Today I am sitting in a small town café writing to you. It’s a rainy spring day and I am full from eating a bowl of soup. It was delicious. Most of all though, I am safe, healthy and have people in my life who love me and care about the decisions I make. This isn’t true for a lot of women though. There are many who are hurting, they carry the weight of their troubles everywhere they go. With no one by their side they are faced with making life changing decisions.
In 2010 I was young, engaged and just finishing up my BA in Psychology. I was volunteering at the Durango Pregnancy Center where I heard the stories of broken women faced with a pregnancy they weren’t ready for. God started to change my heart through this experience. My heart broke and had compassion on those who desperately needed the hope of Jesus. Through reading scripture, I found that someone has to speak up and advocate for the oppressed people; widows, orphans, etc. Since God had put this on my heart, I began praying for these women.
Now three years later, my heart has grown for people in need. Recently I was doing research on the case for Dr. Gosnell, who is on trial for the murders of seven babies and one woman. I first learned about this case from watching 3801 Lancaster. This is a sad and horrific story. Hurting women went to his office looking for an answer. Lonely and seeking help, they went to Dr. Gosnell for an abortion. In this dark clinic, there were unsanitary conditions and a man who did not have their best interest in mind, as he often would perform late-term abortions. I encourage you to take the time to watch the video in the link above. As I read about the case, a close friend of mine asked me “Are you jumping on the abortion bandwagon?” My friend sees how God has put this on my heart for a reason. Each of us is uniquely built to have passions in life; God wants us to use these for Him and His kingdom.
Sometimes Christians will naturally not want to bring up or take a side on controversial topics, like abortion. We are afraid of offending others and ruining our reputation. Yet this is not what scripture tells us to do. Being a Christian is not supposed to be easy or glamorous and we aren’t supposed to sit back and watch things happen. God wants us to get our hands dirty with the work for his Kingdom.
Jesus says in Matthew 18:12-14 that He cares so much about each of us that he will go the distance to save us. “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.”
So I want to ask you, does your heart break for people in need? Are you doing anything to help the people in your community? What do you suggest our readers could do to start helping women or children in their area? Or bring awareness to things like Dr. Gosnell’s case?
Hedy is a graduate of Fort Lewis College with a BA in Psychology. She is married with a son. She can't get enough of God and works for Master Plan Ministries at Three Trails Ranch in Durango, CO. Before coming to Colorado, Hedy grew up in Sitka, Alaska.
Hedy loves to hunt and fish with her best hunting partner, her husband! Most recently she has been hunting in Colorado and Kansas. When she has a free moment or two, Hedy enjoys to knit and bake bread.
Sharing this article over at these awesome blogs.