Dear friends and supporters,
I am sorry things have been quiet for awhile. I was home in Michigan for the summer and we didn’t have any moms while I was away. While I was gone, Sherry and Xin-May passed out our fliers (beautifully done by a volunteer who was moved by God after hearing us share at a Chinese church) to 120 Ob/Gyn clinics in our city of Taichung.
Do not be deceived that because things have been quiet, that the need is not great. We got a call from a nurse recently about a single mom who had given birth to her premature baby at 7 months and was planning on giving it up for adoption. I realized at some point during the Chinese conversation that I had missed something. I had to stop the nurse and repeat it more than once to make sure I understood what she was telling me—the mom had wanted an abortion but was too far along when she discovered she was pregnant, so the doctor offered to induce labor at 7 months and just let the baby die. Yes. I know. My heart literally hurt. But praise God–He had another plan for this baby’s life. The nurse is a Christian and she prayed for 4 hours over that baby as it lay there for 4 hours struggling to breathe. At the end of the 4 hours, the baby stopped breathing. The nurse insisted that they resuscitate the baby, and they did, and the baby survived and is now in the ICU. Now that the mom has seen her baby, she wants to find a way to keep it and raise it. We are praying that this mom will still agree to meet with us so she can process her emotions and we can help in her plan to raise her baby or give it up for adoption, and we can tell her about God’s great love for her and her child. We also met with a grandmother this week. Her 22 year old single pregnant daughter plans to keep the baby if it’s a boy and abort the baby if it is a girl. She already has a toddler that she is struggling to raise. We are praying she will agree to meet with us this week. We are also meeting with two single moms who plan to raise their babies but need help.
We have two full-time Taiwanese employees now. Sherry is our executive manager and Xin-May is one of the two planned-for 24/7 live-in counselors for the moms’ home, The Refuge. We hired her in June with the intent for her to move into the home, with a second counselor, when we had a mom come to live there. However, no moms have called about living in the home over the last couple months. Honestly, we aren’t sure how many of the clinics are actually advertising PSC, or telling moms about this option (Sherry and Xin-May will be following up in the clinics). Abortions are straight cash for doctors in Taiwan because they aren’t covered by insurance. If they don’t believe the fetus is a life, they don’t have much incentive to offer an alternative to abortion. When we received the call that the owner of The Refuge was intending to sell the apartment this month, as long as we didn’t currently have any moms living in it, we were definitely perplexed and sad, wondering about God’s timing. But God helped us not to despair, and He gave us hope (2 Corinthians 4:8). We felt anticipation and excitement about what God was going to do next. And we have already seen God continue to move in amazing ways.
A woman who heard us share at a Chinese church was considering buying a 7-floor building. She met with us to tell us that she was praying about giving us the first two floors of the building to use for our counseling center (including paying for all the renovations, and free rent!). We went and saw the place and it seemed like a great fit. She said she needed a month to work out details and pray. During that time, she wrestled with the decision to move forward with purchasing the building. God used I Chronicles 28:20-21 to speak to her and she signed the contract that day. We were all so excited as we read the passage out loud together. I had chills. “20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. 21 The divisions of the priests and Levites are ready for all the work on the temple of God, and every willing person skilled in any craft will help you in all the work.” Since that time, we met and she confirmed that she wanted to give us the two floors. When we told her our moms’ home had been sold, she offered to give us the third and fourth floors to use as well! It doesn’t look like the layout is going to work for a family-style moms’ home, but she is still going to let us use those floors for our office/counseling center/small second-hand store for mom and baby items.
Since that time, another incredible woman told me that she is praying Ex. 36:1-7 over PSC. “2 Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work. 3 They received from Moses all the offerings the Israelites had brought to carry out the work of constructing the sanctuary. And the people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning.4 So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done.” Look how similar the two passages are! And how amazing to be encouraged by reading that God provides more than enough. And one other woman had Isaiah 43 come to mind for PSC-specifically”Do not fear.” So, God has been encouraging us to press on, trust Him, and to not fear! And He is preparing to raise up all the people and all the supplies/funds needed for HIS work. We will keep you posted!
Please continue to pray with us! He is answering prayers!
-Please pray that more doctors and nurses would put our fliers out in their clinics and that they would be moved and compelled to see each baby as a beautiful treasure.
-We are going to Ray of Hope’s (another crisis pregnancy center and moms’ home on the island) annual Walk for Life in Tainan this weekend. Please pray for them as well.
-Pray for each of the moms that will be coming to PSC for help. That they would receive love, healing, restoration, and life.
-Pray for the two baby homes where any of our moms’ babies will continue to go: Taiwan Xi En and Home of God’s Love. The babies are receiving so much love! Home of God’s Love needs more Taiwanese nannies so they can increase the number of babies they can accept.
-Lana met a friend in the U.S. who is publishing a 12-week post abortion grief study. It looks incredible. She is planning on fundraising to have it translated into Chinese and plans to make a trip with Lana to get it here and meet with people. We will get it into as many Chinese churches as we can and will use it at our counseling center as well.
-Please pray for the construction of our counseling center. Pray that God raises up more Taiwanese workers and volunteers for this ministry.
Thank you so much. May you be encouraged by God’s perfect timing and His loving hand each step that you take.
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-Supp