As pregnancy help organizations, we must continue to ask, “What is our mission?” This question can have a lot of answers when we consider new initiatives, overall goals and more.
But the mission of all that we do may come down to one objective: “One More Step of Faith.”
When a young woman or couple comes in our door, any one of a variety of questions or needs may be on their minds. They may be asking, “How can we afford a baby?”
Or, “I’m in this horrendous dilemma (Trafficking? Abuse?) and I need a way out."
Any answers we provide will vary based on the situation and the person, but underneath our response is a rock of truth: Take one more step of faith and trust in a God you cannot see and may not even believe exists.
For the abuse victim it may mean stepping out of the situation and into the unknown. For those wondering how to a baby into the world at this time in their lives, this may mean trusting through an adoption process or believing God will make a way to parent a child.
Whatever the circumstances, we are asking those we see to act on what they know is the best decision, then to trust that somehow, God will act. One more step . . . of faith.
Our ministries and organizations are—at our core—“faith factories.” Many of our clients may not even realize this, but this is who we are.
Those who oppose us believe us to be naïve, simple, foolish. And to a world which needs faith now more than ever, this misunderstanding makes sense.
When we tell someone, “God can do this,” our culture shouts back, “Look at the facts! Who can bring a child into this world under these circumstances?”
But us? We believe seemingly silly sayings like, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not seen.”
We believe in what the world sees as old fables; stories of waters parted, of walls tumbling down, of men rescued from lions . . . and of a baby born under miraculous circumstances who would bring reconciliation to a world which had forgotten God.
This week, we celebrate this boy who would save the world. And yet, every day in our ministries we ask those we see to consider taking one small step of faith. When that step proves to be a good one, we ask, “Can you take another?”
I’m reminded of the end of Miracle on 34th Street, when little Susie (played by Natalie Wood) is in the back of the car whispering to herself, “I believe, I believe . . . .” Suddenly, she sees the home she’s dreamed of; the one she asked Kris Kringle for.
“Stop, stop!” she cries out, before bolting out of the car and into the home, seeing for the first time what only her imagination had shown her before.
Kris asked her to believe and Susie took one small step of faith (in Santa, I know—but we get the point) and her dream came true.
The world thinks we are asking our patients and clients to believe in a Santa Claus fantasy, just like in the movies. That’s okay; we know better.
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So, we keep asking. As we do, we share our stories of faith; times when God showed up unexpected and turned a hopeless situation into one of hope. We don’t make empty promises; often the road ahead for those we see is one of challenge. But with faith, these challenges become opportunities for God to show His hand at work.
Let’s face it; we are indeed “Faith Factories.” We live by faith, and encourage those to whom we reach out to take that first step. Some will chide us, others will accuse us. But, we live by faith anyway.
It’s a great way to live.
As we close 2017 with the Christmas season and enter 2018, let’s keep the faith. When we do, may those things we cannot see become reality in the lives of our clients, and in our ministries as well.