Pregnancy is an emotional time
for a woman, even under the best of
circumstances. She needs someone to
lean on, particularly when she is young
and inexperienced. During the first
few months of pregnancy, the
emotional roller coaster of being
pregnant can cause her to go over the
edge. In today's society, the "easy"
solution of abortion becomes a
constant temptation during this time.
When Mary, the mother of the Lord,
found out she was pregnant, she
hurried to the house of Elizabeth (Luke
1:39). God didn't send her into the
desert to commune more intimately
with Him during this time. No, she
needed support, in spite of the fact that
Mary's unplanned pregnancy was not
the result of any sin.
Elizabeth honored Mary although the
external circumstances would have
caused others to seek to shame her.
Elizabeth encouraged Mary by
reaffirming the fact that God had a
wonderful plan for Mary's life and for
the life of her baby. Elizabeth even
provided temporary housing for Mary
during this time of crisis.
Every week, LifeSavers Ministries
team members encounter pregnant
women who are at risk of aborting their
babies. Some of these women live in
your neighborhood (if you live in or
When an Elizabeth League group has
been established in your church,
LifeSavers representatives can contact
your group when we meet a pregnant
woman in your area. This will help
your congregation by providing a key
mission opportunity to intensify your
church's community outreach.
This would be effective in not only
saving lives, but in bringing many
young women and their families into
the church. Every pregnancy also
involves a man, so in many cases an
Elizabeth League group may also have
an opportunity to reach young men.
The Elizabeth League would seek to
fulfill the scriptural command for older
women to teach younger women (Titus
2:4). The Greek word rendered "teach"
in this passage is noteworthy:
"sophronizo." This means "to make of
sound mind, to discipline or correct, to
teach to be sober" (Strong's Concordance
#4994). Sometimes young women just
don't think clearly, and they need older
women to help them think straight.
It should be no surprise that Mary
went to see Elizabeth when she found
out she was pregnant, because
Elizabeth was probably the only other
person alive at that time who had
experienced a miraculous conception.
Anybody else would have probably
doubted Mary's innocence.
Elizabeth's life experiences uniquely
equipped her for ministry to Mary.
Within each church are many women
who have experienced unplanned
pregnancy, marital infidelity, abuse,
and every other difficulty which our
clients face. If you have trusted God
to help you through such problems,
God has likely equipped you to
minister to others who are now facing
the same struggles.