PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER OF
NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS, INC.
||Vol 3, Issue 1|
|Care Net EXPRESS|
An e-mail newsletter
from Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center of
North Central Massachusetts, Inc.
|Dear Friend, |
|Have you noticed lately? The days are getting longer. Soon a long cold winter will give way to spring! I love the four seasons like most New Englanders but it is right around now when I become increasingly glad to see winter go.
We were very busy here at Care Net during the fall and winter. The Center had a total number of 88 client visits, 17 pregnancy tests, 4 ultrasounds and the privilege to present the Gospel on 4 occasions in September. In October, we had a total number of 63 client visits, 13 pregnancy tests, 3 ultrasounds and the privilege to present the Gospel on 4 occasions. In November, the Center had a total number of 60 client visits, 12 pregnancy tests, 6 ultrasounds and the privilege to present the Gospel on 4 occasions. The Center had a total number of 59 client visits, 9 pregnancy tests, 3 ultrasounds and the privilege to present the Gospel on 1 occasions in December. In January, the Center had a total number of 71 client visits, 14 pregnancy tests, 2 ultrasounds and the privilege to present the Gospel on 3 occasions.
We live in a day when opinions abound. People rationalize and attempt to justify their own behavior in a way that suits them. Exclusive truth claims are met with resistance, even hostility. Submission to authority is repugnant to most. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. In such a day, few are won over by an argument.
But action speaks louder than words. And few can resist Christian love! It is the secret of our success: women loving women in the crisis of unplanned pregnancies. Our mission is to love them with gentle compassion and to tell them the truth.
Your generosity and prayers make this ministry possible. For the past 34 years, God has been gracious and faithful to both of us. There is a great mission field right here in the Montachusett region. Thank you so very much for working with us. I am convinced that the fruit of this ministry is exponential and will surprise us all one day in glory!
You are special and you are loved,
David P. Bodanza, Esq.
|Life and Death on Main Street|
|It has recently been widely reported that Planned Parenthood intends to locate an office on Main Street in Fitchburg. Many people, particularly those associated with the local chapter of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life, have vocalized their opposition to this proposal by use of the political process. We at Care Net Fitchburg are as concerned as they are. It is no secret what an office of Planned Parenthood in Fitchburg may mean for the young women of the Montachusett region. However, Care Net Fitchburg is not a political group. We are a local pregnancy resource center. We are not against the use of political means. There is a place for that. Yet, our mission is to women in the crisis of unplanned pregnancies. We are unplanned parenthood. Politicians do not come through our doors. We receive no government funds or support. (In fact, many politicians do not know who we are). It is young women who come through our doors daily in the crisis of their unplanned pregnancies. They are looking for answers as they ask: "what do I do now?" It is our mission to serve them, inform them, help them, love them and support them in choosing a wise course that will not leave them with regret, grief and fear.
Friends, we need you to stand with us more than ever. There are life and death issues going on in your backyard daily. Please support us with your prayers, donations, and volunteering more than ever this year. May your belief in the sanctity of life become action and be used by God to stop the quiet, gruesome infanticide that has infected our country since 1973.
|A Link 2 Life Connection|
|Members of Christian churches in the Montachusett region are stepping forward to serve as a liaison between Care Net and their own church. The Link 2 Life Connection is a person who keeps the leadership and congregation of their church informed of the ministry of Care Net. The Link 2 Life Connection person also informs the Care Net staff and Board of Directors of current events at their church. A one year commitment is all that is asked of any one person.|
Keeping this ministry alive - in the minds and hearts of the people of our supporting churches --- is extremely important. We are a parachurch ministry. We serve alongside the local church. As a licensed medical clinic staffed by able Christian women, we are uniquely called and equipped to help people involved in a crisis pregnancy. And if just 20 people from 20 different churches gave $25 per month to Care Net, our financial needs would be fully supplied.We know that working together, we can make an impact of eternal significance. Let us love them back to life!
The Link 2 Life Connection person:
Acts as the contact person between Care Net and their own Church;
Informs the leadership and congregation of Care Net's ministry events and needs;
Ensures that information is included in church publications such as bulletins;
Speaks to the congregation once per year on behalf of Care Net;
Acts as referral source for persons in crisis pregnancy; and
Acts as referral source for persons needing other services provided by Care Net.
And don't worry: Care Net specially equips and supports each Link 2 Life Connection so that they may be effective in their own church.
"Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love." 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NLT)
|The Truth Is Right Before Our Eyes|
|It was Yogi Berra who once quipped, "there are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell them." Humorist Will Rogers once remarked, "People's minds are changed through observation and not through argument." The old saying is that "seeing is believing." Consider Thomas. The other disciples told him that they had seen the risen Lord Jesus. The Holy Scriptures record his reply in John 20:25: "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it." A week later, Thomas was given that opportunity and exclaimed, "My Lord and my God!" John 20:28.
In order to steal the sanctity of life from another, the other has been redefined. A slave in America was "property" and not a "person" and thus had no rights. For the last 37 years, a "baby" is a "blob" that can be killed in America. Some have accepted this "top down" pronouncement from the U.S. Supreme Court and have rationalized an infanticide in America that is almost beyond comprehension. 50 million babies. It is eery that there is such little outrage. Who is up next for redefinition and rationalization?
The times are changing, particularly with young people who are challenging the assumptions naively swallowed by the sexual revolution generation before them. A May 2009 Gallup poll revealed that 51 percent of Americans now identify themselves as pro-life. A new generation has come to recognize that just because you have the right to do something does not make it the right thing to do. In various ways, people who desire to settle the issue for themselves are seeing what others have purposefully shut their eyes to. It is not a blob. It is a person who deserves to live. I have no right to choose to kill another person. Consider these three stories. The last one is so tragic, so please be prepared. The truth is right before our eyes.
A young woman comes into a local Care Net fearful and confused. She is pregnant and cannot see how she can possibly take care of a baby. She is considering an abortion as a possible "solution" but is not sure. She has never really settled the abortion question in her own mind. She is not pro-life. Neither is she pro-choice. Her perspective right now is limited to her own problem. She has an ultrasound and is able to look into her own womb. What she sees amazes her. There is a child inside of her. Her child. Suddenly, her fear and confusion give way to hope and clarity. My baby needs me. These people will help me. God will make a way.
A young man in a big city repeatedly hears that pro-choice is the intellectual and civilized position. He has been taught "tolerance." It is only religious radicals that cannot be tolerant. He begins to research the issue on the internet. He wants to see for himself, so he watches a video of an actual abortion. That settles it for him. He can no longer "tolerate" the dismemberment of infants. To do nothing would make him complicit with a sick society. He volunteers to serve at a pregnancy center in the city in which he lives.
A young pregnant women is given RU486 or "the morning after pill" at a large clinic. The drug is also called "Plan B." The clinician wishes her good luck. This drug-induced abortion consists of taking two pills. One to kill the unborn baby in the womb and the other to cause her body to expel it. She is ambivalent, but takes the first pill. After taking the second pill, she suffers pain, cramps and nausea more intense than ever before in her life. She expels the lifeless body of her baby. She can recognize the head, the legs. She wraps up the body and throws it away. What she saw haunts her. She is now plagued by grief, guilt, shame, depression and worse. She seeks forgiveness and healing from God, but still has trouble coping.
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." Isaiah 5:20.
|Our wish list...|
We presently have the following material needs. If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated. If you cannot, please pray. We know the Lord will provide in some manner!
1. A working computer (CPU)
2. Baby Boutique Needs:
The Baby Boutique provides brand new items for new and expectant mothers and their children. Clients receive "Baby Bucks" towards the purchase of brand new items in the Baby Boutique in exchange for completing classes.
Baby Safety Kits (cabinet locks, plug protectors, etc.)
Infant Head Supports
Diapers - Newborn to 5 (small quantity packages)
Baby Carriers slings (Snuglis)
Boy and Girl clothing- newborn to 12 months
Baby Health Kits (thermometers, nail clippers, etc.)
Bottles - Playtex, drop-in liners, colic support (high quality - BPA free)
Baby lotions and body wash, Wipes, Onesies
Maternity clothes (new or used)
(Please note that we are unable to accept large items such as car seats, carriers, cribs, etc.)
How you can also mission with us:
Pray for Care Net on a daily basis.
Make a monthly pledge to support the ministry.
Be the Link 2 Life Connection at your church.
Volunteer at the Center to work as a substitute from time to time.
Start a baby bottle drive at your church.
Let us know how we can better inform and encourage your church.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40.
|We thank God for you |
|We give thanks to...
All those churches who faithfully make Care Net a part of their monthly mission giving and also those who are participate in the Baby Bottle Drive. Local church, your financial giving, prayers and partnership are the lifeblood of this ministry. You are so vital and very much appreciated!
Supporters Like You-whose monthly financial giving and prayers keep this ministry alive Our Staff
-Paula Butler, Gail Gardner, Rose Giammalvo, Siomara Nadreau, Jessica DeFilippo, Pam Sager, Gail Langhart, Ann Fleming, Jody Smith, Sarah McRell, Joyce Ingemi and Dr. Worden-for your faithfulness, expertise and commitmentFellow Board Members
-thank you for giving to the Lord behind the scenes
Mike Gallaugher and Agape Creative-for video assistance for a second year in a row
Daniel Beauregard-for your vigilant computer support
Leominster Assembly of God and Pastor Harve Meppelink-for the donation of two computers
Baby Boutique givers--whose donations of clothes and other baby-related items help those in need. Thank you so much Ruth Fish, Linda Galassi and Ida Duval!
Baby Bottle Drive Supporters
-whose loose change saves lives!
This year has been particularly great.
People faithfully praying, who are behind the scenes but before the Lord. You are all so very much appreciated!
"We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 1:3
Baby Bottles Will Soon Be Back...
|A wise person once observed that you cannot serve both God and money
|but you can serve God with money.
Mere loose change can save lives. The Baby Bottle Campaign has been a successful way of raising financial support for this ministry. Churches, schools and youth groups in the Montachusett region have participated and have been blessed in giving. Some prefer to continue through the year, others start on Mother's Day and return them on Father's Day. There is such a synergy in these campaigns. It is very rewarding. If your church or group would like to start, please contact Gail at the Center at 978-342-4244. She will be happy to deliver some bottles!
|One 15 year old from the Montachusett region recently participated in the March For Life in Washington, DC. Read her story.---- by Samantha Ervin|
On January 22, 2010, the 37th anniversary of Rowe vs. Wade, I had the opportunity to be in Washington D.C. at the annual March for Life. The march, founded thirty seven years ago by Nellie Gray, has drawn thousands of people from around the country every year to protest abortion. I had never been a part of anything like this before, and I had no idea what to expect.
The trip began with a long overnight bus ride and an early morning church service. We rode the subway to the National Mall where a rally was held. Statesmen, priests, rabbis, pastors, spokesmen, and mothers who had had abortions spoke about the importance of being pro-life and the difference we were making by being there. After the rally, we would march from the National Mall, down Constitution Avenue, past the US Capitol, and end at the steps of the US Supreme Court.
I can honestly say that I have never seen so many people in my entire life, and I doubt that I will in the future. At the rally, the entire mall was packed and so were many of the surrounding streets. During the march, every street we were on was entirely mobbed, to the point where we could barely walk. People were singing, chanting, and waving banners and signs everywhere. The entire section of the city was shut down. There were absolutely no cars anywhere, because it was impossible for anyone to drive with so many people in the streets. Standing there surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people, I was struck by the diversity of the crowd around me. There were old people, young people, and little children. There were Jews, Catholics, and Christians of every denomination. But we were all there and all united. There is something about seeing that many people who although are different are one in Christ, unified by this cause, that was very striking. Even just for the day, we were setting aside those things that divide us to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.
If you were to go back to the National Mall now, you may not see any traces of the march held there just a couple weeks ago. But the march is promoting a change, and more and more people are standing up for the unborn children. The first March for Life had 20,000 people in attendance. This year there were over 400,000. As an American, especially as a young person, I am surrounded by a culture that shrugs off morals and ignores traditional, conservative values. Through media, peers, and even government officials, I am told that a baby is not a person, but a blob of tissue, until it is born. I am told that if I get pregnant, it's okay for me to terminate it so that I can continue my own life without any complications. But even more than any of this, I am screamed at, that if I do not agree with the politically correct notions, I need to either get with the times or shut up and sit down. I am told that I am just a stupid teenager, so what can I do to change anything? So when I went on the March for Life, I was amazed and encouraged by how many people, especially youths, are not just pro-life but willing to do something about it. We can do something to bring change. And, God willing, soon we will.
"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless, maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."
Some Words to Ponder...
"Societies change from the top down or the bottom up. The abortion regime in the United States arrived via a top-down imposition." Marvin Olasky
"See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ." Colossians 2:8
" 'What is truth?' Pilate asked." John 18:38
"Various are the pleas and arguments which men of corrupt minds frequently urge against yielding obedience to the just and holy commands of God." George Whitefield
"There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things." Dwight L. Moody
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." Winston Churchill
"Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts." Edward R. Murrow
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln
"Unlike so many of our Christian brothers and sisters who live in countries with oppressive regimes---where the church is flourishing, by the way---we in America don't face imminent threat to our families, livelihoods, and well-being for professing faith in Christ. Our peril is far more obscure and far more insidious. We aren't under attack from without; we're decaying from within. Our success as ambassadors for Christ, as witnesses of the life-changing power of the gospel, hangs in the balance." C.J. Mahaney
"The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." 1 John 2:17
May God bless us all as we stand together for Him in this generation...
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