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A Culture of Life: How local organizations are changing lives

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Youthville works to connect kids with foster families

The Ulrichs.

The Ulrichs.

The need for foster homes in Kansas is staggering. More than 6,000 children in the state are currently in foster care due to abuse or neglect; many are waiting right now for a safe and loving home to welcome them in.

Isaac and Erica Ulrich of Eudora are one couple who responded to this need three years ago.

“We had a strong desire to have a family of our own and help children in need at the same time,” Erica explains.

Initially, they were unsure of how many children they could handle, so they decided to take in only one or two at a time. Thanks to unending support from both their family and the Eudora community, they soon discovered they were well equipped for much more. They now have three adoptive children and are also caring for three foster children.

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Reflections on a Reconciliation Weekend with If Not for Grace Ministry

if not for grace“If Not For Grace” — What is grace? How big is grace? How is grace given? Who qualifies to receive it? The Lord granted me new glimpses into what heavenly grace really is as I volunteered at If Not For Grace Ministries’ Reconciliation Weekend.

As I looked at the parents grieving and facing very painful, but healing, questions (answered through scripture and prayer), I was moved in my heart by the heaviness and oppression that death from abortion had laid on them. Abortion had robbed these parents of being able to honor those children as real lives, who could have made a difference in this world. They were each uniquely created children who were precious to the Lord, and still are.

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The LIGHT House is 30!

light houseFor 30 years, The LIGHT House has given hope to young women facing untimely pregnancies. Offering a variety of services to girls in need, we strive to provide the most comprehensive, Christ-centered service in the Kansas City metro area. The word “LIGHT” in the name LIGHT House, is an acronym for Life Is Given Hope for Tomorrow, which is exactly what is seen in this young woman’s life.

The Maternity Home provides residential services for young ladies aged 12-21 who need a safe place to stay while pregnant. A young woman may come to us at any time in her pregnancy and a full array of services is provided for her to help ensure a healthy delivery for both mother and child. These include life skills courses, case management services, parenting and nutrition classes, Bible studies and daily devotions, counseling and after-care support.

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New Monitor for The Women’s Clinic Makes Big Difference

Women's Clinc pictureWe all know that when it comes to TV monitors, bigger is always better. A bigger monitor also can be lifesaving, especially if it vividly reveals the little arms, legs and heartbeat of a preborn baby in the womb of an uncertain new mom considering abortion.

Recently, our volunteer nurse sonographer saw a young woman’s heart change before her eyes, due to a newly donated and installed 27-inch monitor in our Grandview ultrasound room. In her words:

“The patient thought she was 13 weeks pregnant, but according to the ultrasound, was actually 15 weeks into her pregnancy. I clearly could see a change of heart as I was doing the ultrasound.

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Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers: fighting the battle, one life at a time

advice and aid kansas cityHow do you battle abortion one life at a time? Through the compassionate care of pregnancy resource centers like Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers in Overland Park and Shawnee.

Ministries like Advice & Aid are helping women daily, who are facing an unplanned pregnancy, with truth and grace so they can make a decision they can live with for the rest of their lives. Like Anna, a 28-year-old married woman and mother of a toddler who never imagined she would consider abortion until an unplanned pregnancy became her reality. This is her story

“In February, I realized I was pregnant. I felt like my whole world collapsed. It was the worst news at this moment in my life. I felt like it wasn’t the right time because I had plans for my life. I didn’t realize what God wanted.

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Vitae launches campaign to help women, save lives in KC

vitae foundation

The website landing page of the new campaign for women searching online for help.

The Vitae Foundation launched an advertising campaign in the greater Kansas City area in December, which will continue for six months. The media campaign includes Google paid search and mobile advertising.

“We’re thrilled to be able to help women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant and not sure where to turn,” Vitae Chief Operating Officer Anne Carmichael stated. “These messaging strategies target specific age groups when they go on the computer or their phone to look for pregnancy and abortion-related information.”

Search advertising is a method of placing online advertisements on web pages that show results from search engine queries. Search advertising is sold and delivered on the basis of keywords (i.e., abortion related words). The user (abortion-vulnerable woman) of a search engine (Google) enters keywords to make queries. A keyword may consist of more than one word, like “symptoms of pregnancy.” Once an ad is selected, the user is taken to a landing page where they are able to make a call to a Pregnancy Help Center (PHC) or schedule an online appointment.

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Alternatives Clinic: Life-Saving Help in a Life-Changing Way

Alternative Cliinic photoAlternatives Clinic is a nonprofit medical clinic and pregnancy resource center in Harrisonville providing services to Cass County and surrounding areas since 1992. The clinic is staffed by two part-time Registered Nurses as well as other support staff and volunteers. Alternatives Clinic provides a variety of confidential services at no cost to the individuals and families they serve such as: pregnancy testing; proof of pregnancy; limited obstetrical ultrasound services; information on sexually transmitted infections; confidential peer counseling and support; prenatal, parenting, and life skills classes; a clothing closet with maternity clothing, infant clothing, and supplies; a baby food pantry, referrals for social services and other resources; as well as financial assistance for those who qualify.

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HERE for Missouri and Kansas info.