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2002 Frontline Reports

Churches, members mobilize to help people with disease (December 30, 2001)

Pilot shows plane, shares the Lord (December 23, 2001)

SonBeams provides social outlet, spiritual training (December 16, 2001)

Veterans Day (November 11, 2001)

Chi Alpha chapter reaches the world (September 30, 2001)

Church's Independence Day celebration draws more than 50,000 (September 16, 2001)

A passion for missions (September 9, 2001)

Lifestyle evangelism influences hedonistic neighborhood (August 26, 2001)

Church takes Christ to inner-city needy (August 12, 2001)

Nontraditional services draw worshippers (July 22, 2001)

Dirt floors and horses: Welcome to Cowboy Church (July 13, 2001)

Northland Cathedral members know God's timing is best (June 24, 2001)

Youth, children's outreaches spur church growth (June 17, 2001)

Revival transforms blighted neighborhood (June 10, 2001)

Vacant mall becomes home for growing church plant (May 20, 2001)

Single moms find strength to build strong families (May 13, 2001)

Spiritual freedom is hallmark of three-decade ministry (April 29, 2001)

Modern hangout serves as haven for teens (April 22, 2001)

Merged congregation challenges stereotypes (April 8, 2001)

Hell's Alternative: The Reality (March 25, 2001)

Vietnamese congregation moves forward (March 18, 2001)

Rejoicing in the rubble (February 25, 2001)

Faith Health Clinic treats the whole person (February 18, 2001)

Former prostitute befriends box-dwellers (Feb. 11, 2001)

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach saving lives, helping mothers (January 21, 2001)

Ministering at the Gates of Hell (January 14, 2001)

2000 Frontline Reports

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach saving lives, helping mothers

(January 21, 2001)

Teri Brown remembers her moment of decision in Minnesota as if it were yesterday.

"I was 19 and pregnant," she says. "Those who were close to me did not support my decision to continue the pregnancy. Out of frustration and hopelessness, I scheduled an abortion.

New parents celebrate finalized adoptions coordinated by Crisis Pregnancy Outreach.

She called a friend in Oklahoma. The friend had the courage to counsel her against taking her baby’s life and promised he could find her help.

The next day, Brown received a call from Cheryl Bauman, director of Tulsa’s Crisis Pregnancy Outreach.

"It was amazing to me," Brown says, "that when I couldn’t get the support I needed in [my community], a stranger in another state would help me."

Brown moved to Tulsa, gave birth to her baby and made arrangements for the adoption. She received continual support throughout her pregnancy and in the months following his birth.

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach is saving lives, both the physical lives of unborn children conceived out of wedlock and the spiritual lives of young mothers. Originally started by Christian Chapel (Assemblies of God) in 1982, Crisis Pregnancy Outreach is incorporated but still relies heavily on the church for financial support and volunteers. Families from the congregation have housed numerous young women, confronting them with the love of Christ in tangible ways. Services offered include gifts of maternity clothes, professional counseling, transportation to doctors’ appointments, childbirth classes, labor and childbirth coaches, and a Christian attorney to assist with adoption if they choose that avenue. According to Bauman and Greg Davis, pastor of Christian Chapel, many lives are being transformed because of the ministry.

"One family in our church not only adopted a child, but took the mother into their home as well," Davis says. "Her life was still troubled when she left, but she trusted them so much that she turned over to them the parental rights for another child she had. They are now processing that adoption. We have also had one young woman go through the program who is now pursuing a graduate degree. She hopes to open a crisis pregnancy center herself."

Bauman has been involved in pro-life work since the early 1970s and is the founder of CPO. She has uncovered a disturbing trend over the years: Christian families encouraging their daughters to get abortions because they are concerned with reactions from people in their church.

Bauman, her staff and the families of Christian Chapel work hard to ensure that girls in their care have their self-esteem restored even as they confront the reality of poor choices. Girls participate in 12 weeks of purity classes. "It teaches them how precious they are to Jesus and that He died for them," Bauman says.

About 300 women are served each year, half of them teen-agers. The first decision the center encourages is the preservation of the baby’s life.

"I don’t believe there’s a girl we’ve met who has gone ahead with an abortion," Bauman says. The center schedules an ultrasound for arriving mothers. Girls who see pictures of the baby do not go ahead with an abortion.

The center is a licensed adoption agency, and resources for placing a child in a good home are readily available. No girl, however, is coerced into making that decision.

"I was, and still am, so blessed by the Crisis Pregnancy Outreach," says Missie. "It meant so much to have people who really do care to stand beside me, with no pressure on the decisions I had to make. It was a blessing to have the love and support of the other girls who have been through this."

Among those "other girls" ready to link arms with Missie and the young women who continue to go through the program is Teri Brown. Now married with three children, she sees God’s hand in her decision 15 years ago. She believes the love of committed Christians was the avenue through which God’s hand could act.

"You never accept sin," she says, "but a church must start where the young person is at. We need to help her make right decisions from that point on. She needs to recognize that sex outside of marriage is sin and she needs God’s forgiveness. But the life she is carrying is not sin. God has a plan and a purpose for that life."

— Scott Harrup

The Assemblies of God promotes adoption and offers ministry to unwed mothers through Highlands Child Placement Services and Maternity Home. Highlands was established in 1966 and today is located on a 12-acre campus in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit the Highlands website at, send an e-mail to, or call 1-816-924-6565. A toll-free pregnancy hotline is available at 1-800-235-0652.


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