Volunteer Friends Experience Healing While Helping

For You From The Word

See, I am doing a new thing! (Isaiah 43:19)

For You To Think About

hands in grassOne-quarter of American adults have volunteered some of their free time to help a nonprofit.

When asked, volunteers offer several reasons for giving their time to a cause: they want to make a positive difference, try new things, meet people, share their knowledge and experiences, and feel needed.

At Birthmothers, God works through volunteers in another powerful way. Being a Friend transforms volunteers and heals past hurts they’ve experienced while they help someone else. Many volunteer Friends have themselves experienced an unplanned pregnancy, abortion, infertility, or adoption. In training to become a Friend and in walking with a woman or man who faces an unplanned pregnancy they find closure and peace. “I am learning to forgive myself,” one volunteer Friend said at a recent training session.

Rather than being merely transactional (providing services to those facing an unplanned pregnancy), being a volunteer Friend is transformational for both the volunteer and the one served.

Those serving as a Friend, as well as those who faced an unplanned pregnancy, find new life and hope, too.

For You To Pray

Lord of Life,
Work in the hearts and minds of volunteer Friends to find healing as they serve women and men who face an unplanned pregnancy.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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