Summer 2018 Newsletter
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33What peace we can have when we accept that Christ has already won! I reflect on that more than ever as I hear about and see the clients that we serve – Some of them covered in darkness. Some set free from bondage. Some weeping at the love and grace they experience after walking through our door. Through all of the stories we witness, and the many tribulations, we are comforted in knowing that He has overcome. Thus, I consider it a distinct privilege to share some of the stories of ComfortCare from our front line staff. These women pour their hearts into the work they do – the clients they serve and the volunteers they train and encourage, taking it all before Christ every day. So please join us in reflecting and rejoicing over the stories witnessed through the ministry you have made possible.As you are encouraged by what you read, I pray for openness to how the Lord may move you to get further involved. You will see there are a variety of opportunities to serve here. Is He calling you to serve as a patient volunteer? A prayer intercessor? Is He calling you to give of your treasures? Or to invite people in your community to learn more about the important work that ComfortCare is doing? Whatever He may speak into your life, we are thankful that God does not send us alone. We are thankful that God has blessed us with your presence as a part of our community.Stephanie Crawford
President & CEO
|“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
This verse is a reminder of God’s faithfulness to me and my place in Him… to TRUST HIM!
The client sat in the counseling room excited about her recent positive home pregnancy test. She was seeking medical confirmation so she could move forward with her plans to bring this little life into the world. As she began to share her story those feelings of excitement soon turned to feelings of shame and abandonment. Life had been harsh and had sown many seeds of confusion and despair. Walking a life of sexual abuse and trauma had brought this client to a place of poor choices, but more importantly feelings and thoughts that were untruths about herself. As she continued to unfold her story, tears began to stream down her face. With permission I gave her a hug with tears flowing from my eyes as well. Sitting there with her, I could sense how Jesus must have felt many times when He was moved with compassion for those around Him. I shared with her that Jesus loved her and had good plans for her life…that healing and restoration could be hers. When she came back to the clinic for her ultrasound, she shared with me that she was beginning to make different choices in her life. What’s really awesome is that I get to be a part of His Kingdom work here on the earth…and with all of my heart…I am honored!
|“…everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” – James 1:19
This verse is a good reminder of how our words can cause pain to others if we don’t think before we speak. In addition, it is particularly applicable in the counseling room.
A significant story I’ve witnessed at ComfortCare is one where I am unable to share all of the details, for respect of our clients’ anonymity. However, what I can say is that I witnessed true restoration through the relationship established between our volunteer advocate and the client. There is no question that God had his hand in pairing these two together. The client’s situation seemed hopeless and she felt defeated when she first visited us. She saw no solution outside of an abortion. The advocate spoke to this client about the value of life, but also spoke inspired truth into some other circumstances she was experiencing. The result was a decision for life and a demonstration of God’s loving mercy. This client chose life for her child, while also choosing a healthier future through restoring some significant broken relationships from her past. It is a story that allowed me to witness God’s work and the orchestration of that counseling session.
| “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12I love the Word of God and I couldn’t function without it being a part of my everyday.
The rewards of working at ComfortCare are sweet—like the young man who came up to me at the mall one day, pulled out his wallet, and showed me the KISSN challenge card that he had signed when he was a ninth grader. He had since graduated!
| “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” – Isaiah 41:13This verse tells me that I have nothing to fear and that God is always with me, holding my hand, leading and guiding my every step. He is my help, my strength, my everything.
We had a young woman come to us who had a very stable life–a good job, a good relationship with the father of the baby, and insurance. In spite of all that, she said she couldn’t possibly carry and parent. She just kept saying it was a bad time for her. The father of the baby wanted her to keep the child and even offered to change his career plans to be there for the patient and the baby. She didn’t want him to do that and was afraid that he would have regrets later. However, she did not feel he would have regrets if she aborted the baby.
She cares for others in her job and feels she can’t care for another. She was not open to hearing about adoption as she was adopted and never felt like she connected with her adoptive family. She came back in for STI results and consented to an ultrasound which she said at her first appointment she did not want. She watched the screen and saw her baby’s heartbeat. She became very emotional. She took pictures home with her. She left the ultrasound still undecided. She was complaining of severe nausea and that was pressing her to think abortion was the answer. I gave her some crackers and ginger ale to settle her stomach and gave her some remedies to try at home to combat the nausea and informed it should only last another 4 weeks.
The Lord prompted me to ask her if I could pray with her. She said yes and we had a sweet time with the Lord. She thanked me for all we had done for her and still left the appointment undecided. I have not heard from her since then, but I know she felt loved, and heard, and supported. I feel that we did all we could and we were faithful to God in presenting her with the truth. We have to trust the Holy Spirit to guide her decision.
Wanda Crosby, R.N., C.C.E.
|“Jesus said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62
This verse has been a favorite of mine since I was a teenager because it reminded me about focus. It is even more true today in a world of noise, hurry, and chaos. My heart needs the daily reminder to focus on God and the work He has given me to do, with great focus; for He is the prize.
A story fresh in my mind is a patient who suspected she was pregnant and came to us to find out. After a free pregnancy test and ultrasound, we discovered she was within 2 months of delivering and giving birth! She was astounded and overwhelmed to find out this information. We were able to spend significant time talking and listening to her story. It was such a blessing to care for her in a personal, unhurried way. She came in unsure, but walked out of our doors confident, sure, and encouraged to begin her journey of motherhood. I’m so glad for the work that ComfortCare does in our community and for the many hearts and hands that make that work possible.
Mary Kuhar, R.N.
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|The Stride for Life Walk and 5K will take place in Lexington on September 29th. The 5K and the walk will both take place near our Lexington Clinic on Waddell Street. Watch this website and our Facebook page for more detailed info coming soon!
DOES YOUR CHURCH HAVE A STRIDE COACH? Volunteer to represent ComfortCare and gather support at your church by being a Stride Coach. Contact Jerelyn Anderson, Director of Events for more info: (540) 885-7448 ext. 308 or email@example.com.
|The Annual Fall Fundraising Banquet will be held Tuesday, October 16th at Cornerstone Church of Augusta. (One night only!) Join us for an evening of inspirational stories from our patients, volunteers, president, and special guest speaker. Watch this website and our Facebook page for more detailed info coming soon!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO HOST A TABLE? Invite friends and family to attend the Dessert Banquet along with you! Contact Jerelyn Anderson, Director of Events for more info: (540) 885-7448 ext. 308 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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