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September 2019 Newsletter

We are beyond blessed by your faithfulness and partnership to CHOICES! You stand with us on the front line every day. You provide our lights to be on, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds and std tests to be run at no cost to those we serve. This is one of many ways we sow into their lives with no financial gain. Another powerful way we sow is in prayer.

Often, I am challenged by the very real, very messy, very overwhelming scenarios that represent heart breaking circumstances. Every two weeks we update our board in our prayer room of the most recent abortion determined patients who we believe need extra prayers to see them through. Prayer moves the hand of God!

Here is a glimpse of just half of our prayer board of the most urgent requests.

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Although they have been loved well, had an ultrasound, saw their baby, were informed of their choices, and the hope of Jesus was shared, prayer matters. We don’t have the power to change a person’s heart, but we know the Lord does! Like “T” who was raped and had two previous abortions. Not only did she choose life, but she is interested in knowing more about Jesus and now partaking in FLOURISH, our Life Coaching program.

The resources you provide allow us to surround each woman and man who walk through our doors to be met with the love of Christ with the power of prayer. YOUR gift is saving lives, pushing back the darkness, and building the Kingdom!

Until there are 0…

CHOICES UPDATES

  • 35th Celebration Benefit Dinner • October 17
  • UCF CAMPAIGN Phase 1
  • 100 Days to $400,000
  • Currently at $310,000!

August 2019 Newsletter

Every day we see women and men seeking an abortion and every day we see the Lord working on the front line. YOUR gifts allow us to be ready every day for every divine appointment that walks through our doors! YOUR participation literally can mean life and death both physically and eternally.

“Susan” walked through our doors, 26, alone, a single mom of a 4-year-old. She found us on Google looking for an abortion. Believing she was not ready for another child, Susan felt this was her best option. Although she had an abortion a few years ago, she was unaware of the potential health risks even though she understood the after effects of abortion.

That particular day Susan met with one of our new volunteer advocates. As Susan talked about her loneliness, Christine mentioned someone she could always talk to, always turn to and will always be with her. Susan wanted to know more about Jesus and having a relationship with Him. After Christine shared, Susan said she wanted to know how to have that and was led in a beautiful prayer of salvation.

When the ultrasound was done and Susan saw her beautiful baby, she could no longer consider abortion. She left CHOICES that day with a decision to carry her baby and a new relationship with Jesus who will never leave her nor forsake her. As Christine shared the story with us tears were rolling down her cheeks as she said, “Thank you for allowing me to be a volunteer at CHOICE.”

Every day…every single one who walks through our doors sees the work of the Lord, including our faithful volunteers. I hope and pray you see that too through this testimony. Together we are agents of change for the Gospel, loving well and often blessed to see it right before our eyes. Thank you for your faithful partnership!

I hope you heard the GOOD NEWS! We have a contract on a premier property 1.3 miles from UCF campus on Carrigan and Alafaya. Please join us in prayer and support during this strategic time! You will find all the details at choicesministries.org/ucf-campaign.

Until there are 0…

CHOICES UPDATES

  • RESERVE YOUR SEAT • October 17, 2019
  • Benefit Dinner • Celebrating 35 Years
  • JOIN US FOR THE UCF CAMPAIGN Phase 1 100 Days to $400,000

July 2019 Newsletter

Often times it is difficult to explain all that goes on at CHOICES in a given week and even more so to communicate how impactful your investment is to us! Trust me when I say, YOUR gift is changing and saving lives.

A mother was with her 20-year-old daughter at OWC late-term abortion clinic. They were so adamant about their decision and did not want to talk with John who stands outside that clinic. After coming in and out and yelling at him all day they chose to come to CHOICES. Here they were loved, they were treated with dignity, and here they chose life for their baby!

An 18-year-old had her abortion scheduled but was attracted by our services to confirm her pregnancy was viable through ultrasound. When she saw her baby on ultrasound and began to cry, acknowledging this was her baby. She canceled her abortion scheduled for the next day with Planned Parenthood and has chosen life!

A 24-year-old was enlisting in the army and could not enlist pregnant. Her boyfriend wanted her to have an abortion so they came to CHOICES. Together they realized they could indeed make a different choice…a choice to give life to their baby and they did.

A 19-year-old student did not want anyone to know she was pregnant and came seeking abortion. Her boyfriend wanted her to abort. She came back for a second ultrasound and in spite of all the pressure to abort she bravely chose life for her unborn child.

A 30-year-old arrived wanting an abortion and her pregnancy test was negative. She prayed to receive Christ and said, “Please tell me how I can do that. I want that for my life.”

A 26-year-old came for two ultrasounds and chose abortion. A week later she returned shattered, broken and needing to talk to us.

You are a part of happy endings of every given week! We also know there were many others who passed through our doors that are still deciding and some that have chosen to have an abortion. We know that the Lord is writing the story for each and there are no mistakes with each one walking through our doors.

Together we celebrate the victories, together we contend for those still making their decisions, and together we weep with those who weep! Thank you that together, we offer healthy choices through respect, dignity, and the power of the Holy Spirit in every given week.

Until there are 0…

CHOICES UPDATES

  • Dinner Table Host Receptions August 21 & 22
  • HOLD THE DATE • October 17, 2019
    Benefit Dinner • Celebrating 35 Years
  • PRAY for UCF location…in the works!

June 2019 Newsletter

When I think of your gift and your investment in CHOICES, I am overwhelmed with the daily impact you make! I wish you could look directly into the eyes of a mom who has chosen life and watch her hold her new baby. At that moment you are reminded of amazing grace and His plan for a hope and future. Regardless what it looked like when she first walked through our doors, she now can’t even imagine she was going to have an abortion.

Michelle had gone to the abortion clinic seeking an early abortion and they gave her the abortion pill. As instructed she took the first pill and took the remainder home in a bag with instructions on when and how to take them. Once home, she said she regretted taking the abortion pill and began to cry out to the Lord to save her baby.

A week later, sure God had answered her prayer, she returned to the abortion clinic where John Barros stands faithfully to share hope everyday. Having seen her before, he asked if she was okay. She said she was here for a check up. The clinic did an ultrasound and said her baby had no heartbeat. They offered to do a surgical abortion to make sure they had the remaining tissue. Michelle went outside to call her boyfriend and asked John, “Do you think they lie?” You know John’s answer and they hopped in the car to come to CHOICES. On the way Michelle cried and begged the Lord to save her baby.

When our sonographer did the ultrasound a beautiful baby with a strong heartbeat appeared. After some tears and a few calls, we were able to confirm that indeed the Lord had saved Michelle’s baby. On May 23rd this beautiful baby was born and two weeks later she walked through our doors to thank us. Now we are partnering with a local church to bless this mom in need with a baby shower to continue to show her how much we love her!
Can you see the true joy and peace in this mom’s face? May you know today, YOU are making a difference every…single…day at CHOICES! Together we can do what we do…offer hope and a future, receive each one He sends as a divine appointment, and watch and pray as the Lord unfolds the story. Thank you for your gifts of love and life!
Until there are 0…

CHOICES UPDATES

  • UCF: we are actively looking and denied 3 locations. We have looked at a potential purchase. PRAY!
  • HOLD THE DATE • October 17, 2019
    Benefit Dinner • Celebrating 35 Years

May 2019 Newsletter

Every day the phone rings and everyday we hear, “How much are your abortions?” Everyday we see women and men seeking abortion and believing we can be the vehicle to get them those services. YOU offer hope, life and a new day to those who walk through our doors through your gifts.

You may wonder how your generosity continues to work beyong the decision a woman makes to chose LIFE for her self and her baby. “Rebecca” was one of those who made that call last year. She arrived believing we do abortions and through the professional and compassionate services and care she received, she made a courageous decision for LIFE!

In her thirties, alone and a first-time mom, she chose to attend LEGACY: Parenting Development. For 7 weeks she joined other women here at CHOICES as we provide dinner each week and topics relevant to moms-to-be. During these classes “Rebecca” experienced community and the love of the staff and guest speakers. At the conclusion she now felt safe enough to enroll in FLOURISH: Life Coaching program where she met with a trained volunteer weekly on-on-one. Rebecca began to explore her faith and making healthy decisions.

We decided to have a baby shower for Rebecca hosted at CHOICES by the women’s group at Church of the Cross. The outpouring of love and gifts from total strangers was just a glimpse of all the Lord was doing for the givers and the receiver. By the end of the shower the women were trading phone numbers. Not long after she attended a MOPS Group they invited her to and even to church.

Thank YOU for being a part of allowing us to love as Jesus would love and demonstrate our love to them in a variety of ways! Our greatest desire is for them to see Jesus in all we do and consider the unconditional redemption and eternal life offered by knowing Him personally as Savior. The Lord writes the story and we all get to be a part of it! If your church group would like to host a baby shower for a mom who chose LIFE, let me know. Thank you for your gifts of love and life!

Until there are 0…

CHOICES UPDATES

  • UCF: we are still actively looking and were recently denied a 3rd lease. PLEASE PRAY for the Lord’s perfect location.
  • EMPOWER HER
    Women in Leadership LIFE Lunch
    June 20th, CHOICES – Call For Details

April 2019 Newsletter

I often wonder…what if we weren’t here. Thanks to you and your faithfulness to support CHOICES we ARE here. We are frequently reminded of the impact of a life that may have never been or the transformation of hearts from Christ-centered support. We will never fully comprehend here on earth the impact of our financial gift, the Gospel shared, or the value of speaking life. Sometimes we are blessed to see a glimpse of heaven on earth!
“Katie” and “Steve” had been to the late term abortion clinic twice. Convinced it wasn’t the right time for a baby and relationship issues this mom had even tried to self-abort at home. That day she saw John Barros outside the clinic again. Again, John preached a sermon from the sidewalk she could hear on the inside. Soon after they came out saying they couldn’t stay there. John referred them and off to CHOICES they came.

Katie connected to the volunteer advocate who was the only person that day who could speak her language. It was not a coincidence that the volunteers’ life many years ago mirrored Katie’s situation. As our volunteer shared her testimony and faith, not only did Katie break down in tears but so did the other volunteer advocate in the room who didn’t even understand the language being spoken. Katie continued to cry and say thank you for not judging her.

Coming from a Jehovah Witness background, Katie heard the hope of the Gospel and prayed to receive Christ as her Lord and Savior. She was so beautifully broken and received all the tender care of the staff and volunteers. When Katie and Steve saw their baby on the ultrasound, they were overjoyed that their 16-week baby was fine and active.

Your gift impacts lives in ways you may never fully know here on earth. Thank you for trusting us and know we will never take that for granted. Thank YOU for your investment in CHOICES so lives like this couple can remind us all of a glimpse of heaven on earth!

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C H O I C E S U P D A T E S
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History Making WALK Raised $277,000! Please pray as we continue to find a location at UCF!