Stories

Please find attached a couple of Wedding photos from our Special Day on March 23rd, 2013.

The Moving Forward Class really helped us move past the few obstacles that we had left in our relationship that was keeping us from “moving forward.” Communication being the key factor, also, understanding boundaries and respecting where we both were concerning our personal boundaries. Learning about the genetic differences between the sexes, and the different ways that we are wired to think, process and communicate were very insightful. The class also opened up dialogue between us and we’ve implemented many things that we learned in class into our marriage. Keeping God at the Center of our relationship is the most important factor of it all!!

Thanks again for your mentorship, guidance and friendship throughout this process. The kindness and generosity of Cobb Pregnancy Services will soon not be forgotten.

God Bless,
Laura & John

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Grace and I began volunteering at Cobb Pregnancy Center in September 2008. Our commitment to be actively engaged in pro-life ministry came from our own personal experience as the parents of adopted children.

 

After being married for only three months, my wife was diagnosed with degenerative disk disease that was so severe she was advised not to get pregnant. We began to look at adoption. The adoption process was difficult for us because I was in the Airforce and we rarely stayed anywhere much longer than 3 years. With so many pregnant women aborting their children, domestic adoptions take longer.

 

We opted to adopt through an International agency and while stationed in Hawaii, we were blessed with a beautiful daughter from a Korean orphanage. I can still remember how excited we were to hold our 5 month old daughter in our arms for the first time. A few years later we adopted another beautiful daughter from Korea as well.

 

It was after the 2nd adoption that Grace and I realized how precious life is. In 2005 we moved to Georgia to be close to our daughter, Melissa, and her three children — our youngest daughter is a field hockey coach at Temple University in Philadelphia. We began attending North Metro Church here. Grace met Lori Parker at a Women’s Day meeting and got information about Cobb Pregnancy Services.  It was news we were longing for – a Christian group that provides alternatives to abortions. She learned that CPS needed some volunteers and a computer guru. I had just retired from my job and had been using computers since 1980 so I qualified as a quasicomputer guru and now had the time to do volunteer work.

 

We are reminded over and over in our walk with God that no child is ever unwanted. God has made that perfectly clear to us. If abortions had been practiced in South Korea, then our children might not ever been born.  Fortunately, the Korean respect for the sanctity of life led their mothers to leave them at Police stations where they would be put in foster care and adopted. Every day that we work at CPS we see God’s power and mercy as volunteers counsel with women and provide alternatives to abortions in a loving and caring Christian way.

 

We’re amazed at the things that happened to bring us to Georgia, to North Metro Church, to know Lori Parker. It’s an amazing road that God has had us travel!

 

Looking back, we can see how we were divinely pre-destined to be the parents of our adopted children. God used a major trial in our lives to bring them to us and to ultimately bring us to Cobb Pregnancy Services. God shows us how special and unique every human being is by bringing special and unique people into our lives. All we have to do is open our eyes and hearts. The unborn have no voice. As Christians we are obligated to be their voice. Please join use in the fight for the unborn though the ministry at Cobb Pregnancy Services.

Mike Janney

Why I Support Cobb Pregnancy Services

“Train up a child in the way he should go.  Even when he is old he will not depart form it.” Proverbs 22:6

My middle child, Drew, plays on a FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) sponsored travel baseball team. The coaches, which includes my husband Tony, decided these 11 year old boys would participate in CPS’s Walk for Life. A previously scheduled tournament prevented us from being at the actual “Walk”, but the following weekend our band of players, parents, and siblings completed our own 3 mile “Walk for Life”.

Walking from East Cobb’s Fuller Park, we had great exposure in our blue CPS t-shirts along Roswell Road and Old Canton Road. This became obvious when a woman at the park stopped to stare and then asked the group why we were walking. I hesitated to answer, trying to choose my words carefully and make sure they were succinct and meaningful. Suddenly, one of the boys responded in a clear, strong voice, “We are walking to stop abortion!” And, there it was… plain, simple truth… from the mouth of a child.

I was reminded that we are to teach our children to love what God loves and to respect, defend and protect what He values and holds precious. Often in our attempts to shield our children from the evils of this world, we miss the opportunity to show them God’s response to the things that are not of Him. By keeping them from the darkness we can, likewise, cover their eyes to the brightness of His light. By diluting or removing altogether the reality and atrocity of abortion from our children, we miss the chance to reinforce what God says about LIFE and to instill His commands to honor and protect the sanctity of it.

As those baseball players and family members walked on a breezy day in April, each one took a stand for LIFE through his or her willingness to wear a blue t-shirt and raise funds for a ministry that is “a city on a hill” in a dark and wounded world. W are, after all, called to “defend the weak and the fatherless; to uphold the cause of the poor and the oppresses” (Psalm 82:3) and to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8). So, when this 11 year old child boldly stated that we were walking to stop abortion, the plain and simple truth is that abortion is death. Christ came to conquer death and, therefore, abortion. “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10.

Shay Antoniades,
Former Volunteer and Board Member and current supporter of Cobb Pregnancy Services

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