It’s necessary. It supports positive change. It should align with your values.
The bottom line is that money is the bottom line. But it’s not our foundation. That’s the difference you need to keep in mind when you give to ICU Mobile. Our mission exists because of the love of God. That is ICU Mobile’s foundation. It is the love of God that drives protecting the sanctity of the very lives He has created and to share the hope found in the Gospel. To carry out our mission, we need people, equipment, and other resources that cost money on an ongoing basis.
As you consider where your money goes each month, take a hard look at whether it aligns with your values. Do you despise abortion but still don’t give to pro-life organizations? Are you passionate about children, but your money doesn’t go where it impacts their health and their future? Have you felt called to “do more” but haven’t quite discerned what that means?
In pro-life organizations, the value of a dollar is much higher than its face value. The value is found in the impact that can be made with the resources it can purchase, in the people, it supports who are on the frontlines providing services to desperate, pregnant women with no one else to turn to. The dollar is mighty, but its value in the pro-life movement is much more powerful.
As a non-profit ministry, the services offered to centers with a mobile medical clinic and to the women being served are free. Pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, advocate services, and referral resources offered on the mobile clinics are all provided at no cost to every woman who approaches a mobile unit for help. Yet, all of these services and resources have costs that must be covered in order to provide them.
There has been no more urgent time to dedicate your financial support to pro-life ministries that are having a dramatic impact across this country. New laws have been passed that are causing a domino effect in almost every state, and the result will cause more devastation as supporters of those abortion laws become even more desensitized. We must bring value back to human life and share the hope we all can find in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
While our focus is on sharing the gospel with women to save both her life and the life of her child, our needs can be found in the financial support required for us to provide women with education, mobile clinics, resources for the mobile teams, and most importantly images of the child – the future – within her.
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” - Acts 20:35
Published on Monday, March 25, 2019 @ 9:31 PM EDT
Oftentimes during the Lenten season, we reflect on sacrifice. We determine what we can give up for 40 days in surrender to our Savior.
What if, instead of giving up on something, we commit to do something more? Doing something more can translate into giving up our comfort zones, to sacrificing our laziness, to give something of ourselves to others in need.
This year during Lent, we are boldly asking you to approach this time as a time of prayer and service and support to protect the unborn.
Pray – Prayers for those on the pro-choice side to experience an opening of their eyes to the loss of humanity. That they would understand the loss isn’t just an embryo or a fetus, it’s a human life a real person that deserves protection. Prayers for lawmakers to choose to defend life. Prayers for women to truly understand the power they have in the act of carrying their child to term and placing them for adoption if they are unable to care for them. Prayers for the continued healing of those who are regretting their abortion. Prayers for ICU Mobile’s continued growth, reaching every single woman in need.
Serve – Contact your local crisis pregnancy center and find out where you can give your time whether that’s filing papers or distributing brochures. Contact women’s shelters to see where you can serve women best who are homeless, pregnant, and hopeless. Contact ICU Mobile to determine volunteer opportunities to help share the good news of hope in life and in the Gospel.
Support – Donate to the efforts of ICU Mobile and pregnancy centers seeking to incorporate a mobile unit into their services. Taking ultrasound and other services into the neighborhoods and communities where women are in need. Your donation helps ensures being there for them. Perhaps start a rule of 3: Replace one coffee, one lunch out, and one small luxury each week with a donation to ICU Mobile. This could translate into roughly $35 per week or $140 per month in support of ICU Mobile’s services to women considering their options. It will make the difference in a life-saving decision.
As you consider your traditional approach to Lent, prayerfully consider the threefold approach to ways you can protect the unborn and make a difference for Christ’s Kingdom.
Published on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 @ 4:16 PM EDT
Many people today are sharing their love of each other through flowers, candy, jewelry, or dinner at a favorite restaurant. Others are spending this day alone, playing “what if” on repeat in their minds, wishing for romance, and measuring their shortcomings. We encourage you to first look to the Lord where you will always find favor.
On Valentine’s Day it is important to remember that love is not found only in romantic love, love of family, or love of self, it’s rooted in the very being of the one who created it. Even bigger than the love we might experience with our family and friends, agape love is the love of God. Agape is incomprehensible to most of us. It is a love that is unconditional, everlasting, and given freely by the very creator of love.
Agape love, the love of God, is something all of us can experience when we open our hearts to faith in the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Unconditional agape love is difficult to find in this world. Many worldly relationships come with conditions and expectations that we are unable to satisfy. Whether you are married, in a relationship, single, or in a seemingly desperate situation, the hope you will find in a relationship with God overcomes the troubles of earthly love.
Our prayer today is that you would know that you are loved, that peace is available to you, and that God offers the kind of love that can never be broken. The most loving thing you can do is to share this Good News with others. Everyone deserves a chance at true love.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” – Jeremiah 31:3
Published on Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 1:37 PM EDT
This week, New York passed a law making the womb the most dangerous place to live. The new law removes nearly all restrictions on abortion away, up to the day of delivery. It also removes the personhood of the baby until it is born and allows abortions to be performed by people other than doctors. As with most things in this social media-led world, will New York be a leader for many more states to follow? In fact, many states already allow unrestricted abortion by the omission of important language required to prevent it. New York just happened to receive more attention because they made a celebration of it, showing video of their cheering legislators upon the Governor’s signature, and lighting the One World Trade Center in recognition and celebration of the law.
On the pro-life side, we’re shocked, saddened and disheartened at the very idea of what this actually means for the future of the sanctity of life in New York and possibly across this nation. At ICU Mobile, our very mission is to save the lives of these unborn babies and serve women with the love of Christ. When we see activity that goes against the very thing we promote, our mission becomes even more urgent.
We’ve heard many of you responding by asking what can be done, and how can we change the direction our country is heading? The answer is, very simply, send a clear message through your actions and words. Most important is prayer in this fight against evil. But your time, energy, and money are also needed. Greg VanBuskirk, Executive Director of ICU Mobile, shared the importance of volunteering at your local pregnancy center or for an ICU Mobile unit if one is in your community. In communications with others, Greg said, “Stand up for the unborn in conversations you have with others. Don’t let abortion advocates steer the narrative.”
Financial support is always necessary for organizations like ICU Mobile who enter the very neighborhoods where women need them most. The cost for mobile medical units, high-quality medical staff and equipment, and raising awareness create costs of operating for the sake of the unborn. “Support ministries that stand in the gap for these women in crisis,” said Greg. Between our comfort zones and the women facing an unexpected pregnancy, stands ICU Mobile, reaching women every day to encourage them to choose life, providing access to quality ultrasound services, and sharing the gospel of Christ.
Published on Thursday, January 31, 2019 @ 11:16 AM EDT
We often hear that our mobile units were an interesting choice in creating a ministry that will provide medical level services to women in need. They can seem daunting. We get that. But putting ultrasound clinics on wheels gives us the opportunity and freedom to go where we are needed. We don’t have to sit in one place and wait for women to find us.
Our purpose in being mobile is to create accessibility. Offer an open door on any corner. Share hope in neighborhoods that seemingly have none.
It is our goal that pregnancy care be easier for women to access than abortion centers. It is our prayer that, wherever an ICU Mobile RV is parked, it’s right in the path of a woman who is ready to meet her baby for the first time and make a choice for life. By creating these mobile units, we are able to provide a crucial first look at the new life a mother has inside of her and guide her to resources and care right in her community that will be with her throughout her pregnancy.
When we visit a variety of neighborhoods, we also expand our ability to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Oftentimes, communities can become silos for the unchurched or religious affiliations that don’t base their beliefs on the one true God. We can reach more for the glory of God when we travel outside our usual zones. Outside our comfort zones, outside our zip codes, outside our mindsets. Turning wheels give birth to fresh eyes and open hearts to see and hear and truly understand the situation of each woman we interact with. They’re all unique. Every single one of them deserves access to the medical level ultrasound care we provide and even more so, they deserve access to the Savior.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
– Arthur Ashe
Published on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 @ 4:44 PM EDT