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Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?” He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.” Genesis 18:32

Dear Friends and Supporters:

Wow! So much has changed in the last six months. Who would have ever guessed we would be where we are today: riots across the cities of America, cries to defund the police, facemasks in supermarkets and banks, schools and sports on hold, cancelled get-togethers with family and friends, churches with no Sunday School, and the list goes on. Yet, we know, in it all God is not taken by surprise. His Word has not changed nor has His expected response from us changed.

We will have no banquet this year. The board considered it. We weighed the pros and cons, and prayed. We do hope to have something in the spring. But of course, we will simply have to wait and see.

With no banquet this year, I am reminiscing of the many successful and beautiful banquets we have enjoyed over the past 35 years. The good food, great fellowship with friends, the excellent speakers, and the many moving testimonies from moms whose lives and babies were saved. Beautiful memories indeed.

One of my favorite banquets was held at the fairgrounds when Alan Keyes spoke. Some of you may remember it. We had the largest attendance ever - over a thousand people. But it was the message Alan gave which causes me to remember the evening so well. It was based on one of the compelling stories from Genesis. Abraham’s pleading with God that He not destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. It gives us an enlightening picture of the character of both Abraham and God: Abraham’s deep care for a people he did not even know and God’s willingness to listen to Abraham’s prayer and answer it. Abraham starts with his plea: if God finds fifty faithful people in the cities would He not hold back his hand of destruction for the sake of those fifty? God agrees. Then Abraham asks about forty, and God agrees again. Then Abraham asks about thirty, and so it goes, until the number reaches ten. And as we know, had the Lord found ten faithful followers in those cities, what a different story it would have been.

Alan’s point was simple and straightforward: while sin is rampant and judgment is coming to the cities of America; nonetheless, the important question remains - will God find you and I  faithful; and if so, what a difference that could make.

And by God’s grace for the past 15 years since that banquet, A Woman’s Friend, and its supporters and volunteers, have remained faithful to the calling God has placed upon us. Our motivation to be faithful transcends ourselves, and like Abraham, extends to those around us who do not know God, and even to the unborn, so that our being faithful now might serve to bless the generations yet to come.

If we did have a banquet this year you would hear testimonies like that of “Jennifer” and her boyfriend “Robert” who came to A Woman’s Friend for a pregnancy test.  Jennifer is young. She tells the client advocate, she is not ready to be a mom. She also discloses that she and Robert discussed using the abortion pill to end the pregnancy. Jennifer is typical of the many young women who come to us for help: young, frightened, and lacking basic information needed to make good choices. Our nurse gave her a pregnancy test which confirmed the pregnancy. Our client advocate spent time with Jennifer and Robert discussing their needs and concerns. It soon became clear their biggest fear was the financial impact of a pregnancy and a baby. We provided them with referrals for low cost or no cost services in the community and explained the services we provide at A Woman's Friend. The resources seemed to help with their financial fears. The client advocate then explained the importance of making an informed decision before choosing an abortion. She shared accurate medical information concerning their developing baby and the abortion pill. They were both unaware a baby has a heartbeat at 6 1/2 weeks after gestation. They asked for an ultrasound. We were able to provide it immediately. The ultrasound proved to be the difference. To everyone’s surprise Jennifer was actually over 8 weeks pregnant. And as is usually the case with the ultrasound, the couple was very excited to see their baby’s strong heartbeat. This moment was a “game changer”, their entire perspective on the pregnancy changed. They let us know they are keeping their baby. They also expressed their sincere gratitude for our services and loving support. The happy couple is expecting in February 2021!

We are glad to be able to report to you, through this entire COVID-19 ordeal our doors have remained open. The Lord has blessed us with staff and volunteers committed to being there for those in need. The pandemic has not diminished the need for our services. Jennifer and Robert’s story is one of many. We are seeing as many pregnancy related clients as ever.

Our location in Yuba City at the building we purchased on Live Oak Blvd. continues to be a huge blessing and drawing many clients. If you have not had an opportunity to come by and see us, we extend an open invitation.

God is at work. And He has called us to be faithful.

We are going to miss being with you at the banquet this year! How much we enjoy the fellowship of our Christian brothers and sisters who share our passion for pro-life work. Even as we write this letter, we see you smiling faces, and recall your joy in supporting this ministry.

Our banquet is an essential fundraising event. It is our hope and prayer that with this letter you will prayerfully consider your on going support for the Clinic, even as you would if we were all at the banquet together.

We hope to see you soon!

In His Service,

Kristen Bird             Sheldon Hadley