“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” Luke 15:4
Kelly’s life was a mess. She said so herself.
When she came to Care Net of Puget Sound, she was separated from her husband and living with her new boyfriend. Everything was in flux, so when her pregnancy test came back positive, she was pretty ambivalent, stating that she was feeling “50/50” about the prospect of abortion.
At her initial appointment, Sherry, her client advocate, walked Kelly through her pregnancy options and offered encouragement. Kelly walked out the door still undecided about her next steps but had given Sherry permission to contact her to check in and follow up in the days ahead.
After the appointment, Sherry prayed faithfully for her and continued follow-up attempts for four months but was unable to make contact. Kelly’s due date was in June, so Sherry made another call in early July. This time, Kelly answered and shared that she had carried and delivered her baby. Sherry was excited to hear from her and invited her into the center so we could give her a layette, which included some clothing items, diapers, blankets, and more. Kelly agreed to come for the gift, but she never showed up. Sherry continued to pray.
Two months later, Kelly walked into Care Net asking about the layette. Because the baby was no longer a newborn, center staff swapped some sizes out in the basket while she waited. She sat down on the waiting room couch and promptly fell fast asleep. Difficult to rouse, a Care Net staff member went and sat beside her and asked what was going on and how we could help.
Kelly shared that her boyfriend was now in jail and that she was feeling completely overwhelmed by life. It was an amazing opportunity to speak life and encouragement into her and invite her into a supportive community of people who care about her.
Kelly is now enrolled in Care Net parenting classes, and we are so grateful to be able to come alongside her in her journey.