2019 Winter Newsletter

 

From Nancie’s Desk

Aside from keeping dry and staying warm, our staff has been focused on keeping the main thing the main thing! We continue to thank God for the opportunity to be used by Him to reach women and families who are facing an unplanned pregnancy with medical services that allow them to gather all the information they need to make a very important decision. With their permission, we are able to share the Good News, and for some women, their visit to TCLC not only changed the course of their babies’ lives but also their own eternal lives. Wow! We are so privileged to serve Him!

In this newsletter, you can review how, by the grace of God, we have been able to serve in 2018. We know that God has a great plan for 2019 and you will find some of our thoughts on that topic in this newsletter as well.

What we didn’t have a clue about was the future of our mobile medical clinic. On January 16th, just about to call it a day, I received a phone call from our volunteer driver. I said, “Hi, Karl! How are you doing?” Karl replied, “I’m doing great, but the wind just tore the roof off of the mobile!” Of course, I had a few moments of disbelief, but quickly realized that he was stating the facts. Unfortunately, the first real big storm of 2019 caused major damage to our trusty and faithful mobile clinic. Though we made our claim with our insurance company immediately, it took them 13 days to tow our mobile from Kit’s Korner (where Karl had safely “landed” it) to Sacramento for a heavy equipment adjuster to determine its future. Currently, the Board and I are in conversation with the insurance company and others about our options. But, we will trust the Lord in this as well.

I can’t help but think that this might be God’s way to propel our already existing plans to expand to a brick and mortar Center in Lake County. Read all about it below!

2019 will be a stellar year for TCLC. God willing, we will serve more women this year than ever before.

We pray you will join us again this year in prayer and financial support as we, by God’s grace, erase the need for abortion in Lake and Mendocino Counties by effectively serving pregnant, at-risk women by transforming their fear into confidence.

Serving Him with you for Life,
Nancie Hansen
Executive Director

P. S. Mark your calendars! This year’s 2019 Walk for Life is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th in Clearlake and Ukiah and Saturday, May 4th in Lakeport.. Get more details below!

“We give thanks to God always for all of you,
making mention of you in our prayers…”
1 Thessalonians 1:2

NEW! Patient Stats- Year to Date

Online Requests: 9
Phone Calls: 19
Walk-ins: 3
Scheduled: 31
Total Patients Arrived: 25
Actually Pregnant: 21
Abortion Vulnerable/Minded: 20
Confirmed Abortions: 1
Accepted the Lord: 3

Lake County Expansion

As you may know, the Board of Directors at its last Strategic Planning Meeting in November agreed that it was time to set our sights on opening a brick and mortar Center in Lake County.

We know from the statistics here at the main office, that women who travel by our office for errands and such, notice our sign advertising free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STD testing, etc. Though she might not need those services right at that moment, there may come a time that she or a friend needs our assistance and “bingo,” she remembers the sign and the services our clinic offers. Subsequently, she will call TCLC for an appointment.

This past January marked six years that we have been able to serve women in Lake County from our Clearlake and Lakeport mobile sites. 95% of the time, we were there one day a week in each city for just five hours. You can quickly see the difference between women getting used to seeing us at our brick and mortar in Ukiah….always there, always a sign outside….versus driving by and happening to see us during the five hours a week we were in Lakeport and Clearlake.

Now don’t misread this….God has done a mighty work over the last six years. Our staff has faithfully answered the call to serve and they were ready when the abortion-minded women came to the door.

However, we believe that with a permanent building, TCLC will be able to increase its availability and allow women in Lake County to have a place where they can obtain all the information they need to make one of the most important decisions of their lives…..and their babies’ lives.

We are in the process of developing a steering committee made up of Lake County men and women. We are planning our first meeting in March and already have some Friends of TCLC busy searching for an adequate site.

If you know of a medical office that is for lease, please give me a call at your earliest convenience. Though the exact location will be determined by the steering committee, it is advantageous to begin gathering information so that we can move this project along. Please keep us in your prayers.

Baby Bottle Fundraiser

We are grateful for the 38 churches in Lake and Mendocino Counties that have joined us in our Baby Bottle Fundraiser.  We have only received back half of what was distributed so please get the bottles back to us as soon as possible.  For Lake County churches that have delivered their bottles to the mobile in the past, please know that First Assembly of God in Clearlake and Clear Lake Baptist Church in Lakeport will receive your bottles.  We will pick them up from there.  Please call ahead for office hours so you don’t make the trip unnecessarily.  We are looking forward to the 13 churches who will participate in the Baby Bottle Fundraiser from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day!

Aghast at Legislation in New York and Other States

We have received several calls, letters and emails from many donors with regard to the most recent law passed in New York. On January 22, New York passed the Reproductive Health Act which removes restrictions on all abortions, essentially allowing babies to be killed up until the moment of birth. A few weeks later, a few delegates in Virginia attempted to pass similar legislation which thankfully was defeated. These legislative actions have shocked the conscience of millions of Americans who logically ask:

How did it ever come to this?

Tom Glessner, founder of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates responded in an article he wrote for the Washington Examiner: “We have arrived here because 46 years ago, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe v. Wade. These legislative proposals, as horrific as they are, merely codify the original holding of Roe, and its companion decision, Doe v. Bolton.

According to Roe, abortion is legal up to the time of birth if justified for “health” reasons. And the definition of “health”, according to Doe, holds that any stress factor in a mother’s life—physical, emotional, psychological, familial, or based on her age—justifies abortion at any time during pregnancy…….If there is any positive outcome from the actions of Virginia, New York, and others, it is that perhaps a sleeping public has been awakened to the true nature of Roe v. Wade.”

Anne O’Connor, Vice-President of Legal Affairs for NIFLA wrote, “We urge all pro-life citizens to turn their grief into action by supporting organizations that advance the cause and culture of life.”

The Board, staff, and volunteers thank you, our faithful donors, for prayerfully and financially supporting TCLC as it strives to accomplish its mission one woman at a time..

“…be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 15:58

 

2019 Walk for Life

It’s that time, again…..well, it’s time to get those walking/running shoes out, dust them off and grab a friend!!!! Oh, did I forget to say…..and ask all of your friends and family to sponsor you at this year’s Walk for Life? 
We will be hosting our Walk in:

Clearlake and Ukiah on Saturday, April 27
 Lakeport 
on Saturday, May  4
10:00am at all sites

 These events are of key importance to help us continue providing life-affirming services to women and families in Lake and Mendocino Counties.  With the opening of a Lake County brick and mortar, it is so crucial for our veteran Walkers from past years to recruit a friend or two who has never walked before and encourage them to obtain sponsorships from their friends and families. In addition to the Walk/Run on April 27th, there will be a bounce house, music, a kid’s zone and friendly competitions which will result in prizes…..at both sites!!

On April 27th, our Ukiah event will be at the Mendocino College Track, 1000 Hensley Creek Rd.

On April 27th, our Clearlake event will be at the Clearlake Youth Center, 4750 Golf Avenue.

On May 4th our Lakeport event will be at New Hope Fellowship, 305 Peckham Court.

Our Walk brochures will be mailed out in mid-March.

Please note YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT  ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT to participate with us.  You can get pledges and walk or run or hike wherever you are!!

You won’t want to miss our Kick-off Meetings where you will find out all of the amazing details for this year’s Walk!

Clearlake, Thursday, March 21, 1st Assembly of God
Ukiah, Monday, March 25, TCLC
Lakeport, Thursday, March 28, Clear Lake Baptist

A Look Back

We want to praise God for all that He provided in 2018! We were able to intervene in 145 women’s lives, giving them the information they needed in order to make an informed decision about their pregnancy.

82% of our 145 patients were indeed pregnant. 91% of these patients were at-risk for abortion based on factors such as age, not married, financial pressures, parents or father of the baby wanting them to have an abortion.

101 patients chose Life. We have confirmed three abortions and fifteen patients remained undecided at our last contact. We provided 114 initial ultrasound exams and 93 additional ultrasound exams at return appointments. 109 patients chose to have an STD test. Six were positive.

By God’s grace, seven of our patients received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior! We stand in awe of our great God and Father. Praise be to His Holy Name!

We are so grateful for the generosity of our faithful donors who partner with the Almighty in this great mission. At the end of 2018, 160 families and fifteen churches were monthly donors with gifts totaling $124,373. Our three fundraisers exceeded years before: Baby Bottles $32,751, Walk for Life $36,943 and our Annual Fall Fundraiser $98,694.

Our expenses for 2018 were 77% to Program, 13% to Administration and 10% to Fundraising. God, through you, has been most gracious to TCLC. Please join us as we praise Him for His provision.