The Most Wonderful Time of Their Year

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.

 

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The Miracle Before Christmas

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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.”

 

Desperate, Scared and Alone

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

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Central Texas LifeCare 33rd Annual Banquet Highlights

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The Key success to a successful fundraising event is having the best supporters on our side.  We continue to receive feedback on how the banquet was enjoyed and so many guests touched by the client’s and Speaker’s testimonies.  Again, we just want to take the time to Thank You all!  Thank you for celebrating life with us!

 

Psalm 106:1

Praise the Lord! Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

“Love is spoken here, Joy is Chosen here, Grace is given here”

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Let us then with confidence draw near to throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:16

On Thursday September 28, 2017, we had nearly 300 guests attend with open minds and hearts ready to give to Central Texas LifeCare.  Although we did not meet our annual goal of $160,000 we were very close.  On this awesome night we were able to raise $110,785.61 from generous donors.  The funds we raise are used to provide 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.

Highlights from the evening:

  • Our first client, Emily, shared how the Life Walk Bible studies have helped her strengthen her walk with the Lord.
  • Our second client in the LifeCare Ranch program, Rebecca, shared how she received love and guidance when struggling with her pregnancy decision.
  • Rodney, one of our male clients gave a powerful testimony regarding how CTLC provided care, help and resources to him and his fiancée giving them hope and courage to choose LIFE for their baby.
  • Guest Speaker, Claire Culwell, told her powerful story of how her miraculous life entails surviving an abortion, being adopted, now a mother and how God continues to create beauty in the unexpected.
  • Central Texas LifeCare continues to see an increase in both of men and women
  • The ministry of CTLC is growing and there is a need for a larger facility

Up to date we have seen a great impact at CTLC in 2017

  • 41 babies saved from abortion
  • 10 clients accepting Christ as their Lord or rededicating their life to Christ.
  • 273 Ultrasounds performed
  • 1200 Clients served
  • 51 men are participating in our Earn While You Learn Program

If you missed the opportunity to attend, give or be a part of our banquet on this help this awesome ministry it is not too late.  We ask that you pray and consider helping us bridge the gap so we can continue to provide Genuine Care, True Help, Real Hope to those facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Central Texas LifeCare would like to give a special Thanks to Fuschak’s Pit Bar-B-Que for providing an excellent and delicious dinner.

Interested in Volunteering? Come Join Us for a 2 day training on November 7 & 8th Call Leticia Cerda for more information at 512-396-3020

To donate online go to: www.centraltexaslifecare.org and click the “Donate Now” tab.

Beautiful Bundles of Joy & Love

The beautiful part of working for Central Texas LifeCare is to see the beautiful babies returning with their mommies and daddies.  The blessing is to see the joy of the Lord in each little smile and being able to see the joy they bring to their families.  With lots of joy and excitement we would like to introduce the new additions to our growing family.

Psalm 138:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Photos Taken by: Penny Shguit, Center Manager

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