A different pro-life ministry
Save The Storks is a biblical response to the issue of abortion. Though we cheer on the effort to change laws regarding abortion, we are not a political organization. Our ministry is modeled after the encounter that Jesus had with the Samaritan woman at the well.
The fact that Jesus was even in Samaria was a big deal. For a Jew, even though the most direct route from Judea to Galilee was through Samaria, this wouldn’t have been a natural route because of the hatred between the Jews and Samaritans. Jesus chose to ignore the cultural and political mores of the day and went off the beaten Jewish path to meet with people along the way.
Off the beaten path
Our everyday plans may not naturally put us outside of abortion clinics, but we’ve chosen to proactively be a presence there through the pregnancy centers we partner with. Jesus knew where the needy and vulnerable people were, and we want to follow in his footsteps and go where people have the greatest need. We want to meet women where they are and offer them resources and help to provide for their physical and spiritual needs.
When Jesus did finally meet the Samaritan woman, he was far more concerned about her thirst than behavior. Though he called her out on her sin, he didn’t dwell there; he brought her lifestyle up simply to reveal to her how thirsty she was. And she was very thirsty. She was thirsty for love, kindness, forgiveness, and truth. Her deepest need was for relationship with him.
84% of post-abortive women say they felt abortion was their only option
Most women who have abortions feel backed into a corner with no option but to end the life growing inside of them. For most, the promise of support and encouragement is enough to deter from an abortion, and we’ve found that one of the best ways to meet this need is by offering free medical services – specifically, pregnancy tests and ultrasounds.
The power of the ultrasound cannot be minimized. The special and unique part about our ministry is that ultimately the sidewalk counselors are not the ones to convince a mother to choose life. Usually that’s the baby. Seeing the image, hearing the heartbeat, and knowing there will be support are powerful motivators for choosing life.
We want to offer each mother that boards our Stork Buses the same thing that the Samaritan woman experienced – an encounter with Jesus. Our purpose is not to judge her for her desire to terminate the pregnancy, but like Jesus, to offer her living water.
John 4:13-15 –
Jesus said to her, “Whoever drinks this water will be thirsty again. Whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never be thirsty. The water that I will give him will become in him a well of life that lasts forever.”
The woman said, “Sir, give me this water so I will never be thirsty.”