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
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 @ 12:50 PM EDT
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!
Published on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 @ 11:07 AM EDT
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.
Published on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 3:03 PM EDT
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)...
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). On October 17th, our affiliate from ICU Riverside, California took a day of fasting and prayer before presenting oral arguments on their challenge to this law in the Riverside County Superior Court.
Our California affiliates have seen 63 decisions for life so far in 2017. This unconstitutional law is trying to put a stop to these life-affirming efforts! Our affiliate family is working every day to minister in their local communities, serving women, saving lives and sharing Christ!
(our Riverside County, California unit serving in their community)
An example of this is Jamie*, who came aboard one of ICU's mobile units determined to have an abortion and saw her baby for the first time through ultrasound technology and after seeing its beating heart chose life. Jamie also found new life in accepting Christ!
Join us as we work with our affiliate families to provide the support to reach more women who are facing crisis pregnancies and share the hope found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Published on Thursday, October 19, 2017 @ 4:54 PM EDT
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...
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.
The ICU unit has stopped at a number of pregnancy centers in Idaho, Oregon, Colorado, and Kansas. At each stop, the Robbs watched as those coming aboard grew in excitement. The centers visualized the lives that could be saved and lives changed with one of these mobile medical units in their community.
You can be a part of this tour and be part of making a difference in the towns the mobile medical unit visits by donating to cover tolls, lodging, meals or some of the 1000 gallons of gas it is projected to take for the journey.
We want to thank all of you who have stepped in and supported us both in prayer and financial gifts throughout this time. It does not go unnoticed!
Join us to make the trip a success as the mobile unit heads back to Akron, Ohio. Make a difference by covering some of the expenses of the journey. Support the trip with...
$150 for one tank of gas
$100 for one night in a hotel
$20 for one meal for the Robb’s
$10 for road tolls
Every dollar makes a difference.
Published on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 11:59 AM EDT