Life Centers Stories
My whole body went numb and I was shaking. A positive test. How could this be? Is God punishing me? Will my boyfriend, Andres, stick by my side? How will God bless a baby conceived this way?
I had prayed for a negative test. A miscarriage. Anything. I did not want this baby. Not before marriage. Not now. I had just left full-time employment to focus on starting my master's degree. My parents were both in ministry and would be devastated. I had no idea what to do.
But I felt surrounded by love and truth. Two women from Life Centers were at my side, showing me with great kindness the size of my four-week-old baby. They spoke clearly and gently about the Gospel - the Gospel I had embraced just a few years before - and how this baby was a gift. A gift from God (James 1:17) who was knit together in my womb so preciously and uniquely (Psalm 139).
I saw Jesus in these two women. I felt Him. Hearing God's Word and feeling the love and acceptance at Life Centers made me confident that it would all be okay. I left the center knowing God would provide.
Now, Andres and I are married and blessed daily by our beautiful daughter, Natalia. I'm a student a IUPUI preparing for the physician's assistance program. We attend church regularly and are involved in a small group. God has provided in every single way.
"When I first came to the pregnancy center, I was really scared. I wanted to look at adoption first. My peer counselor shared with me all of my options. I decided to keep my child. As we talked, I also decided I wanted to rededicate my life to Christ. After I chose life and rededicated my life to Christ, it was amazing. A church threw a baby shower for me.
"I would have never been able to do this alone. God has given me everything I need and more. I talk to God every day. I am so thankful for my son. He is everything I prayed for. I am grateful to my peer counselor and the volunteers at Life Centers who continue to help me and have changed my life."