When these billboards went up last November, it was hoped they’d bring an increase in clients at the Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers. (located in the Kansas City suburbs of Shawnee and Overland Park).
“It’s really exciting that God has been bringing in the type of client that we’ve been praying for– those at risk for abortion,”said Barb Gosa, the center’s director.
“We’ve had more women come to us with abortions already scheduled than we’ve ever seen!” she added. Some may have been trying to find a place for a cheaper abortion but some are calling because somewhere deep inside there is something stirring in their heart and they are having second guesses.
The number of hotline calls increased by 64 %, the number of sonograms by 212 % and the number of pregnancy tests by 43%.
Advise and Aid staff were surprised by another phenomenon – calls from other pro-life people who saw the billboards and were curious to find out who was behind the advertising. When told it was a life-affirming ministry, they’d respond: ‘I’m so glad’!
“It’s been a shot in the arm for the volunteers and the staff when they get those calls, because even in a big city like this, you feel like you’re fighting the fight alone,” Gosa noted. “Some of those people have turned into volunteers and some have turned into donors! There are some that are just out there praying on their way to work every day. It’s been really neat!”
Advice and Aid offers a variety of services, far more than the usual pregnancy tests, sonograms, parenting classes and support groups. They offer adoption referrals, medical services, a food pantry and the following:
- a program where the mother can stay with them for the next two years of that child’s life;
- financial planning and legal services that help with issues such as paternity or custody;
- counseling services with peer counselors, or professionals;
- referrals for domestic violence situations.