by Angela Sanders, Freelance Writer
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
Like many young people who visit Hope Pregnancy Center, Micah and Jordan were caught off guard by Micah’s pregnancy. “Jordan and I had been dating a little over a month when we found out,” Micah explains. “I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, PCOS and had been told by doctors that I only had a 13% chance of ever having children, so Jordan was actually the one who said, “Hey, I think you might be pregnant.” I took a pregnancy test. It was positive.”
Visiting Hope Pregnancy Center was the logical next step in Micah’s mind.
“I had actually been to Hope before,” Micah says. “I had gone with my close friend Katie when she was pregnant. I sat in her appointment and was at her ultrasound and everything, so I already knew how accepting they were. She always talked so highly of them, too, and she was right. I felt welcomed from the very beginning.”
“I got paired up with Ginger Adams,” Micah continues. “We sat down and talked about options. She gave me some booklets, and I filled the choices sheet where you rank your options—abortion, adoption, or keeping the baby. I told Ginger about my concerns. The relationship I was in was brand new, and she just listened. She didn’t try to shove anything down my throat. She was there to help me think and let me talk.”
Ginger had the same conversation with Jordan and asked him to fill out the same choices sheet.
Without talking about it, they both had checked ‘keep the baby’ as their number one choice.
Ginger also helped them communicate what they were thinking with each other. Micah said, “Our relationship was new, so it really helped to have someone there reminding us to take turns and listen to each other.”
“I wanted to be a part of everything,” Jordan says. “I didn’t walk in with any expectations, but I figured out pretty quickly that they just wanted to be there for us. It was comforting.”
Next, Jordan was paired with a male Hope volunteer. “I thought that was cool,” Micah says. “At Hope, they are really big on the idea that it’s the dad’s baby, too, so they make sure the dads get as much guidance as the moms.”
Throughout the pregnancy, Jordan continued to meet with male volunteers. “I found it really helpful,” Jordan says. “The men were all very open to just letting me talk. They gave me some good words of encouragement, though, and would pray with me.”
“I think the thing I appreciate about Hope,” Micah interjects, “is that they are not judgmental in any way about anything. Jordan and I were both raised in Christian homes, but not everyone is, and they are there for everyone. They don’t try to make people feel like they have to keep their baby, and they even have a class to help people who have gone through abortion recover from it. I think that’s really cool.”
On May 6, 2021, Micah and Jordan’s son, Luka made his entrance into the world after a challenging and somewhat frightening labor. “It was intense,” says Jordan, “but the things we learned in the Hope classes helped. When the time came to coach her, I could just relax and do what I had prepared for.”
“He did a good job,” Micah says, patting his arm with a smile.
Baby Luka is three months old now and learning to giggle. His grandparents are in love with him, and Mom and Dad are taking parenthood with the joys and challenges in stride as they press forward into a future together.
“Hope is a place that actually helps like it promises it will,” Micah says. “Hope became like family to us.”
Micah and Jordan are truly grateful for the generosity of those whose financial gifts make the ministry of Hope Pregnancy Center possible.