Thursday, September 12, 2013

Thursday = Volunteer Day

Some of you know this already, but in case you don't, here's the scoop.

On Thursdays, I volunteer at a crisis pregnancy clinic. So far I'm still in training, but it's still one of my favorite parts of the week. The atmosphere in the clinic is so peaceful and welcoming; each time I arrive I think of the hours and hours of prayer and preparation that went into opening this new-to-the-area clinic. The grounds have been soaked in prayers of preparation, and it is evident even in the parking lot.

Last week, I got to shadow the director with a client for the very first time. It was a surreal experience for me, partly because I've been volunteering since April and hadn't seen a client yet, and partly because seeing a client is what I've been praying and preparing and training for since last September {I did my Care Net training before my internship in the Frozen Tundra}.

And it was also surreal because this was the first time I encountered someone facing a crisis pregnancy. We hear about these women all the time {or at least, I do because that's what I'm interested in}, but last week put a face to my prayers. This girl was not an example in my training manual; she was not even someone my director or fellow volunteers had met. This was a girl sitting on the couch a foot away from me, considering her options.

Because of privacy laws, I can't tell you more than that. But I can ask you for your prayers, for this girl and her situation as well as for me. I cannot fully describe to you how it is both intimidating and peaceful in the counseling room. There is pressure to say the right things, respond the right way, make your face look calm but involved, concerned but not freaked out, neutral but caring. But there is such peace, because Jesus is in the room too, and He is so, so faithful to prompt the right words and responses, and His heart shines out through our faces.

Psalm 27:13 ~ 
"I believe that 
I shall look upon
 the goodness of the Lord
 in the land of the living!" 


  1. I am so so proud of you for doing this, Rebekah. You have a beautiful heart, a heart Jesus gave you, and you're doing the right thing with it.

    1. Thank you, Catherine, I really appreciate your words!

  2. You go, girl! Working in the pro-life movement (especially pregnancy centers) is the most heartbreaking and inspiring thing at the same time. I got to experience this same thing, and I cannot describe how profound and completely human this experience is. We can read all about it and debate abortion, but what a powerful thing it is to actually experience a real situation. You're sitting next to a woman, and could be part of changing her life. How beautiful to be part of this. Keep it up :-)