Volunteering for Life

Updated: Jun 28

I was surrounded, in my family’s dining room, with bags of items of stuff that my church had donated for baby layettes for a crisis pregnancy centre. I was organizing and sorting the items to make sure all the sets were complete and then placed the items in baby gift bags. While sorting, I noticed some people had bought extra items, or even left a note in the bag with their donations. The act of my sorting through these items had so much more value than I could even explain, and it was honestly a bit emotional for me.

This is an example of why I love being involved in the pro-life movement and how amazing it is to see people working together supporting a life giving ministry.

Let me go back a couple of years and tell you more about how I started getting involved in the pro-life movement and what I do today.

In grade 10, in one of my classes, we were asked to do a project to take action on something we wanted to learn about. I ended up doing it on abortion, and up until this point, I was unaware of the situation happening in Canada, but I remember clearly thinking I wanted it to be something that would last beyond the final piece of the project. I did lots of research and I ended up going to the same pregnancy centre and interviewing a person there who really got me interested in what the centre was doing.

I have been connecting with the Crisis Pregnancy Centre here in my city and, since then, I have helped stuff their quarterly newsletters! I was able to go in for one in person volunteering for their mailing, but since then I have received supplies to stuff them at home. When I do stuffing, I pray and thank God for all of the people who support this ministry. I also help my mom with running a formula drive with my church and dropping off the formula at the centre. I’ve been reminded a few times that this is really God’s ministry, not mine. God is working through a ministry like this and it’s really amazing to see. I feel so blessed to be involved and I know I really wouldn’t be able to do it without God.

If you want to be involved, start small, don’t feel pressured to do something huge. Look for a local pregnancy resource centre and send them an email just asking if there are any ways you can be involved! Trust me, if you never ask you will never know. Get out there and stand up for life! Because, like I have learned, there is a huge community ready to welcome you. If you are passionate about the pro-life movement, get involved. I would not even consider myself an outgoing person, but I believe that when something is placed on our hearts that we shouldn’t shy away, but we should do what we have been called to do.

Lastly, I want to share a verse that I found it the Bible that has encouraged me to continue with what I am doing:

Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

I enjoy volunteering at Crisis Pregnancy Centre of Winnipeg, singing for worship team and helping in children's ministry at Whyte Ridge Baptist Church, where I attend. In my spare time, I enjoy creating accessories, trying a new recipe, or reading a book. I’ll be attending Millar College of the Bible in Saskatchewan in the fall where I hope to be able to grow in my faith and learn more about how to speak for life.