First Coast Women’s Services theme to rebuild repair and restore lives broken by abortion was the recurring reiterating theme at Thursday night’s annual banquet which took place at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront Hotel ballroom in down town Jacksonville.
Thunderous appreciative applause reverberated throughout as esteemed guests shared video clips of personal stories highlighting the trend to present the kind calm and nonjudgmental face required to assist in abortion recovery. One woman’s story talked about the support and healing she received after having had an abortion at the age of fourteen. It was a process not discussed much in the pro-choice media, yet First Coast Women’s Services were there to help her deal with the post abortion stress. Since 1994 First Coast Women’s Services in northeast Florida have been in the business of addressing related issues many women face either before contemplating abortion or after having had one.
Other special guests included Reverend Elder Ron Shider of The Potter’s House North in Jacksonville who led the invocation and keynote speaker Reverend Dean Nelson, Chairman of the Frederick Douglas Foundation who ministers with Wellington Boone Ministries. Rev. Nelson is also Vice President of Underserved Outreach, a position where he leads Care Net Teams nationwide to equip and train urban leaders and churches in the development of pregnancy centers in underserved communities.
In addition to the keynote’s speaker’s impassioned presentation of updated abortion criteria and pointing out little known facts was the musical entertainment provided by recording artist Pastor Bill Hackworth, founding pastor of New Beginnings Church on the west side of Jacksonville.
With the fall launch of the Mobile Pregnancy Center, a traveling health/wellness mobile, the vision to reach inner city residents who have limited healthcare resources has been a realized dream with its modern equipment and stylized comfort. It was parked in front of the Hyatt during the banquet and available to the public. It can reach women throughout the city of Jacksonville.
The event concluded with a challenge for supporters to partner with First Coast Women’s Services and like ministries in providing abortion alternatives as well as extending compassion and love in the aftermath of abortion related trauma.
“Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.” Isaiah 58:12