We are told in the Scriptures that the angels announced the birth of the Savior who had come to a lowly manger. Ever since, they rejoice when people come to Christ as their Savior : "These are the things angels long to look upon" (1 Peter 1:12). I personally think that one of the things that angels rejoice in is the birth of a baby, the ultimate creation of God.
This year, more than ever, I am grateful for people like you who are standing for life and compassion for our clients! Here at the center, we are continually amazed that the more we give out, the more we are blessed by the community with baby clothes, furniture and other items.
Our clients are so grateful to receive, they often return later with items to re-gift!
One very young couple had to ask their client advocate twice if they could donate ten dollars. So many hug us and say "God Bless You" as they are leaving.
We are often amazed at the transformation that occurs in these women, of all ages, as they start getting excited about their babies. They may get giddy as they start to go through the baby clothes, and perhaps it seems a little over the top when maybe they should be sober about such a grave responsibility.
Two such clients, "D' and "L", were in the Friendship Room after I had accompanied them to their first ultrasounds (which were performed at a training for our Stanton Mobile nurses). They had each just learned that boys were on the way! They joyfully looked through the baby boy clothes with abandon! We as client advocates are blessed to be able to rejoice with these women. This year we have seen many such joyful sights in our clients' visits to the Friendship Room alone.
Stanton is committed not only to providing women with alternatives to abortion but also to providing support as these women face the very real challenges of parenting, often with limited resources and little familial support. By coordinating with other organizations, Stanton also equips its clients with the resources to provide for their families.
We as the board are exploring available grants, using exclusively volunteers, subletting office space on specific dates, and using donated furniture and equipment! I say this to emphasize that I believe the Stanton ultrasound center can open its doors with a much lower cost than initially quoted to open such a center.
Corrie ten Boom said, "Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible."
We have already seen God show up in an unbelievable way as witnessed on the night of the "Protect Them Both" fundraising dinner when over a hundred people showed up-on a very snowy night. A big "Thank You" to those who came!
We ask for your continued prayerful support as we face the year ahead, perhaps with a year-end gift, perhaps with a monthly commitment to Stanton. We challenge you to step out in faith as we are and support the sanctity of life here on the mountain. Please join me in caring for the "least of these" in our own community.
For Life and For Him,
Norine Giacopuzzi and the Stanton Mountain Pregnancy Board of Directors
"Now faith is the substance for things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen."