by Laurie Morris, Manager of Client Services at NOVA Pregnancy Center of Fairfax.
The day started like any other. Four appointments on the schedule, four women coming in for help— what would be their stories?
I could clearly sense the agitation simmering in the first client who I went to welcome. She met me at the front desk and, putting her face in my face, asked me not to say anything out loud. I smiled and asked her to follow me to my office. When she began to share, she said she was here with her brother who did not know why she was here. (I said a silent prayer for her.) She was so afraid of getting a positive pregnancy test that I suggested we do her test at the beginning of our time together. Her test was negative. Relief poured from her, yet I asked if we could talk. She gave me an opening and I asked her about her relationship, why she was sexually involved with her boyfriend, and what she wanted for her life. We also talked about her relationship with the Lord—she professed faith yet realized she was not honoring God in her relationship. The composed young woman who left my office a half hour later had a new resolve for walking a life of faith pleasing to God.
Client number two had a “full” lifetime of events all in her young years. She was abandoned by her mother, was addicted to drugs, had an abortion and was in and out of jail often. Yet what a resilient spirit. As we talked about her struggles with faith after all she’s been through, she was open and hungry to learn about the God who loves her! The God who will provide all she needs according to His riches in heaven! She decided to keep her baby and believes she has gotten pregnant at this time for a reason.
My third client arrived with no identification, dirty hair and rips in her clothes. Her facial expression was sullen and she held onto her purse tightly in her lap as we began to talk. She shared her story of having been raped, gotten pregnant, and having an abortion—she was “violated three times.” Those experiences had a profound and lasting impact on her. Now married with a young child, she is pregnant again. Though her husband knows of her past abortion experience and is not pushing her to abort, he has asked her to consider the option as he doesn’t believe they can “afford” another child right now. I asked if she had any faith in God. She said she did not. I shared how much God loves us; wanting us to seek Him. She shook her hands in disgust as she mentioned the names of people in the headlines who claim to be Christians yet do not show the kind of love I talked about. Oh, that God would convict us all to live life as lights sharing His amazing love and grace with all we meet.
The last client of the day was another married woman. She moved here from an Asian country while her young daughter stayed there with family. Through her broken English, she shared how much she wanted to be pregnant and have another child as she was so lonely here. Her negative test result brought a lump to her throat. We spent time together talking about it. I prayed that God would bless her and her husband with another child.
Four different women, four very different stories— but God brought them all here for a reason.