Being open and available is one of the most important ways that Houston Pregnancy Help Centers serves clients. God always shows us how He moves to help in times of trouble, and we are honored to be his vessel.
It was the end of a busy Friday when the last call of the day rang. One of our local sidewalk counselors had just spoken to a young woman outside of a facility and she was willing to have a conversation about her pregnancy options with us. Though it was closing time, we were committed to remaining open to meet with her at that moment.
Amelia came to the center and we could automatically see there was so much weighing her down. She found herself with an unwanted pregnancy after her circumstances spiraled out of control due to a controversial marriage. She was raised as a devout Christian and had married someone of a different faith. The relationship was tumultuous and difficult. Amelia told us how her husband made get rid of anything related to Christianity. The only religion allowed to be observed in their house was his.
Due to his mistreatments, a health treatment in the United States was the perfect guide that allowed her to escape his hold. Now she was here trying to start a new life, and she was pregnant by someone else. This engulfed her in fear and the only thing she believed she could do was get an abortion to stop the sure wrath that would come her way if he found her.
She asked if she could come back tomorrow for the ultrasound since she had so much to think about. Even though it was Saturday and we have had to close due to COVID-19, we said “yes, we will be here for you!” We planned for the sonographer and a client advocate to return on Saturday.
When she saw the baby on the screen she broke down crying. Already a mother, she knew she couldn’t move forward with her decision to terminate this pregnancy. She didn’t know what she would do now and had great fear over her, however we let her know that we had case managers who could walk her through referrals and services that could help keep her and her children safe. We also let her know that God still loved her and she could always return to Him for help. His promise is that he would always be ready to help in times of trouble.
Amelia's Story shared with written client permission. Name changed for confidentiality purposes.