"Your pregnancy test is positive."
Kelsey heard the news without responding at first. The dim office lights flickered. Outside, the storm thundered and the cold autumn rain pelted the office windows.
"I guess I'm happy," Kelsey finally murmured, "but I have freshman orientation next week."
"What do you need to help you take care of your baby?" the counselor quietly asked.
"Everything," Kelsey answered, her deep sigh drifting up slowly like a faint echo from an empty well.
Sooner or later we all fall down the well of helplessness and need. When we call out that we are overwhelmed and can't continue on our own, God responds and sends the people who can help us out the most.
The people at Birthright answer those calls from women facing unplanned pregnancies. Birthright volunteers respond with free counseling, information, and support to help expectant moms make the best decisions for their children and families.
Kelsey needed provision.
Birthright gave her a bundle of baby blankets, onesies, socks, diapers, and books. The counselor directed her to organizations that donate cribs and car seats. Some Birthright locations help moms with maternity clothes and baby formula.
Kelsey needed information.
Birthright gave her referrals to community services, healthcare clinics, and childcare centers. The counselor helped Kelsey connect to an ongoing network of support that continued to help her after the birth of her baby.
Kelsey needed friendship.
Birthright gave attention to her concerns and acceptance without judgement or pressure. Birthright counselors are trained volunteers who donate their time to offer hope, love, and encouragement to moms in need.
Kelsey came to Birthright on a stormy autumn afternoon. Sooner or later we all face storms that rattle the windows and drench the ground where we stand. Those rains also refill the wells that feed new growth in the spring.
God knows where we are and what we need. He will provide the people to help and shelter us throughout the storms.
Do you know anyone who has been blessed by Birthright? Do you need information on the services Birthright provides? Click here for office locations, or call 1-800-550-4900 for 24/7 counseling and referrals.