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She Chose Life!
Monday, 24 October 2016 14:35   

On July 12th of this year, the Martin family welcomed baby Isaac into their family! Here is the incredible story of how God brought Isaac into this loving Christian family, redeemed heartache, multiplied Joy and how Victoria’s Friends has been a part of it!

The Martin family has always had a heart for orphans and children in need. After having three children of their own, Jared and Cindy felt their family had room for one more. The Martins chose to pursue international adoption in countries where Christianity is marginalized so that they could bring a child into God’s family.

The Martins were blessed with a four-year-old boy from China they named Benjamin. As soon as they brought Benjamin home, the Martins knew something was not right. He was eventually diagnosed with multiple psychological disorders. After many years of struggle and much prayer, the Martins and their adoption agency came to the heartbreaking conclusion: Benjamin needed specialized care and had to be placed another home. Jared and Cindy were devastated, yet they believed God had a greater plan and purpose.

A few months later, they became involved in the 40 Days for Life ministry. This is a worldwide gathering of Christians who pray and fast for an end to abortion for 40 days. Victoria’s Friends participated in this ministry effort by sending some volunteers and VF bags. One night during this effort, the Martins were praying outside of the Affordable Abortions clinic in Roswell. A woman walked up with her three children and shared that she had an appointment to get an abortion. The woman was a single mother and in a transitional program for the homeless. The father of the baby did not want the child, and they were not in a loving relationship.

The Martins felt very unqualified to minister to this mother, yet they strongly believed that God sovereignly placed them there. After praying with the mother and reminding her how much God loved her, she agreed to go to the local pregnancy center. There she had an ultrasound which revealed a beautiful fourteen-week-old baby boy inside of her. After seeing him, she chose life! Knowing this single mother would need a consistent Christ-centered support system, Cindy called on Victoria Teague. Amazingly, Cindy met Victoria only two days prior. What a perfect God we serve!

Along with the Martins, Victoria’s Friends became a tremendous lifeline for the woman and surrounded her with the unconditional love of Jesus Christ throughout her pregnancy. Even with strong support, it was a difficult pregnancy filled with the challenges of job loss, eviction, homelessness and domestic violence. Three weeks before the baby was born, the mother asked if Jared and Cindy would adopt her son. Struggling to take care of her family, she didn’t feel could care properly for another child.

On July 12th of this year, Jared and Cindy and their daughters welcomed baby Isaac into their family! They are in awe of God’s greater plan for their family. The birth mother expressed how grateful she is that she chose life for her baby. She said choosing to abort baby Isaac would have moved her farther away from God, but deciding to trust God and choose life brought her closer to God!

If we can show a mother her worth in Christ, then she will see the worth in her baby and choose life. Through the generous support of faithful donors, Victoria’s Friends has helped the birth mother and baby Isaac with critical needs, including adoption fees, counseling, clothing and diapers! Thank you for being a part of God’s greater plan: He brought hope to a mother in crisis, life to a baby in need, and joy to the Martin family!

“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, ‘But we knew nothing about this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?”  - Proverbs 24:11-12a

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