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Episode Summary:

Some pro-life advocates mistakenly assume that once a pregnant woman has chosen life for her baby, the battle has been won. However, the truth is that for mothers living in poverty, especially generational poverty, the battle has only begun. These women lack resources, support, finances, and hope. While pregnancy centers succeed in leading women to choose life and providing aid through the baby’s first year, impoverished mothers are then left to fight a solitary battle for the life of their child every day. Join me with Marisol Maldonado Rodriguez as we talk about hope for breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

 

Quotables from the episode:

  • Our lifesaving efforts should not end with the saved life of the baby. We need to look at the bigger picture of the woman’s life and her baby’s future and seek to understand her context, the circumstances that make her abortion-vulnerable, and what she needs after she says yes to her baby’s life.
  • Living in poverty does not merely mean struggling to provide basic needs due to a lack of financial stability. It is an all-encompassing condition that affects how a person feels, how they think, how they form relationships, how they function as parents, how they practice self-esteem, how they view their own future and the future of their families, and how others view them.
  • We as the church have the opportunity to tell this woman that there’s an option where she can choose life and her dreams as well… When we show her that we are guardians of her dreams and the shepherds of her soul, we show her that we love her, her baby, and their future. They all matter to God and us.
  • Through social service referrals, meaningful relationships, and committed discipleship, we can work with families to help them build a sustainable future… Without the hands on support of committed and caring believers- something my mother and I received- women in poverty aren’t able to carve a new path for their families.
  • We need humility and grace to seek to understand what life looks like in this context and in the culture and communities we are serving so that we can approach them with awareness and understanding.

 

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Guest:

Marisol Maldonado Rodriguez authorMarisol Maldonado Rodriguez the cofounder of RENEW life center, which seeks to pick up where pregnancy resource centers leave off in order to support women and help them overcome generational poverty. Born to a single mother and raised in generational poverty, Marisol has a deep experiential understanding of the women she serves. She has worked in pregnancy resource ministries for over 20 years, first as a volunteer and then as an urban center director. She is the parent of four adult children and lives with her husband in New Jersey.

 

 

 

Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson

 

Some pro-life advocates mistakenly assume that once a pregnant woman has chosen life for her baby, the battle has been won. However, the truth is that for mothers living in poverty, especially generational poverty, the battle has only begun. Join me with Marisol Maldonado Rodriguez of Renew Life Center NJ for how to break the cycle of generational poverty and offer hope in the midst of hardship.

 

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