Looking Back on 2020
The riots and unrest we experienced in downtown Louisville last summer and fall were another unexpected challenge that 2020 brought, but our dedicated staff and volunteers remained committed to the ministry’s purpose and showed up day after day, even though some of those days our facility had boarded up windows to guard against vandalism. “We were determined to continue serving”, said Stephanie Virg, Client Resource and Case Manager, “with the greater purpose in mind, at no time was I scared.”
We were affected by some unsettling circumstances over the summer. One staff member was turned back by a hostile protest crowd, driving from one of our locations to another. What we can only describe as loud fireworks were ignited in the parking lot of our 701 West Muhammed Ali location – an effort to clearly incite fear. We are lucky more didn’t happen to us there because the facility is just 2 blocks away from the epicenter of the protests. But, the explosion while extremely loud, only marked the pavement – it did no lasting damage. The resolve Stephanie attests to above is shared among our staff and volunteers who remained faithful to the cause and our clients.
When advised to due so by local authorities we did close early a few days during the summer. Your prayers and God’s protection have been tangibly felt during this time.
Hand in hand with our primary purpose of protecting the unborn is walking beside their mothers and families, introducing them to a relationship with Jesus Christ, and teaching practical life skills. The events of 2020 made this part of our ministry a bit different, and we did have to pause our life skills and child care programming in April as we retooled our model to align with the CDC’s guidelines. We opened back up in early June, and despite a few changes in venue and protocol, were able to get back to mostly normal activity. The highlight of reopening was celebrating the near-completion of our new playground, which has been to the delight of our children.
During the time that the life skills programming was closed, and even beyond, our staff continued connecting with and counseling our clients virtually. In some cases, we visited them, bringing benevolence items as needed, truly being Jesus’ hands and feet to our clients during a time of extreme need.
Since year end, we’ve been thrilled to celebrate the birth of three babies whose mothers came to BsideU early in the pandemic. They were abortion-minded, but through ultrasounds, counseling and allowing God to work in their hearts, they decided to choose life for their children.
Because of you, our supporters and volunteers, we are able to serve these women and babies in need. We are so thankful for each of you that stand with us. As we look toward what God has in store for 2021, would you pray with us that God continues to change hearts and minds toward life.