Annual banquet celebrates life


Paul Isaacs, president of Save the Storks


By Amelia Harper
Staff Writer

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Your Choice Resource Center celebrated lives and blessings during the 2017 Celebrate Life Banquet on Thursday at Englewood Baptist Church.

Virginia Roberson, executive director of the Your Choice Resource Center, said that since 2002, more than 300 babies had been saved from abortion in the Twin Counties as a result of the work of the center. She also said the center had impacted more than 80,000 lives since the former Rocky Mount Pregnancy Center began working with clients in 1989.

“I am confident that this is a ministry where God is at work,” Roberson said. “Babies are being saved and families are created.”

Halie Hale, a former client of the center, spoke about how the center helped her when an unplanned pregnancy disrupted her life two years at the age of 17 and she was worried about how her parents would react to the news.

“The woman at the center reassured me that God still loved me and she helped me get an ultrasound,” Hale said. “Without the Your Choice Resource Center, I don’t know what path I would have taken. Now, I am a wife, a mother, a college student and a business owner. My son has been a blessing to my husband Jordan and me.”

The event was attended by roughly 700 people who gathered to celebrate their shared passion for protecting women and children in the Twin Counties, Roberson said. She said the center had ample reasons to praise God for His goodness during the year as the center gained a new baby boutique to help supply baby items and was able to purchase a new ultrasound machine “with the help of God and the Knights of Columbus.”

However, the biggest new blessing was the mobile unit purchased from the “Save the Storks” organization. The new mobile unit has been operational roughly one day a week since Nov. 1. Through its use so far, three planned abortions have been averted, eight people have professed Christ and 10 men have been tested for sexually transmitted diseases, said Cindy Pridgen, medical services director for the center. Pridgen said other clients have also received services — including pregnancy testing and ultrasounds — since the mobile unit hit the road in Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Paul Isaacs, who has served as president of the “Save the Storks” organization since 2014, was the guest speaker for the fundraising banquet. Isaacs described himself as a man with a passion for saving the lives of women and children through his work opposing abortion.

“Many women today think that abortion is their only option. We need to offer them choices that save lives,” Isaacs said.

Isaacs said it was his dream to one day live in a world where abortion centers were replaced with churches or preschool centers.

“There have been roughly 55 million abortions performed in United States,” Isaacs said. “One of those babies could have been the next Abraham Lincoln or the next Martin Luther King Jr. or the person who cured cancer. We don’t know who we are killing or what destiny they may have had.”

Isaacs praised the staff and volunteers at the Your Choice Resource Center for the work they are doing.

“The Your Choice Resource Center is reaching out with grace and truth to where they are needed,” Isaacs said. “We need to all work together to save these beautiful women and children in the Rocky Mount area.”