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June 2020

As we grapple with humanity like never before during these uncertain times, we choose to be faith-filled. June has been a record month for CHOICES to offer the hope of Jesus and see the power of the cross. Changed hearts and babies saved through the details of people’s lives don’t go unmissed by the Father. The power of YOUR support is saving lives!

“Ariana” lives nearly 2 hours from Orlando. A single mom with a 10-year-old, no family in the country, a recent break up with her boyfriend, and feeling alone Ariana knew she needed to have an abortion. She googled abortion clinics and found Orlando Women’s Center (a late-term clinic 3 miles from CHOICES). When she got to the abortion clinic, she met some volunteers who faithfully spoke truth to her. Ariana responded by taking their referral to come to CHOICES but made it known when she arrived that she would be returning to the abortion clinic for her appointment in 2 hours to have her abortion.

She had recently enrolled in a trade school where she became good friends with another student. “Catherine” had recently become a Christian and had been sharing with Ariana about her newfound faith. When our advocate began to share Jesus with her and about her decision years ago to choose life, Ariana began to cry. She shared that this was exactly what her friend had shared with her; that she could believe the love of God and He would take care of her and her baby. After the ultrasound and prayer, she chose LIFE! Ariana said, “I have felt so much peace here. I am so thankful I came here.”

On her way out of town, she even stopped back by the abortion clinic to share pictures of her ultrasound. We have connected her to a faith community in her area and other resources for follow up. We trust the seeds that you have planted will continue to flourish. We trust His good work to continue to be in the details of Ariana’s life.

Thank YOU for your faithfulness in giving for such a time as this! Thanks for being in the details of Ariana’s life and the other 174 patients who walked through our doors considering abortion this month. In this world, we will have trials but we take heart every day for He has overcome the world. Together we are participants in His Kingdom work in saving lives!

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UCF: HERE WE COME

Demolition took place June 10th

STAY TUNED for Ground Breaking soon!

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May 2020

YOU are saving and changing lives with CHOICES. The month of May has been even busier due to some restrictions lifted by our governor as we continued to practice as an “essential” business. You might be wondering what has it been like to be open during our quarantine.

To give you a glimpse, let me share the scope of our ministry this month from age 14 to age 49 (and everything in between). Both tested positive. Both came here wanting an abortion and believing we would help them with a termination. And both experienced the life changing love of Jesus.

The 14-year-old patient came in with her mom. Her mom said that hands down her daughter was going to have an abortion and she did not want her to “ruin her life”. Due to complications with the father of the baby being deported due to legal age issues, she felt there was no other way around their situation. Through loving staff and the beauty of the ultrasound of a 9-week-old baby, the mother began to cry. At that moment she said, “We are going to have this baby”. At that moment the daughters face lit up and she was relieved. They could not thank us enough on their way out the door.

The 49-year-old patient came in alone determined if she were pregnant, abortion was her only option. Grown children, and COVID financial concerns were the reality driving her decision. Even after an early ultrasound she was sure about her decision. The amazing staff scheduled an appointment for her to return for her STD test results the following week. When she arrived for her results, the medical staff convinced her to have another ultrasound to check viability. Sadly, the ultrasound showed a potential miscarriage in process. The patient cried and thanked the staff so much for not judging her and being so supportive.

I have no doubt that each one of these, and the 100+ patients we saw in between were touched by the love of Jesus demonstrated by loving volunteers and your support and prayers. The Lord working in mysterious ways is a truth we live out every single day here at CHOICES. We don’t know how He will use us to save and transform lives but we know He does use us to redeem and restore as we are powerless without Him.

Often our work is trusting that today we see in part but someday we will see in full the fullness of the Gospel being shared in word and deed! Your faithfulness as a Kingdom investor will return eternal rewards. Enjoy the beauty of reaching 135 abortion determined women, 46 saved babies so far, 3 who prayed to receive Christ in May and the stories yet to be told! Thank you for investing in us and with us!

Until there are 0…

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UCF NEXT STEPS

Demolition will take place soon…STAND BY! Pray for our Board as we make BIG decisions.

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1st VIRTUAL Prayer WALK FOR LIFE on May
2nd raised $219,701. THANK YOU!

April 2020

We have made it through another month quarantined and another month of being OPEN and seeing how the Lord chooses to use us day by day. ALL of us means YOU, because we could not be here without your generous partnership that allows us to say YES Lord!

The second week of mandated orders for COVID-19 brought “Jessica” and her boyfriend “Jeff” to our clinic. Like many, they believed abortion was their best choice and we would help. She and her boyfriend were in a new relationship and in no way felt prepared to have a baby. Due to the pandemic, Jeff had lost his job and they were wondering how they could make it.

Like many who enter our doors, Jessica was only 4 and a half weeks pregnant and it was too early to see anything on an ultrasound. Due to our loving volunteers and medical staff, Jessica and Jeff felt respected, cared for and not judged. That day they made another appointment to come back in two weeks for an ultrasound. And we went to work…praying!

During that time, they could have had the abortion. The Holy Spirit was working and I know that providing them with a professional, medical model empowers them to make healthy choices. Jessica and Jeff came back for the ultrasound two weeks later. Even before they had the ultrasound, they shared they had decided they could not go through with the abortion. While doing the ultrasound it was determined they were most likely having a miscarriage and were referred to their Dr. for additional follow up. They left heavy hearted after a few tears were shed as this was not what anyone expected.

What an opportunity we had to love them and share Jesus Christ and the hope withing us! They could have gone to an abortion clinic and regretted terminating their child all the days of their lives. They could have found out else where they were having a miscarriage and not loved on the way they were at CHOICES!

Thank YOU for saying YES to partnering with us and YES to sharing the hope and love of Jesus. Speaking words of LIFE and sharing the hope within us changes the course of life and the untold story yet to unfold.

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UCF UPDATE

Site plans have been APPROVED and building plans were submitted on April 14th! Demolition will take place soon…STAND BY!

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Stay tuned for our Grand Announcement of our 1st VIRTUAL Prayer WALK FOR LIFE held on May 2nd and what we have raised.

March 2020

No doubt none of us expected to be where we are today. Our hearts are heavy during this global pandemic as we face each new day with what we simply can’t control. With that in mind, more women and men are seeking abortions and our services are needed now more than ever and will be even more when this quarantine ceases. YOUR sacrificial gift matters!

We have taken every precaution we can take at this time for the safety of our patients and staff as WE ARE OPEN. I can’t say it is easy to be on the frontline at this time but with the abortion clinics in the state of Florida deemed “essential” we are here also empowering moms and dads to make healthy life-giving choices. The abortion clinics are busy and so are we.

“Margo” wanted to go to Planned Parenthood for an abortion. When she called, they were full so she couldn’t get an appointment and found our number. When Margo arrived, she was she was very determined to abort her child because she got laid off from her job due to COVID-19. She was shocked when she saw her 21-week-old baby on the ultrasound and knew at that point she could not follow through with the abortion.

“Karen” showed up at OWC, late term abortion clinic for her abortion. She was not happy when they hadn’t arrived yet to open their doors. John Barros, sidewalk evangelist referred her to CHOICES, so she came right over. Karen believed she needed to terminate her pregnancy because her boyfriend had just relapsed from drug addiction. She was reassured she could be a good mom and take time to think about it. Karen came back yesterday with her boyfriend for an ultrasound and they both were elated to see their baby and the heartbeat.

This is only a glimpse of what we are opening our doors for every day. Your gift is vital to us to continue to offer hope, truth and love. Thank you for being here in the moment, on the front line, during a global crisis to share hope, the love of Jesus and be a part of saving babies. I believe we will all have new meaning to, “for such a time as this” in the days ahead!

Feb-29-2020

Please PRAY and PARTICIPATE in our reimagined VIRTUAL PRAYER WALK FOR LIFE coming up. This is a significant event and provides needed funds for us to continue to be here during and after this pandemic that will present a higher volume of abortion determined patients!

Until there are 0…

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UCF UPDATE

Site plans have been APPROVED and building plans will be submitted in the next few weeks! Demolition will take place soon…STAND BY!

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February 2020

I often wonder what it would look like if you did not invest in CHOICES and if we weren’t here ready in season and out. I am reminded often of the power of the words of life instead of the words of death spoken to women and men at abortion clinics. Knowing each patient is a divine appointment and each gift is significant to outcomes that last a lifetime and beyond.

“Kristie” was achieving her dream as an Olympian. She had been selected and was training diligently for a promising future when she found out she was pregnant. Scared, with little support from her boyfriend she knew abortion was her answer. She googled the clinic, read our reviews and called to make an appointment hoping we could provide one for her.

When Kristie arrived at CHOICES, she was determined the answer to their unplanned pregnancy was abortion. The advocate met with the couple who found themselves in a place they never thought they would be, to make a decision they never thought they would have to make. At CHOICES we deliver accurate information and a medical assessment with a nurse.

They are given their options of parenting, adoption and abortion and empowered to choose life. During this time, we speak words of life delivered with the love of Jesus and many times this is the turning point.

Kristie’s turning point came through the words of our advocate and nurse as they spoke life. She saw for herself she could continue her dream to compete in the Olympics but she would be sacrificing her own child to do so. When Kristie and her boyfriend saw their baby on the ultrasound, they were shocked to see the heartbeat and they knew at that moment, their decision to choose life in spite of a career was the right decision for them.

Feb-29-2020

Only the Lord can change a heart and certainly a life-changing decision for life or death. We GET to be the vehicle and your gift matters for Kingdom purpose. Thank you for investing in outcomes that last a lifetime!

Until there are 0…

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UCF UPDATE

Still finalizing requirements for plans to be submitted to Seminole in the next few weeks…Please Pray!

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January 2020

Every single day we are thankful for you because every single day we receive phone calls asking for an abortion. Every day more than half walking through our doors are determined to abort their baby. And every day your generous gift is saving and transforming lives.

“Megan” was looking for an abortion clinic when she walked into CHOICES sure she could have her abortion that day. She was upset to find out we do not do or refer for abortion and said she was going to leave. After clearing up the misunderstanding, Megan decided to stay so she could have an ultrasound.

Megan and her husband have four children. They are parenting two and she has been a surrogate after her church encouraged surrogacy, birthing a set of twins eleven months ago. She said they were not prepared to have another child and termination was her only option.

To say the least, she was very closed and even told the volunteer patient advocate to not pray for her and was not interested in a spiritual discussion. Although she threatened to leave, she decided to stay for an ultrasound. Much to our surprise and Megan’s, was not one but two ten-week-old babies.

Jan-31-2020
At that point Megan literally did a one-eighty. She began to laugh through her tears and said, “Well, I guess the Lord has a sense of humor. I have always wanted twins.” Megan even said to the volunteer and medical staff she would “take the prayer now.” After a beautiful time in prayer Megan left quite different with a new plan for her and her babies’ lives.

The reality is Megan could have had an abortion that day had she walked into an abortion clinic. By no mistake did she come to Choices Women’s Clinic, believing we could provide that for her. She left with hope and a new determination to embrace God’s blessings in her family’s life. And when she left, we marveled at watching the Lord work in her heart.

Thank you for your faithfulness to provide hope, truth and the love of Jesus on the front line every day! Together we will change the culture of life in our city.

Until there are 0…

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UCF Here We Come!

Plans Ready to Submit to Seminole by the end of February…Please Pray!

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WALK KICK OFF’s For Church Champions March 6 & 7 at CHOICES