Thursday, July 02, 2009

Why I volunteer

Wednesdays are my days to volunteer at our local crisis pregnancy center, something I've been doing for several months now and something I truly love. We don't merely offer counseling to abortion minded pregnant women; our ministry extends far beyond that to help meet the needs of the woman herself, giving out maternity clothes and car seats for example. In fact, in my limited experience that has been the bulk of what we do. Far more women come in our doors seeking some kind of material aid, be it diapers or baby clothes. As opportunity arises, we make every effort to share the hope of Christ with every woman we can.

Like I said, I love it. I love meeting needs in some small way. I love seeing the babies. I love meeting the moms though sometimes their circumstances are hard to hear about. I love talking about Jesus, though I certainly stumble all over my words and never seem to express myself quite right. I love knowing that their only hope is my only hope as well: the grace and mercy offered at the cross. I also love serving alongside other women committed to bringing glory to Christ by serving women in difficult circumstances and by seeking to protect the unborn.

Our director of our local center asked me to write a short essay about why I volunteer to be included in our upcoming newsletter. I thought I'd share it here as well...
I volunteer at the Real Life Pregnancy Center for all the reasons you might guess. I believe in the sanctity of human life. I hate the evil of abortion. I believe that it is my duty as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ to defend the defenseless. I believe that God is the Creator and Author of life, all life, and therefore life, all life, is to be honored and nurtured. It is my privilege as a counselor at RLPC to seek to promote the unborn’s right to life.

However, I do not volunteer for the baby’s sake only. I also seek to serve the Lord Jesus by serving the women who enter our door. As you know, many of our clients find themselves in difficult circumstances. It is my joy to give them a pack of diapers or some clothes, a cup of water in Jesus’ name as it were, and thus serve them by meeting a real material need. I am eager for the opportunity to share with them the hope found only in Christ, and each Wednesday I ask the Lord for both opportunity to declare the gospel and for boldness to be obedient.

And actually, that is the real reason I serve. I volunteer out of a desire to glorify God. He has called me to promote the sanctity of life and to serve our clients with respect and love as I hold out the word of life, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Being a part of the Lord’s work at Real Life Pregnancy Center is a privilege and a joy, and I am grateful that the Lord has granted me this opportunity.

10 comments:

  1. May He continue to use you to His glory.

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  2. Finding the right place of service, the right opportunities to share one's love of Christ, well there is just nothing more fulfilling than knowing you are being obedient to God's call and allowing yourself to be His hands and feet in a hurting world!

    Blessings
    Robin

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  3. That is all very beautiful and I'm so grateful that you (and other women like you) step up to serve in that way. Someday in the future I'd like to do the same thing. I admire your efforts and affirm your reasoning and am, as I said, just grateful!

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  4. Beautiful, Lisa. You're part of a tremendous ministry and I know God is using you mightily.

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  5. Beautifully expressed Lisa! It really is a wonderful service. Blessings...

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  6. It's all about Him, isn't it... God bless you and those you work with.

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  7. Very well said. I think it's easy for those of us in the pro-life camp to forget the real and often desperate situations these mothers are often in. They need salvation from the horrors of sin just as much as their babies need salvation from the horrors of the potential consequences of that sin. Thanks for giving of your time, energy and love to glorify our God through this vital ministry!

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  8. Beautifully expressed Lisa! It really is a wonderful service. Blessings...

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  9. It's all about Him, isn't it... God bless you and those you work with.

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  10. Finding the right place of service, the right opportunities to share one's love of Christ, well there is just nothing more fulfilling than knowing you are being obedient to God's call and allowing yourself to be His hands and feet in a hurting world!

    Blessings
    Robin

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