Stories from the Field: Eastern Europe Crisis Pregnancy Center, Amy
Recently, our team at the Crisis Pregnancy Shelter received a phone call from a local pastor’s wife. Someone in her church had found a young migrant woman lying unconscious on the sidewalk, and they wanted to know how to help her. (This pastor’s wife knew that we had started a ministry to migrant women in crisis, which is why she called us for advice.) It turned out that the young woman, “Amy,” had been beaten by her drunk, common-law husband and thrown out in the street. Her arm was broken in the process. When he had learned that she was pregnant, he wanted her to get an abortion. She was reluctant as she had had one previously and did not want to repeat the experience. When we met Amy, she was terrified for herself and her 18-month old son, who was still with his father.
Our team made some quick phone calls to address Amy’s needs, praying fervently for wisdom about how best to help her. We soon found temporary housing for her with a local believing woman from Amy’s same people group.
Our shelter director, Maddie, counseled May, advising her of what next steps were possible. A woman in a crisis situation like Amy’s often feels that she has run out of options; part of our job is to help her discover what resources are available and to connect her to the help God is orchestrating to provide her. Since Amy’s desire was to return to her home country, we contacted a women’s shelter there and arranged for her acceptance into their program.
Meanwhile, the woman who took Amy into her home showered her with compassionate care. Through another believer, Amy heard the gospel and the truth about a Savior who loved her deeply. Amy’s heart was opened, and she made a decision to accept Christ as her Savior.
Soon after Amy’s decision to follow Christ, her son’s father agreed to release the child into her care. We purchased airline tickets and sent mother and son back to their home country, knowing they would be greeted by believers who would continue God’s work in their lives.
In our work with migrants, we are often only a small part of their story. We may not know what God has been doing in their lives before we’ve met them, and we often lose touch with them because of their very transient lifestyles. But we are committed to “write the chapter” God has given us in each migrant woman’s life with grace and wisdom—and then trust Him with the rest.
We look forward to reuniting someday with Amy in heaven and hopefully learn how God has used her to spread His Kingdom!