Disclaimer: All the Pregnancy Centre Services are Confidential. Any personal information shared on this blog about any of our clients has been approved by that client for us to share. We never share personal information without approval. The Valley Care Pregnancy Centre is a safe place for you. Note: The Valley Care Pregnancy Centre does not provide abortions or abortion referrals.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Please Join Us for Dinner at The Old Orchard Inn!

 Please Join Us For Dinner at The Old Orchard Inn!

Be Inspired!  Be Encouraged!  In this world of so much darkness, come and celebrate what God is doing in the home mission of the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre's ministry.  Join us for our fourth annual "Life is Beautiful" Fundraising Banquet at the Old Orchard Inn on Monday, November 3rd, 6:00 for 6:30 start. You must pre-register to attend (see below).

Join us for a delicious meal, inspiring testimonies of God's grace and an opportunity to participate with a generous financial gift to make it all possible!  You must pre-register to attend (see below).


No tickets at the door.  You must pre-register by calling 902-678-6217 or email info@asafeplaceforme.com or text 902-670-8510. 

Celebrating 20 Years of Ministry



[The Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, PO Box 723, Kentville, NS  B4N 3X9]

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pregnancy Centers, Lies & Misinformation



"All Pit Bulls attack babies!"  How does that statement sit with you?  What if it was accompanied by a video showing every single Pit Bull attacking babies?  Hmmm.  But then, you may know Pit Bulls that are as gentle as a kitten and you'd doubt if it's true.  But what if you had never known a Pit Bull?  Hmmmm.  You might just be led to believe or consider it to be true. 

Well, in the same way, a recent video says Pregnancy Centers are all liars and deceivers deepening the pain of unsuspecting women who want to have an abortion.  They strengthen their case by showing all the centers on the video as being deceptive and manipulative and even show the tears of one woman deeply hurt by her experience with a pregnancy center.  But you know this isn't true for "all" pregnancy centers because you know centers that are not like that ... Well, maybe you don't "really" know how your local pregnancy center operates ... and this video may just make you distrust or question how they work.

The video names, "Care Net" pregnancy centers, and even has Care Net's CEO in the video giving a tour to the reporter.  But it does NOT explain the important fact that "not all pregnancy centers are Care Net pregnancy centers."  The centers they show as being misleading don't say if they are Care Net centers or not.  Why does this matter?  Because by naming Care Net and then giving sound bites from "pregnancy centers" it makes it look like all these deceptive centers are Care Net centers (which they are not).  We are associated with Care Net and we deeply appreciate the high standards, training and professionalism that Care Net offers its members.  Care Net does NOT advocate what Abby Johnson is quoted as saying in a training session.  Abby is not a Care Net trainer. (For more on dealing with the actual "false teaching" citations in the video, please see the end of this post.)

It is my prayer that this video will do two things: Make deceptive pregnancy centers smarten up or close down AND give an opportunity for those of us who are legit and up front to highlight the awesome work we do, in contrast to the sound bites offered in this video.

HBO's "VICE News" video called, "Misconception" depicts all Pregnancy Centers as deceivers who "try to talk women out of terminating their pregnancies" with "misinformation" to "discourage them from pursuing abortions."

If you take the time to watch the 18 min. video, the first problem is that it mixes the "political" arm of the pro-life movement with the "ministerial arm" of the movement.  Perhaps they do not know that Pregnancy Centers are not political, nor do they or their staff engage in protests or "shock value" graphics, or endorse political candidates, etc.

In response to this video, our pregnancy center (and all the ones I know personally) does not "try to talk women out of terminating their pregnancies" with "misinformation" to "discourage them from pursuing abortions."  One of the things we DO, however, is we work to meet women looking for an abortion.  We know that more often than not, women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy feel they are trapped by circumstances or lack of support and think they have no other option than abortion.  We exist to let them know that if they have any desire to bring their child to term, we are here for them before, during and after the birth of their child.  We have resources they may not know about and we want to tell them all about it.

Not only that, but we know that so many women who are facing their first pregnancy do not know about fetal development.  If they listen to popular media or visit websites like the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, they will be told (with pictures - scroll to the bottom) that their pregnancy is just a lump of cells - a blob of tissue, and they need to have an abortion right away before it "becomes a baby."  So we advocate for these women and seek to meet them to inform them of the truth of how their baby is developing so that they may make an informed decision.  That's why we put the "blob" image next to an actual video of the developing baby at just six weeks on our website under "abortion" so women can learn the truth and decide for themselves. 

Finally, we also want to inform women that the women who have talked to us say that they have suffered deeply after having had their abortion - that it was not the "eraser" that they had hoped it would be.  Women need to know that there are risks: physical, emotional and spiritual risks to abortion that they should consider before jumping into it.  We know that there could be those who escaped any negative impact from their abortion, but we have not talked to any.  When we told an abortion provider in our province that we had not found any women who came through an abortion unscathed, this doctor told us, "There aren't any."

We do advertise that we have information on abortion and risks, and, at the same time, we also advertise that we do not offer abortions or abortion referrals.  We are not a medical facility and only a doctor can refer for an abortion.  If someone contacts us looking for an abortion, we invite them to come in to talk with us.  We say that we have important information when considering an abortion.  We invite them to take time to slow down and think things through before they make a decision that will last for a lifetime.  Our approach is honest and gentle and sensitive.  One client left our office still determined to have an abortion.  A little while later, she called us to update her contact information so we would have her new phone number.  She knew that we cared for her and that we would be there for her even if she had an abortion.  She knew the information we gave her was life-affirming, and she didn't feel judged or condemned.  She felt that we were people who she could call on for help any time. 

Another client found our phone number online as she nervously Googled information on abortion.  At first, she had been excited to be pregnant, but then her friend pressured her to consider abortion.  So as she Googled for an abortion, she didn't take the time to read all about us on our website.  She just saw our phone number, called us and made an appointment to come in to see us.  It was only when she came in that she realized we weren't an abortion provider, but that we were a Christian organization (this is the first thing we go over with everyone who comes to see us, in case they missed it).  No deceit on our part, just a mistake on her part - but a mistake she was really glad she made.  Within ten minutes, without pressure or judgment, she had time to reflect on her situation and think about her upbringing and she decided that she would not have an abortion after all.  You can see the video story she and her (now) husband tell HERE.

We work hard to balance both truth and love in all we do at the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre.  One way we evaluate how we are doing is to ask all our clients to share how their experience at our center was.  99% of our clients say that we are doing a great job, and we thank God for helping us build a reputation for excellence in the care we provide.  Our clients say they love how helpful and gentle and kind and generous we are for them.  They say they do not feel judged or pressured, but say things like, "I feel safe here."

We hate deception and we despise coercion.  We champion truth and openness as we seek to embrace, educate and empower both women and men with compassion, resources for their needs and a supportive environment where they know they are loved.  Thank you for taking the time to listen.  Please pray that this ministry will grow in excellence of service for all who need us.  For information on how you can partner with us in prayer, volunteering or financial support, please email us at info@asfeplaceforme.com.

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Notes dealing with so-called "misinformation" given to clients as cited in this video
[First, I do not condone "actual" misinformation, such as lying on the phone that you offer abortion and won't discuss the price, etc.  Deception is never acceptable.  I've never heard of  a couple of the things mentioned, so on those I cannot comment.]

1. It is stated that a client had to watch a video at a Texas pregnancy center which lists "all the potential dangers of having an abortion, even ones with a small chance of happening."  These are then listed as, "Having an incomplete abortion, perforation of your uterus, toxic shock and possible death."  "Mental Health" problems from having an abortion are listed: "You may require Psychological Therapy to treat major depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse."  The reporter says that the American Psychological Association's research found no evidence for mental health problems arising from abortion.
The reporter must not know that in Texas, where this video portion is recorded, in 2003, the Texas Legislature passed the Woman's Right to Know Act, which states a woman's doctor must talk to her about certain things before she can have an abortion. In 2011 the Health & Safety Code was amended to require a sonogram and a private consultation with the doctor in person at least 24 hours prior to the abortion.  This information actually lists the possible physical complications listed above (and more) but also explains the possible mental health complications.
In the written version of the material (issued by the State of Texas) that is mandated for every woman to learn before an abortion, this is what it says about mental health concerns after an abortion:
Emotional Side of an Abortion
You should know that women experience different emotions after an abortion. Some women may feel guilty, sad, or empty, while others may feel relief that the procedure is over. Some women have reported serious psychological effects after their abortion, including depression, grief, anxiety, lowered self-esteem, regret, suicidal thoughts and behavior, sexual dysfunction, avoidance of emotional attachment, flashbacks, and substance abuse. These emotions may appear immediately after an abortion, or gradually over a longer period of time. These feelings may recur or be felt stronger at the time of another abortion, or a normal birth, or on the anniversary of the abortion.
Counseling or support before and after your abortion is very important.
If family help and support are not available to you, it may be harder for you to deal with the feelings that appear after an abortion. Talking with a professional counselor before having an abortion can help a woman better understand her decision and the feelings she may experience after the procedure. If counseling is not available to the woman, these feelings may be more difficult to handle. Many pregnancy-resource centers offer pre- and post-abortion counseling services; these centers are listed in the resource directory.
2. Increased risk of breast cancer.
Medical experts continue to debate the association between abortion and breast cancer. Research has shown the following:
1) Carrying a pregnancy to full term gives a measure of protection against breast cancer, especially a woman's first pregnancy.(1)  Terminating such a pregnancy results in loss of that protection.
2) The hormones of pregnancy cause breast tissue to grow rapidly in the first 3 months, but it is not until after 32 weeks of pregnancy that breasts are relatively more cancer resistant due to the maturation that occurs.(2, 3)
3) A Number of reliable studies have concluded that there is an association between abortion and the later development of breast cancer.(4, 5)
1. National Cancer lnstitute. Pregnancy and breast cancer risk. Available at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/pregnancy. Accessed February 14, 2011.
2. Hsieh C, et al. Delivery of premature newborns and maternal breast cancer risk. Lancet. 1999.
3. Russo J, et al. Developmental, molecular and cellular basis of human breast cancer, J Natl Cancer lnst Monogr. 2000;27:17-37.
4. Brind J. lnduced abortion as an independent risk factor for breast cancer: a critical review of recent studies based on prospective data. J Am Phys Surg. Winter 2005;10.
5. Carroll P. The breast cancer epidemic: modeling and forecasts based on abortion and other risk factors. J Am Phys Surg. 2007;12.
3. A woman counselor at a pregnancy center Detroit is quoted as saying that abortion doctors are in it for the money.  It is actually true that abortion is big business.  Abortion costs about $500 / abortion (same goes for Canada).  That's $50 million annually in Canada and $164 million / year (Planned Parenthood abortion income alone) in the States.  The average early abortion takes 7.5 minutes.  That's $3,750/hour.  That sounds like big business to me. 

4. A woman is quoted as saying that "actually seeing that little heart [beating]" ... I'm not sure why this is listed as misinformation.  The heart begins beating at around 21 days after conception and women who have had an ultrasound and were allowed to see (and hear) that heartbeat changed their mind and did not want to have an abortion after all.  This is vital information for an informed decision.

5. Another is quoted as saying, "Sometimes they turn to drinking and drugs to help them forget about [their abortion]." But "substance abuse" is listed in the State-published document when discussing difficulties some women face after having an abortion.  "Anniversary" pain is also listed.  So, again, I don't understand the "misinformation" applied here.

6. It is said that "tens of millions of [tax payer's] dollars" has gone to Crisis Pregnancy Centers [in the States] over the past decade.  Almost all of this was provided through the Bush administration's abstinence education funding for which many pregnancy centers applied.  These funds were used for this specific purpose and under the Obama administration, these funds have stopped.  One thing I agree with is the statement, "Federal funding should not go to those who are lying in their advertising."  Sounds good to me.  If anyone finds a pregnancy center that is lying in its advertising, misleading or handing out fraudulent information against scientific research, I fully support shutting them down.

7. A little "misinformation" of their own.  The video states, "The CPC, in the larger scheme of things, is part of the overall goal of taking away a woman's right to choose" and then they show this map:
This graphic is trying to depict that pregnancy centers are growing and overpowering abortion providers in the United States.  But take a look (above).  Do you really believe there are "zero" abortion providers in Arizona, New Mexico or Colorado or Michigan or Maine, etc.?  That's crazy.  That's "misinformation."  Take a look at this other map showing access to abortion in the States, which gives a totally different picture:
If "misinformation" is the problem, then VICE News needs some help, too.

Want more?  Check out Roland Warren's response to "Misconception."  Roland is the CEO of Care Net and appeared in this video.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Text We Received Recently ...

Of course the name and details of this text message have been changed to hide the identity of this person, but this is a real text we received.  She was very young and significantly far along in her pregnancy.

Thank you for praying for our clients, our staff and our mission!  Your prayers make all the difference.  People say they feel loved and accepted when they come in to see us, and that is Jesus answering your prayers.  It is a joy to be here to minister to so many women and men who need help and to let them know that it's all from Him.  If you'd like to look into volunteering with us, we are in need of a few good helpers!  On-the-job training is available.  Drop us a line at info@asafeplaceforme.com and we can chat.

God bless you this week!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Can You Help Me?

"We had an accident and we need a pregnancy test.  Can you help us?" His voice was a little shaken and urgent.  "We tried the morning after pill, but she's still having symptoms.  We're thinking about abortion."  Wow.  What a blessing to be here for those in need, scared, asking for help, and to be ready for him when he calls, even when our office is not open.

He comes in with his girlfriend and the test is negative.  You can hear them both give a huge sigh of relief - but now what?  We get to talk.  We get to discuss what brought them to this place of crisis in the first place.  We get to explore their relationship and their faith and God's design for sex, pregnancy and family.  Do they feel pressured or awkward?  No, not according to their exit interview.  They are so glad we were here for them - to help them, to support them, to talk, to listen and offer some suggestions to think about.

We are only here because people like you care and prayerfully support the work of this little home mission on the side of the road where weary passers-by drop in to get out of the heat of their lives as they look for a drink of something cool.  And we get to offer them the truth and love of Jesus in the midst of their journey.

Please consider partnering with us in ministry.  We are praying for God to lead us to those who could contribute $50, $20 or even $10 a month.  We have a painless automatic banking donation system you can join with ease.  Give us a shout to learn more at info@asafeplaceforme.com.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Looking to Give to a Ministry with a Great Reputation? We Need Your Help!


It's Summer! ... and giving is down, as usual, during the summer months, and We Need Your Help!

We know you are looking for a ministry to support that is effective in it's work.
One of the best ways we can tell if we are making a difference in the lives of those we minister to is how they (anonymously) rate how we care for them.  Our exit surveys we give to all our visitors tells the story.  The theme is consistent and overwhelmingly positive (no one has given us a bad review yet this year).  If you are looking for a ministry to support right now, we need you!

Please read these most recent comments as you prayerfully consider sending your much-needed financial support to us today [The Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, PO Box 723, Kentville, NS  B4N3X9]

Here's what our visitors say about us this summer:

In their words (each a different person):  “I would describe my visit as ‘comfortable.’  I didn’t once feel judged.  You are doing a great job.

What did I like best about my visit?  The people.

I feel safe here.  I am glad I can come here and talk about anything and ask for help.”

“When I visited the Centre, I found that they are willing to help in every way.  I liked how very caring they are – I had a good and helpful visit and would strongly recommend it to friends.”

I liked their friendliness and how they were helpful and how they prayed with me.  They’re ‘very great!’”

“They are very caring and understanding.  I would strongly recommend them to others who need help.  What I liked best was their helping with needs and their prayers.  I found the answers I was looking for.  Their staff are very kind and very helpful.”

“They were very interested in me and my needs, very sensitive and non-judgmental and caring.  I would strongly recommend this Centre.  It was uplifting.”

“They are here to help and very informative, very helpful and it is much appreciated.  What I liked best was their friendly staff and homey environment.  They were friendly, fast and helped me with everything I needed.  Everything was perfect.”

They are wonderful people.  Very caring.  They show true kindness and they really show how much they care.  I found that people are willing to help me through this whole thing.

“I took parenting lessons and the information the staff provided was very helpful.  I liked how friendly, pleasant and informative they were.  I don’t know how they could be more helpful.  They covered all the bases.”

They are amazing.  They are very interested in my needs and very sensitive and respectful.  The information was very helpful and the staff were so happy and friendly.  My visit was wonderful.

Please pass this on to other friends.  We need to raise $6,000 over the next four weeks.  Thank you, and God bless you!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hopeless? Helpless? Had Enough? Come and Pray!


God says, "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

If you are convicted of sin in our land (and/or in your life), if you feel powerless to change your heart or your world for the better and if you sense that God's power and love are needed here and now, then join us in prayer before Almighty God in the name of His Son, Jesus, our Lord, for revival by His Spirit, to the praise of the glory of His Grace.

The Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, 104 Webster Street in Kentville, will be open from 6:30-7:00 AM every weekday morning for prayer groups (2-3 people each).  Please consider coming.  Is there anything more important than seeking God's face together?

Do you feel convicted of an urgency that calls for more than a casual response?  Consider this invitation to lay aside the blankets of comfort and complacency to assemble to pray daily together in Jesus' name.  "Encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called 'Today,' so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin." (Hebrews 3.13)

If you cannot make it here, please consider doing this in your area and inviting others to join you.  Jesus said that where two or three are gathered in His name, He is there in a special way.

Hopeless?  Helpless? Had enough?  Come and Pray!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

4' x 8' Child Pool with Ladder to Give Away


We have a child's pool to give away ... please call if you would like to have it (902.678.6217).
(photo only for illustration)

Friday, June 06, 2014

Local Doctors Need Support Options

I was in to see the doctor today and I mentioned that I was working with the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre.  I asked if we could leave some flyers in their office.  I shared that we primarily care for those who find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy situation and don't feel they have any support to continue the pregnancy.  I said that we were here to offer personal, long term support as well as material support with diapers, formula, clothes and an extensive parenting program.  The doctor's eyes widened and said that they really needed to know that.  This doctor felt quite conflicted in their role with those who face unplanned pregnancies and said that too often people use abortion as a quick fix. 

This doctor shared a story of a Mom who came in with her daughter, and the Mom was the one who wanted the abortion, not her daughter.  So the doctor felt caught in the middle.  The abortion went ahead and now this doctor shared that the daughter is dealing with traumatic, long term emotional and mental issues in regard to the abortion she was pressured to have.  I then shared that we have a study called, "Forgiven and Set Free" for those who feel guilty and trapped after an abortion.  The doctor brightened up and said that this would be wonderful.  We plan to meet again soon to chat over lunch so I can share more about what we have to offer.

Does your doctor know about the resources and support available for his / her pregnant patients?  Please ask next time you visit your doctor.  If they are interested in learning more, please give me a call and I'd be happy to pop in with some literature.  Call Bill at 902.670.8510.

We really need help getting the word out about this little mission on the side of the road (the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre).  If you have a heart to help us spread the word, please contact us and we'll find a way to put you to work in a way that suits you.  If you don't have time, but want to help, please consider a generous donation to help with the printing and publicity of our advertising materials.

For more information about the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, visit our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Thank You, Scotiabank Kentville!!

Special, Huge Thanks to Scotiabank Kentville for their awesome support and encouragement to the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre this year!  They hosted a bake sale and today they held a BBQ fundraiser for us as well!!  What a blessing!  We thank God for the gift of you!  You are AWESOME!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Your Abortion Story

 
If you have had an abortion and are in the Annapolis Valley and looking for someone who understands and is open to hear your story, please call Colleen at 902.678.6217 or toll free at 1-800-284-7740 or email her at info@asafeplaceforme.com

If you're a guy wrestling with a past abortion experience, we are here for you too.  Please contact Bill at 902.678.6217 or toll free at 1-800-284-7740 or email him at info@asafeplaceforme.com

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEEDED: Love Seat and Couch for a Young Mom


Hey!  Do you have a love seat and couch ... or a love seat or a couch?  One of our young Moms need these items ... please contact Bill at 902.670.8510. 

Thank You!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Please Pray for Me!" People deeply desire to be prayed for.

People deeply desire to be prayed for.  It is a special honor to pray for someone.  In the ministry that we are part of here, we find over and over again that when we ask if we can pray for the people that come in to see us, the response is one of deep appreciation.

It's much like the young pregnant lady who came in to see us this week.  She had visited us before, so she knew what to expect.  After she had been here a while learning about her pregnancy through our multimedia parenting program, she was about to leave.  The pregnancy coach she was with paused and said, "Would you mind if I prayed with you before you go?"  There was no hesitating when she replied, "No ...  I was just going to say, 'I want you to pray for me.'"

The volunteers who work here tell us that one of the things they really like about this ministry is how we pray together each day before we begin and how we pray with each client (if they indicate that it's fine with them).  We have lots to offer, but the most important thing we offer is the love of God.  In a world that is becoming more and more loud in its demand that humanity is a mere accident and has no ultimate meaning or goal of its existence, people often find it refreshing to be among those who are confident in God and His love and affirm the deep sense they have that they are no accident, but an awesome design of an amazing Creator who loves them and calls them to know Him.

If you have an afternoon a week that you would like to give in serving these new mothers and their little ones, we are looking for three new helpers.  Drop in to see us at 104 Webster Street in Kentville.  We'll show you around, listen to you and explore how God may be leading you to join this mission.

For more information about this ministry, the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, check us out online at www.asafeplaceforme.com

Help Us: Donate Your Time for Dump and Run 2014

You can donate your hours to help raise much needed funds for the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre this spring!  The Acadia Dump and Run is a massive campus-community garage sale held in the Acadia gym.  Volunteers from local charities donate their time to help sort the items people bring to the event.

If you would like to help us between April 28-May3, please email us at info@asafeplaceforme.com and we will register you for the event.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Come Volunteer With Us!

Looking over our first quarter statistics for 2014 and we find that 99% of our clients say that they would recommend the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre to a friend facing a problem pregnancy.  100% say that the staff were "very interested" in them and their needs!  We ask all our visitors to fill out an anonymous "exit survey" so we know how we are doing.  This past quarter we received comments like, "I liked their generosity and helpfulness best.  I would describe my visit as 'awesome and peaceful.'" Others say, "I love that they pray for us," "It was great!  I learned things I didn't know," "You were helpful and informative," "It was great! I loved it!" "Very helpful information." "It's Awesome!" "Easy to talk to, Helpful, Respectful." "Professional & Prompt, Pleasant & Informative." "Kind, Friendly." "Very Welcoming!"

We LOVE our volunteers!  You Are AWESOME!!!

Why not consider joining the team?  We're looking for three new women who could give one afternoon a week to join us at the Centre. 

The first step is to pop in to see us some time we are open (Tues., Wed., Thurs. from 1:00 - 4:30).  We'll show you around and give you a "Welcome Packet" with information on how to get started.

For more information on the work we do here in this little mission on the side of the road, check out our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

HELP!!! We Need a Big Truck for Apple Blossom!!

I wold LOVE to see this truck in this year's Apple Blossom Parade!  We made the graphics, all we need is a truck (and a sponsor for printing the graphics).  The graphics would not damage the truck and could be removed right after the parade.

If you know of someone who can help us find a truck, please let me know as soon as possible!

Adoption has changed so much since the old days when women had to "give up" their child.  Today, with the NEW ADOPTION, women have the power to make a parenting plan for adoption.  She can go on her own, find a couple she wants to adopt her child, and bring them to Family and Children's Services.  They still have to go through the screening process, but she has the power to choose the parents she wants for her child.  She can also make an agreement with the adoptive parents as to how much involvement she has in the child's life.  She can choose to have no contact at all, or she can arrange with the adoptive parents for updates, photos or even how much time she herself can come over and be with the adoptive family.  The doors are blown off the limits of adoption today, so we want everyone to know how adoption has changed and the possibilities now available.

For more information on the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre and our little home mission on the side of the road, please check out our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Paying for Someone Else's Crime

In the Old Testament, there is a law about someone who fights and hurts someone else:
"If men have a quarrel and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and he does not die but remains in bed, if he gets up and walks around outside on his staff, then he who struck him shall go unpunished; he shall only pay for his loss of time, and shall take care of him until he is completely healed. (Exodus 21.18-19)
In the story Jesus tells of the Good Samaritan, the Good Samaritan comes upon a man beaten by robbers and left for dead.  He take the beaten man, cares for him and pays for his treatment until he is fully recovered - the very thing the violent robbers would have to do if they were caught.  What the Samaritan was doing was taking the blame / paying the price for the ones who attacked the man and left him for dead.  The Good Samaritan took the cost upon Himself and paid the debt - a debt that was not his!   At face value, it sounds bizarre to pay for someone else's crime - until you realize that in this story, you are the criminal and Jesus is the Good Samaritan.

This is what Jesus did when He took the penalty for sins in His crucifixion.  Jesus paid the debt that was ours!  We were the ones who hold the blame.  We have sinned.  We have "fought" against God and did our own thing, robbing Him of the glory due Him and running away from Him, leaving Him as "dead" (treating Him as irrelevant or going so far as to declare, "God is Dead").  We have a huge debt before our God - and in Jesus, He paid our price.  He "took the fall" for us.  The Bible says that "although He was rich, He became poor, so that through His poverty we might become rich."  Forgiveness is ours if we will accept Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf, confess our sin, keep turning away from sin and keep turning to God, seeking His face, abiding (remaining) in His Word and asking for His Spirit to change us from the inside out to be like Him.

This is the amazing story of Easter (no, not the "Easter" story that I'm sure will come as a movie some day, but the ancient account in Scripture).

This is the reason why Christians do things like missions.  Not because they are good people, but because they have discovered the astounding Grace of Jesus and His mission He accomplished on their behalf and His Spirit now transforms their hearts to be like Him.

If you would like to join this little home mission in our back yard called the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, please visit our website (www.asafeplaceforme.com) to learn more about us and how to contact us for more information.  God bless you!

Bowling For Babies 2014 Breaks Records!!!

Wow!  Bowling for Babies 2014 Breaks Records!!!

This year, five churches joined in a fun competition to see who could raise the most sponsors in Bowling for Babies 2014!  The Striking Saints took on the Striking Clergy and the Lord's Lob Stars in a "Holy Bowler" family of fun this past weekend!!  The Pizza was Fantastic!!! Thank you, Knights of Columbus!!!  The prizes were prized indeed as the winners took home the goods!  And at the end of the day, after one of the churches footed the bill for the bowling, we're still counting, but so far we've reached $6,017.60 invested through this combined effort toward reaching and embracing and saving lives right here in our Valley!  Thank You Everyone!!!

Never before has there been this many churches involved!!
Never before have we raised over $6,000 at Bowling for Babies!!
Congratulations!!!

There's still time!  Think of the fun and community building you could stir up by inviting a neighbor church to a little competition of your own?  That's what Bowling for Babies is all about - building community for a Great Cause!  The BEST part is that you can do it any time between now and December 31st of this year!

How?  Just head to www.bowlingforbabies.com to download your free sponsor sheets, posters and bulletin announcements today!

For more information on the Valley Care Pregnancy Centre, check our our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Congratulations!! Together We Did It! We Raised $15,000!


We Did It!
Our Goal: $15,000
We've Raised: $15,000!!

Even after the matching funds were used up, hearts were moved to give!

You are helping save lives - like the Acadia Student and her unborn child we are seeing now.

Special Thanks to You and Praise God!

Our goal in this campaign is to be able to reach more women in our Valley with the good news that they have support for positive options for their unplanned pregnancy.  with our research we estimate there are about 400 unplanned pregnancies in the Valley each year and we need help to reach them effectively with positive options and support.

For more information, check out our website at www.asafeplaceforme.com.

Sincerely,

Rev. Bill Davenport
Executive Director

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Undercover Journalist Tests Acadia Pregnancy Support : Writes Article for Acadia Newspaper

Wow!  We just got scoped!
An undercover journalist who had heard nasty things about Acadia Pregnancy Support decided to check them out - and she wrote her findings in the Acadia Newspaper!  She says,
"The Pregnancy Support Club has had some pretty heavy accusations levied towards it and, if true, would warrant the termination of the club.  A source warned that the club was a disguised pro-life group that had snuck by the Acadia Student's Union and on to campus, and it is the legitimacy of this claim that I sought to determine with a little investigation.
I had great plans - I was going to pretend to be 10 weeks pregnant and ask the club members at their booth in the SUB where I could obtain an abortion, and gauge their reactions ... [but the booth was vacant] but I did manage to grab some pamphlets and booklets ..."
There are some people who do have a preconceived idea about pregnancy support work.  They have read things produced by organizations like the "Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada" who label all pregnancy support organizations as misleading, anti-choice liars who stand in the way of women who are singularly minded toward an abortion.  They even produce flyers on how to expose such organizations and call for them all to be shut down.  I would want them shut down too, but I'm not happy that they label all "Pregnancy Centres" as being this way.  Some may be, but we are not.

Maybe it was this kind of thinking that this journalist heard about and had motivated her to check us out.  She found our materials at the Acadia Pregnancy Support booth in the Acadia Student Union Building and she writes,
"I found them incredibly useful, and once putting myself in the position of an undergrad who discovered that they [were pregnant], I could see how these resources could ease a decision.  The booklet put together by the group held the most valuable information: where in the Valley to go for help.  This booklet covers pretty much everything."
This "undercover journalist" only found one "gross oversight" which was a lack of where to find an abortion. But we simply do not handle this.  To make a referral for an abortion, you really need to be a medical facility.  We're not.  We're simply a grass-roots support network made up mostly of volunteers who see a need that isn't being met in our community and are motivated by the compassion of Jesus to offer help and support for those looking for support for an unplanned pregnancy.  That's why the Pregnancy Centre itself is listed in the Yellow Pages under "Abortion Alternatives."   That's why the club on campus is clearly called, "Acadia Pregnancy Support."  That's our focus.  That's our scope of services.  We don't moralize with our clients, either.  We're focused on one issue and we find that being focused helps us do our job better.

The article goes on to say,
"This group does wonderful things for people who need help, and I hope the group will be left in peace to flourish.  They provide an excellent resource to people who need the help and are not sure where to turn; this help is free and comes without judgment, and such a thing is priceless.  Personally, I am hoping their next step will be to have a stern talk with Acadia about the possibility of a daycare for students who are also parents."
This article has created a HUGE open door for our next step - to approach Acadia to make daycare services available!  This article gave us this mandate.  Maybe the author can help us in our next steps toward making that a reality and help promote it in the Ath and help us find more students willing to step up and be counted to make it happen!   Praise God!

If you find that God is tugging at your heart to help support this vital work at Acadia and in our Community, please lend a helping hand.  We need your support.  You can learn how to help at our "About" page of our website, www.asafeplaceforme.com.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Love Lives On Campaign Update!


Praise God!  We're almost there!!

If God prompts you, head on over to our "About" page to make a gift online to help us reach more women in our community so she can know she has positive options!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HELP! Only Six Days Left to Reach Our Goal of $15,000. LOVE LIVES ON!


We Have Six Days Left! 
Our Goal: $15,000 
We've raised: $11,000 
We Need just $4,000 to reach our goal. 

Please give today. 
Go to our web site to give securely online. 
Just click HERE

Special Thanks to you who have helped us get this far! 

Our goal in this campaign is to be able to reach more women in our Valley with the good news that they have support for positive options for their unplanned pregnancy. Our research shows there are about 400 unplanned pregnancies in the Valley each year and we need help to reach them effectively with positive options and suport.

For more information, visit our giving page and make your donation online or please feel free to visit our centre in person if you prefer to give that way. We’d love to show you around so you can see for yourself how our community is being impacted by your partnership.

Sincerely,
Rev. Bill Davenport
Executive Director

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Leadership Training Event March 28-29

We are having a Leadership Training event for WAIT Training this March 28-29.  From 7:00 - 9:30 Friday night and from 9:00 to 5:00 Saturday (Location TBA).
WAIT Training (our Canadianized version) is a highly interactive, multimedia, positive, science based "Love Education" curriculum for Jr. High, High School, University and Youth Groups.  It is a 5-10 session, flexible curriculum that we have been using for the past 9 years after receiving training in Atlanta Georgia.  The reviews from teachers, students and parents has been fantastic!

The training is a run-through of the exact lessons we take the students through and you learn by doing.  You will be given the handouts that the students receive.  If you are able to help us, we will be taking this to students this spring.

There is no charge for the event, but if you want to purchase your own training manual, it is $400.  It is fully reproducible and is good for those wanting to do this on their own with students and not using the manuals that the Centre owns.

The training is a lot of fun and has a lot of hands-on activities that will keep you fully engaged in the process.  Come prepared to be involved.

To register for this event, simply reply to this email, call Bill at 902.670.8510 or simply click HERE.

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