Ogallala Women’s Resource Center

 
I want to take the opportunity of this space to remind our community of a great place to find help for those facing difficult decisions about pregnancy. A place to receive honest and truthful information delivered with love, compassion and practical help. A place where not only initial information and care are shown, but a place where care is given beyond whatever choices are finally made.

The Ogallala Women’s Resource Center is that place. It opened it’s doors to those seeking such compassion and information in January of 2003 and it continues to be a place that is true to its original mission. There are no hidden agendas at the Women’s Resource Center. Their mission statement is as follows: “The specific purpose of the Women’s Resource Center is to protect the life of the unborn; offer love and practical help to those with unplanned pregnancies; advocate healthy and moral relationships through the promotion of chastity; minister the Good News of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.”

There is no church denomination on the door or behind the scenes, it is an effort by all those interested in protecting life. Operational expenses and the free services provided by the non-profit resource center are funded entirely by the donations from individuals, organizations, churches and businesses. Funding is not sought nor received from governmental agencies.

The center offers free and confidential services such as pregnancy tests, mentoring, education on fetal development, education of abortion procedures and their risks, baby diapers, formula, baby cereal and food, baby clothing from Preemie – 5T, maternity clothes, a “learn to earn” program that gives the opportunity to earn a crib or car seat.

It’s doors are open to people without regard to age, race, income, nationality, religious affiliation, disability or other arbitrary circumstances. All those who come are treated with kindness, compassion and in a caring manner. All information is given in honesty and openness and all information received is held in strict and absolute confidence.

At times (right or wrong) those of us who are pro-life have been seen as wanting to outlaw abortion, but not offering any practical alternative to help those who are pregnant. We preach about the sanctity of the life of the unborn, but don’t do much to help the baby, mom or dad after the birth. We state our concern, but don’t offer any compassionate help. Concern without compassion isn’t any help at all.

In the New Testament book of James the author makes just this point. “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16).

As those who believe in following what the Bible teaches we must be willing to offer those seeking guidance on the issue of abortion not just the message “Don’t have an abortion,” but also the support that is then necessary to deliver and keep, or deliver and put the child up for adoption.

Compassion always involves action and for those of us in Ogallala and the surrounding area who believe in the sanctity of life we can put our compassion into action by supporting the ministry of the Ogallala Women’s Resource Center.