International (MNN) — There’s more than one way to save a life. But according to Life Matters Worldwide, saving lives on a global scale requires collaboration.
That’s why they’re connecting pregnancy care centers (PCCs) in the U.S. with their peers overseas.
“Sometimes, they’re the ‘lone ranger:’ they’re the only center in that country, and they don’t have anyone to turn to,” says Life Matters’ Tom Lothamer of foreign PCCs.
Collaboration in context
Preventing abortion isn’t always a popular topic. And, pregnancy care isn’t always a familiar concept, especially in the developing world.
Life Matters tackles both through their PCC support ministry. While they focus on both national and international centers, PCCs located overseas usually need a bit more help.
“They don’t have any of the resources we have right here locally, or around this country,” Lothamer explains.
“So, this is where we can come in and partner with them as fellow servants to help them get started, and then help them keep going.”
He points to a Life Matters Worldwide partner in Chile as an example. They’re starting the country’s first PCC with help from Life Matters.
“We were able to send over a grant to them, to assist in getting their computer, their desk–all those kinds of things–to start getting their office [together],” says Lothamer.
“We’re also [helping with] training. Last year, we had 10 of their people in Lima, Peru, at our conference, and they’ll be coming again this next January in Lima for additional training.”
What PCC collaboration involves
Life Matters can’t assist every PCC in-need, and that’s why they need U.S. centers to collaborate with them.
Here’s a brief look at what PCC partnerships typically involve:
- Project support
The partnerships are multifaceted, but a single purpose runs through each of them.
“The real bottom-line is the Gospel,” states Lothamer.
“It’s about offering a service to women–and men and families–in this area of pregnancy, but also letting them know that their greatest need is spiritual.”
What you can do to help
If you’re praying for unborn lives, there’s a place for you on this team. Become a Life Matters Worldwide prayer partner here.
“We have certain centers we’re praying for overseas [and] certain centers we’re praying for right here in the United States,” Lothamer says.
Or, you could get your church involved.