Sobbing, she shared her story.
“He locked me in our bedroom for hours, preventing me from comforting our son crying in the next room.” After sharing her story, she said, “I shouldn’t cry. Crying is a sign of weakness”.
This is the type of story I have heard at New Life Centre. Stories of bravery in the midst of tremendous trauma. I call these women brave because despite everything that has happened, they make the decision to be selfless and give their babies to couples who want to have children. Brave, because they often have to make this difficult decision under incredible pressure.
When the women come to the centre, they are often traumatised by their past, unsure of their decision, and uncertain about their future. During their stay, they are given the opportunity to develop as many skills as possible, preparing them for their future. It is a privilege to see them grow, form amazing bonds with each other, and eventually leave the centre feeling empowered.
I recently read an article called “Abortion – the new birth control”. More than 400 000 legal terminations were reported in South Africa from 2008 to 2010 and it is on the increase. It is becoming so severe that doctors are raising the alarm.
I am grateful that places such as New Life Centre exist. Not only is it an alternative to abortion, but also is truly a place where healing takes place. The women I meet there inspire me. I am proud to be a volunteer, and happy that others from Hillsong are dedicating their time to make a difference in the lives of others. We need to raise awareness that places like these exist.