From the April 2015 issue of Life Stories
A Monthly Newsletter about real women in south Jersey who turned away from abortion and chose life for their babies.
One day Teri was praying in front of the Cherry Hill Women’s Center (CHWC) when she saw a mother and daughter walking toward her from the bus stop. She greeted them with the intention of offering them some real help. They agreed to have her give them a ride to Options for Women down the street where they could sit down and discuss their concerns.
Levina had brought her 20 year old daughter, Sabrina, today. She expressed worry that her husband would probably leave them if he found out his daughter was pregnant. She confided that she had 3 pregnancies herself. She had placed her first 2 babies in adoptive homes. She decided to raise her third child, Sabrina.
Teri commended her for her unconditional love for each of her babies and yet questioned why she would not give her daughter the opportunity to give life to her baby. She asked how Levina could justify teaching Sabrina to do the opposite of what she believed to be right and good.
“How is it that you suggest that there is no life to be made for this baby because Daddy might leave?” They discussed how she would feel if he left her anyway and also how she would feel if, in fact, he stayed. This baby is her only grandchild!
In prayer they surrendered the situation and asked for courage to fight for what was best for the baby. Teri assured them that the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants (Helpers) would be there for as long as needed and would help as much as needed.
When she dropped them home they went in to tell Sabrina’s father about her pregnancy. The next day Teri called to find mother and daughter happily shopping for the new baby!
Whitney was born on May 17, 2014. The entire family has embraced this beautiful baby and in fact, Whitney’s father is also involved in raising her.
Helpers were there at the CHWC when her mother and grandmother came with the intention of aborting Whitney. Many like them come each day driven by FEAR believing they have no other choice. We offer them HOPE and promise to do all we can to help them with their burdens. Partnering with Options for Women we can give them the support both emotionally and in concrete ways that they may need in order to choose life for their babies.
We are working together as one heart and one family. Let us continue, together, to unite our efforts, to be a bridge of hope and to protect life in our cherished land of opportunity. WE EXTEND OUR GRATITUDE TO ALL THE “HELPER” FAMILY AND WE INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN US IN BUILDING A CULTURE OF LIFE!
No one will be abandoned, unwanted, judged or condemned. Our hearts unite to embrace our brothers and sisters and let them know our love for them. Please call Teri at 856-207-6037 or Claire at 856-234-6198 for information about how you, too, can be a Helper!