Sep 21, 2010

Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center aims for change

by Kate Powley


The Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center held its annual benefit Tuesday night with guest speaker Bruce Wilkinson bringing a message that brought many donations to the center.

 “Churches in America don’t preach about abortion,” Wilkinson, author of “The Prayer of Jabez,” said. “[Churches] have a fear of man rather than a fear of God.”

According to Wilkinson, the problem with most churches is the fear to recognize abortion as an issue. He also said that the average woman in Ukraine has 15 abortions  — a problem that could be limited if the church spoke out against it. 

After his speech, Wilkinson challenged the audience to let God move in Lynchburg and then the offering started. At the end of the giving, the benefit raised $32,000 — meeting the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center’s goal.  

The night started with praise and worship from the Grace Church Worship Team, a song dedication written and performed by Jeremy Witt and an introduction by the Spirit FM’s Barry Armstrong. 

The Executive Director of the pregnancy center, Lori Meetre, then gave an update of the ministry and the needs of the center. According to Meetre, one in three women will have an abortion by the time they are 40.

“That’s in and out of the church ... from all walks of life,” Meetre said. “I am one in three women. I had an abortion at age 18 ... I share this with you because I want you to know the heart I have for this ministry. “

Meetre discussed negative impact abortion has on mothers and the innate nature of a woman to protect her child.

“It will affect that woman to (the) very core of her being. She went against what God created her to be,” Meetre said. 

Meetre said the goal of Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center is to educate women on the three options they have — parenting, adoption and abortion. Although the ministry does not do abortion referrals, it does inform women of the risks of abortion and its processes. 

“We want women to know the truth, and that’s exactly what we do,” Meetre said.  

The theme of the night was “A Tapestry of Hope,” because of the women whose stories were told throughout the night are what make up the ministry.  Precious Wiley, a client of the center who struggled with her unplanned pregnancy, gave the first testimony.  Other testimonies were given by Shannon Kane, Samantha Jesse and Rhonda Darville. 

“They didn’t judge me because I was going to have an abortion. They looked at me like I was a human being,” Wiley said. 

According to Wiley, things kept happening to prevent her from having an abortion and she believed this to be the hand of God over the situation. The Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center was able to help her and her baby boy through the situation. 

 “I thought it was a God night. I’ve been to all the fundraisers in the past and this is the first time I’ve seen people respond this way,” Lori Squire said.  Squire attended the event and helped sell books for Wilkinson at the end of the event. 

POWLEY is a feature reporter.

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