Hebrews 10:23-25 (NASB) says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Last year, everyone at Human Coalition – from the Marketing Department to those working on the front lines in our women’s care clinics – resolved that we would not waver in our effort to end abortion. I anticipated that we might experience battle fatigue and discouragement, but I never could have predicted what 2017 would bring.
By the middle of summer, Human Coalition was experiencing unprecedented attacks from multiple fronts.
A coalition of radical pro-abortion groups invested time and money into a social media campaign accusing Human Coalition of operating “fake clinics.” This campaign culminated with a protest held outside our women’s care clinic in Atlanta.
And as if that weren’t heated enough, several protestors trespassed inside our facility, shouting pro-abortion epithets at our clients and staff.
At about that same time, pro-abortion journalists took notice of the Human Coalition Prayer App. Releasing hit pieces and podcasts about it, they mocked the notion that individuals would pray for women and children in abortion-vulnerable situations. The following month, Apple notified us that they’d removed the Human Coalition Prayer App from their App Store. They cited violations of certain functionality requirements, which, based on our previous conversations with Apple, had already been met.
This continuous onslaught of attacks could have discouraged our team. But you and I know this war is primarily spiritual, and we serve the King of kings. Our hope is not built on our own efforts, acceptance from the media, or approval from Silicon Valley. It’s based on our Creator God who made us in His image. And so, we press on – unwavering.
Cultivating hope means we encourage each other with love and good deeds.
Although “good deeds” takes on a myriad of definitions when speaking of helping abortion-determined women, we’ve learned that by instilling even a little hope into a very desperate situation, lives are rescued.Tiffany made the courageous decision to parent her baby Click To Tweet
Take “Tiffany,” a 25-year-old woman who visited our Dallas/Fort Worth Women’s Care Clinic. She wanted an abortion – until she realized how much support she’d receive from our team if she chose to continue her pregnancy. After meeting with our Care Coordinator, Tiffany made the courageous decision to parent her baby.From homeless and abortion-determined, to embracing parenthood and living in their own home Click To Tweet
Then there’s Kelly and Wylie. Their two-year walk with our Raleigh Women’s Care Clinic has taken them from being homeless and abortion-determined, to embracing parenthood and living in their own home.
In 35 life-affirming pregnancy centers and 7 Human Coalition women’s care clinics across the country, stories like these have been repeated over 2,253 times. The names and situations differ; but in each case, the cultivation of HOPE through love and good deeds rescued innocent, preborn lives.
Finally, in my charge to bring HOPE, I encouraged us to work together for one common cause – to end abortion in America.
Since our inception, Human Coalition has sought to cross racial, ethnic, religious, and political party lines to achieve social justice for the victims of abortion. Our staff of more than 100 employees reflects this commitment to diversity. Likewise, our family of donors proves we can set aside the things that normally divide us and cling to one unifying conviction – that all life is sacred and deserves to be protected.
In your giving, prayers, and messages of encouragement, you’ve demonstrated what it looks like to work together in the mission to end abortion. Your support has spurred us on, keeping us focused as we transform hearts and restore a culture of Life in our nation.
Thank you for standing with us throughout this Year of Hope. 2,253 lives have been rescued since I wrote that op-ed piece almost 12 months ago, and you’ve stood with us through it all. It’s because of your dedication to our cause that I cling to trustful expectancy for the coming year, knowing God will continue to do “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).