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Ministry Moments Blog
A few months ago, a young lady named Grace* and her boyfriend, Matthew* visited the Tucson New Life Pregnancy Center to receive a free pregnancy test. The pregnancy test was positive, and Grace said she did not want to be pregnant and would most likely have an abortion. The peer counselor spent time talking with both Grace and Matthew, encouraging them to consider options like parenting and adoption to give life to their unborn baby. Matthew was very supportive and continually encouraged Grace to not have an abortion.
Grace finally agreed to schedule an ultrasound at the center but failed to show up on the day of her appointment. The center staff called her to reschedule for the following day. Again Grace did not show up, and the staff was unable to reach her by phone. Matthew returned to the center alone, worried about Grace and asked what he could do to influence her to choose life for their baby. The staff prayed with him and encouraged him to continue talking with Grace, supporting her and encouraging her to reconsider her options.
Months passed without any word from either Grace or Matthew until one day Grace called the center. She informed the staff she was attending her first prenatal appointment that day and had decided to keep her baby! Praise the Lord!
(originally posted 2/10/16)
There are currently over 18,000 children in the Arizona foster care system. The Children’s Heart Gallery features children in the system currently available for adoption. Pictured is David, who is waiting for his forever family.David is an affectionate, playful and kind-hearted boy who approaches life with enthusiasm, wonder and curiosity. As soon as his bright blue eyes and vibrant smile greet you, you just know you will never be the same.
David will keep you on your toes! Although he enjoys his “tablet” and cartoon time, he loves to be active even more. When it’s time to head outdoors, David snaps on his helmet and takes off on his scooter, and the world is his playground. He loves to play at the park – soccer, swings, teeter-totter, monkey bars, slides, digging in the dirt for bugs and treasures, playing with other kids, writing his name in the sand – you name it, he’s up for it!
David would love to learn how to ride a skateboard, and thinks his “perfect day” would begin with a plane ride to Los Angeles where he would go to a carnival, ride rides and eat a hamburger, chili cheese fries and all kinds of ice cream. Of course, if that isn’t possible, David says he would be content doing “fun stuff” like watching cartoons, playing and eating at McDonalds.
David likes school, and loves to help the teacher. He thrives when adults offer structure and consistency, kindness and affection, rewards and praise.
David was born in 2008.
For more information about David, or to learn more about Arizona children in need of forever families, visit The Children’s Heart Gallery.
(originally posted 1/19/16)
There are currently over 17,000 children in the Arizona foster care system. The Children’s Heart Gallery features children in the system currently available for adoption. Pictured is Nicoli, who is waiting for his forever family.Nicoli loves to play football, and is even on a club team!Nicoli is proud of how well he can throw and catch the football. Nicoli and his friends bring footballs to school and play with them during recess. He hopes to play football one day for the University of Arizona or for the Steelers!
Nicoli’s favorite subject in school is math, and his second favorite is art. He is working to be better at spelling. When spending time indoors, Nicoli loves to play racing video games or watch Sponge Bob Square Pants. His favorite movies are the Shrek series.
Nicoli says his favorite holiday is Thanksgiving because he loves turkey. He also loves pizza with extra cheese and pepperoni.
Nicoli was born in 2008.
For more information about Nicoli, or to learn more about Arizona children in need of forever families, visit The Children’s Heart Gallery.
(originally posted 1/5/16)