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40% of women who have abortions are regular church attenders. If we are going to make the church a safe place, the shift must start with Christians.

In our current culture, only 7% of church-going women talk to anyone at their church before getting an abortion.

ProGrace acts as a catalyst for change, partnering with local pregnancy organizations and churches to shift their paradigm, language and outreach models.

In the tension between ProLife and ProChoice, your partnership provides a path to a third option: ProGrace.

By investing in the ProGrace training program that resolves our inner tensions around abortion, you help change the Christian discussion around abortion - and offer practical steps to unify and move churches and pregnancy organizations forward.

This is so clearly seen in the journey of Jeff Logsdon, Lead pastor of Hope City Church in Tucson, AZ.

How one pastor found the freedom to engage

Early in ministry, I didn’t engage in the issue of abortion. The most interaction I had was with students who were characterized as activists, placing red duct tape over their mouths. I couldn't articulate what I felt. I just knew that this was something that should be addressed but I didn't like that it was addressed that way.

And I had first-hand experience with the issue. When I was 18 my girlfriend got pregnant and said she was going to get an abortion. I didn’t get involved, I didn’t really do anything. I just said, “Fine.”

Years later, when I was typing out my story for Bible college, the Spirit revealed to me, “You were complicit in that abortion.” And I began to argue with the Spirit saying, “No, I wasn’t.” But the conviction was just that much stronger. I pushed back from the computer and sobbed and thought, “How do I begin to reconcile that situation?”

For years, I still didn’t do anything. Later in ministry, as I was watching the red tape on the mouth, these worlds were colliding. But ministry is just so full, so it was easy not to address the issue.

Then we made a move to Arizona and I found myself saying, “God, what do you want to do here? What’s my part?” I still wasn’t sure I cared about the issue of abortion, because there are so many causes, a sea of overwhelming needs.

But we connected with Hands of Hope and they invited us to a ProGrace training. It was the first time I heard that you could actually have an approach that provides the third option.

Being present for the child, woman and man – providing reconciliation for the family holistically. That was really attractive to me. And I have since facilitated our leadership group going through the training program.

Because on the bigger-picture side of things, it’s really our responsibility to work with the community God has entrusted to us, to show them how to make the church a safe place for people to come when they’re in crisis. And for me, the driving factor is that I was that person. Knowing that God gave me grace in those places, how can I not extend the same grace to someone else?

A young woman found grace and hope at Jeff’s church

After participating in the ProGrace training, Jeff extended grace to a young woman named Rhiannon, holding her Dad’s funeral at his church after he was murdered. They did the funeral her way, with a barbecue in the church and his favorite rap music. From there, Rhiannon told him she would come back. And she did, even getting baptized.

In the midst of that, a man moved in with her and took advantage of her vulnerable situation. After she got pregnant, he told her, “Get an abortion. I don’t want anything to do with this baby.” Because of the relationship she had with Jeff, she went straight to him and asked, “What do I do?”

In our current culture, only 7% of church-going women talk to anyone at their church before getting an abortion.

But Rhiannon went to her pastor. Why? Because Jeff understands grace and cultivates a culture of grace in his church.

This is why we facilitate immersive training programs with pastors and pregnancy organization leaders.

They are God’s answer to bring this third option of hope and redemption to the abortion issue. But many will remain silent on the issue until they have their inner tensions resolved and are equipped with winsome language.

We are so excited about how God is using the ProGrace training program to equip and energize leaders like Jeff! Because they are then able to shift their churches and organizations and offer grace and support to women and children.

Rhiannon still attends Hope City Church, and her daughter is now 1-year old. Jeff gets invited to birthday parties, in areas of poverty, violence and high drug use. And he goes.

“I get why people maybe don’t want to do this, because it’s not clean and we can’t control the outcome. But God doesn’t call us to control it. He calls us to trust Him, trust that He’s going to create the beauty from those ashes. And the process takes time.”

We see that the process definitely takes time, but God is creating beauty from ashes in the 3 ProGrace regions of Arizona, New York City, and California. In each of these regions, ProGrace acts as a catalyst for change, partnering with local pregnancy organizations and churches to shift their paradigm, language and outreach models.

As a result, we are the fire-starters of this approach. Then we equip and support these local leaders to change their communities. This is the ProGrace Network.

Be a part of creating a safe place for women and children

ProGrace acts as a catalyst for change, partnering with local pregnancy organizations and churches to shift their paradigm, language and outreach models.

As a result, we are the fire-starters of this approach. Then we equip and support these local leaders to change their communities. This is the ProGrace Network.

We get calls and requests all the time from other cities around the country, but without expanding our capacity, we won’t be able to scale to more areas.

We need your help. Will you join us?

It will take $70,000 to close the gap in 2019 and position ProGrace to start scaling this way. A generous foundation has agreed to match all new and increased gifts, dollar for dollar, up to $35,000. So, we are half-way there, and you can make all the difference!

Will you be a part of providing a safe place for women and children? Thank you for prayerfully considering your gift this year.