As a nurse at our Women’s Centers, sometimes events arise when “floating” to another location is needed.
Emily* was on call at Women’s Center-Dayton and was agitated, admittedly so, when she got asked to go to another location to perform an ultrasound scan on an abortion-minded client at another center—it was a frigid winter day, and she had already spent the morning scraping a sheet of ice off of her car.
Reluctantly, she trekked back to the employee parking lot, watching her breath form clouds as she eased into the cold leather driver seat to head to Women’s Center-East.
Nurses usually don’t perform both consultations and ultrasounds on the same clients, so when Emily arrived and realized she would be doing both for this appointment, she breathed out a heavy sigh, grabbing her clipboard to begin the consultation. Within the first five minutes of the consultation, Emily knew exactly why she had been called over for to work with this client.
The more she talked with the client, Samantha*, the more twists within her story she discovered. Having been divorced for several years, Samantha had begun dating Jake* last year, hopeful for another shot at romance.
Samantha couldn’t imagine having a baby in her late thirties, and Jake had pressured her to have an abortion when she revealed her pregnancy to him.
Emily spent over two hours with Samantha that winter afternoon, asking her questions and sharing truth with her. Somehow, all her frustrations from earlier in the day—all the jostling between centers in the frigid weather—dissipated, as she realized God had been the one to ordain this. Somehow, Samantha and Emily connected in an unexplainable way. Samantha slowly let her guard down as she revealed the layers of her story and relationship.
In a follow-up appointment, Samantha revealed that she was planning on carrying her baby to term, and that she had ended her relationship with Jake. She didn’t say whether or not it her connection with Emily caused her change of heart, but it’s my guess that having the comfort and support of a listening ear during her moment of need affected her decision.
While these kinds of stories don’t happen every day at our centers, interactions like this give spark and purpose to the work God does in Elizabeth’s New Life Center. Let’s rejoice in the ways God orchestrates everyday events, like Emily’s, to change hearts like Samantha’s.
*Names have been changed to maintain employee and client anonymity.