Prayer, faith and sheer courage. This is how the story of ICU Mobile starts. It is more common than we like to admit that when we pray and get direction from God, we can tend to ignore it. We question what we hear and our minds can wander and just like Moses, believing that we don’t have what it takes to do the job. Somehow believing the doubts and internal fears that we’re not capable of doing the big things God puts in our paths. Perhaps this is why it says “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, what he has in store for us.” If we really knew the magnitude we might question it even more.
ICU Mobile founder, Sylvia Slifko & her husband Steve are, in some ways, a modern day Moses. Hearing and taking steps forward to deliver God’s people, especially the children, from death. ICU Mobile wouldn’t be here today had Sylvia set that whisper aside. Since 2003, Sylvia and her husband, Steve, have dedicated their lives to God’s prompting to show pregnant, abortion-minded women their babies through mobile ultrasound units.
So how did it all come together? God is so faithful and he didn’t just drop an idea in Sylvia’s lap and leave her to figure it all out. He brought forward a man who would lead her to the RV that would become the very first mobile unit, He brought forward a man who would design the vehicle, and He even brought her a doctor. An OB/GYN had recently closed his practice but was interested in helping on the mobile unit and a sonographer felt led by God to use her skills at a pregnancy center. On and on, the Lord continued to bring forward affordable and/or donated equipment and items needed to make the mobile unit fully operational.
Sylvia has the vision to see more and more mobile units not only in the United States but around the world. Imagine what a mobile unit could mean to women in countries who have limited access to pregnancy care and resources! Together, we can save lives, truly empower women, and share the gospel without boundaries.
You can help continue the work of this ministry that to date has seen tens of thousands of women, seeing many choose life for both their baby and their eternity. (since 2016 we have seen over 27,000 visitors come on the mobiles with 14,000+ clients, 8,500+ ultrasounds, 7,000+ decisions for life and over 400 decisions for Christ) and bring Sylvia’s vision to reality by donating today. With our upcoming gala and matching donations, your financial support can be doubled creating an even wider impact on the areas we can serve through ultrasound and pregnancy services.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
Published on Thursday, June 13, 2019 @ 9:50 AM EDT
June 20th is just around the corner! The excitement around this year’s banquet, Fostering Life Together Celebration, might be at the highest level ever. Since 2003, we have seen thousands of lives saved and decisions made for Christ as a result of the mobile ministry fleet across this country. It’s no wonder we have been blessed with a $100,000 matching gift opportunity by ministry patrons wanting to see us expand even more. We want to be close to reaching that matching gift BEFORE this year’s gala begins! Will you help us meet the matching gift challenge?
We invite you to join us live in person or on Livestream! Our keynote speaker is the one and only Nick Vujicic of Life Without Limbs Ministry. Nick’s story truly highlights the sanctity of life, the power of what life can be, do and create. Nick has overcome incredible odds and is living proof that every single life is valuable regardless of perceived limitations based on birth defects or any other reason for which many doctors today recommend abortion. Nick’s life is filled with stories of strength, hope, and ability even though he was born without arms or legs. We promise you will not want to miss this.
In addition to having Nick with us at our gala on June 20th, you will get to meet and see some of the amazing front line workers. Our affiliates, who create the mobile fleet across the country, will be present for you to meet and hear their stories about how much of an impact your financial support is having.
Your support of the mission of ICU Mobile truly changes lives. As an organization, our mission never waivers. We are here to reach thousands of women across the country facing a crisis pregnancy. Together, as we accomplish that goal, we have the added blessing of seeing lives saved by sharing with them the first look at the life they are carrying through ultrasound and providing them hope through Jesus. Register here to attend the banquet or contact us here if you would like to set up a live stream of the event.
We encourage you to register early in order to make sure you get a seat and we ask that you join in the excitement and give early! Be part of the miracle today! Use www.ICUMOBILE.org/Donate to make your donation which will qualify for the $100,000 matching gift opportunity! These funds will be used to support the fleet and to specifically target states and major cities wherein 2016 there were 342,000 abortions, enough to fill the Ohio State Stadium nearly THREE AND A HALF times! We are excited at the opportunity and the challenge to reach the $100,000 goal before our gala event. Imagine what we can do together with just a little help from all of our friends like you.
Thank you a million times over. We couldn’t do this without you!
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Published on Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 1:59 PM EDT
Our recent mobile tour took us to many cities and states and provided us wonderful opportunities to share how important it is that pregnant women have access to ultrasound services. We are grateful not only for a (relatively) smooth journey, but for the people who gathered in support, who prayed with us and for us, and who encouraged us to keep going.
Our final stop on the mobile tour was Times Square in New York City. The ultimate goal to broadcast a live 4D ultrasound on large screens to the people of the most lively city in America. And reach that goal, we did. With Focus on the Family leading the charge for this historical event, we were blessed to provide the ultrasound that allowed anyone watch in Times Square and on the livestream to see the beautiful face of Abby Johnson’s preborn baby.
As silence fell among the crowd, we knew this was a moment that will be forever remembered. This moment would create changed hearts, life choices, and new pro-life advocates.
Since the Alive From New York event, we’ve seen an increase in states passing tighter abortion restrictions, we’ve seen individuals given a new freedom to share their passion for the protection of life, and we’ve contributed to the creation of a new generation of advocates for life.
Each day that we devote to the life-saving practice of pregnancy ultrasound and advocating for the choice for life, is one day closer to building our society back to valuing the sanctity of life. With your help we will be able to realize the vision of having mobile ultrasound units in every community. This will mean in person, frontline care for women facing an unplanned pregnancy. It will provide the opportunity for women to get their very first look at their baby. It will result in more choices for life and more decisions for a walk with Christ.
Join us, as we step into the future.
Published on Friday, May 17, 2019 @ 10:09 AM EDT
Unexpected and uncommon is how our God works. He brought us the miracle of salvation through the birth of a baby. Jesus came and gave his life for all of us and also going to reach the least of these. At ICU Mobile, we feel that if uncommon and unexpected methods to reach the least of these worked for him, this is a good model to follow. At ICU Mobile, our ministry is dedicated to connecting with women where they are at their point of need and being easily available for them to get the care they need. This is why the mobile unit. Not everyone can get to a traditional clinic. Sometimes a pro-life clinic isn’t in their area or they don’t have the transportation to get there. This requires us to do the uncommon. Bring it to them. A little uncommon? Yep, but you can’t argue with the results.
Your donations allow us to work with and resource clinics with the ability to have mobile units. This is a way they can extend their ministry and provide every level of expertise you might find in a pregnancy care center.
We offer physician-led case management, licensed nurses, trained ultrasound technicians, and intake staff. Your gift makes it possible to do so all at no charge to our women. Yep, at no cost. This is also uncommon!
So what happens when a woman comes on board a mobile medical unit provided by ICU Mobile? She is greeted with a smile and the love of God. She is provided confident pregnancy testing to verify the pregnancy, ultrasound technicians who provide those first images of the growing life inside of her and provide referrals to doctors who will follow her care, and any additional resources or services that might be needed. She will be cared for by medically trained professionals who want only the best for her and the life inside of her.
Along with trained, licensed professionals, our units carry equipment on board to provide all the services and images needed in order to gain all the information necessary to make a decision for life. We want to see women be healthy. We can women to have a healthy pregnancy. This is made possible by this units investment in equipment, services, and people who are not only capable but excel at providing them with everything they need as they begin this new season of life.
Our fleet of mobile units not only have professional training for their jobs, they have servant's hearts. They share about a loving God who has provided salvation so women may walk confidently through their pregnancy knowing Jesus is walking beside them.
Next time you see an ICU Mobile unit in your community, realize that it is a little uncommon but we are ok with that.
If you don’t see an ICU Mobile unit in your community and have questions about how to get one, let us know!
We would love for you to share our story with others that you think might be interested in supporting this mission. Perhaps you know a clinic that would like to go mobile. We would love to hear from them too.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40
Published on Sunday, April 21, 2019 @ 10:47 PM EDT
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
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 @ 4:06 PM EDT