Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:16 AM

Stand In The Gap!

Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:16 AM
Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:16 AM

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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:44 PM

Beyond The RV

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:44 PM
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 4:44 PM

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

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 4:06 PM

A Birth, A March, An Answered Call

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 4:06 PM
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 4:06 PM

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

Thursday, December 20, 2018 12:50 PM

The first to recognize our Savior....

Thursday, December 20, 2018 12:50 PM
Thursday, December 20, 2018 12:50 PM

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!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:07 AM

Why we GO........

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:07 AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 11:07 AM

 

I recently attended a BBQ event held by one of our ICU Mobile ‘s fleet family in Alabama. You could feel the excitement as stories were shared about life decisions being made on the mobile clinic and about lives transformed by the Gospel. That is why we GO, reaching women who are missed by many pregnancy centers today because they are focused on having an abortion and avoid clearly pro-life centers.

Stories were shared of women leaving the abortion clinic after their pre-abortion visit and not really shown their baby on ultrasound. Then seeing the mobile unit, getting that “second opinion” and finding out that the life they are carrying is a real baby, their baby, with arms, legs, fingers and toes….many are shocked at seeing what was not shown them before and seeing the heart beating moves many to a life decision. God is doing an amazing work on the mobile units!

The team there in Alabama is doing an awesome work in making a difference for life and the kingdom. The workers that I met were so excited to be a part of a ministry that is seeing results in the lives of women they meet every day. Since they began their ministry close to 2 years ago, they have seen over 1,600 women, performed over 1,200 ultrasounds, with over 1250 deciding to parent. 112 of these women had planned on abortion change their minds after seeing their baby on ultrasound. And spiritually, they have witnessed over 60 professions of faith in Jesus Christ.

God is using more than these workers in saving these lives. Everyone attending the BBQ plays a critical role, whether it is the workers or those sitting around the table in prayer and financial support, they too are part of the ministry. ICU Mobile supports over 40 mobiles like the one in Alabama as part of His Fleet for Little Feet, and those that are part of the ICU Mobile family are also an extended family in supporting this ministry and the other mobiles as well. I was so honored to attend and be there to celebrate what God is doing in Alabama!

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:03 PM

The numbers may be deceiving....

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:03 PM
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 3:03 PM

I was watching the news the other night and the news anchor announced that abortions have dropped to the lowest level since the Roe vs Wade decision. At first, I thought, YES!….then I wondered WHY?  Has there been a fundamental shift in our society that is the cause? Sadly, I had to say no, I have not seen any indication the Cultural Revolution is waning, in fact, the evidence is it is getting more blatant and radical. Then what is causing the recorded drop, my suspicion is medical abortions had dropped, however, total abortions are most likely not dropping with the advent of the chemical abortion – the Abortion Pill. This was reinforced when I was speaking with the Sanctity of Human Life leadership at Focus on the Family. We both came to the same conclusion; chemical abortions are taking off and now account for a projected 30% of all abortions, which paints the results in a wholly different light.

What does that mean for us who are working to save the lives of the unborn? I see there is both good and bad news. The bad news is Abortions are more readily available and can be done privately with minimal involvement of others and we need to find ways to be more involved and connected with these women who are considering the chemical route to the death of their baby.

The good news is the Abortion Pill process opens the door for a change of heart and change in the decision to have an abortion. The Abortion Pill is not like the medical procedure, as once it is started the decision is not easily reversible.   The Abortion pill takes days and can be reversed if treated in a timely manner. We in the pro-life movement that are working to save lives need to be educated on the options we can offer. Many of the women taking the Abortion Pill question if they are doing the right thing and we need to be ready with the answer in a loving way to say there is another option – Life! The Abortion Pill can be reversed if the decision is made in a timely manner. The process is not new or uses special chemicals, but uses hormones that have been around for years and used to support a pregnancy. The folks at Heartbeat International have an Abortion Pill Reversal protocol that is proven and works (https://www.abortionpillreversal.com ) Whether you are operating a brick and mortar or mobile pregnancy center we need to be prepared to support the woman who has started down a path she now wants to walk away from. God has given us this knowledge and we can use it now with women who have time to change their minds before they lose their baby.

Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:54 PM

The Fight For Life in California

Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:54 PM
Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:54 PM

ICU Mobile affiliates in California have been fighting for life for quite some time. Recently, they have been fighting against a "2015 California state law forcing pro-life pregnancy help medical clinics to promote taxpayer-funded abortions at their own expense" (read the original article here)...

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 11:59 AM

GO With Us To Oregon: Days 9-18

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 11:59 AM
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 11:59 AM

Our mobile medical unit's journey to the Northwest continues, supported by people joining us from across the country. Through dreary days God continues to remind them and us of his love through little things like the rainbow they saw as they drove along...

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Thursday, October 5, 2017 2:45 PM

GO With Us To Oregon: Days 6-8

Thursday, October 5, 2017 2:45 PM
Thursday, October 5, 2017 2:45 PM

We have been seeing many people come alongside ICU Mobile to support our time in Oregon both in prayer and finances. We want to give a special thank you to each person who has given to this mission...

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Monday, October 2, 2017 6:11 PM

GO With Us To Oregon: Days 3-5

Monday, October 2, 2017 6:11 PM
Monday, October 2, 2017 6:11 PM

Did you know that in Oregon 1 in 3 pregnancies ends in abortion? This is only going to increase with free abortions becoming available to all women.

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