Mandy grew up in a Christian family. She was the perfect daughter and the good girl who almost never troubled her parents. She was told to do things the right way, and fit the role of being a perfect Christian.
That’s why when she knew that she was pregnant, she shuddered in surprise. Her work commitments, upcoming wedding and her mother’s health crossed her mind. She just can’t have the baby at that moment!
Her boyfriend, Dan, also came from a Christian family. Although their parents are loving and supportive, they knew their families wouldn’t be so happy to know that they’re having a baby without getting married yet.
“Being pregnant would mean that everyone would know who I really am,” Mandy said.
Mandy decided to abort the baby. They went to a clinic far from home because she couldn’t risk the chance of getting caught in an abortion clinic. Her boyfriend never supported her decision but went with her to the clinic, that he wanted to be by her side. Dan even convinced her multiple times that abortion isn’t the only way.
When they arrived at the clinic, there was a sign that really stood out saying, “If You Believe, Leave.” Mandy did believe, and so she started asking herself, “so what was I doing here?”
She wanted to leave that place, but all she can think of was the embarrassment and judgment she has to face of being pregnant. That thought clouded her judgment as she continued to walk inside the clinic. Dan gripped her hand, and convinced her yet again that they didn’t need to do the abortion. She just kept walking.
“As I filled out paperwork in the office, I began to cry. Was I making the right decision? When my name was called I started to feel like I couldn’t breath. I got up, but instead of going down the clinic hallway, I walked right outside. Dan followed me. I was so confused. Through tears I told him that I didn’t think I could go through with the abortion, but that I also couldn’t go through with the shame of a pregnancy. It felt like I had no options.”
And at that perfect time, she looked up and saw a beautiful purple bus. It has a phrase printed on it that says, “You Have Options.” A woman near the bus was watching her and started approaching her. It seems that the woman was used to situations like hers and the woman knew the issues Mandy was dealing with.
The woman invited Mandy and Dan inside the mobile unit. The atmosphere of the mobile unit made her calm and she started sharing her story to the woman. They talked about her family, their beliefs, and her work situation. As they discussed Mandy’s situation, they weighed the pros and cons of having the baby. Later then she realized that her concerns are manageable, some even weren’t legitimate.
“I looked over at Dan. His head was hanging low and his hands were covering his face. He looked up and, with tears in his eyes, he firmly said, “We are not going to end the life of our child. We don’t kill our children.” He went on to challenge me by asking, “Why do we need to be so concerned about what others think anyways?” And that was exactly what I needed to hear in that moment. I realized that what God says about me was so much more important than what others say about me.”
And so, they decided to have the baby!
“From that moment on, my heart has been filled with relief and peace. We are so thankful for the counsel we received on the Stork Bus and the continual support we have found in the local pregnancy center.”
The Bible teaches us that sex outside marriage is a sin. It is not just a physical contact between two people, but it is a beautiful and sacred gift God gives to married couples. There will always be a point in our lives where we make mistakes and fall short of the glory of God. Mandy and Dan learned it the hard way. But indeed God’s grace is sufficient for us, for His power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
“Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)
A lot of Christians have a difficulty dealing with this. A Christian is to refrain from committing sex outside of marriage. It is one way of acknowledging that the Holy Spirit is in you, and your body is not your own. It is the dwelling place of God.
If you had sex before marriage, all hope is not lost. God is more than able and willing to forgive you from your sins and make you a new creation by His grace. If you’re struggling with the temptations of the flesh, spend more time praying and surrender it to God. Pray for a godly spouse that will lead you closer to God and not on the things of the flesh.
Save the Storks exist to partner with pregnancy resource centers and give abortion-vulnerable women a choice that will change their lives forever. We partner with resource centers all over the nation, providing them with powerful tools and training to more effectively connect with those women in their communities. With the support of people like you, we’ve funded 54 buses (35 are on the road and another 19 in production), and saved over 1,000 babies.
SOURCE: Save the Storks