Larry Deeds

“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well.

“My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written. The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

“How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!” (Psalm 139:13-17)

This past week, my wife and I and several friends were privileged to attend the annual fund raising gala for Coastline Women’s Center. From day one, this organization and its founders, Jeannie and Carter Smith, have impressed me with their single-minded passion for saving babies, helping mothers and fathers, and sharing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Those who read Church Talk know that I believe in my heart that abortion is the great sin of America and will one day end our nation’s greatness, if it hasn’t already. It is a sin that keeps spreading as the value of life diminishes. It is a small step from killing unborn babies to killing the mentally and physically handicapped and killing the aged and infirm. America is on that slippery slope down, and each day in our newspapers, on-line and on television news we see the evidence of the disdain for all human life.

The Coastline banquet always features a key speaker and this year was no different. Holly Myers spoke and Lieutenant Governor Pamela Evette was on hand to give remarks and pray. But I guess my favorite part is the testimonies of those whose lives have been directly and positively affected by Coastline’s staff and prayer partners.

Mothers who feel they have no place to turn come to Coastline and find love, acceptance and help. And many keep the baby that they’re carrying in the womb. And what gives them the ability to do that? The awareness that, indeed that “mass” in their stomach is a child, a little boy or girl; the awareness that God is still on His throne and willing to show His love and grace to all who call on Him; the awareness that they are not alone in their present predicament; and the awareness that there are people on hand who understand, who care and who are there to help out.

Statistics from 2017 indicate that during that year there were at least 599 abortions of Horry County mothers. That is 599 dead children, 599 mothers likely to suffer mental and emotional stress along with possible physical problems and 599 fathers who like the mother and baby are victims of this horror. That’s 599 too many.

Coastline provides many services. These include free, medical-grade pregnancy testing and ultrasound; confidential peer counseling; referrals for other medical services, adoption, housing and more; Abagail’s Closet, a baby boutique of necessary items for new babies and purchased through the Earn While You Learn program; Bible Studies; education on pregnancy and parenting; abortion recovery (ministering God’s healing grace to women and men suffering from the pain, guilt and grief associated with abortion) and other programs for men and women.

All services are provided free of charge, are confidential, and available for all regardless of age, race, religion, financial or marital status.

In 2018, Coastline saved 37 babies from abortion and saw 45 clients receive Christ as Savior. What they offer is invaluable: hope, truth, assistance and love! The Psalmist said that we are all fearfully, reverently and wonderfully made, by God for His purpose. Only God gives life and only God has the wisdom and timing to take life.

Coastline now has a location in Conway and one in Myrtle Beach. They need our help. So, what can we do? First and foremost, pray. Donate money, new or used baby clothes, baby equipment, diapers and baby toiletry items. And pray about volunteering your time. Contact Coastline at 843-488-9971 or at admin@coastlinewomens center.org.

Their website is www.coastlinewomenscenter.org.

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