Pregnancy is a marvelous thing, but it’s a short moment in a lifetime. And at Lifeline, we believe that caring for women and their families only when they are in the midst of it is not enough. In this month of pregnancy loss awareness, we are ever more concerned with supporting our community every step of the way: before, during, and after a pregnancy, no matter what the outcome of the pregnancy is. Because sometimes, things don’t go as planned and a miscarriage comes to stain the picture and leaves tears on its way. Or a woman decides to have an abortion because she feels that it’s the only solution in her situation. Other times, parents have to face the unimaginable loss of their already born child. One way or another, God is faithful and reminds us that “He will wipe every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 21:4). Yet, in the meantime, he inspires us to be kind to each other and to carry each other’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
Lifeline seeks daily to answer His call. Whenever a client faces a pregnancy loss, we intend to be present. We can’t patch up all wounds, as only God can, but we want to support each and everyone going through these extremely heartbreaking events.
And in order to bring our goal to life, we have initiated a few changes at our clinic. In the past, Lifeline has had a weekly post-abortion support group program on site. The program was based on a Bible study format and was directed by our peer-counselor, who holds an MA in marriage and family counseling.
For the women who came to the weekly meetings, many have noted that the program has helped them in their healing process. Some of them crossed our doors because they were in search of a ministry context where they could offer their experience in order to help others in similar situations of pregnancy loss. And they did just that.
But in order to offer women an even more comprehensive support, we have partnered with If Not For Grace Ministries. If Not For Grace are experts in their field and have helped countless women deal with the after-effects of abortion. This partnership will also allow us to extend our counseling services offsite to allow women to attend a virtual support group from the comfort of their home. We can continue to offer additional support through our on-site counselor and support team for those who have experienced other types of pregnancy of infant loss, such as a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.
We believe that this mutual support can foster great hope. We know that time doesn’t heal all wounds, as only God can. And as a woman gets in touch with her own feelings, she is also invited to trust and lean on God for healing.
Together we are stronger, and through your faithful support and generosity we are saving and changing lives. All your prayers, donations and overall support are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Written by Elodie Takamiya.