By KELLY M. FREIHOFER
During the middle of the afternoon of April 27, an interesting vehicle appeared in the village of Mexico. Invited by New Life Pregnancy Center, a Save the Storks bus stopped at the ministry site on Main Street, to allow pregnancy center employees, volunteers, church members, and community members to tour the bus.
New Life Pregnancy Center is a ministry of St. Anne, Mother of Mary Roman Catholic Church, in Mexico, that opened in 1999. Since that time the staff has assisted countless mothers and welcomed many babies into the world.
Currently in the investigative stages of possibly expanding the services of the pregnancy center, New Life Pregnancy Center Director Lucienne Henneberry invited the brand-new Save the Storks bus to stop for a public viewing and tour while on the way to delivery to Troy.
Save the Storks is a grassroots, non-profit ministry that started with one bus six years ago. Twenty-two buses are on the road now, and by the end of 2017 a total of 40 buses will be an integral part of 40 pregnancy care centers across the nation.
A Save the Stork bus is a mobile medical counseling unit that provides women with free pregnancy tests, 3-D sonograms, information, referrals, and counseling. The employees and volunteers that work on the buses out in the communities connect the women with the local pregnancy care center for continued support. Statistics show that four out of five women who board the bus choose life for their babies.
Technically, the buses are built from a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with a diesel engine, and they range in length from 24 feet to 37 ½ feet.
Why is New Life Pregnancy Center considering a Save the Storks bus? “Because of the rural areas of our county, and lack of transportation, clients sometimes struggle to get here to the center. If we decide to move forward, I can see servicing college campuses along with offering support services for Respect Life Education,” says Henneberry.
The Save the Storks bus that stopped in Mexico, was driven here by a Save the Storks volunteers Jim and Pam Landfried, of Colorado Springs, Colo., where the ministry headquarters is located. The couple stopped to allow tours at a number of pregnancy care centers while on the way to Alight Care Center in Troy.
Explaining all that the bus offers Pam Landfried says, “We want the women to know they’re worth it.”
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