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Real Results: Lasting Impact

ROI. Return on Investment is the rally cry of all financial planners. And apparently it was important to Jesus too, in light of the severe denouncement of the ‘wicked’ servant who simply buried his master’s talent instead of putting it in the bank (Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25: 14-29). What kind of ROI is the Master looking for in a ministry to which you give? What makes you so excited about CompassCare’s mission that you feel comfortable investing your talents here?ROI

 

Is it that CompassCare insulates women facing unplanned pregnancy from the overwhelming pressures that drive her to get an abortion? Is it that we believe women deserve to be fully informed in a stress-free environment before they determine the outcome of their pregnancy? Would those be what it takes to receive the Master’s hearty ‘well done’?

 

Or is it that the future reproductive health of every woman is being protected by CompassCare with services like STD testing and treatment, offered to her at no cost? Perhaps it’s that women feel empowered by the nurses, who give her insight into her pregnancy with an ultrasound scan? Would those be enough for the Master to entrust the organization with more talents?

 

Well doneMaybe it is that the Master approves of the fact that most women, after being cared for by kind and compassionate nurses, feel safe and secure enough to have their babies, receiving a vision of their future after having their baby boy or girl? The fact that women can come to the emotional oasis that is CompassCare to take a deep draught in the waters of life before diving headlong back into the lonely heat of her desert world might also be just enough for the Master to say, ‘Enter into the joy of your Master.’

 

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0px; margin-bottom: 0px;”>What about the woman who has begun the process of a medical abortion using the abortion drug RU-486 and then changed her mind? Would the ROI be enough for the Master if we could help her reverse that abortion, saving her baby?

 

The answer is, YES. And yet there is more. The other day, a man and his wife attended a CompassCare Vision Tour. When the tour presentation was over and people were shuffling Proud Papaout, he took me aside, and with tears in his eyes, told me the beautiful story of a woman who courageously refused to have an abortion. Despite the threats of her husband, the baby’s father, she had a son. This son grew up, got married, had seven wonderful children and now enjoys 29 grandchildren. You’ve probably guessed that the grandfather was describing the circumstances surrounding his very own birth. You see, it was not just the life of the little boy at stake but generations of little boys and girls. His mother did not simply say, ‘Yes’ to her son, but to all the future generations as well. She said, ‘No!’ to the stifling air of the worries and cares of this world. She said, ‘No!’ to the iron-fisted oppression of a short-sighted culture and husband.

 

This woman’s son reminded me that CompassCare is not just sparing women from the pain of abortion, not just saving the lives of babies in the here and now, which alone would be enough to justify the investment. CompassCare is also encouraging women to pronounce a resounding ‘Yes!’ over all future generations of the crown of God’s creation.

 

What kind of ROI is it that can spare scores of lives just by reaching one? It costs $350 to serve one woman. For $350 you can ensure that the destiny of hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands can be spared. Now that’s a return on an investment!

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