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“For with God nothing will be impossible.” Luke 1:37 (NKJV)
This scripture from Luke 1:37 is a truth we knew before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of our nation. It’s a verse many of us reference when facing challenges or adversity in life. And it’s certainly one that we often use here at Human Coalition.
But the COVID-19 pandemic challenged us in new ways. In the matter of days, entire states and communities closed. The economy came to a screeching halt. As a result, projections indicated that even more women would soon face unexpected pregnancies, and an abortion boom was on the horizon.
Knowing that a great need was coming, Human Coalition took a leap of faith to safely continue serving women and families: we shifted our entire operation of care to a fully virtual telehealth model.
As Luke 1:37 promises, nothing is impossible with God! In just three days, our team successfully completed the full transition to virtual care, and we have remained at full staff and full capacity to serve our clients.
But, as you know, God didn’t stop working there!
I reported in April that we had experienced a marked increase in the number of women we were serving since going virtual. I can now share the very latest data on how our clinics have served women and families during these trying circumstances.
In the 10 weeks prior to Human Coalition going fully virtual, we served a total of 8,760 clients. In the 10 weeks following our move to virtual care, our expanded hours allowed us to meet the increased need and serve a total of 10,297 clients, an increase of nearly 18%.
These clients included moms who were pregnant and considering abortion as an option, as well as moms who were planning to carry their child to term, but needed assistance with other needs. Additionally, this included parents of children under three years old, parents who had recently lost a child, and parents who had recently adopted and came to Human Coalition seeking public assistance or other services.
Not only have we served more clients, but we are rescuing even more children during this time.
In the 10 weeks prior to going fully virtual, we expect 612 children to be rescued from abortion. In the 10 weeks after going fully virtual, we expect 1,098 children to be rescued.
That represents a more than 79% increase in the number of lives saved after going fully virtual.
Isn’t this data so inspiring? Behind each number is a child that has a chance at life and a family that may never have to experience the horror of abortion. We feel so blessed to be part of God’s plan in action, and we are also so thankful to all of YOU for your continued prayers and support.
Now, as our country takes steps toward reopening, we are eager to use what we have learned during this unique time to rescue even more children in the future.
Additionally, we look forward to celebrating another significant occasion tomorrow: Father’s Day!
As you know, fathers hold a vitally important role in the Christian family. Fathers are called to be a role model and a leader of the family. They are called to sacrifice, provide, love and put their families above themselves.
We know this sacrifice has been even greater for many dads during the COVID-19 pandemic, as stay-at-home orders forced many to balance working from home with taking care of children. One article in the Washington Post put it:
“Zoom calls now begin with disclaimers about the kids crying in the background. Meetings are scheduled around nap time. The wall between work life and family life has crumbled. And as a result, fatherhood is more visible than ever before.”
While it may be true that fatherhood is more visible than ever before, I would argue that fatherhood should be more visible in our culture every day.
When it comes to abortion, studies show that fathers can make all the difference when it comes to life for a child. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Abortion Surveillance System, over 85% of the women who obtained abortions in 2016 were unmarried.
There is no doubt that we have a fatherhood crisis in America. Abortion has become an avenue by which men can exploit women for their own personal satisfaction and know there is “a way out” of an unexpected pregnancy.
So, on this Father’s Day, I would challenge all of the dads with a few questions:
- How visible are you in your family?
- Are you being a role model and representing the love of Christ to your wife and children? What about to your community and your church?
- Are there men in your life that you can bring alongside you? Will you find men to disciple, mentor, and help become Godly fathers?
Men were responsible for the rise of abortion, and it is now our duty to end it. We can’t do it without pro-life, Christian fathers leading the way.
It’s not going to be easy. And it’s going to take time. But as we’ve learned throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, “For with God nothing will be impossible.”
I will continue to be in touch with updates on how Human Coalition is responding to developments with the pandemic. Be sure you receive these updates by subscribing to our enewsletter at HumanCoalition.org.