The world is in the grips of both crisis and panic as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads across our area, our state, and our nation. Here at Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater (CPC), we are praying for the individuals and families affected, and like so many, we are seeking the Lord in this moment.
As of now, we have not been forced to close any of our pregnancy medical clinics, but we know that this is a fluid and evolving situation. Things could change in a moment, but we are working diligently and taking every reasonable precaution to protect our staff, volunteers, and patients so we can remain open. Lives and hearts are on the line.
Like everyone else, we have been impacted by this pandemic and are facing challenges we have never faced before. One immediate and very significant challenge for us is that we are having to make a major change to the largest fundraiser for our ministry: Walk for LIFE. Unfortunately, because of all the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are having to cancel all three of our Walk for LIFE events and replace them with a Virtual Walk for LIFE online event on May 2.
I’m coming up on my 20th anniversary of being on staff here at CPC. I understand, more than most, that the canceling of these events and relying on an online Walk for LIFE strategy puts this fundraiser, and ultimately our ministry, in great jeopardy. We provide all services to our patients at no charge to them, and we do not receive any federal or state funding. We rely solely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, and churches to provide the funds we need to do what God has given us to do. Over the years, the Walk for LIFE has been a MAJOR component of that provision. The funds raised through the endeavor are used all year long to help us serve the moms, dads, and unborn babies we see every day.
Although this is not the path we would have chosen for ourselves, we are trusting the Lord as we walk it out. The Lord knows our needs. All are impacted by this pandemic, including the unborn. I am reading articles now where medical experts and historians are expecting a “baby boom” because of this crisis. Where there is a “baby boom,” anticipate an “abortion boom” too. This scenario is even more plausible here in Virginia where our abortion laws are changing to dramatically expand abortion access across our state. Increased access to abortion and more women seeking an abortion is a disastrous formula for our community. My heart is breaking at the thought of this, but I know the Lord sees it all.
Although this is not a letter I would ever want to write in the middle of our Walk for LIFE campaign, part of me is excited because our dependence is FULLY on the Lord, and I can’t wait to see what He will do and how He will move through His people in this moment. He is an awesome God who has not been caught off guard by COVID-19. It’s by His mercy that this ministry exists in the first place. So, we place our trust in Him.
If you would like to join us in this Virtual Walk for LIFE, please click here.
A Virtual Walk for LIFE is a safe and easy way for everyone to help CPC save lives, spare hearts, and spread the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. As the world fears death and chaos, we have our hope in the One who has conquered death and will restore order. Jesus is LIFE! What an awesome time to be an ambassador for LIFE and share our hope in Him with others!
Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater