We live in a day of great hope. After all, our false hopes are being stripped from us. God often strips us of our false hopes in order to drive us back to our only sure hope in His Son Jesus Christ.
We see this in the ministry of First Image. We encounter people on a daily basis who bring their fears and the chaos of their lives to us. The longing for love, hope, companionship, happiness, and intimacy leads so many in the church and the community to seek sex outside of God’s design. The pieces left are often broken relationships, disappointment, pain, brokenness, divorce, abuse, and hopelessness.
We are proud to shine the light of Jesus into people’s darkness and share the grace and truth of Christ to them for no charge. Here is one woman we encountered recently:
Gabriela’s situation seemed utterly impossible.
Homeless, alone, drug-addicted, working at a local strip club, and pregnant by someone who was now in jail. Her other three children lived with their father. She was grieving the fourth child she had aborted last year.
Feeling lost and alone, Gabriella came to PRC desperate, hurting and not having any idea what to do. She felt her baby was in danger considering her circumstances, thus abortion felt like her only option.
The team at our First Image PRC provided her with caring counsel and resources to meet her immediate needs and offered her a different perspective about her pregnancy. They encouraged her to consider God’s promises to intervene and transform her life if she would trust Him.
That was almost a year ago.
We hadn’t heard how things turned out. But just recently Gabriela came to visit us at the center.
She was beaming with a smile, holding her little baby girl! She is rebuilding a new life, experiencing healing through the programs of the ministry where she is living. She attends a local church, and is preparing to enter vocational training.
She kissed her baby’s face, and said, “This child is a blessing. My daughter gave me the courage to turn my life around.”