Little River Baptist Association holds a ribbon cutting for its new pregnancy care center.
(Photo courtesy of Arkansas Baptist News)

Heart for unborn: Baptist association launches pregnancy care center in AR

With a heart for unborn children and their parents, the churches of the Little River Baptist Association partnered to launch a pregnancy resource center in Nashville, Arkansas.

Initial discussion for the resource center began three years ago. Two years ago, the association voted to pull together an exploratory team to delve further into the project. The team met, prayed, looked at statistics and interviewed other resource centers.

After gathering information, the team recommended to the association to move forward with the idea. The association took it to a vote and approval was granted.

‘Ready to go’

With the association’s blessing, associational missionary Robby Sherman said they began scoping out potential locations. Realizing the association building could be more fully utilized, they decided to remodel and house the center in their current facilities at 256 Highway 27 South in Nashville.

“We spent nine plus months remodeling, hiring staff and just getting the ministry ready to go,” Sherman said.

The center has an intake room, a place to meet for one-on-one mentoring, an exam room with an ultrasound and an office for Living Well Counseling. Staff includes director Christy Young, assistant director Brittany Crow and Living Well counselor Crystal Evans.

An open house for the facility was held Aug. 13. Sherman said more than 150 people attended the celebration.

‘Thoughtful preparation’

Rex Horne, Arkansas Baptist State Convention interim executive director, spoke at the event and pastor John Lindsey led attendees in guided prayer time. They broke into groups and prayed for various aspects of the ministry.

“I was most impressed by the pregnancy resource center. The careful and thoughtful preparation for the mothers and babies was evident in every room. The broad participation by the churches in dedicating this ministry was a blessing to me,” Horne said.

The pregnancy resource center officially opened Tuesday, Aug. 15.

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EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written by Mary Alford and originally published the Arkansas Baptist News, news service of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention

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