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 @ 12:37 PM CDT
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 @ 10:16 AM CDT
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 @ 3:44 PM CDT
As we transition out of the official Christmas season, we begin to set our sights and hearts on the March for Life 2019. Happening on January 18, this is the time ICU Mobile will put our feet to the pavement and stand for every single life in expectation and to come. No, not every woman is called to give birth to a Savior, but they are designed to give birth to a blessing. The March for Life is our way of sharing with everyone that every baby is a blessing, every life has meaning, and every woman should be given the gift of education, wisdom and the power to make a decision for life.
Christmas shines the light on the story of the most unexpected pregnancy in the history of mankind. It was also the first, and most pivotal, life choice any woman could have made – especially a very young, never married girl, for whom pregnancy would have been impossible. Yet, she made a choice to trust that the child within her was meant to be and she made the choice to endure the most unlikely birth.
Christmas was also the setting of the very first March for Life. The wise men, the women, the people from all around who traveled from afar all for the sake of this one baby. They walked, they rode camels and donkeys, they forged ahead until they made it to their destination – the place they would revere an infant, born of a teenage girl who chose life.
The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ happened in the most humble of ways. Mary and Joseph weren’t invited into a castle, provided a room of fine linens, clean water, and a capable staff. They walked for miles, were turned away by many, and ultimately, brought the King of the World to us in a dirty stall, surrounded by animals, with no provisions.
Today, no woman ever has to endure such unimaginable circumstances when faced with giving birth. No matter how dire her situation seems, no matter the lack of support of the father, family, or friends, ICU Mobile and the Fleet of Mobile units operating across the country will always be the place a woman with an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy can turn to for guidance, support, and help.
Had Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade) had the ability to see into the future, she would have seen the devastation brought to this nation by one unwanted pregnancy. She would have seen that the true situation she didn’t want was that of millions of babies never allowed to take their first breath. Though she was the very woman instrumental in abortion becoming legal in the first trimester, even she recognized she made the wrong choice. She became pro-life, shared her faith, and worked to help women make different choices than she had. She once said, “I looked at a fetal development chart at the Operation Rescue Office in Dallas. I had a lot of emotions stirring up inside of me. That's when I decided that it was wrong in any stage of pregnancy.” If “Jane Roe” came to that conclusion after abortion, our prayer is that her change of heart speaks to all women considering it.
We invite you to join ICU Mobile in the March for Life. This is our time to show a peaceful, loving approach to helping women in all walks of life be empowered to choose life.
“And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:5
Published on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 @ 3:06 PM CDT
During this time of year, I am reminded of the first person to acknowledge the Savior of the World. Do you remember who it was? It was not the shepherds visited by the angels, it was not the wise men traveling from the east, and it was not anyone in or around Bethlehem. The first one to be in awe of our Savior was not even born; it was John the Baptist in his mother’s womb. Scriptures say John leaped for joy when his mother met Mary (Luke 1:41).
Today with ultrasound technology, we have the gift to see these people – real people. Many come on the mobile not expecting to see much because they are told it is not a real person, only tissue, yet when they see tiny hands and feet and see a beating heart, they know it is a person, their baby!
We are so blessed to serve by GOing to women and revealing the life they are carrying and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Published on Thursday, December 20, 2018 @ 11:50 AM CDT