Submitted by Lola French, CAPPS
There is such desperation in the world today – refugee crises, persecution of Christians, political uncertainty – too many issues to list; however many can be summarized under the disregard for the sanctity of all life. John 10:10a warns us, the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. We certainly see the evidence of this all around us in the world today. We also see evidence of this at our CAPSS affiliated pregnancy care centres.
CAPSS currently works with and supports over 70 pregnancy care centres across Canada. Our purpose is to establish, equip, and encourage these centres in their life affirming ministry. On a daily basis these centres see the fear, brokenness, and loneliness of lives impacted by unplanned pregnancy. Last year alone CAPSS affiliated centres saw over 6,000 new clients, as well as continuing to see and work with many previous clients. Despite these numbers, we know there are many more women and men facing a pregnancy decision and they need to be reached. We continue to work towards this by helping to establish pregnancy centres across Canada.
Women and men facing a pregnancy decision need accurate information on all of their choices and they need follow-up support and encouragement. We realize in this ministry that in order for these lives to be truly changed and transformed, they need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to be the ears that listen, the hands and feet that support them, but we also need to be the mouth that speaks the good news of the gospel. It is only that message that will bring about transformation and abundant life.
In this area of work there is something called the ‘’18/18 rule’’ – without transformation, we are likely to see the client again in 18 months and their child in the same situation in 18 years. How sad. But how preventable! We know we have the answer and we have an incredible opportunity to share it!
In the second half of the verse in John 10:10, Jesus states, I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance. That is our focus and that is our hope – for the clients our centres see and for the world in which we all live.
This world seeks abundance – of wealth, possessions, achievements, and fame. But so many are realizing the emptiness of those pursuits. How thankful I am that we know about the abundance that is promised in John 10:10. It is out of the abundance of God’s blessings – His peace, forgiveness, love, joy, and identity in Him – that we are able to reach this hurting world.
It is this message that we are encouraging our centres across Canada to share with the men and women they have the privilege of serving. Let us not forget to be thankful for all that God has blessed us with. Let us remember to share this abundant life and good news. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart … the mouth speaks what the heart is full of (Luke 6:45).
(photo credit: Anj Peters)