This weekend was nothing short of amazing and not only because my Dominican Republic 1 Nation 1 Day roommate-turned-friend Stephanie was here or that it was my birthday weekend, but because I had the chance to serve at Another Way Pregnancy Center (AWPC) in Farmington Hills and Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac.
Late August I was contemplating what I wanted to do for my 24th birthday and the more I tried to think of ideas, the more I was certain of at least one thing: I wanted to serve.
This life is not my own but my Creator’s and to even have another birthday is a blessing and a gift in itself. When I went on a women’s retreat, my mom was telling my birth story to some of the ladies. Long story short, when I was in her womb, she had the chicken pox and the doctor suggested she have an abortion. Being the young Christian that she was, she refused to have an abortion and knew she would love me whether or not I was deformed. She immediately had her family, relatives, missionaries, and other prayer warriors pray over the next nine months. On September 26 at 4:38pm, the doctor said, “she’s perfect!”
There and then God told me to serve at a pregnancy center and lo and behold, Alyssa of AWPC attended and spoke on a fundraiser they were holding. The rest is history!
On Friday September 2, me and six other women from around Michigan came to help swap out their baby boutique from spring to winter. I was bummed that I didn’t get to meet a client that was coming through, but just getting to pray over the center, the staff, and all the patients was just as incredible.
We also got a tour of their clinic and one of the first rooms they showed us was a counseling room. You can only imagine the conversations that were held in there. Then Alyssa showed us these faux babies where you can see how much they are developed and weigh at different stages. I held one baby and had goosebumps. I don’t know what it was. Just imagining myself pregnant and debating whether or not I should keep or abort the human growing inside me then seeing and holding these babies was so emotional. To see how formed a baby is at 12 weeks old- they have eyes, an nose, a brain, ears, arms, feet, hands, a heart- and to think people just sell their parts over lunch. That people are using #ShoutTheirAbortion across Twitter to show how proud they are of their choice and how successful they are in their career. Unreal. My, Jesus, help this country.
Since AWPC wasn’t open on Saturday, my actual birthday, a church friend suggested Grace Centers of Hope (GCOH) in Pontiac where they help out at their kitchen. Once we arrived, we were given tasks right away from Craig, the head chef, and Rob. As we were chopping potatoes, making cole slaw, salad, and cutting cake, we asked Craig and Rob about GCOH. Craig pointed out that it is not your ordinary soup kitchen. Little did I know, GCOH is very similar to The Dream Center in LA where they take in those who are addicted, homeless, and neglected, and take them under their wings. They have a 30-day program where they are also required to find jobs and attend church. “You can go from homeless to house owner in three years,” Craig said. How amazing is that?!
I absolutely loved serving this past weekend. God reminded me of His position in my life which is FIRST and that I have or own nothing of my own. Everyday I try to surrender everything. Everything I want to be, everything I want to do, everything I seek, everything I desire is revolved around Him. I’ve got such a long way to go, but if God is for you, who can be against you, right?
Thank you, Father, for another year! Your blessings shower and overflow!
“This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Psalm 118: 24