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Alexis' Story

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When “Alexis” entered the front door of Life Forward’s Clifton Center, she was in tears. She was angry with her boyfriend because he was trying to pressure her to have an abortion. She felt like her life was out of control.

I assured Alexis that she was in a safe place and that she was free to cry as much as she needed to. I also shared with her that she is known and seen by a God who loves her and that no part of this was a surprise to Him. He loves her so much that He would send His son to die for her.

I then asked if I could pray for her and Alexis agreed. Before we prayed, I asked her about her faith. She said, “I don’t have any.” She had attended church in the past, but had never received Christ. I shared the Gospel with her and prayed with her to receive Him as her Savior. She hugged me and began crying again – but this time, they were tears of joy.

Alexis does not have much of a support system. I told her that Life Forward is here to support her along her faith journey as well as her journey as a mother. She accepted a Bible and I gave her some guidance on how to read it. I’m looking forward to my future one-on-one meetings with Alexis for Bible study and discipleship.

Because of your support of Life Forward, Alexis’ life is forever changed. Thank you for your generosity and partnership as we continue to help women and their families make life-affirming decisions through God’s love.

Blessings,
Lawanda, Clifton Center Director

Michael's Story

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“Could we come in to talk?” “Michael’s” call to Life Forward came several months after his first visit with his girlfriend. He now was a father struggling with how this new role would impact his life. “I remembered you told us we could reach out to you for prayer and support.”

When the couple met with Lawanda, Life Forward’s Clifton Center Director, Michael began to share his struggles. He’d previously committed his life to Christ but wasn’t currently walking with God. He shared that his dad was not a part of his life and he “wanted to do better for his daughter.”

Building upon the foundation of parenting education he received at Life Forward, Michael enrolled in fatherhood classes and is focused on becoming a more responsible, committed and nurturing dad. Lawanda shares, “There have been many ups and downs in his relationship with his girlfriend, but it’s been encouraging to see Michael grow and strive to be a good father.”

Michael is a great example of a father who recognizes he needs help. Cincinnati faces a serious crisis of absentee fathers. According to a 2016 US Census Bureau report, nearly 12,000 children are growing up without a father at home in our city. Studies have shown that children who grow up without a father present in their lives are 5 times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime. They are 9 times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.

Many men learn that they are going to be fathers for the first time at Life Forward and we are there to support and share the love of Jesus with them. Thank you for partnering with us as we seek to impact Cincinnati by encouraging positive faithful fathers in our community.