Staff Series: One Life At A Time

She was 17 years old. She was scared, ashamed, nervous and confused, yet she had feelings of excitement and joy. It was difficult to explain all the mixed emotions that were running rampant through her mind.

She was pregnant.

Being a mother held huge responsibilities but also huge blessings. What would she do? How would she do it? Why did this have to happen? What would her parents think? What would other people think? Was it ok to be excited at a time like this, a time when it feels like your life is being turned upside down? When you know that you are too young and too inexperienced at life for yourself and now you have a new life to be responsible for?

What choice would she make? So many whats, so many hows, so many whys.

This particular young, scared, but very brave mom chose LIFE…. And it was MY life she chose. I am forever thankful for the choice that she made.

My name is Jonna, and I am the Client Services Coordinator here at Choices Clinic. At Choices, we often encounter young women who have a similar story as my mom’s. I admire the bravery and strength that my mom exhibited, despite the difficulty of her circumstances. I am appreciative of the people in her life who encouraged her, supported her, and loved her during a very scary, uncertain time in her life.

My heart’s desire is to be here to help, to encourage, and to love the young women who come through our doors. I want to be an advocate for them just like someone was there for my mom.

These young women’s situations may differ, but often the emotions are the same. They come in scared, confused, embarrassed, and afraid. They need a listening ear and a caring heart, and that is exactly what we want to be for them. We want to hear their story. We want to listen to them. We want to get to know them. We want to help them sort out all the whats, hows, and whys by sharing information and truths with them. We want to build relationships.

Moreover, our relationship doesn’t end with them as soon as they make their choice. We don’t abandon the relationships formed with young moms after they choose life for their child, leaving them alone to figure it out on their own. We don’t stop loving and caring for the young girl who believed the lies of the enemy. Our mission and our purpose is to share biblical truths and Christ’s love to all that come through our doors. We want them to know the hope, grace, and forgiveness that Jesus offers to us all.

At Choices, we offer a variety of services. Our goal is that those scared, confused, young women will come through our doors and experience Christ like love and care while they are here. That their life will be changed from when they first walked through our doors. That they will feel loved and valued. That they will be empowered. It starts with trust as relationships are built. Only then can information be shared and women can be empowered. That is where real change takes place.

I am thankful to be part of God’s work here at Choices… helping to make a difference, one life at a time.