I just wanted you to know that we trained 25 people... We had a commissioning dinner and celebration on Friday. On Monday morning, one of our Life Disciples (LD) came into contact with an abortion-minded young woman who has an abortion appointment on Thursday. Now she has an ultrasound scheduled at our office on Wed. So grateful for our LD, who has intervened and ministered to this young woman. Because of the intervention, this young woman is now more open... to continuing her pregnancy and seriously considering adoption... Thanks for all you do…
Three churches recently completed the Making Life Disciples course. Upon their graduation, I went to meet with each class. Oh, they had so many questions! They, of course, wondered how soon it would be before they “got a girl”! Of course, I asked the same thing! I cannot believe it myself, but as I am writing this, we have “the girl” right now across from my office meeting with a Life Disciple (We are calling them ‘Life Mentors…’). This young woman had an appointment for an abortion scheduled for next week when she first came to us. During that appointment, she told our R.N. that she had nobody to help her during this difficult time. Our nurse knew immediately that we did have someone that could come alongside her! The call was made, and they have connected!
I am writing to let you know that we have successfully introduced Making Life Disciples to 38 pastors in our community! Of those 38, we have 8 that have taken the challenge to train a group of Life Disciples in their respective churches! In three weeks, I will visit the graduates of those classes to begin a stronger relationship... so we can begin to introduce our clients to them for mentoring and discipleship. The effort has taken almost a year... We were caught in the web of trying to “be” the church [in its mission to make disciples], when we recognized the true calling for our center was to reach the abortion-minded/abortion-vulnerable…
In a small coastal area with no center nearby, Lynn was excited to hear about Making Life Disciples (MLD) [and]...approached her pastor to discuss the need.... With his permission and blessing, Lynn reached out to 4 other area churches, inviting them to take the MLD classes. She then ran the course for a group of 20 regular attenders every Sunday night for eight weeks. It was a class rich in relationships with many personal stories shared. As the group grew closer and began to pray for one another, an unexpected thing happened. 7 out of the 20 participants admitted either privately to Lynn or in the group that they had had abortions. In this instance, MLD led to offering several post-abortion workshops that brought significant healing to the lives of both women and men.
A Muslim client... was faced with a tough pregnancy decision and came to our...center... Due to her language barrier, she faced many disadvantages, and to add to an already seemingly impossible situation, her husband lost his job. We reached out to our network of supporting churches. One of the churches recently started a Making Life Disciples program and... responded IMMEDIATELY, wholeheartedly thanking me for reaching out with this opportunity to love and serve a family in need.
Our last meeting had 26 attendees, and as a result, more churches in the area are considering using MLD and starting life teams. One post-abortive woman asked us if she might use her testimony to help others. We then invited her to attend our most recent “Abortion and the Gospel” conversation. At the meeting, one pastor asked, “How do we love the abortion-vulnerable/post-abortive in our congregation?” This brave woman was able to share her story and then respond, “I just need to know that my story is safe in the church and that my whole self is welcome.”
"One of the most attractive features of the Making Life Disciples curriculum is that it supports not only life, but abundant life. By promoting the things that help children truly thrive-the Gospel, marriage, fatherhood, and family- it advances a holistic support system that is robust and sustainable. It bears the very fragrance of Christ, who not only imparts life but welcomes us into His family."
“I just finished leading nine other women at my church through the Making Life Disciples curriculum. It is clear and comprehensive with beautiful materials and videos. What an excellent resource to bring hope and healing and the Gospel to people in our own church and beyond! I had never facilitated a group through any training before but Care-Net laid it all out for me. It was easy to prepare for each session. We learned skills that we can use in our everyday life as well as with women and men in a pregnancy decision. We feel empowered to truly be a resource for our church. What a beautiful way to fulfill our role as servant-leaders for Christ's church.”
Dr. Alex Early, Preaching & Theology Pastor, Redemption Church, (Seattle, WA) & Author of The Reckless Love of God
"Human beings are uniquely endowed with the image of God. This means that every life, for all of life is to be honored, cherished, and loved. Today, with the abortion rate still staggeringly high, the Church stands in a place designed by God, ready and able to apply the good news of the gospel to every unplanned pregnancy. Making Life Disciples is a resource that equips the Church to be effective ambassadors of Christ to those who desperately need to experience the grace of God.”
Thabiti Anyabwile, Pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, DC and a council member of The Gospel Coalition.
“I have never heard a more compelling vision for a Pro-Abundant Life approach to children than the one featured in Making Life Disciples. Finally there is an effort that avoids the old pro-choice and anti-abortion rhetoric to give Christians an approach that emphasizes all the things we care about: women and mothers, children, fathers, marriage, the local church, and Christian discipleship. I pray this material changes the way we think about life and leads us to commit ourselves to an expansion vision for both protecting and nurturing it.”