He Knit Us Together, Blessings and All

by Rachel Lipovsky, Volunteer

 
Rachel volunteering at our old location on Grand River Avenue.

Rachel volunteering at our old location on Grand River Avenue.

Rachel volunteering at our 12 Mile offices in 2016!

Rachel volunteering at our 12 Mile offices in 2016!

 

Rachel volunteered for AWPC during her junior high and high school years. We are thrilled to welcome her back as a blogger and insightful friend promoting the value of life!

The force of time doesn’t have a physical, tangible shape—yet it manages to shape our finite lives with great finesse. Sometimes I would like time to slow down—to take a moment and really soak in the beauty. When volunteering with AWPC, time flew by for me, yet God transformed so much. His work has shown His glory!

 When I was a pre-teen in April 2007, my family began folding baby clothes and participating in fundraisers for Another Way Pregnancy Center. It never ceased to amaze me that a little home on Grand River Avenue could be the center of changing and saving lives in such a great way. I learned pregnancies aren’t always convenient, easy, or planned, but I also learned God has great plans, regardless of circumstances.

Rachel as a high school student sorting through baby items for our Boutique.

Rachel as a high school student sorting through baby items for our Boutique.

I was raised to believe every human life was created by a God that cares for and knows us. Psalm 139:13 says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.” In every situation, God made us uniquely, carefully, and lovingly. A child is an overwhelming change, but one God can use for His glory.

My involvement at Another Way through my high school years helped me realize the gift of God’s love and care. The people that work at AWPC have a mission to share the love of God--specifically the love He has for children and parents.  

Last week, I came back to Another Way Pregnancy Center to volunteer again. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in the little house to fold baby clothes. In fact, AWPC has moved out of the little house  and God has moved even more.

If before and after pictures could fully display His accomplishments, I’d run out of film. Another Way Pregnancy Center has a new name: A Woman’s Pregnancy Choice. From a cramped basement and tight offices to a spacious expansion of two floors in an office building on 12 Mile Road, God has stretched out His glory.

In January 2011, the little house in downtown Farmington saw 18 clients come in.  In January 2016, AWPC’s busy offices saw 84 clients God’s plans for the lives that enter this place keep unfolding. He’s knit together gifts from above, He’s created a place for their loved ones to come, He’s given them support through His people at AWPC, and He’s created something beautiful.

If you had given me a window to see the future of A Woman’s Pregnancy Choice, I would not have fathomed the change.  It doesn’t feel long since AWPC was in a small house with a small clientele. But, for God, this place is His work. It might just be a little life inside a woman that changes the lives of so many others, but He knit each of us together to fulfill His master plan. It’s a blessing to be involved in AWPC again to take part in that master plan, and I can’t wait to see how God’s glory continues to unfold here.