At Birthmothers, we’re often asked for information and tips about how to share faith with women and family members who struggle with an unplanned pregnancy. Use these tips to get started.
1. Love God. A dry well cannot give water. Invest in your own relationship with Christ so you’ll have a deep well to draw upon (Matthews 22:37-38).
2. Acknowledge that everyone is in a different place. Some people are actively seeking God. Some are ambivalent. Some may even be hostile toward spiritual matters. Your sensitivity will help you meet them where they are (1 Corinthians 9:22).
3. Provide practical help. The story of the Good Samaritan reminds us in God’s economy, meeting physical and spiritual needs go hand-in-hand (Luke 10).
4. Look for signals. Does she talk about God or church? Does she use spiritual language? Is her view of Christianity positive, negative, or neutral? Find an opening where you can pursue conversation about spiritual matters (Romans 10:13-14).
5. Be a true friend. No one wants to be another person’s “project.” Be willing to be a friend who loves at all times, no matter what the response. Your love and acceptance can help move another person one step closer to Jesus – even when you don’t get to see the results in another’s life (1 Corinthians 3:5-8).
6. Share your story. Be willing to tell how God has shown you grace and redemption (1 Peter 3:15).
7. Ask. Invite her to church. Ask her if she’d like to experience forgiveness. Encourage her to take the next step – whatever it may be (Hebrews 3:13).
8. Pray. Ask those who hurt if you can pray with them. Intercede for her on your own and with prayer partners (James 5:16).