Thursday, July 30, 2015
I would like to suggest, that death, or the acceptance of death, is easy once we see, that the alternative, eternal life, is a fate far worse... People desire eternity, yet seem unable to grasp how long that really is. An average person would be able to last a hundred years, maybe more. Some special individuals might even comfortably last a few thousand. However there will come a time when they will all reach a moment when everything has been seen. every experience, will be experienced, every internal thought spoken out. The world will keep on changing around you, yet you will remain always the same. And this void between you and the world growing ever wider until you will choose to isolatate yourself from it. Eventually when enough time has passed even the act of living will become a daily torture. And then there will be no release from this. no ending, no way to stop it. Because you will still have eternity to go.....Eternal life is honestly something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy....Death is the better option..."Death is the better option." Wow! How sad is that?! How dead do you already have to be to make such a statement? How lost in pursuing your own small (and limited) pursuits do you have to be to want release from the corner of prison you've painted yourself into? How confident one must be in the limitations of reality that must not extend beyond your own perceptions?
This is a great example of what the Bible says when it declares that we are all both infused with a concept of "eternity" in our hearts, yet by nature, we are spiritually dead. Only such a state would produce such a hunger for it all to end.
But God says,
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5.20-21)
Jesus calls each of us to "Repent and believe the Good News!" Jesus acknowledges our present "dead" condition, but instead of leaving us there to embrace death, He calls us to Life - "Eternal Life." No, not "eternal existence" or even, "what you are experiencing now - only forever." Those things would be "spiritual death." Rather, Jesus invites us into a brand new kind of life, something called, "Eternal Life;" Life that is worth living forever.
God's Word explains that humans are "eternal" beings. We don't stop existing when our bodies drop off. Rather, like caterpillars, physical death is a door to our next state of being. The Bible says, "It is appointed for man to die once, then comes the judgment [of God]." "Eternal Life" is offered by Jesus as opposed to "eternal death." How do we make that transition? Jesus' answer is, "Repent (turn away from trying to fit into the pattern of this world) and believe the Good News."
The Good News is that instead of leaving you to "die in your sins," God humbled Himself in the Person of Jesus Christ by suffering and dying in your place - taking your "dead life" upon Himself and offering His own Life - His Eternal Life - to you in exchange. It means giving up living (or dying) for yourself, but actually "dying to" yourself - dying to your own self interests and passions (that aren't worth living for forever) and surrendering your life to God who promises to transform your life into something that is worth living for forever.
How? Begin by spending time reading / listening to the Words of Jesus. Read (or listen) to the Gospel of John. The one who wrote that Gospel said, "These words have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Promised One, the Savior, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name." Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits and practices sin is the slave of sin. If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. If you continue (to learn from and follow) My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
When life seems like it's not worth living, look to the Author of Life, He's got more to offer!
For more information on the mission of the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, please visit our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
As others have said, we believe that it is very important to operate with the highest degree of integrity and accountability which have never been more important in Christian work.
Having CCCC certification clearly demonstrates our desire to have accountability outside of our organization for the high standards our donors expect and deserve.
All CCCC Certified charities agree to abide by the following nine Standards of Accountability:
- Have a declared doctrinal position expressing a commitment to the Christian faith
- Have an independent, active governing board
- Have an independent audit of their financial statements
- Will provide their financial statements to any person upon request
- Have an audit review committee that reports to the governing board
- Carry on their activities with the highest standards of accountability
- Have a declared stewardship policy which affirms, among other things, that no person receives a commission based upon gifts received by the ministry
- Have a program to monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization’s activities
- Respect the privacy of the beneficiaries of their ministry and have a Code of Ethical Fundraising
It is a joy to see how God is leading us as we seek to be the best we can be for Him.
For more information on the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, check out our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Right now, we're low on funds and trying to pay our bills. So we are low on vital things such as formula to feed babies in need.
If you think of it next time you're out shopping, could you please pick up an extra can of formula - just the basic kind - Similac and Good Start are popular brands.
Yeah, I know, if you're low on funds, why not breast feed? Well, there are lots of different reasons for not breast feeding, even though we do encourage that option. So for those who are on formula, we want to be able to have something to offer them.
Thank you for all your prayerful help, and God bless you today!
For more information on this little mission on the side of the road for weary travelers of life, please visit our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.
A canister of condoms greeted me at the door of the Pregnancy Centre recently. No note. No explanation. Just a generous helping of prophylactics.
I wonder what message was intended. Was someone trying to be helpful? Or was someone trying to make a point? Or maybe both?
A can of condoms at a youth centre or a school may be a sign that someone was trying to be helpful in lowering the teen pregnancy rate. But a gift of this type at a pregnancy centre - after the fact that someone is pregnant - I interpret to mean, "If only they'd use condoms, they wouldn't have these issues in the first place." Or, "If they use these, it will help them not get pregnant again."
Hmmm. So, all this made me think: What's your answer you would offer to help these young women and men and their babies - after they find they're pregnant?
It's an honor to be able to share more than latex. As a matter of fact, we don't even encourage these plastic cover-ups. Why? They only cover one small portion of what is exposed during sex - and even what it does cover only reduces risks of STI's 50-65%. But that's just the physical aspect. What about the emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual aspects of the person that are all involved in sexual activity? Exposing your heart can't be "protected" by a condom - and the heart is where this mission's focus lies.
We offer a holistic approach that includes loads of love and support for positive options along with personal, long-term, one-on-one friendship. Someone who will listen. Someone who cares. Someone who has access to resources for parenting and adoption and community connections that help them know they are loved.
It's a totally different approach than advising condom use. We advise a totally different approach to relationship; one based on knowing God's plan for sex - a plan that is holistic, long term and full of love and truth.
For more information about the mission of the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, visit our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
I was reviewing the Exit Questionnaire we ask Acadia students to fill out after meeting with the staff at Acadia Pregnancy Support and it's really encouraging to read what they say about our ministry among them. Students tell us that they feel we are very interested in them and their needs and very sensitive and respectful in how we treat them. They say that they would "strongly recommend" our services to other students. They say that their time with us was "very good" and, "nice and relaxed."
That's how we spell, "success." Thank you for praying for our staff and students at Acadia.
For more information about Acadia Pregnancy Support, please visit our website at
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
For more information about our mission, check out our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.
Friday, June 19, 2015
This summer, become a Life Ambassador (LAmb) and help save the life of a "little lamb." An ambassador is a "champion" or a "supporter" and "little lambs" are coming to us at the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre who need your help.
We need 100 supporters to help us save lives this summer. More than ever, God is leading women and their partners to us who are looking for an abortion. But when they receive the truth about their baby's development and the procedures and risks of abortion, their hearts are moved and some are changing their minds and choosing life to their little one. Others are being pressured toward abortion and when they receive our support, they find the courage to follow their heart and carry their little one to term. One of these new Moms wrote me and said, "She's a great baby. Just turned two months old. I'm very tired - being single parent is hard. But I am happy I have her."
We need your help to sustain this mission for the long term so we can be here not only for these new Moms and Dads and babies, but also as they go through pregnancy, the birth of their baby and the parenting / adoption that follows. We want to bridge them to the fellowship of the local church.
Between now and August 31, we need to add 100 supporters to sign up to give $20 a month or more to help reach these Moms, Dads and babies in need and minister to them as we bridge them to the local church. We will simply arrange to have your gift deposited from your bank account to ours - or you can use a credit card.
We have found these little Webkinz Lambs for a crazy low prize, so we are offering everyone who becomes a Life Ambassador a little lamb Webkinz as a prayer reminder, or we will send it as a gift to the person of your choice. Quantities are limited, so please act now.
Please pass this on to others if you already give monthly!
To make a monthly gift of $20 or more, simply email, text or call us today!
Text / Phone: 902.670.8510
For more information on the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, please visit our website at: www.asafeplaceforme.com.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Special Thanks to the generosity of special donors for funding the re-paving of our entrance today. Our doorway had a four inch drop from the door to the sidewalk. It was not only difficult for strollers coming in the door, but very dangerous to pregnant mothers leaving our mission. With bags of baby items or a large tummy, it's hard to see the drop to the pavement and we have had a few trip up and even fall when leaving. So to do our best in serving those we minister to, we have now been able to pave the sidewalk making it "barrier-free" with no step down from the door! This is a huge advantage to those we serve in terms of their health and safety. So, thank you to the special supporters of this mission as well as to Little's Construction for their awesome work!
For more information on the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, please visit our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.
One of our Moms taking our rewards-based parenting program decided she would like to try the Bible study part of the parenting program. So this was the first time for her studying the Bible and what it was all about. Two of our awesome volunteers were with her and working through the material together. After they were done, I asked the Mom what she thought of it. She had a big smile on her face and she said, "It was good!"
What an honor to share God's Word with those who have never looked at it before ... what an investment in the lives of her children.
Please pray for her, that God's Spirit would awaken within her a hunger not only for His Word, but for Him, Himself, that she might come to know Him and praise His glorious grace.
We are looking for more help Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday afternoons, so if you have time over the summer, consider popping in to see us.
For more information on the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre and our mission here in the Annapolis Valley, please visit our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.
Friday, June 12, 2015
If so, please call / text Bill at 902.670.8510.
If not, please pray for her.
Thank you, and God bless you!
UPDATE: She found a place to live! Thank you for your prayers! God is Good.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015
For more information about the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, check us out online at www.asafeplaceforme.com or visit us at 104 Webster Street in Kentville.
Did You Know: YOU can donate to us through your work's United Way Campaign!
Are you aware that you DO have a choice in where YOUR money goes that YOU give to the United Way? You are allowed to specify what organization you would like your contribution to support. It will go to the United Way Campaign and then on to your specified charitable organization. That’s right! So, let your employer know if you have a preference. The Valley Care Pregnancy Centre is one organization that would be happy to receive your donation!
We, at the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre do NOT receive money from the United Way unless it is specified as described above.
For more information about the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, please visit our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com or drop in to see us at 104 Webster Street in Kentville.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
What an awesome night at the Waterville Baptist Church where a full house gathered for an evening of great music by the Berwick Men's Choir in support of the mission of the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre. About $800 was raised and God was praised in this special offering of music and song!
If your church would be willing to host a music night this summer for the Centre, please contact us by calling 902-670-8510.
For more information about the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, check out our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
If you have an afternoon to spare, there is a needy Mom and baby who would love for you to sit and learn alongside them and just be their friend. You'll soon be witnessing the same miracles of God that we do on a regular basis, like little Daniel here.
To find out more about the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, check us out online at www.asafeplaceforme.com or drop in to see us during the week.
If your business or group or family or friends or class or school or church would like to join the fun, go for it! We really need lots of infant items, and we are quite low on infant boy clothes.
It's a joy to serve the community in Jesus' name, sharing His love and truth with compassion and grace. For more information about us, check out our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com or pop in to visit us at 104 Webster Street in Kentville!
Thursday, April 23, 2015
My heart was warmed by the reply to this question written by one of our guests this week. Her answer to this question was, "Being able to learn with the videos / questions and being able to get things for my babies for doing it!" Now she says that she'd like to do the Bible Study part of the parenting program ...
This is a photo of hand made quilts (middle), hand made receiving blankets (left and top) and hand made crib sheets (right and bottom) that love-filled hearts brought in for our guests this week which are some of the gifts our Rewards-based Parenting Program offers in our Baby Boutique. The Parenting Program draws from the very best Parenting Resources on the market today (DVD series mostly) and breaks them down into bite size pieces for our guests who then "earn" reward points that go toward beautiful gifts like these.
We're always looking for gentle, sensible, compassionate women and men who would be willing to sit with one of our guests through these multimedia parenting sessions and learn along with them to let them know they are not alone. So if that rings a note in your heart, please don't hesitate to contact us by phone or text at 902.670.8510 or email us at email@example.com.
For more information on the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, you can find us online at www.asafeplaceforme.com.
Get Trained to Share This Resource!
LovEd is a 5-10 session Science Based, Interactive, Multimedia presentation for youth in schools or youth groups and we have been presenting across the Valley and beyond. It teaches the value of saving sex for marriage and how to build strong relationships while you wait.
This program has received rave reviews from parents, students, teachers and youth leaders across the Valley, New Brunswick and PEI.
You are invited to receive training in this awesome resource! The Training is Free!
Training is scheduled for Thursday evening, April 30th (6:30PM -9:30PM) and Friday, May 1st (9:00 AM to 5:00PM)
You Need To Pre-Register. So Call or Text us Today at 902-670-8510 to register today.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Moms and Dads can receive these hand made quilts as "rewards" for doing lessons from our parenting program called "Earn While You Learn." Each time they do a lesson, they earn a "Baby Buck" which they can use to "buy" something in our Baby Boutique, like these beautiful quilts.
Our parenting program selects the finest parenting instruction videos on the market today and breaks them down into lessons with question sheets to go along with a video. Our guests come in and select the lesson they would like to learn and watch the video in a private lounge and one of our staff goes through the answers with them and talks about any questions they have.
If you would like to join us and have an afternoon once a week or once a month you could spend with our guests, we would like to hear from you. We are presently needing helpers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday afternoons. Give us a call or text today at 902-670-8510 to learn more.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Praise God for this newest arrival... She is so precious! Mom and baby are doing well. Thank you for your prayers on their behalf as they and their family start this new chapter of life together.
For more information about the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, find us online at www.asafeplaceforme.com.
Friday, April 10, 2015
If you or your family or your group or your church or your neighborhood are able, we sure could use some newborn clothes and larger size diapers and anything else you can think of. We try to stay away from Dollar Store items just because they often don't last and we really want to bless these Moms and Babies in need.
For more information about the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, check out our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com. You can also text or call us at 902.670.8510.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
www.asafeplaceforme.com) and our location on 104 Webster Street in Kentville, we will be able to help those like the one who called us this morning - someone looking for information on abortion. We have information that they usually not receive. Check out our "Abortion" page for more.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
- They were very helpful and very pleasant to be with
- You’re very helpful in any way possible when needed
- They were very sensitive an respectful, very friendly and kind
- I learned detailed information about my developing baby
- What I like best is enjoying the courses and earning Baby Bucks for the Baby Store they have!
- Couldn’t ask for a better place!
- What I liked best was that I got to talk about what was bothering me.
- I learned how to keep a baby happy
- You couldn’t be better!
- It’s great. I wish there were this Centre where I lived before. It’s very helpful and supportive for pregnant women.
- The staff were sensitive to my beliefs. They didn’t pry and were very friendly.
- What I liked best was that I got some really, really nice things in the line of clothing for my children.
- What I liked best was the people, the compassion and the prayer. My visit was awesome!
- They are good, helpful and respectful.
- I liked that they are confidential
- The warm welcome I received was what I liked best
- I liked the non-judging, friendly, helpful and great staff!
- I liked watching the DVDs and learning basic things on taking care of the baby.
- Overall, I would describe my visit as, “Excellent.”
- I felt welcomed right away. They were very helpful and supportive and couldn’t be more helpful.
- The ladies that work here really care – that’s what I liked best.
- What I liked best was how wonderful I was made to feel while visiting. The sensitive service was great and was as helpful as possible.
- I liked the helpful instructions and information. I love to come here. I can learn so many things which I didn’t know about.
- I liked that I got prayer for a friend of mine.
- I would strongly recommend this Centre to a friend. They are really caring people and willing to help. They are very warm and I’m glad to see a place like this where people care.
- They were compassionate and I loved the prayer. It was awesome!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Thank you, Barry, for all your help and generosity! Great hearts and quality workmanship are a rare and special combination! God bless you!!!
Keep Barry in mind for all your plumbing needs!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Please pray for Scott and his family. Write him to encourage him and share from your heart about the issue(s) you have on your mind so he knows what all the people he represents are thinking.
At the same time, it was great to have Hon. Leo Glavine (Lib) and John Lohr (PC) grace us with their presence (invited by other guests) at our 2014 Fundraising Banquet, "Life is Beautiful" held at the Old Orchard Inn on November 3rd where 220 supporters came to celebrate and empower this mission of Life here in the Annapolis Valley. We were blessed to have received $54,000 toward our mission that evening.
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying ) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. - The Apostle Paul (1Timothy 2.1-8)