How One Community Rallied Around a Pregnant Woman

For You From The Word

You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted;
you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,
defending the fatherless and the oppressed.
(Psalm 10:17-18)

For You To Think About

hispanic girl Kiara GarciaAt age 14, Kiara Garcia lost her first child to SIDS (Suddent Infant Death Syndrome). Now she is raising her second child while fighting the clock to finish her high school diploma before she turns 21 and is booted out of the system. Both pregnancies were unplanned.

Kiara was recently featured as Duke University’s Durham Student of the Week in The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC). “I want to give a good example to my daughter to let her know that after all of the struggles that I have gone through, I’m doing this for her and me,” Kiara said. “I’m doing this so that she can have a better life. I want her to see that I did it, and that she can do it, too.” Kiara will attend Durham (NC) Technical Community College after her graduation in June and study to become a medical translator.

The community (as well as Kiara’s boyfriend, the birth father, and her mother) have rallied around Kiara to encourage her, support her, and help her reach her goal.

“By saying as a community that we are not here to judge, we are doing Garcia the best service and send the best message,” said The Herald-Sun’s editor. “By telling her we admire her for not taking the easier short-term road and dropping out of school, we reinforce all that she is working so hard for now.”

For You To Pray

Gracious Father,
Move in community members to support pregnant women and young parents in the cause of life.
In Jesus’ name, Amen

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