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Wednesday, 23 October 2019
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Texas Center Finds Creative Outreach Director via “Coincidence”

Alisha Woodall wasn’t looking for a job at First Look, a pregnancy help medical clinic in Waxahachie, Texas. But First Look’s executive director Donna Young was looking for a director of outreach.

She found her answer through what some might term a fantastic coincidence.

A Hollywood script writer might look the story of Young and Woodall’s connection and throw his hands in the air, “Too unrealistic!” Yet with God, the unrealistic becomes a story of His faithfulness.

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“We had been praying for someone to expand our marketing and outreach, really for four or five years,” Young said. “At every banquet, we would make the request known, but it just hadn’t happened for us.”

In September of 2014 however, everything changed.

Young and the center’s client services director, Sharra Poteet, were in Duncanville, Texas, joining with 40 Days for Life outside of a new, 17,000 square foot Planned Parenthood abortion clinic just south of Dallas.

As the pair joined with others in prayer, a car drove up. Its driver rolled down her window.

In the car was Alisha Woodall, who, despite her current position in marketing at a multi-million dollar company, had begun praying for an opportunity to use her gifts to further the kingdom of God.

Getting into her car after a doctor’s appointment, Woodall had noticed the crowd 40 Days for Life had gathered outside the nearby Planned Parenthood clinic. Unaware of what was going on inside the recently converted surgical facility, Woodall was curious enough to stop and find out what had sparked the gathering.

Window down, Woodall posed a simple question, “What’s going on here?”

Closest to her car happened to be Young and Poteet, who filled in Woodall about 40 Days for Life, and their work at Waxahachie’s First Look. Woodall was both surprised and intrigued.

“I had no idea there was an abortion clinic sitting just ten minutes away from my house,” Woodall said.

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Wondering if her prayer was being answered, it didn’t take long for Woodall to take action. Later that day, she sent an email addressed to Young and Poteet.

“I know any workplace can be a ministry and a mission field in its own right, but I have a longing for the actual work I do with my hands to also serve others in need,” Woodall said in her email. “I do not want to work for a place where the end goal is to grow sales, but rather where the end goal is to grow souls.”

From that email, a conversation—and a relationship—began. Woodall, with years of marketing and design experience, as well as a heart for spreading the message of abstinence, had found her new home.

“I was surprised at how quickly God answered my prayers,” she said.

God’s timing appears to be more than coincidental. The first meeting between Woodall, Young and Poteet took place Sept. 26 at the 40 Days for Life event. Then, on Nov. 6, Woodall was hired.

The actual number of days in between those two events?

Forty.

 

Kirk Walden

Kirk Walden is a senior writer with Pregnancy Help News, an Advancement Specialist with Heartbeat International and author of The Wall. For banquet speaking engagements, contact Gloria Leyda at Ambassador Speakers Bureau. He can also be found at www.kirkwalden.com

2 comments

  • Comment Link Jennifer Minor Jennifer Minor 05 February, 2015

    Isn't it just beautiful how prayer works in so many different ways? God's timing will always win. I really love the 40 days connection though. What beautiful symbolism!

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  • Comment Link Deb Schirtzinger Deb Schirtzinger 05 February, 2015

    I love the way this story shows two different paths of trusting Jesus - both leading to the same answered prayer. One side involves trusting and waiting on the Lord...a long time...for His perfect timing (We had been praying for someone to expand our marketing and outreach, really for four or five years,” Young said. “At every banquet, we would make the request known, but it just hadn’t happened for us.”). The other side involves trusting and immediate obedience (“I was surprised at how quickly God answered my prayers,” she said.). No matter which side we find ourselves on, The Lord will work it out to perfection!

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