“I came that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Sunday, January 20, 2013 marks Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS), a day celebrating life and placed on the calendar near the date of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade US Supreme Court decision, legalizing abortion. Like SOHLS, Teen Mother Choices (TMC) is a response to those courageous young mothers who have chosen life even under trying circumstances. Teen Mother Choices is a ministry that offers the next step of care for teen mothers who have chosen life and need assistance to parent their children. We are a ministry that answers the “now what?” question. While once a clever ministry outreach tag line, the “now what” question begs a decision from those of us who call ourselves “prolife”. It is not enough to urge a teen mother to choose to continue her pregnancy and make a decision for life. As any new parent quickly learns, parenting is challenging. For a teen mother who is still in adolescence herself, adjusting and learning the many roles she must play can be overwhelming as she is a teenager as well as a mother; a student and possibly an employee. Utlimately a teen mother is someone created in the image of God, designed for a specific purpose and yet she may not know she has a creator that loves her.
Teen Mother Choices offers a safe and loving Christian environment for teen mothers to learn self-sufficiency and parent their children knowing the hope they can have in Jesus. As this year unfolds, let us who call ourselves “prolife” make a new resolution to have a longer range focus, from birth to life and growth, so that young families are able to live their lives to the fullest. We cannot do this alone. Pregnancy centers and ministries that serve teen mothers like Teen Mother Choices need your help.
What will your response be this year to Sanctity of Life Sunday? Do you wonder how you can make a difference in the lives of teen mothers and children? Is your desire to show young families the way to Jesus so they can have life to the fullest? Are you wondering how you can take deliberate steps as a “prolife” individual? Teen Mother Choices invites you to serve with us as we demonstrate the love of Jesus to teen mothers and their children empowering them to become contributing members in their communities.
Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
To talk with someone about how you can serve a teen mother and her child, please contact TMC at 847-599-8135. Thank you!