Do you remember your first childhood hero? Chances are they didn’t run around the city fighting crime in tights. Mine was probably a three-way tie between my mom, my dad, and my older brother. Each of them stood taller than giants in my mind.
It wasn’t until I got older that man-made heroes entered the mix. I more than looked up to the spandex clothed characters with superhuman abilities; I wanted to become the Pink Ranger, Supergirl, and even Spiderman. Unfortunately, my latent abilities, like flying and x-ray vision, never developed.
And I know what you’re probably thinking. What about real-life heroes who dedicate their lives to a higher cause like Mother Theresa or Martin Luther King Jr. or a combat veteran? While none of the aforementioned heroes had superpowers, they did live extraordinary lives. The gap between these individuals and myself seemed as large as the one between the caped crusaders and myself.
And yet, I now find myself surrounded by heroes. At New Hope we have the unique opportunity to empower those affected by unplanned pregnancy to make life-affirming decisions by providing help, hope, and accurate information. As a supporter, you are a part of this mission— although, maybe you need some more convincing before you accept your title.
First of all, you will probably never refer to yourself as a hero— but others will. They will see the impact your work has on a life, a group, a country, a world, and stand back amazed. Chances are you will not notice their regard, because you’ll be focused on your goal— and honestly, what you are doing is not going to feel heroic.
Occasionally, humans have the opportunity to perform under extraordinary circumstances, like saving someone from a burning building. Normally, your heroic deed consists of putting one foot in front of the other as you move slowly toward a goal— like putting an end to abortion.
Remember: when you face opposition alone, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, defeated. This is why we must remember the good company we keep. First and foremost, the Lord is leading the fight for life at New Hope. As it is written in Proverbs 16:9, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” He knows our mission and step-by-step he will lead us to our goal.
Secondly, He has equipped men and women in this community to be Everyday Heroes. An Everyday Hero is someone who lives a relatively normal life while choosing everyday to champion something greater than themselves, like being a voice for the unborn.
New Hope recently celebrated 30 years as a pregnancy help center. Since 1986, we have hosted over 20,000 client visits. Over 300 clients have made a decision for Christ in the last 20 years, and the birth of approximately 572 New Hope babies have been confirmed since 2005.
The work of staff members made the difference. The countless volunteer hours made the difference. The wisdom and guidance of board members made the difference. The generosity of supporters made the difference.
Thank you for joining New Hope as we work to save the future, one step at a time.