This Year we had a great banquet with an amazing turnout. Our theme this year was focused on Changing Hearts, Saving Lives and Building Families. Our Keynote Speaker, Jason Jones who touched on his past life and how abortion had affected him and the reason he stands up for the Pro-Life movement. Our two client testimonies shared how CTLC provided care, help and resources; giving them hope and courage to choose LIFE for their babies. Central Texas Life Care continues to do our best to provide each client with love, an open mind and an open heart. We are also glad to say that in the last few months we were able to see 29 clients make professions of Faith! We are also proud to announce that 31 babies have been saved from abortion. We are so excited to see God’s work and His word come to life and touch those we serve at our center. Thanks to the generosity and faithfulness of supporting volunteers, churches and friends our center has grown beyond what we have ever expected. Central Texas Life Care stands behind our mission to minister to the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of women and men facing challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. It was an amazing night and because of faithful donors we were able to raise $95,508.07 that very night!
“If you think you have blown God’s plan for your life, Rest assured, because you are not that powerful.”
It was night. I remember lying in bed thinking and then realizing I had missed my period. I took one of the pregnancy tests I had in my drawer. The test was positive…I was pregnant. I was happy because I knew this is what I wanted. I then soon experienced an overwhelming feeling of being scared. I was scared because I already had a child from a prior relationship. Plus what was my family going to think? I was living with them at the time. There was no extra room and they were already helping me out as it is. I was nervous on how Joseph was going to react. Almost immediately, I sent him a picture of the positive test result…..He texted back, asking what it meant. I told him that we were going to have a baby. He then texted saying he was scared and if he could call instead. We both thought we could not become pregnant simply because I considered myself to be underweight. I was feeling pretty content with the situation, up until I heard him say that he wasn’t ready to have a baby. This….was, really hard for me to process. During the next few weeks, we had many more conversations following that one. I tried my best to understand where he was coming from, BUT if I’m honest, it was all just too surreal. I felt quite distant from him because of it…. it was a very confusing time for us…..Eventually we weighed our options, with adoption not being one of them. So in the end, it really came down to all or nothing. Either we were going to end the pregnancy, or go through with it.
Despite everything, I had convinced myself that I would go through with the procedure to please Joseph. Especially if it meant saving our relationship because I knew how scared he was and I loved him. We walked into Planned Parenthood and were scheduled a consultation appointment. Might I mention, if this procedure could be done in one visit, I would not be here talking with you today, because the abortion would have been done. Only because the procedure is completed in 4 visits, did we have the time to really think, process, and talk a bit more. On the second visit, I was given the abortion pill in a bottle. This pill would stop the heartbeat of my baby. Then later, during a separate visit, I would be given another, and final pill that would completely rid the baby from my body. However, deep down, I knew that if I went through with the abortion, I would have resentment toward Joseph and that I could not be with him because of it. Although we already had the pill with us, and I could have taken it at any given moment in time, it stayed laying on top of my dresser.
I called Central Texas Life Care and they helped me with a pregnancy test and ultrasound. I knew how Joseph felt about the pregnancy, but I took him along hoping he would have second thoughts. While I was receiving counseling there, Joseph was reading an educational booklet in the lobby room, explaining abortion and its effects. This was enough for him to see the short and long term impacts abortion would have on me. That same day, we left hearing our baby’s heartbeat, received a couple of our very first pictures of our baby, and a proof of pregnancy to begin steps toward prenatal care. Central Texas Life Care has been, and is still currently being, a great support system. Specifically, The Material Assistance Program prepared us as parents to know exactly what to expect in our pregnancy, and especially helped Joseph become more confident in being ready to be a dad. We’ve learned so much through this program as well as receive generous baby items every time we attend.
Months in, we found out the gender and named our daughter Aiala…..She is so beautiful. And I’m the lucky one because I am her mom. She means everything to me. Joseph became the best father I could have ever asked for. It breaks my heart to share that he passed away unexpectedly last week. But I will forever have with me the heartfelt memories of his great love for Aiala. He was the one who did most of her diaper changing and bathing, and all the while working overnight shifts. And if I must admit, he’s was also the one who got the most smiles out of her. It’s no denying she looks completely like him. She will always be a daddy’s girl. She will be raised right and with love. And with the help of God, I pray that she won’t ever have to experience the option of abortion. I know God was with us and guiding us, the whole time through all of this. Recently, I read something inspirational that said, “If you think you have blown God’s plan for your life, Rest assured, because you are not that powerful.” …..I see now His powerful plan for me and my daughter’s life and I am grateful to live out His blessings.
A very powerful story shared and touched the hearts of many who attended CTLC’s event.
“it’s not fair that your baby dies for you to have your freedom”
My name is Mary. I am 20 years old. I was born in Nebraska and raised in Mexico. Here’s my story of how I found out I was pregnant and my journey ever since.
When I found out I was pregnant I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. I was scared because I didn’t have a relationship with the father. I felt so many emotions. I couldn’t keep them to myself a moment longer. I texted him. He wasn’t happy with the news. He told me his life was over. He said he wasn’t ready to be a father.
He came to my apartment and had an agenda. He didn’t want the baby. I told him, I wasn’t ready either and that I was still processing the pregnancy. I was scared and clueless. I didn’t know how to respond to a situation like this. At that moment, without asking me, he told me he scheduled an appointment for an abortion. He was so happy to tell me that he got a discount for the procedure. I was numb and went along with his plan. I told myself, he is right. I honestly thought abortion was my only option. I didn’t want to be a single mother.
Days passed and I felt anxious. I couldn’t help but think that I was about to murder my baby. I felt sick to my stomach. I didn’t know what to do. I lost my appetite and was sleep deprived. I prayed day and night for God to help me. I finally came to my breaking point. I couldn’t keep my pregnancy a secret anymore. I had to tell my closest friend. When she learned of the scheduled abortion appointment, she panicked. She spoke wise words to me that day. She said it’s not fair that your baby dies for you to have your freedom. I knew she was right. She then urged me to tell my sister which I did. My sister cried with me and was my rock. Her search for help led me to Central Texas Life Care. This is where I found hope. I talked with my peer counselor Patricia. She was the most amazing and kindest person I had ever met. She was who I needed to express my situation, feelings, and options with. I left feeling certain I would parent my baby.
When I told the father of my baby that I was parenting, he became irate and went crazy. I endured the pregnancy without him. I felt depressed at times and I would find myself praying for a happy ending. All of the ladies at CTLC are sweet, they gathered around me throughout my pregnancy.
God honestly works in mysterious ways, because when I held my daughter for the first time, I felt free. I wasn’t alone anymore. Her father was present at her birth and fell in love with her. We are not together now but our daughter Isabella is our priority. She is the happiest princess in the world. God heard my cry and sent me Central Texas Life Care. Then He blessed me with Isabella’s life for being brave to choose life for her. It is the best reward in the world. Last month, I accepted Jesus Christ in my heart at Central Texas LifeCare. I can see now how God arranged my life story to meet Him. He had heard all my heartfelt prayers and answered them all along the way of my journey. Because of Him, I finally have my happy ending.
CTLC provides all services FREE of CHARGE to our clients. Every client is given the opportunity to hear about Jesus and His love for them and their unborn child.
With the plans to expand our ministry and build a new facility, We would ask you to prayerfully consider the important work that is being done and what part you could play in meeting our financial needs. If you would like to donate today and help with our mission please visit our new website at www.txlifecare.org.
Central Texas LifeCare wants to welcome our newest babies!
The staff and volunteers have the opportunity to walk side by side with our clients to educate and equip them to make life-affirming choices. It is such a privilege to support these women through difficult times and see how strong they become throughout their pregnancy. CTLC is one of the main resources for mothers who are in need of guidance and support for their unplanned pregnancies. This week CTLC would like to introduce three gorgeous little girls who bring much light and joy to our center and their families. All three mothers attend our Material Assistance Program (MAP) to help them learn how to care and provide for their babies. So, it is with great joy to celebrate each life and see the love the mothers have for their babies.
We are thankful for our donors who commit to prayerfully and financially support this life saving ministry so, CTLC can continue to provide Genuine Care, True Help and Real Hope. This would not be possible without your love and devotion to this program.
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Mason Murphy, a new board member shares his story:
I was born at a birth weight of one pound ten ounces and dropped to one pound six ounces overnight. Born four months premature at the twenty-sixth week, the doctors told my parents that I would not make the night. I did make the night! I was diagnosed with Retinopathy of Prematurity (RLP). RLP is caused due to oxygen damage to the eyes. I was blind in my left eye and had limited sight in my right eye. I was able to see shapes and colors.
Throughout my life I would go through multiple eye surgeries. I would have my blind eye removed as a teenager and I was given a prosthetic eye. I would have glaucoma eye surgeries in my right eye throughout my twenties and thirties to maintain my eye sight.
I became a Christian at the age of eight. I was at a church cookout for boys my age and after the pastor was done with the sermon he asked if anyone wanted to accept Christ to please stand up. I stood up and I will never forget that moment for the rest of my life. This warm cool peaceful feeling came over my entire body and I knew at that moment that everything in life was going to be okay. Growing in my faith throughout my life was very easy. Because of my visual impairment, I had a constant conversation with God every day. I relied on him to get me through the challenges of the day and reflected with him on the management of those challenges in the evening. I knew that being visually impaired was God’s perfect design for my life. I have always said that if I were offered the ability to see that I would not take it because I have already gotten to live an amazing life just as I am.
I currently work as a career counselor in Career Services at Texas State University and I am a member of Promiseland San Marcos church.
I support Central Texas LifeCare, CTLC because this organization is different from any other pro-life nonprofit that I have ever experienced. The staff and volunteers quietly and humbly are doing God’s work and simply taking care of the women in the community. I have a heart for this ministry because I am a living example of the pro-life movement. I know that CTLC is saving babies and reaching families just like my family.
It’s always great to see a father and mother rejoicing over the life of their baby. A local couple came into the office today and received the best sound this year. This sound was the strong heartbeat they’ve been anticipating to listen to since they found out they were pregnant. His child’s heartbeat had the expectant dad filled with joy. He giggled out loud at the sound and could not help from smiling every time baby would make a move. You see earlier this year this couple experienced a miscarriage. It was heartbreaking to the family but they never lost faith and hope. Now with great news to their ears they are expecting a new addition to their family. Before the miscarriage they had hopes of having a girl but now they just pray for a healthy baby. It’s because of donors like you that CTLC is able to provide free ultrasounds to families, and many times with heart changing experiences. The gift of life is a wonderful gift to this family this holiday season. It’s not to late in helping us celebrate one baby at a time with your generous donations. Together we can continue to Change Hearts and Save Lives.
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The Miracle before Christmas
Working in a pregnancy center is a place where staff and volunteers give their heart, love, and prayers. We pray for clients to have healthy babies, become good mothers and fathers, for the miracle of unplanned pregnancies to become blessings.
This week we had a woman come visit our center wanting to pick up literature for her niece’s school assignment. She also wanted to share that 21 years ago she too had been a client at Central Texas LifeCare. With tears in her eyes, she said, “This place saved my life!” At 17 years old, a junior in High School, she was not ready to have a baby. Abortion was her only option. Her visit at CTLC confirmed she was pregnant and she immediately called to set up an appointment to terminate her pregnancy. This young woman went to work that afternoon at a local establishment where she shares her secret with her manager. She felt the need to tell her because she would be needing the day off the following day for the procedure. Upon hearing her reason for missing work, her manager compassionately shares with her that her baby deserves a chance at life. She said that she cared too much about her to allow her to go through this alone and that she would be sharing this information with her pastor to pray for a miracle. Fortunately this pastor knew this young woman and decides to reach out to the pastor of her church. He has a conversation with the pastor of her church and both believed this would be a tragedy and had a sense of urgency to act swiftly. The family’s pastor reached out to her parents and they all agreed this baby is not a mistake. This baby is their grandbaby! The next day they spoke to their daughter, before her scheduled abortion appointment that day, and this young women with her family support chose to embrace her blessing.
Needless to say this unplanned pregnancy has turned out to be the biggest blessing of her life. Her 21-year-old has lived a vivacious life filled with accomplishments and dreams. He was an athlete in high school. Upon graduating he attended a trade school and now works in the family business. So, in this amazing season of Christmas, we celebrate that the Son of God became flesh as a tiny, vulnerable baby. Life is a miracle!
2 Corinthians 9:15
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.”
What is the solution for the desperation? For me, it was a mixture of parsley, ginger, cinnamon, a perfect concoction to cause an at home abortion according to google. I could not afford the cost of the abortion procedure, but i was determined to find a way out! It was NEVER my dreams to be a mother, so seeing those two lines confirming a positive result was my worst nightmare. I sat in front of the counselor shaking my head no, as other options were discussed. I showed no emotion to the 7 week baby’s beating heart on the ultrasound screen. I left the pregnancy center and found myself praying to a God I didn’t think listened. I drove home to the tune of that baby’s beating heart playing back non-stop. That night the Lord spoke to me in a dream and it felt so real. He used my baby’s lullaby to soften my heart of stone. I just kept thinking of this baby. I was being so selfish to only be thinking of myself. I made this baby, its growing inside me already, and it has a heartbeat, and already loves me without even knowing me. How could I ever live with the thought of ending it’s life?
This is a story written by a client we served at Central Texas LifeCare. It is not very different from many stories we hear on a daily basis. Clients come in nervous, scared and with very little or no support. They find themselves in an unplanned pregnancy. Here at CTLC we have dedicated staff and volunteers ready to educate and support men and women with all of their options.
Our work is made possible through the generous support of donors who have a heart to support a ministry that saves the life of the unborn. As you have read in the client’s story, God is changing hearts at CTLC. Help us to continue to be a voice for the weakest of God’s precious children, and reach out in love and compassion to their fathers and mothers.
Please consider donating to Central Texas LifeCare before the end of the year. Together we can make a difference. Together, we can #Give4Life.
Please visit our website to see all of the opportunities available to help our clients and center today. http://www.centraltexaslifecare.org