- Written by Alpha Center Alpha Center
- Created: June 08 2022 June 08 2022
The Alpha Center is a nonprofit Christian Medical Clinic in the heart of Fort Collins and takes pride in providing compassionate, exceptional medical care to those in need of a pregnancy test, options education, STD screening, professional relationship counseling and sexual health education. The Alpha Center does not provide nor refer for abortions. All services are offered at no cost, thanks to the generous support of many individuals, businesses and churches in our community.
Each month, Alpha Center will share a (anonymized) client’s story with us so we can see the impact made by our support.
Madelyn came in for her first appointment at almost fourteen weeks pregnant, and she was unsure of who the father of the baby was. At 21, she didn’t feel ready to be pregnant and struggled with the options available to her. She mentioned that although she prays a lot, she feels far from God and very alone.
During her initial appointment, our Intake Specialist prayed with her and helped her get connected to food assistance. At her second appointment, the following week, when asked what her intention for the pregnancy was, she said “After seeing the image of my baby on the screen last week, I cannot have an abortion. I am going to either parent my child or put it up for adoption.” While she herself is adopted and shared a negative experience, she also knows that there are other families out there and that her baby wouldn’t necessarily have the same experience.
During the spiritual conversation in that appointment, she shared ”Last night, I prayed for forgiveness to God and asked him to show me a sign that I was forgiven." Our intake specialist assured her that she already has the sign that she is forgiven for her past, present and future sins when Jesus died on the cross for her sins. She doesn't need a sign. She is already forgiven and God loves her, and she can be free from shame and guilt. They prayed together again for her pregnancy and for her to feel the forgiveness that she has already been given.
We will continue to follow up with her throughout her pregnancy. And, at her last appointment, we were able to get her set up for connections to both physical and relational support resources in our community.
The Board of Human Needs finds opportunities for the members of Saint John’s to provide a Christian witness by helping people in the community struggling with daily necessities.