Volunteer Spot Light

Volunteer Spot Light

-Dawn Brown
There are very few times in life I actually felt very strongly that God was “calling” me to something, and Pregnancy Resources is one of them.
At the time, I had two school aged children and was working about 60-65 hours a week and had been for many years. I had really been growing in my faith. I felt that for me, I could no longer say abortion is wrong and not do anything about it. I had done my first Walk for Life, but knew I was to do more.
I had been waiting for the next evening training for a very long time. When I finally asked about it, I was told there would be no more evening trainings because nobody ever volunteered from those. I was confused and disappointed, but then I realized, if God wanted me there, He would make a way.
I began to pray. Next thing you knew, they announced a training on WDLM in the evening. I took it, did all the homework required and applied, thinking I could do an overnight shift on the 24 hour crisis line they had in those days.
My husband, Jeff, was a pretty new believer and really growing in his faith too. We decided that we both needed to make this work. I quit my job, knowing that I needed an income, with no other employment prospects in the works. Two months later, I was working a new part-time job and volunteering once a week at Pregnancy Resources. We were asked to make a one year commitment to volunteer, which I did. That was over 16 years ago!
I still, to this day, get occasional hugs from a young teen that was in the womb of one of my first abortion
vulnerable moms. One girl was in my AWANA group. Very cool!
Over the years it has been so exciting to know “things” from Pregnancy Resources and also see women and  children at my church.
Nobody else knows there are dots to connect, yet I get to connect them. It is always amazing to realize once again, how God is working when we don’t even know it. These are two recent stories from my church:
Today after church, there was a celebration of an adoption. The child who was adopted is 11 years old or so. He’s been a part of my church family since he was very little, as a foster child. I’ve watched him come and go, in and out of foster care. Imagine one Christmas Eve Service years ago, when I looked over and saw my Pregnancy Resources client sitting with this foster family. I’ve watched this birth mom, on occasion, come to church with the foster family as they attempted to help her be the mom her children needed. This foster family officially adopted him into their great family last week!