much as everyone else.
Maybe you don’t know a woman in this situation so you’re not sure how you can make a difference in this area. Do it through a genuine, kind smile when you see her at the store. Volunteer an afternoon at a women’s shelter and offer a listening ear and an empathetic heart. Take some cards to a pregnancy center with messages of love and acceptance to be given to the women who visit for help.
Most importantly of all, remember these women in your prayers. Gift them that valuable place in your heart when you are calling out to God for blessings and assurances. Prayer is powerful and God has all the power. He answers our prayers. All we have to do is be faithful.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Published on Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 5:10 PM EDT
The uncertainty. Not only was Mary pregnant, but she had become pregnant without intercourse. Not only was she pregnant, but the baby was not conceived with the man she was meant to marry. Not only was Mary pregnant, but she was told her child would be the Savior of the world.
Can you imagine? Not only the uncertainty, but the confusion and the fear and the panic. This young woman, promised in marriage to Joseph, was pregnant and afraid and yet she said “yes.” She said “yes” to God. She said “yes” to carrying out a plan that was never hers. Mary said “yes” to giving life to a baby that was, in all ways, unexpected.
If there ever was a time in the history of man that a woman would consider her options, it could have happened with Mary. Nothing made sense and yet she answered the call. She didn’t ask for it, she didn’t know how she would handle it, and she didn’t even really know the father of this child. And yet, she nurtured the baby in her womb, she journeyed to the place he was to be born, and she gave birth under the most unlikely of circumstances. When everything seemed to be against her, she continued on to the birth of her son – God’s son – and the blessings began to overflow.
Angels sang over her, visitors came bearing gifts of gold and luxurious healing oils, people she’d never met were praying for her from afar. Her willing heart brought her to this point of unending joy that would cover the earth for eternity.
The significance of one woman choosing this particular life is incredible. What if she had exercised a choice that would have ended the life of the one man who could guarantee our place in Heaven? What if Mary had made the powerful choice to take away our forgiveness? What if Mary, this young teen woman, had stopped the beating heart of our Savior? And there was nothing anyone could do about it.
Every baby deserves life. All of us deserve the chance to have a person born that has within them the knowledge of the cure for cancer, or the ability to create solutions to so many of our earthly problems. Every baby brings unexpected blessings of praying people who care and gifts that cannot be seen. Angels sing praises over every baby and joy will be felt by everyone whose life is touched by a new life. Planned or unexpected, every child is a miracle and blessing to be celebrated.
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38
Published on Sunday, December 1, 2019 @ 5:08 PM EDT
While it is not our intent to get involved in politics or to make political statements, we do believe it’s vital to understand why it is so very important to know where your favored candidates stand on the abortion issue. For, it isn’t simply an issue, it’s a moral and spiritual stand. Whether a political candidate supports life or stands for the preservation of abortion as a right, will have a resounding influence not only on the community in which you live, but on the trajectory of our country as a whole.
Lawmakers are the ones relied upon to sit in sessions wherein they propose and debate old laws, new laws, and propositions. Where they stand on this important topic influences their decision-making in many areas. As believers and as citizens, we are called to be voters of our faith and substance. God is our ultimate ruler, and He rules the government rulers, but it is our responsibility to vote for those who are in alignment with the word of God and the understanding of the sanctity of human life.
Whether an unborn child is seen as a person or a choice by state law is first determined by a lawmaker. These lawmakers are the individuals who have been voted into a trusted position to influence legislation that represents their constituents. While it seems that we’re often faced with choosing the “lesser of two evils” these days, it’s likely that, by choosing the pro-life candidate, you are choosing someone who also stands most similarly to you on the remaining issues. We are the hands and feet of Jesus and we are called to act as such in every action and decision we enter into – even political ones.
Remember, those voted into office are those influencing decisions within our communities and country that will affect all of us, our children and our generations to come. Protecting the lives of the unborn has been a battle we’ve waged since even before Roe v. Wade. As believers and as members of the pro-life movement, we are called to defend and honor future generations with those who will protect them now. Before you head to the polls in any election, educate yourself on each candidate’s stance on the abortion issue and whether their beliefs align with your Christian values.
He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; - Daniel 2:21
Published on Sunday, October 20, 2019 @ 5:19 PM EDT
At ICU Mobile, our team is unified under one mission. To glorify God, serve women and share the Gospel of life through Christ. But it’s the outcome of successfully completing our mission that results in lasting impact.
How joyful a woman is who chooses both life for her baby and eternal life for herself. While the pregnancy journey may be a difficult one and the uncertainty of what’s to come after birth can be overwhelming, we know that God uses it all for His glory and each woman’s hopeful future.
Most businesses have a mission, vision and values statement that declares why they exist and what outcomes verify their success. Our success is measured in moms and babies united by birth, women feel safe and confident in choosing to continue a pregnancy and give life to their child, even if for adoption.
As our team comes together each day, we take comfort in knowing that we are passionate about our purpose and our outcomes. Our shared faith and purpose mean that we can rest easy knowing that we’re all here for the right reasons and that we will support each other in those efforts. Oftentimes we are faced with completing our missions with little in the way of resources, but big in the area of faith. With faith and hope, we show up each day for the sake of two lives being saved.
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!
- Psalm 133:1
Published on Sunday, October 6, 2019 @ 5:17 PM EDT
The prolife movement...it seems odd to call it a movement, doesn’t it? It seems like being “for life” should be the standard. Yet, here we are waging a war within our own country, among our neighbors, for the rights of babies to be given life by their mothers.
Being a financial supporter for the lives of the unborn is most importantly about saving these innocent babies from a horrific and brutal death. We should also look at the potential we’re saving when we fight for the lives of infants. Those infants are the next generation of Americans who can make a significant impact on our country and our world. A generation who might be the very ones to create the cure for cancer. A generation who might have the answer to eradicating hunger on a global scale. A generation who could compel peace among nations.
We’ll never know what those we’ve lost already could have been. What they could have meant to the state of humanity and progress.
There is a way to protect the future generations so they have a chance to be and become exactly what we’ve been waiting for. We give of our time, our money, our resources for the greater good of a legacy that values human life. We give for the minds who have yet to recognize their greatness. And, we give for the women who could be spared from a lifetime of mental anguish and regret.
Giving is the way you show us that you trust and believe in our mission. Giving unites us through a precious asset that bonds us to a responsibility that goes beyond us or you. It goes to the women who deserve better care and it goes to precious infants who deserve the opportunity to live.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Psalm 112:5
Published on Sunday, September 15, 2019 @ 5:24 PM EDT
For a long time, the narrative has been that if you are Pro-Life, then you are against women. That somehow, in the pursuit of protecting the lives of innocent babies, the pro-life movement is working against the best interests of women. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Pro-Life Movement is just that. A movement for life for all. The life of the woman and the life of the unborn. There are 2 lives that hang in the balance, not one.
We’re pro-life and pro-woman. We’re for babies receiving the gift of life and we’re for women having the ability to pursue her future without regret and emotional pain that can never be erased. Through the very act of choosing life, the woman is honored with her ability to see a pregnancy through, to blessing a family with a baby through adoption, to give herself a future free from mourning a loss that she never realized she’d experience. A woman who chooses life provides herself a healthier future, one free from complications, infections, and potentially life-threatening situations that arise from abortion and the lasting effects the procedure leaves in her body.
Choosing life is the most powerful choice a woman can make. A choice that permits her to spend 9 months cultivating a better future for herself and her unborn baby. A choice that permits her to retain control over her body, not allowing someone to cause damage and pain and removal of not only her baby but her hope. Our message is that encouraging women to choose life isn’t only about the baby, it’s about a desire for all women to be healthy, strong, empowered, and able to impact her own life without the demons of death weighing her down for years to come.
The reports of women rushed to hospitals after a botched abortion come all too frequently. It is heartbreaking to think about those women who are bleeding, in excruciating pain, and often alone facing unfathomable aftermath of a procedure that should never have come to be.
Join us as we walk alongside all women for their future and for the life of their unborn babies. Take up a new narrative to be pro-life and pro-woman. There is not one without the other. Each cannot stand on their own. We must be all in for both lives so that each life benefits from our message of love and acceptance.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7
Published on Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 11:44 AM EDT
Each day that ICU Mobile affiliates head into communities across America, our mutual calling is renewed to be the hands and feet of God. Though our ministry has been growing for 15 years, it’s still unheard of in many communities and states throughout our country. Through our volunteers and medical professionals who have been called to serve women in their greatest moment of need, we want every abortion-minded woman to have immediate access to ultrasounds right in her very own community. Our hope is that discussions about faith and our unborn babies become commonplace, that serving in unserved communities becomes a normal sight…that our mobile medical ministry can be a comforting resource for women in need of our services.
Who We Are
ICU Mobile is a national pro-life medical ministry that supports affiliates across the country, operating mobile medical units in America’s greatest abortion-minded communities. Our mission is to serve women facing unintended pregnancies by offering hope and purpose only found in the Gospel. It is our mission to save lives of the unborn using ultrasound technology and advocacy and it is our mission to share Christ through word and deed – with each person that steps on an ICU Mobile Unit.
To put it simply, we go to work every day to save the lives of babies and to share the gospel with women facing an unplanned pregnancy. Often, two lives are saved due to the good news of Jesus’s sacrifice for all of us to have hope and a future. What a blessing we experience each time we get the chance to share this message of life!
We aim to see women choose life for themselves and their babies. That may not mean parenting, that may mean adoption. It may mean another family member caring for the baby, but whatever the outcome, our vision is that every woman will carry their baby to term, giving the gift of life to their baby, and ultimately giving herself and child a better future.
We know that abortion ends the life of a child and it robs the mother of her future. The permanent scars left behind on a soul and mind of a woman who chooses abortion cannot be erased and cannot be relieved without the grace of knowing and following Jesus. There is no bringing the baby back. It is tragic and it is final. Our hope is that women will face a future of peace and confidence knowing they gave the gift of life not only to an unexpected child but also to themselves through faith that provides for their future. Life in Jesus Christ is the only true path to peace and a purpose that cannot be matched.
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:2
Published on Friday, August 30, 2019 @ 4:22 PM EDT