"Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day."
-Psalm 139:13-16 (The Message)
Brooke & Hazaiah (Actual First Step patients
“We have been honored to partner with you in both prayer and finances as you continue to fight for the unborn and their mothers. Little did we know the last time we talked how much The Lord would return those seeds to us.
Our daughter who has always been very pro-life and even prayed on the steps of the Supreme Court with the red LIFE tape on her mouth, has chosen her own path for a season. She called us in April to tell us she was pregnant. The baby's father was encouraging her toward abortion before we even knew she was expecting. When she called us she was on the fence... We talked and prayed and I am so happy to report that she made the decision to have and raise this baby, our grandchild! I know that our partnership with you is tied into this victory!
Even though you did not have the chance to counsel her (she lives in another state about 1400 miles from here) your work, your prayers, and the seeds we have sown locally are all part of this bountiful harvest in our own family! I believe The Lord will create a strong pro-life message through my daughter now that she knows what it is like to actually be in a crisis pregnancy.
So it is true. The Lord really does knit us all together! May He continue to bless the work you and the team do here and know that you are often in our thoughts and prayers!”
“I can clearly see how my journey to volunteer at First Step Women's Center has been orchestrated by God. It began as an invitation to a First Step banquet from a friend who had no idea I had a passion for the life of the unborn. It came at the exact right time. I was anticipating retirement and wanted to volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center. I had not started looking into my options, but God, through my friend’s help, led me to First Step.
My initial retirement was short lived and I found myself back at work. I continued to volunteer with the minimal time that I had available, but I knew I needed to contribute more. Through a class on prayer that I participated in, God made it very clear where I needed to be spending my time and energy. So, I gave notice at work to a boss who fully supports my desire to follow my passion and God’s leading. have found peace and am so looking forward to using my gifts
to help Debbie and Wanda make First Step a center of hope and caring for those in a difficult pregnancy situation. Consider how you can help.”
- Jan, Volunteer
“This past Friday I did something I had never done before. I stood for two and a half hours in front of a Planned Parenthood building praying for the mothers and babies and trying to talk to anyone who would listen. Maybe I hadn't done it before because I have seen the demonstrations of Pro-lifers yelling across the street condemning those who were going in. It may have just been how the media wanted to portray it but it looked hateful, it didn't seem like the way Jesus would approach the issue of abortion. I have supported Pregnancy Help Centers and am currently giving to First Step Women's Center on a regular basis. But recently I was convicted to do more.
After watching Ray Comfort's 180 video for the second time I realized that I was just as guilty as the Germans living around the concentration camps during World War II who did nothing. In fact I was probably worse because they didn't really know what went on inside those camps but I KNOW what goes on inside Planned Parenthood. Then I saw a video on the internet about a gentleman in Florida who has been going to an abortion clinic for 3 years, 6 days a week. He prays and just asks the women if they know there are alternatives, there really is a choice.
When I arrived at the Planned Parenthood clinic I was very uncomfortable, I didn't know what to do. So, I started to pray. I prayed that God would speak through me only what Jesus would say. I prayed a lot and handed out cards with information about First Step Women's Center. I told them that it was the number of a friend who has had an abortion and now helps others who have done the same. The highlight was talking to and praying with a lady who had just had an abortion. When she asked what I thought God thought about abortion I said, "Since it is killing someone I'm sure it breaks His heart, just like the things I have done that break his heart." We went on to talk about her son and a few other things and then her cab arrived.
I don't think I saved any babies that day. I'm praying that God will give me that opportunity soon. But for now I'm praying that God will use the words spoken to *Mary and help her truly experience God's grace by coming into a saving relationship with Him. It was an incredible blessing to know that even though it was uncomfortable standing there I believe God had me there to meet Mary so that she could know that God loves her no matter what she has done. Jesus came "full of grace and truth" and I think we as believers can stand in front of Planned Parenthood "full of grace and truth" and allow God to use us in whatever way He sees fit.”
-- Will, Pastor and Supporter
*Names changed to protect confidentiality
“The pain of abortion is compounded because it’s the secret sin, the one you can’t talk about, even to your friends. It’s that very secret that keeps millions of women like me, and possibly you, suffering in silence. I had an abortion when I was 20 years old. For years, I didn’t understand that I had buried the grief and the pain. Yes, you might say I had caused my own grief, but as I looked at the story of Jesus and the Woman at the Well (John 4:1-29), I could take comfort in the fact that although He knew her sin, he offered her restoration, and a drink of living water.
Surrendering the Secret was part of the plan that God used to help in the healing process. What began as an 8 week class, turned into a journey of healing and the beginning of lasting friendships. The class facilitators provided the perfect atmosphere of truth balanced with unconditional love.
I believe God has a mighty work for each of his children to accomplish. We are not disqualified by our sin. We are perhaps humbled by it and repentant for it, and yes we may continue to reap some consequences of the events we started when we chose abortion, but we as mothers, feel the loss most keenly. We are, however, not as those who have no hope. We’ll see our children in heaven.
Take heart. Our sins are forgiven. What Jesus did on the cross is big enough for this sin too. It’s not too big to be covered in the blood. He died for you and me, that nothing would ever separate us from the love of the Father.
If you feel that God is leading you to begin the journey of forgiveness and healing, please contact First Step Women's Center and talk to Debbie. She’ll show you where to begin.”
-- Surrendering the Secret participant