When presented with the opportunity to accompany Elizabeth’s New Life Center client Miranda Powell to the recent March for Life and Babies Go to Congress events in Washington D.C., I knew I was taking on an exciting and life-changing assignment.
Miranda and I, along with her four-month-old baby, Bentley, traveled to Capitol Hill to join numerous staff members from Heartbeat International and other pregnancy care center personnel accompanied by their clients and children for a series of meetings. Our mission was to communicate the message that Pregnancy Help Centers are Good for America. Miranda courageously shared her personal story, which you can see for yourself on a Heartbeat video. She also is featured in video highlights of the March for Life. Miranda and Bentley served as real-life examples of why the centers are needed and why our volunteers and staff are so indispensable.
Two of our Ohio representatives, Steve Austria and Jim Jordan, went out of their way to meet with our group and offer their support. In addition, we had a meeting scheduled with Congressman Mike Turner. It was especially moving to see Congressman Turner’s emotional response to Miranda’s story, including the personal connection Miranda had with his daughter from middle school. All of our meetings were a great affirmation that our representatives work hard for us on Capitol Hill and have the backs of pregnancy centers.
This experience also helped me return to my work at our women’s center even more ready to serve women like Miranda. Just yesterday a young woman came in who thought she had arrived at the abortion clinic across the street. She decided to stay to discuss her options and have an ultrasound. She called me about an hour later to tell me she had talked with her boyfriend and that they had decided to have their baby!
What an amazing week! I thank God for the opportunities He gave me: to accompany my incredibly brave client and her precious son to D.C., to take part in a gathering of people who would weather the cold, the rain, and the city to stand for life; to meet face-to-face with our state congressman right where we take the pulse on pro-life legislation, and to see my own pro-life convictions re-affirmed in ministry as soon as I got back to work. Empowered by all these blessings, I’m ready for His next assignment.