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Helping Women Doesn't Mean Advocating Abortion. Quite the Opposite, In Fact.

This November, member nations of the “Group of 7” (G-7) met in Italy to discuss current global health issues and challenges. To the outrage of abortion activists, the G-7 members landed on language that omits abortion terms under the “Gender Perspective in Health Policies and Rights for Women, Children and Adolescents” section of the communique

Instead, the language states that G-7 nations—made up of the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.K.—would pay special attention to the health of mothers, newborns and children with evidence-based interventions to address issues like mortality and violence.

Click here to read the rest of this article on Pregnancy Help News.

 

 

 

CAPSS Newsletter December 2017


 


Behind the Scenes


     Thank you to everyone who replied to our survey questions. We loved hearing from you!

     Based on your feedback, we are considering changing to a bi-monthly newsletter in the new year, and we will be sure to identify specific areas of need when asking for support. We are happy to hear that just like us, establishing centres and equipping and encouraging centre staff is very important to YOU! Thank you for caring and being committed to this ministry.

    
Please contact us at anytime to give further feedback or if you have any questions. You can connect with us via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 1-866-845-2151.

     This past month we've been busy planning for CAPSS National Conference in April, creating new resources (see below in "Making an Impact"), and Dr. Laura has had a number of speaking engagements! We're thankful for these opportunities to establish excellence and create awareness.

Life News    

     Sometimes the headlines and the news can be pretty discouraging. But there are many life affirming and celebratory stories out there, they just don't usually make the news! So this month we want to share one of these stories with you.

     We want to introduce you to Christina and Alora, clients of one of our affiliated centres. This is the impact you are making when you help to establish and equip pregnancy care centres. You are helping real people like Christina and changing lives. Thank you!


Christina and Alora


Making an Impact

 
     One of the most impactful and far-reaching things you do is help establish pregnancy care centres. We know that you believe every individual, in every community, should have access to the education and support that pregnancy care centres offer. Everyone should have the freedom to make a life affirming choice.

     With this in mind, last month we created a new brochure - "Who will help her?" - to explain why centres are needed, the steps to take to establish one, and the difference a centre can make. We've included pictures of the brochure below.

     If you would like to order a brochure or would like more information, go to the CAPSS website or phone Susan at the CAPSS office (1-866-845-2151). We are here to help!
 

Ask Dr. Laura


Q:  Looking back on 2017, what are you most thankful for?

A:  I'm most thankful for the growing momentum in the pregnancy care movement across our nation. And I'm so thankful for the way the Lord has connected us with one another! "The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall" (Nehemiah 4:19-20). Yet we are linked - arm in arm with others who remain hopeful that no life is undeserving of help and no choice is too far from the redemptive power of God.


Recommended Reads

 
 
 
Give Support Now

How you can make a difference:


DONATE.
CAPSS receives no government funding and is 100% donor supported. Consistent monthly support is needed!

Monthly Partners provide CAPSS with stability and a solid foundation on which to plan and move forward. Please consider committing to monthly support of $25, $50, $100, or more.


PRAYER SUPPORT.
We need intercessors to pray for CAPSS and for those on the front lines. Your prayer support is essential!

CONNECT.
We need you to tell others about the work being done! Please share this newsletter, our website, and our Facebook page with others who care about supporting life choices.

 

 

A Flawed Law: Canadian “Bubble Zone” Doesn’t Protect Women

Click here to read "A Flawed Law: Canadian 'Bubble Zone' Doesn’t Protect Women" on Pregnancy Help News.

 

CAPSS Newsletter: 2018 Conference and Legislative Update

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Behind the Scenes


     We have been busy planning for the 2018 CAPSS National Conference happening April 17-20, in Niagara Falls, Ontario! Our annual conference is a unique time of equipping and encouraging pregnancy care centre staff, board, and volunteers from over 70 centres across Canada.

     A lot of thought and prayer go into planning the workshop topics and the plenary speakers. And we are excited about what is coming together for next year!

     The theme is "Banner of Love" based on Song of Solomon 2:4. We know we are protected by God's banner of love over us and we believe we are called to reach out to the broken women, men, and families with a banner of love. The support we offer and the conversation we have, must always first start with love.

     This year all of the workshops will be organized into 5 main tracks: Board, Client Care, Communications and Outreach, Fund Development, and Leadership. As well as professional development, we have created time and space for centre staff and volunteers to connect, receive encouragement, and be refreshed. 

     CAPSS annual conference equips pregnancy care centre staff and volunteers to serve with excellence. This is only possible because of the support YOU provide. THANK YOU! 

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Life News

On October 25th, an announcement was made that Ontario passed legislation to protect women's right to choose abortion (click here to read the full report). The Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, 2017, allows for safe access zones to be established around facilities that offer abortion services as well as the homes and office of regulated abortion providers. British Columbia, Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador have already enacted similar safe access zone laws.

     Attorney General, Yasir Naqvi, said, "Our government believes that every woman in Ontario has the right to make decisions about her own health - and she deserves to do so freely, without fear. This legislation sends a clear message that we will always stand up for a woman's right to choose.

     At first glance, this news can be intimidating and discouraging. Or, we can see it as an opportunity to enter the conversation and bring clarity to the work we do!

     On some points, we agree with the government and legislation. We don't condone intimidation, harassment, or violence, and we believe a woman has the right to choose without fear or pressure from others. However, we do know that some women choose abortion because of fear or pressure from others. We also know that many women make the choice for abortion without full knowledge of what they are choosing. 

     CBC Radio contacted Dr. Laura and asked for a statement. We are thankful that Dr. Laura was able to share the information above, as well as explain very clearly what it is that pregnancy care centres do -- offer education and support in a caring, nonjudgmental environment. 

     Although engaging with the media on the controversial topic of abortion can be intimidating, we are thankful for the opportunity to speak the truth in love. We are also thankful for your prayers and support which provide for the work being done!

 

Making an Impact

 

We are excited to recently have held the CAPSS Director Accreditation Training (DAT) last month in Ontario. 13 Directors from pregnancy care centres in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario participated.

 

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These new CAPSS Directors received training in: Right Roles (Board and Executive Director Relationships), Servant Leadership, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Branding, Counselling the Abortion-Minded Client, Developing Programs, Training and Caring for Volunteers, and Self Care

     Here are some quotes from their tra
ining evaluations:
  • I feel so much more focused and prepared to go forward as Director at the centre. I was feeling overwhelmed and scattered before but this training really helped.
  • This has been a great week and I feel so thankful for the knowledge, prayer, and connections that we've been blessed with this week. Thank you!
     We know there will be a ripple effect of impact and excellence as these Directors take this training back to their centres. This is one of the many ways that your support is utilized to impact and equip those serving and helping on the front lines!

 

(Text and photos taken from CAPSS newsletter)

AFLA Newsletter: Reaching the Batwa People of Uganda

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Update from AFLA President Barbra N. Mwansa:
 
"Afla continues to be excited about what God continues to do on the continent of Africa. Just like our mission, we have continued to present the trainings on the sanctity of human life to all nations, even in inhabited places. The sanctity of human life message brings light to all darkness, breaks the chains of the evil one and saves lives, even the unborn from abortion.

Afla, in partnership with Beautiful Feet International, has an opportunity to train the Batwa people of Uganda. From history, the Batwa people have their own creation story. According to the Batwa people, their creator gave some people height, others he gave them prosperous land, but to the Batwa there were no more such gifts to give out, so he gave them the rainforest. When they were evicted by the government in the 1990’s, they felt God had rejected them.
 
It is then the greatest opportunity for Afla and Beautiful Feet to visit and train with God’s love and message of life.
 
You all faithful and good friends of Afla have continued to stand with us as we continue to serve on the continent of Africa. Your prayers and support are always highly appreciated. We value your support and prayers so much; without your effort we would have not have 258 affiliates on the continent of Africa.
 
Thanks a lot for moving with us."

 

 

(Text and photo taken from AFLA newsletter)

Romania Newsletter: New Center Opens in Bucharest!

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Heartbeat International has kept you apprised when it comes to the incredible work that is being accomplished by our friends in Romania, and we are overjoyed to share that a new counseling and support center has opened in Bucharest! Here is an excerpt from the center's first newsletter: 

"Dear pro-life friends,

You have just opened the first newsletter sent by the Counseling and Support Center for Parents and Children “Saint Alexandra the Empress”.

What seemed impossible a few years ago could be accomplished this year and happened at the beginning of this month: the inauguration in Bucharest of the Counseling and Support Center for Parents and Children “Saint Alexandra the Empress”.

The center offers counseling and social services to women in pregnancy crisis, to young and teenage mothers, to families in need and to parents who prepare to give birth to a child or wish to prepare for that.

Among many other services, the center offers: free psychological counseling, free pregnancy tests, baby-boxes with all the necessary baby products for women who are about to give birth or who have just done so, emergency social assistance (clothes, food, diapers according to possibilities), references to social services within the community (legal consulting, gynecologists to monitor pregnancy, breastfeeding courses, vocational counseling, professional training), support groups for mothers and for post-abortive women.

The center is staffed with one psychologist and a social worker who offer confidential professional help to those who ask for support.
The inauguration of this center has been a great joy for me, since on a daily basis I meet women who lack support and are under great pressure from their partners, their families or their jobs. I know women in pregnancy crisis need to know there is a center where they can ask for help and which can meet their needs. I wish to thank all who have been supportive in the opening of this center.

With joy for life,
Alexandra Nadane
Executive Director
Asociația pentru sprijinirea femeii însărcinate și a familiei
(The Association for Supporting Pregnant Women and Families)"

 

(Text and photo taken from Romania newsletter)

Heartbeat Joins CAM Meeting in Quito, Ecuador

 On October 16-19, 2017, our friends at Centro de Ayuda para la Mujer (CAM) held their 7th Latin American Meeting in Quito, Ecuador. Heartbeat International President Jor-El Godsey had the pleasure of attending, speaking, and meeting with the leaders of the countries where CAM is represented. Leaders from all over Latin America were able to learn and connect with other pregnancy help center leaders in the movement. It was a time of encouragement, rejuvenation and education, with workshop topics like:

  • The Gospel of Life in the context of CAMs
  • The fragility of the woman who wants to abort – physically, emotionally, and spiritually
  • Proposals for healing for women who have been abused or raped
  • Marriage Morality for Defenders of Life
  • Fundraising techniques and testimonials of success
  • Update in the attention to the mothers (cytotec, emergency pill) and its technological and medical solutions

       …and more!

Attendees also heard personal testimonials, including one of a mother saved from aborting her precious baby. The CAM meeting was an incredible opportunity to see the work that CAM is accomplishing for life in Latin America, and simply reaffirmed just how honored Heartbeat International is to partner with such a passionate, life-affirming group.

Jor-El had this to say after the meeting:

"CAMs are a practical, and courageous, response to the scourge of abortion that is happening even in countries where it is illegal. These selfless volunteers extend themselves to bring life-affirming help to those who can only see a pathway of darkness. Their faith and fortitude to uphold the Gift of Life and the Giver of Life is an example for all of us!"

The CAM network is one of the largest regional networks in the world. Inspired by the sacrificial work of Jorge and Magdalena Serrano, these outreaches work incredibly hard to make sure that life is valued throughout Latin America.

 

 

“Sleeping Majority” of Pro-Lifers Rally in El Salvador

 

 Click here to read about what God is doing in El Salvador on Pregnancy Help News. It will blow your mind!

 

 

Check out what Kharkiv Pregnancy Assistance Center has been up to!

 

Check out the Kharkiv Pregnancy Assistance Center has been up to in Ukraine! Read the newsletter by clicking on the attachment below.

 

Africa Cares for Life: Salt and Light in the South

This past August, Africa Cares for Life (ACFL) held its 13th Annual Conference in Illovo Beach, South Africa, welcoming 60 pregnancy help center directors, board members, staff and volunteers from around the nation to better equip themselves to serve women and families.

The theme, “Salt and Light,” highlighted the role of pregnancy help centers as individual lighthouses for their regions, providing clients with a place of hope and guidance by shining in the dark places.

While at the conference, attendees took part in praise and worship, networking with co-laborers in the life-saving mission and personal prayer ministry opportunities. The event incorporated keynote speakers and workshops with topics including:Africa Cares Salt and Light Conference

  • Client Intervention Track - Flourish (Adverse Childhood Trauma)
  • Client Programmes Track – Teen mom support groups
  • Leadership Track – Intentional living and leading
  • Fundraising Track – Crucial conversations around fundraising
  • Spiritual Refreshment – Intimacy before impact
  • Medical Matters – HIV and the pregnant woman
  • Spiritual Refreshment – Coming back from feeling burnt out
  • Client Intervention – Reaching and connecting with the abortion minded client
  • Staff Track – HR in the NGO Sector

Here are just a few examples of the feedback ACFL received from attendees:

“This was an opportunity to grow, be refreshed, network and refuel.”

“I loved how God used the speakers to meet my needs—especially spiritually.”

“I am writing to you with such an overwhelmingly grateful heart - to you guys for creating this truly wonderful conference … in this one God has really been dealing with me personally and highlighting a few things that I as a person should work on to become a better child of God and ultimately a better leader for my centre. So thank you (once again) for being obedient to God when He called you to this ministry.”

“[The conference] reminded us that we are not fighting this battle on our own.”

“[I] came away from those sessions feeling rejuvenated.”

In order to pour into the lives of others, pregnancy help center staff must themselves be filled to the brim. Whether through a speaker, workshop or simply spending quality time with others in the pregnancy help community, in-person gatherings like ACFL’s are specifically geared to “fill” pregnancy help workers to get back to the mission with a renewed sense of vision and purpose.

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