Being Pro-Life involves more than a vote. As staff writer for Desiring God Marshall Segal put it, "an authentically Christian cause for life should begin at conception, celebrate every birth, provide love and care through childhood, and advocate for health, growth, and protection even through death. In other words, we should be pro-life from the womb to the tomb."
A truly consistent pro-life position means that we not only advocate for unborn lives but that we also proactively and sacrificially care for those around us who are marginalized, oppressed, suffering, and in need. If we say, "I'm pro-life" but fail to actually extend the love of Christ to those in proximity to us, we are giving lip service to a dead faith (James 2:14-17). We are like the hypocritical religious leaders that Jesus warned about when he said, "They preach, but do not practice." (Matt. 23:3). The Apostle John, in the pattern of Jesus' teaching, exhorts us, "Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." (1 John 3:18).
In that vein, here are six local ministries that you can get involved with as a way of getting serious and walking the talk when it comes to truly being pro-Life.
1. Families Count.
Families Count is a family restoration ministry that seeks to minister to the parents of children who have been placed into the local foster care system or are at risk of entering it. In collaboration with Jefferson County Family Court, Families Count provides Christ-centered and biblically based training for parents. For more information regarding Families Count, visit: https://lifelinechild.org/families-count/. Some primary needs of Families Count are meals for trainings, mentors, and transportation providers.
To get involved, contact Bethany Golden: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Christ Health Center
Christ Health Center is a local medical ministry that exists to provide physical, mental and spiritual aid for patients with such needs. Christ Health Center provides primary care, dental services and professional counseling to patients in need at an affordable cost. This ministry is not limited to experts in the medical field. CHC needs volunteers to help with patient triage, record scanning, groundskeeping, and pastoral care.
To get involved, visit: https://christhealthcenter.org/get-involved/
3. Aspire Movement
Aspire Movement is a mentoring ministry geared at developing and deploying the next generation of urban leaders through mutually transforming mentor relationships. Aspire mentors provide guidance and direction to urban youth and point them to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
To get involved visit: http://www.aspiremovement.org/opportunities.html
4. Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes (ABCA)
ABCA is a ministry that exists to protect, nurture, and restore children and families through Christ-centered services. There are many ways to serve with ABCA, but one specific way is to get involved in foster care. ABCA provides training to help you become a foster parent and/or to provide respite care for foster families.
To get involved, visit: http://www.alabamachild.org/foster-parenting/.
Sav-A-Life is a comprehensive crisis pregnancy care ministry that is dedicated to offering free and confidential services in a loving environment to women, men, and families facing an unplanned pregnancy. A variety of volunteer services are needed, including counseling and emotional support.
To get involved, visit: http://savalife.org/HowtoHelp/Volunteer.aspx
Lifeline is an organization that exists to equip the church to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. One area of their ministry focuses on assisting families with international and domestic adoption.
To get involved, visit: http://lifelinechild.org/