Back in December we received a text from a volunteer, Jerilyn, who has served with Options for four years.
"Hi ladies. I want to share in the joy of passing down the pro-life message from one generation to the next. Chris and I are praising God for his faithfulness. Sometimes as parents we wonder if anything we say 'sticks'. This assignment [our daughter] wrote only proves that what we have said, what we have shown the children about the work you do, the talks about the amazing stories of how God works through [Options] all matters!"
Attached to the text was a short story written by Julia (pictured left), Jerilyn's daughter, and Becca (pictured right), both Sophomores in High School. The story was a Honors English Creative writing assignment that had to have a hero. They chose their hero character to be a young girl with an unplanned pregnancy.
I don't want to give too much away so I'll have you read it for yourself first!
Read Julia and Becca's Story
After I had finished reading the story I cried a little bit! It was so powerful to see two teens so influenced by the messages they have heard growing up that they would choose, out of any topic in the world, to write about a girl faced with an abortion decision and how she triumphed over it and chose Life! That is definitely my kind of hero!
Fun fact about the short story:
The name of the baby was Bao which means treasure. Becca and Julia wanted it to mean every baby has life and quality, value and treasure. They named her that because they had just read a story called The Alchemist. The Alchemist is the hero of his story and he found his treasure, so they wanted the mom to be the hero of her story and the baby