FBCH teams up with FBC Orlando for free ultrasounds
‘Going Out’ project ministers to underserved
May 27, 2011

mobile ministry The new mobile pregnancy resource care unit (left) developed by the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes for its Sanctity of Human Life program is equipped with an ultrasound machine. The mobile unit was recently utilized in an underserved area in West Orlando as part of a project with First Life Pregnancy Center of Orlando. FBCH photo
LAKELAND (FBCH)—The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes rolled their new mobile pregnancy care resource center into the West Orlando area of Village Square May 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide pregnancy care services and information to underserved young women in the area.

The purpose was to reach out to women and families who may be in a crisis pregnancy and may not have access to a pregnancy care resource center in their area. The love and hope of Jesus Christ was shared with every woman served.

This event, called Love Orlando, was a partnership project of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes’ Sanctity of Human Life program and the First Baptist Church of Orlando’s First Life Center for Pregnancy.

The mobile pregnancy care center, which is a converted camper trailer donated to the Children’s Homes last year, is designed to provide ultrasound screenings, counseling, and other services to women in areas struck by natural disasters. If the mobile center is not needed for natural disasters it will be utilized in various underserved communities across the state. 

Mary Lou Hendry, director of Sanctity of Human Life for the Children’s Homes, said a lot of people came by out of curiosity, but that a number of young women from the area came into the mobile pregnancy care center seeking information and assistance.

“During the four hours that we were set up we provided free pregnancy tests, biblical counseling, as well as ultrasound screenings for women to confirm that they were indeed pregnant. It’s always an amazing moment when you are able to show them the new life that is living and growing inside their womb,” Hendry said.

“One young woman came by our mobile center who was 31 weeks along in her pregnancy and had not had any prenatal care. She was not able to qualify for Medicaid and does not have health insurance.

“We provided her with her first ultrasound where she could see her fully developed baby, which will be born in the next several weeks.

“We were able to connect her with a nurse midwife who will be able to help her get the help she needs through the remainder of her pregnancy and afterward to ensure her newborn receives all of the proper care that it needs in order to thrive,” Hendry said.

Hendry says that the ultrasound machine, which was donated by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, is an invaluable tool in helping to inform and educate women experiencing a crisis pregnancy about their unborn child. 

“It’s usually a very emotional moment when the woman sees her baby on the ultrasound for the first time. She can see her baby’s heart beating at the very earliest stages of pregnancy. The ultrasound machine has become such an important tool for our ministry.

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