- Steffani Duckworth RT(R), RDMS, RVS
Reaching Your “They”...
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound… that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1; 3b
Who are “they”? If you have been saved through Jesus Christ, then God has given you a “they”! He has also given you His Holy Spirit to equip you to reach them! “They” might be the babies in the nursery who need their noses wiped, diapers changed, and stories read to them. Or “they” could be the rowdy teenagers at church or in your neighborhood. “They” could very well be the elderly at nursing homes who have been forgotten. Maybe “they” are the ones who have struggled with alcohol and drugs. “They” may be the ones that have been abused or beaten. Are “they” the poor and homeless that you come across daily? What if “they” are the girls that have been pulled out of sex trafficking and need someone to remind them of their worth?
At Hope Clinic, our “they” are the ones who have found themselves making a decision they never thought they would have to make. Our girls come from all different backgrounds, but have one thing in common: they are pregnant and full of fear. Society tells them there may be a way out. The law gives them permission to consider abortion.
So how do we reach them? We come alongside our “they” with love, understanding, compassion, and clarity. We do not throw stones or condemn them, and we do not ignore the fact that abortion is out there. We seek the direction of Christ through prayer. Then, we act. We start with our website. Our goal is to meet them where they are at. “They” are considering abortion, so we compassionately dialogue with them to try to answer many of the questions they might be pondering. If we can’t have these honest talks with our girls, then they will never sit down with us and trust that we truly care. We are able to show them that we are trying to understand why they are considering abortion and what their personal beliefs are. Then, we give them facts about all their options. Our agenda is never to make the decision for them. We do not force our opinions onto anyone. If they do not want to discuss certain things, then we do not force those conversations. We reach our "They" by presenting the truth, God’s truth, with love. Then we allow the Holy Spirit to do the rest; it is incredible to witness God move hearts for their good and His glory.
“O righteous Father, even though the world does not know You, I know You, and these know that You have sent me. I made known to them Your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17: 25-26