Pregnancy Support Center Quarterly Update December 2013
To our dear supporters, family, and friends,
Merry Christmas! It was one year ago this month that we were mailing out our initial application to become a government approved non-profit organization. We are so excited to share with you that we were approved last month! Praise God for His timing, which is always perfect. We are official! This means that we can now open a bank account, receive a tax ID, hire needed employees, and receive regular donations. Most importantly, we can resume taking in single pregnant women to fill our PSC home, The Refuge; which, at this point, can house up to three moms.
Our first priority is to hire two live-in “house moms” who will rotate schedules so that someone is always there. The babies that are being released for adoption by their mothers will continue to be sent to one of two Christian baby homes on the island, where they will then be placed for adoption with a Christian family. Lord willing, we will begin to advertise PSC and The Refuge in local OB/Gyn clinics, churches, and schools next month.
We were recently approved for our first grant by the Christian organization, “Holy Word Children and Youth Foundation.” They are donating the maximum amount given to any one organization per year! We are so grateful. We’ve been praying about how the money should be allocated and are leaning towards providing the full-time salary for one of our house moms.
Sherry continues to be our local volunteer administrator, and we could not have done any of this without her and her Mandarin! She completed all of the paperwork for PSC to become legal/official. She plans to work for us full-time once we have the position in place. Lana, my co-director, moved back to the US this past summer, where they are taking care of her husband’s (Hans) business before they finalize plans to move into working further with charities that serve the poor worldwide. She continues to stay connected and involved through emails, prayer, updating our website, etc. She will be speaking at a local church in Oregon that is connected to one of the largest crisis pregnancies centers on the West Coast. This is the same center that donated an ultrasound machine to us when we were just getting started, again reminding us that God was going to take care of every need!
PSC is accountable to our board of 11 members and also to our umbrella mission organization, First Love International. Our website is in both English and Mandarin, and we would love for you to visit it at www.pregnancysupport.tw. We are prayerfully and financially supported by three churches here in Taichung and are so thankful for the encouragement that we receive from them. The pastor and members of a dynamic local Chinese church have shared our vision from the beginning. They assist, pray for, and mentor us; we are so grateful for their partnership. They recently filled a large bus to participate in a “Stand for Life” rally in the capital city of Taipei. It was incredible to be a part of this growing event sponsored by Ray of Hope, one of our “sister” crisis pregnancy centers.
God is moving, and it is our privilege to join Him. He has been so gentle, loving, and faithful as we follow Him, one step at a time. Zechariah 4:6b says, “’Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit’, says the Lord Almighty.” PSC is His. Please pray for us as we long to hear His voice and to make His love and Name known in Taiwan.
May the riches of His love truly be enough for us this Christmas Season and New Year.
Peace and love,
Gloria Hsu for PSC
P.S. If you would like to be a regular prayer partner with PSC, please visit the contact page of our website, www.pregnancysupport.tw. We need people who are regularly praying on behalf of PSC! If you would like to financially support PSC on a regular basis, you can sign up for automatic deposit on the donate page of our website. If you would like to make a one-time donation or purchase a PSC logo necklace, you can do that there as well. For more regular updates, visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pregnancy-Support-Center-PSC/255579551255282. Thank you!
For Taiwan, where only 2.4% of the population know Jesus. Pray for pastors and their wives, for Christian workers and missionaries and their families, and for Taiwanese Christians to be united, bold and strengthened in sharing the gospel.
For a miraculous turn in the abortion crisis here – Taiwan has one of the highest per capita abortion rates in the world – that more and more babies’ lives will be saved, that more moms will know the unconditional love of Jesus, and that the Holy Spirit will sweep over this nation to open peoples’ eyes to see that every single life is precious and valuable.
Leadership help for Gloria and also for the Taiwanese church to take on PSC as their own. With four young boys at home, it will not be realistic for her to maintain running PSC alone as we continue to grow.
For two live-in house moms for The Refuge, ASAP.
Pray in advance for the women that God will be bringing to The Refuge. Also for the women who will see our advertisements, many of them as they are heading into a clinic for an abortion.
For wisdom in how to use the current funds that we have been given and for more regular financial supporters and prayer partners, both through churches and individuals.
That God would provide a building for a counseling center/thrift store.