Joyce Smart—Volunteer Client Advocate for 9 years
Ms. Eva Gochenour was an original board member at the Pregnancy Center and she took me to an open house at the Center and introduced me to this community outreach. After being involved with the Pregnancy Center Walk for Life for many years, I knew that I wanted to be more involved after I retired. I am starting my 9th year as a client advocate. I am a single parent and I know the struggle to make ends meet. We reach out to mothers, fathers, and children. We have so many classes! From nutrition to sibling rivalry. I always ask clients if I can pray with them. I count it a privilege to volunteer at the Shenandoah County Pregnancy Center. I am mindful of this verse from Romans 12:9-13 as I serve at the Center.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Making Life Disciples is a program designed by Care Net for churches to train a team of first responders to help offer life support to women, men, and families to empower them to choose life for their unborn children and abundant life for their families.
MLD will transform your church’s response to abortion by equipping the church to lead with love by offering compassion, hope, help, and discipleship to women and men facing pregnancy decisions. The video based program is self-paced and easy to implement amongst a small group or Sunday School class. Once trained, participants will be able to provide compassionate care to our clients and our hope is that through these relationships our clients will find a home in the church.
More information about Making Life Disciples can be found at https://www.makinglifedisciples.com/. Please call Jean at the Center if you have questions or are interested in implementing MLD.
A confidential small group Bible study for women seeking healing from a past abortion. Call or text Stacey for details and to register. 253-797-5451