I’d love to share an amazing story about a mom we helped who came to us in despair. The seeds we sow in the lives of the people we help bear more fruit than we initially know. Cristina is a great example:
When I moved to Illinois, I was pretty lost. I had nothing but my 2-year-old son Blake, a little bit of clothes for the two of us, and my son Xander in my belly. All I knew was that I had to leave my awful situation in Michigan. My children’s father was an alcoholic and addict. He had become very abusive. I had to get out.
It was at this time that one of my neighbors told me about Pregnancy Resources (CPC at the time). She told me about the programs they had for diapers and clothing. I was really struggling so I got in touch with Pregnancy Resources and started meeting with services coordinator Jeri regularly.
We watched videos about Jesus and talked about them afterward. We also talked about things that were going on in my life. We always ended the session with a prayer, which I also needed, although I didn’t quite realize it at the time.
Then in 2004, I found out I was pregnant again. I had been raped by someone very close to me, and I didn’t know what to do. That’s when I decided to have an abortion. That’s also when I spoke with Kathy at the Moline Pregnancy Resources center. She told me I had other options.
Kathy educated Cristina about abortion procedures and risks, and gave her info about adoption.
Kathy told me about all the great people out there who couldn’t have children and who would love my child so much. I told her I would think about it.
Later, I went to Planned Parenthood and paid for my abortion. When they called me back to the room, they did an ultrasound. I asked if I could see it. They said that it would be better if I didn’t. I started to cry and asked her to let me be alone for a few minutes. It was then that God told me to leave that place, that I was doing the wrong thing.
Cristina returned to Pregnancy Resources after choosing not to go through with her abortion. She was much more open to adoption. With the help of a workbook and videos, Kathy helped Cristina know what to expect emotionally as she made an adoption plan. They spent many appointments together and talked about how God would strengthen her to do what was best for her child.
Kathy says, “I visited her in the hospital after his birth and she was beginning to think that parenting him was what she wanted to do.”
After Andy was born, I decided to keep him at home with me. But when he was ten months old, I realized that it was way too much for me to handle, especially with the other things that were going on my life.
The seeds we had sown were bearing fruit. Andy was adopted by a loving family.
I get to see Andy and his family regularly. Andy knows how lucky he is to have 2 moms!
Kathy often thought of Cristina and prayed for her. Cristina had moved and we lost track of her. But God knew right where she was, and He was in the process of bringing her to Himself.
Cristina stopped by recently (after almost 6 years) with baby donations. That’s when she told us the rest of her story – all that had happened since she last saw Kathy, including overcoming an addiction. She said she wanted to “give back” now, and part of giving back was writing her story for us.
"I have now found a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. I’ve been baptized, and I belong to an awesome church. I have a good job, a Christian man that loves me for me, a house, and a great life. I owe this all to God’s grace and the spiritual changes He has made in my life."
We were thrilled to hear how God had used all that we had sown into Cristina’s life. Not only was little Andy’s life spared, but Cristina’s life was changed forever by the love of Jesus!
Blake and Xander with their brother Andy
Can you believe God’s awesome miraculous power transforming Cristina’s life?!
We have so many testimonies like hers, and we can’t do it without you.
Please consider a generous Christmas donation so that we can continue this life-saving work.
Help us end the year in the black and kick-off 2012 stronger than ever.
Posted on Tue, December 13, 2011
by Katherine Hardacre